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It’s Haudenosaunee dance time at Lyle Anderson Sr memorial

A round dance got everyone wrmed up at the Lyle Anderson Sr., Memorial smoke dance competition at the Plank Road Grill on Hwy. 6 (Photos by Donna Duric)
A round dance got everyone wrmed up at the Lyle Anderson Sr., Memorial smoke dance competition at the Plank Road Grill on Hwy. 6 (Photos by Donna Duric)

The annual Plank Road Smoke Dance and Haudenosaunee Powwow is growing, with attendance at the second annual event on Sunday reaching around 500 people.

A grassy knoll beside the Plank Road grill on Hwy. 6 on the outskirts of Caledonia turned into a much-anticipated gathering spot, with hundreds of people gathering for the festivities even before the 7 p.m. start time.

The event is now held in honour of the late Lyle Anderson Sr., an accomplished smoke dancer and singer from Six Nations who passed away in October 2012 at age 35.

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Security fence being built on Kanonstaton with neighbours help

Twenty fence poles went in Monday with work continuing this week. (Photo by Jim C Powless)
Twenty fence poles went in Monday with work continuing this week. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

A controversial fence bordering properties backing onto Kanonhstaton, the former Douglas Creek Estates (DCE) subdivison, is building neighbours not divisions.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs’ Council (HCCC) agreed earlier this month to install a privacy fence along the northern perimeter of Kanonhstaton with work begining Monday.

Haudenosaunee people joined by a number of Caledonia residents, whose homes border the property, cleared brush for the installation.

An estimated 400 feet of chain link fence poles were installed by Tuesday in a largely peaceful atmosphere.

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Sun shines on Champion of Champions pow wow weekend

The crowd beamed when the youngest of dancers took to the arena during the Champion of Champions Powwow this past weekend. (Photo by Donna Duric)
The crowd beamed when the youngest of dancers took to the arena during the Champion of Champions Powwow this past weekend. (Photo by Donna Duric)

It was a milestone year this past weekend as thousands came to enjoy the 35th annual Champion of Champions Powwow at Six Nations’ Chiefswood Park.

There was a perfect mix of sun and cloud on Saturday as the Grand Entry made its way into the dancing arena, led by the eagle staff carrier and Six Nations Veterans’ Association.

Around 250 dancers of all ages and styles wowed spectators with their beautiful regalia, from the jingle dress dancers to the elaborately-outfitted male fancy dancers, as they gracefully sauntered into the dancing arena.

And of course, the tiny tots melted everyone’s hearts, looking adorable in their regalia as they regarded the crowd with huge eyes, some dancing competitively for the first time.

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Top B.C. aboriginal leader to run for Justin Trudeau Liberals in Metro Vancouver riding

Jody Wilson-Raybould expected to be acclaimed as candidate in Vancouver Granville

Jody Wilson-Raybould addresses the crowd while co-chairing the federal Lihberal convention in Montreal earlier this year.

Jody Wilson-Raybould addresses the crowd while co-chairing the federal Lihberal convention in Montreal earlier this year.

OTTAWA — When Jody Wilson-Raybould was growing up in Comox she watched proudly in class as her father urged prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, during a nationally televised conference, to include an aboriginal rights section in the 1982 Constitution Act.

Today (Thursday), Wilson-Raybould, the B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and daughter of retired aboriginal leader Bill Wilson, is expected to be acclaimed as one of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s so-called “star” candidates in the new riding of Vancouver Granville.

She told Turtle Island News she will be taking a leave as B.C. Regional Chief and will have an acting Regional Chief when dealing with the federal government.

The riding, created in the recent seat redistribution that gave B.C. six new federal seats, is considered one of a small handful of urban B.C. ridings the Liberals have a chance of taking in the 2015 election.

Several long time Liberals expressed interest in contesting the nomination, but the party used “moral suasion” — according to one party member — to persuade them to not challenge Trudeau’s choice.

Her candidacy, and the potential to be part of a new government led by Pierre Trudeau’s eldest son during a turning point in Canada’s relations with First Nations, appears to have the ring of destiny.

A landmark Supreme Court of Canada hearing in June emphatically gave meaning to the vaguely worded clause in the 1982 Constitution Act, by granting a B.C. First Nation full title to a large area. Analysts and many politicians, including Wilson-Raybould, have called the decision a “game-changer” that will empower other First Nations as they collaborate with, or oppose, companies trying to create wealth in the natural resource sector.

“This is a very critical period in our history and I’m concerned about the direction we’re heading,” the 43-year-old former Crown prosecutor told The Vancouver Sun in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “I believe there is a genuine need to embrace the new legal reality in this country and ensure there’s an overarching framework that provides the necessary tools to reconcile with all First Nations in this country, and that doesn’t exist right now.”

She chuckled at the suggestion she’s fulfilling destiny linked to her father and her leader’s father.
“Whether it’s destiny, or just the right time and the opportunity to have met Justin, who I think is an amazing leader and an honest and hard-working person, I look forward to the years ahead and I think there’s tremendous opportunity.”

Wilson-Raybould first met Trudeau when he attended an AFN meeting in Whitehorse last year and sat in on a discussion about land claims that Wilson-Raybould chaired. He arranged a private meeting with her and invited her to run. And, signalling his interest in her candidacy, he invited her to co-chair the Liberal convention in Montreal earlier this year.

Trudeau, despite promising an open nomination process to party members used to a top-down approach of some past leaders, has made no secret of his interest in recruiting some heavy hitters. Like former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien before the 1993 election, Trudeau is anxious to build a team around him that can be used to deflect charges that he doesn’t have the experience or intellectual heft to run the country.

 

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Lynda Powless, Editor

Wynne is MIA leaving neighbours to find solutions

A privacy fence is going up at Kanonhstaton...now seriously...really, who isn’t relieved. Work started this week on the chain link fence that will border the entire north east side of the property probably by next week before moving onto other sections of the reclaimed Haudenosaunee lands.

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