Solidarity with Six Nations
November 12, 2009, 10:08 AM EST
CAW activists from across southwestern Ontario participated in a peaceful solidarity rally and march in support of the right of Six Nations to negotiate land claims in Brantford, Ontario on November 7.
Over 250 people attended the event organized by TRUE (Two Row Understanding through Education), including members of CAW Locals 27, 112, 707, 636 and 2163, along with members of CUPE and USW Local 1005. Labour union activists marched in solidarity with representatives of the Six Nations community and joined in the call on the federal, provincial and Brantford governments to negotiate unresolved land claims on the Haldimand Tract.
Demonstrators also called for an end to the use of injunctions and arrests of Six Nations land defenders in Brantford.
CAW Local 27 President Tim Carrie addressed the crowd and said the intolerable situation faced by the Six Nations in their land disputes is no different than when unions face employers who refuse to bargain and try to defeat workers through court injunctions on their right to picket.
Land claim negotiations in Brantford have effectively been stalled and some 60 land defenders have faced over 160 criminal charges since 2006, following protests against developments on disputed lands in nearby Caledonia.