On Monday October 1st, a group of Six Nations parents and their allies rallied at the Brantford offices of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to protest the fact that children at Six Nations schools have still not received their school supplies, despite having ordered them in May.
Six Nations parents and teachers have been paying out of their own pockets costs which should be covered by the government. Whether this is a result of government cutbacks or bureaucratic incompetence, it is an injustice that Six Nations children should not have to suffer.
At Monday’s protest, Six Nations parents told Bob Maguire, the AANDC-AADNC Director of Funding Services that if the schools supplies for their children were not delivered by Thursday, October 4th, another protest would be held outside the AANDC-AADNC offices (58, Dalhousie St., Brantford, Six Nations Territory) at 8am on Friday October 5th.
Education is a right! Honour the Treaties! Supplies not Lies!
On Monday, October 1st at 8pm on 1610 AM Voces Latinas English language program called a Drink of Water, Floyd and Ruby Montour, land defenders from the Six Nations Grand River Territory will be guests of Joyce Aldrich, the show's host. Floyd and Ruby will talk about the importance of the land defence struggles of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) people. Steve Watson, who recently retired from the staff of the CAW, will join them to talk about what allies can do. Here's the link to listen live on line to CHHA 1610 AM: http://www.chha1610am.ca/radio.html
“It’s important to be involved because of the magnitude of what’s taking place….”
On July 7th, we marched in Dundalk for Six Nations land rights and to stop sludge from poisoning agricultural fields and two watersheds.
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Short documentary by Zach Ruiter.
July 3rd, 7pm OISE Rm 5260
Public info night featuring speakers from Six Nations, and James Cooke of citizen groups Stop the Waste Park and the Southgate Public Interest Research Group.
How would you like to eat food that was fertilized with hazardous human waste? What if that same waste leaks into our local rivers?
The April 28th Coalition invites you to learn about the unfolding events and struggles against a dangerous project to build a new waste processing (‘sludge’) plant at the headwaters of the Grand River, on Six Nations territory, as well as resistance to this project from those at the frontline of a struggle concretely linking environmental justice and Indigenous sovereignty.
What is happening in Dundalk is the realization of the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum. Residents of Dundalk as well as Six Nations land defenders are maintaining a blockade, erected in early April, against a sewage sludge processing plant. With vast community support, they are calling for governments and corporations to respect the treaties and Six Nations’ sovereignty over the territory.
Don’t miss the chance on July 3rd to learn about this significant issue and mobilization, as well as the treaties which are the basis for this powerful relationship of solidarity.
Also, get on the bus for the EcoWalk to protect the headwaters of the Grand River: https://april28coalition.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/get-on-the-bus-for-dundalk-on-saturday-july-7th/
This event is organized by the Toronto First Nations Solidarity Working Group / CUPE 3903 FNSWG
Facebook event for July 3rd Info Night: https://www.facebook.com/events/354137824659861/
Facebook event for July 7th March in Dundalk: https://www.facebook.com/events/313530572071860/
In February 2012, residents of Southgate township and the town of Dundalk, Ontario drove their vehicles onto the access road leading to a construction site. The so-called “eco-park”, located near a school at the edge of town, was to be developed into a sludge-to-fertilizer processing plant.
This land protection action, 145km northwest of Hamilton, Ontario at the head waters of the Grand River (O:se Kenhionhata:tie), has stopped construction of the plant which would have processed the human sewage, industrial and medical waste that would be shipped in from Toronto. The out-sludge would then be sprayed on fields as fertilizer for our food.
With the support of Haudenosaunee land defenders, and a mobilized and highly knowledgeable local community, the blockade’s energy and strength continues to grow and there is grounds for optimism about the impending court date in July which would see the zoning rules disallow further development.
This is Toronto’s waste (everything that goes into YOUR toilet, sinks, and drains) that is being shipped to Dundalk, 350 meters from the town’s elementary school. And it is for this reason that WE need to support the residents of Dundalk and Six Nations land defenders. WE have an opportunity to halt any further environmental devastation of Six Nations territory and demand justice for us all.
The April 28 Coalition would like to invite you to a speaking event to launch the new Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund, followed by a day of court support for Francine “Flower’ Doxtator and Alex Hundert.
On June 25, the April 28 Coalition will be launching a new Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund to support front line Haudenosaunee land defenders who have been criminalized and targeted by the state.
On June 26, Francine “Flower” Doxtator and Alex Hundert will both be in court, in Cayuga and Toronto respectively. The April 28 Coalition would like to invite you to attend both court hearings, and for a bus ride to and from Cayuga for Flower’s afternoon hearing.
Launch Event for Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund, Speaking event with Francine “Flower” Doxtator, Alex Hundert, more speakers TBA
7pm, June 25 – San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre, 22 Wenderly Drive, Toronto
Court support for Alex Hundert, G20 Main Conspiracy Group, sentencing hearing: Alex is expecting to start a 13.5 month jail sentence.
10am, June 26 – Metro West Etobicoke Courthouse, 2201 Finch W:
Get on the bus to Cayuga: Support Flower and Six Nations Land Defenders.
12:30pm – 2201 Finch W, Toronto:
Court support for Francine “Flower” Doxtator, Six Nations Land Defender, grandmother, and a member of the April 28 Coalition.
2pm – Cayuga Courthouse, 55 Munsee St N, Cayuga:
You can sign up for the bus at by clicking here.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/355150111223624/
Francine “Flower” Doxtator is a Haudenosaunee Land Defender, grandmother and a member of the April 28 Coalition from Six Nations. She is in court on June 26 in Cayuga to continue dealing with charges stemming from a February 18 incident at Kanonhstaton, the Six Nations reclamation site near Caledonia, where she and others confronted racist agitator Gary McHale’s planned incursion onto the site known as “the Protected Place.” She was later recharged for allegedly “breaching” unjust bail conditions when she attended the April 28 walk for “Peace, Respect and Friendship,” where people from Six Nations marched with allies under the banner, “We Are All Treaty People.” For more info on Flower’s case see: https://april28coalition.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/support-flower-stop-the-criminalization-of-six-nations-land-defenders/
Alex Hundert, a long term Indigenous solidarity organiser and activist, was one of 21 people who were hit with a series of conspiracy charges related to planning for the Toronto G20 protests in the summer of 2010. The G20 Main Conspiracy Group and many other activists and organisers were the targets of one of the biggest policing/intelligence/security operations in Canadian history, as the state and the cops sought to smash a burgeoning network of anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and anarchist activists and organisers across the country. For more info on Alex’s case see: http://alexhundert.wordpress.com/
At Six Nations, the last six years have seen a harsh criminalisation of Haudenosaunee Land Defenders. Dozens of people have faced criminal charges, several have served substantial time in jail. In Brantford an injunction was passed, making it illegal for anyone from Six Nations to be involved in a land claims protest within the city; in Flower’s case, we see the further criminalization of land defenders with bail conditions that attempt to keep her away from already reclaimed land.
The G20 in Toronto saw an unprecedented mobilisation—including the June 24 Day of Action for Indigenous Sovereignty and Land Rights—followed by an unprecedented intelligence and security operation and crackdown on dissent. Alex Hundert and 20 others were hit with conspiracy charges as the state sought to criminalize the very acts of organising protests and promoting solidarity.
The intelligence/security operation targeted a growing network of social movements, particularly anarchists, migrant justice activists, and Indigenous sovereigntists and their allies. However this criminalization is nothing new; the state has always criminalized Indigenous, racialized, and poor communities, and especially the resistance movements that spring from them.
Over the last two years, some of the G20 defendants and some of those convicted have received unprecedented levels of support from the activist community—which only goes to show how much potential for support there is in our communities. Currently as the Quebec student strike receives massive outpourings of solidarity and huge contributions to their legal defense funds, it is important to remember that the same level of financial and physical support has not arisen for Indigenous Land Defenders and other front line struggles. This needs to change.
On June 25, come to the San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre for a speaking event with Six Nations Land Defender Francine “Flower” Doxtator, solidarity activist and G20 “conspirator” Alex Hundert, and other speakers to be announced later. We will be launching a new Six Nations Land Defenders Legal Defence Fund and talking about the current state of land defense struggles at Six nations and the need for social justice movement solidarity with Indigenous struggles.
On June 26, come pack the courts for Flower and help send the message that we are all indeed “Treaty People,” and that we will support our allies and neighbours against the colonial practices of the Canadian state and the so-called justice system. It is time that Six Nations Land Defenders felt the full support of all of our social justice movements.