To the Editors,
I am a member and resident of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. If you are wondering where Six Nations is; pull up a Google Map on your phone. I invite you to put your map to “satellite” mode and search between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. You will see a small, slightly square-shaped, patch of dark green. That patch is the forests of Six Nations. Development has degraded our Grand River homelands, from the mouth to its source, to the point that you can see our community trees from space. Welcome to Canada’s “Eastern Woodlands”; that natural area you learned about in elementary school geography no longer exists.
I want to thank Mr. McSporran for asking important questions about land reclamation in the Haldimand Tract in your Letters to the Editor section on July 23, 2020. It made me feel good to read it. He located the shortfalls of your politicians and landed directly on a very intentional agenda of Canada – to erase Indigenous Peoples, our place in land-use planning, and community planning out of the thoughts and minds of Canadians. The July 23 quote from Councillor Dan Lawrence consulting with our Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council and receiving their approval for the McKenzie Creek project is a full out lie, and the Indian Act band council is not a government; they are administrators and have no legal right to approve projects. You don’t know why Six Nations people protest because your education was specifically designed to make you believe that Indigenous Nations and Peoples are “problems” and that they have been “solved”.