What kind of day was this, where hundreds of Ontario Provincial Police swarmed a peaceful Mohawk land reclamation?
The answer, of course, is that today was a day like any other.
Centuries of colonialism, settlerism, genocide, racism… different words which in this case describe the same process of displacement, marginalization and violent oppression.
I had to laugh seeing a white woman complaining in the video footage on the Pulse site – “Are they going to try and take your land? That’s the big issue,” she said. Ironic no?
What follows is a list of some of the news stories and press releases that have come out today.
- Rotisken'rakéhte at Kahnawake announce they will “establish defensive vigils at each entry point within our territory in support of our brothers and sisters at Caledonia.”
- Politicians point fingers, dodge duties as native frustration builds: critics, (Sue Bailey, Canadian Press)
- Shadow of Ipperwash looms large during latest police raid on native protest (Jennifer Graham, Canadian Press)
- Police stage pre-dawn raid of native occupation (Canadian Press)
- Tensions in Six Nations Rises (Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs)
- OPP Statement on Protesters Removed From Caledonia Housing Development (Ontario Provincial Pigs)
- Aboriginal standoffs in Canada (Canadian Press)
- Raid Retreat (Pulse News) with some pretty good video footage
- Video footage from CTV news (including an interview with Janie Jamieson)
Once again: people need to get to the reclamation site in Caledonia if they can (directions below). If you can’t (and let’s face it, most of us can’t) that doesn’t mean nothing can be done. This continent is full of targets. For starters, any wall can be postered, any news outlet can be picketed, any politician can be protested, any street corner can be leafleted.
Oh yeah, and there’s one hell of a lot of land that can be occupied…