Our Home on Native Land
Shortly after forming, the IPSM
organized a conference called Our
Home on Native Land.
Since the spring of 2004, Kanehsatake
has become one of the main foci of our work. At this time, our
support was primarily in the form of presence. We worked to
ensure a consistent watch in the community to observe police operations
and bare witness in the event of police violence. IPSM members
participated regularly, and there was also a steady stream of observers
from Montréal and elsewhere, both Native and non-Native.
It was during this time that many close ties with community members
were developed, and, as a group and individuals, we came to learn the
intricate history of James Gabriel's scramble for power and the
regular, daily conflicts with police.
Our involvement would increase as we went on to organize two speaking
events, a march, and, most recently, a public mobilizing meeting to
provide an opportunity for participating in solidarity work with the
people of Kanehsatake. Both speaking events drew large crows, and
the Anti-canada Day march toured through a drizzling downtown, with
over a hundred people visiting some of the offices engaged in the
exploitation of Kanehsatake and its people.
Native Youth Delegation