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Rebels get a hero’s welcome after succesfully once again making Founders Cup history

The Rebels were riding in style on Monday afternoon as they were transported by Six Nations firetrucks down Chiefswood road before taking a left onto Second Line and down to the ILA. During the trek players were met by loyal fans of all ages who were clapping and displaying homemade Rebels signs. (Photo By Jim Powless)
The Rebels were riding in style on Monday afternoon as they were transported by Six Nations firetrucks down Chiefswood road before taking a left onto Second Line and down to the ILA. During the trek players were met by loyal fans of all ages who were clapping and displaying homemade Rebels signs. (Photo By Jim Powless)

Rebels fever was proud and loud on Monday afternoon as many faithful fans took to the street and flashed their home-made signs while enthusiastically saluting their hometown heroes who returned with their fourth straight Founders Cup.

Less than 24 hours after celebrating what was a hard fought 14-7 Championship victory the Rebels with Founders Cup trophy in hand returned from Halifax where upon eventually reaching the Six Nations Tourism building they anxiously climbed the awaiting fire trucks which drove them slowly down Chiefswood where fans wearing Rebels shirts with pride got to shout out their congratulations.

"It`s such a great feeling, " Rebels Mitch Green who had a six point Championship game and won his second Founders Cup said. "There are always nerves before a Championship game but we were confident that we would win."

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Six Nations loses two in early morning crash on Highway 6

A pickup truck is loaded onto a truck to be taken away after an early morning crash with a transport truck claimed the lives of two men.(Photo by Donna Duric)
A pickup truck is loaded onto a truck to be taken away after an early morning crash with a transport truck claimed the lives of two men.(Photo by Donna Duric)

HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON. – Six Nations has lost two community members and a third is in hospital after an early morning crash on  Highway 6 Monday.

The driver, John Hill, 29, and passenger Peter Bomberry, 33, both of Six Nations, were killed in the horrific crash and were pronounced dead at the scene by a coroner.

A third Six Nations man, Josh Burnham, 30, was in the back of the pick-up truck and is in serious condition at a Hamilton hospital.

The collision happened around 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 25.

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New Credit Pow Wow: keeping the culture alive

(top) No question the biggest hit at the pow wow Sunday was Pachi the Porcupine, the Pan Am Games mascot.<br />
(top) No question the biggest hit at the pow wow Sunday was Pachi the Porcupine, the Pan Am Games mascot.
(bottom) A blanket dance was held for Makayla Sault who is in remission from leukemia.
(right) Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy and New Credit Chief Bryan LaForme. (Photos by Donna Duric)

Mississauguas of the NEW CREDIT - There was a special celebrity guest at the Mississauguas of the New Credit Powwow this weekend.

Pachi the Porcupine, the mascot for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Parapan-Am Games, captured the hearts of powwow-goers as he was escorted around the grounds like a celebrity during the 28th annual Three Fires Homecoming Powwow.

Mississaugas of the New Credit is the official host First Nation of the upcoming games.

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20th anniversary of Sonya Mae Cywink’s murder marked with vigil

Six Nations Fire Chief Mike Seth and a firefighter were still on the scene of the warehouse fire  Monday.  Police had obtained a search warrant to investigate but few details were available. (Photo by Donna Duric)
Sonya Mae Cywink (top right)
Magen Cywink adds tobacco to the fire for her sister Sonya. The ceremony took place at Ivey Park in London. (Photo courtesy of Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc)(top left).
Shirley Honyust, Magen Cywink, & Darlene Ritchie Executive Director of Atlohsa participated in the walk from King St to the Atlohsa office on Richmond St. where they had the feast and candle light vigil. (Photo courtesy of Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc)(bottom)

LONDON, ONT- Her name appears on lists no one ever wants to read.

A list of over 1000 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and on a list at Unsolved Canada. com.

What happened to Sonya Mae Cywink, 31, has remained a mystery for 20 years but Saturday a crowd of about 60 people turned out to remind everyone her death is still unsolved.

A teenage trauma had changed Sonya, led her into a life of prostitution to support a drug habit that she fought daily to rid herself of.

Sonya Mae Cywink was last seen in the Dundas and Lyle Street area of London on August 25th, 1994.

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Huge third period lifts Six Nations Arrows to Minto Cup win

Arrows win Minto Cup
Six Nations Arrows Quinn Powless, Josh Johnson, captain Johnny Powless (on left) and Brendan Bombarry along with Wenster Green (right) are all smiles as they pose with The Minto Cup. (Photo By Ward Laforme) (top left); Arrows Wenster Green and captain Johnny Powless are with the Minto Cup. (Photo By Ward Laforme) (top right); Arrows Jordan Durston, Joel Shepley and Brandon Montour celebrate with the Minto Cup (Photo By Ward Laforme) (middle); Johnny Powless #93, Quinn Powless #77, Josh Johnson #39, Ian Martin #9, Brendan Bomberry #21, Haodais (Joseph) Maracle #88, Shane Simpson #44, Joel Shepley #52, Brandon Montour #97, Tyson Bomberry #14, Wenster (Robert) Green #94, Brier Jonathan #17, Anthony Patterson #84, Jesse Jimmerson #33, Greg Longboat #10, Leo Stourus #13, Adam Bomberry-Davis #15, Trevor Stacey #28, Doug Jamieson , Don Alton #95, Quintan Martin, Marc Gaudet, Briley Miller and Arrows coaching staff/executives celebrate Minto. (Photo By Ward Laforme) (bottom)

No question that it`s a magical time for Six Nations lacrosse fans to rejoice and take pride in what has been a historical summer that will be talked about for years to come.

Approximately 11 months after fans enthusiastically cheered the Six Nations Chiefs winning Mann Cup they were given more reasons to show their Six Nations pride as they witnessed the Rebels win their fourth straight Founders Cup along with the Six Nations Arrows taking that final step in coming back from a two game deficit to win their first Minto Cup since 2007.

“It`s an awesome feeling, “Arrows sophomore Haodais Maracle who had two goals and three points in the 14-8 Minto Cup Game 6 clincher said. It`s definitely a dream come true and I`m just so happy. “

The Arrows who have also won Minto back in 1992 showed tremendous resiliency and hunger as they battled back after dropping their first two games by scores of 7-6 and 11-6 before seizing momentum and never looking back as they won four straight by scores of 19-5, 10-7, 12-7 and last but not least the championship clinching 14-8 victory against Coquitlam which touched off a spirited celebration on the Langley Events Centre floor in Langley B.C.

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Consensus grows for forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women

CHARLOTTETOWN - A consensus appears to be building among Canada's premiers and native leaders for devising a new way of taking action on the thorny issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women.

Prior to a meeting today in Charlottetown between the premiers and five aboriginal leaders, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said it is clear the federal government isn't interested in a public inquiry, a proposal they endorsed a year ago.

Wall says he still supports the idea, but he's now pushing for a proposal that would see some kind of federal-provincial forum established.

He says the forum would have to be dedicated to taking action rather than just studying the issue.

The Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women's Association of Canada have already indicated their support for such a plan.

Michele Audette, president of the women's association, says the idea of a roundtable would require the participation of the federal government.

She says if Prime Minister Stephen Harper rejects this proposal, her group will consider taking the government to court to ensure it lives up to its responsibilities to Aboriginal Peoples. -CP-

 

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Opinion

Lynda Powless, Editor

Did Harper really say that ... seriously!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper shocked the country last week when he brought the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women down to policing.
The man, who apparently leads the country (we aren’t sure he really gets the country, but he leads it), dismissed the nation wide call for an inquiry by saying that police investigations, not a national inquiry, are the best way to deal with crimes involving missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Could he have been anymore outrageous.
Every province and territory in the country has endorsed calls for a public inquiry. Every aboriginal community and organization has called for one.
Women’s groups, the United Nations brought the world into the call, yet Prime Minister Harper is steadfast in his view that the issue of missing and murdered women is simply a police issue. That’s it.
Okay we all feel better now.Except... no one understands that.
Not Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne who called the comment “outrageous.” Or Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall who says he doesn’t understand how anyone can ignore the death of a teenager or trying to find ways to prevent it. Or Manitoba who just unveiled a monument to missing and murdered aboriginal women Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the prime minster is on the wrong side of history in refusing to launch an inquiry.
Renewed calls for an inquiry have surfaced since the death of Tina Fontaine, 15, whose body was found wrapped in a bag and dumped in Winnipeg’s Red River last week. She had been in Winnipeg less than a month when she ran away from foster care. An autopsy revealed she had clearly been exploited and taken advantage of, murdered and put into the river. Why?
The federal Conservatives say they prefer addressing the issue through justice programs and a national DNA missing person’s index. Forgetting to mention the massive cuts Harper has made to every single aboriginal organization across the country this year. Urban centers that First Nations people new to the city could turn to in time of need.
In May, the RCMP issued a statistical breakdown of 1,181 cases since 1980 and aboriginal women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population, but account for 16 per cent of female homicides and 11.3 per cent of missing women.
So clearly just solving a crime isn’t the answer.
Canada needs to solve what are clearly systemic issues aboriginal communities and people continue to face and in attempts to flee them send many into the cities, where only death has met them.
Ottawa doesn’t want to pay for an inquiry that may reveal what’s causing the deaths since that root cause lays in a dark societal issue that like the presence of residential schools and starving children, Canada needs to face.
Someone is killing aboriginal women and girls. Why....because they’re aboriginal of course.
And from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s perspective... it’s a police matter.
But from the country’s perspective... he is wrong.

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