Six Nations: Onus for peace lies with Brantford Onus for peace lies with the city BRANTFORD AND SIX NATIONS
Re: "An obvious resolution" (Brantford vs. Six Nations) http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1369685
Of course there's an obvious resolution. The number of attempts at an accommodating and respectful dialogue on the part of Six Nations council and, of late, the Confederacy council with Brantford Council, is unknown. Suffice to say, so many attempts were made that we have lost count. If, as the editorial suggests, there is a way, someone should make great haste and inform Brantford city council because we of Six Nations have been attempting that 'better way' for quite some time now.
Quoting from the Editorial;
1. "Native protesters should resolve to consider the impact of their actions on people who have no ability to settle the land claims fuelling their unhappiness."
2. "City council should resolve to pursue a more conciliatory approach with Six Nations."
Simply put. If City Council had complied with the law as handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada, and entered into meaningful consultation with Six Nations, quote NO. 1 would be rendered moot.
How many times does The Expositor feel Six Nations should be the one to hold out the olive branch to Brantford? Thirty times? Fifty times? One hundred times? How about 150 times (probably more) over the past 150 years?
Let me tell you this, the number of times Brantford has extended an olive branch to Six Nations can be counted on one hand. (Figuratively speaking of course). In reality, very, very few times by comparison.
We have always shown our respect toward Brantford council in our many, many peaceful submissions, delegations and presentations, which clearly showed Brantford of our willingness to work together ... only to be ignored. With regard to the intent of this editorial, I would respectfully but strongly suggest the onus lies with the city of Brantford if peace is to be achieved.
C. Orville Garlow Ohsweken