Kanien’kehá:ka activist highlights loss of land with ‘tongue-in-cheek’ tourism signs – CBC

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Kanien’kehá:ka activist highlights loss of land with ‘tongue-in-cheek’ tourism signs – CBC

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‘It’s not just land dispossession, it’s a rupture in our relationship with the land,’ says Ellen Gabriel

Aug 24, 2020

Oka National Park, a housing development, an industrial farm, and even a golf club.

These are just some of the places that Ellen Gabriel, an activist and artist in Kanesatake, Que., has photographed to highlight the extent of land dispossession the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) community northwest of Montreal has experienced.

“I’m an artist. It’s tongue-and-cheek, but with every tongue-and-cheek there is that little bit of reality that is serious,” said Gabriel.

The Kanien’kehá:ka of Kanesatake once occupied 689 square kilometres of land in the region. Today they have 12 square kilometres with some parcels of land returned in piecemeal.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/kanesatake-ellen-gabriel-land-loss-campaign-1.5695356

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