(Sorry that the whole letter is behind a subscribers' wall. Buy the paper.)
Chief Fontaine assures us that talks are progressing well, but he states that the Assembly of First Nations is "deeply disappointed" by comments such as those from Mr. Gunter et al over the way things are being handled by the province and the OPP.
There is no "two-tiered application of the law" for native and non-natives, as Mr. Gunter states. There has always been a nation-to-nation relationship between First Nations and the government of Canada. This relationship is enshrined in the constitution and preserved in binding treaties that First Nations signed with the Crown.
As for the protest march planned for tomorrow, we hope the media, the public and the government pay as little attention as possible. Instead, we commend the people of Six Nations for organizing a Potluck for Peace Picnic on the same day.
O.K. Let's dissect this bit. Regarding the latter, if it really were a "Potluck for Peace Picnic", why not invite everyone in the town of Caledonia to join in? That way, everyone could just relax, and discuss things over a pot of stew.
Instead according to the Star, they're planning to "secure the boundaries", which doesn't sound too friendly to me.
Now the first part of that quote tells me that Canada is regarded as one nation, and the natives belong to another. So do natives still regard themselves as Canadians?
Yet, the natives are apparently very miffed at not having been consulted regarding the appointment of tough guy Julian Fantino as the new OPP commissioner. They had been asking to have some input, or play an "advisory" role.
Does anyone else see the irony here?
Sunday Update: Today of course is the scheduled date for the March in Caledonia. I will try to add any links throughout the day.
Star: Fantino's record with natives under fire.
Sun: OPP brace for rally.
So far so good in Caledonia.