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Aboriginal Causes: A Lucrative Business for White Advisers

Non-native lawyers and consultants defend aboriginal causes for their own financial gain, argue Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard in their controversial book, Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation. The billions of tax dollars spent on aboriginal programs serve to enrich white consultants and a native elite, instead of improving the condition of the aboriginal population, according to the authors. Can government policy be made to change for the benefit of aboriginals? What actions should be taken? We raised these questions and others with Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard. Interview conducted by Victor Teboul for Tolerance.ca

by NationTalk on January 5, 20091352 Views

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CPAWS advises Feds on Forestry Sector Package

Posted on December 29, 2008
By Tim Gray and Aran O’Carroll

This op-ed ran in the Toronto Star, online edition, on December 23, 2008 [link]

As members of the organization that is Canada’s leading voice for wilderness conservation, we don’t always find ourselves on the same side as the forest industry. But this time we do.

by NationTalk on January 5, 2009694 Views

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Size Does Not Matter to Sego in Partnering With Native Communities – Republic of Mining

Size Does Not Matter to Sego in Partnering With Native Communities

by Marilyn Scales

Marilyn Scales is a field editor for the Canadian Mining Journal, Canada’s first mining publication. She is one of Canada’s most senior mining commentators.

There has been some discussion in this space over the past two weeks as to how it takes very deep pockets to keep the Aboriginal community happy when wanting to explore or develop on their lands. The assumption is that only the largest, richest companies can succeed, as De Beers Canada has done at its Victor diamond mine.

http://www.republicofmining.com/2009/01/01/size-does-not-matter-to-sego-in-partnering-with-native-communities-by-marilyn-scales/

by NationTalk on January 5, 2009515 Views

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Marine Harvest Reports Fish Escape at Lime Point Site

Dec 29, 2008
MHC Release
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: communication@marineharvestcanada.com

Marine Harvest experienced a fish escape from its Lime Point farm near Klemtu on December 20, 2008. A sea lion gained access to a net during a winter storm and allowed a portion of the 45,000 Atlantic salmon weighing an average of 1.3 kilograms to swim away. The net damage was repaired and the loss was reported to provincial authorities as well as the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation. The total number will be known once a recount of the fish remaining in the net is completed.

by NationTalk on January 5, 2009687 Views

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Ron Jamieson, Board Member for Multiple Organizations

Release Date: January 5, 2009 – NationTalk speaks with Ron Jamieson born and raised on the Six Nations. Three years ago Ron finished up his career with the Bank of Montreal and now keeps busy on numerous boards and chairs that include the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), the Ontario Power Authority, the Nuclear […]

by NationTalk on January 5, 20092535 Views

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Aboriginal Community Development with the Resource Sector Annual Conference – Opening Comments – By Hans Matthews, President of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association

The Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) is an Aboriginal, non-profit organization which seeks to increase the understanding of the minerals industry, Aboriginal mining and Aboriginal communities’ paramount interests in lands and resources.

Developing Minds, Managing Resources – November 2, 2008 (Saskatoon, Canada)

There are now more than 120 agreements in Canada between Aboriginal groups and mining companies. We are at a stage where it has almost become the norm for companies to negotiate agreements to gain access to the community, community lands and to initiate programs and services around environmental management, human resource (HR) development, business development, social planning and so on.

by NationTalk on January 4, 20091168 Views

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Wilderness Committee picks 12 favourite environment good-news stories for 2008

by WCWC Media • Wednesday December 24, 2008

Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada – In the spirit of the season, the Wilderness Committee today released a list of the organizations 12 favourite environment good-news stories for 2008…

News Release – Christmas Eve – December 24, 2008

Wilderness Committee picks 12 favourite environment good-news stories for 2008

Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada – In the spirit of the season, the Wilderness Committee today released a list of the organizations 12 favourite environment good-news stories for 2008.

by NationTalk on January 4, 2009794 Views

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CPAWS recommends Wilderness Investment Initiative to Feds

Posted on December 29, 2008

As the federal government prepares to announce a new stimulus package to address the state of the economy, CPAWS is submitting recommendations on investments the government can make in parks, other forms of protected areas and resource industries that will both create jobs and advance long term wilderness conservation.

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by NationTalk on January 4, 2009640 Views

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Create a better Canada by making a New Year’s resolution through the RBC Carry the Torch Contest

TORONTO, December 29, 2008 — With 2009 only days away, millions of Canadians will make resolutions for the year ahead. RBC encourages all Canadians to resolve to create a better Canada by making a pledge at rbc.com/carrythetorch and have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a 2010 Olympic Torchbearer.

by NationTalk on January 4, 2009593 Views

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Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada

December 30, 2008

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 4 Companions (C.C.), 14 Officers (O.C.), and 42 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada.

by NationTalk on January 4, 20091962 Views

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UNBC 2008 Year in Review

December 23, 2008

The past year saw UNBC achieve its best marks ever in national rankings, produce the first graduates from the Northern Medical Program, win a provincial basketball championship, and announce the largest research project it has ever undertaken.

January

UNBC launches a new website design, which would later win second place in a national marketing competition for colleges and universities…. Premier Campbell announces the creation of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the largest research institute ever created by the Province, involving UNBC, UVic, UBC, and Simon Fraser University.

by NationTalk on January 4, 2009824 Views

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Fort Severn First Nation: Fire Destroys Police Detachment

On December 24, 2008, at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Nishnawbe Aski Police detachment situated within the community of Fort Severn was destroyed by fire.

There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service.

by NationTalk on January 4, 2009644 Views

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Native grants at risk (Toronto Sun)

Native grants at risk

By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last Updated: 28th December 2008

WINNIPEG — The federal government is considering turning university grants for aboriginal students into repayable loans.

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2008/12/28/7864296-sun.html

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008753 Views

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TEN TO WATCH IN 2009: BARB CRANMER, 48 – Globe and Mail

TEN TO WATCH IN 2009: BARB CRANMER, 48
The fourth in a series of 10 remarkable people, places or things

WENDY STUECK
December 26, 2008

As a filmmaker, Barb Cranmer cut her teeth by interviewing relatives and neighbours in her home town of Alert Bay and is used to feeling a connection to the people whose stories she tells.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081226.BCYEARENDDIET26/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008618 Views

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Gov’t taking over trail grooming – Northern Pen

Gov’t taking over trail grooming
Liberal leader Yvonne Jones opposing actions against Labrador Winter Trails

JONATHAN RUSSELL
Northern Pen

The Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs is using Labrador Winter Trails’ financial woes to force the group to relinquish control to the provincial government, Opposition Leader Yvonne Jones says.

http://www.northernpen.ca/index.cfm?sid=204992&sc=361

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008869 Views

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New Saskatchewan casino opens – CBC

New Saskatchewan casino opens

Last Updated: Monday, December 29, 2008

Saskatchewan’s eighth casino opened its doors Monday amid optimism it will generate more revenue for First Nations.

http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2008/12/29/casino.html

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008707 Views

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Nunavut residents warned about contaminated cocaine – CBC

Nunavut residents warned about contaminated cocaine

Last Updated: Monday, December 29, 2008

Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health is warning residents to be aware that contaminated cocaine is making its way across the country.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2008/12/29/cocaine-warning.html

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008634 Views

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Memories of avalanche still vivid after a decade – Globe and Mail

QUEBEC TRAGEDY: NEW YEAR’S DAY, 1999
Memories of avalanche still vivid after a decade

NELSON WYATT
The Canadian Press
December 29, 2008

MONTREAL — A decade later, Jean Leduc’s memories of the New Year’s Day avalanche that smashed through the gym of his northern Quebec school are still fresh.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081229.AVALANCHE29/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008524 Views

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Casino opens its doors – Leader-Post

Casino opens its doors

Kerry Benjoe, The Leader-Post
Published: Monday, December 29, 2008

The stars won’t be the only things lighting up the night in Swift Current now that the Living Sky Casino has opened its doors.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/story.html?id=f4aab561-10a2-481f-9121-7c2f05094310

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008620 Views

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Polar bears face uncertain future in Arctic – Canwest News

Polar bears face uncertain future in Arctic

Margaret Munro , Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, December 28, 2008

One polar bear bolted past a pair of teenage girls heading home from school.

Another helped itself to caribou behind a pickup truck. People peering out their windows found the bears wandering in their yards.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=1120467

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008684 Views

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Canadian Natives See an Ally in Barack Black Eagle – Globe and Mail

Canadian Natives see an ally in Barack Black Eagle
Leaders seek the incoming president’s help in obtaining a share of revenues from pipelines carrying Alberta oil to the U. S.

JOE FRIESEN
December 29, 2008

Glen Hudson, chief of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, watched the U.S. election results closely this year, and like many people was buoyed by the election of Barack Obama.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081229.OBAMANATIVES29/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on December 29, 20081028 Views

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CIDA Grant to Support Use of Communications Technologies by Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, Dec. 29 – A grant of $100,000 has been awarded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support the development of The Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas (ICCTA). The grant was made possible through a partnership arrangement between ICCTA and the Métis National Council (MNC).

by NationTalk on December 29, 20081242 Views

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Museum of Inuit Art Director to Cycle 2,400 km Starting January 1, 2009

HARBOURFRONT, TORONTO, Dec. 29 – The January 1st ride is the first leg in the bid for the Museum of Inuit Art Director and co-founder, David Harris, to ride the equivalent distance from Toronto, Ontario to Iqualuit, Nunavut (2350 km as the crow flies) by cycling daily in all weather conditions through the streets of Toronto from January through March, 2009.

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008568 Views

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Government of Canada Launches New Measures to Support Aboriginal Economic Development

Ottawa, Ontario –(Dec. 29, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced three new measures that will improve access to commercial financing for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities. Two pilot initiatives were launched: the first, to create new sources for business loans; the second, to support Aboriginal involvement in major resource and energy development projects. At the same time, Minister Strahl announced expanded eligibility criteria for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s Aboriginal Business Canada program, allowing for larger contribution amounts and a projected increase of 200 projects each year.

by NationTalk on December 29, 2008995 Views

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Manitobans bring cheer at Christmas time (CBC Manitoba)

Manitobans bring cheer at Christmas time

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 24, 2008

An aboriginal women’s group in Portage la Prairie is hosting a feast to bring holiday cheer to those who have nowhere to go on Christmas Day.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/12/24/xmas-cheer.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008672 Views

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Companies, agencies use MOUs to define relationships: lawyer – StarPhoenix

Companies, agencies use MOUs to define relationships: lawyer

By Darren Winegarden
December 24, 2008

The StarPhoenix asked First Nations lawyer Darren Winegarden, a member of the Kawacatoose First Nation who has worked with several bands and the provincial government, what a memorandum of understanding (MOU) includes. This is what he said:

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Technology/Companies+agencies+MOUs+define+relationships+lawyer/1111625/story.html

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008841 Views

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Living Sky Casino Opens to Public December 29

NEWS RELEASE
December 18, 2008
2008-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and its business partner the File Hills Qu’ Appelle Tribal Council are pleased to announce the opening of the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current. The casino opens its doors to the public December 29, 2008 at 9 am.

by NationTalk on December 24, 20083238 Views

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First Nations make play for Sask. resource riches – StarPhoenix

First Nations make play for Sask. resource riches
Many deals inked between resource firms, aboriginal groups

By Jason Warick and Cassandra Kyle
December 24, 2008

Chief Rick Gamble is glad to be home after another business trip to the Far East, but he’ll have little time to relax.

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/First+Nations+make+play+Sask+resource+riches/1111619/story.html

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008548 Views

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Stepping up to prevent youth suicide – Portage Daily

Stepping up to prevent youth suicide

Posted By Angela Brown, The Daily Graphic

At least one Portage la Prairie-area First Nation chief is pleased to see the province is stepping up to provide more help for suicide prevention among youth.

http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1362363

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008512 Views

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Young senator qualifies for pension that is ‘ticket to the good life’ – Globe and Mail

RED CHAMBER BENEFITS
Young senator qualifies for pension that is ‘ticket to the good life’

DANIEL LEBLANC
December 24, 2008

OTTAWA — As the youngest of Canada’s 18 new senators, 34-year-old Patrick Brazeau will be eligible for pension benefits that most Canadians can only dream of, as soon as he hits 55.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081224.SENATE24/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008486 Views

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Aboriginal senator reaches out to foes – Canoe News

Aboriginal senator reaches out to foes

Upper chamber appointee expects First Nations leaders, including himself, to be held accountable

By CHRISTINA SPENCER, NATIONAL BUREAU
The Ottawa Sun

It took just five minutes for Patrick Brazeau, national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, to say yes to a seat in the Senate.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/12/24/7844526-sun.html

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008629 Views

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Stain on 1911 land deal – National Post

Stain on 1911 land deal
Museum to restore native community’s spectacular stained glass windows

Cigdem Iltan, National Post
Published: Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A British Columbia museum is set to restore a First Nations community’s priceless stained glass windows, but the sullied history behind the windows may not be as easily repaired.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1109907

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008522 Views

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Thanks Premier for dam removal – The Tribune

Thanks Premier for dam removal

Published Wednesday December 24th, 2008

Hon. Shawn Graham, Premier

The Chief; Council and Community of Eel River Bar First Nation want to take this opportunity to thank you and your government for committing to the decommissioning of the Eel River Dam. It is important to note that not only does this represent an environmental statement but also a recognition of an important historic economic and social statement.

http://tribunenb.canadaeast.com/commentary/article/519939

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008618 Views

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Government Provides $1.4 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

News Release – December 23, 2008

Approximately 940 groups and organizations across the province will receive more than $1.4 million in charitable gaming grants distributed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA).

Groups that receive funds through licensed charitable gaming (bingo, raffles, breakopen ticket sales, Texas Hold’em poker and Monte Carlo events) receive a grant equal to 25 per cent of net proceeds raised through these activities. The grants are paid quarterly.

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008859 Views

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Aboriginal Education Here Middle of the Pack – Chilliwack Times

Aboriginal education here middle of the pack

Mike Chouinard, The Times
Published: Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The C.D. Howe Institute, an Ontario-based economic and social think-thank, released its findings for aboriginal education in B.C. earlier this month and it found the most successful examples take place in districts that have taken extra steps to look at issues surrounding aboriginal education.

http://www.canada.com/chilliwacktimes/news/story.html?id=84c041c5-658c-4aca-ae6c-14e48e6411d6

by NationTalk on December 24, 2008469 Views

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Wishes for First Nations Families over the Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY DECEMBER 22, 2008 TORONTO— With the holidays approaching The Chiefs of Ontario are asking First Nation communities across the province to care for and support families in need over the holiday season. With the recent release of “Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy – Breaking the Cycle,” The Chiefs of Ontario commend the […]

by NationTalk on December 23, 20081138 Views

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Okemow-Clark v. Lucky Man Cree Nation

There is a court case reported in the Canadian Native Law Reporter* indexed as Okemow-Clark v. Lucky Man Cree Nation about band membership being taken away improperly and in contravention to the Indian Act.

The court case reinstated band members, “at least until a decision is properly made to exclude the applicants” page 81.

*Canadian Native Law Reporter 2008 volume 4 at pages 81 to101

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008851 Views

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Deadline: Wed Jan 7, 2009

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The Winnipeg Film Group is a 35 year old artist-run media arts organization which has an amalgamated structure that is unique in all of Canada – we are the only media arts organization in Canada that is comprised of a Cinematheque, a production centre and a distribution wing. We have an annual budget of approximately $800,000.

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008848 Views

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Inuit Youth Sexual Health Conference

Are you an Inuk youth between the ages of 16 and 29? Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is holding a youth sexual health conference in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, from February 23 – 26, 2009. We are inviting youth to come and share and gain knowledge about sexual health, including HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, HPV and other sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI).

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008772 Views

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Headed for the Red Chamber – National Post

Headed for the Red Chamber

Megan O’Toole, National Post; Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

QUEBEC

Patrick Brazeau – An Algonquin from north of Gatineau in Quebec, Mr. Brazeau is National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, a forum that advocates for the economic and social development of natives, particularly those living off-reserve. He has led the Congress since 2006 and is also a member in good standing of the Native Alliance of Quebec. He has come out in favour of replacing the Indian Act with more progressive legislation and was one of the witnesses who sat on the floor of the House of Commons for the apology to native people issued last June. The 34-year-old will become Canada’s youngest Senator.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1106709

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008620 Views

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Project finished – Daily News

Project finished
Roads In Walpole Resurfaced

Posted By DAVID GOUGH, SUN MEDIA

Walpole Island roads are much improved after embarking on a major roads infrastructure project.

The work done included reconstructing 2.7 kilometres of Creek Road and resurfacing almost 16 kilometres of existing roads within Walpole Island. Additionally, work was completed to install a bike lane on. Tecumseh Road, which is the main road on Walpole Island..

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1359637

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008556 Views

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First Nations Insulted by Lack of Inclusion – The Daily Graphic

First Nations Insulted by Lack of Inclusion

Posted By Rob Swystun, The Daily Graphic

Aboriginal leaders in Manitoba say the government has insulted their people and their culture by excluding them from the sod-turning ceremony of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at the Forks in Winnipeg Friday.

http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1360485

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008567 Views

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Stickhandling His Way Through Aboriginal Politics – Globe and Mail

A MAN TO WATCH
Stickhandling his way through aboriginal politics
Tewanee Joseph’s job co-ordinating bands’ involvement in the 2010 Games makes him one of the country’s most influential natives

MARK HUME
December 23, 2008

VANCOUVER — When it comes to the school of hard knocks there’s nothing like growing up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, spending your weekends getting lacrosse sticks whacked up the side of your head, or becoming the youngest elected member of a native band council.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081223.BCYEARENDOLYMPICS23/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008587 Views

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2008 Mid-year Socio-Economic Monitoring Report

Introduction

The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, is an unincorporated joint venture between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada. In 2007, Aber Diamond Corporation changed its name to Harry Winston Diamond Corporation. Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. is the operator of the mine. Each joint venture participant markets independently its respective share of diamonds mined.

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008893 Views

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2008 Mid-year Socio-Economic Monitoring Report

22 December 2008

Yellowknife, NT – Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI), operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, is pleased to release its 2008 mid-year socio-economic monitoring report, which provides a summary of initiatives in training, employment, and business from for the first six months of 2008.

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008712 Views

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Cree Code Breaker and the Oak Island Mystery

Keith Ranville of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Cree Indian who was born in Winnipeg. Keith has brought a new perspective to the legendary Oak Island mystery of Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay area, and it’s probably about time. I first read about this mystery myself in Stranger Than Science by Frank Edwards back in the late 1960s. 213 years have passed so far and no one has yet to recover the pirate treasure that so many feel is buried beneath the earth there. Over the years, many people have attempted to translate mysterious symbols reportedly copied from two different stones on the island, hoping to isolate some vital clue or insight into how to retrieve the treasure that is believed to be buried there.

by NationTalk on December 23, 20081191 Views

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David Suzuki Foundation mourns Jim Fulton

-Founding DSF executive director passes away

December 22, 2008 VANCOUVER –Jim Fulton, for 13 years the larger-than-life Executive Director of the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), died Sunday after a three-year battle with cancer.

“Jim was the man everybody wanted to know,” DSF chair James Hoggan said Sunday. Through a political career in which he served 14 years as a New Democratic Party Member of Parliament (Skeena) and during a second career as one of Canada’s leading environmental activists, Fulton greeted friend and foe alike with an intoxicating mixture of bluster, charm and passion.

by NationTalk on December 23, 20081030 Views

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Environmental activist Jim Fulton dies – Vancouver Sun

Environmental activist Jim Fulton dies

By Kelly SinoskiDecember 21, 2008

If it had anything to do with the environment, Jim Fulton would have had something to say about it — and usually in a colourful fashion.

http://www.vancouversun.com/Environmental+activist+Fulton+dies/1103095/story.html

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008437 Views

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Senate Appointments Will Help Pave Way for Future Reform, Says Tory Official – CEP

Senate Appointments Will Help Pave Way for Future Reform, Says Tory Official

(CEP News) Ottawa – The appointment of 18 new Canadian senators announced Monday will bring the government closer to its ultimate goal of reforming the Upper Chamber of Parliament, says a senior Conservative official.

http://www.economicnews.ca/cepnews/wire/article/192887

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008508 Views

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