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Bill Rodgers - Parliamentary Bureau
Wed, June 14, 2006
[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.]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper must get personally involved to bring an end to the increasingly violent land dispute between Natives and non-Natives in Caledonia, NDP Leader Jack Layton demanded yesterday.
"Caledonia is a powder keg that's about to blow," Layton warned in the Commons, urging the feds to intervene to bring about a peaceful solution before it explodes into another Oka crisis.
That violent showdown near Montreal in 1990 pitted Mohawk Warriors against Quebec provincial police and eventually Canadian soldiers. A police officer was shot and killed during the dispute.
Harper said yesterday his government was doing its part to prevent a similar confrontation. "We are working closely with Ontario," the PM told the Commons.
Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice praised the Six Nations' chief and clan mothers for convincing Native protesters to help defuse the situation and prevent more clashes.