Monday, August 13, 2007
Mohawk Nation News
Over the last couple of weeks we, at Six Nations, have been working on a public educational awareness campaign as it pertains to Canadian Law.
The main issue being the B.C. Supreme Court Ruling: Haida, Taku, Mikkisew Ruling. The ruling states no one (developers, financiers, even the government! -all levels) can develop on disputed traditional lands unless they consult with the Nation(s) who are putting forth the land dispute. The land dispute does not have to be resolved the land dispute only has to exist. Meaning any of the financiers loaning money to the developers and the developers themselves and yes the governments issuing permits to develop are all in contempt of court by not abiding by the Supreme Court Ruling. As all Canadian Citizens should know, a Supreme Court ruling under your system is supposed to be the law.
In March 2006 we were served with two court injunctions ordering us to leave Kanonhstaton (Douglas Creek Estates). As Ongwehonweh we are sovereign with our own languages, customs, traditional land base, defined territories and a willingness to defend our land. We also have our own constitution... the Constitution of the Confederacy or the Great Peace. In knowing that we maintained our presence at Kanonhstaton (Douglas Creek Estates). We were upholding our traditional responsibilities and acting in accordance with our own Constitution. We didn't acknowledge the
Without our presence in the Canadian court a judgment was made against us claiming we were not abiding by a court ruling. Thomas David Marshall then issued warrants for our arrests stating we were violating a court ruling. He claimed those of us who remained at Kanonhstaton were in CONTEMPT OF COURT.
Many Canadian Citizens, especially all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) , developers and financial supporters involved pushed for the CONTEMPT OF COURT warrants to be executed. Thousands cried, "RULE OF LAW" needs to be imposed.
My point is there is clear discrimination happening in the CANADIAN COURT SYSTEM. The B.C. Supreme Court Ruling regarding development on disputed land is a court order.
ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT APPROVING DEVELOPMENT ON DISPUTED LAND ARE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.
ALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS LOANING MONEY TO DEVELOP ON DISPUTED LANDS ARE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.
ALL DEVELOPERS DEVELOPING ON DISPUTED LANDS ARE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.
On April 20, 2006 our men, women and children of all ages from young teens (14) to our elderly (late seventies) were beaten, dragged around by the hair, tasered, pepper-sprayed, billy-clubbed, arrested and the short and long range targets of some really heavy weaponry.
At first, our cell phones were disabled so no one could call for help. (Thank you,
At the end of the day over 20 of our people were charged, arrested and detained by the Ontario Provincial Police. Our people were handcuffed and dragged to the CAYUGA courthouse. How ironic, land
The Court System, the developer and the OPP went to this extreme to exert their CONTEMPT OF COURT ruling.
My question is ... why aren't all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) being drug around by the hair, tasered, staring down at high powered rifles being, targeted by snipers?
Why isn't the same happening to the financial institutions funding these projects?
Why aren't the developers held to the same standard of law we were?
They are all in CONTEMPT OF COURT.
ONE RULE OF LAW FOR ALL, ISN'T THAT WHAT PEOPLE ARE CRYING?
EQUAL TREATMENT FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS AND ONGWEHONWEH, RIGHT?
Well when does discrimination and genocide against our people stop and this RULE OF LAW begin with CANADIAN CITIZENS???
Let's start by attending a peaceful information rally outside the Cayuga Courthouse on
NOTE: At the same time Ronnie Gibson's (Mohawk from Akwesasne) jurisidictional challenge will be happening inside.
Again, what irony!!!