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International Day of World’s Indigenous People on 9 August to Recognize Contribution to Environmental Protection, Combating Climate Change

7 August 2007
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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.)

by NationTalk on August 8, 2007775 Views

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Conservative Photo-Op No Substitute for Action on Arctic Sovereignty

August 7, 2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007670 Views

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Three Locals Acts Up For Native American Music Awards

August 7, 2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007745 Views

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Diversity Initiative Sparks New TV series

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August 7, 2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071022 Views

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The Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Has A Workshop on Crisis Response Planning and Others

Please see the Fall 2007 Public Worshop Schedule which includes:

School Crisis Response Planning
Crisis Response Planning for Aboriginal Communities
Crisis Response Planning for Schools and Communities
De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
Understanding Mental Illness
Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Strategies

For further information, please visit: http://www.ctrinstitute.com/pw.htm

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007643 Views

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Charter on Federalism: The First Nations Have Concerns

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007953 Views

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Media Advisory – Lieutenant Governor Attends Funeral for York Region Police Officer

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.

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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

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007807 Views

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Photo Opportunity – Minister of Children and Youth Services to Attend Aboriginal Early Childhood Educator Program Ceremony

TORONTO, Aug. 7 – Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers will attend a graduation ceremony honouring students completing an Aboriginal training program for child care workers.

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For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister’s Office, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007704 Views

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McGill-led Health Survey Drops Anchor in Far North

8/3/2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007872 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation Recognizes Metis National Council President Clément Chartier

August 3, 2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007979 Views

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Robinson Congratulates Fisher River For Successful Community Celebrations

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 […]

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007781 Views

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OFNYPC – Ontario First Nations Your Peoples Council Acknowledges International Youth Day – August 12, 2007

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. […]

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071384 Views

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Council of the Federation Announces Literacy Award Winners for 2007

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

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007905 Views

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Aboriginal Lawyer Has Tons of Work but Trouble Attracting New Lawyers To Firm

Written by Helen Burnett
Tuesday, 07 August 2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007945 Views

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First Nations Activists Take Over Part Of Kitsilano Beach On BC Day

Indigenous Action Movement

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007957 Views

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Xstrata Nickel: Raglan Expansion Study Commences-Exceptional Exploration Results

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007847 Views

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Canadian Forces Conduct Eastern Arctic Operation

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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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007881 Views

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Premier Fentie To Meet With Council Of Federation

FOR RELEASE #07-164
August 6, 2007

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007747 Views

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West Nile Virus Bulletin #4

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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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007999 Views

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Northern Quebec Teachers – The NQTA, Affiliated To The CSQ, Succeeds In Putting A Stop To The Abusive Collection of Millions of Dollars in Taxes

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071713 Views

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Native American Music Awards & Association Announce Nominees for Ninth Annual Awards Ceremony

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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071074 Views

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The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award Recipients

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.”

by NationTalk on August 6, 20071378 Views

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Media Advisory – Nurses’ Conference in Moncton to Focus on Health Care

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).

by NationTalk on August 6, 2007946 Views

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Parks Canada: Harvest Festival at the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada

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 […]

by NationTalk on August 6, 2007866 Views

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Posted by: “Indigenous Permanent Forum” indigenouspermanentforum@un.org
Wed Aug 1, 2007

Dear Friends,

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.

by NationTalk on August 6, 2007667 Views

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Manitoba Supports Community Constable Program In Cormorant

August 3, 2007

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.”

by NationTalk on August 5, 20071126 Views

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Council of the Federation Meeting to Focus On Energy and Climate Change

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.”

by NationTalk on August 5, 2007681 Views

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Plutonic Power Exits Electricity Purchase Agreement with BC Hydro for Rainy River Project Due to Environmental Permitting Complexities

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.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2007822 Views

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CABC announces British Columbia Coaches Week

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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.)

by NationTalk on August 5, 20071064 Views

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Voluntary Closure of the Rat River Char Fishery, NWT

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.

by NationTalk on August 5, 20071029 Views

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Charges Laid Against Canadian National Railway in Relation to August 2005 Sodium Hydroxide Spill into the Cheakamus River

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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.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2007961 Views

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Appointment of New President of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

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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.”

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Female Coaches In B.C. Get A Call To Action

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
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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.”

by NationTalk on August 4, 2007950 Views

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Study: Sports Participation Among Aboriginal Children

Released Aug. 5, 2008

Chief George Kemp speaks out
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Metis Music Wanted

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 […]

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007872 Views

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New Aboriginal Arts Website

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 […]

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007968 Views

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Cowichan 2008 Spirit Pole To Tour B.C.

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 […]

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Canada’s New Government Helps Young New Brunswickers Find Work

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.”

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Lathlin Announces Provincial Support For Signature Northern Gathering

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 […]

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Canada’s new Government Supports Fifth Annual First Nation and Inuit National Science Camp in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

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.

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Climate Change and Energy Top Alberta’s Agenda as Canada’s Premiers Gather

August 3, 2007

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.

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Canada’s New Government Helps Young Nova Scotians Find Work

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.”

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Media advisory – CUPE National President to Address Labour Rally in Moncton During Premiers’ Meeting

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

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Ulnooweg Development Group and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Announce Study into Feasibility of an Atlantic wide Aboriginal Financial Services Institution

Truro, NS.

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.

by NationTalk on August 3, 20071083 Views

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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon Speaks about European Bans on the Import of Seal Products During an Interview with CTV

August 3, 2007

Nunavut, Greenland to fight seal ban

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.

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Tolko Forestry Agreement Annual Cut Increases

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007FOR0113-000997
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.

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007861 Views

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Canada’s New Government Funds Projects to Help Atlantic Canadians Improve Literacy

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.

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Merritt Innovative Forestry Harvest Levels Extended

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007FOR0108-000972
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.

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Elk Management Strategy Out For Public Review And Comment

FOR RELEASE #07-163
August 2, 2007

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.

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