We the undersigned groups based in Tkaranto/Toronto stand with Six Nations!
We denounce the raid by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on August 5, 2020. Eye witnesses described OPP officers firing rubber bullets and discharging tasers on unarmed Haudenosaunee land defenders. The provincial police beat the land defenders while arresting them. The Haudenosaunee Land Defenders are a sovereign people who are asserting their claim against the Canadian Legal State. We call upon the Canadian state to respect and honour Indigenous law and fulfill its commitment under the Dish With One Spoon Covenant.
The land in question is the same territory that was at the heart of the 2006 blockades in Grand River. What’s happening right now at 1492 Land Back Lane on Six Nations territory is not a “protest.” It’s a reclamation of land and assertion of Indigenous sovereignty against the Canadian Legal State. The Haudenosaunee never agreed to be a part of Canada.
We demand that the police stand down and that all levels of Canadian government recognize Haudenosaunee sovereignty and self-determination over the disputed lands.
In solidarity and struggle,
Spring Socialist Network
Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project
Black Lives Matter – Toronto
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Not Another Black Life
Rising Tide – Toronto
No One is Illegal – Toronto
Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action
CUPE 3903 – First Nations Solidarity Working Group
Palestinian Youth Movement
Tamil Freedom Coalition
CPT- Turtle Island Solidarity Team
Independent Jewish Voices Canada
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
Just Peace Advocates
Palestinian and Jewish Unity
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Canada
Women in Solidarity with Palestine – Toronto
Actions 4 Palestine
Disability Justice Network of Ontario
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
If your organization is interested in signing onto this solidarity statement please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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