“We exchanged information before the agreement, so we knew it would work.” One of the claims confirmed by the Canadian Department of Justice was a 30,800-hectare wing at Moulton Township (Port Colborne Area). The government has offered $100 per acre to the land to Six Nations. Monture said: “They said, here`s our offer. Take it or chase it. Then we`re going to bring her to justice. We would accept their offer if they gave us their properties at $100 an acre. It was an insult. A hot topic was the purchase of land by Six Nations and New Credit in the communities. The land is purchased and made more fiduciary for the groups and is no longer taxable as long as the land is used for the property of the group and not by an individual or business. OHSWEKEN – Director Phil Monture or the Six Nations Land Research Office say the size and complexity or land claims of Six Nations go beyond the federal government`s claims process.
“Every hectare must be taken into account,” said Monture, “has there been a valid capitulation? Were the payments made? What happened to that money that was deposited into the Six Nations account? Mount, however, expects that the Land Demands of the Six Nations will eventually amount to hundreds or millions of dollars, well beyond the annual debt budget made available to the Department of Indian Affairs (INAC) and that it is not eligible for the expedited procedure. “The day must come when we will get justice,” he continues. “We hope that municipalities will come and provide voluntary assistance, that this will never be addressed. But when that happens, we will look at how to turn the heat. Monture says good relations with municipalities could be compromised by the government`s reluctance to reach an agreement with six nations. He hopes the neighbors will put pressure on the government to deal with fetal claims, and says, “It`s in their best interest. The air of uncertainty will hurt potential investments in municipalities. Since the creation of the Office of Native Claims in 1974, only one land claim has been paid by six Nations, and the 1980 RNC village has hosted 259 hectares on the reserve. The Grand River Notification Agreement (GRNA) was developed and signed with surrounding communities, in part in response to open land applications in the hope that six Nations, new credits and neighbours could maintain their good historical relations. Charles Harnick, Ontario`s Attorney General and Minister for Indian Affairs, recently hailed URNA as a model for Aboriginal and non-aboriginal neighbours across Canada who follow their conflicting relationships. Monture says: “The Canadian government recognizes that the land claim policy is a failure. They promised to turn it into Oka in 1990, but it still doesn`t work.
There is a joint task force on fetal claims that the policy is currently examining. “It`s not his fault. Canada and Ontario. Mistakes. But who are Canada and Ontario listening to? They listen to people, their constituents, not us. We need their voice to keep up the pressure,” says Monture. The coach points out that lost property tax dollars must be caught up with non-Aboriginal people, “which doesn`t make good neighbors.” The coach has heard that the provincial government is going to do something about it, but he is not sure what.