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[22 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on Éloge funèbre: Heather Bastien | ]

** Éloge funèbre **
L’héritage de Heather Bastien dans le territoire traditionnel des Hurons-Wendats
Une grande amie pour nous tous et une aînée remarquable, Mme Heather Bastien, est décédée la semaine dernière. L’Ontario a perdu l’un de ses plus grands champions du patrimoine culturel autochtone.
Après des décennies de négligence et de destruction résultant du développement urbain dans le sud de l’Ontario, les efforts que Heather a déployés, avec Luc Lainé, un conseiller juridique et quelques archéologues dévoués ont eu pour effet de protéger des douzaines d’importants villages et de lieux de …

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[21 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on Eulogy: Heather Bastien | ]

** Eulogy **
Heather Bastien’s Legacy in the Traditional Territory
of the Huron-Wendat
A great friend and Elder to all of us, Mme Heather Bastien, passed away last week. Canada lost one of its greatest Aboriginal cultural heritage champions.
Together with Luc Laine, legal counsel and a few dedicated archaeologists, Heather’s efforts resulted in the protection of dozens of significant Huron-Wendat villages and burials, after decades of neglect and destruction by urban development in southern Ontario, the Traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat.
In addition, four laws in the province of Ontario were reformed as …

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[14 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on First Nation and Residents United in Opposition to Development | ]

September 13, 2016 marked Day 1 of a four-week hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board. Donnelly Law represents Curve Lake First Nation and the Friends of the Fraser Wetlands Inc. (“FFW”).
Curve Lake First Nation and FFW are united in their opposition to the proposed development on the 200+ hectare property near Burleigh Falls, which is connected to the Teaching Rocks (Petroglyphs Provincial Park), an international sacred site.
A first: the OMB will move on to the Curve Lake First Nation for evidence from Elders and a professor of cultural landscapes/archaeology from …

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[28 May 2016 | Comments Off on Week 1 of Burl’s Creek OMB hearing wraps up | ]

Despite assurances and best intentions, the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing into the temporary zoning by-law proposed by Burl’s Creek Event Grounds ended its first week of testimony far away from a resolution.
Darren Vella, founder of Innovative Planning Services and the land-use planner retained by Burl’s Creek, resumed his testimony to close out the Burl’s Creek case. His testimony was designed to tie together the evidence given by the proponent’s other expert witnesses.
It was assumed Vella would be cross-examined Friday as well, bringing a close to the Burl’s Creek case. …

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[27 May 2016 | Comments Off on Participants tell OMB how they feel about Burl’s Creek | ]

Numerous stakeholders got their chance to officially tell the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) just how they feel about the proposed temporary use by-law for Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Wednesday night.
Participant statements were heard by the board at the conclusion of a marathon session Wednesday, which lasted approximately 12 hours, including lunch and dinner breaks.
Read the news coverage here.

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[27 May 2016 | Comments Off on Day 3: First Nation call for more studies of Burl’s Creek surfaces at OMB hearing | ]

On the third day of the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing regarding the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds arguments surrounding archaeological issues and First Nation concerns continued.
The letters from the Huron-Wendat and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport were brought up again Thursday morning, as Paul Racher, the expert archaeologist for the Montagnais Métis First Nation, testified in front of the board.
During cross-examination, Save Oro and West Oro Ratepayers’ Association lawyer David Donnelly led Racher through the letters, asking his professional opinion on their contents.
“The potential for disturbance is a …

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[26 May 2016 | Comments Off on Land use, First Nation concerns on display during Day 2 of Burl’s Creek OMB hearing | ]

On the second day of the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing regarding the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds archaeological issues and First Nations concerns were explored by Chief Keith Doxsee representing the Montagnais Metis First Nation, and David Donnelly, counsel for SaveOro and West Oro Ratepayers’ Association (“WORA”).
Under cross-examination, Jamie Lemon, who prepared a Stage 1 archeological assessment for Burl’s Creek, said both the Huron-Wendat Nation and Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture wrote in separate letters dated May 19 saying the temporary zoning by-law should not go forward until after …

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[3 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Significant Changes for Aboriginal Interests in Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 | ]

On February 24, 2014, the Ontario Government released the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 (“PPS 2014”), not previously updated since 2005.  The PPS 2014 is Ontario’s foundational land use planning policy:  all decisions affecting land use planning decisions in Ontario “shall be consistent” with the PPS. 
 Now, for the first time, the PPS includes references to Aboriginal people.  This is a watershed inclusion that removes persistent flouting of the constitutional duty to consult with Aboriginal communities in the Planning Act.  Donnelly Law had litigated and advocated on behalf of its former …

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[19 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Internationally Significant Skandatut Site Saved | ]

New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History
June 6, 2012
Vaughan, ON – Vaughan City Council voted unanimously last night to accept a deal to save Skandatut, an internationally significant cultural heritage site in the Greenbelt, on the historic Hu
mber River in Vaughan, Ontario.
The 6 acre village site will be transferred to public ownership, and will be buffered from new development by a 2.5 acre park. The site is surrounded by a river valley and conservation land on three sides.
At the council debate, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua …

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[29 Nov 2011 | Comments Off on La Nation Huronne Wendat et l’Université de Toronto Signent un Protocole d’Entente Visant le Rapatriement d’Ossements Humains et d’Artéfacts Ancestraux Provenant de l’Ontario | ]

Wendake, le 29 novembre 2011 — Le Grand Chef Konrad Sioui, au nom de la Nation Huronne­ Wendat a signé aujourd’hui, avec l’Université de Toronto, un protocole d’entente assurant le rapatriement de restes squelettiques humains et d’artéfacts provenant de sites archéologiques en Ontario.

Seated, L-R: Prof. Cheryl Regehr (Vice-Provost, Academic Programs), Mme. Heather Bastien (Chargée de projet), Grand Chief Konrad Sioui. Standing, L-R: Steve Moate (Legal Counsel, U of T); Prof. Meric Gertler (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science); Prof. Amy Mullin (Dean of the University of Toronto Mississauga); …