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Six Nations Remembrance Day parade celebrates veterans’ memories

Framed by empty seats, a single veteran amid the crowds remembers. (Photo by Jim C Powless)
Framed by empty seats, a single veteran amid the crowds remembers. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

Even before Canada was began Six Nations people have been defending the country.

Hundreds of people gather at Veterans Park Sunday to remember warriors lost through ages.

Six Nations veterans, the local men’s fire, family members, community members, dignitaries and dozens of representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Six Nation’s Men’s Fire led the Remembrance Day parade this year which wound its way from the community hall to Veterans Park where ceremonies were held.

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Judge asks if western world view being imposed in cancer case

BRANTFORD-Ontario Court Judge Gethin Edward has brought weeks of testimony over whether a Six Nations girl will be forced to have chemotherapy for her leukemia to a single question.

During closing arguments last week, Judge Edwards asked if the court would be imposing a Western world view on the child and her family.

“If the mother honestly believes that (traditional medicine will cure her child of cancer) are we to second-guess her and say ‘we don’t care’? Maybe First Nations culture doesn’t require every child to be treated with chemotherapy and to survive for that culture to have value. Even if we say ‘there is not one child who has been cured of acute lymphoblastic leukemia by traditional methods,’ is that a reason to invoke child protection?”

McMaster Children”s Hospital has taken the Brantford Children’s Aid Society to court over the CAS’ refusal to seize the child from her parents.

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Band to strategize with tobacco manufacturers on Bill C-10

Six Nations Band Council plans to meet with the Haudenosaunee Trade Collective, (HTC) a group of local tobacco manufactures, to devise a strategy to defeat Bill C-10.

Elected Chief Ava Hill told council Bill C-10 had passed Third Reading in the Senate and was headed to becoming law but band council has no strategy to combat the bill.

“We’ve got to do something about this,” said Hill. “How are we going to do it? The only thing I can recommend is we start off by meeting with the Haudenosaunee Trade Collective. We do need to start strategizing.”

But District Four Councillor Helen Miller says band council needs to work with the Confederacy.

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TORONTO, ON (Oct 23, 2014)

As Ontario Regional Chief, I wish to extend my condolences to the family and loved ones of the Canadian Forces member who was killed in yesterday’s horrifying attack in Ottawa. I also wish to extend my thoughts and prayers to those who were injured or harmed.

I also wish to commend the bravery of the men and women who courageously protected the lives of others.

I am deeply saddened by the events that occurred. We must remain vigilant against terrorism while continuing to uphold our shared values of freedom. I call on all the Peoples in Canada to come together in the spirit of peace at this difficult time.

First Nation leaders in Ontario stand with our colleagues in Parliament against all forms of violence. Together, we must heal and grow stronger in the wake of these terrible events.

The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario.

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Lynda Powless, Editor

A judge with indigenous roots can show the way

Brantford Justice Gethin Edwards is in a quandary.
Justice Edwards is faced with making a decision about tearing a child away from her parents and forcing her to under go chemotherapy treatments for her leukemia.
It isn’t an enviable position to be in but rather a complicated one riddled with conforming to Canadian law while balancing aboriginal beliefs and traditions that includes traditional medicine.
Edwards realizes the position he is in and even threw the question out to the court asking is the court “imposing our world view” on aboriginal people?
He wondered how does it show respect for First Nations by rejecting key parts of their culture and practices including traditonal healing?
He asked if it is even appropriate for the court to “second-guess” the mother’s decision to choose alternative treatments and healing measures.
It revolves around McMaster Children’s Hospital’s decision to take the Brant Family and Children’s Services (formerly the Brant County Chidlren’s Aid) to court for refusing to remove the girl from her mother when the child stopped chemotherapy treatments.
Her mother thought she had made it clear to McMaster she was not rejecting their treatments, but choosing another. One that was closer to her beliefs and traditions. She filed a health care plan with the hospital she said and told the hospital she would be back in touch.
McMaster decided instead to impose an iron fist and scare tactics to force the child back into treatments. A tactic they did not use with a New Credit girl who refused chemotherapy, is seeking alternative healing measures and while McMaster says she has relapsed, her parents posted a video to Facebook showing her on a boat cruise along the Grand River.
For two weeks court has heard from McMaster about how each day without chemotherapy is bringing the child closer to death.
But fear mongering is not the answer and McMaster should know better.
Instead of working with the Six Nations community as we heard from Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, who as director of McMaster University’s Indigenous Studies program she said the hospital has not been as open as it should be in providing spaces for indigenous healing practices. “We’re not there yet, McMaster has not been open to having ceremonies in the university. It is done covertly.”
One can only hope that with the spotlight shining on McMaster today it sparks a new relationship with Six Nations that is open, respects culture and works with Six Nations people to provide the best treatment possible both western and indigneous.
And it is up to Justice Edwards to show them the path.

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