A native activist (Edit: Extortionist) is warning Brantford and Haldimand they’re courting trouble if they try to end protests over land claims with bylaws that prohibit interference with development.
Brantford quietly passed two bylaws Monday night, banning interference with development and access to property and naming three sites that have been the target of Six Nations activists Ruby and Floyd Montour.
The second bylaw banned unauthorized fees respecting developments and referred to the (Edit: Extortionist) Haudenosaunee Development Institute, a native body seeking fees from developers in the Haldimand Tract along the Grand River.
Haldimand Mayor Marie Trainer likes what Brantford has done and said yesterday her county would be prepared to look at doing the same thing.
Ruby Montour, who halted work on a Cayuga townhouse development yesterday, said the bylaws would not stop her from trying to protect Six Nations land. She said the two communities just have to wait and see what happens if they try to enforce the bylaws.
(Edit: Based on her reactions to me in Cayuga on May 12, I think it’s safe to say that Ruby loves to talk big but hates being recorded while she’s breaking the law. I look forward to spending plenty of time this summer documenting what takes place after others obey her demands to turn off camera’s.)
“I just think they’re laying down the gauntlet for Six Nations people and we’ll pick it up. I think what they have done is show disrespect for Six Nations people. It just shows which way they want to go. We’re up to it.”
Trainer, bedevilled by the Caledonia dispute for over two years, said she was “extremely pleased” by Brantford’s move. Asked about enforcement, she said: “If nobody tries it, nobody knows. Someone has to try it first. If we’re all asking for the same thing, we can all stay on the same page.
“We’re stronger in numbers.”