Join the Walk for Peace, Respect and Friendship on April 28

April 17, 2012, 11:45 AM EST


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On Saturday April 28, allies and neighbours of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee) people of the Grand River territory (near Brantford, Ontario) will be holding a walk and rally for "peace, respect and friendship," to remind all Canadians and government that Six Nations land rights and treaties need to be respected.

The event is being organized by the April 28 Coalition, comprised of indigenous and non-indigenous groups and individuals who are trying to promote a peaceful and respectful dialogue between the larger non-native population, government leaders and the Six Nations at the Grand River Territory.

CAW members interested in attending should visit the April 28 Coalition website.

You'll be able to sign up for a bus ride to the event. Buses will be travelling from Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener, Brantford, St. Catharines, Hamilton and Dundalk.

Walkers are asked to gather at Edinburgh Square (click here for map) across from the Caledonia Fairgrounds in the Township of Caledonia. From the square, participants will peacefully walk down Argyle Street to the site known as Kanonhstaton or "protected place", where there will be a potluck meal, live music, games, activities and discussions.

Grand River Territory is the site of a centuries old land dispute between Six Nations and the government of Canada that remains unresolved. A 2006 protest against a controversial housing development sparked tensions among native and non-native residents of Caledonia, casting a national spotlight on native land claim disputes in Canada. 

For a detailed timeline of the Grand River Territory land dispute, click here

For more information, contact retired CAW national representative Steve Watson at stevewatson51@rogers.com or (416) 727-3793.

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