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Published: Thursday, June 22, 2006

TORONTO -- It's time for the long-running aboriginal occupation of a southern
Ontario housing development to come to an end because it poses a potential
danger to the public, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Thursday.
McGuinty also disclosed for the first time that the province has agreed to
pay $12.3 million to the developer behind the Douglas Creek Estates property in
Caledonia, Ont., south of Hamilton, where aboriginal occupiers have been
camped since late February.
It's the first time McGuinty has asked Six Nations protesters to abandon
their occupation, which has been marked by a number of violent clashes with both
police and local residents.
"The continuing occupation is just not helpful, and it really constitutes the
remaining potential for danger,'' McGuinty said before a Liberal cabinet
meeting.
"The community has our attention -- boy, did they get our attention -- and
we're prepared to stay there and get this done.''
McGuinty said the province has done what it could "to take the land out of
the equation'' by negotiating to buy the occupied property from the developer
so it can be placed in trust while the bigger land claim issue is resolved.
And after insisting for two days that the developer had requested the
purchase price remain private for competitive reasons, McGuinty told the
legislature Thursday he was free to disclose how much taxpayers are paying for the
property.
In addition to the $12.3 million, an additional amount to be paid for the
loss of future profits "remains the subject of ongoing negotiations,'' McGuinty
said.
It would be "very helpful'' for those negotiations if the occupation ended
and all aboriginal protest lines and blockades in the Caledonia area were
abandoned, he added.
Opposition Leader John Tory said it's high time McGuinty called for the
occupation to end, and he accused the premier of weak leadership in handling the
dispute.
"The occupation started more than 100 days ago . . .and now he's saying it's
time for the occupation to come to an end,'' Tory said.
"Where has he been? This is the weak leadership I'm talking about.''
Meanwhile, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered key players in the
land dispute -- including the Ontario and federal governments -- to return to
court June 29.
Justice David Marshall wants to know why police still haven't enforced his
three-month-old order to evict the aboriginals from the occupied housing
development in Caledonia, southwest of Hamilton.
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CN Seeks Injunction Over Indian Blockades

Jun. 22, 2006. 01:42 PM
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WINNIPEG - Canadian National Railway (TSX: _CNR_
(http://www.financials.com/custom/tor...=CNR&type=tick) ) applied Thursday for a
court order to prevent Manitoba First Nations protesters from blocking its
rail lines to protest the Canadian government's handling of aboriginal land
claims negotiations.
Last week, Chief Terry Nelson of the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation
said CN and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX: _CP_
(http://www.financials.com/custom/tor...m=CP&type=tick) ) tracks would be affected by
the blockades, which he said would start at 4 p.m. on June 29 and last for 24
hours.
The protest has the support of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, while First
Nations from other provinces might also get involved, Nelson said.
CN said Thursday it had filed an action in the Manitoba Court of Queen's
Bench seeking an injunction to prevent a blockade of its rail lines.
"CN has no authority to resolve First Nations' land claims disputes with the
federal government, and said rail blockades would be unsafe and unfairly
harm CN, its customers and their employees, and the national economy," CN said
in a release.
The Montreal-based company, Canada's biggest railway, said it had also asked
First Nations to reconsider their blockade plan and urged them to pursue
alternative dispute-resolution mechanisms with the government.
Canadian National shares traded Thursday afternoon at $47.54, down 21 cents,
and Canadian Pacific shares were down 45 cents at $55.07 at the Toronto
Stock Exchange.
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Price of Caledonia Land Deal Not Secret, Lawyer Says

KAREN HOWLETT
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

The owners of a housing development adjoining a Six Nations Reserve in
Caledonia have not asked that the purchase price of their property be kept
confidential, says their lawyer -- a stand that contradicts assertions made by
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Michael Bruder, a lawyer for Douglas Creek Estates, said yesterday that
brothers Don and John Henning have an agreement in principle to sell the
development to the government at fair market value. He said the selling price has not
yet been determined because the parties are still drafting a final
agreement.
"The purchase price has not been agreed upon," he said in an interview.

Mr. Bruder also said he does not know at this stage whether the Henning
brothers will ask that the price be kept confidential.
"I don't know what we're going to be asking for at the end of the day because
we haven't exchanged the final agreement," he said.
David Ramsay, the minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, said last
night that the government does plan to reveal the selling price after the deal
is finalized. The proposed agreement consists of two parts: fair market value
for the land itself and an amount for damages.
"It's not going to stay confidential for long," he said.
Mr. McGuinty has come under pressure all week from the opposition to disclose
how much taxpayers' money is involved in buying the land, which protesters
have occupied since the end of February.
Mr. McGuinty said in Question Period that the owners of the property are not
prepared to disclose the selling price. "We have, in fact, reached an
agreement with the local developer to purchase the disputed lands," he said
yesterday.
Mr. Bruder said the sale of the 600 lots in the subdivision would generate
revenue of $45-million. But he said that figure does not equate to the
development's fair market value. Mr. McGuinty met face-to-face for the first time
yesterday with three residents of Caledonia after dozens travelled to Toronto
to protest outside a conference centre where he was speaking.
Mr. McGuinty told reporters he did not make any promises to the residents.
But he said he gained a better understanding of their concerns, including the
impact of the standoff on the local economy and residents' personal safety
concerns.
Also yesterday, 47-year-old Ken Hill of Ohsweken, Ont., was arrested and
charged with two counts of assault in connection with a confrontation between
aboriginals and other Caledonia residents on June 4.


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Ontario Faces Fresh Native-Rights Storm
Mining company and protesters set to square off over property claim

JAMES RUSK
With a report from Kate Harries

Just when the Ontario government appears to be bringing the standoff with
native protesters at Caledonia under control, another land-use issue involving
natives is coming to the fore.
As Caledonia started with developers asking for an injunction to get
protesters off their property, this morning in Thunder Bay, Platinex Inc., a
Toronto-based mining exploration company, is seeking a court order to keep
protesters away from a mining claim it wants to drill on.
If granted, the application would prevent residents of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib
Inninuwug (commonly called KI) reserve at Big Trout Lake from interfering
with drilling on a platinum deposit that the company has staked near the
reserve, 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.
The natives have applied for a counter-injunction that would stop Platinex
from continuing its exploration of the platinum deposit, which the company says
is potentially the largest in North America.

(There are other lawsuits in the background: Platinex is suing the natives
for $10-billion, the expected value of the ore that they hope to find; the
natives are countersuing Platinex for $10-million, and told the province they
intend to challenge the constitutionality of the Ontario Mining Act; and the
reserve has made a land claim that includes the disputed area.)
"We are not prepared to entertain any mining in our territory at this time,"
KI resident Mark Anderson told a Queen's Park news conference through an
interpreter.
Mr. Anderson, who spoke in Oji-Cree, is one of four natives who walked for
six weeks to cover the 2,100 kilometres from Pickle Lake, 360 kilometres
northwest of Thunder Bay, to Toronto to protest against the exploration by
Platinex.
He said that as they arrived at Queen's Park his thoughts were "about the
older youths and children who do not want to lose the right to exercise our
hunting rights and to ensure that we protect our land as it provides for us
through our hunting."
But there is much more potentially at stake in the tussle over Platinex.
The case will be instrumental in determining how economic development
proceeds in an area of the province larger than France.
Higher prices for metals have sparked an interest in mineral exploration
across the North, an area where control of the land is shared between the
province and the native people under the terms of treaties that were signed 100
years ago or more.
Stan Beardy, the grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents
the natives living in the two-thirds of Ontario's land mass covered by Treaty
9, told the news conference that the natives and the provincial government
have to find a way to go forward.
He said that a Supreme Court ruling last November found that the natives have
to be consulted on any development in the treaty area and to him that means
that no mining development can take place without the consent of the native
peoples.
But provincial sources said that, while the ruling says the natives must be
consulted, it does not give them a veto on development.
Platinex is caught in the middle of a larger fight, and is now facing "a huge
challenge that's something that's well beyond the purview of this small
exploratory company to deal with," said the company's lawyer, Neal Smitheman.
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LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO
Thursday 22 June 2006
NATIVE LAND DISPUTE
Mr. Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North): On Tuesday, I visited the beautiful
community of Caledonia, and what I heard can best be summed up from a Toronto Sun
article of the other day. I'll read parts of it.
"Frightened politicians make lousy negotiators -- especially when they're
representing us. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is apparently so freaked out
by the native protesters in Caledonia, that he's now making major concessions
to them -- with taxpayers' money -- without getting anything in return....
"One of the big concerns the Six Nations negotiators had was that if the
disputed land was developed while they were waiting for their case to be heard,
it would effectively negate their chances of keeping the land. In other
words, it's reasonable to think a court would be reluctant to order the
demolishing of an established subdivision years down the road, even if the natives won
their case. The tendency would be to try to compensate the natives with
something other than land.
"By agreeing to buy the land and hold it in trust, McGuinty has removed that
concern, but apparently got nothing in return -- unless there's now a deal
or understanding between the two sides we aren't being told about.
"The protestors say they'll continue to occupy the development until they
win title to the land. Perhaps, sensing weakness from the province, they're
upping the ante and pushing to get the entire issue settled now, rather than
years from now.
"And why not? A few days ago, McGuinty said he wouldn't continue
negotiations with the natives until they took down all their barricades and co-operated
with an OPP investigation that led to charges against seven native protestors
last weekend.
"Subsequently, the native protestors took down some of the barricades, but
not the main one. And as of yesterday, only one of the seven protestors sought
by police was in custody.
"And yet, here's McGuinty not only negotiating but offering a big
concession. Someone should tell the Premier that there's not much point" --
The Speaker (Hon. Michael A. Brown): Thank you.
ORAL QUESTIONS
NATIVE LAND DISPUTE
Mr. John Tory (Leader of the Opposition): My question is to the Premier.
Premier, we asked you day after day to come forward with the cost of your land
purchase deal in Caledonia -- or the lack thereof -- and day after day you
gave us the same answer. You stood up and you told the entire Legislature that
the single reason for not being transparent and accountable when it came to
millions of dollars of taxpayers' money being spent in Caledonia was that the
landowners, the people selling the land, had requested that it remain
completely secret.
Premier, can you please explain to us why the lawyer managing negotiations
for the landowner, for the seller, is now saying that this is not and never
has been the case? Perhaps you can explain yourself to this House.
Hon. Dalton McGuinty (Premier, Minister of Research and Innovation): I'm
delighted to have the opportunity to shed a bit more light on what has been
happening in this regard. In April, we hired a special adviser, Rob Chadwick, to
begin negotiations for the purchase of Douglas Creek Estates. The reason we
did that was to ensure that the two local brothers who have sunk virtually
their whole life savings into this land do not face financial ruin because of
circumstances over which they had no control.
Throughout this entire process we have respected the confidentiality of the
discussions. Last week we were able to reach an agreement to purchase the
land so that it is removed from the debate and placed in trust.
Today our special adviser, Rob Chadwick, was able to receive the consent of
the local developers to release information about the agreement. In the
context of supplementary, I'll provide that information.
Mr. Tory: The fact of the matter is, when you were here the other day you
told us without qualification that it was the seller that you've talked about
today -- and we all sympathize with the plight they're in, which, by the way,
has been made worse and dragged out much longer because of your inaction and
weak leadership.
Having said that, the owners of this land -- their lawyers have indicated
publicly in the newspaper today that they have not, prior to now, asked that
that information remain confidential. You're the one who said it should remain
confidential.
When is this documentation going to be made available to the people of
Ontario, to us and to the media? Why did you stand up in your place when it's the
lawyer for the developers who said it was not their wish to have this kept
confidential before today?
Hon. Mr. McGuinty: Again, to repeat, our adviser today obtained the consent
of the developers to release information about the agreement. The Ontario
government, on behalf of the people of Ontario, has agreed to purchase Douglas
Creek Estates for the amount of $12.3 million; plus, there will be an
additional amount which remains the subject of ongoing negotiations.
Again, the reason we are doing this and proceeding with the purchase of this
land is because we feel it is only fair and proper that we help out a couple
of local brothers who assumed responsibility to develop these lands and,
through no fault of their own, were caught up in circumstances. We feel a sense
of responsibility to help them out.
Mr. Tory: You certainly should feel a very big sense of responsibility for
that and a lot of other things. It's just unfortunate you didn't accept the
responsibility a lot earlier than is the case here.
I've reminded you and your government on a daily basis that it is not your
money; it belongs to the taxpayers. The government has to be -- as you would
have argued in opposition, as you even would argue in government -- open,
transparent and accountable when it comes to spending millions of taxpayers'
dollars, not just on the purchase of land but all of the other costs associated
with this fiasco that has taken place on your watch.
I have written to the Auditor General today -- I'd ask the pages if they
could bring a copy of this letter over to you -- and I've requested that he
immediately review all government expenditures that have to do with this entire
fiasco, including the land deal.
I would ask you, will you be fully co-operative with the Auditor General and
take the initiative to work with him, starting right now, to turn over all
information about all expenditures on this Caledonia matter so he can have an
independent look at exactly what has gone on here with the taxpayers' money?
Will you do that?
Hon. Mr. McGuinty: We would be more than pleased to co-operate with the
Auditor General in any way.
Interjection: And any time.
Hon. Mr. McGuinty: And any time. But let me say that obviously I can't agree
with the leader of the official opposition's ongoing characterization of
developments in Caledonia. He's just not prepared to accept that we are in fact
making progress, whether it's a matter of getting the barricades down or
providing financial support to the community, whether it's to the municipality
itself or to business persons. He doesn't like the fact that we've set up a
community liaison table. He doesn't like the fact that we've set up ongoing
meetings to work with the community. He doesn't like the fact that we've set up a
central table, working with the federal government, so that we can bring to
heel these issues, which have over 200 years of history connected with them.
He doesn't like all of those things. Apparently he has some special plan of
his own that he's not prepared to share with us, but it would be interesting
to get that at some point, to know exactly what he would have us do at this
point in time.
The Speaker (Hon. Michael A. Brown): New question.
Mr. Tim Hudak (Erie-Lincoln): A question to the Minister of Community Safety
and Correctional Services. Today is day 115 in the crisis in Caledonia.
Dalton McGuinty's weak and indecisive leadership has led to a major crisis of
public confidence in our front-line Ontario Provincial Police officers.
Yesterday's Toronto Star said, "There were physical assaults taking place in front of
you and you can't do anything about it. The OPP is a joke in terms of
Caledonia. It has tarnished our name." That's from a front-line OPP officer.

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Yesterday, Premier McGuinty simply dismissed this seemingly as a
fabrication. Surely, Minister, the one responsible for the Ontario Provincial Police is
going to stand up in the House today and tell us you're going to look into
this matter of who is giving direction to the Ontario Provincial Police and
move forward with the inquiry. Stand up for our Ontario Provincial Police
officers.
Hon. Monte Kwinter (Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services):
For the last few weeks, I've been listening to the opposition talk about
Caledonia. The only thing they have to bring to the table is the fact that
someone in their organization can read the newspapers, because, I'll tell you, all
of the information you get is in the newspapers and most of it is not
totally correct.
But I do want to quote from one particular newspaper that you might find
interesting, and that is Karl Walsh, president of the Ontario Provincial Police
Association: "All the same, Walsh says he appreciated the government's
hands-off approach to policing in Caledonia and says the opposition ... should stop
playing politics with the standoff."
So here we have a situation, and the question the member asks is, "Who is
directing the OPP?" The answer is, nobody is directing them. The OPP are
independent. They make their decisions and they act --
The Speaker: Thank you, Minister. Supplementary?
Mr. Hudak: I wonder what the minister's been doing. He accuses us of playing
politics. I don't know if you're playing golf, cribbage or shuffleboard, but
what you're not doing, Minister, is standing up for Ontario Provincial
Police and front-line officers in the Caledonia area or across the province of
Ontario.
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Let me remind you what's happening under your watch. As minister, you have
condoned something called a no-go zone for Ontario Provincial Police. You
didn't say a word when Ontario Provincial Police officers were taken out of their
car, their windows smashed -- they were arrested and humiliated. And now
we're seeing votes of confidence against the OPP commissioner and mockery of the
OPP front-line officers because of Dalton McGuinty's weak leadership.
Minister, if you're not going to stand up for OPP officers, maybe you should
consider stepping down and letting somebody else stand up for the OPP,
because you certainly are not.
Hon. Mr. Kwinter: I find it interesting that the member would make those
statements. I challenge him to bring forward one senior officer in the OPP, the
commissioner of the OPP or anyone else who will stand up and go on the record
and be critical of the way we have dealt with this situation as far as the
OPP are concerned. I challenge you to do that. Come up with one name. Don't
refer to unsubstantiated reports. Give me a name.
Mr. Hudak: Talk about gutless leadership. You wonder what this minister --
why aren't you talking to the front-line OPP officers? If I were the minister
and I saw that article in the Star yesterday, I'd be on the move and I'd be
looking into it right away.
Minister, with all due respect, you're a veteran of the Ontario Legislature,
and your voice should carry weight at the cabinet table. You should be
standing up and getting onside with Ontario's front-line provincial police
officers. You're more interested in bowing down before the leader than doing your
job as minister.
Minister, I have no choice. I have no choice because of your lack of
leadership and your lack of support for Ontario Provincial Police officers: Minster,
it's time for you to step down and let someone else fight for our Ontario
provincial police officers.
Hon. Mr. Kwinter: I don't want to give the member a history lesson, but the
history of this institution is loaded with Solicitors General who spoke to
police about a matter and had to resign. You should know that. You should know
that that has happened. To suggest that I should be directing the OPP, that I
should be talking to OPP officers about this issue, is totally, totally
irresponsible on your part and indicates that you have no idea what you're
talking about.
The Speaker: New question.
Interjections.
NATIVE LAND DISPUTE
Mr. Tim Hudak (Erie-Lincoln): Back to the Minister of Community Safety and
Correctional Services: Let me read you some of the headlines in today's
newspapers. Brantford: "There's No Law in Caledonia." London Free Press: "Caving In
at Caledonia; Willing to Buy Peace At Any Price, the Province Gives Into
Thugs and Sets a Dangerous Precedent." Stratford: "Residents Demand Law and
Order." North Bay: "Caledonia Residents Demand Law and Order."
Clearly, Minister, under your watch, the rule of law has been suspended. The
Toronto Star reports, and I gave you this quote, "There were physical
assaults taking place in front of you and you couldn't do anything about it. The
OPP is a joke in terms of Caledonia. It has tarnished our name," said a
front-line OPP officer.
Minister, is the reason you're not acting because you think that the author,
Jessica Leeder, and the Toronto Star fabricated the story? Is that why
you're not acting?
Hon. Monte Kwinter (Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services):
The reason I'm not acting is because I have a responsibility not to
interfere with the operation of the OPP. It's too bad your seatmate isn't beside you,
because he was quoted just recently when he was interviewed about an event
that is taking place somewhere else in the province, and he said, "The
Solicitor General should not interfere with policing in Ontario." That is a basic
policy that every single Solicitor General not only does honour, but has to.
Otherwise, they have no choice but to resign.
Mr. Hudak: This assembly has had weeks and weeks -- in fact, 115 days -- of
excuses from Premier McGuinty; excuses from the Minister of Correctional
Services. The reason you're not acting is because you want to remain wilfully
deaf and blind to the crisis in Caledonia and the suspension of the rule of law.
The minister said earlier that if I gave him the name of a senior police
officer who says there's something going on down there, he would then
investigate. "Due to political pressures and optics involved with this, the OPP seems
to be bending their own rules while sacrificing officer safety." He cites
deviations from usual practices, such as telling the tactical team not to wear
riot gear on the site lest they provoke a native backlash. That's from Karl
Walsh, the president of the Ontario Province Police Association. Surely that
fits your definition of an important police officer. Minister, hearing this,
surely you'll look into the matter.
Hon. Mr. Kwinter: The member either doesn't listen or doesn't want to
listen. I quoted --
Interjection.
Hon. Mr. Kwinter: Okay, well, let me tell you what he also said. You had
your chance to speak. You had your chance --
Interjection.
Hon. Mr. Kwinter: I think it's important to understand -- this is what one
of his colleagues said about him. He said, "We have a minister who's
incapable, incompetent, in handling it, and that is Minister Hudak." Let me tell you
this and let me read this to you. This is your own colleague who said that
about you. Let me read this quote one more time. You quoted Karl Walsh, and Karl
Walsh said, "... he appreciates the government's hands-off approach to
policing in Caledonia and says the opposition should stop playing politics with
the standoff." That's Karl Walsh. He said that. He said you're playing politics
and that he --
The Speaker: Thank you.
PETITIONS
NATIVE LAND DISPUTE
Mr. Toby Barrett (Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant): A petition titled "We Demand
Leadership in Land Dispute." This relates to Six Nations in Caledonia.
"Whereas the McGuinty government was notified of this land issue over a year
ago; and
"Whereas the standoff has been ongoing since February 28, 2006; and
"Whereas there has been no leadership from senior levels of government;
"We, the undersigned, demand that the McGuinty Liberals start showing some
real, consistent and timely leadership in dealing with the current standoff in
Caledonia."
I agree with the sentiments and have affixed my signature, and I will be
asking our page Madeleine, from my riding, to deliver this to the Clerk's desk.
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Christina Blizzard

Costs of Caledonia

Wed, June 21, 2006

By CHRISTINA BLIZZARD

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So, what price peace?
Well, in the case of the land purchased from developers in an attempt to buy
a truce in the native standoff in Caledonia, we may never know.
Last week, the province announced it would buy land currently owned by
developers, Henco Industries Ltd., that aboriginal protesters claim belongs to
them. The developers had planned to build as many as 600 homes on the land.
This raises a number of questions, not the least of which is this: If there
is a dispute over the ownership of this land, how can it be sold?
David Ramsay, the minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, refused to
disclose the amount of money the province paid for the land, citing "propri
etorial" reasons.
Henco doesn't want their competitors knowing how much their development was
worth.
So since when did the business concerns of a private company dictate to
taxpayers what they can know about how their government is spending their money?
Opposition leader John Tory said in the House yesterday that the price could
be as high as $50 million.
"I think the people of Ontario deserve to know how much this part of the
Caledonia episode will cost them," Tory said. "They deserve to know what the
price tag is. It is not your money, it is the public's money that we're dealing
with here. It belongs to them, and it is managed in trust by you and by your
ministers on their behalf," he said. Exactly.
An earlier figure of $45 million had been rumoured, but Ramsay scoffed at
the price and said it was the estimated value of the property, had all the
development gone forward. But he wouldn't put a dollar figure on the land.
"In this case, the seller has asked us to keep that confidential," Ramsay
said.
Too bad. The seller needs to learn that when you deal with government, the
primary concern is the need for taxpayers to have accountability for their tax
dollars. So much for the party that promised transparency in government. And
how can you sell land if there's a claim on it?
"That's why it is going into a neutral trust," Ramsay said.
The government will turn over the land to the trust. Once that's done, the
ownership will be decided through "historical research" and negotiations,
Ramsay said.
I think we can all figure out what that negotiation and "historical
research" will discover, can't we?
This is a total capitulation to a group who have used might to get their
way. Now they have prevailed, it is reasonable to expect a whole raft of claims
will be dealt with the same way.
Forget about the courts and the rule of law. Throw a hissy fit. Block a road
or two. Topple a hydro tower. Put on face masks and balaclavas and wave a
flag atop a barricade. Then, bingo! You hit the jackpot.
A little bit of "historical research," and the government caves in.
Hysterical research, more like it.
Ramsay said he doesn't believe this resolution will work for other land
claims. "This is a very particular circumstance here. Other land claims are very
unique and they are very different, so this is just one technique to use in
this particular one," he said.
Don't count on it. This opens up a can of worms. And we don't even know how
much it will cost.
* * *
Speaking of a can of worms, the actions of Toronto Mayor David Miller in
setting up a "blue-ribbon panel" to study councillors' salaries just goes to
prove that paying politicians more doesn't ensure quality representation. The
group, headed by former Newfoundland premier and federal cabinet minister Brian
Tobin, will look at hiking councillors' salaries 8.9% to $95,000 -- which is
more than the base salary for an MPP. Miller's salary would go to $160,000
-- more than the $147,919 Premier Dalton McGuinty made last year. Then again,
as a former federal MP, Tobin knows all about pay hikes. Do these guys have
no shame?

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Henco Gets $12.3m For Land

(http://ads.thestar.com/click.ng/site...&HChannel=news) McGuinty implores native
protesters to leave Douglas Creek Estates property
By John Burman
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(Jun 23, 2006)
Ontario will pay Henco Industries $12.3 million for the Douglas Creek
Estates property occupied by aboriginal protesters.
Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday the government will also compensate
developers Don and John Henning with an additional amount for the loss of
future profits. That amount is still under negotiation.
The money paid to Henco does not include six builders who own 25 lots in the
disputed site. The builders are negotiating a separate agreement with the
province and have chosen not to issue a statement at this time.
McGuinty also called on native protesters yesterday to leave the site. He
said there is no need to occupy the site and keep tensions high in Caledonia
now that the province has moved to buy the land and hold it in trust pending
the outcome of ongoing negotiations.
To leave the site would reduce the danger of another flare-up of the violent
clashes that have marred the occupation since it began Feb. 28, he said.
But spokespersons for the protesters have made it clear they have no
intention of leaving because they believe Ontario's decision to buy the land does
not address the underlying land claim issue.
Senior Haldimand County officials support McGuinty's request. They agree
with McGuinty that occupation of the site is unnecessary.
Deputy Mayor Tom Patterson told The Spectator's editorial board yesterday
that tensions in the town and the potential for violence would drop if native
occupiers left the subdivision while negotiations continue.
"If they were to leave, people in Caledonia would certainly feel less
anxious," he said.
It's the first time McGuinty has asked Six Nations protesters to abandon the
occupation, which has been marked by a number of violent clashes with both
police and local residents.
"The continuing occupation is just not helpful, and it really constitutes
the remaining potential for danger," McGuinty said before a Liberal cabinet
meeting.
Haldimand Councillor Craig Ashbaugh said the potential for more trouble
would be reduced if the protesters even cut down the numbers on the site while
maintaining a symbolic presence.
McGuinty also said continuing occupation keeps the potential for danger in
the area high and the government has tried to "take the land out of the
equation" by negotiating with the developer.
The developer, Henco Industries, said yesterday the company expects to reach
a final agreement to sell the Douglas Creek Estates to the province next
week.
McGuinty revealed the buyout cost yesterday after two days of political
heat.
David Ramsay, minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, had been saying
Henco wished to keep the amount secret for proprietary reasons.
In its own announcement on the $12.3-million purchase, Henco Industries said
it appreciates the efforts of the province "to buy our land at a price that
is fair to us and to the taxpayers of Ontario."
The developer has said in the past the planned 600-unit development could
have produced revenue of as much as $45 million if it were completed.
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It's Time To End The Occupation


Douglas Creek Estates: Occupation still necessary?

(http://ads.thestar.com/click.ng/site...&HChannel=news) By Lee Prokaska
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(Jun 23, 2006)
Premier Dalton McGuinty is right. The protesters at the Douglas Creek
Estates in Caledonia should leave. Continuing the occupation serves no true
purpose.
McGuinty has called on the natives to leave the disputed land, maintaining
the potential for danger remains high as long as they are there. In making
that call, McGuinty has the strong support of Haldimand County deputy mayor Tom
Patterson, as well as Councillor Craig Ashbaugh, who lives in and represents
Caledonia.
The two municipal politicians told The Spectator's editorial board yesterday
the ongoing native occupation remains a huge stressor in the community,
particularly among residents who live adjacent to the Douglas Creek Estates site.
The occupation, they say, is a significant impediment to starting the
process they hope will take place to heal the rifts between Six Nations and
Caledonia residents, who had lived in harmony for two centuries until this dispute.
Ashbaugh notes the natives have achieved the goals they articulated at the
outset -- to get the attention of the federal government and to highlight the
issue of native land claims, which are notorious for dragging on for decades.
The occupation is no longer necessary to achieve those goals.
It's also no longer necessary to ensure the land is protected (or defended)
against non-native development -- clearly that's not going to resume in the
foreseeable future, if ever. For one thing, there's a moratorium banning
development on the site indefinitely, imposed by the province last month. Even
without that ban, the land is not at risk -- the province has taken that threat
out of play by negotiating to buy out the developer, Henco Industries.
To continue the occupation only further aggravates an already very stressed
situation. Some residents in nearby neighbourhoods feel unsafe in their own
homes and unprotected by the provincial police to the extent that an ad hoc
resident response plan has been developed for protecting their homes from
native aggression. Relations between natives and non-natives are, generally,
tension-filled. But the protesters' dispute is not with the people of Caledonia,
so keeping the community under such stress does nothing to further the cause.
Ashbaugh suggests a native withdrawal from the Douglas Creek Estates -- or
even a reduction in the number of occupiers to a purely symbolic level --
might go a long way to speeding up not only a resolution to the dispute, but also
the healing that must occur in the aftermath.
Ending the occupation is not a sign of capitulation. On the contrary, it
would be a progressive step toward resolving the dispute. It would be a sign of
diplomacy that would not undermine the natives' interests or their goals.
McGuinty is right.
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New Look At Land Claims

Although attention is now focused on Caledonia, the Mississaugas of New
Credit First Nation have a long-standing land claim for Toronto and a good part
of the GTA, writes Bryan LaForme

Jun. 23, 2006. 01:00 AM

Considerable public attention is focused on the continuing standoff in
Caledonia, Ontario, but meanwhile, there's another highly significant land claim
that remains unresolved — in Toronto.
My people, the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation, are still owed fair
compensation for the land on which Toronto now sits. Not only Toronto, but
also a good chunk of the Greater Toronto Area — nearly 101,600 hectares (251,000
acres), from Ashbridge's Bay to Etobicoke Creek, extending 45 kilometres (28
miles) north.
Our claim for compensation is recognized by the federal government; we have
both agreed to negotiate. We have some creative solutions that we believe
would resolve the case.
But, as with so many issues involving Canada's First Nations, negotiations
are painfully slow. We believe it's time for us now to be compensated in a way
that would benefit Toronto, our own First Nation and, ultimately, all
Canadians.
Our land claim for the Toronto area dates back to at least 1787, when
British negotiators met with my ancestors to discuss what the British called the
"Toronto Purchase." There was, and is, considerable confusion surrounding this
term.
The Toronto Purchase confirmed the boundaries of an earlier land survey of
what is now a large part of the GTA, a survey that turned out later to be
inaccurate. The British took title to the land through this purchase.
The purchase price? Ten shillings (equal to 17 cents then, today, adjusted
for inflation, about $60).
We Mississaugas of New Credit were moved west, eventually to our current
territory, which is near Hagersville, Ont. But an additional problem with the
Toronto Purchase — aside from the inequity of the bargain — was that we have
insisted all along that the land included in this document did not include the
Toronto Islands.
The Islands were not even islands until the mid-1850s, when a fierce storm
separated them from the mainland. In any case, these lands have always held
great spiritual significance to the Mississaugas. We said then, and we say now,
that we would never give them away.
Canada's courts have recognized that "deals" like the Toronto Purchase were
ridiculously inequitable, and a process is in place to negotiate with the
federal government in situations like these to right the balance. We
Mississaugas recognize that the Toronto Islands are an important part of a great world
city in a great country. We have no desire to uproot the islanders who live
there now, the yacht clubs that enjoy the harbour or to change the park that is
used by millions of people.
But we are still waiting for fair compensation.
One idea that we have proposed as a fair solution for all — a win-win, if
you will — is to provide our Nation with the land on which Toronto's City Centre
(Island) Airport now sits. This property is now under the jurisdiction of
the Toronto Port Authority, a federal agency.
The airport has aroused controversy and considerable opposition,
particularly from nearby residents. The Mississaugas of New Credit would be interested
in revitalizing this land to establish a First Nations culture presence in the
heart of Toronto.
Few people know this, but Toronto is Canada's largest aboriginal community
with more than 70,000 people. Yet the facilities for meeting and fostering a
sense of community and pride are not what they should be.
First Nations people get lost in Toronto — left out of the mainstream of
business, of cultural life, with few central gathering places to recognize
tradition and educate their neighbours.
We think we could change this.
We envision a centre for First Nations that would be a welcome addition to
the attractive waterfront that is just starting to take shape. Our urban
territory would include some affordable housing and services, but most importantly
it would be the logical site for the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
This centre could become the site for events such as the Aboriginal Music
and Aboriginal Achievement Awards. It could be an education centre, a cultural
and tourist destination and an anchor and attraction for Toronto's bid for
Expo 2015.
We want to negotiate in goodwill with the federal government and be good
neighbours, and to this end we have held friendly meetings with political
leaders of all stripes. In fact, the response from all levels of government has
been somewhat encouraging — we have discussed participating in the Expo bid and
we have talked about alternatives to the airport lands for us, such as other
harbour areas or sites further inland.
We want to be good neighbours. But we want compensation, too.

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Attention News Editors:
OPP issue seventh arrest warrant
CALEDONIA, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police has issued

an arrest warrant for a suspect involved in an altercation in Caledonia on

Friday, June 9th, 2006.

As a result of investigations by members of the Ontario Provincial

Police, a seventh suspect has been identified in an incident relating to a

clash at the Canadian Tire parking lot involving a TV crew. As the TV crew was

filming, one of the cameramen was swarmed, assaulted and had his equipment

stolen.

An arrest warrant has now been issued for:

Timothy J. JAMIESON, age 22 of Ohsweken, Ontario.

Charges: Robbery, Assault and Obstruct Police.

If anyone has information in regards to the whereabouts of this suspect,

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OBJECTION TO INVASION OF KANIEN’KE:HAKA/MOHAWK TERRITORY KNOWN AS THE “
HALDIMAND TRACT” OF KAIANEREH’KO:WA/GREAT LAW JURISDICTION BY OUTSIDE
CORPORATION, CANADIAN HYDRO DEVELOPERS INC., FOR THE “MALANCTHON WIND MILL PROJECT”


DATE: June 20, 2006

FROM: Women Title Holders of the Kanion’ke:haka Nation also known as the
Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy on Turtle Island. According to Wampum 44 of
the Kaianereh’ko:wa, the Women Title Holders are the “progenitors of the soil”
of our nation. We are the Caretakers of the land, water and air.

TO: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc.; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II;
Governor General Michaelle Jean; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Premier of Province
of Ontario; Government of Canada; President of United States; Ministry of
Natural Resources; Department of Justice Canada; U.S. Department of Justice;
Dept. Finance Canada; Gov. George Pataki of NYS; Attorney General of Canada,
Attorney General of Ontario, New York State Attorney General; Indian Affairs,
Department of Interior; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of NYS; Mohawks of
Tyendinaga, Saint Regis, Akwesasne, Kanehsatake, Six Nations, Toronto-Montreal-New
York Stock Exchanges (Addresses at end of Public Natice).

Att: Geoff Carnegie, Manager, Ontario Projects, 52 Hilldale Crescent,
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 4B8; and Ian Callum, Project Manager, Stantec
Consulting Limited, 361 Southgate Dr., Guelph Ontario Canada N1G 3M5.

Re: Non-native Melancthon Wind Farm development on Kaianereh’ko:wa
Territory, currently known as the “Haldimand Tract”.

OBJECTION TO:

1. INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF KAIANEREH’KO:WA/GREAT LAW TERRITORY
KNOWN AS THE “HALDIMAND TRACT” BY THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND
ONTARIO, THEIR CORPORATE AGENTS AND ASSIGNS;
2. THE REFUSAL OF REPRESENTATIVES OF BRITAIN, OF CANADA AS ITS
SUCCESSOR STATE, AND OF ONTARIO, AS A PROVINCE OF CANADA, TO ABIDE BY THEIR
OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE KAIANEREH’KO:WA, THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA AND THE CHARTER
OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

WHEREAS the Charter of the United Nations requires respect for the
principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, requiring its members to
ensure that armed force is not used to resolve international differences and
to resolve disagreements by peaceful means in conformity with justice and
international law;
WHEREAS Canada has ascribed to the internationally recognized standards for
respecting political rights of the People as set out in the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other international legal instruments;
WHEREAS General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) requires the informed consent
of a people before they are included in another state;
WHEREAS the International Court of Justice affirmed Resolution 1541 in the
Western Sahara case;
WHEREAS THE COURTS OF OTHER COLONIAL STATES LIKE THE Supreme Court of
Australia in Mabo have formally repudiated past colonial reasoning and practices;
WHEREAS the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination found on March 6, 2006 that the United States was denying the Western
Shoshone people “their rights to own, develop, control and use their land and
resources”; warning the U.S. to respect the Convention; and to “freeze”, “
desist” and “stop” their actions immediately and to abide by the Committee’s
“Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure”;
WHEREAS international law is firmly committed to affirming the equal and
inalienable rights of all peoples and rejecting colonial encroachment on other
peoples, including Indigenous nations;
WHEREAS both the U.S. and Canada must abide by the international law
principle that there can be no development on Indigenous land without consulting the
Title Holders; ignoring the true Indigenous people is now universally
recognized as being illegal; Indigenous people must be consulted; and our
perspectives on the issues can not longer be ignored;

THEREFORE AS:

1. On October 25, 1784, General Frederick Haldimand pledged Britain’s
protection for the Rotino’shon:ni people on a tract of land within our traditional
domain extending six miles deep on either side of the Grand River running
from its mouth in Lake Erie to its source, “to them and their posterity forever”
.

2. Canada has allowed most of our resources to be taken by squatters,
illegal land transfers and fraud. Dozens of cities and towns have been established
on our land without our consent.
3. Canada and the province of Ontario have continuously issued permits for
the use of our land even though they know they do not have legal title. As a
result, a private company, Canadian Hydro Developers began building the
Melancthon Windmill Project on the “Haldimand Tract” for the sale of energy to
non-Indigenous people who may not have been aware that there was no legal root
to the title they were given.
WE THEREFORE DEMAND THAT CANADIAN HYDRO DEVELOPERS INC.:

1.Cease and desist immediately the invasion and exploitation of our
territory to build the Melancthon Wind Farm north of Shelburne, Ontario.

2.Stop trespassing on our territory as respected by the conjunction of our
constitution, Kaianereh’ko:wa, the Canadian Constitution and the U.S.
Constitution.

3.Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. consult with and asked for the consent and
permission of the Kanion’ke:haka before doing anything further on our land.


4. To respect the Guswentha/Two Row Wampum Agreement as the basis of our
nation-to-nation relationship.

5. In Canada we took an action in the Supreme Court of Canada – Kanion’
ke:haka Kaianereh’ko:wa Kanon’ses:neh v. Attorney General of Canada and Her
Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, Court File: 05-CV-030785.
We brought this constitutional jurisdiction issue before the U.S. Supreme
Court. See No. 05-165: 2005. In The Supreme Court of the United States In
re Kanion’ke:haka Kaianereh’ko:wa Kanon’ses:neh, Non-party,
Petitioner/Movant/Appellant, The Canadian St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians, Plaintiffs,
Respondents, v. The State of New York, Defendants, Respondents. Petition for Writs
of with Certiorari and Quo Warranto with Prohibition and Mandamus in Aid to
Prevent Genocide. Rules 17.1 and 20.1.

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Whereas:

1.Jurisdiction over our ter­ritory now called “Southern On­tario”
and “Quebec” and beyond, is part of the Rotinonshonni/Iroquois territory.

2.The Canadian and U.S. Constitutions respect that relations with us shall
be con­ducted on a nation-to-nation basis. Canada, Ontario and Canadian
Hydro Developers Inc. do not supersede this constitution-to-constitution
relationship between our nations.

3. We continue to have jurisdiction over all Kaianereh’ko:wa territory.

4.We demand to be officially informed of how international, federal and
provincial entities can violate international law and the rule of law by
appropriating jurisdiction over territory we never surrendered.

By Kanion’ke:haka Women Title Holders

Kahentinetha Bear Clan /s/_____________________

Katenies Bear Clan /(s/________________________

Contact: Thahoketoteh [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) Tel: 519-925-9695
Mailing address: 17 A Mill Street, Hornings Mills, Ontario L0N 1J0

Sent to:

Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., Suite 500, 1324 - 17th Avenue SW, Calgary,
Alberta, Canada T2T 5S8. Kent Brown CFO [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; Dalton McGuinty, Premier. Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1 [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, Government of
Canada, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa Canada [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; Hon. Gilles Duceppe, Bloc Quebecois, Government of Canada,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Canada [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; Hon. Jack Layton, NDP Government of Canada, Parliament
Buildings, Ottawa Canada [email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected]) ; George
Bush President of United States; [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500; Ministry of
Natural Resources; Department of Justice Canada; U.S. Department of Justice;
Finance Canada; Attorney General of Canada, Attorney General of Ontario; New
York State Attorney General; Department of Indian Affairs, Department of
Interior; Mohawks of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory; Iroquois Caucus; Mohawk Council
of Kanehsatake; Six Nations Council; Toronto Stock Exchange; Montreal Stock
Exchange; Board of Directors, %The Corporate Secretary, New York Stock
Exchange Incorporated, 11 Wall Street, New York, 10005 Fax 212-656-3939
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected]) ; World Intellectual Property
Organization, 34 Chemin de Colombettes, Geneva [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Kathleen Chu, Tokyo Stock Exchange,
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected]) . net , [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Ann Moulier, London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster
Sq., London UK EC4M 7LS [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Hong Kong Stock Exchange, 12/F One
International Finance Cent;er, 1 Harborview St., Central Hong King
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected]) [email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])
-International Monetary Fund, 700 19th St., NW, Washington DC 20431, F
202-623-4661 lelgislative affairs [email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected]) ;
-Chiefs, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Inc., 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne (New
York) 13655 518-358-3203; -Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, P.O. Box 579,
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5T3; -Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, P.O. Box 720, Kahnawake of
Mohawk Territory, (Quebec) J0L 1B0; - Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, R.R. 1,
Tyendinaga of Mohawk Territory, Ontario 613-396-3424 Fax 613-396-3627; -Andrew
S. Eristoff, Commissioner, New York State Department of Taxation, W.A.
Harriman Campus, Albany, NY 12227-0155 [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Department of
Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20530-0001
[email protected];-Mr_ (mailto:[email protected];-Mr) . George Bush, President, United States,
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C. 20500 [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Gov. George Pataki, State of New York, The
Capitol, Albany, NY 12224; -Mr. Eliot Spitzer, New York State Attorney
General, 445 Broadway, Room 218, Albany, New York 12207-2924; -Mr. George Skibine,
Acting Deputy Assistant, Department of the Interior, 1849 C St., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20240; World Trade Organization, Mike Moore, 154 rue de Lausanne
1211, Geneva 21 Switzerland mailto:_info%40gatt.org_ (mailto:mailto:info%40gatt.org) ; -World
Bank, 1818 H St NW, Washington DC 20433 USA f 202-477-6391
[email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected]) ; -SAM Indexes Gmgh, DJSI, Seefeldstrasse
215, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland, [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Tracey S. Toubu, Director, Office of Tribal
Justice, United States Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
Washington DC 20530 202-514-8812 Fax 202-514-9078; -William K. Suter, Clerk, Supreme
Court of the United States, 1 First St., NE, Washington DC 20543-0001
-UN Office of High Commission for Human Rights, UN Plaza, S. 294, New York,
10017; -Rudolpho Stavenhagen, International Commission for Human Rights, P.O.
Box 16, CH-1211, Geneva 20, Switzerland;
-Kanion’ke:haka Kaianereh’ko:wa Kanon’ses:ne, P.O. Box 1016, Akwesasne
(NYS) 13655; -Coalition for the International Criminal Court, %WFM, 708 3rd Ave.,
24th Floor, New York (NYS) 10017, [email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])
;
-The Hague, Anna Paulownastraat 103, 251 BBC, The Netherlands t:
+31-70-363-4484 F: +31-70-364-0259;
-Pope Benedictum XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City,
Rome, Italy; -Shiva Vanadana [email protected]_
(mailto:[email protected]) ; -Cayuga Nation of Indians Inc., P.O. Box 11, Versailles, NY 14168 F
716-532-5417;
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14779 F 716-945-1790; ---Cattaraugus Reservation, 1490 Route 438, Irving NY
14081 F 716-532-9132; -Oneida Indian Nation of New York Inc., 223 Genesee
St., Oneida NY 13421 F 315-361-6333; -Onondaga Nation, Rte. 11A, Box 229,
Nedrow, NY 13120, T 315-492-3041; -Tonawanda Band of Senecas (Tonawanda Seneca
Nation), 7027 Meadville Rd., Basom NY 14013 T 716-542-4244; Tuscarora Indian
Nation, 2006 Mt. Hope Rd., Lewiston NY 14092 T 716-297-4990; -Mohawk Nation
Council of Chiefs, Box 366, Rooseveltown, NY F 518-358-3488; Kanatsiohareke, 4934
State Hwy. 5, Fonda NY 12068 [email protected]_
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Subject: Hazel's Update

Sago from Grand River!

I thought I'd better write and let you know that we're still here. A lot
has been happening since the barricades came down, most of it internal and it
has kept us busy! The biggest thing is that the people are still maintaining
our position on the land, and that in spite of propaganda, we're not
re-routing Caledonia's water, we haven't got bunkers built, ammunition stored, nor
are we toting guns around and terrorizing the citizens of Caledonia. It is
very distressing to hear such things because all along we have tried our best
to remain peaceful, even in the face of racial discrimination and acts of
hate crimes. We have continued to act in good faith, even when we have been
met with politicians who know only ultimatums and not nation to nation
dialogue, and we continue to carry the spirit of truth and justice for Creation as
well as upholding our responsibilities to our Law, our Land and our People,
even though judge Marshall is still asking why his order to have the
injunction enforced and have our people removed from the site is not being adhered
to. Today, Premier McGuinty suggested that since the province has agreed in
principal to purchase the land from Henco and to hold the land in trust,
that we should all go home now. Perhaps someone out there should remind Mr.
McGuinty about Kanesetake and how they were made a lot of promises including
having the land put in trust, but it still has not resolved the situation nor
have they followed through on any of their promises. Guess we know who was
paying attention and who wasn't because the position of the people is exactly
as it was the day we came onto the site, we are here until the land is back
in title to the original titleholders and according to the original agreement.
Land held in trust is no different than calling it Crown land, and as
we've politely pointed out several times, the land to which we hold title, the
crown has no jurisdiction over. And if you're paying attention to the
Canadian parliament as it nears its summer recess, the opposition party is really
laying it on hard about how the government must do something about the
situation in Caledonia. Too bad they're not standing there reminding the government
of its' responsibilities to the Two Row and the Silver Covenant Chain, or
even their own Constitution Act and British North American Act. No, they're
standing there suggesting that the government has to do something to remove us
from our homelands because the citizens of Caledonia are living in fear, they
can't sleep at night, they can't even barbeque in their backyards! I think
all politicians should be required to have common sense before being
allowed to run in an election and before standing in their legislation commenting
about something that they have no knowledge of other than gossip!
Especially one who is suppose to be representing not only Caledonia, but also those
at Six Nations who choose to vote in their system. First of all, they need to
stand around in some of those people's backyards, bring the steaks and
barbeque for them because they will see for themselves that we are not bothering
anyone. The children are not afraid to play outside in the school yard
because they continually laugh and play
and wave at our people on the site. When the Frisbee comes across the
fence, we don't hold it hostage, we give it back! They should also have been
there on the Friday night when the good law abiding citizens of Caledonia held
their rally and besides drinking publically and throwing their empties at us
(thanks by the way, the 10 cents a bottle helps), and throwing stones at
us while they were shouting racist remarks about us and our welfare cheques,
how the only good Indian is a dead Indian, and how they were gonna go home and
get their shot gun. Better yet, did anyone bother to contact the OPP and
ask about the reported incidents of continuous gun fire and reports of their
fences being burned. If they had, they would have learned as one of our local
newspaper reporters had that there were no such incidents. Or perhaps they
could talk to the principal of the school as did that same reporter and they
would have learned that the children are not afraid of us and that they
don't have to hide under their desks or table to eat their lunch. And as far as
gun fire, the only sounds representing gun fire is the times that fire
crackers were being shot off around the May 24 weekend, or when fireworks were
being shot directly at us the night the first barricade was taken down. Or
maybe I should have just forwarded parliament a copy of the minutes of the
Caledonia Citizens Alliance group meeting where they discussed arming themselves
and that the opp had given them the nod of approval (which according to the
OPP is utter nonsense) or how they were going to use their children as a
cover when they attended their next rally and that their strategy was to "create
chaos, continually dial 911 and rush toward the fence but do not cross the
police line". Who does this?

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And
yet they call us lawless and a militant faction. Did anyone ever wonder
why, when the footage is shown on TV during those violent "stand-offs" , that
the OPP are always facing the Caledonia people and not the Onkwehonweh? It's
because that is where the violence is coming from. The aggressive behaviour
and attempts to incite violence is coming from their people not ours. And
yet we're pegged as the "terrorists" in the media. Somebody somewhere is
working really hard to disrupt the Peace but it certainly isn't us! And to top it
all off, they are being rewarded for their behaviour. Canada is handing out
millions of dollars to Caledonia for their loss of business due to the
barricades. Maybe they should just check the stats of how many Six Nations people
are no longer giving their business to Caledonia because of the racist
attitudes that have grown deeper and more openly in the last 100 day's and they'd
realize that it isn't the barricades that has decreased their sales, it is
their own attitude toward our people. And if that wasn't enough, they had
to turn on the children and barricade them out of the arena. Talk about
shooting oneself in the foot. They created the
situation they are in, and now are demanding compensation for it! And of
course the government obliges. Guess it's better to keep pouring money into
racial discrimination than it is to actually pay their debt to the Six Nations.
As long as they keep rewarding those behaviours they won't actually have
to deal with the real issue, which is the land and our sovereignty. The
way one fellow put it, it's like dealing with a "bad little kid". You don't
reward bad behaviour by giving them candy because when that's all gone,
they're gonna want more and their behaviour is going to get worse!

With respect to the 7 people charged, two so far have been arrested and
released. The Confederacy Council is still conducting it's investigation with
respect to the alleged illegal activities and during that process the
individuals are still required to stay off of the site. What I want to know is, how
come our people are being tried twice for the same crime? They
are being held accountable to our traditional government as required by our
Law, the Kaierenekowah, but are also being forced through the Canadian
justice system, which we've already established has no jurisdiction over our
people. And the more our investigation uncovers, the more I am convinced that
it was a big set up! Can't give details till we've gathered all evidence but
the TRUTH always reveals itself if only we look.

On a lighter note, the Concert held at Chiefswood Park on the 16th of June
in support of the land reclamation was an overwhelming success. I gotta give
a big Nya Weh to David and Kimberley Maracle, as well as Tuesday Johnson and
TAP Resources and all of the other volunteers who worked so hard to make
this happen. To all of the artists who donated their time and shared their
music, artwork and other talents to make this concert such a great experience I
can't thank you enough!!!!!!!!! We haven't got a total yet as far as how
much the concert raised for the reclamation site, but as soon as we do, I will
let everyone know. Everyone had a great time.............I even got to sing
with my sister ElizaBeth and we didn't
clear out the park so I guess we did good! But the most important part is
that it was FUN! Everyone had a good time and an awesome experience.
Already David and Kimberley have been approached as to when the next one is
going to be. Even I can't wait! Good Work Everyone!

Well, as far as things at the reclamation site, we are continuing with our
cultural examination of the land as far as the possibility of burial grounds.
A well known archaeologist and friend of mine, Proffessor Bill Noble and his
wife Jacquie paid us a visit at the site. The sad news is that the
archaeological study that was conducted on behalf of Henco, quite possibly destroyed
crucial evidence to the existence of village sites and other points of
interest to our people. However, they did provide us with an 8 page report which
we immediately sent to Premier McGuinty outlining several areas of their law
which could have been broken during this archaeological study and have asked
that it be forwarded to the appropriate
ministries to be dealt with according to their laws. Henco is ultimately
responsible and needs to be accountable for those inconsistencies before any
money is paid to him. Again, something that should have been monitored but
conveniently ignored.

So, I guess I've updated enough tonight. It's getting late and I'm a bit
tired. Hopefully I will have other news to report soon so that you won't have
to wonder if I got buried in those bunkers! Take care,

In Love, Light and Peace,

Hazel
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“ONE BAD APPLE DON’T SPOIL THE WHOLE BUNCH, GIRL” - “CLEOPATRA”, ARRESTED
FOR “GANGSTERISM” ON ABORIGINAL DAY – TO DEFAME INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES?
MNN. June 22, 2006. Most of us ignore “Aboriginal Day”. Like the rest of
colonialism, it was imposed by the Canadian state. This year the RCMP
celebrated it in a big way with “Project Cleopatra”. They marked the day by
arresting 35 people charged with drug trafficking, possession of marijuana,
possession with the proceeds of crime and money laundering. On the face of it, it’
s hard to see what this had to do with Aboriginal Day. No one involved was
native except Sharon Simon and her 21-year old daughter, Annie Arbic. But you
’d never know this from the extensive press coverage flaunting Kanehsatake’
s good name.
The community is offended. Sharon Simon may live there, but she doesn’t take
part in community events.
She’s was known to be a “devout follower of James Gabriel” and he protected
her. How else could she have managed to build such a great big house and “
crime empire” when Mr. “law and order” was “in charge”.
Indian Affairs has been using their pet Gabriel for years. They poured a lot
of money into that guy. Their plan seems to have been designed to tar the
reputation of Kanehsatake as well as Mohawks and “Indians” in general.
Gabriel was voted out. He needed a job. The word on the street is that he is
now helping the cops and the government go after his old followers. He’s been
involved in so much fraud and theft that he has no choice but to keep
hopping.
The 35 Aboriginal Day warrants were executed on non-natives in Greater
Montreal, the Eastern Townships, Saskatchewan and one native in Kanehsatake.
Gabriel’s “untouchables” seem to be getting touched now.
Sharon Simon, their Aboriginal Day mascot, married young to a French guy and
had two kids. After her divorce she got in with the wrong crowd. She’s a
loner who doesn’t bother anybody. She didn’t fit into the community. She
lived her life without answering to anyone. She had little to do with her
neighbors and relatives even though she lived in Kanehsatake.
According to the Montreal Gazette on June 24th, the RCMP alleged that it was
Sharon’s “job” to “run a vast smuggling network that shipped 40 to 50
kilograms of marijuana, as well as some ecstasy, to the US per week”. We wonder
who wrote up her job description? Both mother and daughter appeared
relaxed in the prisoner’s dock. According to the Gazette, she had two cops on her
payroll. Maybe she knows who to pay off. Her experience with the system is
completely different from ours as ordinary Mohawks who get into trouble for
defending our political beliefs. The court probably likes her. Last winter,
the court pounced on Jason Gabriel because he gave the finger to the illicit
system. But yesterday Sharon Simon was smiling and blowing kisses in the
court room.
The newspaper made her look pretty guilty – and along with her, the rest of
Kanehsatake.
There was that picture of a whole bunch of guns. Only those who bothered to
read the fine print found out that they were from the St. Therese home of
Pascal Leclerc, 27. They were NOT from Kanehsatake. But our town’s
reputation was dragged through the mud again. On top of this, there was not a shred of
evidence mentioned in the newspaper linking Leclerc to Sharon and her
daughter. Sixteen places were hit from here to Saskatchewan. So why are they
making such a big deal about Kanehsatake?
There is no evidence that any other “Indians” are involved in this sting.
Is the RCMP using Sharon Simon to continue its smear campaign against us?
Whatever she was involved in, we weren’t. We all thought it was a cigarette
raid. But it was bigger.
We never make the national news unless it’s derogatory. We received a
frantic phone call from a woman from Kanehsatake, “Have you heard about my
relative. She’s been picked up for being the leader of a big underworld gang right
across Canada. They’re calling her “Cleopatra!”
“Hold it!” I said, it sounded like another Aboriginal Day hoax to us.
There’s been a total black out on all news concerning real Indigenous
issues. Did Cleo do more than anybody else to get so much notoriety and attention?
They paint her as the head of the whole gang, the “Queenpin” of all the
Hell’s Angels, who are white bikers. They say she even controls two cops who
were helping her get drugs over the border to the U.S. Holy smokes! She’s
even suspected of attempting to highjack a load of cigarettes. (According to
one Montreal paper, she was actually there but her boyfriend took the rap for
her). Now she’s up against conspiring to commit robbery; money laundering;
producing drugs for export and ‘gangsterism’. They’re making like she’s
Canada’s Oliver North of the CIA in the Iran-Contra scandal. It’s all of these
white riff-raff that think all they have to do hook up with a native and they
can come on our land and do what they want.
The sting against Kanehsatake was carried out of Westmount, one of the
richest ‘burbs in Montreal. Westmount is Kanion’ke:haka/Mohawk land! Look how
badly they’re treating the original Westmounters!
The RCMP, Surete du Quebec and the Aboriginal police staged a predawn raid.
You’d think they’d found Osama Bin Laden instead of a 48-year old mother
of two. They came in with air support (choppers), 3 APC’s, a Leopard tank,
vans and two unmarked cars. 350 heavily armed cops descended on the 16 spots
simultaneously. She had a big compound and they smashed the APC into the
gates. They didn’t bother to see whether the door was locked. Why didn’t
they ring the bell?
What is Canada trying to say about Mohawk women? Are they scaring the
public into thinking that dames like her might be strung right across Canada in
every Indigenous community? In any other society there are always a few bad
apples.
The lore about Cleo is that she kept exotic animals in her back yard like
zebras and giraffes. The SQ busted her for that because she didn’t have the
proper permits. They found 200 pounds of weed and she paid a $35,000 fine and
got probation. She also got 6 months jail time for transporting guns. They
let her go and started watching her. An AK-47 was allegedly found on the
back seat of her car. Was it really hers? She also ran her yacht up and down
the Ottawa River with a live jazz band entertaining her and her neighbors.

Are they trying to tell us we have leadership ability? Why didn’t they go
after the Hell’s Angels? They’re too scared! They pick this weird woman
because they’re afraid to go after the Hell’s and it’s always open season on
Indians. Does this mean that once we Indigenous people have a million dollars,
we are automatically suspect? Do we have to keep our houses shabby on the
outside to avoid suspicion?
They seized her house, cars and everything that wasn’t nailed down. Our
question is how are they going to take away her house off the Indigenous
territory? It’s definitely going to raise some interesting legal issues. Are they
going to dig it out, put it on a wheel barrow and haul it away? We heard
they’re giving it to the Mohawk Council. There are no precedents to cover a
situation like this. The lack of a precedent never stopped Canada before.
The council for the most part is corrupt. So who’s going to get the house?

After looking at the front pages, we said, “Thanks, RCMP. Is this how you
honor Aboriginal people on Aboriginal Day?” You set out to embarrass and
humiliate us, didn’t you? After talking it over with other Mohawk women, one
said, “Hey! They don’t have the real Cleo! Do the cops think that she
represents the true spirit of Indigenous women? She does NOT. Nobody supports her.
All the money, all the drugs were found at her house. Do they think this is
going to hur doing what we t us spiritually and keep us down? Heck no! We
are free acting according to the Great Law. This smear campaign can’t stop
us”.
It is one person. They sure made a lot out of the fact that she’s an
Indigenous woman who ran a big crime gang, making it look like she did it almost
single handedly. She took risks, like anybody else who does this.
We’ve heard that the Hell’s Angel won’t let any “Indians” in their gang.
Is the RCMP trying to enforce the equality provisions of the Charter of
Rights on the Hell’s by proxy?
The big question is why are they trying to pin leadership of this drug
operation on Sharon Simon instead of the Hell”s?. It’s embarrassing but is true.
She was the head. Are they doing a number on the public and trying to cover
up their failure to crack the gang and get to the root of the drug
operation? All her partners in crime were non-natives – the cops and the bikers who
were former SQ. Sharon Simon is an icon of assimilation. Is the real
problem they have with us our refusal to get involved in their dirty crimes and our
insistence on law and order for everyone, including the cops and Indian
Affairs?
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Steve Janke _hammers the OPP_
(http://www.stevejanke.com/archives/183147.php) as they continue to do the bidding of “McShifty”.
The latest from Caledonia has the police leaving residents to the _tender
mercies of criminals_
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Amid concerns over lack of police action in Caledonia, the Ontario
Provincial Police have turned over part of their policing responsibility on the
outskirts of the town to Six Nations officers, the force confirmed yesterday.
OPP officers will no longer respond to calls from non-native home and
property owners who live on the 6th Line, a county road running along the southwest
border of a housing development occupied by native protestors — a move that
has some residents feeling helpless and sick with worry.
“Residents are fully aware. We went door-to-door,” OPP spokesman Const.
Dennis Harwood told the Toronto Star yesterday.
This is just the latest twist involving the OPP that has many people —
including a former OPP officer — questioning what the provincial force is doing. “
They can’t do that. People pay their taxes for policing by the OPP,” said
the former senior officer, who asked not to be identified.
People didn’t just pay taxes. The County paid extra for _a contract_
(http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/cor...e_services.asp) :
[…]
“Contracts???”
“Oops!!”
He makes a great point.
Who the hell would hire the OPP to take over policing in their community
_after this situation_ (http://www.citizensofcaledonia.ca/Comments_Recieved.htm) ?
I’ll tell you.
“NOBODY!!”
The “dreams of empire” within OPP ranks and the government are over.
Update on thinking about it: “Unless” Gwen goes into the next meeting with
these political clowns and says “Don’t get in my way — don’t even think
about it!”
And then proceeds to do what her oath requires of her — enforce the law.
I still feel the OPP are not at fault — it’s a bum rap — and/but I am now
swinging around from being a “pacifist” to being a real “hawk” _after reading
this_
(http://www.citizensofcaledonia.ca/Co...NurseEncounter) .
[…]
The occupiers drive around my home and neighbourhood, armed with bats,
clubs, tasers, machetes and guns that they defiantly wave in plain sight, while
they scream obscenities and threats of bodily harm at me, my family and my
neighbours, all while law enforcement turns its back. This directly violates my
autonomy as well as violates the rule of law.
ATV’s race around my home all hours of the night, some with their mufflers
removed, as the driver’s yell and scream. Heavy equipment vehicles move large
materials throughout the night while construction takes place all hours of
darkness behind Braemar. The sounds of hammering, banging and gunshots can
always be heard. Sleep deprivation has impacted my ability to provide optimum
nursing care in my profession. My concentration level has decreased
significantly when I am at work, as I obsess about my children’s safety while they are at
school. My employer has had to cancel surgical procedures on several
occasions to accommodate my need to return to Caledonia to ensure the safety of my
children and home.
My phone line has been cut, I have had occupiers run into my back yard and
bottles of gasoline left behind my fences.
[…]
Note: I’m not buying this complaint for an instant but it must be
investigated.
I have arrived at the point of view that police should “definitely” create
a few more “_Dudley George’s_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_George) ”
if they are armed and they don’t fall into line.
As many as it takes!
There is a certain point where we stop “humoring” a bunch of drunken
assholes who think they have an entire country by the throat and intend to spread
their message. “McShifty” and his grovelling crowd are the problem at the
moment and _Gwen_ (http://www.opp.ca/Organization/Commissioner/index.htm) (OPP
Commissioner) first and foremost is sworn to uphold the law.
I know Gwen personally and she’s trying to appease both sides — I’m certain
of that. That would be her — trying to keep a lid on things as she deals
with an impossible situation. I also know she’s a fine person and she doesn’t
deserve this “crap” as she obeys her political masters.
Would she have to arrest them all (politicians) for “obstructing her” as she
did her duty?
“Would that be a political coup?”
In case you have missed the point her oath is to the Queen — “And nobody
else!” in my short sighted view.
I don’t know for certain but I’m beginning to think along those lines and I’
m arriving at the conclusion that she can do that if she wishes and in her
shoes I would.
It’s time to tame the “wild west” in Caledonia.
Goodnight.
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A confidential government report says the spat between Ontario and Canada
over who should pay for native land claim settlements is preventing the
resolution of the Caledonia crisis.
The report was written by the federal government's "fact finder" who was sent
to Caledonia in March.
"Each takes the position that it is confident that if the Crown is liable for
wrongdoing in relation to Six Nations' land claims, it is the other
government that is legally responsible," Michael Coyle, an assistant professor at
University of Western Ontario's faculty of law, writes in his 27-page report.
"It is difficult to see how the Crown will be able to reach a settlement of
Six Nations' land claims unless Canada and Ontario can agree on a reasonable
sharing between them," he says, adding the two governments can figure out "the
issue of liability immediately."
Coyle, appointed by the federal government March 24, handed in his report on
April 7 -- a report provided to The Spectator by the Department of Indian
Affairs and Northern Development.
He was sent in to figure out the nature of the complaints, decipher
jurisdiction and look for a possible mediation process.
Coyle was clearly surprised by the tension in Caledonia.
"In 16 years of mediating land claims (including at Ipperwash), the writer
(Coyle) has never witnessed such a high level of sensitivity."
The paper delves into the history of the land and also suggests moves Indian
Affairs Minister Jim Prentice can make.
He points out the federal government doesn't accept the history used by Six
Nations people to argue a land claim they have filed on the area which
includes the Douglas Creek Estates property.
Natives argue there was no lawful surrender for the lands in the area of
Highway 6 and that Six Nations has never been properly compensated -- arguments
both Ontario and Canada have denied.
Coyle points out that the land claims process has been sluggish and that,
even in the current predicament, "parties' stated positions appear difficult or
impossible to reconcile."
Coyle writes that neither the federal nor Ontario governments want to
interfere or be seen to be interfering in police operations.
The report urges the minister to make sure a federal response doesn't
"exacerbate divisions within the Six Nations community." Reducing tensions within
the community reduces the likelihood of future occupations, he writes.
Coyle points out that several resolutions may be seen as rewarding illegal
action, but he also writes that doing nothing may make relations worse with the
Six Nations community.
As if foreshadowing the botched police raid on April 20, Coyle says that "no
response to the continuing occupation means that the police may soon have no
choice but to intervene."
If that happens without a previous response from the government, the
atmosphere for future talks "could be jeopardized.
"This is the third significant occupation involving Six Nations' members on
municipal lands in the past eight years," he writes, although he did not
elaborate as to what they were.
Some Six Nations members were involved in an occupation of the Red Hill
Valley in Hamilton, and annually occupy land in Caledonia during a fair and
charge parking fees.
He raises one possibility of bending previously set-out rules that require
any additional land the natives get to be directly adjacent to reserve lands.
"Given the amount of private settlement in the area, it may be necessary or
desirable for Six Nations to acquire significant blocks of land that are not
contiguous to the existing reserve."
Canada and Ontario aren't the only governments fighting -- the report
outlines a disagreement between the traditional and elected governments of Six
Nations. He says the government should steer clear of that internal argument.
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CALEDONIA (Jun 24, 2006)
Non-native Sixth Line Road residents say they are upset and perplexed to
learn the OPP isn't answering emergency calls on their road.
Calls are being handled by the Six Nations for the duration of the Douglas
Creek Estates land claim standoff.
The issue surfaced at a meeting between OPP and Haldimand County officials a
little over a week ago. The OPP say the arrangement has been in place since
the abortive attempt to clear native protesters from the subdivision April
20.
"The protocol was made to assist the OPP in reducing tensions and, thereby,
to ensure the safety of the residents," an OPP spokesperson said in a
statement yesterday. "Members of the OPP notified the residents personally of this
protocol and it has been in place for some time."
But residents who spoke to The Spectator last night said no one approached
them. They asked that their names not be used because there are only seven or
eight houses between Argyle Street and the Six Nations Reserve affected by
the decision. They fear reprisals from protesters occupying the subdivision
near their homes.
"Maybe I was away when they came," one man said last night. "Somebody could
have left a letter or something."
The man said he is concerned whether Six Nations police will respond if he
has problems with protesters but said he hasn't had problems so far. "I guess
it comes down to I am paying Haldimand taxes and they are paying the OPP. Why
can't I get what I am paying for?"
Another resident said she and her husband fear Six Nations police will not
help them if the protest spreads to their yard. "It is just not acceptable"
she said, adding she has not seen a cruiser pass her home since April 20.
Both the OPP and Six Nations police say they have long-standing agreements
to help each other and the arrangement was made to ensure emergency calls are
answered.
The Sixth Line has been considered a "no-go zone" for the OPP ever since
April 20. On June 4, an OPP cruiser with two officers in it was swarmed by
protesters and stopped for venturing onto the road. The officers said they were
new to the area and were lost, but they had to wait for Six Nations police to
escort them from the area.
Jody Hill, native police spokesman, said of the arrangement, "This is not a
case of the OPP turning over their responsibility. It is an agreement that
recognizes these residences are entitled to the assurance that, should they
require police assistance, police will respond."
Deputy Haldimand Mayor Tom Patterson said he learned of the agreement after
a recent information meeting the OPP attended. "I do not believe the OPP are
abandoning these residents at all," he said. "They are trying to keep the
peace with the help of Six Nations police through co-operation. They will still
respond to calls on the Sixth Line but its just a decision that the Six
Nations police will respond first."
Ken Hewitt, spokesman for the Caledonia Citizens Alliance, said the Sixth
Line situation is one more reason why native protesters should leave the land
now that the province has stepped in to buy it and place it in trust pending
the outcome of negotiations.
Native protesters say they have no intention of leaving the Douglas Creek
Estates as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty asked Thursday until the land is in
the hands of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations.
"We are not leaving and going home," said spokesperson Janie Jamieson. "We
are already home. It is our land."
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Re: 'Easing tensions the smart way' (editorial, June 17)
I agree with the editorial comment that "It takes small steps to find
solutions to issues this big and each step is an important one."
Now that the heat has been turned down in Caledonia, the two-sided coin of
this dispute can be put on its edge to enable people to see the thin line of
difference between the sides.
Now all sides can talk about the need for natural law and order. By "natural
law" I mean the idea that there is an objective moral order grounded in our
essential humanity which holds that we should conduct ourselves as
responsible human beings.
This is also the law that says we are obliged to transfer to each other
certain rights and we are obliged to honour our agreements.
Natural law also dictates that the means of peace is doing to others as we
would be done to. It is because of natural laws that we are able to establish
good civil laws. Civil laws are perhaps the greatest good that men can give
and receive. They are the source of morals and the guarantee of all public and
private peace.
If they are not the foundation of government, they are its supports because
laws are not pure acts of power; they are acts of wisdom, justice and reason.
The needs of our two nations are so varied and the interests so numerous,
and the relationships so far-reaching, that it will not be possible to solve
this quickly.
Therefore, solutions will not only require natural law, and wisdom, justice
and reason, but also a lot of patience. This is now the task and this is now
the toil.
Continuing the occupation of the soil at this time will not help. Ending the
occupation now will.
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Native Flags Go Missing

By Michael-Allan Marion, Expositor Staff
Local News - Saturday, June 24, 2006 @ 01:00

Now you see the flags, now you don’t.

Native flags that popped up earlier this week around Brantford are being
seized by unknown people for unknown reasons.

A dual purple Six Nations flag and unity flag mounted Thursday on a pole
pushed into the ground at Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Henry Street where a
$40-million big-box retail development could soon get underway was gone by Friday
morning.

Someone had cut the pole, leaving about a foot of it in the ground and the
rest of it in the grass, and made off with the flags.

Also missing is one of two flags that had been mounted on a sign board on a
property on the top of West Street hill, across from Mount Hope Cemetery.

It was on land that the late Bill Fuller willed to Six Nations, and is in
the process of being transferred.

Native leaders have said the mounting of the flags in Brantford is to let
people know that the native land claim issue at the heart of the dispute over a
Caledonia residential development concerns not just one patch of land but a
large number of treaty claims up and down the Grand River.

Janie Jamieson, spokeswoman for a group that began what they call a land
reclamation by occupying the barely started Douglas Creek Estates subdivision on
Feb. 28, said early Friday afternoon she hadn’t been informed yet that the
flags were disappearing in Brantford.

“It doesn’t surprise me, though,” she said. “People have been playing
capture the flag with our flags for quite a while.”

Mayor Mike Hancock said people should "chill out" over the presence of
native flags in the city.

"If I have any concern at all, it's that some people might make too much of
an issue out of this," said Hancock.

"We have a situation right now where some want to state a message about land
claims and they're doing it with flags. That's fine, everyone has a right to
fly a flag. The city has long said we want the land claims settled so we can
continue to enjoy our good relationship with Six Nations."

The raising of native flags on the Henry Street property is another sign
that the Confederacy is playing close attention to that prospective development.
Confederacy member Wesley Elliott filed an appeal to the Ontario Municipal
Board last month against the proposed 266,953-square-foot development to go
where the former Chicago Rawhide plant now stands.

In his statement of appeal, he says the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois
Confederacy was not given notice of the development application, and no
archeological assessment report has been received.

“We’re trying to keep track of a lot of the development along the Grand
River, whether it’s residential, commercial or industrial,” said Jamieson.

Meanwhile, Jamieson says natives at the Caledonia site have no intention of
walking away now at the request of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The government has bought out for $12.3 million the stake that developer
Henco Industries had in the Douglas Creek Estates and is placing the land in
trust while negotiations continue with the natives. That should allow the
natives to leave, the government says.

But Jamieson said the land claim issues at the heart of Oka 16 years ago and
Ipperwash more than a decade ago still have not been resolved.

“Why should we believe Mr. McGuinty is going to resolve this one quickly?
They’ve spent millions appeasing corporate Canada and residents in Caledonia. We
’ll be the last to see anything, and we have no idea how long that will be.”
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