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Hamilton, ON L8L 5E5

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Six Nations Land and Resource Rights: Moving from the Caledonia Crisis to Consensus in Urban and Environmental Planning

Conversations and protests about how Indigenous territory is used has been in the news a lot in 2019, but disputes about the use of Indigenous land are certainly not new. For those of us living as settlers in Hamilton, Brantford, Caledonia, and the surrounding area, we cannot forget that we live adjacent to and on the Halidmand Tract, a massive section of land along the Grand River that was granted to the Six Nations Confederacy over 200 year ago. Much of that land was sold or illegally transferred without the free, prior, and informed consent of Six Nations, and now their current reserve sits on only 5% of the land originally treatied to them.

What does this mean for those of us who live on that land, and who want to work towards reconciliation? What does this mean for us who are all treaty people, both settler and Indigenous? What can we learn from the mistakes made during the historic Caledonia crisis, and how can we move forward in a good way, with respect and recognition of our neighbours and care for their land?

To answer these questions and more, Paul General and Charles Hostovsky will share their many years of experience working with Six Nations of the Grand River. Through their presentations, we will learn about the history of land and resource use within the Grand River watershed, and about positive ways forward using consensus for urban and environmental planning that is sustainable and respectful.



Paul General has recently retired from almost 30 years as the Wildlife Manager at Six Nations of the Grand River Lands and Resources Office. He is a member of the Seneca Nation – Snipe Clan. Paul has a diploma in Fine Art and Photography, and is a teacher and instructor conducting workshops, training sessions, delivering presentations and talks for schools, universities, public interest groups, organizations etc., and is frequently requested to serve as a guest lecturer at Brock University, the University of Toronto, Guelph University, the University of Western Ontario, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Waterloo, Mohawk College and Fanshawe College.

Dr. Charles Hostovsky, PhD, MCIP, RPP is a Registered Professional Planner and has been a practitioner educator in urban environmental planning for 30 years. He is presently a Lecturer at Brock University’s Department of Geography and Tourism Studies and an adjunct faculty member at McMaster University’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences. For the past 13 years he has been the Consulting Environmental Planner to the Six Nations of the Grand River, Canada’s largest by population and most biodiverse First Nation territory.

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