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Toad: Onkwehonwe Land Defender

by Zach RuiterOwen SheppardFNSWG

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In the context of the inspiring fight for Native rights in the Idle No More movement, we especially need to support land defenders targeted by anti-Native rights activist Gary McHale and the Ontario Provincial Police.

On December 12th, 2012, Six Nations land defender Theresa “Toad” Jamieson was brought into the courts because of charges stemming from anti-Native rights activist Gary McHale’s provocations. On February 18, 2012, McHale forced his way onto Kanonh

staton, the Six Nations Reclamation site: She is forced to be back in court on Tuesday, December 18th at 2pm.

In fighting for the treaties and the Great Law of Peace, Toad stressed to the courts: ““I don’t accept that law, do you hear me? I don’t accept it. Do you see this? This is a Two Row wampum flag. You’re in the boat and I’m in the canoe, it’s supposed to be equal ruling.”

The judge ruled that Toad was challenging the jurisdiction of the courts and not following the “proper procedure” to do so. Despite wanting to continue with the trial that day, Toad must return to the Cayuga courthouse on December 18th to discuss the matter of jurisdiction.

As Toad fights for the land, she fights for all of us. By packing the court with supporters, we will be showing a powerful, necessary message and force. We support Toad. We will not let the Canadian government ignore the treaties, drag land defenders through the courts and protect the prejudice of anti-Native rights activist Gary McHale, any longer! Join us!  The racist political persecution of land defenders is ongoing with more trails scheduled to be heard at Cayuga Court. 

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