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Native barricades to remain for 2 weeks in Caledonia

CBC News:
Last Updated Sun, 23 Apr 2006 12:52:27 EDT

[SISIS note: The following mainstream news article is provided for reference only, as an example of how mainstream media treats indigenous resistance to genocide. Mainstream media often presents biased and distorted information, lacking pertinent facts and/or context. Inclusion of this article on our site should not be considered an endorsement by SISIS.]

Aboriginal protesters are expected to maintain the barricades around a construction site in the town of Caledonia in southern Ontario for at least two more weeks.

The barriers will stay up while negotiators for the Six Nations and the federal and Ontario governments discuss the terms governing meetings that will try and settle the underlying land-claim issue, CBC-TV News reported Sunday.

The negotiators agreed Friday to 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."

It appears the barricades will remain while the negotiators lay the groundwork for settlement talks.

On Sunday morning, the protesters allowed local residents to cross the barricades to attend services at Caledonia Baptist Church.

No negotiations were scheduled during the day, although the parties met until late in the previous night.

The occupiers first moved onto the land, a partly completed subdivision, 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 have so far said 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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