SIX NATIONS

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Hazel Hill joins CKUT's "Friday Morning After" to discuss Ontario Police action on Thursday, April 20, 2006. She discusses police action which ended in 15 arrests. She was attacked and tasered by the OPP. The OPP have no authority on this land. Interview is 17:05 . http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/04/338024.shtml

 

May 17, 2006


Six Nations Petition to UN Perm Forum on Indigenous Issues

 

Brothers, Sister, Friends and Allies:

Talks between Six Nations and Canada and Ontario continue. They ask us to "open the roads" or else. These are obviously not nation-to-nation talks. We are preparing to present our case to the United Nations at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which started on Monday, May 12th 2006. We are very thankful for your support and contributions in the past. Could you write to the UN supporting our submission: 1503@ohchr.org; tb-petitions@ohchr.org; france-presse@un.int; indigenouspermanentforum@un.org; oisikachakrabarti@un.org. Your support and solidarity is needed. Below you will find a copy of the submission we would like to present. Kahentinetha Horn, kahentinetha2@yahoo.com

 

TO: THE UNITED NATIONS

PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES

FROM: The WOMEN TITLE HOLDERS OF THE ROTINO'SHON:NI

Also known as the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy of Grand River Territory on Turtle Island.

OBJECTION TO:

  1. INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF KAIANEREH'KO:WA/GREAT LAW TERRITORY BY THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND ONTARIO, THEIR CORPORATE AGENTS AND ASSIGNS;

  2. THE ARREST OF ROTINO'SHON:NI PEOPLE FOR DEFENDING OUR LAND; AND

  3. THE REFUSAL OF REPRESENTATIVES OF BRITAIN, OF CANADA AS ITS SUCCESSOR STATE, AND OF ONTARIO, AS A PROVINCE OF CANADA, TO ABIDE BY THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

    DATE: May 17, 2006.

    WHEREAS the Charter of the United Nations requires respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, requiring its members to ensure that armed force is not used to resolve international differences and to resolve disagreements by peaceful means in conformity with justice and international law;

    WHEREAS Canada has ascribed to the internationally recognized standards for respecting political rights of the People as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other international legal instruments;

    WHEREAS General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) requires the informed consent of a people before they are included in another state;

    WHEREAS the International Court of Justice affirmed Resolution 1541 in the Western Saraha case;

    WHEREAS THE COURTS OF OTHER COLONIAL STATES LIKE THE Supreme Court of Australia in Mabo have formally repudiated past colonial reasoning and practices;

    WHEREAS the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination found on March 6, 2006 that the United States was denying the Western Shoshone people "their rights to own, develop, control and use their land and resources"; warning the U.S. to respect the Convention; and to "freeze", "desist" and "stop" their actions immediately and to abide by the Committee's "Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure";

    WHEREAS international law is firmly committed to affirming the equal and inalienable rights of all peoples and rejecting colonial encroachment on other peoples, including Indigenous nations;

    We the WOMEN TITLE HOLDERS and the PEOPLE of the Rotiino'shon:ni also known as the SIX NATIONS IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY would like your support and assistance to help us end the serious breach of the peace that we are suffering from. We would like your support and assistance to encourage Canada to live up to its own laws and solemn commitments. We would like you to know that:

  1. We, the Rotino'shon:ni people have always been allies, not subjects of Britain, nor citizens of its successor state, Canada. Valid relations between our polity and the colonial state were founded on the Two Row Wampum and the Covenant Chain which required mutual respect and cooperation in accord with both ancient and modern principles of international law.

  2. Our nations, the Rotino'shon:ni, formed a Confederacy prior to colonial contact. Our confederation is founded on relations of equality and mutual respect as affirmed by the Kaianereh'ko:wa, our Great Law of Peace.

  3. As affirmed by Wampum 44 of the Kaiahereh'ko:wa, our Women have a trust obligation to maintain the land for the future generations of our People.

  4. Our current problems with Canada is because of our alliance with Britain. Some of us were forced to leave our traditional settlements in what is now New York State during the revolt of British subjects known as the American revolutionary war.

  5. On October 25, 1784, General Frederick Haldimand pledged Britain's protection for the Rotino'shon:ni people on a tract of land within our traditional domain extending six miles deep on either side of the Grand River running from its mouth in Lake Erie to its source, "to them and their posterity forever".

  6. Britain and its colonial agents failed to protect our rights on this land. Today we have only 5% of our original tract. The rest is illegally occupied. Canada allowed most of our resources to be taken by squatters, illegal land transfers and fraud. Dozens of cities and towns were established on our land without our consent. Indian Affairs dissipated our trust funds to speculative investments over our objections or through gifts to outside institutions, including the Law Society of Upper Canada [the bar association of Ontario].

  7. The problems experienced by the Rotino'shon:ni with the British Empire and its Canadian colony were first brought to international attention in 1923 when the Six Nations Confederacy from Grand River sent Deskaheh to the League of Nations as our representative. He applied for membership of the Six Nations in the League. He was denied a hearing at that time. His mistreatment set a precedent for ignoring the sovereignty of colonized Indigenous nations. Since then we have never been allowed to speak to the other nations of the world as the sovereign nation we are.

  8. In 1924 Canada imposed a puppet government under its Indian Act and denied our traditional Rotino'shon:ni government access to our national treasury which they held in trust. One of the reasons why our government was deposed was because we were trying to get a court hearing so we could demonstrate that Canada's Indian Act was ultra vires the British North America Act 1867. We are not and never were British subjects. We are not Canadians. we are independent. We are allies of Great Britain.

  9. In 1982 Britain enacted Canada's Constitution Act which includes formal recognition and affirmation of "Existing Aboriginal and treaty rights" in Section 35. However, Canada continues to violate our sovereignty and our right to self-government, insisting on dealing with us only through its puppet Indian Act government. Canada continues to block all our attempts to rectify these injustices, to obtain the return of all our land and compensation for the assets that were taken fraudulently.

  10. Canada and the province of Ontario have continued to issue permits for the use of our land even though they know they do not have legal title. As a result, a private company called Henco Industries began building a subdivision on the "Haldimand Tract" for sale to non-Indigenous people who may not have been aware that there was no legal root to the title they were given.

  11. On February 28th, 2006, the Rotino'shon:ni decided to stop this new encroachment on our land by blocking the entrance to the housing project. Most Canadians do not know anything about our history. We have never surrendered our sovereignty or given Canada jurisdiction over us or our land.

  12. On March 17, 2006, Henco Industries obtained an ex parte order from an Ontario court to evict us from our land. Our people have been protesting these thefts of our land for over 200 years. Our complaints were well-known. Yet, Henco was never required to prove the legality of its title. Ontario was never required to prove its capacity to issue title. No attempt had been made to speak with us.

  13. On April 20th 2006, the people protecting our land, including grandmothers and small children, were attacked by a heavily armed force of the Ontario Provincial Police. None of our people were armed. Many were severely beaten up and assaulted with batons, pepper spray and taser guns. 16 were arrested. However, many reinforcements arrived and the police retreated. We are still occupying our land.

  14. We have reason to believe Canada was planning a much more serious assault. Neighboring jails and hospital wards were cleared before the attack. A convoy of ambulances and paddy wagons appeared. An unknown number of police and military forces were marshaled in support. The procedures being used were a blatant violation of the international covenants and agreements that Canada has signed and are contrary to the principles and purposes of the United Nations.

  15. After the attack the Indian Act band council voted to turn land issues over to the people and the Confederacy chiefs of our traditional government.

  16. Canada has appointed "negotiators" but our land is not negotiable. At least one of the appointees, Jane Stewart, is in a conflict of interest because she and her husband are involved in another housing project on our land. There has been no indication that any of Canada's representatives are interested in respecting our rights or the laws.

    At the current talks we've been told point blank by a "negotiator" from Ontario that we must leave our land and take down our barricades. Meanwhile a build-up of armed forces around us continues. Our delegates carry our voice to the table following the protocol set out in the Two Row Wampum Agreement/Covenant Chain to which we are both bound. Canada's representative has met our delegates with ultimatums and threats of war while we send them in Peace.

    FOR THE ABOVE REASONS, WE FEAR THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY OR OUR LEGAL RIGHTS WITHOUT INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE. We call on all peaceful and law abiding nations to come to our support.

    We, the Women Title Holders and the People of the Rotino'shon:ni , accordingly request the following.

  17. A request from the international community that Canada withdraw its police and military forces and stop its armed siege at the Six Nations Grand River territory.

  18. A reminder from the international community that Canada has pledged to uphold freedom, justice and peace in the world, including the inherent right of all people to self-determination.

  19. A request that Canada respect our right to be dealt with on a nation-to-nation basis and uphold its commitment to ensure that all unresolved issues are determined either by consensus or by a neutral third party.

  20. A reminder to Canada that the Rotino'shon:ni Six Nations people have never surrendered our sovereignty and they must deal with us through our freely chosen representatives and not through the Indian Act machine that it imposed on us in 1924.

  21. A reminder that its courts or representatives are not in a position to act as a neutral arbiter in any disputes with the Rotiino'shon:ni Six nations.

  22. A reminder to Canada that Rotino'shon:ni Six Nations land is inalienable.

  23. We want meaning talks to show the world that we want to resolve a situation that Canada created when they broke both their law and international law and our agreements with the Crown. Canada unlawfully forced their laws on us without the fully informed consent or consensus of our people.

  24. Our people should not be criminalized for upholding our obligations according to our constitution, the Kaianereh'ko:wa, to preserve our land for our coming generations. We ask that these illegal charges be dropped.

  25. The best way to resolve this is for everyone to put their documents on the table so that everyone can see who owns what. Therefore, we request that the United Nations appoint as soon as possible an independent international mediator who is agreeable to both sides and has no conflict of interest to bring this to a legal resolution. We do not want to wait another 200 years. Now is the time.

    The Women Title Holders and the People of the Rotino'shon:ni Six Nations insist on an immediate end to Canada's on-going aggression and institute an open and public process of dialogue between our nations so that we can reach solutions by consensus. We wish to inform the United Nations that the Rotino'shon:ni will no longer tolerate the violation of our constitution, ancient customs, traditions and agreements. We will not tolerate Canada's representatives threatening us with guns and violence to squash our inherent rights and steal our possessions. Their attempt to pacify us through time wasting and meaningless "negotiations" is an insult to our historic relationship with Canada and Great Britain.

    For over 200 years Canada has tried to impose its institutions on us. We would like to remind Canada that it is never too late to polish the Covenant Chain. We would like to invite Canada to take part in renewing the spirit of the Two Row Wampum, which has since been affirmed in international law. We would like the settler population to experience the power of our Great Law, the solemn relations that were established and to enter the kind of talks that will make consensus possible, the kind that were used in the beginning when they first arrived.

    Rotino'shon:ni Women title Holders

    Ayantwahs /s/ __________________

    Gaayetweh /s/ __________________

    RR #6, Hagersville (Ontario, Canada) N0A 1H0; 519-445-0719 thebasketcase@on.aibn.com

From: Orakwa International Indigenous Ent.
orakwa@paulcomm.ca
May 3, 2006

Doreen Silversmith of Six Nations delivered this to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People on Monday, May 1st 2006.�

Message from the Onkwehonweh to the United Nations

Friends

� I come to you today with a message.� A message of Peace from the Onkwehonweh, Original People Of The Land.� This is not a new message, it is Ancient, as are the Onkwehonweh.� It is the Message and Law of the Universe, Earth included.� We call this Message and Law, Kaianereh�kowa, State Of Peace.� All People must live under this law or pay the price, and that price is War, although the Onkwehonweh choose Peace.� At times Peace has existed upon the Earth, today unfortunately, Peace is rare.� Peace exists in the Hearts and Minds of what would seem few, but we know, to be the overwhelming, People of the Earth. �

The message of peace, though, has been drowned out, by corporations and their leaders of the World.� Today, all across the Earth, Nations are engaging in War, under another message, Greed For Power.� When people representing the Kings and Queens of European corporations, came to this land, we offered peace, believing them to be Nations.� Had we known, they were not real or their real intent, things may have been different, but they lied.� Better yet, they consistently lied, to every Aboriginal Nation they encountered.� These Kings and Queens, under instructions and de facto Authority from their Popes and HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, said �Holy See�, committed Atrocities and Genocide to every Aboriginal People, at every corner of the Earth.� Our heartaches are felt worldwide. ��

It is with a heavy heart that this message is being brought to your attention. For many years we have hoped to have had the opportunity to address the concerns of our people at your forum, to gain your support, understanding and respect; for the Oldest and Supreme Law of the Universe, the Kaianereh�ko:wa, State Of Peace. �Our People of the Original Nations are the keepers and protectors of the Law. Unfortunately, it is as it always is all over the world; only when there is a crisis, do we take the time to listen, to care and understand. The Onkwehonweh, are indeed, in a serious and volatile situation brought on by the irresponsible and genocidal practices of the corporation you call CANADA.

On April 20, 2006, ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE (OPP), a paramilitary weapon of CANADA, attempted to force the Onkwehonweh from our Land, by Force of Arms.� The OPP, underestimated our resolve, to peacefully maintain hold of our Land.

The attack by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in what they say, was in accordance with a provincial court injunction, which, resulted in 16 people being taken hostage, two of them requiring hospital treatment. Women were beaten, an elder man thrown to the ground, for just walking toward them trying to peacefully talk to them. Some of our people were pepper-sprayed and even shot with taser guns, all the while peacefully asserting our Authority and upholding our Law.

�This parcel of land that has been the focal point where our people have gathered, are Land to which the Women, as titleholders to the land, according to our Kaianereh�ko:wa, have been protecting. The men, in accordance with the Kaianereh�ko:wa, are supporting and protecting the Women. This same Land has been tied up in Canada's land claim process for over 20 years, brought on by the elective band council, an arm of the federal government. This legislated system, was created by the Indian Act of 1876 and was forced upon us at gunpoint in 1924 by the RCMP and repeated again in 1959.� It is not a lawful government, nor is it a system which the traditional people can support or have a voice in. This is the same Land which Henco Industries has been allowed to clear, build roads and begin the construction of several homes regardless of the continued and historical position of the Onkwehonweh. �

After the Treaty of Granada, 1492, the HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, knowingly brought their Crusade to this Land.� Britain soon took the charge on the Pope�s crusade.� Under British Monarch�s charter to EAST INDIA COMPANY, the corporations of� ENGLAND, FRANCE, SCOTLAND, NETHERLANDS, DENMARK and PORTUGAL, invaded the World.� They established other corporations like UNITED STATES and CANADA, imitating Nations.� The UNITED STATES and CANADA have now taken a lead role in the Church�s Crusade. �

Our People, represent and uphold the oldest Law of the Universe, the Kaianereh�ko:wa, the Supreme Law of the Land. It is the basis by which the constitution acts of the corporations of the Crown; being the UNITED STATES and CANADA, were built from. Our laws were written in stone, never to be abrogated, and according to the late Pope John Paul II when referring to Canada�s laws�. � it�s not the law, it�s only paper �.� The basic principals outlined in the Kaianereh�ko:wa are that of Peace, Power & Righteousness based on Ganohkwashra�Love all around us. We continue to uphold those principles to this day, despite Crown actions to undermine and usurp our authority over our Law. �

Today, many Onkwehonweh are corralled on parcels of land the UNITED STATES and CANADA called Reservations; the rest of the world calls them Concentration Camps.� The Onkwehonweh, Original People Of The Land, being Aboriginal People of the Earth are the true Original Nations.� We are all from one Creation, under the one Supreme Law of the Universe, Kaianereh�ko:wa.� Title to the Land rests in our women for the generations yet to come.

� ����� � We also maintain that the relationship with Crown is based on the principles outlined in the Two Row Wampum. We would travel together, each in our own vessel, on distinct and separate paths; never to interfere with the Laws of each other. Again, we abide by those principles outlined in the Two Row Wampum.� Canada has clearly portrayed the message that � might is right �.�� When a situation of ownership is challenged, their laws allow them to continue to reap the benefits of our Land, destroy our environment, and clearly ignore the truth of the Onkwehonweh, the real people, who hold title to the Land.� When challenged to provide the proof, they resort to guns and army tanks.� Canada has violated the Two Row Wampum Treaty. �

In it�s continuing policy of Genocide, the corporation of CANADA has attempted to usurp our title.� The Onkwehonweh, in and around so-called Six Nations Reserve, have now, under Kaianereh�ko:wa, State of Peace, exercised our Title and Right to the Land. �

The Onkwehonweh require your assistance, with respect to our Law, our Treaties, including the Two Row Wampum, and in effect, the Authority with respect to our Land, Our Law and Our People. We are the true Sovereign, and we are asking our Friends and Allies to intervene in this situation. We need support on an international level, to have someone who has no interest in the outcome, to act as mediator, to oversee the negotiations and discussions that are taking place between delegates of the Onkwehonweh and delegates of the Crown. �

According to Kaianereh�ko:wa, Authority rests in the Women.� When needed the Rotisken�rake�the, Men Who Carry The Peace, are called to enforce the Peace.� What ever Original Nation we are from our sons and daughters, attempting to establish the Peace, are dying at the hands of the crusaders, sanctioned by the HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.� The church preaches peace, but their warlike actions speak louder. �

By who�s Authority do we establish Peace?� The Women of the Earth, hold that Authority of Peace.� Peace for this Planet, many call Earth, can only have its foundation by the Authority, the Women of the Earth.� � �

����������������������������������������������������������������������� Nya Weh



From: Orakwa International Indigenous Ent.
orakwa@paulcomm.ca
May 3, 2006
To: ActionCanadaNetwork


HAZEL HILL - SPOKESPERSON FOR SIX NATIONS ~ CALEDONIA OCCUPATION
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From: Orakwa International Indigenous Ent.
orakwa@paulcomm.ca
5/2/2006
To: ActionCanadaNetwork

"OVER AND OVER, I'LL BE A FOOL FOR YOU" -
KKK MARCHES INTO CALEDONIA TO SOLVE "INDIAN PROBLEM" AT SIX NATIONS.

MNN. May 2, 2006. Things are on schedule! The flyers in the hands of Caledonia residents, Ontario Provincial Police and a few Six Nations people reads:

Citizens of Caledonia -

Meeting tonight - 7:00 Sharp! (no location, no date)

Agenda: Discussion of the "Indian Problem". "What is the final solution?"

Full dress meeting. Wear your sheets. (This is no joke. This is what the flyer actually says. This ain't the movies, folks. This is real life).

Special Speaker - all the way from Burning Cross Mississippi, Bobby Lee Raspmas, Veteran of the 50's, 60's, 70's.

Hear about the "Final Solution". (How come Canada is letting him in and they won't let Indians cross the border to support us?)

Three-fourths of the flyer has a picture of a KKK meeting with sheets on.

We were waiting for this one! This flyer was given out for last Friday's rally and march onto the barricades at the site of the illegal housing project that the Six Nations People are trying to stop. It's being given out again for the Friday, May 5th rally at 7:00 right at the barricades this time.

The press has been asking Caledonians where the flyer came from and nobody seems to know. Janie Jamieson said, "If the non-native rioters come here and it gets out of hand, the OPP will declare they can't handle it. Then the army will be brought in". Based on past experience we suspect that even putting this flyer out is supposed to create a panic. We've seen it all before. The same thing happened in the Mohawk Oka Crisis of 1990.

We have given no reason for the army or the RCMP to come in. If these rioters create chaos, the Caledonians will be screaming for the big guns to come in. In 1990 the people of Chateauguay were incited to riot night after night at the boundary of Kahnawake. It was exactly exactly the same kind of threats, screaming, insults, trying to rush the barricades and yelling for the army to come in. It split the community up and gave it a "red neck" label that still taints its reputation 16 years later. What can be done? How do the people of Caledonia feel about being identified with the Ku Klux Klan? Hey, neighbors, can't you see it? You are being set up to get a bad name.

David Peterson, the Ontario negotiator, has probably been given orders to demand that the barricades be taken down before talks can begin. They want to create a situation so they don't have to negotiate. "Remove your barricades and then we will talk", it says on the colonial script. Every time we object to oppression, this is the same procedure that has been followed. Peterson is probably going to try to make it look like the Indigenous people are being stubborn, belligerent and non-compromising. That's what Bernard Roy and Alex Patterson did in Kanehsatake in 1990. They were getting angry because we kept on wanting to talk about the land issue. Throughout we were peaceful and non-violent. They got impatient and suddenly cut off negotiations. Then the army closed the perimeter around us and kept us there under siege for almost another month.

The term "final solution to the Indian problem" was coined first by Indian Affairs superintendent, Duncan Campbell Scott, to describe his genocidal policies in the 1920's. It's not surprising to find the KKK has taken up the banner of his cause. So they're not the first in line. Remember Hitler? He found Canadian and U.S. Indian policies very inspiring. Unfortunately, World War II was not enough to end such disgusting initiatives.

Has Canada no sense of pride? Aren't they ashamed to be doing this again? This tired out old tactic is digging a hole for Canada's reputation. Rather than settling with the Indigenous people, Canada would prefer to use scare tactics to get a little bit instead of settling the big issues.

Take a stand against the KKK. Take a stand against police and military solutions to legal problems. Ask you Member of Parliament how it is that the KKK is able to import speakers to incite racist violence. This flyer was put out a week ago and nothing's been done since then. We still need people to stand with us. Any help is appreciated. Keep writing the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Queen and everybody in the world. Tell them what's happening to us.

Kahentinetha Horn
MNN Mohawk Nation News
Kahentinetha2@yahoo.com
http://www.mnn.mohawknationnews.com


From: Orakwa International Indigenous Ent. mailto:orakwa@paulcomm.ca
To: ActionCanadaNetwork


6 NATIONS: PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION - QUESTIONS ON ONE SIDE, BULLETS ON THE OTHER.

 

MNN. May 1, 2006. These are questions we are asking the so-called authorities who are standing ready to attack us at the standoff at Six Nations. Since when can you, Canada, use the military on your own people? You claim us as Canadian citizens. But you line up the army in front of us as if we were the invaders. What gives? Some countries like the United States declare martial law all the time. It's their way of dealing with natural disasters like floods. But where's the flood here? Make up your mind, Canada. If you want to point your guns at us, then you should admit you don't see us as citizens. Then we can get down to brass tacks and start negotiating on a nation-to-nation basis. It's obvious that your approach is a violation of domestic and international law.

We are not as confused as you are. It's obvious by the way you're treating us that you are an occupying force and do recognize us as a state foreign to you. You're trying to get away with violating international law by telling the world that we are your citizens. If we are, could someone please show us which one of the Father's of Confrauderation was a Mohawk! Remember from 1876 and 1972 we were excluded from your legal definition of a "person".

To come onto our territory to place us under siege is a violation of international law as defined by anyone but George Bush and Stephen Harper. Who gave the order that sent in the OPP, RCMP and Canadian Army? Canada says it's not their responsibility. Ontario says it's not their responsibility. You both say it is a police matter. Are the police a power unto themselves? Can it turn its guns on anyone it chooses? Is Canada a police state? Who are the police accountable to?

What act of the Canadian Parliament allows you to send your armed forces into what you call an internal domestic property dispute? You say property is under provincial jurisdiction according to Canada's Constitution? Is this an invasion of our nation by Canada? You must have declared war on us. Otherwise how could Canada deploy its armed forces against us? Why was there no attempt to mediate through the United Nations?

There are OPP, RCMP, army, undercover, CSIS and all kinds of high tech armaments and helicopters over and around us while you say you are negotiating with us. Are we supposed to believe that there is no coercive influence here? There is no law that allows Canada to attack us while standing on our land?

Are the Canadian armed forces engaged in a rebellion or a coup d'etat? A peaceful legitimate protest is not an emergency. There was no riot, only Indigenous people sitting on lawn chairs. Why send in a bunch of adolescents with guns? All we want is for Canada to obey its laws. If the Crown is supposed to protect us from its settlers, why are all these military toys turned on us ready to wipe us off the face of the earth?

By what legal domestic or international covenants can you put us in a stockade and tell us to give up our cause, otherwise we are going to be shot or imprisoned? You are giving us no choice but to stay until you decide when you will start following your own laws.

The armed forces are here to do their job, which is obviously to attack us, given the direction your guns are pointed. We're being criminalized because we don't like to have your guns pointed at us?

The guys with the itchy trigger fingers seem to be suffering from paranoia. They are ready to plant evidence on us so they can come in. This is not a new tactic. In the 1920's when we tried to use our Agricultural Hall, Indian Affairs was trying to find a legal excuse to attack us. Just check out the Canadian Archives if you care to look.

We know you're trying to plant weapons in the site. We had a young woman get in touch with us. She said the OPP contacted her at her school. Apparently the photo studio where she had her pictures developed contacted the OPP. They demanded she turn over her photos that showed we had weapons. She didn't have any because it wasn't true. We don't have weapons.

Yes, our men would like to have the security of knowing that they have a fair and even chance against your up-to-date state arsenal. Our men have respected the women, men and people and have no weapons. If OPP even suspect there are weapons here, it'll be used as an excuse to attack us. We are not going to let that happen. So beware. We're telling everybody about this so that if anything happens, you'll know who fabricated it to discredit us. We have plenty of pictures of the cops with their M-16's and whatever else you call those big guns they carry.

Are you pointing guns at us to set a trap for our men? You're trying to incite them to go and get wweapons to defend our mothers, grandmothers and children. They have not done this at the request of the people, even though some of our grandmothers have already been beaten up by the OPP. There has been no offer to investigate or apologize to date. Your guns are still pointed at us.

We don't have enough manpower to figure out all of this. Those of you who are unambiguously Canadian citizens have a right of access to information about what your government is doing on your behalf. Do you think you could get it for us?

We're dealing with people who have shown no scruples or honor. Its not new. They've never lived up to treaties and promises. We've been attacked when you said you would not. So how can we trust or believe you?

 

Kahentinetha Horn
MNN Mohawk Nation News
www.mnn.mohakwnationnews.com
kahentinetha2@yahoo.com
contact Six Nations at thebasketcase@on.aibn.com, leave message on 519-445-0719

Stop the Police Invasion and Seizure of Caledonia!

Help Six Nations People Protect their Land!

We request that the Canadian Government immediately Remove all Police and Military Presence in the Area of Caledonia and The Six Nations Reserve. That all Six Nations Land be returned to its rightful owners and all development attempts cease now!

PETITION: We request that the Canadian Goverment imediately Remove all Police and Military Presence in the Area of Caledonia and The Six Nations Reserve.
That all Six Nations Land be returned to its rightful owners and all development attempts cease now!


Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy Council Letter
April 21, 2006

Letter to - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Micha�lle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General of Canada

From the - Confederacy Chiefs

Copied to - Privy Council members Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister Prentice

Jacqueline House just announced by radio and is being distributed, particularly internationally.

"We advise as the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy Council that we agree that Her Majesty's agents via the Canadian federal government, the Indian Act Six Nations Chief Councilor and Councilors, be present for the negotiations pertaining to the above.

We confirm that we remain commited to working to improve the health of our relationship with the view to resolving our current difficulties.

We further confirm that we have issued no declaration of war and that any words spoken or distributed in any way by individuals are not to be and cannot be construed to be pronouncements threatening our peace. This should be patently clear to your Privy Council and others of authority involved in or monitoring this matter and accordingly would expect Her Majesty's Privy Council to be so advised."

"Six Nations standoff between native protesters and police in southwestern Ontario escalated, April 20, 2006" ...UPDATES

OBJECTION TO INVASION OF KAIANEREH�KO:WA TERRITORY BY THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND ONTARIO, THEIR CORPORATE ENTITIES TO ARREST ROTINOSHON�NON:WE FOR DEFENDING THE LAND KNOWN AS THE �HALDIMAND TRACT���

DATE:� March 20, 2006
FROM:��The Women Title Holders of the Rotinoshon�non:we

��

       WHEREAS the Women are the �Title Holders� of the land of Rotinoshon�non:we as recalled by Wampum 44 of the Kaianereh�ko:wa.

       WHEREAS the �Title� held by the Women represents a trust obligation to maintain the land for the future generations of our Nations as recalled by Wampum 44.

TO:�� Henco Construction, et al. (See list of recipients of Objection �at end of document).

RE: �Henco Industries is building a subdivision on the unsurrendered �Haldimand Tract� for sale to non-Indigenous people who may be unaware that this is illegal.�

       WHEREAS the Canadian Government knows this land is subject to litigation resulting from fraudulent and dubious practices.� Canada has allowed permits to be given out to Indian land it does not have title to.� Gen. Haldimand confirmed that� Britain would affirm the right of the Six Nations to a tract of land six miles deep on either side of the� Grand River running from its mouth to its source.� None of this land was ever legally surrendered.� Most of this land was lost through a variety of frauds perpetrated or condoned by the colonial governments.�� Canada knows it violated the law when it deposed the traditional government in 1924.� Canada is presently in negotiations to rectify these past injustices.�� Offering non-native people title to this land is a deliberate attempt to mislead and act in bad faith.� Henco Industries is part of �sharp� practice on the part of the Crown in Right of Ontario and/or Canada, which knows that it cannot grant legal title to these lands.����� ��

       WHEREAS the elected Six Nations Council of Grand River set up under the Indian Act does not represent the Rotinoshon�non:we according to standards established under international law, including The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. ��

       WHEREAS�Canada has ascribed to the internationally recognized standards for respecting political rights of the People as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other international legal instruments.

       WHEREAS the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination found on March 6, 2006 that the United States was denying the Western Shoshone people �their rights to own, develop, control and use their land and resources�; they warned the U.S. to respect the Convention; and to �freeze�, �desist� and �stop� their actions immediately and to abide by the Committee�s �Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure�.��� Canada�s encroachment violates �international human rights norms, principles and standards�.� The Western Shoshone decision indicates that encroaching as a way to take over land has been formally rejected.� ����

       WHEREAS�there has been no valid consultation with or consent by the constitutional Indigenous People according to the standards set by Canadian, U.S. and international law.� WHEREAS relations between Canada and the Rotinoshon�non:we continue to be governed by the Two Row Wampum.

       WHEREAS the actions being taken by� Canada, Ontario and its agencies were established in the colonial era according to procedures that violated international law.

       WHEREAS General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) requires the informed consent of a people before they are included in another state.

       WHEREAS the International Court of Justice affirmed Resolution 1541 in the Western Sahara case.

       WHEREAS the courts of other colonial states like the Supreme Court of�� Australia in Mabo have formally repudiated past colonial reasoning and practices ���������� �

       WHEREAS the denial of a nation�s existence constitutes genocide according to the many international covenants that Canada has pledged to uphold. ���������� �

       WHEREAS Section 35 (1) of Canada�s Constitution Act 1982 has formally recognized and affirmed �existing Aboriginal and treaty rights�.�

       WHEREAS the Constitution of Canada has stated that Aboriginal and Treaty Rights must now be respected.����� ���������� �

       WHEREAS Canada is required to respect our right to our lands and resources under Section 109 of its Constitution Act 1867.� ���������� �

       WHEREAS the traditional laws of the Rotinoshon�non:we are still in effect.

       WHEREAS the Women Title Holders have never been consulted concerning this proposal to violate the title of ourselves and the future generations by building subdivisions on our land which involves the alienation of our people�s Indigenous rights and lands.�

WE THE WOMEN TITLE HOLDERS ACCORDINGLY REMIND THE COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT THAT:

  1. The proposed construction is illegal; that� Canada and Ontario have no authority to make political decisions on behalf of our People;��
  2. �Rotinshon�non:we land is inalienable.� There can be no discussion of the possibility of a legitimate agreement alienating the land.� �
  3. The procedures deny political power from the People.
  4. The proper venue to discuss these matters is the traditional Rotinshon�non:we process as set out in the Kaianereh�ko:wa.
  5. The Canadian and U.S. Constitutions respect that relations with us shall be conducted on a nation-to-nation basis.� (We brought this constitutional jurisdiction issue before the Supreme Court of Canada � Kanion�ke:haka Kaianereh�ko:wa Kanon�ses:neh v. Attorney General of Canada and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, Court file: 05-CV-030785.� In the� U.S. Supreme Court.� See No. 05-165:� 2005.� In the Supreme Court of the United States In re Kanion�ke:haka Kaianereh�ko:wa Kanon�ses:neh, Non-party, Petitioner/Movant/Appellant, The Canadian St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians, Plaintiffs, Respondents v. The State of New York, Defendants, Respondents.� Petition for Writs of Certiorari and Quo Warranto with Prohibition and mandamus in Aid to Prevent Genocide.� Rules 17.1 and 20.1.� Attached.)
  6. The Women Title Holders insist on an immediate end to this initiative, and to initiate a dialogue to work toward a solution acceptable to the Rotinoshon�non:we.�

By:� Rotinshon�non:we Women Title Holders�

Ayantwahs /s/ ________________________

Gaayetweh /s/ ________________________

Objection sent to:� Henco Industries Ltd., 128 Highland Blvd. Caledonia Ontario. N3W 2P1; Brant County Community Development: Fax (519) 442-3461; City of Brantford:� Fax (519) 759-7840 E-mail:� mhancock@brantford.ca; Corporation of Haldimand County: Fax (905) 772-2148� E-mail: mayor@haldimandcounty.on.ca; Oxford County:� E-mail:� info@city.woodstock.on.ca; Onondaga: Customer Service Fax (519) 758-1619; South Dumfries: Customer Service Fax (519) 448-3105; Dufferin County:� Fax (519) 941-2816 E-mail: warden@dufferincounty.on.ca; Kent County, Michigan: Mike Cox, Attorney General Fax: (517) 373-3042; Waterloo:� E-mail: sken@region.waterloo.on.ca; Innisfil:� bjackson@barint.on.ca; Attorney General:� Fax (416) 326-4007 Media Relations E-Mail: Brendan.Crawley@jus.gov.on.ca; Governor General: Michaelle Jean Fax (613) 998-1664 E-mail:� info@gg.ca; Chinese Consulate in Toronto Fax: (416) 324-6468

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham� Palace; Dalton McGuinty, Premier. Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto ON M7A 1A1, Dalton.McGuinty@premiergov.on.ca ; Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, Government of Canada, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa Canada pm@pm.gc.ca ; Department of Justice Canada; Finance Canada; Attorney General of Canada; Attorney General of Ontario; Department of Indian Affairs;�

�Mohawks of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory; Iroquois Caucus; Mohawk Council of Kanehsatake; Six Nations Council;� World Intellectual Property Organization, 34 Chemin de Colombettes, Geneva information.center@wito.int;� Hong Kong Stock Exchange, info@hkex.com.hk bjo@hkex.com.hk;� International Monetary Fund, 700 19th St., NW, Washington DC 20431, F 202-623-4661 legislative affairs mschrader@imf.org;� Chiefs, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Inc., 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne (New York) 13655 518-358-3203; -Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, P.O. Box 579, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5T3; Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, P.O. Box 720, Kahnawake of Mohawk Territory, (Quebec) J0L 1B0;� Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, R.R. 1, Tyendinaga of Mohawk Territory, Ontario 613-396-3424 Fax 613-396-3627; World Trade Organization, Mike Moore, 154 rue de Lausanne 1211, Geneva 21 Switzerland info@gatt.org ;� World Bank, 1818 H St NW, Washington DC 20433 USA f 202-477-6391 hotline@worldbank.org ; SAM Indexes Gmgh, DJSI, Seefeldstrasse 215, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland, info@sustainability-indexes.com ; UN Office of High Commission for Human Rights, UN Plaza, S. 294, New York, 10017; Rudolpho Stavenhagen, International Commission for Human Rights, P.O. Box 16, CH-1211, Geneva 20, Switzerland; Kanion�ke:haka Kaianereh�ko:wa Kanon�ses:ne, P.O. Box 1016, Akwesasne (NYS) 13655; Coalition for the International Criminal Court, %WFM, 708 3rd Ave., 24th Floor, New York (NYS) 10017, cicc@iccnow.org; The Hague, Anna Paulownastraat 103, 251 BBC, The Netherlands t: +31-70-363-4484 F: +31-70-364-0259; Pope Benedictum XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, St. Peter�s Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; Shiva Vandana vshiva@giasdl01.net.in; Cayuga Nation of Indians Inc., P.O. Box 11, Versailles, NY 14168 F 716-532-5417; Seneca Nation of Indians, Allegany Reservation, P.O. Box 231, Salamanca, NY 14779 F 716-945-1790; Cattaraugus Reservation, 1490 Route 438, Irving NY 14081 F 716-532-9132; Oneida Indian Nation of New York Inc., 223 Genesee St., Oneida NY 13421 F 315-361-6333; Onondaga Nation, Rte. 11A, Box 229, Nedrow, NY 13120, T 315-492-3041; Tonawanda Band of Seneca�s (Tonawanda Seneca Nation), 7027 Meadville Rd., Basom NY 14013 T 716-542-4244; Tuscarora Indian Nation, 2006 Mt. Hope Rd., Lewiston NY 14092 T 716-297-4990;� Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs Mohawkna@slic.com, Box 366, Rooseveltown, NY F 518-358-3488; Kanatsiohareke, 4934 State Hwy. 5, Fonda NY 12068 kanatsio@superior.net; Oneida Nation, RR 2, Southwold, Ont. N0L 2G0 T 518-652-5414.

�The lands in question, being part of the Haldimand Tract according to the Injunction are listed as:

"Schedule A"

FIRSTLY:� Parts of Lots B and C, Range West of Plank Road, geographic Township of Oneida, in Haldimand County and being Part 1 on 18R-62 SECONDLY: Part of Lot 18, Broken Front Concession on the Grand River, geographic Township of Oneida, in Haldimand County, and being Parts 2, and 3 on Reference Plan 18R - 6217 AND THAT the said land is registered in the Land Registry Office for the Land Titles Division of Haldimand as Parcel BC-18 in the Register for Section Rng W Plank Rd & BFC on GR (Oneida)

 

CN Rail gets injunction ordering natives off tracks

Fri, 21 Apr 2006 11:04:51 EDT
CBC News

CN Rail won a court injunction on Friday ordering the removal of a group of Mohawks who stopped rail traffic between Montreal and Toronto for most of the day.

Mohawks from a reserve in eastern Ontario had stopped at least a dozen freight trains and disrupted Via Rail passenger service. The move was in support of natives who are staging a protest at a construction site in in Caledonia, about 90 kilometres southwest of Toronto.

The Mohawk protesters from the Tyendinaga reserve about 20 kilometres east of Belleville, Ont., lit bonfires beside a CN track.

CN argued that the rail line is an essential link in its transcontinental network. The line handles CN's freight and Via Rail passenger service in both directions between Toronto and Montreal, and Toronto and Ottawa.

Other sympathy demonstrations have sprung up, including in the Montreal area where aboriginals showed their support by putting Mohawk flags on the Mercier Bridge across the St. Lawrence River.

The bridge was temporarily closed Thursday morning when Mohawks from Kahnawake blocked traffic in both directions while the flags were being put up.

Meanwhile, the standoff continued between native protesters and police at the construction site, although tensions appear to have eased.

More than 200 protesters moved in Thursday, setting up barricades of burning tires, after Ontario Provincial Police staged a pre-dawn raid to remove native demonstrators from the disputed tract of land they had been occupying since late February.

Demonstrators first occupied the site on Feb. 28 to stop construction by Henco Industries on land they say was stolen from the Six Nations more than 200 years ago.

The province says aboriginals gave up the land in 1841 to make way for a new highway, an agreement a Six Nations spokesperson said was only meant to be a lease.

 

Natives flood occupation site
Protest now has 'national implications', one protester says

Apr. 20, 2006
PETER EDWARDS
STAFF REPORTER
Toronto Star
article online

CALEDONIA, Ont. - A confrontation between native protesters and police escalated this morning hours after Ontario Provincial Police staged a pre-dawn raid at an occupied Caledonia construction site, southwest of Hamilton.

Around 5 a.m., dozens of officers stormed the Douglas Creek Estates to evict native activists who'd occupied the site for almost two months.

However, by 8:30 a.m. an estimated 75 native protesters were back on the site, prompting the OPP to retreat from the area. "The OPP stuck their stick into a bee's nest," one native protester said.

By mid-morning, hundreds of native people from across the province and as far away as Manitoba had poured into the area. They said their numbers would rise if efforts to remove occupiers increased. "We're here and we're not going anywhere," said Hazel Hill of the nearby Six Nations reserve.

A man who appeared to be in his late 20s from Manitoba said: "We think this protest has national implications." He said he hoped this is not a repeat of the 1995 Ipperwash confrontation, in which unarmed native protester Anthony (Dudley) George was shot to death by an OPP sniper. "I hope they learned something from last time," said the man, whose face was concealed by a bandana.

Overhead, an OPP helicopter circled the small town while officers patrolled in vans and cruisers. A plume of black smoke rose from a tire fire burning on the road behind the native blockade. Caledonia's main street was blocked in one spot by police vehicles. A block away, natives erected their own barricade by parking a dump truck sideways across the road.

Six Nations chief David General went on local radio to appeal to everyone involved to keep things peaceful.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Since Feb. 28, dozens of Six Nations protesters had occupied the housing project, which they say sits on native land.

Police moved "incredibly quickly with overwhelming force," just before 5 a.m., protester Mike Desroches told local TV station CHCH. "The police just completely swarmed the territory."

Earlier, OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor told The Canadian Press that the operation was ongoing and there would be no official comment until a news media briefing, likely to be held Thursday afternoon.

Tensions rose on Tuesday after talks to end the dispute apparently broke down.

A judge granted an injunction in March to remove the occupiers, but police did not enforce it until now.

"By the time anybody saw that they were coming, the police were all over the site and basically began arresting people," said Desroches.

The protesters argued that the site was part of a large land grant back in 1784, but the provincial and federal governments say the land was surrendered in 1841 to help build a major highway.

The protest has irked local residents, 500 of whom turned out earlier this month for a rally to demand that authorities end the occupation. A spokeswoman for federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has described the occupation as a provincial matter.

The Ontario government said earlier this month that it wanted a negotiated end to the standoff.



TODAY: Call for witnesses at police attack in Six Nations

This morning the Ontario Provincial Police invaded the territory reclaimed by Six Nations protestors near Caledonia, just southwest of Hamilton.  As of last reports, the Natives were able to retake the site, and a
large-scale standoff is underway.  Details up to 8:00 AM this morning are below.

The protestors are calling for as many people as possible to come to Caledonia in support.  A large presence of outside witnesses could have a major effect on police conduct.  Let's not forget Ipperwash - or let it happen again.

ALERT!  ALERT!  OPP INVADES SIX NATIONS - GO AND WITNESS
Thursday, April 20th 2006.

WATCH FOR FURTHER UPDATES
8:00 AM

There is fighting going on at the No. 6 Line Bridge.  It is blocked off. The traditional Longhouse people put a fire there and the OPP pepper sprayed them.  But the people started fighting back.  The people have moved onto the main bridge in Caledonia.  The people moved the police off the land and are going back to the main door and are still there holding on. The cops are still on the road shutting down the bypass.  The OPP were chased off by the people and told to get out.  OPP got off the land and are
in their cars watching and waiting for "orders".

Get the news on the radio stations, newspapers, television.

7:05 am.  Two snipers were chased off by the people.  They have 50 cops trapped in, who canít get out.  A media black out could work against them. More cops are going to come in.  Indians donít have weapons but they do have tons of cameras.

In Ipperwash there was a media blackout.  The only way the information got out was because some of the people told what they saw.  Thatís why we need people in there.  The police show ed in that public inquiry there was a deliberate attempt to stop the press from finding out.  There were attacks upon people with cameras, those who tried to get the story out.  What the police learned is how to do this the right way next time.  This is it. They learned all the weaknesses   We learned the invaders are psychologically twisted people who pretend to be supporting the law.  These are megalomaniacs who think they can say what the law is because they have access to guns.  This time they will do it ìrightî.  The CTV have made two major movies showing what happens when these twisted personalities are allowed free reign on Indians.  We get killed.

There are back room deals in police headquarters to hide the information and protect the police officers that give orders.  In the case of Ipperwash, three OPP police officers died suddenly just before they were
going to give evidence at the enquiry.  What a strange coincidence.  It is unfortunate  that the poor jerks that are just ìfollowing ordersî do not realize that they are putting their lives on the line.  They are not at
risk from Indians, so why all these coincidences?

The Six Nations people have been burning tobacco during this entire occupation for their protection.  This is the only weapon that we have.  We know the truth is on our side.  We are calling upon the natural forces to give us wisdom and guidance through this whole siege.  There are repercussions to those involved when you go against people who are innocent and justified in what they are doing.  The megalomaniacs who do these kinds of things are only looking out for themselves.  They are a danger to all of society.  We Indigenous people are within our rights.  We want Canada to obey their own laws, and to respect international norms.  We want an open and fair hearing.  If the colonizers think they own our land, they need to prove it.  With this attack they have trashed any pretension to right and decency, democracy and the rule of law.  Canada is beginning to slide quickly down the slippery slope of despotism.   How can Canada decolonize. The test lies in how they feel toward people who challenge their assumptions.  Are they going to use batons, guns and pepper spray?  Or are they going to get out their documents and take a serious look at the evidence.

The answer is obvious.  Just look at what is happening today.  This is a colonial governmentís hard core. Canada does not believe in reasoned researched and documented solutions.  We are seeing how colonial government is going to deal with any kind of questioning of their ìmight makes rightî authority.  These are the signs of how a tyrannical government is going to suppress the people from expressing legitimate dissent against a takeover by the powerful elitist interests that are involved.  It appears that individual rights are being eliminated systematically all over Turtle Island.  This destruction of dissent at Six Nations is done under the cover of media darkness.  This is the way it will be done in the future against all people across Turtle Island.  This is an experiment in police state tactics against unarmed people who are exercising our rights.

These are the lessons they learned at Gustafsen Lake in 1995 where 77,000 rounds of ammunition were shot at the Indians.  In Saskatoon, where Six Indian boys were found frozen to death outside the city put there by police officers.  In Winnipeg where J.J. Harper was murdered by the Winnipeg police.  At Ipperwash where Dudley George was murdered in cold blood by the OPP.  There are over 500 Indigenous women who have ìdisappearedî and the police have done nothing about it.  In the 1960ís there was a complaint made in British Columbia because men were looking for Indian children to have sex with them in the streets.  The police did nothing about it.  Child prostitution is an on-going problem in Vancouver.  We donít want the blood lust of Canadaís police force to be whetted by spilling the blood of
Indians.  This vampire regime is moving in on Indians like sharks who smell
blood in the water.

6:45 am

Go to Six nations.  Take part in the Canadian ìdemocraticî process.  Get pepper sprayed.  Get beat up.  Get arrested.  Get killed.  No one will know what is going on.  Seriously, the media black out is giving the lawless their power.  They can do anything they want and who knows where it will stop.  Take photos and tell your friends.  We donít want another Chile. The state has been involved in murders before like Anna May Aquash.  These attackers find a place where they can live out their bizarre fantasies and
manias.  These people have a twisted view of society and a gun is put in their hands.  No psychological testing is done on these guys in police, armies, and bureaucracies.  The only test for surviving is a willingness to ìfollow ordersî, not the law.  These people have no concept of what the law or true democratic rule is.

6:20 AM

Cops all over the place.  People are there.  More people coming.  Pepper sprayed.  So far they let everybody go.  Some might have been seized. Donít know.  Canada using Gestapo tactics instead of making things right. Canada following big brother george bush mentality ? invasion, containment,
imprisonment and torture of Indigenous people and their families.  Next Canada will start hunting down those who continue to protect and try to maintain the sov and jurisdiction of our people.  lets not be surprised if Canada puts a deck of 52 for its most wanted Indigenous people and their friends and allies.  Free land is our land that is free of Indians.

At 5:55 am this morning, Thursday, April 20th, over 150 heavily armed Ontario Provincial Police with Native mercenaries as body shields, invaded Six Nations land.  Some carrying M-16's, in riot gear.  6th line is still open.  The Rotinoshon'no are not fighting because they are unarmed.  Tear gas has been thrown at them.  Some were pepper sprayed.  The traitors are the same kind of people who stabbed Crazy Horse, Geronimo, and those who fought for our sovereignty and our lives.

One bridge to the property has been closed.

Witnesses required.  This will not be on the national news.  Go there and see what is going on.   This is a scary precedent.  Take pictures.  Make reports.  Let the world know.   report.  REPORT.  REPORT.  Help the people so no one gets hurt.  we never wanted violence.  Canada has opened to the door to covert state violence on a scale that is unprecedented in Canada. This si the end of any pretense of negotiation with Indigenous people. theyíre just going to take the land.  Canada came in with armaments, guns, paddy wagons (we dont know what's in there).

Don't let Canada become another Chile.  Tell the world.  The Rotino'shon:we are on our own land.

MNN Mohawk Nation News
kahentinetha2@yahoo.com

Stand by

From: Willi Nolan [mailto:willi@web.ca]
Thu 4/20/2006

i received this from an Elder - thanks for being there with your best gifts.
i send my smoke and prayers for safety, good minds and good hearts during
while these probems are being resolved.
All My Relations, Willi

--- redhillvalleyhamilton
<redhillvalleyhamilton@yahoo.com wrote:

Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 23:20:06 -0000
From: "redhillvalleyhamilton"
<redhillvalleyhamilton@yahoo.com
To: hslgf@sympatico.ca, yaskwatut@yahoo.com
Subject: Fwd: STAND BY! SIX NATIONS TALKS BREAK DOWN & news

My thoughts with everyone through all this.
Even though my focus has changed to the direction I
am in.
My thoughts and prayers with everyone.
STAY SAFE!
Love ya'll
D


--- In NatNews-north@yahoogroups.com, Ishgooda wrote:

SUPPORTERS ASKED TO STAND BY! SIX NATIONS TALKS BREAK DOWN
CANADA REFUSES TO RESPECT SIX NATIONS BAND
COUNCIL VOTE AND SNUBS PEOPLE - OPP SAYS
"YOU ONLY HAVE HOURS LEFT"

We are asking our brothers, sisters, friends and allies to continue to stand by and support us if and when OPP come in. Please do everything you can to stop this before it happens. There is a big OPP buildup, with forces coming in from Hamilton and surrounding cities. Paddy wagons are already here.


MNN. Tuesday, April 18th, 2006. 3:15 pm.


At 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, April 18th, the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, Onondaga Longhouse, stated Canada absolutely refuses to address the land issue with Confederacy chiefs. It is a 200 year old outstanding land claim of the Six Nations. This is the 50th day of the standoff. Protesters have stopped Henco Industries from building an illegal housing development on their land. The Confederacy has
proposed a peaceful lawful resolution.

Canada only wants to deal with the Indian Act band council they illegally enforced on the territory. In 1924 Canada sent in the RCMP to violently depose the legitimate Confederacy council. They seem to be planning the same tactics again. The 1924 armed invasion was a military coup implemented by the Canadian government using the RCMP. They say it was a declaration of war. The OPP coming onto our territory is a declaration of war again. Under our law, the Kaianereh'ko:wa/Great Law, we have every right to defend our men, women and children by any means necessary.

Henco is taking the OPP to court tomorrow for not enforcing the illegal injunction. Henco seems to think that private companies can order the OPP around like an army of private mercenaries. The OPP are allegedly going after the protesters before the court hearing and have sent a message to the protesters, "You only have hours left". Two paddy wagons are already parked nearby and the OPP cruisers are
driving up and down Highway 6, all "swat teamed up".

On Sunday, April 16th at a people's meeting the Confederacy and the band council agreed to work together and let the Confederacy chiefs and clan mothers deal with the land issue. Legally they are the only ones who can as Canada and their band councils are recent creations. Only councilor Dave General refused to go along with the people. He read out Canada and Ontario's position against what the people
wanted. He wants a "poll" to be conducted which he and his masters can control. If this happens, we want impartial international observers to make sure it is legal. Otherwise it's just a rubber stamp for the establishment.

Obviously what's happening now was Canada and Ontario's intention all along. They do not want the Confederacy to deal with the land issue. Canada is clearly in default. They do not want to come to a
peaceful agreement with the Six Nations on the illegal building of non-native housing on their land and the many other land issues that plague Six Nations people. Canada is caught. There is an iron clad promise under the Haldimand Agreement from the Crown to protect Six Nations people from encroachment. This has been violated for over 200 years. Canada and Ontario prefer to back Henco, an American
corporation. They do not want the Indians to get anything.

Canada is ready to create a situation where there will be a bloody confrontation between the police and the Indians. Things could get out of hand. Nobody will know about it because the media blackout already in place will be continued. At the same time many friends and allies of the Six Nations are being targeted.
The Indians are always ready to talk peace and negotiate.

We need people to head over there with video cameras and other cameras to take pictures. That isn't threatening, is it? If the OPP behave correctly and not evict people from their own land, then there
will be nothing to hide.

If Canada and Ontario are allowed to expropriate Six Nations for private American corporations, where will it stop? Predators are waiting to come in and take over the 20,000 acres that the Six Nations people are living on right now. Land values in this area are skyrocketing because of the influx of immigrants
from all over the world. We Rotino'shon:ni are in the way of so-called "progress". The Haldimand Deed guaranteed that there would never be any encroachment on our land ever!

In 5 years it is foreseen that cities on the Haldimand Tract will more than double their population. To allow this, the federal government is relinquishing its trust responsibility that it would always protect the Rotinol'shon:ni/Iroquois from any encroachment whatsoever. Beware! The federal government is not
credible as they are not willing to uphold this solemn promise.

Call Dick Hill at 519-865-7722; Jacqueline House at 905-765-9316; Hazel at 519-445-1351;


Kahentinetha Horn
MNN Mohawk Nation News
Kahentinetha2@...


Send emails to stop this insanity to: Prime Prime Minister Stephen Harper pm@pm.gc.ca

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/default.asp

Also:
Attorney General Ontario
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca
Henco Industries Ltd., 128 Highland Blvd. Caledonia Ontario.
N3W 2P1; Brant County Community Development: Fax (519) 442-3461; to cities on our land - City of Brantford: Fax (519) 759-7840 E-mail: mhancock@...;
Corporation of Haldimand County: Fax (905) 772-2148 E-mail: mayor@...;
Oxford County: E-mail: info@...;
Onondaga: Customer Service Fax (519) 758-1619;
South Dumfries: Customer Service Fax (519) 448-3105;
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Native protesters push back when police move in

Globe and Mail Update with Canadian Press

A standoff between native protesters and police in southwestern Ontario escalated early Thursday after a pre-dawn raid intended to evict them from a housing project.The police, who had retreated after the early morning raid when protesters brought in reinforcements, later returned to the site and kept watch overhead in helicopters.

Meanwhile, defiant aboriginal protesters evicted by the Ontario Provincial Police in the earlier raid near Caledonia, Ont., about 25 kilometres south of Hamilton, blocked a road but said they are committed to a peaceful protest.

”We've never done anything to disrupt the peace,” one protester told reporters from the scene. ”The threat comes from the OPP and always has.”

The protesters urged residents of the surrounding community to lobby government officials to return to the negotiating table to try to end the confrontation between police and Six Nations members occupying the construction site.

They argue that the site was part of a large land grant back in 1784, but the provincial and federal governments say the land was surrendered in 1841 to help build a major highway. They have been occupying the site of what is known as the Douglas Creek Estates housing project for 52 days. The move by the OPP in the early hours of Thursday morning was supposed to end that occupation.

A judge had granted an injunction in March to remove the occupiers, and police had been negotiating to have the natives leave the land peacefully throughout the dispute. Tensions mounted earlier this week when talks broke down.

A spokeswoman for the protesters, Janie Jamieson told CBC Newsworld in an interview that some women were pepper-sprayed in the course of the raid, which began about 4:45 a.m. EDT, and that other people were ”dragged from their tents.”

”They swarmed every which way, I couldn't even hazard a guess how many cops,” said another man, Clyde Powless. Occupiers have been unarmed since the situation began, he added.

”We didn't have no weapons,” he said. ”We're still hoping the politicians can do something, I'm not sure if they can, we hope they can.”

Ms. Jamieson said nine people were detained Thursday morning, although that information has not been confirmed by police. Since She said eight of the nine have since been released.

Ontario police Sergeant Dave Rektor refused to confirm any arrests and said there would be no official comment until a news media briefing Thursday afternoon.

Ms. Jamieson said the protesters have held nothing but a peaceful occupation of the site for the past 52 days.

”The OPP has made [the] decision to break that peace, and that's what's happened.”

At least four different tire fires were set around the road by protesters, sending black clouds of smoke in the air. Some demonstrators were on foot and others were driving all-terrain vehicles.

As well, police helicopters roared overhead as defiant protesters climbed atop buildings. The angry protesters used a large dump truck and the fires to block a road leading to the housing project they say sits on native land.

David General, the chief elected council of Six Nations, told CTV Newsnet in an interview that at any time, there were only a ”couple dozen people” on the site of the occupation.

He said that what is really needed is to sit down and talk about the issue and work out the problem.

He said, however, that there must be political will.

”We can talk all we want, but there is no political resolve to this right now.”

The fallout from the confrontation was immediate for the provincial government. At the Ontario legislature Thursday morning, Gilles Bisson, the New Democratic native affairs critic, questioned whether Premier Dalton McGuinty was part of the decision to order in the police.

”I have a hard time believing they took action on their own,” Mr. Bisson told reporters. ”I have to think that the government had to know what was going on.”

Mr. Bisson also said Mr. McGuinty must tell the public whether he had advance warning of the raid when he said during Wednesday's Question Period that the government was taking the necessary steps for a peaceful resolution.

”We will proceed in a responsible fashion, we will be mindful of the public-safety issues and we'll be mindful of the fact that no harm ever comes from sitting down and talking and working together with a determination to resolve it peacefully,” Mr. McGuinty said in response to a question from Progressive Conservative MPP Toby Barrett.

Mr. Bisson said that ”something has gone awry” between what Mr. McGuinty said then and what happened Thursday morning.

He said the incident shows that no one has learned lessons from the Ipperwash tragedy in 1995, when a standoff between police and aboriginals resulted in the death of protester Dudley George. Police action against aboriginals is an especially sensitive issue in Ontario since the death of Mr. George.

”Clearly, we still have a problem,” Mr. Bisson said.

Mr. McGuinty's office has yet to make a comment on the situation on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has said the occupation is a provincial matter.

With reports from Karen Howlett and Allison Dunfield



From: Willi Nolan willi@web.ca
Sent: Tue 4/11/2006 6:35 PM


Cross Canada Solidarity With Six Nations

Relatives,

the message below asks:

"To increase the pressure on April 11-12, the Six Nations Clan mothers are also asking that people contact Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Michael Bryant, Attorney General of Ontario to express their support of the demands of the clan mothers and call for resolution to the standoff
through political means, rather than policing."

thanks for your contribution

All My Relations

Willi


 

Support the Six Nations' Land Reclamation
Stop Canada's Genocide!
Cross Canada Solidarity With Six Nations

TO PROTEST violations of FIRST NATIONS SOVEREIGNTY and support SIX NATIONS:

GATHER
4:30pm, Tuesday April 11, 2006
Revenue Canada Building
1 Front Street West (At Yonge)

Speakers include JANIE JAMIESON to provide an update on the SIX NATIONS BLOCKADE

Bring your hand drums.

Sponsored by:
Coalition in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty, Al-Awda - Toronto, Arab Students Collective - U of T, No One is Illegal, Ontario Coalition  Against Poverty

For Information: amadahy@rogers.com , www.urgentcalltoaction.com

and

**************************************
Toronto Rally
2pm, Wednesday April 12, 2006
Revenue Canada, 1 Front Street West (At Yonge)
**************************************

Under the direction of the Clan Mothers at the Six Nations Territory, a series of actions are being organized in solidarity with the with the Six Nations clan mothers and in support of their demands for an immediate cessation of all construction by Henco Industries on Six Nations  territory and for resolution to the current standoff to be conducted on a nation-to- nation basis. Jamie Jamieson from the Six Nations community states "I hope for a resolution. It would involve having the whole issue of title and jurisdiction resolved, and it would mean for the federal government to take accountability and responsibility for their actions in regard to this land."

The racist colonial legacy of Canada continues to devastate the lands and lives of indigenous peoples and standing in support of the Six Nations community is a tangible way to stop the settler government's interventions in the continued illegal expropriation and exploitation of indigenous lands and territories.

To increase the pressure on April 11-12, the Six Nations Clan mothers are also asking that people contact Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Michael Bryant, Attorney General of Ontario to express their support of the demands of the clan mothers and call for resolution to the standoff through political means, rather than policing.

* Michaelle Jean, Governor General:
Phone: (613) 993-8200, Toll Free: 1-800-465-6890, Fax: (613) 998-1664,
Email: info@gg.ca

* Michael Bryant, Ontario Attorney General
Phone: (416) 326-2220 or (416) 326-2210, Toll Free: 1-800-518-790,
Fax: (416) 326-4007
Email: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/comments.asp


*** BACKGROUND ****


On March 3rd, 2006, members of Rotinoshon'non:we (Iroquois) people set up camp on the Haldimand Tract, located at the entrance to Douglas Creek Estates, a 71-lot subdivision under construction by Henco Industries Ltd. on Six Nations territory.

This land has at no point been surrendered to Canada, and was formally recognized by the Crown as Six Nations territory as part of the 1784 Haldimand Deed. The Plank Road Tract was subsequently registered as a land claim with the federal government in 1987. The Six Nations band council, in its submissions to Ottawa, claimed the reserve was never properly compensated for land sold to non-natives and land that was taken to build the Hamilton to Port Dover  Plank Road. The Six Nations reserve now covers less than 5 per cent of the original tract of six miles each side of the Grand River from the mouth to
the source. Meanwhile, the province of Ontario passed legislation allowing this tract of land to be developed as part of a scheme to draw 4 million settlers into the Golden Horseshoe area.

Henco Industries successfully obtained a court injunction last month to have members of Six Nations who are camped out on the territory forcibly removed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). A revised injunction issued by an Ontario Supreme Court Judge on March 28th states that those who refuse to vacate the property are guilty of criminal and civil contempt, and will be  fingerprinted and photographed as part of a probation order. In delivering his judgment,  Provincial Court Judge David Marshall said this to the Clan Mothers:

"What's the matter with you people? Why don't you forget all about the past and listen to me?"

On the evacuation deadline date issued by Justice Marshall, there were roughly 300-500 people lined up at the road in support of the Six Nations. The Clan Mothers held an action that had 50 women blocking the construction crews from building. In the face of mounting police presence at Six Nations - including two dozen marked and unmarked police vehicles parked outside a nearby elementary school currently being used as a command post, a number of police cruisers scattered throughout the neighbouring town of Caledonia, and scores of undercover officers around the periphery of the Six Nations reserve - and a mobilization of the state reminiscent of the lead-up to the murder of Dudley George by the OPP at Ipperwash in 1995, the Clan Mothers and Six Nations community have requested solidarity in their struggle to affirm their inherent right to self-determination and sovereignty on the land. "Canada must stop using guns to resolve its legal disputes with the indigenous people," states Jacqueline House.

The clan mothers have put forward the following statement:

The Women, being Title Holders to all lands of Turtle Island, assert our constitutional jurisdiction over the Haldimand Tract.  We have never and cannot ever give up our land or our sovereignty.

1. The Six Nations are distinct original nations.  We are to be dealt with on a nation-to-nation basis by the Crown and all other nations.

2. The Crown must respect our original relationship as set out in the Two Row Wampum, our jurisdiction as provided in our constitution, the Kaiannereh'ko:wa, and as respected by Sections 109 and  132 of the BNA Act, 1867 and according to international covenants that Canada has signed.

3. We are to be dealt with on a nation-to-nation basis, as was the custom before Canada separated from the British Empire. Respect for the independent international status of the Six Nations by Canada was
established before Canada achieved recognition as a state or gained the ability to sign treaties on its own.  The independent international identity of the Six Nations  identity has never been legally extinguished.

4. The band councils were established with procedures that violated international law.  They continue to function as colonizing institutions. We have never consented to their establishment nor their representing us.

5. Canada and all its politicians, bureaucrats, agents, assignees and appointees should cease and desist immediately their attempt to criminalize and apprehend our people for defending what is rightfully ours, the land to which we hold title. Any further action by Canada, Ontario and their agents shall be viewed as being a direct violation of the Two Row Wampum, the constitutional accord between the Ratino'shon:ni and Canada and international law.

6. The claims of Canada and the province of Ontario to have a right to legislate for the Rotino'shon:ni Six Nations and to grant private title to our land has no foundation in law.


 

Crossed wires muddle effort to end land standoff



Kaz Novak, the Hamilton Spectator

Michael Laughing, a member of the Six Nations, stands on the Douglas Creek Estates bridge yesterday.


By Daniel Nolan
The Hamilton Spectator
CALEDONIA (Apr 19, 2006)

There is confusion over the status of talks between Six Nations and Queen's Park and Ottawa to try to end a native standoff at a Caledonia housing project.

The Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, the traditional form of government on the reserve, sent out a release yesterday afternoon saying talks had broken down.

But Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsay and Patricia Valladao, a spokesperson for federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice, said discussions are ongoing to try to find a peaceful
resolution to the seven-week standoff at Douglas Creek Estates.

"Negotiations are both ongoing with Canada and Ontario," Ramsay told The Spectator last night.

"We're prepared to negotiate in good faith and we continue to talk to all parties," said Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsay. "We are in constant contact with all parties to this process, including the Confederacy chiefs. Nobody has walked away."

Indian Affairs spokesperson Valladao said, "Despite the press release, it is our understanding the discussions are still under way."

She said Canada and Ontario are waiting for a formal response to a joint-government proposal presented to Six Nations officials last Thursday at a meeting in a Brantford hotel.

The two-page Confederacy release was signed by Mohawk Chief Allan MacNaughton and Cayuga sub-chief Leroy Hill. The release said talks broke down Monday night because the federal and provincial governments refused to address Confederacy proposals to end what Six Nations protesters are calling a "land reclamation."

This included ceasing development on Douglas Creek Estates until there is a broader resolution to the issue of Six Nations land rights; not viewing the standoff in the context of criminal activity; and eliminating the "Indian Act council" from Six Nations land claims. This latter comment referred to Chief David General and the elected band council.

The Confederacy also called on Prentice to immediately become involved in talks with the chiefs to "reach a peaceful resolution to the standoff and long-term land rights issues." MacNaughton and Hill could not be reached for further comment.

Ramsay and Valladao would not comment on the Confederacy's proposals.

"I don't want to get into negotiations in the newspaper," said Ramsay. "It's a very delicate dance, a negotiation like this ... It would be inappropriate for me to make a comment."

Canada and Ontario have offered to end the standoff by, among other things, providing money to Six Nations to research land and resource issues and start talks to turn over provincially-owned land in Brant County, South Cayuga and Townsend to Six Nations.

Natives occupying Douglas Creek Estates say the Argyle Street South property was never surrendered by Six Nations. Canada and Ontario, however, say the land was surrendered and sold in 1841 to help construct the Plank Road (Highway 6).

Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer was alarmed at the Confederacy statement.

"Oh boy, that's too bad," she said. "I'm extremely disappointed because this sounded so positive. They were all willing to sit down and talk and make something positive happen. I don't know what the next step will be."

Michael Bruder, lawyer for developers John and Don Henning, said the statement was "certainly not good news" for his clients. He said they still wished for a peaceful solution, but he planned to talk to the Ontario Provincial Police legal counsel today to see what impact this might have on getting the OPP to finally execute a court injunction to remove protesters from the site.

Chief General could not be reached for comment.

dnolan@... 905-526-3351

Feds must clean up their own mess

 

By Garry Horsnell, Brantford
The Hamilton Spectator
(Apr 19, 2006)


Re: 'Glimmer of hope in resolving Caledonia land protest' (April 13)

Natives from the Six Nations are protesting near Caledonia. They say a developer is building illegally on native land. However, there is some controversy about whether the land actually belongs to the natives.

Meanwhile, a provincial judge has ordered the Ontario Provincial Police to remove the native protesters.

I don't get it.

The treaties, which the natives feel are being breached, are between natives and the federal government and it's the federal government, and not the province, that is responsible for Indian affairs.

So why is the provincial government getting involved in a situation which should be resolved by the federal government?

Shouldn't the federal government act responsibly and clear up its own mess?

 


 

Tensions grow as native protesters return to Ontario site

 

Photos and map at
http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/04/20/caledonia-protest060420.html

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 13:58:35 EDT
CBC News


With police helicopters hovering overhead, aboriginal protesters continued to block the road to a construction site in southwestern Ontario Thursday, hours after police staged a pre-dawn raid to break up a seven-week-old occupation.

Protesters say the land was granted to Six Nations more than 200 years ago and was never officially transferred to non-natives.

Plumes of black smoke billowed in the air as protesters burned a pile of tires on the two-lane highway leading to the site in Caledonia, about 90 kilometres southwest of Toronto.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Maurice Pilon said police have no immediate plans to remove the second group of demonstrators, but defended their decision to launch an early morning raid to remove about 45 protesters. Police in cruisers and vans swooped into the site around 4:30 a.m. EDT with tear gas cannons and Tasers, arresting 16 people.

Pilon said police carried out the early morning raid because an "escalation of activity" posed a risk to public safety, but didn't provide any further details.

A judge granted an injunction in March to remove the protesters.

Protester Mike Desrouches, who witnessed the early morning raid, told CBC Newsworld a number of people were subdued with shocks from Tasers as police "covered the entire area within seconds."

Protest spokeswoman Janie Jamieson said one female demonstrator was "beaten by five OPP officers" and that others were pepper-sprayed. She said nine people were arrested, but that eight of them were later released.

Pilon said officers showed "tremendous restraint," but had to use force with demonstrators who were armed with clubs. Three officers received minor injuries in the clash, he said.

Protesters block road

By 9 a.m., hundreds of protesters had gathered at the site, setting tires on fire, climbing on vehicles and waving Mohawk flags. Jamieson, who vowed to stay "as long as it takes," said they had put out a call to other reserves for more demonstrators. Protesters have a one-month supply of provisions, said CBC reporter Nil Koksal.

Aboriginal leaders at the scene said they were under the impression talks with the government were ongoing when police raided the site, although there were reports Tuesday that talks had broken down.

Reports swirled that 1,000 police officers were placed on standby later Thursday morning, but Pilon said the OPP had "no immediate plans to go in again."

An injunction to remove the protesters was granted in March. (CBC)

"We hope a peaceful and lasting resolution can be achieved. Violence is not the answer," he said.

Ontario Minister of Community Safety Monte Kwinter said the provincial government has no influence in police operations, but added that he was monitoring the continuing standoff.

The situation led local officials to close an elementary school in the town.

The protesters are getting support from a native community in Quebec. Residents of the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal have made signs and posters, while others are planning to travel to Ontario to join the protest, said Timmy Norton, a spokesman with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

Protest stretched over seven weeks

The protesters have been camped out since Feb. 28 at the site, where they have erected tents, a teepee and a wooden building there. They say the land was granted to the Six Nations more than 200 years ago and was never transferred to non-natives.

A sign on the land reads: "Oh Canada – your home on native land."


The province says aboriginals gave up the land in 1841 to make way for a new highway.

Six Nations filed a land claims suit over the area in 1999.

Henco Industries, the property developer of Douglas Creek Estates, hasn't commented on the day's events.

In 1995, another OPP raid on a native occupation made national headlines when an unarmed protester was killed by a police sniper.

Dudley George's death at Ipperwash Provincial Park became the subject of an ongoing inquiry, which has heard testimony from former Ontario premier Mike Harris.


* INDEPTH: Ipperwash clash in 1995
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/ipperwash/

* FROM MARCH 23, 2006: Native protesters expect police will evict them
http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/03/23/caledonia-protest060323.html

INDEPTH: Aboriginal Canadians
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/aboriginals/

 

Native standoff continues after police raid

Allison Dunfield and Karen Howlett
Toronto Globe and Mail
April 20, 2006
/www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060420.wnative0420/BNStory/National/home

A standoff between native protesters and police in southwestern Ontario escalated Thursday after a pre-dawn raid intended to evict the aboriginals from a disputed housing project site didn't work out as planned.

The Ontario Provincial Police were forced to retreat after the early morning raid on the site, which the aboriginals from Six Nations reserve say sits on native land, when protesters brought in reinforcements. Police later returned to keep watch from farther away.

In a move that has sparked comparisons to the deadly Ipperwash standoff in 1995, the OPP moved in on the occupied site of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ont., about 25 kilometres south of Hamilton, about 4:30 a.m.

Deputy Commissioner Maurice Pilon told a press conference in Cayuga, Ont., Thursday that at that time, police arrested 16 protesters.

”As a result of the behaviour of some of the protesters," he said, "officers were required to use some force in order to effect some of the arrests.”

Three officers were injured and one required stitches to his head after being hit with a bag of rocks, Deputy Commissioner Pilon said.

After the arrests, another 60-or-so protesters moved into the area, requiring police to move back outside the site, the officer said. They are now remaining on the perimeter and have ”no immediate plans” to go back into the protested area, Deputy Commissioner Pilon said.

While the OPP hovered overhead, the defiant aboriginal protesters used a large dump truck and tire fires to block a road but said they are committed to a peaceful protest.

”We've never done anything to disrupt the peace,” one protester told reporters from the scene. ”The threat comes from the OPP and always has.”

The protesters urged residents of the surrounding community to lobby government officials to return to the negotiating table to try to end the confrontation between police and Six Nations members occupying the construction site.

They argue that the site was part of a large land grant back in 1784, but the provincial and federal governments say the land was surrendered in 1841 to help build a major highway. They have been occupying the site of what is known as the Douglas Creek Estates housing project for 52 days. The move by the OPP in the early hours of Thursday morning was supposed to end that occupation.

A judge had granted an injunction in March to remove the occupiers, and police had been negotiating to have the natives leave the land peacefully throughout the dispute. Tensions mounted earlier this week when talks broke down.

A spokeswoman for the protesters, Janie Jamieson, told CBC Newsworld in an interview that some women were pepper-sprayed in the course of the raid, which began about 4:45 a.m. EDT, and that other people were ”dragged from their tents.”

”They swarmed every which way, I couldn't even hazard a guess how many cops,” said another man, Clyde Powless. Occupiers have been unarmed since the situation began, he added.

”We didn't have no weapons,” he said. ”We're still hoping the politicians can do something, I'm not sure if they can, we hope they can.”

Ms. Jamieson said the protesters have held nothing but a peaceful occupation of the site since Feb. 28 this year, when they seized the property.

”The OPP has made [the] decision to break that peace, and that's what's happened.”

But Deputy Commissioner Pilon said the main concern of police is to ensure that a ”peaceful and lasting resolution can be achieved. We would ask everyone to work with us in restoring calm. Violence is certainly not the answer.”

Several tire fires were set around the road by protesters, sending black clouds of smoke in the air. Some demonstrators were on foot and others were driving all-terrain vehicles.

David General, the chief elected council of Six Nations, told CTV Newsnet in an interview that at any time, there were only a ”couple dozen people” on the site of the occupation.

He said that what is really needed is to sit down and talk about the issue and work out the problem.
He said, however, that there must be political will.
”We can talk all we want, but there is no political resolve to this right now.”

The fallout from the confrontation was immediate for the provincial government, however. Opposition politicians compared the situation to that of the Ipperwash tragedy, when police killed native protester Dudley George in 1995, during a standoff between police and aboriginals.

At the Ontario legislature Thursday morning, Gilles Bisson, the New Democratic native affairs critic, questioned whether Premier Dalton McGuinty was part of the decision to order in the police.

”I have a hard time believing they took action on their own,” Mr. Bisson told reporters. ”I have to think that the government had to know what was going on.”

Mr. Bisson also said Mr. McGuinty must tell the public whether he had advance warning of the raid when he said during Wednesday's Question Period that the government was taking the necessary steps for a peaceful resolution.

But on Thursday, Mr. McGuinty congratulated the OPP for their patience and perseverance in trying to resolve the standoff. He criticized the Mr. Bisson in the legislature for suggesting that his government should have directed the OPP to conduct the raid or been tipped off about it in advance.

"We disagree with that approach," Mr. McGuinty said. "We agree with the independence of the OPP and we support them in that action."

He said the incident shows that no one has learned lessons from the Ipperwash tragedy.
Police action against aboriginals is an especially sensitive issue in Ontario since the death of Mr. George.
”Clearly, we still have a problem,” Mr. Bisson said.

Deputy Commissioner Pilon was also asked by reporters about the possibility of another Ipperwash-type incident.
He said police will make every effort to maintain peace.
"Well, obviously there's potential of significant issues here. But again, this has been ongoing for some time, and our focus is to try and find a peaceful resolution."

In Question Period Thursday, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter said he had no advance warning of the raid. He said he found out about it at 6 o'clock this morning, just over an hour after the OPP moved in. "The OPP were never ordered to do anything," he said under intense questioning from the opposition. "They operate as an independent police force."

David Ramsay, the Ontario minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, said both the provincial and federal government have been in talks to resolve the land claim issue. He blamed "one faction in the community that was impatient with the progress of these discussions" for precipitating the standoff.

A spokeswoman for federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has said the occupation is a provincial matter.

With reports from Canadian Press

 

"Autonomy & Solidarity"
�on the Six Nations� Caledonia Standoff from A&S

Dear friends and comrades,

From time to time we use this list to let you know about the projects we are undertaking and of updates to our website. In this message we would like to let you know that we have created a special resource page on our website with news articles, photos, videos, and up to date information about what is happening at the Six Nations Caledonia Blockade and the political context surrounding this struggle. As you most likely know this struggle has exploded into a serious conflict after a viscious police attack on protestors on the morning of April 20th.

Most recently we have posted a series of videos taken by A&S members that include footage of the camp, interviews with a member of the Mohawk warrior society, Mohawk Elder Jaqueline House, and Six Nations resident Robin Williams, and Mike D. who witnessed the police attack on the camp. We also have video footage of the Mohawk barricade on Highway 6 being constructed.

All of this material is available on our website at http://auto_sol.tao.ca and can be freely appropriated for use by other activist sites and networks. We also encourage you to add material to our site by logging in and posting comments to update stories or provide additional information.

We also have an RSS feed for all material posted to our site dealing with the Six Nations occupation at Caledonia, so if you or your organization has a website with the capability to integrate newsfeeds we encourage you to link to us.� Our Caledonia/Six Nations feed can be found at: http://auto_sol.tao.ca/taxonomy/feed/or/217 You can find more information on the blockade at: http://www.urgentcalltoaction.com/

 

 

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