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AFN Interim National Chief appointed, assembly to review structure, renewed education call and more

Quebec and Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard has been appointed interim AFN National Chief. (CP photo)
Quebec and Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard has been appointed interim AFN National Chief. (CP photo)

Halifax, NS - The Assembly of First Nations has closed its 35th Annual General Assembly (AGA) today in Mi’kmaq territory Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the appointment of an interim national chief a call for an election in December in Winnipeg and review of its structure.

More than 1,100 First Nation leaders, Elders and youth from across the country attend the three day session this week that addressed issues of education, missing and murdered First Nations women, natural resource extraction and others.

The next election for AFN National Chief which will take place at a Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg, Manitoba December 9- 11, 2014. AFN Quebec/Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard will act as Interim National Chief until the 2014 election.

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Neighbours’ encroachment, garbage, group’s protests force security

Impromptu meeting at Kanonhstaton, hydro towers temporary solution to new security fence that will border most of the property. (TIN photos)
Impromptu meeting at Kanonhstaton, hydro towers temporary solution to new security fence that will border most of the property. (TIN photos)

Installation of a long-awaited safety fence at Kanonhstaton started last week.

The fence, which will extend along the north, south, and western borders of the former Douglas Creek Estates housing development site in Caledonia, is being installed to mitigate a recent increase in disruptions at the site from non-native political activists and encroachment by neighbouring homeowners who are extending their yards onto the site or have thrown old furniture and garbage onto the land.

Hazel Hill, director of the Confederacy’s planning department, the Haudenosaunee Development Institute, (HDI) says the fence is needed after recent confrontations by non-native activists.

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Ontario’s rushed meeting produced decision to meet again

A meeting between Ontario, the Six Nations elected band council and Haldimand County has resulted in a decision to again.

Ironically the meeting came just two weeks after a communication protocol agreement between Ontario and Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) expired.

That protocol, Hazel Hill, Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) director says allowed for both Ontario and the HCCC to meet and discuss issues arising at, not just Kanonhstation (the former Douglas Creek Estates subdivision) but on the Burtch Tract lands outside Brantford.

“We have been calling Ontario to discuss renewing the agreement but we are getting no where,” she said.

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Samsung/Six Nations solar park may have destroyed artifacts

HDI monitor supervisor Wayne Hill points out an area where artifacts were found. (top right) (Photo by Jim Powless)

Samsung/Six Nations’ Grand Renewable Energy Park contractors may have destroyed a number of 10,000-year-old Haudenosaunee artifacts during construction last week.

Contractors intially refused to halt work on the 750-acre solar farm near Fisherville in Haldimand County despite calls from the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) to bring construction to a standstill until a further archaeological investigation of the property is held.

HDI archaeological monitors Wayne Hill and Blake Sault learned last Wednesday that artifacts had been found, despite an archaeological survey that had been completed in 2012 by Stantec Consulting Ltd.

BondField Construction had threatened to call the OPP Thursday when monitors attended the construction site to investigate.

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Drugs - Two Males Arrested in Crystal Beach for Drug Trafficking
Niagara Regional Police have charged two men with drug trafficking after the men were found with crack cocaine in their vehicle Thursday. On July 17th, 2014 members of the 5 District Detective Office in Fort Erie completed an investigation into drug trafficking in the town of Crystal Beach. Subsequent to a traffic stop, the driver and passenger were arrested for a quantity of crack cocaine with a street value of $750. Luigi Pivetta, 47, and Michael Ben Bomberry, 35, are accused of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule I Substance. Pivetta and Bomberry are being held in custody pending a bail hearing on July 18th, 2014.

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Breaking News

Six Nations police are investigating a stabbing that occurred Monday and has left a man critically injured.

Police were called to a Third Line road residence to assist an ambulance call and on scene, found a man “bleeding profusely from the head”. He allegedly had been stabbed, according to a police media release.

The man was transported to Hamilton General Hospital and was initially listed in critical condition.

An investigation is continuing. No further details were immediately available.


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Lynda Powless, Editor

Ontario is running from its responsibility to everyone

The Ontario whine has started about who is to blame for their failure to resolve outstanding land issues with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) that include Kanonhstaton, or the disputed land Ontario still calls the former Douglas Creek Estates subdivision.

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