Photos by Kevin Konnyu.
See Below links for Media Coverage of April 28th Event:
The Sachem-Mayor Does Not speak for Me http://www.sachem.ca/opinions/article/242222
The Sachem – March is about fixing past wrong, stepping forward http://www.sachem.ca/opinions/article/242293
The Sachem – Respect and Friendship walk carried out peacefully http://www.sachem.ca/news/article/242452
Brantford Expositor: Hundreds take part in Caledonia peace march
The Canadian Press:
Peace prevails in Caledonia as hundreds march to press for land-claim talks
Hamilton Spectator: Friendship Walk peaceful, but Caledonia residents fear wounds reopened
MooseFM: April 28th Coalition Walk for Peace, Friendship and Respect
Rabble.ca –Respecting historic agreements and walking for peace: A discussion with Luke Stewart http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/awl/2012/04/respecting-historic-agreements-and-walking-peace-april28net-discussion-hi
For Immediate Release
3 April 2012
Community Walk and Celebration for Peace, Respect and Friendship
At 2 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2012 the Six Nations [Haudenosaunee] people of the Grand River territory and their allies will be holding a walk and rally for “Peace, Respect and Friendship.” The main focus of the event is to remind the Canadian people and the Canadian government that Six Nations land rights and treaties need to be respected.
Whether native or non-native, all of us residing within Canada are treaty people. We have both a moral and a legal imperative to uphold the nation-to-nation agreements made on our behalf by the British Crown and Canadian government with indigenous peoples. It was treaties such as the Two-Row Wampum which gave us as non-indigenous people the right to settle in what is now called Canada, and as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affirms, these treaties are still in force and they must be honored and upheld.
Six years after the land reclamation began at the former Douglas Creek Estates, the time has come to stand together and respect the words of our ancestors, to call for our treaties with Six Nations people to be honoured, and to bring together our communities and allies to celebrate the principles of Peace, Friendship and Respect under the agreements that our peoples made together – the Two-Row Wampum, the Silver Covenant Chain, and the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784.
At 2pm on April 28th, 2012, we will be gathering at Edinburgh Square, a Haudenosaunee park across from the Caledonia Fairgrounds in the Township of Caledonia and then we will peacefully walk down Argyle St. to the site known as Kanonhstaton. At the site there will be a potluck, live music, games, activities and discussions to which all people – from Six Nations, Caledonia, and all other communities – are invited to attend.
Organizers will also be hosting two events leading up to the walk and gathering. The
events welcome all community members who wish to talk about the walk and gathering;
ask questions about the reasons behind the event; or just want to meet organizers. There
will be a BBQ in Kinsmen Park on Saturday April 7th at 1pm. There will also be a
information and Q&A night at the Caledonia Public Library on April 19th at 6pm. All are
Please join us for all of these inclusive community events.
for the pdf version of the poster click here: https://april28coalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/peace-respect-and-friendship-poster-web.pdf