At long last, we have navigated numerous technical difficulties and have uploaded some videos of our press conferences.
This press conference took place on August 28 in front of Guelph’s city hall. In attendance were:
* Jim Bogart, Professor emeritus of the University of Guelph, Jefferson Salamander expert, and author of the Jefferson Salamander’s Recovery Strategy (pdf available here)
* Two members of the hoskanigetah of the Grand River
* Shabina Lafleur-Gangji and Matt Soltys, two Guelph residents who have been involved in organizing around the HCBP and were participants in the occupation.
This press conference came just after Liberal MPP and Minister of Natural Resources Donna Canfield gave permission for the City to continue work on the HCBP. Part of the intent of the press conference was to let people know about the contradictions between her decision and the prior position of the Guelph MNR, as well as the needs of the Jefferson Salamander to survive.
The two members of the hoskanigetah of the Grand River provided information about their perspectives as Indigenous people who live downstream of Guelph. They also speak about the Haldimand Tract and the Two Row Wampum, two very important things that everyone living in Guelph and the surrounding area should know about.
People from Guelph have been building relationships with the hoskanigetah for a while now, dating back to their opposition to a garbage dump in Cayuga (which you can read about here and here ). We have been similarly building an alliance in opposition to the HCBP.
Please give them a view and let others know about it.