Cottager erects barricade on Ipperwash Beach
On Friday, the barricades came down but on Saturday they went back up.
A campaign by the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nations to reclaim land has hit an obstacle--- an act of protest by landowners along Ipperwash Beach.
Cottager Mark Lyndsay erected a barricade made of a picnic table, a metal pole and some wood debris.
"If they want to drive their car they'll have to go through the water, or us i guess," says Lyndsay.
The Chippewas say they are reclaiming their land, a historical trail that connects the Kettle and Stony Point Nations.
To do so, they had to tear down the barricades that prevented vehicular traffic on the beach so that cars can easily drive through.
For decades, the land has been privately owned.
The landowners kept the beach open to First Nations and the general public for people to enjoy.
Their concern is that with the barricades down and motorized vehicles on the sand, nobody will be able to enjoy it.
"I don't know why anybody would want to drive through but I believe we shouldn't let them through for safety and environmental reasons," says cottager Randy Sommerville.
Lyndsay's family has owned a cottage on the beach since the 1950s.
The deed says the property extends to Lake Huron.
He can't stop cars from approaching his property line but he aims to make sure they don't cross it.
"Traditionally they rode horses or walked. So they're welcome to ride their horse through here or walk today," says Lyndsay.
This is the latest development in a campaign by the Chippewas to reclaim land taken from them during World War II.
"If the police want to arrest me for standing on my own property and protecting it? They can do so, I'll go to jail. If they want to run me down, they can do it. If they pull this stuff up tonight, or tomorrow, I'll put more up tomorrow," says Lyndsay.
The lines are drawn in the sand and neither side seems ready to back down.