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Protest for Indigenous women and girls halts rail traffic near Tyendinaga

Women from Tyendinaga lead blockade of VIA Rail train, March 19, 2014.

Women from Tyendinaga lead blockade of VIA Rail train, March 19, 2014.

APTN National News, March 19, 2014

Rail traffic has been halted between Montreal and Toronto after a protest near Tyendinaga triggered a shut down of CN Rail’s main line tracks beginning Tuesday evening to pressure the federal government to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read the rest of this entry

Reserve despair hits home for outspoken Mohawk, Shawn Brant

By Mark Bonokoski ,Toronto Sun, Friday, January 25, 2013

Shawn Brant at Tyendinaga Mohawk territory.

Shawn Brant at Tyendinaga Mohawk territory.

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY, ONT. – When the barricades went up, and the Idle No More movement decided to start blocking railway lines, highways and border crossings, one of Canada’s more notorious Native dissidents was nowhere near any of the protests. Read the rest of this entry

Five years after Ipperwash inquiry, concerns persist about police responses to native protests

Alex Neve, Toronto Star, Sat May 19 2012

A prominent human rights body meeting in Geneva is asking questions about the way police in Ontario respond to native land rights protests.

Graphic of Ipperwash protesters by Zig Zag.

This week, Canada makes its regular report before the United Nations Committee against Torture — the independent expert body that oversees the international human rights treaty for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. The committee has asked Canadian representatives to explain why recommendations that came out of the landmark Ipperwash inquiry into policing and aboriginal protests in Ontario have not been implemented. Standards for police use of force, police accountability and respect for the right to protest are all matters protected in international human rights law. Read the rest of this entry