Saturday, March 03, 2007

What Caused the Native Indian Conflict at Caledonia

Last year, kids and adults from the Canadian Native Indian Six Nations reserve near Caledonia (about 30 minutes northwest of Toronto, Ontario) climbed over a fence and set up tents on land they claimed to belong to their people. This small piece of reclaimed land is only part of the large tract granted to them by the British government in a 1784 treaty. The treaty guaranteed that the Canadian government could not develop or build on that land without permission from the Canadian Native Indian Six Nations people. In 1992, the government sold a piece of that land to a development company called Henco. Many said the sale was illegal, but in 2005, Henco went ahead and began building luxury homes on the site. When construction began, Native Indian Six Nations people blocked the construction and pushed the tractors out. In 2006, the Ontario Provincial Police raided the site and arrested sixteen people, some of whom were teenagers. Many people, both Canadians and Americans, support the Canadian Native Indian Six Nations actions including many of the Native American and Canadian Mohawks who were involved in the Oka crisis many years ago in Quebec. John Fadden, a Native American Indian Mohawk from the Akwesasne reservation, is hoping that others will learn more about the Native Indian tribes who support this cause. “Most kids east of the Mississippi don’t know Indians are here,” John said.

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