Evidence of Kana:tso Mohawk settlement at Chaudiere Falls

Evidence of Kana:tso Mohawk settlement at Chaudiere Falls
Posted on March 26, 2018 | Jason Arbour | Written on March 20, 2018

Since my youth, I have been told stories about my Indigenous heritage and origins from Kana:tso, today's Chaudiere falls. My families historical rights baring community was located adjacent the Chaudiere falls in Hull, Quebec. This First Nation community was disbanded by a settler suitor, our bands eviction date was set for April 15th in the year 1903.

On several dates, I have attempted to respectfully share my Indigenous oral histories from the Ottawa/Hull region of Canada. At times, this has been extremely challenging due to the current narrative that influences our society. I am aware that my heritage conflicts with outstanding claims made by other First Nations, I can only speak for us Kanienkehaka from Kana:tso.

I have inquired into my Kanienkehaka origins from Kana:tso and have compiled a large collection of archaeological and documented records that will support our existence, as well as our oral history. Our Indigenous history, supported by evidence, is an important part of Canada's heritage and can no longer be ignored.

On October 30th, 2017, Canada (AANDC) was given notice in person, by Kana:tso band members, that there is potential, for the existence of an aboriginal right. This notice was supported by a large compilation, that included a Court Judgment on a question of fact regarding the historical rights bearing community located in Hull, Quebec, (Judgment dated May, 2012). Canada offered to work collaboratively, to commission further research on historical questions regarding our claim.

I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the public's awareness and opinion regarding our Kanienkehaka heritage from Kana:tso. This public scrutiny may help secure ethical practice through Crown indigenous relations, while we the members of Kana:tso pursue reconciliation.

Niawen:kowa Unpublished Ottawa, for allowing this important matter to be shared with the public. The PowerPoint presentation is below. 

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My name is Jason (Rotisken'rakehte) Arbour, Appointed Chief and Legal Representative of Kana:tso Kaniengehaga First Nation. In 1903 my family/band was disbanded from our Indian resserve and place of origin at... More