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Harry Winston Diamond Corporation Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results

TORONTO, June 4 – Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW, NYSE: HWD) (the “Company”) today reported first quarter results for the period ending April 30, 2009. The Company recorded a consolidated net loss of $45.1 million or $0.68 per share for the quarter, compared to net earnings of $21.3 million or $0.35 per share in the first quarter of the prior year. Consolidated net loss for the quarter included a non-cash dilution loss of $34.2 million or $0.52 per share as a result of the investment by Kinross Gold Corporation in Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership, which holds the Company’s 40% interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine. The consolidated net loss also includes a $5.8 million net foreign exchange loss or $0.09 per share, compared to a $0.2 million net foreign exchange gain in the comparable quarter of the prior year, and an after-tax gain on the insurance settlement of $1.9 million or $0.03 per share. Excluding the impact of the non-cash dilution loss, the net foreign exchange loss, and the after-tax gain on the insurance settlement, the net loss would have been $6.9 million or $0.10 per share for the quarter.

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Citizenship more than a gender issue: Corbiere Lavell

AUNDECK OMNI KANING, June 4 – The first Anishinabek Nation Commissioner on Citizenship, Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, says the federal government’s plan to revise Indian Act rules for citizenship is more than a victory for First Nations women.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009776 Views

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The FNEC officially declares open the second edition of its Inter-school Games for the First Nations of Quebec

SHAWINIGAN, QC, June 4 – The First Nations Education Council (FNEC) has officially opened the second edition of the Inter-school Games for the schools of the First Nations of Quebec. The Games will take place in Collège Shawinigan, from June 4 to 7, 2009. This year, over 300 students aged 10 to 17 will participate in several events, namely volleyball, basketball, floor hockey and athletics.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009652 Views

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Manitoba Takes Home National Award for Health-care Innovation

Manitoba News Release
June 5, 2009

Ministers Launch Provincial Health Innovation Awards, Call For Nominations

Manitoba has won a national award for innovative health-care delivery and will launch two new provincial awards to foster innovation in the health-care system, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009728 Views

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CWF Joins Canadian and U.S. Environmental Leaders at Historic Enviro-Summit

June 4, 2009

Joint-Declaration Outlines Collaboration on Climate Negotiations, Dirty Fuels and Arctic Protection

Rick Bates, Executive Director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is in Washington today following meetings with environmental leaders from across North America at a historic enviro-summit. For the first time, CEOs from 30 environmental groups based in Canada and the United States have agreed to work together to address key environmental problems threatening both countries. Their collaboration parallels the emerging threats that intertwine Canadian and American economic and environmental health, including the impacts of climate change, tar sands oil production and Arctic development. The groups will also work in partnership during the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen later this year.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009840 Views

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Media Advisory – North East LHIN Holds Open House to Seek Input into Setting Health Care Priorities for North East Ontario

For immediate release – Thursday, June 4, 2009 — The North East LHIN is holding an open house in New Liskeard to seek community input into a three-year strategic plan. The plan, called the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) will outline North East Ontario’s health care priorities from 2010 to 2013. As part of Engage 2009, announced in April, the North East LHIN is interested in hearing what people have to say from all corners of the region.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009546 Views

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Clearing the Air of Oil Sands Myths

Pembina Institute Distributes Facts to Key Decision Makers in Canada and the U.S.

Pembina Institute
4 Jun 2009

On June 4, 2009, the Pembina Institute distributed copies of a new resource, Clearing the Air on Oil Sands Myths, to key Canadian and U.S. decision makers. It identifies a growing body of oil sands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oil sands industry.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009671 Views

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Dare to Reach Higher! Conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Montréal, June 4, 2009 – On June 15 and 16, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse will host, in Montreal, the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA).

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009571 Views

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Media Advisory – North East LHIN Holds Open Houses to Seek Input into Setting Health Care Priorities for North East Ontario

For immediate release – Thursday, June 4, 2009 — The North East LHIN is holding an open house in Sundridge and Sturgeon Falls to seek community input into a three-year strategic plan. The plan, called the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) will outline North East Ontario’s health care priorities from 2010 to 2013. As part of Engage 2009, announced in April, the North East LHIN is interested in hearing what people have to say from all corners of the region.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009505 Views

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Speaking Notes for Minister Strahl at the Public Policy Forum (PPF) at Prosperity through Partnerships, a national workshop exploring partnership opportunities to promote Aboriginal economic participation

Making Positive Change Together – Public Policy Forum (PPF) at Prosperity through Partnerships, a National Workshop Exploring Partnership Opportunities to Promote Aboriginal Economic Participation
Speaking Notes for

The Honourable Chuck Strahl , PC, MP
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians

Making Positive Change Together – Public Policy Forum (PPF) at Prosperity through Partnerships, a National Workshop Exploring Partnership Opportunities to Promote Aboriginal Economic Participation

Ottawa, Ontario
June 4, 2009

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Thank you for the kind introduction.
(Acknowledgments of hosts, officials, dignitaries in the audience, as appropriate…)
Thank you for allowing me to speak at the start of your important forum.

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Training Opportunity for Northern Women

YELLOWKNIFE (June 4, 2009) – Employment options for northern women are expanding as a result of a partnership between the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Status of Women Council of the NWT.

The partnership, under the Council’s Northern Women in Mining, Oil, and Gas Project, provides an opportunity for northern women to participate in the summer maintenance component of the Community Airports Training Program. The training is administered by the Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) School of Community Government, using Department of Transportation airport facilities.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009560 Views

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National Day of Healing and Reconciliation Statement to the Legislative Assembly

Hon. Floyd K. Roland
Thursday, June 04, 2009

Mr. Speaker, next Thursday, June 11th, will mark the one year anniversary of the Government of Canada’s apology to Aboriginal victims of the Indian Residential School System.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009627 Views

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Nunavut Budget 2009

2009 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT

The 2009 Budget is a transitional budget for the Government of Nunavut that will continue to pur-sue the goals of previous Assemblies, and at the same time begin to incorporate the priorities of the new Government as set out in the Tamapta mandate. The Premier has recently announced the Government’s intent to complete a Report Card on government programs and services to under-stand what is working and what needs improvement. It is expected that the outcomes of this re-view will be reflected in the 2010 Budget.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009848 Views

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June is now National Aboriginal History

New Democrat Crowder’s motion passes unanimously after two year struggle

OTTAWA –MPs cheered today after a motion from New Democrat Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) received unanimous consent declaring June as National Aboriginal History Month.

“We need to recognize the enormous contribution that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada. Declaring June National Aboriginal History Month is one small step,” said Crowder.

by NationTalk on June 5, 20091045 Views

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Independent, Self-Governed Historic Saugeen Métis Elect New President

Friday, June 5, 2009, — Historic Saugeen Métis Press Release

SOUTHAMPTON, ONTARIO — Newly acclaimed Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) President Jason Indoe today expressed his congratulations to all members of the Community Council of the Historic Saugeen Métis who were acclaimed today in an announcement by HSM Chief Electoral Officer A. Burgess.

by NationTalk on June 5, 20091288 Views

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Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network (CAAN): Moving Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2009 Bridging Lessons Learned into Action Ken Clement, Chief Executive Officer of CAAN announced today the relocation and appointment to the Vancouver office. The important work of advocacy, knowledge exchange and policy development for Aboriginal People will continue in Canada. Of special importance will be the voices of Aboriginal people […]

by NationTalk on June 5, 20091391 Views

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Implement Small Harbour Development Plan, Expand Sustainable Commercial Fisheries in North says report by Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Ottawa (June 4, 2009) – Existing small harbour development plans need to be implemented to foster the expansion of small-boat, community-based fishing in Nunavut says a report by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans entitled: Nunavut Marine Fisheries: Quotas and Harbours. The support for harbour development plans, developed in 2005 by a joint DFO-Nunavut working group, is one of eight recommendations made by the committee in their report reflecting over two years of study on Arctic fisheries issues.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009642 Views

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Health Disparities: Unacceptable for a Wealthy Country such as Canada

Ottawa, June 4, 2009 – Today, the Subcommittee on Population Health of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled its report, “A Healthy, Productive Canada: A Determinant Of Health Approach.” With the release of this final report, the subcommittee has come to the end of a long journey that began in February 2007, during the 1st session of the 39th Parliament, when the subcommittee received a mandate from the Senate “to examine and report on the impact of the multiple factors and conditions that contribute to the health of Canada’s population – referred to collectively as the determinants of health.”

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009664 Views

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Statement to the Legislature by the Honourable Brad Duguid Minister of Aboriginal Affairs on the Death of Maynard Sam George

June 4, 2009

Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Check Against Delivery
Mr. Speaker,

It was with great sadness we learned yesterday morning that Sam George began his spirit journey in the early hours of June 3.

He was home, at Kettle and Stony Point, surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

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Standing Up For Canada’s Economy And Our Communities

MUNCEY, Ontario, June 3, 2009 — The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in community-based projects and business services in the First Nations communities of Southwestern Ontario and the Bruce Peninsula.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009592 Views

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Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation funds 20 projects

June 1, 2009, Fredericton, NB – Conservation work to preserve and grow wild Atlantic salmon stocks will receive close to $220,000 in funding from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) this year. The Foundation announced its 2009 grant recipients today. A total of 20 projects in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Québec will receive grants ranging from $1000 to $25,000.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009760 Views

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Aboriginal Communities receive Assistance to enhance Supports for Victims of Family Violence

June 4, 2009

Slave Lake… The Alberta government is supporting Aboriginal communities in the province through community-based family violence prevention initiatives.

Janis Tarchuk, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Pearl Calahasen, MLA for Lesser Slave Lake announced funding of $1.4 million provided through the government’s Safe Communities Innovation Fund (SCIF) and Children and Youth Services.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009610 Views

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Sam George – Recognition of a Leader

LONDON, ON, June 4 – Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Grand Chief Randall Phillips expressed his deep sorrow and sadness over the news that Sam George passed away earlier this week. “This is truly sad news for all of those people that believe in Sam and what he wanted to see change.”

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009554 Views

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Statement by Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid

TORONTO, June 4 – Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid released this statement following the announcement of Phil Fontaine that he will not be running for the position of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations:

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009602 Views

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The Government of Quebec Cannot Constantly Scorn the Territorial Rights of the First Nations, Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wendake, June 4 2009 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, was invited today at Mont Ste-Anne to speak within the scope of the activity « The occupation of territories, an issue of society », a function organized by Solidarité rurale du Québec.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009594 Views

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AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election

OTTAWA, June 4 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine announced in Ottawa today that he will not seek re-election as National Chief and will retire as National Chief at the end of his current term.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009789 Views

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Statement: The Retirement of Phil Fontaine as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Ottawa, Ontario –(June 4, 2009) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009804 Views

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The FNEC in audience with the standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – The First Nations Education Council, represented byConrad Polson, Chief of the Timiskaming community, Ghislain Picard, Chief ofthe Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Lise Bastien, DirectorGeneral of the FNEC, and Raymond Sioui, Assistant Director of the FNEC, presented today its Paper on First Nations Education Funding to the Standing Committee on AboriginalAffairs and Northern Development.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009761 Views

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Raising Awareness Regarding Aboriginal People – Call to All – Deadline: June 10, 2009

02/06/09

The First Nations Education Council is looking for resource-persons from First Nations who work in culture-related spheres and would like to help sensitize public educational institutions as well as community organizations to Native realities throughout Quebec.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2009501 Views

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First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Open House Event

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wendake, June 4, 2009 – The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) is organizing a First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Open House event, on next June 19th, in Trois-Rivières, within the scope of the National Aboriginal Day.

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Phil Fontaine will retire; B.C.’s Shawn Atleo most likely to replace him – straight.com

Phil Fontaine will retire; B.C.’s Shawn Atleo most likely to replace him

By Charlie Smith

The 64-year-old national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, announced today (June 4) that he won’t seek reelection.

http://www.straight.com/article-228471/phil-fontaine-will-retire-bcs-shawn-atleo-most-likely-replace-him

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Industry Council for Aboriginal Business Forum brings together key decision makers with expertise in every conceivable aspect of Aboriginal/corporate relations


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for immediate release

June 5, 2009, Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver– The Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) is honoured to hold the 7th Annual ICAB Forum in Chehalis and Stó:lõ Territory and in collaboration with the Chehalis First Nation, Stó:lõ Community Futures and the Stó:lõ Tourism Commission on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort.

by NationTalk on June 4, 20091908 Views

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Media Advisory – Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Candidate, will participate in All-Candidates Forum for AFN National Chief Election

Who: Perry Bellegarde, Candidate for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

What: All-Candidates Forum for AFN National Chief Election

When: Thursday June 4, 2009; 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Pacific

Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver, Downtown 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver BC

by NationTalk on June 4, 20092515 Views

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Viewpoints Workshop

Program dates: July 10, 2009 – July 11, 2009
Registration ongoing

Faculty: Michael Greyeyes

Created by Mary Overlie, and subsequently developed by Anne Bogart and the artists of the SITI Company, the Viewpoints technique has become a dominant form of actor training in the United States. Its value as part of contemporary training is that it addresses essential performance concepts: becoming present, active listening, spontaneity, trust, kinesthetic response, shared energy, and spatial relationships.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009916 Views

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Gathering of police, aboriginals will be artsy – The Hamilton Spectator

Gathering of police, aboriginals will be artsy

The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 3, 2009)

Art will dominate this year’s gathering of Hamilton police and members of the city’s aboriginal community.

http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/576497

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Sam George: Relentless in his pursuit of answers – Globe and Mail

Sam George: Relentless in his pursuit of answers

Anthony Reinhart
Toronto — Globe and Mail

Had he been a bitter man, Sam George might have found a way to rationalize a hatred for Chief Superintendent Chris Coles of the Ontario Provincial Police.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/sam-george-relentless-in-his-pursuit-of-answers/article1166463/

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Nova Scotia Summer Festivals and Events Celebrate Diversity, Culture and Historical Achievements

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (June 3, 2009). Throughout the month of June, Nova Scotia is hosting a wide array of festivals and events celebrating the province’s rich and diverse culture, history, and achievement.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009843 Views

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Aboriginal elder blesses medicine bags for human rights museum – CP

Aboriginal elder blesses medicine bags for human rights museum

WINNIPEG
KEVIN ROLLASON
The Canadian Press

Aboriginal elders are making sure that Mother Earth is on side with the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=257216&sc=505

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009690 Views

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Alianait Arts Festival 2009 Line up of Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The organizers of the Alianait Arts Festival announce this year’s line-up of national and international performers & their new website!

The Alianait Arts Festival is the hottest, coolest multicultural arts event on the top of the world, and today, the Alianait Arts Coalition is excited to announce its 2009 schedule of events. We will be presenting over twenty events with a line-up of performers from as far away as Africa, Scotland and Greenland and will again be setting up our spectacular Big Top in front of Nakasuk School.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009927 Views

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Luminato Reel: Seed 2 Stage

A mini documentary on the creation of Red Sky Performance’s Tono, a three-country project speaking to the tribal identities of Indigenous peoples, their shamanic histories, and the plains horse cultures of North America and Asia.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009944 Views

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Modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act: Proposal To Move To Map Staking

June 04, 2009

By Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Not everyone realizes that the products of mining are all around us, all the time: in medicine, in transportation, in electronics, in consumer goods. In that regard, the value of mining in the everyday lives of all Ontarians cannot be overstated.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009777 Views

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Inuit Communities Receive $6.8 Million in Profit-Sharing from Xstrata Nickel’s Raglan Mine

Montreal, Quebec (June 4, 2009) – Xstrata Nickel is pleased to announce that it has presented a cheque in the amount of Cdn$6.8 million to the Makivik Corporation, representing its share of the profits generated in 2008 by the Raglan nickel mine operation, located in the Nunavik Territory of Northern Quebec.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009735 Views

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Only Casino Resort in the Canadian Rockies Celebrates First Birthday

Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino marks milestone with five days of special events

Kananaskis Country, Alberta–(June 4, 2009) – Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino celebrates its first birthday with five days of special events June 10 – 14, 2009 in Kananaskis Country, just 30 minutes west of Calgary.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009842 Views

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Commissioner Fantino encourages Ontarians to support the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Book Drive for native youth

ORILLIA, ON, June 4 – OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino today announced support of the Lieutenant Governor’s 2009 Book Drive and encouraged the public to help instil a love of reading among Aboriginal children.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009624 Views

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Chiefs Challenge Tribal Councils and Band Councils to Match Their Support for Walk4Justice

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

Vancouver, BC, Press Release –(June 3, 2009) – This morning, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs was provided with an update from the Walk4Justice. The Walk4Justice is being undertaken by a group of dedicated individuals who are walking to Prince Rupert, BC in order to bring issues facing Aboriginal women and children to the forefront. The Walk4Justice is demanding a public inquiry into the more than 3000 unsolved cases of missing women and children in the last 10 years.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009552 Views

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Government of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Improving Inuit Health

Ottawa, Ontario –(June 4, 2009) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), today signed an extended Task Group Agreement to signal their continued cooperation on improving Inuit health.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009663 Views

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UBCIC Announces New Member of the UBCIC Executive

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

Vancouver, BC, Press Release –(June 3, 2009) – Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), stated today “It is truly my honor to announce that Chief Bob Chamberlin, Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish First Nation, has been acclaimed by the UBCIC Chiefs Council as Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. I believe Chief Chamberlin with his political experience at the local, provincial, national and most recently at the international level, with the issue of fish farms, will greatly complement and empower the work of the UBCIC.”

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009676 Views

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Ottawa looks to redefine rules for Indian status – Globe and Mail

Ottawa looks to redefine rules for Indian status

Court rulings leave federal government 10 months to set new eligibility standards, with huge financial implications

BILL CURRY
OTTAWA — From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail, Thursday, Jun. 04, 2009

The Conservative government says it will rewrite the 19th century Indian Act this summer with “willing” aboriginal groups, opting not to challenge a court ruling that struck down the law’s definition of Indian.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ottawa-looks-to-redefine-rules-for-indian-status/article1166207/

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009661 Views

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Corrections Northern Recruitment Training Program Graduation

Hon. Jackson Lafferty
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Statement to the Legislative Assembly

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to announce the first graduation for our new Corrections Northern Recruitment Training Program. The event will be held on June 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Auditorium, and I invite all Members of the Legislative Assembly to attend.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2009667 Views

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