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Category: Onkwehon:we Customs

On the symbolism and meaning of the Tyendinaga Police badge

The focus of this story is to examine the Tyendinaga police logo which Ron Maracle and his officers carry on their uniforms. The logo is rich in symbolism, and by attaching it to their uniforms, it would appear to promise a certain type of police behaviour in relationship to the confederacy of Onkwehonwe nations united together by the Kayenere:kowa, or Great Peace.

Audio and transcript of Tyendinaga Police Chief Ron Maracle trying to shut down Tyendinaga dispensaries

On the morning of July 17th 2017, Tyendinaga Police Chief Ron Maracle came to Big Green’s dispensary on Highway 49 in Tyendinaga to make his first stop in attempting to shut down the Indigenous cannabis industry in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory pot shop owner speaks out against legal First Nation licences

From link to article by Kraig Krause, Aug 16th 2019 The Government of Ontario rolled out its list of eight First Nation communities who applied for the…

Francis Boots discusses decolonizing the Cannabis Act

One of the things I see as an absolute necessity is that we educate ourselves about the effects and benefits of cannabis. Up to this point, we’ve had a very negative stereotype of cannabis in our community. It’s like we even labelled it in the language in a negative connotation; we say kayenkwaksen (bad tobacco). It’s not a good way to describe this, a plant that has all these benefits around.