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e-2984 (Indigenous affairs)

Initiated by David Pitawanakwat from Hamtramck,

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The Haudenosaunee people have a well-documented claim to the 1784 Haldimand Tract, a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and the British Crown on 950,000 acres of land, running six miles on each side of the Grand River, from its mouth to its source;
  • Unresolved land claims at Six Nations Territory have existed since 1982;
  • Structural racism entrenched in our courts and law enforcement have resulted in the discriminatory use of laws to target, harass, and intimidate land defenders; and
  • Land defenders have been defamed as “terrorists” for protecting their lands in an effort to ensure future generations have access their ancestral lands and territories.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Return 1492 Landback Lane to the Haudenosaunee peoples and put a moratorium on developments on all disputed lands in the Haldimand Tract, to prevent irreparable harm to both Indigenous peoples and innocent third parties;
2. Ensure that that the Crown negotiates with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council;
3. Recognize Haudenosaunee Law as an equally legitimate, binding authority in the eyes of Canadian and provincial courts;
4. Implement mandatory training that all judges and law practitioners in Canada must undertake to ensure they are practicing, interpreting and upholding Indigenous legal orders;
6. Prevent injunctions from being used as a tool to prevent Indigenous people from lawfully defending their land and following their duties in accordance with Indigenous legal orders; and
7. Ensure that municipalities are not excused from upholding the honour of the Crown, a direct contravention of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
Open for signature
November 17, 2020, at 8:47 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 15, 2021, at 8:47 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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