An interview with 1492 Land Back Lane spokesperson Skyler Williams

A storage container at the 1492 LandBackLane site. with the words
The call "LandBack!" rang out across Turtle Island in 2020. The direct action at 1492 Land Back Lane was one of several land reclamation camps established by Indigenous land defenders. Image courtesy of 1492 Land Back Lane.
Dan Kellar - CKMS - KitchenerON | 30-04-2021

Host: Dan kellar

In July 2020, while the community was managing the COVID19 pandemic, including erecting checkpoints to keep non-residents from their reserve lands, some Indigenous people from Six Nations of the Grand River also took action against continued land theft by housing developers and the nearby town of Caledonia by setting up the 1492 LandBack Lane reclamation camp.

Through court injunctions, lawsuits, a police raid, police intimidation, police violence, 17 million dollars in police spending and conflict with governments, the land reclamation action has continued and the LandBack movement has grown.

On April 20, members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs council, alongside spokesperson Skyler Williams, announced the "Protect The Tract" initiative, declaring a moratorium on development in the Haldimand Tract and a need for real consultation with the community before any projects move forward.

This episode features an interview with Skyler Williams, the spokesperson for the 1492 LandBackLane land reclamation camp on Haudenosaunee territory at Six Nations in southwest Ontario.

To stay updated on the activities at the camp, check out @1492LBL on twitter and 1492LandBackLane on facebook. For more on the development moratorium and the history of land struggle at Six Nations, visit protectthetract.com

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