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Chiefs of Ontario sign accord that defines who is a first nation

Ontario political accord excludes HCCC

Premier Wynne addresses the media while AFN Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day signs the accord. (Photo by Dennis Hanagan)
Premier Wynne addresses the media while AFN Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day signs the accord. (Photo by Dennis Hanagan)

TORONTO - A much hearalded political accord signed Monday between the Ontario government and Chiefs of Ontario (COO) may actually have been a "step backwards" for indigenous rights, says a Mohawk lawyer.

"The current format represents a significant step back in terms of advancing the inherent rights and interests of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island," says Aaron Detlor, Mohawk lawyer.

The Ontario government signed a political accord Monday with COO that Premier Kathleen Wynne said will guide relations between First Nations and Ontario.

But, while the accord agrees First Nations have an inherent right to self government, it adds only if Ontario agrees.

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Former PM Paul Martin and Liberal candidate tour Six Nations

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin and candidate Danielle Takacs toured Six Nations Polytechnic with director Rebecca Jamieson to hear about education (Photo by Jim C Powless)
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin and candidate Danielle Takacs toured Six Nations Polytechnic with director Rebecca Jamieson to hear about education (Photo by Jim C Powless)

Danielle Takacs, the Liberal candidate for Brantford-Brant in the upcoming federal election, admittedly knows little when it comes to who the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council is and its sovereignty, but says she will be open to future meetings with them if elected.

“I’m a blank page to that. I would very much be open to hearing what their idea of that (sovereignty) is. I need to be educated to do that.”

She said she would be open to meeting with the Confederacy if elected.

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Miss Six Nations and demo derby keeping Six Nations Fair alive

The Annual Miss Six Nations Pageant took place on Friday, August 21at the Gaylord Powless Arena. Emceed by 2014 Miss Six Nations Chezney Martin, and former Miss Indian World Tia Schindler. The 2015-2016 Miss Six Nations and her court are: Miss Six Nations- Makelitv Emarthle, Miss Teen SN- Cara Hil, Miss Pre-Teen- Shauntay Longbout, Miss Mini SN- Chloe Bomberry, Little Miss SN- Teegan Jonathan,Tiny Tot Girl- Aiyana Anthony, Tiny Tot Boy- Justin Restoule. (Photo by Dakota Brant)
The Annual Miss Six Nations Pageant took place on Friday, August 21st at the Gaylord Powless Arena. Emceed by 2014 Miss Six Nations Chezney Martin, and former Miss Indian World Tia Schindler. The 2015-2016 Miss Six Nations and her court are: Miss Six Nations- Makelitv Emarthle, Miss Teen SN- Cara Hil, Miss Pre-Teen- Shauntay Longbout, Miss Mini SN- Chloe Bomberry, Little Miss SN- Teegan Jonathan, Tiny Tot Girl- Aiyana Anthony, Tiny Tot Boy- Justin Restoule. (Photo by Dakota Brant)

Ten years ago, country greats like Ronnie Hawkins headlined the Six Nations Fall Fair, drawing in crowds numbering into the thousands at one of the oldest fairs in Ontario.

This year, the demolition derby and Miss Six Nations competition drew in the largest crowds, numbering into the hundred over a weekend.

Despite the small crowds, the 148th annual Six Nations Fall Fair, run by the Six Nations Agricultural Society, offered food and fun for those who did attend, and barely any line-ups for the kids wanting to take a whirl on one of the midway rides set up at the community hall.

The weather was perfect for a late August festival with not a drop of rain in sight all weekend.

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Feds court to force five First Nations to disclose finances

SASKATOON - Lawyers for the federal government were in court Wednesday to persuade a judge to force five First Nations to open their books to the public.

The reserves are protesting the government’s transparency law, which since last year requires all First Nations to post their salaries and audited financial statements online.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has said the legislation makes financial information more accessible to band members and leads to "more effective, transparent and accountable governance, as well as stronger, more self-sufficient and prosperous communities."

Some band leaders argue the law is about controlling aboriginal communities and breaches their indigenous rights.

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New Credit powwow goes green with environmental message

Everybody was getting into the dancing spirit with a little help from a friend. (Photo by Donna Duric)
Everybody was getting into the dancing spirit with a little help from a friend. (Photo by Donna Duric)

Showcasing a dedication to protecting Mother Earth, the 29th annual New Credit Powwow went green this year, with dozens of containers spread throughout the grounds in an attempt to create as little waste as possible during the annual traditional powwow.

Over a thousand visitors at the 29th Three Fires Homecoming Powwow on New Credit created very little waste this year as evidenced by the small number of garbage cans available.

They were hugely outnumbered by green bins and recycling bins leaving very little waste that couldn’t satisfy the criteria of earth-friendly disposal methods.

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Lynda Powless, Editor

When is an accord not an accord

The Chiefs of Ontario and Ontario have signed what they are calling a historic document.

A Political Accord that is aimed at, well, we aren’t really sure yet but it sounds good.

During the signing in Toronto Monday they talked about affirming First Nations’ inherent right to self government based upon respect.

They talked about working together on items of mutual interest.

What kind of items?

Resource development, benefits and sharing, the treaty relationship and jurisdictional issues...hmmm.

The agreement is supposed to a path forward for reconciliation between “First Nations’ and Ontario and here we go, right near the bottom, a commitment. To what? To meeting twice a year.

Finally a lot of smoke and mirrors but a commitment to two meetings.

Now, those are some pretty heavy duty, big ticket items for just two meetings a year.

Especially when what really appears to be happening is Ontario is getting ready to stop any major legal battles coming from indigenous people in the province over Ontario’s continued intrusion into First Nation communities and demands to do it the Wynne way or no way!

And the accord does not change that Ontario attitude.

Instead it enhances it.

The accord clearly states “That First Nations have an inherent right to self-government and that the relationship between Ontario and the First Nations must be based upon respect for this right. An inherent right to self-government may be given legal effect by specific rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, or through negotiated agreements and legislation.”

In other words, the inherent right to self-government exists as long as we say it does.

That’s right the accord allows Ontario to determine whether or not any band in the province has a right to self-government.

So one has to ask what prompted “First Nations’ In Ontario to sign a document that agrees to the right to self government, but only if you are a government recognized body that exists either through a negotiated agreement or legislation.

Traditional governance structures like the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council are not part of the equation and that is exactly what Ontario’s grander picture includes.

With Haudenosaunee/Six Nations land and treaty rights all invested in the Confederacy Wynne’s government can very easily tell the Six Nations Elected Band Council that it doesn’t recognize its “inherent” right to self government.

It only has the rights Canada, or Ontario allow it to have.

And Six Nations band council isn’t alone. That same interpretation can be applied across Ontario to all elected band council systems.

This is nothing new for Wynne.

As long as the media spotlight is shining on a signing ceremony, Wynne keeps the doors closed when negotiations with First Nations begin.

Just ask the communities surrounding the Ring of Fire what has been going on with the “Wynne” imposed tables.

And they aren’t alone.

Instead of working with the HCCC Wynne allowed a communication protocol to expire two years ago and refuses t renew it.

Instead creating another one of her “Wynne tables” known throughout Ontario First Nations communities as, the Wynne take it or lose it tables.

Kathleen Wynne wants to bring a brighter future for First Nations in Ontario, but her idea of a brighter future is not to interfere with Ontario’s economy and with a recession hovering, the last thing Wynne wants to see is a loss of potential revenue from the Ontario tax base.

The protocol is a nice little document to wave at party fund raising events but it is certainly not a forward document.

Instead Wynne is moving the inherent rights and interests of indigenous peoples back 200 years to the land grabs of the 1800s and creation of “Indian reserves.”

There is nothing to celebrate in a document that dictates to indigenous people, who they are and what they will be allowed to be.

And that is a legacy of Kathleen Wynne.

 

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