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Allow Freedom of Religion in La Nation

Nation Municipality

Ordre de Cessation Des Travaux (Stop Work Order) OTC-06-017
for a Traditional Native Structure used for Ceremony and Prayer on Sacred Land
Ordre de Cessation Des Travaux (Stop Work Order) OTC-06-017 Charles Bray, CBCO
N de telephone: (613) 764-5444 post 225

Wikipedia Racism Defintion
"Racism, by its simplest definition, is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. People with racist beliefs might hate certain groups of people according to their racial groups. In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or get preferential treatment. Racial discrimination typically points out taxonomic differences between different groups of people, even though anybody can be racialised, independently of their somatic differences. According to the United Nations conventions, there is no distinction between the term racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination."

Institutional Racism is defined as
"the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin"

Thin plumes of smoke wafted into the air as James Edwards, a faithkeeper of the Six Nations Confederacy, sprinkled bits of tobacco into the flames of a small campfire. The offering of tobacco, along with a prayer to the Creator, the Earth Mother, and the spirits of all living things, marked the official blessing of the site for the planned native heritage centre that Cultural Foundation Native Expression intends to build.
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This Order was provided in French only and a request for an order
in English was initially refused. Despite a complaint and a search there was no record of any relevant pertaining structure contained within the building code. Other non-native structures exist in the immediate region and have never received similar notices.

Katimavik Youth Community Project Blocked
Work Halted by Nation Municipality Council
The French language Embrun-based weekly newspaper Le Reflet recently quoted Pommainville as saying "It is not the responsibility of La Nation employees, if Mr. St-Jean's friends do not understand what is written on the (French language only) notice."

Denis Pommainville, Mayor, François St. Amour, Councillor, Marcel Legault, Councillor, Yvon Bourgeois,, Councillor, Richard Legault, Councillor

The Nation Municipality Violates the Freedom of Religion Act.

Religious Freedom Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER R.22

Free exercise of religious profession, etc., guaranteed

1. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship,

without discrimination or preference, provided the same be not made an excuse for acts of licentiousness,

or a justification of practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the Province,

is by the constitution and laws of this Province assured to all Her Majesty’s subjects within the same.R.S.O. 1990, c. R.22, s. 1.

The Nation Municipality Allows Prayers of their own denomination at their meetings.




MARCH 1ST 2010, AT 4:00 P.M.


Are the prayers of other religious groups allowed?

Does this practice create a bias for potential religious discrimination?

Is that the real reason behind the building permit an attack on native spirituality ?

Are the Native Prayers Not Allowed Because They Are Not "approved" by the Council?

Has the Nation Municipality Purposely Blocked Freedom of Religion ?

An Outdoor Woodstove is NOT a religious structure and IS contained in the building code!

But requires NO rules or permits from La Nation Building Department?

Outdoor Woodstoves ... No Permit Required?

Does the council and building dept. approve of this with or without a permit?

Does this outdoor woodstove at the former CFNE site 1969 Robillard have a building permit?

According to the building department at The Nation Building Department a outdoor woodstove requires "a 30 foot clearance from any building and a minimum distance 150 foot clearance from the property line."

Outdoor Woodstoves ... No Permit Required?

Does the council and building dept. approve of this with or without a permit?

The former house of Nicole Lortie and site of environmental cover-ups by the Nation Municipality.

Does this outdoor woodstove at the Nicole Lortie's former residence have a building permit?

According to the building department at The Nation Building Department a outdoor woodstove requires "a 30 foot clearance from any building and a minimum distance 150 foot clearance from the property line."

A Native Welcome Circle Religious Structure is the ONLY building in the local region to receive a stop work order!

Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours to me.
The Baptists and Methodista and Presbyterians and the Catholics
all have a different God. Why cannot we have one of our own?


The creator gave each culture a path to God.
To the Indian people he revealed that the Creator is in everything.
Everything is alive with the Spirit of God.
The water is alive.
The trees are alive.
The woods are alive.
The mountains are alive.
The wind is alive.
The Great Spirit's breath is in everything and that's why its alive.
All of nature is our church,
we eat with our families in church,
we go to sleep in church.

My Creator, let us leave people to worship You
in the way You have taught them.

on Sept. 27th 07 the Mayor Mr. Dennis Pommainville made this statement "the project has been in the works for six or seven years and that it was moving ahead
`like a canoe on the Nation River and not like a vehicle on the 417`
Is this a culturally insensitive statement or a clever one?

Mudge out ess ee ka Roads are bad 
Naga, son ah quet ol out ee el And the roads are dangerous 
Ah huh, jo ee wen mana godge ip ha Yes, we got to slow down 
K'teen gil, a gweed en? Do you have a canoe? 

Almost prophetically years after the original post
Traffic tangles visitors to Calypso Waterpark in Mayor Pommainvilles backyard
Perhaps Mr. Pommainville felt the need to build a water park
since he did not understand "that the roads are dangerous".
or the difference between a car and a canoe.

"the project has been in the works for six or seven years
and that it was moving ahead `like a canoe on the Nation River
and not like a vehicle on the 417"

said Denis Pommainville

We at CFNE sincerely hope and pray that eventually Mr. Pommainville is able
to learn and understand the difference between a car and a canoe.
and join with others at the welcome circle when it returns.
Dear Mr. Pommainville, K'teen gil, a gweed en?  (Do you have a canoe?) 

Traffic tangles visitors to Calypso Waterpark in Mayor Pommainvilles backyard
Line of vehicles four kilometres long
By Matthew Pearson, The Ottawa Citizen July 4, 2010

Fire of 2007
CFNE wants to know if the financial contributors of the D. Pommainville Political Campaign; Mr and Mrs R. St. Pierre obtained the proper fire permits req'd prior to setting the fields adjacent to the CFNE site ablaze?

CFNE would also like to know why it took over 4 hours for the Nation Municipalitys' Fire Dept. to show up?

Native leader dies September 19 2008 by

Truck crash claims life of native leader September 11 2008 by

Native centre letter puzzles UCPR May 25 2007 by Gregg Chamberlain

Site plan ready for signing on CFNE's new native cultural project August 2 2007 by Gregg Chamberlain

Deadline nears for native centre site plan deal August 9 2007 by Gregg Chamberlain

CFNE ready to roll on native heritage project November 1 2007 by Gregg Chamberlain

Hatu Gani'Ga Mother Earth Father Sky Over the land as the clouds roll by Mother Earth Father Sky. Where have all the people gone that once loved this land First Woman and First Man? This is the land as it once use to be. Before man destroyed it for the good of you and me. Tear down the building's and plant trees, this would truly be a site to see.
Where will we go when there's no place left to die? Save for Mother Earth and Father Sky.
Thunder is my Brother, Lightning my Spirit, I ride the wind until the end of time. I am your future I am your past. Hear me and know this I am your Destiny. Without you I am Nothing, With you I am all Things.
This is Chief Red Cloud (Makhpiya-Luta)
What he said is true.

Chief Red Cloud (Makhpiya-Luta)

Broken Promises
"They made us many promises, more than I can remember.
But they kept but one
They promised to take our land....and they took it."
Chief Red Cloud

Much has been said of the want of what you term "civilization" among the Indians. Many proposals have been made to us to adopt your laws, your religion, your manners, and your customs. We do not see the propriety of such a reformation. We should be better pleased if we could actually see the good effects of these doctrines in your own practices rather than hearing you talk about them, or reading your newspaper on such subjects. You say, for example, "Why do not the Indians till the ground and live as we do?" May we not ask with equal propriety, "Why do not the white people hunt and live as we do?"
Old Tassel - Cherokee

Presentation Cultural Foundation Native Expressions Mr Yvan St-Jean, General Manager of the Cultural Foundation Native Expressions, addressed Council to explain protocols on Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Programs, the Eastern Woodlands Aboriginal Village and the Cultural Foundation Native Expressions Community Centre Project. Precisions are made regarding Council"s decision to include $100,000 in the 2007 budget for financial requests related to community and cultural events. The Mayor of the Town of Hawkesbury stated that an organization wishing to make a financial request for cultural events must submit the request in writing to her municipality.

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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE L"Orignal, Ontario June 19, 2007

"With the e-mail and statements made to the media, Denis Pommainville has personally involved himself in a dispute between La Nation township building officials and an aboriginal organization over alleged infringements of language and native cultural rights. At issue is whether or not an open-air native ceremonial structure, which was erected for a ground blessing ceremony using traditional native construction methods on Robillard Road near Bourget, falls under the municipalitys building permit by-law. Also at issue is whether the French only stop work order and order to comply, issued by the municipality, are fully legal. All work on the structure was stopped when the documents were stapled to the structure by township staff. The documents demand that a building permit be obtained from the township before any work can continue. A permit would require the submission of a building plan complete with an engineers stamp of approval and the payment of a building permit fee of about $100.00."

There are other sites in Ontario with the same such structure. Not one of these projects encountered such fines, trouble and stop work orders.

Mr. Pierre Lemieux responded, "I am disappointed with the tone taken by Mayor Pommainville. We have worked together on projects in the past and will continue to do so in the future. There are, however, inaccuracies in his remarks that require correction"

Canadian charter of rights and freedoms
Fundamental Freedoms
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: a) freedom of conscience and religion;

"Other research, including the Ethnic Diversity Survey and Statistics Canada census data, identifies a variety of concerns:

  • * 36 percent of visible minorities feel they have experienced discrimination and unfair treatment because of ethno-cultural characteristics;

  • * nearly 50 percent of Blacks reported discrimination or unfair treatment. By contrast, 33 percent of South Asian and Chinese respondents reported discrimination or unfair treatment;

  • * when broken down by gender, there is a slight increase in reports of discrimination by Black men (53% compared to 47% for women). There is a similar increase reported by South Asian men (38% compared to 27% for women);

  • * according to a 2003 Ekos survey, 46 percent of Aboriginal people living off-reserve reported being a victim of racism or discrimination at least once over the previous two years;

  • * research by Ipsos-Reid (2002) suggested that more than six-out-of-ten Canadians (61%) think that racism separates Aboriginal peoples from the rest of society; and roughly the same proportion (59%) felt that Aboriginal peoples are discriminated against by other Canadians."

Is C.F.N.E. be suppressed in favor of a hog factory farm? the Native Project in favor of a hog factory farm? Are basic rights under the Charter being denied for municipal tax income? Are Hogs and money valued above people's rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Is the Canadian Government keeping up with Racism?
A Canada for All: Canada's Action Plan Against Racism - An Overview

Sacred Lands, On Sunday Nov. 16, 2008 Acting Gen. Mgr. of CFNE M. Wertwyn met with Grandfather William Commanda to bring word from Iroquois Faith-keeper Sonny James Edwards:
"The lands of CFNE have great spiritual significance to its' people and must be protected"

A Grave Problem?
Problems at the Lot 6, Concession 19 at 5216 Ste-Catherine Street in the St-Isidore village area
Both the provincial government and the Algonquin Nation want to know whether the municipality has checked to make sure there isn't a forgotten native cemetery on or near the property.

le silence des forets le deferlement
des cascades le clapotis des lacs mais surtout
et pour toujours lecho autochtone

Long Train of Abuses - Canadian Native Issues

"To recogognize all Canadians as full and equal partners in Canadian society. This includes educational and economic institutions."

SECTION 35-Recognizes and affirms the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of aboriginal peoples, including Indian, Inuit and Metis.

SECTION 15-Aboriginal Canadians are entitled to full benefits of Canadian Citizenship and the full protection of the Charter Of Right- in areas such as economic opportunity, the delivery of health services, community safety, women's rights, respect for the rule of law, and education and protection of children.

FLETCHER, FREDERICK, J. - Cited in multiculturism and citizenship Canada 1989 "Clearly a substanstantial portion of supposedly tolerant Canadians continue to harbour negative attitudes towards racial minorities.

Racism has several dimensions. It can be defined as the set of ideas, attitudes and actions that aim to belittle persons from ethnocultural minorities on the social, economic and political level, thereby preventing them from participating fully in society.

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Tribune - U.S. and Canada found guilty of racism

"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don't have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."
Pablo Picasso

Denis Pommainvile assault of Native Center Leader recorded on video

Letter to Denis Pommainville

Fairness for all
C.F.N.E. is working to tackle discrimination and promote equal opportunity

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"Apparently. You Need a Building Permit for That!"
Van Kleek Hill Reviiew

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