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"IF THEY CAN DO THIS TO US
THEY CAN DO IT TO YOU"
(quote by Robin Williams of the Six Nations Tribe)
Z3 readers, WATCH THIS QUICK 3 MIN VIDEO AND YOU WILL KNOW WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT -->
What is going on up here in Canada?
I am just starting to find out about this blockade up at Six Nations.
From the few films that [I will put links to at the bottom of this post] I have been watching just this morning I can see what seems to be a road block by the Six Nation tribe to stop a possible land development by what appears to me as a theft of their land (duhhh we never take land from Natives) anyway this is all my interpretations and not very factual...but it looks like on and off blockades by the OPP (Ontario Police Provision) (I think?) which have installed their own blockade to prevent the two sides from getting to close,
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my facts on this... seem to come from dated around April 2006 information
Now in this film here --> http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4688726343360664195 I see that the town of Caledonia is getting pissed about the blockade on their land and want it removed ...most of these asshole protesters (yep they are assholes and racists) are new to the area and have forgotten or never had a clue, who’s land it was .....the Native blockade was to stop land development on Native Lands........The Indians are being peaceful. The townsfolk are loud and obnoxious IN GENERAL ....the OPP blockade is not needed and should be removed ...as I heard in a different video (I included its link at bottom too) most of the reason for the OPP block can be blamed on the HOT HEADS who were causing trouble.
I watced this one clip from Braveheart.com that had my heart racing and my soul crying for love and peace ....this absolutly assinine group of jerks from the town, taunt and throw rocks at the Six Nations Native Blockade at night and it takes the police to remove these rascist
"I am discusted, This clip below is haunting and worth watching" says Ben Waiting
Guess what Z3 Readers?
This has been going on for months and months!
I need to research more on this!
I Joe Anybody would love any information you want to share. To me I see this as more theft, control, and stealing, from the true landowners of North America. And these Natives I believe will stand till their death...and I do not even know them. What I Do Know Is the ever prevailing gut feeling that a real man will be called in these times to stand up and die for his country and his family and his rights to be a free man. And by gOd today on some of the last few Native Canadian and Aboriginal lands a Battle Line is drawn in the dirt. I say with full belief that the reason are as real as ever and the death of might warriors spirits are with them at these very moments in the air ....... inspiring them to stand tall, proud and peaceful, and prepared to die for what is right!
I wonder who started this?
I wonder how it will end?
Funny how this isn't in the Corporate news huh? Of course how would I know I don’t listen to Faux news or any of the Corporate Military Supporting Stations, you know ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX oh i said FAUX already!!! all those "embedded HAHA" White House Approved stations ...so I really don’t know if this is in the news these days anyway to be truthful......But I am willing to bet you it isn’t
I got to do some research on the current situation, while I have the time.......
HERE ARE THE VIDEO LINKS:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6030848900718239420 Union Support for the Natives hear how the OPP attack and arrest 16 Natives and why the labor movement supports the Native People.Very Informed Speaker named Ralph. 11min video
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8888177271521138765 4min interview with teenage girl from the city who talks about both sides and the issue of moving back the roadblock
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6543469444369226272 this local guy tells his view of the road being opened on may 22 06 interesting perspective and a good few stories he points to the Native side as causing trouble...notice as he talks about this and how he points out no leadership or explaining to the masses .....
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9179957702253903930 lady who has lived by the SixNations for 20 years givers her opinion
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=597830631857946049 Interview with locals
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-680876537289973000&q=Six+Nations May 22 video of lots of young kids trying to get past a fence and lots of yelling at Police....police talk with kids at chain-fence line......lots of HATE in this town ...kids yell at the cops to "let the brawl go down"
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8612648908171635719&q=Six+Nations+Protest 2 min video about the lights at night...lots of yelling...lots of people at blockade(townsfolk)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3107072711881835098&q=Six+Nations+Protest 700 hundred Non-Natives show off their asshole backwoods anger RACISM and Hatered (sick)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-851267503896821826 then there is this white guy attitude and what a jerk he is! This Guy wants ACTION...
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=935411587984125276 Mike D tells of the Planned Nighttime Police Attack in a 5min video ....he tells of tazers and automatic machine guns and false arrests and chasing people in cars etc and how the Natives take back the road hours latter ...
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6929468833084740757 Tazers Barbs that the Natives were attacked with by the Police Raid Listen to an innocent Native tell how he was shot in back with Tazer
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4514970171512540483&q=Six+Nations Just video pan of all the crowd at OPP blockade
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5872956111147310589 local kids pissed about roadblocks
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1383728767173261387&q=Six+Nations close look at Six Nation block - not sure what the video guy was wanting exactly but he wals up to the block 30 sec video
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5645774187888336768 court and the mayors big mouth 30 minvideo
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6371182477781007413 after raids by the OPP Six Nations blocks road with dump truks full of gravel
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8395203966257608799 Interview with peaceful spokesman from Six Nations about cops showing up with guns
http://friendsofsixnations.bravehost.com/videos_uncut.html Bravehost.com has some uncut video here
June 28 2006 The Six Nations requests meeting with Governor General:
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SIX NATIVE PROTESTERS ARRESTED POLICE CROSS THE LINE TO SIX NATIONS NATIVE LAND WITHOUT PERMISSION
Read more on INDY MEDIA here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/06/341080.shtml
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two sides start up talks again in spite of previous judge telling the protesting natives to leave the site or no talks would proceed. Both parties agreed that it (talks) was a positive step forward.
LABOR DAY ATTACK WARNING ISSUED
My Portland Indy Media Link here:
Mohawk News webpage article *announcement here:
Empathy and more from
Six Nations on the need to protect kids!
The Hamilton Spectator
(Sep 9, 2006)
Re: 'Police on patrol at Caledonia school' (Sept. 6)
Caledonia residents need not worry about their elementary school-aged children being harmed by the Six Nations. News reports that promote fear-mongering certainly don't help in restoring the peace that many on both sides of the issue are committed to.
Although the Six Nations spokespeople in the land reclamation have made it absolutely consistent and clear that they intend to take the government to task with respect to their treaty rights, (rights which are supposedly protected under the Canadian constitution), to infer the Six Nations pose a threat to the Catholic school children is absolutely ridiculous.
The Six Nations people also have children whom they care for and love. It may be a bit ironic to note that many Six Nations' children were taken from their parents by government force and placed in state- and church-sponsored residential schools where they suffered from acculturation and abuse. This is a matter of historical record. If anyone can empathize with the need for protecting children, it's Six Nations and other indigenous nations of Canada.
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SEPTEMBER 27 2006
Caledonia, Ont. standoff costing $55M: John Tory
TORONTO -- Conservative Leader John Tory said Tuesday the ongoing aboriginal occupation in Caledonia, Ont. has cost taxpayers at least $55 million.
Tory put the figure to Premier Dalton McGuinty in the Ontario legislature, asking him to give a final tally on the cost of the occupation in the town just outside of Hamilton.
Tory didn't provide itemized proof of how he arrived at the $55-million figure but said it takes into account policing costs, the salary of negotiator Jane Stewart and assistance to local businesses.
"I would expect as the chief trustee of taxpayers' money, you would be able to give us some estimate as to how much has been spent on that matter so far,'' Tory said.
McGuinty didn't respond with a total figure, saying the province is intent on reaching an agreement with Six Nations protesters at the negotiating table.
He said he's proud of how his government has handled the standoff, which started in February and has been marred by violent clashes between town residents and aboriginals.
McGuinty wouldn't repeat previous comments where he said it would be "unacceptable'' for the occupation to drag on through the winter but says the government will remain at the negotiating table for "as long as it takes.''
"This particular issue predates Confederation,'' McGuinty said. "It is complex. It is fraught with challenges.''
Tory said the province should exact an agreement from Six Nations protesters, holding them to a "minimum standard of behaviour'' as long as they remain on the land.
Six Nations protesters say they will stay on the site _ bought by the province and being held in trust _ until it is returned to them.
OCT 23 2006
Six Nations to present evidence of land ownership in Caledonia
October 22, 2006 - by Joseph Quesnel
Six Nations officials have said they will present evidence very shortly that will prove they never surrendered land that is in dispute in Caledonia. The evidence will be presented at a public forum in early November, according to one media report.
At a recent public meeting organized by the Caledonia Citizens Alliance, Aboriginal members associated with the Douglas Estates occupation said the Argyle Street South site in question was not surrendered in the 1840s.
Lawyers hired by the federal government, however, also said that they have documents pointing to a surrender of the property. One lawyer indicated that if the evidence provided by the Six Nations is not persuasive, the government will not change its position, which is that the land was legally surrendered in 1844 and can be transferred.
At the meeting, federal negotiators were not able to inform local residents when the negotiations would be over or when the occupation of the site would cease.
November 1 2006
The day after Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice refused to meet with his provincial counterpart to discuss the occupation and its costs, Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer said the finger-pointing is exasperating for residents who just want the ordeal to come to an end.
“They are just playing games right now,” Trainer said about the escalating war of words. “We’re in the middle. We’re the ones suffering.”
“I’d like them to stop acting like children. I wish they would quit holding Caledonia residents as hostages. It’s pretty frustrating.”
Six Nations Chief Allen MacNaughton echoed Trainer’s sense of urgency for Prentice and the Ontario government to end their spat.
“It is with great concern that the Hodiyenehsoh find the Crown, in right of Ontario and Canada, engaged in playing politics in the media,” MacNaughton said in a statement.
“We sincerely hope the two levels of government in Canada will be able to work out their differences and return to the negotiating table with renewed determination.”
MacNaughton urged Prentice to become directly involved in talks with Six Nations Confederacy chiefs to reach a settlement in the land dispute.
Although the province purchased the land in question and is negotiating, Premier Dalton McGuinty has increasingly argued land claims are a federal responsibility, and said Tuesday that Ottawa must “step up to the plate.”
That comment prompted Prentice to cancel his meeting with David Ramsay, Ontario’s minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, later that evening.
Prentice said Ontario is solely responsible for paying the costs of occupation — now pegged at $40 million for policing, business compensation and the purchase of the disputed land.
“The Constitution is very clear. Property and civil rights, the administration of justice and policing are all provincial responsibilities,” Prentice said in an interview.
“What’s missing here is the justification for the province to say this is a federal obligation to pay for this. While the federal government has responsibility for Indians, that doesn’t override provincial law.”
Prentice said he’s been working hard to end the “oldest land claim in Canada,” appointing fact finders, negotiators and meeting with key provincial and aboriginal leaders to help sort out the dispute.
“I’m prepared to discuss the issues in a serious way with (the province) any time they choose, but I’m not going to be part of a media circus and political grandstanding about the issue,” he said.
McGuinty responded to the snub by calling the federal Conservative thin-skinned, and said people shouldn’t get into politics if they can’t take criticism. A clearly frustrated McGuinty repeated his demand that Ottawa take a lead role in negotiating an end to the dispute.
“They’ve got to understand, it’s not going to go away,” McGuinty said. “If it’s not Caledonia, it’s going to be land claims issues elsewhere across the country. This is an issue that’s been percolating on the backburner for a long time now.”
People want to see the dispute resolved, McGuinty said.
“They want us to meet,” he said. “And I think they want us to respect each other’s constitutional responsibilities.”
But no new meeting between the two levels of government has been set.
The federal government should start settling smaller side-issues with the Six Nations protesters and establish some goodwill to resolve the larger land claim issue, said Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsay.
“We don’t want to have these disputes,” he said. “We want to get these things settled for the people of Ontario and especially the aboriginal people in that area who — for a couple hundred years — have not had justice.”
Ramsay said he didn’t know how long this dispute would take to resolve but “it should be sooner rather than later.”
In the meantime, Caledonia residents are losing faith.
“They have really lost focus about what this whole thing is about,” Trainer said of the politicians. “They’re forgetting about the people who are suffering every day — their nerves are shot, they’re on tranquilizers, they’re on heart medication. It’s not a good thing.”
McGuinty’s ramped-up rhetoric about Ottawa’s role in the Caledonia dispute is the latest tough talk about how Ontario is getting short-changed under the federal Conservatives.
That Liberal tactic has backfired, critics said. Conservative Leader John Tory said Caledonia residents were looking for progress on the standoff and are seeing “a jousting match instead.”
NDP Leader Howard Hampton said the Liberal government is paralyzed and is falling back on the “tired old politics of blame and squabble.”
Six Nations protesters have occupied the former housing development site in Caledonia since February. Their occupation has been marred by violent clashes with town residents and barricades that cut the town in half.
The aboriginals say they are prepared to stay on the land — which they say was taken illegally from them 200 years ago — until it is returned to them.
NOVEMBER 13 2006
Six Nations occupation in Caledonia digs in heels for winter months
Members of the Six Nations Confederacy of Indigenous People are preparing to continue their ten-month occupation of disputed land this winter, after negotiations with the government reached a new roadblock earlier this month.
The protestors intend on “maintaining a presence on the occupation site through the winter,” said Six Nations spokesperson Hazel Hill.
They began occupying the land bordering the Grand River in southern Ontario last February, to protest the federal government’s sale of what they claimed was their land to a real estate developer. At the beginning of the month, the government announced its position on the ownership dispute: according to the minutes of a set of documents from the 1840s, the Six Nations surrendered the land long ago.
However, negotiations continue, as many Six Nations people deny that the records are valid.
“These are documents made by a discredited agent,” said Lynda Powless, editor of the Turtle Island Newspaper. “The government discredited [Samuel Jarvis, an “Indian Agent”] for...stealing funds and absconding. They are fully aware of this situation.”
Six Nations spokesperson Jaqueline House went further, claiming the documents are forgeries.
“Signatures are in calligraphy, which our chiefs would never use,” she said. “Or else they have Xs on them...and you can see where they started cutting and gluing those on all over the place.”
Hill described the current occupation site as “quiet” as the protesters prepare for colder months and continuing negotiations. The summer months had been more exciting, with international visitors from other indigenous communities showing up in support of the land claim, said Powless.
However, House stressed that the dispute is less about land than about countering the racism and oppression that the Six Nations people continue to face.
“For a long time we blamed ourselves...for losing our culture, our language,” she said. “But it’s not our fault.... Now, we are fighting diplomatically for our dignity. I don’t want my children to grow up hating or being hated.”
The land-claim dispute has been marked by racial tension and violent incidents, including an April police raid on the reclamations site at four in the morning when protestors were sleeping. Both House and Powless said that many of those arrested over the past months, with charges ranging from robbery to attempted manslaughter, are still awaiting trial and have not had bail hearings.
Other violent run-ins have been with media people and neighbouring residents. Powless said that most of the racial tension in Caledonia comes from new residents who have moved to the area from larger cities and “have no clue who their neighbors are,” while House cited media misrepresentations.
“[People] come and make racial slurs and throw rocks all the time,” she said. “If one of our guys throws one back...all of a sudden [people think] the natives are attacking.”
DECEMBER 15 2006
Six Nations claim
The federal Department of Justice is still reviewing a Six Nations claim that it never surrendered land that has been the subject of a 10-month occupation.
The Six Nations Confederacy presented federal officials last month with an 80-page report on its claim for Douglas Creek Estates on Argyle Street South. It was expected Ottawa would file a response yesterday as talks at the main negotiation table resumed, but federal officials have promised to present Six Nations with a formal written response before the next meeting on Jan. 11.
"We take it very seriously and it is being analyzed at the very highest level," federal negotiator Ron Doering said. Ottawa maintains Six Nations surrendered and sold the land in the 1840s, but Six Nations says its members were duped. While Doering said last month Ottawa felt pretty confident with its position, he said it can be altered, "now that we've heard their side of the story."
All sides remain optimistic the dispute can be resolved. "There's building goodwill," said Mohawk Chief Allen MacNaughton. "It takes time."
|CROWN KEEPS FALTERING ON 6 NATIONS CLAIMS|
MNN. Jan. 27, 2006. This is Hazel’s update on the goings on at Six Nations:
On Thursday we had the main table meeting as scheduled. If you watch CH TV 11, you'll see that the position of the Crown hasn't changed. They've once again utilized the media as a negotiating tool as if to proclaim something new or great. It's nothing great! It certainly doesn't offer any new evidence of any sale or lease. For that matter, it doesn't even refer to any factual cases of Canadian law. Their document is nothing more than an OPINION! It is not FACT, nor is it the LAW to which we have agreed to for the negotiation process. It is not surprising. It is exactly what we expected. Did anyone really think they were going to make some great announcement and admit that they had in fact stolen our lands, the lease monies, and made up deeds for all the fraudulent land sales and leases throughout the years for all those living within the tract. Not likely!
They will continue with their tactics of using the threat of courts to try and discourage us. What they failed to mention was that within that court system there are numerous cases in which the Department of Justice ('DOJ') has been found WRONG. This includes cases such as Guerin, Sparrow, Badger, and Dalgamuuk. All of these cases deal with indigenous rights.
In a press release earlier today, Chief Allen MacNaughton reminded the world that "Canada is trying to rely on a Department of Justice "legal" opinion, which in reality is a political position on Six Nations land rights." He further says, "The Department of Justice has taken the position, wherever possible, to limit the assertion of rights and claims by indigenous peoples to protect the Canadian public purse."
Well, we too have our own opinion on what the Crown has tabled. We have our own "legal experts" that have helped us to provide points that we tabled with the Crown on the same day. We’d like to share those points with you:
1. Relying upon the position of the Department of Justice is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of the Two Row. The Two Row sets out a Nation-to-Nation relationship. The DOJ is not a Nation.
2. Relying upon the DOJ position requires an assumption that the Canadian legal system is to apply to the resolution of disputes further to the Treaties and the relationship between the Haudenosaunee and the Crown. This is inconsistent and contrary to Two Row which does not allow one party to place itself in the others canoe nor to pull another into its ship.
3. Even IF the position of the DOJ was relevant, it would not be of assistance. DOJ takes the position that Haudenosaunee are 'Indians' or 'First Nations' which we are not.
4. DOJ takes “political” positions not “legal” positions. They have a political agenda to limit, wherever possible, the assertion of rights and claims by 'First Nations' in North America and to protect the public purse. In trying to push this political agenda through the courts, they have been consistently found wrong.
So the LAW which they are obligated to follow, according to our relationship and ancient covenants, IS the Two Row. They have just as much responsibility to it as we do. They have many generations of neglect, manipulation, corruption and genocide to answer to. There is nothing on that Two Row that leaves room for their DOJ opinion. There is nothing on the Two Row that allows them to defend their actions of the past. There is nothing that they can say to absolve themselves for violating the Laws of Creation. They can only begin to right the wrongs, IF they are serious, and continue with the process of re-polishing the covenant chain as we work our way through this peaceful negotiation process.
Does their position worry us? Not one bit. Does our position worry them? What do you think! Do you think the fact that we've had a complete oral history, backed up and supported by written documentation and historical evidence of facts presented to them; against their pathetic position of "we believe the courts would find in our favour", without an ounce of documentation to back it up - it certainly should worry them.
Their action and attitude of tabling this document is like being in a school yard fight when the bully gets busted for his actions. He desperately tries to deflect away from his own actions by pointing fingers at everyone else. He makes an issue of everything else but the issue at hand. They try to deter from the TRUTH. And that's all this is. Another smoke screen.
They need to get honest with their citizens. They know that they have frauded the Onkwehonweh, They know they have frauded the people of Caledonia, as well as the rest the people living in the municipalities, towns and townships along the Grand River. They know they can't continue to try and bully their way through this. This isn't the playground or school yard! They can no longer hide behind their unilateral acts and presumptuous law. If the Crown wants to continue to challenge the Creator by undermining the Law that we are standing in defense of, so be it. They better understand the consequences of such actions. As I've often said, The Eye of the Eagle is Upon You, Govern Yourself Accordingly!
This morning, the Confederacy Chiefs and the Elected Band Council had another meeting together. It was a good start at looking at the issue of governance in our community. By no means do they agree on all things. It was a good beginning. By sitting down and looking at things that they do agree on, brings them another step closer to the Unity that we envision for all the Onkwehonweh. It was like the first step in a process of healing. For generations we have internalized the oppression that has been created by the Crown through its genocidal practices (including the implementation of the Indian Act). We've allowed the divisions that were created as a result of that oppression to perpetuate into the weaknesses and divisions within our community. We've turned on each other and we've blamed each other for not being able to move forward. We should have been directing that energy and dealing with the originators of that oppression.
Today, we ARE dealing with our Oppressors. We are doing so in Unity & Peace. We are doing so in accordance with the Kaierenekowah, [our constitution]. Unlike them, we do so with respect and honour, even toward those who sit across the table from us at negotiations, who, all the while, continue to enforce genocide, through the Indian Act, forcing our people onto the deck of their "ship" in their court house, and by constant interference in our canoe.
If we truly believe in doing what is right, if our heart is sincere, our mind is clear and our intent is what it does for our children and our grandchildren and the generations to come, then we do have a commonality that can move forward. We can speak with one voice for the highest good of all concerned. And that really is all we can ask of each other. It’s that simple.
In Love, Light and Peace,
Posted by MNN Mohawk Nation News
July 1 2007:
An email update of mine says only this ::
A little more than a year a ago on February 28, 2006, Hadonashonee, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory had to take over their own lands to stop the illegal construction of a housing development (the Douglas Creek Estates), in Kanonhstaton, the protected place. To this day, men and women confront with great courage and dignity, the defense of their territory in harsh climatic conditions and economic pressures on behalf of the government in the talks to recover their land. They are in constant harassment from the police authorities, and the racist population in its surroundings. Despite all the pressures and efforts remove and divide them, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory are more solid and united as ever under the banner of truth, dignity, and solidarity of their own people, and of brotherly peoples that have not been absent from the Reclamation site.
Recently, another front of struggle has arisen from the heart of the Mohawk peoples in Tyendinaga, in defense of their territory and displacement... The taking over of land in their own territory, protest through highway and rail blockades; the different actions of the indigenous peoples have the same cause:the struggle for the defense of their ancient territories, the preservation of their culture, autonomy and the right to decide and influence in their own matters.
That is why we say with much strength: yesterday Kanonhstaton, today Tyendinaga, tomorrow Beyond the Andes. The prophesy of the Eagle and the Condor will yet be realized.
The Women's Coordinating Committee Chile-Canada
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Peace to the Six Nations Protesters ........from joe and ben