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Media Advisory – Schedule of Events for Provincial Ministers at OGRA/ROMA Conference

TORONTO, Feb. 26 – Several cabinet ministers will be participating in the Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association combined annual conference in Toronto.
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For further information: Patti Munce, Minister’s Office, (416) 585-6333

by NationTalk on February 27, 2007817 Views

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Strong Economy Funds Priority Initiatives In Third Quarter

February 26, 2007

The Province released its Third Quarter Report today, demonstrating further financial improvement since mid-year and increased spending on priorities including affordable housing, education and training.

Overall, provincial revenue is up $195 million from mid-year. The improvement is mainly due to higher tax revenue; primarily corporate tax revenue.

“Saskatchewan’s strong economy is enabling us to address priority issues and build a better future,” Finance Minister Andrew Thomson said.

by NationTalk on February 27, 2007892 Views

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The Aboriginal Sport Circle, Canada’s Voice for Aboriginal Sport and Recreation is Hosting Information Sessions on the Aboriginal Coach Manual

The Aboriginal Sport Circle will deliver training and educational workshops about the ACM to be presented to National Sport Organizations (NSO), Multi-Sport Organizations (MSO), Recreational Organizations, and other interested Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal organizations. The workshops will increase awareness of the availability of the ACM and its relevance in the Canadian Sport System. At the same time, it will open doors to non-Aboriginal coaches of Aboriginal youth, broadening their understanding of Aboriginal-specific circumstances.

by NationTalk on February 27, 2007862 Views

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Media Advisory – Showcasing Aboriginal Culture at Queen’s Park

QUEEN’S PARK, ON, Feb. 26 – Niimita Dance Group, the Eagle Flight Drum Group, Nicholas Delbeare-Sawchuck, Métis Fiddler Quartet, Métis Fiddler/Jiggers, and the Long House Singers will be participating in a showcase of Aboriginal culture at Queen’s Park.

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For further information: Marc Despatie, Minister’s Office, (416) 325-5219; Paul Doig, Communications and Marketing Branch, (416) 325-5187

by NationTalk on February 27, 2007734 Views

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Official Launch of Ullumi Website and Film

A website and film taking a modern look at the lives of Inuit living in today’s northern communities have officially been launched. A joint project between Telefilm, Turnulent, Kativik Regional Government, among others, gives a new avenue to exploring some of the everyday experiences in an Inuit community.

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by NationTalk on February 27, 2007859 Views

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B.C. Celebrates Mining Day At The Legislature

For Immediate Release
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Feb. 26, 2007

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

VICTORIA – Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger was on hand as delegates gathered in Victoria to celebrate Mining Day at the legislature, in recognition of B.C.’s revitalized mining sector.

Hosted by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), Mining Day recognizes the importance of the mineral exploration and mining sector to the growing B.C. economy.

“Mining is now a $6-billion industry in B.C. Mining is essential for building our communities, schools and homes and it provides us with the products we use every day,” said Krueger. “The B.C. mining sector is a thriving industry attracting investment from around the globe that provides well-paying jobs to thousands of British Columbians across the province.”

by NationTalk on February 26, 20071650 Views

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Video Vignettes: Aboriginal Success Stories from Across Canada

February 26, 2007

These short 3-minute videos show First Nations improving the quality of life for their members.

Look and listen to these stories of success in First Nations communities. Whether it’s about education, economic development or governance, they all have the same goal – improving the quality of life of First Nations people across Canada. These short 3-minute videos show First Nations improving the quality of life for their members.

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Lac La Ronge Indian Band is empowering its members by creating the opportunity for private home ownership in this First Nation. Comfortable, safe, energy-efficient homes are now a dream come true in this Saskatchewan Cree community.

by NationTalk on February 26, 20071049 Views

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Notice of Proposed Regulation Under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 Aboriginal Health Council

February 26, 2007

Local Health Integration Networks

On March 28, 2006, the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA) was presented to the Lieutenant Governor in Council and received Royal Assent. The Ministry is currently developing the regulations and operational policy needed to support the implementation process. Some sections of the Act are not currently in force and are expected to be proclaimed in the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007.

The draft regulation posted here relates to the Aboriginal Health Council that will advise the Minister about health and service delivery issues related to Aboriginal and First Nations peoples and priorities and strategies for the provincial strategic plan related to those peoples. The draft regulation lists the organizations from which Council members will be selected.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2007751 Views

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Let Us Continue Celebrating the Signing of the Framework Agreement

Notes for an address by The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians at the Signing of the Framework Agreement for a Made-in-Nova-Scotia Negotiation Process

Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Membertou First Nation
Sydney, Nova Scotia
February 23, 2007

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Good morning, Elders, Grand Chief, Chiefs, Minister Baker, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to join you today at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to sign the Framework Agreement for the Made-in-Nova Scotia negotiation process.

With the endorsement of this Framework Agreement, the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, the citizens of Nova Scotia and indeed all Canadians have taken an historic step: we have agreed to forge new relationships related to land, resources and governance; we have pledged to resolve longstanding differences, create stronger ties and build lasting solutions; and we are determined to bring economic and social opportunities to Mi’kmaq communities in the province and show Nova Scotians, and all Canadians, that partnership is the best way to create better lives for us all.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2007796 Views

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Province Announces Expansion Of Seniors’ Safety, Home-Security Program To Swan River Area

February 26, 2007

The successful SafetyAid crime-prevention and health program is being expanded to the Swan River area, Attorney General Dave Chomiak and Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for seniors, have announced.

“This innovative, multi-faceted program helps to support the continued independence of low-income seniors living in the community,” said Chomiak. “Through SafetyAid, experienced tradespeople conduct home safety audits and install safety devices including peepholes and deadbolt locks, in the homes of low-income seniors.”

Seniors who have been victims of break-and-enter crimes are the first priority for the program, but other Manitoba seniors aged 65 and over in areas served by the program can also request a home safety audit.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2007901 Views

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Aboriginal Students and Manitoba Businesses Benefit From $770,000 Investment in Trade-Training Centre

For Release
February 26, 2007

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Aboriginal students will be better equipped for high-demand jobs in Manitoba’s aerospace, manufacturing and construction industries, with a $480,000 investment from Canada’s New Government.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, today announced funding for the Centre of Aboriginal Human Resource Development’s Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology.

“Canada’s New Government is getting things done for all Canadians including Aboriginal students and Manitoba businesses, ” said Minister Ambrose. “This funding is part of our Government’s economic plan to create the right conditions for Canadians and Canadian businesses to thrive.”

Western Economic Diversification Canada is contributing $320,000 in funding towards new equipment purchases for the Institute. Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy, which is administered by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, is providing $160,000 to be used for building renovations. The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) is contributing approximately $290,000 towards the renovation project.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2007895 Views

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Media Advisory – Squamish & Lil’wat First Nations Launch New Logo and Highway Signage at New Cultural Centre, Now Being Built at Whistler

WHISTLER, BC, Feb. 26 – The Squamish and Lil’wat nations will hold a news conference tomorrow (Feb. 27) to announce a new system of highway signage along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. It is called a Cultural Journey – a series of sign shelters at pullouts along the highway will explain supernatural creatures and legendary battles at particular geographic locations. Also during the news conference Squamish and Lil’wat chiefs will launch a new logo and brand to market these activities. Earlier in the day, the chiefs will also host a walkabout through the $30-million Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre now being built in Whistler’s Upper Village. Politicians, Olympic officials and business leaders will experience the 30,000 square-foot building, now three-quarters complete. To showcase the history, arts, culture and cosmology of the two neighbouring nations, the centre will open in spring 2008.

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For further information: OR TO REQUEST AN ARTIST’S RENDERING OF THE CULTURAL CENTRE, OR B-ROLL CLIP: Alex Rose, (604) 926-1641, agrose@shaw.ca

by NationTalk on February 26, 2007806 Views

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Hill & Knowlton Secures Top Specialist in the Field, Bernd Christmas, to Lead New National Aboriginal Affairs Practice

Newly Created Practice Provides Counsel on Aboriginal Issues, Economic Development and Public Affairs

TORONTO, Feb. 26 – Michael Coates, president and CEO of Hill & Knowlton Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bernd Christmas as senior vice president and leader for the firm’s newly-created aboriginal affairs practice.

A former Bay Street lawyer, Bernd Christmas is now highly regarded across Canada as the leading specialist in the field of Aboriginal economic development. Christmas is renowned most recently for his work with the Mi’kmaq First Nation community of Membertou in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As CEO, he increased profitability of this community from a $4.5 million revenue organization with a million dollar deficit to a $75 million operation. Lauded for his work in establishing what is now known as the “new indigenous economy,” Christmas’ expertise lies in his ability to successfully forge strong working relationships between First Nations, governments and corporations.

by NationTalk on February 26, 20071381 Views

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Women of Wabano and NationTalk Issue CD Fundraising Challenge

Health issues are front and centre these days within both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and NationTalk has come up with a unique way of helping out one of these organizations. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an organization that focuses on a number of health issues, facing many Aboriginal men, women and children. A […]

by NationTalk on February 25, 20071721 Views

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ASRA President/CEO Recovering at Home

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Friday February 23, 2007

Victoria, BC – Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) President and CEO, Alex Nelson has been released from hospital and is now at home recovering from bypass surgery.

Nelson underwent surgery on February 1, 2007 and was released from hospital shortly thereafter. Nelson is expected to return to his full capacity at ASRA and NAIG Council by the middle of May 2007.

“Due to Alex’s great shape and his good physical condition he continues to recover as is expected,” said ASRA’s Acting President and CEO, Patrick Chénier. “ASRA continues to work on many initiatives, including the Aboriginal Team BC (ATBC) program for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and the 2007 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).”

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by NationTalk on February 25, 2007860 Views

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$75,000 To Help First Nations Harness Internet Benefits

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 24, 2007

Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services

VICTORIA – Speaking at the Summit 2007 conference, Labour and Citizens’ Services Minister Olga Ilich today announced new funding of $75,000 to help First Nations capitalize on high-speed Internet services.

“Today’s announcements underscore government’s commitment to use communications and information technology to deliver citizen-centred services to the public,” Ilich said. “These new funds will help communities understand how to convert Internet access into tangible benefits for their businesses, higher quality health care, more educated citizens and better access to services.”

The First Nations Education Steering Committee will receive $50,000 to create a strategy to develop Internet skills and expertise in communities. The Committee is a non-profit society mandated to facilitate discussion about education matters affecting First Nations in B.C. by disseminating information and soliciting input from First Nations.

by NationTalk on February 25, 2007746 Views

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BC Aboriginal hockey Players Set to Lace Up the Steel in Prince Albert, SK.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Friday February 23, 2007

Victoria, BC – Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) has now completed the selection process for the female and male bantam/midget aged hockey teams that will represent British Columbia at the 2007 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, beginning on April 29, 2007.

After Talent Identification camps in Kamloops, BC and Fraser Lake, BC and an invitational Provincial camp in Salmon Arm, BC, Head Coaches Brett Brade (female team) and Stacy Leech (male team) selected 20 female athletes and 20 male athletes that will fly to the frozen badlands to compete in Canada’s premiere Aboriginal hockey championships.

by NationTalk on February 25, 20072121 Views

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Speaking Notes Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Feb 23, 2007

The Department of Indian Affairs website says “A fundamental change in the funding approach of First Nations Child and Family Services Agencies to child welfare is required in order to reverse the growth rate of children coming into care, and in order for the agencies to meet their mandated responsibilities.” At the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada we could not agree more and that’s why we have worked diligently with the Assembly of First Nations, First Nations child and family service agencies and the Department of Indian Affairs to find out why so many First Nations children were being removed from their families and what could be done about it. In reviewing the available evidence, what is clear is that there are more First Nations children living in state care today than at any time in history – including during the height of the residential school operations. The over representation of First Nations children in child welfare care is drastic – an analysis of child welfare data from three sample provinces indicates as of May of 2005- 0.67% of all non Aboriginal children were in child welfare care as compared to 10.23% of all Status Indian children. What is also clear is that many of these removals could be prevented if the federal government funded the intensive family and child supports needed to keep children safely at home known as prevention programs and least disruptive measures while actively supporting First Nations to address the poverty, poor housing and substance misuse on reserves.

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by NationTalk on February 25, 20072477 Views

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$53,000 To Develop Aboriginal Housing Plans In Vernon

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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Feb. 23, 2007

Ministry of Forests and Range and
Minister responsible for Housing

VERNON – Okanagan-Vernon MLA Tom Christensen presented cheques today totalling $53,000 to two local Aboriginal groups working to develop affordable and supportive housing for families and youth.

“This funding will help these groups to further develop their plans for new housing projects for those who are at risk of homelessness,” said Christensen. “The Province relies on partnerships with local non-profit groups to ensure people have the opportunity to access safe, stable, and affordable housing, while also helping to connect people at risk of homelessness with the support services and resources needed to stabilize their lives.”

The First Nations Friendship Centre Society (FNFCS) received $26,500 to develop a proposal for 30 units that will house and provide support services for youth recovering from addictions and mental health issues. The supported housing units will help youth make the transition to independent living. FNFCS was incorporated in 1977 and operates a youth-at-risk facility as well as a four-bed emergency safe house for a total of 18 youth housing units in Vernon.

by NationTalk on February 25, 2007912 Views

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The $9 Billion Myth Exposed: Why First Nations Poverty Endures

February 23, 2007

Where is the $9.1 billion being spent?

Only $5.4 Billion of all federal “Aboriginal” spending actually ever reaches First Nations.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Department officials have confirmed that only about 82% of policy and program funds actually reach First Nations in the form of grants and contributions. Treasury Board estimates that 11% or $600 million per year is spent on INAC departmental overhead.

It is estimated that only about 53% of “aboriginal issues” funding from other federal departments actually reaches First Nations. This issue requires further study.

INAC’s budget represents only approximately 0.004% of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product. Affordability to address First Nations’ urgent needs is not under question. In the last Budget, the federal government applied the $13.2 billion surplus to the debt, and this surplus continues to grow. Meanwhile, it invested $17 billion in military spending, and most recently on, February 12, 2007, it announced $349.9 million in a new Canada ecoTrust to support provincial projects in reductions to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

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by NationTalk on February 24, 20071083 Views

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$100 Million Plan to Revitalize Saskatchewan Neighbourhoods

February 23, 2007

Premier Lorne Calvert today announced a $100 million plan to revitalize Saskatchewan neighbourhoods with the greatest need.

The plan includes $60 million to provide the single, largest expansion of HomeFirst for affordable housing for families in northern communities and the inner cities of Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford. A further $40 million will support inner city initiatives in Regina and Saskatoon targeted at education and skills training and the development of healthy, vibrant neighbourhoods.

“My government is committed to making life better for Saskatchewan people by promoting caring neighbourhoods and by providing better access to education and skills training,” Calvert said. “This investment will help build the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being of our families and communities. As a result, many dreams will come true.”

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007692 Views

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758 New Housing Units To Help Prevent Homelessness

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 23, 2007

Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister responsible for Housing

VICTORIA – The Province is committing $196 million to create 758 supportive housing units across British Columbia, providing those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with greater access to safe and secure housing, Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today.

Last October, the Province released its comprehensive housing strategy, Housing Matters BC, and released a proposal call for 450 new supportive housing units. Communities and non-profit organizations offered additional funding as part of their proposals, and as a result, the Province is able to increase the number of new units to 758.

“The proposal call resulted in some excellent and innovative ideas that have enabled us to increase the number of units by more than 60 per cent,” said Coleman. “We received a lot of thoughtful ideas from people who care about our communities.”

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007721 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports Women of the Dawn Counselling Centre

REGINA, February 23, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Mr. Dave Batters, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today met with the Women of the Dawn Counselling Centre (WDCC) to announce $29,884 in funding. The funds will support the Centre’s Hope for Non-Violence project, which addresses issues of family violence and abuse surrounding Aboriginal women in the Regina area.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to supporting projects that provide direct help to Aboriginal women and their families within their communities,” said Minister Oda. “It is important that Aboriginal women victims of family violence have a place in their community where they can find support.”

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007845 Views

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Galore Creek Mine Project Receives Approval

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 22, 2007

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA – Vancouver-based NovaGold Canada Inc. (the proponent) has received a provincial environmental assessment certificate for its proposed Galore Creek copper-gold-silver mine project located about 150 km northwest of Stewart, following a comprehensive review led by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).

The project also triggered a comprehensive study review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). The Environmental Assessment Office and federal agencies have harmonized the environmental assessment process and prepared a joint Assessment Report/federal Comprehensive Study Report for decision makers.

The joint report concludes that no significant residual effects are anticipated from the perspective of provincial and federal government agencies as a result of the project.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007813 Views

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Opportunities for Cooperation and Partnership Identified in Nunavut

Fisheries and Aquaculture
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Transportation and Works
February 23, 2007

Following a recent meeting with representatives of the Government of Nunavut, both the Provincial Government and the Nunatsiavut Government are encouraged with the progress made in identifying valuable opportunities for partnerships between the three governments.

The Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, says the visit to Nunavut was very productive and that opportunities for cooperation were identified in numerous sectors of the economy, including the seal fishery, transportation and forest resources.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007859 Views

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First Nations Summit Welcomes Public Inquiry Into the Death of Frank Paul

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2007

COAST SALISH TERRITORY/VANCOUVER, B.C. – The First Nations Summit is pleased with today’s decision by the Solicitor General of BC, John Les, to order a full public inquiry into the death of Frank Joseph Paul.

The First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, United Native Nations, Métis Association of BC and Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC, are among the Aboriginal organizations that have steadfastly called on the provincial government to follow through with the January 2004 recommendations of Police Complaint Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld’s to order a full public inquiry into the death of Mr. Paul.

Frank Joseph Paul, a Mi’kmaq man, died of hypothermia in December 1998 shortly after being released by the Vancouver police department into an east Vancouver alley.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007788 Views

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Province asks Quebec Innu to Respect Closed Hunting Zones

Natural Resources
February 23, 2007

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador warned today that the killing of caribou from the threatened woodland caribou herds of Southern Labrador will not be tolerated and provincial conservation officers will enforce the laws that protect the animals.

Conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that a 10-member hunting party from Quebec is traveling in the Joir River area, home of a woodland caribou herd protected by endangered species legislation. Members of the hunting party, intercepted near the border between Labrador and Quebec, were warned that the herd is protected and the taking of these animals is illegal.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007936 Views

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Federal-Provincial-Territorial Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation

Whitehorse, Yukon, February 22, 2007 – Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity, and recreation met today and joined the community of Whitehorse and the northern territories in celebrating the 2007 Canada Winter Games. This is the 40th anniversary of the Games, and they are the first to be held in Canada’s North. They are providing Ministers with the opportunity to witness first hand Canadian athleticism at its finest.

Federal, Provincial and Territorial ministers approved a hosting rotation for the third cycle for the Canada Games through to 2035 that will provide each province and territory the opportunity to host the Games. Ministers agreed to continue their work towards strengthening the Canada Games and will review progress in 2008.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007924 Views

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Close to 8,000 Saskatchewan People with Diabetes and Heart Disease Receiving Improved Care, Having Better Outcomes

First year of Saskatchewan’s largest quality improvement initiative shows promising results

SASKATOON, Feb. 23 – In less than one year, health care providers participating in a major, province-wide initiative have improved care and health outcomes for nearly 8,000 Saskatchewan people living with diabetes and coronary artery disease (the most common form of heart disease).

A progress report on the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Collaborative, released today by the Health Quality Council, shows that more patients are receiving the recommended drugs, tests, and services needed for managing their conditions. As well, patients are experiencing improved access to family physician appointments.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007665 Views

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NovaGold Receives Galore Creek Project Environmental Certificate Approval

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 23, 2007) – NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG)(AMEX:NG) is pleased to announce that it has received from the Province of British Columbia the Environmental Assessment Certificate for the company’s Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project in northwestern British Columbia, following a comprehensive review led by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office.

The Galore Creek environmental assessment process was initiated in February 2004. As part of the comprehensive assessment effort, NovaGold entered into the collaborative study and review process with the Tahltan First Nation, B.C. Provincial and Canadian Federal agencies, and U.S. federal and Alaska State agencies to develop a detailed plan for the development, operation and closure of a mine at Galore Creek with a minimum overall environmental impact. During the process a series of public meetings were held in various communities in northern British Columbia and Alaska to allow for input into the project from local communities in the region.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007757 Views

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Canadian Human Rights Complaint on First Nations Child Welfare Filed Today by Assembly of First Nations and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 23 – Today, the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada formally filed a complaint today with the Canadian Human Rights Commission regarding lack of funding for First Nations child welfare.

“There are more than 27,000 First Nations children in state care. This is a national disgrace that requires the immediate and serious attention of all governments to resolve,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “Rational appeals to successive federal governments have been ignored. After years of research that confirm the growing numbers of our children in care, as well as the potential solutions to this crisis, we have no choice but to appeal to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.”

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007776 Views

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Full Negotiations on Made-in-Nova Scotia Process Launched by Minister Prentice, Mi’kmaq Chiefs of Nova Scotia and Minister Baker

MEMBERTOU FIRST NATION, NS, Feb. 23 – The Honourable Jim Prentice Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Michael G. Baker, Q.C., Nova Scotia’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Mi’kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy today took part in a important signing ceremony.

Signed today was a Framework Agreement under the Made-in-Nova Scotia negotiation process. This process is designed to address the treaty and Aboriginal rights and title of the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.

The parties will now begin negotiations under the directions and principles set out in the Framework Agreement.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007765 Views

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VANOC and Northern Territories Sign Memo of Understanding

WHITEHORSE, Feb. 22 – Mr. John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canada’s three Northern Ministers Responsible for Sport and Recreation have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities for cooperation leading up to and during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

The Honourable Glenn Hart from Yukon, the Honourable Michael McLeod from the Northwest Territories and the Honourable Louis Tapardjuk of Nunavut together with Mr. Furlong have identified a number of potential areas of collaboration with 2010 that will help VANOC successfully deliver on their mission and vision for the Games while benefiting the territories in the areas of sport development and culture.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007814 Views

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CPAWS-Yukon Congratulates Northern Community Elders and Delegates on their Vision of Protection for the Yukon’s Peel River Watershed, Home to the Three Rivers

22.02.07

CPAWS-Yukon is gratified by the enthusiasm and commitment to conservation expressed by community elders and delegates at the Peel Watershed Community Gathering held in Mayo, Yukon February 16-18, 2007. We fully support the communities’ vision and statement that calls for protection of the Peel Watershed for present and future generations. We look forward to continuing to work with the communities to realize their vision, which is consistent with our ongoing Three Rivers campaign.

During CPAWS-Yukon’s Three Rivers community tour from Mayo, YT to Inuvik, NWT in June 2006 (link to: http://www.cpawsyukon.org/three-rivers/report-northern-communities.html), the Tetlit Gwich’in Renewable Resources Council asked us to help organize a Gathering to bring together people of Mayo, Ft. McPherson, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic, Dawson City and Old Crow to discuss a common vision for the Peel watershed. We accepted the challenge and assisted with logistics and by sharing resource materials. Generous funding from The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation helped make this Gathering a reality.

by NationTalk on February 23, 20071522 Views

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Heritage Tourism Initiative Gets Boost From Province

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 22, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

VICTORIA – The provincial government is providing $50,000 to the BC Museums Association to implement a provincial history- and heritage-related tourism marketing plan, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

“As BC2008 celebrations approach, there is no better time to showcase B.C.’s heritage and culture, and I know many visitors are interested in finding out more about our province’s rich history,” said Hagen. “This plan will help raise awareness of the many heritage experiences that are available to them.”

Hagen made the announcement at the Council of Tourism Association’s Tourism Industry Conference, which also coincides with Heritage Week this year.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007814 Views

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Quebec Forum on Aboriginal Community Consultation

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 – Thursday, March 1, 2007
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel
1255 Jeanne-Mance Street
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Mr. Martin R. Gagné, a member of the Aboriginal Law Practice Group, will be presenting as part of the Forum québécois sur la consultation des communautés autochtones, which will be held in Montréal on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1, 2007.

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Manitoba -Budget Delivers 10th Property Tax Freeze, Cuts Business Tax

Budget delivers 10th property tax freeze, cuts business tax
…but the real budget news is renewal of frontline services, Mayor says

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WINNIPEG February 22, 2007 – Committed to delivering on its promise to reinvest in frontline services, Executive Policy Committee today tabled its first operating budget of the new term. The budget includes the City’s 10th consecutive property tax freeze, and cuts the business tax outside downtown from 9.75% to 7.75%, a 20% reduction.

Mayor Sam Katz announced the 2007 preliminary budget at City Hall today and cited the removal of “snow windrows” on street boulevards that are fronting commercial establishments as a frontline service in need of improvement. A “snow windrow” is the term given to snow piles on boulevards that are created as a result of the street snow clearing operations and these windrows can act as a barrier to people parked on the street. Traditionally, boulevard windrows are left in place on most streets. Now, with $2 million in new snow removal funding, City Hall hopes to start reducing windrows and the barriers that they may present in the winter.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007757 Views

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MGEU Helps Celebrate Launch of ANCR Network in Manitoba

‘Children deserve the highest level of service
and greatest measure of safety that we can offer.” – Peter Olfert

Winnipeg (23 Feb. 2007) – The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU/NUPGE) was among organizations participating this week in the launch of the Child and Family Services All Nations Coordinated Response network (ANCR).

The initiative was borne out of recommendations that came of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry – Child Welfare Initiative. ANCR will now serve as the beginning access point for all child welfare services in Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on February 23, 20071181 Views

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First Nations Child and Family Services – Questions and Answers

February 2007

1. What is the First Nation child welfare issue all about?

Child welfare is about working with First Nation families to ensure the safety and well being of their children. In an ideal scenario, concerns about a child’s welfare are resolved by providing services to help the family, but in some cases these services are not enough to ensure the child’s safety and the child is removed and placed with extended family or in foster care.

One of the challenges for First Nations children on reserve is that the federal government does not fund First Nations child and family service agencies to provide prevention or support services to families to enable them to keep their children safely in the family home. The absence of these services is a major reason why so many First Nation children are in care.

Another significant factor is that First Nation Child Welfare agencies receive approximately 22% less funding than provincial agencies.

2. What is meant by an “over representation” of First Nation Children in care?

The unfortunate reality is that 1 out of 10 First Nations children are placed in care compared to 1 out of every 200 non-First Nation children in Canada.

3. What does it mean when 1 out of every 10 First Nation children are in care?

It means that too many First Nation children are in care. It is estimated that there are as many as 27,000 First Nation children in care today. This figure includes children in First Nation agencies and provincial agencies both on and off-reserve. This number is three times the number of children that were in Residential Schools at the height of their operation.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Minister Jim Prentice, alleges that there are only 9,000 First Nations children in care. This figure of 9,000 refers to First Nations children in the care of First Nations agencies only, and not First Nation children in care throughout provincial agencies. Further, the Minister recognizes there has been a 65% increase of First Nation children in care since 1996.

The AFN believes that all First Nations children should be safe and well cared for, and in some cases that means placement in foster care. However, the gap in funding to service First Nation agencies is a critical issue. It is common for foster families funded through First Nation agencies to be subsidized at a much lower rate than their provincial counterparts, making the overall shortage of qualified foster families an even bigger challenge.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2007925 Views

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Media advisory – Government of Canada

SYDNEY, NS, Feb. 22 – Minister Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Minister Michael Baker, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy of the Mi’kmaq will sign the Made in Nova Scotia Process Framework Agreement at a ceremony at the Membertou First Nation Trade and Convention Centre in Sydney on Friday, February 23.

The signing ceremony will take place in the Centre’s Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a news conference and a technical briefing by negotiators for the Mi’kmaq, Nova Scotia and Canada.

The Framework Agreement sets out the details of the forthcoming negotiations on treaty and related issues.

Date: Friday, February 23, 2007

Time of signing ceremony: 9:30 a.m.(*)

Time of news conference: 10:30 a.m.(*)

Time of technical briefing: 10:45 a.m.(*)

(*) Atlantic time

Location: Membertou First Nation Trade and Convention Centre Sydney, Nova Scotia

For further information: John Soosaar, Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Province of Nova Scotia, (902) 424-3063; Bill Rodgers, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Diana Campbell, Communications Officer, Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn, Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, (902) 843-3880

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007834 Views

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Media Advisory for Tomorrow, Friday, February 23 – AFN’s National Chief, and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society to File a Canadian Human Rights Complaint on Discriminatory Treatment Against First Nations Child Welfare Agencies

Media Advisory for Tomorrow, Friday, February 23 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief, and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society to File a Canadian Human Rights Complaint on Discriminatory Treatment Against First Nations Child Welfare Agencies

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 – AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine, FSIN Vice Chief Guy Lonechild, and Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Charles Lynch Room, Parliament Hill to announce the submission of a human rights complaint.

Copies of the complaint will be available, as well as the AFN Leadership Action Plan on First Nations Child Welfare. The Action Plan is also available at www.afn.ca

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations in Canada.

For further information: Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789, ext. 229, Cell (613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, Cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007866 Views

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Manning Park Projects Protect Public Safety

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007ENV0016-000161
Feb. 22, 2007

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA – To reduce the impacts of the provincial mountain pine beetle infestation, an on-going forest fuel and hazard tree management program is being implemented in E.C. Manning Provincial Park. Hazard trees are being removed in public areas of the park for visitor safety, and fuel breaks are being established near park boundaries to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading to areas adjacent to the park, as recommended in the Filmon Report.

To reduce hazard tree risks to park visitors, dead and dying pine trees in the Mule Deer Campground and Coldspring Campground and along Highway 3 from the Beaver Pond to Manning Park Resort on the south side of the highway will be removed starting in mid-February. BC Parks will be investing approximately $25,000 to implement this portion of the project.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007728 Views

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Media Advisory for Tomorrow, Friday, February 23 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Release The $9B Myth Exposed Report at Call to Action Against First Nations Poverty

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 – AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine will host a breakfast session from 8 to 10 a.m. tomorrow on Parliament Hill, Room 371 West Block, to Call for Action Against First Nations Poverty and launch The $9B Myth Exposed report.

“Ignoring poverty within our borders is contrary to our nature as Canadians,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “A federal budget is less than a month away, and another federal election is looming on the horizon. Tomorrow, we will be reminding parliamentarians, and all Canadians, that they have the political will to make poverty history.”

Mr. Buzz Hargrove, National President of the Canadian Auto Workers Union and author of Labour of Love: The Fight to Create a More Humane Canada will speak in support the Assembly of First Nations’ National Campaign to Make Poverty History: The First Nations Plan for Creating Opportunity.

At this time, the AFN will release The $9B Myth Exposed: Why First Nations Poverty Endures.

Chief Shirley Castel of Pukatawagan First Nation (MB) and Chief Connie Gray-Mackay of Mishkeegogamang (ON) whose communities’ abject levels of poverty were recently featured in the Globe and Mail and Winnipeg Free Press will also be present.

Acclaimed actor and activist Adam Beach will be a special guest.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations in Canada.

For further information: Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789, ext. 229, Cell (613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, Cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007724 Views

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McGuinty Government Helps Put Youth On Path To Opportunity

News Release
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2007

Expanded Youth Opportunities Strategy Includes Summer Jobs Program For At-Risk Youth

OTTAWA — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that 180 youth from underserved communities in Ottawa will get summer jobs as part of the province’s strategy to build opportunity for young people.

“Creating opportunity for Ontario’s young people is one of the most important things we can do to build a bright future,” said Premier McGuinty. “By giving our kids the opportunities and experience they need, we’re helping them make positive choices in life.”

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program provides real-life work experience and skills to young people in underserved communities. Youth aged 15 to 18 will get opportunities to work in fields such as recreation, business and youth leadership. Work placements last eight weeks.

The program is just one part of the government’s $28.5-million Youth Opportunities Strategy — a plan to help young people who face challenges achieve individual success. In 2006, the strategy was launched in the Toronto area. So far, over 900 youth have benefited from community-based programs.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007808 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports Aboriginal Communities

OTTAWA, February 22, 2007 – The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced $842,401 in funding for the Kivalliq Inuit Association, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the National Association of Friendship Centres.

“Aboriginal communities are a vibrant part of Canada’s pluralistic society,” said Minister Oda. “Canada’s New Government is committed to supporting projects, like those announced today, which build the capacity of Inuit, First Nations, and Métis organizations and provide innovative opportunities for Aboriginal youth.”

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007846 Views

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B.C. Supports Forum To Address Aboriginal Youth Issues

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007CFD0004-000167
Feb. 22, 2007

Ministry of Children and Family Development

VANCOUVER – The Ministry of Children and Family Development has contributed $50,000 for a two-day provincial forum to address the high incidence of suicide among Aboriginal youth, announced Children and Family Development Minster Tom Christensen.

“This forum is an important step in examining the issue of Aboriginal youth suicide in B.C,” said Christensen. “This ministry is committed to working with First Nations and Aboriginal people to ensure youth in B.C. realize their full potential as they mature into healthy, productive adults.”

Approximately 200 delegates from across B.C will take part in the two-day forum. The forum will enable Aboriginal organizations, community leaders, government representatives to share their ideas and progress on youth suicide prevention strategies and initiatives.

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Medicine Hat Company Receives Premier’s Award for Business Excellence

February 22, 2007

Edmonton… Weddingstar Inc. of Medicine Hat received the 2007 Premier’s Award of Distinction at the 16th annual Alberta Business Awards of Distinction hosted by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce on February 21. The award is presented to the Alberta organization that best exemplifies Alberta’s entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrates outstanding leadership in their business and local community.

“Alberta has been shaped by dedicated and visionary entrepreneurs who worked hard to turn their ideas into reality,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “Weddingstar has gone above and beyond to be innovative leaders in an industry steeped in tradition.”

In 1983, Rick and Helle Brink opened their wedding supply business in the basement of their Medicine Hat home. Today, their company has grown to 30 full and part-time employees and 15 contract workers. They ship to over 45 countries and this year they forecast sales of approximately $5 million.

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071255 Views

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MNO at Forefront in Guatemala

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 – Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt will be leaving for Guatemala this weekend to visit Mayan communities to discuss fundraising for schools in isolated villages. He will attend a meeting with Indigenous people from throughout the Americas to discuss use and access to technology for health, education, governance and commerce. And he will work on plans for purchasing textiles from Mayan women to feed their children. These are activities that are bringing the MNO and its people to the forefront in Guatemala in the coming weeks and months. Next week he will be joined by Métis National Council President, Clément Chartier and National Congress of American Indians President, Joe Garcia.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007850 Views

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Cumberland Announces Agreement with Government of Nunavut and Receipt of Nunavut Water Board Licence for Road Construction

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 22, 2007) – CUMBERLAND RESOURCES LTD. (TSX:CLG)(AMEX:CLG) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary Meadowbank Mining Corporation (“MMC”) and the Government of Nunavut (“GN”) have signed a Development Partnership Agreement (“DPA”) with respect to Cumberland’s 100% owned Meadowbank gold project located 70 kilometres north of the hamlet of Baker Lake, Nunavut. In addition, the Company has received a Water Licence Type B from the Nunavut Water Board, the final licence required for road construction to Meadowbank. The Meadowbank gold project, host to Canada’s largest pure gold open pit gold reserves of 2.9 million ounces(1), will become one of Canada’s highest output gold producers.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007780 Views

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Redcorp Ventures Ltd.: Letter Agreement Executed Between Redfern Resources Ltd. and Taku River Tlingit First Nation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 22, 2007) – REDCORP VENTURES LTD. (TSX:RDV) (“Redcorp”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Redfern Resources Ltd. (“Redfern”, together the “Company”), has executed a letter agreement with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (“TRTFN”) governing the framework for workplans and funding for the evaluation of the proposed barging access amendment plan for the Tulsequah Project. The agreement also encompasses plans for defining an additional workplan and funding to evaluate the scope and content of a potential future Impact and Benefits Agreement between the parties and contributions to discussions between the TRTFN and government of British Columbia concerning a potential Accommodation Agreement.

In arriving at this letter agreement the TRTFN have not agreed on an affirmative position or acceptance of the barging amendment or the Tulsequah Project pending their determination of the acceptability of the environmental mitigation for the project and any associated defined benefits and accommodation for the TRTFN.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007728 Views

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