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Meeting to remove blockade today

(Update)
The provincial government says it’s trying to work out a resolution to the long-running stand off over Six Nations land claims in Caledonia.  As we first told you last night — the liberal government called a meeting for today with parties involved in the dispute — but one of the Six Nations groups decided not to attend.

This dispute over the land occupied by natives in Caledonia has been going on for more than eight years now. But less than a month after re-election, the provincial government says it has some fresh ideas and wants to try to work things out.

Natives were back on the occupied land today. The local county council voted recently to take down the blockade. and there were fears there could be some effort to do that today. That didn’t happen. Instead, a lawyer for the traditional Haudenosaunee Confederacy on Six Nations provided an update on the latest events, and said the traditional chiefs decided not to attend today’s meeting with the provincial government without knowing more about the goals of the meeting. Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer says it’s time to move forward in Caledonia, and they want to sit down and talk.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer: “All the parties, whether its municipal parties or the first nations parties, there are frustrations on everybody’s part. What this meeting is designed to do is to get at the root of some of those frustrations and see if we can’t find some common ground to resolve it so it’s in everybody’s interest — so everybody’s happy with the solution.”

Aaron Detlor, Haudenosaunee Confederacy: “If there’s going to be a meeting to meaningfully address issues that have arisen with respect to the site there needs to be some kind of process or protocal and an assurance that something positive is going to come out of the meeting versus political discussions that have been going on for some time.”

Today’s meeting follows the latest confrontation by non-native protesters at the occupation site over the weekend. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy says the Ontario government could start resolving the issues by taking the road to the protest site out of municipal control to prevent confrontations like that in the future.

The province was planning to go ahead with the meeting today with representatives from Haldimand County and the Six Nations elected council. It says safety is the chief concern that must be addressed immediately. The meeting is being kept secret with no word on where or when it will take place.



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betty says:

would be good if they figure out what to do

SUPRSMRF says:

Leave it and when something happens it’s on them.

FREDDIE says:

THIS IS NOT GETING ANY BETTER!

zsazsa says:

Hope they can come to an agreement soon

Susan says:

This story needs a happy ending for everyone

Pansy says:

When will this all be settled!?!?!?

FREDDIE says:

WHY NOT LET THEM DESTROY THEMSELFS!

Roger says:

lets get this done already

dar w says:

I believe the natives own land on both sides of the grand river for six miles in . This is on a treaty the government signed with them years ago . If the government doesn’t follow through with the terms of the treaty and the natives start to take back their land There will be a lot of home owners that would have to give up there homes,cause six miles on each side of the grand river covers an awful lot of property.

lindy says:

I hope they can resolve this.

xxmutterxx says:

I can’t believe this is still going on. You won the dam land which has 50 000+ in services run to lots. Stop whining and build some dam houses for your people. And take the illegal barricade made from stolen property down. Its 2014, there should be no native land. Grow up all of you and stop being so selfish and greedy. Its Canada, that’s where you live, deal with it like the rest of us have to.

Linda says:

Please settle this peacefully folks.

jpd says:

The province just cannot seem to get it done

Carol-Anne says:

It would be nice for this issue to finally be settled.

Sandra says:

Will any thing get done here?

Bob says:

Still say it’s Federal issue, that’s the main problem , pass the buck..

LionOwl says:

A resolution has to be found.

bgee says:

take the thing down, the sooner the better.
The natives did not want to attend the meeting, only to hold up the process

Troy says:

hope they come to an understanding…

Kim says:

hopefully it will be done with peace in mind…

Andy says:

this could lead to another oka

Andy says:

i am glad i do not live in that area

Joanna says:

HOW ABOUT A COMPROMISE? LET THE NATIVE PEOPLE MOVE IT THEMSELVES!?! AND GET A PEACE BOND AGAINST MC HALE WHILE THEY’RE AT IT? <<TROUBLE MAKER!

My905Hamilton says:

its about time to get rid of this eye sore!

Jerry says:

get this thing sorted out

xjaysfan says:

this will likely NEVER be settled

Diane says:

I agree with both of you

Starr says:

I hope they can get this resolved..Its been going on for some time now..I just dont get how this could go on and they just take that land.. the poor guy who owned it well the first owner I guess..must be out alot of cash over this
but good luck to all partys

ariadne89 says:

The power of negotiation, if everyone can listen to each other!

Countrylady says:

I agree the blockade should be removed for safety issues

Giggles says:

Settle this once and for all

Giggles says:

This has gone on way too long!

Donna says:

Surely there must be some kind of resolution or compromise.

winkdickerson says:

McGuinty’s Libs didn’t care…so what’s the big deal?

KMAN says:

It is so like the Natives to cry for a meeting and then not attend. They’ve been complaining that their so called land claims are not being addressed but when they were invited to sit down at negotiations they demanded an outrageous amount of money. They don’t want meetings, peace, co-operation or to behave like human beings. They just want CASH!

ratdog says:

this needs to come down and this nonsense there has to stop

Linda says:

For Petes sake, figure it out and get on with it…

CHCH Fan says:

This is typical. Unless every Aboriginal group is on board, any agreement reached will be null and void because the group who didn’t participate will claim that they are the ones with the rights to make the ultimate decision. If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it!

Rob says:

I have a feeling this will cause more confrontation and more problems

T-Dog says:

Just let them be and don’t assist if they come asking for help … passive-aggressiveness

Steve says:

20 chiefs make more than the PM. The people that need the help are not getting it.

Lisa says:

Please solve this once and for all.

KMAN says:

I still say way to go Halidmand County for taking your job seriously. And to Gary McHale for showing up and keeping this issue in the press. This progress is awesome.

Garnet says:

Talks have been going on for many years. Time some results were achieved.

My905Hamilton says:

I dont see this ever ending in my lifetime!

jim says:

when will this end it is getting old

griffith says:

would be good if they figure out what to do

griffith says:

This is typical. Unless every Aboriginal group is on board, any agreement reached will be null and void because the group who didn’t participate will claim that they are the ones with the rights to make the ultimate decision. If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it!

griffith says:

It is so like the Natives to cry for a meeting and then not attend. They’ve been complaining that their so called land claims are not being addressed but when they were invited to sit down at negotiations they demanded an outrageous amount of money. They don’t want meetings, peace, co-operation or to behave like human beings. They just want CASH!

winkdickerson says:

So how long will this nonsense drag on? deal with it once and for all!!

Zorropirate says:

Hope they come to an understanding soon, this has really gone on too long.

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