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Urgent Action Smoke's Pending Deportation

* please post widely*

URGENT! CHARLIE "WOLF" SMOKE

PENDING DEPORTATION ORDER: TUESDAY APRIL 22, 2003

-----TAKE ACTION TODAY ! <-----

Wolf Smoke is an Indigenous citizen of Turtle Island -
he is a Lakota National who refuses to allow Canada or
America to impose citizenship upon him. He has been
harassed and targeted by both Canadian and American
authorities for his adamant refusal to become a North
American colonial citizen.

Canadian immigration authorities have consistently
harassed Wolf and his family for over two years now.
Every time Wolf & his supporters make vocal objections
to the state harassment, the harassment of both
himself & his family intensifies. Wolf was fired a
year and a half ago from his job as a high school,
science teacher in Regina, Saskatchewan for expressing
pro-indigenous sovereignty views within the classroom.

Shortly after being fired, Canadian immigration
authorities demanded a meeting with Smoke and
subsequently filed a deportation order against him.
They tried to deport Wolf to the United States, but
because Wolf also identifies as "pre-American" the US
authorities would not go along with the deportation
order.

Wolf was also charged for using his wife's Social
Insurance Number. He used this number to gain
employment as a Science teacher, and Human Resources
Development Canada (HRDC) was made well aware of this
fact by Wolf, long before the charge was laid. In fact
HRDC was in the process of attempting to issue Wolf a
Social Insurance Number, despite Wolf's refusal of
Canadian "citizenship". HRDC only pursued the charge
of Social Insurance Number fraud after Canadian
Immigration Authorities ordered Wolf deported and
began their harassment. In October 2002 Wolf stood
trial for the charge intent "to deceive", using a
Social Insurance Number which was not his own.

In solidarity with Wolf's tireless determination in
fighting the state's harassment, people from
throughout the country took action. Prior to Wolf's
recent HRDC court date in Regina, a delegation of over
a dozen activists visited the Montreal offices of HRDC
to demand that Wolf's HRDC charges be dropped. In
Ottawa a similar delegation visited the Department of
Justice. Wolf's HRDC charges were dropped on October
30, in a Regina court room filled with supporters.

In January 2003, Wolf was visited by Canadian
authorities who were delivering a "Notice of Appeal",
issued by counsel, Douglas Curliss. The attorney
general's office was seeking to reverse the decision
rendered on Wolf's HRDC charges, and in March 2003, a
Court of Queen's Bench judge overturned the acquittal
of Social Insurance fraud. But even though Smoke was
found guilty of violating the Employment Insurance
Act, he was able to walk out of the Regina Queen's
Bench Courthouse Thursday without a criminal record
and with an absolute discharge. Smoke expects a
further appeal and harrassment by the Crown, but isn't
concerned because he rejects the notion that Canadian
courts have jurisdiction over him.

One week after this court case, federal immigration
officials visited his home and delivered a letter for
a pre-interview on April 22 for his pending
deportation order. That order has added to the stress
and uncertainty that he and his family have been
experiencing and has aggravated medical problems,
forcing him to the emergency department of Pasqua
Hospital hospital last week complaining of numbness in
his left leg, left arm and of chest pains. This is
simply a continuation of Canada's constant harassment
of Smoke and retaliation for their failed appeal
hearing.

Despite all this, Wolf continues to reject the illegal
"authority" which Canada tries to claim over him. He
stands, with much support, for the sovereignty of
himself, his family and all Indigenous peoples of
Turtle Island.

Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement
mipsm500@yahoo.ca

No One is Illegal Campaign - Montreal
nooneisillegal@tao.ca - 514.409.2049

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TAKE ACTION:

SAMPLE LETTER BELOW

Joe Lozinski:
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
1871 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 2B9
Tel: (306) 780-6302
Fax: (306) 780-8745
joe.lozinski@cic.gc.ca

Denis Coderre:
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Honourable Denis Coderre, P.C., M.P.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1L1
(phone) (613) 995-6108
(fax) (613) 995-9755
Minister@cic.gc.ca

Jean Chretien,
Prime Minister
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
Canada
pm@pm.gc.ca

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SAMPLE LETTER TO EMAIL/ FAX:

Attention:

I am sending this letter to protest the Canadian
government's continued harassment of Sunkmanitu tanka
Isnala Najin or Charlie 'Wolf' Smoke as you address
him.

As you are well aware, Mr. Smoke is an Indigenous
person of Mohawk, Lakota and Seneca heritage and as
such does not need the Canadian government's
permission to be living in what is now called
'Canada'.

Despite previous failed attempts at a deportation,
federal immigration officials visited his home in
March 2002 and delivered a letter for a pre-interview
on April 22 for his pending deportation order. That
order has added to the stress and uncertainty that he
and his family have been experiencing and has
aggravated medical problems, forcing him to the
emergency department of Pasqua Hospital hospital last
week complaining of numbness in his left leg, left arm
and of chest pains. This is simply a continuation of
Canada's constant harassment of Smoke and retaliation
for their failed appeal hearing in an attempt to have
Smoke charged and sentenced for =93intent to deceive=94
for Social Insurance fraud.

The deportation order which Mr. Smoke is facing, are
a consistent effort of the Canadian Authorities, to
silence and harass Mr. Smoke and to govern a man who
is "pre Canadian". It is completely unacceptable that
Immigration Canada, a department of the colonial state
of Canada,
demands from any Indigenous person 'proof' that they
have the authority to be on their traditional lands.
It is even more scandalous for the Canadian government
to attempt to deport Mr. Smoke across the colonial
boundaries between the 'USA' and 'Canada'.

The Canadian government's harassment of Mr. Smoke is a
continuation of colonial practices that have robbed
Indigenous people's of their self-determination by
usurping the land of diverse Indigenous peoples,
destroying Indigenous people's livelihoods and denying
Indigenous peoples their self-identity.

Canada has been found guilty of all of these
practices by Indigenous peoples, historians, social
scientists and even by many legal bodies both
nationally and internationally. Indeed, the Canadian
government's own recent report from the Royal
Commission on Aboriginal Peoples found all of this to
be true. In that voluminous report, the Canadian
government was pressed to recognize that diverse
Indigenous peoples have their own, self-determined
forms of recognizing and maintaining community
membership and that the Canadian government cannot
simply make these invalid becauseit suits its
purposes.

By demanding that Mr. Smoke 'prove' to the Canadian
government his right to be in Canada, by demanding
that Mr. Smoke provide the government with a Canadian
passport and other forms of Canadian government issued
identification, Canada is again imposing the
government's oppressive
andcolonial views of membership upon Indigenous
peoples.

I demand that you immediately stop your harassment of
Mr. Smoke and drop all continuing attempts to deport
him. I also demand that you recognize that the
Canadian government has no authority to govern over
his life or the lives of any Indigenous person.

Sincerely