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    The Canadian Invation of Haudenosaunee Territory

    6. The Canadian Invasion of Haudenosaunee Territory Charles Stewart, the new Superintendent of Indian Affairs under the MacKenzie King administration, does not seem to have understood the political complexity of the office he was charged with at first. What happened next illustrates the illusory nature of representative government in...
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    Home and Native Land

    By Elizabeth Doxtater The media (even some native media) describe us as ‘Native Canadian’ or ‘Canadian First Nations’. We are neither. This Canadian adjective can cause confusion, but can be explained using treaties. Treaties can only be made between nations. Native vs. Canadian disagreements are not ‘domestic’, rather, they...
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    True colours begin to shine through for Justin’s government

    By Thohahoken Last week, Justin Trudeau’s government tried to stop Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba from issuing a ruling promised for February 15, 2017 on the liability of Canada for Ontario Indigenous children’s loss of cultural identity during the Sixties Scoop. The Sixties Scoop era from 1965 to1984...
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    Boyden: an imposter under Native Law

    According to the customs of the Mohawk Nation, the author Joseph Boyden is a fraud, an impostor, an imposition and an impediment. One who has exploited a mythical indigenous identity for material gain. In the U.S., there is a law, the Indian Acts and Crafts Act of 1990, which...
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    Help the people, not the knock-offs

    The first time I travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico, my family’s kind and openhearted Hopi friends told us to “not purchase Kachina dolls” when we visited souvenir shops. I had no idea what they were. When it was explained to me, I could compare the Kachina dolls importance...
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    Let each nation be responsible for its own members

    At the beginning of the Revolutionary War the Iroquois tried to remain neutral but it did not take them long to realize that neither the English or the Americans intended to leave their country out of the war. At a great council at Onondaga, the Capital of the Six...
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    The Art of Reconciliation

    Challenge and Triumph is an artwork created to represent Six Nations of the Grand River at the 2015 Pan and Para Pan American Games in Toronto, Ont., and surrounding areas. The artwork bears four major themes: Achievements of Six Nations long distance runner Tom Longboat, Icon and symbol representing...
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    Joseph Boyden statements on indigenous roots too vague, say academics

    TORONTO — Joseph Boyden’s recent public statement and interviews about his indigenous roots are too vague and don’t fully address the heart of the controversy surrounding his heritage, say academics. Late last month, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network reporter Jorge Barrera launched an investigation into claims of indigenous ancestry the...
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    A warning to science teachers

    Science in part is about asking questions then looking for an answer with an open mind, but apparently in Ontario today some questions can get you into trouble. My name is Tim Sullivan and I have been teaching high school science, biology, and physics in Ontario for 17 years....
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    Mid-winter Ceremonies begin

    As these ceremonies are sacred to our people, I will not be describing them or speaking of their contents or purpose. Kaianerehserako:wa (guy-yan-nay-leh-say-la-go-wah) or the Great Law in it’s essence is a way of living to uphold peace. This law was given to us — as many already know...
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    The drive to Standing Rock

    I started out alone on a Friday into the darkness of an early December evening; heading due north out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, into Colorado on a snowy mountainous drive in my 1990 Mercedes E200 with near 300,000 miles. My war pony was packed with supplies. I thought...
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    A message for today, Part Two

    By the late Mrs. Alma Greene SIX NATIONS – Alma Greene, Mohawk historian, elder, author and seer wrote a letter in the 1960s or ‘70s calling for the abolition of the Indian Act. This letter was a submission she made to the Indian Affairs office regarding the historically based...
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