Land Back Camp is here to stay

A picture of O:se Kenhionhata:tie/Land back Camp in Victoria Park in Kitchener. Several tents form a circle around a white tee-pee. A black banner hanging on a tent reads
O:se Kenhionhata:tie/Land Back Camp in Victoria Park in Kitchener. Photo: Ivan Angelovski.
Dan Kellar - CKMS - KitchenerON | 19-10-2020

Host: Ivan Angelovski

Kitchener - Since June 21, a number of Indigenous people, sick of Kitchener and Waterloo charging them large amounts of money to gather in their traditional places, have to get permits and seek permission to gather on their traditional land, occupied a part of Victoria Park in Kitchener, a land reclamation known as  “Land Back Camp” or O:se Kenhionhata:tie

They are demanding four things: to waive all fees be waived for the Indigenous communities to host events in public spaces; to give back the land in Victoria Park and Waterloo Park; that the cities create paid positions at all levels for engaging with Indigenous Peoples; and that the cities create Indigenous Advisory Committees to address racial injustice.

A photo of Shawn Johnston and Amy Smoke wearing toques with the White tee-pee of O:se Kenhionhata:tie/Land back Camp in the background.

Shawn Johnston and Amy Smoke at O:se Kenhionhata:tie/Land Back Camp in Kitchener. Photo: Ivan Angelovski.

After more than 17 weeks of protest, they managed to resolve the fees problem and, on Monday, Oct. 19, the City of Kitchener will be voting on establishing a team dedicated to addressing social justice issues, including Indigenous initiatives.

But that’s not going to resolve all the problems Indigenous peoples face in Waterloo Region.

On this episode we speak with Amy Smoke and Shawn Johnston from the Land Back Camp.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news. You can  follow us on twitter @RadioWaterloo. And you can email news@radiowaterloo.ca to get in touch with comments or ideas about stories to cover.

The music was Blackroom by Moby, courtesy of mobygratis.com

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