SIX NATIONS – The last 56th Six Nations Elected Council general meeting was almost cancelled due to a lack of quorum — the minimum number of councillors that must be present at its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid — but with seven councillors present by 6:15 p.m., business carried on as usual.
Michelle Bomberry, from the Six Nations Health Foundation, came to last night’s meeting on November 22 to present the elected council with a cheque for $5,000 that will go towards offsetting the costs for new items and equipment in the White Pines Wellness Centre in Ohsweken.
“This $5,000 brings the total amount of money raised for the White Pines Building up to around $215,000 now.” said Councillor Roger Jonathan. “That means we’re about $60,000 away from the goal.”
The Health Foundation raised the money through various fundraisers.
At the meeting Elected Council also approved Amber Skye’s and Michael Barrie’s applications to begin research for the Six Nations Ethics Committee. Skye applied to research “Indigenous Youth Sexual Health” and Barrie applied to research “Prosody and Syntax in Cayuga and Onondaga”. Prosody is the study or theory of the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry. Each applicant was asked by the committee to satisfy a set of conditions regarding their topics of study before Elected Council could approve the applications, and each applicant did so before last night’s meeting.
The newly elected 57th Six Nations Elected Council will be sworn in on December 2 at 5 p.m. As of now the swearing in ceremony will take place in elected council chambers, but Councillor Wray Maracle asked that administration look for a larger location to host the ceremony.
“We had one of the largest voter turnouts ever this year,” said Maracle. “I think we should give the community the opportunity to witness the swearing in.”
The 56th Six Nations Elected Council will remain in place until midnight of December 5th and the newly elected 57th Six Nations Elected Council will take over the reins on December 6, 2016.