Florence Loyie, The Edmonton Journal
Published: 2:31 am
EDMONTON – A First Nations community straddling a section of the border between northern Alberta and British Columbia is planning a blockade later this month to draw attention to health and safety concerns caused by oil and gas exploration on its traditional lands.
I was wrong about natives, Tory MP says
Hard work, not cash, solution for reserves, Ottawa MP said
Juliet O’Neill, Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, June 13, 2008
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on the defensive yesterday over the remarks of a Conservative MP who undermined his historic apology to aboriginals by questioning payments survivors of residential schools are eligible to receive under a compensation settlement.
Aboriginal educators find hope amid dismal student results
System begins to reach out to first nations, to celebrate their history and give them pride in who they are
Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, June 13, 2008
Kathi Dickie began working with aboriginal students 25 years ago when she was employed as a home-school coordinator in Fort Nelson, tracking down truants and other students who were missing from school.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2008
• 14 YEAR (PLUS) MINE LIFE: Based on Measured and Indicated Resources
• OPTIMIZATION OF MILLING PROCESS: Addition of Dense Media Plant and Paste Backfill
• NEW ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN: All tailings to be placed underground
• CONCENTRATES SHIPPED ON WINTER ROAD: Detailed transportation plan
• UPGRADE OF EXISTING FACILITIES: including new power generation plant
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–(June 13, 2008) – Low-skilled and unemployed workers will be better prepared to be part of Nova Scotia’s growing economy, thanks to two new federal-provincial agreements signed today by the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development for Nova Scotia.
It was only a few days ago that I watched Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations deliver a rousing speech about the tragic history of the Indian residential schools. In the presence of more than 200 young professionals from across the country, he laid bare horrific stories of abuse and dispossession that saw thousands of Aboriginal children, including him, torn away from their families, and stripped of their cultures and languages.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 12, 2008) – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians will join Chief Ernest Campbell of Musqueam First Nation and Chief Leah George-Wilson of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation for signings of agreements related to the 2010 Winter Games.
Hon. Jackson Lafferty
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize a very important Northerner who is receiving an honorary degree from the University of Alberta.
Today John B. Zoe is receiving an honorary Doctorate of Laws in Edmonton, for his work in community service and with government agencies in the Tåîchô region. The positive impact Mr. Zoe has had on the North will be felt for many years to come.
400 delegates from 51 countries meet to discuss how Science Centres can spark social, environmental and educational change
TORONTO, June 12 –
WHAT: Science centre leaders discuss their role in shaping the future. With the theme of Science Centres as Agents of Change – Locally, Nationally and Internationally, delegates will talk about how science centres can motivate their communities. Topics include environmental sustainability, citizen engagement with world issues and improving scientific and technological literacy in underserved communities and developing countries.
OTTAWA, June 12 – The Canadian Nurses Association is pleased to announce the following events at its centennial year convention from June 16-18, 2008, at the Ottawa Congress Centre. The theme of this year’s convention is Be the Change.
WHITEHORSE, June 12 – More than 300 occupational therapists and related health care professionals from across Canada and internationally will gather in Whitehorse, Yukon from June 12-14 for the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
News Release – 11 June 2008 – for immediate release
Muriel Stanley Venne, President & Founder, of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) responded to the Federal Government’s Apology to Student Survivors of Indian Residential Schools:
– Indeed today Aboriginal people, “…achieved the impossible (Phil Fontaine – AFN)”. The leaders of Canada proved that apologizing to Aboriginal people is not that difficult and at the same time proved it is not a simple matter. Government gave a sincere understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools and the intergenerational problems which caused generalized poverty, economic depression, and a host of Health and social problems. There are no more excuses. Moving forward means action and action means investing in Aboriginal nations to the depth that it erases and eradicates the impacts of Residential Schools.
Commission sur la Representation electorale du Quebec: Presentation of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Good afternoon Mr. President and members of the Commission,
My name is Matthew Mukash and I am the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee). I am accompanied today by legal counsel Denis Blanchette. On behalf of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address the members of this Commission and I hope that our presentation can shed some light on the unique circumstances of our Cree Nation as you prepare your final report and recommendations on the revision of electoral boundaries in Quebec.
I choose to forgive. The federal government wanted to take the Indian out of me. It did not succeed.
I was taken away from my parents at a young age to attend La Tuque Indian Residential School, situated in central Quebec,approximately 300 hundred miles away from my home community of Mistissini, Quebec.
I was at the IRS for 10 of the most vulnerable years of my life.
The residential school I attended was officially opened by then minister of Indian affairs, the Honourable Jean Chretien, and was operated by the Anglican Church.
Ottawa, ON (June 12, 2008) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada President Beverley Jacobs made a powerful address to members of the House of Commons yesterday during the federal government’s historic apology to residential school survivors. In a frank address, President Jacobs pointed out to the government that Aboriginal women deserve respect because they […]
President of Labrador Inuit says PM’s apology means little to his people
Published Thursday June 12th, 2008
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The President of Nunatsiavut says the prime minister’s formal apology to the country’s aboriginal people for abuse suffered at native residential schools means little to the Labrador Inuit.
11/06/08 – The recent performance of the youth labour market in Canada is very good compared with most other OECD countries, according to the just-released OECD report on Jobs for Youth: Canada. Sustained economic growth and a very flexible labour market by international standards have contributed to rising employment rates and falling overall unemployment for all, including for youth.
(CEP News) Ottawa – Canada enjoys an enviable rate of youth employment and education, but must address drop-out rates among disadvantaged and aboriginal youths, says a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Make Kelowna principles part of residential school healing: Martin
Last Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2008
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology to aboriginal Canadians for the damage caused by residential schools needs to be followed up with a commitment to equal access to services for native communities across the country, former prime minister Paul Martin said Thursday.
Mr. Harper, apologize to the ‘High Arctic exiles’
Not only is this the right thing to do, but it would help cement Canada’s northern claims
From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
June 12, 2008 at 7:09 AM EDT
RESOLUTE BAY — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has apologized for the behaviour of previous Canadian governments on three occasions now: the Chinese head tax, Maher Arar, and residential schools. Others are, or will, also be seeking apologies, but none is more compelling – both morally and politically – than a small group of Inuit who were arbitrarily relocated half a century ago.
From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
June 12, 2008 at 4:10 AM EDT
Of all the groups who deserve a government apology, the people who passed through Canada’s residential schools are by far the largest and most important. The schools inflicted misery and cruelty on thousands of defenceless children. As a social policy, they didn’t work, and their objectives were overtly racist. Conceived in an age when cultural imperialism prevailed throughout the British Empire, they forcibly removed children from their families so as to keep them “within the circle of civilized conditions” and “away from the influence of the wigwam.” Some were a magnet for sadists and child molesters.
Vancouver, British Columbia – NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., (“NaiKun”) welcomed the release today of BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call Request for Proposals (“RFP”), which underscores the province’s commitment to meeting B.C.’s growing energy needs with clean, renewable power sources.
“We welcome BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call, as it will allow our company to move closer to developing our offshore wind energy project,” said Paul Taylor, President of NaiKun Wind Energy Group. “BC Hydro has reframed the Clean Power Call as a RFP, which will provide us even greater flexibility to reflect the unique attributes of our clean energy project.”
OTTAWA, June 12 – AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine acknowledged Canada’s Parliament for a sincere apology delivered by Prime Minister Harper. The apology will hopefully begin a healing process for survivors, their families and loved ones as Canada’s past history of residential schools is acknowledged.
‘Today … is a new day’
Hundreds gather in P.A. to hear prime minister’s apology
Almost 500 people from Prince Albert and surrounding First Nations gathered at the Senator Allen Bird Memorial Centre in Prince Albert to watch Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologize to those who were abused at residential schools.
LONG PLAIN FIRST NATION — Long Plain First Nation residents waited years to hear the Government of Canada apologize for the abuses many aboriginal people suffered at Indian residential schools in Canada.
TORONTO, June 12 – In his first public speech since the federal government’s formal apology to aboriginal students who suffered abuse and torment in the residential schooling system, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said today the apology shows Canada is coming to terms with its past.
Toronto, June 11, 2008: The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) joins with other Canadians in commending the Federal Government on the heartfelt apology which Prime Minister Harper delivered on behalf of Canadians for the abusive treatment Aboriginal children received in the racist government-sanctioned residential schools.
June 12, 2008
The Toronto Star
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Byline: Bruce Campion-Smith
Source: Toronto Star
On the day Ottawa offered an historic apology for the residential school legacy, a Conservative MP openly questioned whether the government was getting “value” from the $4 billion it had earmarked as compensation to the school survivors.
In a radio talk show interview yesterday, Pierre Poilievre (Nepean”Carleton) questioned the native leadership and the level of federal funding directed toward native programs across Canada.
MONTREAL, June 12 – “The Northern Québec Teaching Association (AENQ-CSQ), an affiliate of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) applauds the initiative of the Government of Canada to apologise, on behalf of all Canadians, to the students of Native residential schools for the treatment they suffered. Unquestionably, this represents another step toward the recognition of the historical reality underlying the troubled situation in which Québec’s First Nations find themselves to this day.”
National Aboriginal Day is a big deal in Manitoba and this year the celebrations are starting early. The White Buffalo Spiritual Society will be kicking things off in a good way with a pipe ceremony and lighting of the sacred fire at the Oodena Circle at the Forks in Winnipeg on Wednesday, June 18 at 5:00 am. The music begins Thursday night with a Burnt-Project 1 and Team Rezofficial show and continues into Friday and Saturday with multiple events around the province.
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2008
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
UCLUELET – The Pacific Rim Arts Society will receive a $2,500 BC150 Community Arts Grant for the First Nations Youth Photography Workshop and Exhibit, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2008
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
SKIDEGATE – Qay’llnagaay Heritage Centre Society will receive a $5,000 BC150 Community Arts Grant for the Grand Opening of the Qayllnagaay Heritage Centre, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.
OTTAWA – Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre must be removed as Parliamentary Secretary for the intolerant comments he made yesterday only hours before the government made its official apology for the legacy of the residential school tragedy, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.
OTTAWA (June 12, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced an amendment to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement today that will eliminate duplication in federal environmental assessment processes in Nunavut.
As we listen to Stephen Harper apologize to residential school survivors on behalf of the federal government, there is an important opportunity for healing and for allowing us to move on as individuals and as communities.
The residential school era is very recent history. Its effects are still felt by our grandparents, and parents and youth, and the impact of that era cannot be overstated. We also remember that the residential schools were just one injustice that First Nations people experienced in the education system, and as late as the early 1950s, Aboriginal students in British Columbia were prohibited from attending public schools.
NEW AIYANSH, B.C.: The Nisga’a Nation’s Legislative Assembly, known as Wilp Si’Ayuukhl Nisga’a, took time to witness a historic moment in Canada’s history as Prime Minister Harper on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, apologized for the reprehensible Indian Residential School Policy.
Local Tory MP blasted for ‘judgmental’ aboriginal comments
By ELISABETH JOHNS
Hours before the prime minister made an historic apology to aboriginals for residential school abuses, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre made what critics called biased and shocking statements about natives.