May 25 2006
GUEST: Hazel Hill, spokesperson for the Six Nations occupation
On February 28th of this year members of the Six Nations reserve in Caledonia, Ontario in Canada, began occupying a 40-hectare piece of land. They claim that the land had been stolen from them more than 200 years ago. It was to be turned into a subdivision by Henco Industries Ltd., which bought the land from a local farmer in 1992. A blockade was erected on April 20 after provincial police unsuccessfully tried to evict occupiers. It was finally torn down this Tuesday in what media are calling a sign of good faith. Apparently negotiations to end the dispute have been progressing well. However, the Six Nations members have no intention of ending their occupation. Their only legal option is to apply to the Canadian government for a land claim. But on average, land claims have taken about 10 years to resolve and some have taken as long as three decades to complete. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he won’t get involved in settling the land claim dispute in Caledonia, and calls it a provincial matter.
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