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[OPIRG-EVENTS] [Reminder] TONIGHT: Charlie "Wolf" Smoke: Challenging Colonialism
Charlie "Wolf" Smoke: Challenging Colonialism – past and present
Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Carleton University Room 210 Tory Building
Speaker: Sundmanitu tanka isnala Najin / Charlie "Wolf" Smoke
Come hear a first hand account of one man's struggle for self-identity as an
Indigenous person and the continuing struggle against the Canadian government's
colonial practices. Come out and support Sundmanitu tanka isnala Najin.
Who is Charlie "Wolf" Smoke?
Sunkmanitu tanka Isnala Najin (Charlie "Wolf" Smoke) is of Lakota, Mohawk, and
Seneca ancestry, and currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has been
harassed and targeted by both Canadian and American authorities for his adamant
refusal to be defined as either "American" or "Canadian". In his words, "I am
an aboriginal member of Turtle Island. Both "Pre-American" & "Pre-Canadian". An
Indigenous person from the Western Hemisphere."
Smoke is again showing the colonialist government of Canada that they have no
authority over First Nations people. Mr. Smoke has been struggling against the
government's attempt to deport him and to charge him with fraud. He has been
harassed by various government departments as he does not have a social
insurance number or birth certificate. Mr. Smoke maintains that he is of
Mohawk, Lakota and Seneca heritage and as such does not need the Canadian
government's permission to live or work in Canada.
The Canadian government's harassment of Mr. Smoke is a continuation of colonial
practices that have robbed Indigenous people's of their self-determination by
usurping the land of diverse Indigenous peoples, destroying Indigenous people's
livelihoods and denying Indigenous peoples their self-identity.
Canada has been found guilty of all of these practices by Indigenous peoples,
historians, social scientists and even by many legal bodies both nationally and
internationally. Indeed, the Canadian government's own recent report from the
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples found all of this to be true. In that
voluminous report, the Canadian government was pressed to recognize that
diverse Indigenous peoples have their own, self-determined forms of recognizing
and maintaining community membership and that the Canadian government cannot
simply make these invalid because it suits its purposes.
By demanding that Mr. Smoke 'prove' to the Canadian government his right to be
in Canada, by demanding that Mr. Smoke provide the government with a Canadian
passport and other forms of Canadian government issued identification, Canada
is again imposing the government's oppressive and colonial views of membership
upon Indigenous peoples.
Come and hear about Mr. Smoke's fight first hand!
For recent articles on his situation from Aboriginal media, go to:
For recent articles on his situtation from Canadian newspapers, go to:
For two recent radio interviews on CKUT Montreal, go to:
For more information call: 237-0730 extension 3
This event is brought to you by:
Anti-Capitalist Community Action (ACA)
Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Carleton
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