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National Chief Phil Fontaine Applauds Today’s Announcement by Prime Minister to Resolve Backlog of Specific Land Claims

OTTAWA, June 12 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said today’s announcement by the Prime Minister is a positive response to what our people have advocated for decades, and it is a testament to the perseverance and dedication of our people.

“This is a historic announcement, and a day to applaud the federal government on its commitment to resolving the growing land claims backlog,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine, in reaction to Prime Minister Harper’s announcement on a proposed new process to resolve specific land claims.

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Metis National Council President Applauds Ontario Métis Court Victory on Harvesting Rights

ONCE AGAIN CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS FROM ONTARIO WESTWARD TO NEGOTIATE VERSUS LITIGATE ON METIS HARVESTING RIGHT

OTTAWA, June 12 – Today, Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council (MNC) offered congratulations to the leadership and citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) on their recent court victory that upholds the terms of the accommodation agreement negotiated and entered into with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007802 Views

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Minister Prentice Shares Mayer Report on Nunavut Devolution

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Ottawa, Ontario (June 12, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today released The Mayer Report on Nunavut Devolution. This report outlines the challenges and opportunities faced by Nunavut today.

Mr. Paul Mayer was engaged by Minister Prentice in November 2006 to work with the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated to research issues relating to Nunavut devolution and to advise the Minister on approaches and considerations for successful devolution negotiations.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007694 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of a Visit to Wunnumin Lake

Wunnumin Lake, Ontario, Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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I cannot tell you how happy I am to be here with you today. It is a great privilege to meet you.

Thank you very much for this warm welcome; and thank you especially to the young people who told me one of your community’s amazing legends.

I was born in Haiti, a country of many legends, and I know what they mean to the people who keep them alive.

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Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Seek Return of Chief’s Regalia

Aboriginal Affairs
June 12, 2007
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An artifact of the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq sits in a dark, climate-controlled room of a museum in Melbourne, Australia. It’s clothing that was created for, and worn by, a band chief in the mid-19th century. Called a Chief’s Regalia, it’s estimated to be worth more than half-a-million dollars. The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia would like to have it back, and it seems Museum Victoria is willing to oblige, but the process is far from over.

by NationTalk on June 12, 20071001 Views

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McGifford Announces Funding For LPN Program At St. Theresa Point First Nation

News Release – Manitoba
June 12, 2007

Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford today announced $625,000 in provincial funding to support a 25-seat licensed practical nursing (LPN) program at St. Theresa Point First Nation.

“This program fulfills our commitment for more health professionals provincewide and the need for health-care workers in Manitoba’s north,” McGifford said. “We’re pleased to offer this educational opportunity to northern Aboriginal people closer to home.”

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007896 Views

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National Aboriginal Health Organization Annual Public Meeting

Mark Your Calendars!

NAHO’s Annual Public Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 26, 2007. The meeting will start at 2 p.m. in the 14th floor boardroom of NAHO’s offices.

This is your chance to provide input or feedback on the activities of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO). The organization will report on its activities and finances for the 2005-06 fiscal year. NAHO will also deliver a special presentation on the organization’s new Web site.

For more information, please contact:

The National Aboriginal Health Organization
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1200
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Phone: (613) 237-9462
Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445
Fax: (613) 237-1810
E-mail: info@naho.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007683 Views

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We Need Your Input on Métis Training and Labour Market Services

Attention all Métis People in Ontario who were served by the Ontario Métis and Aboriginal Association for Training and Labour Market Services. This includes Métis Members of OMAA and the Canadian Métis Council. The Government of Canada is seeking proposals from organizations who are willing to provide Training and Labour Market Services to the individuals who self identify as being part of the above noted group. These services were formally provided to this group by OMAA which has recently ceased operations.

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Métis Nation of Alberta Applauds Ontario Métis Court Victory on Métis Harvesting Rights

Ontario Court Confirms Province-Wide Métis Harvesting Agreement is ‘Legally Defensible’ and ‘Highly Principled’

EDMONTON, June 12 – Today, Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), congratulated the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) on its recent court victory in R. v. Laurin, Lemieux and Lemieux. The Ontario court case upheld the province-wide Métis harvesting agreement the MNO entered into with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007827 Views

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The National Film Board of Canada at Banff – A Crucial Player in the Digital Era

BANFF, AB, June 12 – Mr. Tom Perlmutter, the newly appointed Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson, is at the 2007 Banff Television Festival with new announcements highlighting the NFB’s commitment to bringing media production to underserved communities and to tapping the enormous talent of Canada’s underrepresented voices.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007821 Views

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Ontario Student Receives 2007 RBC Aboriginal Scholarship

TORONTO, June 12, 2007 — Melissa Elliott, a Lower Mohawk from Ohsweken, is one of eight aboriginal students from across Canada to receive a scholarship from RBC this year.

All winners of the 13th annual RBC Aboriginal Student Awards program receive $4,000 annually for their education expenses for a maximum of four years at university or two years at college.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007956 Views

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MNO Harvesting Agreement Legally Binding on Government of Ontario

Ottawa (June 12, 2007) — The Ontario Court of Justice has ruled that the historic harvesting agreement entered into by the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is legally binding on the Government of Ontario and that the laying of charges by the MNR against three Métis harvesters violated the terms of that agreement. The Hon. Justice Greg Rodgers today ordered a stay of proceedings against the three Métis harvesters involved, Marc Laurin, Shaun Lemieux and Roger Lemieux, all of the French River region of Ontario, south of Sudbury.

by NationTalk on June 12, 20071182 Views

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Manitoba Celebrates The Red River And The Canadian Heritage Rivers System

News Release – Manitoba
June 11, 2007

Manitobans gathered today to celebrate one of Canada’s most historically significant waterways – the Red River in Manitoba – and its role in the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS).

Today’s celebration is being called the biggest fur trading party since 1821, said Conservation Minister Stan Struthers. Rivers West and The Forks organized the event as part of a continuing celebration of Canadian Rivers Day, observed yesterday, and the fifth Canadian River Heritage Conference taking place until Wednesday. Struthers was to arrive at the celebration in a canoe brigade headed by famed explorer David Thompson.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2007860 Views

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Saskatchewan Proclaims Aboriginal History Month

News Release – June 11, 2007

The Province of Saskatchewan has proclaimed June 2007 as Aboriginal History Month in recognition of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people’s contributions to Canada.

“Aboriginal people have made, and continue to make, innumerable contributions to Saskatchewan and Canadian history, culture and society,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag said. “The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to pay tribute to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and their achievements by designating June 2007 as Aboriginal History Month.”

by NationTalk on June 11, 20071692 Views

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Media Advisory – NEB Keystone Hearing Moves to Regina

CALGARY, June 11 – The National Energy Board (NEB) hearing on the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. application will move to Regina for two days beginning on Wednesday, 13 June 2007.

The location of the hearing is the Delta Regina hotel.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007795 Views

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SEIMA Is Working Toward A More Representative Workforce

News Release – June 11, 2007

The Government of Saskatchewan today signed an agreement with the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association (SEIMA) to increase invovlement in environmental industry development opportunities for Saskatchewan Aboriginal people.

“The Aboriginal Employment Development Program (AEDP) creates a synergy where partners join with the Saskatchewan Government to create a more representative workforce in this province,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag said. “We share a common vision in Saskatchewan where all families have the opportunity to succeed and realize their dreams of building a better future right here at home.”

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007738 Views

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First Collective Agreement for T’it’q’et Daycare and Preschool

June 11, 2007

LILLOOET—A signing ceremony held here this week marks the end of a long organizing drive for CUPE staff and a new beginning for the six employees of the T’it’q’et Daycare and Preschool, who are fresh from achieving their first collective agreement with the T’it’q’et Band Council.

“CUPE invested time, energy and resources to ensure that a first collective agreement was achieved and it was the right thing to do,” said CUPE National rep Rob Limongelli.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007883 Views

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Media Advisory Native Women’s Association of Canada to present at House of Commons Standing Committee on Bill C-44

For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (June 11, 2007) – Mary Eberts and Yvonne Boyer, Legal Advisors to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, will present tomorrow to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on their continued review of Bill C-44 and the repeal of section 67, An Act to […]

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Northern Freegold Completes First Hole of 15,000 m Diamond Drill Program at Freegold Mountain Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(June 7, 2007) – Northern Freegold Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:NFR) is pleased to announce the completion of the first diamond drill hole of the 2007 Drill Program on the Freegold Mountain Project in the Yukon Territory. The program will consist of up to 15,000 m of diamond drilling utilizing at least 2 drill rigs from Kluane Drilling of Whitehorse.

Hole GRD-07-041 was drilled to a depth of 262 m (860 feet) in the southeast portion of the Nucleus Zone, downhill and to the east of Hole GRD-06-015 which included the occurrence of visible gold within long, low-grade intersections (25.9 m of 0.73 g/t Au and 62.0 m of 0.82 g/t Au) as well as a higher grade interval of 9.26 g/t Au. Hole GRD06-015 is located directly uphill from the Mechanic Creek placer gold workings where wire gold and large nuggets (up to 26.6 grams) are being recovered. Hole GRD-07-041 is one of many holes planned to test the eastern extension of the Nucleus Zone and its relationship with the Revenue Zone, 2.5 km to the east.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007644 Views

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Canada’s New Government Signs First Nations Health Agreement with B.C. and First Nations Leadership Council

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(June 11, 2007) – The Honourable Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health, Premier Gordon Campbell of British Columbia (B.C.) and the British Columbia First Nations Leadership Council today signed Canada’s first-ever Tripartite First Nations Health Plan with the goal of improving the health and well-being of First Nations in British Columbia, closing the gaps in health between First Nations people and other British Columbians, and ensuring First Nations are fully involved in decision-making regarding the health of their peoples.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007861 Views

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Canada’s New Government Honours Career Trek, an Early Intervention Program for Students, with Award for Science Promotion

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–(June 8, 2007) – Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), today announced that Career Trek, a local organization that reaches out to children with perceived barriers to educational success, has won the Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion (group category).

Career Trek works with students, as young as age 10, who show a real potential to succeed at the post-secondary level but are at risk of missing that opportunity because of a variety of factors related to socio-economic status, disability or lifestyle. One-third of the students self-identify as being of Aboriginal ancestry.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007828 Views

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Canada’s New Government Announces Funding for the Dedication of Sgt. Tommy Prince MM Monument

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 8, 2007) – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today a $2,000 contribution to the Sgt. Tommy Prince MM (Military Medal) Memorial Fund Committee. The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada’s Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will support the dedication of the Sgt. Tommy Prince MM Monument Sunday, June 10, in the Sgt. Tommy Prince MM Veterans Park. Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, will represent Minister Thompson during the dedication ceremony.

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Public Safety Canada: Minister Day Announces Focused Crime Prevention Approach

Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety Canada, in Halifax, Friday, June 8, 2007, announces a focused approach for the National Crime Prevention Centre at the opening ceremonies of the 21st Annual Atlantic Conference on Crime Prevention and Community Safety. (http://www.marketwire.com/2.0/release.do?id=740416)

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–(June 8, 2007) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced a focused approach for the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC). Minister Day was in Halifax to deliver a keynote address at the opening ceremonies of the 21st Annual Atlantic Conference on Crime Prevention and Community Safety.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007658 Views

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Media Advisory – Decision on Métis Harvesting Rights Due June 12, 2007

OTTAWA, June 11 – An important ruling on Métis harvesting rights that will have implications for the Métis in the Sudbury area as well as Métis throughout the province will be delivered by Justice Greg Rodgers in the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on Tuesday, June 12, 2007at 10:00am. The case, R v. Laurin, Lemieux and Lemieux, involves three Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) harvesters.

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St. Brendan’s Raises Funds to Rebuild School in Northern Ontario Community

June 7, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Advisory

St. Brendan Catholic School in Scarborough has raised more than $50,000 over the past four years to support children in need in far away places like Jakarta, Togo and Kenya. This year the staff, students and parents are looking closer to home.

“Canadian Kids for Canada” will raise money to support the rebuilding of TITOTAY Memorial School in Northern Ontario, which burned down last September. The remote community is accessible only by plane.

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Video Shares The Bonaparte Indian Band’s Story

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ARR0012-000752
June 8, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Bonaparte Indian Band
First Nations Leadership Council

CACHE CREEK – Members of the Bonaparte Indian Band, the Village of Cache Creek, First Nations Leadership Council and the Province of B.C. joined with local officials and special guests to celebrate the premiere of a pilot video, “Bonaparte Indian Band” created for the Telling Our Stories initiative today.

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Saskatoon Health Care Project Wins National Award

News Release – June 8, 2007

A unique Saskatoon health care initiative has received national recognition.

The Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health, or SWITCH, will receive a Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Award. SWITCH, which has operated out of the Westside Community Clinic since October 2005, was honoured in the primary care category.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007851 Views

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Northeast Receives Over $38,000 For Child And Youth Summer Projects

Jun. 9, 2007 –
The Community Initiatives Fund is providing 13 northeast community-based organizations with $38,200 for child and youth summer projects.

“The 2007 summer grant program is part of the government’s effort to help make life better for Saskatchewan communities and families, now and into the future,” Culture, Youth and Recreation Minister Sandra Morin said.

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The 2007 G8 Summit

8 June 2007
HEILIGENDAMM, GERMANY

At the conclusion today of his meetings with G8 and other leaders, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada had met its objectives for the Summit.

The Prime Minister hailed as a major accomplishment the achievement of a G8 consensus on the way forward in addressing the challenge of climate change. The G8 emphasized the importance of engaging all major emitters of greenhouse gases in discussions to tackle climate change, including their commitment to participate in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in December 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, with a view to achieving a comprehensive agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2007683 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY Sunday, June 10, 2007

Premier Gordon Campbell, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and leaders of the British Columbia First Nations Leadership Council will sign a groundbreaking plan that will enhance First Nations health services and help to close the gap in health status between BC First Nations and other British Columbians.

Date:
Monday, June 11, 2007

Time:
9:00 a.m. PDT

Location:
Musqueam Elders Centre
4000 Si-Lu Dr.,
Vancouver (off West 51st Avenue)
Additional Parking is available at:
Musqueam Golf and Learning Academy at 3904 W. 51st Ave.

Media Inquiries:
Erik Waddell
Office of the Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Mike Morton
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250-213-8218

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Results of Kitselas Elections

JUNE 8, 2007

Elected Candidates

CHIEF
GLENN BENNETT

COUNCILLORS
(5 elected)

WILFRED BENNETT Sr.
JUDY GEROW
SHIRLEY GRAY
KEN MCDAMES Sr.
GERALD SEYMOUR

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES!!

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SCO Grand Chief Election – Election Set For June 19, 2007

Candidates Are Announced!
Election Date: June 19, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
SCO Grand Chief Candidates are announced – ELECTION SET FOR JUNE 19, 2007

WINNIPEG, MB – The Candidates names for the Southern Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization have been confirmed.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 the Southern Chiefs’ of Manitoba will cast their vote for Grand Chief. The voting will take place on the Sagkeeng First Nation, Multi-Plex Centre.

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Mi’kmaq College Institute Taking Part in International Indigenous …

June 7, 2007

Mi’kmaq College Institute taking part in International Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Coming to Unama’ki June 12-14

(Sydney, NS) – The Indigenous Experience is one that is not unique to the Mi’kmaq of Unama’ki. Colonization is experienced by many Indigenous around the world. The Mi’kmaq College Institute at Cape Breton University is currently involved in an Aboriginal Sustainability Network (ASN) which has partnered in a pilot project that involves networking between various Indigenous nations. It is the hopes of this project to share the experience between different nations and to continue to network in the hopes that Indigenous nations learn from each other and show how to be self sustaining despite colonization.

by NationTalk on June 11, 20071033 Views

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Equitas in June: 130 Human Rights Stories Worth Telling

Homogeneous college town turns international as 130 delegates from Armenia to Zimbabwe attend Equitas’ three-week training program at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue

MONTREAL, June 8 – Genocide, torture, arbitrary arrests and detention, violence against women and discrimination against minorities are just some of the abuses still common around the world. Yet education can stop human rights violations, which is why Montreal-based Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Education has invited 130 international delegates to receive training on how to promote equality and human rights in their native countries. From June 11 to June 30, the bucolic campus and student residences of John Abbott College will become home to delegates from 60 nations, including Canada, as they follow the 28th annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP).

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Saskatchewan Metis Elections – Official Notice Of Polling Places

For a list of Polling Places, please visit here.

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MNBC Message from President Bruce Dumont

On behalf of the MNBC leadership and staff, I would like to express my concern for those in our Métis community who may be at risk of flooding due to the higher than normal river flows at this time of the year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each Métis family living in the Northwest, North Central, and Lower Mainland Regions of the province where the threat of flooding from the Nechako, Skeena, and Fraser Rivers are the greatest.

I would urge everyone in our Métis communities who reside along these and other major river floodplains to obtain the very latest flooding emergency news by contacting the BC Flood Info Line at: 1-888-350-6070, or by going to the Provincial Emergency Program website at: www.pep.gov.bc.ca. The latest weather information is available from Environment Canada at: www.weatheroffice.com. MNBC has also placed these contact resources on our website.

Sincerely,
Bruce Dumont
President
Métis Nation British Columbia

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MNC Welcomes Federal Bureaucrats’ Recommendation that the Government Back UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

OTTAWA, June 8 – The Métis National Council strongly supports recommendation by three federal departments that Canada should take a leading role in adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. According to the international human rights watchdog Amnesty International, Canadian officials within the departments of Indian Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Defence […]

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McGuinty Government Appoints 100th Justice Of The Peace

Ministry of the Attorney General
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2007

McGuinty Government Appoints 100th Justice Of The Peace
13 Additional Justices Of The Peace Appointed

Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced 13 justice of the peace appointments to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective June 20, 2007.

“Justices of the peace play a significant role in the administration of justice in this province,” said Bryant. “These appointments demonstrate the quality of the Ontario Court of Justice lay bench and will help us meet our goal of ensuring that Ontario courts have the resources necessary to operate efficiently and effectively.”

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Media Advisory for Sunday, June 10th – National Chief Phil Fontaine to Visit Flood Threatened Communities of Kwantlen and Cheam First Nations in B.C.’s Fraser Valley

OTTAWA, June 9 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, accompanied by Regional Chief Shawn Atleo and Grand Chief Doug Kelly will visit the Kwantlen First Nation and Cheam First Nation in northern British Columbia on Sunday, June10th. They are two of potentially 15 First Nations communities at risk of flood damage as the Fraser River reaches high water levels not seen for over a decade. Media are invited to attend the community tours as follows:

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June, 2007: Report Sheds Light on Future of Construction in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan construction industry is in the middle of a sevenyear building boom, complete with record employment levels and a labour shortage that will last until 2009. The upshot is longer hours of work, modified hiring practices, increased reliance on interprovincial mobility, increased recruitment efforts, project delays, safety and quality concerns, and filled-to-capacity training programs.

This third annual edition of Construction Looking Forward: Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for Saskatchewan depicts a tight labour market for the immediate future driven by several major projects. Strong local economic conditions and extensive building activity in other provinces make recruiting from other industries and provinces difficult in the short term, with the industrial and engineering construction trades experiencing the most dramatic shortages.

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Fisher River First Nations Election

Please note the following information with respect to the election occurring for the positions of Chief and Councillor (4):

Nomination Meeting: Thursday, July 5, 2007
6:00 pm until at least 9:00 pm
Community Hall

Candidates Forum: Monday, August 13, 2007
Beginning at 6:00 pm
Community Hall

Election/Vote: Thursday, August 16, 2007
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Community Hall

If any band members would like to request a their name on the mail list for election information, please call the band office at (204) 645 – 2171.

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Canadians vote Nahanni as one of Canada’s Seven Wonders

08.06.2007

OTTAWA – Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories was voted one of the top choices by Canadians in CBC’s “Seven Wonders of Canada” contest which ended yesterday. Although Nahanni narrowly missed being on the final list of seven selected by the judging panel on June 7th, more than 64,000 Canadians voted for Nahanni as the top Canadian wonder in the weeks leading up to the contest close, ranking it fourth most popular.

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Lieutenant Governor and Governor General Visit First Nation Communities in Ontario’s North

TORONTO, June 8 – In an unprecedented joint vice-regal visit to Ontario’s North, His Honour the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by Grand Chief Stan Beardy of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, will visit two First Nations communities, Wunnumin Lake and Mishkeegogamang, on Tuesday 12 June.

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Minister Lunn Announces $39.6 Million for Next Phase of Mountain Pine Beetle Response

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced Canada’s New Government is investing $39.6 million for ongoing work with the province and communities to address the mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia. Highlighting the collaboration between the federal and provincial governments in responding to the impacts of the beetle, the Honourable Murray Coell, British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education, joined Minister Lunn for today’s announcement at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria.

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Governor General to Visit Remote Communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation

June 8, 2007

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will visit the communities of Wunnumin Lake and Mishkeegogamang on June 12, 2007, with the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. In response to an official invitation by Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy, this visit will support the Lieutenant-Governor’s initiatives on literacy education in Aboriginal communities.

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Province Injects $340,000 into Community Restorative Justice Programs

News Release
Providing safe and secure communities
June 8, 2007

Edmonton… Eleven non-profit associations and community-based organizations across Alberta have received $340,000 for projects that hold offenders accountable to the community, and support greater involvement of victims of crime in the justice system.

The grants help to promote victim-offender mediation, training programs, leadership development in schools, and Aboriginal restorative justice programs.

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McGuinty Government To Build New Youth Justice Facilities In Thunder Bay And Fort Frances

Last Step In Plan To Create Dedicated Youth Justice System

THUNDER BAY, ON, June 8 – The Ontario government is completing its plans to establish a dedicated youth justice system by building new youth justice facilities in Thunder Bay and Fort Frances, Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North and Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan announced today on behalf of Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers.

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Generous Endowment Creates New Opportunities for Aboriginal Students at George Brown College

TORONTO, June 7 – Aboriginal students enrolled in the Chef School at George Brown College will now have the opportunity to access additional sources of financial support thanks to a generous endowment gift from Mr. Aditya Jha, a leading business entrepreneur and chairman of the POA Educational Foundation. The $250,000 endowment, which includes matched funds from the Ontario Trust for Student Support, was announced today at an event at Siegfried’s, George Brown College’s student-run restaurant.

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Aboriginal Sport Circle Conducts Coach Mentorship Program

For Immediate Release
June 6, 2007

AKWESASNE, Ontario – The Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) is once again conducting the Coach Mentorship program in conjunction with the annual High Performance Hockey Camp from August 6 to August 11, in Ottawa, Ontario.

If you know a coach that would like to participate and advance their certification, please fill out the attached application. Deadline for all applications will be July 6, 2007 at 5:00pm EDT.

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Proposal Call For Second Round Of Northern Strategy Trust Funding+

FOR RELEASE #07-116
June 7, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Forum has begun the process of soliciting proposals for projects from Yukon First Nation governments and Yukon government departments for the 2007 Northern Strategy Trust Funding.

by NationTalk on June 8, 2007641 Views

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