Archive for May 21, 2007

OTTAWA — Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice is contemplating fundamental changes to the way aboriginal land claims are settled and suggests the federal government will hand the job to an independent body.

Aboriginal groups have been threatening a summer of protest to highlight the slow process of settling land disputes.

“I take the entire situation very seriously,” he said. “Blockades are not in anyone’s interest. They harm innocent people and they do damage to aboriginal people … The worst thing, I think, is that they erode the goodwill that exists toward aboriginal people and the resolution of claims.”

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Racist Native Propaganda

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Be a part of the team that takes pride from your indigenous people. In the Canadian Forces, we….

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Posted: May 21, 2007 in Deseronto, Headlines, Land claims, Natives

by Mark Bourrie

 had an interesting visit yesterday with the people occupying the gravel/fossil quarry at Deseronto.

Just a few notes:

* The occupation of the quarry may, in the near term, be a mistake.

* The people occupying the property are dedicated to staying for a while.

* There doesn’t seem to be much interest in the so-called stand-off from non-Native officials. There’s no sign of the OPP or RCMP (not that they’d do much, anyway).

* People at the occupation make varying claims of aboriginal ownership. The “cause” of the dispute is not clear. They couldn’t explain anything about the size of their original land grant.

* The Tayindiniga Mohawk territory is one of the most prosperous reserves I’ve seen. It’s one of the few Indian reserves I’ve seen where the Native people are about as well-off as the non-Natives around them. the Mohawks of Tayindiniga, make the best of their tax-free status.

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