Once again people of the First Nations are organizing and taking direct action to protect their lands. For over a month now protesters, with the guidance and support of the traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Clan Mothers and Chiefs, have been preventing Henco Industries from building luxury homes on its so-called “Douglas Creek Estates”. The land in question is part of a much larger tract of land – the “Haldimand Grant” – which the Iroquois received as compensation for their support for the British during the American revolution.
Here is a brief timeline of the struggle at Douglas Creek:
- October 25th, 2005 Protesters hold an information picket at Douglas Creek, where Henco Industries plans to build luxury homes.
- February 28th Protesters, including representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy, occupy Henco’s construction site. The protesters erected barriers and let workers enter the site – but just to retrieve their tools.
- March 3rd Henco Industries obtained a court injunction to have the protesters removed from the construction siteMarch 9th, superior court “justice” David Marshall issued a permanent injunction against the protesters.
- March 16th, “justice” David Marshall is asked to step down due to conflict of interest, as he himself owns land on the Haldimand Tract. He refuses, and takes steps to enforce his injunction by ruling that anybody occupying the site could be arrested for criminal and civil contempt of court. He states that Ontario Provincial Police will be sent to clear the protesters on March 22nd.
- March 22nd, lead by Clan Mothers, hundreds of protesters, including supporters from across the continent, gather on the Douglas Creek Estates in support of the occupation. The police did not try to make any arrests.
- March 27th. Haudenosaunee chiefs publicly voice their support for he occupation.
- March 29th “justice” David Marshall clarifies court order. “Immediate” police action predicted.
- March 31st. Mood is tense as Sheriff John Dawson
of the Caledonia Police Departmentreads protesters judge Marshall’s latest eviction order. Protesters read Dawson their own “Notice of Violation of the Law”, accusing the authorities of crimes of genocide against First Nations people.
At the moment the fear is that the police will attempt to evict the occupiers (from their own land!), and so people have been asked to contact Michael Bryant, the Ontario Attorney General, and tell him to make sure the police are not sent in, as this is a political, not policing matter.
Click on this link to email Bryant
Telephone: (416) 326-2220 or 1-800-518-7901
TTY: (416) 326-4012
Fax: (416) 326-4007
Below i have posted a series of documents regarding this…
Categories: canada, colonialism, first-nations, protest