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Canada: GET OUT!
End colonialism from Kanehsatake to Haiti

Café La Petite Gaulle, 2525 rue Centre (Metro Charlevoix)
January 25, 2005.
Doors: 18h30. Panel: 19h00.
Open to all

With speakers:
Madame Magalie
Arihwakehte (Clifton Nicholas)
Jean St-Vil (Jafrikayiti)
Yves Engler

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Pay what you can
Whisper translation (English-French and French-English) will be provided
The location is wheelchair accessible.
Sorry, childcare will not be available.

For further information, please contact:
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement

ipsm at

Speaker profiles:
Madame Magalie is the coordinator of the Vwa Zanset association (Voices of the
Ancestors),  She is a jurist (licensed in civil law) and
received her B.A in political science.

Arihwakehte (Clifton Nicholas) is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) living in
Kanehsatake. He has been an active member of the resistance to James Gabriel,
his policies and the KMP in Kanehsatake.

Jean St-Vil (pen name Jafrikayiti) was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
now residing in Ottawa. He is an active member of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership
Network and is also the founding president of REKA, an internet-based network of
Haitian Kreyol promoters (

Yves is a Montreal-based activist and writer. He recently traveled to Haiti.


The Canadian government played a leading role in planning, supporting and
orchestrating the coup that overthrew Haiti’s popular and
democratically-elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in February 2004.  A
justification of such disregard for another nation’s sovereignty, autonomy and
democracy was afforded the Canadian government by the United Nations  new
"Responsibility to Protect  principle.  This principle has been described as "a
new ‘humanitarian intervention’-based doctrine to be rooted in international law
amidst a virtual rewriting of the UN Charter that calls for the relegalisation
of imperialism.   At the present time, by aligning itself with Haiti’s
traditional colonial powers - the United States and France - Canada actively
supports the tyrannical puppet-government in Haiti. The Canadian government
recently hosted a conference in Montreal, inviting members of the Haitian
diaspora élite living in Canada, the U.S. and France to discuss the future of
Haiti. Those fortunate enough to attend were able to meet with Haiti’s puppet
Prime Minister Gérard Latortue, Denis Coderre (Canadian Special Adviser for
Haiti), and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.  Meanwhile, members and/or
supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas party were curiously not
invited.  Protestors, mostly from the Haitian diaspora, did provide a challenge
to the legitimacy of such a gathering which clearly favoured elite economic and
political interests.  After overthrowing the yoke of colonial control 200 years
ago, the people of Haiti are now threatened with becoming a colony once again.
Canada’s implication in the hijacking of Haiti’s affairs has rightfully brought
accusations that it is assuming a more overt role as a colonial power.

However, Canadian colonialism is clearly nothing new to Indigenous peoples.
Practices of genocide, assimilation, exploitation and expropriation continue to
this day within the colonial borders of Canada.  In the Mohawk community of
Kanehsatake, a pivotal struggle is being waged which gravely threatens
meaningful Aboriginal self-determination through the municipalisation of
Indigenous territories.  Among other legislation to this effect, ex-Grand Chief
James Gabriel deceitfully signed Bill S-24, the "Kanehsatake Land Based
Governance Act".  Despite being ousted from office by the community of
Kanehsatake through a no-confidence vote, Gabriel’s spurious recognition as
sole legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian government was reinforced by a
Canadian court ruling which overturned the community’s decision. The federal
and provincial governments have since actively funded Gabriel’s
politically-aligned Kanehsatake Mohawk Police (KMP), a force notorious for its
lack of training and volatile nature.  It was this same police force that was
forcefully resisted and kicked out by the community in January 2004.
Subsequently, Anne McLellan (Deputy Prime Minister and federal Minister of
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) and Jacques Chagnon (Quebec Minister
of Public Security) signed the Tripartite Policing Agreement with James Gabriel
in May 2004 which, among other things, gave unprecedented powers over policing
matters in Kanehsatake to Gabriel. At the present time, there is a looming
threat of the KMP (with Sureté du Québec or RCMP backing) invading the
community to "protect  James Gabriel as he begins his re-election campaign.

The situations in Haiti and Kanehsatake show that Canada’s promoted reputation
as peace-broker is unjustified and farcical. Links must be made which expose
Canada’s role as a colonial and imperial state so that governments and
corporations which stand to gain from these injustices can be targeted.  The
January 19th panel will seek to expose the wars Canada wages both abroad and at
home.  It will also stress the importance of solidarity work with those in Haiti
and Kanehsatake who are resisting Canadian aggression.