Six Nations of the Grand River
Central Administration Building Demonstration - Statements/Press Releases
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June 20, 2019 Statement on SNECs Relationship with the Federal Government There is a concern circulating in the community that on June 20, 2019, First Nations will be turning into a municipality. This rumour is incorrect and is believed to have originated from concerns regarding the Federal Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework. As the federal government wraps up its legislative business on June 21, 2019, SNEC would like to confirm its complete opposition to the federal framework as well as the legislative agenda put forward by the Liberal Government over the past 4 years. (2 pgs - pdf - 400kb)
June 8, 2019 Update – Six Nations Elected Council Statement Nia:wen, Thank you! - The past two weeks have been uneasy and uncomfortable for our community. On behalf of the Six Nations Elected Council, I would like to thank all of the staff for their determination and commitment to continue to provide services to the community. Council also appreciates your dedication and the support that you are extending to the community. I also want to thank the community for their patience as we work to get the operations in place to ensure that we can continue to provide services to the community to the best of our ability. (1 page - pdf - 32kb)
June 7, 2019 Update – Summary of Events On Monday May 27, 2019, a group of protestors barricaded the entrances to the Six Nations Elected Council Administration Building. When initially speaking with the protestors the understanding was that the demonstration was in response to the “National Day of Acton”, a Canadian wide response to the proposed suite of federal legislation. On the second day of the building being blocked, it was revealed that the protest was in response to various different issues and concerns within the community. Throughout Monday and Tuesday, several councilors attended the protest site to speak with protestors to understand what the issues were and to attempt to find a solution that would allow the staff to enter the building. (2 pages - pdf - 400kb)
The Six Nations Elected Council Administration Building will remain closed until further notice. SNEC is looking at options for a peaceful resolution to the protest that will ensure the safety of all community members. SNEC and the HCCC met yesterday to discuss two proposed actions from the last meeting; a joint community meeting and a community farming initiative at Burtch lands. Both SNEC and HCCC agreed to both proposed actions. Moving forward, the HCCC would like to begin discussing the Burtch lands and the Eight Points of Jurisdiction. SNEC confirmed they are agreeable to begin those discussions. Both councils agreed to establish a working group to create a Memorandum of Understanding on a path forward. (1 page - pdf - 214kb)
The Six Nations Elected Council Administration Building will be closed again on June 3, 2019. SNEC continues to meet to seek a resolution that will ensure all have access to programs and services as well as the safety of community members. As it relates to payments, vendors and community members requiring cheques were unable to have their invoices processed on Friday. If you know any community members or vendors that have not registered for Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF), please encourage them to register for EFT so we can begin to process their payments. (1 page - pdf - 216kb)
PROTEST AT SIX NATIONS ELECTED COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES The Six Nation Elected Council continues to meet regularly to ensure the safety and peacefulness within the community. We are proceeding with the mind that any action taken is done so with the safety of all community members in mind, and will not enflame the situation. (1 page - pdf - 216kb)
ADDRESSING RUMORS AND MISINFORMATION - We would like to take this opportunity to address a number of rumors and misinformation that have been circulating on social media. (3 pages - pdf - 428kb)
The Six Nation Elected Council continues to maintain essential services to the community despite not having access to the Administration Building since Monday May 27th, 2019. Our initial understanding was that this demonstration was in response to the “National Day of Acton”, a Canadian wide response to the proposed suite of federal legislation. We now believe this to be action against a number of different issues and concerns within the community. (1 page - pdf - 316kb)
Six Nations Elected Council Respectfully Request An Emergency Meeting with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council to End Demonstration - The Six Nations Elected Council are taking steps to resolve the demonstration at the Administration Building by inviting the HCCC to an emergency meeting tomorrow, Wednesday May 29, 2019, at a mutually agreed time and venue. (1 page - pdf - 416kb)
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