The 'Redstock' Concert - WHY???
In October 2005, the Six Nations people & their supporters held a picket at Douglas Creek to inform the public that their land still is being stolen regardless of previous laws.
In 1784 the Crown officially recognized Six Nations land as the six miles on each side of the Grand River in the Haldimand Proclamation. In 1795, Lt. Governor reduced Six Nations by 2/3, leaving only 275,000 acres. In 1924 The Dept. of Indian Affairs continued to ignore the Six Nations’ hereditary systems by creating another system to continue the theft of their land. Today Six Nations is about only 5 % of what was originally promised in 1784.
Disregarding the law, the government went through with the “Greater Golden Horseshoe” and Developer Henco Industries began building their sub division in Caledonia, already having sold many of the homes not yet even built. Thus, in February of 2006 protestors moved on to the Caledonia construction site complete with tipi, a wooden building and tents. They put up a barrier, which blocked the main Highway 6.
In March the federal government made it clear the Six Nations was a local issue to be resolved by local law enforcement & government. The local sheriff attempted to issue a civil injunction that would allow the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to remove any protesters, however the OPP said they couldn’t enforce the injunction b/c it is civil.
However, soon after Ontario Superior Judge David Marshall issued an injunction to make it criminal for Six Nations members to reoccupy their own land. Immediately after this decision, an order was issued that if any Natives or supporters are still on the land on March 22, they will be forcibly removed, be in contempt of court & possible jail time up to 30 days.
In response to the threats, fifty women including the Clan Mothers, who hold the titles to that land, issued a statement requesting negotiations & reemphasizing sovereignty. In response to the Clan Mothers’ statement and the threats of being forcibly remvoved, several hundred people showed up in support of the protest. This included fifty women along with the Clan Mothers who blocked the construction crew from the site.
On April 20, at 4:30 AM, the OPP surrounded the protest site armed with M-14’s, teargas,cannons and tasers. The protestors were able to get the police back and hold the line. The OPP said they invaded Six Nations on their own land because of “escalating activity” but did not give any specifics.
Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer added her fuel to the fire by stating to the CBC that Caledonia residents, “have to get to work to support their families. If they don’t get to work, they don’t get paid, then they can’t pay their mortgages and they lose their homes. She continued on by reiterating, “They don’t have money coming in automatically every month. They have to work to survive and the natives have got to realize that.” After those statements, her deputy mayor replaced her as spokesmen.
In the last week of April, 500 Caledonia residents gathered to demand the removal of the blockades and Ontario offers compensation to the developers for being effected financially by the protest.
The first week in May Henco Industries was told that they can get back their looted papers only “for a price.” Then in the second week in May, protestors allowed one lane from Highway 6 to be open and issued ID cards to those living behind the behind the barrier.
In response to the Reclamation Native people from all over Canada & the US are showing their support by putting on: The Six Nations Reclamation, Redstock Benefit Concert.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Gary Farmer – Master of Ceremonies
Cheri Maracle – Mistress of Ceremonies
Joseph Fire Crow, Northern Cheyenne; W.T.Goodspirit, Aboriginal Icon Winner; Dwayne Pamajewon, Ojibway; Aztec Dancers; Lakota Jonez; Rebecca Miller; Elizabeth Hill; Geronimo Elvis; Gail Obediah, Dahogaydoday/Doug Fisher; Ronald Frosty Deere; Janet Marie Rogers; Awkwesasne Women Singers; Tyendinaga Women Singers; Crooked Trail; Empire.
Six Nations Women Singers; Michael Laughing and Page Tree Singers; Warrior’s Blood; Soldier Blue, TX-US; Old Chicago Band; Moiety, NM–US; Willie Dunn; Tonto’s Nephews, Improv Comedy; Eagle and Hawk with Vince Fontaine; Keith Secola; Doug Fisher, Mohawk; Jimmy Shando of Moiety; Pappy John’s Band; Howard Lions; The Dirty Blues Project; Brandon Oak, Spirit; Flint Eagle, Indian Summer; Tom Clair, New World; David Maracle, Redstock Founder; Diggin Roots; Raven and Shoshona; Jaques and The Shakey Boys; Little Wolf and Shane Anthony Band.
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