(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, August 9, 2006) Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, stated today “The UBCIC wholeheartedly supports and applauds the Governments of Ontario and Canada’s responsible decision to appeal Ontario Supreme Court Justice Marshall’s outrageously partisan pronouncement that all negotiations between the parties must immediately cease in favour of a forceful eviction of all Six Nations people presently participating in land reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estate at Caledonia.”
In June, the UBCIC Chiefs Council passed Resolution 2006-15, Six Nations: Haldimand Tract Lands, which states that due to the potential for violence, the UBCIC “fully supports the ongoing efforts of the Clan Mothers and Traditional Chiefs of the Iroquois Confederacy to achieve a peaceful resolution.”
“On this day, the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we join the United Nations in celebrating our achievements as Indigenous People, but it is also a moment to acknowledge the critical challenges we face. These critical challenges, such as reconciling unresolved land issues, must be addressed in the spirit of respect and recognition. It is in this spirit, the UBCIC strongly supports the continuation of negotiations of the Haldimand Tract Lands. Any other course of action will surely escalate the tensions and the potential for open conflict not only in Caledonia but right across the country” concluded Chief Phillip.
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