Do you know an outstanding individual between the ages of 15 and 24 years? Nominate him or her for the Saskatchewan Youth Award.
Saskatchewan residents have until January 30, 2008 to nominate individuals for the award, which recognizes young people for their personal achievements and/or contributions to their communities and the province.
Money for new vaccine initiative must not come at expense of existing research, prevention and treatment programs
TORONTO and OTTAWA, Nov. 29 – The federal government should ensure that essential community-based HIV prevention programs and services for people living with HIV/AIDS remain available by guaranteeing their funding, said nine of Canada’s national AIDS organizations today.
Identifies recommendations and best practices from cross-country discussions in current edition of The Quality of Public Education in Canada
TORONTO, Nov. 29 – Federal and provincial policy makers, educators and community leaders must develop a more collaborative and cohesive strategy to address demographic challenges that pose serious risks to Canada’s public education system.
TORONTO, Nov. 29 – ONE X ONE Foundation, a charitable organization committed to fighting poverty and preserving the lives of children in Canada and around the world, and the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, today announced the launch of “National First Nations School Nutrition Program”, a national outreach initiative designed to provide First Nations children who live in poverty with a school nutrition program. Ten First Nations schools and communities across Canada will benefit from the investment beginning in January 2008, with more schools scheduled to participate over the next year.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Nov. 29, 2007) – Kevin Barlow, Executive Director for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), today announced the launch of the 2007 National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week campaign.
“We need your voice and especially our Leaders to speak loud and clear about HIV/AIDS,” says Kevin Barlow, Executive Director of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. “Together, we can turn this epidemic around and together, we can make a difference for those now living with HIV or AIDS”
(Sliammon) First Nation Chief Walter Paul will be the guest speaker at a business-after-hours event, sponsored by Tourism Powell River, on Thursday, November 29. This networking opportunity will be held from 5 to 7 pm at Malaspina University-College, 3960 Selkirk Avenue.
One day we see a small bit of progress on resolving Six Nations’ land claims. On the next day, we see trouble brewing again. One step forward; one step back.
On Monday, newly appointed Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant raised optimism in Caledonia with his refreshing, practical approach of talking to people about how to settle land claims, in particular, the 21-month-old native protest (or if you prefer, reclamation) at the former Douglas Creek Estates.
Mississaugas tried to ban strikes at Blue Heron casino
Nov 28, 2007 04:30 AM
LEGAL AFFAIRS REPORTER
An Ontario Indian band does not have a constitutional right to enact its own labour code on reserve lands, the province’s highest court ruled yesterday in an unusual case testing the scope of aboriginal self-government.
TORONTO — Ottawa’s attempt to clear a backlog of more than 900 aboriginal land and treaty claims won’t diffuse the mounting frustration fuelling blockades and occupations in Ontario, the province’s aboriginal affairs minister said Wednesday.
Inuk felt the tortures of transition, then relived them through the arts
‘The most significant Inuit writer of his generation’ came off the land to be gradually drawn into the downward spiral of alcohol abuse that is one of the realities of the new urban North
Special to The Globe and Mail
November 28, 2007
IQALUIT — Alootook Ipellie’s career reached its zenith with the 1993 publication of the widely acclaimed Arctic Dreams and Nightmares. It represented the high point of his dreams. What followed were often nightmares.
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 | 10:18 AM CT
Northwest Territories Premier Floyd Roland faced questions Tuesday from MLAs over a key financial agreement for a Mackenzie River bridge project that was signed in the waning days of the last government.
The Powley, Belhumeur, and Laviolette decisions have shown us how arbitrary and irrelevant provincial boundaries are to our hunting traditions. But some governments continue to argue these are limits with great significance. Unfortunately others have also bought into that idea. We say these borders are just lines on a map with no real substance and cannot be used to divide our People or deny our Rights.
Ottawa, Ontario (November 28, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced funding for the Nunavut Water Board, Nunavut Planning Commission, Nunavut Impact Review Board, and the Wildlife Management Board to help with lands and resources management.
WHITEHORSE – Health and Social Services Minister Brad Cathers today announced proposed changes to social assistance rates and program structures, resulting from the most comprehensive review of social assistance conducted since the program’s inception.
“The proposed changes include increases to social assistance rates and an incentive package to encourage social assistance recipients to enter the workforce,” Cathers said. “There would also be a new program with enhanced services for persons with severe disabilities who are eligible for social assistance.”
On Monday, December 10, Mayor David Miller and Members of Toronto City Council will honour the recipients of the 2007 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards at a ceremony in the City Hall Council Chamber. Nine residents and two organizations will be recognized for their ongoing efforts to build a city where everyone can participate fully in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of Toronto. Their work has contributed to the elimination of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy.
Manitoba News Release
November 28, 2007
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Grant Applications Now Available
The successful Community Places Program now has an additional $1.5 million to support local community plans, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson announced today.
“This 50 per cent funding increase in the program responds to rising construction costs and to Manitoban’s growing demands for improved recreation facilities,” said Robinson. “Increasing the program’s funding means that recreation, cultural, arts, heritage, leisure and municipal facilities can now plan the sort of projects which will really make a difference for their communities.”
OTTAWA , November 28, 2007 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, today introduced legislation that would amend the Judges Act to authorize the appointment of 20 new judges for provincial and territorial superior trial courts.
Officials to meet over $450,000 Oromocto First Nation debt
N.B. town threatens to cut municipal services after reserve’s bills not paid since 2005
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 | 12:08 PM AT
Representatives of the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, the Town of Oromocto, N.B., and the Oromocto First Nation are meeting Wednesday to try to resolve $450,000 in debts held by the band.
Assembly of First Nations
A Communiqué from National Chief Phil Fontaine
The Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada have achieved a successful result in our joint effort to create a new approach to resolving First Nations specific claims that is faster, fairer and more just.
The AFN is working diligently to ensure First Nations have all the necessary information they require to understand and analyze the new approach. The new approach includes legislation that is needed to establish the independent Tribunal – the Specific Claims Tribunal Act – as well as a Political Agreement that establishes a forum where First Nations and the federal government can resolve issues that are not dealt with in the new legislation.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 28, 2007) – Selwyn Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SWN) is pleased to announce that it is the co-recipient of the 2007 Power of Partnerships Award presented by the Yukon Mine Training Association. This award honours companies and communities that demonstrate strong partnerships that contribute to the development of mining industry workforce in the Yukon. Selwyn was recognized alongside the Ross River Dena Council for their joint works on delivering environmental assessment and monitoring skills training to youth in Ross River and Watson Lake. Selwyn congratulates Ross River Dena Council and extends its thanks to the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the success of this program.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA–(Nov. 28, 2007) – Austrian Chancellor, Alfred Gusenbauer, today signaled his support for the immediate implementation of a national ban on the import of seal products after receiving a poll presented by the Director of IFAW Germany, Dr Ralf Sonntag.
The IFAW poll indicates that 80.5 % of Austrians support a seal trade ban, and the Austrian Parliament voted unanimously in support of a ban on importation, processing and distribution of seal skins on 24 April 2007.
TORONTO, Nov. 28 – Tomorrow’s Throne Speech will be an important signal of whether the Ontario government means business on tackling poverty, said advocates. The “25 in 5” Network for Poverty Reduction has released an open letter calling on the government to make the development of an “Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy” a top priority for its new mandate.
– An interactive discussion on how literacy can open doors to prosperity for individuals and for Canada
– An event linking participants at ten sites across Canada
– An opportunity for literacy organizations, teachers, parents, learners, labour, business, and governments to come together to promote literacy
– Six inspiring keynote speakers sharing their personal stories of the difference literacy has made in their lives
– A set of materials available on the Web after the conference, sharing the keynote speeches and much more
– The wellspring for a rich, enduring resource of education material designed to help instructors, administrators, policy makers, and others
As an update, Darkness Calls, our suicide prevention comic book, has sold out. We’re building a list of organizations that are interested in the third printing – once again on high quality coated paper (which turned out much brighter than the first printing) – so please feel free to send an email if you’re interested.
A $1.3 million donation to Athabasca University by distinguished philanthropist Allan Markin, chair of the board of Canadian Natural Resources, will fund a unique three-year pilot project to develop distance-learning systems for remote, rural and northern communities.
Consultation with off-reserve membership and commitment to accountability are required, insists National Chief
(November 27, 2007 – Ottawa, ON) The National Chief who speaks for Canada’s off-reserve Aboriginal community applauded the federal government’s introduction in the House of Commons today of legislation to create an independent tribunal to help resolve specific claims of First Nations.