For immediate release:
Apr 11, 2008

The Honourable Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

Whitney Block
Suite 1407
99 Wellesley St West
Toronto, ON      M7A1W3

Dear Minister:

It has been reported to me that, on April 20, 2008, people of Six Nations will be having a ‘potluck’ at the Ontario government-owned Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia. As you are aware, this date is also the second anniversary of the OPP raid of 2006.

Aside from the potluck, I am told that organizers plan to have guest speakers discussing the OKA raid of 1990, the Ipperwash raid of 1995 and the Six Nations raid of 1959 by the RCMP. Some of my constituents are concerned that this type of event will be occurring on Ontario Government property, and is renewing tensions between various groups – especially as the second anniversary of the DCE OPP raid looms.

On October 15, 2007, large gatherings were held at both DCE and at the Lions parking lot in Caledonia. Two days prior, on October 13, your predecessor had discussions with and wrote to the chief representative of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations informing them that the province had not provided permission for additional persons to be on the DCE site. He also urged the chief representative to find an alternate location for the ‘picnic’.

I therefore ask if the province has provided permission for the upcoming ‘potluck’ on April 20? And, secondly, has the province urged the chief representative to find an alternative location?

Sincerely,

Toby Barrett, MPP

Haldimand-Norfolk

cc: concerned constituents