The encampment outside the Six Nations band administration building in July 2019. (Turtle Island News File Photo)
By Lynda Powless
SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND-In a move towards healing the community, Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill says the elected council will not pursue a permanent injunction that would have prevented community members from occuping the band’s administrative office grounds.
SNEC sought and was granted an interim injunction after a summer long protest was held in front of the band office last year.
Elected Chief Mark Hill said in a radio address Friday, Nov., 27, 2020 the SNEC “has informed the courts of our wishes to end the injunctions on our people. We hope this is a step towards healing here at Six Nations.”
Instead, he said he hopes all “parties will engage in open and respectful dialogue” about Six Nations lands rights.
A written agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council and SNEC representatives was reached and presented to the court Thursday, Nov., 26. It was adjourned to March 2021.
The SNEC had obtained an interim injunction against protesters who camped out on the front lawn of the band office. The protest came to an end when Six Nations Police removed them .
The agreement also includes an injunction on the Burtch lands, property returned to a trust overseen by the SNEC after the 2006 land Reclamation.
SNEC had instructed its lawyers earlier this month to vacate the two injunctions.
SNEC lawyers also told the court it will not seek costs against those named in the injunction.
The injunction listed a group of individuals as well as ‘Jane Doe, John Doe and person’s unknown’ effectively extending the order to anyone trespassing on the grounds fo the band office or Burtch property. The previous order did not prevent anyone named from accessing the band office for any legal business they had with the Six Nations Elected Council, instead it prevents anyone from unlawfully trespassing, intimidating or restricting employees or the public from access the property.