The City of Hamilton is telling Six Nations Chief Roberta
Jamieson it's willing to discuss how -- but not whether
-- the Red Hill Creek Expressway will be built.
Mayor Bob Wade sent Jamieson a letter yesterday, saying the
city had consulted experts who advised the eight-kilometre road through
Red Hill Valley parkland would not infringe on native rights
contained in the Nanfan Treaty of 1701.
Wade was replying to a letter in which the elected
chief joined members of the traditional Confederacy in opposing further
work on the $200-million project until concerns and rights of
the Six Nations people are addressed.
The mayor told Jamieson: "...we look forward to continuing our
dialogue with you in the weeks ahead and, if possible,
act on your interests while we implement the completion of
the project in a way that best meets the needs
of the broader public, including the Six Nations."
Meanwhile, lawyer Lou Frapporti said the court order the city
is seeking to end a protest that's keeping construction vehicles
out of the valley would apply equally to natives and
non-natives, including Confederacy members who have built a roundhouse around
a sacred fire in the woods near Greenhill Avenue.
Frapporti stressed it will be up to a Superior Court
justice to decide what to put in an order, if
one is issued, but the city application that will be
heard at 10 a.m. tomorrow asks that everyone be kept
three metres outside the boundary of any Red Hill construction