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SIX NATIONS — Shock, anger and grief spread throughout the community Saturday morning after a suspected arson destroyed one of Six Nations oldest buildings. Police told TRT the St. John’s Anglican Church at Tuscarora Road and Fifth Line appeared to have been hit in an intentional attack to burn down the building at around 3:00 a.m. on June 12. Six Nations and Brant County firefighters were on the scene and brought the flames under control quickly. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called into investigate, Six Nations Police later issuing a statement that the fire was an apparent arson. Senior members of the St. John’s church community told TRT the pattern of burned fuel spread around the outside of the building showed the fire was likely set intentionally to burn down the entire structure. What is left of the building has not yet been assessed, nor has an estimated value of damage been made public. However members of the church told TRT the damage seems to be restricted to the entryway, steeple

St. John's Tuscarora Church was destroyed by an arsonist early Saturday morning. Church officials say the damage to the historical building was restricted to the entryway. Damage estimates have not been disclosed to the public. Six Nations Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to TRT contact them.

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and external siding of the church. Smoke damages were being assessed. The church building is one of Six Nations oldest historical buildings with roots to the very first years that Six Nations became a reserve on the south side of the Grand River. The church, which opened initially on the north side of the Grand in 1813, was moved to its current location with the relocation of all Indigenous settlements of the Haudenosaunee along the Grand River Tract into what is now called the Six Nations Reserve #40 in the 1880s. It is a parish that was funded from the New England Company — the first corporate missionary body that instituted Indian Schools in Upper Canada, which would later become the Indian Residential School system. Despite the church’s establishment being connected to the New England Company — the humans of Six Nations throughout history relied on the church as part of the local community. Members of the church community expressed their grief and frustration that someone would intentionally want to destroy such a significant, living part of Six Nations history. PM42686517




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Ford government commits $10 million to fund investigation of hidden graves at Mohawk Institute DONNA DURIC



There have long been whispers of hidden graves at the former Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford. And elected Chief Mark Hill says despite official reports of 52 deaths at the school, many children who went missing while attending the Mohawk Institute remain unaccounted for. On Tuesday, after Ontario Premier Doug Ford committed $10 million to fund the investigation of hidden graves at former residential school sites, Hill said the sites must be treated as crime scenes. He called on the OPP commisioner, attorney general’s office and chief coroner’s office to partake in the investigation of missing children from the former Mohawk Institute, nicknamed the Mush Hole. “When it comes to the Mush Hole, the word ‘complex’ does not begin to capture the essence, scope and magnitude of the effort required to

Elected Chief Mark Hill (centre) here with Brant MPP Will Bouma has received a financial commitment from Ford's Conservatives ONT to search the Mush Hole grounds for hidden graves.

search for the missing bodies of all children buried on the grounds of the Mohawk Institute,” Hill said Tuesday morning while standing in front of the former residential school on Mohawk Street in Brantford, accompanied by Mush Hole survivors. Premier Ford said his government will provide $10 million in funding over the next three years to identify residential school burial sites, in addition to funding mental health supports during the investigation. “We must confront

what happened for reconciliation to be achieved,” said Ford. “It’s important for all Ontarians to be aware of the dark history and painful legacy of the Indian residential school system.” Treaty #3 Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh said the discovery of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School last month has re-opened old wounds for Indigenous people across Canada. “Our nation is heartbroken,” he said. “This news has affected our people in

deeply profound ways.” He said while Indigenous people already knew about hidden graves at residential schools, it’s still “incredibly painful to relive.” Survivors have been telling the truth for decades, he said. “It has impacted every First Nation person across Canada. Survivors told us first hand of children buried in secret off school grounds or cremated.” Kavanaugh added, “Many Canadians were shocked, perhaps shamed,” upon learning of the discovery, and he encouraged them to learn more about residential schools and other forms of colonial violence inflicted on Indigenous people. Chief Hill, accompanied by Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis and Brantford-Brant Member of Parliament Will Bouma, asked people to imagine having their children taken away from them, never to be seen again. “This was the experience of many Indigenous families,” said Chief Hill. “All of our communities remember. A full investi-

gation into all burial sites has become critical. At Six Nations, this has been a bitter renewal of grief for all of us. We, too, have had our children taken away from us to a residential school, the Mohawk Institute, also known as the Mush Hole.” It was one of the longest-running residential schools in Canada, operating for 142 years. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has documented 52 children that died at the Mohawk Institute. “But we don’t know how many others are out there, or, most importantly, where they are buried,” said Hill. Children from northern First Nation communities were also sent to the Mush Hole, said Hill, “but again, we don’t know what happened to them. The Mohawk Institute was unregulated and unaccountable from the start.” The federal government was responsible for neglecting the health and safety of children, which resulted in high

death rates at residential schools, he said. “To this very day at Six Nations, there are whispers within our community about our missing children and where they might be buried. It is past time that we find them and bring justice. Six Nations is adamant that we must do this right and with the best technical expertise and equipment available.” Hill said he is pleased that the premier made the announcement, adding that Ford leads the country in taking the right steps to find hidden burial sites. “We don’t know how many children in total we’re talking about. It is essential that we find out. The question is ‘how many will be found here?’” Chief Hill stressed that the investigations must be led by Indigenous people and residential school survivors. “Six Nations is encouraged in the hope we will find all of our missing children.”

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Elected Chief Hill calls for full investigation at former residential schools JACE KOBLUN



Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill sent five letters to various Ontario officials calling for a full investigation into the deaths of all missing children at residential school sites across Ontario, including the former Mohawk Institute in Brantford. These letters were sent to Premier Doug Ford, Attorney General Doug Downey, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique, and Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer. The chief also sent a letter to federal Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller and federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett requesting that the Gov-

ernment of Canada allocate an initial $10 million of the $27 million funding announced towards a full investigation on the grounds of the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford. Each of the five letters addressed to the officials in Ontario read the same and share the underlying message that the elected council is requesting the province to take a deeper look into the schools across Ontario. The letters read: After the shocking discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children in unmarked, unidentified graves on the site of the old Kamloops Residential School, it is critical that immediate action be taken to launch a full investigation into any and all such burial sites across Canada. Here in Ontario, the Mohawk Institute was the

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oldest and longest-running residential school, having operated for 142 years from 1828-1970. The children who were sent there, generation after generation endured much abuse. Many did not return, and there are still questions about the location of their remains. We need to find their bodies and to determine what happened to them. We are calling on your office to launch a full investigation into the deaths of all missing children. Our communist knows there are children still missing, and we will not rest until they have been found. I look forward to speaking or meeting with you as soon as possible to co-ordinate

the process of this criminal investigation. Here is a section of the letter sent to Miller and Bennett: Because of the significant of the institution not just to the largest First Nation in Canada but to many others as well, we request that a substantial portion of the $27 million you have announced for additional searches across the country be dedicated to conducting a full investigation on the grounds of the Woodland Cultural Centre and on all related grounds and sites. The Mohawk Institute burned down twice, changed location, and was associated with substantial farm lands on which

the children were made to endure hard labour. In recent decades, nearby developments have also encroached upon the related properties, which raises additional concerns about the feasibility of locating certain possible burial sites of our children who went missing so long ago. Our community preserves the knowledge that there are missing children, and we will not rest until they have been found. So not only is the Mohawk Institute of great significance, but the practical challenges facing the investigation are complex. The costs will be high to do this right - and you and I are obligated to do what

needs to be done to find the lost little ones. For all these reasons, Six Nations of the Grand River requests that the Government of Canada allocate an initial $10 million of the funding announced so that an appropriately comprehensive investigation can be done. We are calling for the relevant provincial authorities to do their part, but the federal government’s support is necessary to begin. The children of Six Nations must be found, justice must be sought, and resolution must be pursued. We look forward to speaking with you as soon a possible about next steps in the solemn task.



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Two local candidates vying for top seat at Chiefs of Ontario DONNA DURIC



The new Ontario Regional Chief will be chosen today during a virtual election, with two local candidates vying for the top spot with the Chiefs of Ontario. The two candidates – Larry Sault of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Nathan Wright, a Six Nations Elected Councillor – both cite further investigation into hidden graves at residential schools and a post-pandemic plan for First Nations as top issues to tackle if they get elected. Chiefs from Ontario’s 133 First Nations will be voting electronically today via the One Feather voting system after outgoing Chief Roseanne Archibald announced her intention to run for national chief with the Assembly of First Nations. Sault is a former councillor and former chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. After the discovery of 215 children’s bodies in a hidden grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residen-

Larry Sault of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Nathan Wright of Six Nations of the Grand River are two of the Six candidates SUBMITTED nominated for Ontario Regional Chief. Elections take place Wednesday afternoon.

tial School, Sault said there is bound to be more, and he joins other chiefs in calling for further investigation of the grounds at residential school sites in Ontario. “There must be a strategy for identification of more burial sites. As regional chief, I commit to establish a framework for mass and unmarked graves that meet human rights standards, ensure data collection and record keeping

are in order (and) ensure proper criminal investigations are in place so that families of these children can heal and be properly compensated.” Sault said a process should be designed by elders and residential school survivors for how the burial sites should be treated and that all children are returned home for their final resting place. Since the Kamloops dis-

covery, three more former Canadian residential school sites uncovered unmarked graves. Sault also wants to see the Chiefs of Ontario restructured, stressing it is not a treaty holder and should only act as an advocacy organization. As for Covid-19, Sault said the pandemic resulted in First Nations becoming even more dependent on government programming

than ever before. He calls for a “restart process” that will enable First Nations to participate in a “new normal” that encourages greater economic self-sufficiency. “Give me the mandate and I will act,” he says. Wright, a current Six Nations elected councillor and former Chief Operating Officer with the Chiefs of Ontario, also prioritizes Covid recovery if elected,

saying, “Governments will look to Chiefs of Ontario for advice. I will respond by collaborating with our leaders so funding reaches communities and urban citizens where they’re needed most. Specifically, I will call for mental health and recovery resources and find ways to assist communities with determining their needs, gaps, solutions, at their direction.” Nominations took place on Tuesday afternoon. A total of 6 nominees were put forward including: Nathan Wright of Six Nations; Larry Sault from Mississaugas of the Credit; Sasha Maracle was nominated by the Chippewas of Nawash; Elaine Johnston of Serpent River; Jason Smallboy from the Moose Cree First Nation and Nishnabe Aski Nation and Glen Hare, former Anishnabek Nation Grand Chief from the M’Cheigeeng First Nation. Elections will be during Wednesday’s session of the Chiefs of Ontario 47th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference at 3:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be live-streamed via the Chiefs of Ontario on YouTube.


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Six Nations enacts Cannabis Control Law DONNA DURIC



Two years after the creation of the Six Nations Cannabis Commission, with the aim of regulating the cannabis industry on the territory, a cannabis law has been enacted. Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council (SNGR) adopted the law on June 9 with a coming into force date of June 21, 2021. The newly revised cannabis control law formalizes the establishment of the Six Nations Cannabis Commission (SNCC) as the sole regulatory and licensing authority over cannabis production and sale on Six Nations Territory so as to safeguard the health, safety, and security of the public, elected council said in a press release issued Monday. Since SNGR adopted the original, provisional version of the law in 2019, the SNCC was set up and has begun accepting licence applications. The SNCC has announced that multiple applications have now been received in both the production and retail licensing categories. Upon the coming into force of the law on June 21, the SNCC will be legally empowered to issue licences to any successful applicants once the relevant application review processes have

been completed, the press release noted. “Significant community feedback was received through focus groups, correspondence, and public engagements by Chief and Council,” read the press release. “In enacting this law, SNGR is asserting jurisdiction as governing authority over the regulation of the cannabis industry and is taking an aggressive approach in asserting its law-making powers in accordance with the general conviction of our community that Six Nations laws should apply on Six Nations Territory.” SNGR Elected Chief Mark Hill said, “Our community has always been clear that the cannabis industry, producing a product that can be a mind-changer, needs to be credibly regulated in accordance with our Haudenosaunee values so as to minimize, if not eliminate, any potential risk to public health, safety and security. This new regulatory regime will ensure protection of our natural and built environment, prevention of monopolistic or improper business practices, and community contributions directed to the well-being of our people.” He added, “Council’s finalization of the Six Nations Cannabis Control Law is a strong, pro-active step towards securing a safer, more prosperous, and more self-determined

future for our community.” Six Nations Elected Council said by passing the law, it is asserting Six Nations of the Grand River’s inherent right to self-determination, which includes the right to freely determine its political status and freely pursue its economic, social and cultural development. Elected Council also noted that,”it is illegal to operate an unlicensed or unregulated cannabis facility on Six Nations Territory. Illegal activity on Six Nations Territory presents a grave threat to the safety and health of our community, and in particular our children. This Six Nations legislation, and any enforcement actions taken against breaches of the Law, will directly contribute to the protection of our children and the upholding of our Haudenosaunee values.” Elected Council encouraged Six Nations community members wishing to engage in the legal production or sale of cannabis at Six Nations to obtain a licence from the SNCC and to conduct business in compliance with its applicable rules and regulations. Six Nations licence applications for prospective producers or retailers, along with additional information, may be found on the SNCC website at sncannabis.com.





TORONTO _ Actor and filmmaker Devery Jacobs grew up in the Kanien'keha:ka Mohawk Territory in Quebec but says shooting her new TV series ``Reservation Dogs'' in the United States felt like ``a sense of home.'' The Toronto-based performer stars as one of four Indigenous friends in rural Oklahoma in the FX comedy co-created by Maori filmmaker Taika Waititi and writer-producer Sterlin Harjo, who is a member of the Seminole Nation and has Muskogee heritage. The series will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday and debuts on the FX on Hulu streaming brand in the United States on Aug. 9. A Canadian airdate hasn't been announced. Jacobs said she's never been part of a project quite like this. ``It's the first time that I've worked with an Indigenous showrunner, all Indigenous directors and an all-Indigenous writers' room,'' Jacobs said in a recent phone interview during a break in filming. ``So it just very much feels like a communal project and a sense of home, even though we're in Oklahoma

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and I'm acting with a southern accent.'' ``Reservation Dogs'' follows the misadventures of a group of rowdy teens who commit crimes, and fight crime. ``Also, it's about them collectively mourning their friend after the one-year anniversary of his suicide,'' said Jacobs, whose other acting credits include Jeff Barnaby's films ``Rhymes for Young Ghouls'' and ``Blood Quantum,'' and the series ``Cardinal'' and ``American Gods.'' D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor play the other members of the group. Woon-A-Tai and Alexis were in Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer's Canadian film ``Beans'' last year and were also ``born on the Canadian side of the border, so three of the four leads are from what is now known as Canada,'' said Jacobs. Though the series is from the United States and inspired by Harjo's upbringing in Oklahoma, Jacobs said it feels like one big community. ``For us, the border has only come within the past couple 100 years,'' she said, noting her nation has reservations and communities on both sides of the border, which ``just put a line through our communities and divvied them up.'' ``To be working on an

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Pierre Trudeau's failures on Indigenous rights tarnish his legacy This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. By Raymond B. Blake Professor of History and Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina and John Donaldson Whyte Professor Emeritus, Politics and International Studies, University of Regina

to remove the culture, language and life skills of Indigenous communities are now considered by some to be cultural genocide. Trudeau, however, is a successor to this national shame. He, like too many Canadians, failed to grasp the enormity of this history, or the extent to which it was still in force, with residential schools, Indian Agents and brutal social conditions. His rejection of emerging Indigenous self-government contributed to this ongoing national tragedy.

More than a half century ago, Pierre Trudeau became Canada's 15th prime minister. He is one of the notable holders of this office and his achievements were remarkable. For some, however, his tenure is seen as damaging to Canada, including on Indigenous issues. Nations sometimes harshly judge their past leaders, especially when they have led through nation-defining events. We see their leadership as having shaped our current political realities. This is particularly so in nations facing unresolved issues of inclusion and fairness; a fractious national spirit has its roots in the past exacerbation of differences and in the lost opportunities for reconciliation. Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, has borne much of this burden of blame when it comes to First Nations. His rigorous efforts

Trudeau understood fully the conditions in which many Indigenous Peoples lived in 1969. Yet he found the notion of treaty rights between two groups within the same society or special status for any group at odds with his notion of common and equal citizenship. He and Jean Chretien, his minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development at the time, proposed in a white paper in 1969 that the special legal relationship between First Nations and the government of Canada be severed and all Indigenous Peoples fully integrated into Canadian life. The paper was met with forceful opposition from Indigenous leaders across the country and sparked a new era of Indigenous political organizing in Canada. Trudeau soon recognized that his largely assimilationist policy

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was not likely to convince anyone that it was either workable or just. He did not apologize for this error in judgment, however, but simply withdrew the proposal. He did ask Canadians, however, to correct the distorted views and misunderstandings they might hold about Indigenous Peoples. Canada's worst face of colonialism How did a national leader whose animating political spirit was protecting human rights come to adopt a passive acceptance of Canada's worst face of colonialism? How did he fail to recognize the country's many injustices and neglect to develop policy from the basic framework of promoting equal dignity and respect for all? Ironically, it's his oldest son who's now grappling with his lapses. The elder Trudeau's accomplishments were many. They include building public consent for patriating the Constitution, bilingualism, modernizing Canada's criminal law, adopting limited constitutional protection of rights and forging constitutional protections for minority communities. His success at governing, however, was only partial. Areas where he failed have mattered immensely _ lack of unity between Canada's anglophones and francophones, failure of complete rights protection and little progress in developing a workable governing regime for Canada's Indigenous nations.

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Yes, Trudeau shaped our nation. But confronting the social evidence of the harms of racism, privilege, sexism and colonialism in Canadian society were not his primary focus. Perhaps his own privilege allowed him to avert his attention from many injustices. More successfully, he promoted equality and challenged the existing Canadian narrative by reminding Canadians they had built a successful, prosperous, diverse nation because of wise decisions made and values embraced. Those shared values were, he maintained, the basis of Canada; Canadians believed ``in the equality of people without distinction of sex or language or racial origin or religious origin or colour or creed,'' he said in a citizenship ceremony in Toronto in 1977. `Multiculturalism' also clouded

Trudeau believed Canadians saw virtue in preserving ethnic differences. For him, that was accomplished through the adoption of official multiculturalism in 1971. It heralded for many a new identity _ and Canada was often held up as an example to the world of how diverse communities could live together and prosper. In retrospect, even this achievement has its cloud. Increasing evidence of systemic racism, especially against Black people, has brought considerable criticism to Trudeau's

much celebrated multiculturalism. It has, in part, allowed Canadians to ignore the harsh realities of their racialized peers while claiming they are not racist, they're multicultural. Trudeau insisted that all individuals had to be protected from the repressive powers of the state. Yet, the accomplishments of women were limited despite great hopes on such issues as equal pay for equal work, child care and access to abortion. His utterances in debates on a number of social issues such as abortion and homosexuality are cringe-worthy when viewed today. He said in 1968 that he was dealing with ``crime and decency,'' not sanctioning homosexuality or making abortion any easier. He was ``separating the idea of sin and the idea of crime,'' he said, warning those engaged in certain activities would have to answer for their sins to their God, not the police. `Don't ask us to change the past' Trudeau seldom, if ever, apologized for government policy and actions. His idea of acting effectively was not to lament, but resolve. History mattered little to him: ``Whether there have been 100 years of injustice is unimportant. Don't ask

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us to change the past,'' he once said. His moral responsibility for past harms was to resolve not to repeat the harm and to do better. He saw regret embedded in apology as facile self-indulgence. He placed conflicts in a frame of deeper and bigger issues and seemed to heap scorn on those whose perspective seemed mired in smaller interests. No critical analysis of an issue seemed to impress him as much as his own. Trudeau believed he helped construct Canada as a good nation of triumph and progress, a country that offered a better hope of inclusion than most states. He saw himself as upholding the legacy of the makers of Canada, who he believed were ``remarkable people,'' creating a country through ``the force of a vision larger than its time.'' They were ``building a country to match a dream,'' and it was Canadian's duty ``to repay their inheritance.'' He had faith that Canadians could fulfil his dreams for a better, more inclusive, and just nation _ but his failures on Indigenous rights tarnishes that legacy. It's left to Canadians today _ and to his son, Justin _ to do better.

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Canada is quietly fighting against residential school survivors in court RACHEL A. SNOW



First Nation Indigenous across the land are enraged. For years the original peoples have been saying that their humanity was crushed under the auspices of “educating or Christianizing them” in residential schools. The discovery of two hundred and fifteen children in a mass grave close to Kamloops Residential School has unleashed anger, bitterness and a profound collective grief that stretches across this land. When the discovery of bodies of children became national news, a triggering reaction reverberated through First Nation Indigenous individuals, families and communities. Residential or day school survivors had acid applied to their visible unhealed wounds. The families or intergenerational victims also reacted as their parents, grandparents or siblings began falling. Rage was quickly followed by grief, despair and breakdowns of otherwise functioning adults. Non First Nations are reeling from this discovery. As a result of this grue-

some discovery… Canada has come under fire. For the non-First Nation Canadians, there is sorrow and for some, there is skepticism which is really thinly disguised racism. It is as though they are hearing about the residential schools for the very first time. How could there be two hundred plus children, some as young as three years old, buried for years without discovery? This is not a new occurrence or a bad nightmare. This is First Nation Indigenous reality. First Nations have been repeating that they or their ancestors were subjected to horrific circumstances in residential schools. The countering argument has always been that “it was not so bad” or that the children needed discipline and order to be fully functioning Canadians in brave new world, or if anything had happened, it was so long ago, that it is necessary for the First Nation Indigenous to “get over it”. How can children as young as three be taken for disciplining or assisting with building a “new” country? Indigenous systems were purposefully targeted. Canada intended to break apart the fam-

ily and clans by forcibly taking children with the assistance of the RCMP. Archival records show the “leaders” of the day agreed that to break the spirit of the Indians, it was necessary to break the children as the adults could not be retrained to think like “Canadians”. To this day, some of our people cannot speak about this or will not speak about this. This definition of genocide contained in the Vienna convention has the phrasing that genocide occurs … “when a specific group of people are targeted – where kids are taken and where female children can be sterilized”. The First Nation people were targeted. The kids were removed from their families. Female children were sterilized. The discovery at Kamloops is more disturbing because it came on the heels of an active court action. Kamloops residential school day students (day scholars) took the federal government to court because they did not receive settlement for loss of language and culture. The day students were overlooked because they were not housed at the school so they had been in an ongoing fight with Canada for nine years. Upon this recent discovery of

the bodies of First Nation children, Canada has suddenly found room in their collective conscience to acquiesce to the (Gottfriedson) Kamloops day scholar class action with individual awards of $10,000 for loss of language and culture that occurred while attending Kamloops residential school. Canada has been also fighting the St. Anne’s residential school survivors. It has been documented that at this school, students were subjected to electric chair treatments. Canada fought the St. Anne’s students in the Independent Assessment Process – denying claims while holding the information. In December of 2020, Minister of Justice, David Lametti was attempting to destroy records that would prove the St. Anne’s survivors’ claims. Why would a government, that “talks” reconciliation, want to destroy records of abuse that might help Indigenous student survivors find closure? Why? Noted Canadians who “made Canada” are also under fire. Statue heads are toppling including that of John A. MacDonald and other architects who knowingly advocat-

ed to “kill the Indian in the child”. Mainstream Canadians are aghast and their rose coloured view of surveying this state’s history are finally coming off. Canada is a state that was achieved with the deaths of First Nations. Canada is a state that put families on reserves, then took the children while implementing a pass system that made it impossible for parents to leave the reserve. Children were subjected to prison like conditions – underfed, malnourished, preyed upon by sexual predators and subjected to various nutrition or other experiments such as the use of the electric chair. This is not a futuristic novel or a movie, this is Canadian history. The shocking part is that this has never been taught to most Canadians. Most Canadians are sympathetic but there are always the holdouts who do not want to believe that some wrong doing occurred. There have been op-eds and articles stating that the Indigenous were prone to “tuberculosis” and that accounts for the deaths. They fail to articulate that the students were often housed in unsafe circumstances without medical attention, there-

fore their deaths were encouraged not prevented. Dr. Peter Bryce was hired to report on the residential school system by Indian Affairs in the 1920's. Dr. Bryce raised the red flag that these children were living in horrific conditions, in one school there was a sixty percent mortality rate from tuberculosis. Dr. Bryce did not receive acknowledgment or accolades for this information, instead he was vilified for his honesty by the Canadian powers at the time. If the toppling of MacDonald, Ryerson, Grandin, Langevin or striking of their names is so offensive and seen as “rewriting history”, why not leave the names up along with their complicit actions to annihilate the First Peoples of this land. But If MacDonald’s statue remains standing, Dr. Bryce should scare off against him. Then history has both faces. It is only because of the sacrifice of two hundred and fifteen little souls that Canadians are finally beginning to understand the crimes against humanity that were made in the name of “nation building”. Their lives bring meaning and purpose to the things we endure now. Thank you.

In 1832, the first facility — the Mohawk Mechanical School was built on Mohawk Street directly across from the Mohawk Chapel. It was a simple structure with four large rooms. Girls were taught spinning and weaving, while boys were instructed in tailoring and carpentry. There was a separate building for a mechanics shop. In it’s first year, the Mohawk Mechanical School had 18 students, three of whom were day-schoolers. Another institution, the Martin Settlement School, located just past Cainsville, boasted 40 students in total but an average attendance of 26. A designated Tuscarora School, located at the Tuscarora Station on the Southside of Highway 54 near Chiefswood, reported

30 students and an average of 26 students in daily attendance. An Oneida Settlement school was located near present day Colborne Street at Glennwood and Clara Drive in Brantford — just a short walk from the Mohawk School. There was also a school located at Onondaga, and one for the Delawares. On each was a schoolhouse and a home for the schoolmaster built. By 1837 the Oneida schoolhouse was discontinued as Indigenous families left the area. The New England Company reported to it’s investors on the work they were doing in Upper Canada, saying the Onondaga school did not have a regular group of students at any one time and was only open when there were students, and

the Delaware school never remained open at all. “Though the Onondaga School is not, as has been stated, in regular use, its place is in some measure supplied by a school not very distant, at a place called Martin’s Settlement,” says the report. Another school was in the works by the NEC at the Johnson Settlement, on the Hamilton-Brantford Road, later called Highway 2. It was estimated that 28 children would be expected to attend there. Former students from the Oneida School were transferred to that institution. All grants and deeds for the land the schools were build upon, including the Mohawk Institute, were reported by the NEC to have been granted to them by Six Nations Chiefs “For Ever” and were to be

drawn up for all school locations. However, the NEC itself had questions about the legality and the actual ownership of the land on which these schools stood, but found a way around that. “It may not be easy to determine to whom the church property belongs; it was originally built by subscription, and amongst the subscribers, some Indians were the largest; it has since been repaired at an expense probably greater than its first cost, by the NEC, and to them, the ground on which it stands has been surrendered by a council of the Indians. But as long as this edifice is kept in good order for the purpose of the Mohawk congregation, and as long as the pastor officiating in it is paid for by the NEC, the question

of its legal ownership is of no consequence.” Land on the Grand River Tract was granted to the NEC for Kings College — to be built specifically for the Six Nations as well as pioneer children. This section of land was depicted on old Brant County maps as Kings College land between Brantford and Paris. It was never built by the Company and the land was sold off to private owners as eventually, all other school lands were — except the Mohawk School lands otherwise known as the Mohawk Institute. An ‘Indian Council’ room was planned for the Mohawk Institute — however its construction was put on hold due to cost restraints. It was never built.

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BRANTFORD - The Mohawk Institute was not the only school for teaching Six Nations children. In fact, history shows there were at least four, all started by the New England Company for the Education and Propagation of the Gospel. In 1831, the New England Company authorized four schools built for the Six Nations allotting 100 acres for each, granted by the “Indians in council.” The New England Company formalized its organization around the same time — collecting tithes and offerings from wealthy investors for missionary work in Upper Canada.



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Why is Pride Month celebrated in June? JACE KOBLUN



Pride Month takes place for the entire month of June and is dedicated to 2SLGBTQIA+ voices, the celebration of LGBTQ culture and support of those individuals’ rights. Starting with the Stonewall Uprising in June 1969, Pride Month both commemorates and celebrates LGBTQ activism and culture through the years. Pride Month often involves colourful parades, workshops, festivals, parties and more to commemorate years of struggle for basic human rights and civil rights along with the ongoing pursuit of equal

justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited community. But why is Pride Month celebrated in June and what was the Stonewall Uprising in June 1969? The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. “Also called the Stonewall Uprising, the raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighbourhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of

the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighbouring streets and nearby Christopher Park,” says history.com. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. The 1960s and decades prior were not welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Solicitation of samesex relations was illegal in New York City. So, LGBTQ individuals sought out gay bars and clubs where they could express themselves openly and socialize without fear. Or so they thought until the New York State

Liquor Authority penalized and shut down establishments that served alcohol to known or suspected LGBTQ individuals, arguing that the mere gathering of homosexuals was “disorderly.” The website says that thanks to activists’ efforts, these regulations were overturned in 1966, and LGBTQ patrons could now be served alcohol. “But engaging in gay behaviour in public (holding hands, kissing or dancing with someone of the same sex) was still illegal, so police harassment of gay bars continued and many bars still operated without liquor licenses,” states the website. Raids were a regular occurrence, especially at the Stonewall Inn.

LGBTQ people weren't just arrested at these raids. They were often also photographed by members of the media, who would then publish their full names and photos in their newspapers. As a result, those arrested would often get evicted from their homes or fired from their jobs. “There were little civil rights protections,” Joe Negrelli told Business Insider, who was there in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when the Stonewall Uprising took place. Negrelli was 17 at the time and recalled how it was routine for the police to raid bars that served liquor to LGBTQ people. The police would arrest them for touching, kissing, or dancing. Police officers entered the club that morning armed with a warrant, became rough with patrons, arrested 13 people, including employees and people violating the state’s gender-appropriate clothing statute (female officers would take suspected cross-dressing patrons into the bathroom to check their sex). At that point, patrons became fed up with the constant police harassment and discrimination. Angry patrons and some in the neighbourhood stuck around outside this time instead of dispersing as usual. History.com says at one point, an officer hit a lesbian over the head as he forced her into the police van. She shouted for onlookers to act, inciting the crowd to begin

to throw pennies, bottles, stones and other objects at the police. “Within minutes, a fullblown riot involving hundreds of people began. The police, a few prisoners and a Village Voice writer barricaded themselves in the bar, which the mob attempted to set on fire after breaching the barricade repeatedly. “The fire department and a riot squad were eventually able to douse the flames, rescue those inside Stonewall, and disperse the crowd. But the protests, sometimes involving thousands of people, continued in the area for five more days, flaring up at one point after the Village Voice published its account of the riots.” A year later, hundreds of people gathered again outside the Stonewall Inn to commemorate the anniversary of the uprising. That march, from Greenwich Village to Central Park, would become what's widely know as the first Pride parade. Although the Stonewall Uprising didn’t start the gay rights movement, it was a large force for LGBTQ political activism, leading to numerous gay rights organizations. “In 2016, then-President Barack Obama designated the site of the riots—Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks—a national monument in recognition of the area’s contribution to gay rights,” reads history. com.

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Did you know that each colour on the Pride flag has its own meaning? In the widely known six-colour flag, red is symbolic of life, orange is symbolic of spirit, yellow is sunshine, green is nature, blue represents harmony and purple is spirit. Gilbert Baker was an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag in 1978, a worldwide symbol of LGBTQ pride.

The flag became widely associated with LGBTQ rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. In the original eight-colour flag, hot pink was included to represent sex and turquoise to represent magic/art. There have been many variations on the flag. In 2021, the flag has was altered in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests, including black to represent diversity, brown to represent inclusivity and light blue and pink, the colours of the trans pride flag.


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Many Six Nations parents are breathing a sigh of relief with local daycares set to re-open on June 22 with strict pandemic safety measures in place. Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council agreed last week to allow daycares to re-open after approving an extensive re-opening plan created by social and health service providers on Six Nations. The re-opening plan calls for a gradual return to full daycare capacity by January 2022. Until then, daycare spaces will remain tight, with only a quarter of children allowed to return on June 22. The daycare re-opening plan covers Six Nations Child Care Services on Bicentennial Trail and Stoneridge Children’s Centre. The daycare was closed

in accordance with Six Nations’ colour-coded pandemic alert system, which saw the community in alert level black for much of the year. In alert level black, schools and daycares remained closed. Six Nations is currently in alert level orange, which allows daycares to operate with certain restrictions. In accordance with the plan, staff must be prescreened before starting their shifts every day, as do the children. Yvette Martin, manager of Six Nations daycares, said parents can screen their kids using the “Hi Mamma” app. Under the plan, daycares will close for 10 days if five or more Covid cases are confirmed at either daycare within a two-week timespan. Among some of the Covid-19 measures in place: -windows are opened to allow for the circulation of fresh air -Covid-19 wellness

rooms have been created for those displaying symptoms -cleaning and disinfecting routines have been increased -staff and students must wear personal protective equipment -parents and visitors are not permitted on site until further notice -separate entrances and exits The plan calls for a return of the full cohort by January 2022 if all staff and students are Covid-free. Daycare and Six Nations Health Services staff are in talks to provide rapid Covid testing for the staff and children. Elected Chief Mark Hill acknowledged how difficult the past year has been on parents with daycares closed on Six Nations. “As difficult as it was to make that decision to close schools and daycares and how hard it was on our parents, it really gave that time to put in thorough plans,” he said.

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Pandemic restrictions on Six Nations are loosening as the community moved into alert level orange on Friday, allowing for larger outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings and no travel restrictions for community members. Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council has yet to approve an extensive pandemic re-opening plan that looks to have at least 60 per cent of the community vaccinated before lifting all restrictions. Sara Smith, Six Nations Health Services epidemiologist, presented the plan to elected council last Tuesday, saying, “The priority has always been to protect our people.” The re-opening plan was created in May 2020 but has been updated to reflect the changes in the pandemic since last year.

The plan puts an emphasis on vaccine coverage among the Six Nations population to ease all pandemic restrictions in the community. At least two councillors, and elected Chief Mark Hill, stressed that many Six Nations people will not be getting the Covid vaccine and that inoculation percentages should not be a condition for easing restrictions. The total amount of all Six Nations people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine to date is 35 per cent, with adults 18 and over at 45 per cent, council heard. However, Smith noted that many Six Nations members have gone off reserve to receive their vaccinations, which could skew those numbers. She said about 500 people have reported that they received their vaccinations off-reserve and she encouraged community members to report to

Six Nations Public Health if they received a vaccine off-reserve. “Anyone who has received a Covid-19 vaccine, please report this to Ohsweken Public Health,” Smith said. “We are trying to increase the accuracy of this data as much as possible. This is where it stands at this time.” Compared to the province of Ontario, more Six Nations people are fully vaccinated with both doses of the Covid vaccine. Provincially, about five per cent of people have received both doses of the vaccine, whereas 29 per cent of on-reserve Six Nations members are fully vaccinated. “While we do still have a large portion of the community unvaccinated, we will need to maintain public health restrictions and take a slow and cautious approach as we review restrictions,” Smith told council. Vaccine percentages are

part of the criteria for Six Nations changing its alert levels, she said. The province has a similar system in place, with Ontario setting a benchmark of 61 per cent of people receiving the first dose of the vaccine before entering stage three of its re-opening plan, which would allow the resumption of indoor dining and indoor religious services, among others. Smith said all alert levels on Six Nations will cease once Covid-19 is no longer a threat that causes severe illness or death on Six Nations. Other criteria for ending the alerts include no new virus subtypes detected among humans; the virus has mutated to a less virulent form; effective treatments are available; and/or herd immunity has been achieved by global consensus. “The threshold for herd immunity is not known,” she said. “There is no

consensus on what that looks like.” Six Nations Director of Health Services Lori Davis-Hill encouraged people to get the Covid-19 vaccine. “We don’t want to move too quickly,” she said of re-opening the community. “We don’t want to make mistakes, so that we’re able to respond if we do have another spike in cases.” Davis-Hil said she acknowledges there is vaccine hesitancy on Six Nations. “Vaccinations are not mandatory but the more people we have vaccinated, the safer the entire community becomes,” she said. “Knowing that we have a community that has some resistance to getting vaccinated, what we wanted to build into the framework was that we see a consistent continuation of uptake in vaccines.” Elected Chief Mark Hill

said they respect people’s decisions not to get the vaccine. “We have a big area of individuals who look to rely on their own traditional medicines and what they see best for themselves,” he said, adding that Six Nations should not have to consider vaccination numbers to determine easing pandemic restrictions. “This is exactly why we have decided to maintain our own framework (for re-opening),” said Chief Hill. “We’ve said loud and clear vaccines are not mandatory. Just because the province is looking to reach a certain percentage to get to a certain stage of their re-opening doesn’t meant that we have to do the same thing.” Elected Council agreed to move the community into alert level orange but held off an approving the revised pandemic re-opening plan until further discussion.

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. _ Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city will no longer celebrate St. John's Days, and council is asking residents to observe National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 instead. St. John's city council said in a news release Monday it is ``discontinuing'' the annual June holiday and asking people to find ways to celebrate the province's Indigenous people and their histories. ``For me personally, it feels like we're moving in the right direction. This is an indication of that,'' Coun. Maggie Burton said in an interview. St. John's Days has typically been associated with the provincial holiday formerly known as Discovery Day, which com-

memorated the arrival of explorer John Cabot in the province in 1497. The City of St. John's said in 2018 it would stop celebrating Discovery Day because it ignored the existence of the province's Indigenous people. Last year, the province followed suit. The holiday is now called June Day until the province works with Indigenous leaders to come up with a better name. ``While in more recent times St. John's Days has grown into a celebration of the city and its diverse residents, council and staff recognize the inherent contradiction of holding such celebrations on a colonial holiday,'' the news release said. ``City staff are developing an alternative proposal to continue celebrating the diverse communities that call St. John's home.'' Burton was a strong advocate for doing away

with the Discovery Day holiday in 2018, facing significant resistance from both council and the community at large. This time around, she said consensus among council to discontinue St. John's Days was much easier and came from a position of understanding. ``I think that the community is at a different place now than it was in 2018, and people are more aware of the need for truth and reconciliation,'' she said. ``I think the tone of the conversation is totally different now than it was then.'' City council in Victoria, B.C., voted unanimously last week to cancel a planned Canada Day broadcast following the discovery of what are believed to be the remains of 215 students buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

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Citing role in 'genocidal policies,' history professors reach out to First Nations The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON _ History professors at the University of New Brunswick are offering their research skills to Indigenous people looking for information about ancestors or seeking land claims, saying First Nations remain under threat from Canada's ``imperialist and genocidal policies.'' In a recent message on the history department's official Facebook page, faculty members at the university's Fredericton campus began by

expressing their condolences to the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in British Columbia, which recently discovered what are believed to be the remains of 215 children at the former residential school site in Kamloops. The professors say that grim event motivated them to reach out to the Indigenous community and offer free help with archival and genealogical research. ``We also have networks of other historians that we have access to,'' Prof. Angela Tozer, who

specializes in modern Canadian history and settler colonialism, said in an interview Wednesday. ``It's really about breaking down barriers so that individuals would feel comfortable with coming to us to ask for help.'' She said some Indigenous people have already come forward to seek assistance. She declined to release details, citing privacy concerns. The professors' statement goes on to address what they say is the role Canadian historians have played in ``obscuring'' the

history of colonialism. ``Canadian history as a discipline often perpetuates nationalist ideologies that have made genocidal policies, such as the incarceration of Indigenous children in residential schools, possible through the creation of narratives that defend the righteousness of the Canadian settler state,'' the statement says. ``We call on every Canadian historian to understand how they have contributed to genocidal policies and to reject provincial curricula that deny

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and downplay the histories of settler colonialism and residential schools and day schools.'' Tozer said the strong language reflects the fact that in the past 10 years or so, there has been a change in how historians approach their discipline. ``I can say with some confidence that historians across Canada would probably agree with the (Facebook) statement,'' she said. Historians have come to appreciate that the relatively new field of settler colonial studies has brought into sharp focus how states such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia were shaped by policies that subjugated Indigenous people, the professor added. ``It's understanding that .... for Indigenous people, their lands, water and living spaces were appropriated from them by the state,'' Tozer said, adding that the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 also played a role in illustrating how the residential school system was devoted to ``cultural genocide.'' Erin Morton, a professor of visual culture with

expertise in Canadian art and settler colonialism at the University of New Brunswick, said those who work in higher learning have a responsibility to ensure their discipline evolves. ``Speaking from my own position as a white settler scholar, I see myself as deeply complicit and deeply responsible for undoing some of that colonial harm,'' she said in an interview Wednesday. Tozer said Canada's residential school system may be gone, but its policies linger for Indigenous children who remain overrepresented in the child welfare system. The first government-funded, churchrun residential schools opened in the 1870s, and the last one closed outside Regina in 1996. In all, about 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children attended the schools. For those Indigenous families who resisted the system, children were forcibly taken away by the RCMP. The 130 schools became infamous as places where many students suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse.


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National Indigenous Peoples Day is taking place on Monday, June 21. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, also known as Canada. This day is a statutory territorial holiday in the Northwest Territories, established in 2001, to honour and acknowledge its Dene, Métis and Inuvialuit peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day also became a statutory territorial holiday in the Yukon in May 2017. This National Indigenous Peoples Day is the 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Encyclopedia says in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly

of First Nations) first suggested establishing “National Aboriginal Solidarity Day” as a day of recognition. In 1990, Quebec became the first province or territory to establish June 21 as a day to celebrate Indigenous culture. Tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in 1990 regarding the Oka Crisis, and in 1995 regarding the Ipperwash Crisis, led to renewed calls for a national day of recognition. The Sacred Assembly, a national meeting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal spiritual leaders organized by Elijah Harper in 1995, encouraged the federal government to establish “National First Peoples Day” as a day of unity and acknowledgment. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples also recommended establishing a national day of recognition in their report, released in 1996. On June 13, 1996, Governor General Roméo LeBlanc announced the government’s intention to

have an annual, national celebration of Indigenous peoples. Later that month, on the 21st, Canada celebrated its first National Aboriginal Day. The Canadian Encyclopedia also says in 2009, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion to make the month of June National Aboriginal History Month (now National Indigenous History Month). This month-long awareness campaign highlights Indigenous history and cultures as well as contemporary issues in Indigenous communities across the country. On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to change the name of National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day, reflecting a national and international preference for the term Indigenous, rather than Aboriginal, in most cases. Some people, especially those in Indigenous communities, have called on the federal government to make National Indigenous Peoples Day a statutory

CELEBRATING NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY The City of Brantford is proud to join communities across Canada for the 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We honour the rich history of Indigenous Peoples in our region and stand with the Indigenous community to support the efforts to advance reconciliation and renew relationships based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

holiday. Action #80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report calls on the federal government to establish a statutory holiday — National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — to recognize the dark legacy of residential schools and to honour the survivors. Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to commemorate this year's National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day from home. “Keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following instructions from health officials and other trusted, reliable sources,” states the Government of Canada’s website. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, shared in a video for last year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day that is a day to recognize and honour the achievements, history and rich cultures of Indigenous peoples throughout Canada:

“It is only through learning and understanding the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, that we will be able to move forward in true partnership to build a better Canada. We draw inspiration from the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities who are leading us forward to bring about change. We encourage all people in Canada to take this opportunity to learn more about Indigenous communities through the compelling stories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. "All Canadians need to learn about the perseverance and resilience of Indigenous peoples and the importance of protecting Indigenous knowledge and revitalizing their languages and cultures. We can all learn more about the many cultures and unique heritage and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading books from the Indigenous Reads reading list or screening a film by an

Indigenous creator. “Today, as we commit to building back better after Covid-19 socially, economically and environmentally, we will need more than ever the leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Today, Canada and all Canadians recommit to working to build a new relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples based on respect, partnership and recognition of rights. "This year we are taking part in National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations together while apart. I wish you all a very happy National Indigenous Peoples Day.” Join in the conversation Twitter: @GCIndigenous and @GovCanNorth use the hashtag #NIHM2021 Facebook: GCIndigenous, GovCanNorth and @ GCIndigenousHealth Instagram: @gcindigenous use the hashtag #NIHM2021

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Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID By Canadian Press

OTTAWA - When survivor Peter Nakogee first went to St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont., he spoke no English and had a different name. ``I got the nun really mad that I was writing in Cree. And then I only knew my name was Ministik,'' he told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010. ``From the first time I heard my name, my name was Ministik. So I was

whipped again because I didn't know my name was Peter Nakogee.'' Decades after that trauma, hurdles to having his original name reflected in federal identification are at last being removed. The federal government announced Monday that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their traditional names on passports and other government ID. The move comes in response to a call to action from the Truth and Rec-

onciliation Commission in 2015 that demanded governments allow survivors and their families to restore names changed by the residential school system. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said the announcement goes a step further, as it applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Metis background, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of people who aim to reclaim their identity on official documents.

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All fees will be waived for the name-changing process, which pertains to passports, citizenship certificates and permanent resident cards, said Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino. ``The traditional names given to Indigenous children carry deep cultural meaning. Yet for many First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, colonialism has robbed them of these sacred names,'' Mendicino said at a news conference Monday. ``At times, efforts to use traditional names have been met with everything from polite rejection to racism.'' The move to clear those barriers follows last month's news that ground-penetrating radar detected what are believed to be the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. The new policy, effective immediately, was one of multiple announcements that landed the same day that Ottawa heads back to the courtroom to fight

a pair of rulings involving First Nations children. In a judicial review being heard in Federal Court on Monday, the federal government is arguing against Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decisions regarding compensation for First Nations children in foster care and the expansion of Jordan's Principle to children who live off reserves. Miller said Monday the ruling ordering Ottawa to pay $40,000 each to some 50,000 First Nations children separated from their families by a chronically underfunded child-welfare regime, and to each of their parents or grandparents, ``doesn't respect basic principles of proportionality.'' Every First Nations child who has suffered discrimination ``at the hands of a broken child-welfare system'' will be ``fairly, justly and equitably compensated,'' he said. Most of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action remain unfulfilled, though cabinet ministers pointed to a pair of bills that would incorporate Indigenous rights

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into the oath of citizenship and align Canada's laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Bill C-8 on the citizenship oath has passed the Senate and awaits royal assent, while the UNDRIP provisions of C-15 continue to work their way through the upper chamber. Mendicino also said his department continues to work on updating Canada's citizenship guide to emphasize ``the role and stories of Indigenous peoples, including those parts that relate to residential schools.'' The revised document will be released ``very shortly,'' he said. He did not say whether Indigenous individuals would have to provide proof of Indigenous identity, but Miller said officials ``want to cut out the red tape.'' In a further effort to demonstrate action, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced later on Monday the first commissioner of Indigenous languages, along with directors of the new office.

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Woman says her mother put her up for adoption to avoid Kamloops residential school CANADIAN PRESS



LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, B.C. _ Tina Taphouse has spent a lot of time lately reflecting on the impact the Kamloops Indian Residential School has had on her life's path. Taphouse didn't go to the school because her mother, who worked there and had also grown up in residential school, made the impossible decision to put her up for adoption so she wouldn't have to attend.

The former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is where the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation used ground-penetrating radar to detect what are believed to be the remains of 215 children. ``When you have only the two choices _ to give me up for adoption to a better home and not go to residential school, or to keep me and raise me and to know that I would end up going to residential school _ that's a decision a mother shouldn't have to make,'' Taphouse said in an interview from her home in

Langley, B.C. ``I'm not mad at her. I admire her strength and her decision.'' Taphouse said she's sharing her family's story so that her mother and other family members who went to the schools don't have to. Canada has a long way to go in addressing violence against Indigenous Peoples and it's important for people to understand the realities of what happened, she said. Her mother is aware she is speaking with the media but did not want to be interviewed, she said.

Taphouse, who is Interior Salish from the St'at'imc community, was raised by non-Indigenous parents and now works as a photographer. She had a good upbringing, she said, but also understands the experience of the '60s Scoop when the federal government attempted to assimilate Indigenous children by placing them with non-Indigenous families. ``It was only in the last few months that I admitted to myself they (assimilation policies) were successful in me, that I often feel like I'm in the middle because







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I grew up in a non-Indigenous world,'' she said. While she escaped the horrors that many survivors of the '60s Scoop and residential schools endured, Taphouse said she also wasn't brought up in her culture, with her family or her traditions and she felt lost. She began reconnecting with her roots after her biological father reached out to her through an adoption reunification registry in 1994. Over time, she has learned more about her own family and story, although she said she doesn't push her mother to share sensitive details. On Friday, she learned that her mother was referred to only by a number, 123, instead of a name when she was a child at St. Joseph's Mission outside of Williams Lake, B.C. She knows her mother attended residential school until Grade 11 and then began working at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in 1964. She became pregnant with Taphouse three years later. Taphouse has never asked how her mother ended up working at the residential school or about what happened there. ``I know it had to be horrific for her to shield me

from it,'' she said. Taphouse said she has taken strength from reconnecting with her Indigenous family, many of whom attended residential school. It's a family that helps one another in hard times and bands together to help out, she said. ``This community, my family, they've really opened up my eyes about giving and caring for others, not just for themselves,'' she said. Among the most moving has been the way her family deals with death and connects with ancestors, she said. ``I feel it more every day, I feel them with me and beside me,'' she said. ``They give me the strength to talk and tell the world what we've known about for years, decades, generations. And to be a voice for those who can't talk right now, who are still hurting, who are still struggling.'' _ By Amy Smart in Vancouver. The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program has a hotline to help residential school survivors and their relatives suffering with trauma invoked by the recall of past abuse. The number is 1-866-925-4419.

KINGSTON, Ont. _ Dozens of academics want Queen's University to retract a statement defending employees anonymously accused of falsely claiming Indigenous identity. An online letter signed by scholars from Canada and beyond says the university ignored troubling information. It says the school rebutted the allegations without talking to Indigenous faculty and staff or other Indigenous communities. Signatories include Pamela Palmater, chairwoman in Indigenous governance at Ryerson University, and Kim TallBear, with the University

of Alberta and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples. Queen's released a statement last Friday in response to an anonymous report regarding six employees. The university called the anonymous document misleading and inaccurate, in part regarding the genealogy of the employees. People named in the report are ``welcome, active, and respected members of the Indigenous and academic communities within the university,'' the school said. It also said it would investigate the origins of the document.

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Six Nations COVID-19 Update

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How is level of risk measured? Each week we conduct a risk assessment to track our core monitoring indicators in Six Nations. Indicators are based on virus transmission, community health system capacity (Public Health, EMS, Assessment testing centre), our surrounding area health care system, and community compliance to the public health measures (isolation adherence, reports of gatherings, quarantine adherence). These measures we use as part of determining our alert level. For more information see the COVID-19 response framework.

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Saskatchewan Rush sold to Priestner Sports STAFF REPORT



SASKATCHEWAN - The Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League has been sold to the Priestner Sports Corporation. The announcement came last month as it was noted that Priestner Sports has made another franchise evolve and improve over a seven year span. Priestner Sports is also the owner of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades since 2013, a major junior hockey team in the Eastern Division of the WHL, whom purchased the franchise from Bruce Urban. Blades president-GM Colin Priestner will be the Rush’s governor, while Rush GM Derek Keenan will continue to run the lacrosse team’s operations. “This is a transitional and progressive day for our league and the sport of lacrosse, as we welcome Priestner Sports to

the NLL and thank Bruce Urban and his team for years of hard work and success both in the community and on the field of play,” NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said in a press release. “The Rush have been, and will continue to be, a model franchise not just for the National Lacrosse League but for all of sports in North America and are key to our continued growth and business success as we head toward our 2021-22 season this fall.” The Rush has been based in Saskatoon since the 2016 NLL season. Previously, the franchise was based in Edmonton. The Priestners have owned the Blades since 2013. “First and foremost, we must thank Mr. Bruce Urban for allowing us the privilege of carrying on the Rush legacy,” Priestner said in the release. “We recognize all he’s done to bring some of the best lacrosse in the world to

Saskatoon, while giving back to both the city and its surrounding areas. “We welcome the challenge of maintaining the winning tradition he established here, while pushing ourselves to find new and interesting ways to grow the game and the Rush fanbase — which, in our humble opinion, is already the best in the league.” According to the release, the Priestners weren’t actively pursuing the deal to by the Rush. Instead, the sale was a result of what the release said was “a series of friendly conversations between Bruce Urban and the Priestner family over the past year.” The Rush has won two NLL titles — in 2016 and 2018 — since moving to Saskatoon, both near-recent victories. The Priestners said they won’t be making any changes to season tickets, saying seats belonging to season-ticket holders remain on hold.

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the hashtag #iscaindigenouspeoplesday2021. In doing so, participants will receive a mailed ISCA Indigenous Peoples Day T-Shirt. All participants are encouraged to wear orange to honour our Residential School Survivors and those loved ones lost; including the 215 children. You can find the event page here: https:// fb.me/e/QYLIL3sI

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NLL Announces 10 new Hall of Fame Members for 2021 STAFF REPORT



PHILADELPHIA — The relaunched NLL Hall of Fame features 10 new members in its Class of 2021 as announced on June 3. Eight players and two refs will be inducted in the Hall's first induction since 2016, including Colin Doyle, Kevin Finneran, John Grant Jr., Casey Powell, Shawn Williams, Pat McCready, Regy Thorpe, Steve Toll, Roy Condon (Referee) and Bill Fox (Referee). The NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2021 presented by GAIT Lacrosse is as follows: Colin Doyle (Toronto, San Jose): Two players stand out above the rest in Toronto’s mid-2000s era. Hall of Fame goalie Bob Watson, and Colin Doyle. Doyle, who retired after the 2016 season, won the 1999 Rookie of the Year Award and went on to earn one league MVP and three postseason MVPs. Doyle is tied for the fifthmost games played with Mark Steenhius at 266. His 1,384 career points are fourth all-time in league histo-ry, and 857 assists are fourth all-time. Kevin Finneran (New England, Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto): One of the most prolific field lacrosse players of the early 2000s, Finneran was a pioneer for American players in box lacrosse. He won four titles in his 10 seasons with Philadelphia, and another in his lone year with the Rock. John Grant Jr (Roches-


ter, Colorado): John Grant Jr is one of the most prolific players in the history of pro lacrosse, period. His impact on the game cannot be overstated. He set an NLL record with 116 points in a season in 2012 and holds the Rochester records for goals (347) and points (719). From a league perspective, Grant is second all-time in points with 1,446 and goals with 668. He also holds most of the Knighthawks single season offensive records, including goals (54), assists (60), and points (111). Grant holds the Knighthawks record for most points in a single game (15) and has been named league MVP twice. Casey Powell (Rochester, Anaheim, Orlando, Boston, Colorado): Arguably the best American in the history of box lacrosse, Powell changed the NLL. He was the first American player to be named NLL MVP in 2010, when he played for Orlando and is the all-time leading scorer by an American player in league history Shawn Williams (Toronto, Rochester, Edmonton, Buffalo): Williams is a six-time NLL All-Star is seventh all-time with 257 games played. He has scored the eighth-most points in league history with 1,152, all while being one of the historic faces of the Knighthawks franchise. He is ninth alltime with 444 goals and seventh all-time with 708 assists. Pat McCready (Charlotte, Buffalo, Toronto, Rochester): Another one of the faces of the Knighthawks most recent


era, McCready is seventh all-time with 1,593 loose balls. His 468 penalty minutes are also seventh most all-time. McCready was a part of the 2012 champion Knighthawks. Regy Thorpe (Rochester): With 966 career loose balls, Thorpe is one of the most prolific defensemen in Knighthawks history. He spent his entire 15-year career with Roch-ester, where he won a championship in 2007 as the team’s captain. Thorpe was also the first player-GM in the history of the NLL. Steve Toll (Toronto, Rochester, Colorado, Edmonton, San Jose): Toll is eighth all-time with 1,562 loose balls. In his 16-year career, he finished with a remarkably low 83 pen-alty minutes. Toll won the first-ever Transition Player of the Year award in 2007 and won four titles with the Rock and one with the Knighthawks. Roy Condon worked as an NLL Official from 19892011 (23 seasons). He worked three Championship Games (1994, 1995, and 1999). He is scheduled to be the seventh offi-cial inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He started refereeing in 1971. Bill Fox worked as an NLL Official from 19922011 (20 seasons). He worked six Cham-pionship Games (1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, & 2010). This fall’s induction will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Hall’s establishment with the inaugural members having been inducted in 2006.


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Mann Cup Cancelled for Second Season in a Row STAFF REPORT



Lacrosse Canada announced that the the 2021 Mann Cup National Championship, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is also cancelled. This decision was made in consultation with the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) in Ontario and the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) in British Columbia. With directions from government and public health authorities, Lacrosse Canada, the MSL and the WLA confirmed the cancellation of the 2021 Mann Cup. This news follows Lacrosse Canada’s decision two weeks ago to cancel nine of its National Championships. The Mann Cup annually brings together the MSL and WLA senior A champions to compete for the championship title. “The decision to cancel the Mann Cup this season was made with the support of the MSL and WLA,” said Shawn Williams, La-

In the most recent Mann Cup, in 2019, the Peterborough (Ont.) Lakers won the national title— their third straight — four games to one over the host Victoria Shamrocks in B.C.’s provincial capital.. STAFF

crosse Canada President. “Lacrosse Canada has had to make the difficult decision to cancel most of our National Championships for a second year in a row. We encourage our lacrosse community to stay safe and focused on brighter days ahead.” “While we know this is a huge disappointment for everyone involved in lacrosse — in particular,

our players, coaches and dedicated fans — we are committed to doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and our primary responsibility is the health and safety of the competitors, volunteers and thousands of spectators who would contribute to the success of the Mann Cup,” said Paul Dal Monte, WLA commissioner. “This decision to cancel

was not taken lightly and is a reflection of the gravity of situation the world, including the world of sports, currently faces.” “We look forward to welcoming back lacrosse fans to the 2022 Mann Cup, which will be hosted in the East by the MSL champions,” said Doug Luey, MSL commissioner. Lacrosse Canada would like to clarify that this

It’s expected the Rock will keep their current name and logo. In 2019, Six Nations Lacrosse Star Johnny Powless signed a one year contract with the franchise. Originally founded in 1998, the Rock started at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton when they were known as the Ontario Raiders. They moved to then-Maple Leaf Gardens after their inaugural season and rebranded as the Toronto Rock in 1999. At a press conference on

Tuesday, owner, president and General Manager Jamie Dawick said “a strong business case” was the reason for the relocation, including a significant reduction in game operations costs and opportunities to better connect with a fan base. The deal with FirstOntario gives the franchise more flexibility with its schedule, allowing for the majority of home games in the 2021-22 season to be played on Saturday nights. Saturday night home

games are expected to give the opportunity for more accessibility to home town fan bases, and allow visitors to enjoy the city before and after the game, as speculated by the general manager. The Rock have won six NLL titles – four when they played at their previous home, the Scotiabank Arena. The NLL will start its 2021-22 season in the fall after cancelling plans for an abbreviated spring season.

winning the title in 2019. Six Nations scored 6 goals in the first period of the gold-medal game en route to a 9-5 win over Akwesasne to clinch their first Senior B championship since 2015 that year. The U19 Jenny Kyle Cup is the U19 Women’s Field Lacrosse National Championship. This decision was made with the support of the Women’s Field Sector. The 2021 host

will be granted the right of first refusal to host in 2022. The President’s Cup, the Senior ‘B’ Men’s Box Lacrosse National Championship, will also be cancelled for 2021. This decision was made in consultation with the Box Sector. The 2021 host will also have the right of first refusal to host in 2022. “It has not been an easy

decision to cancel our National Championships for a second year in a row. Lacrosse Canada and our Member Associations are working together to ensure the safety of our lacrosse community as our sport begins resuming in different stages across the country,” said Shawn Williams, Lacrosse Canada President.

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HAMILTON - In the month of May, one of the most well known National Lacrosse League (NLL) franchises reached a deal to relocate home games to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre beginning with the 2021-22 season, according to the team’s operators. The agreement – for five years – includes an option for a multi-year extension.

Presidents Cup amongst Lacrosse Cancellations STAFF REPORT

Lacrosse Canada has aneditor@tworowtimes.com nounced the cancellation TWO ROW TIMES of the 2021 U19 Jenny

Kyle Cup and President’s Cup. This decision follows Lacrosse Canada’s prior announcements cancelling 11 National Championships. Six Nations has held much success within the cup championship, with the Six Nations Rivermen

decision is not a cancellation of the lacrosse season in Canada. With return-toplay or return-to-activity at different stages across the country, Lacrosse Canada’s member associations will decide the 2021 lacrosse opportunities based on provincial and health authority guidance. Lacrosse Canada encourages everyone to continue following the health and safety guidelines in their provinces or territories. It’s the second consecutive year the pandemic has forced cancellation of both league play and the national championship. The WLA and its member clubs will continue to monitor developments on the situation with local health officials. Both leagues had high hopes for 2021 and had planned to delay the start of regular season play, which was to have kicked off at the beginning of July; revised schedules were drafted as the two commissioners planned the Mann Cup series, which was to be held in September in Ontario. Their focus was to ensure

the greatest calibre of box lacrosse in the world would be played when it was safe for players, staff, volunteers and fans. “Paul and I have been in regular contact over the past several months and having to cancel the Mann Cup for a second consecutive year is very disappointing to both of us. However, it is undoubtedly the right decision,” said Luey. Since the modern era of the Mann Cup began in 1926, this will be just the second time the trophy will not be awarded to the best Senior A lacrosse club in Canada. The Mann Cup series is held each September, with the WLA and MSL champions facing off in a best-of-seven competition (for more Mann Cup information, see below). In the most recent Mann Cup, in 2019, the Peterborough (Ont.) Lakers won the national title— their third straight — four games to one over the host Victoria Shamrocks in B.C.’s provincial capital.

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CFL-Edmonton Football Team return as the ‘Elks’ STAFF REPORT



EDMONTON - The Canadian Football League's Edmonton franchise will now be known as the Elks, the club announced on Tuesday, after discarding their longtime name the “Eskimos” that had been criticized as derogatory towards indigenous people. One of the CFL’s most successful franchises, Edmonton had come under fire on numerous occasions for using a name that some critics felt showed a lack of respect for indigenous people in the northern regions of Canada and the United States. The offensive term was retired in 2020 and the club known as the Edmonton Football Team while it considered a new identity. The team, whose logo is a double “E”, have used the offensive name since their inception in 1949 and

will be able to continue to use the trademark on their helmets and other merchandise with the switch to the Elks. The decision to drop the slur name follows a similar move last July by the National Football League's Washington team, which retired their Redskins name and logo that also carries oppressive stereotypes directed towards Indigenous people. Washington has yet to announce a new name for their franchise. Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians has said it will change its name but will continue to use it during the 2021 season. The team, which has won only two World Series championships since its founding, removed its “Chief Wahoo” logo from uniforms starting with the 2019 season but has retained other traditions such as referring to itself as “the Tribe.”

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Minto Cup Cancelled Amongst 10 National Championships STAFF REPORT



OTTAWA —Lacrosse Canada announced today the cancellation of the 2021 Minto Cup. This decision follows Lacrosse Canada’s announcement last month of the cancellation of 10 National Championships. The Minto Cup is the Junior A Lacrosse National Championship, competed in by the provincial champions of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League (BCJALL), the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL), and the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League (OJALL). For around 75 years, this trophy has been presented to Canada’s top junior men’s lacrosse team. “Lacrosse Canada continues to keep the health and safety of our lacrosse community as a top priority at this time,” said Shawn Williams, La-

Officials announced the cancellation of the 2021 Mindo Cup Junior A Lacrosse National ChampionTRT ship.

crosse Canada President. “We recognize that the Minto Cup is an event that many Junior A players and fans look forward to each year. Lacrosse Canada, the BCJALL, the RMLL and the OJALL look forward to holding an unforgettable Minto Cup event in 2022.” To clarify, this is not a cancellation of the

lacrosse season in Canada. Junior A lacrosse will take place, with the BCJALL, RMLL and OJALL planning modified lacrosse seasons in accordance with their provincial health and safety regulations. The three leagues support their provincial association’s Return to Play guidelines and protocols

and are looking to hold competitions within their provinces this summer if allowed. The BCJALL, RMLL and OJALL expressed their support of the cancellation of the 2021 Minto Cup. The three leagues look forward to competing in the Minto Cup next year.

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'Symbols of trauma': B.C. First Nation calls on Ottawa to remove day school buildings CANADIAN PRESS



VERNON, B.C. _ The chief and council of a First Nation in British Columbia are calling on the federal government to remove three former day school structures they say are symbols of trauma and pain. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Okanagan Indian Band says it would like to see the former day schools for Indigenous children replaced with places of healing. One of the sites is still used for students, while the second houses the band office and the third is a congregation centre for elders. The letter says the community built the structures after being faced with an ``impossible


choice'' between sending its children away to suffer abuse at residential schools in Kamloops or Cranbrook, or building its own schools. It says it holds Canada and the Roman Catholic Church responsible for the cruel punishment children at the schools were forced to endure and that left many traumatized. The federal government could not immediately be reached for comment. ``If we are to heal as a community, our members can no longer be forced to drive by these buildings that serve as a reminder of our colonial history and that continue to dredge up horrific memories of abuse suffered at the Indian day schools,'' the letter says. ``We want to replace these buildings with spaces that foster healing and the mental well-being of our community.''

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A class-action lawsuit was launched against the federal government in 2009 by those who were forced to attend the day schools and were excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. A settlement was reached 10 years later in the Federal Court, and it included First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples who attended federally run Indian Day Schools. The Okanagan Indian Band says in a news release the reserve has buildings linked to two day schools, Six Mile Creek and the Irish Creek School, built in the 1920s and 1950s. Chief Bryon Louis says that in addition to removing the school structures, more mental health and trauma supports are needed.


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Indigenous leaders ask Catholics for apology By Canadian Press Indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services. Felix Thomas, chief of the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation northeast of Saskatoon, asked Friday for Catholic worshippers to make their feelings known by praying at home instead. ``Something that everybody and every Christian can do is have that show of solidarity and not show up for church on Sunday,'' said Thomas. ``If it's not this Sunday, pick a Sunday.'' It would send a message to the church that congregants care about what happened in residential schools and want a meaningful apology, he said. ``You can pray at home in your own way. You don't need a middleman to pray to the Creator, to God.'' David Pratt is vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.

He said ``anything that would help pressure the (Catholic) Church to do what's right would be good.'' He said Pope Francis needs to apologize for the church's role in residential schools. Last Sunday, the Pope expressed his sorrow following the discovery of the remains of what are believed to be 215 Indigenous children found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site in British Columbia. He stopped short of a full apology for the Catholic Church's involvement in Canada's residential schools. ``We don't think he's gone far enough,'' Pratt said. ``They (the Catholic Church) have to apologize. I know some people say it's not important, but we believe it's really important. There has to be an acknowledgment of the wrongs done by the Catholic Church. ``There is no excuse for them not accepting their role.'' Pratt said the discovery

in Kamloops has ``reopened the hurts and the pains and the trauma'' of residential school survivors, and the Pope's non-apology is prolonging that pain. ``Many of our people are practising Catholics as well,'' said Pratt. ``They need (an apology) for their own healing, because of some of the things they suffered and endured. They need to hear the leader of their church recognizing the harms that they've done to them. ``We call on all members of the Catholic Church to talk to their bishops, talk to their archdeacons, talk to their pastors and their ministers (and) put as much pressure as they can on the Pope to do what's right and to apologize.'' The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops did not respond to a request for comment. Pratt, who expects more bodies will be found at residential school sites, said continuing to wait for an apology from the Catholic Church is a moral issue.


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Job Posting Grade 1-2 Kanien’keha:ka Elementary Classroom Teacher Position Posting Period: Wednesday June 9, 2021 to Wednesday June 23, 2021 Location:

Kawení:io/Gawęní:yo Private School Iroquois Lacrosse Arena -upstairs, Six Nations

Job Status:

44-Week Contract August 30, 2021-June 29, 2022

Start Date:

August 30, 2021

Annual Salary: Based on Education and Experience Main Duties and Responsibilities: The Kanien’keha:ka Grade 1-2 Teacher must be able to teach through Kanien’kéha daily to: deliver lessons; engage in discussions; model language use for students; organize and supervise class outings and field trips; link classroom learning with student’s home lives and the cultural practices of the community of Six Nations and supervise students in the classroom and during yard duty. The Kanien’kehá:ka Grade 1-2 Teacher must be able to: write long range, unit and day plans; develop course content; prepare, administer and maintain student assessments; identify children’s individual learning needs; evaluate and report the progress of students and discuss results with students, parents and school officials; and, maintain effective communication and relations with parents/guardians, other staff members and the community. Qualifications - Education – Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Ontario College of Teachers (O.C.T.) preferred. Uncertified teachers will be considered based on previous teaching experience. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – Be knowledgeable of the Hodinohso:ni/Rotinonhsion:ni culture. Be proficient in speaking the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) language. Be knowledgeable in the use of various computer and software applications. Please submit your resume and cover letter, recent police check including vulnerable sector and all supporting documentation, together with the names of two professional references by email (or mail) no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. To: Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo School 3201 Second Line Hagersville, ON, N0A 1H0




2021 DEADLINE CALENDAR for Feb. 1st

May 1st

Application Deadline for Summer semester Apply on-line! Fall Marks/Progress Reports due for all continuing students. Levels 3 & 4 (Master or Ph.D. students) provide Letter of Good Academic Standing. Winter course registration/timetable and detailed tuition fees due. Application Deadline for Fall or Fall/Winter semester(s) Apply on-line! Winter Marks/Progress Reports due for all continuing students. Levels 3 & 4 (Master or Ph.D. students) provide Letter of Good Academic Standing. Summer course registration/timetable and detailed tuition fees due.




11:59 pm May 1st to 9 am July 1st - The On-line Application on the GRPSEO Website is not available. Aug 1st

Oct. 1st

Official transcripts are due from students funded for any of the three previous application periods (Summer/Fall/Winter). For all APPROVED FALL applications - Any documentation that was requested by the Funding Advisor to be submitted to GRPSEO by August 1, (as outlined in the “Check List of Required Documentation” form provided to the applicant), and not received by this deadline date will result in CANCELLATION of the approved application and loss of funding. Application Deadline for Winter semester – Apply on-line! Summer Marks/Progress Reports due for all continuing students. Levels 3 & 4 (Master or Ph.D. students) provide Letter of Good Academic Standing. Fall course registration/timetable and detailed tuition fees due.

STUDENTS MUST APPLY ON-LINE BY SPECIFIED DEADLINE. LATE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Please, check the local newspapers, our website at www.grpseo.org FaceBook or give us a call at (519) 445-2219 for more information.


School Principal ~ Jeremy Green Email: jeremy.greenkgps@gmail.com Cell: 519-770-7244

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June 16th, 2021



Warehouse Team Leader

Pay Rate:


Job Term:

Full-time, permanent


Day shift

The Six Nations Language Commission is looking for a Curriculum Writer for the Adult Immersion Language program. This contract will be the submission of a first-year grammar-based curriculum, and include a complete academic year typically from September 1st to May 31st (or 35 actual Nationsweeks Language Commission is looking for a Curriculum Writer for the Adult of language instruction; excluding statutory holidays).

The Six Immers Language program. This contract will be the submission of a first-year grammar-based curriculu 1. This 35-week curriculum will typically be designed from to advance Novice speakers in the Onondaga and include a complete academic year September 1st to May 31st (or 35 act language to an Intermediate level of speaking proficiency after completion of year one. weeks of language instruction; excluding statutory holidays). 2. Prepare weekly units (listing out daily activities, providing daily worksheets and lesson plans with time frames).

1. This 35-week curriculum will be designed to advance Novice speakers in the Onond a list of grammarlevel topicsof for speaking each of the 35 weeks. language3.to Include an Intermediate proficiency after completion of year on

4. Prepare a list of vocabulary topics in each of the 35 weeks. Summary 2. Prepare weekly units (listing out daily activities, providing daily worksheets and les 5. time Provide a written description of the type of methods used to turn non-speakers into This position will be a part of the Leaf Department and liaise with the plans with frames). speakers. Leaf Department Coordinator. The position will encompass, but is not limited to, the adequate organization and cleanliness of the warehouse3. Include a6.listPrepare/create a template includesofa written of major program dates and of grammar topicswhich for each the 35timeline weeks. milestones (i.e. recruiting process, intake period, exit interviews, OPI’s, etc). facilities, reporting and recordkeeping of all activities related to of vocabulary topics in eachcalendar of theindicating 35 weeks. movements of inventories, and follow up on all instructions from the 4. Prepare a7.list Create a template of the yearly program the 35 weeks of the program and noting time off (holidays) and other events (intake period, interviews, assessment Leaf Department Coordinator related to daily activities. periods, OPI’s, longhouse, other significant 5. Provide a written description of the typedays). of methods used to turn non-speakers i speakers.8. The deliverables are not limited to the above, rather the Commission will monitor the Job Duties submission of weekly units and at their discretion incorporate other such deliverables • Verify tobacco orders that may arise to contribute the success aofwritten the program. 6. Prepare/create a template whichtoincludes timeline of major program dates • Maintain inventory reports for warehouse milestones (i.e. recruiting process, intake period, exit interviews, OPI’s, etc). • Prepare bills of lading Please submit your letter of interest, a resume and sample lesson by email to: • Prepare receiving reports for tobacco 7. Create a template of the yearly program calendar indicating the 35 weeks of the progr • Record inbound and outbound tobacco shipments Karen Sandy: karen@snlanguagecommission.com and noting time off (holidays) and other events (intake period, interviews, assessm • Receive cases into allocated inventory th periods, OPI’s, longhouse, Closes June 28 at 4:00 pm other significant days). • Pull and stage cases for shipment • Load and unload trucks/sea cans • Observe and maintain the order and physical condition of the 8. The deliverables are not limited to the above, rather the Commission will monitor submission of weekly units and at their discretion incorporate other such deliverab warehouses that may arise to contribute to the success of the program. • Maintain a safe, and organized work area according to policies, GRAND RIVER POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OFFICE procedures, and safety regulations. GRAND RIVER POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OFFICE • Perform other duties as assigned. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Please submit your letter of interest, a resume and sample lesson by email to: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Six Nations Language Commission Page 1 POSTPOST SECONDARY EDUCATION ENGAGEMENT SECONDARY EDUCATION ENGAGEMENT Requirements Karen Sandy: karen@snlanguagecommission.com • Valid Forklift license, experience with clamps an asset PURPOSE: PURPOSE: • Strong leadership skills th Grand River Post Secondary Education Office (GRPSEO) is seeking the services of a consultant to Closes JuneRiver 28The at 4:00 pm • Experience with Microsoft Outlook The Grand Post Secondary Education Office (GRPSEO) is seeking the services of a consultant to conduct research and community consultation to develop a comprehensive Post Secondary Education • Proficient in Excel conduct research and community consultation to develop a comprehensive Post Secondary Educati model/strategy for Six Nations of the Grand River that meets and supports identified student and • Ability to multi-task model/strategycommunity for Six needs. Nations of the Grand River that meets and supports identified student and • Strong organizational and administrative skills community needs. • Ability to lift, push, pull and carry up to approximately 75 lbs. SCOPE OF WORK: • Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends Conduct research on current and required Education programs and services. • Reliable and punctual SCOPE OF WORK: Review the current landscape of Post Secondary Education at Six Nations including findings from

previous promising practices, and identified gaps and needs.and services. Conduct research onreports, current and required Education programs Working Conditions Analyzelandscape current Post Secondary delivery organizations Review the current of PostEducation Secondary Education atand Sixservices. Nations including findings from • Sitting and/or standing for an extensive amount of time Conduct community consultation using appropriate social media platforms to obtain members’ input via Nationsreports, Language Commission previous promising practices, and identifiedPage gaps 1and needs. • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and Six surveys and conduct meeting forums. peripherals Analyze currentAnalyze Postdata Secondary Education delivery organizations and services.final report. and incorporate findings into a Post Secondary Education strategy/model • Overtime as required followed by a presentation of final recommendations to GRPSEO Board and Nationsmembers’ inpu Final Report Conduct community consultation using appropriate social media platforms to Six obtain Elected Council. surveys and conduct meeting forums. This position may be exposed to elements such as noise, dust and Analyze data and incorporate findings PROCESS into a Post Education strategy/model For the PROPOSAL SUBMISSION and theSecondary comprehensive “Call for Proposals” please go to final report. fumes.

our websiteby at:ahttps://www.grpseo.org/news/news-post-secondary-education-engagement presentation of final recommendations to GRPSEO Board and Six Nations Final Report followed Applications are available at G.R.E. guard shack located at 2176Elected Council.

DUE DATE: Submissions marked “POST SECONDARY EDUCATION ENGAGEMENT” must be received For the PROPOSAL and the comprehensive “Call for Proposals” please go t by SUBMISSION email by July 2,PROCESS 2021 at 4 pm.

Chiefswood Rd. Please return your application and a current resume to the guard shack or by June 18th, 2021. Mail: Fax: Email:

P.O. Box 760 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0 519-445-0516 paula@grandriverenterprises.com

*Only successful candidates will be contacted.

our website at: https://www.grpseo.org/news/news-post-secondary-education-engagement Direct submissions via email to: Justine Henhawk-Bomberry, Director of Post Secondary Student Services justineb@grpseo.org

DUE DATE: FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Justine Henhawk-Bomberry Submissions marked “orPOST SECONDARY EDUCATION ENGAGEMENT” must be received call 519-445-2219. justineb@grpseo.org by email by July 2, 2021 at 4 pm. Direct submissions via email to:


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Fundraising Breakfast

Two Kanien’keha:ka Teacher Assistants for Elementary Classroom Positions Posting Period: Wednesday June 9, 2021 to Wednesday June 23, 2021 Location:

Kawenní:io/Gawęní:yo Private School Iroquois Lacrosse Arena - upstairs, Six Nations

Job Status:

44-Week Contract August 30, 2021-June 29, 2022

Start Date:

August 30, 2021

Annual Salary: Based on Education and Experience

Main Duties and Responsibilities: The teacher assistant must be able to speak and use the language to assist the teacher in the implementation of daily lessons; engage in discussions to model language use for students; communicate with staff members; participate in audio-visual presentations and field trips, supervise students in the classroom and during yard duty and use multiple software platforms to complete requirements of the position. Job description is available upon request. Qualifications - Education – Grade 12 High School Diploma and Teacher Assistant Training or equivalent and have a vast knowledge of the Rotinonhsion:ni/Hodinohso:ni culture and/or language. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – Be knowledgeable of the Hodinohso:ni/Rotinonhsion:ni culture. Be proficient in speaking the language. Be knowledgeable in the use of multiple computer applications. Please submit your resume and cover letter, recent police check including vulnerable sector and all supporting documentation, together with the names of two professional references by email (or mail) no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

CONNECT To: Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo School HEARING – CALEDONIA School Principal ~ Jeremy Green 3201 Second Line Email: jeremy.greenkgps@gmaill.com 5” × 6.5” 01/08/19 Hagersville, ON N0A 1H0 Cell: 519-770-7244

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Fishing Derby Fundraiser on the Grand River

Mudcat Milling & Forestry Services is a local forestry company owned and operated in Six Nations. As avid outdoorsmen we are always looking for a way to help preserve our fishing and hunting territory for future generations. We came across this program put on by Kayanase called the Kayanase Youth Connect for Species at Risk. Kayanase Youth Connect For Species At Risk, is an Aboriginal funded program that works to protect and recover wildlife and other species at risk. Currently, they are working to restore and protect the wildlife and water banks along the Grand River that is of immediate concern. They will be planting and installing live stakes (willow and dogwood shrubs, for example) to help to reduce some of the impacts of flooding, erosion on the shoreline, as well as improving the habitat. Kayanase Youth Connect for Species At Risk, along with Mudcat Milling & Forestry Services, will be hosting a summer-long (catch and release) fishing derby, to bring awareness to this initiative, and bring in any volunteers who are interested in helping to restore our water, enrich the river, increase the health of our fish, and create a stronger access to traditional medicine. This event is not just for our community, but those in our surrounding communities as well. The Kayanase Youth Connect Fishing Derby begins on Victoria Day week-

end, May22nd at 6:00am, and ends on Labour Day weekend, September 6th at 12:00pm. To Register, please go to Grand Passage Outlet at 1935 Chiefswood Rd, Ohsweken. Cost to enter is $20.00 per person which covers your first fish to be submitted. Any fish entered beyond that will be an additional $10.00 and can be submitted via email. Every fish entered will be 1 ballet towards our GRAND PRIZE! Our grand prize will be a 2-person, full day chartered fishing trip on Lake Erie with Bassmaster Canadian Pro, Joe Ford. More prizes to be announced on our Facebook Event page “Kayanase Youth Connect- Fishing Derby”. We would like to thank our sponsors, Grand Passage Outlet, Joe Ford Fishing, and the Two Row Times! Without our sponsors, this event would not be possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer, please email mudcatmilling@gmail.com or visit our Event page on Facebook- “Kayanase Youth Connect- Fishing Derby”. If you are interested in the Kayanase Youth Connect for Species at Risk, please email info@ kayanase.ca All money raised will go towards the Kayanase Youth Connect for Species at Risk. So dust off those rods and bring the kids, registration opens may 15th! Join our event on Facebook for more information along with the derby rules and regulations.

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