Anishinabek Clans to Invoke our Nation
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Monday August 9, 2021
Thunder Beach Resident welcomes Indigenous Encampment on Property
Veronique Laqcroix and Johnny Hawk at 361 Thunder Beach Rd, Tiny ON AT Laqcroix’s Residence
Two weeks after being arrested for Mischief for occupying private property on Nottawaga Beach in Tiny Township, Anishinaabe Land Defender Johnny Hawk of Gchimnissing Anishinabek (Beausoleil First Nation) in a continued effort to create awareness of a historical land issue has set up his fourth encampment this summer on Private Property in Thunder Beach on Monday afternoon.
Hawk was arrested July 25, 2021 after a week of occupying beach space on what is allegedly private property and feels the charges are an act of discrimination and breachesof internationl law in regards to his inherit Indigenous Rights to what he claims as Unsurrendered Lands that Tiny Township Occupy’s.
“ The area I set up on shows on the Simcoe County and Tiny Township Online maps that I was not on Private Property. I have a right to access water in which I have been denied and part of my conditions on my release also is to not to make noise after 8pm in Tiny Township, a result of me drumming ceremony songs.” says Hawk
Since June 21 Hawk has set up two tipi’s in Thunder Beach, Balm Beach and Tiny Beaches to what he says is unceeded, unsurrendered Anishinabe Territory.
Hawke has support of the local communities who he has organized with through a Facebook Group called Beach Rights to advocate to all peoples right to access water.
“I’ve met Johnny through Beach Rights and when he set up his first camp at the dock in Thunder Beach andI have been a big supporter of his initiative.” explains Veronique Lacroix a fourth Generation Resident of Thunder Beach and of French and Metis descent.
“ I’ve allowed Johnny to come an use my property and set up his tipi as a space to gain the attention of the Federal Minister of Crown and Indigneous Relations, Carolyn Bennett who has a cottage in Thunder Beach and who has to drive past my house.” says Lacroix
Hawk says he strategically established his camps in Thunder Beach to gain Minister Bennett’s attention.
“Her cottage is on lands misappropriated by the Crown from the Chippewa’s of Lake Huron and Simcoe in an 1811 provisional agreement and which Tiny Township occupies. I was arrested unlawfully for exercising my rights while she gets to enjoy her privilege on stolen lands. She needs to address these matters and this long standing grievance in which my community submitted a claim in 1990 regarding such lands but was rejected by Canada. Everyone has a Human Right to access Water.” says Hawk
Thunder Beach is located on the Southern Shores of Georgian Bay neighboring Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island, 175 km north of Toronto Ontario.
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