KANESATAKE, QC, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake does not believe in the merits of the allegations of Norfolk representatives when they claim they only care for the safety of people living near the land where they want to cut trees. "If Norfolk really cared for the citizens' safety, Normand Ducharme would carry on its negotiations with the town of Oka. Instead, he does not hesitate to initiate confrontations with our people. In so doing, he deliberately puts the safety of our community members and the Sûreté du Quebec officers at stake. This attitude is totally irresponsible and we will not tolerate it just as we will not let him disregard the resolution passed last week by the mayor of Oka," declared Grand Chief Sohenrise Paul Nicholas.
We recall that the land that Norfolk intends to resell at the amount of $ 400,000 is part of the Seignory of Lake of Two-Mountains, claimed by the Mohawk of Kanesatake. On April 14, 2008, Canada accepted the claim of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake under the Specific Claims Policy and formally offered to negotiate.
In the coming days, the Council will meet, Mr. Fred Caron, the federal chief negotiator recently appointed by the federal government to continue discussions at the bargaining table to address the specific claim of the Mohawk of Kanesatake.
In this context, the actions of Norfolk do stiffen tensions in the negotiations where the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake intends to settle peacefully with the federal government.
SOURCE MOHAWK COUNCIL OF KANESATAKE
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