New sign depicts who owns the former Burtch lands

By Lynda Powless Editor It’s a checkmate! There may be a dispute between Ontario, the Six Nations Band Council and Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council over the status of the former Burtch Correctional Institute lands but a new sign went up last week changing the name and depicting ownership. The new sign welcomes anyone to the Haudenosaunee Territory of Tsi no’n:we Yakoye’nthos, which translates into “The place where she plants”. The land is the site of the former Burtch Correctional Facility in the small town of Mt. Pleasant on the outskirts of the Six Nations reserve boundary. The sign makes it clear the land is under the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council control. A dispute over who manages the property arose when the Six Nations Band Council served notice on a Six Nations farmer who…

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