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  • So what’s the fuss with Tobacco?3

    Just about everyone has heard about the recent “largest tobacco bust” in North American history. There is nary a media source that is reporting all the elements of this raid right. Some have spoken of 400 armed officers of different jurisdictions coming together to carry out coordinated raids on Onhkwehonh:we territories. Other reports spoke of mafia connections to an organized native crime syndicate with the implication being that hundreds of Native peoples were arrested in these raids. Still other reports spoke to the gathering of firearms in the hundreds and a substantial accumulation of marijuana plants along with 3,4, 5, no, wait for it! 6 trailer loads of raw tobacco leaf. So what is the fuss about and why the amazingly disparate descriptions of what actually took place in the Kahnawake and Akwesasne territories?

  • Coalition to Stop Bill C-10 marches forward0

    On Sunday April 27, 2014 the Coalition to Stop Bill C-10 held a successful meeting with some 40 people from about a dozen different organizations in attendance. The group was evenly made up of both native and non-native people and communities and businesses from Moraviantown, Six Nations, Toronto, Fort Erie and elsewhere were represented.

  • Coalition created to fight Bill C-102

    TORONTO – A coalition has been formed against the Harper Government’s Bill C-10 (an act to criminalize Native tobacco). The coalition is currently comprised of a variety of groups which have long taken positions in support of indigenous rights and sovereignty. Signatories to a statement released on the http://billc10.ca/ website include the Law Union of Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, the BASICS Community News Organization, the Two Row Society, and the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903.