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Haudenosaunee people block Caledonia road over ‘lies’ from Ontario government

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Members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy protest along a street in Caledonia Thursday. (David Ritchie/CBC)

CBC News, August 10, 2017

Members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy blocked Argyle Street in Caledonia on Thursday.

The group has listed several demands, most aimed at the Ontario government but one directed at the Six Nations elected band council. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous protesters ordered to pay oil giant thousands over pipeline legal battle


Haudenosaunee man Todd Williams has been ordered to pay thousands in legal fees after disrupting work in protest at Enbridge dig sites in Hamilton this year. (Adam Carter/CBC)

Haudenosaunee men spent months protesting at Enbridge dig sites

By Adam Carter, CBC News, May 31, 2017

Todd Williams spent months sparring with Enbridge all over Hamilton, trying to disrupt the company’s pipeline operations. And now it’s costing him.

After a legal battle with the oil giant that centred on the company’s property rights versus Indigenous treaty and hunting rights, Williams and another Haudenosaunee man, Wayne Hill, were ordered by a Superior Court in Hamilton this month to pay Enbridge $25,381.81 in legal fees. The costs award comes after Enbridge won an injunction barring them from maintenance dig sites.  Read the rest of this entry

Overlooked First Nations war heroes recognized 2 centuries later


A plaque honouring the contributions made by the Six Nations during the War of 1812. The Six Nations include Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Tuscarora and Seneca nations. (Havard Gould/CBC)

‘We need to fill in that piece of history’: Indigenous allies repelled American invaders in 1812<
By Havard Gould, CBC News, October 2, 2016

More than 200 years after a courageous group of First Nations warriors and war captains saved the day at the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812 between the Americans and the British, their accomplishments are finally getting large-scale recognition.
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City, Six Nations fighting Hydro One clear-cut of Red Hill corridor

hydro-quebec-power-tension-linesHamiltonians and Haudenosaunee fighting to keep trees from being cleared

By Chris Seto, CBC News, March 20, 2016

The Six Nations Haudenosaunee and the City of Hamilton are trying to save as many trees as possible from Hydro One’s plan to clear-cut a section of land in the Red Hill Valley.

A line of hydro towers running 1.6 km along the Red Hill Valley Parkway from Glen Castle Park to the brow of the escarpment have been standing over residents since the 1960s.

Since that time, the power authority has periodically trimmed back trees every few years as needed, keeping regulatory clearances between vegetation and hydro lines, while also leaving the undergrowth to thrive. Read the rest of this entry

Kanonhstaton: 10-years after

Three men charged in connection with Highway 6 closure

Six Nations blockade mmiw 1by Daniel Nolan, Hamilton Spectator, Nov 6, 2014

CALEDONIA Three men have been charged in connection with a demonstration on Highway 6 last month to pressure the federal government to call an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The demonstration at Highway 6 and the Fourth Line in the hamlet of Willow Grove led to the closure of the highway for 36 hours on the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5.

It’s the first time in memory that Ontario Provincial Police have charged anyone in connection with the closure of Highway 6, which was also shut down at the height of the 2006 land claims dispute at Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia. It was closed in 2008 to support natives in a standoff with police in Eastern Ontario and in 2013 to support natives in a standoff with police in New Brunswick. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations blockade Highway 6 for Missing, Murdered Women

Six Nations blockade mmiw 1Highway 6 closed by protest over missing, murdered women

The Canadian Press/CBC News,Oct 04, 2014

Protesters calling for action on missing and murdered aboriginal women have closed stretches of two highways in Ontario.

Provincial police say demonstrators have blocked part of Highway 6 between Caledonia and Hagersville and at the Skyway Bridge on Highway 49 connecting Tyendinaga Territory and Prince Edward County.

The protests come on what’s billed as a national day of vigil for missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations protesters stop Enbridge Line 9 dig in North Dumfries

Enbridge Line 6 6 NationsCBC News July 17, 2014

Protesters from Six Nations stopped work at a dig on a portion of the Line 9 pipeline in North Dumfries Thursday morning.

According to a statement from protesters, a group marched onto a work site east of Highway 24 near the Grand River between Cambridge and Brantford around 10 a.m. Thursday. They say Enbridge’s employees are working without consent or consultation on land that is on Haudenosaunee territory. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations on high alert as Haldimand council orders removal of blockade

The scene at Kanonhstaton after incident with Gary McHale, June 2014.

The scene at Kanonhstaton after incident with Gary McHale, June 2014.

by Jim Windle, Two Row Times, June 24, 2014

CALEDONIA – Monday night, in camera, Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt and his council ordered the blockade put up to protect the Kanonhstaton land in Caledonia, to be removed ASAP.  Claiming the order was only to clean up the appearance from Highway #6 and to make the site “accessible to emergency access,” Hewitt insists that it was not council’s intention to cause any undue stress to anyone.

However many at Six Nations believe he is upping the ante after two recent provocative incidents created by Haldimand residents, Gary McHale and Randy Fleming a week apart which brought back memories of the 2006 shut down of Argyle Street. Read the rest of this entry

Court orders Six Nations protesters to pay $350,000 for disruptive blockades

APTN National News,March 19, 2013Six Nations masked protester flag

A group of Six Nations protesters have less than 30 days to pay $350,000 to the city of Brantford for a series of blockades several years ago.

Judge Harrison Arrell ruled late last month in the Brantford’s favour after the blockades in 2007 and 2008 slowed the development of a hotel, manufacturing facility, retail outlets and a residential subdivision. Read the rest of this entry