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On Kanien’kehá:ka Land

Coming off the metro at Atwater station a couple of days ago, I noticed a commotion in the usual spot where people sit begging for money. Two police officers had confronted a bedraggled Inuit woman and were going through her wallet, bombarding her with questions. One of the officers seemed to be writing up a ticket. What was the point, I thought. Would she have the means to pay it, anyway? How was this going to solve the bigger, underlying problem, the pain and suffering our own peace and prosperity have cost Canada's First Nations and Inuit people? Did those Montreal cops, sworn to serve and protect, have any concept of the irony of issuing a ticket to someone who had more right to be on th