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    Caledonia Blockade Solution Near: Chief

    Barricade likely gone `within week' Land claims talks

    a turning point
    May 13, 2006. 01:00 AM

    In an effort to quell local tensions, Mohawk traditional chief Allen
    MacNaughton said yesterday a controversial barricade on Highway 6 near Caledonia
    could come down within a week.
    "I appreciate the patience that everybody has shown in both communities and
    we feel that a peaceful resolution is very close now," he told the Toronto
    "It's about building trust with our communities again. The thing is we have
    been good neighbours — the Six Nations and Caledonia — and we would like to
    see it get back to that. And barricades coming down are part of that."
    MacNaughton said the barricade on the highway bypass, a major thoroughfare,
    and another at a disputed subdivision and a railway line will "probably come
    down within the week."
    "The turning point is ... that the province and the federal governments have
    agreed to deal with the underlying issues (with respect to land claims)."
    Earlier, MacNaughton told Hamilton's CHML radio station that "I think we are
    close to a solution. I am very happy with the way things are going."
    It is the first real sign of a thaw in the 75-day-old protest that started
    with Six Nations protestors occupying Douglas Creek Estates subdivision,
    claiming the 40 hectares was part of their territory and never relinquished.
    "I would have to say this is extraordinarily positive ... a cause for great
    optimism," former Ontario Liberal premier David Peterson told the Star.
    Appointed by the province to help get all sides — federal, provincial and
    municipal representatives — talking, Peterson acknowledged the barricades "have
    been very hard on the community and has exacerbated tensions."
    Peterson emphasized the Douglas Creek Estates developer is "an innocent
    bystander" in all of this. "These are good local people and we are going to make
    sure they are made whole. Nobody is going to ask that this huge national issue
    be carried on the back of a local developer."
    MacNaughton credited Peterson for getting all the sides to the table.
    "Everybody was dragging their feet but he has been able to come in and make calls
    and make things happen," he said.
    MacNaughton said the Douglas Creek property dispute needs to be resolved
    before the larger issues, including land claims along the Grand River.
    Premier Dalton McGuinty told reporters in Guelph the province has been
    working hard to find middle ground. "One of the things we're working very hard on,
    to see if we can turn the temperature down, is to see if we can clear away
    some of the roadblocks," he said. Yesterday, local businesses and community
    members said they were forming the Caledonia Citizens' Alliance due to
    frustration over the slow pace of negotiations. "The Alliance stresses in strong
    terms their need to be at the table for any negotiations to help settle any
    disputes," said spokesman Ken Hewitt.
    Progressive Conservative justice critic Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North) has
    claimed the price tag for dealing with the protest has reached $8 million.
    With files from Rob Ferguson
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    Federal negotiator Barbara McDougall (left), Tekarihoken (Mohawk Chief Allan
    McNaughton) & Provincial negotiator Jane Stewart during the first day of
    negotiations May 10th. Tekarihoken and the rest of the Confederacy's negotiating
    team outlined the basis of the dispute from the Confederacy's viewpoint.
    They also sought to get the federal and provincial governments to state their
    mandate, in writing.
    People close to the negotiations say Stewart was already familiar with the
    history of the Confederacy and the Haldimand Deed but it was all new stuff to
    Following a meeting at Tsyonennohkarà:ke Thursday afternoon at which support
    was voiced for opening the Highway 6 barricade. Negotiations involving just
    the Province and the Confederacy are currently underway (Friday).
    Negotiators from all three sides met in Brantford this week but are
    scheduled to meet in Ohsweken next Tuesday (May 16)
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      Update from Hazel Hill:

      Sent: Sunday, May 14, 2006 12:05 AM
      Sago from Grand River
      We apologize for not writing in the last few days. It has been a very busy
      week for us at the land reclamation site. Many meetings. Many things to
      discuss. First, everyone, know that we are still here. We are not going
      anywhere. There have been many media releases suggesting that the barricades are
      coming down and leading the outside world into the false belief that we are
      somehow going away. Not so. There have been many discussions about the
      barricades. The discussions are very long and deep regarding our position. We
      have no intention of leaving our reclaimed lands. We will not abandon our
      position, or walk away. We know how deeply the situation at Grand River affects
      all of our brothers and sisters in all Onkwhonweh Territories. We will not
      jeopardize the position of all of us. All Onkwehonweh Nations who stand in
      solidarity with us have as much at stake as we do. We keep you in our
      prayers and thoughts as we counsel over the situation. We constantly state this to
      Canada and the rest of the world who are watching. Should any harm come to
      us and if Canada chooses to use "war like" measures to keep taking whatever
      they want from us, than we Onkwehonweh People have a right to defend
      ourselves by any means necessary. They know that our brothers, sisters, friends and
      allies are on watch and will come to our assistance if necessary. We have
      stood peacefully. We intend to continue the talks in peace. We hope that
      Canada, and its representatives will do the same. We will not go into detail
      at this point. It would not serve the highest good for all. Just know that
      whenever we decide to make a statement on our position, we must inform our
      People first. [in our law it is the people who have the power]. We will also
      inform the world of the conditions that go along with those positions. The
      whole world will know and understand if Canada/Crown violates them. For
      example, if we choose to fully or partially open a road, should anyone - police,
      army, citizens or anything - interfere with the Peace we are trying to
      maintain, those roads will be immediately closed again. Other territories, nations
      and supporters would also do so to support us. Canada must be made to
      understand that they cannot continue with their unlawful white paper policies on
      the Onkwehonweh. Canada must stop their genocidal plans. They have
      misinformed the media to portray us as violent. We assure you that everything they
      agree to, be it on paper or otherwise, they must be made to fulfill their
      agreements and be held accountable. We will not accept their entering into
      agreements and treaties with us as their ancestors did - while planning to get
      out of them, to avoid being honest and forthright in their dealings with the
      True People of the Land.
      Today was a good day. We had visitors from the Saa'mi Nation of Finland.
      They arrived at the camp on Thursday night [May 11]. They have been working
      on a documentary to share with their People when they return home to Finland.
      We received a few more flags from other friends and allies. One from
      Scotland. I think I already told you about the one from Denmark. We've had
      contacts from a young native man who works for a paper in Dublin Ireland. He is
      doing his best to get our story out over there. It has been very exciting and
      an honor to know each and every one of you who has been supporting and
      sending our message further and further. This is why when we counsel over any
      decision, we keep in mind everyone concerned. We understand that this
      situation affects all of the Onkwehonweh of the World. We would like to say a big
      Nya Weh Kowah! for that. Nya Weh for standing with us under that Great Tree
      and sending out that message of Peace to the four directions of the world.
      Good Job everybody!!! The map pins are growing. Yes, we will try to remember
      to get that picture out there. We also have to apologize to all for not
      getting a copy of the United Nations statement that was delivered on our behalf
      by Doreen Silversmith last week. If you haven't seen it or received a copy of
      it, please e-mail me so we can forward it to you. MNN and Kenneth [Deer]
      have too. If you didn't get it, call me [519-445-0719]. Sorry. We have been
      busy and did not mean to overlook. Doreen was back at the site today. In
      fact she is staying at the fire tonight with others. She is helping keep
      watch on the sacred fire and just being there to support everyone. She did a
      good job at the UN in Geneva. We are proud of her. Tomorrow we will present
      her and her friend who accompanied her with a gift for her effort.
      We are tired but our overall spirit is good. The government has played
      their hand the way we expected them to. Are we going to "play that game" or
      follow our own rules? We want a path that allows for change and growth.
      Ultimately we want a peaceful resolution that they claim to want. We know that a
      peaceful resolution is not written in their little black "war book" that they
      follow to a "t". "Get them to fight amongst themselves, destroy the unity
      that they have built and divide and conquer them. This has been successful in
      the past". They want to say that we broke off talks, or we could not agree
      with each other etc., etc., etc. We refuse to let this happen. Those who
      intend to fan the flames of disunity will be forced to face the People and
      answer to their actions.
      We hope our Manitoba brothers and sister's got home safely. Jo, can you
      e-mail and let us know what happened. We heard that your people were surrounded
      by OPP [Ontario Provincial Police]. We did not hear why or what was said.
      We need to make sure the rest of the world knows about these kinds of
      actions. People who are coming to support us are being turned away at the
      borders. Our supporters are being followed and monitored by the OPP. We are on our
      own land. This is not a criminal act. We mind Canada that they are the
      criminals in this situation. They stole our land and sold it several times
      over. We also need to put pressure on the Governor General to do her job of
      maintaining the honor of the Crown. She must take part in the talks. She is
      Her Majesty's representative. The Six Nations and Britain are allies. We
      have heard nothing from her on this situation. She has traveled to many other
      countries to promote human rights. She and Canada should clean up their own
      backyard. Canada and the crown are guilty of violations of human rights
      against our people here. We all need to insist that she come here and explain
      the actions of the crown! If Jane Stewart and Barbara McDougal have been
      delegated to speak on behalf of the crown, we need to see it in writing from
      Buckingham Palace. So far we have not received a notice. David Petersons'
      agenda is still the same, "Bring down the barricades and we'll talk". They will
      not talk with us while the barricades are up. It isn't easy to talk while
      they surround us with their guns? They continue to play out their violent
      past history with the Indigenous people. Please know that our spirits are
      strong because we know we are not alone. We shake your hand in solidarity as you
      stand with us in spirit. We thank each and every one of you. We thank you
      for the guidance you are sharing and the knowledge and support that you are
      giving us. We share you ideas with everyone here, as well as our delegates
      at the table. We need to keep the talks going and your ideas coming. We will
      try to update more often. If it's not me, we will delegate others within
      the site to do so. We are getting more organized everyday. We have learned
      from our mistakes as well as from our accomplishments.
      We close tonight with thanks to all of you. We do not take our task
      lightly. Please know that our solidarity is based on truth and justice for
      Creation. Will talk again soon.
      Hazel [email protected]_ (mailto:[email protected])
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        Settle Native Disputes
        (May 12, 2006)
        As hard as it is to find anything positive in the sorry and volatile dispute
        at the would-be subdivision in Caledonia, a few positives are noteworthy.
        Most important is Premier Dalton McGuinty's choice of negotiation versus the
        heavy-handed choice of his predecessor, Mike Harris.
        In a similar situation the wrong response by the government resulted in the
        tragic death of native protester Dudley George. Next is the wisdom and courage
        of the members of Haldimand council who publicly denounced what I consider
        to be prejudiced remarks by their mayor.
        The irritation of Caledonia residents "inconvenienced" by the demonstration
        is not surprising, but these pale in comparison with the injustices endured by
        the Six Nations community for generations, as successive federal governments
        have ignored the treaty commitments made in the 1700s by then governor
        Frederick Haldimand, Chief Joseph Brant and his followers, i.e., native control
        over all land six miles on either side of the Grand River.
        Once again, generations of federal government deceit and neglect have led to
        another outburst of aboriginal frustration that the province is expected to
        contain and "keep the peace." Confrontation is not the answer.
        It's hard to muster up sympathy for a developer who knowingly purchased lands
        in an area under dispute and now cries for pity.
        In my view, this is but one example of the many huge debts society owes to
        First Nations people across Canada. It's time for Prime Minister Stephen Harper
        and the rest of us to put an end to the stalling and negotiate, in good
        faith and honesty, solutions to legitimate grievances such as those that have
        surfaced in Caledonia.
        It's never too soon or too late to admit to past mistakes and strive for
        justice. The world is watching.
        Dave Cressman
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          Negotiators Say Aboriginal Occupation In Caledonia Close To End

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          OPP officers block protesters during a peacefull rally regarding the Six
          Nations standoff last month in Caledonia, Ont., near Hamilton.
          Photograph by : CP

          Canadian Press
          Published: Friday, May 12, 2006

          CALEDONIA, Ont. -- After weeks of angry protest and bitter community
          backlash, negotiators seeking to resolve an aboriginal occupation in this
          southwestern Ontario community said Friday they believe the standoff is nearing an
          "I think they are close to a solution, and I'm very happy with the way things
          are going,'' said Mohawk Confederacy Chief Alan McNaughton, adding that he
          expects the blockades set by protesters across the main road through town will
          be removed within a week.
          Former premier David Peterson, who has been negotiating on behalf of the
          provincial government, was also hopeful that a peaceful resolution will soon be
          "We are making progress,'' Peterson said. "Obviously one of the things we are
          working very hard on to help turn the temperature down is to see if we can
          clear away some of the roadblocks.''
          "We've made some real progress and I think everyone is very optimistic now.''

          Henco Industries is developing a subdivision called Douglas Creek Estates on
          the contested 40 hectares in Caledonia.
          Six Nations members have been occupying the site since Feb. 28, arguing that
          the land belongs to them. They say they agreed to lease the property for a
          road in 1835, and dispute arguments that it was later sold to the Crown.
          Protesters blockaded the main road last month after police unsuccessfully
          tried to raid their camp. The roadblock angered many local residents, who
          complained it was harming their livelihoods.
          Residents have formed a group called the Caledonia Citizens' Alliance to
          voice their concerns.
          "We cannot underestimate the damage that is being done to the community from
          the current crisis,'' said alliance chair Don Bowman.
          The groups says it is frustrated by the lack of effort from the federal
          government in trying to solve the problem.
          But Peterson said Friday that a federal official will be involved in talks
          next week.
          "There's a lot of things at play here and I've been working very hard for the
          last few weeks to cool out the tensions in the community,'' Peterson said.
          "One of the big issues was getting the federal government to the table. They
          are going to start on Tuesday with Barbara McDougall negotiating for the
          federal government and Jane Stewart for the provincial government.''
          McDougall was a high-profile cabinet minister in the Conservative government
          of Brian Mulroney, and Stewart held top jobs with Jean Chretien's Liberals.
          Henco Industries issued a release later Friday stating the company is
          "optimistic that the situation ... will soon come to an end in a manner that is
          satisfactory for all involved parties.''
          © Canadian Press 2006
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            Mohawk Chief Says End Near In Ontario Standoff

            Canadian Press

            An aboriginal leader says a Six Nations occupation of a disputed tract of
            land may soon be over.
            Mohawk Confederacy Chief Alan McNaughton says he expects blockades erected by
            protesters at Douglas Creek Estates to be removed within a week.
            But he has little to say other than that.

            Former Ontario premier David Peterson, who is helping negotiate an end to the
            standoff, says progress is being made on short-term issues.
            The occupation started in late February when a group of Six Nations activists
            moved onto the land, which backs onto the group's reserve near Hamilton.
            Developer Henco Industries was in the midst of building homes on the
            contested property.
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              Native Standoff Hits Local Train Operator

              May, 12 2006 - 5:00 AM

              CALEDONIA (AM900 CHML) - More indications the native blockade in Caledonia
              is having a negative economic impact in our area.
              The Southern Ontario Railway, based in Hamilton, has now laid off nine train
              engineers and conductors.
              It's because the rail line that operates between Caledonia and Nantocoke has
              been blocked by debris from a wooden pedestrian bridge burned down by
              protesters April 20.
              The railway services such firms as Imperial Oil, the Nanticoke Generating
              Station, Lake Erie Steel and the company says more layoffs are possible in the
              near future.
              Talks are to resume today in Brantford between the Six Nations Confederacy
              and provincial appointee David Peterson on the possibility of lifting the
              blockade on the rail line, Argyle Street South and the Highway 6 bypass.
              The talks to deal with long-term disputes between Six Nations, the province
              and Ottawa are set to begin Tuesday.
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                OPP Monitoring Natives, Settling Into Hamilton

                May, 11 2006 - 5:00 AM

                HAMILTON (AM900 CHML) - Sounds like the OPP isn't taking any chances.
                Several cruisers have been sent to the Hamlet of York on Highway 54,
                southeast of Caledonia.
                It comes amid rumors that natives are about to set up blockade in that area.

                The OPP say at this point it's just speculation.
                Meantime, with no end in sight to the native standoff in Caledonia, OPP
                officers are now settling into our area.
                They've been brought in from across the province and are now booking rooms
                at the residences at McMaster University and Mohawk College.
                They're paying anywhere from 28 to 52 dollars day, and the numbers vary from
                day to day.

                - CHML Staff
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                  OPP Probes Racist Message At Reserve

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                  By Marissa Nelson
                  The Hamilton Spectator
                  CALEDONIA (May 13, 2006)
                  The OPP's criminal unit is investigating a racist notice that was put into
                  mailboxes and on cars on the Six Nations reserve.
                  Constable Paula Wright said the notices are being taken "very seriously."
                  "It could be a hate crime so we're actively investigating," Wright said.
                  The front page of the notice has a logo with "White Pride World Wide" above
                  a photo of what appear to be Ku Klux Klan members wearing white gowns and
                  The authors say they want to show the government how they feel about the
                  "The government treats us like criminals while they reward them with tax
                  free benefits," it says.
                  The second page, riddled with grammatical errors, has a five-paragraph
                  letter signed "KKK."
                  Wright said the letter is similar, but not an exact copy, of one that
                  circulated last week.
                  Wright said OPP does not know who sent the letter but they're trying to
                  figure out if it's linked to the previous one.
                  Jody Martin Mathew Hill, spokesperson for the Six Nations police, said the
                  notices had been found on the third, fifth and sixth lines.
                  Jennifer Hill, 28, said she got one in her mailbox Thursday and found it
                  quite disturbing.
                  "It's not a very nice thing to have going around," she said. "It's so
                  She said there was an unusual black car in the neighbourhood on Wednesday
                  and that the driver told police they were just there to buy cigarettes. Hill
                  now wonders if the person may be linked to the notices.
                  "I don't think it's the KKK -- I think it's probably some young people. It's
                  just cowardly," she said.
                  She wonders what effect the letter might have if kids found it.
                  "You shouldn't have to explain racism to kids," she said.
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                    A valuable heart-to-heart

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                    By Jonathan Costello, Caledonia
                    The Hamilton Spectator
                    (May 13, 2006)
                    Re: 'It's your move, Canada!' (letter, May 5)
                    I write regarding the very compelling letter by the young Mohawk woman.
                    She commented in her letter that if Caledonia residents were scared of what
                    is behind the barricades, they should come see for themselves what lingered
                    behind them.
                    So one night, I took the letter writer's advice and entered the camp in
                    I was welcomed warmly, and given a chance to not only learn about the
                    protest, but about the native culture in general.
                    I stayed about 30 minutes and had a wonderful discussion with a man named
                    Stan. He gave me an introduction into native culture and answered several
                    questions I had about various Six Nations topics.
                    It was an incredibly informative conversation, and it left me wanting to
                    learn more about the history of the native peoples. I appreciated the chance to
                    meet the individuals who are so passionate about their cause, and it gave me
                    a greater respect for our Six Nations neighbours.
                    As I left, Stan invited me to drop by and talk again sometime. I think I
                    might take him up on his offer
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                      Keep The Lid On A Bubbling Pot

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                      By Robert Howard
                      The Hamilton Spectator
                      (May 13, 2006)
                      For all the anger, inconvenience and hardship on either "side" of the
                      Caledonia barricades, nothing irreparable has happened so far. But it's going to
                      take some goodwill -- and control -- to keep it that way.
                      The town and the adjacent Six Nations reserve have co-existed, mostly as
                      neighbours, sometimes as friends, for well over a century. If things continue
                      without violence and a negotiated settlement is reached, that relationship will
                      gradually recover.
                      But the "if " depends on issues not escalating further.
                      Despite initial denials and subsequent excuses, the fact is that objects --
                      apparently metal and bricks -- have been thrown from behind the barricades on
                      the Highway 6 bypass bridge to the well-travelled road below.
                      That's irresponsible to the point of being likely criminal. Vehicles travel
                      the former Highway 54 under that bridge at legally high speeds. Anything
                      thrown onto it has the potential to seriously injure or kill motorists.
                      And let's be absolutely clear on this: If an innocent bystander is hurt or
                      killed as a result of the protest -- even if it's just someone throwing
                      something -- this dispute can be irrevocably plunged into a whole new ferment.
                      Patience and sympathy would disappear; all the protesters would be tarred and the
                      lives of those responsible forever changed.
                      The consequences will be equally catastrophic if provocation or violence
                      comes from the "other" side of the barricades. Both "sides" (a deplorable term )
                      need to keep discipline and control.
                      It's time to de-escalate the tension, and nothing would work as well -- and
                      serve their own interests -- as the protesters removing at least one set of
                      the barricades in Caledonia.
                      Native and government spokespeople hinted yesterday at the possibility of
                      barricades coming down soon. Mohawk Confederacy Chief Alan McNaughton was quoted
                      as saying talks between the various parties were going well and that he
                      expected the blockades across Caledonia's main road to be gone within a week.
                      At issue, though, is whether the protesters at the barricades will agree with
                      what is said around the negotiating table. There is little visible hierarchy
                      among the protesters, some of whom have apparently already dismissed
                      NcNaughton's optimism. Regardless, the protesters are capable of making their own
                      goodwill gesture: Allowing the town's main road -- or the highway bypass -- to
                      reopen for business.
                      If they can't find it in themselves to do it out of goodwill, recognizing
                      that innocent third parties (such as laid-off workers) are being hurt, they
                      should do it strategically -- out of enlightened self-interest.
                      The protest has successfully raised land-rights issues and has resulted in
                      the present talks.
                      Removal of barricades -- allowing Caledonia to regain some normalcy -- will
                      not jeopardize anyone's position, but will give protesters a moral high ground
                      that may ultimately serve them well.
                      It takes courage to step back from confrontation.
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                        End To Protest May Be In Sight

                        By Susan Gamble, Expositor Staff
                        Local News - Saturday, May 13, 2006 @ 01:00

                        The blockades on roads around Caledonia may come down as early as next week
                        according to those involved in discussions with the provincial and federal

                        Leroy Hill, a Six Nations Confederacy representative, has been in meetings
                        at the Best Western Brant Park Inn all week. He is buoyed by the positive
                        nature of the discussions about the 74-day protest in Caledonia.

                        “Instead of being months or weeks away from an agreement, it’s a matter of
                        days,” Hill said Friday afternoon. “We’re at a point where we’re moving
                        closer than we’ve ever been and hopefully, by next week, we’ll have some good
                        news on the roads.”

                        Hill said the talks were beefed up this week with the arrival of former
                        premier David Peterson who is representing the provincial government.

                        Next week, former cabinet ministers Barbara McDougall and Jane Stewart will
                        join talks for the federal government and the provincial government,

                        “One of the biggest accomplishments this week has been in the arrival of
                        negotiators who have a mandate and the authority to deal with the issues,” said
                        Hill. “It has certainly changed the landscape at the table. We’re getting
                        the ball rolling now.”

                        Peterson told a radio talk show that good progress is being made in the
                        talks. He has been focusing specifically on the roadblocks.

                        “I think everyone is very optimistic now,” he said.

                        On Friday afternoon, Peterson met with the Caledonia Citizens’ Alliance to
                        provide an update, offering hope but no specifics on when the roads will be

                        A large part of the discussions has been aimed at planning how to difuse the
                        tensions between Caledonia residents and the Six Nations protesters.

                        Removing the road blockades, said Hill, will help, especially when those in
                        Caledonia realize it is for them.

                        “This is for the people in the town. We’re acknowledging their patience and
                        we believe we’re close to restoring normality.”

                        While Henco Industries, the developers building homes on the contested
                        property, hasn’t been in the discussion for the past few weeks, the Henning
                        brothers issued a news release saying they are optimistic the situation will soon
                        come to an end in a manner that’s satisfactory for all involved parties.

                        Six Nations member Lisa VanEvery joined the talks Friday and was also
                        delighted with their tone.

                        “Everybody is very excited. This is historical and very uplifting to our
                        spirits because we’re finally being acknowledged for our rights,” said VanEvery.

                        While there have been parts of the protest she hasn’t fully agreed with,
                        VanEvery said the blockade has served a noble purpose.

                        “It brought people to the table and made the government realize this is a
                        serious issue. Whatever people think about civil disobedience, it does attract

                        Hill said the Confederacy hopes the positive work will continue long after
                        the roads are open again.

                        “We’re looking at reconciliation with Canada and Ontario. We remember when
                        there was true honour with our treaties and we would like to help restore the
                        honour of the Crown.”
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