Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 26, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Aboriginal artifacts wander away from U of W
By Scott Edmonds
WINNIPEG — At least 89 artifacts have disappeared from the University of Winnipeg’s Anthropology Museum but record-keeping is so bad that many more may be missing, Manitoba’s auditor-general said yesterday.
Many of the artifacts were collected from Manitoba First Nations, including at least 58 items from the northern Ojibwa collection. They included a raven ceremonial headdress, water drums and birchbark scrolls.
“You can look at this as a breach of trust on the part of the museum,” said auditor Jon Singleton.
“It was very dismaying to us to find
that these objects had been taken away from the museum without appropriate processes being followed and certainly without treating the parties who may have had an interest in those objects with appropriate respect.”
More than 30 relate specifically to the Pauingassi First Nation. Band officials contacted said they were surprised by the revelation but had no comment.
Singleton said it’s impossible to put a dollar value on the items, since they were never appraised, but native communities place a high cultural value on things they have long argued should be returned.
It’s incumbent upon the museum to discuss the return of the items with the appropriate individuals or groups before
disposing of them, he said.
It’s known that some of the artifacts were sent from the museum to an American aboriginal organization, called the Three Fires Society, in Wisconsin in 1998.
Justice Murray Sinclair, an aboriginal member of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, was involved in that transfer, which triggered Singleton’s interest when it was reported.
Singleton said it’s possible the transfer violated the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, since apparently no permit was obtained.
He said his review revealed some other items were handed over informally to native groups by museum employees, although even those exchanges vio
lated university rules at the very least.
And he said it was impossible to say from the meagre evidence he found whether any money changed hands for any of the missing items. Some aboriginal artifacts are worth thousands of dollars to collectors.
“I can’t speculate on that because we’re not able to say who got them or under what circumstances they got many of these artifacts. It’s impossible to say whether or not money changed hands in some cases.”
Only about half the museum’s almost 1,300-item collection relates to North American aboriginal culture. The rest are drawn from cultures around the world and some of those items were missing as well.
His report was highly critical of the university but he said officials there have promised to heed his recommendations.
Patrick Deane, academic vice-president at the university, said they are also taking action against staff involved but he couldn’t discuss specifics.
Singleton suggested in some cases it appeared the motives of the employees were noble if not their actions.
“It looks to us as though certain employees of the museum gave them to parties they thought would be appropriate. We know that for some of them. For other objects, we just don’t now what happened to them.”
He recommended the university get legal advice concerning the actions of its employees.
Critics want plebiscite on casino
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Elected city officials may have other ideas, however.
“Our intent was to enter into negotiations,” Coun. Errol Black says. “I think we’re serious ... I think it’s a genuine commitment.”
Ken McKay says the band’s next move is to begin face-to-face talks. It’s currently negotiating to acquire land along the Trans-Canada Highway to house the casino.
Steve Ashton, the minister who oversees the gambling industry, was unavailable for comment on whether Brandon council’s support is satisfactory.
Some councillors appeared confused Monday after approving the resolution when Atkinson insisted council follow the agenda and vote on a similar motion to formally start talks.
Council overturned his decision, however, and voted to withdraw that resolution and others, including one to hold a plebiscite.
Both Atkinson and Black say they favour allowing Brandonites to settle the issue in a plebiscite.
They have the support of Connie Bieber, who once took a petition of residents opposed to a casino.
“Let the people decide. There are a lot of people for it and a lot of people against it. It’s a split.
“I don’t want a casino in town. It’s going to be the children who suffer because the parents will spend money where they have no business spending money.”
Super 8 Hotel owner Bonnie Owens says she can see both benefits and drawbacks of a casino.
“It would be a good tourist draw.”
Casinos also contribute to gambling addictions, she adds.CORRECTION
Coun. Doug Paterson withdrew from a city council vote Monday regarding Brandon’s intent to start urban reserve negotiations with Sioux Valley.
Council then voted 6-4 in favour of the resolution. Councillors Dave Burgess, Ken Fitzpatrick, Todd Lumbard, Rick Chrest, Marion Robinsong and Errol Black supported it. Mayor Reg Atkinson and councillors Margo Campbell, Don Jessiman and Beth Smale opposed it.
Incorrect information appeared in Tuesday’s paper.
COUN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN
Brett Heselwood plays with a school photo stuck to his forehead yesterday afternoon at Riverheights School. The fifth grader and his classmates will have their last day of school for the season on Thursday.Citizens present ideas on improving city
Local residents have plenty of ideas for how Brandon can become a better place to live.
Through three public meetmgs into a new development plan for the Brandon district, about 25 people have called for more parks, higher wages, targeted urban growth and downtown revitalization, says Marga Betz, planner with Fulcrum Planning of Calgary.
Fulcrum and local consultant Richard Rounds are consulting the public and researching the area, leading up to the presentation of a new plan for the councils of Brandon, Elton and Cornwallis to consider next year.
A development plan designates areas for different types of land use.
Yesterday afternoon, only a few municipal officials and one chamber of commerce manager attended a public development plan meeting that was advertised by handbills and press releases.
“I’m committed to going out as much as necessary,” Betz says.
Brandon’s populations of seniors and young people are growing, creating needs for different types of housing, Rounds says. The youth population is growing by rural residents moving into the city.
Maple Leaf’s arrival has added 1,200 jobs to the city in the last few years.
More changes are in store, Betz says, particularly once Brandon reaches a population of 50,000 people.
That’s when cities find their economic bases stabilize and residents become more interested in art galleries, specialty shopping areas and culture, she says.
Many of those interests already exist here, she adds.
The consultants will likely hold more public meetings before recommending a new development plan.
— Brandon Sun
Thrilling Plan stories sought
By Kyla Duncan
A Manitoba film company wants to bring a piece of Canadian history to light, with the help of Brandon residents.
Frank Adamson, producer of the future documentary In a Common Cause is looking for people with connections to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan program.
“We’re looking for some human interest stories — people who met and married during the BCATP ... there are a lot of stories and there’s also stories of loss and we want to capture those stories," says Adamson, from Winnipeg-based Skywest Productions.
Adamson says he’s hoping anyone with a story, pictures or memorabilia
will pop into the Commonwealth Air Museum Saturday at 9 a.m.
Adamson says he was first approached by the Royal Canadian Air Force to make the documentary. He says he is now inspired to educate people with the documentary, which is scheduled to air on Global Television in August.
“It was one of the most historical, major events in Canadian history that no one knows anything about.”
The BCATP ran in Canada from 1935 to 1945 in preparation for and during the Second World War. It was the major flight training program for pilots in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and the United States of America.
More than 131,000 air crew were trained.
Manitoba chiropractors, patients flood legislature with letters on funding
WINNIPEG — A few hundred chiropractic patients and several chiropractors showed up the legislature yesterday with 12,000 letters asking the government to reconsider cutting funding for chiropractic services.
The province is reducing support for adult chiropractic services by 30 per cent and removing coverage for children’s chiropractic services completely as of July I.
Darrel Minuk, a Winnipeg chiropractor, said the letters were the first of 50,000 collected from upset patients.
All but three backbench members of the legislature came out of their offices to accept the letters.
But Health Minister Dave Chomiak said the letters will not change his mind.
“We’ve got to get these savings some
where,” he said. “This was not a decision that was made easily. It wasn’t done out of spite. We simply can’t sustain everything.”
Premier Gary Doer suggested the patients send the letters instead to the federal government, which doesn’t reimburse provinces for chiropractic coverage because the service isn’t listed under the Canada Health Act.
Shirley Heidbrecht, who was hit by a car more than a decade ago, said if it weren’t for her chiropractor she would not be walking today.
Heidbrecht said she struggles to pay the $10 to $15 a visit she is required to pay now, and can’t afford to add another $3.56, which is what the government is downloading onto patients.
Pair taunted drowning stranger
WINNIPEG — Two men who tossed a jogger off a bridge taunted him as he drowned in the Red River, a court was told yesterday.
Dwayne Ritchot testified at the trial of his friend Christopher Haight yesterday that after Haight threw 17-year-old Bradford McLean off the bridge, they shouted and cursed at him to swim.
“He was splashing around in the water,” said Ritchot, flailing his arms for the jury. “We told him to ... swim.”
Winnipeg police discovered McLean’s body in the Red River Oct. 11,2000.
Haight, 19, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in McLean’s death.
Another witness, Derek Lischka, said the pair told him within hours of the incident that when they saw
McLean couldn’t swim, they laugher and yelled curse-laden instructions a him as he flailed in the water.
But Ritchot testified that once the returned to their residence, he hear Haight “gagging” in the washroom.
Ritchot said Haight “started feelin really guilty.” “He said he regretter doing it and felt bad about it.”
Ritchot said the men were walkin over a bridge home from work at a wir dow firm when McLean, a stranger t them, came jogging up behind them.
He testified that the two men move aside to let him pass when McLea stopped and asked Ritchot “what the . . are you looking at?” Ritchot said h was about to hit McLean when Haigl struck the man from behind, lifting hir and sending him off the bridge. —C
SCHOOL MY 2 — GARBAGE DAY 8
BUDZINSKI, Dora (Domna), (nee Marchuk), May 17, 1901 - June 21, 2002
GRIFFITH, Marjorie, of Oak Lake. MADDEN, Lillian Jean, passed away June 23.
TURNER, (Margaret) Jean, passed away in Calgary.
ZAHARCHUK, William (Bill), beloved husband of Hazel.
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