Banners and chants calling for the freedom of John Graham were part of an Anti-Canada Day action in Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, on July 1st, 2007. John Graham’s two daughters spoke at the event and recalled that Sitting Bull and Leonard Peltier were also made to leave Canada and return to the USA. Other people at the event spoke of Harriet Nahanee, an indigenous elder and warrior who strongly supported Leonard Peltier and John Graham, and who died shortly after she was imprisoned for opposing an Olympics-related highway expansion in West Vancouver.
INDIGENOUS ANTI-CANADA DAY
INDIGENOUS DAY OF ACTION AND RESISTANCE
On July 1st 2007, over 200 Indigenous women, children, Elders and men (and non-native supporters) took the streets and the train tracks on a march and blockade to mark their resistance to Canada as an oppressive force against their people. The march began at Grandview Park and proceeded down Commercial Drive to Venables Street where the CN rail lines were occupied and blocked for over an hour.
During the blockade a Canadian flag was burned on the tracks by an Indigenous person, and several other Canadian souvenir flags that had been painted with the words “No Justice on Stolen Native Land” were burned by about 40 Indigenous people at the action.
The group stayed strong throughout the blockade in a show of force to let the Canadian government know that Indigenous people will not take state oppression any longer.
The march returned to Grandview park, again blocking traffic on the roads and intersections. The police presence was small, consisting of mostly bicycle units, and efforts to direct traffic were non-existent for at least an hour.
Actions of this nature will continue to happen, not only at every Anti-Canada Day but also at other events in the true spirit of Indigenous resistance!
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