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McClung Road Empire Homes development shut down temporarily after Ontario and developer refuse to work with Confederacy

McClung Road housing development work was shut down temporarily today (Wednesday may 27, 2015) when Empire Homes refused to work with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council. Haudenosaunee have treaty rights to the lands that stand along the Grand River.  (Photo by Donna Duric)
McClung Road housing development work was shut down temporarily today (Wednesday may 27, 2015) when Empire Homes refused to work with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council. Haudenosaunee have treaty rights to the lands that stand along the Grand River. (Photo by Donna Duric)

CALEDONIA - MAY-20-2015-5:05 p.m.- Work came to a standstill on a massive Empire Homes housing development on McClung Road, just outside Caledonia today (Wednesday, May 20, 2015) after Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) archeology supervisor Wayne Hill shut down the work, saying the company has refused to work with Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council’s planning department the HDI.

The massive housing development will see 3,000 homes constructed plus a community centre on McClung Road.

Wayne Hill said the archaeology reassessment is taking place without HCCC or HDI involvement but both the Six Nations Band Council and New Credit Council have monitors involved in the project.

Hill said “ I advised the archaeology company this couldn't take place without the HDI.”

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Tobacco law heads to Confederacy in June

Haudenosaunee Tobacco Trade Delegation members Kris Green and Gary Johnson and lawyer Kim thomas answered questions at the last in a series of meetings on the coming policy last week. (Photo by Donna Duric)
Haudenosaunee Tobacco Trade Delegation members Kris Green and Gary Johnson and lawyer Kim thomas answered questions at the last in a series of meetings on the coming policy last week. (Photo by Donna Duric)

The second draft of the proposed Haudenosaunee tobacco law is heading to the Confederacy Chiefs Council for approval next month.

The new tobacco law, which aims to regulate the industry on Six Nations territory, has been re-drafted after incorporating input from a series of community meetings over the past two months.

The group working on the tobacco law, the Haudenosaunee Trade Delegation, says it is hoping the final draft will be approved at the June meeting of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC).

“We’re planning to take this to the June council for the Confederacy chiefs and look for approval at the June meeting and we’ll see from there where we go,” said Kim Thomas, a lawyer working on behalf of the local tobacco industry.

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Court forces Ontario to live up to First Nations/OLG agreement: First Nations to get seat on board

Steve Williams
Steve Williams

TORONTO- A First Nations group has won a seven-year legal battle to have a seat on the board of directors of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and is demanding the appointment be made immediately.

An arbitrator ruled last month that the provincial government breached its contractual obligations and acted in bad faith by refusing to appoint a member of the Ontario First Nations Limited Partnership to the OLG board.

Under a 2008 agreement with the province, the group dropped a $3-billion lawsuit in exchange for 1.7-per-cent share of gross revenues from various lotteries and gaming revenues, in addition to the right to have a First Nations representative appointed by the province to the OLG board.

In the seven years since that agreement was made, the partnership argued, the province has refused to allow a candidate to be appointed to the OLG board, while rejecting numerous applicants on the basis that they did not meet provincial requirements.

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Family owned and operated: Hill’s Native Foods celebrates 50 years of business

Scott Hill is carrying on a family tradition and successful business marking five decades in business. (Photo by Donna Duric)
Scott Hill is carrying on a family tradition and successful business marking five decades in business. (Photo by Donna Duric)

A local, family-run business has just celebrated an epic milestone.

Hill’s Native Foods celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday as Community Awareness Week got into full swing, with community members coming in droves to congratulate the family while enjoying a delicious - and free - bowl of corn soup and homemade corn bread for lunch.

Scott Hill, whose family owns the business, says they wanted to thank the community as part of their anniversary celebrations.

“I appreciate our community as much as the community appreciates me,” Hill said, as a number of community members enjoyed a delicious hot bowl of corn soup and corn bread at the Townline Road business headquarters. “It’s our way of saying thank you.”

The long-running business is a family affair.

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Brant County weighing in on transfer of Burtch lands to Six Nations

Brant County wants to know what is going to happen to the Burtch lands that formerly housed the Burtch Correctional Centre, once it is transferred to Six Nations.

County Mayor Rod Eddy will be sending a letter to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs drawing attention to concerns of lost tax dollars, costs to service the property and questioning what the lands, formerly under Brant County jurisdiction, will be used for.

County staff outlined concerns to a Brant County council corporate development committee that will go to council next Tuesday.

Staff raised concerns of property tax revenues the county derived from the lands when it housed the former Burtch Correctional Centre. The property was under the jurisdiction of Brant County who received payments from the province through payment-in-lieu of taxes. The property was commercially farmed and became exempt from taxes but Brant County staff are questioning If the property will move to a taxable category when transferred.

The county says it has been providing municipal services to the property, including roads, municipal water, and protective services (fire, police and ambulance) and staff are questioning whether the county will still be responsible for the services after the transfer.

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Six Nations Bread and Cheese event celebrates Nationhood

Six Nations volunteers handed out 1000’s of chunks of cheese and bread to Six Nations people and visitors from across Canada marking their status as Allies of the Crown on Queen Victoria’s Birthday Monday. (Photo by Jim C Powless)
Six Nations volunteers handed out 1000’s of chunks of cheese and bread to Six Nations people and visitors from across Canada marking their status as Allies of the Crown on Queen Victoria’s Birthday Monday. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

In what has become a sort of tourist phenomenon, the 118th annual Bread and Cheese Day event held at the Gaylord Powless arena on Monday brought out droves of visitors from near and far.

Judging from Sunday’s crowds, there were plenty of non-natives in attendance at an event that was historically meant to be celebrated by Six Nations people marking their nation hood and status as Allies of the British Crown.

Elected Chief Hill welcomed the crowd numbering well over 5,000 people to the “tourist” event.

“It’s an exciting day,” she shouted “Let’s eat some Bread and Cheese!”

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Ontario Aboriginal Affairs ministry demands halt on Burtch farming

Farming began on the Burtch last week.
Farming began on the Burtch last week.

The provincial Aboriginal Affairs ministry is demanding all farming at the Burtch lands comes to a halt after learning a Confederacy-sanctioned farmer began working the land last week.

Kris and Ed Green, a well known and respected Six Nations farming family, who have leased the property from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Cheifs Council (HCCC) had just finished planting a crop of flint corn at the site, received a letter from the ministry on Friday advising them that the province does not support their farming activities at the site and demanding they stop.

“In the absence of a community consensus about farming this season, the province does not support any farming and we ask that you stop all farming activities immediately,” Randy Reid, director of community initiatives, wrote in the letter.

“As you may be aware, there are other parties in the Six Nations community who are also interested in farming the land,” the letter said.

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Police arrest one of two Six Nations people wanted by Halton Police

Indspire CEO Roberta Jamieson (TIN File Photo)

Alannah Maracle, 21, was arrested in Peel Tuesday.  Lorne General, 28, is still at large.

Alannah Maracle, 21 was arrested outside a motel in Brampton Tuesday. She was spotted by a police officer on patrol.

Lorne General, 28, is still at large. But police believe he was present when Maracle was arrested but fled the scene in a stolen vehicle. Maracle may be facing more charges in Peel.

Staff Sgt., Ron Hansen said Maracle is still awaiting a bail hearing in Brampton and Halton Regional Police will take custody of her once the Brampton hearing is finished.

The Halton Regional Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating General, after a May 11 crime spree.

The two are wanted in connection with a residential break and enter, theft of motor vehicles, police pursuit and motor vehicle collisions which occurred in the City of Burlington on May 11. General is wanted for 22 charges and Maracle is wanted for eight charges in relation to the incidents in Burlington. Further charges are anticipated, Halton police say.

If a member of the public has knowledge regarding the whereabouts of General, they are encouraged to phone police. Police said in a press release: “Personal safety is the number one priority. Please call police and do not approach these parties.”

Staff Sgt Hansen said there is a risk to public safety. "We also believe he will injure or kill himself or someone else." He said while no weapons have been spotted in the spree, weapons have been indicated including a baton and a handgun. He said General uses the stolen vehicles as weapons, ramming vehicles with it to make good his escape.

Any person with information that can assist in the investigation is asked to call the Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2316/2312, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222 8477 (TIPS), or through the internet at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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Lynda Powless, Editor

Ontario playing risky game with First Nations trust

Okay, how the heck does Ontario ever expect First Nations or the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council to ever trust its agreements after the fiasco(s) it has created.

Ontario has for seven years refused to live up to its Ontario Lottery and Gaming agreement with First Nations in spite of the grandioso signing agreement in Toronto that went on when it agreed to split profits of Ontario gaming ventures with First Nations in return for First Nations giving up Casino Rama.

Well the ink wasn't dry when Ontario not only turned its back on the agreement refusing to appoint a First Nations rep to the OLG board, as required by the agreement, but then engaged First Nations (who by the way use that OLG money to pay for things like water and sewers and well you know the basics)in a seven year legal battle eating up a significant portion of First Nation gaming revenues all to prevent First Nations from placing their rep (not Ontario's ‘Indian of choice') on the OLG board. A board, that by the way hasn't done so well under Ontario control as we have learned,

Seven years of court action was launched before an arbitrator ruled against Ontario.

This wasn't just about Ontario excluding First Nations from taking part in their 2010 OLG modernization plan or unfairly excluding Chiefs of Ontario candidates from consideration and without adequate explanation.

This was about control.

It isn't the first time Ontario has broken agreements.

The HCCC are feeling the sting of yet another of Ontario's failures to live up to its agreements with First Nations or indigenous peoples.

Ontario agreed to return the Burtch lands to the HCCC under the same terms as it left at a time when no band council systems existed and a broke Ontario did well to exist itself (on Six Nations trust funds we might add). Ontario has decided it won't return the lands unless like a pouting child it gets its way. It wants the band council to establish a corporate committee to over see the land . A foolish notion that smacks of taxes and crown control and only a naive “government” would agree to release its control over its own lands in such a manner and only a naive Ontario would think the HCCC wouldn't see through their veil of ‘we know what's best for you'....again.

The irony is just a few short months ago we saw the smiling face of Premier Wynne as she met with the Chiefs of Ontario claiming Ontario recognizes the importance of collaborating with First Nations and how vital the relationship is and wants to work together.

But Wynne's idea of working together is overshadowed by heavy handed tactics from her government that are forcing First Nations into court to force HER to live up to her agreements and their people to the protest lines when she mounts a my way or no way approach. The only message Ontario is sending out is the days of broken treaties are alive and well in Ontario unless of course it's a treaty awareness day or pow wow or she can bring out the feathers when she enters the Ontario legislature.

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