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How the Oka Crisis has shaped 4 generations in Kanesatake and Kahnawake

OKA-Stand off

Warrior raises rifle from atop an overturned police cruiser at Oka roadblock in Quebec on July 1990. Photo by Tom Hanson / The Canadian Press.

‘You could say, it woke us up,’ says 72-year-old John Cree

by Jessica Deer, CBC News,

Every year on July 11, Bryan Deer spends the morning at the foot of the Mercier Bridge connecting Montreal with Kahnawake as a reminder to his community and the thousands of commuters that pass through it of an important day in Canadian history. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake man fights bureaucracy, takes father’s body home for burial

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Stuart Myiow Jr. at the grave plot of his father, who was buried on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018

CTV News, February 15, 2018

The death of an indigenous man in Kahnawake has caused some trouble for a family that wished to bury him as soon as possible.

Stuart Myiow Sr. died Tuesday morning at his home and was subsequently taken to Anna Laberge-Hospital in Chateauguay in order to be declared deceased. Read the rest of this entry

Canada 150 banners defaced, destroyed

Canada 150 kahanwake vandalism

Within a week of them being installed as part of the Canada 150 celebration, vandals scrawled profanities across banners lining the Mercier Bridge, and tore them to shreds. (Courtesy David S. Lahache)

June 23, 2017

Within the week of the Jacques Cartier Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) installing banners along the sides of the lanes going in and out of Kahnawake, a couple of them were targeted. Read the rest of this entry

Mohawks block trains carrying oil from passing through Kahnawake


A group of Mohawks from Kahnawake is preventing freight trains carrying oil or other dangerous materials from passing through the territory for 24 hours in solidarity with those protesting a pipeline project in North Dakota. Steve Rukavina/CBC

Unclear how many trains will be affected, commuter trains will be allowed to pass

By Steve Rukavina, CBC News, December 1, 2016

A group of Mohawks from Kahnawake is preventing freight trains carrying oil or other dangerous materials from passing through the territory on a Canadian Pacific Railway line for 24 hours.

The protest is in solidarity with Indigenous groups protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake Mohawks block train line in solidarity with #NoDAPL


Anti-pipeline protesters camp near a railway crossing in Kahnawake. They’re refusing to let trains pass, causing the Agence métropolitaine de transport’s Candiac line to be suspended for the morning rush hour Nov. 16, 2016. Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

by Jason Magder, Montreal Gazette, November 16, 2016

Train service is expected to be interrupted into Wednesday evening as protesters blocked the CP rail line in Kahnawake, used by freight trains and the Candiac commuter train.

The protesters launched a 24-hour demonstration, starting Tuesday at 6 p.m., in support of opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline that is scheduled to be built under a reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota. Anti-DAPL protesters in the U.S. are based in Standing Rock, N.D. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake closes train tracks in solidarity with Standing Rock


A small group of people from Kahnawake set up a camp near the base of the Mercier Bridge to Montreal to protest the Dakota Access pipeline earlier this week. (Charles Contant/CBC)

by Greg Horn, Kahnawake News, November 4, 2016

for five hours on Thursday night into Friday morning the Canadian Pacific Rail tracks through Kahnawake were closed at Adirondack Junction. About 75 Kahnawa’kehró:non from all sectors of the community gathered along side the train tracks from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., as a show of solidarity and support of the people in Standing Rock fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Standing Rock protests spark support, fundraising efforts in Kahnawake

dapl-banners-protestMoney raised will go toward shelter, legal costs and preparing camp for winter

By Kalina Laframboise, CBC News, November 2, 2016

Ongoing protests over the construction of a four-state pipeline in North Dakota has struck a chord with Mohawks in Kahnawake.

Over the past few months, Indigenous groups have lobbied against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake Mohawks temporarily block Mercier Bridge in solidarity with #NoDAPL actions


The Mercier Bridge was temporarily blocked by Mohawks in Kahnawake. The bridge is a vital commuter link to Montreal. Photo: CBC News.

Kahnawake community members had erected blockade in show of solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux

CBC News, October 28, 2016

Indigenous activists briefly blocked a Mercier Bridge access ramp in a show of solidarity with opponents of a pipeline project in North Dakota, Kahnawake Peacekeepers said Friday night. Read the rest of this entry

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake hands out more eviction letters


There have been protests in front of some homes where Mohawks live with non-natives in Kahnawake since the renewed enforcement of the law banning mixed couples from staying on the territory. (CBC)

Letters asks band members and their non-native spouses to respect marry out, stay out rule

By Salimah Shivji, CBC News, June 29, 2016

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has resumed handing out eviction letters to non-natives living in the community on Montreal’s South Shore, asking them to obey the controversial law that bans mixed-marriage couples from staying on the territory. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake clarifies erroneous media reports of the SQ MYGALE raids

by Kahnawake TV, Youtube, March 31, 2016

In what it called the largest raid of its kind in America, Quebec provincial police carried out Operation MYGALE aimed at dismantling what they called a drug, tobacco and money laundering ring on Wednesday, March 30th that had roots in Quebec and reached as far as South America and Europe. Social media lit up when the SQ reported they had carried out searches and made arrests on the Territory… a statement which turned out to be hugely erroneous. We spoke with Chief Peacekeeper Dwayne Zacharie and Tobacco portfolio chief Gina Deer for details.