Embrace her with love, Sisters in Spirit vigil held at Six Nations

Leading the walk to remember Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women are (L to r) Chasity Martin, Norma General and Aileen Joseph, all have lost aunts, granddaughters and daughters all killed violently. (Photo by Donna Duric)
Leading the walk to remember Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women are (L to r) Chasity Martin, Norma General and Aileen Joseph, all have lost aunts, granddaughters and daughters all killed violently. (Photo by Donna Duric)

SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND-When an indigenous woman’s life is cut short, it’s not only her life that has been taken. Thousands of other human lives are impacted and drastically changed forever when a sister is stolen from the Earth due to violence, says Sandra Montour executive director of Ganhkwasra Family Assault Support Services.

She told a crowd at the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil at Veteran’s Park 1,200 indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada in the last 30 years.

She says thousands of other lives have also been taken.

She says there are children who will never be born. Clans and entire generations that have ended due to violence. And the families that are left to pick up the pieces.

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Tobacco Code of Conduct passes HCCC, time to get to work

Kris Green, HTC spokesperson
Kris Green, HTC spokesperson

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council has passed the two years in the making Tobacco Code of Conduct that outlines how the tobacco industry at Six Nations will grow, manufacture and sell domestic tobacco products.

The Tobacco Code of Conduct passed quietly Saturday.

With that passage the paper document now moves to implementation stage.

Haudenosaunee Tobacco Commission spokesperson Kris Green told the HCCC Saturday, they had completed all the work set out by the chiefs and clanmothers.

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Nia:weh Elvera
Elvera Garlow brought greatness to G.R.E.A.T.

Elvera Garlow
Elvera Garlow

In 23 years, Elvera Garlow took Grand River Employment and Training from an idea to a small operation out of the Six Nations Public Library with only three employees, to a multimillion-dollar organization employing over 50 people and becoming a major economic force here.

The innovative visionary and executive director has now retired.

But she leaves behind a legacy that has seen thousands of people obtain meaningful employment and a $5 million, state-of-the-art training organization and building that will be paid off this June.

Garlow, Onondaga, Deer Clan, was born in a log house on Six Nations along with 10 other siblings.

She was always goal-oriented, even from a young age, said Laurie Froman during a special retirement celebration for Garlow at GREAT last Friday.

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World Indoor Lacrosse Tournament:
Another Rafter to the Haudenosaunee

By Doug George-Kanentiio<br /> Special To Turtle Island News

The recently concluded World Indoor Lacrosse Championship has brought honor and pride to the Onondaga Nation and they deserved all of the accolades they received.

By doing so the Onondagas added another rafter to our symbolic longhouse and strengthened us all.

With its $10,000,000 price tag the Onondaga Nation proved it was willing to give its physical resources not only towards the event itself but to the practical application of aboriginal sovereignty. The games were never merely symbolic but an assertion of a distinct native identity which is based on the Nation’s status as a true nation.

This was acknowledged by every American political leader who either attended the ten day event or was welcomed to the Nation’s territory and by the participating teams representing 12 other nations, all of whom went through the process of having their passports stamped, and therefore endorsed, by the Onondagas.

No other Native governing entity in North America has the courage and the determination to do likewise.

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Long awaited inquest into young aboriginal deaths starts in Thunder Bay, Ont

Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini, Ontario Regional Chief

THUNDER BAY, Ont.- A long-awaited inquest into the deaths of seven aboriginal youths who moved from their remote reserves in northern Ontario to go to high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., opened Monday following a sunrise ceremony.

In an opening statement to the jury, presiding coroner Dr. David Eden warned of a difficult road ahead.

"We are starting on a long pathway," Eden said. "During that time as we go through this pathway, there will be differences. It's our job to manage those differences with wisdom, not with anger."

The inquest, expected to last until next spring and hear from about 200 witnesses, some will testify more than once, is probing the deaths of Jethro Anderson, 15, Curran Strang, 18, Robyn Harper, 19, Paul Panacheese, 21, Reggie Bushie, 15, Kyle Morrisseau, 17 and Jordan Wabasse, also 15.

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US Sioux to open nation’s 1st pot resort; idea could offer tribes new income source

But in California one small tribe has been raided.... tobacco millionaire Jerry Montour is alleged to have financed the two huge pot grows aimed at producing medical marijuana

FLANDREAU, S.D.- The Santee Sioux is opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation in South Dakota. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.

Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service, and eventually, slot machines and an outdoor music venue.

"We want it to be an adult playground," tribal President Anthony Reider said. "There’s nowhere else in American that has something like this."

The project, according to the tribe, could generate up to $2 million a month in profit, and work is already underway on the growing facility. The first marijuana cigarettes are expected to go on sale Dec. 31 at a New Year’s Eve party.

The legalization of marijuana on the Santee Sioux land came in June, months after the Justice

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Ontario cabinet stalls Cayuga bridge project, says no to HCCC

Work on the Cayuga Bridge project could be facing longer delays after the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) said it will not sign an engagement agreement with the Haudenosaunee.

Greg Tokarz, MTO director of Aboriginal Relations told a meeting Monday with the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) and chiefs and clanmothers that "it's direction from the Ontario cabinet.We will not sign an engagement agreement."

He refused to answer why Ontario was refusing to work with the Haudenosaunee. "I don't question the government on its decisions."

And in a surprise move he told the meeting Ontario already considers the informal discussions it has had with the HCCC representatives as engagement.

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Six Nations and Brant County launch OBP rooftop solar project

Six Nations Economic Development Corporation president Matt Jamieson and Six Nations partners  stand atop the Oneida Business Park rooftop solar project that will bring them $2.5 million a year in income. It’s the second Six Nations rooftop solar farm. Six Nations Natural Gas Co., have been operating its own rooftop solar farm fo rmore than two years. (Photo by Donna Duric)
Six Nations Economic Development Corporation president Matt Jamieson and Six Nations partners stand atop the Oneida Business Park rooftop solar project that will bring them $2.5 million a year in income. It’s the second Six Nations rooftop solar farm. Six Nations Natural Gas Co., have been operating its own rooftop solar farm fo rmore than two years. (Photo by Donna Duric)

The newly-formed Six Nations Economic Development Corporation celebrated the first-ever solar energy project on the reserve with a grand opening ceremony last Friday at Oneida Business Park and a rooftop tour of the historic solar project.

The historic project will bring $2.5 million to the corporation's coffers over the next 20 years as part of the province's Feed in Tariff (TIFF) program that provides provincial dollars to green energy projects in Ontario.

The project is a partnership with Brant County municipal council.

The county will profit off the project with a 10 per cent ownership stake in the rooftop solar installation.

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Police notify public of potential fraud

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Mohawk Chapel committee chairman Barry Hill shows the Queen Anne Bible (Photo by Donna Duric)

Six Nations Police are warning community members not to provide personal financial information over the phone or at the door.
A local woman contacted police Monday (Oct., 5) saying she received a phone call from a man claiming to represent the Royal Bank of Canada.
Police said the male gave a presumably false name of Sam Young and claimed to work for the Royal Bank of Canada's Anti Fraud unit in the Toronto area.
He told the woman that $540 dollars was being withdrawn from her RBC debit card account and being sent to India. The man told her to go to her computer and he would provide her an e-mail address that would allow him to stop the bank transaction.
The woman refused told the man she would go to her local RBC,The woman asked the suspect man for a contact phone number or email address, which the man refused to provide and hung up on her.
Six Nations Police have very limited information regarding Suspects at this time, but continue to investigate this fraud.
Six Nations police would like to remind the public to never give out personal or financial information over the phone, at your door, or online unless you are certain of who you are providing it to.
Be suspicious of any situation where someone is looking for money or personal information. Fraud is a serious criminal offence. If you are a victim of Fraud, you are urged to contact police immediately to report the incident. Your information may help protect others from becoming a victim.

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Fire prevention week

Six Nations Fire Department

Hear the beep, where you sleep.

That's the theme of fire prevention week on Six Nations, as Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services encourages everyone to have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors near their sleeping quarters at all times.

Firefighters were at the Village Plaza Tuesday handing out an abundance of fire safety information to community members and will be there tomorrow (Thursday) to help community members learn more about fire safety, awareness and prevention.

Having working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in each bedroom are just some of the many things people can do in terms of fire prevention and safety, said Matthew Miller, Six Nations fire chief.

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Isolated reserve with no clean water to make case before United Nations

WINNIPEG- A reserve cut off from the mainland and under a boil-water advisory for almost two decades is taking its case to the United Nations.

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which straddles the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, became isolated a century ago during construction of an aqueduct which carries water to Winnipeg. The reserve has no all-weather road and has been without clean water for 17 years.

A delegation from the reserve is expected to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, in February to make its case to a United Nations committee on economic, social and cultural rights.

The First Nation is also part of a worldwide investigation by Human Rights Watch. That review is to be presented to the same UN committee reviewing Canada's human rights record.

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Lynda Powless, Editor

MTO-MAA, Ontario's Wynne isn't winning

How ironic that just as the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) is facing a tiresome Ontario government who refuses to recognize Haudenosaunee aboriginal title in the province, the Six Nations Band Council is hosting a National Claims Research workshop at tourism and didn’t invite the HCCC.

The first day was made up of explaining a GIS system with the Six Nations Research office taking on the issue of what consultation is today (Wednesday). A topic that should prove interesting since the SNBC doesn’t consult with the HCCC when it intrudes on Haudenosaunee land and treaty rights.

The Six Nations Band Council has made no secret of its inability to unify the community and that it wants the HCCC out of the land claim/rights business and wants the Haldimand Tract and all of the Haudenosaunee rights to itself.

The reason... it needs money to make up for the shortfalls in funding it has been facing and has been unable to increase .

Unfortunately along the way both Ontario and developers tells us Six Nations Band Council tells them not to talk to the HCCC or its planning and development department the Haudenosaunee Development Institute.

And Ontario appears to be listening.

A whole slew of Ontario bureaucrats showed up at an HCCC meeting this week to announce they have no intention of signing any kind of agreement with the HCCC and in fact plan to continue on its merry way to construct the Cayuga Bridge, the Caledonia Bridge and other development on unceded Haudenosaunee lands.

For some reason our paternalistic Ontario seems to think they have the right to decide what rights all indigenous people in Ontario have and whom they will bestow those rights upon.

Ontario has no intention of correcting generations of encroachment onto indigenous lands and instead is saying we will talk, but we won’t provide economic compensation...but let’s chat.

They were rude, their body language was an attempt at intimidation In fact they claim they have no agreement with the HCCC on hunting rights in the ShortHills Park near St Catharines but Haudenosaunee hunters were being allowed to hunt there so why do they need one for the Cayuga bridge which is trespassing on Haudenosaunee land? It came as a surprise for them to learn the HCCC in fact asked to see copies of all hunting agreements lawyer Paul Williams has been involved in, but has not produced. And now we know why. They don’t exist.

The problem for both Ontario and the Six Nations Elected Band Council is the HCCC hold all treaty and land rights for the Haudenosaunee. To deal with anyone else is a protest pot waiting to boil over.


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