Turtle Island News - 01/08/2020


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What are local leaders

looking forward to in the

new year.

Turtle Island News


Mississaugas of the

Credit First Nation Chief

R. Stacey Laforme:

“In 2020, I’m looking

forward to continuing our

good work, continue to

work on our partnerships,

work on improving our cultural

identity and to work

on our communication,”

he said. “We are also looking

at doing a restructuring

of our administration.

Mostly, I look forward to

continuing our vision.”

Six Nations Elected

Councillor Helen Miller

After a rocky start to the

58th elected council, Miller

says she’d like to see council

“get down to business”

and start moving the community


She’d like to see council

“get organized’ and develop

a strategic plan.

“We haven’t been able

to do that yet,” she said,

after the first few council

meetings have focused on

concerns from community

members questioning the

legitimacy of the 58th general


Miller said she’d also like

to see homeowners along

the new waterline expansion

route get hooked up



Local Leaders Look Forward to New Year

Mississaugas of the Credit

First Nation Chief R. Stacey


Councillor Helen Miller

Brant County Mayor

David Bailey

to the waterline. The Six

Nations waterline, which

used to serve only the village

of Ohsweken, was expanded

to all local schools

and homes along that

route but homeowners

can’t afford the $8,000 it

will cost for each of them

to actually hook up to it,

Miller said.

Miller also wants to work

on getting more affordable

housing built in the community.

Brant County Mayor

David Bailey

Mayor Bailey said

he’s looking forward to

re-starting tri-council

meetings between Brant

County, Six Nations and

the City of Brantford. The

three communities used to

hold quarterly tri-council

meetings to discuss issues

of common concern but

those meetings stopped

under former Mayor Chris

Friel, who lost to Bailey in

the 2018 municipal election.

“We’re very excited and

happy to be able to work

with (Six Nations Elected

Chief) Mark (Hill),” said

Bailey. “He will be a nice

addition to the tri-council

meetings. We’re going to

start fresh again.”

He said he’d like the

meetings to focus on promoting

the accessibility of

Brantford Mayor Kevin


social services for all three


“It’s going to be interesting

to see how us three

boys play,” he said.

Brantford Mayor Kevin


“As we embark on a new

year, in the spirit of collaboration,

I look forward to

working with the indigenous

community on mutually

beneficial joint projects

with the goal to continue

to strengthen our bonds of

good will and friendship,”

said Mayor Davis. “We are

stronger when we work together

for the greater good

of our region. On behalf of

Brantford City Council and

staff, I want to take this

opportunity to wish the

peoples of the Six Nations

of the Grand River and the

Mississaugas of the Credit

First Nation a very happy,

safe and prosperous New


Brantford Police Chief

Rob Davis

Newly-minted Brantford

Police Chief Rob Davis,

who hails from Six Nations,

says one of his biggest

goals is to improve

the relationship with Six

Nations Police and to work

collaboratively on issues


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Chairwoman named to improve cancer outcomes from Indigenous Peoples in B.C.


first female First Nations*

general surgeon has been

appointed to a newly created

position at the University

of British Columbia

dedicated to improving

cancer outcomes and wellness

among Indigenous


Dr. Nadine Caron will

study the experiences

and unique needs of Indigenous

cancer patients,

survivors and their families

in her role as the First

Nations Health Authority

chair in cancer and wellness

at the university.

Two years ago, Caron

was the senior author on a

study that found First Nations

people are less likely

than non-First Nations

people in B.C. to survive a

cancer diagnosis.

The study published in

the journal Cancer Causes

& Control also found

some cancers, including

colorectal and cervical, are

significantly more common

among First Nations

although the overall cancer

incidence rate is lower

among the population

than among non-First Nations


Caron, who lives in

Brantford Police Chief

Rob Davis

that affect both communities.

One of those issues

is drugs, he said. He said

he also wants to increase

the exchange of intelligence

“so that we’re not

working in isolation.” He

also wants to improve the

image of the Brantford Police

and the perception of

public safety in Brantford.

“There are some that have

the perception that the

downtown isn’t safe. Some

of that’s fueled by misinformation

on social media.

We’re telling our story,

getting our facts out there

in real time, so the community


Prince George, B.C., already

serves as the co-director

of UBC’s Centre for

Excellence in Indigenous

Health and also provides

surgical cancer care to rural


Over the course of her

five-year term in the new

position, she plans to take

a holistic approach that acknowledges

how colonization,

racism, marginalization

and poverty have led

to the current disparity in

health outcomes.

Caron will focus on collecting

and reporting Indigenous

cancer experiences

and outcomes, and better

understanding the health

care system’s responsiveness

to Indigenous cancer

care needs.

Dr. Dermot Kelleher, dean

of UBC’s faculty of medicine

and vice president of

health, says in a statement

the school is delighted

with her appointment.

“The centuries-old

knowledge of the importance

of wellness, integral

to Indigenous traditional

learnings, is now a critical

principle informing twenty-first

century health

care,’’ he says.



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By Lynda Powless,


Six Nations is looking to

a year of growth, political

changes and even a possible

baby boom is coming.

As part of our annual look

at what may be coming and

fun the man who told us

there would be a new elected

chief and it would be a

man, that political turmoil

would continue and cannabis

would be legal is calling

for a growth year for the


Six Nations seer Troy

Green says he sees a lot of

economic success for local

businesses, even a lottery


Actually he said there

could be three lottery winners.

The first two he said

would win smaller lotteries

“be small millionaires, but

there will be a third winner

and it will be huge.”

He said the wins will start

this summer with the largest

one, over $10 million,

towards the end of the year.

He said there will be two

Six Nations people also

driving new trucks this year

courtesy of a win from two

local businesses.

More good things are



At least two people may

be up for awards this year.

A Six Nations woman

may be in line for a high academic

award. The woman

is finishing up a doctorate

in health and could be the

recipient of a major Indigenous

health award.

A youth currently involved

in environment issues

may be bringing home

an environmental award.

And even Turtle Island

News may be getting a

business award this year!

Baby boom

Six Nations may find itself

part of a community baby

boom in 2020 with a record

number of births. “It’s a

blessing for the community,”

says Troy Green.

Day School Survivors

He said Day School Survivors

will finally see light at

the end of the tunnel.

Settlements, he says,

could begin as soon as this

summer for those that attended

on reserve schools .

“It will come through for

them and that’s another

blessing for all of our people.”

He said Six Nations

multi-billion dollar land

claim will see some headway

at court this year but

it won’t be a win yet.

That, he said, won’t come

for another year.

“In 2021 there will be

more of a win in the land

claim case.”


Six Nations internal political

disunity will continue.

He said the Six Nations

Elected Council (SNEC) will

still find itself at odds with

the community.

“They made a promise

but won’t keep it.”

He said the suit against

a Six Nations farmer over

the Burtch lands will continue

to highlight the division.

“It’s sad that this is

happening. She (the farmer)

doesn’t want to fight

against her own people,

she just wants what she

worked for.”

Instead he said the “new

council’s priority is in the

wrong place. They keep

fighting with people.”

Financial issues may surface

for local governments.

He said the new elected

council may find itself

unravelling a financial investment

in 2020 involving

a green energy project the

previous council invested


He said the money may be

lost. “The blessing is there

is a good new team on the

council now willing to work

together.” He said it won’t

be a major controversy just

“figuring out where did it

go from the previous council.

They invested the money

in a project that had to

do with the environment

but it didn’t go through.”


He said some band owned

land may be freed up for

housing but not until 2021.

Business Growth

On the positive side he

says Six Nations people

will experience business

growth in a number of ventures.

He said there will be

“something really positive

with a Six Nations owned

resort in the Caribbean.”

He said a local businessman

who has been involved

in the investment for a decade

is involved with the

project that will include a

golf course and condos.

He said the elected council

will move on cannabis

regulations here.

“The elected council will

keep on with cannabis. But

they will re-organize the

board in order to go forward.”

He said bylaws and regulations

will be developed by

a new board that will push



He said with a new four

year term of office for band

council there could be as

many as three byelections

before the next election.

“It’s a long period of time

for some people to tie up

their lives .”


He said SNEC may have to

re-look at its take-over of

education after a shortage

of school supplies in 2019

surfaces. “They didn’t buy

enough supplies for the local


He said Six Nations

School’s bullying issue may

see some relief when counsellors

are bought into the

schools to help with mental

health issues.

“They will try to implement

it this year, bringing

in help for mental health

issues at the schools, especially

for students with

disabilities that need help.”

He said therapists may

hold sessions at the

schools to help with bullying

and health issues and

for those with autism.

Climate change

He said the community

will see changes in the local


He said there may be an

increase in wind damage

when storms start to increase

in number and force.

He warned strong storms

may be coming in February,

May and July or August.

“It’s earth change. She is

preparing and a potential

tornado in July or August

with freak thunderstorms

and a lightening storm

could happen.”

He said a power outage

may happen in February

with ice rain. The outage

could last a couple of days,

he warned.

Police and drugs

He said there could be a

major drug raid at Six Nations.

He said Six Nations Police

are working on a major

drug raid that could involve

outside forces this spring

and early summer.

“They have been planning

it. They know where the

drug houses are and will do

a clean sweep to try and get

drug people out. It’s hard

core stuff, meth and guns.

They are mostly non-native

drug houses here because

people are poor and need

the money so they rent

them space.”

He said there could a motorcycle

gang attempt to

move into the community.

“I do foresee a really bad

gang coming down here

from the Montreal area. I

wouldn’t be surprised if

there isn’t another killing

because of a drug deal that

goes wrong.”

He said police will be

targetting illegal cannabis


A baby boom, business growth and more may be coming in 2020

Troy Green

UN racism committee says halt Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG pipeline

By Laura Kane



Nations committee working

to end racism is urging

Canada to immediately

stop the construction of

three major resource projects

until it obtains approval

from affected First


The Committee on the

Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

which monitors

a convention to

end racial discrimination

signed by countries including

Canada, is calling

for a suspension of the

Trans Mountain pipeline

expansion, Site C dam and

Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The committee, made

up of 18 experts, says in

a written directive last

month that it is concerned

by the approval and construction

of the three projects

without the free, prior

and informed consent

of impacted Indigenous

groups. It also says it’s

disturbed by law enforcement’s

``forced removal,

disproportionate use

of force, harassment and

intimidation’’ and “escalating

threat of violence’’

against Indigenous Peoples.

Trans Mountain Corp.,

the Crown corporation

building the pipeline expansion,

says it is approved

and moving forward

with construction

safely and in respect of

communities. BC Hydro

says it has been consulting

with affected First Nations

on Site C since 2007 and

has reached benefit agreements

with most of them.

“The Canadian courts

have reviewed our consultation

with certain First

Nations and found it to be

adequate and to have appropriately


their interests,’’ it says in

a statement.

“To date, more than $230

million in Site C procurement

opportunities has

been committed to Indigenous

companies. In

addition, we have around

400 Indigenous Peoples

currently working on the


The Canadian government,

Coastal GasLink and

RCMP did not immediately

respond to requests for


The UN committee has

previously demanded a

halt to Site C, which is opposed

by the West Moberly

and Prophet River First

Nations in northeast British

Columbia. However,

this marks the first time

it has called for a stop to

the Trans Mountain and

factories disguising themselves

as tobacco plants.

“If you drive by you think

they are cigarette plants

but they aren’t, it’s pot.”

But he said some local

entrepreneurs are trying to

enter the cannabis market

legally. “Some business

people are really trying to

do it legally and are waiting

for licenses and will go



He said parents need to be

more aware of what their

children are doing online in


“The kids think they are

playing games but it’s subliminal

messaging about

violence and suicide so parents

need to keep a close

eye on their children especially

in gaming.


He said a high profile

child support court case

may come to a conclusion

in 2020 with the court ordering

support to be paid.


He said controversy could

continue around the HCCC

that may centre around finances.


He said helping the climate

will become major at

Six Nations.

“It’s a good thing that is

coming to help the Mother

Earth. It’s through your

(Turtle Island News’) giving

out trees for the environment

that will see more

people giving out trees and

helping the earth.”

He said local greenhouses

may be holding tree giveaways

this spring.

Coastal GasLink projects.

The right to “free, prior

and informed consent’’ to

resource projects is part of

the UN Declaration on the

Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

which Canada has adopted

but not incorporated

into law.

The B.C. government has

committed to adapt its

laws to meet the aims of

the UN resolution but has

not yet begun amending



New Year Fun at the ILA

By Justin Lethbridge


There were donuts and

visiting and a day full of fun

at the ILA on the first day

of 2020 at Six Nations.

With school out, children

and families from the

Six Nation were invited to

spend the day at the ILA

where the arena was filled

with bouncy castles, games

and other fun activities.

The free event was hosted

by Six Nations Child and

Family Services and looks

to be the first of many similar


“This is the first event

like this that we’ve done,”

Jocelyne Byrne told Turtle

Island News, “and it’s

gone really well. We also

have different events and

programs like this throughout

the year including our

family fun nights which

get started up in January.

We also have after school

programs and youth dropin

program starting, we

have a co-parenting group

starting and a triple p, lots

of different programs. The

youth drop-in is a new program,

it’s kind of a lounge,

a safe space for youth to

come and hang out together.

It lets them meet other

people and connect with

our services.”

A Primary Prevention Supervisor

at Child and family

Services, Byrne said that

they wanted to give families

something fun to do

together over the holidays.

“It’s just a fun event for

families to come to and

celebrate the new year together.

With the kids still

off school we figured it

would be good to get everyone

out of the house,

get together with their

whole family and have

some fun.”

The main attraction was

the three bouncy castles

set up inside the arena

along with a face painting

station, photo booth and

other activities. There was

also a light lunch provided

for families to enjoy as well

as a bicycle rigged up to a

blender where kids to peddle

their pick of fruit into a

delicious smoothie.

The event also featured

a dozen booths set up for

other assistance programs

and organizations like

Ganohkwasra and Family

Firefighter was kept busy New Years day with visitors

dropping by the firehall that has become one of the favourite

spots for donuts New Year’s morning and a welcoming

NO:IA! (Photo by Jim C Powless)


“There are lots of information

booths and fun

activities for kids to do as

well. The event allowed us

to let the community know

about all the different programs

and services that are

available for families.”

She said that they hope to

plan similar events for the

whole family to come and



Crafts, rock painting, bouncey castles and more welcomed Six Nations kids into

2020. (Photo by Justin Lethbridge)

Brantford Mayor Looks to Redefine Relationship With Six Nations

By Donna Duric


Brantford Mayor Kevin

Davis says he’s looking

to redefine the city’s relationship

with Six Nations

heading into 2020.

“It’s a very important relationship

to me and our

community,” Davis said at

the annual Mayor’s levee

in Brantford on Jan. 1 at

the Civic Centre. “It goes

right back to our beginning.

There’s been some

rough patches in that relationship.

I’m hoping we

can move forward in a very

progressive manner.”

Some of the ideas he has

in mind for both communities

is a bus link between

Brantford and Six Nations,

restoring Mohawk Lake and

developing the lands of the

former Mohawk-Greenwich

brownfield site.

“I’m hoping together we

can see those lands developed

for the benefit of

both communities,” said


Mayor Davis also lauded

the hiring of a new police

chief in Brantford in 2019,

former Six Nations Police

Officer Rob Davis.

“Chief Rob Davis comes

to us with a real interesting

background,” the mayor

told roughly 200 people

who came out to celebrate

the new year at the levee.

“He grew up on Six Nations,

started with the Six

Nations Police force and

ended up the Chief of other

police forces across the

country. He’s now come

back home and we’re going

Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis welcomes people to the

annual New Year’s levee. (Photo by Donna Duric)

to benefit greatly from his

experience, not only locally

but what he’s gained nationally.

Jax Caddy, Romeo Caddy, Silas VanEvery, Tommy Redeye and Emma Redeye were out

in Ohsweken hunting down donuts early New Years day. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

“He has a real focus on

community policing and

making our service responsive

to the needs that we

have here in our community,

which are many,” he


The Mayor told Chief Davis,

who attended the levee,

that the city is looking

forward to having him as

police chief.

“Chief Davis, we’re looking

forward to great things

and a lot greater cooperation

with Six Nations (police)

as well, given your

background. We’re looking

forward to a great number

of years having you as

our Chief and doing great

things for our community

and making it safer.”

The city is also eyeing a

number of other issues, including:

-Bringing retail giant

Costco to Brantford

-Improving its relationship

with Brant County


-The city’s homeless crisis

and housing affordability

“It’s a top priority for this

council,” said Mayor Davis.

“We need to do something

about housing. It’s right at

the top of the list.”

He said the city expects a

surge in population growth

with people in the Greater

Toronto Area looking to

move to Brantford for more

affordable housing.

“Whether we like it

or not, they’re coming.

We need to increase the

amount of land we have for


Six Nations Elected Chief

Mark Hill was invited to

bring greetings at the levee

but he did not attend.



Climate changes will force

environment change

So here we are. It is 2020.

Around the globe climate change is hitting hard

with fires in Australia and earthquakes hitting an already

flood ravaged Puerto Rico.

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are

looking for a new home.

And all of it traditional leaders tell us was told to

us many, many years ago.

“We know what is coming. It was foretold to us,”

Mohawk Chief Howard Thompson told the Haudenosaunee

Confederacy Chiefs Council Saturday.

Chief Thompson is just back from the World Climate

Conference in Spain where Indigenous people

gathered together to tell the world it isn’t going to

get better and urged restraint now.

Indigenous communities he says need to prepare

now for how to combat or adapt to the changes.

Indigenous and northern communities are feeling

the effects of climate change more than others

because of their remoteness, lack of services, inefficient

or aged infrastructure and colder climates.

The youth, destined to inherit the world, are beginning

to feel the effects and it’s affecting their health.

They question how much time is left, or how will

we cope.

Communities need to develop plans now.

Or better yet they need to work together to combat

what may be coming.

Six Nations is a prime example of a community at


With no local food source and vacant lands like the

Burtch property not being farmed ( a result of band

council injunctions against its people) the community

is particularly vulnerable to accessing any food


Water may come from a treatment plant but what

is the emergency plan for the community if it goes


Does the band have any kind of emergency plan in

place to help deal with the effects of climate change?

A number of Indigenous communities have begun

monitoring the effects climate change is having on

their communities and adapting where possible.

Some are fullying engaged in renewable energy projects

but not just projects to bring money into the

community but projects that are providing energy

to their band members homes benefitting individual

band members.

Six Nations needs a plan and it needs to work with

its sister communities to ensure the health and well

being and future of Haudenosaunee.


By Xavier Kataquapit


Neh-sh-tah Mino-ooshkee-poo-poo-n

– This is the Cree

way of saying ‘Merry Christmas

and Happy New Year’.

2019 was quite a year and for

we northerners up here in Ontario

as it was full of snow and very

cold winter temperatures and our

summer was short. We all survived

a nasty national election

and ended up with a minority

government with the Liberals in

charge which is probably as good

as it could get. This election campaign

was very nasty with lots of

hate, racism and bigotry coming

from the far right and making

huge use of social media. People

I normally consider as open and

kind were sharing terrible dark,

nasty right wing attacks on social

media, such as Facebook and that

was disappointing.

It seems like the dark face of

fascism is once again rearing its

head bankrolled by huge corporations

that would like to take

more control of our world. They

want to get rid of any opposition

to their profit making and they

do what they can to discredit

opposition politicians, journalists,

academics and scientists.

You would think we would recognize

these old fascist strategies

and repel and protest them

but it is important to remember

that there is a lot of power and

money behind these movements

and they dominate mainstream

media, social media and all kinds

of lobby groups. This is happening

in Russia, China, the United

States, many other countries and

even here in Canada. It is up to

us to be intelligent enough not

to fall for this kind of nasty stuff.

Anytime you see information in

any media especially in online

social media that is spreading

hate, bigotry or racism to get

you to support right wing ideas

and big companies then don’t

fall for it. Think about the future

of the planet, the future of your

grandchildren and all the people

you love. We need a more kind,

open, tolerant and intelligent

society not one that is going to

be dark, taking advantage of people,

using war to dominate other

cultures and countries, spreading

hate, racism and bigotry to control

people and sacrificing our

environment and the good mother

earth and all her creatures for

short sighted financial profit.

There is a good amount of healing

and reconciliation going on

right across Canada with my people

and hopefully that will continue.

Things are not perfect but

I see positive changes in terms of

assistance in education, health

care, housing and infrastructure

in Indigenous communities

across this land. We need to see

our government do more to make

sure life is as good on First Nations

across Canada as it is in the

non Native communities. With

the governments in power right

now I think this is a trend we can

count on and we need to do our

best to encourage development

for First Nations so that the healing

continues and the quality of

life improves for everyone. Our

future generations will thank us

for working hard to make this a

reality. Here is a little gift from

myself to you that should help

you navigate the world of news

and information. There are

many sites you can go to that offer

information that provides an

altrnative view and here are some

of them. For Indigenous news

about Native Canada provided by

Indigenous people go to: www.

wawataynews.ca; windspeaker.

com; theturtleislandnews.com and


For alternative Canadian news

sources go to: thetyee.ca; rabble.

ca; miningwatch.ca; democracywatch.ca;


A source of information about

medical stories can be found at


These fact checking websites

can help you to quickly check on

the honesty and reality of a story:

rationalwiki.org; www.snopes.

com; wikileaks.org

For international alternative

news go to these websites:

www.alternet.org; www.democracynow.org;


com; www.motherjones.com;

www.poynter.org; whowhatwhy.

org; therealnews.com

It is not easy to find the media

and information that is factual

and truthful these days and you

have to figure out where the real

news is on your own. This requires

looking at a lot of alternate

news and information sites so

that you can get an idea of what

is really happening in our world.

There are two people I like to refer

to when I look into determining

the basics for real news and for

a just society - Victor Hugo the

19th century author who wrote

in his book Les Misérables, “If

the soul is left in darkness, sins

will be committed. The guilty one

is not he who commits the sin,

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Snipers faced off against

the Oshawa Outlaws

John St. John has not been just

the best player on the Outlaws,

but arguably the best in the

ALL. (Photo By Josh Giles)


By Josh Giles

Sports Writer


The North American Indigenous

Games (NAIG)

will be hosting their official

volunteer launch today

(Wednesday, January 8),

at the Juno Tower in Halifax

Nova Scotia. The event

is being held to encourage

Snipers have a strong first quarter

Wes Whitlow played his first game with the Snipers and racked up two assists on the night for his new team.

(Photo by Josh Giles)


North American Indigenous Games Volunteer Launch

anyone and everyone to


Ashley Stevens is the

Communications Coordinator

of NAIG and said,

“We’re going to need about

3,000 volunteers to really

be successful. We’re focusing

in on game day staff.”

Unfortunately for people

who don’t live in Halifax

or the surrounding areas, it

might be hard to be able to

volunteer, as NAIG won’t

be able to cover the costs

to house or feed any of their

volunteers who might want

to take part in the games.

They will be looking more

towards locals and family

members of athletes who

might already be there.

But there is a way that you

can help be a part of NAIG

according to Stevens, “Promoting

any local athletes is

always a good way to get

involved. We want to make

the athletes feel special by

sharing the story of them

and their communities.”

The volunteer process includes

three parts of training,

one of which includes

cultural awareness. A lot of

the volunteers are expected

to be Indigenous, but

there will also be plenty of

people who aren’t, such as

the Halifax Firefighters who

have been amazing to work

with. “We have an exciting

partnership with them.

They’ve become leaders

By Josh Giles

Sports Writer


It was another tough game

when the Six Nation Snipers

faced off against the Oshawa

Outlaws. Both teams

have started out the season

without having any wins to

their name, but that would

change after Sunday night.

The first half was a good

start for the Snipers with

a strong first quarter when

they got an early lead of

2-1. In the second quarter

it was much of the same

story. Six Nations was scoring

at a good pace, but Oshawa

was keeping pace. A

flurry of three goals in the

last minute of the half narrowed

the Snipers lead with

a score of 6-5.

The third quarter saw

an absolute collapse from

Six Nations. The Outlaws

scored goal after goal ending

up with 7 for the quarter.

The Snipers couldn’t

keep up only scoring a pair

of their own.

Down 12-8 entering the

fourth, Six Nations had

some work to do in order to

try and get the game back

in the community when it

comes to volunteering,”

said Stevens.

The cultural training is

expected to open conversations

for non-Indigenous

people to be able to build

communities. “I think it’ll

be a positive way of moving

forward,” said Stevens.

in their favour. Scoring four

goals they were closing in

the gap, but ultimately it

was too much and the Outlaws

came out on top with

a final score of 15-12.

After their third straight

loss to start the season,

Snipers coach Darcy Powless

told Turtle Island News,

“We got a long ways to go.

Still have 11 games so it’s

no time to panic yet. The

sooner we get rolling, the

sooner we can be a team.”

According to Powless, one

of the biggest struggles for

Six Nations so far has been

chemistry, “Overall, we’ve

played a lot better than

the last two weeks, and

we finally had a full team,

-a full bench. The guys just

haven’t played together and

haven’t practiced together.”

He said trading for four

players, this week has solidified

the team, but they

will still have to mesh as a

complete unit. Powless and

the rest of the Snipers team

have some work to do to

climb out of the hole with

11 games left in the season,

but won’t go out without a




The Six Nations Elected Council has approved the sole sourcing of the consultant contract for the Design of a NewCentral Administration

Building Project to K.L. Martin & Associates Corp. The contract is in the amount of $313,064.00 and the source of funds

was identified as a combination of the Six Nations Economic Development Trust and the Six Nations Public Works 2020/21 O&M

Budget. The reason for sole sourcing the project is to support local companies which Six Nations Economic Development is very

supportive of according to Director of Public works Michael Montour.

Consultant Contract Awarded for New

Central Administration Building


Judge dismisses felony charge in pipeline protest

N.D- A judge in North Dakota has dismissed a felony

conspiracy charge against a South Dakota man who

prosecutors say was part of the 2016 riot at the akota

Access pipeline construction site. Lawrence Malcolm Jr.

was charged last year with conspiring to commit criminal

mischief based on DNA from a cigarette butt left at

the scene. His DNA was on file from a previous arrest.

His attorney, Bruce Nestor, argued that it was impossible

to determine where the cigarette butt originated or how

long it may have been there.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick on

Monday signed an order dismissing a charge of felony

conspiracy to commit criminal mischief against Sisseton,

the Bismarck Tribune reported. Romanick said the

state failed to provide evidence that Malcolm entered

into an agreement to commit a criminal offence, which

is necessary to support a conspiracy charge. The state

has shown that the defendant was there and nothing

more, the judge said in his order. Malcolm still faces a

misdemeanour charge of engaging in a riot.If convicted,

he could be sentenced to a year behind bars and fined

$3,000. Trial is set for Jan. 29.

An affidavit says more than 100 demonstrators halted

construction and vandalized equipment during the protest

on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

3 tribes in Oklahoma sue governor over casino


OKLAHOMA CITY-AP-Three of the most powerful

tribes in Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit against the

state’s governor on Tuesday, asking the court to help resolve

a dispute over gambling at tribal casinos.

The Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations want

a federal judge to determine whether the state compacts

that allow gambling exclusively at tribal casinos

automatically renew on Jan. 1 for another 15-year term.

The tribes contend all the conditions have been met for

the compacts to renew. “For some time, we have tried

to establish meaningful intergovernmental engagement

regarding our gaming compacts, but you have continued

to reject our compacts’ plain terms,’’ Cherokee Nation

Chief Chuck Hoskin, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby

and Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton wrote in

a joint letter to Stitt on Tuesday. “Recently, you have

gone further, stating allegations against us and threats

to our operations.’’

Oklahoma’s new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt contends

the gaming compacts expire on Jan. 1 and that casino

gambling after that date will be illegal. Stitt has signalled

he wants to renegotiate the compacts to give the state a

larger slice of revenue. An attempt by Stitt earlier in December

to offer an extension of the compacts while negotiations

continued was rejected by most of the tribes.

Stitt announced Tuesday that two of the 39 federally

recognized tribes in the state the Kialegee Tribal Town

and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians

agreed to an eight-month extension of the compacts.

“The state of Oklahoma offered an extension, with no

strings attached, to all tribes that operate casinos in the

state, and my door continues to be open for more tribes

to join who are worried about impending un certainty,’’

Stitt said in a statement.

Hiawatha First Nation creating development


Ontario is providing

$100,000 to kick start

an economic development

corporation in Hiawatha

First Nation.

Tuesday Northumberland-Peterborough

South MPP David Piccini

announced the funding

saying it is for a “comprehensive

economic development

study” to identify

and research economic

development opportunities

for the region south of


The funding is part of

the Ministry of Indigenous

Affairs’ $8.2-million Indigenous

Economic Development

Fund (IEDF), which

provides grants and financing

to Indigenous Ontario

businesses, communities

Hiawatha First Nation Chief Laurie Carr,Otonabee-South

Monaghan Township Mayor Joe Taylor and

Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini

announce funding for an economic development

corporation. (Supplied photo)

and organizations to develop

and improve economic


“This funding will support

economic growth in

Hiawatha by creating opportunities

for community

ownership and sustainability,”

Piccini said. “We

will continue to nurture

business development and

job creation in our communities

with investments

like this.”

Hiawatha First Nation

Chief Laurie Carr says the

funding will allow the

community to complete

the work needed for the

“long-awaited” creation of

an economic development

corporation (EDC).

“Hiawatha citizens have

stressed the importance of

ensuring the business and

economic development

interests of the nation are

kept separate from day-today

politics, and the IEDF

announcement provides

the opportunity to address

this priority through the

creation of the EDC,” she


“The new EDC will not

only direct and oversee our

current businesses but will

also create and consider

new business ventures,

which in turn will create

employment and economic

sustainability for our citizens

and our community,

now and for our seven generations

to come.”

In a statement, Greg Rickford,

provincial minister of

Indigenous affairs, said the

government is committed

to working with Indigenous

communities as an

“essential part of building

Ontario together.”

“We are proud to support

these projects that

strengthen local economies

across the province

and provide opportunities

for economic development

and job growth.


Female (L) & Male (R) Juncos

Bird Food forWinter Survival

Photos by Carl Pascoe & Rachel A. Powless

By Rachel A. Powless

Feather Reporter


ative Peoples have always

lived with the

land – not off the land. We

take only that which we

can consume and/or utilize.

Because of this equitable

balance, it was unnecessary

to give specific names to all

of those living things that

shared our space. Our ancestors’

philosophy was to

live and let be. As our lives

became more complicated,

simplicity was more difficult

to keep. We adapted

as did Mother Earths many

living creatures. Some species

of birds were unable to

make that powerful transition

and perished while still

others developed strength

and continue to survive.

Some of those survivors

have taken refuge within

the boundaries of our territories.

Simply put, birds

need to be where they can

find nourishment. Large forested

areas mean protection

and food such as the vastness

of the Canadian boreal

forest, yet we have found

a great many bird species

can live on Native Lands

and thrive. Google Earth is

a wonderful tool to recognize

this natural adaptation.

As we look for the green, we

will find it either as a Provincial

Park of some kind or

a Native Territory.

Today there are species

of birds that are of concern,

threatened or even endan-

Hairy Woodpecker (L) & Downy Woodpecker (R)

White-breasted Nuthatch


gered within an Ontario

geographic area, yet many

of these birds choose to

make their home on our

Native Lands. What I do

understand is that our lands

have become an oasis to

many of these creatures

of uncertainty. With fall

migration, we noticed an

increased activity within

our woodlands yet some

of these birds may be unfamiliar

to many just because

these birds are transitioning

back to their winter homes;

passing through. Nevertheless,

they stop to replenish,

refresh and gain strength

Male House Finch

in order to continue that

Mourning Dove

drive, that urge, that uncontrollable

push to seek a familiar,

recognizable place to

adjust and wait for spring.

Winter is upon us and

still we see different birds

& scratch our head? There

are a couple of species such

as the Slat-colored Junco

and yet another sparrow,

the LBJ – Little-brown Jobbie

named the American

Tree Sparrow which spends

very little time in trees yet

prefers scrubs along the

roadways. Why? oh why

do birds fly south from the

tundra bush and the boreal

forests then prefer SW On-

Black-capped Chickadee

tario and our Native Territories

to the dreamy crystal

sands with the entire bluewater

spectrum of the Caribbean?!

The Junco & the

Tree Sparrow are primarily

seed eaters during winter

months. All areas where

winter weather temporarily

transforms trees, shrubs

and grasses to the tattered

& torn brown vestiges of

life is where you will find

these specialized seed eating

birds. Just as often, we

still see the American Gold

Finches straining to reach

seeds from the long-gone

petals of thistle & sunflower

seeds left behind from

not one but three seasons

of promise and hope.

This time of year, I am

often asked, “Do you feed

the birds in your backyard?”

The answer is a resounding,

“Yes!” Feeding keeps

our year-round birds active

throughout the year and

years to come. Especially

during brutal sub-zero winters,

suet is a well-appreciated

fat enriched food for

the birds’ survival. And, you

may have most of the necessary

ingredients at home.

Suet can be made and

shared with our winter

birds quite easily & inexpensively.

Depending on

what you have available,

many different types of suet

can become vital nutrition.

First, you can go to an area

butcher & ask if they keep

suet. Cost may be minimal.

I remember my Mum going

to a butcher every year &

ask for suet to add to our

Christmas pudding. Darn

delicious, savory/sweet

stick-to-your-ribs w/ the

pudding & hard sauce. Now,

picture one of your birds

on a branch with a belly

full of suet. This is where

you smile. Second, you can

drag that old can from under

the sink which holds bacon

grease & all excess grease.

Finally, go to your local Seed

and Feed Store, a Wildbirds

Song Sparrow

Unlimited, Inc. or the ever

present and locally TSC:

Tractor Supply Company.

The point being: All suet

begins with the main ingredient

then the fun begins

with what you can add to

make your birds diet complete.


Choose any type of

container(s) making sure to

adjust your ingredients at

hand. Measuring isn’t necessary

but keep in mind you

want your suet to become

hard once it has been kept

in the refrigerator for a few

hours or all night in the

freezer. I have often let my

suet become “spreadable”

after an hour in the refrigerator,

take it out to the tree

trunks and spread. Make a

mess. The birds don’t care,

and natures’ critters are as

interested as the birds. Remember

to distribute the

suet where you and your

family can see it from a window

indoors. If you prefer to

hang your suet, then have a

long enough string that can

be doubled-up for strength.

Place the string in the suet

prior to chilling. If you are

making cakes measure your

baking pans or container. If

it is not perfect, cut your

suet to fit the metal cage after

it sets. If your lard needs

to be melted let it warm before

mixing. I put on a pair of

rubber or latex gloves then

mix with my hands.

Ingredients to consider

using frequently:

2 cups suet (lard)

2 cups of peanut butter either

smooth or crunchy

2 cups of oatmeal either

quick or the longer cooking


2 cups of cornmeal or split

the oats & cornmeal

1/2 cup to 1 cup of flour; use

it to create firmness

If you have bird seed, you

can add black sunflower

seeds or some millet. I never

place dried fruit in any

suet unless it is cut into

small pieces. My birds have

never eaten whole dried

fruit such as raisins or cherries

unless it is chopped in

pieces. The same goes with

larger nuts; chopping is better.

Carl and I would like to

wish our readers and the

Turtle Island NEWS family

& friends a Healthy &

Happy Christmas. May

you and your family find

Peace & Joy throughout


And, remember –

Keep Looking Up.


Emotions flare at Minor League Hockey

By Josh Giles

Sports Writer


Teams came from as far

away as Michigan to participate

in the Wayne Gretzky

Tournament with success

coming from all sorts of

teams including the Brantford

99ers Peewee A team.

Playing, and winning all of

their games, they completed

their path to winning

the tournament and adding

another banner to the collection.

Dean McIntosh is the head

coach for the team and said,

“I was impressed with how

we moved the puck, and we

just had some good passes

that turned into good


McIntosh has a lot of

praise for his team and

especially his goalie Riley

Vyse saying that, “he

played excellent all weekend.

There was a couple of

times that he was taking

shot after shot but he came

out of it.”

And Six Nations player,

Graeson Martin, who

also plays for the 99ers

performed very well for

the team on their way to

another tournament win.

McIntosh said about Martin,

“A lot of the things he

does well doesn’t show up

on the scoresheet, because

he plays defence. He does

all of the little things well.”

And he clearly played a

key role in helping his team

succeed. It was a tournament

that had players step

up and show why they

were the team to beat.

Crosby Johns scores 102 goals

By Josh Giles

Sports Writer


Crosby Johns has been

playing at a high level for

the Six Nations Atom Rep

team. Ending off the halfway

point of the season

with 102 goals already to

his name, it has been nothing

short of an incredible

season for the young hockey


Travis Anderson is the

coach for the Atom team

and said the moment was

incredible, “He had to score

5 goals with one game left

before the end of the year.

My players understood,

how big of a deal this was

and they were trying to get

him the puck.”

That teamwork amounted

to surpassing their goal of

5 and Johns ended up scoring

7 goals that game going

over the 100 mark. Johns’

entire family was there to

witness the achievement

and even had his dad on

the team bench to celebrate

with them. “He skated back

to the bench and said, “We

did it,” and it was a special

moment when he hugged

his dad,” said Anderson.

Now, the Atom team has

been dominating since the

beginning of their season

with 15 wins and 5 losses

and has been dominating

in tournaments. Clearly,

Johns played a large part

in the offence that helped

them to succeed. “He’s got

a special talent for putting

the puck in the back of the

net,” said Anderson.

But Johns isn’t carrying

the team alone, he has a

talented cast around him

which has really allowed

the team to excel. So much

so that when they won a

game 15-0, four players all

had hat tricks. So clearly

scoring won’t be a problem

if opposing teams want to

double team Johns.

Because of the team’s

success through the first

half of the season they

will be playing some higher

level talent in the next

few months and Anderson


The victorious Brantford 99ers Peewee A team poses with their fourth tournament championship banner on the

year. (Photo by Josh Giles)

Crosby Johns with his father Jeff Johns posing with his

100th goal puck. (Photo by Josh Giles)

wouldn’t have it any other

way, “We’re playing top

level competition and we

wouldn’t have it any other

way. We’d rather play competitive

teams,” he said.

With the tougher competition,

it’ll be harder for

Johns to score as frequently

as he does, but there’s no

doubt that everyone will be

ready to compete.


Indigenous Sports Body appoints directors

ISB wants to impact all Indigenous youth across Ontario to live healthy lives. (Photo

by Josh Giles)

By Josh Giles

Sports Writer

The Chiefs of Ontario

(COO) have created a new

Indigenous Sport Body

(ISB) representing 133 First

Nations province wide.

The move came after the

COO assembly in April

2019 approved a resolution

to create the ISB.

The new organization will

include regional and youth

membership and representation.

“The resolution passed

and adopted by the

Chiefs-in-Assembly supports

the new direction:

one that will be transparent

and accountable

with fair representation

throughout the regions,”

said Board Chair Patrick

Madahbee. “It will also allow

for community members

and youth and sport

leaders in our communities

to play a much bigger and

active role. This will open

up more opportunities and


The COO Resolution

#11-19 removed the

Chiefs’ support from the

Aboriginal Sport and Wellness

Council of Ontario

(now operating as Indigenous

Sport and Wellness

Ontario). The same resolution

supported the creation

of the new sports body.

The new provincial Indigenous

sports body will

deliver sport, physical

activity, active living programming

and will form,

prepare and support Ontario’s

contingent at the

National Aboriginal Hockey

Championships and at

the North American Indigenous


“Healthy Mind, Healthy

Body, Strong Spirit” was

a phrase spoken at the

chiefs meeting and is part

of the mission and vision

for the work to be done by

ISB. The approach is firmly

grounded in the languages,

culture, values, traditions,

customs, and voices of our

communities. Centred on

the values inherited from

our ancestors, the work of

the ISB will not exclude any


Indigenous person, he said.

The ISB Board of Directors

includes Ryan King (Akwesasne),

Dean Hill (Six

Nations), Lance Copegog

(Beausoleil), Kamryn

Whiteye (Delaware Nation),

Meagan Wilson (Six

Nations), and Patrick Madahbee

(Aundeck Omni

Kaning). They will serve an

initial term that will end in

the Fall of 2020.

Neither Dean Hill or Meagan

Wilson, both from Six

Nations, were available for


Ryan King is one of the

board members from Akwesasne

and told Turtle

Island News the new board

wants to represent every

community in Ontario,

“We were seeking nominees

from every nation and

even youth to be a part of

the board. We want to cover

any and every First Nations


King says the ISB plans to

cover more area than the

ISWO. “We want to make

sure the communities are

looked after and represented.

Not just the urban

ones,” he said.

King said his home community

of Six Nations felt

unrepresented. “No one in

my territory knew who the

ISWO were. We felt the

opportunities were relegated

to urban communities,

and we have talented athletes,”

said King.

The ISB will emphasize

healthy living through

sports. “We’re going to

look at all sports and

healthy living, there’s the

main ones like basketball,

hockey and baseball, but

there’s also other sports

that we will endorse,” King

said, “We have volleyball

players, boxers, wrestlers

and more. If you look at all

the sports we have now, I

guarantee you, there’s Indigenous

athletes who are

playing and competing.”

King said the ISB wants to

see fair play across Ontario.

“Athletes need to have a

fair chance to play wherever

they live and we want to

give that to them.”



Poems by man who killed Indigenous woman

removed from parliamentary website

By Teresa Wright


OTTAWA- Two poems written

by a man who killed an

Indigenous woman have been

removed from the parliamentary

poet laureate website.

The poems by Stephen

Brown included one about a

sex worker, eliciting a chorus

of public concern, including

from Manitoba MLA Nahanni

Fontaine, who said they

showed disrespect toward his

victim and other missing and

murdered Indigenous women

and girls.

Brown, who changed his

name from Steven Kummerfield,

and his friend Alex Ternowetsky

were convicted of

manslaughter in the 1995

beating death of Pamela

George, a First Nations woman.

Brown was sentenced to 6

1/2 years in prison and was

granted parole in 2000.

He now lives in Mexico.

Two of Brown’s poems were

posted to the Library of Parliament

website in 2017 when

George Elliott Clarke was the

parliamentary poet laureate.

They were included in a selection

of poems chosen by

Clarke during his tenure as a

“poems of the month’’ space

on the website to showcase

Canadian poetry.

Clarke likened Brown’s works

to those of American beat

poets Jack Kerouac and Allen

Ginsberg and referred to him

has an “avant-garde poet’’

who is a “singular intelligence

and artisan among English-Canadian


Fontaine took to social media,

calling on Heritage Minister

Steven Guilbeault to step in

and have the poems removed.

Daniel Savoie, a spokesman

for Canadian Heritage, issued

a statement Monday saying

neither Guilbeault nor the department

play any role in the

poet laureate program or its

associated website.

Heather Lank, the parliamentary

librarian, recommended

the poems be removed and the

Speakers of the Senate and the

House of Commons agreed,

said Tanya Sirois, a communications

adviser for the Library

of Parliament.

“The Library of Parliament

has received numerous complaints

regarding the presence

of work by Stephen Brown on

the parliamentary poet laureate

website,’’ Sirois said Monday.

She later added that Clarke

also supported the removal of

the poems.

Brown’s works on the site

were entitled “Plaza Domingo’’

and “Alejandra.’’ The subject

and opening line of “Alejandra’’

is a woman referred to

as “la pornai,’’ or a sex worker

in ancient Greece. At one

point in the poem, it says, “I

follow her.’’

In an interview on Sunday,

Fontaine said she interpreted

this line to mean the author

was stalking the woman and

said she found it “unacceptable’’

for a Canadian parliamentary

website to be promoting

a convicted murderer

writing about stalking vulnerable


On Monday, she thanked

those who joined with her in

calling for Brown’s poems to

be removed.

But she also expressed frustration

that this episode has

focused attention on the man

who participated in taking

George’s life and another man

who wanted to celebrate him,

rather than on George’s life

and tragic death.



First Nation looks ahead after court sides with natural gas


First Nations people among

Order of Canada recipients

OTTAWA -Here is a list of

the newest recipients of the

Order of Canada, along with

their citations.

Companions of the Order:

John Amagoalik, Iqaluit. For

his leadership in Canada’s

North, notably for his integral

role in the creation of Nunavut.

Jean-Charles Coutu,

Rouyn-Noranda, Que. For

his contributions to the legal

profession in the area of Indigenous

justice and for his

community in Officers of the


Francois Paulette, Denendeh

(Fort Smith), N.W.T. and Fitzgerald,

Alta. For his contributions

to Indigenous treaty

rights and for his advocacy of

circumpolar health research.

Robie W. Macdonald, Victoria.

For having identified the

effects contaminants have on

northern marine ecosystems

and on nearby Indigenous


James V. Scott, Ottawa and

Toronto. For his leadership in

advancing reconciliation with

Indigenous Peoples in Canada

SMITHERS, B.C.- A hereditary

chief with the Wet’suwet’en

First Nation says the

community is expecting further

police action after the

British Columbia Supreme

Court ruled in favour of a natural

gas company that wants

to build a pipeline through its


Na’moks, who also goes by

John Ridsdale, said he wasn’t

surprised that the court granted

Coastal GasLink an interim

injunction against members

of the First Nation and others

who oppose the pipeline.

The Dec. 31 ruling came just

under a year after the RCMP

enforced an injunction granted

by the same court that drew

international attention with

the arrest of 14 people on Jan.

7, 2019.

“We do expect the RCMP to

bring it to another level. They

did it last year, they’ll do it

again this year,’’ he said in a

telephone interview.

The RCMP said in a statement

that it respects the ruling

and the judicial process,

but it would not say if or when

police would enforce the latest


“The RCMP respects the

rights of individuals to peaceful,

lawful and safe protest and

we are committed to facilitating

a dialogue between all


We are impartial in this dispute

and it is our hope that

this can be resolved peacefully,’’

Corp. Madonna Saunders


The $6.6-billion Coastal

GasLink pipeline would transport

natural gas across 670

kilometres from northeastern

B.C. to the LNG Canada export

terminal in Kitimat.

The company has said it

signed agreements with all 20

elected First Nations councils

along the path, however

five hereditary chiefs of the

Wet’suweten First Nation say

the project has no authority

without their consent.

Na’moks said the First Nation

is also exploring options

for court action, including an

appeal of the decision and a

constitutional challenge.

“We have a number of avenues

open to us that we’re

looking at right now.’’

The latest ruling expands the

existing interim injunction.

Following police enforcement

last year, the hereditary

chiefs reached an agreement

with RCMP that Na’moks said

and for his advocacy of restorative


Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams,

Victoria. For her contributions

to Indigenous education and

for her advocacy of Indigenous

language revitalization programs.

Members of the Order:

Pita Aatami, Kuujjuaq, Que.

For his contributions to the

economic, social and political

development of Nunavik.

Johnny Nurraq Seotaituq Issaluk,

Igluligaarjuk and Iqaluit,

Nunavut. For his contributions

as an athlete, actor, educator

and Arctic ambassador who

has increased the visibility of

northern and Inuit culture.

Paul Nicklen, Victoria and

Kimmirut, Nunavut. For his

contributions as a leading nature

photojournalist who has

raised awareness of environmental

issues in Canada and


Harry Sheldon Swain, Ottawa.

For his years of public

service and leadership, notably

relating to Indigenous land

claims and the environment.

at the time was to ensure the

safety of local members. Under

the agreement, the company

must give the First Nation 24-

hour notice of workers entering

the site, he said.

The agreement did not represent

consent for the project

and Na’moks said members remain

firm in their opposition.

“Our stance hasn’t changed,’’

he said Thursday. “Our people

have said no to this, so we’ve

said no.’’

Over the past year, Coastal

GasLink has begun what it

calls “pre-construction’’ work

at the site, drawing criticism

from members of the First

Nation who say that work

threatens or destroys historic

artifacts, trails and hunting


The company issued a statement

following the court ruling

saying its work is approved

and permitted.

Coastal GasLink will continue

trying “to engage with any

affected groups to ensure public

safety while (its) field crews

continue to progress their critical

activities,’’ it said.

Unist’ot’en spokeswoman

Freda Huson, who is named in

the injunction, said the court

decision fails to recognize the

authority of Wet’suwet’en law

even though the First Nation

has never ceded its territory.

According to the decision,

Indigenous laws do not become

an “effectual part’’ of

Canadian common law or

domestic law until there is

a means or process to do so

that is already recognized by

Canadian law, such as through


Aboriginal title declarations

in the courts or statutory provisions.



Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music

This article was originally

published on The Conversation,

an independent and

nonprofit source of news,

analysis and commentary

from academic experts. Disclosure

information is available

on the original site.

Authors: Dana Lepofsky,

Professor in Archaeology,

Simon Fraser University;

Alvaro Fernandez-Llamazares,

Researcher in Ethnecology,

Helsinki Institute

of Sustainability Science

(HELSUS), University of

Helsinki, and Oqwilowgwa

Kim Recalma-Clutesi, Contributor

to the special issue

on Ethnobiology Through

Song/CEO Ninogaad

A Tsimane' woman in Bolivian Amazonia playing a

handmade wooden violin. Violins came to the Tsimane'

through contact with missionaries. Tsimane play the violin

while singing traditional songs.

Knowledge Keepers Foundation/BOD


Since the beginning of

time, music has been a way

of communicating observations

of and experiences

about the world. For Indigenous

Peoples who have

lived within their traditional

territories for generations,

music is a repository

of ecological knowledge,

with songs embedding ancestors’

knowledge, teachings

and wisdom.

The music carries the

word of the ancestors

across time, transmitting

key knowledge from deep

in our sacred memory. Academics

are just beginning

to see the deep significance

of these songs and the

knowledge they carry and

some are working with Indigenous

collaborators to

unlock their teachings.

At the same time, non-Indigenous

researchers and

the general public are becoming

aware of the historic

and current loss of songs.

Indigenous communities

are also grappling with

what this means. The loss

of songs was brought on

by brought on by colonization,

forced enrollment in

residential schools and the

passing of the last of the

traditionally trained knowledge

holders and song


Time-honoured global


A recent special issue of

the Journal of Ethnobiology

celebrates the power of

traditional songs as storehouses

of traditional ecological


Nine articles are rich

accounts of Indigenous

Peoples’ time-honoured

music-making traditions.

These range from women’s

songs relating to wild

seeds in Australia, to improvisational

singing traditions

in Siberia, to the use

of turtle shell rattles across

the United States and the

hunting songs of Amazonian


Although traditional music

is threatened by past

government-sanctioned actions

and laws, with much

already lost, Indigenous

Peoples globally continue

to use music in sacred

and ritual contexts and

celebrate their traditional


The lyrics in traditional

songs are themselves imbued

with meaning and

history. Traditional songs

often encode and model the

proper, respectful way for

humans, non-humans and

the natural and supernatural

realms to interact and


For instance, among the

Temiar singers of the Malaysian

rainforest - who

often receive their songs

in dreams from deceased

people and who believe all

living beings are capable

of having “personhood’’ -

dream-songs help mediate

peoples’ relationships with

these other beings.

In many Indigenous cultures,

songs recount detailed

biocultural knowledge

that sits in specific

places and thus can also

document rights to, and responsibilities

for, traditional


Inspired by potlatch


The special issue was

inspired by Kwaxsistalla

Wathl’thla Clan Chief

Adam Dick.



Reduce. Reuse.


Lets look after Mother Earth


Turtle Island News Classified

Show off your new baby this year!

Share your pride!


JAMIESON: Adrian Samuel

(Degao da:dro)

With deepest sorrow, we

announce that Adrian Jamieson,

age 34 years, our most

beloved son, brother, family

member and friend passed

away suddenly on Tuesday,

December 31, 2019 at home.

Those who knew Adrian, even

just a little, lost a shining

light in their lives. Adrian will

be missed every day by his

mother Amelia, father Harold,

sisters Joslyn and Sherri, as

well as his brother Cliff (Nadine),

niece Anya and nephews

Jakob and Jesse. His

loving aunts, uncles, many

cousins, and great friends will

also miss this gentle giant’s

humour. Adrian enjoyed being

part of Six Nations archery

and Branlyn Neighbourhood

Association baseball. Known

for his role as young Hiawatha

in the movie “The Song of Hiawatha”,

he was also an avid

reader and gamer. We know

Adrian is now with his grandparents

and uncles, loved

both here on earth as well as

the Sky World. Friends will be

received at 2125 Tuscarora

Road on Friday, January 3rd

from 3-5pm and 7-9pm. Funeral

ceremony to take place

at Mohawk Longhouse, 3098

5th Line, Six Nations on Saturday,

January 4, 2020 at

11am. www.rhbanderson.



Ancestral Voices

We would like to thank each

and every person who has

helped John and our family

since John was hurt December

1st. It has been a journey.

We are so very thankful

for all of the hard work, time,

love and energy that has gone

into showing us unconditional

kindness and sending us support

emotionally, financially,

spiritually and mentally. Everything

from sending love,

prayers, food, cash, gaudiance

and moral support it truly

made such a difference and

has helped us so much. When

something like this happens

you see peoples true colours,

you see who people really are

and we are forever grateful to

our community. We are proud

to be Onkwehonwe. A very

big thanks to Mike and Bon

Hill and everyone at Warrior

Park Athletics, OMSK home

and school, the we stand

club, Lyndsay Jamieson and

everyone who donated to

the gofundme page, Elissa

Smith, Lauralee Arquette, Dianne

Bomberry, lonewolf, Ry

& Boo, Nikki &Mona, Barry

& Laura, Chels Squire, Angel

D, Leenie Hill & Sarahs

Dream, Wayne & Karennotakies,

Christopher Thunder

Snack shack kitchen, homes

by JoJo, profit, grand river

spa, my co-workers, aces tobacco,

Jordans principle, and

the Indigenous justice department.

Please accept our apologizes

if we missed anyones

name. With Love Johnny, Rachel,

Zoe and John John Hill.




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