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$53,000 To Develop Aboriginal Housing Plans In Vernon

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007FOR0020-000177
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, 2007924 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, 20071088 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, 2007695 Views

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758 New Housing Units To Help Prevent Homelessness

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007FOR0013-000160
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, 2007727 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, 2007848 Views

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Galore Creek Mine Project Receives Approval

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007ENV0017-000162
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, 2007815 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, 2007862 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, 2007790 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, 2007937 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, 2007930 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, 2007668 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, 2007762 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, 2007778 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, 2007768 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, 2007819 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, 20071539 Views

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Heritage Tourism Initiative Gets Boost From Province

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007TSA0013-000168
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, 2007817 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

MEDIA RELEASE:

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, 2007761 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, 20071189 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, 2007936 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

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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, 2007872 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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007802 Views

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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.

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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, 2007858 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, 2007786 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, 2007732 Views

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Media Advisory: Youth Circles-Building Peaceful Communities

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 22, 2007) –

ATTENTION NEWS DESKS/NEWS EDITORS

A cross-city Project to help at-risk Toronto youth resolve conflicts and steer them away from gang violence, the courts and potential jail time will be launched Wednesday February 28, 2007.

‘Youth Circles’ is supported by community leaders, educators, mental health officials, police, and the legal community.

‘Youth Circles’ is led and designed by Peacebuilders International to break the crime-and-punishment cycle by allowing disruptive youths to voluntarily address their conflicting issues as an alternative to the punitive court process through participation with victims in peacemaking circles.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007763 Views

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B.C. Grant Supports First Nations’ Fishery Research

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 21, 2007

Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

PRINCE GEORGE – The Lheidli T’enneh Band will receive a B.C. government grant of nearly $40,000 for an in-depth assessment of burbot habitat, populations and angling pressure in the Omineca region, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.

“This project will gather key information about the burbot fishery in the Lheidli T’enneh fish area,” said Penner. “It will help the band build on its existing knowledge of burbot, resulting in a better, more efficient management of the fish population, both as a traditional/sustenance and sports fishery.”

According to the Lheidli T’enneh, the study of burbot (also known as lingcod or eelpout) has become a priority in recent years, as there is currently very little biological information available on the species. In addition, contemporary studies in other regions show that developing fisheries can often deplete fish populations quickly, as they tend to target fish in the spawning stages.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007942 Views

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Strategic Plan Released To Create Best Correctional System In Canada

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February 21, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Department of Justice and Yukon First Nations are working together to create the best correctional system in Canada.

Justice Minister Marian C. Horne and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Andy Carvill have released the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan responds to the recommendations of the Corrections Action Plan.

The Strategic Plan provides a framework for working collaboratively with First Nations to achieve two goals. The first goal is to substantially improve the quality of correctional programming offered to victims, offenders and communities. The second goal is to fundamentally change the operation of the correctional system so that the Department of Justice, First Nations and other service providers are better able to deliver effective correctional services.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007809 Views

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Cambrian College Hosts 20th Annual Traditional Gathering

The Wabnode Institute and Cambrian Native Students’ Association are hosting the Traditional Gathering on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the College’s Barrydowne campus. The theme of this year’s Pow Wow is Honouring Our Future Leaders.

The Traditional Gathering or Pow Wow, will take place in the College’s gymnasium on Saturday, March 10 from 12 noon until 10 p.m. and on Sunday, March 11 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. There will be a Grand Entry on Saturday at 12 noon and at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 12 noon. The Pow Wow will feature singing and drumming, dancers in traditional regalia, vendor booths with Native arts and crafts, and a closing ceremony. An honour song for Cambrian College Aboriginal alumni will take place during each session.

There is no admission fee for the weekend-long Pow Wow. For further information about the youth conference and Pow Wow, please contact Rachel Lewis at (705) 566-8101, extension 7881, or Ann Frampton at (705) 566-8101, extension 7275.

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Marketing Assistant
Marketing and Institutional Relations
(705) 566-8101, extension 7587
arhartwick@cambrianc.on.ca

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071940 Views

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Joint Press Release: Batchewana First Nation; Bay Mills Indian Community; Garden River First Nation; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Of Chippewa Indians

By David Helwig
SooToday.com
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Tribes and First Nations form alliance for a Clean St. Marys River

Bawating, North America – Following the historic signing of the St. Marys River Treaty in November, 2006, two Canadian First Nations and two Native American Tribes have formed a new alliance that will work to protect the ecosystem of the St. Marys River.

The Anishinabeg Joint Commission had its first meeting on February 12, 2007 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and promises to rekindle ties of family and culture that were inhibited by the imposition of an international border through Ojibwa territory.

We are one people separated by a border.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007809 Views

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In Memory of Harry Pierre

It is with great sadness that the staff and executives of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council say good-bye to their former Tribal Chief, Harry Pierre. Harry passed on in the early morning of February 20th in Prince George. Harry was elected Tribal Chief in 2003 and served a three year term in office. Among his many accomplishments in political, community, and family life, Harry led the tribal council through negotiations with industry such as Canfor and Enbridge and maintained a strong footing at the treaty negotiation table. As the Chair for the Council of Chiefs, Harry instilled dignity and fairness and strived for unity among the eight member nations.

“Harry left the legacy of a strong organization and staff that were dedicated to working under his leadership. The Chiefs had a great respect for him, as an Elder, a former Chief for Tl’azt’en Nation, and as their Tribal Chief,” said Tribal Chief David Luggi.

Harry Pierre enjoyed a long political career starting in the 1960s, often serving as Chief of the Tl’azt’en (klaz-den) Nation. He also served a term as Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, elected in 2003. He was one of the founding Chiefs of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in the late 1960s and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in the 1970s. He also supported the creation of the First Nations Summit in the early 1990s.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007861 Views

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Conservatives Leave New Canadians Out in the Cold

February 20, 2007

Too caught up in implementing their ideologically-driven social agenda, the Conservative minority government has no plans to make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers to Canada, the Liberal Opposition said today.

“Yesterday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley appeared before a House committee and dithered on an important issue, the recognition of foreign credentials for new Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. “Why does this government continue doing nothing so that new Canadians’ skills can be recognized, so that they can reach their full potential?”

Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic Omar Alghabra pointed to the government’s year of inaction in bringing the skills and experience of internationally-trained professionals into the Canadian labour market.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007819 Views

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Lytton To Get New Health Centre

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 21, 2007

Ministry of Health
Office of the Premier

LYTTON – The provincial government will provide $6.3 million for a new health-care centre in Lytton that will improve acute care and community health services in the region, with construction to start this summer, Premier Gordon Campbell said today.

“The new health-care centre is being designed to meet the health-care needs of seniors, local Aboriginal communities and Lytton residents in one facility,” said Campbell. “It’s an innovative example of how we can meet many of the goals outlined in the 2007 budget and throne speech, including our commitments on health care, the New Relationship, seniors and even the environment through green design features.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007768 Views

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Department of Transportation Plans Studies on Realignment of Tlicho Winter Road

YELLOWKNIFE (21 February, 2007) – A request for proposals to conduct engineering and environmental studies, which would help guide future decisions about changing the alignment of the winter road to the Tlicho communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT), is to be issued by the Department of Transportation.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) will help pay for the studies with a $460,000 contribution from its Targeted Investment Program. The Department of Transportation, Tlicho government and private industry will combine funding to match the INAC contribution. Studies should be completed by this fall.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007800 Views

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Finance Minister Asked to “Balance” on-off Reserve Dollars

NOTES FOR AN ADDRESS BY NATIONAL CHIEF PATRICK BRAZEAU CONGRESS OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLESTO THE PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION ROUNDTABLE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
OTTAWA, ONTARIO
FEBRUARY 20, 2007

{Check against delivery}
BUDGET 2007 CONSULTATIONS

I want to thank you, Minister Flaherty, and you, Ms. Ablonczy, for this evening’s consultation meeting. I intend to be brief, so I’ll get right to the points I want to make.

As you will know, during the last election campaign, the Prime Minister wrote to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples to outline the commitments his government would deliver on to the people our organization represents – off-reserve Aboriginal peoples.

Action on these commitments is the basis of our expectations for Budget 2007. The Prime Minister undertook that his government would work in collaboration and partnership with the Congress to review Departmental expenditures for Aboriginal peoples, with the goal of restoring a much-needed balance between on- and off-reserve Aboriginal expenditures.

Prime Minister Harper also endorsed action on clear, democratic and accountable systems for expenditure control.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007846 Views

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General R. J. Hillier Speaks with DareArts Children About Leadership

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 21, 2007) – General Rick Hillier, Chief of Defence Staff, met with ten DareArts teens late yesterday to talk with them about Leadership. The youth, always excited to have the opportunity to speak with such an important Canadian figure, peppered him with questions about this complex topic, as well as conditions in Afghanistan.

To view a photo of General Hillier with the DareArts teens please view the following link.

General Hillier has a deep and unusual understanding of how important art, music and dance can be in restoring a full life to children who have been wounded by war. He has lent his support to DareArts in our work with our Canadian troops to help children in Afghanistan through art, as well as help aboriginal children in remote Canadian communities. DareArts has sent over 2000 original cards to our soldiers in Afghanistan, who have then personally handed them to the children in Afghanistan villages. These cards have messages inside in Farsi that say “We love you from Canadian children”. Another 2000 cards are set to go.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071175 Views

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CMSF: Maintaining Canada’s Knowledge Advantage Demands Greater Post-Secondary Participation

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Feb. 21, 2007) – Canada’s population of young adults will fall by 300,000 in the next decade, meaning that unless policies change there will soon be too few college and university graduates to fill high-skilled jobs created by the knowledge economy or left vacant by retiring baby-boomers, says new research from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

Published today, the report, entitled Why Access Matters, exposes the twin challenges of a changing economy and an aging population. To meet these challenges and maintain its knowledge advantage, Canada will need to graduate more students even as the youth population begins to decline. This means that participation in post-secondary education must be improved among youth from groups that are presently under-represented in our universities and colleges, particularly low-income youth, Aboriginal Peoples and those whose families have no history of higher education.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007851 Views

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National Chief Fontaine to Address Economic Club of Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 21, 2007) – In a major address to the Economic Club, Chief Fontaine will report on how First Nation governments, working in partnership with the corporate community are transforming poverty and despair by creating prosperity and hope for the future. He will also outline a plan how corporate Canada and First Nation governments can work together to address the effects of global warming by drawing on traditional knowledge and respect for the environment, as well as the capacity to adapt creatively and act responsibly.

WHO: Phil Fontaine National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

WHAT: Address to the Economic Club of Toronto “From Poverty to Prosperity: Creating Opportunity, Sharing Responsibility”

DATE: Thursday, February 22, 2007

TIME: 11:45 am (speech at 12:40 pm) Media availability to follow

WHERE: The Hilton Hotel, Toronto Ballroom 145 Richmond Street West

The Economic Club of Toronto is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing its members and guests face-to-face with the most important leaders of our time. The Economic Club of Toronto is a catalyst for driving public policy dialogue that engages leaders in business and politics.

To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please contact Nicole Harbauer.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Economic Club of Toronto
Nicole Harbauer
(416) 306-0899
Email: harbauer@ecot.ca
Website: www.ecot.ca

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007912 Views

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Wolfden Receives Positive Recommendation From the Nunavut Impact Review Board

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THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 21 – WOLFDEN RESOURCES INC. (TSX:WLF) is pleased to announce that the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) has completed its screening of the High Lake project and has stated to the Hon. Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, in a letter dated February 20 2007, that “After examining the Project Proposal and comments received, NIRB has determined that, pursuant to Section 12.4.4(b), the Project requires a public review under Part 5 or 6 of the NCLA” (Nunavut Land Claim Agreement).

“This positive recommendation demonstrates significant advancement of the High Lake Project,” commented Ewan Downie, President and CEO. “The board has recommended a Part 5 or 6 Review and demonstrates continued support of the High Lake Project from regulatory authorities and represents another milestone in our steady progress towards building major infrastructure and the construction of the first major copper and zinc mine in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007870 Views

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Unique Canadian Satellite Project Contributes to International Polar Year

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 – As International Polar Year (IPY) kicks off on March 1, 2007, a new Canadian project will make a significant contribution to the IPY objective of better understanding polar regions. Polar View, funded in part by the Canadian Space Agency, offers a unique satellite-based service designed to help Canadians identify the impacts of environmental/ human pressures and guide appropriate responses.

Using remote sensing technology, data about ice and snow conditions is gathered and analyzed by an experienced network of experts. Detailed information is then delivered, around-the-clock, to a diverse group of over 40 international users. These include government agencies, research institutes, commercial interests and northern residents.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071001 Views

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Kodiak Energy Operational Update

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Feb. 21, 2007) – Kodiak Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:KDKN) is pleased to announce that It has received the Seismic Permit for its Little Chicago Seismic Program EL 413 from the NEB and the actual 85 Km program starts Feb 22, 2007.

Kodiak has been successful in obtaining the required permits for the seismic program in a short period of time. This includes the Joint Management Agreements, Access and Benefits agreements with the Aboriginal Peoples in the area. To obtain these agreements an Environmental Protection plan, Traditional Knowledge studies and extensive community consultations were required. These agreements, studies and consultations became the basis for land and water permits from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and the seismic permit from the National Energy Board.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007804 Views

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Minister Cannon Announces Panel to Conduct Review of the Railway Safety Act

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 – Canada’s New Government announced today that an advisory panel has been appointed to conduct a review of the Railway Safety Act. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities announced the appointments of the Honourable Doug Lewis, who will serve as chair, and Mr. Pierre-André Côté, Mr. Martin Lacombe, and Mr. Gary Moser, who will serve as panel members.

“Our number one objective is to increase the safety of Canada’s railway system,” said Minister Cannon. “I am pleased that these experienced people have agreed to take on this important responsibility and I look forward to the panel’s report and recommendations.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007884 Views

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs Renews Call for Independent Inquiry into Death of Frank Paul

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2007

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, February 20, 2007) “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs strongly urges Wally Oppal, BC’s Attorney General, to immediately convene an independent public inquiry into the death of Frank Joseph Paul,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

Grand Chief Phillip responded today to recent media reports where Greg Firlotte, a Corrections Officer who was on duty the night Frank Paul died, has come forward with new information about that night in December 1998. Frank Paul died of exposure after being dragged out of the police station and into a police van.

“The officers swore a duty to protect all citizens. I believe Mr. Firlotte is courageously speaking out because it is the right thing to do. The Vancouver Police Department must be held accountable. Mr. Firlotte’s statement that the VPD did not interview him either suggests a gross oversight or a deliberate cover-up attempt to protect the VPD,” said Grand Chief Phillip. “The UBCIC fully supports the Police Complaints Commissioner’s recommendation in 2003 for a public inquiry as the official explanation and discipline of the officers involved suggests that Frank Paul’s death was quickly brushed aside.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007727 Views

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