Letter - Just show the proof

The Regional

March 3, 2010

February 28, 2010 marked the fourth anniversary of the day protesters and activists from the Six Nations of the Grand River occupied the Douglas Creek Estates (DCE) near Caledonia, Ontario. They said the DCE land was never validly surrendered from the Six Nations to the Crown.

The OPP raided the DCE in an attempt to remove protesters and activists but the raid failed. Soon, after, the Ontario provincial government bought the DCE land from Henco, the private owner. The Ontario government now says Ontario Realty Corporation owns the DCE land in fee simple.

That's interesting. If the Ontario Realty Corporation really owns the DCE land legally, wouldn't that mean the Six Nations surrender of that land to the Crown in the 1800s was valid? Wouldn't that also mean that Henco legally owned the DCE land before Ontario bought it?

If the Ontario government says Ontario Realty Corporation legally owns the DCE land, Ontario must have proof.

If the Ontario government says Ontario Realty Corporation legally owns the DCE land, the Ontario government must have all of the documents that show the Six Nations land surrender to the Crown in the 1800s was valid and that all land sales and title transfers from then on, including the sale from Henco to the provincial government, were valid and legitimate.

Why are people fighting about the DCE land?

If the Ontario government wants to settle quickly the issue of the surrender and who owns the land, why doesn't the Ontario government simply show everyone the documents it used to prove the DCE land was validly surrendered from the Six Nations to the Crown in the 1900s, the documents that show the land sales and tile transfers from then on were legitimate and the proof Ontario Realty Corporation now legally owns the DCE land?

Garry Horsnell

Brantford