SIX NATIONS ALLIES RALLY IN BRANTFORD
Brantford, Ontario has become ground zero in the struggle over Indigenous rights in Ontario. Most of the city is under land claim, but instead of halting development until the status of the disputed land can be negotiated, Brantford city council is carrying out an aggressive policy of encouraging the criminalization of Six Nations land defenders. Since 2006, when protests in nearby Caledonia erupted, over 60 people from Six Nations have faced more than 160 criminal charges as they have tried to peacefully stop illegal developments from taking place on their lands.
Allies and supporters of Six Nations are standing up and bringing pressure to bear on governments and institutions in order to demand that they respect and honour the treaties and agreements made with Indigenous nations. The Six Nations Solidarity Network — a group made up of non-native activists from communities in and beside the Haldimand tract, an education march on Saturday, Nov 7th 2009, that visited a number of significant locations in Brantford.