Indigenous law should decide dispute with ex: Wealthy Six Nations businessman

A billionaire Six Nations businessman who launched the largest privately-owned Native corporation in the world is in a family law dispute with the mother of their eight-year-old son.

Ken Hill, 59, co-founded and remains a partner at the successful Grand River Enterprises (GRE), a cigarette manufacturer that sells globally and has recorded annual sales of more than $300 million.

Hill met Brittany Beaver, then 22, in September 2008 while she was working with corporate promotions at GRE. Hill enjoyed a jet-setting lifestyle, mingling with celebrities including Mike Tyson, actress Tia Carrere and rapper Snoop Dogg.

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Hill and Beaver lived together for about one year and had a baby in August 2009. They continued their romantic sexual relationship — while living apart — until November 2013 when Beaver ended it during a tumultuous vacation in the Bahamas.

Hill is now poised to take their family law dispute to the Ontario Court of Appeal in June where his lawyers will argue that Haudenosaunee laws should rule over Ontario family law when it comes to Indigenous families.

Hill is battling a claim by Beaver, a stay-at-home mom and student, to pay $33,183 per month in child support for their eight-year-old son and $85,701 per month in spousal support.

Hill will take his constitutional challenge to the Ontario Court of Appeal in June after losing a Superior Court decision last year.

Haudenosaunee family disputes should be resolved “according to the laws and governance of the Haudenosaunee,” argued Hill’s lawyers.

Justice Deborah Chappel disagreed. Hill is appealing her decision.

Hill earns more than $2.1 annually income tax-free, but Beaver asserts his income is grossly understated and easily more than double this amount.

Hill has paid $10,000 a month for his son Brody, his private school education and provided a $1-million house in the Kitchener area for Beaver, 31, Brody, plus her toddler son by her new boyfriend, his lawyers stated.

“Indigenous mothers and children should not get any less child support than non-indigenous mothers and children,” said Beaver’s lawyer Martha McCarthy, who is co-counsel with Joanna Radbord and Harold Niman.

Niman, said after four years in the courts, “we can finally have a judge deal with my client’s case on the merits for child support.”

Hill’s spokesman Raj Rasalingam said the successful businessman “is not fighting to punish anyone, he’s fighting to change the attitudes that Haudenosaunee cannot determine their own future and family court disputes.”

Hill was previously married and divorced and has at least five other children. One of Hill’s two eldest children, Josh, is a noted rap artist who recorded a number with Snoop Dogg called “Blowed,” which was controversial for its use of the term “pocahotties.”

From December 20008 until July 2009, the couple lived together at Hill’s cottage, according to court documents. She happily informed Hill she was pregnant in January 2009.

When Brody was born Aug. 24, 2009, Hill wasn’t present for his son’s birth but the couple reconciled the following month.

Beaver says she and Hill remained a couple, spending several nights a month, enjoying sexual relations at each other’s homes or on vacations from September 2009 until November 2013 when Beaver broke off their relationship.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies