The Partisan supports this call and invites its readers to donate:
On March 8, following a week of action demanding a national inquiry into at least 825 missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada, warriors from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory blocked the CN mainline. This action, which fell on International Women’s Day, came the day after the release of a Parliamentary report which attempted to dismiss and deny the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, preventing any meaningful response or action. This is a continuation of colonization and its inherent violence against Indigenous communities, particularly Indigenous women.
During the rail blockade, Shawn Brant, Matt Doreen, and Marc Baille were arrested and are facing charges ranging from mischief for blocking the tracks and blocking a road to assault police, and possession of weapons. Steve Chartrand was arrested on the Thursday following the blockade on charges of mischief. Other charges have been announced in court, but have yet to be formally laid.
There is an urgent need to raise money in order to retain lawyers, to run bail reviews and superior court appeals on the non-association conditions, to order court transcripts, to cover transportation costs to and from court and jail, to cover canteen fees and collect calls for those in detention, and to support families as necessary.
Please make your cheque out to “Solidarité sans frontières” and write “Tyendinaga Support” in the memo line. Mail or drop off the cheque at: Solidarité sans frontières / Tyendinaga Support,1500, boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest, bureau 204, Montréal QC, H3G 1N1.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government remains complicit in the murder and disappearances of hundreds of indigenous women. Actions to demand justice for these women, their families, and their communities are as important now as ever!