Activists breached seal hunt rules, officer testifies
Defence lawyer plans to rebut evidence
Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 6:09 AM CT
The Crown called just one witness in a case against five activists it says disrupted the seal hunt off Canada’s east coast in 2006.
Two Canadians, two Americans and a British citizen — all with the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliate, Humane Society International — are charged with violating marine mammal regulations.
YELLOWKNIFE — Another premier may be going to Ottawa with boxing gloves on.
Floyd Roland, 46, the newly chosen leader of the Northwest Territories, says it’s time the federal government took seriously the North’s desire to control and benefit from its own resources.
“I believe we do need to take a stronger approach as we see development happening in the Northwest Territories,” he said yesterday after being chosen. “And I really believe that northerners need to benefit from the development of the resources here in the North.”
Kahnawake’s Step by Step Child and Family Center has been approved for a major research grant by the Social Services and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which could set the tone for how Early Childhood Education is run in First Nations Communities.
Because there has long been the recognition of the need to develop screening and assessment tools based on norms derived from First Nations people themselves, the general goal of the research is to develop examples of early intervention practices appropriate for First Nation communities – in particular in relation to screening, assessment and inclusive education approaches – that have a solid scientific basis.
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007
When the federal Tories announced in Tuesday’s throne speech that they intend to push forward with Bill C-44, which would bring First Nations communities under the Canadian Human Rights Act, the TV cameras registered a shocked expression on Phil Fontaine’s face.
Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has consistently opposed the repealing of Section 67 of the Act, which for years has contained a First Nations exemption.
Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) says the human rights of First Nations people are being violated.
“In a country as free and democratic as Canada, First Nations citizens are the only ones who don’t have full access to basic, fundamental human rights that other Canadians enjoy,” said Chief Patrick Brazeau on Thursday.
Anne Kyle, Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007
The Metis Nation Saskatchewan is calling for the creation of a provincewide agreement that recognizes and respects Metis harvesting rights.
“It is time for the government of Saskatchewan to sit down and honourably negotiate an agreement with the MNS that recognizes and accommodates Metis harvesting rights throughout the province, rather than continuing to charge and prosecute Metis harvesters at great expense to our people and Saskatchewan taxpayers,” Metis Nation Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette told reporters on Thursday. “We call upon the leaders of both the NDP and the Saskatchewan Party to make such a commitment to the Metis people during this election campaign.”
Artist Kent Monkman explores the Old World’s view of aboriginal culture through painting and performance
From Friday’s Globe and Mail
October 19, 2007 at 5:28 AM EDT
The studio of Toronto artist Kent Monkman is a study in cultural cross-pollination. On the table in the middle of the space, an assistant is making a ceremonial feather headdress to Monkman’s exacting specifications (black and white feathers with pink trim and sequins), regalia that will be used in his performance at the Royal Ontario Museum tonight. The desk nearby is scattered with correspondence and notes, and a selection of well-thumbed art history books are propped open here and there for easy reference, many of them marked with slips of paper.
IQALUIT, NT, Oct. 19 – Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping (NEAS) and its shareholders are pleased to announce a record sealift season for 2007.
“At NEAS, we are proud to confirm that we exceeded our customer service targets over this sealift season,” said Michael Gordon, NEAS president. “Our customers saw NEAS vessels providing more scheduled stops in their communities more often then ever before.”
OTTAWA, Oct. 19 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil will join Sagkeeng First Nation today to celebrate “A Generation of Change.”
“Today is a day to acknowledge the pain survivors endured in residential schools, and what they’ve done to move towards healing,” National Chief Phil Fontaine said. “Many survivors have struggled, and others have made heroic efforts to succeed in life.”
TORONTO, Oct. 18 – Anti-poverty initiatives over the last decade in Canada have been successful, mainly by increasing employment among the poor, according to a new study released by the C.D. Howe Institute. In Reducing Poverty: What has Worked, and What Should Come Next, author John Richards finds that policies that target employment for the poor, along with improved labor market conditions, have been key to reducing poverty in Canada.
Contrary to the dismal picture that some recent studies have painted, the income security system is not broken, he says. Policies of the last decade got much right. In 1996, nearly 16 percent of all Canadians fell below the Low Income Cut Off, the traditional measure of poverty in Canada. In 2005, less than 11 percent of Canadians did so. In the same period, the poverty rate among children in female lone parent families fell from 56 to 33 percent; among single men from 38 to 32 percent; among single women from 47 to 37 percent. Among these three vulnerable groups, there was a steady increase in median incomes, primarily due to greater market earnings, not to increases in net transfers.
October 19, 2007, Calgary, Alberta…The Alberta Chiefs of Treaty 6, Treaty 7 & Treaty 8 are disappointed in the Conservative Government’ s Federal Throne Speech and in a joint statement expressed their concerns.
“As a survivor of the Indian residential school system, I am very disappointed with the Speech from the Throne. The luke warm approach that has been taken by this government with regard to mitigating the many decades of abuse that was caused by the “Indian holocaust” better known as the Indian residential school experience. We are disappointed that the Throne Speech doesn’t speak to the foundational Treaty relationship between the Crown and the Indigenous peoples of Canada, as recognized and affirmed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” stated Spokesperson of Treaty 6, Chief Al Lameman.
Global warming threatens world, says Nobel prize nominee
By SUSAN ZIELINSKI
Oct 18 2007
Nobel prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier says the time is now to battle climate change.
“Climate change is as terrifying as any war. If we don’t do something in the next little while it will cost as many lives as war,” Watt-Cloutier told the Advocate after she spoke to a crowd of about 300 people at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Wednesday.
UN special envoy to shine spotlight on housing in Toronto
Visit part of fact-finding mission across Canada that has, so far, shown `stark, disturbing’ situation
Oct 18, 2007 04:30 AM
A United Nations special envoy set to arrive in Toronto as part of an investigation into the standard of housing across Canada says the evidence he has seen so far is “very stark and very disturbing.”
Miloon Kothari, the UN’s special rapporteur on adequate housing, arrives in Toronto tonight as part of a two-week investigation in Canada that focuses on housing for women and aboriginals, homelessness and the impact the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will have on housing in Vancouver.
Canada’s sizzling mining industry to face shortage of 90,000 workers in decade
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 5:53 PM ET
Canadian Press: Ross Marowits, THE CANADIAN PRESS
MONTREAL – A decade after they toiled through the lean years, miners are the new rock stars of Canada’s industrial workforce.
Surging commodity prices, strong demand for metals from the growing Asian economies and an anticipated flood of retirements by experience miners has ensured recruits get lots of lovin’ from admiring suitors.
Ones to watch
Young natives feted for their success
Thu Oct 18 2007
By Alexandra Paul
THEY’RE bright, ambitious and a credit to us all.
Fourteen young aboriginals will be honoured at a gala dinner tonight for their accomplishments in education, business, traditional culture and the arts.
Anishnaabe Oway-Ishi Inc., an employment agency, is hosting the awards at the Winnipeg Convention Centre for teenagers and young adults for the 14th year in a row.
Former Liberal minister broke lobbying rules, NDP says
The Canadian Press
October 18, 2007
VICTORIA — The Opposition New Democrats filed a conflict-of-interest complaint yesterday against former Liberal cabinet minister Graham Bruce and the current B.C. cabinet, including Premier Gordon Campbell.
The NDP’s conflict complaint says Mr. Bruce broke conflict rules because he lobbied cabinet members on behalf of aboriginals in his former Vancouver Island riding shortly after his election defeat.
Work begins on Porcupine caribou plan as report points to decline
Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 5:29 PM CT
Biologists and aboriginal and government leaders began meeting in the Northwest Territories Thursday to create a new management plan for the Porcupine caribou herd, just as a new Arctic report revealed that some caribou herds are shrinking.
Meeting in Inuvik, government and aboriginal officials from the Yukon and Northwest Territories discussed the state of the herd and how to develop a caribou harvest management strategy.
AURORA, ON, Oct. 18 – Platinex Inc. (TSX Venture: PTX), today reported that its shares have experienced unusual volume and price increases in trading the last several days. It would appear that investors are recognizing that Platinex’s Big Trout Lake intrusive complex occurs in rocks of similar age and genesis as those being actively explored by Noront Resources and Northern Shield Resources some 250 kilometres to the southeast. This area of Ontario is one of the least explored in Canada and the early results being encountered by Noront are encouraging to all explorers in the region, and particularly those such as Platinex concentrating on platinum and chromium rich large layered intrusions.
If Convicted, Mohawk Shawn Brant Faces Serious Jail Time
(October 15, 2007) On Friday, October 12th, Mohawk spokesperson Shawn Brant of Tyendinaga appeared in court to finalize the details of his impending trial.
Released on bail after spending two months in pre-trial custody, Shawn is currently facing a total of 9 charges in relation to two blockades, one in April 2007, and the other as part of the Aboriginal National Day of Action on June 29, 2007. Included in these charges are 6 “mischief” charges, which the Crown has elected to proceed on by indictment.
The Ottawa-based Crown, Robert Morrison, has indicated that he intends to seek a minimum of 2 years imprisonment per charge, for a minimum sentence of 12 years in a federal penitentiary.
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The International Indian Treaty Council, an Indigenous NGO with Consultative Status before ECOSOC, has received many emails from Maori friends and associates in New Zealand concerning massive raids in Maori Communities against Maori activists, by the Government of New Zealand acting under recently adopted so-called “Terrorism Suppression” legislation:
FORT QU’APPELLE – Today marks another victory for the Metis Nation and the recognition of Metis harvesting rights in Saskatchewan as Donald Belhumeur was found not guilty for angling without a provincial licence. The trial concludes nearly six years after his charges on March, 2002 at Katepwa Lake, Saskatchewan.
“This ruling confirms that the Metis have rights,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “We will continue to protect the value of our traditions and our right to provide for our families. I want to congratulate and thank Mr. Belhumeur as well as lead Counsel and President Clem Chartier and his team for their success.”
Manitoba News Release
October 19, 2007
Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson today celebrated the success and accomplishments of this year’s Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards (MAYAA) winners.
“The dream for the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards is realized with each award recipient and the stories they tell of hard work, struggle and ultimately success to achieve their dreams,” said Robinson. “We celebrate the past 14 years and know the young men and women draw on the strength of their ancestors and past award winners to move forward in each of their lives.”
For Immediate Release
Oct. 18, 2007
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Community Services
VANCOUVER – A total of $370,000 will support 14 new communities selected to join the expanding Community Action on Energy and Emissions (CAEE) program, announced Richard Neufeld, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Barry Penner, Minister of Environment, and Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services.
“This gives us a total of 44 local governments and First Nations participating in the CAEE program, bringing us closer to our Energy Plan goal of having 50 communities by 2010,” said Neufeld. “Community leadership in energy efficiency and conservation is necessary for helping us meet our province’s future energy needs and achieving electricity self-sufficiency.”
More than 20 young men and women from the first-ever Canadian cadet program established in an Aboriginal community gathered at the Legislative Building today and were officially acknowledged for training they underwent recently in Vernon, B.C.
“As one of 40 established units in Manitoba, I commend the community of Cross Lake for establishing this opportunity for their young people,” said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin. “All the hard work and dedication from these young people goes a long way to inspire other youth to take part in positive activities.”
(October 18, 2007 – Thunder Bay,ON) Lakehead University has received a collective total of $372,500 in FedNor funding. The Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment has been awarded $345,000 to provide technical support to the wood products industry, and the Biotechnology Research Program has received $27,500 to fund a future Youth Internship position. Both funding announcements are part of FedNor’s recent $10.6 million investment that supports 78 economic development projects that will benefit hundreds of Ontario’s northern communities.
Dr. Reino Pulkki, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment says that the $345,000 in funding will be used to support the wood products industry as well as its dependent communities located across Northern Ontario, and to further develop connectivity between Northern Ontario value-added manufacturers, communities, organizations, agencies and Lakehead University. “The benefits of this funding are extensive and multi-faceted,” says Pulkki, who explains that the money will: enhance Lakehead’s research capacity and a partnership with FP Innovations – Forintek Division; provide opportunities to work with First Nations and other communities in Northern Ontario to identify the needs and capabilities of producing wood products for local consumption and export while providing state-of-the-art forest management planning tools to achieve this; build market intelligence to develop wood products industries appropriate to the forest, financial, and human resources available in First Nations and Northern Ontario communities; and consolidate government, industry, academic, and community support for an NSERC Industrial Chair in Wood Products Marketing Intelligence at Lakehead’s Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment.
In solidarity against the treaty
Penn and her paper
By SEAN HOLMAN
High-profile federal Liberal candidate Briony Penn is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with aboriginal leaders opposed to the Tsawwassen First Nation final agreement (physically speaking, at least). Earlier this week, Penn, a prominent environmentalist, was spotted attending a protest at the legislature against that agreement – and the treaty process as a whole.
Nunavut premier frustrated with throne speech’s ‘mixed signals’
Government address made no committment to devolution, Okalik says
Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 9:12 AM CT
The federal government’s throne speech made mention of the North, but Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik said it still discouraged him because it did nothing to help his territory gain control over its own affairs.
“I must say for our government, it was not that encouraging,” Okalik said Wednesday, the day after Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean delivered the speech in Ottawa.
Project tackles high amputation rates for aboriginal diabetics
Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 12:28 PM CT
Health officials are working to determine why aboriginal diabetics in Manitoba are much more likely to have a limb amputated than other people with the disease.
The rate of diabetes among aboriginal people in the province is four to five times higher than the general population, says Tracy Scott of the Ontario-based St. Elizabeth Health Care, which is conducting the study.
TORONTO, Oct. 18 – Shelter and child care workers at Anduhyaun Inc. have voted 100% in favour of strike action if they are not able to reach a collective agreement by November 1.
“These workers have no desire to disrupt services to women, children and families,” said CUPE National Representative Jim Morrison. “But they want their employer to know that they are serious about protecting their health and safety and getting a fair contract.”
Chief Electoral Office(r) Services for the 2008 MNBC General Election
MNBC is seeking a Chief Electoral Office(r) for its General Election being held in the spring of 2008 (tentative based on leadership approval and further negotiations). The Chief Electoral Office(r) will manage and conduct the General Election of the MNBC comprised of the President, Vice-President, Regional Directors, Chairperson of the Métis Women’s Secretariat BC, Regional Representatives of the Métis Women’s Secretariat BC, Chairperson of the BC United Métis Youth Circle and Regional Representatives of the BC United Métis Youth Circle.
Deadline: 2:00 PM Pacific Time on: Friday, November 2, 2007
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Oct. 18, 2007) – Patrician Diamonds Inc. (“Patrician”) (TSX VENTURE:PXC) is pleased to announce that it has concluded access and benefits agreements with the Deline Land Corporation and the Tulita District Land Corporation. The Agreements are the result of an extensive consultative process carried out between community members, the leadership of the Land Corporations and Patrician’s management. The Agreements provide the framework for a strong working relationship with the Dene and Metis of Tulita and Deline.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Oct. 17, 2007) – Aurora Energy Resources Inc. (“Aurora”) (TSX:AXU) is pleased to announce the results of further drilling on its 100% owned Michelin Uranium Deposit in Labrador. The results are part of the larger 2007 drilling program on Aurora’s assets in the Central Mineral Belt.
Aurora recently received assays for four holes testing the deep extension of the Michelin Main Zone. Two holes in particular, M07-069 and M07-045A, located 100 metres and 150 metres down-plunge from the known resource respectively, returned encouraging results, including:
Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson is welcoming 100 young people from across Manitoba to the annual Youth Citizenship Conference and Town Hall in Winnipeg on Nov. 1 and 2.
“This two-day event will focus on the democratic process, civic responsibility and teaching young Manitobans the value of becoming involved in issues that matter to them and their communities,” Bjornson said. “Good citizenship is a concept embraced by our youth and this annual conference gives them a chance to network, share knowledge and learn new leadership skills.”
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council, while pleased with the federal government’s commitment to issue an apology to the Residential School survivors as well as the commitment to the creation of an independent specific claims body, sees many gaps in today’s Speech from the Throne.
“The First Nations Leadership Council and many other First Nations organizations have long called for an apology from the federal government as a necessary part of the healing and reconciliation process for the victims of the government and church run residential school system”, said Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit. “This apology will be a critical component in allowing our people to move forward from this dark, disturbing and painful time in our history. The First Nations Leadership Council looks forward to more details on the nature, content and timing of the apology”.
Press Release Ottawa, ON (October 18, 2007) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada had high expectations that Tuesday’s Speech from the Throne would outline concrete plans for addressing Aboriginal women’s issues. NWAC President Beverley Jacobs, who was on hand for the speech, remained optimistic that the Conservative government will ensure that its call to […]
First Nations activist says courts lacks authority to try him
Thu, October 18, 2007
CAYUGA — A First Nations activist arrested at a Caledonia building site last month is challenging a Cayuga court’s authority to try him on criminal charges, including counts of mischief, assaulting police and robbery.
Skyler Williams, 24, is among a number of Six Nations Haudenosaunee people currently before the courts who believe Canadian law doesn’t apply to them because they belong to a sovereign nation with its own laws and customs.
Tribes defend Bruce over conflict, lobbying claims
Cowichan leaders deny any improprieties in lobbying efforts by ex-cabinet minister
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007
Leaders of the Cowichan Tribes say their business dealings with former Liberal cabinet minister Graham Bruce are above board and treaty funds were never used to pay for Bruce’s lobbying efforts.
Allegations that Bruce, who has worked as a consultant since losing his seat in 2005, violated lobbying and conflict-of-interest rules while working for the band and that treaty support funds were misused are part of a campaign by opponents to discredit the Cowichan Tribes administration and the Liberal provincial government, general manager Ernie Elliott said yesterday.
Plight of poor, First Nations “national disgrace”
Forget tax cut, boost social programs, activists tell Ottawa
By COLIN PERKEL The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 18 – 6:25 AM
TORONTO — Widespread poverty in Canada, particularly among aboriginal peoples, is tarnishing the international reputation of a country that considers itself a moral beacon to the rest of the world, activists told a union-led rally Wednesday.
Speakers at the event in Toronto, one of several around the globe to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, assailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for planning to cut taxes rather than invest in public services that help ensure social justice.
Bruce Johnstone, Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007
REGINA — First Nations people need to become full participants in the economy or remain a burden on the province’s taxpayers, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Lawrence Joseph said Wednesday.
“The studies indicate that Indian people are a social burden to taxpayers of Saskatchewan and Canada,” Joseph told a Regina Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Women in Film and Television -Toronto (WIFT-T), in partnership with Alliance Atlantis, has extended the call for applications deadline for the 2007 Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship to Monday, October 22, 2007, 12 noon EST.
This national program offers one entry-level visible minority or Aboriginal woman the opportunity to advance her career in broadcasting through experience in the Public and Regulatory Affairs department at Alliance Atlantis. The award winner will take part in a comprehensive career development program including:
SHARON, ON, Oct. 18 – Six remarkable Ontario not-for-profit organizations will be honoured for the difference they have made in their communities at the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s 25th Anniversary celebration in Sharon, October 18, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Helen Burstyn, Board Chair, OTF.
“The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of Ontario’s volunteers and community organizations,” said Loreta Pavese, Grant Review Team Chair for Simcoe-York. “This is our 25th year of strengthening communities and we’re celebrating by holding 16 award events across the province. We look forward to meeting community members in the Simcoe-York Region who help make Ontario a great place to live.”