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OPP arrest 25th person over Caledonia housing site dispute

A 1492 Land Back sign near Highway 6 in Caledonia. (Aug. 20, 2020)

KITCHENER — The number of people who have been arrested in relation to a demonstration at a residential development in Haldimand County has reached 25.

A 29-year-old from Toronto was arrested and charged on Thursday with disobeying a court order and mischief. They were released and are expected to appear in a Cayuga court at a later date.

The Ontario Provincial Police say this was in relation to a current court injunction in effect at the site, known as McKenzie Meadows, near Caledonia.

The first demonstration arrests were made by OPP on Aug. 5.

The court injunction prohibits anyone from being on the property at 1535 McKenzie Road, also known as 1492 Land Back Lane, or from setting up road blockades in the county.

“The OPP Provincial Liaison Team is engaged in significant collaborative and respectful dialogue aimed at bringing about a peaceful resolution, while ensuring everyone’s safety and preserving their respective rights guaranteed by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” the OPP said in a news release.

Protesters have said they will remain on the Indigenous land for as long as it takes.

By Chris Thomson – CTV News Kitchener, Published Saturday, October 3, 2020

Amazon Indigenous Land Loss Threatens Climate

Brazil's Mundaruku tribe is protesting against plans to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River

Brazil’s Mundaruku tribe is protesting against plans to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River

December 2, 2014

Scientists say destroying indigenous areas of the Amazon rainforest will have an irreversible impact on the atmosphere of the planet.

A new study said indigenous lands were “protected natural areas” accounting for 55% of the carbon stored in the Amazon basin.

It said this land was at risk because governments had failed to recognise or enforce indigenous land rights.

The report was released on the first day of UN climate talks in Peru.

The study said nearly 20% of the Amazon forests are at risk from logging, mining, agriculture and infrastructure projects.

“If all the current plans for economic development in the Amazon are actually implemented, the region would become a giant savannah, with islands of forest,” said Beto Ricardo of Brazil’s Socio-Environmental Institute, one of the study participants.

“We have never been under so much pressure,” said Edwin Vasquez, co-author of the study and head of the Indigenous Coordinating Body of the Amazon Basin.


The authors concluded that maintaining the stability of the global atmosphere would depend on whether governments chose to adopt policies that would ensure preservation of indigenous lands and protected areas.

Peru is more than 60% rainforest.

In the south-eastern region of Madre de Dios, in the past decade alone, mining has stripped 595 sq kilometres (230 sq miles) of forest and poisoned the rivers.

Most of the destruction is done by illegal miners from outside the region, though thousands have left in recent months because of a government crackdown.

Indigenous rights have been in the spotlight as Peru hosts the UN climate talks which aims to negotiated a framework for a deal to cut global carbon emissions to be ratified in 2015.

An estimated 333,000 indigenous people live in the Peruvian Amazon and have grown increasingly vocal in their condemnation of logging, mining, and other encroachments on their land.

In September, four leaders from the Ashaninka people were killed while campaigning against deforestation and for land rights.