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Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau
Apr. 25, 2006. 01:00 AM
[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.]
The province is looking at compensation for the Caledonia, Ont., developer and eight contractors who have been "really hard hit" by the occupation, said David Ramsay, Ontario's minister for aboriginal affairs.
"We're very sympathetic to what's going on there," he told reporters after the Legislature's daily question period.
"They are putting their life savings into this development ... we want to work with them and see what we can do to help."
Ramsay wouldn't specify what type of compensation might be offered. He wouldn't say whether the province might buy the land in question.
"Right now we're in exploratory discussions so, basically, our officials will look into that," Ramsay said.
He said other local businesses, such as gas stations, that are feeling a financial pinch because of the occupation and standoff with police, are not part of the compensation discussions.
A larger issue is whether people such as the Caledonia developer should be able to get clear legal title from the courts over land that is the subject of native land claims, Ramsay acknowledged.