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Documentary Screening of “Biimadasahwin: Reclaiming Land Reclaiming Home”

Join us for food, discussion, and a documentary screening of“Biimadasahwin: Reclaiming Land Reclaiming Home.”
December 4, 2:30-4pm, 109 Atkinson, York University.
 last am trapline
Biimadasahwin means “life” in Ojibway. It is the name given to a place and project led by Darlene Necan, elected spokesperson of off-reserve members of Ojibway Nation of Saugeen no.258. She began to make her courageous vision of reclaiming her ancestral Anishinabek territory a reality, by returning to live on her trapline.
In June 2013, CUPE 3903’s The First Nations Solidarity Working Group, supported a log cabin home build led by Darlene  and other women who are rebuilding community power. The cabin sits on Darlene’s trapline and serves as a meeting place for community political organizing.
In August, Darlene and her organization, Northern Starlights Citizens of Saugeen, led the building of infrastructure for Biimadasahwin to be a gathering and teaching place for youth, community members and supporters.
On December 4, 2:30pm, 109 Atkinson, we will screen a short documentary which shares Darlene’s story and showcases the collective home building project, Saugeen land and people in Northwestern Ontario. Come learn about and support this inspiring project!

November 28, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Call out for Court Support November 27th

Wednesday November 27th 10am
Cayuga Courthouse, 55 Munsee St. N., Cayuga

                                   Rides leave from Keele Subway, Toronto at 8:15 am                                       

Cayuga Court House, Summer 2013

Cayuga Court House, Summer 2013

                                                                     See below for info for other cities.

Facebook event:

Support Six Nations land defender Theresa “Toad” Jamieson at the Cayuga courthouse on Wednesday November 27th at 10am.

At the last court date, Toad “read Deskaheh’s last speech in its entirety to the court. She spoke of the past and present strategies used by the Canadian government in attempting to assimilate and disorganize traditional societies and to annihilate entire nations and their relationship to their land. Her statement emphasized the injustice found in the imposition of colonial law against a people, a confederacy of original nations, living on their own land, and following their own system of laws – the Great Peace”.  Read more:

On Wednesday Nov.27th, we will show support for and celebrate the strength of Toad and all other criminalized land defenders who only continue to fight. We will hear the final submissions to the court.

Toad has been defending Indigenous land rights and Kanonhstaton, the Six Nations Reclamation site, ever since the land near Caledonia, ON was reclaimed by Six Nations in February 2006. Toad is being dragged through the courts because of charges stemming from anti-Native rights activist Gary McHale’s provocations. (See below for more info).

Toad is defending herself in court, asserting that the Canadian justice system violates both the Two Row Wampum treaty and the rightful law – the Great Law of Peace – of the stolen land on which the courthouse stands.

Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of dollars have gone towards policing and court costs for McHale’s actions which result in criminalizing Indigenous women, such as Toad, for defending the land and responding to direct racism. The Two Row Society wants to call attention to the discrepancy between this approach and the complete lack of government resources dedicated to a national public inquiry into the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

As Toad fights for the land, she fights for all of us. Packing the court with supporters, sends a powerful message. Join us!

-The Two Row Society, First Nations Solidarity Working Group, The Two Row Society #FreeToad

If you can drive or need a ride from any of these cities:

cities, please contact:

Sara 416-708 9300

Dylan 289-969-5730

Kalin 226-600-5245

Laura 416-888-9704


Additional info:

·   In reaction to the Six Nations reclamation of 2006, Gary McHale and his followers, under the name of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality, set about a campaign against what they call “native lawlessness,” “land claim terrorism,” and “race-based policing”.

·   Beginning in October 2006, McHale has been trying to force his way onto Kanonhstaton. On February 18, 2012, McHale succeeded in entering Kanonhstaton, with a small escort of OPP. Toad and several other Haudenosaunee land defenders were charged as a result of their anger at his racism and his trespassing on Kanonhstaton.

·    In 2009, leaders of CANACE played leading roles in trying to establish a “Caledonia Militia” to stop land defenders.

·   In 2012, several Six Nations land defenders have faced charges as a result of the actions of McHale and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The Two Row Society

Twitter: @TwoRowSociety

November 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Nations Solidarity Working Group – November/December Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:
November 14 – 6pm, Beit Zatoun (612 Markahm St.) – 7pm Two Row Times Event @ Beit Zatoun
November 21 – 7pm, OISE Lobby (252 Bloor St. West)
November 28 – 7pm, OISE Lobby (252 Bloor St. West)
December 12 – 7pm, OISE Lobby (252 Bloor St. West)
Email if you’re a new member attending a meeting. Hope to see you there!

November 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Event to Support and Learn about the Two Row Times, Nov 14, 2013, 7pm, Beit Zatoun

Two Row Times

November 14, 2013, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markam Street, 7pm

Jon Garlow (publisher and owner of the Two Row Times) and Nahnda Garlow (renowned “Scone Dogs and Seed Beads” columnist of the Two Row Times), will speak on Indigenous resurgence and grassroots media, and their vision for the Two Row Times newspaper.

This event is anto learn about and discuss the new, weekly mass circulation newspaper coming out of Six Nations and covering content far beyond. It is working to bring respect for and renew relationships with the Two Row Wampum throughout the Dish with One Spoon Treaty Territory.

Whether you are curious or uninformed about the paper, interested in supporting or contributing to it, or just generally understand the importance of grassroots media – don’t miss this evening of exciting discussion. Let’s build media that speaks the voice of the people, together.

For a short video clip describing the paper, and to support

The Two Row Times

In the words of its publisher and owner, Jonathan Garlow, “the goal of the Two Row Times is to provide timely and relevant news and information to Native communities as well as to serve as a bridge between all nations by promoting and demonstrating the values of the Two Row Wampum.”

The Two Row Wampum – the original agreement between Onkwehon:we people and the new arrivals on this continent – is the guiding light for the paper. The Two Row Times pledges that our actions will be consistent with the principles of the Two Row Wampum and the Kaianerekowa – “the great peace” – a philosophical and constitutional framework that is the basis of the Onkwehon:we worldview and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

The Two Row Times provides a unique Onkwehon:we news source that can unify and uplift all people. We believe that a coming together of native and non-native people to express our common interests in healing the earth, honouring diversity and creating respectful and dignified conditions of life for all is the only way to ensure our continued survival as human beings.

The paper is circulated throughout the Dish with One Spoon, which covers a huge territory surrounding the Great Lakes region and encompasses much of Ontario, New York State, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. The paper currently has a distribution of 20,000, with a vision to grow in number and locations throughout the territory.

The Two Row Times exists because of the need to develop media institutions that can express the interests and experiences of Onkwehon:we people and promote unity with all who want to stop harming each other and to start healing our mother the earth. Communication is an indispensable part of this process. Unlike mainstream media, Onkwehon:we communication is based upon a practice of decolonization. It upholds the Onkwehon:we way of life, it educates the un-informed, and it contributes to the defence of our territories by drawing attention to the actions of Onkwehon:we peoples.

November 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FNSWG Upcoming meetings November/December 2013

Upcoming Meetings:
October 31 – 7pm, OISE Lobby (252 Bloor St. West)
November 14 – 6pm, Beit Zatoun (612 Markahm St.) – 7pm Two Row Times Event @ Beit Zatoun
November 28 – 7pm, OISE Lobby (252 Bloor St. West)
December 12 – 7pm, OISE Lobby (252 Bloor St. West)
Email if you’re a new member attending a meeting. Hope to see you there!

October 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bus locations for peaceful protest against racist anti-native militia (update KW info)

Buses will be leaving from Hamilton, Toronto and Guelph and Kitchener/Waterloo.

KITCHENER/WATERLOO: Kitchener City Hall, 3 PM

GUELPH: corner of Norfolk and Paisley 4:00 PM

TORONTO: north-east area of Dufferin Mall parking lot (Dufferin, south of Bloor) 4:30 PM sharp departure time

HAMILTON Bus departing from CUPE 3906 office, McMaster 5pm. (office is in Wentworth House, 1280 Main St. W) Email to reserve spot on bus. Hamilton contact:

There are carpools being planned from Peterborough.  If you are planning on attending this protest, or would like to arrange a carpool or have any other questions, please email <> so we can plan and co-ordinate buses.

Please bring food and water for yourself. There is a suggested donation of 10$, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Canadians Should Support Six Nations Land Rights

This is the text of a leaflet that was developed by the Community Friends group in Caledonia Ontario and distributed with the support of members of CUPE 3903

1. Because their claim is just and right. Canada has a long and shameful history of mistreating First Nations peoples. Canada has broken treaty after treaty and has refused to fulfill its obligations to First Nation peoples, the Six Nations people included. Despite the fact that the Six Nations people have always been (and remain to this day) a national Confederation with whom the British crown entered into nation to nation agreements, the Canadian government imposed its own “Indian Act” by force upon them and encouraged the illegal sale and theft of land and revenue belonging to Six Nations. Respect for First Nations land and treaty rights and respect for indigenous sovereignty is a matter of upholding human rights, international law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Colonization and appropriation of other peoples resources is morally wrong and must be opposed, even if we or some of our ancestors have benefited from it.

2. Because the fault in this conflict lies with the federal Canadian government, not the people of Six Nations or Caledonia. The government knew that the Douglas Creek Estates (DCE) lands were contested when it allowed them to be sold. If the government had developed a comprehensive land claims settlement process and had negotiated in good faith with Six Nations from the start, this problem would never have taken the form it has. People from Six Nations occupied the Douglas Creek Estates to stop a housing development from being built on contested land. Now that the situation has been escalated, non-natives on and off the Haldimand tract can best resolve this issue by pressuring the Canadian government to establish a fair and comprehensive settlement of all outstanding land claims with Six Nations.

3. Because this situation will not be resolved by violence and conflict. The time when the Canadian government or non-native vigilantes could drive first Nations Peoples off their land has passed. Any attempt to use force to resolve the reclamation of Douglas Creek Estates will only make matters far worse and will likely end in bloodshed and serious injury on both sides. As events at Ipperwash and Oka proved, native land rights are political issues that must be solved through dialogue and negotiation. These are political and not “law and order” issues, and the use of force or threat of violence will not resolve them. Might does not make right, and attempts to raise the level of tension through the Friday night rallies in the Canadian Tire parking lot or through proposed events like the October 15 march against the reclamation site will only make the situation worse and increase the likelihood of people being injured or even killed.

4. Because the environment and our quality of life is improved by recognizing first Nations land rights. The conflict over the Douglas Creek Estates and the future conflicts brewing over the Haldimand tract stem from the greed of real estate developers who are turning farmlands, animal habitat and countryside into suburban sprawl in order to enrich themselves. This way of life is not sustainable in the long-term and although it makes profits for the bankers, realtors and lawyers it does not benefit rural life or the average people in small towns like Caledonia. As suburban sprawl spreads small businesses are pushed out by the major chains and big box stores, farmers are pushed off the land and our natural environment is degraded. First Nations peoples have a long history of protecting the environment and of respecting nature. A recognition of their rights will ensure that the lands on and around the Haldimand tract are not ecologically devastated by further suburban sprawl or clogged up by excessive road traffic and smog.

5. Because it is the only way that Caledonia as a community can heal itself and move forward. The people of Six Nations and of Caledonia live closely connected lives, sharing schools, workplaces, friendships and families. The tensions caused by this conflict need to be resolved. The people of Six Nations have made clear over and over again that they are not calling for the removal of non-natives from their lands. No non-natives living in Caledonia are at risk of eviction. What Six Nations wants is the compensation they are owed and recognition of their land and treaty rights. It is possible for natives and non-natives to live together in peace and harmony, but in order to have peace there must be justice.

Community Friends for Peace and Understanding with Six Nations

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment