The Tyendinaga Support Committee is a group in Toronto working to gather support for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) in their struggles for land and justice and against criminal prosecution. To get involved, to lend your support, or if you have any questions, please email: support.tmt (at) gmail.com
- CN construction destructive, land claim unresolved (Feb 20, 2010)
- A Night on Water Justice (Sept 12, 2009)
- Struggle Continues Against Armed Border Guards in Akwesasne (June 29, 2009)
- UPDATE: Seven Mohawks remain in prison after OPP assault (June 12, 2009)
- OPP Assault on Mohawks: Mohawk Women re-take Skyway Bridge (June 12, 2009)
- Tyendinaga Answers Akwesasne's Call (June 7, 2009)
- CN: Drop your racist lawsuit! (Apr 2, 2009)
- Amnesty International Open Letter (Nov 12, 2008)
- Warrants Issued: 30 Mohawks Facing Arrest (Nov 5, 2008)
- Crown Buys Fantino's Silence with Brant's Freedom (Sept 29, 2008)
- The OPP and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (Sept 29, 2008)
- 11th Hour Decision: Court of Appeal Throws Out Publication Ban Again (July 19, 2008)
- Press Conference Announcement (July 18, 2008)
- Shawn Brant Released from Custody! (June 27, 2008)
- Public Event - Ipperwash Inquiry: Lessons Unlearned? (June 17, 2008)
- Two Tyendinaga Mohawk Prisoners Released (June 5, 2008)
- CUPE Ontario Passes Resolution in Support of Tyendinaga (June 5, 2008)
- Update from Quinte Regional Detention Centre (May 28, 2008)
- More Charges Laid: Clampdown Intensifies (May 20, 2008)
- Punchclock Showcase No. 2: Shawn Brant is No Criminal (May 16-17, 2008)
- OPP Weaponry and Escalation:
Update on the Struggle for the Culbertson Tract (May 13, 2008)
- Shawn Brant's Arrest - Statement by Sue Collis, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (May 4, 2008)
- Tense Standoff Continues in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (April 27, 2008)
- Ontario Jails Five More First Nations People Involved in Land Struggles (April 27, 2008)
- Hollow Victory: Shawn Brant Acquitted of Threat Charges (April 18, 2008)
- Prosecution Seeks Minimum 12 Years of Federal Penitentiary Time (October 15, 2007)
- Shawn Brant Released from Custody (August 30, 2007)
- Protesters win another round in police battle (Belleville Intelligencer, October 9, 2009)
- School water issue heating up (Belleville Intelligencer, October 6, 2009)
- Shawn Brant gets five-month sentence (Belleville Intelligencer, Jul 22, 2009)
- Ontario bridge reopens after tense native-police standoff (Canwest News Service, June 12, 2009)
- Ontario bridge protest remains `volatile' (Canwest News Service, June 12, 2009)
- Aboriginal rail blockades justified, serve to raise awareness: lawyer (Canadian Press, Apr 7, 2009)
- Second Lawsuit Launched (Belleville Intelligencer, Dec 23, 2008)
- Mohawk residents file $74M lawsuit against band council, owner of operation (Belleville Intelligencer, Dec 16, 2008)
- Post office takes a flyer (Toronto Star, Nov 27, 2008)
- Police station delivery thwarted by protesters (Belleville Intelligencer, Oct 30, 2008)
- Mohawk protester Brant gets light penalty for blockades (CBC News, Sept 29, 2008)
- New Mohawk police building put on hold after protesters set up blockade (Belleville Intelligencer, Sept 24, 2008)
- No polls on reserve Oct. 14 (Belleville Intellgencer, Sept 23, 2008)
- Police Posing as Reporters Erodes Press Freedom, says CJFE (July 30, 2008)
- OPP forgets lessons of Ipperwash (Toronto Star, July 30, 2008)
- No progress made on Culbertson Tract (Belleville Intelligencer, July 26, 2008)
- Police chief sues OPP over firing (Brantford Expositor, July 25, 2008)
- Media Reports and Documents on Commissioner Fantino and OPP Wiretaps (July 2008)
- No compromise from Mohawks (Belleville Intelligencer, June 26, 2008)
- Kingston developer faces 45 days in jail (Napanee Guide, June 23, 2008)
- Police hoped to keep Brant behind bars: defence lawyer (Belleville Intelligencer, June 20, 2008)
- Report slams Fantino (Belleville Intelligencer, June 4, 2008)
June 17, 2008
Ipperwash Inquiry: Lessons Unlearned?
OPP Escalation and Weaponry at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Tuesday, JUNE 17th, 2008
842 College Street West (just west of Ossington)
Doors open at 6pm / Event begins at 7pm
PWYC - Donations appreciated
(all proceeds go to the Tyendinaga Legal Defence Fund)
Download a flyer for this event (PDF, 530kb)
Download a poster (PDF, 316kb)
** Representative from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
** Representative from CUPE Ontario, to speak on the recent passing of CUPE Ontario’s Resolution 38, in support of indigenous struggle for the land, against the criminalization of indigenous resistance, and in support of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, and spokesperson Shawn Brant, and how we can build on this important step forward.
** Jackie Esmonde, Lawyer, counsel at the Ipperwash inquiry and has worked at Aboriginal Legal Services.
Also featuring Slide-Show / Audio from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and short films.
In April 2008, the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga was subject to an unacceptable escalation of police tactics, including the drawing of guns by OPP officers on unarmed Mohawks. At the time, the OPP laid unfounded, fear-mongering claims, saying they saw ‘one long gun’ at the quarry reclamation site, a land reclamation which the Mohawks have been holding for more than a year, as part of their struggle for the return of the Culbertson Tract. Psychological warfare on the part of the police resulted in a tense face-off between the OPP and unarmed community members that lasted for days. More than a month later, 16 men and women from Tyendinaga are facing charges, one of whom - Shawn Brant - remains in maximum security pre-trial custody.
In 1995, the extra-judicial execution by an OPP officer of Dudley George was found to be the inevitable result of centuries of discrimination and dispossession rooted in racism. In the findings of Justice Sidney Linden’s Ipperwash Inquiry, the conclusion was reached that Ipperwash revealed a deep schism in Canada’s relationship with First Nations peoples and was symbolic of a grevious history of destructive government policies. The Inquiry made constructive findings and recommendations regarding policing, appalling decision-making, the wrongful use of force against indigenous people, and the racist demeanor of Ontario’s then-Premier Harris and the police.
Despite these findings, it appears that Ontario has opted for the criminalization of First Nations people over the resolution of outstanding land issues, and the adoption of Justice Linden’s Ipperwash Inquiry policing recommendations are experiencing some delay. During the recent road closures in April, an OPP officer on the scene audibly commented to her colleagues, “We should just shoot them (Mohawks) all.” And while in custody at the Napanee OPP Detachment, several different officers repeatedly informed Shawn Brant that they were going to “slit his throat”. Just this week, Stan Jolly, a retired Ontario public servant who served as advisor to almost a dozen provincial attorney generals, publicized his 41-page report into the suspension and dismissal of Tyendinaga police chief Larry Hay, in which he strongly criticizes the actions of OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, in first suspending Hay for eight months before firing the veteran officer for allegedly making a series of racially-charged comments about the OPP and RCMP to a student newspaper reporter last April.
The current situation in Tyendinaga is developing into a sweeping crack-down on community members, the stifling of resistance to increased policing and further development of the Culbertson Tract, while federal monies are being poured into the Territory for policing matters. What lessons have really been learned, in the 13 years since Dudley George was killed? To what lengths are the authorities prepared to go, in order to quash indigenous resistance and sovereignty?
Join us as we hear from speakers who will discuss these issues. A CUPE rep will speak on the recent passing of Resolution 38 at the CUPE Ontario Convention, and the labour movement’s support for Tyendinaga and how we can build on this important step forward. The evening will also feature a slide-show of recent photographs and audio interviews from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and short films.
Hosted by the Tyendinaga Support Committee and more ...
For more information, please contact: support.tmt (at) gmail.com