Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Legacy of Caledonia - Appeasement doesn't work

Today's headline in the Record - Land Titles Under Review.

...A team of native researchers has begun reviewing all Crown land titles issued along the Grand River in the last 200 years to determine which parcels were illegally transferred to non-natives, according to a lawyer representing the Six Nations.

It's the latest escalation in the long-standing dispute over who owns a huge swath of land extending 10 kilometres wide on either side of the entire Grand River, an area which encompasses much of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge.

This week, councillors near the mouth of the river in Haldimand were warned for the second time in less than a month they could face dire consequences and legal action for ignoring the Six Nations reserve in their development approval process.

( . . . . )

(Aaron) Detlor said the Haudenosaunee Six Nations (HSN) has asked the province to put a notation on the title of any property within the Haldimand Tract that was improperly transferred to non-natives. He suggested this approach would help protect homeowners, developers and other parties from unwittingly buying a disputed property.

But the province has refused the request and stood by its current land titles system.

In the meantime, he added, natives have warned an area bank about the risk of approving mortgages on disputed properties. They've also talked to agencies that set bond ratings for municipalities such as Haldimand County, whose tax base and ability to pay back loans could be affected by native land claims.

( . . . )

Detlor said Ottawa has implicitly acknowledged responsibility for past abuses by offering a $125-million compensation package to the HSN during the ongoing land claims negotiations.

But Detlor believes it will take "billions" rather than millions to properly compensate the HSN.

Last month, Haldimand councillors got a similar letter from the Six Nations Elected Band council urging them to stop all new developments.

"We would strongly recommend that Haldimand county cease all development permits until the land claim negotiations are complete and a settlement has reached," that letter stated.

"This would help avoid any future protests/occupations within our mutual territories..."

I would recommend that the Six Nations plan occupations at the homes of every Ontario politician with any influence and responsibility in this fiasco, starting with Dalton McGuinty.

Oh yeah... Remember to vote today.

Moving Forward Together, with the Premier in the Bubble.

Four more years of this?

And this?

And this?

How about this?

Well, if you run into any problems, just remember this:

"Don't call again. We can't help you".

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Post - The Caledonias Keep Coming. On the print copy the subtitle is, "This is what happens when police refuse to enforce the rule of law".

It's called anarchy, folks.

Spectator - Six Nations warns of legal actions over permits.

ASTTR: Caledonia - Coming to a subdivision near you.


Crabgräss said...

You seem critical of McGuinty.

Swift said...

It's not anarchy. The police will arrest you if you attempt to interfere with the natives, no matter what they are doing. Only one other relationship between people has a similar unbalance of rights: the master-slave relationship.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Good point, Swift.

Brian in Calgary said...

I don't know why McGuinty thought appeasement would work. It sure didn't work in the thirties, and it won't now. Call me a cynic (I prefer to call it being realistic), but human nature hasn't changed all that much in the last seventy years, except maybe for the worse.

Anonymous said...

Appeasement never works!!!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Gary Doyle is talking about this right now. You can listen live.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Brian, I agree.

Anonymous said...

Lets see.

Michael Collins burned down the Dublin Customs house to get Ireland back as his first move to get Ireland back.

Mandela led armed attacks on police stations to get his country back.

The Palestinians have engaged in a 30 year campaign of missile attacks and suicide bombings because of illegal settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Indians sent a letter and blocked a road for a day.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

The Indians sent a letter and blocked a road for a day.

My dear friend. Have you heard about Caledonia?

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Anonymous said...

yeah, I heard of it. They've taken back a small piece of land that belongs to them as a protest. A far cry from Mandela and Michael Collins, who are regarded as heroes for what they did. I assume the Iroquois don't use those kinds of tactics because they just couldn't stand the whining that would result.

In todays headlines, the path for you all to settle this mess.,,-6986623,00.html

Probably all the First Nations take less than 1/2 the park system and crown land and call it a day.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anon, I would just like to see the various levels of government stop pointing fingers at each other and take some action.

Anonymous said...

Aboriginals claim they are incapable of managing their own affairs in that they sell their land when they don't really want to - perhaps the government should take away their right to vote and make all aboriginals wards of the crown regardless of age?

g said...

"Appeasement" is allowing Caledonia to remain where it is, despite the fact that the land was never paid for.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

What are you suggesting, g?

g said...

I am suggesting that Canada has managed things very badly, and all the complaining about Six Nations is totally unjustified. They are finally asserting themselves after centuries of oppression, and our government continues to lie and mislead residents in order to turn them against Six Nations.

Caledonia is in the Plank Road Claim. The feds are hoping that will go away, but it won't of course. You would think that residents of disputed land would avoid antagonizing unnecessarily, and yet they go out there all the time ... unnecessarily ... just to harass people on the site. It's ridiculously immature and counterproductive. People from Six Nations can't even shop in town because of the racism and animosity. They expect Six Nations people to 'care' what they've been through, but does anyone from Caledonia 'care' what happened to them April 20 2006? Has anyone from Caledonia been kicked awake? beaten? tasered? chased down by police in cars? ILLEGALLY convicted?
Not that I have seen. And yet all they get is crap from Caledonia.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks for your input, g.

Next time I address this subject I hope to incorporate your concerns. If I forget, please remind me. Thanks.