Lots of protest in downtown Toronto in solidarity with Six Nations land defenders

Lots of gathered outdoors the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs workplace in downtown Toronto on Saturday to protest police violence and the arrests of Six Nations land defenders.

Protesters carried indicators studying “land again,” “respect Indigenous sovereignty,” and “no cops on stolen land,” and blocked the intersection of Bloor Avenue and Church Avenue.

The protest comes following the arrests of members of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Caledonia, Ont. who’ve been occupying a proposed housing improvement website since late July.

Demonstrators argued that the event on the location, dubbed as 1492 Land Again Lane, violates the Haudenosaunee folks’s sovereignty.

The Haudenosaunee – a gaggle that features the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora First Nations – are often known as the Iroquois or the Six Nations and have been concerned in an identical land dispute in 2006.

In response to Haldimand County, Foxgate Developments bought the land in 2015. In 2019, an settlement was reached between Foxgate and the Six Nations elected council to construct on the location, proper throughout the road from the Douglas Creek Estates website.

Whereas the Ontario Provincial Police declare that they’ve solely arrested 21 folks, protest organizers mentioned 26 folks have been taken into custody.

The occupation drew the premier’s ire in August, saying that it’s “improper,” and protesters “cannot go in and take over folks’s futures residence.”

– with information from Kerrisa Wilson and The Canadian Press