It must be quite puzzling to those who do not live in Caledonia that the "authorities" would allow the town of Caledonia to be under siege, being held hostage, by a group of "activists" and no one is taking action to rectify the situation. Welcome to Haldimand County, and more specifically Caledonia - this has become the "new norm" in this neck of the woods.
In the previous blog posting I noted the illegal and immoral actions taken by protesters from the Haudenosaunee Hereditary Chiefs Council (HCCC) that began on 11 August. Argyle Street South is still blockaded with the same piece of metal debris and a few concrete blocks, sometimes with protesters present and sometimes with none is sight. Inertia, failure to do due diligence, incompetence, fear, political correctness ("Natives" are always victims, correct?) appear to have frozen our constabulary and converted them (the Ontario Provincial Police - OPP) into impotent watchers who are in effect, by their actions or non - actions, supporting the illegal blockade.
This blog posting is in essence an update from the previous one, adding new information, and sometimes highlighting what has already been said or migrating the add on info here.
What have the Federal Government officials done to help resolve the matter?: Nothing.
What have the Provincial Government officials done to help resolve the matter?: Nothing, although MPP Toby Barrett has always been supportive of Caledonia but the Government in power is Liberal and he is Conservative. The Liberals have shown an unconscionable lack of concern with anything to do with Caledonia.
What have Haldimand officials done to help resolve the matter?: The perspective of the Councillor for Caledonia, Craig Grice, is seen in an article entitled, Protest has 'nothing to do with Caledonia whatsoever': Haldimand councillor, in the The Sachem see here. The Haldimand Mayor, Ken Hewitt, is justifiably at the end of his rope, as reflected in the 29 August 2017 Hamilton Spectator article, "Mayor vents anger at protestors, OPP over Caledonia blockade" - click here. Another even more strongly worded article, "Community frustrated over standoff: mayor" is found in the Brantford Expositor (29 August 2017) - click here. I have great respect for both of these gentlemen, and if there was anything possible within their power that they could do, that barrier would have been gone within a few days.
What has Six Nations done to help resolve the matter?: In short, nothing but spin their wheels. A response of the Six Nations Elected Council is found in an article entitled, Blockade: Meeting sought, in the Brantford Expositor - to view click here. A further illustration of how Caledonia's woes are not noticed by SNEC can be seen here: The Sachem, 15 August 2017, "Elected council wants to meet with Confederacy" - click here. For an update on the Court proceedings related to farming the Burtch lands see, "Burtch land dispute heard in Brantford courtroom: Six Nations Elected Council seeking injunction against farmer" (The Sachem, 21 August 2017) - click here.
Importantly, in the last article above is a very important quote, namely, "The HCCC ........... were initially involved in the Burtch land negotiations, but left the process before it was completed". Since this information comes from the legal proceedings, it appears that the facts indicate that even though it was the HCCC, not SNEC, who abandoned any dealings with the Ontario Government, yet they (HCCC) irrationally expect that the Government should assign them ownership. They are a group with no legal standing at Six Nations, and apparently who were not involved in the agreement process (except to walk away) - in other words made no deal with the Ontario Government yet blame Ontario for giving the land to the proper authorities at Six Nations. Their perspective of course is patently absurd, it makes absolutely no sense, but should this surprise anyone who has followed the circus surrounding the DCE site since 2006? I think not. HCCC left the table and has zero rights in the matter - they were only there as a courtesy anyway.