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If you live in southern Ontario this should look familiar.
Demonstrators are blocking Agyle St. into Caledonia, Ont, again.
“So now, 2017, 11 years later, we come to find out that…more undermining and backdoor activities happening within, so we’re back today because of this, a promise was broken,” said Rhonda Martin, a land defender.
Some members of Six Nations are upset with the Burtch land transfer. The Ontario government recently returned the land back to the elected council, instead of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy chiefs as negotiated.
“We have a lot of people who are here, who are sitting here today who are determined to keep these barricades up until the Ontario, the federal government, the Six Nations elected council, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy chiefs council all gather with the people,” said Martin.
It would be hard to find anyone who doesn’t recall the bitter standoff that began in 2006 when Six Nations members reclaimed the under-construction housing development known as Douglas Creek Estates. After a failed OPP raid, the barricades lasted for years.
“It was based on an agreement that they made with the federal governments to have said piece of land on the other side of the territory known as Burtch Lands, so apparently the agreement was: We’ll put the Burtch Lands back over into the Confederacy’s title, if you take down the barricades,” said Martin.
The group wants the governments of Ontario and Canada to return to the negotiation table with the Confederacy.
Not all Six Nations members agree with the road block and question whether this is the best way to deal with the conflict, but they are afraid to speak out publicly.
“These have been tough issues that we have been dealing with for years and we are just asking that everybody gives us the virtue of patience at this time,” said Davis.