TORONTO, May 12 – On May 7, 2008, federal Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Raf Souccar announced a Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Strategy, including the establishment of a new inter-departmental task force specifically tasked with examining the issue of what is referred to as the “illicit tobacco trade.”
BDC’s E-Spirit promotes entrepreneurship to Aboriginal youth in Canada
REGINA, SK, May 12 – Over 200 Aboriginal high school students are meeting in Regina for BDC’s annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal youth business plan competition from May 12 to 14. The grade 10 to 12 students come from as far as Hazelton, British Columbia in the West; Arviat, Nunavut in the North and Postville, Labrador in the East.
OTTAWA, May 11 – This Mother’s Day, students are joining in solidarity with the families of those with missing daughters, sisters, mothers and other loved ones, in remembering missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
This coalition demands that action be taken to bring justice for the missing women across Canada.
Eel Ground First Nation, NB May 12, 2008 – As an ever increasing number of communities across Canada work to maintain the integrity of their water and waste water infrastructure, Abenaki Associates has responded with an official launch of their Safe Water Infrastructure Management System (SWIMS) software.
PRESS RELEASE May 9, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs were welcomed yesterday at the National Liaison Office of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation in Ottawa, to launch the Federal funding announcement for First Nations and […]
UNPO attended the annual two week Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the UN headquarters in New York between 21 April and 02 May 2008, on the following topics: Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods, the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges.
The Hague, 10 May 2008 – UNPO attended the annual two week Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the UN headquarters in New York between 21 April and 02 May 2008, on the following topics: Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods, the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges.
Grassy Narrows tour to be in Sault Monday; Native youth group to join rally in Toronto
Posted By Michael Purvis
A group of young people from Grassy Narrows First Nation are expected to reach Sault Ste. Marie on Monday as they trek to Toronto on foot to help bring attention to environmental and treaty issues in their remote community.
SHAMATTAWA, Man. — Life in the remote Manitoba community of Shamattawa is so bleak young people are trying to kill themselves because it means a trip to Winnipeg for treatment, health care workers from the troubled First Nation say.
EDMONTON – A Toronto man is pushing off on a voyage of discovery with 200 other people to honour the explorer David Thompson and re-enact his epic 1808 canoe trek along the rivers of Western Canada to the Great Lakes.
No solution to same deadly problem
Six years later crisis still grips community
By: Lindor Reynolds and Mia Rabson
Life in the remote community of Shamattawa is so bleak, kids will try to kill themselves because if they’re unsuccessful they’ll get out, even if only briefly, health care workers from the troubled First Nation say.
SURREY, B.C. – Terasen Inc. President and CEO Randy Jespersen was joined today by government officials, community attendees, local First Nations and major contractors to commemorate the start of construction for Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc.’s recently approved Mt. Hayes Natural Gas Storage Facility.
VANCOUVER, May 9 – Merit Mining announces that it has received its Mine and Mill Operating Permits from the Province of British Columbia for its Lexington-Grenoble Mine and Greenwood Mill to operate at a production rate of 72,000 tonnes per annum (~200 tonnes per day) for the life of the mine. The Company is currently completing the mining and processing of a 10,000 tonne bulk sample from its Lexington-Grenoble Mine. The Permits will allow the Company to seamlessly continue operating at full production (200 tpd).
TORONTO, ONTARIO – May 8, 2008 – Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (“Baffinland”) is pleased to provide an update on the regulatory review of the proposed Mary River Project.
In March 2008, Baffinland submitted a Development Proposal and associated applications in order to initiate regulatory review of the Mary River Project. This submission was made in response to the positive results of a Definitive Feasibility Study announced in February 2008.
YELLOWKNIFE, May 9 – Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI), operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, is pleased to provide this first quarter update.
Diavik continued to build on its strong safety record with zero lost time injuries, two medical treatments and an all injury frequency rate of 0.37 during the first quarter of 2008. DDMI was notified that for its excellent 2007 safety record, Diavik has been selected to receive the John T. Ryan Regional Safety Trophy, the third time the mine has received the coveted Canadian award in its five years of operations.
AKWESASNE, ON, May 9 – On May 6th, 2008, at 10:28 p.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche on International Road driving northbound in Akwesasne, Ontario. While following the vehicle, the officer noticed that the rear tail gate was open and could see a large quantity of clear re-sealable bags of cigarettes. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment were contacted and attended the scene. The RCMP officers seized 1,850 re-sealable bags of cigarettes that are believed to be manufactured in the United States. This represents 370,000 cigarettes worth $40,700. Each bag is equivalent to a carton containing 200 cigarettes.
CORNWALL, ON, May 9 – On May 8th, 2008, at 9:18 p.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service stopped a 2007 GMC cube van on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario after following it from Akwesasne, Ontario. The officer questioned the driver at which time the driver admitted he was transporting cigarettes. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment were contacted and attended the scene. The RCMP officers seized 3,250 re-sealable bags of cigarettes that are believed to be manufactured in the United States. This represents 650,000 cigarettes worth $71,500.
KAHNAWA:KE, QC, May 9 – Kahnawa:ke Grand Chief Michael Ahrihrhon Delisle, Jr. is questioning the judgment of ADQ leader Mario Dumont in regards to comments made at a press conference this morning in the neighboring community of St. Philippe.
Mr. Dumont is in favor of staging major police actions in the Native territories to stop the Native tobacco trade.
Head of B.C. Indian Chiefs says evidence at alley death inquiry “shocking”
May 09, 2008
Camille Bains, THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian Press, 2008
VANCOUVER – The president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says the freezing death of an aboriginal man in a Vancouver alley has created an opportunity to examine systemic racism within police departments and the criminal justice system.
Ottawa, Ontario, May 7, 2008 – Westfest, Ottawa’s most diverse outdoor multi-disciplinary arts festival of the summer, is proud to feature a dynamic lineup of female artists with indigenous roots. Most notably, Canadian legend and iconic musician, Buffy Sainte-Marie, will grace the Domicile Mainstage with a rare appearance.
Red River College takes teaching on the road
Aboriginal communities to receive mobile training
The Peguis and Fisher River First Nations are expected to be the first stops for two new mobile training trailers that Red River College is using to bring trades instruction to rural and northern communities.
The 8th annual PASS (Promotion of Aboriginal Student Success) handed out recognition to deserving individuals, relaying an important message that anyone can find success.
The conference was hosted at the Comp on Wednesday, April 30, and was attended by approximately 300 aboriginal Grade 9-12 students from the Lord Selkirk School Division and Sgt. Tommy Prince School in Brokenhead.
WINNIPEG – Life in a remote northern Manitoba community is so bleak, kids there are trying to kill themselves because they know it means they’ll get out – if only briefly, health-care workers from the troubled First Nation say.
YELLOWKNIFE (8 May, 2008) – Northwest Territories Premier Floyd K. Roland has expressed disappointment at the further delay of the final report of the Joint Review Panel.
Premier Roland said, “While I appreciate this review is a large under-taking, constant delays have a negative impact on the project, and on the entire investment climate in the Northwest Territories (NWT). There is no signal to indicate when in 2009 the report will be prepared. As a government we want to invest in and diversify our economy and prepare for the pipeline. The time is right for this project to move ahead, continued delays in the process are not helpful.”
Phase I of the Circle Alberta: Dialogues for Aboriginal Futures is currently underway. The goal of these dialogues is to focus on local experiences with regards to Aboriginal rights and prosperity. These dialogues are meant to celebrate local successes, deliberate the continuing challenges and create the movement towards action plans for what still needs to be done.
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is currently working to develop a Pandemic Influenza Preparedness plan. The nature of this plan is to ensure our member First Nation Communities are prepared in the event of a pandemic outbreak.
The purpose of the information below is to provide all of our constituents with information regarding Pandemic Influenza:
Kahnawake, May 9, 2008 – Wednesday May 7th, the Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, published a report that denounces the Federal programs for First Nations child and family services. This report reveals not only the underfunding of services, but also the existence of a discriminatory bias that Aboriginal families are undergoing whereby an alarming rate of children are apprehended to be placed in non‐Aboriginal families. In Monday’s, May 5 th newspaper La Presse, we learn that the quasi‐total amount allocated by Ottawa for child care and family services are directed to child placements. “Crumbs” are allocated to prevention.
OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Conservative government to take immediate action to fight the crisis of violence against aboriginal women.
“Aboriginal women are disappearing without any notice or concern,” said NDP Status of Women Critic Irene Mathyssen (LondonFanshawe). “When is this government going to acknowledge that there’s a crisis and start implementing solutions to prevent the unnecessary deaths of women in Canada?”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Progress made on outdated system
May 09, 2008 04:30 AM
Re:First Nations children
Editorial, May 7
I agree with aboriginal leaders who say the 20-year-old funding formula used by our child and family services program needs to be updated. Our government believes that prevention-focused changes are required. Funding has increased dramatically under our government. Investments under the Liberals stood at $193 million in 1996-’97, while in 2006-’07, we committed $450 million. And the federal budget has committed an additional $43 million over two years to continue to improve child and family services on reserves.
Armed posses spreading violence across Prairie communities
In remote native communities on the Prairies, residents are growing increasingly fearful of intimidation tactics. One woman has been beaten twice, had her windows smashed and survived a shooting after being labelled a ‘rat’
JOE FRIESEN AND KATHERINE O’NEILL
From Friday’s Globe and Mail
May 9, 2008 at 5:00 AM EDT
THE PAS, MAN, HOBBEMA, ALTA. — Sitting outside her home in the blue light of dusk, Christie Jebb lights a cigarette with shaking hands. She can’t afford to sleep at night any more, she says. She’s afraid the gang that has been terrorizing her here on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve will return to finish the job.
First Nations People Return to Their Traditional Diet to Combat Obesity and Diabetes
Jacqueline Eberstein, R.N.
On small Cormorant Island just off the coast of northeast Vancouver Island people of the Namgis tribe are turning to a modern equivalent of their traditional diet. As with many native populations consuming the Western diet rapidly puts the population at risk for diet-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The traditional diet of the Namgis consisted of liberal fat, fish, game, berries and a few edible grasses when available.
Want action on report
Sto:lo leaders fear it will only join others gathering dust
Paul J. Henderson, The Times
Published: Friday, May 09, 2008
In the wake of the B.C. auditor general’s report this week that was critical of the provincial government’s aboriginal child protection services, some local Sto:lo leaders are happy the issues are coming to light.
Tribe exemption unfair, casino officials say
A smoking ban approved by the Michigan Senate that includes casinos could keep gamblers away in Detroit, and gives an unfair advantage to casinos operated by tribes, casinos officials and observers said.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREAT RIVER JOURNEY INC.
CONTACT: George Asquith
TEL: 867-456-2421 ext. 6
WHITEHORSE, YUKON —Great River Journey has just been named one of the Significant 30 Aboriginal Tourism Products & Cultural Experiences in Canada by Aboriginal Tourism Canada and the Canadian Tourism Commission. This is a great honor bestowed for the first time to a Yukon-based company. Great River Journey is a brand new eight-day, world-class geo-tour that follows the path of long ago gold rush pioneers through First Nations’ lands from Whitehorse to the Klondike claims of Dawson City,.
Premier Brad Wall is encouraging Saskatchewan residents to put forward nominations for this year’s Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy award. This annual award, created four years ago, recognizes outstanding achievement, innovation and excellence with regard to literacy in Saskatchewan.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is pleased to confer the J. B Harkin Medal for Conservation on Bob Peart for his lifetime of extraordinary commitment to parks, nature conservation and environmental education in Canada.
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2008
Ministry of Transportation
Westbank First Nation
WESTBANK – The new Campbell Road Interchange on Highway 97, a project managed by the Westbank First Nation, has been completed on time and on budget, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon and Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie announced today. The interchange, located at the western end of the soon-to-be completed William R. Bennett Bridge, will officially be turned over to the Province this summer.
Keyano College hosted a successful third annual Alberta-North Access Symposium, from May 7 through to May 9, with over 100 delegates from all over northern Alberta.
Alberta-North is a partnership of seven post-secondary institutions, including Keyano College that are committed to making distance education accessible to students in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.