Shawn Brant speaks from jail

Posted by admin on Aug 9th, 2009

By MARK BONOKOSKI, Toronto Sun, 9th August 2009

LINDSAY — Mohawk activist Shawn Brant, his customary camouflage fatigues replaced by an orange prison jumpsuit, looks weary — and is weary. Weary of it all. “This one, this stint in prison, has been the hardest on me, and the hardest on my family,” he admits, speaking over a telephone intercom, and sitting behind protective glass at the provincial superjail here. Brant has been behind bars since June 10 — ironically the first anniversary of National Day of Reconciliation for Canada’s First Nations, and the federal government’s apology for the Indian residential schools — when approximately 100 OPP and First Nations police stormed in at dawn to end the Mohawk blockage of the Skyway Bridge near Deseronto.

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Police arrest Tynedinaga blockaders; Ontario bridge reopens

Posted by admin on Jun 12th, 2009

By Jorge Barrera, Canwest News Service June 12, 2009

The Skyway Bridge near Deseronto, Ont. reopened late Friday afternoon after a morning of “hand-to-hand” clashes between about 40 Ontario Provincial Police officers and protesters who had blocked the bridge, about 200 km east of Toronto. “These are some of the ripple effects we are feeling as a result of the federal government’s lack of action in entering into proper and adequate dialogue with the Mohawks of Akwesasne,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid, who added the province had urged the federal government to “enter into meaningful dialogue” to resolve the dispute.

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Tyendinaga protesters block Ontario bridge in solidarity with Akwesasne opposing arming of border guards

Posted by admin on Jun 8th, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009 | 6:23 PM ET. CBC News

About 40 Mohawk protesters blocked a bridge in eastern Ontario Sunday evening in support of a nearby First Nations community engaged in a standoff with the federal government over the arming of border guards. Protesters blocked either side of the Skyway bridge, which spans the Bay of Quinte near Belleville, Ont., and links the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Prince Edward County.

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List of native conflicts grows as six protesters arrested at Pembroke gravel quarry

Posted by admin on May 22nd, 2009

By Brendan Kennedy, The Ottawa Citizen; with files from The Montreal Gazette. May 22, 2009
The arrest Wednesday of six First Nations protesters near Pembroke could be a part of what is shaping up to be a summer of discontent among Ontario natives frustrated over a growing list of outstanding issues. The protesters, led by Grant Tysick, chief of the Kinounchepirini Algonquin, were arrested in the early morning after a 34-hour blockade of a gravel quarry west of Pembroke. The blockade at Eastway Developments on Henan Road was broken up by Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers and members of the OPP’s Emergency Response Team around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The men were arrested without incident and there were no physical confrontations of any kind, police said.

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Campaign: CN: Drop your racist lawsuit! Support the Mohawks of Tyendinaga

Posted by admin on Apr 2nd, 2009

CN: Drop your racist lawsuit! Support the Mohawks of Tyendinaga
Call out for a month-long phone and fax campaign

Canadian National Railway is suing Shawn Brant, Jason Maracle, and Tara Green as well as their families and community (Jane and John Doe, also named in the suit).  CN’s lawsuit is a response to a blockade on CN tracks during April 2007, and another lawsuit against Shawn Brant for a blockade on June 29, 2007. CN has not yet specified the amount in damages they are seeking.

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CN Sues Tyendinaga Protesters Over Blockades

Posted by admin on Mar 27th, 2009

By KIRK MAKIN, JUSTICE REPORTER; March 27, 2009 – Globe & Mail

In an aggressive response to a series of train-track blockades in 2007, Canadian National Railways is suing three aboriginal activists for disrupting its flow of business. CN alleges the blockades intimidated employees, dislocated the flow of rail traffic, precipitated layoffs and caused “significant economic damages due to compounded delays in delivery of bulk commodities and goods.” However, an aboriginal leader targeted in the lawsuit, Shawn Brant, said yesterday that CN is naive to believe heavy-handed legal action will deter activists from protesting its role in wrongfully expropriating and exploiting aboriginal land.

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Mohawk residents file $74M lawsuit against band council, owner of operation

Posted by admin on Dec 18th, 2008

Belleville Intelligencer, December 16 2008

TYENDINAGA TERRITORY — A group of residents, fed-up with what they charge is an “illegal” quarry and asphalt plant here, have launched a $74-million lawsuit against the Mohawk band council, varying levels of government and the owner of the operation, The Intelligencer has learned. In a 40-page statement of claim filed in Belleville court last week, a group claiming to represent the majority of those living on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory alleges both projects “are extremely detrimental to the environment and to human life and habitat on the Mohawk Territory. The environment and human life and habitat are being irreparably harmed by these projects.”
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Shawn Brant receives conditional sentence

Posted by admin on Sep 29th, 2008

Mainstream News article follows Tyendinaga Support Committee Statement

CROWN BUYS FANTINO’S SILENCE WITH BRANT’S FREEDOM- Statement from the Tyendinaga Support Committee: Today, in a Belleville court, a conviction for three counts of mischief was entered against Mohawk spokesperson Shawn Brant for his role in the CN rail line and Highway 401 blockades which took place in April and June, 2007. Brant has been ordered to stay on the Tyendinaga reserve for three months and to be on probation for one year. Originally, the Crown had been asking for 12 years in jail for Brant. While Shawn Brant will face no more jail time for the blockades and will not go to trial, there are still 16 people from the Tyendinaga facing criminal charges for defending their community.

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Fire OPP commissioner over threats to Tyendinaga protester

Posted by admin on Jul 21st, 2008

Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen. Published: Monday, July 21, 2008

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino should resign after making “threatening, inflammatory” comments to a native leader during a standoff last summer, according to the provincial NDP. Peter Kormos, a Southern Ontario MPP and a frequent critic of Mr. Fantino, says the province’s top cop was contravening the spirit of the Ipperwash report when he threatened activist Shawn Brant last summer by saying he would do “everything I can within your community and everywhere else to destroy your reputation.” “He’s crossed the line once again,” Mr. Kormos said Monday in an interview. “And this time, with his bombastic Rambo rhetoric he has gone too far.” The comments come from telephone conversations between the two men in June 2007, when Mr. Brant led a blockade of Highway 401 and rail line near the Eastern Ontario town of Deseronto.

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Shawn Brant Released from Custody

Posted by admin on Jun 30th, 2008

After 62 days in jail, Shawn Brant has finally been released from custody!  Shawn was being held on trumped up charges alleging he had assaulted a white local businessman during recent road blockades aimed at stopping a development planned on stolen Mohawk land. The blockades succeeded inconvincing the developer to back off. Charges arose when eager OPP officers learned that Shawn had challenged two racist locals (the LaLondes) when they attacked a small group of mainly Mohawk women and children.  LaLonde flew into a rage when he was turned back at the roadblock, wielding a bat at protesters, and hitting a woman with his car. Although Mohawks called 911 the police never laid any charges against Lalonde.

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