The Hoskanigetah of the Grand River is also known as the Men’s Fire of the Grand River. This group of Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) men have been actively organizing in Six Nations to unite with others to protect the land. With others, they organized the August 2008 Peace and Friendship Gathering on Six Nations territory, and have spearheaded land protection activities that are thus far responsible for stopping $2 billion worth of industrial, commercial, and residential developments in the last two years. People involved in the HCBP occupation have been building relationships with some of these people for several years, and last Monday they came to support us in court and hand us this letter.
Hoskanigetah Of The Grand River
August 10, 2009
Re: Hanlon Creek business Park
To Whom It May Concern:
The hoskanigetah of the Grand River have received information about the development of your city. This information is cause of much concern to us.
When we have people who come to us for help the most important issue for us is the environment. The environmental concerns should be first and foremost on everyone’s minds, especially with the development of a wet land, that the city is willing to risk.
The endangered species and animals that will be affected, cutting down of precious trees that we as humans need to survive can not be tolerated any longer. We as oikweonwe men will not support any development that destroys wetlands as this affects everyone downstream more so that the corporate world realizes. Ground water that is naturally filtered through a wetland is much more beneficial than water that is run off of cement, asphalt, houses and other structure. Ask Brantford, they have been responsible for killing the cold streams, fish and plant life when all the run off was diverted into natural habitat.
The Hanlon Creek is a tributary of the Grand River which will affect everyone and everything downstream of your development. The people of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory have had enough bad water and pollution which is making its way into our territory.
Therefore, the hoskanigetah orders the Corporation of the City of Guelph to CEASE AND DESIST the development of the Hanlon Creek Business Park.
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