Rally at Cayuga Court House – Monday Aug 13/07
Over the last couple of weeks we, at Six Nations, have been working on a public educational awareness campaign as it pertains to Canadian Law.
The main issue being the B.C. Supreme Court Ruling: Haida, Taku, Mikkisew Ruling. The ruling states no one (developers, financiers, even the government! -all levels) can develop on disputed traditional lands unless they consult with the Nation(s) who are putting forth the land dispute. The land dispute does not have to be resolved the land dispute only has to exist.
Meaning any of the financiers loaning money to the developers and the developers themselves and yes the governments issuing permits to develop are all in contempt of court by not abiding by the Supreme Court Ruling.
As all Canadian Citizens should know, a Supreme Court ruling under your system is supposed to be the law.
In March 2006 we were served with two court injunctions ordering us to leave Kanonhstaton (Douglas Creek Estates). As Ogwehowe we are sovereign with our own languages, customs, traditional land base, defined territories and a willingness to defend our land. We also have our own constitution… the Constitution of the Confederacy or the Great Peace. In knowing that we maintained our presence at Kanonhstaton (Douglas Creek Estates). We were upholding our tradtional responsiblities and acting in accordance with our own Constitution. We didn’t acknowledge the Canadian Court Ruling.
Without our presence in the Canadian court a judgement was made against us claiming we were not abiding by a court ruling. Thomas David Marshall then issued warrants for our arrests stating we were violating a court ruling. He claimed those of us who remained at Kanonhstaton were in CONTEMPT OF COURT.
Many Canadian Citizens, especially all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal), developers and financial supporters involved pushed for the CONTEMPT OF COURT warrants to be executed. Thousands cried, “RULE OF LAW” needs to be imposed.
Well, on April 20, 2006 that Rule of Law was imposed on our unarmed people, illegally, due to the fact we are truly sovereign. The Dominion State of Canada nor any other corporation in the world has jurisdiction over our daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, grandmothers or our grandfathers.
My point is there is clear discrimination happening in the CANADIAN COURT SYSTEM. The B.C. Supreme Court Ruling regarding development on disputed land is a court order.
ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT APPROVING DEVELOPMENT ON DISPUTED LAND ARE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.
ALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS LOANING MONEY TO DEVELOP ON DISPUTED LANDS ARE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.
ALL DEVELOPERS DEVELOPING ON DISPUTED LANDS ARE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT.
On April 20, 2006 our men, women and children of all ages from young teens (14) to our elderly (late seventies) were beaten, dragged around by the hair, tasered, peppersprayed, billyclubbed, arrested and the short and long range targets of some really heavy weaponry.
At first, our cell phones were disabled so no one could call for help. (Thank you Bell Canada, Telus, Roger’s, etc.!!!)
At the end of the day over 20 of our people were charged, arrested and detained by the Ontario Provincial Police. Our people were handcuffed and dragged to the CAYUGA courthouse. How ironic, land CANADA has yet to show its proof of ownership.
The Court System, the developer and the OPP went to this extreme to exert their CONTEMPT OF COURT ruling.
My question is … why aren’t all levels of goverment (municipal, provincial and federal) being drug around by the hair, tasered, staring down at high powered rifles being, being targeted bysnipers?
Why isn’t the same happening to the financial institutions funding these projects?
Why aren’t the developers held to the same standard of law we were?
They are all in CONTEMPT OF COURT.
ONE RULE OF LAW FOR ALL, ISN’T THAT WHAT PEOPLE ARE CRYING?
EQUAL TREATMENT FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS AND OGWEHOWE, RIGHT?
Well when does discrimination and genocide against our people stop and this RULE OF LAW begin with CANADIAN CITIZENS ???
Let’s start by attending a peaceful information rally outside the
Cayuga Courthouse on Monday August 13, 2007 @ 9:00am.
Please bring your lawn chairs, hats, sunscreen, umbrellas and water.
NOTE: At the same time Ronnie Gibson’s (Mohawk from Akwesasne) jursidictional challenge will be happening inside.
Again, what irony!!!
Native group protests new development
August 11, 2007
Dana Brown and Daniel Nolan
The Hamilton Spectator
CALEDONIA (Aug 11, 2007)
A developer believes he resolved a native protest in front of his housing project yesterday by quietly talking to protesters and letting them know he understands their concerns about unresolved land claims.
John Kragten, building a 90-home development called Stirling Woods in the south of town, says he also agreed to talk about land claims with Ottawa and Queen’s Park.
Stirling Woods, on Stirling Street, is a few blocks north of Douglas Creek Estates, an Argyle Street South housing project natives have occupied for almost 18 months over a land claim.
“They understood our position,” Kragten said after about 20 people ended a three-hour information picket in front of his development yesterday morning.
“We understand their position (and) what we’re trying to do is get it out there that maybe if we work together we can help you (Six Nations) pressure the provincial and federal government a bit to start working on these land claims and make it so there isn’t work interruption like we’ve been having.”
The native group, consisting of veterans of the Douglas Creek Estates occupation like Janie Jamieson, set up in front of Stirling Woods at 7 a.m. They hung up a banner that said “Honor Indian Treaties” and waved signs with such sentiments as “Our Voice Should Matter” and “We are not Terrorists.”
Jamieson said the protest was staged to tell residents that Six Nations land rights are violated when their land is sold and developed without consultation. She said Kragten agreed to meet with them in two weeks to discuss their concerns.
The natives claim 10 kilometres on each side of the Grand River under the Haldimand Proclamation from 1784. The land was given to them by the British Crown for help during the American War of Independence. Ottawa, which is negotiating an end to the Argyle Street standoff, says Six Nations agreed to a general surrender of land, and the creation of the Six Nations Reserve, in 1844. Jamieson and others dispute that.
The Haldimand OPP said the protest was peaceful.
Meanwhile, the Ontario government announced yesterday it was investing in the town’s business retention and expansion plan. Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowsky said the province will contribute $32,400 to the plan, which is being overseen by Haldimand County, the local chamber of commerce, the Grand Erie Business Centre and the Business Improvement Area. The plan will explore economic growth options for the area.
“The information collected from this study will help our community assess and identify new opportunities for local businesses,” Suzanne Athanasiou, a chamber director, said in a statement.
Six Nations rally at housing development site in Caledonia, August 10, 2007