HDI, Men’s Fire land claim intervention hearing delayed

In a last minute ask, Ontario courts have decided the intervenor hearing will be delayed by one day to permit the Haudenosaunee Development Institute a final case conference before the judge before the hearings begin.

HDI is asking an Ontario court to name them the representative of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council and says they are the sole representative for the collective legal rights for the entire Haudenosaunee world.

Lawyers for both the Men’s Fire and SNGREC are opposing HDIs motion, saying HDI is not the representative body they claim to be and lack the transparency and accountability needed to represent the Haudenosaunee people.

In a new legal filing on Monday, Ontario submitted that both HDI and the HCCC lack legal standing to enter the Ontario court system and are asking for the motion to be dismissed.

Lawyers for the province say that HDI and HCCC are not natural persons or a corporate body that has the capacity to sue or be sued and therefore has no legal capacity to enter the case.

The hearings were originally scheduled to be heard on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. in a Toronto courtroom. A source told TRT the last minute ask for a case conference came from HDI looking to narrow the issues to be discussed.

Now, the courts will have a case conference with the Men’s Fire, HDI, Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council, Ontario and Canada on Monday at 11:00 a.m..

The hearings have been rescheduled to Tuesday May 9 at 10:00 a.m.. There was limited seating for Six Nations members made available for in-person court attendance in Toronto that was pre-booked.

The proceedings are scheduled to be streamed live via YouTube.

The links for the days proceedings are:

 May 8: https://youtube.com/live/5osoBJqnrAs?feature=share
May 9: https://youtube.com/live/QZ4l7aatzLI?feature=share
May 10: https://youtube.com/live/sLXYWEYRX24?feature=share
May 12: https://youtube.com/live/uZzEMvhKb38?feature=share

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