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OPP arrest 17 people related to Mckenzie Meadows occupation – including journalist, former elected chief candidate

OPP arrest 17 people related to Mckenzie Meadows occupation – including journalist, former elected chief candidate

CALEDONIA – A Haudenosaunee journalist and former candidate for Six Nations Elected Chief have been arrested for their part in the land occupation at Mckenzie Meadows housing development. OPP told APTN as of late Thursday evening a total of 17 people were arrested in connection with the 1492 Land Back Lane land occupation of the

CALEDONIA – A Haudenosaunee journalist and former candidate for Six Nations Elected Chief have been arrested for their part in the land occupation at Mckenzie Meadows housing development.

OPP told APTN as of late Thursday evening a total of 17 people were arrested in connection with the 1492 Land Back Lane land occupation of the Mckenzie Meadows housing development, including One Dish One Mic’s Karl Dockstader and Yellowhead Institute’s Courtney Skye.

Four of the new arrests top up the 13 that were previously reported arrested Thursday morning, including an original 9 people arrested on August 5 following a temporary injunction issued by the courts, says APTN.

Both are Haudenosaunee people and details about their arrests surfaced on social media Thursday.

In a statement, One Dish One Mic said that Dockstader, who is Oneida Bear Clan, understood that his presence at the site of the land occupation as a journalist would ensure that he was not arrested. The statement says he was arrested and charged with mischief and failure to comply with a court order.

Skye reported on her Twitter account that she was arrested while sitting along the Grand River. Skye is a policy analyst for the Yellowhead Institute, a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation’s board and was previously a candidate for Six Nations elected chief in 2019.

The courts granted two injunctions surrounding the land occupation: one on the worksite of the Mckenzie Meadows housing development and another on Haldimand County roads where demonstrators had erected road blocks in the area surrounding the worksite.

Land defenders posted details to social media saying OPP were planning to attend the Mckenzie Meadows property to read updates to the injunctions to people on site Friday morning. It has been 47 days since people have occupied the worksite to halt the housing development, saying they are upset with the accommodation agreement struck between the housing developer and the Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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  • Andrew Bomberry
    September 8, 2020, 12:03 pm

    I notice the headline said the two were arrested for their part in the land occupation. Yet the article does not make it clear what their part is. This sounds like the perspective of the OPP. Is it possible to hear directly from Karl Dockstader or Courtney Skye? And if not, how about a, "Karl Dockstader and Courtney Skye were unavailable for comment or an interview" or something so we know that there was an attempt to get their perspectives but they couldn’t be reached in time for reporting, or maybe they declined to comment. Right now it just sounds like no effort was made to speak with them directly.

    An alternative headline might be, "OPP targets both on-the-ground journalist and a former candidate for Band Council Mayor for arrest". It’s more specific without leaning into that OPP perspective.

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  • Don Morgan
    September 4, 2020, 4:26 pm

    When are the OPP going to learn. Acting like American Gestapo. Trumpeted. Sad. Racism for sure. Haven’t our Indigenous been abused enough. Just cut out this ugly, stupid shit.

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