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Monday May 29, 2022

By Johnny Hawke

Gaagige Zaagibiga, formerly, The Northern Ontario Indigenous Food Security Collaborative is a community-led initiative that is bringing Indigenous practitioners, funders and other stakeholders together to develop a food system planning and resourcing process that strengthens Indigenous food sovereignty and food security.

ACTION's (Anishinaabek Clans to Invoke our Nation) Regional Coordinator, Johnny Hawke from the Gchimnissing Anishinabek (Beausoleil First Nation) applied to the opportunity as part of ACTION'S Bii Giiweymin Food Sovereignty Project and helped Indigenous Youth from his community help feed their families and occupy traditional territory for harvesting rights on their traditional territory.

ACTION's Bii Giiweymin is helping community members use their territories for Spring Harvesting for this applications such as Maple Syrup Production and Pickeral Spearing Harvest in their Clan’s Traditional Territory.

"For 100 years our 7 First Nations of the Williams Treaty have been criminalized for feeding ourselves where our rights to our lands were un lawfully surrendered in the 1923 Williams Treaty but have been reinstated in a 2018 Agreements" explains Hawke.

In 2018 an agreement between 7 First Nations; Beausoleil, Hiawatha, Curve Lake, Scugog, Rama, Georgina Island, Alderville and the Province of Ontario and Federal Government compenated these communities and reinstated their harvesting rights to 13 Million Acres in central Ontario.

"ACTION is a self sufficient grassroots collective remerging traditional governance and exercising inherit rights such as Food Security and Food Sovereignty initiatives.” says Hawke.

Gaagige Zaagibiga's Facebook Page states that currently, in northern Ontario, there is no systematic or organized strategy for addressing food insecurity in Indigenous communities that clearly links community driven priorities, integrated comprehensive planning, and financial and technical resources. The Centre is supporting the Collaborative to develop a community-led food system planning and resourcing process with the goal of supporting households and communities to advance food-based initiatives that align with Indigenous values and in Indigenous settings.

Gaagige Zaagibiga translates to 'forever cultivating' where the organization began in 2020 under the name “The Northern Ontario Indigenous Food Sovereignty Collaborative – NOIFSC”.

ACTION’s Bii Giiweymin Project with the help of Gaagige Zaagibiga helped teach youth about Harvesting Maple Sap and producing Syrup. Three Households with 6 Adults and 8 Youth participated and produced 5 Gallons of Maple Syrup from tapping 48 Trees on Hawkes Family Lands of 90 Acres on Beausoleil First Nation which is a remote community in Georgian Bay. A Sweet Water Ceremony was conducted and traditional songs shared with the family youth of Hawke. A Community Breakfast was intended but due to covid restrictions that flared up again it was cancelled.

After the Sap was done running Hawke and Travis Assance of Georgina Island First Nation, took out other men from their community to Spear Pickerel. This opportunity allowed these 4 families purchase spears and headlamps to participate in the spring pickerel run in their Traditional Territory.

Hawke and 4 other Men, speared roughly 120 Pounds of Pickerel in a week and dispersed first to Elders in their community and fed their own families. Due to the dangers of spearing at night and in areas of flowing river streams in Port Severn and in Tyendinaga Territory no youth were able to participate for their safety.

Johnny Hawke an organizer of ACTION has been reclaiming contested lands of the Negik and Atik Clan Territories (Simcoe County) since 2009 for Water and Land Defence and exercising harvesting and hunting rights.

For More information on Gaagige Zaagibiga and ACTION is available at the group’s websites.

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Updated: Jun 8

Republished from a previous article on the Site

By: Johnny Hawk

"Wenonah" in Anishinabemowiin means "The One who Breast Feeds" where she was the daughter of Nookomis- Grandmother. Wenonah was taken advantaged by "Epigishmook" the West Wind four times and conceived. Wenonah was the Mother of Mudjekawis, Pukawiis, Jibayabooz and Nanabush. "Doodem" also in our language means "The Heart of which we belong" in reference to our Family/Clan which is also a word use we for Mother. "Doodosh" is female breast and "Doodoshabo" is the "breast milk" that nourishes us.

Many Anishinabek believe we follow our Father's Clan yet our language and our stories exemplify that we are a matrilineal people where we must take a deeper look and question how from the effects of on going colonialism we suppress our own power as a Nation.

Women are the most synchronized with the harmonic resonance of Mother Earth who maintain a balance with the Earth where this sacred feminine energy is true power and natural law. Before Colonialism reached the shores of Turtle Island genocidal acts upon women in Europe through "witch hunts" sanctioned by the church sought to suppress this power where today this ongoing war is being waged on women of Turtle Island as well as the earth ultimately where man can claim power and have control over the Earth and its people.

The following exemplifies how the colonial structures are very much the systematic leading cause of these genocidal acts that have been initiated from the collective fraternity of the Vatican, Crown, Governments, Corporations, Military and Police.

Police altercation with First Nations girl in Kenora caught on video weeks before her death

The parents of a 14-year-old from Grassy Narrows First Nation are releasing a video of an altercation between provincial police and their daughter in the weeks before her death.

Azraya Kokopenace disappeared on April 15 after provincial police dropped her off at the hospital in Kenora, Ont. Police won't say why they picked her up. The teen was last seen leaving the hospital, alone, late at night, according to police. She was found dead two days later in the woods nearby.

The coroner's office is continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Kokopenace's death and says it could take months to complete. Here is the link for the video.

Mother of Delaine Copenance beleives she was murdered

Stories of RCMP officers allegedly forcing women into sex acts, and physically assaulting them in Val-d'Or, Quebec

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The Experiences of Jack Cram and Renate Andres-Auger

In 1994, while fighting a land claim, aboriginal lawyer and activist, Renate Andres-Auger, was dragged out of a courtroom kicking and screaming. She made an explosive claim following an investigation that was backed up by her own lawyer, Jack Cram.

Andres-Auger passed away last year, but Cram is still alive and allegedly as tight-lipped as a mute. He lives somewhere in BC's mainland and won't talk about the allegations he and Andres-Auger made in court in 1994. Both of their lives were ruined by what they allegedly uncovered through their own investigations.

Andres-Auger and Cram produced evidence which they allege implicated two BC Supreme Court judges and members of the Law Society in a conspiracy to protect pedophiles. The evidence was a series of photos, eye-witness accounts and documents that supposedly proved the involvement of lawyers, judges and political figures in a pedophile ring operating out of an exclusive and prestigious club in downtown Vancouver.

None of Cram and Andres-Auger findings were ever released to the public, making their claims no more valuable than a rumour. The only things we know to be true, without a doubt, are that both Andres-Auger and Cram were dragged out of a courtroom, disbarred and discredited for their allegations and their pursuit of a potentially corrupt land claim.

The story of Andres-Auger and Cram is worth a look, considering they never had an opportunity to defend themselves in court or in the court of public opinion. Their allegations have often been brushed aside as outlandish conspiracy theories and Cram has been publicly accused of suffering from mental illness.

Andres-Auger and her allegations about child sex trafficking are mentioned in Earth Into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, And Capitalism, by Anthony J. Hall, as they were described by Jennifer Wade of Amnesty International in Vancouver:

"The sex trade in children is not a recent happening in Vancouver. While doing some research for this presentation, I came across the affidavit of a Cree lawyer named Renate Andres-Auger naming prominent legal personalities and the B.C. Law Society for destroying her legal practice and libeling and slandering her (I have a copy of that affidavit listing prominent plaintiffs with me). Renate Auger alleged this happened partly because of her knowledge of pedophile rings operating out of the Vancouver Club."
-Jennifer Wade

Chief Justices & Corrupt Chiefs: Partners in Crime?

In 1999, one independent BC interior newspaper, The Radical, did report on allegations of an organized sex trade in the Prince George area involving judges, doctors, police, and even band councils. The paper was forced to close down after one of the accused- Ed John, a long time chief of the Tl'azt'en band (near Prince George) and head of the First Nations Summit- launched a lawsuit. Ironically, Ed John was named minister of Child and Family Services in November 2000, just as the allegations against him were becoming public.

For those involved in exposing Ed John and others, his appointment as an un-elected minister "brought to light the extent of official protection of pedophiles in public office and the systemic nature of this crime" (Evidence of crimes against aboriginal children, including pedophilia, Hidden from History.

Harrient Nahanee being arrested for protecting Sacred Mountain
Eagle Ridge Bluffs 2007 Harrient Nahanee arrested for protecting Lands

These allegations have been echoed by others over the years, including Squamish elder Harriet Nahanee, who has stated that she saw young Native girls being removed from the reserve to serve as prostitutes for wealthy business men connected to the Vancouver Club. James Craven a Blackfoot and constitutional lawyer has corroborated this story and stated

" It has been alleged with considerable supporting evidence that some of the same forces involved in trafficking young Indian Boys and Girls for the rich and powerful pedophiles are also involved in key aspects of the BC Treaty Commission as well as being involved in using isolated reserves for the landing and distribution of drugs." ("Reprisals due to exposure of pedophile ring." Statement by James Craven, Aug 3, 1998)

In 2019 Ed John was charged in B.C with 4 Counts of sex assault dating back to 1974. The Trial is set in a BC Court for summer of 2022.

- In 2005 former RCMP officer Gary Stevens plead guilty to sexual assault of an underage Indigenous girl. The allegations were first made in April 2004 when Stevens was a member of the RCMP's Kitmat BC, detachment

- In 2005 two RCMP officers were suspended during an investigation into allegations they were buying sex from young prostitutes in Prince George BC. Lee Lakeman a spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres stated that this was " just the tip of the iceberg" "referring to Judge David Ramsey"

- In May 2004, David Ramsey a BC Provincial Court Judge pleaded guilty to buying sex from and assaulting 4 Indigenous girls aged 12, 14, 15 and 16. These attacks happened in 1992 and 2001. Ramsey was not removed until 2002

Something Darker?

Winnipeg Manitoba is also an epi centre for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and also is the heart of Turtle Island. The Manitoba Legislature is covered with Free Mason Occult Symbolism. The bottom has a place known as the Pool of the Black Star. The Black Star in occultism refers to Saturn in which also Satan is also the personified deity.

Pool of the Black Star at Manitoba Legislature origins from Occult Babylonian Ritualistic Sacrifices

It is no Conspiracy Theory that Political Elite, Police Agencies, Governments and the Church played a role in the abduction, physical and sexual abuse of Indigenous Children in relation to Residential School in which many unmarked graves are now being uncovered. Some Grassroots feel there is a connection of why some Political Elites and Police agencies are not allowed to be investigated in the MMIW Inquiry and feel there is a link on the dark occultism and fraternal orders of the Political Elites, Police Brotherhood.

In an old guidebook to the building titled The Legislative Building of Manitoba published in 1925 and written by Thomas W. Leslie it referenced human sacrifices in a setting such as this in the ancient world, complete with an altar, white-robed worshippers, a victim, a curved knife, and blood trickling through the veins of marble; Interesting for a guide to a building where elected lawmakers work.

#MMIW #AnishinabekNation

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