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Anishinaabe family says northern Ontario town needs to acknowledge ‘injustice’ – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 2017128 Views

Brenda Cameron says her grandmother’s home on Cameron Island was deliberately burned down in the 1960s

Sep 13, 2017

A proposed zoning change to an island within the Municipality of Red Lake in northwestern Ontario has led an Anishinaabe family to seek acknowledgement of, what they call, part of Canada’s colonial history.

Cameron Island — also known as Howey Island — is a three hectare island in Red Lake. It was where Brenda Cameron’s grandmother had a home until, Cameron said, it was deliberately burned to the ground in the 1960s in order to remove her from the property.

“There needs to be a recognition of that and Red Lake needs to be willing to acknowledge that and move in the direction of making that correct in some way,” she told CBC News prior to attending a public meeting in the town on Monday where she spoke to the planning committee about the proposed rezoning.

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