There are two separate, but related projects running side by side throughout this engagement; the Six Nations Alcohol regulation and the Brewery Proposal.
The Alcohol Regulation is being modeled after the Kahnawa:ke Alcohol Law. This regulation would require the formation of a commission composed of qualified Six Nations community members to issue and enforce alcohol permits within the community. This approach will allow Six Nations to control and regulate the production, distribution and sale of alcohol in the community. Contrary to popular belief, Six Nations has not officially been deemed a “Dry Community”.
On January 17, 2015 Six Nations members will have the opportunity to attend a referendum to show the community stance on alcohol within the community. There will be three options to choose from at the referendum:
I support a PERMISSIVE alcohol regulation for Six Nations. This means that the regulation will be drafted to permit the sale and/or manufacturing of alcohol under certain requirements. This would allow for community input to include things like the number of permits granted, sale times and locations and age restrictions.
I support a RESTRICTIVE alcohol regulation for Six Nations. This means that the regulation will be drafted to state that there will be NO sale or manufacture of alcohol within the community at all.
I DO NOT support an alcohol regulation for Six Nations. This means that the regulation will not move forward and alcohol within the community will remain status quo. Community members will still have the option of pursuing Provincial Liquor licenses for events in the community where alcohol is being served.
If there is support for an alcohol regulation at Six Nations, a community engagement process will be undertaken, following the referendum, to allow for further input from the community regarding the details of the regulations.
Six Nations Economic Development was approached by IPA Enterprises Inc. of Waterloo,On with an economic opportunity to be a majority partner in the Brewery to be located at the Oneida Business Park. It is anticipated that this business will generate approximately $2.2 to $4 million in annual revenues for Six Nations within 4 years of operation. The Brewery expects to create approximately 145 jobs during this period. The creation of this project would also require a waterline expansion on Fourth Line from Stoneridge to Oneida Business Park, in which IPA Enterprises has dedicated $2 million dollars towards this initiative.
IF the community supports the project within the community, it will be subject to the Six Nations Alcohol Regulation. If the regulation does not pass through referendum, the project will NOT move forward.
The decision regarding the Brewery Proposal will be gathered through collection of comment cards submitted indicating whether community members DO or DO NOT support the project. Comments can be submitted through www.snfuture.com or by dropping off written comments at Six Nations Tourism building or at the Six Nations Elected Council Administration building.
The community engagement process has been designed to provide a balanced perspective of the issues, benefits and opportunities that these projects may include, and provides a community wide mechanism to gather feedback that will help guide the Six Nations Elected Council now and in the future.
“I encourage all of the community members to take part in this important process. Your opinion does matter and it is our hope that many people will come out to the community information sessions and also take part in the planned referendum.” said Chief Ava Hill.
The community engagement process will run from November 17th, 2014 to January 17th, 2015 and will conclude with a community Referendum to be held at the Six Nations community hall. Over the course of two months there will be three (3) community meetings and eight (8) information sessions for community members to attend for more information and discussion. The Community Meetings will be open forum meetings with a formal presentation and an open question and answer period. The information sessions are open house style forums with a personal one-on-one discussion with staff and representatives from IPA.
Monday December 15, 2014, 6-9pm Engagement Meeting (Polytech)
Friday December 19, 2014, 11-4pm Information Session (Tourism Assembly Room)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 11-4pm Information Session (Tourism Assembly Room)
Wednesday January 7, 2015, 5-8pm Information Session (IL Thomas)
Saturday January 10, 2015 Advance Polls
Monday January 12, 2015 6-9pm Final Community Meeting (Polytech)
Saturday January 17, 2015 10am-7pm Referendum (Community Hall)
Please Note: This section includes the most recent/updated information regarding the project. Based on community engagement feedback at the time of engagement, project updates may differ.
The project was not approved during the community engagement and referendum process; therefore, the project did not proceed to further development.