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Protesters warn hunters to stay away from Short Hills

Cayuga Royanni Steve Maracle shakes hands with Mark Custers, Short Hills Park Superintendent.
Cayuga Royanni Steve Maracle shakes hands with Mark Custers, Short Hills Park Superintendent.

About 70 Haudenosaunee hunters and support personnel were prevented from leaving the Short Hills Provincial Park for about an hour Saturday while Ministry of Natural Resources (NMNC) staff cleared protesters from the entranceway.

Haudenosaunee bow hunters, in an agreement with the MNR are engaged in the second year of a deer cull in the park that is overrun with deer.

Hunters were warned to stay away from about 30 protesters that turned up at this year’s annual deer hunt at Short Hills Provincial Park near Pelham over the weekend.

“Don’t talk to them,” warned Chester Gibson, a member of the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority (HWHA). “Just go straight to where you’ve got to go. If they bother you, let us know and let the MNR know. That’s their job. That’s their people,” he said.

Paul Williams, also a member of the HWHA, said despite the delay in leaving there were no incidents.

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Uncertainty on how to enforce Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

MAA Minister, David Zimmer (left), Aaron Detlor (right)
Inspect., Darren Montour (left); Steve Williams GRE president and Six Nations Police Commission member (right)

Six Nations Band council has used almost $3 million of the community’s over $7 million in gaming funds to pay off band department deficits .

Six Nations received a total of $7,614,465 in gaming funds for the 2013-2014 audit year and spent over $5 million of that on band council projects and deficits.

Council spent $2,700,000 paying down band department deficits in 2013-2014.

Six Nations is now receiving more funding from Ontario than Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada. The band received only $44,826,534 in federal and provincial funds for the 2013-2014 year breaking down to $20,496,516 from Ontario and $24,330,018 from federal coffers.

But the band spent $72,068,129; that’s $27 million more in expenses than they were able to pay with government funds.

Proposed beer brewery will bring jobs, money to Six Nations

Six Nations could be raking in up to $4 million a year and creating around 150 new jobs if the community approves the operation of a beer brewery at Oneida Business Park.

With the proposed new enterprise from Six Nations Economic Development also comes plans to hold a referendum in January on whether or not the community supports the regulation of alcohol sales and consumption on the territory.

The controversial proposal comes after Matt Jamieson, director of Economic Development, met with Waterloo-based company IPA Enterprises during a business meeting two years ago in Toronto.

He told council during a presentation at a meeting last Tuesday that IPA is offering Six Nations a 90 per cent ownership stake in the enterprise, as well as $2 million for a waterline expansion from Stoneridge to Oneida Business Park in order to enable the operation of the brewery.

“Clearly, we need to go and speak with the community about the tolerance or acceptability of a beer project,” said Jamieson.

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Pan-Am torch runners recount athletic racial segregation

Frontrunners Patrick Bruyere, William Merasty, William Chippeway and Charlie Nelson pose with some LSK kids during a special assembly in preparation for the 2015 Pan Am Games which will be hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. (Photo By Neil Becker)
Frontrunners Patrick Bruyere, William Merasty, William Chippeway and Charlie Nelson pose with some LSK kids during a special assembly in preparation for the 2015 Pan Am Games which will be hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. (Photo By Neil Becker)

The sociological dynamics between the Pan Am Games in 1967 and next year, in 2015, will be as different as night and day.

In 1967, four Anishinabe men, all residential school survivors, journeyed from Milwaukee to Winnipeg for the Pan-Am Games torch relay.

When they got to the Winnipeg stadium, they were rewarded for their efforts by being told by Pan Am officials, “Thanks. Now go watch the opening ceremonies at a restaurant down the street.”

The one non-aboriginal boy to run with them was given the honour of carrying the torch into the stadium in 1967. Thirty-two years later the province of Manitoba issued an official apology.

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Opinion

Lynda Powless, Editor

First Nations and Ontario Party while rights disappear

Apparently a number of elected chiefs and band councils from across Ontario are meeting in Toronto starting today to either attend meetings with Ontario ministry representatives...or to attend a “gala’.
We’re not sure which. Or maybe it’s both.
But if it’s a party, the Chiefs of Ontario who are co-ordinating the “gala” that is expected to honour former Ontario Regional Chiefs forgot to tell the Association of Allied and Iroquois Indians (AIAI).
They think they are attending political meetings with a variety of cabinet ministers to discuss such issues as resource sharing.
AIAI sent out a press release Tuesday saying the ” Chiefs from the AIAI will join Chiefs from First Nations across Ontario for a three-day gathering at Queen’s Park this week. The gathering will include roundtable discussions with Cabinet Members, culminating in a meeting with Premiere Kathleen Wynne on Friday. The purpose of the gathering is to renew a committed relationship between First Nations and the Province of Ontario in order to find a path forward on key issues affecting Fist Nations communities.”
The meetings are supposed to feature roundtables on resource benefit/revenue sharing, treaty awareness, mental health promotion, palliative and long-term care, clean drinking water, education, poverty alleviation, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.
But the only notice going out from the Chiefs of Ontario is about a gala Friday to honour previous regional chiefs ( by the way you can be a sponsor of the event for $1000 to $5000) with the Premier as a guest?
But there is nothing in the COO notice, by the way, discussing the roundtables.
Instead it says “ONTARIO PREMIER WYNNE, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO TO ATTEND CHIEFS OF ONTARIO HONOURING GALA NEXT WEEK WITH KEYNOTE BY JOHN RALSTON SAUL".
It’s not unusual for the First Nation organizations to hold Christmas parties at this time of the year. In fact the Assembly of First Nations Christmas party is notorious.
But the odd flavour in the celebration is that political meetings that could be shaping the future for First Nations and Ontario are being held with little fanfare or notice and for “Iroquoian communities” some of the issues they will be discussing at these meetings are clearly within the purview of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) and the HCCC by the way hasn’t been invited.
And that shouldn’t surprise anyone. But Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill will be front and centre. And not because of any leadership skill but simply because she represents a form of government controllable by Ottawa and one Ontario not only understands but knows it too can control. And of course her recent public statements maligning the HCCC have only helped to endear her to Ontario. Hill is constantly telling anyone she can that the HCCC won’t talk to her. She just doesn’t seem to get it that its up to her to talk to them!
In fact, she is the only band council chief in the past two decades that has not appeared before Confederacy Council upon being elected, to, if nothing else, say ‘hi here I am.’ Instead she chooses to claim the HCCC refused to meet with her even before she made any contact with them.
Sadly the new Six Nations elected chief has managed in her first year in office to drive a deeper wedge between the two bodies that has been present in the past few years.
Add to that, that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government have taken the stand that they intend to trample on Haudenosaunee land rights and human rights in Ontario.
From the Ministry of Transportation’s refusal to provide compensation (or even permission) for the use of Six Nations lands in its Cayuga Bridge project to Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs minister David Zimmer’s rude instructing of the HCCC on what Six Nations rights are. The only message Zimmer left at the HCCC was that paternalism is not dead at Queen’s Park.
The attitude of the Wynne government on aboriginal issues is beyond arrogance.
It is cultural genocide.
“Cultural genocide is the systematic destruction of traditions, values, language, and other elements which make one group of people distinct from other groups.”
Cultural genocide in many cases is unethical, but in many others it is downright evil.
Ontario has decided it will determine what First Nations rights are and which ones are conversationable and how that will happen. Ontario has decided to set up its own “tables” and demand that First Nation leaders attend them or be left out of the discussion. And they are choosing who gets to be invited.
Ontario is deciding what that discussion will be and how First Nations will be compensated if at all and whether they like it or not. And yes that is “cultural genocide.”
Wynne’s government can continue on its path to ignore the Haudenosaunee and encourage developers not to hold meetings with the HCCC but at the end of the day Canadian law has made it clear, Wynne and her government and her Corporate partners are required by law to hold compensation discussions with indigenous peoples on lands they hold or have an iinterest in (and they don’t get to pick who those indigenous people are) and in a large swath of southern Ontario that means they have to talk and settle with the Haudenosaunee. And the Haudenosaunee are not represented by the Six Nations Band Council.
Canada’s history with First Nations people has constituted a s “genocide” as defined by the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide.”The United Nations found unresolved issues regarding genocide can have the effect of holding back real progress in economic development in any community.”
You couldn’t find a community more torn and divided by that dictum than Six Nations and Wynne does not appear to be willing to change that image.
Wynne needs to remember, negotiations are about diplomacy. Changing the face of Ontario is about humanity. And so far, Wynne has failed to provide it on the First Nations file.

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