NAWASH BULLETIN: OPP to apologize to Nawash family; Nawash fishermen at St. Lawrence Market; Water
- NAWASH BULLETIN 2 April 2003
This Bulletin goes out to selected organizations and individuals who have expressed an interest.
In this Bulletin:
1. OPP apologizes to Nawash family at press conference at Nawash reserve.
2. Ten years after Jones-Nadjiwon, Nawash fishermen selling at Toronto's St. Lawrence Market.
3. Nawash brief on water pipelines gathering interest.
4. Aboriginal Achievement Awards on CBC April 7th -- Nawash Band Member wins.
5. CHFN, the voice of Nawash, is looking for help.
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. OPP TO APOLOGIZE TO NAWASH FAMILY AT PRESS CONFERENCE APRIL 4th
Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner William Currie will be present at the Nawash Community Centre at 11:00 am, this Friday to publicly apologize to Lucy Pedoniquott's family for the unsatisfactory way in which officers from the Wiarton
detachment handled her disappearance in November 2001. The apology follows an investigation by Dr. Thomas Wilson, Regional Supervising Coroner for Southwestern Ontario who will also be at the press conference.
The Pedoniquott family remains distressed over the circumstances of the death of Lucy. On the night of November 11, 2001 she wandered out of the Wiarton hospital dressed only in bedclothes and paper slippers. The OPP of the Wiarton detachment
searched only the grounds of the hospital before returning to their office in Wiarton. Family members initiated their own search when they got to Wiarton, but when they approached the Wiarton detachment for assistance, they were refused even requests
At 4 pm on November 12th, the OPP's Emergency Response Team found Lucy, deceased, in the swamp directly across from the Wiarton hospital.
The family feels that Lucy Pedoniquott would have been found much earlier if the existing OPP procedures for missing persons had been followed by the Wiarton OPP.
Martha Pedoniquotte, Lucy's niece says, "There are over 500 missing Native women in Canada and for a while, my aunt was one of them. We feel her situation could have been helped by a police force that showed a little more compassion to how we felt
and a little more understanding of the situation of Native people in this country."
For more information, contact Martha Pedoniquotte at 519-534-0019.
2. TEN YEARS AFTER JONES-NADJIWON, NAWASH FISHERMEN SELLING AT TORONTO'S ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
The tenth anniversary of Jones-Nadjiwon the Ontario Court decision which recognized the aboriginal and treaty rights of the Chippewas of Nawash and Saugeen to fish for trade and commerce passed on April 26, 2003. Now Nawash and Saugeen fishermen, as
the Giigooghkea Cooperative Inc., are selling some of the best fish at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.
They're in the North St. Lawrence Market (north side of Front St.) - look for "Turtle's Fish Products." There you will find whitefish, lake trout and rainbow trout, all fresh, or freshly frozen, smoked or in pies. They expect to open a booth in
London's Covent Garden Market (right downtown at King and Talbot) in a couple of weeks.
For more information on the Jones-Nadjiwon decision, go to: www.bmts.com/~dibaudjimoh/page3.html.
For more information on the fish, phone Norma or Francis Nadjiwon (Turtle) at 519-534-0003.
3. NAWASH BRIEF ON WATER PIPELINES GATHERING INTEREST
On March 19th, representatives of the Chippewas of Nawash were invited to speak at the first (and only) public meeting in Walkerton for the Environmental Assessment of Walkerton's Long Term Water Supply. This Class EA (done by the engineering
consulting firm, RV Anderson) proposes four solutions to Walkerton's water woes: upgrade the existing well field, dig a new well-field, construct a 50 km pipeline from Southampton on Lake Huron, or build a 60 km pipeline from Wiarton on Georgian Bay.
In arriving at theses four options, the Class EA weighted four main "environmental" considerations: economic environment (by 30%), technical environment (by 22%), social environment (by 28%) and the natural environment (by 20%).
This weight given to "natural environment" is one of the difficulties the Chippewas of Nawash have with the Class EA. The other major problem we have is that the Class EA did not look at the scientific literature to assess the impact on the natural
environment of any of the options.
When Nawash looked at what the science said about the impact of pipelines, we found:
* even small variances in stream flow affect fish populations and other aquatic life.
* aquatic systems are much more complex than previously expected.
* sprawl follows pipelines and they bring their own environmental problems.
* pipelines allow people to ignore the need to protect groundwater supplies.
At the March 19th public meeting, the people of Walkerton seemed to reject the pipeline options in favour of, as one speaker said, "Taking responsibility for their own water, in their own backyard". Nevertheless the mayors of several municipalities
are fiercely lobbying Ontario and Canada for money to build a regional pipeline system.
For more on Nawash's concerns and for a download of the brief presented at the public meeting, go to:
4. JOHN BORROWS WINS AN ABORIGINAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Nawash community is proud that one of its members has been honoured with an Aboriginal Achievement Award. John Borrows, is the Law Foundation Chair in Aboriginal Justice at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. He will be presented with the
Law and Justice Award on CBC television April 7th at 8:00 pm.
The following is from his bio on the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation website (www.naaf.ca): "In the legal world, people take note when Borrows writes. Even the Justices on the Supreme Court of Canada have taken to citing his articles when
ruling on Aboriginal cases.
Professor Borrows is the author of two acclaimed legal texts - "Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law" and "Aboriginal Law: Cases and Materials" -- with more on the way. He helped initiate the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law at
the University of Toronto, was the first academic Director of First Nations Legal Studies at the University of British Columbia and founded the Intensive Program in Lands, Resources and First Nations Governments at Osgoode Hall Law School."
5. CHFN, NAWASH RADIO IS LOOKING FOR HELP.
CHFN, the community radio station of the Chippewas of Nawash is beginning to develop some innovative programming - language shows, reports from Chief and Council, literacy programming, new music shows and even a weekly "As It Happens" clone in which
issues are examined in depth with help of the "experts" interviewed over the phone, live to air.
CHFN has its CRTC licence but needs help with operations. The station manager is looking for funds and equipment to help keep the energy going. Donations are welcome and sponsorships (which entitle the sponsor to on-air messages) are too.
For more information contact CHFN's Station Manager, Jessica Nadjiwon at 519-534-1003 or chfn@....
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ITEMS IN THIS BULLETIN, CONTACT:
Communications Coordinator Chippewas of Nawash
RR 5 Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
ph/fx: 519-534-4107 e-mail: d.mclaren@...
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