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Protest blocking Awenda Provincial Park entrance disbanded –

by ahnationtalk on July 29, 2019415 Views

The main entrance to Awenda Provincial Park is open again.

The protest was disbanded by park staff and the Southern Georgian Bay OPP on July 28, more than five weeks after the blockade was first established.

Johnny Hawk, a 34-year-old Christian Island man, dropped a couple of trees across the roadway on June 21 and set up camp at the entrance off Awenda Park Road. He was protesting “land claim settlements that extinguish Indigenous rights and title to the land.”

What exactly was he upset about?

Last June, seven area First Nations, including Beausoleil First Nation, agreed to a $1.1-billion government payout over the controversial Williams Treaties from 1923.

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