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First Nations Bank of Canada – Strong Results in First Quarter

SASKATOON, April 25 – First Nations Bank of Canada (“First Nations Bank”) announced first quarter results that show strong earnings and continued growth.

For the first quarter ended January 31, 2007, income before taxes increased 185% to $658 thousand and net income increased 110% year over year to $453 thousand. Strong loan growth and improved interest margins drove the increase in net interest income. Low loan losses and level non-interest expense all contributed to the Bank’s strong income performance.

Total assets grew marginally by 1.9% to $170.2 million. Loan volumes increased 12.2% to $130.0 million. Loan growth is attributed to a growing mortgage and commercial lending portfolio in the Bank’s core markets.

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National Chief Congratulates Dr. Lyndsay Crowshoe’s Appointment to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Board of Directors

OTTAWA, April 25 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine congratulates Dr Lyndsay Crowshoe for his appointment as a First Nations representative to the Board of Directors with the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).

“I am delighted to see that the AFN’s nomination of Dr. Crowshoe was supported by Dr. Jeffrey Lozon, CPAC’s Chair,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “Dr. Crowshoe is a young First Nations leader in health care reform and a role model for First Nations youth who are seeking to enter the medical profession and health research.”

A member of the Piikani Nation of Alberta, Dr Crowshoe practices primary health care while maintaining a faculty position at the University of Alberta.

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East Toba River Montrose Creek Hydro Project Approved

For Immediate Release
April 25, 2007

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA – Plutonic Power Corporation (the proponent) has received provincial environmental certification for two integrated run-of-river hydroelectric power plant facilities, Environment Minister Barry Penner and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld announced today.

The project, which will have a combined capacity to produce 196 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity, will be located on two sites upstream of the Toba River in Toba Inlet, north of Powell River.

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Call For Statements Of Qualifications


To welcome the world to our traditional territories, to fulfill our responsibilities as the Host First Nations and to provide opportunities to other First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in the Games, we are planning a 2010 Aboriginal Trade Pavilion complex in Vancouver. The FHFN are seeking Statements of Qualifications from potential consultants/firms for several activities…

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are taking place within the shared traditional territories of the Four Host First Nations (FHFN) – Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.

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Thunderchild First Nation Election Results

April 25, 2007

Norman B Lewsey, District Director, North Central District Office has sent a letter to acknowledge the results of the March 26th, 2007, in accordance with the Thunderchild First nation Election Act and the results are as follows:

Chief: Dale Awasis

Headmen: Wilton Brook Angus, Garry James Frenchman,

Albert Roy Meetoos, John Baptiste Noon,

Leonard Paddy, Richard Star &

Melvin George Thunderchild

Term of Office commences on March 27, 2007 and expires on October 18th, 2010.

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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Land Management Survey Results

AKWESASNE, April 23, 2007 – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) has announced that it has accepted the results of the land management public opinion poll that was held between September 22 and December 8, 2006. MCA will present the poll results to its membership and provide an overview of the report at the May 3rd General Meeting that will be held at the Snye Recreational Center. The input received from members will help guide negotiations with the Government of Canada on the right to exercise local jurisdiction over lands for the northern portion of Akwesasne.

“For more than a decade MCA has been assuming increased responsibilities for the administration and delivery of community programs and services, including the management of land in the Akwesasne community,” said Kawehno:ke District Chief Abram Benedict.” Chief Benedict noted, “The public opinion survey was a way to gauge support for MCA to negotiate with the Federal Government for the right to exercise local jurisdiction over Akwesasne lands.”

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Draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The First Nations Are Asking the National Assembly to Adopt a Resolution of Support

WENDAKE, QC, April 25 – At the three party leaders, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, asks that the National Assembly, by way of resolution, declares its support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “It is the duty of the Quebec National Assembly to take its distances from Canada’s stance and affirm solemnly its support to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a document which is the result of more than 20 years of progress on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, on the international scene” stated Chief Picard.

Bringing to mind that, in 1985, the National Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing officially the Aboriginal Nations, Ghislain Picard invites the elected representatives of Quebec to, once again be innovative and insist on the government of Canada to forge ahead with the United Nations Declaration. As a matter of fact, the three opposition parties in Ottawa have already pronounced themselves in favor of the Declaration.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car to Join Local Dignitaries and First Nations Chiefs to Plant First Tree at Lillooet Reforestation Ceremony

Watershed Fire and Restoration Project part of Enterprise’s pledge to plant 50-million trees in honor of company’s 50th anniversary

VANCOUVER, April 25 – A post-fire reforestation project near Lillooet, BC will break ground April 25, 2007, thanks in part to a financial donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, North America’s largest rental car company. The planting, that will see the addition of 251,000 seedlings, is the first Canadian planting to be part of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s pledge to plant 50 million trees over the next 50 years in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary.

The Mayor of Lillooet, Christ’l Roshard, along with local chiefs from the Bridge River Indian Band and T’it’q’et Reserve and other local business representatives are joining Enterprise Rent-A-Car Vice President and General Manager in BC, Tim Driscoll, for a presentation and traditional lunch in Lillooet and a ceremonial planting of the first tree on the reforestation site just outside of the town.

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United Church Encouraged by Government Commitment to Search Residential School Records

TORONTO, April 25 – In a statement released today, The United Church of Canada has applauded the comments recently made by Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice indicating that he has asked department officials to initiate a search of archival records for information related to deaths of students attending residential schools.

The Rev. James Scott is the United Church’s General Council Officer for Residential Schools. He says the minister’s proactive approach is an encouraging sign that the government recognizes the need to commit both human and financial resources to this research.

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First Nations Summit Applauds Decision to Support Removal of Murals from the BC Legislature

APRIL 24, 2007

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/West Vancouver, BC — The First Nations Summit is pleased with the motion tabled in the BC Legislature today to finally accept the findings contained in the 2001 report entitled Review of the Depiction of Aboriginal peoples in the artworks of the Parliament Buildings. The report, written by an independent five person panel of experts in art history and aboriginal art unanimously concluded that the murals in the legislative rotunda should be removed.

“First Nations people in BC have been seeking the removal of this offensive material from
the provincial legislature for decades. We are pleased that this government has tabled a
motion today that should finally bring a resolution to this longstanding issue”, said Grand
Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit political executive.

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