Public talk in Toronto: Stop the Sludge, Honour the Treaties!

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:

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/

Background info:

www.stopthewastepark.com

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.

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June 25 + 26: Solidarity with Six Nations Land Defenders

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.

Support Flower! Stop the Criminalization of Six Nations Land Defenders!


A Statement from the April 28th Coalition

On Tuesday May 29th, Francine “Flower” Doxtator – a Haudenosaunee [Six Nations] land defender, grandmother and member of the April 28th Coalition – appeared in court in Cayuga, Ontario, as a result of charges stemming from an incursion by Gary McHale and the OPP at Kanonhstaton – the Six Nations reclamation site in Caledonia – on February 18th, 2012. As Flower and a group of about 15 of her supporters left the court room, they were approached in the lobby by a group of OPP officers, one of whom grabbed Flower by her broken arm and tried to re-arrest her.

Flower and her supporters were outraged and demanded to know what the new charges were. After a tense discussion in the lobby of the court-house, the officers finally explained that they had evidence that Flower had been present at Kanonhstaton on April 28th during the walk for “Peace, Respect, and Friendship” and that because this constituted a “breach” of her conditions, they were going to charge and arrest her.

They claimed that by being at Kanonhstaton on April 28th, Flower had breached conditions stemming from charges of February 18th when anti-native rights activist, Gary McHale, marched onto Kanonstaton. Escorted by OPP officers, McHale had succeeded yet again in instigating conflict by unexpectedly marching towards the house at Kanonhstaton and disturbing the Haudenosaunee people living there. As tensions rose, charges were laid against several Six Nations land defenders for allegedly “obstructing” and “assaulting” OPP officers.

After she was arrested in late April on charges relating to February 18th, restrictive bail conditions were placed on Flower aimed at preventing her from standing up for Six Nations land rights. Serious procedural and legal issues abound about the manner in which those bail conditions were imposed on Flower, and she intends to challenge those conditions on a number of different grounds.

Because of the powerful stand made by Flower and her friends and allies in the lobby of the courthouse on May 29th, the crown agreed to discuss the matter with Flower and her supporters. As a result of the discussions that followed, the court was reconvened to hear this matter and to review Flower’s bail conditions.

This intervention led to a decision by the courts that although she would technically be re-arrested in the courtroom and charged with a breach of her conditions, Flower would be released immediately, with a Toronto based CUPE 3903 member acting as her surety. While the police and court system have again criminalized Flower for exercising her treaty rights and refuse to allow her to return to Kanonhstaton, a victory was nonetheless won as supporters stopped Flower’s incarceration.

However, we must continue to build support for Six Nations land defenders and resist the actions of the colonial courts in criminalizing Six Nations land defenders. Flower is still not legally allowed to return to Kanonhstaton and in order to avoid jail she had to agree to live with her surety in Toronto – away from her home, her community and friends, her daughter, and her four grandchildren. All of us living on this land are treaty people, and we as treaty people must overcome such outrageous and heartbreaking violations of treaty and human rights by building support for our friends and allies at Six Nations.

In terms of a legal strategy, money is urgently needed in order to hire a lawyer to overturn Flower’s restrictive bail conditions, appoint a new surety from Six Nations and lift the condition stating that she cannot reside at her home on Kanonhstaton. Because the crown refuses to change these conditions, they must be appealed to a higher court. This will require raising money to pay for transcripts of Flower’s previous hearings as well as $3000-$5000 in legal costs for the court challenge.

The April 28th Coalition is asking for your help to support Flower in a number of ways:

• Pass a motion within your union or political organization denouncing this political repression of indigenous land rights activists.

• Invite Flower and other members of the April 28th Coalition to come and speak to your group about her case and the larger issues of Six Nations land rights and activism in support of treaty rights.

• Raise money to help cover the legal costs of appealing the court’s decision to ban Flower from Kanonhstaton.

• Send money to help Flower cover the cost of replacing the glasses the police broke while arresting her and to aid with her living costs while she is in Toronto.

• Come to Flower’s next court appearance at 2pm on June 26th in Cayuga, Ontario.

• Get involved in the April 28th Coalition.

Email april28info@gmail.com to get in touch with us and tell us how you can help with any of these matters. Cheques can be made payable to “First Nations Solidarity Working Group” and mailed c/o Laura Lepper to 193 Tansley Rd., Thornhill, ON, L4J 2Y8. You can also donate money via credit card or paypal by clicking on the “donate” button at the http://www.april28.net website.

In solidarity,
The April 28th Coalition.


			

Urgent Call for Support from the Haudenosaunee Development Institute!

Tuseday May 29, starting at 7:00 AM SHARP!

697 Sutor Road, South Cayuga

For more info: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/six-nations-confronts-samsungs-energy-project/11089

Video call out: http://vimeo.com/43001152

The Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI), an arm of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, (the traditional leadership body of the Six Nations people) is urgently requesting the support of the April 28th Coalition and supporters in regards to a very important issue at Six Nations todaytomorrow and possibly later in the week.

The giant multinational corporation Samsung is planning a multi-billion dollar “renewable energy” project on Six Nations lands within the 1701 treaty area and has refused to consult or accommodate with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council.

Several months ago, the HDI sent out a letter to the main archaeological association in Ontario demanding that they “cease and desist” in their work for Samsung on these renewable energy sites until Samsung respects the will of the Confederacy. Until recently, the archaeologists have respected that cease-and-desist order, an act which stopped Samsung from moving forwards on this matter.

However, this morning, Samsung has resumed work at the development site just south of Cayuga and the Six Nations Reservation. The building site is located near the corner of Haldimand County Road 20 and Sutor Rd – at 697 Sutor Rd:

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=679+Sutor+Road,+Haldimand,+ON&hl=en&sll=42.892394,-79.789946&sspn=0.01506,0.025213&t=h&hnear=679+Sutor+Rd,+Haldimand,+Haldimand+Regional+Municipality,+Ontario+N0A+1E0&z=17

Members of the Six Nations community are currently at the site trying to block further development until Samsung deals appropriately with the Confederacy. At least one Confederacy chief – Cayuga chief Blake Bomberry – is at the site now along with about two dozen other Six Nations community members and a few non-native allies. According to Hazel Hill, interim director of HDI, Samsung representatives have stated that “they don’t care about treaties, but only Canadian law” and so thedevelopment is going ahead irregardless of the wishes of Six Nations. There are currently about 50 Samsung employees on the site.

According to Hill, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council is calling for all Haudenosaunee people and their allies to come together and to make Samsung and the archaeologists working for them respect the “cease and desist” order passed by the Confederacy Council on November 2, 2011 regarding this issue.

Allies and supporters are needed to gather at the site with Six Nations tomorrow – Tuesday, May 29 at 7 AM sharp. Further support may be needed later in the day and during the rest of the week. Bring food and water!

 

Urgent Call for Support from the Haudenosaunee Development Council!

Hazel Hill, the Interim Director of the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI), an arm of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, (the traditional leadership body of the Six Nations people) is urgently requesting the support from the April 28th Coalition and supporters as Samsung refuses to obey a cease and desist order.

Tuseday May 29, starting at 7:00 AM SHARP!

697 Sutor Road, South Cayuga

To coordinate rides:

St. Catherines: Dylan 289-969-5730

Toronto: Laura 416-888-9704

Hamilton: Jessica 905-802-9716

For more info: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/six-nations-confronts-samsungs-energy-project/11089