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Posted by on 05/05/08 (Commentary, Links, News)

For those unawares, Mohawk activist Shawn Brant was arrested last Friday, April 25th on bogus charges, and is currently sitting in a maximum security prison, while thugs who were threatening Aboriginal community members with baseball bats walk free. In the past decade Shawn has become a leading voice for action amongst Canada’s indigenous communities — not to mention Canada’s poor, as evidenced by his tireless work with OCAP and has thus been targeted repeatedly by the RCMP.

OCAP has a site dedicated to chronicling the efforts to support Shawn’s case, recently updated with an open letter from his wife and fellow activist Sue Collis.

Less than a month ago, my husband was acquitted of charges he carried for more than 18 months. When issuing the ruling in this acquittal, the judge described the investigative practice and evidence employed and presented by the cops and the Crown as “problematic” and “troubling,” as they related to Shawn. During this same period, CBC Radio aired a documentary in which several Mohawk people recounted conversations with OPP Commissioner Fantino that occurred during the 2007 Aboriginal Day of Action, in which they say he threatened to “ruin” Shawn. During Shawn’s detention at the Napanee OPP detachment last week, several different police officers threatened to “slit his throat” and “cut off his head.”

Incidentally, Propagandhi’s “oldies” (haha) show in Winnipeg at the Albert with a — which occurred the very day of Shawn’s most recent arrest — managed to raise somewhere in the neighbourhood of $3000 for the defense fund. If you can, consider sending in your own pledge of support.

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  • Comment by elputomikea on May 12th, 2008 at 12:25 pm:

    Any suggested “for dummies” reading material regarding the specific “issue” of on-going land-stealing/disrespect ofr treaties/golfing on sacred land, and ensuing resistance/SQ cop catching bullet with teeths, mes cousins canadiens? (let me insist: for real dummies / canada specifically)

  • Comment by Sebast on May 15th, 2008 at 3:48 am:

    I second that. Non-canadian specifically though.

  • Comment by elputomikea on May 19th, 2008 at 2:40 pm:

    Ok, peeps, let’s say mi compaƱero & i are willing to accept “for low to medium I.Q.” recommanded material. I stick to the north-of-the-49th-parallel pre-requisite, though. Anything that would deal with “the struggle for the land”.

  • Comment by DickShit on May 19th, 2008 at 8:52 pm:

    This discussion on here a few months ago was pretty relevant, I think:


    In particular, some clearly well-hung gentleshit named dinkpoop left a comment where she/he posted a link to a film that, if it works, is totally worth putting your peepers (not that peepers!) on.

    She loves meh culture, herbs and meh locks.
    Jah Lives…

  • Comment by elputomikea on May 20th, 2008 at 4:50 am:

    Thanks very much, my fellow stinking earthling. Me had forgotten about that entry. Very much relevant indeed. Apart from the very facts, what’s very much thought-provoking is the question of whether the “cultural revitalization” comes from the militancy or the other way around. Also, the question of how the ‘general public’ perceives this militancy and ‘nationalism’ (not sure whether if to put this way or not — open to debate!) certainly is of crucial weight in the balance.

  • Comment by Sebast on May 20th, 2008 at 7:40 am:

    Yeah! It totally licks ass and kicks ice~cream! Thx DickWad!

    I think i’m gonna change my name to Big pile of Bullshit in solidarity.

    (No, i’m not even gonna try to say anything relevant ‘cuz this just grinds my gears enough to completely lose any judgement i might have had prio to the abstract thinking of how white man came, stole their land…)

  • Comment by bits on May 24th, 2008 at 1:34 pm:

    I just read peter kulchiskys “the red inndians”, which was a basic beginners book on treaty land in canada and the history of treaty signing. It was pretty good and easy to read.
    I feel like the best books to read are specific to certain indigenous groups and their problems. For example near where I live Goldstick’s “wollaston: people resisting genocide” is about uranium mining in saskatchewan and the struggle for native peoples around that. or “premature bonanza” is about nickel mining in Labrador and the peoples struggles against that. I guess the thing about canada is that its so big so local areas have different immediate adversaries to face (*cough**weyerhauser*), while everyone fights against things like racism,land theft, loss of traditional land and subsistence, crime, drugs and alcohol and other social problems,cops. i’m not sure just one or two books could really get into the total struggle indigenous people face.Just thinking about it makes me so amazed at warriors – can you imagine having to face all this shit everyday of your life?I have such respect for people in the struggle against colonialism and feel so disgustingly privileged…
    in the states I thought “bury my heart at wounded knee”and “the life and death of anna-mae aquash”were both pretty amazing and dealt with the history of indigenous struggle on the pine ridge reserve, the first in the late 1800s, the second in the 1960’s and 70’s. It’s weird to see 100 years of struggle and the outsomes – government sabotage and genocide.
    And does it even have to said that ward churchill has some great info. about the struggles in the states.
    I’m reading “accounting for genocide: canadas beureaucratic assault on aboriginal people” (neu, therrin) right now, and so far it’s quite chock full o’ info and i can’t put it down :p

  • Comment by Sebast on May 28th, 2008 at 3:01 pm:

    Talkin’ ’bout good ‘ol Ward, me found a funny article ’bout him, check it out!:

    This is even funnier:

    Note that this is the *official* American-Indian Movement’s (A.I.M.) blog, whatever that means.
    With all this kickin’ him out of Toronto’s U. i got all fused up ’bout defending his 2nd amendment right to “drill colonialists into the ground”, but now… i’m just confused.

    Feel free to feedback me your ideas by clickin’ on my NickName above this comment box if you have the adecuate marshmallows for the job.

    B.T.W: Great info Bits!

  • Comment by Sebast on May 28th, 2008 at 3:03 pm:

    Love my tagging skills

  • Comment by D-Rock on June 3rd, 2008 at 9:08 am:

    Sebst – sorry for the delay in a response to this. That is actually not the “official” AIM blog. It’s the official blog of the “Bellecourt” wing of AIM. For a brief summary of the split, see here.

    For the long version courtesy of the Colorado chapter of AIM, see here.

  • Comment by Sebast on June 5th, 2008 at 12:45 pm:

    Ma bad.

    However this splinter cell of the A.I.M. is leaded by the Bellecourts (drunk and corrupt drug-dealin’… ehm, opressed people), taking a careful look at their background, they seem an easy target for some backdoor division of the F.B.I. in manipulating the into becoming a growing conflict inside the movement (CoIntelPro style), because i don’t think they started out being divisionists with this history:

    Bellecourt and the fledgling AIM occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building in Washington, D..C. He participated in the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973. And in December 1974, he was the first American Indian to address the World Council of Churches at Montreux in Switzerland.


    However Churchill don’t seem to like’m very much.

    Can’t thank yas enough for all the info, guys!

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