Indigenous land defenders remove barricades in Caledonia

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Work crews were on Argyle Street in Caledonia Tuesday morning, assessing the state of the roadway after Indigenous land defenders from Six Nations removed a school bus and other materials that had been blocking the road since late October.

The 1492 Land Back Lane camp confirmed the barricade was removed Monday as scheduled.

OPP Const. Rod LeClair said roadwork to repair Argyle Street and McKenzie Road is expected to start this week. He could not provide an estimate as to when the roads may reopen. Repairs will involve filling in a pair of trenches dug across McKenzie and another dug on Argyle.

This brings the long-running land dispute back to where it began — with land defenders occupying a 25-acre plot on McKenzie Road, claiming the land as unceded Haudenosaunee territory, while Foxgate Developments and Haldimand County push the OPP to enforce a Superior Court injunction ordering the Six Nations group and their allies to leave the land so work on a new subdivision can resume.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator