Archive for July 17, 2007

The Hamilton Spectator

Ron Curley is a caring, gentle man whose strong spirit is running low these days. He’s in a tough spot — trying to draw customers to his new restaurant in Ohsweken — a place many associate with protesters since disputes about aboriginal land claims over a former Caledonia subdivision escalated last summer.

Tourism has plummeted — about 65 per cent from two years ago, says Janelle Sandy, assistant manager of Six Nations Tourism. “We’ve been hit hard,” she says, adding that higher gas prices and the Canadian dollar are also keeping Canadian and American tourists away. Last year, there were eight or nine tour buses booked for Six Nations attractions from one tourism partner. This year there’s none from that operator, she says.

It’s disheartening, says his assistant manager and niece, Andrea Curley, about the trouble in Caledonia. Racism came out so fast, she says.

Edit: Please.. Here we go with the racism again. Tourism is down for Natives because of problems Natives created so this makes the tourists racist?

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