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Map showing procession route through downtown WindsorA solidarity march Oct. 7 will proceed from the riverfront to Charles Clark Square.

Law group holding week of events in solidarity with land defenders

Students and faculty members from Windsor Law have launched a week of activity in support of a protest against a housing development planned on disputed territory south of Caledonia.

Occupying the site under the banner “the 1492 Land Back Lane Land Defenders,” demonstrators have been arrested and served with an injunction to leave.

A statement from the 1492 Land Back Lane Windsor Law Coalition calls for action in solidarity leading up to Oct. 9.

“Our goal is to do our part to shine a light on the injustices occurring against Haudenosaunee land defenders on Six Nations territory who are fighting to protect their lands for future generations,” the statement reads in part.

Organizers plan online and in-person actions aimed at raising awareness of the ongoing violence and injustices committed against Indigenous peoples. Learn more on the group’s Facebook page.

The public is invited to witness the beginning of a journey by artist Alex McKay’s (BFA 1990) sculpture Treaty Canoe on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The work will be portaged starting at 9 a.m. from the large Canadian flag in Dieppe Park towards the Ontario Superior Court of Justice building adjacent to Charles Clark Square, where speakers will address attendees.

Val Kuri, vice-president of the Shkawbewisag Student Law Society, urges supporters to dress warmly, wear masks, and respect social distancing rules.

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