Archive for May 9, 2007

Six Nations farmers say they’ll plant a crop at the former Burtch Correctional Centre this year, despite six area families arguing they are the property’s rightful owners. (Edit by Jeff: Isn’t this a land claim? Should the families set up blockades around the area now?)

Six Nations was given permission last year to use the land for agricultural purposes as a goodwill gesture by former Ontario premier David Peterson during negotiations to resolve the continuing native land occupation in Caledonia. (Edit by Jeff: Given to them as a bribe to take down the illegal blockades)

“One of the touchy subjects the farmers are trying to stay away from is whose name the land is in,” Hill said Tuesday.”It’s still in limbo, as I understand it.

The six families fighting for the return of Burtch would like the property turned into a natural area for public use, with Carolinian forest, wildlife ponds and an interpretive centre. The facility could be operated as a trust by members of the six families

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By Donna Pitcher 

It is definitely a time for change come October 2007, and I personally look forward to marking the ballot for change! What were they thinking when they endorsed the name “FLICK OFF”?

Please take the time to visit the big movement “FLICK OFF“. At, I am beginning to understand why things aren’t getting down in this province. I agree that we have serious issues with the environment, but “FLICK OFF“?

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Brantford and Brant County politicians were chided Tuesday for not heeding messages from their historic meeting with the Confederacy last Saturday, and continuing to carry on with their plan for boundary changes and strategic growth.

“You came down to see us and we treated you with respect,” native spokeswoman Ruby Montour told a gathering of city and county councillors at a public meeting in the Branlyn Community Centre. Up for discussion was the letter of intent between the two municipalities that will see huge tracts of rural land from Powerline road to Governor’s Road and east of Garden Avenue transferred into the city’s jurisdiction for growth.“We told you we wanted development to stop until this situation (about unresolved land claims) is sorted out,” she continued. “But that’s not what you’re doing. You’re going ahead with what you want do do.”

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Miners are stunned and environmentalists cheering over a northern regulator’s recommendation that a uranium exploration project be denied because it threatens the spiritual and cultural well-being of the area’s Dene people. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board says Ur-Energy’s plan to drill up to 20 holes near the Thelon River should not proceed under any circumstances.

It’s now up to federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice to decide whether to accept the recommendation, which throws doubt on the future of hundreds of mineral leases and claims in a vast area of the
Northwest Territories.

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It’s about time

Posted: May 9, 2007 in Caledonia, Deseronto, Natives, OPP

The CBC is reporting that CN Rail has filed a lawsuit against the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory band council and other individuals involved in the protest near Deseronto, Ont.

CN is attempting to hold people accountable for their actions. Since the police and Federal Government seem unwilling to move quickly against illegal protests (the dispute at Caledonia, Ont. has been ongoing for more than a year, despite court orders), perhaps lawsuits will succeed where the rule of law is failing.  Kudos to CN Rail for doing their part. If only the Government would do theirs.

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CN Rail has launched a lawsuit against Mohawk protesters who blocked a major Ontario rail corridor for more than a day last month, disrupting freight and passenger traffic. The disruption blocked the transport of freight worth more than $100 million, said spokesman Mark Hallman.

Hallman said that as part of its action, the company is seeking an extension of a court order that ended the blockade. That extension would ban future blockades.

The lawsuit also names the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory band council and several other people from their community.

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No one in Deseronto will be forced to sell their homes.
That was the message Douglas Forbes, community liaison with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), drove home at a public session here Tuesday, when he signed up participants for workshops that will take place over the next two weeks.“We are not going to expropriate people’s land or take it from them,” he said. “The First Nations, in terms of their bargaining position, are of course saying ‘we’d like the land back.’ But it will be a system of willing seller-willing buyer only.”

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The federal government is in a conflict of interest when it comes to settling aboriginal land claims and must create an independent body to clear the backlog of some 800 claims across the country, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday. “We need an accelerated process,” McGuinty said Tuesday, adding Ottawa should create an independent body with the power to both study and settle the claims.

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Last week’s arrest of Mohawk protester Shawn Brant raises a myriad of disturbing questions which may never be answered. Why did it take five days to issue a warrant to arrest Brant for something that was done in plain view of police? Why did police not inform the public, and in some cases deny, that a warrant was issued, particularly if they couldn’t find him? Why could the media find Brant, but police could not? What took a week to negotiate?

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Posted by First Perspective – a Native publication

After twelve years of the Tyendinaga, Mohawk Community dealing with the Canadian Government’s land claim process near Deseronto, Ontario, their claim finally got some media coverage this week when about 70 Mohawk community members blocked a CN rail line between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa for thirty hours.

Tempers flared as thousands of passengers were left stranded or relegated to hopping on buses to get past the blockade and catch trains in Kingston. Unfortunately, few media outlets bothered to report on possible causes for the blockade and barely reported about the context. “There is no excuse for the rail blockade,” read the lead anonymous editorial in Saturday’s Globe and Mail. This outlook even took bigoted tones by VIA rail’s own customer service employees to one of my own family members.

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Haldimand mayor Marie Trainer & Haldimand County are being sued by Janice and Allan McLaughclan for wrongful dismissal, breach of contract of employment, creating a poisoned work environment, defamation, & mental stress.

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