Land

STRUGGLE FOR THE LAND: RACISM, CLASS AND SOLIDARITY IN THE SIX NATIONS LAND RECLAMATION

[this is from 2006, an earlier draft of an article later published as:
Shantz, J. 2007. "
Solidarity and the 6 Nation struggle for the land." North Eastern Anarchist #12 (January).  nefac.net/NEA12
* For more on the Iroquois Confederacy, see also in that issue "'Where License Reigns With All Impunity': An Anarchist Study of the Rotinonshón:ni Polity" by Stephen Arthur
* for a more recent news report on this particular reclamation, see: Windle, Jim. 2014. "The Kanonhstaton barricade is gone … kinda" Two Row Times (August 20). Six Nations: Garlow Media.]

 

On February 28, 2006, members of Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy reclaimed 40 hectares of lands belonging to their community. The land, which was under construction as part of a new residential subdivision, had been sold to a developer, Henco Industries, despite the fact that the government knew it was contested land when it allowed it to be sold. In addition, the government did not appropriately follow the specified procedures of its own “Grand River Notification Agreement” to properly inform Six Nations of actions, environmental and otherwise, undertaken within the area under question. Such has been the history of governments in Canada in disregarding indigenous land rights.

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