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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Entrance To Grand Bend's Pinery Park Blocked, Again

Grand Bend | by Fadi Didi  

Demonstrators return in land claim to park, after seemingly resolving issues in November.

The entrance to the Pinery Provincial Park in Grand Bend has, once again, been blocked.

Members of the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation have settled at the parks entrance, in a land dispute with the province's Ministry of Natural Resources.

A similar occupation was undertaken last year, and settled in late November.

This week's occupancy at the Pinery involves about five members of the nearby First Nation, who is claiming rights to the land along the Lake Huron shoreline.

In a statement, the MNR says "Ontario Parks is working towards a resolution to this situation," and, "are engaging with the individuals, their counsel and the Police to better understand their claims."

The protestors say their claim to the land dates back to the early nineteenth century.

It's unclear how long demonstrators will stay at the park.

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