Sign at Kanonhstaton. Photograph by Gary Wassaykeesic, August 2017.

The following is a communique received by Real People’s Media from those at Kanonhstaton. 

August 17th, 2017 Kanonhstaton Call For Support

Preamble:

In 2006, as a result of the encroachment on our lands and failure to uphold the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784, the people of Six Nations reclaimed lands formerly known as the Douglas Creek Estates. After a violent assault on our people by the Ontario Provincial Police, the Haudenosaunee of Six Nations responded by erecting barricades on Plank Road to protect our people and our sovereignty. This action forced the Federal and Provincial governments to begin negotiating with both the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council (HCC) and the Six Nations Elected Band Council (SNEC).

Negotiator David Peterson came to an agreement with HCC and SNEC to have the Burtch Lands title transferred back to the people of Six Nations in lieu of the barricades being removed. Since this agreement, the Burtch Lands have been managed by the HCC, who were the lead negotiators for Six Nations.

In 2014, the HCC granted a 5 year lease of the Burtch Lands to a member of Six Nations for the use of farming commercial tobacco, soy beans, and flint corn. In 2017, an Ontario Supreme Court Judge issued a temporary injunction against said Six Nations member at the request of the Six Nations Elected Band Council, actively going against the Peterson Agreement back in 2006. Canada violated their own constitutional laws by interfering with self-governance and our inherent rights to our lands.

Members of Six Nations came together on the injunction because of the repercussions it puts on the community at large. The injunction on the Burtch Lands also includes ANY member of Six Nations that enters the land. It was decided that the barricade on Plank Road must be re-erected, and continue the fight for the land rites of the Haudenosaunee people in Six Nations.

For 8 days we, the Onkwehonwe people at Kanonhstaton, have been standing strong in our decision to re-erect the barricade on Plank Road. It was agreed that the barricade is not to come down until the following conditions are met:

1. Ontario and Canada return to the negotiation tables with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

2. Ontario upholds their promise of May 17, 2006 to return Burtch lands under the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784 to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

3. To withdraw any current and any future injunctions against our peoples.

Since the re-occupation, the people at the site hold daily open community meetings in order to strategize on ways we can have our conditions met. The support of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy from every community and our allies play an integral part in the fight to assert our sovereignty and rites to our lands. Despite the fact that we conduct ourselves peacefully, with each day that the barricade is up, the tension rises all around us. It is with urgency that we request that you come stand beside us at the site to assist us in our actions.

Nyawen’kó:wa for your support.

Photo by Gary Wassaykeesic.

Kanonhstaton Call for Support Supply list

Propane

Gas

Wood

money

folding tables

Picnic tables

Standing clothes line

Solar panels/solar lights

Coal BBQ

Tupperware

Stationary

Hammer

Tools

Garbage bags

Recycling bags

Garbage bins

Recycling bins

Dust pan

Small sink plug

Duffle bag for first aid

More first aid kits

Two way radio

Toilets

Wheel barrel

Air horn

Tarps

Tents

Canopy tents

Pens

Batteries

Yoga mats(for sleeping)

Blankets

Water

Juice

Food cooked and groceries (we have a fridge)

Baby wipes

Toilet paper

Feminine hygiene products

Shelves

Coffee mugs/ cups- real

Drone

Cigarettes

Lighters

Phone chargers

Lap top

Trailer

Yurts

Storage Bins

Printer and printing supplies

 

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