Another Caledonia-style conflict brewing near Kingston?
Six Nations members have staged a brief blockage outside an Ontario gravel quarry, prompting many to believe a "Caledonia-style" standoff may be possible.
Members of the Tyendinaga Mohawks descended on the quarry to express their concern that a land claim could be thwarted by a developer who intends to build condos on the property.
As in Caledonia, Aboriginals claim they never surrendered the land in question.
Top officials with the Ontario government, however, are insisting the parallels with the Caledonia standoff end there, and David Ramsay, Ontario’s minister responsible for Aboriginal affairs, stressed that the issue will not end up like in Caledonia, where Aboriginals have been occupying a site there since last February.
The similarities with the Native occupation in Caledonia end there, said David Ramsay, Ontario's minister
"The federal government has recognized it as a claim that needs to be negotiated and they're acting upon it," Ramsay said, in an interview with Canadian Press.
This past Tuesday, Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jim Prentice named consultant Sean Kennedy as negotiator in the dispute.