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Hospital in court: McMaster Hospital wants CAS to seize Six Nations girl

Mann Oh Mann what a feeling! (Photo By Neil Becker)
Outside the court house. (Photo by Donna Duric)

BRANTFORD - Hamilton Health Sciences has gone to court to try and force a Six Nations girl fighting against leukemia back into chemotherapy treatment.

Representatives from Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) were in Brantford family court Monday.

The court imposed a publication ban on the hearing’s proceedings and identity of the child and her parent, after Six Nations Band Council’s lawyer requested it to protect the identity of the child.

The girl and her family are currently in Florida where she is receiving alternative cancer therapy.

Her mother told Turtle Island News in an interview last week doctors told her in August when she discontinued her daughter’s chemotherapy that the Children’s Aid Society (CAS)would have to be called.

The agency visited the family and found no need to intervene, she said last Monday.

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Senate tobacco hearings told Six Nations council has police force to enforce regulations

Lib Senator Serge Joyal (left); AIAI Grand Chief Gord Peters (right)
Lib Senator Serge Joyal (left); AIAI Grand Chief Gord Peters (right)

OTTAWA - A Senate Committee holding hearings on Bill C-10, an act to amend the Criminal code to include trafficking in “contraband” tobacco was told passage of the bill could drive the business underground.

Association of Allied and Iroquoian Indians (AIAI) Grand Chief Gord Peters warned Senators in the first day of hearings, last Thursday, that passing Bill C-10 won’t decrease crime and violence in First Nations communities.

“No, I don't see this legislation being able to do that at all,” he told Senator Denise Batters who said Bill C-10 would decrease violence.

“You drive whatever processes are there underground and then it creates a whole series of things that, in fact, create more problems.”

Peters told the committee “the problem of why this happens in our communities is because we don't have any control. We're band councils. We don't have any control. If we exercise jurisdiction, we could fight this thing. We could have control, but the problem is that we don't have that jurisdiction right now.”

According to NWAC research in 2010, Indigenous women in Canada are three times more likely to be murdered by strangers.

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Dazzling beadwork showcased at international conference

From necklaces to sculptures.  (Photos by Donna Duric)
From necklaces to sculptures. (Photos by Donna Duric)

The evolution of Iroquois beadwork has gone from shells and animal bones depicting political philosophies to sparkling and colourful glass fashioned into the most intricate renditions of creatures and landscapes.

Dazzling displays of sparkling beadwork adorned Six Nations Polytechnic last weekend where the past met the present during the 6th annual International Iroquois Beadwork Conference.

Dolores Elliott, an anthropologist and one of the foremost researchers on Iroquois beadwork, says before European contact and the introduction of glass beads, the Haudenosaunee and their ancestors created beads out of various materials, such as stone, bone, antlers, seeds, shells, metal and pottery.

Beads were used to decorate possessions and clothing.

The earliest evidence of glass beads in Iroquois communities, according to Elliott, is 1550 A.D.

Elliott says the Iroquois were “fascinated with the shine and sparkle of glass beads.”

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Proud day for Six Nations lacrosse fans as eight drafted to NLL

NLL draft and trade grabs 8 Six Nation Players.
NLL draft and trade grabs 8 Six Nation Players.

The NLL Draft is obviously a magical moment where athletes come with family and dream about hearing their names called.

On Monday September 22nd at the National Lacrosse League Draft at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre approximately 55 players including eight with Six Nations ties in Quinn Powless, Joe Maracle, Rodd Squire, Josh Johnson, Brier Jonathan, Ian Martin, Anthony Patterson and Zach Williams lives changed as they officially heard their names being announced which signifies that they have finally made it.

After pulling off a pre-draft shocking blockbuster trade involving Six Nations scorer Johnny Powless the defending NLL champs Rochester Knighthawks stock piled on some Six Nations talent as they chose Brier Jonathan (27th overall) along with Ian Martin (37th) and defenseman Anthony Patterson (46th) who all helped the Six Nations Arrows capture their first Minto Cup since 2007.

Also selected late was transition man Zach Williams who played a key role in helping the Six Nations Rebels capture another Founders Cup.

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Lynda Powless, Editor

Bill C-10 an act waiting for an audience

Today the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council representatives are meeting face to face with Canadian Senators over its now infamous crime bill Bill C-10. The Bill has become controversial within First Nations communities, in particular Haudenosaunee communities because it adds a new offense, an economic offense of sorts by making it illegal to sell, transport or distribute in large numbers what it calls contraband tobacco products and in that vacuum of interpretation the bill is sucking up domestic production of tobacco products occurring mainly in Haudenosaunee communities. The Confederacy isn’t happy with the intrusion into their jurisdiction, particularly the economic intrusion without any consultation. In fact it smacks back to the original introduction of the Indian Act in 1834 when the Canadian government attempted to get the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to accept the act. While the leadership of the day agreed that parts of the Indian Act may be good for their people, they would not accept it in whole, as a carte’ blanche and because they wouldn’t, the act was simply imposed. Flash forward to 2014 and Bill C-10, one of many bills being imposed on First Nations without consultation that, in this case, change the very economy of the community, communities already underfunded and let’s face it, until just 20 years ago, weren’t allowed to engage in economic activities and at one time were banned from seeking lawyers to fight the inhumane treatment. Last week elected council representatives spoke to the same committee seeking to exempt First Nations from the bill but not receiving a warm welcome at the hearing. Instead the best First Nations can expect from the Senate is that they had a chance to appear. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if in fact the Senate actually considered their appearance as consultation with the communities and continue on with its plans to impose Bill C-10. The question then becomes what is next for Haudenosaunee communities. Leadership has said if the domestic industry is shut down as part of the government’s “contraband” witchhunt, like shutting off a water faucet the area will be facing an economic drought. Surrounding communities are the biggest economic winners in the tobacco industry. It’s in their communities that money earned by families in the industry are spending their dollars. The Senate has a chance to show foresight and deal with the First Nations industry, as a domestic industry and work with the Confederacy to continue to establish regulations and ensure that local manufacturers who have become rich off the industry follow the rules or shut down. There is a possible win, win here, but chances are the Harper government’s influence will shut down the local economy and leave nothing but growing welfare lists and families seeking ways to pay their bills. The last thing the Canadian government wants to see is a vibrant, economically independent First Nations community...out of its control!

A publication ban on a public issue....really! A Brantford family court has issued a publication ban on identifying a local family (and no surprise here we all know who it is) caught up in the struggle of a life. The family is fighting to keep a family member alive by choosing alternative methods of fighting leukemia without chemotherapy. McMaster Hospital doctors aren’t happy with that and is seeking a court order to force the Brant CAS to seize the child and force her back into hospital for treatment. The family has been the subject of strong community support, a number of fund raisers are up and running and the mother has even launched a facebook page for anyone wanting to donate to help with costs. Publicity is just what the family needs to help pay what will be growing costs associated with the life threatening disease that we can only hope is a battle they will win. Along comes the band council lawyer, Elected Chief Ava Hill’s political adviser seeking a publication ban. How odd. The results...we can’t tell you who the people involved in the court case are but we know, you already know. And we understand completely the judge’s reasoning to protect the minor and family caught up in the family court issue. But publicity is what is needed here. And an explanation from the hospital on why it has chosen the route it has. And that can only come with allowing the newspaper to do its job. So stay tuned. For us as a newspaper, we know this isn’t the end of the issue but the beginning of questions. And to the family involved we can only relate our deepest support and hope for the best for one of the tiny members of our community... and our family.

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