Native Protest, Or Extortion?
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With respect to your statement, "Such actions are proliferating because 'warriors' are getting away with them," I would like to add that First Nations people have gone to jail for their actions. In fact, six leaders from northern Ontario's Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation — including a grandmother — were sent to jail for six months for their blockade of Platinex Inc.
I would disagree that these issues can only be resolved through the courts. These issues can be resolved through respectful negotiations based on constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights and treaties.
LORRAINE REKMANS, GREEN PARTY OF CANADA