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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 -TUT LLTH J7HDGE HERAI. April .-.V.V.V.'.V.V.V Insurance agencies challenge legitimacy of native marriages HINTON Alta (CP) The legitimacy of traditional native marriages is being challenged by an insurance company which says it won't pay a death benefit to an Indian woman because her 12-year marriage was not legal Shirley Chipaway, whose husband Solomon was killed in a.i automobile accident in December, 1972 sought the benefit from Co- operative Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. of Regina, saying she and Solomon were wed in Mav 1960 at Hay River, N W T in a traditional North American Indian church ceremony The company refused to recognize the marriage but after prolonged negotiations recognized the couple's six children, ranging in age from 12 years to less than a year, as heirs of Solomon Chipaway and eligible for total benefits ot S20 400 Mrs Chipawas the children, Mrs Chipaway's mother, sister and deaf-mute uncle now live in a cabin at Entrance, 10 miles west of Hinton and 170 miles west of Edmonton The a-month rent, fuel costs, food, clothing, and other allowances are paid from a trust fund administered by a public trustee Ken Brady, a Hinton druggist and provincial registrar for the Hinton district handled negotiations between the Chipaways and Co- operative Fire and Casualty He said the company's refusal to recognize the traditional marriage is "a clear case of discrimination because these people are In- dians Sworn affidavit Families who come to this country from overseas require just their word that they are legalh said Mr. Brady We have a sworn affidavit from Chief Peter Ochiese the hereditary chief of their band, who was at their wedding The insurance company nab refused to accept the chief's sworn word." Morns Oakes, senior adjuster for Co-operative Fire and Casualty in Edmonton, handled the s negotiations with the family. Asked whether discrimination was involved, Mr Oakes said emphatically, "No, none whatsoever We are facing many common-law marriages for whites as well as Indians This one is no different We're willing to pay whatever is stipulated in the policy and whatever can legally be paid Mr Oakes said the company approached several lawyers for opinions on the legality of the couple's ceremony. He said all lawyers, including one who has represented Indians in similar cases, agreed the ceremony had no basis in law The wedding was not recorded and the priest who performed it died several years ago, said Mr Brady. He said he registered the births of the children who were born in the Hinton dis- trict Two of the children were born in the Northwest Territories, where the couple's marriage is recognized as legally binding Paid Leo Lafontaine, manager of the Co-operative office in Edmonton, said the company paid the family in a cash settlement last year and another will be paid in December He said the couple's eldest child, a 12-year-old boy was named main beneficiary because while the marriage is not legal in the eyes of the company the children are the legitimate offspring of Solomon Chipaway Mr Lafontaine said the money was placed in the hands of a public trustee until the boy is 18. "After we pay the public trustee, our responsibility he said "The family wanted to appoint Mr Brady and Chief Ochiese as trustees but under the law we must give it to the public trustee." The public trustee now pays the family, through vouchers, more than a month. Gordon Watt, operator of a small grocery store at Entrance, owns the small cabin rented by the Chipaways. The cabin has neither electricity nor running water. Mr Watt said the family receives vouchers for the rent, for clothing, a month for food and vouchers for heating oil. "It's just as well that they are paid by vouchers because they have no experience han- dling said Mr Watt "If they were given the money they'd lose it right away Want administrator Everyone involved in the situation agrees that someone would have to administer the insurance funds for the Chipaways Mr Brady said he tried to convince the public trustee that what the family really needs is a home of its own His request that part of the settlement be allocated for a down payment on a house was turned down "Right now there isn't much point in their trying to find a better house in said Mr. Brady "There is a real shortage of property here that would accept nine people "There are plenty of apartment houses but they won't take that many kids. Anyway, if they were to get a larger place the money for rent would come out of their trust fund and be gone that much quicker Under the present arrangement, Mrs Chipaway receives standard welfare payments. Her children are not eligible for welfare, however, because of their trust fund The welfare agency pays the Chipaways what they would receive if they were on welfare. The payments are then billed to the trust account and paid by the public trustee. At the present rate of payment, the fund will be exhausted more than a year before the oldest child is eligible to claim the balance of the fund. "And then what will they have asked Mr Brady "They will be no better off than they were before, and they'll go back on welfare "If the money could be used today to buy them a home, they would have that when the money is gone, and maybe they would have a fresh start to boot Social workers recognize the rights of children OTTAWA (CP) The Canadian Association of Social Workers has called on the federal government to repeal legislation which it bays gives legai sanction to parents teachers and others to beat children In a letter to Justice Minister Otto Lang, the member association calls for repeals of Section 43 of the Criminal Code which says Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in place ot a parent is justified m using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child as the case may be, who is under his care if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances A J Gray executive director of the association, said in an interview this week the section is so broad that it gives legal sanction to the abuse of a child in a home school foster home and institution He said repeal of it would be We Will Be In Your Corner NOOK OPEN SOON! a first step toward government elimination of what is called the battered baby syndrome the abuse of children of all ages Mr Gray said child abuse is a serious national situation, with abused children tending to become abusive parents In a statement Mondav the association quotes a wideh read book called The Battered Child in Canada by Mary Van Stolk as saying that a high level of child abuse can be traced to a widespread acceptance of physical force in rearing children Only when this misguided, cruel and ignorant belief is attacked and invalidated will any real changes on the over- all treatment of our children be the statement said The rights of children must be recognized if we are to effectively clarify where the authority of parents over their children ends and where mental and physical cruelty begins Mr Gray said it is difficult to determine the extent of the problem because there have been no reporting procedures Neither doctors nor hospitals want to get involved by reporting cases of abuse to police Now Alberta has reporting legislation and Mr Gray said the example must be followed by other provinces With proper reporting procedures, counselling could be made available both for abusive parents and for abused children before they reach marriageable and child producing ages But he said little or nothing is being done and abuse is continuing at all social levels The association statement said The use of corporal punishment in schools, correctional institutions and other child care facilities must be banned Canada must make every effort to protect and cultivate its greatest resource, its children Calendar The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p m Thursday in the Oddfellows Hall Visiting Rebekahs welcome The Gait School of Nursing Alumnae Association will hold its annual Easter Bake Sale Irom 2 to 3 30 p m Thursday in the lobby of the Municipal Hospital The Dr F H Mewburn QBE Chapter, IODE, will hold the regular monthly meeting in the form of a potluck supper at 6 30 p m Thursday in the Pemmican Club hall Members are asked to bring a white elephant gift for the bingo following the meeting at Marg Ingle s PRIMROSE SHOP LTD. 613-4 Ave S Phone 327-2244 Open Thursday and Friday until 9 p.m. You II want to be in harmony with the season as sunny skies and 'ragrant flowers lairly sing out the wonde .-I news spring has finally arrived1 Bloom for Easier in some of the prettiest looks that fashion has had to offe- in a long p'ints and soft fabrics n nappy shades from our springtime medley of newly arrived coats dresses and suits FINAL 2 DAYSI THURSDAY SATURDAY 10% OFF ALL STOCK Our cake has surprises also! If you get a 10 in your cake 20% off your purchase 5C in your cake 1 off your purchase IOC in your cake off your purchase 250 in your cake FREE pair of your choice FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE lw tviryMt (CMMniMit to K- CMtlMlMIWMIpftM il KNHmurj H MRRflNJO WORLD OF SHOES 317A 6th Street South Open Thursday p.m. Born four months premature Three-month-old Sherri Lynn Scorse, all four pounds, nine ounces of her, left a Phoenix, Ariz hospital to go home with her parents. The child, weighing one pound, three ounces two days after birth, apparently won her battle to live. She was born four months premature and was first placed in a crib to die. 'Women of the Year' honored NEW YORK (AP) Eight women were honored Monday night for their contributions in fields ranging from human rights and sports to creative art and science More than guests were invited to attend the one-hour ceremony, Women of the Year, 1974 The winners, selected by ballot by the readers of Ladies' Home Journal, were Hepburn, actress, for creative arts. She did not attend, Barbara Walters, television moderator, for communications, Jean King, tennis star, for sports, Martha Griffiths (Dem Mich for public affairs, Roberta Harris, former United States ambassador to Luxembourg, for business and professions, Height, president of the National Council of INTRODUCING... a new name at Camm's in exclusive Ladies' Dress Shoes Negro Women, for human rights, Barbara McDonald, consultant on early childhood education, for community service, Dixy Lee Ray, first woman chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, for science and research. CHANGE FLAVOR Change the flavor of hard sauce to be served with pudding by adding grated lemon rind instead of vanilla to the butter and confectioners' sugar mixture -The Herald Family Discrimination against women miners lifted Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Women who want to become coal miners will no longer be thwarted by government legislation, Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, has told the legislature. He was commenting on second reading of the Coal Mines Safety Act which replaces an old act The new act is designed to cover modern mining techniques It also provides stiff penalties for safety infractions Mr Dickie said more women might get involved in coal mining with the removal of at least implied discrimination in the old regulations While miners might be superstitious about women working in mines, it was the intent of the government to avoid such discrimination Welcoming the introduction of a new act, Charlie Drain (SC Pmcher Creek Crowsnest) said he knew of no industry as concerned about safety as the coal mining industry But he said three-quarters of the old act was obsolete It was no longer necessary to require that the men are allowed to have their lunch downwind from mine horses, he said Gordon Taylor (SC Drumhelleri said the act was silent on the important question ot mine abandonments But he was told that abandonments are covered under the coal conservation act brought in last by the government Mr Dickie has yet to present the detn'ied regulations which the act will cover They will be discussed in detail later this session by the legislature sitting as a committee of the whole Meanwhile, Bert Hohol, minister of manpower and labor, reported that 211 women complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission about employment discrimination during the last year He said he did not have figures on how many of the complaints were justified Complaints concerned claims that equal pay for equal work concepts were being ignored by employers, discriminatory conditions and terms of employment for a women, discriminatory advertising and a need for protection as a result of employment LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. N. 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