WEDNESDAY, August 1, 2012
Chiefs a no-show at tower meeting
Continued from page 2 the farm and this is a part of the farm I bought. We need to know why the Band Council was involved with this at all. This land was donated to the Confederacy Council in 1913 and there was no Band Council until after 1924.” Although Councillor Ava Hill was present, it appeared that she was there as a Martin family member and not in any official capacity. But she wondered aloud why this has become a problem all of a sudden. “We had two community meetings, we provided the information and there was no opposition at those meetings,” said Hill. “We’ve been working on this for the last couple of years.” But when people at the site were asked if anyone knew about those meetings, the general answer was “no”. The question was not whether the land was do-
nated to the Confederacy by the Martin Family, but rather how did the land end up in the hands of Band Council. “My issue is that the ownership has to be settled first, before anything continues,” said Douglas. “I listen to the Confederacy on this issue because Band Council was not in existence when this happened. So far the Confederacy has said that once the school was closed the land would go back to the family. I own this farm now.” Without the Chiefs on hand to represent the Elected Council and the Confederacy, the “meeting” quickly degenerated into a Martin - Douglas family feud over who is the rightful “owner” or possessor of the land in question and how they got possession. “If you have valid documents to prove what you are saying, show me and I will be glad to go along with that,”
Canadian Heritage supports Woodland Centre’s initiatives with funding
Continued from page 4 ings. This year also offers a BC Indigenous Land Rights Panel, a Birch Bark Canoe demonstration, a wampum belt workshop, as well as Indigenous dance workshops. The Woodland Cultural Centre offers busing from Brantford to Toronto for the festival, but those wishing to take advantage must preregister. While the ten-day festival starts on August 10 in Toronto, the Woodland Cultural Centre kicks-off the Brantford aspect of the festival on August 11, starting at 1:30 pm. For folks not able – or willing to travel to Toronto, there are plenty of mouth-watering offerings available throughout the festival in Brantford, such as a performance by OKI, a feature play by Six Nations playwright Falen Johnson, a showcase of New Credit talent, and a concert featuring Susan Aglukark and Ali
Fontaine among many other treats. Check the Woodland Cultural Centre website for more information: http://www. woodland-centre.on.ca Part of the funding provided by Canadian Heritage and Official Languages will help the Woodland Cultural Centre put on the 1812 Whirlwind Conference, which will take place at Six Nations Polytechnic from November 15 to 17, 2012. The conference will commemorate the role of Six Nations during the war of 1812. The Woodland Cultural Centre was established in 1972 with a goal “to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect, and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Onkwehonwe people,” said Woodland Executive Director, Janis Monture, in a prepared statement released by Canadian Heritage Monday.
Douglas said to the vocal members of the Martin family. With that he declared, “Bill didn’t show up, Allen didn’t show up, so we’re getting nowhere here. Let’s go home.” The gathering soon left. There has been no further construction at the site as of Tuesday morning.
Although neither Confederacy Chief Allen MacNaughton nor Elected Chief Bill Montour showed up to a meeting they set up to discuss the controversial Silo tower placement on the Old School No.1 land, about 2 dozen area residents did. The gathering quickly devolved into a long standing family feud and the issue was not resolved. (Photo by Jim Windle)
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