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Development Corporation pilot might be in place this summer By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN

Elected Council formally accepted the final report on research that probed the mindset of the Six Nations community to see if there is support for an economic development company. The company would generate much-needed revenue for council and the community. Over 12 years ago, Elected Council had established the Six Nations Equity Fund with a similar goal. Even though the idea led to the creation of the first phase of

the Six Nations Industrial Park, the Fund was a money-losing proposition. That failure had resulted in Six Nations members holding on to a level of mistrust for similar ideas, Six Nations Community Planner Amy Lickers told council. And it also means Six Nations Elected Council will have to build a bridge to regain trust, especially if it intends to go forward with establishing another economic development corporation. Lickers carried out her research in 2011, calling it ‘We Gather Our Voices.’ She did

not quantify the level of support she had measured in the community, telling Elected Council’s Committee of the Whole earlier this month that information is contained in her report. Definitive statements about how the corporation would be set up and run and how revenue would be handled were also sparse, although Lickers said a board of directors composed of lawyers and business owners would run the new company. Lickers said the new corporation could act as an interface between Six Nations

Six Nations Equity Fund and Grand River Mills: For the Record By Stephanie Dearing SIX NATIONS

The Oneida Business Park was built to house Grand River Mills, and represents the first phase of a Six Nations Industrial Park. Ever since the whistle was blown on the Grand River Mills deal in 2000, the Oneida Business Park has been a moneylosing venture. Elected Council paid off the balance of the mortgage owing on the Oneida Business Park last year (approximately $500,000). Economic Development Director Matt Jamieson recently told a council committee he believes the building will now operate on a break-even basis. The building has largely been sitting empty since it was built, although a third tenant has recently moved in. The industrial park and the Grand River Mills were both set up under the Six Nations Equity Fund. It is believed council poured between $8 to $31 million into the development of the Grand River Mills and the Oneida Business Park. The Equity Fund was run by Phil Monture, and it is believed the Fund estab-

lished a number of other businesses in addition to Grand River Mills. The fiasco upset community members and in August of 2000, some of those members temporarily shut down the band offices, demanding a police investigation, and the suspension of Phil Monture along with three other people, including councillor Ken Hill. Monture was fired in 2002 by then Chief Roberta Jamieson, although he has since returned to work for Six Nations administration. The Six Nations Equity Fund was set up to operate as a not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of investing in community-owned businesses. Two of today's Elected Councillors were on council when the Equity Fund and Grand River Mills was set up: David Hill (District One) and Carl Hill (District Two). Another councillor with in-depth knowledge about the matter is Roger Jonathan (District Three). He was elected in 2001, and along with his colleagues of the day, were left with mopping-up the mess that was the Equity Fund and Grand River Mills.

independent business own- (District Four) asked Lick- adding she wants the corers and outside companies ers if people understand what poration to report to council to generate more business sovereign means. “Being “and account to us.” on Six Nations. sovereign means generatLickers said said account“I feel we’re on the right ing your own money,” said ability and transparency are track,” said Lickers, after Miller. “Yet when we try to principles “we’re trying to saying her research had un- do something ... to generate put in place right from the covered similar values held money, people oppose it.” beginning.” She said if the important by Six Nations Miller herself was one corporation is removed from members as those found of those people opposing Elected Council, Six Nations by researchers at Harvard council’s attempt to gener- will be able to tap into more University, who have been ate revenue. On March 15, funding for development of studying how to generate 2000, Tekawennake pub- the business. economic development for lished a letter to the editor Councillor Ross Johnson American Indians for over written by Miller, in which wanted to know what the 20 years. “I’m comfortable she stated: “As an “elected” new corporation would do in moving forward with the political body, band council for Six Nations independent recommendation from the has no business involving it- business owners, stressing report.” self with economic develop- there are very few resourcLickers did not share ment.” es available to tap into for that recommendation, and Lickers conceded there developing and expanding Tekawennake like the rest of was some confusion in the businesses. While that is a the community must wait for community about the mean- possibility for the new corthe report to be approved by ing of sovereignty. poration, Lickers said the council before we can read “We don’t even produce community would decide it. However, Lickers did our own food here,” said where the money generated say staff meetings would be Elected Chief William Mon- by the corporation will go. held to discuss how the new tour, chiming in his agreeThe corporation would corporation would look and ment with Miller. “We also take over working out which Economic Develop- depend on the outside for financial deals with development departments should be everything.” ers wanting to build within moved into the corporation. Miller also raised concerns the Haldimand Tract, similar Matt Jamieson, Director of about the relationship of the to the Samsung and the First the Economic Development new corporation to Elected Nations solar deals. Department, wants to see a Council. “What does armsOne of the next steps for model corporation set up by length mean,” Miller asked. the Economic Development this summer, said Lickers. She was supported by Dis- department will include the Lickers said most of the trict Three Councillor Ross creation of a communicaconcerns about the new Johnson. tion plan in order to keep the corporation were related to Miller cited council-estab- community updated. incorporating under Cana- lished organizations such as The report was initialda’s system. “They change Community Living, Grand ly presented to council last things ... leaving us vulner- River Employment and year. Council asked Lickers able,” she said, referring to Training and the Community to revise her report. Licklegislation like Bill C-45. Trust Fund, noting they are ers said while she had added “We have an opportunity all arms-length. “There are an executive summary and right now to take those val- major problems because they reformatted the report, “The ues and incorporate them are arms-length,” she said, information is the same.” into the foundation” of the Six Nations Children’s Health Services, Six Nations Therapy Services, Six Nations Schools, new company, Lickers told The Degowadihsnye Program and The Council of Exceptional Children Chapter 834 present… the Committee. Building in EDUCATION SERIES those values would ensure To Support & Teach Children with Exceptionalities the corporation would be socially responsible and “isn’t just about money.” Six Nations Children’s Health Services, Six Nations Therapy Services, Six Nations Schools, The Degowadihsnye Program and The Council of Exceptional Children Chapter 834 present… Councillor Helen Miller

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ple to hold Indigenous Rights Teach-ins on February 21. It is true that the “fire” that lit up social media about Idle No More in December and early January has toned down, notably after Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence ended her hunger strike. While some media outlets have said internet chatter about Idle No More has fizzled, apparently due to lack of interest, it is also possible that the movement is shifting gears as it prepares to dig in for the long haul. That is evidenced by the

fact that Idle No More now has a list of provincial, territorial and international leads drawn up and a plan of action. That plan sets out loosely defined goals and objectives of ensuring “the environment is protected and our inherent right to Indigenous sovereignty is recognized as we urge the government of Canada to repeal all legislation which violates treaties, Aboriginal Inherent Rights and Title and subsequently environmental protections of lands and water.” The founders have also

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Recovering Six Nations’ heritage in wampums By Stephanie Dearing SIX NATIONS

Watching a silver breast plate, originally given to Six Nations by the British during the negotiations of the 1784 Fort Stanwix Treaty, being sold to a pawn shop featured on the popular television series, Cajun Pawn Stars, shocked Brenda Maracle Hill, who wondered if the breast plate could be recovered. “That's ours,” Brenda said, explaining how she felt upon realizing the breast plate was historically significant to Six Nations. The episode of the television program, which airs on the History Channel, shows a man who is only named “Emerson” bringing in the breast plate to the Silver Dollar Pawn and Jewellery shop, located in Louisiana, explain-

By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN Six Nations considering withdrawing from Indian Resource Council The next Indian Resource Council (IRC) meeting Elected Councillor Wray Maracle (District Four) attends on behalf of Elected Council could well be his last. Councillors discussed the matter at their February 4 Committee of the Whole meeting, deciding to send Maracle to the next IRC meeting with a letter from Six Nations citing their concerns. That meeting takes place at the end of the month in Vancouver. While the IRC is supposed to represent oil and gas producing First Nations, the agency “hasn't acted in the best interests for its members,” said Maracle. “We have to have something, we can't just walk away,” said Councillor Roger Jonathan (District Three). Council is unhappy because the IRC, which was created by Chiefs representing oil and gas producing First Nations back in 1987, has allowed Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to co-manage the agency. A change to the Indian Oil and Gas Act, which would have seen increased benefits paid to First Nations had been given royal assent but never approved, said Mara-

ing his wife had given him instructions to sell the plate at a certain price. The breast plate had been in his wife's family for some time, he said. His wife's mother was a Blackfoot. The Silver Dollar shop owners had an expert come in to appraise the breast plate, which was valued at an estimated $25,000 to $30,000. According to the expert, the plate was given to Six Nations Iroquois at Fort Stanwix at the signing of the 1874 treaty, which took place after the American War of Independence. While Brenda felt the breast plate should come home, there can be a wide divide between finding an item that is part of your cultural heritage and bringing it home. The selling price of that item is one of those factors, said Six Nations histo-

rian Keith Jamieson. But while price presents a rather large stumbling block, it's one of the least problems in bringing something back to where it rightfully belongs. “The problem is, we don't know how they [the seller] got it,” said Jamieson. “Unless we can find the provenance to it, and it was stolen and they bought stolen property, then we have a shot. But if it was bought legitimately from whoever received it, then there's not much you can say.” “We try and catch those things. We try and dissuade potential buyers from buying them on the premise that they are a cultural patrimony; which means they belong to the community, they don't belong to any one individual,” Jamieson explained. Repatriating an item requires “a huge amount of

cle. Maracle was instructed to have a letter to be written by Elected Chief Bill Montour to the IRC placed on the next meeting agenda.

tion date to June 26, 2013. Delays and project extensions present “a risk to the project,” said Murray. Council was not happy with the new delay, and expressed concerns about the extra cost. “The questions you're asking are some of the questions we're asking,” said Murray, informing council the request will be reviewed by the ad hoc committee and the project team, and the general contractor will be asked to justify the request. When the committee and project team make a recommendation on the extension request, the matter will go to Elected Council for a decision. “At the end of the day, if it's going to take them that long, it will,” said Murray. He said everyone on the project team was well aware that every dollar saved on the project was money that would stay in Six Nations. “You have to remember this is a major construction project,” said Elected Chief William Montour, who visits the construction site regularly to check on progress. He said it was unrealistic to think the new plant could be built within a year, that it was really a two-year project. Once the treatment plant is finished, it will be ready to operate. Murray said the new plant would only have to run for a few hours a day to do the work of the existing water treatment plant.

Delay in construction of water treatment plan Maple Reinders, the general contractor building the new water treatment plant, is asking for a 50 day extension, Mike Murray from Diverse Technical Services told council last night. Murray was providing council with an update on the construction progress. The delay has not been approved, but if it is, it means the plant will not be completed until September 2013. The plant was anticipated to be completed by this spring, but that was pushed back to the summer. If the delay is approved, it will cost Six Nations more money because the contractors will want to be paid for the extra time they are working. While Murray did not provide numbers, he said the contingency fund balance was sitting at approximately $1.5 million, and the project was still under-budget. The work on the plant, which includes the low lift station being built beside the Chiefswood bridge, is approximately 70 percent complete, Murray said. Delays building the intake had pushed the contract comple-

Two wampum belts available for sale on ebay on February 8, 2013. One is called a Wolf Treaty Belt, marking a treaty between the Mohawk and the French. The second is an Onondaga Belt commemorating the coming of the Tuscarora in 1713. research,” said Jamieson. When Six Nations can show an item has cultural patrimony, “we are able to retrieve it.” The next step in the process, when dealing with museums, is to file a claim. This

step can take years, as was the case for the repatriation of the Claus Wampum Belt, which returned home to Six Nations last year. That historic belt, given to Six Nations at the end of the War of 1812, went missing

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for over 100 years after Pauline Johnson used the belt to obtain money to finance her travels to England. The belt disappeared, and it was only in the past decade that its whereabouts became known Continued on page 4

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Continued from page 2 to Six Nations historians. Johnson, who liked to use the wampum belts as dramatic props for her recitals and readings, bought the belts from Onondaga Chief John Buck, who was in charge of keeping them. When he died, his children sold the belts. Johnson was not the first or the last person to use a culturally significant item as financial leverage, and despite increased knowledge about the loss of cultural items, people still sell their community heritage. A Vancouver First Nation woman will soon be stripped of her name, title and traditional responsibilities after selling two masks late last year. According to B.C. Newspaper, The Province, the unnamed woman is being punished for her action because the masks were considered community property. The woman's family cared for the masks, the job handled by the women. It is not known if the First Nation will be able to recover the masks. While a large number of cultural objects have found their way into museums,

many others are privately collected. In 2011, one Canadian who buys and sells such antiquities, auctioned two Yup'ik masks, fetching millions for the pair, the price ensuring the Yup'ik will likely never see those masks in their community again.

age people from doing that. They're looking at it as purely something that will add to their retirement fund,” said Jamieson. Jamieson said he and other Six Nations members work to keep tabs on artifacts and antiquities that belong to Six

Keith Jamieson Once an object goes up for auction, “it's very hard to do something,” said Jamieson, “because you're intervening with a fair transaction, from all appearances. Unless you're a big-time museum who can afford to put out a hundred grand for something, we don't have a chance. We don't have a prayer.” The angle Six Nations relies on is to “try to discour-


Nations. Repatriation is not always possible, because often there is no way to prove how an object, like the silver breast plate, managed to find its way from Six Nations hands and into the hands of the owners of the Silver Dollar Pawn Shop, located in the southern United States. Over the years, Six Nations has been able to get a number of wampum belts returned.

Some of them came from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and some from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Jamieson said he has seen a number of wampum belts

turn up on the Pawn Stars series. “They put it up for sale,” he said. “They don't have a clue what it is. They only know it's a wampum belt. We try and intervene before it gets to that point.”

“There's no question, those wampum belts are worth, as a collectors item,” said Jamieson. “To the people here, it's worth a lot more than dollars. So it's a different value system that you're dealing with.”

Continued from page 2 of internet chatter about Idle No More is a sign the movement is”losing both public attention and internal momentum.” His analysis of Idle No More is available on his blog, But that is not the opinion held by Prime Minister Paul Martin, who said on the February 12 radio broadcast of CBC's Metro Morning program the movement is “one of the most significant postwar movements in Canada." Judging by the information provided by people on the Idle No More Facebook page, there is no shortage of events, from a public “Break the chain” dance in London, Ontario to teach-ins on trea-

ties and Indigenous rights in Saskatchewan to a week of action planned for March focusing on the tar sands. And, as we have seen before, events are again taking place outside of Canada in support of Idle No More. Thursday's Global Day of Action has a focus on murdered and missing Indigenous women, and coincides with the Women's Memorial March. The global day is also supporting the One Billion Rising movement, which aims to end violence against women and girls; and also in solidarity with the Have a Heart Day, which is a campaign supporting Indigenous children's rights to a safe home to grow up in,

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Cowboy and Indian party prompts a flash protest By Stephanie Dearing TORONTO

An upscale Toronto beer bar, the Rhino Bar, was the scene for a birthday party on January 26. While that is not unusual, the people who organized the party set a Cowboy and Indians theme and the sight of non-Native individuals wearing face paint, western-style feathered bonnets, and feathers prompted a flash protest. A number of people responded to a flash protest organized through social media, converging on the Rhino Bar at midnight on January 26. One of the people who helped organize the protest, Lisa Nabieszko, later tweeted, “Thx folks who helped 2nite w/reducing racism at #TheRhinoBar#parkdale. Peaceful action FTW. Next: schooling their mgmt.” Rhino Bar proprietors said the Cowboy and Indians birthday party had been independently organized. “At the time, we believed that they were on a pub crawl and would be moving on to another destination shortly,” wrote a representative who only called himself “Chris.” Chris said, “We want to correct the impression that

the Rhino hosted the event, or in any way endorsed or condoned it, which is not accurate. We don’t know why the group chose to dress in these costumes.” While the protest resulted in some sort of dialogue, protesters kept up their campaign through Facebook. 'Zuzu McGee' wrote on The

Cree and Scottish descent, posted a message on the Rhino Facebook saying he believed a number of the staff and those attending the party that night “were simply ill-informed about how such representation can be seen as discriminatory.” Morrison said he had witnessed party-goers role-play-

Activists quickly circulated word of a Cowboy and Indiansthemed costume party and organized a flash protest of the Toronto bar where the party was taking place. The activists posted this photographm, along with others, on Twitter. Rhino Bar's Facebook page, “The Rhino had a bar of people dressed as "cowboys and Indians" tonight, complete with tomahawks and redface. Manager of the Rhino stated it was "just a costume, get over it" Bye Bye Racist Rhino!” One of the protesters, Lance Morrison, who is of

ing, making “war calls” and “scalping jokes and jokes about alcoholism.” “This was a war fought with words. And it was beautiful,” said Morrison. “The party-goers we spoke to understood how this could be viewed and many un-donned their apparel - even without

being asked to. ALL that were asked said they agreed showing up in "Black-face" would be racist and admitted to not making that connection before hand.” “It was a wonderful demonstration,” Morrison said. “Conversations were had and friendships were actually made.” In his first statement of January 29, Starr confirmed people had attended at the Rhino Bar to protest the costumes. “Later that same evening, another group arrived to express their concern about the costumes and we allowed them to circulate a document entitled “Our Culture is Not A Costume”, in no way interfering with them doing so. When they asked individuals in the “Cowboys & Indians” group to remove their costumes, they complied without incident.” The Rhino Bar is “deeply troubled” by the allegations the event and the bar are racist. Starr wrote, “This incident is not an accurate reflection of the Rhino, which for over 20 years has strongly and proudly supported the many diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions, and lifestyles that define the Parkdale community.

We have the utmost respect and admiration for Canada’s aboriginal people and their distinctive cultural traditions.” Starr said management is still looking into the party and promised “we will be calling a staff meeting in order to explain to our entire staff the importance of identifying with

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Valentines gift ideas for guys This week’s editorial is for guys only. It’s Valentines day this Thursday. As a public service, we wanted to remind every guy reading this paper so no one sleeps on the couch that night. Here is a list of things you DON”T want to get for your darling on Valentines Day. Do not think that donating to a cause in her name will make her all warm and fuzzy inside. It won’t. Believe it. Nothing that can be used to cook for you or clean up after you. No vacuums or kitchen gadgets. Cheap or used jewlry from the pawn broker. Although it makes perfect sense to get more value for the dollar by buying used, that reasoning somehow gets lost in translation. Valentines Teddy Bears. Oh, please don’t do this. It will get about as much mileage as a dozen roses or a box of Black Magic chocolates. Fruit Flowers - same as above. Sexy langere. The unspoken message is, ‘you’re really boring me and I want you to look sexier.’ FYI, she probably won’t look quite the same in it as those Victoria’s Secrete girls anyway. Power tools - not explanation necessary. Toiletries like bath oil beads and body lotions or soap. How do you know what fragrence she likes or is allergic to? Besides, it says, hey you stink and this is my subtle way of telling you. Most definately do not get her a diet cookbook or a gift card at some fitness club. Even if she is in shape, she will think you don’t think so. Tickets to a Leaf game. Hell, we wouldn’t want that either. If you are going to get her a planter or something, remember what they say, “say it with flowers,” and ask yourself, what is this gift saying. The worst gift I ever gave someone on Valentines day was a cactus plant ... thought it was cool ... she didn’t. So here at a few unique and thoughtful gifts under $50 to consider instead. Maybe some wine and a couple of nice wine glasses. Don’t get the cheap stuff either. She will instinctively know. A fancy canvas carry bag with something cute or interesting printed on it, that you can fill with a box of chocolates or something. A Darry Queen ice cream cake. We j just love those things and after all, usually you’ll get to eat some of it too. But here is our favourite. It’s one that will make her all aflutter and comes with an added insurance that you will never be caught forgetting an important date again, like her birthday or the first time you kissed, or did whatever. You can even do this on your computer and have it framed. Use a fancy script font on fancy paper and in large letters type yours and her name as a heading. Under it put all the dates she thinks are as important to you as they are to her, with the explanation next to it, like for instance, “June 27th - my darlings’ birthday”. You get the idea. Make sure it’s framed nicely or laminated onto a piece of wood or something so she will hang it up somewhere where you can reference it from time to time and keep yourself out of hot water. But a word of caution. Double check the dates first. Nothing would be worse that typing the birthdate of an old flame. That could get you killed. Hope this helps, guys.


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Letter to the Editor from Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. Re: HDI reports on its dealings with energy companies – February 6, 2013 Attn: G. Scott Smith / James Windle February 12, 2013   Dear Editor:   Your article about Grand Renewable Energy Park includes quotations that falsely characterize negotiations between Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and the Six Nations community.  Samsung deeply respects the history of the Six Nations people, their treaty rights and their on-the-ground realities.  Along with our development partner Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern), Samsung has worked diligently since 2010 to consult with the community and to come to an agreement on a significant, ongoing financial partnership. Our May 2012 agreement with Six Nations Elected Council will flow many millions of dollars to benefit the whole Six Nations community.  In an effort to include the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) in the process, we have met over many months to share details of the project, receive their feedback and look for opportunities to collaborate. This has resulted in Samsung’s proposal of an additional benefit that would be earmarked for the Haudenosaunee Resource Centre’s (HRC) cultural and language preservation efforts. This proposal is an effort to provide a meaningful contribution to a high-priority item identified by HCCC.  We have proposed that this additional benefit flow through an independent, transparent third-party trust that is at arm’s length from HCCC and the Elected Council. This trust will Continued on page 7

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Submitted One of our Brantford readers submitted a story he came across recently which was published in 1902, 12 years before the outbreak of WWI, as published in the Canadian Army/Navy Illustrated Magazine of that era. It depicts “pupils” of the Mohawk Institute in military dress on maneuvers at the Mush Hole. In light of today’s Idle no More movement to encourage Prime Minister Harper to honour existing treaties made between Britain and the “Indians,” it is even more interesting to read the highlighted paragraph. The article is titled “Civilized Sons of the Wild West - The Six Nations Cadets of the Mohawk Institute, Ontario.” CANADA may justly feel proud of the position she occupies as guide and friend of the Indian race, whose population now numbers about

WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013

The Mush Hole Militia of 1902

100,000, having slightly increased in the decade 1890 and 1900. Deal honourably with the Red men, and they will abide by their treaties, is a fact which was realized many years ago by the Dominion authorities; also that it pays to treat the Indian in accordance with the principle of justice. For example, it is estimated that every Indian Warrior killed on the plains by the military has cost the United States government $150,000. Therefore, in Canada the Indians have made much progress towards civilization, and are principally engaged in industrial and agricultural occupations, although many still follow, hunting and shooting as a means of livelihood. Endeavors are also being made to cultivate the martial predilections of the young Indians, so that they may form part of the Dominion defence. The accompanying illus-

tration shows the military cadets of the Mohawk Institute, of Brantford, Ontario, drawn up on parade. The pupils of this school are composed exclusively of Indians of the Six Nations, whose principal Reserve is in its neighbourhood. The Six Nations consist of Mohawks, Senecas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Oneidas, and Tuscaroras. The pupils of this school receive an excellent training in drill, and after leaving the institute many of them enter the active militia, chiefly, in the 37th Regiment, Haldimand Rifles, of which three companies are maintained from the Six Nations Reserve. In this regiment, as also in others in other parts of Ontario, partly recruited from neighbouring Indian Reserves, the Red men invariably bear an excellent character as soldiers. It will, of course, be understood, however, that the Indians recruited in this way, for the Militia are settled and

civilized. There is no doubt that the wild Indians also

are capable of being made serviceable and reliable sol-


diers, but the experiment has not yet been tried.

NOTICE OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION REPORT SUBMISSION Detailed Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study Highway 3 Drainage Improvements Canfield, Ontario G.W.P. 3507-02-00, County of Haldimand THE PROJECT The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is undertaking the Detailed Design in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study completed during preliminary design for the drainage improvements on 1.2 km of Highway 3 within Canfield in Haldimand County. The Recommended Plan includes: • Lowering of the Highway 3 roadway to facilitate the capture of surface drainage; • Construction of a new storm sewer system; • Installation of new catchbasins; • Rebuilding of sidewalks; • Minor ditching; • Street tree removals; • Relocating utility poles; • Replacement of illumination; and • Replacement of several crossing and entrance culverts. Traffic will be maintained on Highway 3 during construction. Sidewalks and parking will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. Vehicular access to driveways will be interrupted for two to three days to allow concrete to cure after placement of sidewalks and curb. THE PROCESS This project is being carried out in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000), as a Group 'B' undertaking. A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) was prepared during the preliminary design. The TESR was placed on the public record in June 2011 and received clearance to proceed to the Detail Design stage in July 2011. This project includes fulfilling the commitments made in the TESR and addressing outstanding issues in detail. The project has been documented in a Design and Construction Report (DCR). Upon completion of the 30-day review period, this project may proceed to construction. PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD The DCR is available for a public review of 30 days from February 18, 2013 to March 19, 2013 at the following locations: Ministry of Transportation West Region First Floor – Main Lobby 659 Exeter Road London, ON N6E 1L3

Letter to the Editor from Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. Continued from page 6 receive and administer all funds, including those contained in the original agreement with the Elected Council, as well as the new benefit proposed to the HCCC. The trust, which will be controlled by Six Nations community members, will ensure that funds are allocated in keeping with the desires of the overall Six Nations community, including distribution of earmarked funds to the HRC. We believe that a single agreement between Samsung and the Six Nations people will allow the community to determine, for itself, how best to manage, invest and distribute the funds it receives.  Samsung must move quickly towards construction to meet our mandated timelines and contractual obligations with the Government of Ontario. We appreciate HCCC’s due consideration of our proposal and we look forward to moving ahead with jobs for Ontarians and for Six Nations along with strong, meaningful benefits to the Six Nations community.   Marcus Staviss, Spokesperson Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

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Bixel’s brew pub, your club with a twist Special Section By Scott Smith

If your definition of a hamburger pretty much consists of a piece of meat between two sides of a bun, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise when you visit Bixel’s Tap House and Kitchen, on the corner of Erie Avenue and

Eagle in Brantford. The well known location had operated for years as The Creamery, a local watering hole most noted for their Fish & Chip Fridays. But new owners Blair Cote and Harpo Kalenderian have a lot more in mind for the Eagle Place landmark. For starters, the place has been completely remodeled

and re-thought out. Gone is sports memorabilia, the pool table and the rustic decor, replaced by a coordinated colour scheme of clean greys and greens along with tasteful furnishings and a fully functional bar. But the big news is what’s happening in the kitchen. With both owners well

Nikki serves up one of Bixel’s signature burger platters, accompanied by Philly Steak topped spring rolls. versed in the restaurant and service industries, they saw room for improvement in both the type of fare offered and the method of food preparation. The restaurant’s tag line of “Your neighborhood pub with a twist” was chosen for a reason. “Instead of being a bar with a kitchen attached we’re going to do it In addition to domestic brews, Bixel’s also has Guinness, Smithwicks and Rolling Rock on tap. the other way around,” says Cote.

Bixel’s Taphouse & Kitchen is located at 75 Erie Ave., Brantford, at the corner of Eagle Ave.

“The focus is going to be on made to order, when you order, and on-site preparation. Nothing pre-cooked or frozen. When a customer comes in we want them to know their meal is being prepared fresh for them. We’re aiming for the opposite of a big chain experience.” So there’ll be no burger patty chipped from a freezer stack full. All of Bixel’s burgers are quality prime rib cuts ground on the premises, and then served pretty much as you like it, topped regally with a great big onion ring. Salads come sprinkled with cranberries and walnuts. Appetizers include risotto cakes and a baked pretzel board. Everywhere you turn on the menu it’s the familiar but turned up a notch. As far as the entertainment side of the operation is concerned, there are a few items already lined up and some slots still open and awaiting direction from the marketplace. The pair are actively looking for musicians in need

of a venue, either on a onetime basis or in a rotation, or groups who may be looking to form a dart or card league. “If you’ve got an idea or a fundraiser to organize and need a place to host it, come in and ask us,” says Kalenderian, adding that there’s plenty of parking spots and a back room available. “At this point we’re open to whatever people might have in mind.” A couple of things already on the go are open mike Tuesdays with host James Anthony, and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as the soul fusion sounds of Meauxx Wilson for a more avante garde crowd on Sunday afternoons beginning at 3 pm. A Monday golf league is in the works for this Spring, most probably at nearby Fescue’s Edge golf course. Volleyball and other tent events are also a possibility. “Basically we’re ready to do anything that will help get people in,” concludes Kalenderian. “Once they’re here, we’re sure we can give them a reason to come back!”


WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013

What about the 1701 Nanfan Treaty? By Jim Windle with files from Paul Williams Six Nations

Did the Haudenosaunee give away a huge chunk of land in 1701? There is much confusion and misunderstanding over what is known as the Nanfan Treaty, or more accurately, the Fort Albany Treaty of 1701. Some say today it only covered hunting and fishing rights, (although fishing isn’t even mentioned), but a deeper study shows that it was much more than that. The wording of one section within the Treaty is especially troublesome for today’s Canadians and Haudenosaunee people alike. It reads (including old English spelling) as follows: “Wee say upon these and

many other good motives us hereunto moving have freely and voluntary surrendered delivered up and for ever quit claimed, and by these presents doe for us our heirs and successors absolutely surrender, deliver up and for ever quit claim unto our great Lord and Master the King of England called by us Corachkoo and by the Christians William the third and to his heirs and successors Kings and Queens of England for ever all the right title and interest and all the claime and demand whatsoever which wee the said five nations of Indians called the Maquase, Oneydes, Onnondages, Cayouges and Sinnekes now have or which wee ever had or that our heirs or successors at any

time hereafter may or ought to have of in or to all that vast Tract of land or Colony called Canagariarchio beginning on the northwest side of Cadarachqui lake ... etc.” By this alone, it would appear that in 1701, the Haudenosaunee gave away everything within the boundries of the agreement — a huge swath of land. The first question that should come to mind is, why? Why on earth would otherwise shrewd negotiators and powerful warriors initiate a treaty that would give all of their hunting and trapping territory away for nothing more than British military protection against the French? As it is with most old documents which the Crown in Right of Canada uses today to

uphold its assumed title over Indian land, one has to look at supporting documentation and historical accounts that led up to and ramped down from the 1701 Treaty itself and consider what the contemporaries of the the day thought and wrote about it. After so many years, this is the only way to really understand its original intent. In fact, according to Confederacy lawyer and historical researcher, Paul Williams, “To understand the issues that led to the 1701 Nanfan Treaty you really have to go back to the Great Law.” “It is useful to view the Confederacy as expanding and contracting,” he explains. There were far flung Iroquoian hunting parties sparsely scattered throughout their

huge beaver hunting grounds, and many temporary hunting villages were established throughout the region that would move about as that area was hunted or fished out. But there were also known large permanent villages in the Toronto and Niagara areas. Sixty years previous to the signing of the Nanfan Treaty, the Five Nations, led by the Mohawks, had defeated, absorbed or expelled several other smaller Nations from the region and considered it land they won by conquest. The British Crown of the day accepted that that tract of land did in fact belonging to the Iroquois. This is well evidenced by many British and French maps and records of that time and afterwards. It was a time of expansion.


“Other Nations were sometimes absorbed, like the Tutelos, Nanticokes and Delewares, for instance, but sometimes remained outside of the Longhouse, but in more of a supportive role,” explains Williams. “That’s what those wampum belts mean when you see a while belt with purple set of diagonal lines saying, we are propping up the house from the outside.” But then came a time of contraction. The wars with other tribes and epidemics brought by European settlers had decimated the population. As required in the Great Law, runners were sent out to the far regions of their territory, calling the Haudenosaunee Continued on page 18

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Walkin’ in Memphis with the Joel Johnson Band By Jim Windle

If you are a country singer, you dream about playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. If you’re into blues, it’s BB King’s on Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. From January 27 to Feb 3, Six Nations bluesmen Joel Johnson and Dwayne Laforme lived their dream as part of the 29th Annual Memphis International Blues Challenge. But then they couldn’t believe their luck when they found themselves on stage at BB King’s, not just once, but twice during the competition. Their first meal in Memphis was at the Blues Cafe located across the street from BB King’s. They just sat there and stared at it, not knowing then that they would be on the BB King’s stage a few days later. “That was a big surprise,” said Johnson. “When we checked in and got our schedule we looked and, holy sh** we’re playing at BB King’s!” “That was a dream of Joel and mine to play there since we were kids.” Laforme adds. “I always wanted to go to Memphis, but to actually play at one of my guitar hero’s place was the bomb for sure.” It was especially fun for Laforme who brought his special edition BB King Lucille Gibson guitar for the competition. During some down

time he and Johnson did a tour of the Memphis Gibson guitar factory where Laforme’s “Lucille” was built. More than two hundred blues bands and solo performers from around the world played every day and night along the famous Beale Street strip in the world’s biggest gathering of blues musicians, all vying for prize money, custom built guitars and recording offers, but more importantly, for swagger rights as the winners of this highly prestigious competition. The band made it into the quarter finals, but did not make it to the semi-finals. “Me and Dwayne and “Shaky” (keyboardist Wayne “Shaky” Dagenis) waited an hour after the last band played to get the results. Then we were informed the semi-final announcement would be made at the New Daisy Theatre down at the end of Beale,” recalls Johnson. They were there for the announcement, but were more than a little disappointed when Johnson’s name was not announced as going on to the semi-final round. “I just told the guys, hey, we’re here and we played at BB King’s. As far as I’m concerned, we already won,” said Johnson. Drummer Dexter Beauregard and bassist Mickey “D” MacDonald

were back at the hotel where Johnson broke the bad news in the wee hours. “If it was measured by crowd response, we definitely would have made it to the next round,” says Laforme. “Other bands we talked to couldn’t believe we hadn’t carried on.” While in the heart of Delta Blues the band took every opportunity to see as many live acts as possible and absorb as much Mojo as they could get. “I’m still feeling the effects of being there,” said Laforme. “You could feel the energy under your feet on Beale Street and they treated us like royalty down there. I was giddy like a teenager just being there.” The experience molded the members of the band together, not only musically, but personally as well. Dwayne Laforme put his own career on hold to sit in with Johnson in Kitchener at the Grand River Blues Society Challenge, which they won and were named to represent the Society in Memphis. Laforme was invited to the same Kitchener competition but declined the offer so he could play with Johnson. “I still do my thing, but I told Joel I’d always be there for him,” says Laforme. “He’s a fine player and if I can help to further him along, I’ll do that. I like the music he plays. It matches up well with what I do.” The feeling is mutual. “If it wasn’t for Dwayne this band would not be together.,” says Johnson. “I needed a bass player and a drummer and he’s the one

Joel Johnson and Dwayne Laforme are still buzzing after fulfilling a childhood dream to go to Memphis Tennessee and play at BB King’s Blues Club. Along with bassist Mickey “D” MacDonald, drummer Dexter Beauregard and keyboardist Wayne “Shaky” Dagenis, the Joel Johnson Band performed in the 29th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, and played at BB King’s. (Photo taken at the Liquid Lounge in Brantford by Jim Windle) that contacted Mickey “D” (bassist Ron MacDonald) and drummer Dexter Beauregard.” Laforme has known and has played with them both many times over the years. The stage chemistry of this unit is instantly recognizable with everybody not only on the same stage, but on the same page. Johnson and Laforme feed off each other and challenge each other to do one better every time they swap leads, and it is obvious by

their expressions that they are each other’s number one fan. For Johnson and Laforme, it is still hard to focus. They admit that they just keep replaying the whole experience in their heads, over and over again. Now that they are back and the Memphis trip is behind them, on Saturday, May 18, the Liquid Lounge will host a welcome home party. Watch “the Gig Bag” in the Tekawennake for details.

Aboriginal Business Directory Mecca for any blues lover is BB King’s Blues Club in downtown Memphis. The Joel Johnson band may not have won the blues competition that brought more than 200 bands and solo performers to Beale Street, but they brought home a guitar case full of memories and encouragement, knowing they stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the best new blues talent in the world, and held there own. And as an added bonus, they got to play at BB King’s twice to boot. (Submitted Photo)

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Boxer Cher Blasdell dreams of turning pro By Jim Windle BRANTFORD


One might think at age 23, Cher Blasdell may be a little long in the tooth to be pursuing a professional boxing career. But in women’s boxing she is just about the right age and she is going for it. Blasdell’s coach at Brantford’s Black Eye Boxing Club, Jackie Armour is trying to get as many amateur bouts lined up for his female prospect as he can to get her more ring time, but is having a hard time finding opponents at her weight class. Cher is fighting at 126 lbs. and there are not many potential opponents in the area at this weight division. It’s kinda hard right now to find opponents in the Sr. category at 126 lbs., so she might have to put on a bit of weight to find opponents. Blasdell’s amateur record is 8 wins and 2 losses to date, but both she and her coach want to see her on more amateur cards before she makes the step to pro. “I need more ring experience at a more comfortable level,” she says. “Maybe 10 more fights. At my age, I can’t wait too long.” Being a bit of a late bloomer in the sport is both a blessing and a curse. As a mature woman, she is more dedicated and less distracted and more physically in her prime

than she would be as a teen. But it also puts more pressure on her and her boxing club to find her enough bouts to build a pro career on. One can only spar and train so much, the real classroom is in the ring itself facing an opponent that wants it as much as you do. To get that experience, Blasdell is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, but her coach also needs to make sure she is ready for every bout and that she fights the right opponents. Cher was supposed to have fought this Friday but her opponent quit the game after loosing her latest bout in Brampton. “I tried to get a replacement but there wasn’t enough time to find one ready to go that quickly,” says Armour. “It looks like she will be off now until March.” That bout would be in Guelph, that is, if the promoter can fill the rest of the card. Cher spent her teen years around the ring helping her father, Jack Blasdell, also a coach at the Black Eye Club, around the gym, but never really got the fight bug until she turned 20. Even then, by her own admission she wasn’t as focused as she is now and feels she is in the best shape of her life. “I recently got back on track and am more serious than I’ve ever been,” she

Black Eye Boxing Club coach Jackie Armour puts Six Nations boxer Cher Blasdell through some training exercises at the club’s gym in Brantford. She was to have fought this coming weekend but her opponent pulled out at the last minute. (Photo by Jim Windle) says. “I do a lot of running for my cardio and I use a chin up bar at home, plus gym training. It takes a lot of dedication just to come every day and do other things that most other people don’t want to do,” she says. Armour is impressed with the dedication Cher has shown recently and believes his fighter will be a good pro once she gets the experience

she needs. “Cher is naturally an inside fighter but has been working on putting her punch combinations together,” says Armour. “She knows her defense well and she is willing to sit in the pocket and trade punches, which most women boxers won’t do. She still needs some work in chasing down an opponent in the ring and fighting from the

outside.” Cher’s boxing idle is Hamilton’s Jessica Rakoczy who, like herself, started boxing seriously at age 20. Former NHL enforcer and Wayne Gretzky’s on ice body guard, Marty Mc Sorley put some money and support behind Rakoczy to help launch her pro career. “She trained at my dad’s club when I was younger and



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she became a champion so I look up to her a lot,” says Blasdell. Outside of the ring, she has just been accepted into the Police Foundations Course and will be perusing a law enforcement career as well as boxing. “I’ll be starting that course in September, but will continue boxing as well,” she says.



WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013


Six Nation Atoms loose heartbreaker in Delhi By Jim Windle OHSWEKEN / DELHI

After a valiant comeback from being down two games to one in their best of five playoff series with Delhi, the OMHA Six Nations Atoms fell 6-0 in Delhi, Sunday evening, ending their season a bit earlier than they hoped. “It’s tough because this same Delhi team beat us in the International Silver Stick Tournament in the finals and they had our number for about two weeks,” said assistant coach Wally Hill after Saturday’s win. “They beat us four times in two weeks and it was good for their confidence to know they can beat these guys.” Six Nations carried the momentum of back-to-back wins into Delhi, but in front of a large crowd, it seemed their nerves got the best of them while Delhi fed off the hometown crowd. The puck was just not bouncing for Six Nations either as they missed several scoring chances due to bouncing pucks or goal posts. But give Delhi credit where credit is due. They played a well disciplined game and

their star players shone. “We went 20-0 in the regular season so the boys weren’t really used to raising the bar,” said head coach Blaine LaForme following his team’s 3-2 win Saturday at the GPA to draw even at two games apiece. “They faced a tougher team and got caught with their shorts down. I told them after the second loss to Delhi that it’s going to take three wins and it will be a hard road ahead of them. One shift at a time, one period at a time and one game at a time.” Saturday afternoon the Six Nations Atoms drew even in their series with Delhi by defeating them in a closely fought 3-2 win at the Gaylord Powless Arena. Six Nations were up 2-0 after the first period of play with goals scored by Steve LaForme and Theo Hill. Assists went to Preston Hill and LaForme. Delhi’s Ryan Jamieson cut the Six Nations lead in half in the second period and tied the game at 2-2 early in the third, before Laforme scored his second of the game and the game winner with 5:09 left in the period. Delhi’s pressed to

Action along the boards is watched closely by Six Nations players and coached as a Delhi player is triple teamed at the Six Nations’ bench in Saturday’s 3-2 Six Nations win. (Photo by Jim Windle) even the score again but Six Nations played well defensively at both ends of the ice

to keep them hemmed in for the rest of the game to preserve the win.

Six Nations confidence was restored with solidly played games three and

four to even the series and took that confidence into the Game #5 in Delhi Sunday.



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WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013


LL Atoms take 5-3 win over Waterford By Jim Windle OHSWEKEN

In Local League play, the Six Nations Intertown Atoms’ strong third period made the difference as Six Nations won 5-3 over Waterford, Saturday afternoon at the GPA in Ohsweken. “The team’s effort today was awesome,” said head coach Arnold “Bub” Jacobs. “They did everything I asked them to do and the score does not matter to me, it’s the effort they put out that counts.” Damon Decaire opened the scoring with his first of a three goal performance with a hard wrist shot high to the glove side of Greg Strachan in the Waterford net. Waterford battled back and scored two goals within the last minute of play in the period, both from the edge of

Six Nations starting goalie Hailee Johnson’s crease with lots of traffic in front of her. Hunter Tobicoe went to the five hole on Strachan to tie the game for Six Nations very early in the second period with a shot that trickled through and into the net. He was assisted by Isaac Sawyer. But Waterford took the lead back when Alex Bannister made good on a breakaway. Less than ten seconds later, Decaire evened things up again with an unassisted goal once again high to the stick side. His third goal, scored with 1:34 remaining in the second period, was scored in exactly the same place with another hard wrister, assisted by Keyara James. Six Nations put the game on ice early in the third period with a shot along the ice which eluded Strachen to

made it 5-3. Waterford almost tied the game again when a Waterford player broke in on the Six Nations net and bounced one off the goal post with 4:30 left. In the last seconds of the game, tempers flared after a scramble around the Six Nations net. A Waterford player hacked and speared Raymond Hill in the goal crease and when Hill pushed the player off his feet, he was given a game misconduct. This infuriated coach Jacobs but it took a few words from the Waterford coach about his player to set off a shouting match between the two coaches. Jacobs was then assessed a game misconduct for his part in the disagreement. Waterford was not penalized. Six Nations hung on to take the 5-3 win.

powerplay goal. Six Nations’ Tyler Brown tipped in a pass by Robert Hill and Keelan Green at the edge of the crease to tie it at 1-1. Waterford answered and the second period ended with Waterford leading by a 2-1 score. Brown tied it up at 2-2 early in the third when he put a great move on the Waterford goalie after being sent in all alone with a pass from Brent Beauchamp.

Six Nations took the lead when Robert Hill flipped a blind backhander into the net as he was 10 feet out and facing the blueline. At this point, the Waterford players began to loose their composure and ran into a string of penalties. With a two man advantage powerplay in progress, Hill scored his second of the game to cushion the Six Nations lead to 4-2, which is how the game ended.

Ayden Sky came that close to scoring Saturday when his shot was accidentally stopped by the knee of his own man in the Waterford goal crease. Six Nations won the game 4-2. (Photo by Jim Windle)

Intertown Bantams double up on Waterford 4-2 By Jim Windle OHSWEKEN

The Local League Intertown Six Nations Bantams won 4-2 over Waterford in the third minor hockey game of the afternoon Saturday, Feb. 9. The teams fought through the scoreless first period with lots of great chances at both ends of the ice. Waterford drew first blood in the second period with a

Tyler Brown breaks into the Waterford zone in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Waterford. Brown accounted for two of the Six Nations goals. (Photo by Jim Windle)

Six Nations CLax teams out of town this week

Six Nations Bantams’ Robert Hill celebrates his second goal of the game in the third period of Saturday afternoon’s 4-2 win over Waterford at the Gaylord Powless Arena. Hill also scored what proved to be the game winner. Six Nations other two goals came from the stick of Tyler Brown. (Photo by Jim Windle)

Last Friday the Iroquois Ironmen and the Ohsweken Demons were both supposed to have had games, but the weather man had other ideas and dumped a load of snow on the entire region. As a result these games were postponed. As of press time, these games have not been rescheduled. However, this coming weekend will see the Ironmen looking for their first win of the season and the Demons trying to hold onto first place with the Toronto Shooting Stars closing in. Monday night the Demons take on the Welland Lock Monsters in Welland with the Ironmen taking a crack at the Monsters the next night (Tuesday), also in Welland. The following weekend,

Friday night Feb. 22, the Ironmen play host to the Brampton Inferno at the ILA, while the Demons have the week off, that is unless last week’s postponed game is rescheduled. After week five in the schedule, Roger Vyse reigns as the league’s leading scorer

with 40 points in six games played. Next is Delby Powless with 35 points and Wayme VanEvery with 30, all three are Demons. Chris Attwood leads the Ironmen with 19 points in three games, tied with Niagara’s Kim Squire who has played one more game.


WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013


Lacrosse stars help launch new phys-ed class By Stephanie Dearing HAGERSVILLE

“In the box, it's every man for himself,” said Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse star Cody Jamieson, giving students participating in a brand new physical education class pointers on one of the most important aspects of the lacrosse game: the face-off. Jamieson, along with team mate Sid Smith, will be visiting the grade 10 class at Hagersville Secondary School as often as possible “to help out whenever we can,” said Jamieson. The two will share tips with the students on how to play lacrosse as well as information about their careers. While Hagersville Secondary has a lacrosse team, the new lacrosse class is a first for the Grand Erie District School Board and quite possibly in Ontario. Teacher Jordan Charter and Education Counsellor Jeannie Martin developed the curriculum. While the class began at the start of the new school term, Wednesday February 6 was the official launch. Charter was as excited as his students about their special guests. “It's not often we get professionals” who will come to the class and help, he told his students. “This is the type of gym class that you wish you could have had when you were a student,” said Jamieson, who attended Hagersville Secondary. He played for the lacrosse team for four years. Smith wasn't able to make it to the school for the official kick-off to the brand new class, but another Rochester Knighthawk player, Craig Point, came in his stead. The two answered questions about lacrosse and themselves before they got the students, both male and female, practising face-offs. “Practice, practice, prac-

tice,” said Point, emphasizing how he and Cody had gotten so far with their lacrosse careers. In the face-to-face get to know you portion of the launch, Jamieson and Point talked about a variety of topics. “Some guys just let it roll,” said Jamieson, talking about pre-game jitters. “Me, I try to grasp it.” Jamieson told the students the most nerve-wracking part of the game for him was the opening. His strategy for calming his nerves is to “look at the stands and try to make them [spectators] feel awkward.” Point said he tries to keep as calm as he can because nervousness affects how he thinks about himself, which then affects how he plays. “Do what you gotta do” to stay calm, he advised. While Point said the most enjoyable part of the game for him is having people look up to him just like he used to look up to lacrosse players when he was younger; Jamieson said his enjoyment came from “hanging out with the guys every weekend,” as opposed to having a 9 to 5 job. “I'm lucky to get to hang out with Craig and the guys all weekend.” The team travels a lot, and “we spend a lot of time together,” said Jamieson. “We think of our team as a family ... It's good to have 25 brothers to make fun of and have a good laugh with.” But the team is bigger than the 25 players. There are managers, trainers and other personnel, and that means the team usually consists of 40 to 50 people. Jamieson said they referred to themselves as the wolf pack. With only nine indoor professional lacrosse teams, the field is pretty limited for new players. But Jamieson said there will always be a job for people interested in lacrosse. From manag-

ers to coaches, trainers and doctors, scouts, therapists and equipment managers, “there's always a spot for you.” Jamieson said he is considered to be employed part-time, because the lacrosse games are normally played on weekends. He said a many team members have other jobs or even careers, such as teaching and firefighting. Some of the players are pursuing postsecondary education. When players retire, they usually return to their nonlacrosse careers, although some former players can transition to a whole new role on the lacrosse team, said Jamieson. Both Jamieson and Point were about three years old when they first picked up a lacrosse stick. Jamison said his best shot is what is called “the twister,” and Point said Male students enrolled in a brand new physical education class that revolves around lahe likes to shoot from the crosse practiced their face-offs at Hagersville Secondary School. (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing). outside. The HSS course promises to be fun and dynamic league). Jamieson has also due to its emphasis on par- played in/for the Hamilton SIX NATIONS ticipatory education. With a Nationals (Major League), focus on box lacrosse, then Six Nations Chiefs (Nationfield lacrosse, students will al) and Syracuse University. O RA N G E get their first aid certifica- Before he transferred to Syrtion and learn the history, acuse, Jamieson played for Attention Six Nations, New Credit and surrounding areas rules and regulations of the Onondaga College. Invitation for girls born 2001 & 2002 to attend softball tryouts for 2013 P.W.S.A. Tier II Point played for Onongame. Each student will detournament team. Requirements are as follows: good fitness level, demonstrate positive self image & behaviour, knowledge of rules and team spirited. Looking for offensive and sign his/her own nutritional daga College, the Iroquois defensive skilled players. Player and parent commitment is a must. diet program, aided by pre- Nationals, Boston Blazers Tryout dates: Friday, February 15th – 8pm - 9:30pm – Iroquois Lacrosse Arena sentations from an athletic and the Minnesota Swarm Saturday, February 16th – 10am - 12pm – Iroquois Lacrosse Arena nutritionist. Students will before he was picked up by For more information call Robert Bomberry - 519-717-5433 create a playbook based on the Knighthawks. “We never had this at their own personal philosophy of how to approach the school,” Point told the stugame, and have to design a dents about the new gym class. “I'm looking forward lacrosse lesson. Both Jamieson and Point to helping you learn.” “I'm excited for you played for Six Nations Arrows Express (Junior A guys,” said Jamieson.



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What about the 1701 Nanfan Treaty?

Continued from page 9 side of the Great Lakes to defend their permanent villages and crops from encroachments from white settlers in the Ohio Valley and upstate New York. “The record of the council of 1701 shows that peace existed between the Haudenosaunee and the Algonquins, Nippissings, Mississaugas and a number of others, of which the British was not a party to,” says Williams. During that time the French and some of their northern Indian allies were encroaching into the unguarded hunting, fishing and lucrative fur trapping territory of the Iroquois and taking liberties to build fortified forts at Kingston, Detroit and Niagara. Militarily, the English did not like that either. To their mutual benefit, the Five Nations entered into a treaty of protection of their lands with the Crown of Britain that would be of mutual benefit. To the Crown, it gave them a reason to push the French out of the region which they admitted at the time did not belong to them. But as military allies to the Five Nations they could do so legally, and continue to reap the rewards of the exclusive fur trade with the Haudenosaunee. To the Five Nations, it was a way to pressure Britain to help protect their hunting and trappping territory which, up until then, was left to the Five Nations to defend on their own. It was a shrewd idea brought forth by the Chiefs themselves. However, the British did nothing to uphold the agreement, which angered the Haudenosaunee leaders greatly and they sent a delegation to Britain to request protection from Queen Anne in person in 1710. There were many frauds taking place at around the same time as the 1701 treaty. That same year, the mayor of Albany approached the Mohawks saying the only way to protect Mohawk land against fraudulent and abusive transactions was to put it under the protection of a trust deed. The Mohawks agreed and signed a document drawn up by the mayor with Albany to act as trustees over this land. But when the document was translated onto paper it was in the form of a land transfer and not a protection agreement. Upon reading the document which the Governor of New York had ordered the

mayor to produce, he was appalled and informed the Mohawks what they had actually signed. When he handed the original trust agreement to the Mohawk delegation, they tore it up and threw it into the fire. This is only one of several known frauds of this kind perpetrated, or at least attempted, around that time. Because the wording of the Nanfan agreement was also in question by the Five Nations another agreement was subsequently drawn up in 1726 to clarify the 1701 agreement and was signed by the Senecas, Cayugas and Onondagas. The Mohawks and Oneidas declined. “If one examines only the "trust deed", the 1701 transaction looks like a surrender

of all Haudenosaunee rights to southwestern Ontario,” says Williams. “However, if one looks at the entire council record of 1701, one sees that the purpose is not to give the land to the King for the purpose of settlement, but only to place it under his protection. That, too, is the interpretation notoriously given the document by the Haudenosaunee through the 1700s: it was about protecting Haudenosaunee property, not taking it. And that, too, is what was repeated in 1755.” In a letter written by commander-in-chief of the 13 colonies, Major-General Edward Braddock in 1755, as recorded in New York Colonial Papers, he orders Sir William Johnson to deliver a massage to the Six Nations. Instructions to Col. Johnson — You are to produce to the Indians of the Six Nations a deed which will be delivered to You by Col. Shirly and in my Name to recite to them the following Instructions — Whereas it appears by a Treaty of the Five Nations made at Albany on (the) 19 day of July 1701 between John Nanfan, L. Gov. of the

Province of New York that the said (the) Five Nations did put all their Beaver hunting (lands) which they won with the Sword 80 Years ago, under the Protection of the King of England, to be guaranteed by him to them and their use and it also appearing by a Deed Executed in the Year 1726 between the three Nations, Cayuga, Seneca and Onondaga and the then Govr. of N York that the said three Nations did Surrender all the Land lying and being Sixty Miles Distance taken Directly from the Waters into the Country (goes on to describe the boundaries of that agreement) the aforesaid three Nations with all the Rivers Creeks & Lakes within the said Limits to be protected

and defended by his said Majesty his Heirs and Successors for ever to and for the life of them the said three Nations, their Heirs & Successors forever. And it appearing that the French have from time to time by Fraud & Violence built Strong Forts (within the) Limits of the said Land, contrary to the Purport of the Covenant Chain ... You are in my Name to Assure the Said Nations that I am come by his Majesty's Order to destroy all (French) Forts and to build such others as shall protect and Secure the said Lands to them, their Heirs and Successors forever according to (the) Intent & Spirit of the Said Treaty and therefore call upon them to take up the Hatchet & Come and TAKE POSSESSION OF THEIR OWN LANDS (accent added) — EDW. BRADOCK (DN vol.2 pg 238) The Mohawks did not sign this call to arms because their brother Mohawks in Quebec and the northern regions sided with the French and they did not want to fight their own flesh and blood in a whiteman’s war.

Other supporting documents regarding the Nanfan Treaty as recorded in the Sir William Johnson Papers include: “At a public meeting with Lt Govr Nanfan at Albany, they put all their Patrimonial Lands and those obtained by conquest under the Protection of the King of Great Britain, to be by him secured for the use of them and their heirs against the encroachments and ambitious designs of the French.” And again: “That memorable and important act by which the Indians put their Patrimonial and conquered Lands under the Protection of the King of Great Britain their Father against the encroachments or Invasions of the French is not understood by them as a cession or Surrender as it seems to have been ignorantly or willfully supposed by some, they intended and look upon it as reserving the Property and Possession of the Soil to themselves and their Heirs. This Property the Six Nations are by no means willing to part with and are equally averse and jealous that any Forts or Settlements should be made thereon either by us or the French These are their hunting Grounds, by the profits of which they are to maintain themselves and their Families, they are therefore against any settlements there because the consequence would be the driving away Game & destroying their Livelihood and Riches. Besides, part of these Lands, they have appointed for their allies and Dependents, these they want to congregate near them & by that means increase their strength, Power and consequence, for in these the Six Nations have been and are daily decreasing.” From today’s political vantage point, the Nanfan Treaty in it’s entity is a binding document which they say shows a complete quit claim of the Beaver hunting grounds. But it was not accepted by the Mohawks as heads of the Five Nations making it a oneway agreement, and a fraudulent one at that. So why do Haudenosaunee people still refer to it? As Williams explains, “There are a lot of other things within that document that are beneficial to the Haudenosaunee.”


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WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013

February 7, 2013. In a statement, Constable Mark Foster said the midmorning search resulted in the seizure of “a quantity of marihuana plants at various stages of growth, dried marihuana and related growing and trafficking paraphernalia.” Police valued the seized marihuana at $18,000. Two people were charged in the sting operation, neither of them from New Credit. Brian Gould, 28 years old,

from Haldimand County was charged with production of an illegal substance and possession of an illegal substance. Ryan English, also 28 years old, and also from Haldimand County, was charged with production of an illegal substance. Both will have a hearing in Cayuga Provincial Court in the near future.When contacted by telephone, Constable Foster said he did not know the circumstances of the operation,

but confirmed the two people being held accountable are not from New Credit.

Six Nations Police Briefs Staff Investigation of collision results in marihuana possession charge


A collision that took place in front of Sit N Bull Gas Bar on Sixth Line Sunday night resulted in a Six Nations passenger being charged with possession of marihuana. 19 year old Bailey Catherine Porter was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear. Six Nations Police did not release any details about the collision. Man charged with assault A 26 year old man, resi-

dence not revealed by police, was charged with assault after Six Nations Police responded to a 911 call on February 8 at 11 pm. A woman, aged 22, at a Fourth Line residence told attending police she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. The man was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. He was held in custody for a bail hearing.

Appointment of David Zimmer as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (Ottawa) Today, the new government of Premier Kathleen Wynne was sworn in at a ceremony in Queen’s Park. Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski attended the ceremony and welcomed the appointment of the Honourable David Zimmer as the new

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA). “We enjoyed a positive relationship with Minister Zimmer in his previous capacity as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs,” stated President Lipinski, “and we look forward to building on that relationship.”

“MAA played a big role under Premier Wynne, when she held that portfolio” explained President Lipinski, “in the implementation of the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, which was signed in 2008. The Framework agreement proved a solid foundation for cooperation between our two gov-

ernments and resulted in the advancement of Métis rights as well as achievements in a whole range of other areas including education, health, jobs creation and economic development.” “We are looking for Minister Zimmer to continue to work with us towards the ob-

jectives agreed upon in the MNO-Ontario Framework agreement,” stated President Lipinski. “Among our key priorities are insuring Métis children and youth have every opportunity available to be the best they can be. Ensuring our youth have the necessary tools to succeed is a win – win

for both our governments and something we are deeply committed to.” “I have confidence that by working together – we will continue to achieve positive results for Métis citizens, families and communities in Ontario,” concluded President Lipinski.

FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION ACT CONSULTATION ILLEGITIMATE AND NON-CONSENSUAL Winnipeg, MB – On Friday, February 8th in Saskatoon, SK several grassroots First Nations people where denied access to a meeting on First Nations Education Act, that was portrayed to be a 'consultation process” held by Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). First Nations people who wanted to attend the meeting where not only denied access but also physically pushed back in order to keep them out. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) condemns this type of treatment to our people in our territory and in neighbouring ones. AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak stated, "I learned that several of our people attempted to gain entrance to the ‘invite only’ consultation process and were denied access and security went as far as physically escorting and physically barring our First Nations women from the doors which lead to some people being hurt. This type of physical restraint is unacceptable as is the lack of transparency and accountability being afforded to these meetings. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will not allow our people to be locked out of a process that will impact our inherent and Treaty birth rights. This entire process lacks legitimacy and is non-consensual." The AMC remains united in its opposition to the First Nations Education Act and stated this position to the As-

sembly of First Nations, National Chief and his Executive in December, 2012. When AANDC decides to proceed with its 'consultation process' with Manitoba First Nations leadership in March, the meeting will include an open, transparent and accountable process. This will include an open door policy to allow

for grassroots participation on AMC has taken the posi- ourselves, including the de- tion of our own laws that are an issue as critical as education tion that First Nations have velopment of our education consistent with our Indigenous for our First Nation citizens. an inherent right to govern systems, through the forma- identity. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is currently in the process of collecting information directly from First Nations parents, educators, Elders and communities regarding what a Join the ABC strategy so that we can learn more about the treaty-based education system would look like. health of our children and how we can help our future

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Regional Chief declines Diamond Jubilee Medal, priority should be resetting the treaty relationship Toronto, ON

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy joined several others who have rejected the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee medal. He joins a growing list which includes Six Nations Elected Chief Bill Montour, water protection activist, founding member of the Council of Canadians, and documentary film maker Maude Barlow, writer Naomi Klein and singer Sarah Slean, Six Quebec MPs, talk-show host Gurpreet Singh, and Admaston/Bromley in Re-

frew County near Ottawa, Raye-Anne Briscoe, and Greater Madawaske Mayor Peter Emon. Karen Davis of Dauphin, Man., received the medal for starting a literacy program that has since spread to 25 communities across the province, including 14 First Nations. She too has sent her’s back as did Pummy Kaur, an author and community activist from White Rock B.C., amongst others. Chief Beardy declined the dubious honour stating, “Accepting the medal at this time would condone the fact that the British Crown and Cana-

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dian government are ignoring the legal and historical connection they have with Treaty nations.” On December 20, 2012, Beardy wrote an urgent open letter to Her Majesty the Queen urging direct British Crown involvement in the Chief Theresa Spence hunger strike. He recently received a response from her Majesty that he felt was unsatisfactory. Beardy also pointed to a number of other reasons for declining the medal support, these included: (i) support for the global Idle No More

movement and, (ii) to bring attention to the fact that the 2008 apology from Canada on residential schools has been hollow. He stated that, “Canada and Britain must deal in good faith with the realities on the ground before celebrating a relationship that is clearly strained with the potential for unforeseen outcomes that could exasperate an already charged atmosphere. Reset the Treaty relationship for the sake of our youth and the fundamental goodwill of all Canadians.”

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The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. Partner organizations were invited to nominate candidates. The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum, and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada.






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February 20, 2013 @ 4pm

Opportunity Development Coordinator

Welfare Department

Full Time


February 20, 2013 @ 4pm

Job descriptions are available at GREAT Weekdays... Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 4:30 pm 16 Sunrise Court, Ohsweken


Phone: 519.445.2222 • Fax: 519-445-4777 Toll Free: 1.888.218.8230


WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013


CAREERS CANADA WORLD YOUTH, a not-for-profit organization that offers international educational programs to young people, is currently seeking

PROJECT SUPERVISORS In this role, you will implement all aspects of an international education program for a group of young adults. Contracts will begin between April and June 2013 and typically last 9 months. Successful candidates must have: · experience working with groups of young adults · relevant overseas experience · demonstrated experience in or commitment to bringing an analysis of power and privilege to programming · ability to work in a cross-cultural environment · knowledge of community and international development · experience with group facilitation and dynamics · ability to live away from residence for the entire duration of the contract · working knowledge of French and English · multilingualism is an asset. We are is committed to strengthening and supporting the capacity of Aboriginal youth to be leaders by participating in and benefiting from local, national and international programs. Therefore, several groups will be formed exclusively of Aboriginal youth and/or the program will be located in an Aboriginal community. For these programs, knowledge of Aboriginal youth realities, Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal languages is a strong asset. To learn more about the position and application deadlines, please go to our Web site at:

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We are now accepting applications for Pre-Apprenticeship training in

Welding and Plumbing For Women

Successful applicants will receive 22 weeks of instruction and experience in the Welding and Plumbing Trades AT NO CHARGE. We provide the safety equipment, tool kits and co-op placements working toward apprenticeship. To apply please call (905) 385-0043 x 510 or visit our website at for more information. This Pre-Apprenticeship Training Project is funded by the Government of Ontario


WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013





ANDERSON: H. MICHAEL (MOOSE) At the West Haldimand Hospital, Hagersville on Sunday February 10, 2013 at the age of 53 years. Son of the late Harold and Rose (Johnson) Anderson. Loving brother of John (deceased) and Shelda, Evelyn and Jim, Donna and Joe, Dave and Elda, Rick and Sharron, and Arlene (Punky) and Curtis. Also will be remembered by his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Resting at the Styres Funeral Home 1798 4th. Line , Ohsweken after 2 p.m. Wednesday. An evening service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Service will be at the funeral home on Thursday February 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. . The family extends a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the West Haldimand Hospital for their professional care. www.

Happy Birthday Look who is becoming a teenager on Feb. 9/13. Happy 13th Birthday to Kennedy Bomberry. Our beautiful, talented Daughter, granddaughter and Great Granddaughter. We all wish her a very awesome Birthday. Happy 2nd Birthday to our youngest sweetheart, Cody, on Feb. 21st, 2013. All our love from Mom & Dad, Sydney and brothers Brendan, Davin & Ryden. The Smith family and The Montour family.

Birthday greeting

Birthday greeting

Birth announcement

“Dallas Anderson and Megan Bassindale and big sister Adalyn are happy to announce the arrival of Caleb Russell Anderson, who was born February 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. Caleb weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces. Proud grandparents are Roger and Carol Anderson and Dennis and Judy Bassindale.”

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Happy 5th Birthday Kate Bouchard On Feb. 13 Love Granny & Gramps

Birthday greeting CONGRADUKATIONS CLARISA YOU’RE A TEENAGER Clarisa Happy 13th B-day Happy Birthday Clarisa Elizabeth My Baby Girl I am so sorry for Everything, I wish I was part of your Life I only hope and Pray someday you will be part of my life I think of you all the time and wish you and Babbajjino could have painted the Town red One more time before she left us she cried everyday she wasn’t with you and so do I Give My love to Rayne, Kaimyn and Caytlen Babbajjino and I really miss you Clarisa ( Roo , Boo Jr. and rooster , rub her head and Bucky Cheese) do  you remember the personality song I used to sing you? I wish I was there with you more than anything in the world I love you and Happy Birthday Clarisa Elizabeth Love  Dad and Babbajjino in Spirit




Lost pet

Lost pet

Coming events LOST: Golden Lab 3 1/2 years old – MISSING SINCE SUNDAY FEB 3 from the Onondaga and 2nd Line Area. Has a choke collar and a regular collar on with his vaccinations A memorial in honour of and name tag. our brother, a friend, a fa- REWARD: To return as he is a very important part of our ther, and a husband who family and being missed very much! left us Feb. 3, 2012 CALL:  905-768-0051 if you spotted him or Cell 905Mr. Earl Sault 308-4076. At Chiefswood Christian Fellowship, 506 4th Line notice notice 7km west of Ohsweken, Six Nations Reservation. Information Seminar Six Nations Heart Health Sat. Feb. 16 2PM till ?????? for the Dreamcatcher Committee is hosting a Bring your music and a friend. Bluegrass, Coun- Charitable Foundation Winter Obstacle on Feb try, Gospel, Karaoke. Door We welcome you to attend 23rd from 10am-12pm at prizes, 50/50 draw, re- the Dreamcatcher Chari- the Race track beside Gayfreshments. Info. Phil Sault table Foundation Semi- lord Powless arena. Re905-768-5442. www.chief- nar to learn how to apply quirements- teams of 4 swoodchristianfellowship. for assistance in our four with 2 adults and 2 chilcom funding sectors; Educa- dren, children have to be tion, Sports, Arts & Cul- 6 yrs and up, adults are 16 ture and Health on Friday years and up. Prizes : 1st Coming events March 1st, 2013     3:00 One night’s stay at Ameripm – 4:00 –pm at the Ban- cana, 2nd iPod’s, 3rd Movie quet Hall, Iroquois Lacrosse & Swim passes Please call Free Arena    3201 Second Line to register 519-445-4019 Out Reach Road, Hagersville, Ontar- or email snfht@sixnations. For Children/Youth io. 
Please RSVP Yvonne Ja- ca Dinner, Movie, Crafts rd Place: 2319 3 Line Rd. mieson if you plan to attend  Services Date: Feb. 15th, 2013, or tollOhsweken. Time: 5PM – free at 1-866-508-6795. 6 NaPresidentialLimo. 8PM. Bring a Friend. For com more info call Ross/Joanne Wanted Ohsweken, ON (905) 765Johnson (905) 768-8566. If 9928 or 519-865-6546. Let Quotas purchased. 3681 not home leave message. 6Na Tour you around. Second Line OPEN JAM

Happy First Birthday Christian Bouchard On Feb. 11. He really enjoyed his cake! Love Granny & Gramps

Coming events

Coming events

Community Prayer Everyone Welcome All who are concerned come and pray for: Alcohol abuse, Drug abuse, suicides; Our: Children, Families, Leadership, Nation/Reserve; and for any other concerns we may have. Place: 2319 Third Line Rd. Ross / Joanne Johnson. Fourth Mon. of every month. Mon. Feb. 18th, 2013. Time: 6:00pm to ?

Last Chance for Romance…. Valentines Dance Friday, February 15th, Frog Pond Hall, 1094 Chiefswood Road. Doors Open at 8:00 pm. Music Starts at 9:30 pm. Admission $10.00. Entertainment provided by The Rez Dawgs Black Truck Blues Band and The Bad Guys. Valentines Day Isn’t Over Yet… NO MINORS ALLOWED.


WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013

CLASSIFIEDS House for sale House For Sale Moved To Your Lot 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Approx. 1000 sq. ft. $30,000 Delivered. 905-973-6098. 2ndchancehomes10@gmail. com


House for sale House for sale Moved to your lot 4 bedroom, 1 bath, hardwood & ceramic tile. Approx. 1500 sq. ft., $35,000.00 delivered. 905 973-6098.


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