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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

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

SQ targets contraband tobacco, money laundering in raids


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

Akwesasne under surveillance by military counter-intelligence unit: documents


Crest of the Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit with what appears to be a Northwest Coast Indigenous style eagle. Photo: Wikipedia

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Feb 19, 2016
The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit has been conducting surveillance of a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S, according to “confidential” reports released to APTN National News.

The documents, a handful of counter-intelligence reports from 2012 to 2015, reveal that the Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit regularly mentioned Akwesasne—a Mohawk community straddling the Ontario-Quebec-New York State borders—as part of its “threat information collection.”

The heavily redacted reports, which are comprised of “raw data,” incorrectly describe Akwesasne as a “First Nation located on Cornwall Island.” Read the rest of this entry

Mohawk broadcaster Janet Rogers launches NDNs on the Airwaves


Janet Rogers

Indigenous radio programming has come a long way, says Rogers

By Stephanie Cram, CBC News, Feb 13, 2016

From the early uses of radio on reserves to communicate with hunters in the bush, to the creation of podcasts that explore indigenous arts, culture and politics — indigenous broadcasters have adapted with the times.

“Indigenous voices on the land and on the airwaves is another way to create presence,” says Mohawk writer and radio producer Janet Rogers. Read the rest of this entry

Kanesatake hopes to build opposition, raise cash for pipeline fight


Gate at Unist’ot’en camp, photo: Al Jazeera.

by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, Nov 17, 2015

If Kanesatake was meant to lead the fight against the Energy East pipeline in Quebec, things might be getting off to a slow start.

Last weekend, the environmental group Greenpeace held workshops on the Mohawk territory that focused, in part, on mobilizing people against the proposed pipeline. Only about five locals attended the event, according to Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon. 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