1492 Landback Lane Legal Fund

Listen to the interview below to hear Davita Guslits and R. Flex discuss mixtape 1492 and the importance of integrating acts of solidarity into their artistic practice. July 19, 2020: Six Nations members set up camp on the proposed McKenzie Meadows subdivision and rename it 1492 Land Back Lane. 1492 Land Back Lane. 1492 Mixtape is a compilation of 21 songs that raise funds for the 1492 Land Back Lane Legal Fund. The Legal Fund supports land defenders who face current charges and future costs. On July 19, 2020, Six Nations land advocates mobilized to stop the Mackenzie Meadows housing project on the border with the City of Caledonia. 1492 Land Back Lane is the name they gave to the area. August 5, 2020: The Ontario Provincial Police raids 1492 Land Back Lane and makes several arrests.

The defenders of the earth retaliate by starting a tire fire and blocking a railway and a highway. These two different systems of government are often contradictory. For example, Confederation supports 1492 Land Back Lane, while the Six Nations-elected band council signed the two subdivisions in 2019 in exchange for approximately 17 acres of land and $325,000. 1492 refers to the year in which the explorer Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic from Spain to America. It also refers to the subsequent colonization of indigenous peoples by European powers in these regions. As the demonstration at Land Bank Lane in 1492 shows, the Haudenosaunee are still seeking compensation for the loss of these lands. It is along or near the banks of the Grand River that entire cities – just like Caledonia – have been and remain built. Over the months, there have been a number of unconventional fundraisers for Land Back Lane. In February, there was an online auction and land protectors recently set up an Amazon wish list for supplies. With the wish list, they hope to secure the supply by June 20, 2021. Land claims are legal obligations that are really pending. This is based on the UK common law principle that land cannot be seized without compensation.

Current land claims are based on outstanding obligations by the federal and provincial governments to compensate First Nations for stolen land. The rights of all landowners are always taken into account in the negotiation process. In 1853, the Indian agent sold the township of Oneida, now Land Back Lane in 1492, without the permission of the community and against the will of the traditional government. As land defenders continue to be targeted by the police, there is a need for continued funding to support their legal defense. The money will be deposited into the Land Back Lane account and financial operators will start distributing funds to help people currently involved in the landback Lane-related legal system. Their generosity will go straight to action. Check out facebook page 1492 for the latest information Otherwise, you can send them an email transfer via landback6nations@gmail.com, and all funds will go into the supplies needed to support the land defenders and the camp. On July 19, 2020, members of six Nations of the Grand River, Canada`s most populous reserve near Hamilton, Ontario, began months of occupation of a residential project in neighboring Caledonia. They named the place Land Back Lane in 1492. Kanonhstaton, which means “the protected place” in the Mohawk language, is located near 1492 Land Back Lane. It, too, has a history rooted in the reclamation of land contained in outstanding land claims related to the Haldimand Proclamation.

18 August 2020: The Haudenosaunee Confederation issues a statement stating that it supports 1492 Land Back Lane. 1492 Mixtape was released on March 4 and has already raised just over $800 for the legal fund. It`s available for $5 on Bandcamp and CJRU spoke with two artists involved in the project. Sound-wise, the project is a mixed bag that includes punk, pop, folk, ambient and more. Davita Guslits is the one who directs the mixtape, and R. Flex is a Toronto artist featured. In the interview below, they share information about the mixtape, what acts of solidarity look like for today`s musicians, and much more. to take possession of and establish the banks of the river, commonly known as the River Ouse or Grand, to flow into Lake Erie and, for that purpose, to allocate them six miles deep on each side of the river, from Lake Erie, and in this proportion extend to the head of the said river, which they and their descendants will enjoy forever. Most First Nations in Canada fall under the Indian Act, which established Amerindian status and replaced traditional forms of governance with elected band councils whose administrative affairs are largely tied to the federal government. January 18, 2021: Land defenders issued a statement saying a barricade blocking another highway would be removed. July 31, 2020: Police issue a court order obtained by Foxgate Development and Haldimand County to dissolve the occupation. The protectors of the earth ignore him and remain on the scene.

In the summer of 2020, Haudenosaunee land advocates set up camps and called on the federal government to resume land claims negotiations. The conflict escalated when the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raided the occupation and arrested several Indigenous protesters and their allies. After the police intervened, people from Six Nations set up three roadblocks and set fire. While music is R. Flex`s livelihood, Guslits, says his work in music is more of a hobby and a passion project.