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SQ targets contraband tobacco, money laundering in raids

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Sûreté du Québec, RCMP and Canada Border Services agents carry boxes from a house in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, north of Montreal, March 30, 2016, as part of an operation against tobacco smuggling. Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

Massive operation involves drug trafficking, money laundering and contraband tobacco

By Kalina Laframboise, CBC News, March 30, 2016

The Sûreté du Québec have arrested 60 people and carried out 70 raids across Quebec as part of a massive police operation targeting contraband tobacco, drug trafficking and money laundering at an international level. Read the rest of this entry

Montreal sewage dump: Kahnawake protesters block Mercier Bridge

Kahnawake Peacekeepers monitored the protest of a few dozen people at the foot of the bridge. (Alain Béland/Radio-Canada)

Kahnawake Peacekeepers monitored the protest of a few dozen people at the foot of the bridge. (Alain Béland/Radio-Canada)

Second night time demonstration to protest Montreal’s dumping of sewage into St. Lawrence

CBC News, Nov 12, 2015

Kahnawake Mohawks blocked an access ramp to the Mercier Bridge for the second night in a row to protest the City of Montreal’s controversial sewage dump into the St. Lawrence River.

Montreal’s plan to divert 8 billion litres of untreated wastewater into the river started Wednesday morning just after midnight. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Kahnawake Mohawks Block Train Tracks

by subMedia.tv, Vimeo, Oct 22, 2015 Read the rest of this entry

Video: Kahnawake Sends Warning to Montreal Mayor Coderre

from subMedia.tv, Vimeo, Oct 15, 2015

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Kahnawake Mohawks hold railway protest against planned sewage dump

Mohawks from Kahnawake protest Montreal city's plans to dump sewage into the St Lawrence River. Photo: CBC News.

Mohawks from Kahnawake protest Montreal city’s plans to dump sewage into the St Lawrence River. Photo: CBC News.

Group issues impassioned plea to cancel City of Montreal sewage dump

CBC News, Oct 15, 2015

About a dozen Mohawks from Kahnawake assembled near the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks today to voice their opposition to Montreal’s plan to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

Akohserake Deer, one of the organizers of the protest, read a statement on behalf of the group imploring the city to reconsider the plan.

Deer declined to answer what actions the group intended to take if the dump was not cancelled. She would not say whether a railway blockade might be in the works.   Read the rest of this entry

Sisters recall the brutal last day of Oka Crisis

Waneek Horn-Miller holds on to her 4-year-old sister as chaos breaks out. The 78-day siege, remembered as the Oka Crisis, ended with the army moving in to push the Mohawk out on Sept. 26, 1990. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Waneek Horn-Miller holds on to her 4-year-old sister as chaos breaks out. The 78-day siege, remembered as the Oka Crisis, ended with the army moving in to push the Mohawk out on Sept. 26, 1990. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

CBC News, September 20, 2015

Most kids spend the summer playing with friends or chilling out at home.

But when sisters Waneek Horn-Miller and Kaniehtiio Horn were just 14 and four years old respectively, these Kahnawake Mohawks were behind the lines of one of Canada’s most infamous standoffs. The media branded it the Oka Crisis but for those who were there and those who supported them, it is remembered as the Mohawk Resistance.

“My mother, Kahentinetha Horn is a native activist, old-school from the ’60s. She was there and me and my little sister ended up following her there,” recalled Horn-Miller.

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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

by National Film Board of Canada, uploaded to Youtube on Sept 20, 2011
Directed by Alanis Obomsawin – 1993

On a July 11, 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.

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The Oka Crisis in five minutes

by Submedia TV

The so called “Oka Crisis” is one of the most legendary battles between indigenous land defenders and settles in the last century. This uprising against colonization set the tone for native resistance in Turtle Island to this day. We as subMedia.tv like to big up the Mohawks of Kanehsatà:ke whenever possible, and in honor of the 25th anniversary of this rupture, we bring you two videos from our vault. Read the rest of this entry

Revisiting the Pines: Oka’s legacy

Warriors at Oka, 1990; the 78-day armed standoff at Kanesatake, Mohawk territory, continues to haunt government and corporations in their dealings with Indigenous peoples.

Warriors at Oka, 1990; the 78-day armed standoff at Kanesatake, Mohawk territory, continues to haunt government and corporations in their dealings with Indigenous peoples.

by Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette, July 10, 2015

KANESATAKE — Behind the barricade at the entrance to the Pines, Denise David tossed and turned, dreaming of a deadly melée between unknown foes.

Her nightmare was about to come true.

It was the morning of July 11, 1990, a day that would rudely awaken Canadians to the anger simmering in First Nations communities. Read the rest of this entry

“Oka Crisis” 25 Year Anniversary Poster PDF

Oka 1990 Anniversary Poster 1To mark the 25 year anniversary of the 1990 “Oka Crisis” Warrior Publications has released this 11X17 inch colour poster by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Gord Hill.  You can download this PDF and print it out on a colour laser printer.  Help keep the history of Indigenous resistance alive!  To download click Oka 1990 Anniversary Poster 1. Read the rest of this entry