Canadian Press – posted on Brantford Expositor
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Ottawa’s proposal to revamp how land claims are handled isn’t going to change anything in Caledonia where an aboriginal occupation has lasted more than 15 months, Six Nations protesters said Tuesday.
Janie Jamieson, who speaks for those who have occupied a former housing development in Caledonia since February 2006, said Harper should settle their land claim once and for all if he is serious about addressing aboriginal issues.
“Right here and now, it doesn’t change one thing. It doesn’t settle anything. It doesn’t give me hope,” she said. The occupation will continue until the claim is recognized and settled, she added. It certainly won’t deter anyone from setting up road and railway blockades planned for June 29 – the “day of action” declared by aboriginal leaders frustrated with the slow pace of land claims, Jamieson said.
Over the course of the 15-month occupation, Six Nations protesters temporarily shut down a railway, blockaded the town’s main thoroughfare and knocked out the community’s hydro, she added.