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One step forward and two steps back in boundary adjustment talks By Jim Windle BRANT

County of Brant councillors agree with Elected Chief Bill Montour that pending facilitated negotiations between Brantford and Brant over the proposed transfer of more than 12,000 acres of farm land from the county to the city, must include Six Nations as more than observers. But during last week’s tri-councils meeting in Mt. Pleasant, Elected Chief Montour and councillor Dave Hill both voiced their displeasure with the recommendations of the Provincial Development Facilitator Paula Dill, that she oversee talks between staff of Brant and Brantford, but not with

the elected officials themselves. Only COE’s and staff representing the two municipalities were to participate and Six Nations was ignored completely from the process. Last Monday night at city council, Brantford approved, although not unanimously, that Six Nations be at the table as well, but only as observers and not recognized as stakeholders. That proposal was also rejected Monday by Brant Council Council who insisted Six Nations be there on equal footing as stakeholders and not just as observers. There was some optimism that the boundary transfer issue, which has been a bone of contention between the two councils for years,

could represent an important step towards resolution when Brant invited Provincial Development Facilitator Paula Dill to help break the log jam. It was also hoped that the ongoing tri-councils meetings might help calm the rough waters between the two councils. But when Six Nations was totally ignored by Dill in her written recommendations for the framework of these negotiations, Chief Montour was obviously miffed at being window dressing again, despite the fact that most of the land involved in the boundary changes are under filed and acknowledged federal land claim. Brantford Councillor Jan Vanderstelt was outspoken in his disapproval as well

and pushed his council to amend the Dill’s recommendations to include Six Nations. But all he got from his council was a political pat on the head when the resolution agreed to by the majority of council only stated that Six Nations should be invited, but only with observer status. Veteran Brant Councillor Rob Chambers didn’t like to proposal from the get-go and sited three main issues that need to be fixed before he could approve it. Aside from the slight towards Six Nations, he also disapproved of Dill’s recommendation that only staff attend the negotiations and not elected officials. Another issue was that he was very uncomfortable with the lack of

transparency proposed when it was recommended that the meetings would be conducted behind closed doors, with no media allowed. This was also an issue for Brantford Councillor Richard Carpenter who wanted a media table to be set up so the public would know what was going on before anything was signed. That proposed amendment was voted down by the majority of city council as well. County Councillor John Wheat was vocal in his assessment of the facilitator’s proposal, saying, “We want them (Six Nations) here and not just as observers. They need to be at the table.” County Councillor Rob Chambers had a lot to say about the situation and his

views are published in detail in this issue. It is uncertain at this point what this “false start” to the negotiations, as Chambers calls it, means for all concerned. The County is still a rural thinking area with many farmers who are respectful of farm lands and do not want to see it covered in concrete. Brantford wants the added land to attract corporate industry and housing developments to help their bottom line with the taxes and to create local jobs. The majority of the land being negotiated in this process is under Six Nations land claims which are being ignored by the federal, provincial and now, municipal governments.

County Councillor on side with Six Nations By Jim Windle BRANT

When County of Brant veteran councillor Rob Chambers heard that Six Nations were to be “allowed” at the table when Brant and Brantford negotiations begin for 12,000 acres of farmland Brantford wants transferred from Brant land holdings, he was shocked and disgusted that they would not be invited there as participating partners. Last week Chambers and the Tekawennake met for about two hours at a Brantford coffee shop to talk in depth about the matter. “Isn’t that a slap in the face for the people of Six Nations,” said Chambers. “I don’t believe the County wants to start going through negotiations in an adversarial process. We want a process of cooperation, and one inclusive to all stakeholders.” Speaking of his fellow county councillors he says, “We really don’t understand what it means to have Six Nations at the table as ‘observers’ -- observer status? What on earth is that?”. Chambers has been on County Council for 27 year and admits, to his own cha-

grin, that most of that time was spent with not as much as a sideways glance towards Six Nations. But after having his curiosity tweaked by the Caledonia issue and the Native resistance in Brantford, he got curious and has taken it upon himself to read, study

through injunctions and confrontations, rather than consultation and accommodation. “We’re not perfect either,” he admits. “We have our own issues we are dealing with which are still unresolved, but at least we want to be at the table side by side

Councillor Rob Chambers and assess for himself who the people of Six Nations really are and what their rightful place in the bigger picture is. “The county has learned by watching the city over the last few years on what not to do,” says Chambers, “and we don’t want to make those same mistakes.” He is speaking about the city’s aggressive stance

rather than face to face. I think the county’s feeling is that the Six Nations people have a right to be there (at the boundary talks) as a result of the ‘duty to consult and accommodate’ rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “They certainly have

land rights issues within the boundary adjustment areas of discussion,” he says. “I’ll use the Johnson Settlement tract as as good an example as any. It is a valid land claim, there are land rights issues associated with that. The city - county boundary could be an area of adjustment, so from a county’s perspective, Six Nations not only has the right to be there but they should be there, and they are going to be there as participants in the discussion. That’s just an obligation that we have.” Chambers says that rather than endorse or reject the city’s resolution as put forward, the county wants to take a step back and look at and try to develop, with the city and Six Nations, a set of guiding principles to move forward in the discussion about boundary adjustments. “It may take a little longer that way, but it will certainly be more productive,” Chambers predicts. “Hopefully, at the end of the day we can all say this was a good process and we all are better for it, and our relationship gets stronger.” He believes there can be a win-win-win situation if everyone comes to the table

with mutually beneficial goals and mutual respect. “We should not have a process where there is a winner or a looser,” he says, “but we all have to win. There is

no reason we can’t if we set aside the greed and one-upmanship, which is adversarial, and look at it in terms of development that will help Continued on page 4

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Sending strong signals for progress New provincial Aboriginal Affairs Minister visits Six Nations

By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN Ontario's newly appointed Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, David Zimmer, visited Six Nations Elected Council on Friday March 11. It was the first meeting between the Liberal Cabinet Minister and Elected Council. During the hour-long meeting, Zimmer didn't offer much to Six Nations beyond a promise to “assist you to find a way through the thicket,” saying Premier Wynne and himself “see Aboriginal Affairs as the main ministry.” He said one of his jobs was to serve as a facilitator. Just days earlier, Zimmer had travelled to northern Ontario with Wynne to meet with Mattawa Chiefs and discuss the economic opportunities to be found in the Ring of Fire mineral-rich area. “Premier Wynne gave me a new direction to open up the Aboriginal file,” said Zimmer when he began his visit with Elected Council. “She is deadly serious when she says she wants to see progress.” Zimmer told Six Nations

Elected Council that Wynne has been sending strong signals to Ontario's First Nations over the past six months. “At every opportunity she has always commented on the Aboriginal file,” he said, listing some of the major occasions where Wynne has acknowledged being on traditional territory, including her swearing in ceremony and the Throne Speech, where for the first time ever, the speech began with a recognition of traditional territory. Zimmer had one message for Six Nations: He was sending a strong signal to First Nations that Ontario wants to talk. Zimmer said Premier Wynne, who was until last year the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, had given him a mandate to “make progress,” and to “move this file along.” For their part, Six Nations Elected Council briefed Zimmer on the issues of concern to the community, providing Zimmer and his Deputy Minister with briefing notes on the issues, such as the underfunding of fire services and public works; the need to renegotiating a police agreement that not only gives adequate funding to meet current needs, but also provides funding for new personnel. The lack of youth services and the underfunding of social assistance were also issue areas Six Nations said they'd like Zimmer's assistance, as well as outstanding land claims. Six Nations Elected Council wanted some specific actions undertaken, asking for the return of the former Douglas Creek Estates and

a share of the revenues from the Brantford Casino. “We want to make some real progress on all the issues,” Zimmer assured Elected Council. He said underfunding of Social Assistance was a high priority matter for his ministry. “The province has it's own issues with the federal government,” said Zimmer, saying the Harper government is short-changing the province on transfer payments. He brought up Aboriginal education as an example. “Aboriginal schools receive an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 a year less in funding than if the students went to school off reserve.” Over the twelve years a child spends in elementary and secondary school, Zimmer said he calculated Aboriginal children are shortchanged by $50,000. “That differential percolates through all issues.” Zimmer also said he was disturbed by the new report on how many Indigenous people end up in jail. “Five years ago, the Aboriginal population in jails was 17 percent and now it's jumped up to forty-three percent. That's a huge increase. What's going on in the past five years that I don't know about, that we don't know about? People haven't all of a sudden turned bad. Something's wrong.” “That's something I'm going to drill into,” Zimmer promised, saying something in the current justice system is not working for Aboriginals. Community member Lester Green attended the meet-

ing, as did Floyd Montour. Green said resolving the land claims issues was important to ensure “land is viable for future generations,” stressing the importance of balanced development. “We need to know what's going on,” said Green. “The first place to start is Douglas Creek. We want to know how it is you're going to speed up this process. On top David Zimmerman introduces himself to councillor Helen Miller (Phoof that, for the tograph by Stephanie Dearing). traditional people, how are you mer Douglas Creek Estates, ment has done absolutely going to get them involved ... and brought up a number nothing to make sure our land and let us know what's going of points about the need for rights are protected... Every on? When are you going to good education, education day we lose more and more open that door and invite our that includes Haudenosaunee of our land that was originaltraditional elders and Chiefs culture and traditions; as well ly given to us, that was origito that table?” as how economic develop- nally ours.” Green asked Zimmer to ment on traditional territory Green invited Zimmer to commit to a time frame has side-stepped Six Nations meet with traditional Chiefs, HON_Six Nation Ad_Layout 1 13-03-07 PM Page 1 for the return of the forpeople2:35 “because the governContinued on page 17

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Zimmer was a hot commodity during his brief meeting with Six Nations Elected Council on Friday March 8, 2013. In the photograph above, he talks with Councillors Melba Thomas (District Six) and Ava Hill (District Two). Hill has turned her chair to face Zimmer. (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing).

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Continued from page 2 all three parties and not just one or two.” The importance of learning and understanding land rights and land claims issues is a very necessary step in the process, according to Chambers. “My personal point of view is, which I believe is the county’s view as well, that we have made a very conscious effort to develop an understanding of the land rights issues,” says Chambers. He is very proud of the Green Energy agreement his council and the Six Nations Elected Council has hammered out and sees that as a very positive step

towards a better relationship and mutually beneficial economic development. With the wind and solar farms initiative, Samsung’s strategy of dealing with both the elected and traditional councils at Six Nations separately has caught Chambers’ eye as a possible way to more completely consult with the majority of people at Six Nations. He would endorse the idea of opening dialogue with the HDI as one of several possibilities. But he admits that this it is only his personal opinion and not necessarily that of his council. “Our eyes are on Samsung. What the Samsung situation has shown is that

things can work for the benefit of all Six Nations and ultimately the whole area,” says Chambers. “It is quite interesting, but at the same time, the county needs to be very careful not to appear to be trying to steer the canoe,” he says. “That

is not our business. We must keep in mind that it is the Six Nations people that are the ultimate democracy there, so we don’t want to offend Six Nations Elected Council people by inviting in the HDI, and we don’t want to offend the Confed-

eracy people by not inviting them, so it is a very delicate situation for us and I admit we are new at this.” Chambers hopes that at the end of the process, Brant-Brantford and Six Nations can be examples of how the Two Row Wampum

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GRE being sued by New York Attorney General By Stephanie Dearing NEW YORK

Grand River Enterprises (GRE) is facing some heat after the New York Attorney General targeted the Six Nations cigarette manufacturer and its Perrysburg, N.Y.-based wholesaler, Native Wholesale Supply. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced his intentions in a press release on Monday March 4, saying the two companies are selling contraband cigarettes and not paying the required state excise taxes. The lawsuit follows an ongoing investigation into the two cigarette companies. As a result of the investigation, Schneiderman has concluded “the two companies are trafficking large quantities of illegal, untaxed cigarettes.” It is estimated that New York State lost at least $13.2 million in taxes. The investigation found GRE bypassed the law, which requires cigarettes first be sold to a certified agent in New York State. The agent prepays the state tax and affixes the state tax stamp to the cigarette products. Instead, GRE sold the cigarettes

to Native Wholesale Supply, and no taxes were paid. Schneiderman estimates that GRE sold at least three million cartons of cigarettes to Native Wholesale Supply over an eight month period, from between November 2011 to July of 2012. Native Wholesale Supply paid GRE $85 million for the cigarettes. "The illegal sale of contraband cigarettes violates both state and federal laws, robs New Yorkers of the funds to pay for essential state services, places legitimate businesses that play by the rules at a competitive disadvantage, and makes it easier for young people to take up a deadly habit,” said Schneiderman. “My office is committed to taking action to stop the illegal sale of contraband cigarettes to protect our state’s fiscal and physical health, and ensure all businesses in New York are playing by one set of rules." The State Attorney's office was able to purchase Grand River Seneca brand cigarettes from a smoke-shop on the Poopsatuck Reservation in Masticon, Long Island in November 2012. While there, investigators saw over 50 car-


tons of the Seneca brand cigarettes on display in the shop. A raid of the Skydancer smoke-shop in Seneca Falls netted investigators over 16,230 cartons of unstamped Seneca brand cigarettes, and Schneiderman's office said over three million contraband cigarettes were seized from that shop. Schneiderman's press release said it is unlawful to possess, sell or distribute over 50 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in a state, such as New York, that requires tax stamps and tax collection. GRE and Native Wholesale Supply are said to have violated the federal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act and New York State tax and public health laws by not reporting these sales to the Department of Taxation and Finance as required. Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in December, 2012 against King Mountain Tobacco Company, a Nativeowned company based in the Yakama Nation, for selling hundreds of thousands of its cigarettes in New York each year without paying the required state excise tax. In the United States, tribal

Grand River Enterprises is being targeted by the New York Attorney General who believes the Six Nations based company to be selling “contraband” cigarettes. If convicted, it could cost GRE 10’s of millions of dollars in fines. (File Photo) members can purchase cigarettes tax-free on their reservation, but the cigarettes are to have the tax stamp placed on them by the licensed stamping agent. American Natives, like First Nations, believe they have an inherent right to tobacco, and should not have to pay taxes on any tobacco products for sale. Under the United States federal law, GRE could pay a civil penalty of up to two percent of the gross sales of cigarettes for the year, and Schneiderman said based on 2011-2012 sales, that penalty

could amount to tens of millions of dollars. It's not the first time GRE has encountered this sort of difficulty. Because American Natives, like First Nations members, do not believe in paying tax for a product they claim an inherent right to have, GRE has faced a number of lawsuits. In turn, the company has attempted, on more than one occasion, to challenge the laws on taxation of tobacco products, with limited success. A challenge under NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), settled in 2011,

likewise was not successful for GRE. Grand River Enterprises started in 1993 and incorporated in 1998. By 2008, according to Jerry Montour's testimony to the Public Safety and National Security Committee in Ottawa, GRE had paid Canada about $500 million in taxes. Since then, GRE has landed a three-year contract to sell tobacco to China. GRE also supplies Germany and Europe with its cigarettes. The company is the largest employer in Six Nations, employing over 350 people.

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Distressing times call for vigilance We are still a bit confused over whether the recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was a good thing or a bad thing. The western corporate media has demonized him since he refused to play the corporate oil game and kept his most valuable resource under his own country’s control. Whenever the likes of Stephan Harper paint the man as a terrorist, it is generally a good indication that the opposite is the truth. As in most cases, the best way to get to the real story is by listening to what those directly involved, those on the ground, have to say about it. In the case of Venezuela, the Venezuelan people are the ones to listen to and not the puppets put in place by multinational corporations. In the case of Canada and the oilsands project and pipelines connected to it, it’s the Onkwehon:we people living and hunting near the trouble spots, and not Harpers $27 million Canada Action Plan adds on TV every 20 minutes, we need to listen to. In the first case, it’s not only the people of Venezuela who are worried about what the future holds now that Chavez is no longer protecting his people from corporate rape, but outpourings of sorrow and support for Venezuela has been coming in from Peru, Bolivia, Cuba and Brazil as well in hopes Uncle Sam and his friends won’t barge the wake. Meanwhile Harper and others in the oil company’s fan club are painting the situation for us who are half asleep here in Canada, that the people of Venezuela can now move towards the prosperity they have been denied. The same tactics are used when it comes to luring Native communities, like this one, into give up their traditional lands and rights for a quick buck or to fit in better with mainstream Canada -- which only means so they can then pay taxes to the money addicted system and the government can end the treaty obligations they would like to forget they ever made. We are all in favour of moving ahead, as long as ahead is a better place than where we are now, or where we have come from. That is where the rubber meets the road. Change brought about voluntarily by the federal of provincial governments have never, nor will they ever be for the benefit of anyone but themselves at the cost of those not big enough or strong enough to resist. But here at the Grand River Territory, the people are still in a better position to resist and rage against the machine as it were, than their settler neighbours. Was Chavez a saint or a thief? We don’t know but we have our suspicions. Was the HST good for anyone other than the government? That one is easier to answer. We know that it is much easier to forget about it and fall back in the comforting misbelief that the government has your and our best interests in mind with this flood of bills Harper is selling not only Native leaders, but their own people as well. We all need to be alert. Not paranoid, but alert. The thief is at the door and only those willing to stand up to it will not be taken. Get educated and get active. Distressing times require vigilance and that time is now.


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NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) comes to Six Nations By Stephanie Dearing SIX NATIONS Sogyohogye (meaning I'm Coming Home) will soon be available to some Six Nations Members after Elected Council voted in favour of accepting the funding for the supportive housing for recovering addicts program from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Tuesday night. The program will see eight Six Nations members who are who are working to have a healthier life housed in a new apartment complex that will see them receiving not just appropriate and affordable housing, but supports to assist them with their recovery. During an information meeting on Monday March 11, Six Nations Health employees gave community members an idea of how the program will work. The location of the housing, however, created an issue for some community members due to its proximity to Jamieson Elementary School. The at-times raucous meeting, held at the Tourism building, threatened to polarize the room into “us” and “them,” although by the end of the meeting it was apparent most of those attending the meeting were in support of the initiative. There were two petitions available at the meeting that people could sign. One opposed to the program was given to Elected Chief William Montour just before the March 12 council meeting. That petition had approximately 50 signatures. The second petition had been circulated by Health Services, and had garnered 85 signatures from people who support the initiative. According to the information provided during Monday's information meeting by Health Services, the program will flow subsidies to the clients to help them maintain their new homes. During what is intended to be a year-long program, an on-site case manager (during weekday working hours) will supportive programming and ensure the clients are utilizing resources such as counselling, learning life skills such as problem solving, and other programs that can help them regain their independence. The new apartments are being created from

a former gym at 1626 Chiefswood Road by landlord Audrey Hill. The mandate of the program is to reduce the frequency of re-addiction, reduce contact with the criminal justice system and to enhance the quality of life for the clients. The location of the property, across the road from Jamieson Elementary School, was a point of concern for some community members like Ruby Montour, who said Monday she was worried about her four grandchildren, who all attend school in Ohsweken. When reached by telephone Tuesday morning, Six Nations Police Chief Glenn Lickers said he had not been brought up to speed on the project, and added, “obviously something like that is needed.” “Obviously every precaution and every safeguard has to be put in place, keeping in mind the well-being of the community at large,” said Lickers. “Having said all that, I can certainly understand, especially parents living in that immediate area, or parents who have children at that school, I don't think it should be a surprise that there would be opposition to that, whether it's justified or not.” Safety of the staff, of the clients and of the community were all important issues, said Miller during the information meeting on Monday. She reassured the community members that all participants in the program had to be clean and committed, and would be screened. Peter Isaacs, who coordinates supportive housing programs for Brantford Native Housing (BNH), said BNH has established supportive housing for recovering addicts beside a school, and the clients did not pose any issues for the children. “We all don't want this in our backyard,” stated a woman during the discussion. “Well guess what,” responded Director of Health Services Ruby Miller. “It is in your backyard. We know that. Everybody. You know, right on Bicentennial Trail, there is crackhouses there. There are drug dealers. With this program, you're going to have people who are clean, who are trying to stay clean. We are supporting them.” Lickers said last summer

his department had received a number of requests from village residents for increased police presence because of illegal drug activity. Funding for the supportive housing program is available through Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Miller was advised of the eligibility of Six Nations in November of 2012, and she advised council, asking to be allowed to spend the money before the funding agreement arrived. Council agreed, and Miller hired four staff on contract who have been helping her create the program in collaboration with other agencies both on- and off-reserve. Now that council has approved signing the agreement, Miller's team will be looking to fill the eight units for April 1. When Miller's team was first trying to find housing for eight clients, they turned to various housing agencies, such as Six Nations Housing and Brantford Native Housing. But the community agencies did not have any available housing stock. So the team turned to private landlords in Brantford and Hagersville, as well as others within the area, but could not find anyone willing to provide housing for the program. Somehow, the team was told about Audrey Hill, who was working on converting the former gym into apartments. The two met and Hill supported the program, agreeing to provide the housing. As a result, the clients approved for the program will pay rent directly to the landlord. The opposition voiced by a few members of the community during Monday's meeting prompted those in support of the program to speak up. “We all have members of our families who are struggling with something,” said one woman. She said the program exists for people who want help changing their lives adding, “It's in my family and I guarantee you it's in every one of your families. And they're still our husbands and brothers and sisters and wives. They've just got issues that they need some help with.” “They're family members,” said Miller. “They're people from our community, they're family members. Somebody's son, somebody's daughter or Continued on page 15


Medical marijuana operation might be in the pipe for Six Nations By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN A notification that a company and a Six Nations property owner plan to team up to grow medical marijuana was not well received by Elected Council's Human Services Committee. The notification had come in on Tuesday March 5, said Ruby Miller, Director of Six Nations Health. “Did you give it to the police,” asked District Four Councillor Helen Miller. “Yes,” responded Ruby Miller. “What did they say,” asked Councillor Miller. “They want to wait for a bit,” said the Health Director. “They said it's legal.” The company called Medical Relief Corporation informed Six Nations Elected Council it was applying for a research and development permit from Health Canada, with the intention of later getting a permit to grow medical marijuana. Ruby Miller said if the permits are granted, the

company will grow the plant on land owned by Michael General Sr. “He doesn't even live here,” announced Councillor Miller, who voiced the most concerns about the proposed operation. “My concern is security,” she said. “How would they protect the plants?” “I can see somebody getting shot over this thing,” Councillor Miller continued. She said she wanted both the property owner and company representatives to come to council to talk about their plans. “It's a safety issue for the community,” Councillor Miller said. “We can't have people growing marijuana whenever they want to. If one person can start, we will have everyone planting.” Ruby Miller said she was still looking into the legislation, and would prepare a brief for council's meeting next week. Health Canada only allows the production of medical marijuana indoors. A number of regulations have been put

in place for the growing, harvest, distribution and sale of medical marijuana, not least are the requirements to ensure the safe production of a helpful herb is the requirement to employ a quality assurance person. Anyone who receives authorization to conduct medical marijuana research and development is not automatically guaranteed to get a producer's licence. The production of medical marijuana is covered under Canada's Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drugs Regulations. Licencing is also given under the Narcotic Control Regulations and/ or the Controlled Substances Act. As of December 31, 2012, just over 28,000 people had an Authorization to Possess Dried Marijuana in Canada. Over 18,000 people had licencing to produce their own medical marijuana, and only 3,405 people had a licence to produce medical marijuana. (Statistics courtesy of Health Canada).

Food For Thought Staff Ever wonder how Six Nations Elected Council stacks up in comparison with the honorariums and expenses paid out to the councils of neighouring municipalities? Wonder no more – here are some numbers to contemplate: Six Nations Elected Chief/Mayor $93,998 (2012) Councillors $496,446 (2012) Total: $590,444 (2012) Populations served:

24,384 (2011)

Brant County $153,698 (2012) $234,533 (2012) $388,231 (2012)

City of Brantford $183,661 (2011, budgeted) $230,297 (2011, budgeted) $413,958 (2011, budgeted)

35,638 (2011)

93,650 (2012)

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The Six Nations Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Wilma General Memorial Award. You are encouraged to submit a nomination if you know anyone who: • Is a community member • Possess a strong background in volunteer activities • Promotes unity and strength both within the family and the community • Demonstrates ability to create change • Liaises to bridge the gap between Native and Non-native • Possess positive interpersonal skills and is always willing to sacrifice their personal time

WILMA GENERAL MEMORIAL AWARD Nomination Form 2013 can be picked up at Six Nations Council or Six Nations Welfare Department 8:30am – 4:30pm



Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Mark Laforme to sing at Stompin’ Tom’s memorial service By Jim Windle NEW CREDIT The death last week of Canadian musical and cultural icon, Stompin’ Tom Conners brought memorials and front page stories across Canada. But his passing has impacted a local guitarist in a more personal way. New Credit singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark LaForme spent many a concert and many a sleepless night afterwards partying with Conners as a member of his touring band over several years and has a boatload of stories about life on the road with Stompin’ Tom Conners. The respect and friendship was mutual. After Tom died, the family contacted LaForme to ask if he would fulfill one of Tom’s last requests, that being to sing Conners’ song “I Am the Wind” at his memorial service and to serve as a pallbearer. “I was so honoured and pleased that he wanted me to do that,” said LaForme just before he left for Peterborough to fulfill Stompin’ Tom’s wishes. LaForme was working in the recording studio on an album when a friend called and told him the bad news. “Last time I saw him was when I did an album with him last year,” he said. “I was stunned by the news but not surprised. He was a hard drinking and chain smoking 77- years-old and I knew someday I’d hear it.” Once the reality of it settled in, memories of some of the wild and wonderful times he had as a

member of Tom’s tour band began to come alive. “First time I met him was in Lindsey. I was doing a classic country show, backing up Larry Mercy from the Mercy Brothers at the time,” recalls LaForme. “Tom had just come out of retirement and he got up on stage with us. A couple of months later he asked Larry who he had in his band and whether we would back him up on the road. Larry gave him my number and he called me.” LaForme confirms a long standing Stompin’ Tom legend of how he would recruit his band members. “The first time we talked, he asked me one question,” smiles LaForme. “”Do you like beer?‘ Not how do you play or anything like that -just, ‘do you like beer’. Well, I said yes and he said good. Ya wanna go on the road? I said sure. Now, I wouldn’t like to say he was an alcoholic, but he liked to drink ... a lot. Especially on the road,” says LaForme. In 1998 LaForme did a solid four months tour with Conners. In 1999 he did three months and a lot of different shows including the Wayne Gretzky inauguration to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the last game at Maple Leaf Gardens and the July 1st Much Music show from Ottawa on Canada Day. He played with Conners most recently in 2011. “When he called and asked me to tour, I went and learned all of his intros, but when Tom played, he’d never do intros,”

New Credit guitarist and singer/songwriter Mark LaForme has many wild and wonderful road stories from his years of touring with Canadian icon Stompin’ Tom Conners who died last week at age 77. (submitted photos) says LaForme. “He’d just start in and we just tried to catch up, so I spent all that time for nothing.” According to LaForme, on tour, Tom had his ways, but that only came from his experience on the road. “He always wanted to keep the band in tight with him so he didn’t loose anybody,” Laforme says. “There were some band rules that may have seemed a little controlling -- like having to be in at a certain time -- but I know he had his reasons for that. It was right in our band contract that someone from the band had to stay up and drink with him for as long as he wanted to stay up,” recalls LaForme. “Usually till about 5 a.m.” Another peculiar thing was. if you were going to play with Tom, you had better learn how to play croquet. “He had a strange love for the game of croquet,” LaForme remembers. “The band had to play it with him whenever he wanted. He was a night owl and never went to bed until the sun came up. Sometimes we’d be playing croquet all night on the lawn of the hotel or in a field somewhere. But the way we’d play it, it was more like a contact sport. We’d smash balls and sometimes it would even turn into fisticuffs, but it was a lot of fun.” He also loved to play

board games between shows. And of course, there was always an ample amount of beverages close by. Over the years and countless shows in Tom’s band, Laforme was always surprised with how broad an appeal Stompin’ Tom really had. “We’d have people coming out from like 18 to 80,” he says. “We had bikers to farmers to pretty well everything. He was like a Willy Nelson that way. Same crowd.” He loved his jokes and no one could beat him at chess. He had a great grasp of Canadian history. He was spiri-

tual man, but not religious. He always wanted that one more tour and would have

toured into his 90’s had he not been called to a new venue.

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Demons’ Roger Vyse now a Toronto Rock By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS

The Ohsweken Demons were dealt a blow last week when scoring ace Roger Vyse had to leave the team after being called up to the Toronto Rock “A” squad. This marks a return to the NLL by Vyse who has played several seasons in the most elite professional league in the world. Vyse, a stalwart with the Buffalo Bandits since 2006, was released this year mak-

ing him eligible to play for the Demons in the CLax league. But when Toronto found themselves in need of an experienced proven goal scorer, Vyse filled that bill and the Rock picked up his rights, just before Wednesday’s trade deadline. In nine games this CLax season Vyse has 21 goals, 33 assists for 54 points. Vyse will be wearing #81 for the Rock. He did not dress for the Rock’s 14-10 win over the

Colorado Mammoth last Friday, but will be introduced into the regular lineup very soon. CLax leading scorer will certainly be missed in the Demons lineup, but there is still enough talent to fill the void. And who could argue with that after the Vyse-less Demons smashed the expansion Barrie Blizzard 20-7, in Barrie, Sunday afternoon. Wayne VanEvery filled Vyse’s shoes by scoring five goals and adding four as-

sists against the Blizz. In fact several Demons turned it up a notch recording multiple points. Delby Powless, Cory Bomberry and Jesse Johnson all had six point games and Ian Martin added five points to his statistics in the lopsided win. The game started alright for the Blizzard as each team netted two goals in the first quarter, but the Demons broke out in the second half scoring the first six goals of the quarter

Ironmen crushed by Monsters By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS


The Iroquois Ironmen were eaten alive 18-10 by the first place Niagara Lock Monsters at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Friday night in CLax Canadian Lacrosse League play. The Ironmen put up little resistance against the powerful Monsters in the first quarter falling behind 7-2 after 15 minutes. Tony Doxtator and Josh Johnson scored for the I-men. Niagara kept the pressure on in the second quarter lifting their lead to 10-3 at the half. Iroquois shooters had some success in the third quarter scoring five goals, but allowing seven to improve the Ni-

agara lead to 17-8 with 15 minutes remaining. There would be no miracle in store for the struggling Ironmen despite Niagara’s coasting through the fourth quarter towards the 18-10 final. Scoring multiple points for the Ironmen were: Travis Hill (2G), Jason Henhawk (2G), Chancy Johnson (1G,2A), Tony Doxtator (1G,1A), Josh Johnson (1G,1A), Alex Kedo Hill (1G,1A), Craig Attwood (2A) and Spencer Hill (2A). This coming week the Ironmen will see action Saturday afternoon in a battle to see who will remain in the league basement. Both the Ironmen and the Blizzard have records of 1-7 going into the game.

Even without their top goal scorer, Roger Vyse, who was called up to the Toronto Rock of the NLL, the Ohsweken Demons crushed the Barrie Blizzard 20-7 in Barrie. Vyse spent most of his pro career with the Buffalo Bandits. (File photo by Jim Windle)

Ironmen Darcy Powless covers Niagara’s Kim Squire at the ILA during the Monsters’ 18-10 win Friday night. (Photo by Jim Windle)

before the Blizzard responded with two to make it an 8-4 Demons lead at the half. Ohsweken poured in eight third quarter goals and added four more in the forth quarter. The Demons powerplay unit was near perfect scoring seven times and adding a short hander. With the win, the Demons



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Cher Blasdell wins unanimous decision in Guelph By Jim Windle GUELPH

Six Nations boxer Cher Blasdell took another successful step on the road to the professional ranks with a unanimous decision over Guelph’s Emma James in the co-main event on the T.N.T. Boxing card over the weekend. Blasdell trains and fights through the Black Eye Boxing Club in Brantford and her trainer, Jackie Armour, is pleased with the progress she is showing. “Cher was up against a more experienced fighter and a very good counter puncher,” said Armour. “But Cher is a good counter puncher too and really showed her ability to throw combinations.” The first round was pretty well even with both fight-

ers feeling out the other, not wanting to get too aggressive too early. But Blasdell opened up in the second round and began landing more leather than James. In the third and final round Blasdell landed a powerful left hook that staggered James who received a standing eight count to regain her composure. Cher dominated the rest of the round to take the decision. Her amateur record is now 5 wins and two losses, according to Armour. Blasdell must fight three more times at her level before she will qualify for the Open division, but finding female opponents at her 126 lb. weight class is not easy. Armour thinks his boxer may have to put on a few pounds so she can move up a weight class to find more opponents.

After Blasdell has crossed the 10 fight margin, there will be a lot more opponents available in the Open class and she may go back down to her natural weight class if she wants to. Blasdell’s goal is to fight as a pro and, according to Armour, she is focused and determined enough to get there with her natural abilities and ring smarts developed at the club. There were several Brantford area fans that made the trip to Guelph to follow Blasdell’s career, which she and her corner were very happy to see and which helped to fire her up for the fight. The Black Eye Club management team is trying to get her included on a fight card hosted by the Stock Yards Boxing Club in Toronto for April 6th, but this is not signed to date.

Cher Blasdell is on the road to the professional ranks with her fifth win in seven starts as an amateur in Guelph against a more experienced fighter Emma James. Blasdell won by unanimous decision. She is pictured here with trainer Jackie Armour at the Black Eye Boxing Club in Brantford. (Photo by Jim Windle)

Blast down 2-0 to Dundas in Robertson Cup finals By Jim Windle DUNDAS The Brantford Blast which finished the Allan Cup Hockey league season in first place, 16 points ahead of the Dundas Real McCoys have found themselves down two games to none to the McCoys in the best of seven final round of playoffs for the Robertson Cup. Dundas pulled a 5-3 victory out of the Brantford and District Civic Centre on Friday, March 8, and did it again at home Sunday by the same score. Playing captain Mike Burgoyne scored first Sunday night in Dundas with a first period powerplay goal. That goal stood until 11:34 of the second period when McCoys’ Scott Stafford tied

the game at 1-1. Justin Davis gave the 2-1 lead to Dundas at 12:13, but Ryan Healy got that one back for the Blast at 17:47. With less than a minute left in the period Darryl Smith put the McCoys ahead 3-2 with a short handed, unassisted goal at 19:18. Brantford tied the game again when Cam Sault and Ryan Tocher set up Mark Taylor to even the score yet again. Dundas took the lead for the final time with Davis’ second of the game at 7:18 with Ryan Healy off for boarding. Brantford pulled goalie Brett Leggat for the extra man but the move backfired as Davis deposited an empty netter for his hat trick. It took a last period Dundas drive to secure the win

in Game #1 played in Brantford Friday night. After Dundas scored the 1-0 goal at 8:06, Brantford’s Joel Prpic evened things up at 1-1 from Brad Jones and Corey Stringer late in the period. There was no scoring in the second. Dundas netted two quick goals early in the third period but Cameron Sault connected from Jamie Williams at 8:50 cut the Dundas lead to 3-2. Cam Willson restored the two goal edge for Dundas at 12:54, but Prpic pulled the Blast close again at 18:17 from Scott Duncan. Legget was yanked for New Credit’s Cam Sault scored a goal in the Brantford Blast loss in Dundas and earned an the extra attacker but Dun- assist in Brantford Friday night. But it wasn’t enough as the Dundas Real McCoys defeated das made the Blast pay by the Blast in both games to lead the Robertson Cut finals, 2-0. (Photo by Jim Windle) scoring an empty net goal. The series continues at the Brantford Civic Centre this Friday night at 7:30.

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Corvairs eliminate pesky Bombers By Jim Windle CALEDONIIA The Caledonia Corvairs cleared the first hurdle in their quest for the Sutherland Cup by eliminating the Brampton Bombers over the weekend. They will now face the Stratford Cullitons in the semi-finals beginning this Thursday night in Caledonia at 7:30 p.m. The series travels to Stratford Fri. Mar. 15 and

back at the Haldimand Arena Sunday Mar. 17, at 7:30. The Bombers, who finished 8th in the Midwestern Division after the regular season, gave the divisional champs a lot more than they expected. The series was decided in six games rather than four or even five as most predicted. Although some may have written off the Bombers going into the quarter-finals, Bullard never did.

“People don’t realize how good that Brampton team is,” said Corvairs coach Mike Bullard. “They added 10 new players after Christmas and most of their losses since then were by one goal. They are a big and hard working team. I told the guys that the hockey-gods were not going to make it easy on us. We started the third period with three straight penalties, missed on three breakaways and a pen-

It wasn’t easy, but the Caledonia Corvairs are pleased and relieved to get past the surprising Brampton Bombers in six games, Saturday night. They will next face the Stratford Cullitons in the semi-finals. (Photo by Jim Windle)

#93 Matt Quilty and the rest of the Caledonia Corvairs are breathing a little bit easier after Saturday’s elimination of the Brampton Bombers. (Photo by Jim Windle)

alty shot.” Saturday night the Corvairs finally got mission #1 accomplished with a 4-3 win that required them to withstand a 20 shot barrage from the Bombers in the third period. Saturday night, Jeff Swift scored the first goal of the game and the only markers of the first period assisted by Brandon Montour and Adam Brady, scored with 43 seconds left on the clock. Swift scored again at 4:43 in the second assisted by Montour and Matt Quilty

Silverhawks hold back Spoilers rally By Jim Windle OHSWEKEN Game one of the men’s Bush Hockey best-of-seven finals went to the Silverhawks by a score of 9-6, over the Spoilers Thursday night at the Gaylord Powless Arena. The goal differential could have been much worse had it not been for a strong third period Spoilers’ rally. Bob Henry and Stew Monture gave the Silverhawk a 2-0 lead after the first period with assists going to Dave Hill and Dean Hill on Monture’s goal. Henry’s was unassisted. But it was the second period that killed the Spoilers as the Silverhawks popped in 6 more on goalie Rob Porter while allowing only one, that scored by Shawn General at 7:16 from Craig MacDonald and Jake Hill. With the score 2-1 and the Spoilers coming on, Monture opened the Silverhawk’s

flood gate at 5:46 with his second of the game assisted by Adam Midgely and Henry. Dean Hill followed with his second of the game at 9:34 from Midgley. Derrick Anderson made it 5-1 from Logan Kane and Midgely for his third straight assist. Dean Hill added another at 16:34, unassisted, and Anderson closed the period with two more goals scored at 18:43 and 19:31. Kane earned assists on both goals with Cam Bomberry and Ashton Jacobs also adding assists. The Spoilers faced a huge 8-1 mountain to climb in the third period, but came out ready to tackle the task at hand. The period belonged to the Spoilers who outscored the Silverhawks 5-1 in the last 20 minutes. It was a good showing, but fell two goals shy of completing the comeback. Sandy Porter, Cam Patterson (2G), Moose Monteforte and Brock Smith brought the

game to a respectable 9-6 best of seven series. score. Game #3 is set for this No results were reported coming Thursday night at 8 for Sunday’s Game #2 in the pm at the GPA.

The Spoilers almost spoiled the party for the Silverhawks Thursday night at the Gaylord Powless Arena as the Six Nations Men’s Hockey League (aka the Bush League) works towards this year’s champions. Despite a five goal third period by the Spoilers, the Silverhawks hung on for the win. (Photo by Jim Windle)

which Tyler Norrie followed at 13:11 with a powerplay goal assisted by Swift and Brady. Facing elimination, between periods Brampton swept up every fragment of energy and will in the dressing room and brought it all onto the ice for the third period. Brady Clouthier made it 3-1 at 6:42. Michael Darrigo brought the Bombers to within one at 10:15, and Clouthier tied it up at 3-3 with 4:28 remaining in regulation time. Marcus DelConte was buried under the Bombers’ attack as he faced 20 shots compared to Corvairs’ seven shots on goal, but he was able to hold the Bombers back

long enough for Adam Brady to play the hero’s role by scoring what would prove to be the game, and the series winner at 18:39. The night before, the Brampton Bombers blew the Caledonia Corvairs out of the water 4-0 at the Haldimand Centre Arena. The Corvairs were hoping to eliminate the Bombers in Game 5 of the series heading into the game up three games to one, but they found out it takes more than hoping for a win to get one. The Bombers out hustled and out worked the Corvairs most of the game while goalie Bryan Raymond stood perfect against 31 shots on goal.


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The Six Nations Skating Club sent three skating teams to compete in Chatham this past Saturday. The Dreamcatchers (beginners), the Spirit Edge (pre-novice) and the adult Iroquois Traditions practiced hard at the Gaylord Powless Arena last week. The Dreamcatchers came in 12th, the Spirit Edge were fourth and the Traditions came in 8th. (Photo by Jim Windle)

Sr. Games produces five district winners Staff

The 2013 Ontario +55 Summer and Winter Games, formerly known as the Ontario Sr. Games, with a record 1,060 athletes participating in 10 sports at February’s Winter Games, were hosted in Huntsville, Ontario, February 26-28th. The games began in 2000 with this year’s participation level the highest ever. Along with the athletes, hundreds of volunteers helped make the 2013 games a great success. The province is broken down into several districts which send selected athletes. District 25 covers Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk and this year there were nine representatives at the games from this region. Brantford’s curling team of David Thomas, Jack McLean, Den Weir and Kathy Wilson won gold. Alpine skier, Pat Rundle, from Waterford, won

a Silver Medal and Skater, Doris Rundle from Six Nations brought home a Bronze Medal. “We are proud of our +55 athletes,” says District 25 coordinator Doris Henhawk. “Even though we have a small team, we did very well with three medals from five events.” The District 25 Games are upcoming which will bring regional athletes to venues in Brant-Haldimand and Norfold area. These games will run from April 29 - May 29th and will include both active and passive sports -- from carpet bowling to lawn bowling, card games, darts, golf and many more activities. Information about the games or how to become a participant is available at most Recreation Centres in Six Nations, Brantford, Caledonia and Paris. Or by calling president Brian Studier at 519752-9230 or District Coordinator Doris Henhawk at 519-445-4393.

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NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) comes to Six Nations Continued from page 7 somebody's mother.” She spoke of the families who have lost family members. “We can't get them back. But we can at least try to stop it from happening again.” “We're tired. We're tired of having people dying. We've got corrections and we're tired of our own people getting shoved off into jail,” said Miller. “We need to do something.” Miller said Six Nations Health is developing a relationship with the Brantford Methadone Clinic because a large number of Six Nations members receive methadone treatment. Dr. Al Jones, who works at the Brantford methadone clinic, was brought out to Monday's meeting to speak about the treatment. He emphasized that some people might never recover from their addiction, and might have to take methadone

Six Nations Health Services organized an information meeting for a proposed supportive housing for recovering addicts projects on Monday evening. Director Ruby Miller (standing) and her staff brought in experts who could talk about recovering from addiction (Jill Fraser), the use of methadone to treat addiction (Dr. Al Jones) and supportive housing for recovering addicts (Peter Isaacs, seated in photograph above).

for a long time, but the methadone allowed people to stabilize their lives, reduced their dependency on crime to feed their drug habit, and gave people a chance at life. A recovering addict, Jill Fraser, was also brought to speak at the information meeting. She said her journey to recovery would likely have been faster if supportive housing existed then. Fraser also said the negativity about addicts that had been expressed during the meeting was one of the biggest barriers addicts face when they are trying to rebuild their lives as non-addicts. “I think it's a good program,” she said. “This kind of program gives you will power.” “For a long time now, I've been the director for five years,” said Miller, “and this community, my community and council have come to me and said, 'What are you going to do about that drug problem out there. What are you going to do? There's drugs all over the place.” While Six Nations Elected Councillors agreed there were problems in getting the program off the ground, citing more community consultation as one of those issues, the seven councillors who were in attendance at the meeting all agreed the program was needed. “We have to start somewhere,” said District Three Councillor Roger Jonathan. He said the issue has been around for such a long time, community members should not be surprised about the initiative. “We've watched Brantford go through it,” he said, naming NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) as the stopgap. “Every community is struggling with the same issue,” he said. “We've got to start somewhere. Six Nations will be the first First Nation to have a supportive housing program for recovering addicts. The program will receive $120,600 a year from Health and Long-Term Care to cover the cost of the case manager and rent subsidies


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Many of the people who attended Monday night’s information meeting on supportive housing for Six Nations members who are recovering from drug addictions supported the housing project. Standing in the photograph above is Jonathan, a young man who expressed his enthusiasm for the project. “I think this is really good,” he said. “It’s just one step. If we continue and continue, we will have a healthier reserve.” (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing). BLEED


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Diyo’s Closet is just about full for grads By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS Family members of the late Jewel Candice-Lin Monture, who was also known as Diyo, acted as volunteer models and make up artists during a dress rehearsal at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena Banquet Hall last week. Diyo took her own life two and a half years ago after being the victim of a vicious and heartless bullying campaign. The family came together to help Diyo’s mother Janie Jamieson fulfill one of her

daughter’s ambitions; to help to provide nice cloths for Six Nations Grade 8 grads. Anyone needing formal wear for their Grade 8 graduation is invited to come, Friday, March 15th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at 3201 Second Line Road, and select from a huge inventory of new and gently used formal wear donated by the community and abroad. News of the Diyo’s Closet initiative spread quickly and the response has been overwhelming. “My initial goal was to get

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maybe 50 to 70 dresses,” says Jamieson. “So far I have received more than triple that amount. We’ve gotten donations from as far away as New Mexico.” The response for new and gently used formal wear has been so good, Jamieson is now looking at expanding her target beyond the Six Nations community its self. “My next step is to reach out to urban Native centres for off-reserve Natives as well,” says Jamieson. Invitations have gone out to all the local schools and appropriate agencies on the reserve to inform the graduating kids from Six Nations and New Credit about Diyo’s Closet.

“I’ve sent out requests for finger food, fruit and veggie trays, sandwiches, bottled water and that kind of thing for the day when people come to select and try on their clothes,” (this Friday from 10 am ‘til 2 pm) she says. “We are hoping to start at 10 am that day so she would like people to drop off the food donations earlier that morning.” Jamieson is also canvasing for gift certificates from local florists or hair stylists and other businesses to be given away as door prizes. “I’m looking for anything and everything that will make these kid’s mid-June graduation memorable and with less stress on the families,” says

Jamieson. She is very appreciative to everyone who has contributed to Diyo’s Closet, but is especially thankful to her family who have rallied around her since the tragedy of Jewel’s suicide.

“My cousins, my sister, my niece, are all helping make all this happen,” she said with eyes welling up. “This is exciting. I can’t even explain how it feels to have my daughters last dream become a reality.”


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Sending strong signals for progress Continued from page 3 the Men's Fire and elders to learn Six Nations history. Traditional people want to be at the tables for any kind of negotiation going on, said Green, “We want to make sure everything is looked after from the environment to our future generations as well.” Green wrapped up his speech by telling everyone, “I don't mean any disrespect ... but we have to remember those priorities. We have to remember the children. Once we forget about them, we forget about ourselves.” Floyd Montour spoke about the Haldimand Deed, noting it had been brokered by Joseph Brant for the Mohawk nation. He told Zimmer that talking to Elected Council was the same as talking to the federal government. “Where does the people come in, the Mohawk Nation and the five followings? We come from the Mohawk Valley with a special agreement,” stating the agreement was signed only with the Imperial government of Great Britain and King George. “When anything returns to Six Nations, it goes to the federal government, the Elected

Council. Where do we come in? Where does the people come in?” He said Elected Council said Floyd Montour. He invited Zimmer to visit at Kanata, “Captain Joseph Brant headquarters. We are stationed up there, the Mohawk Nation.” Zimmer accepted Montour's invitation to visit, before telling Green, “I want people to speak clearly, strongly, and forcefully to me.” He said he is looking for a “principled discussion ... Let us have those conversations.” “Time frames are very, very important,” Zimmer told Green. “But even before you start fixing a time frame, you need willing parties who are prepared to sit down in good faith with a view to resolving these issues. You can have whatever time frame you want, but if you haven't got willing parties, you've got nobody at the table. So having said that, let me assure you that the Province of Ontario will be a good faith partner and a willing partner.” Zimmer informed council that he is still learning about First Nation issues, and pres-

ently is reading all the treaties. He promised to meet with the Elected Council in the near future, suggesting that only one or two issues be on the agenda for discussion. According to Councillors Dave Hill (District One) and Carl Hill (District Two), the meeting was originally planned to last for five hours, but was whittled down to two. However, a communication mix-up saw Zimmer, his secretary and his Deputy Minister, Doug Carr, arrive at 10:30 am for the one-hour long meeting. Carr said the trio had met with Dave Levac in Brantford, then drove to Caledonia to see the former Douglas Creek Estates before they arrived at the Six Nations Administrative building for the meeting. Of the 13 members of Elected Council, only eight were able to meet with Zimmer. Two councillors were on holiday, one was receiving dialysis, and District Four Councillor Wray Maracle couldn't stay, anxious to get to the hospital to greet his first grandchild, who was to be delivered that morning.


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I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way for my band to participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this past January. Special thanks to my wife Rhonda who understands a musician’s life. She made it much easier for me to be away from her and our newborn baby girl with her daily updates and videos while I was away. Also, to my awesome family who supported me along the way, helped to organize and work at the Memphis fundraisers. Maegan was outstanding and a great help. A lot of my family, along with good friends even went to Memphis with us. It blew me away to see you all there. To my Fans, even if you attended one fundraiser, I appreciated seeing you there and hope you enjoyed yourselves. The bands that opened up for us at the fundraisers were great and I thank them all. Local businesses that made contributions, as well as those who bought 50/50 tickets and the winners that donated it back to the band, thank you. A highlight was always being introduced as an Aboriginal from Six Nations. Dwayne and I felt privileged to represent our communities. It was an unforgettable experience to play on Beale Street in the legendary BB King’s with so many other talented bands. There are too many people to mention by name but I know you all and thank you for helping to make this trip happen. On behalf of the band, Dwayne, Dexter, Shaky and Mickey D, thank you for your help, generosity and support. Joel Johnson

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We would like to thank Bonnie & Carl Hill and Penny Hill for hosting the breakfast fundraiser. Thank you to Rita & Murray DeKonging, Wilma Fraser, Rosie Jamieson, Ruby Jacobs, Lillian Montour, Lois Poter, Roger Jonathan, Teresa Mt.Pleasant, Chris & Dave Brown, Maggie & John Hill, John & Marilyn Hill, Ralph & Vera Garlow, Bonnie Davis, Mary Staats, Dan Elliott and Millie & Charlie Miller for your generous donations. Nia:wen to Kenneth Hill, Rick Silversmith, Kathy LaForme, Linda Hess and Fred & Betty LaForme fro all your help with the cooking. Please accept my apologies if I have forgotten to mention anyone. Nia:wen The Hill’s

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