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Natives, governments to continue talks over Caledonia occupation

Last Updated Sat, 22 Apr 2006 11:48:45 EDT
CBC News:

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Representatives of the Six Nations and the federal and Ontario governments have signed an agreement to talk about settling the issues underlying the aboriginal occupation of a partly completed subdivision in Caledonia, Ont.

The agreement, the outcome of 18 hours of talks that ended early Saturday morning, does not change the situation on the ground, Ginette Albert, who works with Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Ramsey, told CBC News Online.

The protesters are not leaving and the Ontario Provincial Police and RCMP are still in place around the barricades.

A short announcement released Saturday morning says the three parties will each appoint a "principal representative" within two weeks who "will develop a detailed work plan and agreement that will provide for the implementation of constructive and effective ways to address and resolve the various outstanding issues."

Any deal reached will have to be approved by the aboriginals and governments.

The negotiators will meet again Saturday or Sunday, Albert said. After talking from 10 a.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday, "they needed a bit of rest," she added.

The issues are not mentioned in the agreement, but the protesters occupied the area to back a land claim.

The occupiers first moved onto the land in late February. They claim the Six Nations agreed to lease the land for a highway in 1841, but that it was improperly sold.

The situation escalated Thursday when a police raid aimed at ending the seven-week occupation resulted in dozens more protesters descending on the scene, pushing police back.

Police have since kept their distance from the blockade and say they have no plans to raid the property again.

The Six Nations filed a land claim suit over the area in 1999.

A small developer who bought the land and claims to have clear title started to build a handful of houses there. Henco Industries eventually plans to build 250 homes on the 40-hectare site.

Caledonia is a community of 10,000 about 20 kilometres south of Hamilton and about 90 kilometres southwest of Toronto.

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