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Caledonia residents plan rally tonight to air concerns about occupation

Canadian Press and Spectator Staff
Hamilton Spectator
Monday, April 24, 2006 | Updated at 8:58 AM 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.]

While officials in Caledonia are encouraged by a small breakthrough to help end the native land dispute, some non-native residents have organized their own protest for tonight.

The rally is about the frustration over the occupation of Douglas Creek estates and which has caught the townfolk in the middle of the dispute between the natives and the government. The rally will be held at 7 p.m. in the front of the municipal office at 282 Argyle Street.

Mayor Marie Trainer says she hopes it doesn't get out of control. But native spokesman Clyde Powless says he thinks the rally is a good idea.

Powless says he sees no reason why it should spark tension, adding the residents have the same message he does -- "wake up government."

The Six Nations members set up camp at the site seven weeks ago, arguing it was wrongly taken from them in the 1840's.

School board officials say they expect schools in the area south of Hamilton to reopen today and buses to resume.

Schools were closed last week after the protest heated up.

And Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer called on the protesters to drop their blockade of the highway in the heart of the community as "a big goodwill gesture."

She says people haven't been able to get to work and the blockade has closed off much of the community.

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