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Tensions rise as Mohawk activists square off with Oka mayor over development

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A real estate development in Oka is raising tensions in the Mohawk community of Kanehsatà:ke.

On Wednesday morning, a group of protesters led by Mohawk rights activist Ellen Gabriel squared off with Oka Mayor Pascal Quévillon.

Four hundred homes are planned for a plot of land adjacent to The Pines – the land at the heart of the 1990 Oka Crisis. Read the rest of this entry

The Oka Crisis in 5 minutes

 

The Oka Crisis was supposed to be a wake-up call. Little has changed in 27 years

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A picture taken during the Oka Crisis on July 11, 1990. (Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press)

By Steve Bonspiel, for CBC News, July 11, 2017

“Just go in there and exterminate them like the rats they are.”

“What are we waiting for? Let’s get rid of them.”

“Put them all in the Big O and blow it up.”

I heard these words from random non-Natives as a 14-year-old boy, 27 years ago to the day. I feel a mixture of pride, anger, sadness and resolve when I think of that fateful summer, and what went on for those 78 days in Kanesatake: the Oka Crisis. Read the rest of this entry

Kanesatake hit by rising waters: ‘We’re working like crazy here’

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Flooding in Kanesatake, May 2017.

by Tom Fennario, APTN National News, May 9, 2017

KANESATAKE MOHAWK TERRITORY – Drive past Torrey Daoust’s house from the back, and it could be mistaken it for an island. Brown water from the Ottawa River laps at his green lawn about a metre away from a row of sandbags. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake Mohawks block train line in solidarity with #NoDAPL

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

Mohawks threaten to block Energy East; says project is threat to their way of life