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Kahnawake First Nation attacking the human rights of its citizens


Waneek Horn-Miller, Mohawk Olympian and Human Rights Advocate, and Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller, New Sun Visiting Aboriginal Scholar, Carleton University, are sisters, and members of the Kahawake First Nations, near Montreal.

Waneek is in a common-law relationship with a non-indigenous man, they have two children, and own a house on the reserve. In Kahnawake, if you marry out, you are supposed to move out.

Now seven people, including Waneek, are suing the band council over its law that bans "mixed-race" couples from living on its territory.

In the past few years, we have witnessed a reinvigoration of the indigenous rights movement in Canada. This movement is being given new life by a generation of Indigenous Peoples who are savvy in social media and the subsequent globalization of issues.

Urban, reserve, full-blood, part-native, non-native and all different kinds of people have come together in the fight to have indigenous rights recognized and historical wrongs remedied. In turn, it appears that the Canadian public is beginning to understand and be mobilized because, "it’s the right thing to do."

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Mohawks seek to remove non-natives from Kahnawake

These positive turns in mainstream opinion about Indigenous Peoples, and the subsequent momentum, are greatly affected by events such as the recent eviction movement in our community of Kahnawake on Montreal's South Shore.

Those fighting against the Enbridge pipeline, the tar sands expansion, fracking and deforestation often cite the actions taken by the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawks) during the Oka Crisis as the inspiration for their courage and fighting spirit and became our allies. Paradoxically, those same people are watching as our community fractures from within.



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