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‘War of 1812 Our Story’ cover takes second in national Front Page Competition features Six Nations’ Bill Powless artwork

Featuring the talented artwork of Six Nations of the Grand River visual artist Bill Powless, the “War of 1812: Our Story” front page depicts an epic battle scene between Mohawk and First Nation warriors, who allied with the British during the War of 1812, and American forces.
Featuring the talented artwork of Six Nations of the Grand River visual artist Bill Powless, the “War of 1812: Our Story” front page depicts an epic battle scene between Mohawk and First Nation warriors, who allied with the British during the War of 1812, and American forces.

SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER-The Turtle Island News is thrilled to announce we have won second place in a national Newspapers Canada Front Page competition for our gorgeous War of 1812 bi-centennial Special Edition that featured the artwork of Six Nations artist Bill Powless.

Our special edition was published in 2012 marking the anniversary of the War of 1812.

The prestigious competition saw newspapers from across Canada competing in various categories for the best front page in the past 150 years.

Turtle Island News beat out the Globe and Mail who came in third and the Toronto Star who received an honourable mention.

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Confederacy invites Aboriginal Affairs Minister to council

Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer
Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chief’s Council have invited Ontario MInister of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA) David Zimmer to a council meeting after declining a last minute MAA invitation to attend a “leadership” meeting Monday night.

Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer held his second “leadership table” meeting to discuss Kanonhstaton, the former Dougals Creek Estates housing subdivision reclaimed by Six Nations people in 2006 Monday night.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs did not attend the session.

Aboriginal Affairs Ministry representatives incuded Randy Reid the MAA’s director of community initiatives met with Six Nations Band Council Chief Ava Hill and Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt, Monday night.

The time and location of the meeting was kept a secret.

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Suspected tornado touches down on Fifth Line

John Staats shows an oak tree split by the wind storm Friday. (Photos by Jim C Powless) (top); Hazel Staats (bottom left); A tree limb was wedged between a fork in a tree. (bottom right)
John Staats shows an oak tree split by the wind storm Friday. (Photos by Jim C Powless) (top); Hazel Staats (bottom left); A tree limb was wedged between a fork in a tree. (bottom right)

A retired Six Nations couple is feeling very lucky after a suspected tornado left a small path of destruction only a few metres away from their Fifth Line Road home on Friday evening.

John and Hazel Staats say they believe God was watching out for them when a severe thunderstorm rolled into the territory Friday evening after a record-breaking day of extreme heat and humidity.

Hazel said around 8:30 p.m., she was in the living room of her bungalow on Fifth Line Road near Cayuga Road while her husband John was taking nap when she heard a deafening rumble - the telltale “freight train” sound many tornado witnesses describe.

“It sounded like a train,” said Hazel. “I thought we were having a tornado so I went to wake him up. He was asleep on the chair (in the living room.)”

He only woke briefly before dozing off again.

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Breaking News

Interim AFN leader first off the mark to run for national chief job

Ghislain Picard
Ghislain Picard

Interim Assembly of First Nation National Chief Ghislain Picard has announced he is running for national chief in the December, elections.

Picard expressed his intention to run during meetings in Quebec City Wednesday.

Picard would have to step aside as interim AFN chief once the official election begins. The official election begins five weeks before the vote.

The AFN election is scheduled for the week of Dec. 9 in Winnipeg. The official election would begin in early November.

Picard was chosen by the AFN executive to hold the role in the interim after former national chief Shawn Alteo’s sudden resignation in May.

AFN Saskatchewan regional Chief Perry Bellegarde is also expected to run for AFN national chief

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Opinion

Lynda Powless, Editor

Zimmer and Ontario are out of touch and honour

Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in a heavy handed approach is trying to reign in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council reducing it to the level of a mere municipality.
Well, in a nutshell, fat chance.
Ontario, has refused to date to renew its communication protocol with the Confederacy. Instead it is claiming it is reviewing it, and oh by the way, while we are looking it over we are starting our own secret “leadership table” to decide what happens on Kanonhstaton, Six Nations unsurrendered lands near Caledonia.
That backhanded treatment is quickly becoming a hallmark of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government relations with First Nations.
Let’s look at resource rich Ontario north’s Ring of Fire where hungry Ontario is anxious to get mining underway that will pay billions to corporations and to Ontario.
The only thing standing in their way of course is the nine Matawa First Nations that own or have an interest in those lands and just announced a framework agreement with Ontario to negotiate and develop the Ring of Fire, but before the ink is dry the chiefs are worried.
Why? And this is important so take note, Because Ontario is failing to honour that deal by issuing mining permits at the same time it is undertaking negotiations! Permits the Neskantaga First Nation has asked them to stop issuing while negotiations go on but Ontario has refused.
Sound familiar. It should! It happened at Six Nations where Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs asked Ontario to stop issuing development permits on lands under negotiation but Ontario not only refused, they backdoored the Confederacy by turning to the band council hoping to get a better deal, and even telling developers to ignore the Confederacy.
The same approach is now surfacing across Ontario.
Neskantaga First Nation Chief Peter Moonias told Ontario in a letter “We strongly oppose the approach that your government has taken on this matter and would strongly advise that we sit down immediately.”
That was Sept. 5. “Failure to do so would be an unjustified infringement upon our Aboriginal, treaty and custodial right,” he wrote. No answer.
The Robinson-Huron Treaty territory chiefs are taking the feds and Ontario to court over their failure to increase annual payments of $4 to their citizens according to the 1850 treaty in which the Anishnabek agreed to share their lands and resources in return the Crown would pay annuities that would increase over time. There has been no increase in 140 years.
That treaty, like Six Nations’ treaties, like the coming Ring of Fire agreements, are suppose to provide a revenue stream generated by revenues from their own lands to provide for their people. But the Crown has failed, Ontario has failed, Premier Kathleen Wynne has failed and First Nations are being left out in the cold by Ontario. Shame on Kathleen!

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