Saturday, November 10, 2018

Included below are links and the text of some recent articles concerning Katenies
and her refusal to recognize the jurisdiction of Canadian colonial courts and the
Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Katenies again refused to recognize the
jurisdiction of the Superior Court in Cornwall, Ontario this past July 14, 2008. She
is due to appear before a judge in the Superior Court of Ontario in Alexandria on
October 21, 2008. It appears as if both Katenies and Kahentinetha will be charged
criminally in relation to the CBSA attack on them on June 14, 2008.

Cornwall Standard Freeholder: Protesters pack city courtroom

Article below and linked here:

Ottawa Indymedia/The Dominion: Mohawk Grandmother challenges border jurisdiction
Video linked here:

Statement: Solidarity with Katenies! "Canada" has no jurisdiction over Mohawk land
Statement below and also linked here:;
to endorse the statement, e-mail

Background Info/Previous Articles & Audio:

INFO: - 514-848-7583

Protesters pack city courtroom;
Cornwall Standard Freeholder

Protesters from Ottawa, Montreal and Hamilton packed a Cornwall courtroom Monday in
support of Janet Davis, a New York State Iroquois woman who was arrested on June 14
at the Cornwall border crossing in relation to three Customs Act charges from 2003.

Davis, 43, who is also known by her Iroquois name of Katenies, is facing two
additional charges of failing to appear in court after she allegedly passed through
the border in 2003 without stopping for a Canada Customs agent.

She claims the Canadian judicial system has no jurisdiction over her as an
indigenous woman, and even filed a motion in January 2007 to dismiss the charges on
those grounds.

The motion was denied, but Davis renewed her objections yesterday by demanding that
the court provide written proof of their authority to arrest her and charge her
based on what she calls "colonial law."

"My people never gave up their rights or their land to anyone, it was taken from us,
these laws were forced on us," said Davis outside the Cornwall courthouse.

"They have no jurisdiction here. I've asked them a question and they have refused to
answer it. Where do they get this authority?"

Davis added that she signed her official objection to the court with her fingerprint
instead of a written signature as a statement of her individuality as a native

About 30 people packed the courtroom yesterday morning as Davis, who has refused
representation, addressed Justice of the Peace Linda Leblanc along with Frank Horn,
a Cornwall defence lawyer who says he was only there with Davis as a friend of the

"Katenies stands by the Two Row Wampum Treaty," said Horn, referring to an agreement
signed between the Dutch and the Iroquois Nation of northern New York in 1613.

"Two cultures may live side by side, but they will never cross. She feels that these
charges are a crossover between our two cultures, and that's not right."

Horn was also present in court to object to the treatment of his sister,
Kahentinetha Horn, who was with Davis in June.

Horn said both Davis and Kahentinetha, who is 68 years old, were handcuffed and
wrestled to the ground by border guards, treatment he said led his sister to suffer
a heart attack and be rushed by ambulance to Cornwall Community Hospital.

"She hasn't been the same since this happened," he said. "She won't leave the house,
and she's already been back in the hospital once since June. It's just terrible what
our family has been going through."

Horn said tensions have been mounting over the past few months between border guards
and those from the Akwesasne reserve, adding that many believe the guards are
unfairly targeting aboriginals as an excuse to beef up security.

"The Harper government has this whole strategy to get tough at the borders, and
they're using our people as the means to stir up Canadians and say: 'Look, we've got
this issue at the border, so we've got to increase security,'" he said. "My people
don't appreciate being used in that manner."

Horn said many aboriginals are getting sick of the treatment, and protests such as
yesterday's will continue until the message is received.

Davis' case will go to trial in Alexandria court starting Oct. 21, 2008.

Original article here:

Solidarity with Katenies!
"Canada" has no jurisdiction over Mohawk land

On July 14, 2008, Mohawk grandmother and activist Katenies appeared before a judge
in the Superior Court of Cornwall, Ontario. And again, Katenies refused to recognize
the authority of the courts, and demanded that Canadian officials prove they have
jurisdiction over her as an Indigenous woman. She has been ordered to appear in
court again on October 21, 2008, in Alexandria, Ontario.

On June 14, 2008, Katenies -- accompanied by Kahentinetha of the Kahnawake Mohawk
Territory - was targeted for arrest by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) guards
on an outstanding warrant for allegedly "running the border" in 2003, and offenses
resulting from her refusal to appear in court and validate the colonial justice

Katenies has maintained since 2003 that border officials and the Canadian colonial
courts have no jurisdiction over Kanion'ke:haka people or land. In January 2007,
Katenies served court officials with a Motion to Dismiss, demanding that they
establish jurisdiction, if any, over Mohawks and their ability to travel freely
between "Canada" and the "United States".

During the CBSA attack, Katenies and Kahentinetha - who are both writers and
contributors to Mohawk Nation News (MNN) - were treated brutally by border guards.
Both were handcuffed and tackled to the ground. Katenies was jailed for three days.
Kahentinetha suffered a heart attack and had to be hospitalized for several days.

As mainly non-native groups and collectives based in settler communities on or near
Mohawk lands, we are publicly standing in support of Katenies, and demand all
charges against her by the colonial courts be dropped. We also condemn the brutal
attacks by the CBSA on both Katenies and Kahentinetha on June 14, 2008 and declare
our solidarity with Indigenous struggles for land, freedom and self-determination.

Endorsed by:
Agitate (Ottawa)
Les Apatrides Anonymes (Montreal)
Block the Empire-Montreal
Coalition Guerre à la guerre (Quebec City)
Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (Montreal)
Collectif pour l'Autonomie du Peuple Mapuche (Montreal)
Comité Solidarité Nouveau Equateur (Montreal)
Common Cause Ontario
CUPE Local 3906 (Hamilton)
DIRA Bibliothèque Anarchiste (Montreal)
Kingston Indigenous Solidarity Network
La Otra Campaña (Montreal)
No One Is Illegal-Kingston
No One Is Illegal-Montreal
No One Is Illegal-Ottawa
No One Is Illegal-Toronto
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (Toronto)
Ottawa Raging Grannies
People's Global Action Bloc (Ottawa)
Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty
Peterborough Coalition for Palestine Solidarity
Solidarity Across Borders (Montreal)
and others.

Reports about the CBSA attack, and background information, are linked at the following

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Katenies' next scheduled court date is October 21, 2008 in Alexandria, Ontario.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Feb. 13th 

Grassroots across Canada are organizing direct actions in unison to show this government what we can do when we work together. 1187 missing and murdered indigenous women that PM Harper says “is not on their radar” due to economic reasons and we continue to see indigenous women assaulted and disappear without any meaningful investigation. Through a diversity of tactics there will be direct actions in cities across Canada. ‪#‎ShutDownCanada‬ is for the people to stand and exercise the right to protest and take direct action. Shutting down Canada by targeting the Canadian economy is the only way to get this government's attention. This is not to target everyday workers but to make a statement that cannot be ignored by a government that prioritizes corporate profits over people.
- We demand an independent inquiry into the murdered and missing indigenous women ‪#‎mmiw‬ to shed light on the systemic racism and structural violence inherent to government institutions of Canada. Make no mistake that attacks on indigenous women are attacks on indigenous communities which is directly connected to the colonial agenda to maintain control of the land and natural resources. That is why we must call attention to these issues at the same time - the tars sands, the pipelines, fracking, mining, mega-dam projects and the #MMIW -- it's all connected.
- We demand that Bill C-51 be dismissed. Now, more than ever we need to take a stand and stop this government from passing legislation that can effectively label anyone a terrorist. We are not terrorists for standing up to protect our mother earth or fellow human beings under systemic attack.
- We demand that Bill C-38 and Bill C-45 be repealed. Namely, we demand that government restore environmental regulations and protect our drinking water from the private sector. We won’t stand for a government that passes omnibus bills without any public consultation. Environmental issues have been a top priority for most Canadians whether you are against pipelines, open pit mining or any other destructive industry. The government is using propaganda to brainwash school children into working for resource extractive industries and also working hard to make the average Canadian believe that a resource based economy is the only way neglecting the multitude of green jobs that could be created.

*February 14th, 10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two Spirit People and those who have died Violent Deaths

 WHAT: Gathering at Toronto Police Headquarters

WHEN: Saturday Feb 14th at 12:30 pm

WHERE: 50 College Street

Since we gathered last year on this date, there has been unprecedented media and public attention on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
However the violence continues and Indigenous women are still going missing, facing violence, and being murdered.
This is our 10th annual Strawberry Ceremony and it has been 2 years since the stories of three Indigenous women who passed away under violent and suspicious circumstances in Toronto have become known.

*Cheyenne Fox* was 20 and a mother when she fell from the 24th floor of a condo in April 2013.

*Terra Gardner* was killed by a train only a few weeks later and *Bella Laboucan-McLean* fell from the 31st floor of a downtown condo in July of the same year.

We honour these women and seek justice for the many women, Two-Spirit people and their families and communities whose stories have not been in the media.

We stand behind the families who advocate for justice in all its forms.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tax Changes Impact Low-income

The province has changed the way that tax refunds are paid to low income people and this means that these credits are no longer being paid in lump-sum tax refunds.
Many low-income people count on the lump sum during Christmas and Easter and sell their taxes for a nominal fee.
Low-income people, thinking they could get a tax refund and are still going to tax preparers. The government failed to inform or consult with the low-income community.
Another example of how little they care about society’s most vulnerable citizens

Justice for Levi

A Justice for Levi event Tuesday night held at the Peterborough Public Library for further information check out the link provided.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Currently we are undergoing changes but in spite of the challenges we are still here.

We are hoping to get a new office up and running and keep people posted ...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Peterborough Rally for Accountability of Children's Aid

Peterborough Rally for Accountability of Children's Aid and Bill 131
Public Event

Date: Thursday, December 30
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society (Peterborough office)
1100 Chemong Road
Peterborough, ON