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March is about fixing past wrongs, stepping forward

Tom Keefer, Toronto
Published on Apr 17, 2012 the Sachem

(In response to “‘Parade’ euphemism for ‘protest march’,” April 12)

I am writing to respond to some concerns that have been raised about the walk for peace, friendship and respect that is being held at 2 p.m. on April 28 in Edinburgh Square in Caledonia.

Our peaceful walk and rally is about how to achieve real and lasting peace, respect and friendship between native and non-native communities. We believe that in order for there to be peace, there must be justice. And in order for there to be justice, the wrongs that the Canadian government and the British Crown have committed against the people of Six Nations must be redressed.

For us, we believe that this process begins by honouring the words and deeds of our ancestors who agreed to live in peace with the Six Nations according to the principles of the Two Row wampum. We are working to build a movement on our side of the wampum to pressure our leaders and our government to recognize and honour the historic agreements and treaties made between our peoples and to right past injustices.

This is why our walk for peace is taking place. Because we recognize that unless there is serious movement by the Canadian government to address the underlying issues, there will be no lasting peace.

April 28 will be a wonderful and historic opportunity for genuine peace, friendship and respect amongst all people in Caledonia, Six Nations and the surrounding area. The reclamation site will be open to all who come in the spirit of peace and friendship. There will be games, live music, bouncy castles for the children and a potluck dinner. Bring some food, shake hands with your neighbours from Six Nations, and come together with us to demand that our government take seriously the task of negotiating a just resolution to the issue of Six Nations land rights.

On Thursday, April 19 we are holding a public information session open to all at the Caledonia public library at 6 p.m. If you have questions and concerns about the walk for peace, please come out and talk with us.