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Prime Minister Harper announces Job Creation Grants By Jim Windle BRANTFORD

Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper officially launched what he calls his Consultation with Businesses on the Canada Job Grant program. The Prime Minister, under tight security, was at the S.C. Johnson plant in Brantford where he was joined by Conservative Brant MP Phil McColeman and Conservative Haldimand MP and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley. Also seated with the PM were several local corporate CEO’s and business owners whom Harper said he was in town to consult with about his new initiative. “I am pleased to launch consultations on the Canada Job Grant,” he said in a release given to the assembled media. “The Canada Jobs Grant will take skills-training choices out of the hands of government and put them where they belong: in the hands of employers with unfilled jobs and Canadians who want to work.” After introducing the front table, Harper said, “One of the things we are going to be talk-

ing about today is obviously the economy and job creation. Specifically what the government is doing too move forward on that. “As you know Canada has by far one of the best job creation (programs) in the developed world, post recession. But we are in a challenging global economy and job creation is still a challenge. The reality is, we see in our part of the country too many people that are looking for jobs and to many jobs that are looking for people.” The plan includes an opportunity for some job hunters who qualify to receive up to $15,000 to learn new skills to accept a new job or a better one, from a $5,000 maximum federal contribution and matching contributions from the employer and province or Territory. The Grants will be for short duration training and will include eligible training institutions, including community colleges, career colleges and trade union training centres. Businesses with a plan to train unemployed or underemployed Canadians for an existing job or a better job will be eligible to apply for a Canadian Job Grant.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Brantford at the S.J Johnson plant last Friday to announce a consultation phase of an upcoming job creation initiative he is calling the Canada Job Grant as part of his Economic Action Plan. Seated with him were several COE’s and owners of large and medium size local corporation as well as Haldimand MP Diane Finley and Brant MP Phil McColeman. (Photo by Jim Windle)

New development fund grant to spur job creation By Stephanie Dearing BRANTFORD Ontario has given a Brantford auto parts manufacturing company a $1.5 million grant, representing 15 percent of the

$10 million Hematite manufacturing has committed to invest into the expansion of its Brantford operation. The investments are expected to create 51 new jobs and help keep another 124 jobs in the region.

MPP Dave Levac announced the grant Friday morning on the floor of the Hematite's manufacturing facility. The grant was the second given by the new Southwest Continued on page 3

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Elected Council may explore land management act By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN Opting into the federal First Nations Land Management Act would allow Six Nations to deal with illegal dumping among other environmental issues, a junior policy analyst told members of Elected Council's Physical and Economic Development Committee earlier this month. On the recommendation of Andrew Joseph, the committee passed a motion recommending the Committee of the Whole ask for a presentation on the Act. Joseph, Junior Policy Analyst for Six Nations, said he believes opting in to the Act would give Six Nations a number of benefits, but there are also negatives, and he said it would be better “you hear

from the people involved with it.” Among the benefits Joseph listed was that 34 sections of the Indian Act would no longer apply to Six Nations. Establishing a Six Nations land code would be the first step towards self-government apart from the federal government. However, meeting chair, Councillor Ava Hill (District Two) was not impressed, saying “it's still delegated authority from the government.” She told Joseph, “It's one of the drawbacks you didn't list.” The Elected Council would be responsible for land transfers, Joseph said. “We'd have greater flexibility on approving transfers.” Joseph cited a study done by KPMG for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Canada (AANDC) that found those First Nations which opt in to the Land Management Act see a greater diversification of on-reserve businesses, a shift in the quality of available jobs and growth in economic development. Importantly, Joseph believes opting in to the Act means “council would have great power to act” on matters such as the Six Nations Matrimonial Real Property law. The Act would be “a vehicle for us to pass laws and have environmental protection,” Joseph said. “We could do our own zoning bylaws and have our own justice system to deal with offences.” However, the program is underfunded, and it takes a long time to get a land code approved by the federal gov-

Continued from page 2 Ontario Development Fund. Hematite is planning to expand its manufacturing capacity at its Brantford plant by adding a third line this year. President John Pavanel said the company hoped to eventually open another three to four production lines. The Southwest Ontario Development Fund “helps sustain jobs or create new jobs,” said Levac. He said Brant County was the last community to be included in the fund. There is a similar funds for the eastern region of Ontario, the funds created in 2012 by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and employment.

“Manufacturing is a tough business, a truly global business,” Pavanel said. “There are a lot of jobs leaving southwestern Ontario.” He said Hematite wants to maintain its workforce in Ontario. “We want to grow in Brantford.” “Employable, trainable and skilled workers are needed for manufacturing,” said Levac. He said the government's decision to maintain and control the auto manufacturing industry was a good decision. The funding Ontario is giving to Hematite to help bump up the company's investment will result in a “more than doubling of the workforce.” According to Levac, the

Ministry of Economic Development will work with Hematite in a partnership “to help them achieve growth.” Hematite makes acoustic, air flow and water deflection parts for vehicles out of recycled plastic. Hematite's subsidiary company, Pavaco, recycles mainly plastic from vehicles in Brantford. Pavaco started operations in Brantford in 2008. With the new investment in Hematite's Brantford operations, Pavanel said the facility will eventually run for five days a week and possibly could run seven days a week. Hematite currently has about 39 employees, said Pavanel.

If Six Nations Elected Council decides to opt into the First Nations Land Management Act, it could set out bylaws and environmental regulations to control things like unregulated garbage dumping, like the roofing shingles and other garbage that was dumped earlier this year on the side of Chiefswood Road, close to First Line. (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing). ernment. One of the stumbling blocks is the requirement for such a code to be approved by the community in a vote. The code can only be applied to existing reserve lands. According to the AANDC

website, those First Nations that sign on to the act can develop their own laws “to manage reserve land, resources and environment under a land code established by a First Nation within the Regime. This allows

participating First Nations to opt out of the land-related sections of the Indian Act and enact their own laws taking into consideration the development, conservation, use and possession of reserve lands.”

New development fund grant to spur job creation Hematite makes parts for Lexus, Rav4, the Highlander and Chrysler. The company will be making Ford components later this summer.

“The province is determined to be competitive. We're determined to be competitive,” said Pavanel. He said the trend has been for

less and less manufacturing to be located in Ontario, and the partnership with the province is helping Hematite stay in the province.


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Good planning sees growth of Toronto Purchase Trust Fund By Stephanie Dearing NEW CREDIT

The Toronto Purchase Trust Fund grew in 2012, something Corporate Trustee Dominic Natale attributed to New Credit's planning. Natale, who is the Vice President of Aboriginal Trust Services for TD Waterhouse attended a meeting on the Trust held at the new community centre, which was ceremonially opened by the community before the meeting on Saturday morning. Members were taken through the new centre on a tour by councillor Kerry King before the trust meeting got underway. Planning of the building got underway in 2010. Construction on the building cost over $2 million, and got underway last year, and is just wrapping up now. The community centre has been named Nimaajiidimin, neaning “we gather together.” Council said $1.6 million for the building came from the RAMA moneys. While the centre is still missing some elements such as the smudge altar that will be situated in the entry foyer, the electric flames of the Three Fires were dancing away in their special wall niches, visible from both the foyer and the main hall. The Mississaugas of New Credit had originally accepted $145 million from Canada as compensation for the loss of traditional lands in what is now called Toronto, but not all of that money went into investments. Payment to reimburse New Credit for the costs of seeing the land claim resolved came out of the funds, and every adult received $20,000 each when the money came. Of the remaining funds, New Credit has ear-marked $2 million for the purchase of

Young Eli was given the honour of cutting the red ribbon as New Credit opened the new community centre Saturday morning. Standing with Eli are Kim. Also seen in the photograph are councillors Craig King (far left), Stacey LaForme and Arland LaForme (far right). (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing). land, a portion is dedicated to paying those minors coming of age their $20,000 allotment, plus interest. The rest of the money will be used for community development, an education fund, an emergency fund, special projects, the community wellness policy

(which sees each member reimbursed up to a maximum of $1,500 a year for health care costs), as well as money set aside for estates. “Your trust is one of the most carefully crafted, thought through trust,” said Natale. He reminded members the funds are held in

three different accounts in order to diversify the portfolio to ensure maximum return on the money. The trust, according to an unaudited statement from TD Canada Trust, realized a net capital gain of $38,119 in 2012.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Cold and snowy protest closes Cockshutt Bridge By Jim Windle BRANTFORD

It was a gentle, peaceful and respectful reminder to the City of Brantford and County of Brant, as well as to the federal and provincial governments when a small number of Six Nations residents and non-Native allies gathered on the Cockshutt Bridge, Saturday, stopping traffic both ways for most of the day. It was in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of the botched OPP raid on the former Douglas Creak Estates, near Caledonia now known by Six Nations land protectors as Kanonhstaton — the protected place. The demonstration was also to bring attention to their objection to a proposed housing development on Tutela Heights land which Six Nations and settlers groups have linked arms together to protect. Cars began to arrive at around 10:30 a.m. The OPP fully cooperated by blocking the road at either end of

Cold and snow could not stop Six Nations land protectors and a few non-Native allies from closing down the Cockshutt Bridge Saturday in commemoration of the botched OPP raid of April 20, 2006 which escalated a peaceful protest over a land claim into a stand-off which made news around the world. It was also an opportunity to remind the city, and county of their objection to a proposed housing development on Tutela Heights. (Photo by Jim Windle) the bridge, redirecting traffic around the area. Although there was some inconvenience, there were no incidents to report. Mary Lou Knechtel is a resident of the Oxbow and she told Tekawennake that the OPP had paid a courtesy call to she and her Oxbow neighbours to inform them that there may be some inconvenience but not to be concerned.

“I think it was a show of good faith for both the OPP and the participants,” she said. “It was peaceful and respectful.” Knechtel knows very well and understands the Six Nations perspectives, having worked and allied with members of the Six Nations community on several environmental issues over the years. The temporary bridge clo-

Solidarity for all on May Day

sure was also a chance to exercise Six Nations fishing and hunting rights. Organizers asked people to bring their fishing poles and fish off the bridge as a demonstration of that right through the Nanfan Treaty of 1701 which is still in place, even though fishing is out of season for Ontarians. Land protector Ruby Montour was sick and could not be there physically, but certainly was standing on the bridge

beside her husband and fellow land protector Floyd in spirit. About the Caledonia situation of 7 years ago, Ruby said by telephone, “We’ve been fighting for that for a long time. We’ve had a lot of nasty things said about us while they still go ahead and build on our land. “I don’t understand how intelligent people can’t understand how we feel about the

loss of our land without any kind of compensation. The fight to protect the environment as well is not only for our people by for their future generations too.” Food was brought in as the day went on and although it turned out to be a cold and snowy day, the gathering stayed long enough to make their point, and at around 3:30 p.m. the bridge was reopened to traffic.

By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN Organizers hope to turn Toronto into Solidarity City on May 1, a day also known among workers as International Workers Day. Three key organizers – Occupy Toronto, the May First Movement and No One Is Illegal – have planned “a day of action to respect indigenous sovereignty, insist that no one is illegal, for international workers solidarity, to defend and expand public services, to stop prison expansion and corporate handouts, to end imperialist wars and aggression, to build people's power and to move beyond capitalism,” according to Occupy Toronto. As part of the focus on Indigenous Sovereignty, Idle No More Toronto has planned to hold a round dance in Nathan Phillips Square at 5:30 pm on May 1. Indigenous speakers, free food and art performances will be on offer. Organizers anticipate between 3,000 to 5,000 people will attend the May Day actions. Events will kick off at Queens Park at 1 pm and the actions will culminate in a march that will end at Little Norway Park to express soli-

Six Nations Council is offering Matrimonial Real Property [MRP] Mediation training to interested and qualified community members. Training will require a commitment of 14 full work days, to be offered as follows: May 13-17, June 4-7, and June 17-21. Qualifications for Six Nations MRP Mediators

The poster above is one of an image series created for No One Is Illegal. “In this image series we try to imagine what a solidarity city would look like,” said the organization, which encourages people to share the posters. darity for presently striking workers at Porter Air. Representatives from Idle No More Toronto came to Six Nations to meet with members about the May 1 event, which focuses this year on a unified struggle, according to the organization, No One Is Illegal. It is not known what plans Six Nations members are trying to put into place for May Day, but an invitation for Six Nations members to partipate in May Day was extended to

the community during the Indian Defense League of America annual banquet. Organizers are asking workers to call in sick on May 1 to protest the austerity budgets brought down by the federal and provincial governments. While the official holiday for workers is Labour Day, workers in Canada have been gathering on May Day to draw attention to worker rights and migrant justice issues since the early 1900s.

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To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter indicating band name and number, and photocopies of educational diplomas/transcripts. You must also submit a WRITING SAMPLE that clearly displays that you meet the basic qualifications for analytical and writing skills. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, or to submit your application, please contact: Paula Hill MRP Coordinator SIX NATIONS COUNCIL P.O. Box 5000 Ohsweken, Ontario N0A 1M0 Phone: 519-445-2205 x.4440 Direct Line: 226-446-9904 Fax: 519-445-4208 Website: To view Six Nations’ Matrimonial Real Property Law: MatRealProperty.htm


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Talk vs. action Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Brantford last Friday morning for what was described as a business roundtable with some of the city’s high profile corporate leaders and business owners. According to the PM’s office, it was all part of the Conservative government’s Canadian Job Grant program’s consultation process with local business people. But it was made perfectly clear by Harper’s political handlers that the PM would not be entertaining questions from the assembled media. None! In fact, it seems the media was only called together for a photo-op for Brant MP Phil McColeman and Haldimand MP Diane Finley with the PM which they will no doubt be using in their re-election campaigns ... oh, and for him to make a statement. That did not go down well with us or any of the other media types who felt they were being used by Harper to advance his own agenda, make whatever statements and claims he wanted without the scrutiny of the media, and therefor, the public. Local, regional and national news reporters and camera operators were herded together in a small S.C Johnson board room to wait for the appropriate moment. At one point the media was asked to leave their equipment in the room and to assemble in the hallway outside the board room. Police then sent a bomb sniffing dog into the room to check the camera bags and recording equipment. Then the dog was lead past the media members where we were checked for bombs or weapons as well. That out of the way, a Harper aid lead us into another small boardroom festooned with Canadian Flags and PC banners and tent cards promoting his Economic Action Plan — you know, the one Canadian tax payers are footing the bill for in countless TV spots designed to convince the voting public that his Action Plan is working in creating new jobs. This, despite the fact that 55,000 Canadians lost their jobs across Canada last month alone. This was the obvious question which was on the lips of most media representatives, and, as usual, Harper did not want to talk about that or anything else counter to his rigid and strictly run PR protocol. McColeman looked like a 5-year-old sitting on Santa’s lap, obviously thrilled beyond words that he and his Tory leader were being photographed and filmed together, sitting side by side for the entire world to see. Last time we covered a Harper visit to Brantford, there was a brief Q&A opportunity for the media. But questions had to be submitted to Harpers handlers first and they would select which questions they wanted asked, and avoided any that might put their boss in a bad or uncomfortable light. Such is the transparency of Canada’s top dog and his respect for the democratic process through open dialogue and accountability. Now keep in mind that of his 5 minute speech, half was is French. He also delivered some words regarding the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred the day before with condolences to friends and family of the victims. Very nice. But the instant the last syllable left the PM’s mouth his handler said, “that will conclude things for today” and the media was herded out. Meanwhile, across town, Liberal MP Dave Levac wasn’t just talking about job creation, he was putting $1.5 million of provincial money behind a new auto parts manufacturing form in Brantford that will employ 51 real people with real work.


Scene of humanity was touching Dear Teka News, I was on Cockshutt Road on Saturday afternoon when an OPP officer that was directing traffic had some kind of a seizure and fell to the ground cutting his head. Other OPP officers and a motorist who stopped were trying to help him when I saw that several Six Nations residents, who had been at the event on the bridge, arrived.  I watched them and I could see by the looks on their faces and the way that they acted that they were concerned about what was happening with the officer. One native man got right in there and helped as they got the bleeding and dazed officer to his feet.  Others went to their vehicles to get drinks and blankets.  Then they all waited for the ambulance together while trying to help this man.  OPP officers, Six Nations members and a passing motorist all around him, caring for him. I wish that I had taken a photograph but I was caught up in the moment.  I was worried about the officer’s health but the beauty of that scene of humanity was touching.  And it really showed the character of this group of people.  I can’t stop thinking about it. That’s the Ontario that I want to live in.   Thanks to everyone who stopped.  Proving that beyond political differences and racial complications there are wonderful people who can put those issues aside when a fellow human is in need. Peace, Eddie Sexton

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


You will never see this in settler media

You need to take your blinders off

Thank-you for courageously offering a perspective (April 10 editorial - Holocaust Remembrance Day) that you will never see in settler media, for two reasons - settler sensitivities and Jewish influence. Harper of course panders to both. The "untold hundreds of thousands" may sound trivial in comparison to the "nearly six million" but it was of genocidal proportions, totally wiping out entire tribal cultures - an estimated 90-95% of the North American native population - something Hitler could only dream of.   According to Harper, "we stand together to remember" the Nazi atrocity, We also stand together ignoring the far more deadly colonial atrocity.   Austin Whitten Toronto

Why is it you’re always chastising the elected council about not giving information or clamming up on issues important to the community or the lack of transparency yet you close a blind eye to the HDI lack of transparency. I expect to see you at the HDI information session next week asking them to tell the community about the deals they are making with developers and how much $ they have gotten. I see presenting the deals with developers is not part of the agenda next week. You need to take your blinders off and look at the HDI if you want to Talk about somebody hiding something.

Six Nations Elected Council Briefs By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN Incinerator close to being approved for on-reserve trial Following two test burns in Nova Scotia over the next two weeks, the Kearns Waste Disintegrator may soon be set up in Six Nations for a trial run. District Five Elected Councillor Bob Johnson said the trial will be to see whether the size of the incinerator is a good fit for Six Nations. Six Nations dump operator, Garrett Johnson will travel to Nova Scotia next week accompanied by Kyle Doolittle from K.L. Martin. Doolittle is studying to become an electrical engineer and has been tasked to assess the design of the incinerator. The inclusion of Doolittle briefly caused dissension at council after some councillors jumped to conclusions that he would be paid to go by Six Nations. It is thought that Six Nations Elected Councillors will travel to Nova Scotia the week after Garrett Johnson and Doolittle go. Wray Maracle has already seen the incinerator in action in the past. It is not known how long it will take to get the incinerator shipped and set up at Six Nations if it is approved. Council has not discussed how much it will pay for the new incinerator. Garrett Johnson will be the primary person operating the incinerator, council was told. He has been managing the dump for the past eight to nine years. Council looking into costs of track and field amenities When Six Nations Elected Council decided to build the running track, one of the options considered was a deluxe, world-level eight-lane track complete with jumping pits needed for track and field competitions. It was the first choice in terms of qual-

ity, but the cost was prohibitive, and in the end council voted in favour of creating a six-lane track with no other amenities. However, at least one school (J.C. Hill) asked for track and field amenities to be included at the new running track, located behind the Community hall, so that Six Nations schools could hold meets there. Cheryl Henhawk, Director of Parks and Recreation, was tasked with looking into the costs of installing jumping pits. She attended the April 15 meeting of council's Committee of the Whole to advise she is still in the process of getting two other quotes for the installation of a long and triple jump pit. Pro Sport has said it would need at least $20,000 to install the pits, which Henhawk said would include drainage of the pits, a filter cloth to prevent the growth of vegetation in the pits, and included an option for artificial turf on the runway. “If we build it right, it might attract more business,” Henhawk said, referring to the possibility that high schools might want to use the track and field facilities for their meets. Equipment for a high jump is also required, and Henhawk said buying it new could cost as much as $2,000, but there might be an option to buy used equipment. She said the total estimated price provided by Pro Sports, including the artificial turf runway, was $25,600. Henhawk said she had not yet identified a source of funds for the project, but suggested by late August this year, she could tap into her capital fund, but the pits wouldn't be installed until 2014. “It's a nice facility we have over there, with the track,” said District Three Councillor Carl Hill. “I'd like to see it [the pits] get done this year, we have enough kids. Our kids deserve nothing but the best. It will get good use.” He suggested the finance department find the money for the project. Councillor Ross Johnson (District Three) was concerned about the bottom line of the track facility, ask-

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ing Henhawk how many people had booked the track already and how many she anticipated booking into the future. “We need to make money,” he said. “You're picking lowhanging fruit, picking and choosing

when to come to us” to ask for funding for projects. Henhawk reminded council they had asked her to look into the costs of installing jumping pits, and that council had said the community should


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be able to use the new track free of charge. Henhawk's report was accepted as information, although council asked her to obtain two other quotes for the pits within the next two weeks.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Six Nations rejects ‘racist’ legislation By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN

With the federal government moving closer to enacting Bill S-2, Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights legislation, Six Nations Elected Council will be sending the review committee an official statement of opposition. Bill S-2 attempts to address the plight of on-reserve women and children whose human rights are violated when they are forced to leave the matrimonial home when a marriage dissolves. It has been passed by the Senate, and just passed a second reading in the House of Commons.

The legislation will not be reviewed by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women before a third vote. In 2006, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women recommended Canada proceed with legislation to protect those women and children because “waiting for the realization of the inherent right of self-determination will take too long for some women in some First Nations communities.” The goal of the legislation is to provide on-reserve women with the same rights afforded to Native women who live off-reserve. “Our Guswhenta, or the Two Row Wampum Treaty

is one of the oldest in North America, dating back to the 1600s,” said Elected Chief William Montour as he read the prepared statement aloud for the record. “It is a treaty of non-interference, where we agree not to interfere with each other's governments or societies.” Federal legislation is an intrusion into the jurisdiction of Six Nations, the Elected Chief continued. “Six Nations ... has never relinquished its right to govern its people and territory.” Six Nations objects to Bill S-2 partly because jurisdiction over the administration of the legislation will not be given to First Nations. In-

stead, Montour read, the legislation “makes it so difficult that most First Nations will be unable to get out from under federal jurisdiction.” “Our concept of land ownership and the entire concept of division of assets as it relates to the matrimonial home is just one of those difficult to translate cultural conflicts.” “We oppose your legislation. We oppose your approach, not because of our reluctance to protect the rights of our women, but because this legislation only affects non-Native values and will be impossible to impose on our people,” read Montour. “The Standing Commit-

tee purports to have a strong desire to give equal rights to aboriginal women and to protect our women from domestic violence. Without taking into consideration our strongly held concept of land and our emotional ties to the land you are in fact, potentially offering more than fuel to an already raging fire, especially in cases where domestic violence is occurring.” “We will not in any way participate in a process that endangers the safety of our families by imposing their concept of women's rights on our people. We have our own answer that reflects our own cultural values and circumstances at Six Nations.”

“We are here to inform you that the federal MRP Bill S-2 is a racist example of legislation and this, when it becomes law in Canada will have no force and effect within our territory. The current Bill ... is an example of a violation of our treaty rights and we will resist it.” The statement ends by informing the Committee Six Nations is creating its own Matrimonial Real Property Law. “It is this law that will apply at Six Nations,” said Montour, and Six Nations will have jurisdiction over its administration. The statement will be mailed to the Standing Committee.

Suicides among members of remote Ontario First Nation prompt state of emergency By Heather Scoffield THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ Two recent deaths among the members of the Neskantaga First Nation have prompted the remote northern Ontario community to declare a state of emergency in the hope of getting help to prevent the spread of suicide. The First Nation northeast of Thunder Bay has seen two of its members die over the last two weeks, throwing the fragile community of 300 into grief and fear for the stability of other families. Chief Peter Moonias said that just as the community was burying the first victim _ a man in his 30s _ they learned of the death of a 19-year-old from Neskan-

taga living in Thunder Bay. Moonias said police have yet to declare the second death a suicide, but he suspects they soon will. The problems come just a few months after another young man took his life there in December, a tragedy that prompted the community to close ranks and put its youth on suicide watch to prevent additional deaths. ``One suicide, we could have handled. ... Not easily, but we could have come back,'' said Moonias. But the suicides are coming so close together that almost no one in the community of about 300 has been left untouched, he said. And now, they can't cope. ``Now we have nothing left. We have hardly any-

body who is not affected in the community. The community situation right now is in a state of shock. A lot of them are wondering what will happen next. They live in fear that something else will happen.'' Community and regional leaders decided to declare the state of emergency Wednesday to get help from the Red Cross and the Ontario government's emergency management office. Moonias said he was also hoping for help from any level of government in putting together a long-term plan that will confront Neskantaga's serious problems with addiction to prescription drugs. He's also hoping that other First Nations will heed Neskantaga's cry for help.

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``It will be a devastating thing for my people if nobody listens. Like we don't exist, you know?'' The Ojibway chief estimates that more than half the community's adults are addicted to OxyContin or other painkillers. The limited health care resources made available to Neskantaga to deal with addictions have been insufficient and have not worked well, Moonias added. ``Let's help these young people,'' he said. ``I don't want this to continue another day, another month.'' Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq promised the community the help they need. ``Our hearts go out to those

who have lost friends and loved ones to suicide,'' she said in a statement Wednesday. ``Health Canada will work closely with the community and send both additional nursing and counselling staff to assist during this difficult time.'' The suicide rate in Neskantaga and surrounding First Nations is far higher than the national average, as communities struggle to deal with isolation, drug and alcohol addictions, poverty, poor housing and a loss of cultural identity. Now, natural resource companies and the federal and provincial governments have taken a new interest in the community's health as they seek to develop the

region for mining. The massive and pristine Ring of Fire is rich with base metals, but First Nations need to be supportive of mining development in order for it to go ahead. They also need to be healthy in order to form a work force. Last year, Health Canada added some extra funding to deal with addictions in the Ring of Fire region. But relapses are frequent, and the pace of suicide and attempted suicide has been on the increase, Moonias said. Normally, a declaration of emergency by a First Nation triggers action by Emergency Management Ontario, which is in turn reimbursed and supported by Aboriginal Affairs in Ottawa.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Ironmen rise from the ashes to win Creator’s Cup By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS It all came down to one game Sunday afternoon at the ILA when the “Cinderella” Iroquois Ironmen took on the powerful Toronto Shooting Stars in the CLax Creator’s Cup Final. The Ironmen started off this game the same as they did in the semi-final game the day before, by striking fast and hard right from the opening face off. The Stars spotted the Iroquois five goals before Toronto got it into gear. Dwayne Porter, Josh Johnson, Jason Henhawk, Chris Attwood and a second goal by Josh Johnson produced a 5-0 lead by the 8:13 mark of the first quarter. Gary Muzzin allowed five goals on seven shots before Toronto coach Glenn Clark pulled him for Craig Robertson. To his horror, Robertson was also playing the worst game of his life at the same time, causing Clark to exchange goalies several times throughout the contest hoping one of them would break through and find their game,

but nothing seemed to work. Meanwhile, the Ironmen were in the same mental zone they were in for their thrilling semi-final win over the Niagara Lock Monsters less that 24 hours earlier. Josh Ruys put the Stars on the scoresheet at 12:40 on a powerplay which was answered by Elijah Johns at 13:07 from Kyle Jamieson and Torrey VanEvery. The Stars scored two more by the end of the quarter. It was 6-3 for the Iroquois when the second quarter began. Championship MVP Travis Hill connected from Chris Attwood and Blue Hill at 1:40, diving into the crease to make it 7-3. “Travis has been a stronghold for this team all year,” said Ironmen coach Mouse Henry of his Hill after the game. “I can’t say enough about him. He does everything we ask. He’s the heart and soil of our team.” Hill combined for seven goals and five assists for 12 points in the three play-off games. Torrey VanEvery capped off a great five way pass-

Iroquois Ironmen goaltender Jake Lazor was nothing short of fantastic throughout the playoffs. Here is his shutting the door on Toronto Shooting Stars Joel Wasson-Quiggle. (Photo by Jim Windle) ing play at 5:03 with assists going to Kraig Maracle and Kyle Jamieson. That was all for Muzzin — for a while — as he was yanked for Robertson. But it didn’t matter much. Elijah Printup scored at 5:32 to make it 9-3 for the Iroquois on the Ironmen’s first

shot on Robertson. Toronto scored twice within a minute when Mack O’Brien dropped one over Jake Lazor’s shoulder, and Connor Daly scored in close. But Elijah Printup, Travis Hill and Torrey VanEvery finished the half with goals to put

the Iroquois ahead 12-5. Jason Henhawk made it 13-5 at 4:49 of the third quarter with what looked like an easy bouncer which was enough to change goalies again. Ruys scored his second of the game at 5:31 and Torrey VanEvery added the Ironmen’s 14th goal at 7:01. The Shooting Stars made good on the last three goals of the frame to end the third quarter with the Ironmen still leading 14-9. Toronto’s Josh WassonQuiggle and Geoff Griffiths scored early in the fourth quarter, but Lazor and the Ironmen defense bricked up the net from that point on. The Ironmen played the clock in the last 10 minutes, holding the ball until they milked every available second out of the shot clock before firing to protect their 14-11 lead until the final buzzer. When that came, the players were finally able to release all the pent up tensions from the entire season and there was bedlam on the floor as they hugged each other and shouted the good news. The Creators Cup stays in Six Nations for another year. Last season it was the After starting the season poorly and barely making he playoffs, the Iroquois Ironmen underwent a sudden transformation Ohsweken Demons who won very late in the season and during the playoffs to defeat the defending champions, the Ohsweken Demons in the quarter final, the league regular season champions, the Niagara Lock Monsters in the semi-final and the powerful Toronto Shoot- the inaugural championship of the new CLax league. ing Stars to win the 2013 Creator’s Cup. (Photo by Jim Windle)

“We knew the Stars were coming,” said Mouse Henry following the game. “No matter how much of a lead we had, we knew they were coming. If you don’t get in these spots you don’t know what kind of character your team has. Toronto had a run of goals, and I think our guys were too busy looking at the clock there for a while.” League Commissioner Paul St. John and co-commissioner Jim Veltman were on hand to pass the Creator’s Cup to Iroquois Ironmen captain Travis Hill. The first thing he did was pass off the trophy to team owner Nancy Tewisha and team president, Vince Hill. From there, it was passed from player to player in the age old tradition followed by a team picture with the prize. The Ironmen offense was lead by Josh Johnson who recorded two goals and four assists. Chris Attwood chipped in with one goal and four assists while Travis Hill (3G, 1A), Elijah Printup (2G, 2A) and Torrey VanEvery (2G, 2A) all added four points. Rounding out the Iroquois scoring were Jason Henhawk (2G, 1A), Elijah Johns (1G, 1A), Dewey Porter (1G), Kyle Jamieson (3A),  Blue Hill (2A), Kraig Maracle (2A), Mike Attwood (2A) and Lloyd Chrysler (1A).

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Ironmen slay Niagara Lock Monsters By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS

The under-achieving Iroquois Ironmen suddenly came to life in the playoffs to surprise and shock the defending champion Ohsweken Demons, this year’s regular season league champion Niagara Lock Monsters, and the finalist Toronto Shooting Stars in quick succession to become the 2013 Creators Cup Champions of the professional Canadian Lacrosse League (aka CLax). Saturday afternoon’s game against the top seeded Niagara Lock Monsters was a thriller, to say the least. It took a late goal by Dwayne Porter to send the game into overtime and an overtime goal by Kraig Maracle to do it, but the last playoff position holders took out the overwhelming favourites 1615 to earn the Ironmen a spot for the Championship game played the next day, Sunday. Saturday afternoon in the first game of a CLax playoff semi-final double header at the ILA, the Ironmen set the pace early by building up a 4-0 lead starting with Elijah Johns’ low side-arm shot at 2:39. Josh Johnson, picked up his own rebound and made it 2-0 at 3:07 which Travis Hill followed at 3:35. Chris Attwood picked up a missed pass in front of Monsters’ starter Connor Danko who was certainly not having his best game of the year in goal. But it wouldn’t prove to be that easy for the Iroquois as the league leaders shook off the early attack and washed away most of the Ironmen lead with three quick goals beginning with a Niagara powerplay goal scored by Andrew Porter at 10:55 followed by Dylan Llord and Kyle Goertz, all within a minute and a half. Josh Johnson ended the quarter with the Iroquois fifth goal scored with 30 seconds remaining in the frame. Niagara came back in the second quarter by scoring the first two goals to tie the game at 5-5. The Ironmen countered with goals by Dwayne Porter and Travis Hill. That chased Danko in favour of former Jr. Arrows goaltender Grant Crawley. Josh Johnson kept the Iroquois scoring coming with a goal at 9:45 to take an 8-5 lead. Jon Arnold shoveled a back-

hander past Jake Lazore who was sensational in the Ironmen net, especially late in the game to make it 8-6. Johnson scored again at 12:07 and Niagara’s closed the first half scoring at 12:36. It was 9-7 for the Iroquois as the second half began and 9-8 after Dan Williams scored for Niagara at 3:03 of the third quarter. Jerome Thompson and Jason Henhawk put some more distance between the teams at 3:19 and 6:23 respectively. Cory Fowler and Travis Hill traded goals and Monsters‘ Jason Mazachowski ended the third quarter with the Ironmen leading 12-10. Niagara was not about to loose to the league bottom dwellers without a fight and pulled out all the stops in the final frame, scoring four times in the first 7:40 of the quarter to take a 14-12 lead. Lazor made several game saving stops down the stretch to give his team a chance to win. Mike Longboat brought the Ironmen within one at 8:59 with a long bouncer that alluded Crawley, and Kyle Jamieson tied it all up at 1414 with a short-hander from Craig Attwood at 11:08. With under three minutes remaining, Jon Arnold restored the Monsters’ lead to 15-14, but when Garrett Ball took a delay of game penalty, Dwayne Porter sent the game into OT at 12:48 from Kyle Jamieson and Blue Hill. Lazor make two or three amazing spinning saves on what appeared to be sure goals late in the game. At one point, with his glove hand he plucked a ball off of the goal line as it was going in, just in time to prevent a goal. In what turned out to be a one goal, OT win, all of these amazing saves were vital to the Ironmen moving on to the final game. It only took 1:36 into the sudden death period to send the ILA frantic as Kraig Maracle ended the season for the shocked and dejected Niagara Lock Monsters. “This was a thriller,” said Ironmen coach Mouse Henry. “I’ve been in a number of these kind of games and I’ve seen a lot of stuff, but this one was special. Jake Lazor had some real game-savers as well, throwing up his stick and one arm to stop the ball. What can you say about him. He was tremendous.”

Ironmen goalie Jake Lazor was nothing short of amazing in Saturday’s huge win over the league champion Niagara Lock Monsters Saturday afternoon at the ILA, making sensational saves especially late in the game to give his team a chance to win it. (Photo by Jim Windle) Lazor looked calm and collected even in the celebrations after the game. “Now, that was intense,” he said through a smile. “Real nerve racking. I just tried to stay calm and win one for the team.” Earlier in the year it was easy to tell that something was wrong in the dressing room by the way last year’s runners up collapsed throughout most of this season. After the game, Lazor revealed what he thought was the turn around for the team both in the dressing room and on the floor. “There was a lot of bitching going on, complaining about each other,” he said. “When we got that out of the way and we got focused things just started to work for us. Just a bit of positive re-enforcement made everything happen. It was a perfect time to to come together.” Coach Henry smile when he said that Kraig Maracle told him he owed him one after making a mistake earlier in the game that cost the Ironmen a goal. Hockey legend, Stan Jonathan has been an inspirational leader with the franchise this season and was pleased with how the team beat the odds and defeated the Monsters. “It was a good game out there,” said Jonathan. “We played our heart out, we got down in the third for a bit after leading most of the game, but we got it back. Our goaltending was superior. We’ve been playing well the last five games now.”

The CLax head office brass was on hand as well, including assistant commissioner Jim Veltman who couldn’t have been more thrilled to present such an exciting playoff season for the fans of his new league. “Holy cow, what a game,” he said. “I saw that five minute major late in the game (Chris Attwood) and I thought, that’s going to be the turning point. Then they scored short handed. I gotta say they (Ironmen) stuck to their game plan. It had

everything you’d want in a lacrosse game.” Veltman and Commissioner Paul St. John are excited about the momentum the new semipro league is generating in only its second year of operation and are looking forward with great anticipation to next season. “We’d love more national TV exposure,” said Veltman.”This would have been a great game to let people see. The talent is there — the entertainment value is there.

Now, we just have to get this Canadian content on Canadian television.” The second semi-final game of the afternoon also had to be decided in sudden death OT as the Toronto Shooting Stars narrowly slipped by the Durham Turf Dogs 11-10 to make it to the final game. Most of the Ironmen stayed at the arena after taking their post game showers to see who they would meet in the championship final Sunday afternoon.

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Getting there was the biggest struggle By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS

The Iroquois Ironmen certainly have a gift of the dramatic as they pushed aside all comers to become the 2013 Canadian Lacrosse League Champions (CLax). After the Iroquois Ironmen shocked everyone but themselves to defeat the Toronto Shooting Stars 14-11, Sunday afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, team captain Kyle Jamison hoisted

the Creators Cup in what may have been the most exciting post season of professional lacrosse in a very long time and certainly the best CLax playoffs in its two year existence. The Ironmen were all but written off as the last two weeks of the CLax regular season wound down. After a dismal regular season, the Ironmen sat tied for last place with the Barrie Blizzard and the last berth into the playoffs with just

four games remaining. They lost against the Toronto Shooting Stars March 23, and lost to their sister club, the Ohsweken Demons on March 29. Fortunately for them, the Blizzard were also losing and they remained tied at the bottom of the standings heading into the last weekend of regular season play. The turn around came Friday, April 5, when the Ironmen toughed out a 14-13 OT win in Brampton over the In-

Kraig Maracle was bowled over by his ecstatic teammates in celebration following his Championship winning goal in overtime. (Photo by Jim Windle) ferno. The hard fought character win served the team well and suddenly everything changed. The following night they registered a 13-10 win over the Durham Turf Dogs. Although the Blizzard won their last game of the season it was too little, to too late and the Ironmen snuck into the playoff round with two confidence building backto-back wins. The Ironmen made it three Lock Monsters goalie, former Arrow Grant Crawley, misses a long hard shot by Kraig Magames in a row with a 15-14 racle (not in frame) at 1:36 of the overtime period to win the 2013 Creators Cup Sunday win over the defending chamafternoon at the ILA. (Photo by Jim Windle)

pion Ohsweken Demons in the quarter-final, thanks to a last second goal scored by Chris Attwood to eliminate the 2012 title holders. They now had to face the league leading Niagara Lock Monsters who finished the regular season with a 11-3 record, 14 points ahead of the Ironmen. But this was suddenly a different team than the Monsters had seen throughout the season. The Monsters may have taken them too lightly and in a do or die one game playoff




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It’s all up from here for new Sr. B Rivermen By Jim Windle OHSWEKEN

It wasn’t the result they had hoped for, but the brand new OLA Sr. B Six Nations Rivermen made its official debut Sunday evening at the Gaylord Powless Arena with a close 8-7 loss to the Sarnia Beavers. The inaugural game began with a welcome to fans read by Hall of Fame lacrosse legend Cap Bomberry who is also president of the fledgling franchise, and after the ceremonial face-off conducted by Miss Six Nations Christa Jonathan and Miss Tiny Tot Teegan Jonathan, it was game on. The Rivermen got off to a quick start with Cody Johnson going on record as scoring the team’s first goal ever,

Six Nations with Jacob Kicknosway scoring the fifth Rivermen goal at 19:51. Sarnia returning the favour only seven seconds later, just before the buzzer to end the period. Ian Martin scored at 5:42 of the second period to increase the Rivermen’s lead to 6-1, but Sarnia rallied with a string of three unanswered goals to end the second period tied at 6-6. Sarnia goaltender Justin Matthews left the game after taking the full brunt of a Cory Bomberry rocket in the throat area. He stayed on the bench for a while before being escorted to the dressing room by the Sarnia trainer and never returned. Sarnia took the lead at 1:11 of the third period but Mike Miller erased that for the Rivermen 34 seconds later from

by Carman, Monture took it in stride. He conceded that even with the bad call, his team should not have been in that predicament anyhow. “That’s our mulligan,” he said after the game. “We’ve only had one full practice so far.” The Rivermen are still waiting for a number of players to come from the CLax Ohsweken Demons and Iroquois Ironmen now that that league’s season is over. “We’ve got to chalk it up to lack of preparation and under the circumstances, nobody can be blamed for that. If we keep our heads and not get to excited we’ll win the game.” The Rivermen see action Hall of Fame lacrosse legend Cap Bomberry welcomes fans to the inaugural game of the Six again this Saturday evening Nations Rivermen, Sunday night. The all new OLA Sr. franchise lost its first ever game 8-7 at the GPA at 8 pm when the to the visiting Sarnia Beavers at the Gaylord Powless Arena. (Photo by Jim Windle) Brooklin Merchants will be in town.

The sound of squeaky running shoes on the hard surface of the Gaylord Powless Arena was The Six Nations Rivermen’s Dan Elliott and Sarnia’s Brian Quinn size each other up in heard again Sunday night as the new Six Nations Rivermen opened the OLA Sr. B season. a heavy weight matchup in Sunday’s OLA Sr. B game at the GPA. (Photo by Jim Windle) (Photo by Jim Windle) unassisted at 2:01 of the first 20 minute period. Cory Bomberry followed that at 3:33 from Clay Hill and Mike Miller, and Stu Hill added another at 9:01 assisted by Wayne VanEvery. Sarnia’s first goal was scored at 11:31 by Michael Fleming, but Harris Lemon answered for the Rivermen from Stu Hill and AP player Jesse Johnson at 12:15. Scoring ace Wayne VanEvery was ejected from the game for abuse of official after running into referee Jamie Carman late in the period. It was Carman’s belief the collision was not accidental. There is a minimum three game suspension attached to the penalty and maybe more depending on the decision of league officials who have not ruled on the incident as of press time Tuesday. The period ended 5-3 for

Harris Lemon at 1:45. Colin McDowel broke the 7-7 tie at 5:02. His goal would stand up as the game winner as the Rivermen could not find the tying goal over the last 15 minutes of the period. Cory Bomberry and Stu Hill were ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct with 16 seconds remaining in the game after some intense words with referee Carman. The disagreement was triggered when Carman blew down a Rivermen last minute extra man charge for what he thought was too many men on the floor, not noticing that goalie Jeff Powless was on the bench for the extra attacker. The ref’s mistake cost the Rivermen the momentum and maybe even the game. Although still pretty hot over what he thought was a less than perfect game called

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Knighthawks invite Six Nations fans to Rochester Saturday By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS The Rochester Knighthawks are calling out Six Nations lacrosse fans to come to Rochester and help cheer on the Knighthawks as they set out to defend their National Lacrosse League Championship. The National Lacrosse League has announced the broadcast schedule for the first round of the 2013 NLL Playoffs this weekend. Two Division Semifinal matchups, Philadelphia at Rochester and Edmonton at Washington, will be televised live on Saturday on CBS Sports Network across the U.S. and Canada. Also on Saturday, Colorado at Calgary can be seen live on YouTube via The

Lacrosse Network in all regions. On Sunday, Minnesota at Toronto will air live on TSN2 in Canada or on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network in the U.S. and outside Canada. According to veteran NLL’er Craig Point, the Knighthawks are ready and excited to get the post season started. “Outside of a couple of bumps and bruises, the team is healthy and ready to go,” said Point. “We won the regular season series over them 2-1,” he said. “We’ve had good success with Philly in the past but they are one of the teams you can’t underestimate, especially in a one game series. It means so much to everybody and anything can hap-

pen. You either win or lose. I know they are going to come hard too, ‘cause you know we had their number for the last few years - we beat ‘em out last year in the playoffs so I know they’re going to be coming strong. They have a lot of fast guys and they are big team so we’re going to have to match that and play a smart game.” Sid Smith, Cody Jamieson, Johnny Powless and Point will be representing Six Nations on the floor Saturday in the Eastern Division SemiFinal along with assistant coach Jason Johnson behind the bench and team owner Curt Styres. “Growing up together and playing with and against each other for years, we are pretty comfortable with one another

and can anticipate each other’s moves,” says Point. “Our offense is a pretty big threat I think. When we get working the ball, it’s always fast paced in practice so we can be ready to do the same in game situations.” There are so many veteran players on this year’s team, some have been Knighthawks for more than a decade, so they know the team and the players certainly know and respect each other. Point also sees that as an advantage going into the playoffs. “If we can keep going the way we’ve been going, scoring an average of 10- goals a game, our defense should Rochester Knighthawks’ Craig Point hold them,” said Point. For those not able to be ILA Saturday, April 27th, at 519-445-1688 to reserve a there live Saturday, there will 1 pm. Fans are asked to call seat. Game time is 5 PM. be a fan bus leaving from the

NATIONALS CAMP RESUMES SATURDAY The Hamilton Nationals will continue their 2013 Major League Lacrosse Training Camp Saturday at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University. Hamilton hits the field Saturday from 6:00 to

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Head Coach Dave Huntley and nearly 20 players braved the snow and cold to get ready for the 2013 MLL season. But the weather was hardly a deterrent for pro lacrosse players.

On Friday April 5th Notorious D.I.G. won the Brantford Co-ed volleyball league year end tournament (Thursday nights). This season was Notorious D.I.G’s first year entered into the league.  Team members left to right – Mandy Bomberry, Todd Longboat, Fred Doolittle.  Front left – Heidi Longboat, Tree Doolittle, Brandi Hill, Scot Cooper.  Absent - Daren Williams

“You are out there playing and once you get running you get warm,” said MLL veteran Martin Cahill, who said he enjoys this time of year. “You know a few guys just from playing in the league. Once you get out there, you get to meet some new guys, talk to them and see how they have been doing.” For Huntley, it was a chance to review some of talent he has heading into the season opener in Boston in two weeks.

“We are looking for guys that are able to help us execute our game plan for Game 1,” said Huntley. “Secondly, I got to know the guys. It was the first time I have been on the field with these guys. You can only learn so much by watching film. “I was impressed with their willingness to try different things, very flexible and attentive,” he added. “We had a lot of big, fit guys. The skill level was better than I expected.”

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Are Canadian kids undervaccinated? Or is it that we just don’t know? By Helen Branswell THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO _ On the face of it, it looks pretty embarrassing. A recent UNICEF report on the well-being of children in affluent countries suggested Canada's childhood immunization rate was stunningly low _ near the bottom of a list of more than 30 countries. The report, which used data provided by the countries themselves, said only 84 per cent of Canadian children had the appropriate number of doses of vaccine for measles, polio and DPT3 _ that's the three-dose diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine _ for children between the ages of 12 and 23 months. In this day and age, is it possible that 16 per cent of Canadian children are either under-vaccinated or unvaccinated? And why would Canada's rates be lower than those of Britain, the home of the modern anti-vaccination movement, or the United States, where the seeds of vaccine rejection have fallen on fertile soil? It turns out there are really no good answers to those questions. That's because, though Canadian governments spend oodles to protect children against avoidable diseases that can sicken, maim or kill, they collectively do not gather data on the delivery of those vaccines in ways that are useful for assessing the reach and efficacy of the programs. To put it more simply: Canada doesn't have a national vaccination registry, so no one is really sure which children have been vaccinated against which diseases. While it seems likely there are communities or neighbourhoods where clusters of unvaccinated children are like dry tinder waiting for a flying ember to ignite an outbreak _ someone arriving back from abroad with measles, say _ often public health officials can only really guess at where they are. ``My first reaction to the UNICEF report was: Well, how do they know? Yeah, it looks bad, but how do they know it's that low?'' says Dr. Natasha Crowcroft, chief of infectious diseases at Public Health Ontario. Crowcroft's comment serves both as a defence of the state of vaccination uptake in Canada and an indictment of the way Canadian jurisdictions record it. The gut reaction of many involved in immunization policy in Canada is that the figure in the UNICEF report probably does not accurately

reflect the immunization status of Canadian children. If rates were that low, Canada would be having more outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, and other vaccinepreventable diseases, they say. ``The proof of the pudding is that we're in general not getting big outbreaks. So that is reassuring... apart from the fact that in 2011 we had the biggest outbreak of measles in the whole of the Americas in Quebec,'' says Crowcroft. Dr. Monika Naus, medical director of immunization programs at the B.C. Center for Disease Control, agrees. ``I don't think we are a shining light,'' Naus cautions. ``No matter how we crunch our data, we want to be doing much better than we are. We're not in excess of 95 per cent for any antigen by (a child's) second birthday in B.C. But I think I do wonder whether everybody calculated the numbers in exactly the same way.... Because I wouldn't have expected Canada to be third from the bottom.'' Because Canada doesn't have a national vaccine registry _ or even a full set of provincial and territorial registries _ to draw on, when UNICEF asks Canada for immunization estimates for its report (which is issued every two years), Canada must resort to a telephone survey. The 2009 survey, which was used for the most recent UNICEF report, was done by a commercial polling company and drew on information from 5,000 households, says Dr. John Spika, director general of the Public Health Agency of Canada's centre for immunizations and respiratory infectious diseases. The 2011 survey, which was conducted by Statistics Canada, had a stronger methodology, Spika says. The results are still being analyzed, and he won't reveal a figure, but he says the number was better. ``I can tell you that the results that we're looking at from that methodology put is clearly in the top tier of the countries that are listed.'' Spika is also a bit dubious of how the data for the other countries was gathered, noting that some which have had large outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable diseases in recent years are well above Canada on the list. ``When you look at some of the countries that ranked higher than Canada _ Romania, France, U.K., Germany, Switzerland _ where have the big measles outbreaks been in the last couple of years? And Bulgaria

... their rates are 96 per cent or so. Bulgaria had a huge measles outbreak, what two, three years ago.'' A decade ago, people in public health might have predicted Canada would have a better handle on childhood immunization status by now. In the wake of the 2003 SARS outbreak, provincial and territorial governments knew they had a problem gathering key health information in ways that would allow it to be shared across borders. That had become all too apparent during SARS. With public health needs suddenly a national priority, governments across the country talked about building a system where information could be shared across jurisdictions. For a brief moment, it was thought the program, called Panorama, might serve as a platform for a national vaccination registry, says Spika. But Canada's decentralized health-care system got the better of those dreams. And the idea of one registry gave way to the notion of a collection of provincial and territorial registries, housed within the Panorama system. Ten years later, that still hasn't come into being. Five provinces and one territory have some form of electronic registry, some within and others outside of the Panorama system, Spika says. Two others _ Ontario and Quebec _ have committed to moving towards a Panorama-compatible registry. But progress has been slow. Part of the problem has been differences in delivery systems. In some prov-

inces, public health nurses give the majority of childhood vaccines, making it easier to gather data. In others, children may get their shots from a family doctor, a public health nurse, a pharmacist, or at a school-based clinic. That diversity of providers may provide convenience for parents, but it's a challenge for those trying to gather data. ``I think everyone's really looking forward to an integration of immunization data that would source from whatever provider gave that vaccine _ whether it's a pharmacist ... or a public health nurse or a family doctor or a First Nations health-care provider. They would be entering it into an electronic health record of some kind and it would automatically go where it needs to go,'' Naus says. ``That's what hasn't happened yet, anywhere, as far as I'm aware.'' Why does it matter? For starters, consider the UNICEF report. Without registries, provinces and territories cannot say for sure how many of their children are vaccinated and how many are not. Nor can they say if the vaccinated kids got their shots at the right time, or if some followed alternate schedules that appear to be growing in popularity among some vaccine-hesitant parents. Alternate schedules are not advised by the experts who recommend immunization policies. Or consider what happened during Quebec's measles outbreak. Researchers

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there suspected some of the children who contracted measles had been vaccinated _ in fact, had received the recommended complement of doses. If true, that raises questions about whether there was a problem with the vaccine or whether children were being vaccinated at too young an age for the vaccine to give proper protection. But teasing out that information became a large challenge. If there had been a registry in place, it would have been far easier to determine why so many children in Quebec contracted measles in that outbreak, experts say. Likewise, registries would help public health spot vaccine related problems, if they occur.

Crowcroft explains: ``I want to be able to say handon-heart to someone: We know who's getting this vaccine. We know exactly what they're getting. And if something goes wrong, we'll find out about it. And without a vaccine registry, I don't know that I can really say that.'' Finally, vaccine registries could help provinces save money. Naus says several provinces are interested in looking at whether the HPV vaccines, which is currently given in three doses, could be as effective with only two. That would cut a third of the cost from an expensive vaccination program. Vaccine registries could help answer that type of question, she says.

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Aboriginal Affairs minister sorry for telling NDP MP to ‘listen to your father’ By Heather Scoffield THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA _ Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has apologized after telling an NDP MP to listen to her father about supporting a Conservative bill to protect matrimonial rights on reserves. Valcourt made the comment in response to criticisms from MP Niki Ashton, whose father Steve Ashton is a cabinet minister in the Manitoba government. Manitoba has said it supports the Conservative bill, which aims to allow spouses living both on and off reserves the same rights to claim a share of the family's assets in the event of a marriage breakdown. At committee hearings on the bill Tuesday, Ashton told Valcourt and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose to pay more attention to First Nations demands for a national inquiry into violence against aboriginal women. ``Maybe you should be listening to your father,'' Valcourt responded. ``The legislative assembly of Manitoba ....exhorted us to pass Bill S-2. If there is

a province where there is an important aboriginal community, First Nations, who is experiencing serious issues and problems, it is Manitoba among others.'' Ashton immediately responded that she was ``offended'' by Valcourt's reference to her father. ``If we're talking about paternalism, it takes many forms. Asking me who I talk to or don't talk to from my family is not part of what we're talking about in this committee.'' Another Conservative MP rose to the minister's defence, but Valcourt quickly apologized. ``I want to be clear. I did not want to sound paternalistic. And if I have offended the member, I sincerely apologize. My point is simply this: we have been exhorted by the province of Manitoba and by others across Canada to give spouses on reserve the same rights that other Canadians enjoy.'' His qualified apology comes less than a month after Valcourt apologized to NDP MP Romeo Saganash for questioning whether the noted Cree leader was of First Nations heritage.

Versions of the matrimonial real property bill have provoked tempers on all sides of the House since 2008. Critics say the government is being too paternalistic in designing the legislation, while the government says opposition parties are delaying crucial protections for aboriginal women.

``We've consulted for 25 years,'' Ambrose said. ``Every day that goes by without passing this bill, these women are without protection.'' The bill's genesis was in a 1986 Supreme Court ruling that said provincial laws on matrimonial rights did not apply to reserves, which are under federal jurisdiction. The federal government's


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