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"We don't know where our next meal is coming from"

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Section: Canadian News Geography: Canada Topics: Indigenous

September 8, 2006

"We don't know where our next meal is coming from"

by Hillary Bain Lindsay

The Men and Women's Councils of the Six Nations Reclamation Site are appealing for donations of money, food, clothing supplies, and building materials to help maintain a blockade of a piece of land formally known as "Douglas Creek Estates."

On February 28, 2006, the land near Caledonia Ontario was repossessed to stop the continued and illegal encroachment upon First Nations' territory, reports Mohawk Nation News. .

"There is tons of money on the other side. We don't have a cent," reads the callout. "To stay here we urgently need money. We are going to stay and protect 'Kanenstaton,' our repossessed land. The cold weather and winter are coming."

If enough building supplies are donated, the plan is to to finish the construction of 11 half-built homes on the site. No one wants to see the houses "rotting away" when they could be used for shelter during the winter, spokesperson Janie Jamieson told the Canadian Press. "If we have that opportunity to finish them so our people won't have to sleep in snowbanks, I'd really like to see that."

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