SIX NATIONS – Janie Jamieson is well known on the Territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She was one of the three women that initiated the reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates (now known as Kanonhstaton) and was a prominent spokesperson throughout the conflict. Along with her public role on the front lines of Onkwehon:we land defence, Janie is also known for the community initiatives she threw herself into following the tragic suicide of her 12 year old daughter Gahwediyo or Jewel Monture.
Our Band Council has been trying to meet with our Confederacy Council for years with no success. That is because they don’t understand the reality of who they are and what the Silver Covenant Chain Wampum means. They are not in the canoe; they are in the boat. They are Canada’s colonial creation, not our own. The Silver Covenant Chain comes into play because they are in the boat. They merely have to tug on the chain and the Confederacy Council has a responsibility to respond. Our Silver Covenant Chain is not rocket science. Band Council only needs to remember and acknowledge who they are.
I have long known – from the time I was a little girl and my mother was teaching me about our Kayenera:koa that there is no such thing as “law” in our instructions. I was always told that we were left instructions by the Creator, our Kayenera:koa. Our Great Good Way, Our Enormous Peace. Our instructions contain the guidelines meant to live a good and harmonious life. When I see obvious breaches of protocol in our council this disrespect and lack of understanding concerning our ways is painful. Our people need to decide to carry themselves within our Kayenera:koa or not to espouse those values at all.
SIX NATIONS – Over 50 volunteers organized by Earthship Biotecture gathered on Saturday July 30th, 2016 to hand over the key to the Earthship they have been building for Francine Doxtator over the past two weeks. The project was finished according to schedule, and has made a major contribution to the lives of Fran, her daughter, and her five grandchildren who have been living in substandard housing for decades.
I reason that the best way to protect oneself and one's family is to seek total liberation from the British Crown and its influence, both on our bodies and on our minds. To do so one must first understand what differentiates the Crown and its subjects from Onkwehón:we. I will draw conclusions while offering supporting arguments asserting that Onkwehón:we claiming Band-membership i.e Indian status or Rotinonhsón:ni citizenship are both engaging in a colonial narrative and worldview.
LONDON – Datejie Green speaks about her involvement in the major international conference "Organizing Equality" and its possibilities for bringing a wide range of social justice activists together in dialogue and action. The conference will take place between the 24th and 26th of March 2017 in London, Ontario and is hosted by members of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. The aim of the conference is to "bring academics, artists and activists together from around the globe to address inequality and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together to guide future struggles."
HAMILTON – I have run into this younger generation of people who are totally misinformed concerning Native Status and how the system works concerning my people on many occasions, but I have rarely come across someone as openly hostile to Native people as this man was. I tried to explain to him that I found it extremely offensive for him to outright dismiss what I was telling him and tried to get him to understand by applying his reasoning to how wrong it would be for me to try and tell him how his heritage, and more particularly, his ethnicity works in his own homeland.
SIX NATIONS – The What's Goin' On Podcast, also known as the WGO Podcast is one of the primary podcasts of Real People's Media. Our first two seasons were focused on following Kanenhariyo, a Mohawk man who's facing two years in jail and a $620,000 fine for moving tobacco products between Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Six Nations of the Grand River and interviewing various elders and experts knowledgable about the Indigenous tobacco industry. Season 3 of the podcast begins in video form with Kanenhariyo lying in a Picton hospital bed with all the symptoms of a major heart attack. Not surprisingly, podcast hosts Kanenhariyo and Tom Keefer are focussing on issues of health and wellness this season.
When I reflect on this I realize this Canadian-made genocidal process takes place in large part because most Canadians do not have the time and mind space to determine for themselves that genocide is what it is. Upon reflection, I have learned that this is the way that genocide sometimes operates -- right in front of people's eyes, yet these same people can't see it because Canada has blinded its citizens ability to see it. Genocide in plain sight is the worst form of genocide to raise awareness about.