Quebec: The Grand Chief Of Kanesatake Demands That The Federal Government Take Action To Avoid Another Norfolk
Friday, 14 January 2011 00:10, Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources, IndigenousPeoplesIssues.com
The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake, welcomes the fact that the municipality of Oka and the financial group Norfolk reached a peaceful resolution. However, the Grand Chief deplores the federal government’s failure to intervene in this case. “Although the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake believes it is in everybody’s interest that both the municipality of Oka and Norfolk reach an agreement, we call on the federal government to get involved and not to allow future opportunists to take advantage of our ancestral land at the expense of the Mohawk,” declared Mr. Nicholas.
The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake reiterated that all the land included in the seigniory of Lake of Two-Mountains, which is claimed entirely by the Mohawk of Kanesatake, is currently the subject of negotiations with the federal government. For centuries, illegal sales of our lands have constituted a serious breach of the Crown’s fiduciary obligations to protect the Mohawks’ interests, a breach that is now officially acknowledged by the federal government.
Yesterday, Norfolk and the Oka municipal council have reached an agreement that meets the developer’s expectations. “What about our expectations? What about our land? How long is the federal government willing to wait for another Norfolk to take advantage of its inaction?” asked the Grand Chief.