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Assembly of First Nations and Railway Association of Canada Launch Railway Training and Employment Project

WINNIPEG, July 25 – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) today announced a railway training (http://www.careerontrack.ca/default.aspx) and employment (http://www.careerontrack.ca/site/why/careers/index.htm) project to promote skills development and employment to Aboriginal Canadians for career opportunities in Canada’s rail industry.The project was funded as part of the federal government’s two-year, $75 million […]

by NationTalk on July 25, 20102271 Views

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Assembly of First Nations 31st Annual General Assembly closing communique

WINNIPEG, July 22 – First Nation Chiefs and delegates gathered within Treaty One territories at Winnipeg stand together and stand united. As stated in our Declaration of 1982, we are the Original Peoples of this land with laws and responsibilities given to us by the Creator. Our rights have been affirmed within the Constitution of […]

by NationTalk on July 23, 2010816 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Sets Out Vision for First Nations Control of First Nations Education

WINNIPEG, July 22 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nations Chiefs and delegates from across Canada confirmed a new comprehensive plan to directly address critical education needs facing First Nation communities. “This is an important confirmation of the clear priority every First Nation leader places on education. We are […]

by NationTalk on July 22, 20101274 Views

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Engineers Canada and the Assembly of First Nations Working Together to Raise Awareness Among First Nations Youth of Careers in Engineering

WINNIPEG, July 22 – Today, Engineers Canada and the Assembly of First Nations signed a partnership to increase awareness of, and access to, careers in engineering for First Nations youth. The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. It recently issued a call to action on First Nations […]

by NationTalk on July 22, 2010997 Views

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Media Advisory – Re: Statement of Partnership between Engineers Canada and the Assembly of First Nations

OTTAWA, July 21 – Engineers Canada and the Assembly of First Nations are pleased to announce that they will sign a statement of partnership to increase awareness of, and access to, careers in engineering for First Nations youth. What: A signing ceremony between Engineers Canada, represented by President Zaki Ghavitian, and the Assembly of First […]

by NationTalk on July 21, 2010817 Views

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Media Advisory – AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nations Setout Plan to Address Education Crisis Facing First Nations

WINNIPEG, July 21 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nations representatives will hold a press conference on Thursday, July 22 at the AFN’s 31st Annual General Assembly to unveil a plan towards true education reform in order to improve First Nations education outcomes. These solutions are driven by […]

by NationTalk on July 21, 20101011 Views

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“Building Homes and Building Skills”: Assembly of First Nations and The Holmes Group Announce New Partnership on First Nations Housing and Infrastructure

WINNIPEG, July 21 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and “Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor” Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes”(R) and The Holmes Group, signed a Statement of Partnership today at the AFN 31st Annual General Assembly. The agreement establishes a new pilot project that aims to assist in building homes, […]

by NationTalk on July 21, 20101835 Views

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Media Advisory – Press Conference with AFN National Chief and “Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor” Mike Holmes Announcing Statement of Partnership on New First Nations Housing Initiative

WINNIPEG, July 20 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and “Canada’s Most Trusted contractor” Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes”(R) and The Holmes Group will announce a Statement of Partnership on a new First Nations Housing initiative on Wednesday, July 21 during the AFN’s 31st Annual General Assembly Winnipeg, Manitoba. DATE: […]

by NationTalk on July 20, 20101111 Views

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Creating sustainable First Nation economies is focus of new $2.5 million poverty reduction project: Assembly of First Nations Leads Initiative with Support of Canadian Institutes of Health Research

WINNIPEG, July 20– First Nation communities struggling to break the cycle of poverty and despair will soon be the focus of a major $2.5 million intervention research project aimed at creating long-term strategies for sustainable economies that improve community health and well-being. “The single greatest challenge that we collectively face is finding solutions that will […]

by NationTalk on July 20, 20101282 Views

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Media Advisory – Assembly of First Nations 31st Annual General Assembly Taking Place “Where Our Nations Meet” in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 20-22

OTTAWA, July 19 – The Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, is holding its Annual General Assembly at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 20-22. The theme of the AFN’s 31st AGA is “Where Our Nations Meet”, reflecting the significance of Winnipeg as a historic […]

by NationTalk on July 19, 2010791 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Launches “IndigenACTION”, Aimed at Supporting Healthy Lifestyles, Fitness and Sport

Winnipeg, July 18 – Today Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, together with AFN Youth Council Chair Joshua Gottfriedson and Olympian Waneek Horn Miller, launched an initiative to support and further enhance opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities through active lifestyles, sport and fitness.”Through IndigenACTION, we will harness the spirit of the […]

by NationTalk on July 19, 20101067 Views

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Media Advisory – Assembly of First Nations 31st Annual General Assembly Taking Place “Where Our Nations Meet” in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 20-22

OTTAWA, July 16 – The Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, is holding its Annual General Assembly at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 20-22. The theme of the AFN’s 31st AGA is “Where Our Nations Meet”, reflecting the significance of Winnipeg as a historic […]

by NationTalk on July 16, 20101384 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo to announce initiative focused on healthy lifestyles, sport and fitness for indigenous peoples and communities

WINNIPEG, July 15 – In advance of the Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) Annual General Assembly taking place in Winnipeg next week, National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, together with the AFN Youth Council, Olympian Waneek Horn Miller and other special guests, will launch an initiative focused on sport, fitness and healthy lifestyles for First Nations […]

by NationTalk on July 15, 2010964 Views

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Taking Action for First Nations Post-Secondary Education: Access, Opportunity, and Outcomes – Discussion Paper

PREFACE The First Nations Post-Secondary Education: Access, Opportunity, and Outcomes Panel is composed of ten individuals who are very familiar with the Post-Secondary Education Program. Each member has over 20-30 years experience in post-secondary and higher education. The panel is co-chaired by Dr. Rose-Alma J. McDonald and Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux. The Panel includes perspectives from […]

by NationTalk on July 2, 20101175 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Annual Report July 2009 – July 2010

Overview In a few weeks we will gather at Winnipeg for our Annual General Assembly. Before that, it is my great honour to offer my first annual report to you the Chiefs and First Nation governments from across Canada. You will also receive the Assembly of First Nation comprehensive annual report which includes detailed updates […]

by NationTalk on July 2, 2010867 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Applauds Cole Choken Cancer Run: Mexico to Canada

OTTAWA, June 30 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today applauded the initiative and determination of Cole Choken, a First Nation youth from Lake Manitoba First Nation who is running from Mexico to Manitoba to raise awareness and support for cancer research.”On behalf of the AFN executive and First Nation citizens […]

by NationTalk on June 30, 20101258 Views

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AFN National Chief Comments on June 24 Day of Action: “First Nations are Ready to Move Forward”

OTTAWA, June 25 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement responding to the National Day of Action held in locations across Canada on June 24, 2010: “Thousands of First Nations citizens and supporters participated in demonstrations – including blockades, rallies and marches – on June 24, the day […]

by NationTalk on June 25, 20101379 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Supports Report by Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates Addressing “Harsh Reality” Confronting Aboriginal Children in Canada

OTTAWA, June 23– Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo supported a report released today by the Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates entitled Aboriginal Children and Youth in Canada: Canada Must Do Better. The report reaffirms the need for urgent, coordinated action by First Nations and other governments to create […]

by NationTalk on June 24, 20101171 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes federal decision on HST recognizing Treaty right to tax exemption

OTTAWA, June 18 – Today Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo commended First Nation leadership in Ontario for their initiative and persistence in working with provincial and federal governments to ensure point-of-sale exemption is maintained for First Nations in the province.”I commend the strong leadership of First Nations in Ontario in working […]

by NationTalk on June 22, 2010908 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Releases Expert Report on Post Secondary Education: “Enhancing support to ensure full opportunity and success for our youth”

OTTAWA, June 21 – On National Aboriginal Solidarity Day, the Assembly of First Nations released a discussion paper entitled Taking Action for First Nations Post-Secondary Education: Access, Opportunity, and Outcomes. The paper was prepared by First Nations experts on post secondary education and sets out an ambitious and innovative agenda to strengthen and enhance First […]

by NationTalk on June 22, 20101224 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo calls on federal government to follow the recommendations of a new Parliamentary Report which supports renewed funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation

OTTAWA, June 18 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn At-in-chut Atleo called on the federal government to support the recommendations of a new report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANO) which says the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) should be funded for three more years.A […]

by NationTalk on June 22, 20101113 Views

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Media Advisory: AFN to release an innovative expert report on Post-Secondary Education for First Nations

OTTAWA, June 18 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will host a press conference Monday to release a discussion paper entitled Taking Action for First Nations Post-Secondary Education: Access, Opportunity, and Outcomes. National Chief Atleo will be joined by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), the Association of Community Colleges […]

by NationTalk on June 18, 2010726 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Participates in Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Inaugural Event

OTTAWA, June 16 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today issued the following statement from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first national commemorative event taking place in Winnipeg, MB this week. “Today is first and foremost about the survivors of the Indian residential school system, the importance of truth-telling and the […]

by NationTalk on June 16, 2010704 Views

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AFN National Chief calls on Indian and Northern Affairs to Respect Community-based Solutions for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and All First Nations

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN ASSEMBLÉE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS 473, RUE ALBERT STREET 8th FLOOR / 8e ÉTAGE OTTAWA ON K1R 5B4 (613) 241-6789 telephone / téléphone (613) 241-5808 fax / télécopieur June 15, 2010 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo today commented on the recent move by Indian and […]

by NationTalk on June 16, 20101636 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of Apology to Residential School Survivors

Ottawa, June 11 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement today to mark the second anniversary of the Government of Canada’s Apology for the Indian Residential Schools: “Today, we remember first and foremost the thousands of First Nations youth who were taken from their families and placed in […]

by NationTalk on June 11, 2010863 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Launches Call to Action on First Nations Education

NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, June 9 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today launched a broad call to action on First Nations education, highlighting the importance of reconciliation and effective partnerships in ensuring equitable education opportunities for First Nations. “Today we launch a call to action. A call for education to […]

by NationTalk on June 9, 2010978 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Supports the Findings of the Harvard Law Report on Mining in Takla Lake Traditional Territory

OTTAWA, June 8 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said that findings of a 200 page study released yesterday by Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic echo the situation facing First Nations across the country. The findings state that B.C.’s mining regulations do not recognize First Nations rights to self-determination and the […]

by NationTalk on June 8, 2010823 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo to announce call to action on First Nations education

OTTAWA, June 7– Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will deliver the convocation address to the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University June 9, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the education centre gymnasium. Please join National Chief Atleo, Nipissing First Nation Deputy Chief June Commanda and students from Nbiising Secondary School for […]

by NationTalk on June 7, 20101240 Views

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National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes announcement on First Nations University

Ottawa, June 2 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomed an announcement by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Chuck Strahl that he will restore $4 Million in funding to the First Nations University (FNUniv), which will cover expenses from Sept. 1 to March 31.”This is good news for students, […]

by NationTalk on June 3, 2010893 Views

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Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Hearing on Discrimination Against First Nations Children in Child Welfare System: Federal Government Attempting to Stop Hearing from Proceeding

OTTAWA, June 1 – An historic case, with potentially broad sweeping national implications for First Nations, is set to be heard by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa on June 2 and 3. A motion filed by the federal government, however, could stop the Tribunal from hearing the complaint that the federal government is […]

by NationTalk on June 1, 20101001 Views

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2010 Heroes of Our Time Scholarships

Since 1988/1989 the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has sponsored the Heroes of Our Time scholarships to recognize the hard work, dedication and academic achievements of First Nations post secondary students who demonstrate excellence in a variety of categories. The scholarships are divided into eight categories that represent eight First Nations heroes and academic disciplines, […]

by NationTalk on June 1, 20102379 Views

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National Chief Shawn Atleo joins his home community of Ahousaht in mourning after a plane crash near Tofino, BC

Tofino, BC, May 30 – Today, National Chief Shawn Atleo joined his home community of Ahousaht in mourning the loss of three community members and a pilot who was well-known to the community after a float plane crashed near Tofino on Saturday. He offered the following statement:”Our whole community is deeply saddened by this unexpected […]

by NationTalk on May 31, 2010999 Views

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AFN National Chief Calls for Real Action on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations: Need Action to Address the “Capacity Gap as well as the Regulatory Gap”

OTTAWA, May 27 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo stated today that legislation introduced in Parliament on First Nations drinking water – Bill S-11- will not in its current form meet the stated objective of ensuring First Nations have access to safe drinking water. “This legislation will create new regulations for […]

by NationTalk on May 27, 20101136 Views

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AFN National Chief supports call for a Public Inquiry into the shooting death of John Simon

MONCTON, NB, May 19 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo joined Regional Chief Rick Simon and Wagmatcook First Nation Chief Lester Peck in calling for a public inquiry into the death of John Simon, who was shot in his home by an RCMP officer in December 2008. “The death of […]

by NationTalk on May 19, 2010851 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo supports call for a public inquiry into the shooting death of John Simon

MONCTON, NB, May 18 – National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will join AFN Regional Chief Rick Simon, and Wagmatcook First Nation Chief Lester Peck as they call for a public inquiry into the death of John Simon, who was shot in his home by an RCMP officer on Dec. 2, 2008. EVENT: Press Conference DATE: […]

by NationTalk on May 18, 2010743 Views

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AFN National Chief Welcomes Release of Senate Report on First Nations Elections and Looks Forward to Future Progress

OTTAWA, May 13 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomed today’s release of the report by the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples entitled First Nations Elections: The Choice is Inherently Theirs. The Senate Committee’s report identified a number of areas where the Indian Act has been counter-productive to effective governance, […]

by NationTalk on May 14, 20101101 Views

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National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offers condolences on the passing of Bertha Allen

OTTAWA, May 12 – Today National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offered the following statement on the passing of social activist Bertha Allen: “The passing of Bertha Allen is a great loss for her family, friends, and community. Bertha was widely respected for her leadership and work with grassroots women. In particular, her work as a […]

by NationTalk on May 12, 2010716 Views

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Assembly of First Nations offers support for Amun March

OTTAWA, May 7 – Today, the Assembly of First Nations declared their support for walkers participating in the Amun March. The Amun (“Big gathering”) March began on May 4, 2010 in Wendake and will culminate in a gathering in Ottawa on June 1, 2010. The 500 kilometer march, led by Ms. Michèle Audette and Ms. […]

by NationTalk on May 7, 20101085 Views

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Statement on the appointment of Grand Chief Edward John as a new member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 29, 2010 “On behalf of the AFN Executive, I wish to congratulate Grand Chief Edward John who has been appointed as the new North American representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). I wish to also acknowledge and extend our sincere appreciation to Ms. Tonya Gonella-Frichner for her dedication and […]

by NationTalk on April 30, 20101489 Views

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Statement by the AFN

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and members of the AFN Executive Committee participated today in the second meeting of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group (AAWG) in Toronto. The meeting advanced discussion on the commitments required from all jurisdictions to address critical goals in education, economic development, and violence against women. […]

by NationTalk on April 30, 20101169 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Shawn Atleo – Relationship Building and Reaching our Targets

April 23, 2010 The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is embarking on a strategic and forward looking agenda. I believe this is our time, a time for Indigenous peoples to come together in recognition and respect to lead the change that is required for our people. I am pleased to provide the following update on […]

by NationTalk on April 28, 20101863 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Youth Council Co-chair Colby Tootoosis congratulate Okanagan Nation young leaders

OTTAWA, April 28 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today issued the following statement congratulating Okanagan youth for their leadership and innovation in addressing youth suicide and violence. “As National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and on behalf of the AFN executive and youth council, I applaud the […]

by NationTalk on April 28, 2010932 Views

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Re: Declaration of Support for Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation communities

Dear Algonquin Chiefs: On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations Executive and staff, I am pleased to offer support to the delegation of Algonquin Chiefs, Elders and citizens on your journey. Your journey to Ottawa seeking full recognition from the Government of Canada regarding title and rights within your traditional territories is ongoing and […]

by NationTalk on April 26, 20101230 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Auditor General’s Recommendations on Sustainable Development in the Northwest Territories

Ottawa, April 23 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo responded today to Auditor General Sheila Fraser’s 2010 Spring Report, specifically Chapter 4 – Sustaining Development in the Northwest Territories.”The Auditor General’s report offers some important recommendations and warnings that will impact development in the North today and in the future, both […]

by NationTalk on April 23, 2010897 Views

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AFN National Chief Presents to United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Calls for Action Based on Principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, April 22 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo presented today at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in New York. The National Chief spoke to key areas that require action by First Nations and the Government of Canada, including First Nations Treaties, citizenship, comprehensive […]

by NationTalk on April 22, 20101155 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo Congratulates Lennox Island First Nation on the Opening of Minigoo Fisheries Inc.

Statement Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo congratulated Chief Darlene Bernard and the Lennox Island First Nation on today’s opening of Minigoo Fisheries Inc., a lobster processing facility which will be completely owned and operated by the First Nation.”I am very happy to be here today to witness the opening of this […]

by NationTalk on April 22, 20101043 Views

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National Chief Shawn Atleo is concerned about recent cuts in crab fishery quota in the Atlantic Region

Statement Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo was in Elsipogtog First Nations today to meet with the AFN’s Regional Chief for New Brunswick-PEI, Roger Augustine, and First Nations in the region to discuss issues of importance and urgent concern. A key issue is serious concerns about the 63% cut in the crab […]

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010809 Views

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AFN National Chief to Make Presentation to United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Speaks to Growing Momentum to Endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, April 21 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will make a presentation on April 22nd at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The National Chief’s presentation will focus on key issues of importance to Indigenous peoples in Canada, within the context of advancing implementation of the United Nations […]

by NationTalk on April 21, 20101012 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study: “Survey Reinforces First Nations Priorities”

OTTAWA, April 7 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo commented on the findings of the National Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study released yesterday noting consistency with First Nation interests. “There are interesting findings in this study that reinforce advocacy efforts of First Nations as well as pointing out the importance of […]

by NationTalk on April 7, 20101209 Views

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