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Mohawks push for inquiry into deaths of indigenous women: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University defence policy expert Douglas Bland is available to comment on the blockade erected Sunday on Shannonville Road, east of Belleville, by about 70 members and supporters of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga. The Mohawks are pushing for the Canadian government to host an inquiry into the disappearances and deaths of indigenous women across Canada.

Organizers of the blockade confirm other rallies and blockades are planned for across the country.

“Theirs is a fight to right the wrongs inflicted on them by ‘white settlers’,” says Dr. Bland, author of Uprising, a book based on years of research into insurgencies and First Nations politics. In the book he also describes Canada’s vulnerability to a nation-wide First Nations rebellion.

“For all the meetings, plans and requests by prime ministers and native chiefs, conditions within some First Nations communities languish,” says Dr. Bland. “While a growing number are improving, others suffer from severe deprivation. The poorer communities often seethe with frustration.”

Dr. Bland is the author of the book Uprising and the paper Canada and The First Nations: Cooperation or Conflict.

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