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1492 Land Back Lane

Injustice at the heart of Caledonia land claim dispute

Excerpt from a letter sent by McMaster Professor of English Daniel Coleman to federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett and Ontario Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Greg Rickford.

Oct 02, 2020

As neighbours of the Six Nations, we are pleased that ministers Miller and Bennett have committed to meet with the Six Nations community to seek a resolution to the current dispute over the McKenzie Meadows development in Caledonia. We support this commitment and urge Greg Rickford, to join in addressing the long-standing injustices that have produced many disputes over Six Nations governance and land.

Land defenders and Caledonians who have purchased the homes to be built at McKenzie Meadows are pressed into conflicts like this because of long-standing, unresolved injustices over Six Nations governance, funds and territories. We urge you to cease the judicial use of injunctions to criminalize the protests people have been forced to turn to because of inaction around these issues over many years. It has taken 150 years to elaborate the problems we are living in the midst of, and it will take sustained engagement especially from government to untangle them.

Read more in the Hamilton Spectator.