Native activists coming to Port Dover?

Posted: June 25, 2007 in Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Port Dover, Terrorism

I would have called them what they are which is Terrorists not activists but here’s the official story coutesy of Monte Sonnenberg, – The Simcoe Reformer.

Uncertainty has been a defining characteristic of Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover since the beginning. No one knows if the weather will co-operate, how many people might attend or whether the festivities might break down into disorderly conduct.
Added to the list for the event in July is the question of whether native activists might try to block access to town.

Keith Swarts of Port Dover, chair of the PD13 organizing committee, and the Norfolk OPP have both been warned that activists from Six Nations might try to deny access to Port Dover the day of the rally. “That would be a major, major mistake,” Swarts said. “For them to try to shut down Port Dover on Friday the 13th? Whoa.” Calls to native spokespeople connected to the claims protest in Caledonia were not returned.
Norfolk was drawn into the controversy this spring when aboriginals from Six Nations shut down a subdivision construction project in the north end of Hagersville.

During that protest, native chiefs said they were laying claim to land half a mile on either side of Hamilton Plank Road (Highway 6) from Port Dover to Hamilton. When it was built in the 19th century, the south end of Hamilton Plank Road began on the east bank of the Lynn River in Port Dover. During recent land negotiations, federal officials categorically rejected native claims related to Highway 6. Federal officials say all historic records and legal documents indicate that title to this land was transferred to the Crown in the 1800s.

Const. Mark Foster of the Norfolk OPP has heard that traffic flows into Port Dover may be disrupted Friday the 13th. “We can’t confirm if it will happen,” Foster said Friday. “We have heard rumours. We will plan and act according to how events unfold. All we’ve heard is there may be a Highway 6 blockage. No locations have been confirmed.”
Foster added the OPP will not sit back and wait for something to happen. He said OPP officials are engaged in a steady dialogue with leaders of the protest at the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision in Caledonia. (EDIT: Yeah we’ve seen the OPP “act” in Caledonia)
There have also been reports that natives have plans for Port Dover this Friday. First Nations have designated June 29 as a National Aboriginal Day of Action to draw attention to native issues and unresolved land claims.

Reports are circulating that unidentified protesters may try to lay claim to the Port Dover Harbour Marina this week on the assumption that it was once a traditional fishing ground. Walt Long of Port Dover, a member of Norfolk’s harbour marina board, has heard similar stories. He will be watching to see if someone tries something. “You just can’t pooh-pooh everything,” Long said. “Look what happened to that poor fellow (developer) in Hagersville.”

Monte Sonnenberg
519-426-3528 ext. 150
msonnenberg@bowesnet.com

UPDATE July 11 2007: This article is generating a great deal of interest from Bikers and non Bikers alike as we grow close to Friday the 13th. Please be sure to read the latest update here

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Comments
  1. It would be a shame for these activsts to pull a lame ass stunt like this. For the most part we as bikers respect what Native people have had done to them and what they are trying to accomplish. After all, take a look at how many bikes and bikers have items displaying Native culture. Doing something like this would do more to harm their struggle and make ennemies rather than friends of a vast number of people. Any time a blockade is put into action Native people loose a bit more of the respect a lot of people feel for them. They need friends and sympathisers rather than anger towards their cause, then again maybe these Natives just don’t give a #@$%. Besides it’s people from outside the area who will be inconvenienced.

  2. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    Hi Lance,

    Thanks for weighing in on this. I agree it would be extremely foolish. It definitely would be the extremist youth who couldn’t care less about anything but raising hell to prove they can who would try to do something like this, but all indications right now are that they are NOT going to strike Dover on the 13th.

    An eye will be kept on the situation and if anything happens we will most certainly have full coverage here, but I strongly suggest that nobody cancel any plans they have for Dover as a result of this.

    It looks as though we may have seen the first idle threat I am aware of from these people. Maybe they consider the fact that people are now talking about them (even if it is about how stupid they would be to blockade Port Dover) some kind of twisted victory.

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