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NAWASH BULLETIN: Critique of Governance Act, Sensitive lands bought

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    NAWASH BULLETIN 31 July 2002 This Bulletin goes out to selected media, other organizations and individuals who have expressed an interest. If this Bulletin
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      NAWASH BULLETIN 31 July 2002

      This Bulletin goes out to selected media, other organizations and individuals who have expressed an interest. If this Bulletin has been forwarded to you and you want to be added to our list, please reply to this e-mail with your name and home and
      work contact information.

      In this Bulletin:
      1. Nawash critiques Bill C-61 - the First Nations Governance Act.
      2. Nature Conservancy of Canada and Parks Canada purchase land targeted by a timber company.
      3. Nawash traditional powwow Aug. 16-18.
      4. First Annual First Nations Youth Conference at Nawash Aug. 20-21.

      Chief Ralph Akiwenzie is available to speak to any of the stories in this Bulletin. Phone the Council office at 519-534-1689.

      NOTE: If a link to the Dibaudjimoh Nawash site doesn't connect to the proper story, go to www.bmts.com/~dibaudjimoh/page4.html and scroll to the topic you are looking for.


      1. NAWASH CRITIQUES BILL C-61 - THE FIRST NATIONS GOVERNANCE ACT

      Opposition to the federal government's new First Nations Governance Act is building now that the legislation has received first reading (on June 19). Only one of the criticisms: the Act does not enhance First Nations' capacity to build viable
      economies. Ironically, its restrictive approach may well entrench First Nations' reliance on the federal government - one of the things it was supposed to change.

      For Nawash's analysis:
      www.bmts.com/~dibaudjimoh/page111.html.


      2. NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA AND PARKS CANADA PURCHASE LAND TARGETED BY TIMBER COMPANY.

      The Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Bruce National Park have purchased 1400 acres of sensitive wetland and deer habitat near Johnson's Harbour in the Bruce Peninsula. This ends a long struggle with a timber company that wanted to cut huge
      amounts of white cedar from lands it owned in the area. When the Chippewas of Nawash learned of the unsustainable logging practices of a timber company operating in the north part of the Bruce Peninsula they set in motion events that have resulted in
      the sale and the preservation of a sensitive parcel of land.

      More (including links to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and to the Sierra Legal Defence Fund which successfully stopped a road into the land the company wanted to log) at:
      www.bmts.com/~dibaudjimoh/page86.html


      3. NAWASH TRADITIONAL POWWOW AUG. 16-18.

      Honouring all Veterans and Bringing Friends Together. This is Nawash's 16th annual traditional powwow. "Traditional" means the dancers do not dance in competition, and more traditional customs are observed. We are expecting over 150 dancers and
      drummers this year. Four Grand Entries -- 1 pm on Friday, 1 and 7 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday. The MC is Butch Elliot.

      On the Friday night (Aug. 16th) at 6:00 pm, there will be a concert recognizing "Women are the Heart Beat of Our Nation". On the bill are country, rock and traditional musicians: Rebecca Miller, Kevin Schofield, Siqiniup Ilauta (Inuit Group), James
      Cheechoo, and Kevin LaValley.
      For more information on the Powwow and the Concert, contact the Nawash Recreation Dept. at nawash.recreation@... (519-534-3266 or 800-656-8358).

      All events at the Cape Croker Tent and Trailer Park: www.capecrokerpark.com.


      4. FIRST ANNUAL FIRST NATIONS YOUTH CONFERENCE AT NAWASH AUG. 20-21.

      Nawash is hosting the first annual Youth Conference -- a time and place for youth (12-21 years of age) to gather, share their concerns and to enjoy the beauty of the Cape Croker Tent and Trailer Park and the events we have lined up: workshops,
      drumming, drum making, recreational events, corn roast and a lot more. Over 12 First Nations are taking part. The Conference is being organized by the Nawash Native Child Welfare office. To register and to get more information, contact Shannon Drane
      at ncw@... (519-534-3818).

      All events at the Cape Croker Tent and Trailer Park: www.capecrokerpark.com.


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      FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ITEMS IN THIS BULLETIN, CONTACT:

      David McLaren
      Communications Coordinator Chippewas of Nawash
      RR 5 Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
      ph/fx: 519-534-4107 e-mail: d.mclaren@...
      Visit Dibaudjimoh Nawash on the Web: http://www.bmts.com/~dibaudjimoh/
      Visit the beauty of the Nawash reserve (Neyaashiinigmiing) on-line: www.capecrokerpark.com
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