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February 28th marked seven years since a group of Six Nations women and elders began the occupation of was then called Douglas Creek Estates housing development just outside of Caledonia on Highway #6. This year, as has become a tradition, there was a sunrise ceremony at the site now known to Six Nations as Kanonhstaton, or the protected place, followed by a march from Silver Pines rally site on Sixth Line Road to Highway #6, down to the front gate of the reclamation site and on to the land. Food and lively remembrances were shared by those who participated in the reclamation of 2006. After seven years, the land has still not been officially handed over to Six Nations after Ontario purchased it from the developers, Henco Homes in 2008. (Photo by Jim Windle)
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Chief Montour advises municipalities against ignoring SN By Jim Windle MT. PLEASANT
Six Nations needs to be at the table when Brant and Brantford begin formal discussions on carving out new boundaries, primarily the 7,000 acre Johnson Settlement lands in east Brant. That was the message to municipal councils of Brant and Brantford from Elected Chief Bill Montour. He and Councillor Dave Hill drew a clear line in the sand at the most recent joint coun-
them. Do you guys recognize them or not?” He asked when and where the city and county were meeting to work out the boundary changes and informed the joint committees that Six Nations will be there, invited or not. Montour quoted from the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784 which announced that the Haldimand Land was to be for “the Mohawks and such others of the Six Nations Indians as wish to settle in that
Councillor Dave Hill promised to be at the Brant/Brantford table invited or not. (Photo by Jim Windle) cil’s meeting held at the Mt. Pleasant Community Hall last Thursday night. “We have to be part of these discussions,” Montour said bluntly. “Unless we are involved with the boundary talks, our people could rise up again.” He was referring to the many work stoppages conducted by protesting Six Nations land protectors and the subsequent arrests and injunctions created by ignoring Six Nations as stakeholders. Montour went on to acknowledge that full resolution of these long standing land title issues is in the hands of the federal government, but he sees agreements on the usage of the land as being a provincial and municipal issue that can be worked out without federal input if need be. “These boundary negotiations are about economic development opportunities on land we have an interest in. We must be a part of it or we would be left to our same little patch. That’s not on!” he insisted. “Any meetings between Brantford and the County must include us.” Councillor Dave Hill also voiced his insistence that Six Nations Elected council be at that table, as stakeholders. “My concerns go to both mayors,” said Hill. “You talk about resolving land claims but you guys don’t recognize
quarter to take possession of and settle upon ... which them and their posterity are to enjoy forever.” Both County Mayor Ron Eddy, who was facilitating last weeks tri-council’s meeting, and Brantford Councillor Richard Carpenter would
only go as far as to acknowledge that the land claims exist, but would not comment on their legitimacy. “Brantford wants more land and they want to take it from the County,” said Hill. “Well Six Nations wants land too. Where are we supposed to get it? Maybe we should go and take land in Onondaga (township) all the way to Brantford.” Mayor Friel believes there can be movement ahead even without the federal government, who are notoriously disinterested in resolving land claims quickly. “As municipalities, we need to begin talks locally with the provincial government,” said Friel. “We don’t have that much of a relationship with the federal government as we have with the province, as creatures of the provincial government. But as such, we can start to lobby the province.” It was suggested that with the new Ontario Premier, it would be a good time for the tri-council coalition to meet with the Premier Kathleen Wynne and put their position to her. Councillor and former Brantford Mayor David Neumann reminded those at the table that the federal government’s main responsibility for SN lands. “We can not add the burden on taxpayers to settle land claims,” he said. “That’s why
Elected Chief Bill Montour bluntly tells members of the Brant and Brantford municipal councils Six Nations needs to be at any table between the two involving the use of land. (Photo by Jim Windle) it’s important to go together and get the feds to live up to their responsibilities.” Councillor Jan Vanderstelt wondered why Haldimand was not invited to join the lobbying coalition, as he has suggested in the past. Friel explained that after the last tri-councils meeting, Haldimand Mayor Dave Hewitt was invited. He explained that a date to meet was set, but that Mayor Hewitt canceled. Friel took to heart Mon-
tour and Hill’s warning of possible retribution by Six Nations land protectors and brought the issue of Six Nations involvement in the boundary talks to provincial development facilitator Paula Dill. A motion to that affect was tabled by Brantford Councillors Vanderstelt and Vince Bucci, but Councillor Dan McCreary stood in opposition to Six Nations inclusion accusing Six Nations of bullying their way to the
table with threats of protest action. “I don’t believe they have a place at the table,” he said. In the end, it was resolved that Six Nations Elected Council would be include in the process, but only as “observer status” and not as a participant. A motion tabled by Councillor Richard Carpenter that would have seen a media table at the negotiations to report the progress to the public, was defeated 8-3.
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and our economy,” said Minister Toews. “Contraband tobacco fuels the growth of organized criminal networks, contributing to the increased availability of illegal drugs and guns in our communities. The goal of the RCMP Anti-Contraband Tobacco Force is to have a measurable impact on reducing the contraband tobacco market and on combating organized criminal networks. The new 50-officer Anti-Contraband Tobacco Force will target organized crime groups engaged in the production and distribution of contraband tobacco, to reduce the contraband tobacco market, and combat organized criminal networks. This initiative
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prosecuted on indictment. This Bill also proposes mandatory minimum penalties of imprisonment for repeat offenders where a high volume of tobacco products is involved. The threshold to be considered “high volume” would be 10,000 cigarettes or 10 kilograms of other tobacco products. The mandatory minimum penalties on indictment would be as follows: 90 days incarceration on a second conviction; 180 days incarceration on third conviction; and 2 years less a day on subsequent convictions. The introduction of this legislation is part of the Harper Government’s Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, which is one of four priorities identified by the Prime Minister. This Plan focuses on tackling crime, victims’ rights, and fair and efficient justice.
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Last week Six Nations elder Janice Longboat was a guest of host Marilyn Powell on the CBC Radio series “Ideas” as part of show dedicated to cultural wisdom, from a Haudenosaunee perspective. Powell asked Longboat about the significance of the feather Longboat holds when speaking. “I received this feather as a gift from the young people,” she explained. “They also attached a beaded medallion with my clan cymbal on it, the turtle. It’s a beautiful white eagle feather. “For us the eagle feather symbolizes our guardian bird because the eagle flied highest in the sky, but it also symbolizes carrying a message.” They also spoke of what the “seeds of wisdom” are and where they come from. “Living what I know of is (in fact) the language of the universe,” Longboat said. “Everything in creation carries a language. Coming to
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400th anniversary of Two Row event planned July By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS
Dan Hill, representative from the Two Row Renewal Campaign, from Union Springs, Cayuga Territory, was in community last weekend and at the Onondaga Longhouse Saturday morning to bring awareness, and a request for Six Nations of the Grand River Territory participation. The 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum treaty between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch settlers will be celebrated this summer beginning July 27, 2013, with many events highlighted by a living Two Row canoe trip down the Hudson River. The weeklong event ends August 9. It will kick off with a festival in Albany N.Y. with stops every 10 or 12 miles along the route.
“There will be a row of colonials and of Native people who will paddle side by side in a living Two Row Wampum from Albany New York to New York City,” said Hill. Once in the Big Apple, they will then proceed to the United Nation Building on the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There will be festivals going at locations along the planned route along the Hudson. The event will coincide with the 2013 Unity Ride which will come from Manitoba to cover the same route on land alongside the canoes. There will be stops along the way for speakers to explain to settlers the significance of the Two Row Wampum agreements begin with the Dutch, but also accepted by the British and American governments in
subsequent years. A test run was conducted last summer to work out some of the logistical details and to make further plans. “So far we have 90 settlers signed up to participate in the canoe journey,” says Hill. “Now we are trying to get more Six Nations people involved.” Hill was in community to bring the news and request for participation to the Onondaga Longhouse Saturday morning. “There is no charge for Haudenosaunee participation, just send in a registration form at ‘honorthetworow. org,’” explains Hill. (Note the American spelling). “But settlers are asked to pay a fee to participate and have done so with pleasure.” Organizers have all the camp sites arranged and are still working on performers and activities for the partici-
pants. The Confederacy Chiefs accepted the information brought by Hill with words of encouragement. Talks about possible direct participation in the event will follow. According to Hill, there is an exciting undercurrent of setter participation and media attention building which will afford many opportunities to tell the true history of early settlement and of the Two Row Wampum, and what that means today for settlers and Haudenosaunee alike. “The Two Row is the basis of all subsequent treaties,” says Hill. For those who will not be able to participate in the event directly, Hill brought a list of suggested other means of celebrating this important agreement for both settler and Native people, which includes: Care for the earth;
trict Two Councillor Ava Hill during the March 4 meeting of council's Committee of the Whole. Elected Chief Montour did not deny the motion he tabled last fall (which is reprinted in this issue of Tekawnnake). However, the elected leader, along with Councillors Helen Miller (District Four) and Carl Hill (District Three) expressed a belief that Six Nations should provide input on the proposed legislation because “it's going to happen
anyway.” During the Committee discussion Elected Chief Montour said he had tabled his motion at the AFN forum last October because the federal government was ignoring both funding for First Nation education and jurisdictional issues. He told the councillors he didn't think the proposed legislation would address those issues. Elected Chief Montour had brought up the matter at the Committee meeting, telling
council he had received a letter about First Nation education consultation to be held in Toronto in April. However, Councillor Miller said the consultation was to take place in Thunder Bay. The lack of clarity over the location for the consultation saw councillors hold off on tabling a motion to send a representative to the April consultation meeting for the time being. Elected Chief Montour is to gather more information on the meeting, then a decision
Dan Hill was on a special mission last week, coming to the Grand River Territory from Cayuga Territory in Union Springs N.Y. to make this community aware of a huge celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum being held along the Hudson River this coming summer. (Photo By Jim Windle) giving thanks frequently; respect and promote Indigenous sovereignty; learn about the treaties; demand Canadian and American governments of their treaty commitments; grow and eat locally grown
foods; work to end global warming; read Native authors; read and understand the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and consider how to be a better ally.
will be made. In the meanwhile, Chief Montour said he will raise the topic of First Nations education during his March 8, 2013 meeting with David Zimmer, Ontario's new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) took their cue from the Assembly of First Nations and rejected the First Nation Education Act partly based on Chief Montour's motion for Chiefs to reject the Act. Six Nations Elected Council has been considering tak-
ing over the five elementary schools that serve members, and during the discussion about the proposed federal First Nations Education Act, Chief Montour said it costs between “$36 to $40 million a year” to run the five Six Nations elementary schools. “Right now, they're offering us $12 million,” he said, referring to how much money Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada provides for the operation of the schools.
Six Nations considering participating in First Nation Education Act Consultation By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN
Even though Elected Chief William Montour successfully led his colleagues to reject the federal First Nation Education Act during a special education summit organized by the Assembly of First Nations last fall, he advocated this week that Six Nations should participate in the consultations for the very same act. The contradiction in position was pointed out by Dis-
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Confusion over announcement about Funding for First Nation Policing By Stephanie Dearing SIX NATIONS EXCLUSIVE News that the federal government will continue funding for 163 First Nation and Inuit policing agreements for a five-year period was given a luke-warm welcome by Six Nations Police Chief Glenn Lickers. The announcement was made in Ottawa on Monday, March 4 by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. “Yesterday's announcement does not speak to enhancements in our funding that is desperately needed,” said Lickers in a statement provided to Tekawennake.
“Frankly, as this has been reported, it simply allows us to sign on to a multi-year arrangement rather than yearly extensions,” said Lickers. Last week, Lickers told Tekawennake the year-toyear funding for the Six Nations police force hasn't changed for almost ten years. Instead of renegotiating funding agreements for the 34 person police force, the Public Safety Canada office has merely extended the existing agreement each year, according to Lickers. The funding announcement made Monday “does not speak to the Police Officer Recruitment Funding (PORF) which is slated to terminate on March 31, 2013,”
said Lickers. “Our intent was to see our two PORF positions covered under a new Policing Agreement.” When contacted by telephone on Tuesday, Lickers said he initially thought Toews' announcement was a reprieve for the PORF officers, and he was disappointed that the program had not been addressed. “The way this message has been presented certainly does not instill a lot of confidence to the men and women who are dedicating their lives to making our communities safer and healthier,” he said in the prepared statement. Lickers also expressed a concern that the Six Nations Police department, along
with other First Nation Police services, would be stuck with another five years of inadequate funding. Six Nations Police actually has three police officers who were hired on because special funding was made available by the federal government through two different programs. The third position is the Criminal Intelligence Officer. All three positions are now at risk because the shortterm programs are reaching the end of the funding period. Six Nations has been receiving $200,000 a year to support the two PORF officers. In a telephone discussion about the March 4 announcement, Lickers said he
was concerned that he, along with other First Nation police forces, would have to manage with less-than-enough funding for another five years. The First Nation Policing Program was established in 1991, and provides funding through tripartite agreements to support policing in First Nations and Inuit communities. The funding is enhanced by parallel financial contributions from the province (or territory) and the First Nation, states information provided by Public Safety Canada. The program was formerly administered by the Solicitor General of Canada. “Today's announcement provides stable multi-year funding for policing servi-
ces in First Nation and Inuit communities. The Harper Government has worked with First Nation and Inuit communities, and provinces and territories, to significantly improve public safety," said Toews. "Our Government will continue to support First Nation and Inuit policing as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping our streets and communities safe." A total of three Six Nations Police officers are working thanks to two special federal funding programs. However, both programs are slated to end shortly. Lickers has been working to either secure an extension of the existing funding and to find alternate funding for the positions.
Elected Council begins review of gaming systems By Stephanie Dearing OHSWEKEN
A planned presentation on Techlink, a company that provides gaming equipment and systems, that was to be provided by Elected Chief William Montour to council's March 4 meeting of the Committee of the Whole was moved to in-camera. “I've got a non-disclosure agreement on that,” Elected Chief Montour said, explaining why he wanted the agenda item to be discussed in camera to the two media outlets present in the council chambers. “It's technology that is protected by proprietary stuff, so I'd like to do that in camera first before we get a council resolution to move forward with it.”
With no further information provided by council on Techlink, Tekawennake did some research on the company. Based in Nova Scotia, Techlink Entertainment was founded in 1994 as a research and development company. Billing itself as an industry leader today, the company acknowledged in its 2011 Annual Report that “as a small company, Techlink is not able to effectively pursue all opportunities.” While the private company is not required to publish its financial statements publicly, the company did say in its 2011 Annual Report it is in a transition phase, and secured bridge financing to help with the transition. The company also has over 100 investors, both companies and individuals, and offers
four investment levels. Techlink specializes in what it calls intellectual property, supplying responsible gambling tools and three different gambling terminals, as well as systems. The company scored a major coup last spring when Atlantic Lottery signed a contract with the company for 1,000 video lottery terminals. While the intentions of Six Nations Elected Council are not known at this point, it is clear the body is taking another exploratory step in pursuit of the goal of estab-
lishing a horse harness racing track and a casino. While it is not known if Six Nations Elected Council will be exploring purchasing gaming terminals from the company or in the complete system the company offers, the council is definitely reviewing what the company has to offer. Recently, council initiated discussions with the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Elected Council has not yet taken its idea to members. In the past, when Six Nations of the
Grand was given the opportunity to host a casino, members did not support the idea. Cigarette manufacturer, Grand River Enterprises (GRE), had expressed an interest in operating a gambling business in the recent past, but the company was forced to abandon that business pursuit. In 2011, two Six Nations men proposed a cooperative-type of model for a casino to be based in Six Nations. There has been no news on the Grand Valley Casino for over a year.
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John Xidos, President and CEO of Techlink, stands in front of one of the video lottery terminals his company makes. Six Nations Elected Council reviewed a presentation of the company’s offerings during the March 4 meeting of the Committee of the Whole. (Photograph courtesy of Atlantic Lottery).
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Unannounced and uninvited When Elected Chief Bill Montour makes bold statements about the need to involve all the stakeholders at the upcoming boundary discussions between Brantford and the Country of Brant, he should take a step back for a moment and consider other stakeholders in the matter as well. There was a significant amount of irony at last week’s joint councils meeting in Mt. Pleasant when Chief Montour insisted that the Elected Council needs to be represented at that table or else something bad might happen. The very same arguments and even the same choice of words he used could easily have come from the HDI, leveled towards him. As we all know, the HDI represents the traditional Chiefs Council of the Grand River Territory who have been ignored time and time again by Montour’s own unilateral agreements signed or at least discussed without the Confederacy getting a second glance. This, despite the fact that Band Council are in no historical position to be making any claims to land, having no prehistory before 1924. It is the Confederacy who hold the minutes of government before that date when these land thefts and fraudulent deals went down which we are now trying to deal with. Maybe back in pre-1924 days Montour would have made a good Chief or Pinetree Chief spokesperson, since he is very good at it. But the reality is, he and his Band Council weren’t there then and the authority he is now speaking from come from the very Indian Act he says he would like to see abolished. That being said, we wonder what would happen if the HDI did what Councillor Dave Hill said he’d do and just show up to the pending meeting between Brantford and the County, unannounced, and uninvited, as a reminder of who is being left out of the conversation. Or better yet, if the HDI show up to the next tri-councils meeting unannounced and uninvited. That same sense of indignation that Chief Montour would feel in such a case is what councillors like Dan McCreary and others would feel if it was the Elected Council crashing their party, as it were. But let’s take another step back and consider those pesky Mohawks down at Kanata Village. You know, the ones who have a very good argument for the proposition that the Haldimand Proclamation is primarily a Mohawk document, and as such, neither Band Council nor the HDI have any business dealing with Haldimand Tract land issues in the first place. What if the Mohawk Workers simply showed up at the Brant/Brantford talks unannounced and uninvited and demanded a voice or barge into HDI meetings with whomever they are dealing with, looking for their seat at the table. It would help around here if everyone took the time to consider walking in the other person’s moccasins before excluding anyone from talks that concern everyone. The same arguments apply to all three forms of Six Nations governance, depending on your vantage point. But one thing is for sure, Brant/Brantford cannot exclude the Six Nations people no matter which stripe they wear.
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Recent Actions Against Green Energy Act A symposium for Ontario municipal councils was recently hosted by Wainfleet Mayor, April Jeffs for elected officials to come together to discuss plans to regain some control over the Green Energy Act. Congratulations to Mayor Jeffs for taking the first step to unify Ontario councils to pressure the government to address their concerns! The PCs have a similar plan as MPP Jim Wilson recently introduced a new bill in the Ont. legislature to amend the Planning Act to restore local municipal leaders’ powers to make decisions concerning renewable energy projects. Both Wainfleet and Plympton-Wyoming (east of Sarnia) councils passed a 2 km setback for wind turbines even though the Green Energy Act calls for an inadequate 550m setback. Both councils stood up for the rights of their residents even though they are now being taken to court by the wind developers. Mayor Jeffs said that they heard a lot from residents concerning health effects and property devaluation. “Someone had to take a stance. Our council has never looked back and we’ve never second-guessed it.” Lonny Napper, Plymptom-Wyoming mayor said, “We think we owe it to the public to protect their health. That’s our mandate under the Municipal Act.” Kudos to these councils who had the gumption to stand up and fight for their residents’ rights, health and property! Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hazel Lynn also took her mandate to heart. She was asked last September by area residents reporting health effects living by wind turbines to do something to help them. With the help of chief researcher, Dr. Ian Arra, with a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology, they reviewed the most current and credible studies around the world that concentrated on noise issues related to wind turbines and focused their review on 18 peer-reviewed studies. They recently reported the results. All of the studies found an association between wind turbines and health issues among some people living near turbines. Three of the studies showed that the closer a person lives to a turbine, the more distress there is. The report is another step towards showing that close proximity to wind turbines can lead to adverse health effects. The doctors said there is also enough evidence to suggest larger setbacks are needed in Ontario. Closer to home, Port Ryerse residents recently filed a lawsuit against the wind developer and turbine hosts proposing 4 wind turbines beside their picturesque village. They are seeking a permanent injunction restraining the construction and operation of the project and comContinued on page 7
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Two vehicle collision sends person to hospital Six Nations Police were coincidentally en-route to another call when they encountered a two vehicle collision on Chiefswood Road on Thursday February 28. The police found a 2011 grey Buick Regal was blocking both lanes of traffic on Chiefswood, while a 2007 grey Chevrolet Uplander was in the ditch. The collision caused severe damage to both vehicles. The investigating officer determined the driver of the Buick had driven out of a driveway onto Chiefswood Road without stopping, colliding with the Chevrolet. An 86 year old female passenger in the Buick was taken to hospital for treatment of a cut to her head. The driver of the Buick was charged with Failing to Yield From Private Driveway.
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CHIEFS ASSEMBLY ON EDUCATION OCTOBER 1, 2 & 3, 2012, GATINEAU, QC MOTION Certified copy of a motion adopted on the 3rd day of October, 2012 in Gatineau, Quebec SHAWN A-IN-CHUT ATLEO, NATIONAL CHIEF TITLE: Rejecting the Federal Legislative Process and the Unilateral Development of a First Nations Education Act SUBJECT: Education MOVED BY: Chief William Montour, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON SECONDED BY: Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg First Nation, QC DECISION: Carried; 11 Abstentions WHEREAS: A. As First Nations we have Inherent Rights and have international instruments known as Treaties amongst our own First Nations and with the settler governments. B. As First Nations we have protocols and processes to maintain balance in our relationships with First Nations and settler governments. I. The federal government has announced proposed education legislation and unilateral processes imposed by the federal government do not recognize First Nations’ priorities, decision-making and jurisdiction. D. The government of Canada is obligated to follow the protocol of Nation to Nation relations and to work directly with First Nations governments pursuant to our Inherent and Treaty rights and jurisdictions. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly: 1. Reject the development of a First Nation Education Act as announced in the federal budget 2012. 2. Demand that the federal government uphold the honour of the Crown and fulfill its obligation to First Nations by providing needs-based, sustainable education funding that supports First Nations lifelong learning. Certified copy of a motion adopted on the 3rd day of October, 2012 in Gatineau, Quebec
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pensatory damages for negligence, nuisance and trespass from audible noise, inaudible noise and low frequency noise that will cause annoyance and decrease the value of their properties. The residents felt they had nowhere else to go after seeking help from the province, Norfolk County council and conversations with the hosts, all to no avail. So, as long as the Green Energy Act remains with its existing regulations, Ontario residents and those in office who take a stand to protect their constituents will continue to fight for rural Ontarians’ rights against the grievous injustices of this Act that the Liberal government has forced upon us. Betty Ortt, Nanticoke
Police have their sights on a suspect who allegedly stole a rifle during a break-in on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Police received a report of a break-in to a Sixth Line home at 8 pm. The homeowner told police (s)he had returned to find the residence had been entered through the front door earlier that day. A 22 calibre Mossberg semi-automatic rifle had been stolen. Police have not reported if other items were stolen. A brief statement said the police “have a suspect and can identify the rifle,” but the investigation is still underway. Police ask that anyone with information about the break-in contact them at 519-445-2811 or to give the information to Crimestoppers.
Warrant issued for male following failure to stop for the police An officer on patrol on February 25 at Second Line and Mohawk Roads observed a blue Chevrolet Impala driving north on Mohawk Road at a high rate of speed. The car was unable to make a full stop at
the intersection due to the speed, said the police. The vehicle came to a stop when it entered the westbound lane of Second Line. The officer alleges a male driver wearing a ball cap was observed driving the car. The officer also saw a female passenger. According to a statement issued by the police, the officer tried to have the driver of the vehicle pull over to the side of the road, but the driver disobeyed, proceeding to drive away. That action prompted the officer to pursue the suspect after activating the emergency lights and siren. Instead of stopping, the speed of the suspect vehicle accelerated. The officer alleges witnessing the male driver and female passenger switching seats during the pursuit before the vehicle abruptly slowed and turned into a driveway on Second Line. The officer followed the vehicle, which was driven to the rear of the property, and observed the female exit from the driver-side door, while the male left the car from the passenger door. The officer spoke to the suspects, and the male denied having driven the car. The car was towed by the police and the homeowners told charges would be laid against the suspected driver. After investigating, police have requested a warrant for the suspected driver for Flight From Police, Obstruct Police and two charges of Breach Probation.
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2013
New Credit looking for solid involvement in PanAm 2015 By Stephanie Dearing NEW CREDIT
When it comes to the 2015 PanAm games, New Credit council is working towards establishing “proper representation and recognition of MNCFN in our traditional lands,” said Councillor Stacey Laforme in the March 2013 issue of the New Credit Newsletter. New Credit has engaged some high-powered help in working out a Protocol Agreement with the PanAm Games Committee, bringing in the expertise of Tewanee Joseph. Joseph was
instrumental in bringing in millions of dollars to Vancouver's four First Nation hosts for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Chief Bryan LaForme would not reveal how much New Credit is paying Joseph, but said in a recent telephone interview, “In my view, he's not expensive for what you get. He's very knowledgeable, he's done this before and that's why we've chosen him. He knows what he's doing.” Joseph will also help New Credit Council present the protocol agreement to the PanAm Games Committee
when the agreement is ready. “He'll be part of all that as well,” said LaForme. “I'm not saying that he'll take a lead role there, but he'll be instrumental in helping us move forward.” The 2015 PanAm and ParaPan games will be held in Toronto and surrounding municipalities in July and August of 2015. “We're looking for procurement, we're looking for jobs,” said LaForme. It is possible the agreement will also include potential partners, volunteers and media relations. “We haven't discussed it with them yet,”
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said LaForme. “We want to make sure that we are getting what's best for our community under the protocol agreement.” LaForme is the Chair of the PanAm Aboriginal Leadership Partners. The 14 partners, which includes Six Nations of the Grand River, are supposed to “drive planning, engagement and communication efforts between TO2015 and the Aboriginal community to deliver successful games,” according to a news release from TO2015. New Credit is hoping the Protocol Agreement, which is being drafted by Joseph, will not only bring New Credit a slice of the economic pie from the games, but the First Nation is also looking for a key role in the opening and closing of the PanAm and ParaPan games. “Not anything that's going to represent tokenism,” cautioned LaForme. “Something real substantial and something that's going to bring attention to the Mississauga of New Credit First Nation because this is our traditional territory, so it has to be a significant
role that we will play in the opening and the closing of those ceremonies.” LaForme said Council wanted the community members to be involved to some degree in the opening and closing ceremonies, “our youth in particular.” In addition, New Credit is “looking for a legacy project,” said LaForme. “We don't know what that is. That is one of the areas that we will be discussing, not only as a Council but with the PanAm group.” Not much is known about how the $70 million Legacy Fund is to be spent, LaForme said, “I guess we'll find out when we get to the table just exactly what they have in mind, as far as legacies. We'd like something permanent, of course, and something that's going to be substantial and that's going to be around forever. We have to wait and see how it works out.” “I think the opportunity for us is going to be with the PanAm Games and getting the proper recognition that we feel we're entitled to, as far as our traditional territory,” said LaForme.
“A legacy would be part of that.” “I think it's all going to work out,” said LaForme. While confident about the outcome, he is realistic about the road ahead. I think it's going to be challenging in some parts, I can't even tell you where that challenge will come in. I'm sure there's going to be some objections to moving forward with the Protocol Agreement in some areas, and those are all part of negotiations, and I think we can work them out.” “My argument will be if you want to have a successful game, then you need to include us, we need to be a part of it. We can help you make it a success. And that's all we want,” said LaForme. Through his role as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations, Joseph saw an agreement signed that brought in $200 million dollars in spending, contracting and investment for the Four Host First Nations; 4,000 jobs and the largest inclusion of Indigenous peoples in an Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
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Ironmen earn first win of 2013 SIX NATIONS
The Iroquois Ironmen have gotten the gorilla off their backs thanks to a 1714 win over their sister club, the Ohsweken Demons at the Iroquois Lacrosse Friday night. The Ironmen’s lack of success on the floor certainly did not come from a lack of effort this year, but late game collapses, untimely brain freezes and penalty issues have robbed the Ironmen of a better fate so far this year in the professional Canadian Lacrosse League, aka CLax. On this night however, it was a strong late game drive that produced the Ironmen’s first win. It was one of the most exciting CLax games of the season so far as the two Six
Nations teams see-sawed their way through the first three quarters, exchanging the lead several times. The Ironmen were energized by a 9 point game turned in by Alex “Kedoh” Hill, who scored four goals and assisted on five more. The Ironmen got on the scoreboard first when Lloyd Chrysler converted a play begun by Elijah Printup and Kedoh Hill at 3:54. But by the end of the quarter, the score was tied at 4-4. The Ironmen opened the second quarter with backto-back powerplay goals, both scored by Cody Johnson, which were answered by Tom Montour and Cory Bomberry for the Demons. The teams traded goals up to the half which ended with the Ironmen ahead 10-8.
The Iroquois Ironmen win came with a contribution of 9 points by #66 Alex Kedoh Hill Friday night at the ILA, by way of four goals and five assists. (Photo by Jim Windle) The Demons brought it close again, out scoring the
The two Six Nations franchises in the professional Canadian Lacrosse League went head to head Friday night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. The Ironmen came up with a 17-14 win, and their first point of the season to date. (Photo by Jim Windle)
Ironmen 3-1 in the third quarter to even the score at 11-11 heading into the final 15 minute quarter. Delby Powless and Wayne Vanevery produced a two goal edge for the Demons, but that would prove not to be enough as the Ironmen, desperate for a win, pulled a few rabbits out of the hat and rattled off five unanswered goals plus a late one to take the 17-14 win. Tom Montour led the Demons offense with a goal and 6 assists, Cory Bomberry scored twice and assisted on three. Goalie Jake Lazore registered the win for the Ironmen and Jeff Powless suffered the loss for the Demons in front
of 600 Six Nations lacrosse fans who were guaranteed a Six Nations win, one way or another. The victory party didn’t last long. Sunday afternoon the Ironmen had a date with the surprise powerhouse team this season, the Toronto Shooting Stars. Once again, the Ironmen came close but didn’t get to light the cigar as the Stars held on for a 9-8 win. It was 5-5 at the half and the Ironmen took the lead at 5:36 of the third quarter. The Shooting Stars got that one back then pulled ahead 8-7 by the end of the quarter. Derek Hopcroft scored at 4:46 and Chris Attwood notched his third goal and
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WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2013
Corvairs lead Brampton 2-1 in semifinal series By Jim Windle CALEDONIA
The Brampton Bombers are still alive after Monday’s Game #3 of the semi-final series against the Caledonia Corvairs. Down two games to none, the Bombers came alive at the Powerade Centre in Brampton and pulled off a 4-2 win. Brampton led 1-0 after the first period but Caledonia tied
it at 1-1 in the second with a goal by Jeff Swift assisted by Matt Quilty and Adam Brady. Caledonia took a 2-1 lead in the third period with Tyler Norrie scoring at 5:24 but Brampton exploded with the last three goals of the game to earn the 4-2 win. The Corvairs opened the series in Caledonia Friday night with an exclamation mark by pulverizing the Brampton Bombers 8-2, and
even that score was flattering. The Pro-Fit Corvairs wanted to prove to themselves and the rest of the league they were serious about bringing the Sutherland Cup to their new home town, and left little doubt of it. Brandon Montour accounted for the only goal of the first period at 10:04 assisted by captain Mitch Brown and Nate Mitton. Coach Mike Bullard was
Caledonia Corvairs Tyler Norrie #22 waits for a possible rebound but the shot went wide in Friday night’s 8-2 win at the Haldimand Centre Arena in Caledonia. (Photo by Jim Windle)
Nate Mitton goes after a loose puck in the Brampton zone. Caledonia won Game #1 8-2 and Game #2, 4-3 before losing Game #3 in Brampton 4-2. (Photo by Jim Windle)
able to mix in more ice time for some of his lesser used players along the way who responded with solid efforts. The game turned physical in the second and remained that way throughout the third period. The Bombers seemed to be only able to think about that part of the game and forgot about scoring goals, or defending against them, in the second period. Meanwhile the Corvairs proved to be more than capable playing any game the visitors wanted to throw at them, scoring five
times in the middle frame to build a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Caledonia goal scorers were Adam Brady, Greg Christmas, Jeff Swift, Montour, and Spencer Gourlay. Ryan Blunt and Justin Abrams contributed third period goals for the 8-2 Caledinia win. Justis Husak earned the win in the Corvairs goal while the Caledonia powerplay produced five goals. It was a much closer affair in Brampton for Game #2
Saturday night at 4-3, but in the end, the Corvairs took the 2-0 upper hand in the series. There was no scoring in the first period. Nate Mitton scored at 1:43 of the second from Blunt and Husak, but Brampton responded with a three goal outburst before Swift took advantage of a Caledonia powerplay at 16:21 to end the second period with Brampton leading 3-2. Tyler Norrie added two third period goals to tie, and then win the game.
Blast and McCoys to reopen old wounds
By Jim Windle BRANTFORD
The battle of the 403 is set to begin this coming Friday night at the Brantford and District Civic Centre. The rivalry between the Dundas Real McCoys and the Brantford Blast goes back long before either team existed. Both general managers, Brantford’s Peter Ham and Dundas’ Don Robertson have Allan Cup rings on their fingers they earned leading two different Brantford teams to the country’s most prestigious amateur hockey prize. For Robertson, it happened with the Brantford Mott’s Clamatos in the 1986-87 season, while for Ham it was the Brantford Alexanders in 1976-77. Ham re-
peated the feat with the Blast in 2008. Both men also managed teams in the now defunct Colonial Hockey League, Ham with the Detroit Falcons and Robertson with the Brantford Smoke. Friday night in Brantford, the Brantford Blast of the Sr. Allan Cup Hockey League successfully eliminated the Orillia Tundras after dropping Game #1 of the Robertson Cup playoffs, 5-4. Following the game, the Tundras team governor announced the Tundras would not be back in the league next year. Efforts will be made during the off season to sell the franchise. The Blast will continue its long road to the much coveted Allan Cup against the Dundas Real McCoys. Whitby went down four games straight to the McCoys.
Cameron Sault weaves in on the Orillia Tundras goal in Friday night’s ACH action at the Brantford Civic Centre. The Blast won the semifinal series three games to one. The Tundras announced after being eliminated that they would not return to the league next season and are trying to sell the franchise. They open the next round with the Dundas Real McCoys this Friday in Brantford at 8 p.m.. (Photo by Jim Windle)
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St. George blanks Six Nations 3-0 OHSWEKEN
In hockey, size matters, and Saturday afternoon at the Gaylord Powless Arena the much bigger St. George Generals took a 3-0 win from the smaller Six Nations Peewees in Southern Counties Peewee Intertown round robin playoffs. There was no scoring in the first period, but
the Generals broke the ice in the second to take a 1-0 lead, which is where the score remained until the third when St. George scored a gain for a 2-0 lead on a nice wrap around play. In the third period the Generals scored again to finish off the Six Nations’ squad 3-0. Go to www.tekanews.com for more minor hockey photos.
Six Nations’ second half goalie Richard Johnson makes a big save in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at the Gaylord Powless Arena. Johnson and Doug Powless shared the duties. (Photo by Jim Windle)
Six Nations #6 Sandy Porter gets a great scoring chance but was stopped by St. George General’s goalie Kyle Curtin at the Gaylord Powless Arena. (Photo by Jim Windle)
St. George defenseman Patrick Donahue dwarfs a Six Nations checker in St George’s 3-0 win in Peewee Southern Counties playoff action Saturday. (Photo by Jim Windle)
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winner at 2:39, unassisted. Six Nations’ Jordan Hill scored at 3:57 to make it 6-4 from Raymond Hill before DeCaire popped two more unassisted goals in for the 8-4 final.
Atoms crush Tillsonburg 8-4 To say Damon DeCaire had a good game Saturday against the Tillsonburg #2 Atoms would be the understatement of the year. DeCaire accounted for seven of the Six Nations’ eight goals on route to the 8-4 win DeCaire started his enslaught at the halfway point in the opening period at the Gaylord Powless Arena Saturday morning, assisted by Ayden Skye and Keyara Jacobs. Tillsonburg tied it shortly thereafter but DeCaire netted two more by the end of the period. Assisting were Ayden Skye, Raymond Hill and Jazy Hill. Tillsonburg drew close at 3-2 with one second remaining in the period when Reid Anderson slipped one in on Johnson as the buzzer blew. DeCaire scored again to stretch the Six Nations lead to 4-2 in the second period,
but Tillsonburg’s Jackson Matthew got that one back with 1:27 remaining in the second before Tillsonburg tied it up at 4-4 with under a minute left. Hailee Johnson in the Six
Nations’ net and the Six Nations defense shut out Tillsonburg in the third period while DeCaire continued to fill the net at the other end of the ice, starting with the goahead goal and eventual game
Powered by a seven goal performance by #17 Damon DeCaire, the Six Nations Atom Intertown LL’s doubled up on Tillsonburg #2 team 8-4 Saturday morning at the Gaylord Powless Arena. (Photo by Jim Windle)
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2013
SN Atoms shut out Tavistock By Jim Windle OHSWEKEN
Six Nations Southern Counties Atoms shut out Tavistock 2-0 Saturday afternoon at the Gaylord Powless Arena. The score was 0-0 after the first period as both teams felt each other out. In the second, Six Nations’ Steve LaForme gave the home team the lead assisted by Theo Hill and Dayten Skye. Six Nations had several good scoring chances in the period. Tavistock thought they had evened the score late in the period but the
goal it was called back because the referee had blown the whistle before the puck went in. In the last seconds of the game, with the goalie on the bench for an extra attacker, Darrian White put the game on ice with an empty net goal that seemed to curl into the net from the Six Nations side of centre. Tyler Skye and Cole Powless assisted. Kade Anthony had a very hot hand in goal for Six Nations throughout the contest making several great glove saves.
Six Nations’ #4 Steve LaForme breaks in on the Tavestock goal. LaForme scored Six Nations first goal of a 2-0 win. (Photo by Jim Windle)
Six Nations Atoms’ Arielle MacDonald puts some distance between herself and a Tavistock skater in Saturday’s 2-0 shut out win. (Photo by Jim Windle)
The JC Hill boys team won the district basketball tournament, hosted by JC Hill school on February 27. Unlike their younger counterparts, who play on co-ed teams, the older students play on same-sex teams and the day was split, with boys playing in the morning and girls in the afternoon. JC Hill teacher and boy's basketball coach, Troy Hill, said his team were undefeated through the morning before they emerged as champions, taking the title for the second year in a row. OMSK girls, wearing the green jerseys in the picture above, won the afternoon portion of the tournament (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing.)
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Eco Conference highlights human impact on environment By Stephanie Dearing BURFORD
Economic forces can prompt spikes in development, and that development in turn impacts on valuable wildlife habitats, conference goers learned at the first Eco-Conference put on by the Brant Rod and Gun Club. The March 2 day-long
event offered a generous agenda of speakers, including Six Nations' own Paul General, who was scheduled to talk about the sturgeon that used to live in the Grand River. The key organizer behind the conference was General's aunt, Doris Myke. Myke said the Rod and Gun Club has been involved in conservation activities for
Paul General talks with conference-goers at the first EcoConference held by the Brant Rod and Gun Club. (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing).
the whole of it's 75 years of existence. Tree planting is one of the biggest activities, but the Club also provides a home for a Brown Trout hatchery, and hatches approximately 20,000 trout from eggs every year for release in the Grand River. The interconnectedness of humans and animals was explored through topics such as what trout are living in Whiteman's Creek, the greening of creeks that lie in an industrial area in Brantford, and how humans can influence and modify the behaviour of wild animals. Legislative changes and their impacts were also touched upon, such as changes to the Endangered Species Act, the recently passed budget bill C-38, which removed protection for fish habitat; as well as funding cuts to programs like stewardship were also touched upon by the guest speakers. The enthusiasm for the conference was evident through the discussion that took place during presentations and during breaks. However, speakers slated for later in the day ended up having to rush through their presentations. Part of the
Area residents are reporting another load of old shingles and other miscellaneous industrial garbage dumped along Chiefswood Road near Medina Corners. It is assumed that the used tar shingles are being dumped around the community by local or area roofers not wishing to pay tipping fees. The pile is only a few feet from the roadway at 475 Chiefswood Road. (Photo by Jim Windle)
Mayor Ron Eddy talks during a break at the Brant Rod and Gun Club’s first Eco-Conference. (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing). problem might have been the ambitious agenda, which had scheduled seven guest speakers as well as a free lunch period. Unfortunately, by the time Paul General was able to take the podium, there was a scant five minutes left for him to talk. Even so Myke and her committee are already planning next year's conference. As for the sturgeon? General said the fish, which can grow to over 20 feet in length, are a cartilaginous species, meaning they have a skeleton made up of cartilage instead of bone. But they do have some bones, and General said those bones have been found in middens (essentially garbage dumps) along the Grand River, showing the fish were an important part of Aboriginal people's diets. Present for half the day was Brant Mayor Ron Eddy, who helped open the conference. During a break, he and Myke spoke together about the conference. Myke said she thought developers who are planning to build in Brant County should be present at the conference to learn about local issues and concerns.
Eddy agreed, saying he thought the conference “is tremendous, and it's full of information. We're dealing with so many development applications, we want to be sure to be on top of these things to protect the environment. We need strong protection for the environment.” Pointing to the application by St. Mary's Cement for a quarry in Brant County that will extract from below the water table, Eddy asked, “Is that what we want?” At the same time, Eddy welcomes the development that he believes is coming to the county as a result of the expansion of the Green Belt. “It's good for employment,”
he said. “Brant lost a lot of our industries and employment plummeted. We need development.” The Eco-Conference did not touch upon sustainable development and it's three key areas: environment, economy and the social dimension. Instead, people learned about specific initiatives and learned how humans impact on natural habitat. “We humans love order, we love neat and tidy,” said Larry Halyk, a biologist who works for the Ministry of Natural Resources. He said being neat “does not help create good fish habitat.”
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Anti-bullying message heard loud and clear at I.L.Thomas
Almost all the students at I.L. Thomas wore a pink shirt for Pink Shirt Day. The school has participated in the anti-bullying campaign in the past, but this year was the first year students were able to purchase a Pink Shirt Day t-shirt, if they wanted one. (Photograph by Stephanie Dearing). By Stephanie Dearing SIX NATIONS Almost all the students at I.L. Thomas elementary school, located in Six Nations, donned pink shirts on February 27 for Pink Shirt Day. The day started in 2007 when two Nova Scotia students organized students to wear pink after another student was bullied for wearing pink. The day has since become an international event and gives young voices an opportunity to speak up in unity with their peers about
ending bullying. Mrs. Bomberry, Principal of I.L. Thomas school, said parents, guardians and caregivers need to work with their students and with schools to create a safe environment that is free of bullying. She spoke to her students during a special assembly on Wednesday morning. To help parents Bomberry told her students they would each get a pamphlet to take home that outlines Ten Actions All Parents Can Take to Eliminate Bullying. “One in three children is
directly involved in bullying as a perpetrator, victim or both,” Bomberry told her students. “That's a high number.” “It's a very important message given to us today,” Bomberry stressed. “We want to prevent violence in our school and at home.” Bomberry told the students it is the job of the teachers and support staff “to make sure every one of our students is safe,” but students had a responsibility too, “to make sure bullying doesn't happen in the classroom and the play-
ground.” Students were urged to talk to an adult they trust if they are being bullied, or if they know of somebody being bullied. Special guest, Constable Derrick Anderson, took a stern approach to bullying, informing the students they can go to jail when they are as young as eight years old, and can face charges when they are 12 years old. He said “juvie hall is a really scary place,” and told the students, “there are bigger bullies there and in jail.” Anderson said he knows
what it is like to be bullied. “I grew up, I didn't have nice things, clothes or shoes. I got picked on,” he said. “We've got to stop it.” He asked the students to name ways to be a bully, and the children eagerly responded. Students in Grade 4 and above watched a movie about bullying with Anderson. Janie Lee VanEvery, who works with children and youths through Ganowkwrasra, recounted some stories from young people who were bullied. Both said later they wished
they had told an adult they trusted about their problems, instead of keeping it to themselves. “That's the message I really want you to hear today: If you are being bullied, say something, because it is not okay,” VanEvery said. “Every day is pink shirt day,” Bomberry told her student body. She said the school is working on having its own t-shirts for next year. “I want the community to know we want to stop bullying,” Bomberry told Tekawennake.
Feds to maintain money for First Nations police for next five years OTTAWA
The Harper government says it will continue to pay for the First Nations Policing Program for the next five years — although it's not saying how much it will cost. The program supports police services in First Nations and Inuit communities across the country. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says the program this year covers 163 policing arrangements representing 1,250 trained police officers in about 400 communities serving about 338,000 people. He says the government intends to provide stable, multi-year financing for the program, although he gave no cost details. The program came into force in 1991 and is funded by the federal government,
province or territory and the community. Agreements under the program were set to expire March 31, leaving some native leaders worried that their police forces would fall into limbo.
Some chiefs said they've been trying for years to speak with Toews on the issue, without getting a response. The minister agreed to meet them last week. On Thursday, he an-
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Peguis First Nation: Sunterra Peat Mine in Manitoba Sacred Site NationTalk Peguis, Manitoba Peguis First Nation has advised the Manitoba government about discovery of several sacred artifacts buried at the Sunterra peat mine operation inside Peguis traditional territory and treaty land entitlement notice area. Treatment of these artifacts has been described as sacrilegious, showing little or no respect for the spirituality of Anishinabe Peoples. First Nation lands and resources are not protected by the Manitoba government, and it seems nor are these sacred artifacts. The Manitoba Heritage Act requires work to stop at the mine, and the site to be assessed, and inventoried. Artifacts recovered to date are held in a secure and
respected institution. The current licence issued to Sunterra Horticulture was processed in a manner that contravened the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate. Accordingly this means the honour of the Crown was not upheld. Sunterra Horticulture is also seeking an environmental licence for a significant expansion of its operations nearby. The expanded vacuum peat mining operation would impact Peguis First Nation’s ability to exercise its rights, including for treaty entitlement land selection. The Sunterra expansion would contribute to drying out the Washow Peninsula where two other new peat mine licences were approved last week. Cottagers, environmental organizations and affected
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First Nations have appealed these new licences thoroughly since summer 2011. When the Sunterra expansion proposal was filed under Manitoba’s Environment Act hundreds of citizens filed objections. “We expect the Crown to get to the bottom of the situation at Sunterra’s current operation, and to stop approving licences for more peat mines in our territory.
This company took steps that contravene the Heritage Act when they discovered this sacred site. We expect that an archeological inventory and field work will locate other sites. This peninsula is a filter for Lake Winnipeg. Drying it out with peat mining makes no sense. Peguis First Nation members continue today to use the peat bogs as our pharmacy. We wish
to protect the peat bogs and their species, and continue our traditional activities, including for hunting and medicinal plants,” said Councillor Mike Sutherland. “Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, and the Crown are simply disregarding Peguis First Nation, despite being provided with our technical analysis, and knowing our Section
35, Treaty and TLE rights in this matter,” said Chief Glenn Hudson. Peguis First Nation expects work to stop at Sunterra’s peat mining operation, and an extensive archeological inventory and assessment to be conducted through the peninsula by the Crown. Traditional knowledge and guidance for inventory will be available from Peguis First Nation.
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A dream is coming true with Diyo’s closet By Jim Windle SIX NATIONS
The dream of the late Jewel Candice-Lin Monture is about to come true. Her traditional name was Gah wediyo, which means ‘good earth’ which led to her nick-name, Diyo. Tragically, Diyo committed suicide only weeks before her 13th birthday two and a half years ago as a result of vicious rumour mongering at her school and relentless cyber bullying through the social media. Diyo became the sad victim of her success as an award winning traditional dancer, budding actor, and community supporter. Rather than congratulate and encourage her, some around her were jealous of her many successes and began to tease her. That escalated into vicious and hateful rumour mongering and cyber attacks on her personally and her
reputation. It all culminated two and a half years ago with the beautiful and talented young girl ending her own life to escape the pain of being picked on not only by her pears, but according to her mother, Janie Jamieson-Cook, even by a few adults, who certainly should have known better. It is a far too familiar story too sad to fully comprehend unless you or someone you love has gone through it or are going through it. It took a long while for her mom to get her feet back under her after the shock of losing Diyo, and although she will never be over it, Janie has directed her pain and sense of helplessness towards making things a little better for other Six Nations teens in her daughter’s name. Jamieson-Cook is fulfilling her daughter’s last dream that no Six Nations young per-
son should feel they can not go to their Grade 8 graduation without something nice to wear. “Helping provide nice cloths for grads was Diyo’s dream and I am seeing it through,” Jamieson-Cook says. She has been collecting donations of new and gently used formal wear as well as traditional wear for boys and girls since November of last year and now has enough to make these suits and gowns available to Six Nations and New Credit Grade 8 grads, free of charge. Friday, March 15th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at 3201 Second Line Road, Six Nations and New Credit Grade 8 students both on and off-reserve who need a formal outfit for their graduation day are invited to come and select one from the huge inventory of donated formal wear and accessories in Diyo’s Closet. Local and area seam-
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Tekawennake News Weather Summary Tekawennake's Seven Day Forecast
Finding time to get everything done can be challenging, Aries. Fortunately, you have quite a few supporters in your corner who are willing to lend a helping hand.
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
Taurus, difficult decisions take time to mull over. Although you want to properly work through all the scenarios, this week you might not have all the time you need.
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21
Gemini, water rolls off of your back quite easily. However, something tugs at you this week and you may have to give it more thought than you’re accustomed to.
CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
Cancer, with such a hectic schedule, you may be feeling the pressure. It is not unreasonable to take some time for yourself and focus on your relationship with a spouse or significant other.
LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23
Sometimes you have to make a few mistakes before you get things right, Leo. Don’t let this worry you because you’ll get back on the right path soon enough.
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Cloudy 2 / -4
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Partly Cloudy 4 / -1
Peak Times Day AM PM Wed 6:26-8:26 6:56-8:56 Thu 7:23-9:23 7:53-9:53 Fri 8:18-10:18 8:48-10:48 Sat 9:11-11:11 9:41-11:41 Day Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue
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Libra, keep the lines of communication open with a loved one. There may be messages coming your way, and you should be ready to receive them.
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You may need to break out of your routines this week, Scorpio. Even though you thrive when things are organized, you cannot expect everything to go according to plan.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21
There are some happy moments in your immediate future, Sagittarius. This will make any difficult days in your recent past seem well worth it.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20
Pisces, things may seem like they are going to go one way this week, but at the last minute things turn in an entirely different direction.
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VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
Capricorn, now is a good time to get friends or family together for an informal dinner party. Focus your energy on socialization to get away from the daily grind.
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Today we will see mostly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 1º. South southwest wind 7 km/h. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low of -3º. Southwest wind 6 km/h. Thursday, skies will be cloudy with a high temperature of 2º.
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