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
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.
Dec 29, 2008
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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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov’t taking over trail grooming
Liberal leader Yvonne Jones opposing actions against Labrador Winter Trails
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
December 18, 2008
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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
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.
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).
Megan O’Toole, National Post; Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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.
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..
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.