As the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is celebrated around the world on 9 August, indigenous peoples’ contribution to environmental protection is being recognized.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message to mark the Day, said: “Recently, the international community has grown increasingly aware of the need to support indigenous people — by establishing and promoting international standards; vigilantly upholding respect for their human rights; integrating the international development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals, in policies, programmes and country-level projects; and reinforcing indigenous peoples’ special stewardship on issues related to the environment and climate change.” (See Press Release SG/SM/11115.)
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s upcoming trip to Canada’s north is an attempt to hide his government’s complete lack of action regarding our country’s territorial sovereignty in the face of recent Russian attempts to solidify their claim over potential resources in the arctic region, said Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Ujjal Dosanjh.
“The Prime Minister is busy draping himself in the Canadian flag, and praying that nobody notices that he’s not actually doing anything,” said Mr. Dosanjh.
Three local acts are up for trophies at the Native American Music Awards (Nammys), an American music awards show. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk and blues acts Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band and South ThunderBird are up for awards at the 9th annual celebrations.
Eagle & Hawk, which was nominated for 2006 JUNO Award for Best Aboriginal Recording, is up for Best Pop/Rock Recording for its album Life Is… The band picked up a trophy in this category at the 2006 Nammys for its recording, Mother Earth.
Diversity initiative sparks production of new TV mini-series
Winnipeg – a new TV mini-series Guns, developed through Telefilm Canada’s Spark Plug Program, is now in production and set to air on CBC Television in fall 2008. The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) designed a curriculum and delivered training for the program which aimed to further the development of Canadian television drama by advancing the skills of visible-minority and Aboriginal producers.
WENDAKE, QC, Aug. 7 – Reacting to statements made by the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, who is also minister of Native Affairs, Mr. Benoît Pelletier, the Regional Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard, expressed some concerns. “The place of the First Nations within Canada as a whole must be taken into account in all discussions of constitutional nature. he First Nations will keep a very close watch on this point”, warned the Regional Chief of the AFNQL.
TORONTO, Aug. 7 – The Hon. James K. Bartleman will attend the funeral service for Constable Robert Plunkett, who died in the line of duty while serving with the York Regional Police. Several thousand police officers from across North America are expected to attend.
Following the service, the funeral procession will proceed along Yonge Street, passing an honour guard of officers from police services in Toronto, Durham, Peel and other municipalities, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Ontario Provincial Police, as well as representatives from emergency and firefighting services and the Canadian Forces.
For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Tel. (416) 909-7552, www.Lt.gov.on.ca
On August 7th, the McGill University Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) will embark on the most comprehensive Inuit population health survey ever taken in Canada. Dr. Grace Egeland, Canada Research Chair in Environment, Nutrition and Health and Principal Investigator at McGill’s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and her team plan to survey 12 percent of Canada’s Inuit population to assess health issues and guide future health care planning and policy.
WINNIPEG – Today the Manitoba Metis Federation, in a specially-called Board of Directors Meeting and with a unanimously-passed resolution, affirmed its continued recognition of President Clément Chartier as the legitimate and sitting President of the Metis National Council.
Protecting the Manitoba Metis Federation’s rights and interests as a Founding Member of the Metis National Council, the unanimous resolution instructed and authorized Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand to retain legal counsel and to take all actions necessary. President Chartrand will defend the integrity of the Metis National Council’s Constitution, reputation, and financial resources, as well as the democratic process of the Metis Nation.
August 7, 2007 – – – Ada Wilson Memorial Powwow to be Held Aug. 7 to 10 Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson today saluted Fisher River’s annual community celebrations including Treaty Days and the Ada Wilson Memorial Powwow. “The community of Fisher River Cree Nation has worked tirelessly to co-ordinate this annual celebration […]
August 7, 2007 The theme for the 2007 commemoration of International Youth Day is: BE SEEN, BE HEARD: YOUTH PARTICIPATION FOR DEVELOPMENT International Youth Day gives the world an opportunity to recognize the potential of youth, to celebrate their achievements, and plan for ways to better engage young people to successfully take action for development. […]
August 7, 2007 – Canada’s Premiers today announced the recipients of the third annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Presented in each province and territory, the award recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence in literacy.
The recipients of the 2007 Council of the Federation Literacy Award are:
Dr. Mary Norton – Alberta
Joan Acosta – British Columbia
Norine Moar – Manitoba
Apprentissage pour adultes Chaleur Inc. – New Brunswick
Saint John Learning Exchange – New Brunswick
HOPEworks ABE (Stella Burry Community Services) – Newfoundland and Labrador
Kadiatu Dumbuya – Northwest Territories
Julie Champagne – Nova Scotia
The Pirurvik Centre – Nunavut
Michelle Eady – Ontario
Tommy Gallant – Prince Edward Island
Sandra Trudel – Québec
Colleen Christopherson-Cote – Saskatchewan
Patty Wiseman – Yukon
While lawyer Susan Hare’s practice may be based in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, all of Ontario is her community, she told Law Times while recently travelling to represent a client in a different part of the province.
Susan Hare says you have to get out there and be part of the community.From the first day she became a lawyer in the mid-1990s, Hare has been practising in her community, the result, she says, of a very clear vision from the time she was in law school.
VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Aug. 6, 2007) – Indigenous and community activists and will be taking over part of Kitsilano Beach today at 2:00 to identify B.C Day as Before Colonization Day. There will be an opening prayer, drumming and singing and speakers. The meeting place: Cornwall and Arbutus Streets. There will be a raising of a flag to simulate the claiming of the land as Indigenous soil.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Aug. 7, 2007) – Xstrata Nickel announces it plans to increase mine production to over 2 million tonnes of ore per year at its wholly-owned flagship Raglan nickel mine in the Nunavik Territory of Northern Quebec, Canada. This would almost double mine output over the current annual production rate of 1.1 million tonnes of ore. Plans are already underway to increase production to 1.3 million tonnes per annum by the end of 2008; additional capacity to reach two million tonnes is expected to ramp up from 2011. After the expansion, Raglan will be one of the largest nickel mines in the world, with output approaching 50,000 tonnes of contained nickel in concentrate per annum, together with copper and platinum group metal (PGM) by-products.
CANADACOM – NR #07.003 – August 7, 2007
OTTAWA – The Canadian Forces will conduct Operation NANOOK 07, a sovereignty operation, in and around Iqaluit and the Baffin Island Coastal and the Hudson Strait areas from August 7 to 17, 2007.
Operation NANOOK 07 is directed by Canada Command and executed by Joint Task Force (North) (JTFN). Operation NANOOK 07 is a joint operation involving the deployment of navy, army and air force personnel and resources. This operation is also conducted in close cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Coast Guard.
WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie is looking forward to discussions on common priorities when he meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts later this week.
Fentie will travel to Moncton, New Brunswick for a meeting with Canadian premiers and leaders of national Aboriginal organizations on August 8, and with Canadian premiers for a Council of the Federation (CoF) meeting August 9-10.
Manitoba News Release
August 4, 2007
The first human death related to a West Nile virus infection of a person in Manitoba in 2007 has been identified.
The person, a male in his 80s, was a resident of the Assiniboine health region and had contracted the more severe type of West Nile virus disease (West Nile virus neurological syndrome). Based on public health investigations to date, it is likely that West Nile virus was the cause of death and the patient had no known underlying medical conditions. The likeliest area where the person was exposed to West Nile virus is under investigation.
MONTREAL, Aug. 6 – The Northern Quebec Teaching Association (NQTA), affiliated to the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), has succeeded after years of demands and struggle, in putting a stop to the abusive collection of taxes in connection with the value of accomodation provided to its teacher members hired in the “South” by the Cree and Kativik School Boards.
In fact, the Canada Revue Agency (CRA) recently agreed to lower these taxable amounts on the basis of an independent evaluation ordered by the NQTA. The result of this is a reduction of the fiscal burden of each teacher in Northern Quebec by an average of $1,500 per year.
BRULE’ LEADS WITH FIVE, JANA, JIM BOYD BAND, SHELLY MORNINGSONG WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS EACH
TO BE HELD SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2007 AT SENECA NIAGARA CASINO & HOTEL
IN NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK
New York, NY (August 6, 2007) – Nominations for the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards were announced today by The Native American Music Awards & Association (N.A.M.A). Due to a record number of recording submissions received in the past year, the Awards have expanded both its number of categories from 26 to 30 and from five to six nominees in each category. This year, 180 nominees are featured throughout 30 music Award categories.
The sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, came to the Black Hills of South Dakota at the request of Native Americans to create a mountain memorial that would honor the spirit of Crazy Horse. In 1949, Korczak wrote these words about Crazy Horse:
“Crazy Horse was a great leader of his people. He wanted only peace and a way of living for his people without having to live on the white man’s reservations. Crazy Horse defended his people and their way of life in the only manner he knew, but only after he saw the treaty of 1868 broken. This treaty, signed by the President of the United States said, ‘Paha Sapa, the Black Hills, will forever and ever be the sacred land of the Indians’. Crazy Horse’s tenacity of purpose, his modest life, his unfailing courage, his tragic death set him apart and above the others.”
OTTAWA, Aug. 6 – Nurses and health stakeholders from across the country will convene in Moncton, New Brunswick, on August 8 to attend a conference on health care hosted by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU).
The conference, How soon is now? Health care for every generation, will discuss issues and solutions related to health disparities and access to care in Canada. The conference will be chaired by CFNU President Linda Silas, features a key note address by National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations, and panel sessions featuring Ted Schrecker (University of Ottawa), Dr. Bob Gardner (Wellesley Institute), Dr. Steve Morgan (University of British Columbia), Dr. Judith Shamian (Victorian Order of Nurses), and Dr. John Gillis (Canadian Doctors for Medicare).
QUEBEC, QUEBEC–(Aug. 6, 2007) – On Saturday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m., the interpretation team at the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site invites you to a harvest-themed family festival. In case of rain, the festival will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2007. Come enjoy activities for the whole family. You can […]
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The 13th commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People will be on Thursday, 9 of August 2007 at UN Headquarters in New York, organized by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DSDP/DESA and the NGO Committee on the Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
CORMORANT—Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin has presented the community with a new vehicle to assist with its community constable program.
“I am pleased to present this vehicle to the Cormorant Community Council in its crime prevention efforts,” said Lathlin here today. “I would also like to acknowledge the supportive working relationship this program experiences in sharing local knowledge and expertise with the RCMP in all our communities.”
FREDERICTON, Aug. 3 – Canada’s premiers will hold discussions on energy and climate change at the Council of the Federation (COF) annual meeting in Moncton, Premier Shawn Graham announced today. Premiers from all 13 provinces and territories will be in Moncton for the council’s annual summer meeting on Aug. 8 – 10.
“Canada is facing significant challenges in addressing energy and climate change, so the premiers’ focus on these topics is timely for our country and our province,” said Graham, who assumes the chair of the council at the COF summer meeting. “To ensure our continued prosperity as a nation, we need a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Maintaining this balance is both a challenge and an opportunity that all premiers face and that we will discuss at our meeting in Moncton.”
Vancouver, BC, August 3, 2007 – Plutonic Power Corporation (PCC – TSX) has advised BC Hydro of its intention to exit the electricity purchase agreement (EPA) for the 15 megawatt (MW) Rainy River run-of-river project, due to unexpected complexities in the environmental permitting process caused by the discovery of a number of fish species in the area. Complexities in permitting have decreased certainty around the timing for the project commercial operation date.
Coaches Association of British Columbia is excited to announce that the inaugural BRITISH COLUMBIA COACHES WEEK will take place September 22 to 29, 2007. We are pleased to issue this announcement to Provincial Sport Organizations first, as you are a valued partner in the education and support of B.C.s sport coaches.
The focus of BC Coaches Week is to recruit, develop and celebrate BC’s coaches of all levels, in all sports, province wide. Particular attention will be paid to the sector of coaches who often go unrecognized and under appreciated (volunteers, community coaches, etc.)
AKLAVIK – A joint announcement was made today by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and its co-management partners the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB) and the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC), to support a voluntary closure of the Rat River char fishery in order to conserve and protect the local Dolly Varden char stock. The closure will remain in place from August 7, 2007 to September 15, 2007, and August 7 to September 15, 2008, and will extend from the Gwich’in Settlement Area north into the Inuvialuit Settlement Area.
North Vancouver, British Columbia – August 3, 2007 – Environment Canada has, as a result of a joint investigation with the British Columbia (B.C.) Conservation Officer Service, Ministry of Environment, laid charges under the Fisheries Act and the B.C. Environmental Management Act against the Canadian National Railway.
The company has been charged with a total of five counts: one count of depositing a deleterious substance into waters frequented by fish pursuant to subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act, one count of depositing a deleterious substance under conditions where it may enter water frequented by fish pursuant to subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act, one count of introducing a business waste pursuant to subsection 6(2) of the British Columbia Environmental Management Act, one count of introducing waste produced by a prescribed industry pursuant to subsection 6(3) of the B.C. Environmental Management Act and one count under subsection 6(4) of the Environmental Management Act for introducing waste and causing pollution.
OTTAWA, August 3, 2007 –The Honorable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, announced today the appointment of Mr. David McLaughlin as President of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). Mr. McLaughlin’s appointment is effective August 8, 2007.
“David McLaughlin’s unique combination of senior management experience and public policy expertise will contribute greatly to the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy,” said Minister Baird. “He has distinguished himself as a public policy manager in several areas, and he will give excellent leadership to the Round Table.”
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
VICTORIA – The BC Games Society, Coaches Association of BC and ProMOTION Plus are looking for women to take part in their coaching mentor program, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen.
A call for women who are coaching sports included in the Kelowna 2008 BC Summer Games is the newest phase of a program aimed at assisting female coaches who are interested in developing their coaching skills. “One of the most effective methods of developing coaches is through a mentor-apprentice relationship,” said Hagen “Having qualified female coaches train and be role models for our up and coming female athletes is important, and this program will give them the opportunity to build their skill set and get practical training.”
Chief George Kemp speaks out
with NationTalk regarding his run
to be the next AMC Grand Chief.
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The Manitoba Metis Federation invites all Metis musicians that would like to have their music aired on the Metis Hour X2 (a program on NCI FM) to forward a copy of their CD to the MMF Home Office at 150 Henry Avenue, attention Cara Lytwyn. Please be sure to include your name and contact information […]
August 3, 2007 You are invited to the first-ever ACI Manitoba Aboriginal Arts and Culture web site! This new site will provide arts and cultural content and resources that are specific to the Manitoban Aboriginal arts community while helping to build bridges between urban and rural communities. Ultimately, it will be an invaluable Aboriginal arts […]
NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release 2007TSA0034-001002 Aug. 3, 2007 Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts DUNCAN – At a special Cowichan 2008 countdown event, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced that the Province is sponsoring a unique Spirit Pole carving tour that will give British Columbians a rare opportunity to carve […]
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Aug. 3, 2007) – Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced over $300,000 in Skills Link funding for three projects that will help youth in Moncton make a successful transition into the workforce.
“Canada’s New Government is proud to work with local community organizations to help create opportunities for young Canadians,” said Mr. Allen. “These projects will help young people in Greater Moncton who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge and experience they need to find and keep quality jobs.”
August 3, 2007 Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin today announced that Norway House Cree Nation’s Treaty and York Boat Days – a signature northern gathering – has received $10,000 in provincial funding. “The province is pleased to support the 34th annual Treaty and York Boat Days,” said Lathlin, who will be attending community […]
AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA (August 3, 2007) – Fifty First Nation and Inuit students from across Canada will participate in an exciting educational opportunity through the fifth annual First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp from August 5 to 12, 2007.
The science camp is sponsored by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick, with assistance from various businesses and agencies.
Council of the Federation to meet in Moncton, New Brunswick August 9-10
Edmonton… Premier Ed Stelmach will outline Alberta’s progress on the environment at a two-day meeting of Canada’s premiers in Moncton, New Brunswick from August 9-10. During the Council of the Federation meeting, he will highlight Alberta as the first province to develop a comprehensive climate change plan, legislate greenhouse gas reductions and require large facilities to report greenhouse gas emissions.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–(Aug. 3, 2007) – Lynne Yelich, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $151,269 in funding for reachAbility Association, under the Youth Employment Strategy-Skills Link program, to help youth in Halifax find and keep long-term jobs.
“Canada’s New Government is proud to work with community organizations such as reachAbility to create opportunities for young Canadians and help them reach their potential,” said Parliamentary Secretary Yelich. “This partnership will help young people in the Halifax region who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge and experience they need to find and keep quality jobs.”
OTTAWA, Aug. 3 – CUPE national president Paul Moist will speak at a labour rally and attend other events during the Council of the Federation (Premiers’) meeting in Moncton, N.B., Aug. 8-10, 2007.
While in Moncton, Moist will closely monitor and comment on both the Premiers’ main meeting and their meeting with aboriginal leaders.
He will speak at a New Brunswick Federation of Labour rally on Aug. 8 and attend a Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions conference.
Moist will be available for media interviews from Aug. 8-10.
For further information: Ron Verzuh, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590, (778) 686-1240 (cell); Paul Moist, National President, (613) 558-2873; Claude Généreux, National Secretary-Treasurer (porte-parole francophone), (514) 884-5074
Chief Terrance Paul, Chair of the Board of Ulnooweg Development Group and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians recently announced $119,830 in funding for a Market Demand Study to examine the feasibility of establishing an Aboriginal Financial Services Institution in Atlantic Canada.
This initiative has been undertaken by the Atlantic Chiefs in recognition of the fact that the Aboriginal community needs its own financial institutions. It reflects a collective belief within First Nation communities that the time is right to take ownership of those instruments and institutions that are essential to their continued growth and development.
Nunavut, Greenland to fight seal ban: Greenland and Nunavut will work together to combat the European Union’s growing move towards a ban on the import of all seal products. This past weekend, Nunavut’s premier, Paul Okalik, was in Greenland where he agreed to accompany Greenland Prime Minister Hans Enoksen to Europe this fall and jointly lobby against a European seal product ban.
For Immediate Release
Aug. 2, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
KAMLOOPS – Tolko Industries’ allowable annual cut under its innovative forestry practices agreement has been increased by 35,000 cubic metres to 422,890 cubic metres until Aug. 31, 2011, in part to allow harvests of mountain pine beetle attacked stands with lower volumes of timber.
The Southern Interior Forest Regional Manager determined that an increase of 25,000 cubic metres per year in the Williams Lake timber supply area and 10,000 cubic metres per year in the 100 Mile House timber supply area be awarded after reviewing the company’s application, timber supply analysis and forecasts, and considering public and First Nations input.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I., August 3, 2007—Canada’s New Government is investing in two literacy projects that will help improve literacy and essential skills for Atlantic Canadians. First, $294,567 in funding will go to the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) for a pilot project that will seek to improve the literacy skills of Aboriginals in a family setting, and second, $173,000 in funding will go to the Tough Challenges: Great Rewards Implementation Committee for a project that will seek to improve the literacy skills of adult learners in rural P.E.I. The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced the funding today in Charlottetown.
For Immediate Release
Aug. 2, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
MERRITT – The allowable annual cut increase for five companies with innovative forestry practices agreements in the Merritt timber supply area will be maintained at 830,700 cubic metres until Aug. 31, 2011, in part to address mountain pine beetle infestation and reduce potential losses in healthy timber stands.
The Southern Interior Forest Regional Manager determined that the cut increase awarded to the agreement holders of the Nicola-Similkameen Innovative Forestry Society in July 2005 be extended after reviewing the Society’s application, timber supply and beetle infestation analysis, and considering public and First Nations input. The decision follows the extension of the innovative forestry practices agreements from March 25, 2008 to Aug. 31, 2011.
WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and the Department of Environment encourage Yukon residents to review and comment on a draft elk management strategy. Written comments on the strategy should be provided to the board by Monday, October 15.
The management strategy’s main recommendations call for elk to be maintained at current population levels, until steps are implemented to address human concerns and improved information on population size, range use, range carrying capacity, and effects on other wildlife species is gathered. It also recommends a limited harvest.