This week’s episode we travel 15 minutes south of Hamilton to Caledonia.  This year as seen a second dispute over land development arise between a planned housing project called MacKenzie Meadows, and the Haudenosaunee peoples of the nearby Six Nations Reserve.  For the people of Caledonia, this is the second dispute over development in 15 years.  For the Haudenosaunee people, this dispute has been ongoing since their ancestors signed the Treaty of 1784.

This dispute goes to the heart of Canada’s reconciliation with the First Nations who live here.  How do we reconcile Treaty rights and a path to move forward.  These are big questions and we aren’t naive to believe we can solve it on a podcast.  However we can educate ourselves on the matter. 

Which is why we welcomed to the podcast Sean Vanderklis and Karl Dockstader co-hosts of the One Dish, One Mic radio show on AM 610 CKTN each Sunday. They were both 2020 CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships recipients and have been covering this topic for since the latest dispute emerged.  Their journalism on this topic has proven to be enlightening and informative, and our discussion helped shine the light on some of our own ignorances and blindspots on this complicated subject.

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Thanks as always to:

Gayle Laws: research

Wendy Nicholson: sound engineer, podcast consultancy.

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