Give the Mohawks a break, says Deputy Grand Chief Kenny Blacksmith. The Mohawk people are being unfairly villainized by the Bloc Québécois and media, said Blacksmith. “We have got to have some peace sometime.”

Some Quebec media like La Presse and the Bloc have stepped up a campaign to portray the Mohawk communities as armed camps taken hostage by roving bands of violent criminals, cocaine-pushers and the Mafia. Blacksmith said the Mohawks have been portrayed unfairly. “This brings home the message that history repeats itself,” he said. “Native people will always be bashed. It certainly has not promoted better relations between natives and the government and the rest of Quebec society.”