Canada will get no warning next time we strike, says Mohawk

The Canadian government won’t get any warning the next time it faces a major strike against its economy of the scale witnessed in 2007 when Mohawks from Tyendinaga shut down rail-lines and one of Canada’s busiest highways for several hours, according to one of the Mohawks involved in the event.

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By Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
The Canadian government won’t get any warning the next time it faces a major strike against its economy of the scale witnessed in 2007 when Mohawks from Tyendinaga shut down rail-lines and one of Canada’s busiest highways for several hours, according to one of the Mohawks involved in the event.

The blockade caused about $100 million in “economic damage,” according to a 2008 “secret” Canadian Security Intelligence Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act by two academics.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Shawn Brant, who has done jail time over various blockades, said the strategy has changed among some militants who previously gave ample warnings about planned actions.

“We gave the government and society every opportunity. We showed our faces, we didn’t hide anything and the response was a brush off and continued indignation against our people,” said Brant. “There is a movement that is developing that isn’t…giving the same opportunity for people to have input. It is simply going to…unfold and people are going to say, ‘Where the hell did it come from?'”

Brant and several other Mohawks were involved in the June 29, 2007, National Day of Action blockade of Hwy 401 between Ottawa and Toronto. They also blocked rail lines crossing Tyendinaga Mohawk territory near Belleville, Ont.

The rail blockade stopped the movement of about 25 freight trains and 22 passenger trains.

The Assembly of First Nations called for the Day of Action, but distanced itself from the Mohawks’ actions.

“Sabotage of critical infrastructure was a major concern in connection with the 2007 Day of Action,” according to the CSIS memo, which discussed how the threat of sabotage had changed from the Cold War era to the present day.

The document, written by former CSIS director of operations Charles Bisson, was part of a batch of intelligence files obtained by Queen’s University doctoral candidate Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby, an assistant professor from the University of Victoria.

The files, dating from 2005 to 2009, include a list of perceived terror threats against Canada compiled by the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre (ITAC), which includes participation from CSIS, the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, Public Safety, Department of National Defence, and other agencies.

The list of threats includes “Aboriginal extremists,” along with Al Qaeda-linked terrorists, Hezbollah-linked terrorists, home-grown Islamic terrorists, the Tamil Tigers, Quebec separatists, “lone wolf” operatives and “multi-issue extremists” like environmentalists, anti-capitalists and animal rights activists.

The ITAC list is included in several reports titled, The Threat from Terrorists and Extremists.

The reports note that the vast majority of conflicts between Canada and First Nations “are successfully resolved by peaceful means.”

The examples of conflicts cited in the documents include the 1990 Oka crisis, the 1995 Ipperwash occupation in Ontario, the 2006 Six Nations land reclamation in Caledonia, Ont., and the 2009 shut-down of the Canada-U.S. border-crossing by authorities after Akwesasne residents refused to allow armed border guards on their territory.

“Disputes over a range of issues including, among other things, land claims, natural resources, self-governance, environmental concerns and social services have resulted in Aboriginal protests that have occasionally turned violent,” the ITAC reports note.

The ITAC documents also note that, “multi-issue extremists and Aboriginal extremists may pursue common causes and both groups have demonstrated the intent and the capability to carry out attacks against critical infrastructure in Canada.”

Brant says it doesn’t concern him to know Canadian authorities include First Nations people as potential terror threats.

“I am proud that they put us in that category and it makes feel that we are working to achieve something,” said Brant. “When we have women that are going missing everyday and when we have communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water and our women and children are suffering, then we should be terrorists. If we have to take actions to bring out some concrete resolutions and changes to our society and our people, then that is what we have to be doing.”

Former Manitoba First Nation Chief Terry Nelson also makes an appearance in Bisson’s heavily redacted CSIS memo, which is separate from the ITAC assessments. A partially redacted line references someone raising the “possibility of sabotage that could target a planned oil pipeline project in Manitoba.”

Nelson, who authored the Day of Action AFN resolution, said he remembers referring at the time to an Enbridge U.S. oil pipeline explosion in November 2007, that killed two workers who were repairing a leak.

“All we were saying is that the pipelines were essential and we never wanted to see any type of activism like,” said Nelson. “It is possible, but I don’t think anyone said anything specific that we are going to blow up the pipeline. That was never our intention.”

Nelson said authorities have reason to be worried.

“They should be concerned with the way they are treating us,” said Nelson. “The only reason it is a threat is because they created the economics of desperate people. If they had given the Indigenous people a little bit of hope that they are serious about settling the issues, then they wouldn’t have that threat which is a creation of their own policies.”

Nelson is currently preparing to request an audience with the Iranian parliament. He is also planning on leading a caravan from Winnipeg to Ottawa to deliver information to embassies about the situation of First Nations people in Canada.

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5 thoughts on “Canada will get no warning next time we strike, says Mohawk

  1. Vladimir Lenin once said: “You think you are leading, but you are being led”.
    Some members of the Mohawks have been led down the garden path by Commie class warfare propaganda going as far back as the early 1980’s, when the N.Y. Akwesasne supported the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua after it massacred hundreds of Miskito, Sumo and Rama Natives, put survivors in concentration camps (eg “Tasba Pri”), and razed some 66 Native villages to the ground along the Coco river using its infantry and Soviet helicopter gunships.  All of it was done under the direction of Fidel Castro’s advisors who were sent to oversee the communization of Nicaragua’s tribal peoples, incorporating training from brutal East-German STASI intelligence cadres. 
    Marxism/Communism is a brutal European totalitarian system based on class warfare dictatorship.  It has nothing to do with traditional Native tribalism but some Native activists do not realize that.  The Akwesasne Mohawks was one notable example:  When the Sandinistas massacred the Nicaraguan tribes, the Mohawks were dubious and sent one of its council elders — Russell Means — to Nicaragua to investigate.  When Means returned to Akwesasne to affirm that the reports about the Native massacre were true, he was kicked off the council!
    Many Mohawks have lived in denial ever since, and self-delusion about the nature of dictatorships such as Iran and China today, which is rooted in their failure to recognize totalitarianism from yesterday.

  2. All of us know that you can not pic a fight with a Mohawk
    & not expect a repercussion they are a very proud people
    & will fight too the end.Most will say that they are like the rest of the “Nations”
     The time is now for all too come together with all our brothers
    no mater what race & make peace too save our mother earth & stop the rape
    of her it has done some damage over the years most too the Nations of this
    country that hold the EARTH  AS OUR BEING.There is some much technological
    advancement that oil & coal are becoming redundant. Wind, Water & Sun all are free
    & should be a mandate on reserves to convert in my opinion. Aboriginal extremists?
    Give me a break. People who just want to protect the land for all too enjoy.
    8th fire is starting. we are awake.

  3. Ever since 1908 a known Historical Gravesite in Edmonton Alberta has been desecrated among many others on Turtle Island with out any accountability. These historical Graves are NOT protected by law like the rest in Canada. My question has always been WHY?  When ever a new development is started and graves are found the response has always been there are no living descendants so they mean nothing to us. The last desecration was of a young girl of Native background which some of her body ended up once agin in a landfill and treated with disrespect. The city went on to lie and say that the body found was of European decent with out any DNA testing. The place she was desecrated from was from another known gravesite and the property was once part of a Native reserve. The land was sold in the early 1900’s and that parcel of land was an investment from people in Quebec. So there was no settlers on that property. 

    The City of Edmonton is continueing it’s destruction of a known Historical Gravesite with a New Legacy Bridge. Regardless of how the City of Edmonton spins it’s way of not telling the people the truths of how many bodies they have dug out and dumped into landfills they will continue to destroy another cultures Sacred Site. When people can’t defend their Gravesite’s or Sacred Sites with out been called terrorists then people have become very numb to others to put it very politely. 

    If one corners any small rodent it will fight for it’s life to get away. There is no different in what others have to do. Yet these governments will destroy others for their own greed. Sad but True. 

  4. Unfortunately the interpretation of “terrorist” is a little undefined.  Whom is the terrorist? the original people who are from this land, or the naturalized people who specifically work for the government who are specialists at “terrorizing” not only the people of the land, but regular everyday citizens joindered NOT by consent of the “berth certificate” (proper spelling of berth).  Definitions of legal fictions have been changed over the years to keep the average citizen in the dark about their rights.  As far as I know, there is no bill/charter of rights in Canada as it has been changed to suit the idiots who are members of the law society trying to make citizens subservient to their needs (illegal mind you).

    1.  ” the original people who are from this land”

      no they are not from this land..  DNA and archeology prove this

      original immigrants is all they are

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