Native occupation fuels fears

Posted: May 24, 2007 in Caledonia, DCE, Deseronto, Hagersville, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Terrorism

A brief native occupation of a 34-hectare construction site has some residents fearing a summer of unrest in this community and nearby Caledonia, where natives have been demonstrating for 15 months.With June 29 set as a national day of protest by the Assembly of First Nations, residents fear yesterday’s occupation, although short-lived, could be an indicator of what’s to come.

“It’s just going to be violent,” Kevin Phillips, a 47-year-resident of Hagersville, said of the simmering native protests in the region.

Clyde Powless, a native involved in the Hagersville protest as well as the continuing protests in Caledonia, was unapologetic.

“Our people are making a statement. It’s not acceptable any more to just go ahead and put our people down,”It’ll have the same effect all throughout the country. Our people are getting sick of this because we’re losing more and more of our land.”

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