Six Nations: Call for an End to Criminalization of Land Defenders: Day of Solidarity October 9th

In the past week, ten people have been arrested in connection to 1492 Land Back Lane. These include Allies who are non-Indigenous and people from other Haudenosaunee communities, as well as Mohawk researcher Courtney Skye and Oneida journalist Karl Dockstader.

Arresting our kin and allies is an escalation of violence on behalf of the OPP. Canada is choosing how to address our concerns and issues, and they have chosen to use police violence and criminalization instead of engaging with our community. Read More …

1492 Landback Lane Solidarity Demo in Hamilton!

Last Sunday (on August 23rd), I showed up at a public demo in support of the 1492 Landback Lane reclamation site on Six Nations of the Grand River territory. I saw the event page on Facebook and was really glad for an opportunity to support the land defenders out there. It is absolutely disgusting that the OPP decided to raid the camp and kick Haudenosaunee people off of their own land, and to use such force to boot. Read More …

Caledonia: Account of the Raid at the 1492 Landback Lane Reclamation Site

Disclaimer:
      This is written from a white settler perspective. I was out on the land for about a third of the occupation. I was around for the raid and days leading up and I wanted to share my experience – to communicate with others from my community who support the reclamation and are curious about what went down.
      
        On July 19th, a group of Haudenosaunee Land Defenders along with some allies began peacefully occupying a portion of their unceded territory that had been cleared for development in so-called Caledonia. The site was expected to become a housing development by the name of McKenzie Meadows and has now been renamed 1492 Landback Lane. A few weeks later, on August 5th, the site was violently raided by the OPP which saw many Indigneous folks forcibly removed from their territory. 
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Baden: Interview on the Campaign to Remove Sir John A Statue

This is a short interview with Cheyanne Thorpe, an Indigenous woman and resident of Waterloo Region, who has been organising protests and public pressure against the placement of the Sir John A MacDonald statue in a public park in Baden Ontario.  The statue, part of the “prime ministers walk” project was located in Baden with little support, after residents in Kitchener and Waterloo rejected the idea that the project be built in their cities. Read More …

From Embers: New Content in February 2020

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston, Ontario. We produce a few episodes each month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border. We are a proud member of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network. Read More …

Reconciliation is Dead: A Strategic Proposal

This text speaks of a change in strategy in this moment of resistance, calling to widen the scope of revolt. While the main audience is other native people, the author urges settlers to read it and take away the main lessons as well. It is available here as a print-ready PDF. Print and distribute widely. Get this in the hands of as many native folks as possible. RECONCILIATION IS DEAD Read More …

Hamilton: Native Women Block the Highway 403!

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On Thursday morning, I got up to the news that the RCMP had begun to move in on the Morice Service Rd heading eventually to Gitdum’ten and Unist’ot’en camps. There were pictures that showed them in full tactical gear, with semi-automatic rifles and attack dogs. This wasn’t a surprise to me, but I was very angry. How many more years will native people have to live at the barrel of a gun? How many more years will Canada force us off our lands because they need to build a pipeline or a railroad? I watched a video put out by Sleydo that called for Indigenous people to rise up and I knew I had to meet the call. It is clear to me that reconciliation is a total lie. I think that this is making it clear to everyone.

So when I got invited to an action to shut down the Highway 403 with some other native women, I was all in.

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Kingston: “Hands Off Wet’suwet’en” Demo Report

Thank you to the 50 people who gathered Saturday in SOLIDARITY with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders, on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe.

The gathering was opened with songs and a speech. Then, despite the snow storm, the march took to the streets and traveled from Kingston City Hall to Queen’s University where Jawad Masud, TC Energy VP of Corporate Communications was speaking at the Oil and Gas Panel at Queen’s Global Energy Conference.

Upon arrival at the conference, the January 5 eviction notice to Coastal GasLink (CGL) from Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs was presented to the TC Energy VP. (TC Energy is a major stakeholder in CGL.) Read More …

High-Capacity Rail Line Sabotaged

A few nights ago, an anarchist settler sabotaged CN’s main transcontinental rail line. If TC Energy wanted to transport anything from southern Ontario or further east to CGL sites in BC, it’s likely that this they’d use this line. I was careful to choose a secluded site since it would take longer to work alone. I used the copper wire method described here. To ensure a good connection, I used steel wool and vinegar to remove rust from the tracks. I think the disruption was successful because wire sparked when I connected the tracks. I left quickly – you should still get out as soon as you can, even if you don’t feel stressed or rushed – and went home. This action was easy to do, even for a completely inexperienced person.

And especially as settlers, we should continue finding opportunities to disrupt this project. CGL continues to threaten destruction of Wet’suwet’en lands and their way of life.

Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en! We’ll continue showing the violent colonial state and CGL that we won’t back down. It’s so easy to block the infrastructure that enables exploitative projects like CGL. Read More …