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B.C. Councillors Call Proposed Change to Reserve Policy “Scary” and a “Real Threat”

In the latest edition of “Settler Panic,” Councillors this week in Richmond, B.C. talked openly about their fears of potential changes to the Federal Reserve Creation Policy which could allow for non-adjoining property to be declared reserve land. Councillors Halsay-Brandt and Steeves both brought a “sky is falling” element to the discussion urging that such

In the latest edition of “Settler Panic,” Councillors this week in Richmond, B.C. talked openly about their fears of potential changes to the Federal Reserve Creation Policy which could allow for non-adjoining property to be declared reserve land. Councillors Halsay-Brandt and Steeves both brought a “sky is falling” element to the discussion urging that such a move could have a disastrous effect on farmland – calling such a move “scary” and “a real threat.” Although many Onkwehon:we have criticisms of changes to the reserve creation policy, the councillors comments both failed to recognize the thousands of years of stewardship of the lands prior to contact with non-natives.

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Dylan Powell is an organizer in St. Catharines, Ont. Co-Founder of Marineland Animal Defense, #OurScars and the Live Free Collective, Dylan is active in the animal and earth liberation movements, as well as involved in solidarity organizing with Haudenosaunee members, the migrant justice advocacy community and at risk youth in the Niagara Region. Graduate of Brock University (Honours History) and current Addiction Education student at McMaster University in Hamilton. Dylan has lectured and spoken across North America and seen featured in International news media outlets.

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