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Confederacy calls on Ontario premier Wynne to "rebuild the trust"

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, as former Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister signed a Communications Protocol with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council in June of 2012. Haudenosaunee Development Institute director Hazel E. Hill signed on behalf of the chiefs. (Turtle Island News File-Photo )
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, as former Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister signed a Communications Protocol with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council in June of 2012. Haudenosaunee Development Institute director Hazel E. Hill signed on behalf of the chiefs. (Turtle Island News File-Photo )

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs are calling for a meeting with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne after a meeting with Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer last Tuesday sparked a heated stalemate.

In a press statement released Friday the Haudenosaunne Chiefs and clanmothers said they were “disappointed in the direction Ontario appears to be taking, in refusing to renew the two year old Communications Protocol between the Confederacy and Ontario.”

Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) director Hazel E. Hill said in the statement that Minister Zimmer indicated at the August 12th meeting "he might be prepared to renew the protocol if the Confederacy took part in the talks with the county and band council, and only if the discussions ‘resulted in a positive outcome.’" The HDI is the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) planning department.

She said “The protocol was a good faith attempt to build a relationship between the HCCC and Ontario, and now it appears Ontario was simply using the Communications Protocol as a means to exercise control over the Haudenosaunee and when it became apparent Ontario could not exercise the control that it desired, that Ontario would simply withdraw from the process.”

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Try Hugs not Drugs fun festival with a strong message

Barry Miller,  New Directions staff member supervises a youngster trying to keep a ball from falling off a simulated driving exercise, teaching people about the importance of being sober while driving.
Barry Miller,  New Directions staff member supervises a youngster trying to keep a ball from falling off a simulated driving exercise, teaching people about the importance of being sober while driving.

Six Nations annual Try Drugs not Hugs event drew out the crowd bringing parents and kids to one of the community’s most popular events last Wednesday.

But it’s an event with a message.

Spokesperson Gail LaForme said the event went well with a terrific crowd, “you always hope for more,” she said.

There were displays that drew youth into playing games while learning the effects of taking drugs.

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Warehouse blaze reveals $4 million marijuana grow-op

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)
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)

Six Nations Police are investigating what could be the largest drug bust in the community’s history after fire broke out in a Fourth Line warehouse Saturday night revealing a marijuana grow-op valued at over $4 million.

Six Nations Police Chief Glenn Lickers said the operation was “very elaborate.”

“From what we have seized, we are estimating the street value at over $4 million and equipment at over $30,000. There were hundreds and hundreds of just light bulbs.”

He said it is the most elaborate set up he has seen in the community in more than two decades of police work.

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Lynda Powless, Editor

Wynne hasn’t kept her promise... and now she’s too busy

Two years ago Ontario then Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Kathleen Wynne told the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, communication was the way to understanding.
She said the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs wants to have an improved relationship with the Confederacy.
So she signed a Communications Protocol.
She said upon the signing, “This communications framework represents building stronger and more sustainable relationships. I believe the Confederacy can be a partner to help find a long-term solution for everyone. I believe it is always better to have ongoing communication. I’m extremely honoured to be here to sign this. I look forward with optimism to what is ahead of us.”
The document she signed read: “The improved relationship between the (Confederacy) and MAA (Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs) shall be guided by the principals of peace, friendship and respect as embodied in the Two-Row Wampum and Silver Covenant Chain. The communications framework will help the (Confederacy) and MAA understand each other’s processes and positions.”
The understanding behind the document was to open up dialogue on the land, on Kanonhstaton and to recognize the Confederacy, and with it, its departments.
It was a document between Ontario and the Confederacy.
There was no space alloted for signatures for Haldimand County or the Six Nations Band Council. Both are covered under the bodies that they answer to, in Haldimand’s case, Ontario, and the band council’s, the federal government.
For the first time in its history, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs extended its nationhood security to include a new partner...Ontario.
Kathleen Wynne brought that air of trust with her.
And the chiefs agreed to trust.
But where is she now?
After a heated meeting with her Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, a clear about face on the idea of a communications protocol has hit home.
Ontario appears to be stepping back in time to when First Nations were told what to do, since the province no longer has no need of the Confederacy.
That communication protocol was signed with the spectre of Samsung’s Green Energy Park looming and Wynne said at the time she hoped peace would prevail and the green energy park can go forward. “I really hope that the whole community can benefit from whatever economic development opportunities present themselves. That’s my fervent hope.”
The green energy park is being built. Ontario has no need to play nice with the Confederacy and the action of Minister Zimmer at a meeting with the Confederacy a week ago speaks entirely to that about face by the province.
For the Chiefs, the protocol agreement was about moving forward, talking and ensuring a future.
For Ontario, through the now Premier Kathleen Wynne, it was about getting an energy park built.
Now Ontario wants the Confederacy to know its place. And its place is to jump when Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs calls a meeting; they are to show up along with the band and council and county.
The Confederacy is calling on Wynne to broker the peace that they feel Zimmer has broken.
But Zimmer isn’t alone in any peace breaking.
Wynne is standing beside him.
Wynne told the Confederacy in 2012, “I look forward with optimism to what is ahead of us.”
Ominous words that hid the kind of ugly truth the Haudenosaunee have seen before.

Media blitz to support Bill C-10, Canada’s ”contraband tobacco” bill... think again
Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill has begun a media blitz with the mainstream media hoping to find support for the First Nations tobacco industry leading into the expected Senate hearings on the bill.
Not gonna happen.
The whole issue of First Nations tobacco and Bill C-10 isn’t about improving an industry for First Nations.
It’s about securing the future of the Big Five tobacco companies and off-reserve convenience stores.
Appealing to any off-reserve media for understanding on the issue is like fighting a blizzard with a match.
Bill C-10 is not going to go away and it is indeed unfortunate that the band council left it so late to try to help the First Nations tobacco industry but they did and the community has to deal with the fallout and falling back on threatening violence isn’t the way.
Six Nations unlicensed manufacturers need to be smarter about their industry, stop the juvenile antics of protests and cute videos and prove to the community first that they are in fact not just lining their own pockets or jeopardizing Six Nations treaty rights but are indeed helping the community.
The community may be deriving a few jobs from the unlicensed manufacturers but that isn’t good enough. The industry does need to be regulated, it needs to put controls in place, it needs to donate to a community fund or pay service fees to the community.
If the industry cannot show the community that it should be supported, by supporting the community, why should the community stand the line.
Threatening violence is not the answer.
Self regulation and community outreach is, otherwise it is just a case of unlicensed manufacturers making as much as they can off Six Nations’ rights without giving back.

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Public Safety Notification (August 21, 2014)

The Brantford Police Service would like to advise the public of an ongoing investigation of a sexual assault that occurred near a school on Fairview Drive.

On August 21, 2014 at approximately 1am a 15 year old girl attended to her back yard and was subsequently grabbed by an unknown male. The female was forcibly walked to a public location approximately 1km away and was sexually assaulted.

Brantford Police Major Crime unit, the Child Abuse Sexual Assault (CASA) Unit and Forensics Identification Unit have been investigating this crime since reported early the same date. The K9 unit was called in and retraced the path of the abduction which resulted in the seizure of evidence.

The suspect male is described as 6’, medium build, white, bearded, wearing a black hoodie with a kangaroo pocket, and black Addidas pants (with three white stripes down the legs).

Video has been seized from businesses in the area. Police are asking store owners to check any outside footage of their business between 1230am – 230am on August 21, 2014 for footage of a teenaged female and a male (described above).

Anyone with information regarding the identification of the suspect described above is asked to contact our Major Crimes unit Unit at 519-756-0113. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted at: www.crimestoppers-brant.ca

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Minto Cup Results: (updated)
Arrows win 3rd game 19- 5 vs. Coquitlam
Arrows Lose 2nd game 11-6
Arrows Lose 1st game 7-6

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Six Nations down two, but not out in Minto Cup challenge by Neil Becker, Sports Reporter

While it’s not a do or die situation for the Six Nations Arrows there is still no underestimating the significance of winning Game 3 of Minto Cup competition against Coquitlam.

In what many predicted would be a long series the Arrows find themselves trailing 2-0 in their best of seven as they dropped the first two games by a 7-6 and 11-6 decisions.

Six Nations got off to that strong start as Brandon Montour scored eight seconds into regulation which was followed by a second Arrows goal from Josh Johnson.

There was no quit in Coquitlam as they made it a brand new game with consecutive goals of their own which made it 2-2 after a period.

Stepping up their offence the Arrows regained their two goal lead as Shane Simpson along with Quinn Powless scored which again was followed by two Coquitlam goals.

Showing more offensive thunder Six Nations once again grabbed the momentum with a couple more goals from Haodais Maracle and a short-handed marker from Johnny Powless which extended their lead to 6-4 after two.

Despite continuous chances the Arrows saw that momentum slip away as Coquitlam came back with three straight goals to grab the all important Game 1 of Minto Cup competition.

Notes: Quinn Powless who had one goal and four assists was named the game’s second star.

Game 3 will go tonight Tuesday, August 19th starting at 8 p.m. B.C. time.

Johnson scores 4 as Six Nations beats Coquitlam to even Minto Cup series 2 2

Johnson scores 4 as Six Nations beats Coquitlam to even Minto Cup series 2 2

LANGLEY, B.C. - Josh Johnson scored four goals and assisted on two more as the Six Nations Arrows downed the Coquitlam Adanacs 10-7 in Game 4 of the Minto Cup on Wednesday.

Johnny Powless had two goals and four assists, Brendan Bomberry had a goal and four assists, Haodais Maracle scored twice and Ian Martin also scored as Six Nations evened the best-of-seven series for the Canadian junior-A lacrosse championship at two games apiece.

Challen Rogers scored two for the Adanacs, Tyler Pace had a goal and two assists and Michael Messenger, Jen Luc Chetner, Brett Hawrys and Wesley Berg also scored. Eli McLaughlin chipped in with two assists.

Arrows goalie Doug Jamieson made 36 saves in the victory, while Coquitlam's Peter Dubenski stopped 48 shots in the losing effort.

The Adanacs won the first two games of the series. Six Nations took Game 3 on Tuesday night 19-5.

The series continues Thursday with Game 5 at the Langley Events Centre.

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