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AFN assembly wraps up with positive energy for new leader

National Chief Perry Bellegarde
National Chief Perry Bellegarde

WINNIPEG -The Assembly of First Nations has wrapped up its gathering in Winnipeg with a new national leader.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde thanked delegates for their support during the closing ceremonies of the three-day meeting.

He also thanked interim chief Ghislain Picard for leading the organization after the resignation of former chief Shawn Atleo.

Bellegarde says the assembly is relevant and will be responsive going forward. He says the assembly is moving ahead united and it's time to get down to work.

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Brewery off the ballot, alcohol regulations only

Facing increasing opposition Six Nations Economic Development (SNED) has pulled a controversial brewery development here off a coming new year referendum.

Instead, band council will be holding a referendum on alcohol regulations only in January.

But approval of the regulations could still see the brewery built at Oneida Business park.

Matt Jamieson, SNED director, told band council Tuesday night he thought he thought the community was “confused” over what they were voting for after SNED held a series of information sessions recently.

Community feedback negative on brewery project

Less than 20 people turned out to a meeting on alcohol regulations Monday. (Photos by Donna Duric) (top); Elder Jan Longboat says she is “totally against” a brewery at Six Nations. (middle); SNED director Matt Jamieson defends Jim Brickman who is partnering with band council to put a brewery in the Oneida Business Park, if alcohol regulations are passed. (bottom)
Less than 20 people turned out to a meeting on alcohol regulations Monday. (Photos by Donna Duric) (top); Elder Jan Longboat says she is “totally against” a brewery at Six Nations. (middle); SNED director Matt Jamieson defends Jim Brickman who is partnering with band council to put a brewery in the Oneida Business Park, if alcohol regulations are passed. (bottom)"

Community members have expressed concern on everything from addictions to impaired driving deaths if Six Nations Band Council gets enough votes in favour of alcohol regulations that would pave the way for a beer brewery on the territory.

Less than 20 community members turned out for a meeting at Polytech Monday night but the ones who did show up were vehemently against the proposed brewery.

The brewery is contingent on community members voting in favour of an alcohol law in a referendum on Jan. 17 that would permit the sale, manufacture and distribution of alcohol on the territory.

But so far, comments at public meetings don't seem to be supportive of the brewery idea.

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Elected Chief Ava Hill urges involvement in AFN restructuring

Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill took absent First Nations Chiefs to task last week during her presentation on the restructuring of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) after a poor turnout of band chiefs at last week’s annual general assembly in Winnipeg.

With almost half the country’s band chiefs absent from last week’s meeting, Hill said, “I don’t know why they’re not here. That’s a little disappointing.”

During her presentation she said, “most of the people in this room are grassroots people. Where are the Chiefs?”

Her comments came during a presentation she gave on AFN reform and restructuring.

“I’m hearing that some chiefs are not here because the AFN is not relevant,” said Hill

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Home invasion on Cayuga Road

Six Nations Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred around 9:47 p.m. Wednesday night on Cayuga road between Fourth and Fifth lines.

Turtle Island News has learned two men entered the house, where a woman was home alone, with a shot gun and shots were fired in the house. Sources said they tried to take a safe from the second level of the house and fled into the bush.

An ambulance was called. The woman’s injuries are unknown at this time.

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Two Six Nations men have been charged in an armed robbery at I.Q. Smoke Shop on Highway 54 Tuesday, December 16th at 1:00 A.M.

Six Nations Police received a report of an armed robbery and a male wearing a black hoodie, black ski mask and armed with a shotgun who had entered the store and demanded money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was seen leaving the area in a vehicle.

Six Nations Police officers in the area responded immediately. A black Dodge Durango was spotted travelling southbound on Pauline Johnson Road.

The vehicle eventually stopped for police. The two male occupants were arrested. With the assistance of the O.P.P. Canine Unit the shotgun was located in the ditch along Pauline Johnson Road.

Waylon Claude Lewis, 31, and Brodie Lee Elliott, 22, both from Ohsweken, face a number of criminal charges which include, Robbery, Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon in a Motor Vehicle.

Mr. Elliott faces an additional charge of Disguise With Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence.

Both men have been held in custody. Police continue to investigate this Robbery, as well as other similar Robberies that have occurred over the last few weeks.


On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 3:45 P.M., Six Nations Police Officers executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant at an apartment of a residence on Second line Road. Two of the three tenants were present when officers searched the residence. Police seized marihuana, cocaine, hydromorphone pills, several cell phones, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.

Richard Arthur Bomberry, 28, and Roxanne Dena Laforme, 28, were both arrested at the scene. Mr. Bomberry and Ms. Laforme face drug charges that include Trafficking and Possession For The Purpose of Trafficking.

They also face charges of Prohibited Possession of a Firearm and Careless Storage of a Firearm. Both were held in custody for a formal Bail hearing.

An arrest warrant will be issued for the third tenant of the apartment who was not present when police conducted the search.


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Alcohol regulations are needed more than a brewery

With the holidays upon us there isn’t anything more socially sensitive than the issue of alcohol and First Nations communities. Six Nations of the Grand has begun the onerous task of looking at an issue that has been at the root of enormous social ills within the community. And it is not going to be an easy discussion. And it hasn’t been. But the issue of alcohol, its availability and its regulation has to be dealt with. We can’t blindly believe that suddenly deeming the community dry will solve the problem. It won’t. It will just go underground deeper than we already see. It is, as councillor Helen Miller has told us, already here and the band council, whose job is to act as an administrative body is doing just that, looking at the issue. And it hasn’t been easy. Firstly the band made the strategic error of tying regulations to what they thought might be viewed as a prize, the promise of a brewery and 145 jobs. That has only muddied the issue and turned community members in the direction the band should have seen coming, anti-brewery. Add to it comments from the band’s economic development department that regulations will allow for the manufacture, retail and distribution of alcohol and you have created a monster. The issue of regulations has been lost and community members only see the band trying to sneak in a brewery with or without community approval. Especially after the sudden decision to pull the brewery off the referendum vote and treat it as an economic development project. There is no doubt the SNED department will, once regulations are approved, hold community sessions aimed at gathering approval for a brewery by getting what it calls “qualitative” responses, not numbers. Another storm just waiting to hit if the community agrees regulation is needed but a brewery is snuck in under their noses. And let’s not forget the plan is for a brewery at Oneida Business Park that is currently rented to a number of tenants who may not like the smell of hops brewing in the room next door. Community information sessions have been filled with questions and few answers. Will Six Nations be facing another tax fight if beer is brewed tax free and sold to nonnatives who hide it in their trunks when they leave the community? How would permits work? If Six Nations Police are enforcing provincial laws at Six Nations now (and they are) then why does the community need its own alcohol regulations if they already exist? And even if the regulations are passed what assurance does the community have police enforce them, if they aren’t now? Hovering in the background is a court case about to be heard that has the owner of a local establishment facing alcohol related charges who is challenging whether provincial alcohol regulations are enforceable here. If she wins the fear is it will create a free for all with police left watching unable to enforce any kind of regulations on alcohol sales in the community. The issue the band needs answers for isn’t about the brewery. It’s about responsibility. Its whether Six Nations wants to regulate alcohol in the community and if so what kind of regulations are needed. Unfortunately with the brewery hanging in the background waiting for regulations to be passed that would allow it to be built has focused the community on stopping a brewery at the cost of regulating the industry. And for that the band council has only itself to blame for not reading the community right and putting the brewery ahead of the issue. If the band council is going to act as the administration it is, it needs to get its act together and get the Confederacy’s approval before they try to launch something as controversial as a brewery. SNED manager Matt Jamieson said this issue is about governing. He is right. But the band administers. The Confederacy governs. Once they get that right the rest will fall into place including the hotly contested issue of alcohol regulations.

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