STATEMENT OF UNITY ON GRAND RIVER AKA HALDIMAND TRACT
Grand Back, (officially Grand River United Front) is a collective of concerned Grand River residents, from Haudenosaunee supporters and land defenders to the many brave-hearted people of Brantford and beyond that have been fiercely resisting the almost total devastation of our Haldimand Tract heartlands.
To name a few desecrated lands Arrowdale, Oak Park Road Expansion, Shellards lane to the occupied lands in Paris, Caledonia, Cambridge, Waterloo and on and on. Our show of unity is a direct action to let all Developers and the City of Brantford know that our home is not for sale! Our treaty rights are not for sale!
The Development Moratorium put in place by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council on the Haldimand Tract, a land promised to the Mohawk and Such others of the Six Nations allows for time to resolve ongoing land rights issues, this time is integral for establishing a meaningful understanding of the underlying problems with rampant development.
The ceaseless encroachments into these promised lands is enough. The Grand River United Front will build partnerships with our allies at large to end forced dispossession and to restore the Haldimand Tract.
Honor the Moratorium, Restore the Haldimand Tract!
Grand River United Front
Haldimand Tract est.1784
MORATORIUM ON DEVELOPMENT
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy at Grand River has put in place a moratorium on development in the Haldimand Tract. No development can proceed along the Haldimand Tract without the consent of the Haudenosaunee.
We understand that we share these lands with our Allies and we all agree to uphold the agreements between our people to live in peace, friendship and trust. Our vision for the future is self-determined, based in our inherent right to protect our lands for future generations of Haudenosaunee children.
The Haudenosaunee intend to exercise our jurisdiction over our lands and waters in a way that maintains the delicate balance between Creation and humans, focusing on sustainability and responsiveness to climate change to protect waterways and ecologically sensitive areas.
The moratorium builds on our Land Rights Statement (2006) to end the exploitation of lands and resources along the Tract and marks a shift on land stewardship within a portion of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee.
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Disclaimer: Yakowennahskats does not endorse this statement but sharing as part of the ongoing battles against colonial interference. Please contact the page directly for any information.