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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
Arihwakehte (Clifton Nicholas)
Jean St-Vil (Jafrikayiti)
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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
Madame Magalie is the coordinator of the Vwa Zanset association (Voices of the
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)
Kanehsatake. He has been an active member of the resistance to James
his policies and the KMP in Kanehsatake.
Jean St-Vil (pen name Jafrikayiti) was born and raised in
now residing in Ottawa. He is an active member of the Haitian Lawyers
Network and is also the founding president of REKA, an internet-based
Haitian Kreyol promoters (www.kreyol.org).
Yves is a Montreal-based activist and writer. He recently traveled to
The Canadian government played a leading role in planning, supporting
orchestrating the coup that overthrew Haiti’s popular and
democratically-elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in February
justification of such disregard for another nation’s sovereignty,
democracy was afforded the Canadian government by the United
"Responsibility to Protect principle. This principle has
been described as "a
new ‘humanitarian intervention’-based doctrine to be rooted in
amidst a virtual rewriting of the UN Charter that calls for the
of imperialism. At the present time, by aligning itself
traditional colonial powers - the United States and France - Canada
supports the tyrannical puppet-government in Haiti. The Canadian
recently hosted a conference in Montreal, inviting members of the
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
Prime Minister Gérard Latortue, Denis Coderre (Canadian Special
Haiti), and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. Meanwhile,
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
political interests. After overthrowing the yoke of colonial
control 200 years
ago, the people of Haiti are now threatened with becoming a colony once
Canada’s implication in the hijacking of Haiti’s affairs has rightfully
accusations that it is assuming a more overt role as a colonial power.
However, Canadian colonialism is clearly nothing new to Indigenous
Practices of genocide, assimilation, exploitation and expropriation
this day within the colonial borders of Canada. In the Mohawk
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,
James Gabriel deceitfully signed Bill S-24, the "Kanehsatake Land Based
Governance Act". Despite being ousted from office by the
Kanehsatake through a no-confidence vote, Gabriel’s spurious
sole legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian government was reinforced
Canadian court ruling which overturned the community’s decision. The
and provincial governments have since actively funded Gabriel’s
politically-aligned Kanehsatake Mohawk Police (KMP), a force notorious
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
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) and Jacques Chagnon (Quebec
of Public Security) signed the Tripartite Policing Agreement with James
in May 2004 which, among other things, gave unprecedented powers over
matters in Kanehsatake to Gabriel. At the present time, there is a
threat of the KMP (with Sureté du Québec or RCMP backing)
community to "protect James Gabriel as he begins his re-election
The situations in Haiti and Kanehsatake show that Canada’s promoted
as peace-broker is unjustified and farcical. Links must be made which
Canada’s role as a colonial and imperial state so that governments and
corporations which stand to gain from these injustices can be
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.