Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2008 | 5:06 PM ET
Dozens of aboriginal protesters blocked off a main street through Deseronto, Ont., after a Kingston, Ont., developer announced plans to develop a property that is part of an ongoing land dispute.
An old RV continued blocking the intersection of two gravel roads Monday afternoon, and protesters plan to maintain the blockade until the developer changes his plans, said spokesman Dan Doreen.
“They want to make sure that any other development does not return to this land,” he added. “This is Mohawk land and developers, you better stay the hell away.”
Demonstrators barricaded County Road 2 in both directions around 6 a.m. Monday, said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Jackie Perry.
The protesters, members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte from the nearby Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, were responding to a public announcement that Nibourg Developments would begin clearing brush Monday on property it owns in the community southwest of Napanee.
The property is part of the Culbertson Tract, about 400 hectares of land on Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte, east of Belleville and west of Kingston, that the Mohawks said they never properly surrendered.