The spokesperson for a gaggle of Six Nations land defenders occupying a building website in Caledonia has been formally charged for violating a court docket injunction.
Skyler Williams turned himself at an OPP detachment Wednesday morning on two excellent warrants.
Fees in opposition to him embody two counts of mischief and two counts of disobeying a court docket order associated to the injunction at McKenzie Meadows, which has been occupied by the land defenders since July 2020.
Wednesday marks ten months for the reason that group moved onto the location, saying the land is unceded Haudenosaunee territory.
In a video posted to Fb, Williams stated a situation of his launch is to not return to the location.
“The one situation is to not return to 1535 McKenzie Highway, also called McKenzie Meadows,” stated Williams. “And so far as I’m involved, I don’t assume that tackle exists anymore. The one one which I do know is 1492 Land Again Lane. And so thank god they don’t have a situation for me to not go there.“
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In an electronic mail to World Information, OPP Constable Rodney Leclair didn’t affirm the situations of Williams’ launch however stated he’s scheduled to seem in court docket at a later date.
Each the Six Nations Elected Council and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council have demonstrated help for a moratorium on any additional growth inside the Haldimand Tract, which incorporates land alongside both aspect of the Grand River.
Regardless of the moratorium — introduced final month by the hereditary chiefs’ council — a Superior Court docket injunction stays in place on the McKenzie Meadows growth.
Williams stated he’ll proceed to advocate for land rights and communicate out concerning the moratorium.
“These courts and these cops, with all their weapons and their cages, this isn’t going to discourage us from the issues that we have to do to have the ability to exist on our lands,” stated Williams.
“I don’t care what household you’re from, what faction or group or no matter from Six Nations you come from — everyone knows that these are our lands they usually’re going to proceed to be our lands for these coming generations.”
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