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Photo Essay: Walk and Celebration for Peace, Respect and Friendship - April 28, 2012

by Mike Barber

Around 1000 people gather at Edinburgh Square, a Haudenosaunee park across from the Caledonia Fairgrounds in the Township of Caledonia.
An OPP officer uses a video camera to document who is present at the rally. Note: nothing criminal had taken place or was in the process of taking place.
"We are all treaty people"
"We are all treaty people"
A giant Guswhenta (Two-Row Wampum) is carried across the Argyle Street Bridge over the Grand River.
A crowd of about 1000 people cross the Argyle Street Bridge over the Grand River.
A view of the Grand River from the Argyle Street bridge.
A crowd of about 1000 people cross the Argyle Street Bridge over the Grand River.
One of only a small handful of locals opposed to the march.
"Love Peace Unity" "Native and non-natives unite"
"Peace Respect Friendship"
Many carried the Guswhenta (Two-Row Wampum).
Arriving at Kanonhstaton.
"Turtle Island will be free"
Phil Montour, Six Nations Director of Land Claims Research, speaks at Kanonhstaton.
Ruby Montour, Six Nations elder, speaks at Kanonhstaton.
Syed Hussan speaking on behalf of No One Is Illegal.
Jaroslava Avila speaking on behalf of the Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu.

On April 28th, 2012, the Six Nations [Haudenosaunee] people of the Grand River territory and their allies will be holding a walk and rally for “Peace, Respect and Friendship.” The main focus of the event was to remind the Canadian people and the Canadian government that Six Nations land rights and treaties need to be respected. Approximatly 1000 people from all over southern Ontario gathered at Edinburgh Square, a Haudenosaunee park across from the Caledonia Fairgrounds in the Township of Caledonia for the walk.

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