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e-3740 (Indigenous affairs)

Initiated by Allyson Ion from Waterford, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) has been a governing body of the Haudenosaunee people since time immemorial;
  • Between 1927-1951, Indian Act amendments made it illegal for First Nations people to hire lawyers and bring forward land claims without the government’s consent;
  • Colonial provincial and federal court systems remain largely biased against First Nations communities and do not hold jurisdiction over First Nations land rights;
  • In 2006, the federal government acknowledged the HCCC as lead negotiators for Six Nations territory to resolve the Douglas Creek Estates land reclamation (known as Kanonhstaton), thus setting precedent for the current efforts at 1492 LandBack Lane;
  • 1492 LandBack Lane is part of the Haldimand Tract that Governor Haldimand granted in 1784 for the Haudenosaunee and their progeny to enjoy forever thereby making the Haudenosaunee the true title holders of this land;
  • In April 2021, the HCCC declared a moratorium on development in the Haldimand Tract indicating that no development can proceed along the Haldimand Tract without the consent of the Haudenosaunee people;
  • This moratorium builds on the HCCC’s Land Rights Statement from 2006 to end the exploitation of lands and resources along the Haldimand Tract; and
  • Developers have profited from government bail outs on unceded lands (e.g. $15.8 million to Henco Industries in 2006).
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada and residents throughout Turtle Island, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Uphold the established Treaty relationship with the Haudenosaunee of the Grand River Territory;
2. Honour the moratorium declared by the HCCC; and
3. End the practice of paying out developers who do not honour the moratorium.
Open for signature
December 15, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 15, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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