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For Immediate Release
Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake - (Onerahtóhkha/April 20, 2006)
On April 18th, 2006, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council at Grand River announced that the governments of Canada and Ontario have pulled out of talks concerning the recent land repossession at Caledonia, ON.
With talks abruptly ending in this manner, it became apparent that the Government of Canada was not interested in seeking a peaceful resolve to this issue and have elected a violent imposition of their will.
At approximately 4:30am, the Ontario Provincial Police launched a violent attack upon occupants of the repossessed Haudenosaunee territory at Caledonia. The occupants there were unarmed and peaceful. Upon learning of this violent attack, the Rotisken'rakéhte of Kahnawake mobilized to discuss security measures to prevent any further violence in Caledonia and Grand River.
It was resolved that the Rotisken'rakéhte at Kahnawake shall establish defensive vigils at each entry point within our territory in support of our brothers and sisters at Caledonia. We wish to make clear that this is strictly a defensive measure to ensure that no further violence is initiated by the Governments of Canada and Ontario upon our people.
The Rotisken'rakéhte at Kahnawake urge the Governments of Canada and Ontario to stop any further plans to invade our territories. Furthermore, we insist on the Government of Canada to return to talks with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council to resolve this issue in a peaceful manner.
For more information, please contact the Mohawk Nation Office; Secretariat for the People of the Longhouse at 450.632.7639.
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Kahnawake Branch of the Mohawk Nation
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