Report: “The Land Reclamation at Caledonia/Kanonhstaton: Two Years Later...”

On February 28, on the second anniversary of the start of the Six Nations land reclamation at Caledonia, McMaster University was the site of the important event, “The Land Reclamation at Caledonia/Kanonhstaton: Two Years Later...” The day-long event brought together many of the major figures of this historic and ongoing struggle. The following is a brief summary of the first part of the event.

The event began with an extended preview of the new documentary, “The Dish With One Spoon” co-directed by Dawn Martin-Hill, academic director at McMaster's Indigenous Studies program and long time Six Nations activist. The documentary aims to inform the public on the history of the Six Nations, on the key treaties signed between the Six Nations and the British Crown, the long list of broken treaties and historic injustices committed by the Canadian government as well as on the contemporary struggle at Caledonia. Viewers will be struck by the blatant theft of Six Nations land and funds by the Canadian government, the deep racism that the current struggle has brought to the surface of this supposedly multicultural and peaceful country and the peaceful determination of the Six Nations to continue to struggle according to the principles of their constitution, the Great Law of Peace.

Janie Jamieson, one of the initiators of the land reclamation spoke following the film. She emphasized that she chose to fight back after “being backed into a corner” by the poverty and violence experienced in her life as a Six Nations woman and that she is “fighting for our right to exist” as a people. She stressed that this struggle is not only the struggle of the Six Nations but of all people who wish to stop the damage being done to the environment.
Speaking of the divisions that exist within the Six Nations, she said that “struggle creates unity” and that this struggle “made us realize what we are capable of.”

Report: “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land” Tour in Hamilton

On February 13, 2008 the “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land” speaking tour passed through Hamilton. The speakers included Kanahus Pellkey, a Secwepemc and Ktnuxa Warrior and member of the Native Youth Movement. They spoke while taking care of their very young children who occasionally grabbed the attention of the 50+ crowd with their laughter and curiosity. Despite the title of the talk, the 2010 Olympics were only briefly mentioned as the speakers spoke freely on a wide range topics. The following is a summary of some of the key themes that we picked up on.

Regarding the 2010 Olympics, the speakers described them as a land grab by global investors in order to profit from the unceeded lands of the St'at'imc and Squamish territories. They see this as yet another act of colonization using the spectacle of the Olympics to cover up the fact. They mentioned how the Olympics are portrayed as a symbol global peace and cooperation when in fact they are about environmental and cultural destruction, colonization and exploitation.

Speaking within a university, they contrasted Canada's system of education with their own which is based on the passing of knowledge from women to children and which is focused on living off the land and on transmitting culture and history. They spoke of the disastrous effects of Canada's residential schools on indigenous peoples and the difficulties of dealing with the consequences of widespread and institutionalized racism, sexual abuse and cultural genocide faced by a whole generation. One of the speakers saw this latest wave of indigenous struggles as the first awakenings after the end of the residential school system.

Activists Demand for Action in Aid of The Homeless

On Tuesday, as a result of the death of another homeless person, an Aboriginal man who froze to death in a stairwell at Yonge and Charles, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty organized an emergency action at Toronto City Hall. According to Gaetan Heroux, an OCAP organizer, city officials laughably claimed that there were adequate shelter spaces and service provisions for the homeless, defying claims by the very people, social workers and others, staffed at the shelters.

Media>> Challenging Corporate Media

Independent media has a rich, long history. Linchpin is following in and updating a tradition known for dissent, diversity, and the creation, cultivation and communication of new and challenging ideas, writes Greg Macdougall

Anarchism In Ottawa Insert For Linchin Issue 2

Common Cause is a newly-formed provincial Anarchist organization. It formed in late September, after a founding conference in Toronto where members decided on a basis of unity and policy. The intention is to begin the process of building an organization of thousands that will have a presence in every town, workplace and neighbourhood across the province.

The first main project of this organization is a website and bi-monthly newspaper. These are entitled Linchpin and can be found online at

Spoken Word: Slamming Capital

The spirit of community abounds in Ottawa’s poetry scene, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the latest CD The House of Words by Free Will, a member of the Capital Poetry Collective, writes Kathryn Hunt.

Graphic Novel: Through the Blog of War

One of the most buzzed online web comics of the year finally got a hard copy release this side of the pond last month. It's called Shooting War and James R has the review.

Like many graphic novels, Shooting War reaches into a future dystopia to stick some allegories about the present up our ass for some awkward digestion. The setting this time round is a 2011 Iraq. There's a My Lai massacre a minute, a McDonalds on every block and mortars are raining down on what's left of the Green Zone like it was Saigon '75.

Ideas: Sound of the Police

Since the time we are young we are saturated with images of the friendly cop, there to help you and your community. We are told the police are here to protect us from the "bad guys" and keep us safe from the salivating hordes of criminals just waiting for an opportunity to harm us. But what really is the function of the police? Who are they really here to protect? Here Devin K tries to answer such questions.

Workplace>> The Precarious Revolt

The history of the working class is a history of remarkable innovation and constant renewal. Whenever the bosses think they have buried forever the threat of workers' revolt, workers find, time and again, the means to fight back. Today, the recent blooming of resistance among workers in the low-wage service-sector is one important sign of a renewed struggle against the bosses and their system, writes Lucian.

Interview>> Pan Handling Street Unions

When panhandlers in Ottawa came under attack from a the city’s new police chief they were left with little option but to begin organizing for mutual defense. Here David Brons interviews Andrew Nellis about his work with the Ottawa Panhandlers’ Union.

LINCHPIN>> What is the Ottawa Panhandlers Union and how was it started?

Andrew Nellis>> The Ottawa Panhandlers Union is a shop of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). It's a real union. What we do is run by the panhandlers themselves. The idea is to empower people on the street to fight for themselves…