Brandon Sun, January 30, 1995

Brandon Sun

January 30, 1995

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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - January 30, 1995, Brandon, Manitoba BEST RATE! Kill' Financial Up 19.5% Rates subject to Confirmation 729-3400 613-10th Street Brandon YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER o 6 19 1 5 6 ' 6 6 5^ daily tax included KEITH MORISON/ Sun Staff PREPARATION — Arnold Akachuk, left, and Sidney Longclaws limber up for the Tribal Days powwow competition. Non-native participation improves Tribal Days successful By Lyndenn Behm The Brandon Sun Organizers of Dakota Ojibway Winter Tribal Days are pleased with the turnout at this year’s event. Director Ken Whitecloud said Saturday’s attendance of nearly 10,000 was the best ever for tribal days. It was too early to calculate total attendance or determine whether the event would be a financial success, but Whitecloud said he was “guardedly optimistic.” This year the rodeo was eliminated from tribal days and the number of hockey teams dropped from 32 to 20. However, the impact was offset by an increase in local attendance. “The big difference was the non-native crowd. There has been good attendance by non-natives,” Whitecloud said Sunday afternoon. Ken Eastman, chairman of the tribal days board, said the shortage of accommodation was the main reason why there were fewer hockey teams. Some teams wanted to come, but all of the hotels were booked. The shortage of accommodation could force tribal days organizers to split the annual into winter and summer events. That change could begin this year with the rodeo and a powwow being held this summer or fall, he said. “We will probably start small and see if it (fall tribal days) is viable on its own.” Eastman said that Tribal Days doesn’t want to interfere with the powwows being held in other areas. Many communities have powwows between April and early September. Winter Tribal Days, which began 21 years ago, is the largest aboriginal event of its kind in Canada. The event began Thursday evening and ended Siindav Border dispute explodes Long-simmering Andean discord along Ecuador, Peru border results in fighting . The Associated Press MACAS, Ecuador — Residents of towns and villages near the border with Peru spent the night under a government-imposed blackout as a long-simmering Andean border dispute exploded in a series of skirmishes. On Sunday, the fourth day of fighting that has claimed dozens of lives, Peru and Ecuador traded charges over which was the aggressor. Each claimed it was fighting on its own territory, defending its sovereignty. The conflict has been over half a century in the making. Sunday was the 53rd anniversary of an accord that ended a war between the two countries over their 1,600-kilometre border. Ecuador has never reconciled itself to the settlement, arguing it was robbed of half its territory. It was not clear exactly what set off the latest fighting, which has been concentrated along a 80-kilometre portion of the border that has never been marked — near the Cenepa River on Peru’s northern border and Ecuador’s southeastern border. The sparsely populated jungle area known as the Cordillera del Condor has gold, uranium and possibly oil reserves. Ecuador staked out its claim to the area with military posts. It was the site of bloody clashes in 1981. In Quito, the capital, Ecuadorean President Sixto Duran-Ballen said Sunday that Ecuador would not retreat and insisted the bases under attack “are on Ecuadorean soil.” Peruvian officials, including President Alberto Fujimori, remained tight-lipped about the conflict Sunday. The Ecuadorean military command said Peruvian forces attacked four bases with planes, helicopters and mortars Sunday morning. Ecuadorian officials said their forces shot down two Peruvian helicopters, and that seven Peruvian soldiers were killed and two taken prisoner.^ They said one Ecuadorean was killed and another wounded Sunday. Ecuadorean field commanders said 20 Peruvian and three Ecuadorean soldiers were killed Saturday. Peru’s government alluded indirectly Sunday to “the loss of human lives for political ends.” Lima’s Channel 4 television reported Sunday evening that 3D Ecuadorean and six Peruvian soldiers had been killed. Peruvian radio reported that a squadron of air force Mirage jets had taken off from the northern city of Piura, 850 kilometres northwest of Lima and 80 kilometres from the border, in the direction of the fighting.MUNDAY Music, tradition sustain native rock musician By Lyndenn Behm The Brandon Sun Bannock Rock: It may be an unusual name for a brand of music, but it describes two things that have been consistently part of Aaron Peters’ life. “Growing up on the reserve we did not have too much,” says Peters, an Ojibway musician from the Long Plain First Nation. “Rock and roll kept me going. We always had rock and roll and we always had bannock (a native bread) . . . music has helped me through a lot of lonely times.” Peters was at Dakota Ojibway Winter Tribal Days to perform and to operate a booth where he sold recordings and other items including Aaron Peters T-shirts, which list his mother’s recipe for bannock on the front. On the cover of his cassettes is a photograph of his Indian status card. He writes his own music, describing his experiences and heritage. One song, The Perfect Crime, tells of the brutal treatment and “genocide” of aboriginal people and bow the guilty parties were never punished. “What happened to the aboriginal people is the perfect crime because nobody ever got charged. Nobody went to jail.” Being honest is more important than commercial success, said Peters, who added that elders have said his music tells the truth. “A lot of older people can relate to that song The Perfect Crime.” Tribal Days this weekend enabled a variety of artists to sell and promote their products. For Barbara Spence of Sandy Bay, the art show provided a rare opportunity to reach a large number of people; Her pencil sketches and paintings drew a lot of interest from visitors this weekend. Mae Louise Campbell, a founder of the Aboriginal Arts Group, operates the Shagnapi Gallery in Winnipeg where aboriginal art is shown and sold. Campbell said Spence is an “upcoming” artist who needs the exposure provided by Tribal Days. “I love her work. I recognize immediately that it comes from her own, true spirit.” Campbell said it is import- WW w rf tau JJP** -W ^poWdm I    ri:Ui ii!1    %?ar ^    rn to ABORIGINAL FLAVOR ant that artists remain true to their art. Because aboriginal art is becoming more popular, some artists are producing what they think will appeal to customers. Even more disturbing is fake art — items which are produced by non natives, said Campbell, who encouraged KEITH MORISON/ Sun Staff Peters doesn’t forget his roots. shoppers to ask questions to ensure they are buying art that is authentic. Canadian aboriginal artists need protection from nonnative imitations, said Campbell, who added that there should also be more done to promote aboriginal art in Manitoba. Cleared man fights for access The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — A father is demanding to know why Winnipeg Child and Family Services is blocking visits with his daughter after an extensive investigation failed to uncover any evidence he sexually abused her. The man, whose name has not been released to protect the identity of his daughter, says he was falsely accused during a bitter custody dispute with his estranged wife. The investigation wasn’t able to determine with certainty whether the child, now seven, was molested. The father has asked the director of the child and family support branch of family services to investigate the agency’s handling of the case. He is also angry that the agency is pressuring him to admit his guilt in a letter to his daughter before he can see her. “Ifs one of the major stumbling blocks,” the father said. Ron Fenwick, director of the agency, said the father’s complaint is being reviewed. The sexual abuse allegations first arose in October 1992. At the time, the father had only seen his daughter during supervised visits for the previous two years because his ex-wife had accused him of planning to kidnap the child. The father lost access to his daughter after the mother reported the child’s allegations of sexual abuse to family services and the police. In November 1992, the child was examined at the Child Protection Centre by Dr. Charles Ferguson whose medical findings suggested the girl had been sexually abused. A year later, the child was examined again after alleging her paternal grandfather molested her. This time, two other doctors found no medical evidence of abuse. Rural Grits want Rock to back off gun laws The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — One Liberal backbencher says Justice Minister Allan Rock will be pressured this week to further postpone or eliminate his demands for mandatory registration of all firearms. Manitoba Liberal MP David If tody, chairman of the Liberal rural caucus, said many of his colleagues in rural ridings will confront Rock at the party’s national caucus meeting in Toronto. If tody told the Winnipeg Free Press in a report out of Ottawa that he and others will ask Rock to extend the current eight-year deadline for mandatory registration of all firearms, or possibly making the system completely voluntary. “There are a lot of MPs who are going to be looking to Allan for some more room on registration,” said Iftody. “We’ve all spent the last eight weeks in our constituencies talking to people and there are a lot of them who have deep concerns about registration and confiscation of certain kinds of firearms.” Meanwhile, Liberal MP Harry Verran told angry gun owners at a meeting in Digby, N.S., on the weekend that Prime Minister Jean Chretien has threatened to expel Liberal MPs from caucus if they vote against proposed firearm controls. Rock has refused to soften the gun-control proposals, telling his caucus the terms of his package are “final.” But Iftody said there is growing support in the Liberal caucus for delaying the mandatory registration provisions for up to two more years. “Many of the MPs think that moving to a wider window of opportunity (for registration) is something that is more sellable back home,” Iftody said. Inside Super blowout! * STORY ON PAGE 6 CANADA......................3,5,15,16 CLASSIFIED......................14-16 COMICS..................................13 EDITORIALS.............................4 LIVING...................................... 6 LOCAL......................................2 MANITOBA...............................3 OBITUARIES............................ 6 SPORTS.............................. 9-11    ■ WORLD..................................5,3 Listeners not impressed with Super Bowl joke WINNIPEG (CP) — Scruff Connors, a disc jockey who * has been known to do just about anything for ratings, did it again. But this time he may have lost a couple of listeners. 1 Connors, morning disc jockey for CJKR-FM, had been advertising an all-expenses-paid trip to Miami '• to watch the Super Bowl for the past week and had generated more than 1,200 ' entries. The 30 winners — some who purchased travel insurance • and bought U.S. currency—; met Sunday afternoon at the Air Manitoba terminal for their departure, only to discover a bus waiting for * them in the hangar. What they got was a bus ride to Miami, Man., where ' they could watch the big game on the big screen at the Chatterbox Lounge. “I guess it’s just a joke, but you’ve got to have a pretty sick sense of humor,” said Chris Hammington, 33. Outside wrATHER ON PAGE 8 • ;

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