99 years of Canada stonewalling Six Nations

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More documents on Six Nations/Canada international relations can be found at historybeyondborders.ca.

Canada’s violent national police force

‪The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have killed yet another First Nations man. Canada’s national police force violates rights with impunity.‬ In any other country, it would be rightly accused of being the arm of state violence. This force’s main function is systemic racism against Indigenous peoples. It includes numerous killings, beatings, and other forms of violence.

‪The RCMP was created to “pacify” First Nations on the prairies, based on the model of Britain’s colonial police in Ireland.

The RCMP has been used to overthrow First Nations governments (earlier this month, I published some documents on their forcible invasion of the Six Nations government in 1924). The RCMP is the form in which Canada has forcibly destroyed First Nations government and rights since Canada was created.

My first encounter with RCMP officers was when they cleared a crowd of protesters with mass pepper spraying, chokeholds and other forms of violent coercion to keep a promise made by the foreign minister of Canada that Indonesian president (and mass murderer) Suharto would not have to see protesters.

My second encounter with an RCMP trainee was when one told us as we arrived in Regina, Sask.: “watch out for the Indians, they’re all dirty and they all steal.”

The RCMP killed a Mik’maq man yesterday. They managed to take down the white man who embarked on Canada’s largest ever mass killing this year alive. But they shot the Mik’maq man, Rodney Levi.

This comes a week after the police killing of another First Nations woman in New Brunswick, Chantel Moore. She was shot as local police (not the RCMP, in this case) carried out a “wellness check” on her. Obviously she’d have been better off if they had left her alone. In police jargon, “wellness” can sometimes mean shooting.

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