Law students and faculty members 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.
Law students and other locals carried artist Alex McKay’s (BFA 1990) sculpture Treaty Canoe from Riverside Drive to a Windsor courthouse in support of Land Defenders from Six Nations of the Grand River on Wednesday.