By Stephanie Dearing and Susannah Schmidt, Writers, Turtle Island News, www.theturtleislandnews.com
It’s a red light for Samsung’s Green Renewable Energy Park after the Haudenosaunee Development Institute issued a cease and desist letter to Samsung and partners on November 2. HDI representatives personally delivered the letter Friday to a Haldimand County archaeological assessment area on Sutor Rd. south of Nelle’s corner south of the reserve, HDI lawyer Aaron Detlor said in an interview. Assessors left the site with equipment, he said. Personnel were there with Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants, who are working with Samsung to conduct an assessment. “They stopped. It was all very cordial. They packed up and left,” said Detlor. “We have invited Samsung on three separate occasions to commence an engagement process with the Haudenosaunee and have not had the courtesy of a favourable response. Because of Samsung’s failure to respond, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council have determined that Samsung should cease and desist any activity on Haudenosaunee lands. . .Should you wish to respect our council’s process and commence a meaningful and good faith engagement process, your application can be submitted to the HDI,” says the letter. Aaron Detlor, Hazel Hill Wayne Hill and Blake Bomberry delivered the letter, said Detlor. “They were doing archaeological field work to determine if there was any archaeological matter of interest with respect to the proposed development by Samsung,” he said. Detlor said to his knowledge the stopped work site is the only current active one for the planned wind and solar farm. The project is supposed to cover 40.5 hectares. Ontario announced the $7-million plan in April 2010. In an interview, Samsung C&T General Manager Gy Yoo said there is more than one archeological assessment being undertaken for the project in Haldimand County, but it was unclear whether that means people are active on sites. At the work site, HDI representatives spoke with the field supervisor who was “advised of the failure of the Crown and Samsung” to engage in appropriate consultation. The cease and desist letter was also sent to Samsung America Inc., to Golder & Associates, an engineering and consulting company, to Haudenosaunee Management Services (HMS), and Stantec Consulting Ltd. HMS, who the letter says keeps offices at the Woodland Cultural Centre, could not be reached for comment on the cease and desist order. The company has a Facebook page but it doesn’t list any people affiliated with the company. Detlor said Six Nations people run HMS but the body has not been empowered or authorized to represent Six Nations’ interests. He said the HMS places monitors on the site. “[Samsung] says they talked to [Six Nations] Lands and Resources who referred them to [HMS]. So the only people benefitting are the individual monitors and the HMS.” Detlor said no Six Nations people – monitors or otherwise – were at the work site when HDI representatives arrived.
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