Caledonia Update From Hazel's Six Nation News
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Submitted by the Western Shoshone Defense Project
Sago from Grand River!
We're still here at Kanenhstaton [the Six Nations reclamation site near Caledonia]. A lot has happened since the barricades came down. Most of it is internal. It has kept us busy! We are still maintaining our position on our land. In spite of the anti-Six Nations propaganda by the colonists, we're not re-routing Caledonia's water, we haven't built bunkers or stored ammunition, we’re not toting guns or terrorizing the citizens of Caledonia. These made up stories are distressing [and sometimes we laugh about them].
Throughout we have remained peaceful, even in the face of racist acts and hate crimes committed against us. We continue to act in good faith, even when the politicians threw only ultimatums at us. We are waiting for nation-to-nation dialogue. We will carry the spirit of truth and justice for Creation, as well as upholding our responsibilities to our Law, our Land and our People. Judge David [Who-has-land-on-the-Haldimand-Tract) Marshall is still asking why his illegal orders to remove our people are not being carried out.
Today, Premier McGuinty suggested that the province has agreed in principal to purchase “our” land from “Henco” [who got their false title from the province of Ontario]. He wants to hold the land “in trust” [nobody should trust him to hold anything]. Then he wants us all to go home now [Where? We are at home!] Someone should remind Mr. McGuinty about Kanehsatake [another Mohawk community near Montreal that Corporate Canada is always trying to tar and feather].
McGuinty seems to be following the blueprint used after the 1990 Mohawk Oka Crisis. That was another case where we were told that the land would be returned or held in trust. The situation has still not been resolved. In keeping with established colonial North American practice, they never followed through on any of their promises. Are we supposed to believe they ever meant to?
Our position has never changed. We the Title Holders as recalled by Wampum 44 of our constitution, the Kaianereh’ko:wa, retain jurisdiction over our land. As set out in the Haldimand Proclamation, the British promised to respect this. Canada’s would-be colonizers pretend that land held in trust is “Crown” land. This is an old hoax which is enforced at gunpoint. The British Crown has no legal jurisdiction over our land or over us. We were here first. We never agreed to join Canada. So what are you colonists doing here?
As the Ontario Parliament nears its summer recess, the Opposition Party is pushing hard to do something about the Caledonia situation. They should be reminding the government of it’s Inherent responsibilities commemorated by the Two Row Wampum and the Silver Covenant Chain agreements with us. They should also read their own Constitution. Instead, they’re demanding the unlawful removal of us from our homelands.
They say the Caledonia citizens are living in fear, can't sleep at night and can't even barbeque in their backyards! [Since all the rowdy behavior is has been created by non-native outsiders, we have to wonder what would they do if we actually did say “boo” to them. Would they all just crumble into dust?] All politicians should use common sense before shooting their mouths off about something that they haven’t bothered to read up on. They grand stand by passing on malicious gossip! Especially the one who represents Caledonia. According to Canadian mythology he also represents Six Nations.
Those politicians need to stand around in some of those people's backyards, bring their steaks and barbeque them. They’ll notice how quiet we are and that we are not bothering anyone. The children are not afraid to play in their school yard. They laugh, play and wave to us on the site. When the frisbee comes flying across the fence onto our site, we don't hold it hostage. We give it back!
The politicians should have stood with us Friday night when the lawless Caledonians held their racist rally [carrying their commercially produced signs saying, “Bring in the army”. We still haven’t found out who supplies the signs.] They were boozing publicly, many were drunk out of their skulls, throwing their empties at us (thanks, by the way, for the 10 cents a bottle. It’s the only financing we get to counter the millions of dollar in subsidies the Caledonians are getting.
This is the only help we’re getting except for the donations we receive from our supporters, who, without exception, are well-educated people who want law and order), flinging stones at us, shouting vile racist remarks about our alleged “welfare cheques”, yelling “the only good Indian is a dead Indian” [which is a colonial policy slogan], and threatening to go home and get their shot guns.
Who reported to the OPP about the “incidents of continuous gun fire” and “burning of fences” that we were supposed have done? As one reporter found out, there were no such incidents. Or the politicians could talk to the principal of the school, as that reporter did. They would have learned that the children are not afraid of us. They don't hide under their desks or tables to eat their lunch. The only gun fire sounds were the fire crackers the Caledonians shot off around the May 24 weekend and those fireworks they shot directly at us on the night we took down the first barricade.
Has someone sent a copy of the minutes of the Caledonia Citizens Alliance CCA group meeting to Parliament? They discussed arming themselves and that the OPP gave them the nod of approval. The OPP says this is utter nonsense. The CCA planned to use their children as “a cover” at their next rally. Their strategy was to "create chaos, continually dial 911 and rush toward the fence, but do not cross the police line".
They call us, who are their victims, the “lawless militant faction”! Did anyone ever wonder why the TV footage of those violent "stand-offs" always show the OPP facing the Caledonians, not us, the Onkwehonweh? Isn’t it obvious the cops know that we aren’t going to stab people in the back? The violence is coming from ‘their’ side at us.
The colonists continuously provoke to disrupt the Peace. Government and police public relations constantly pegs us as "terrorists". The rioters are rewarded by the state for their unlawful behavior. They are the real state-sponsored terrorists. Canada is handing out millions of dollars to Caledonia for their real and imagined business losses due, they say, “to the barricades”.
Settlers, check the stats! How many Six Nations people are no longer doing business in Caledonia because of your racist attitudes? These have grown deeper and more open in the last 100 days. Don’t you realize that it isn't the barricades that have decreased your sales? It’s your antagonistic attitude toward and attacks on our people – your customers.
The Caledonians turned their hatred on our children and barricaded them out of the arena. Talk about shooting yourselves in the foot! We pay rent for that facility! You created your own dreadful situation. Now you want compensation for it! And you’re getting it, which is the worse part of it! The government obliges [probably because they orchestrated it in the first place].
They think it’s better value to keep pouring money into racial warfare to try to defeat the Six Nations [and continue the land theft] than it is to actually uphold the honor of the Crown and pay their debt to the Six Nations.
As long as the state keeps paying to instigate these attacks on us, they think they won't have to deal with the real issue – the promises they made to us that there would never be any encroachment on our land ever and that our sovereignty would always be respected! That’s the solemn deal that was made between two allies, the Six Nations and Britain. Another fellow said, “It's like dealing with a ‘bad little kid’.” Bad behavior should not be rewarded by giving them candy. When that's all gone, they're going to want more and their behavior gets worse!
With respect to the 7 Indigenous people charged, two have been arrested and released. The Confederacy Council is still conducting our investigation with respect to the alleged “illegal activities”. These individuals are still required to stay off of the site. Why are our people being tried twice for these so-called crime? They are being held accountable to our traditional government, as required by our Law, the Kaierenekowah, and being forced to go through the colonial justice system. We've established it clearly has no jurisdiction over our people. Our investigation has revealed that these attacks on our people and these phony charges were all colonial set ups! We will give all the details after we've gathered up all evidence.
The Concert held at Chiefswood Park on June 16th in support of the Kanenhstaton Land Reclamation was an overwhelming success. Big Nya Wehs to David and Kimberley Maracle, Tuesday Johnson of TAP Resources and all the other volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen. Nya Weh to all of the artists who donated your time andshared your music, artwork and other talents. This concert was a great experience. We can't thank you enough!!!!!!!!!
We haven't got a total on how much the concert raised for Kanenhstaton. As soon as we do, we will let everyone know. I even got to sing with my sister ElizaBeth. We didn't clear out the park so we must have done good! We all had FUN and an awesome experience. David and Kimberley have already been approached to have another one. We can't wait! Good Work Everyone!
At Kanenhstaton, we are continuing our cultural examination of possible burial grounds on the site. A well-known archaeologist and friend, Professor Bill Noble and his wife Jacquie, paid us a visit. The sad news is that Henco’s [the construction company which tried to build illegally on our land] archaeological study possibly destroyed crucial evidence on the existence of villages and other points of interest to our people. However, they did provide us with an 8 page report which we immediately sent to Ontario Premier McGuinty.
It outlines several laws which they broke during this archaeological study. We have asked that it be forwarded to the appropriate ministries to be dealt with according to their laws. Henco is ultimately responsible and accountable for those inconsistencies before any money is paid to him [and for reparation of their total destruction of the environment at the site. It looks like someone dropped a bomb on it]. This should have been monitored but was conveniently ignored.
We’ve updated enough for tonight. It's getting late and time for some rest. Hopefully we will have other news to report soon so that you won't have to wonder if we got buried in those “bunkers” that everyone says we have, even though we don’t know where they are! Take care.
In Love, Light and Peace, Hazel
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