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NAN sees Kelowna Accord as Best Base for Closing Gap

THUNDER BAY, ON, March 22 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy agrees with Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jim Prentice that self-sufficiency is the key to First Nation progress, however the two leaders disagree that the 2005 Kelowna Accord passed by Parliament yesterday is the way to reach what Prentice calls “financial independence”.

“I agree that First Nations people need to become financially independent, however it’s the regulatory framework of both the provincial and federal governments that prevents the people of Nishnawbe Aski from participating in the country’s economy,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “With billions of dollars worth of natural resources being extracted from our territory annually, assisting in sustaining the prosperity of all Canadians, you’d think First Nations wouldn’t have to be perceived as asking for hand-outs.”

by NationTalk on March 23, 2007854 Views

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Ontario Budget 2007 – Aboriginal Highlights

The government is working on initiatives to close the socioeconomic gap between Aboriginal Peoples and other Ontarians.

– In June 2006, the government released draft guidelines for ministries on consultation with Aboriginal Peoples related to rights and treaty. This Budget includes $7 million to support the government’s capacity to engage in productive consultations with Aboriginal Peoples.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2007857 Views

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MEDIA RELEASE: Thousands of Canadians Demand Ottawa Endorse Water as a Human Right on World Water Day 2007-KAIROS and Other Groups Spearhead Cross Country Events

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(CCNMatthews – March 22, 2007) –

Canadians across the country are taking to the streets, hosting public forums and writing politicians this week to draw attention to a range of water justice issues, including Canada’s refusal to ensure that access to clean water is a human right. They’re also concerned about problems created by bottled water consumption.

The events are being held in communities from Saint John to Salt Spring Island to mark World Water Day (WWD) 2007 on March 22nd and many have been organized jointly by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, the Council of Canadians and CUPE, building on the huge success of WWD events last year. KAIROS is a faith-based social justice organization that works in Canada, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Over one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water – including Canadian communities that are constantly under boil water orders. Aboriginal communities in Canada have been particularly disadvantaged, with more than 80 communities currently under long term boil water orders.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007909 Views

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National Aboriginal Organizations Applaud Passage of Private Members Bill to Honour Crown’s Commitments on 2005 Kelowna Accord

OTTAWA, March 22 – The leaders of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Assembly of First Nations and Métis National Council – today welcomed the vote by the House of Commons to adopt a law signifying the Government of Canada’s dedication to honour its commitments in the 2005 Kelowna Accord to tackle acute housing, health and education hardships […]

by NationTalk on March 22, 20071888 Views

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Canada’s New Government Marks World Water Day Reports on Progress to Improve Water Quality on Reserve; Launches Water Kit for First Nations Children

OTTAWA, March 22 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today on World Water Day tabled a report in Parliament that details the improvements that have been made over the past 12 months on water quality on reserve.

A year ago, Minister Prentice announced a Plan of Action to ensure that all First Nations communities have access to clean, safe drinking water.

“We have made substantial progress during the past year,” he said. “We have addressed the most pressing issues in communities. In the last 12 months the number of high risk water systems in First Nations communities has been reduced from 193 to 97.

“Last year we also identified 21 priority communities. Today I am pleased to report that in seven of the 21 communities, the water problems have been addressed. They are no longer on that list.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007799 Views

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Joint Task Force (North): Canadian Forces Patrol to Confirm Arctic Sovereignty

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES–(March 22, 2007) – Members of the Canadian Forces will travel close to 8,000 kilometres across some of the most challenging terrain in the world to confirm Canada’s sovereignty in the High Arctic during Operation Nunalivut 07. Meaning “land that is ours,” Op Nunalivut 07 is scheduled to be an Enhanced Sovereignty Operation that will take place from March 24 to April 14, 2007 in the Northern Arctic Archipelago.

The 24-member patrol will include members of the Regular Forces and Canadian Rangers, who are part-time reserve soldiers. A total of three Canadian Ranger Patrols will deploy from Resolute Bay and from that point three separate patrols will be executed. Two eight-member patrols will deploy to Eureka, a remote weather station on southwest Ellesmere Island. One team will head to the west coast of Ellesmere and the other heading north through the central part of the island. Both teams will end their patrols at Canadian Forces Station Alert, at the northern tip of Ellesmere Island. Alert is the world’s most northerly permanently settled community and conducts signals intelligence gathering.

by NationTalk on March 22, 20071285 Views

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Canada’s New Government Marks World Water Day

REPORTS ON PROGRESS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY ON RESERVE;
LAUNCHES WATER KIT FOR FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN
OTTAWA , Ontario (March 22, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today on World Water Day tabled a report in Parliament that details the improvements that have been made over the past 12 months on water quality on reserve.

A year ago, Minister Prentice announced a Plan of Action to ensure that all First Nations communities have access to clean, safe drinking water.

“We have made substantial progress during the past year,” he said. “We have addressed the most pressing issues in communities. In the last 12 months the number of high risk water systems in First Nations communities has been reduced from 193 to 97.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007892 Views

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New Funding, Resources To Empower Manitobans To Protect Province’s Water

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March 22, 2007

$210,500 in New Grants, Resources for Schools To Support Water Protection from Interlake to Inner City: Melnick

New resources for Manitoba schools and a new round of Water Stewardship Fund grants will support projects to preserve and protect Manitoba’s rich water resources, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced today. 
 
“Today, on United Nations World Water Day, our government is reaffirming its commitment to protect our rivers, lakes and wetlands, and promote the importance of clean water for people, the environment and the economy,” said Melnick.  “This new round of Water Stewardship Fund grants supports a range of important projects that reflect Manitobans’ passion for preserving our rich water resources.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007924 Views

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Metis Call Upon Parliament to Support Kelowna Accord

For Immediate Release – March 21, 2007

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Today at 5:30 PM Ottawa Time, a historic vote affecting the Metis Nation will take place in Canada’s Parliament. The House of Commons will vote on the Third Reading of Former Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Private Member’s Bill-292, also known as “The Kelowna Accord Implementation Act.”

Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand, Vice President of the Metis National Council, will be in the Gallery as an observer on behalf of the Metis Nation.

“I encourage all Members of Parliament to support Bill-292 and vote to close the gaps between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians,” said President Chartrand. “This was an accord between Canada, all the provinces, and all Aboriginal peoples including the Metis Nation. It is a point of honour to respect the commitments made at Kelowna.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007990 Views

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Strong Response To First-Ever Yukon Environmental Forum

FOR RELEASE #07-039
March 22, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Environment Minister Dennis Fentie has announced that over 165 delegates and presenters from around Yukon are converging in Whitehorse March 22 and 23 for the first-ever Environmental Forum for the territory.

The delegates responded to an invitation from the minister that was sent in January to First Nation Renewable Resources Councils, non-government organizations, federal and Yukon government departments and the private sector.

A major goal of the Environmental Forum is to bring people together from various interests to discuss how the Yukon fish, wildlife and environmental data collection can be improved for sound natural resource management. The information collected is considered essential for people and businesses that rely on natural resources.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007805 Views

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Nominations are Being Accepted for the 2007-08 National Aboriginal Role Model Program

March 22, 2007

Lead Your Way! Nominate Your Role Model

The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is looking for Canada’s top Aboriginal youth – between the ages of 13-30 – who are positive role models to others.

Role models are First Nations, Inuit & Métis who have shown leadership in school, in sports or in their communities.

Nominate your role model!
Deadline date: April 2, 2007

For more information check out: www.naho.ca/rolemodel
Or call 1-877-602-4445

~ Lead Your Way! Nominate Your Role Model Flyer
~ Nomination Form

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007694 Views

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Statement By Congress Of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Patrick Brazeau On Budget 2007

(Ottawa, ON – March 21, 2007) The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is optimistic that the provisions of Budget 2007 in respect of Aboriginal peoples represent evidence of the Federal Government’s recognition and accommodation of the majority of Canada’s Aboriginal population – those who live away from Indian Act reserves.

We are encouraged that Budget 2007 has attempted to address the fiscal imbalance with the Provinces. This is fundamental to off-reserve Aboriginal peoples since it is through the Provinces that programming and services are delivered to the off-reserve community.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007886 Views

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RFP: Aboriginal Business Incubator Feasibility Study

Posted: Mar 22 2007

The deadline for the receipt of proposals by ACC is 4:00 pm March 27, 2007.

~ RFP: Aboriginal Business Incubator Feasibility Study

by NationTalk on March 22, 20071690 Views

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Government Supports Federal Bill to Implement the Kelowna Accord

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
March 22, 2007

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has a strong record of working with the federal government and Aboriginal leaders to ensure that appropriate supports are realized for the future well-being of Aboriginal communities in this province. For this reason, government supports Bill C-292, an Act to Implement the Kelowna Accord. This bill recently passed through the House of Commons and calls on the federal government to fulfill its obligations under the Kelowna Accord.

The Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, today said, “The Premier and I along with Aboriginal leaders from this province attended the First Ministers meeting with Aboriginal leaders in Kelowna, in November 2005. We were very disappointed to learn the federal budget for 2007 would not live up to agreements made by the previous federal government during those meetings.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007773 Views

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Training Video – Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business

This document will help you to learn and to control the application of the procurement policy generally known as PSAB.

~ Visit here to view video.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007816 Views

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No Further Obligation Owed to James Smith Cree Nation, Says ICC Panel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(March 22, 2007) – The Indian Claims Commission (ICC) has concluded its inquiry into the treaty land entitlement claim of the James Smith Cree Nation near Fort a la Corne, Saskatchewan and it found that the James Smith Cree Nation has sufficient reserve land on Indian Reserve (IR) 100.

The panel, composed of Chief Commissioner Renee Dupuis and Comissioner Alan C. Holman, concluded that there is no outstanding treaty land entitlement owed to the James Smith Cree Nation.

“As a result of an invalid surrender and amalgamation in 1902, the Cumberland House Cree Nation has been deprived of its interest in IR 100A,” said Chief Commissioner Dupuis. “Given that the amalgamation is, in our view, invalid, the IR 100A lands should not have been transferred to the James Smith Cree Nation. The result is that a surplus, not a shortfall, exists in favour of the James Smith Cree Nation.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 20071469 Views

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Healthy Child Manitoba Provides $39,000 In Community Grants To Support Children And Youth

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The province is providing more than $39,000 in one-time grants to support community-based learning opportunities and supports for children and youth, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for Healthy Child Manitoba, announced today.
 
“Children really benefit from access to learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom,” said Irvin-Ross.  “We’re pleased to provide these grants to organizations as they work to offer fun and interesting programs to help kids learn, as well as supports to families across Manitoba.”

Projects receiving the grants include:
·         A summer day camp for children with autism, offered by the Optimal Health Early Years Sports Club, to subsidize registration fees for families in need.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007777 Views

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Media Advisory – Establishment of the CPC/RCMP Independent Observer Pilot Project – March 21, 2007

OTTAWA, March 21 – Mr. Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), today announced that his organization and the RCMP have agreed to establish an Independent Observer Pilot Project: http://www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca/DefaultSite/Whatsnew/iopp

“I am pleased at this direct response to concerns raised in various quarters as to the impartiality of RCMP investigations into incidents where the actions of RCMP members have resulted in serious injury or death, and for other investigations that are high profile and sensitive in nature,” said Mr. Kennedy.

He also indicated that, given the significant public interest in this issue, he has redirected the CPC’s limited resources to ensure the Pilot Project gets underway immediately.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007881 Views

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The Métis Nation welcomes the passing of Bill C-292: An Act to implement the Kelowna Accord

Ottawa, ON (March 22, 2007) The Métis National Council is pleased to see that Bill C-292, which is of highest significance to the Métis Nation, passed third reading last night in the House of Commons. Bill C-292: An Act to implement the Kelowna Accord will now head to the Senate for royal ascent. In November […]

by NationTalk on March 22, 20071763 Views

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NWT and Alberta Announce Plan to Protect Transboundary Water Resources

YELLOWKNIFE (21 March, 2007) – The Northwest Territories (NWT) and Alberta are moving ahead with the development of a Bilateral Water Management Agreement that will ensure the integrity of water flowing downstream from Alberta into the Mackenzie River Basin.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner and Northwest Territories Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Michael McLeod met on March 20, 2007 and agreed to move ahead with development of an agreement.

“Water is vital to the long-term prosperity of every population,” said Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner. “It is a resource that knows no boundaries, and we are committed to ensuring that Albertans and our downstream neighbours in the Northwest Territories have access to a healthy and sustainable water supply into the future.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007803 Views

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Saskatchewan Alternative Budget 2007: Poverty and Inequality In A Time of Prosperity

March 21, 2007

This budget draws upon some of the issues raised by the hard and tireless work of the Citizens’ Budget Commission. In November and December 2005, the Citizens’ Commission heard presentations from concerned citizens, activists and community groups across the province. This comprehensive exercise in participatory budgeting was used to identify areas of concern in provincial government policy along with possible solutions. At the culmination of this project, information was compiled with other CCPA material, and the 2006-07 Alternative Provincial Budget emerged as a final result.

This year we return to the issues identified in the Citizens’ Budget Commission and the 2006-07 Alternative Provincial Budget, but we delve into these issues further. The Budget this year focuses on the inequality inherent in Saskatchewan society, often as a direct result of the provincial government’s policy and programming, or lack thereof.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007802 Views

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Student Receives Provincial Lincoln Alexander Award

News Release
March 21, 2007

A University of Guelph student was among three Ontario young people who received the annual Lincoln M. Alexander Award for Leadership in Eliminating Racial Discrimination today.

Sasha Sky received the award from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration at Queen’s Park. It was presented by Alexander, U of G’s chancellor emeritus, and James K. Bartleman, Ontario’s lieutenant-governor.

The award, created in 1993 to honour Alexander’s commitment to youth and promoting racial harmony, is presented to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25 who have provided outstanding leadership in improving racial understanding. Each recipient receives $5,000 and a framed scroll.

by NationTalk on March 22, 20071043 Views

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Aboriginal People To Benefit From ACTNOW BC Funding

NEWS RELEASE
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March 21, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

PRINCE GEORGE – British Columbia’s Aboriginal people will benefit from a $6-million ActNow BC program that will aim to improve their health, announced Gordon Hogg, Minister of State for ActNow BC, Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Leadership Council and Margo Greenwood, scientific director of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.

“Closing the gap in health between Aboriginal people and other British Columbians is a key action identified in the First Nations Health Plan following commitments made by the Province, Canada and the First Nations Leadership Council in the Transformative Change Accord signed in 2005,” said Hogg. “We will work closely with Aboriginal organizations toward a common goal of improving overall health through encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.”

On average, Aboriginal people in B.C. face a shorter lifespan than other British Columbians. Through ActNow BC, the provincial government will support Aboriginal communities in encouraging healthier lifestyle choices.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007855 Views

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Question to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs: Kashechewan

2007-03-21

With just weeks before the spring flooding season in Kashechewan, Charlie Angus accused Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice of playing games with the people of Kashechewan. Last week, Prentice walked away on a commitment to move the community to higher ground on their traditional territory. This refusal to work with the community on a new plan has left them on a flood plain with few options.

Angus says the Minister is well aware of the threats facing Kashechewan but has chosen to do nothing. “This minister is sitting on a report that says there is a threat of loss of life if the damaged dike breaks up in spring flooding. We’re three weeks away from the next run of ice and he has done absolutely nothing to ensure their safety.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2007756 Views

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Smoke gets in your eyes: Tobacco Control and the Federal Budget

OTTAWA, March 21 – Tobacco. It’s a touchy subject. Less than one in five Canadians smoke cigarettes, and of these 4.6 million people, the majority would like to quit.

“Quitting smoking was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. For years, I flip-flopped between being adamant about the choice I was making to smoke, and beating myself up for not being able to quit even though I knew the harm it was doing to me” says Robert Walsh, Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control. “That’s the paradox of addiction.”

The federal government can play a significant role in helping Canadians deal with this addiction. With just a fraction of the $4B they receive annually in tobacco taxes, they could create smoke-free environments that protect workers, families, and children from secondhand smoke. They can also do more to help those who want to quit smoking explore the variety of effective methods to quit, and they can provide more support to ensure that the next generation of Canadians does not start smoking.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007930 Views

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First Peoples Child & Family Review: Volume 3, Number 1

Now Available

Table of Contents, Volume 3, Number 1, 2007

4 Foreword Michael Hart

5 Ensuring Knowledge Transmission in the Aboriginal Child Welfare Field
Marlyn Bennett

10 Keeping First Nations children at home: A few Federal policy changes could make a big difference
Fred Wien, Cindy Blackstock, John Loxley and Nico Trocmé

15 The politics of kith and kin: Observations on the British Columbia government’s reaction to the death of Sherry Charlie
Gerald Cradock

34 Reflections of a Mi’kmaq social worker on a quarter of a century work in First Nations child welfare
Nancy MacDonald and Judy MacDonald

46 Promising practice for maintaining identities in First Nation adoption
Jeannine Carriere

65 Identity lost and found: Lessons from the sixties scoop Raven Sinclair

83 Indigenous knowledge and research: The míkiwáhp as a symbol for reclaiming our knowledge and ways of knowing
Michael Hart

91 A way of life: Indigenous perspectives on anti oppressive living
Robina Thomas and Jacquie Green

105 Here be dragons! Reconciling Indigenous and Western knowledge to improve Aboriginal child welfare
Jean Lafrance and Betty Bastien

127 Are rural American Indian adolescents becoming a race of angels?
John Courname

133 (A Literature Review) Re-examining issues behind the loss of family and cultural and the impact on Aboriginal youth suicide rates
Kristine Morris

~ Please visit here to view full report.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007945 Views

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Budget Fails to Respond to Human Rights Discrimination Against First Nations Children

OTTAWA, March 21 – In a budget replete with spending for “All Canadians”, First Nation children have been ignored. “Monday’s federal budget will ensure ongoing violation of the human rights of First Nations children and families,” says Vice Chief Guy Lonechild of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN). “On February 23, 2007, the FSIN stood in support of the AFN and the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), in filing a joint Canadian Human Rights complaint on the discriminatory treatment of First Nation child welfare agencies. It was our hope that this government would act appropriately and support the Human Rights of ALL children in Canada. Obviously, our hopes were not realized,” concluded Vice Chief Guy Lonechild.

“There are 9,000 First Nations children in care today on reserve, 27,000 in total when you include those in provincial agencies. This is much more than were in residential schools at the height of their operations,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations. “This unacceptable situation and the way to resolve it are well known to the federal government. A comprehensive study on the issue, funded by the federal government, showed that the root cause of the higher rate of First Nations children in care is neglect caused by poverty as well as contributing factors such as poor housing conditions and addictions. These cases demand resources and investment.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007980 Views

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Phone Scam Alert- First Nations Communities Do Not Solicit Monies This Way!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2007

Vancouver, BC: March is Fraud Prevention month, and the RCMP and the BC First Nations Leadership Council are concerned about a number of phone calls being made around BC that are fraudulent in nature.

Over the past few months, a number of individuals and businesses received phone calls from individuals who portrayed themselves as Aboriginal leaders, elders, or representatives of Bands etc. asking for money to support individuals or communities that have been the victim of personal or even high profile tragedies. The fraudsters have claimed they are raising money to assist Aboriginal individuals who have lost their homes in a fire, or even claim they are helping people who have medical costs they can’t pay for.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007862 Views

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Canada’s Largest Aboriginal Service Delivery Partner Responds to Budget

For Immediate Release
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(March 19, 2007) – Ottawa, Ontario – The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is disheartened that funds are not in this year’s budget for Friendship Centres.

“Friendship Centres will continue to do good work in communities across Canada”, stated NAFC President Vera Pawis Tabobondung. “It has been over a decade since the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program has received any enhancements. Local communities need support to maintain our levels of service.”

The NAFC have been in discussions concerning enhancements for the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program for over a year. On April 28, 2006 representatives from the NAFC met with Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda to discuss the funding pressures. Over the summer NAFC and Canadian Heritage have been working on Sustainability Plan for Friendship Centres. A plan was presented to Minister Oda in November 2006 which called for $ 31.3 million enhancement over three years. It was hoped that these funds would be provided for in this budget.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007739 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia Provincial Survey Results

The survey results reported in this document were collected via a survey distributed through Métis Nation of British Columbia Local affiliates throughout BC in the latter half of 2006. Sampling was non-random, but distributed as widely as possible. Where possible and appropriate both table of frequencies and graphs are presented: the graphs provide a more accessible means of interpreting the results, while the tables of frequencies provide more detail about the distribution of results (including missing values) and may be helpful for some purposes (though these tables will be of interest to specialist audiences but are nonetheless worth reproducing).

Results are presented for the basic demographic sections of the survey, and for each section of questions targeted at particular areas of interest.

Some considerations about the structure of the survey should be kept in mind when interpreting the results. Though the survey was intended to be completed by individuals who meet the Métis National Council National definition of Métis, there was no direct control over this participation criterion, and it is likely that individuals who self-identify as Métis, but do not meet the National definition criteria were included. The results of the survey should be read with this in mind.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007829 Views

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2007

First Nations Summit Dismayed by Federal Budget 2007

COAST SALISH TERRITORY/VANCOUVER, B.C. – The First Nations Summit is deeply disappointed with the 2007 federal budget, announced on March 19, 2007.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, the Task Group of the First Nations Summit outlines their concerns with the budget, including:

• Backpedalling on support for the “principles and objectives of Kelowna”
• No consideration for the fiscal imbalance faced by First Nations governments
• No new resources to settle comprehensive and specific claims, despite the recent Senate Report, “Negotiation or Confrontation: It’s Canada’s Choice”

The First Nations Summit Task Group calls on the federal government to follow through on its commitment “to move forward in consultation [with First Nations] and build a financial plan that is sustainable and makes sense” by immediately engaging in discussions to implement the Transformative Change Accord it signed with BC First Nations and the Province of British Columbia.

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The First Nations Summit speaks on behalf of First Nations involved in the treaty negotiation process in British Columbia. Further background information on the Summit may be found at www.fns.bc.ca.

Media Contacts:
Harmony Johnson
First Nations Summit
Office: 604-926-9903 or Cell: 778-231-3790

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007876 Views

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Budget Backlash Shall Surely Trigger a “Summer of Protest” Across Canada

VANCOUVER – COAST SALISH TERRITORY, March 21 – “As sure as spring follows winter, Stephen Harper’s Budget 2007 shall trigger a summer of Aboriginal protests from one end of this country to the other,” predicted Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

The rage and anger of Aboriginal leaders continues to reverberate across the country in the aftermath of the release of Harper’s Budget 2007.

“In our view, this latest deliberate attack against Aboriginal people represents ‘strike three’ for the Harper government. First it was the complete rejection of the Kelowna Accord, second it was Canada’s refusal to support the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People and now we have the announcement of $21 million in new spending for Aboriginals in the face of a $9 billion dollar surplus,” added Grand Chief Phillip.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007875 Views

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Task Force to Hear Albertans’ Ideas on Crime Reduction

News Release
March 21, 2007

Providing safe and secure communities

Edmonton… A new provincial task force will seek input from Albertans on ways to reduce crime, enhance community safety and improve public confidence in the criminal justice system.

“While police and the courts play a crucial role in deterring and denouncing crime, a successful crime reduction strategy must also address the societal factors that allow crime to take root,” said Alberta Justice Minister and Attorney General Ron Stevens. “And if we’re going to do that in any kind of meaningful way, it has to be driven by the community.”

The nine-member Crime Reduction and Safe Communities Task Force will be chaired by Heather Forsyth, MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek. The task force will meet with the public and stakeholders in 14 communities throughout Alberta during late April and May. It will hear concerns and gather successful best practices from the community. A symposium will be held in June to discuss key findings with stakeholders. The task force will submit a final report outlining their recommendations to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General this summer.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007726 Views

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Catholic School Trustees Welcome Timely Announcement

TORONTO, March 19 – “We congratulate the Minister of Education for the timely announcement of the Grants for Student Needs. Receiving this information in mid-March will greatly assist school boards in the 2007-08 budget planning process,” said Paula Peroni, Vice President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA).

“Today’s announcement contained news regarding a number of initiatives that are good for Ontario students including funding to support improved Aboriginal student outcomes and more flexible implementation guidelines to assist boards in meeting Primary Class Size standards,” explained Peroni.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007777 Views

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Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Budget 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(March 21, 2007) – The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the national voice of Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine, is encouraged by budget 2007 and hopes that it is a sign of this government’s commitment to making continual improvements and increased investments in research, health systems, and medical education for the benefit of all Canadians.

“It is extremely unlikely that any single budget will solve all of our problems. This budget is by no means perfect. But it does signal that this government realizes that investing in the health of Canadians means making diversified investments – investments in health research, health services delivery systems, education and innovation. That being said, we still have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be” said Dr. Nick Busing, President and CEO of the Association.

While generally supportive of the budget, AFMC has concerns that several important issues remain largely unresolved.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007841 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of the Student Forum: “From the Abolition of the Slave Trade to the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”

Rideau Hall, Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Good morning and thank you for joining me as we mark the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in the British Empire.

This anniversary is important because it commemorates the day in which trading and enslaving human beings was no longer legal on Canadian soil.

Over the last few days, I have spent quite some time reflecting on this critical moment in our collective history.

I have felt the pain of countless women and men who were forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean.

I have felt the sadness of the millions of others whose bodies lie scattered across the ocean floor.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007782 Views

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Province Provides $5 Million To Fight Climate Change And Protect The Environment

March 21, 2007

The province is providing a total of almost $5 million to 20 innovative organizations and projects that will help protect the environment and address the effects of climate change.

“We are committed to dealing with climate change and ensuring future generations enjoy the benefits of a clean and healthy environment,” Premier Lorne Calvert said. “This funding represents the first concrete actions coming out of our Green Strategy and is an example of our commitment to protecting the environment while building a green and prosperous economy in Saskatchewan.”

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007637 Views

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Hargrove: Budget Made No Real Effort to Address the Needs of First Nations

TORONTO, March 21 – CAW president Buzz Hargrove has expressed his disappointment that the Harper budget makes no real effort to address the needs of First Nations peoples.

In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Hargrove calls on Harper to make a real difference for First Nations peoples by implementing the Kelowna Accord.

Hargrove’s letter to Harper follows:

“I was very disappointed to learn that the budget presented to Parliament on March 19th, made no real effort to address the needs of First Nations peoples in Canada. It is extremely frustrating that First Nations have been left out of the “stronger, safer, better Canada” envisioned by Minister Flaherty.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007855 Views

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Lieutenant Governor to Honour Three Young Ontarians for Promoting Racial Harmony

QUEEN’S PARK, March 21 – Three Ontario youths, this year’s recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award for Leadership in Eliminating Racial Discrimination, will be honoured on Wednesday, March 21, at Queen’s Park at 2:00 p.m.

March 21 is the annual United Nations proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Saeed Selvam of Toronto, Sasha Sky of Thunder Bay, and Sheryl Walker of Toronto will receive the 2006 Lincoln M. Alexander Award for promoting racial harmony and diversity. Mr. Selvam and Ms. Sky will receive the award for exemplary service in a school environment while Ms. Walker will be recognized for her role as a community activist.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007879 Views

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Expression of Interest for the Evaluation of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy Aboriginal Health Planning Authority (AHPAS) Program

March 21, 2007

Closing Date: Thursday April 5, 2007
Closing Time: 4:00 p.m. (Toronto Time)

Program Mandate:
These authorities are responsible for planning related to community, regional, secondary and tertiary health services necessary to support the implementation of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.

Program Goals:
Aboriginal Health Planning Authorities are intended to facilitate service planning for constituent communities and AHWS-funded programs and projects; service planning and coordination between government and Aboriginal organizations; provide on-going liaison, consultations with Aboriginal communities, and participation in policy in support of the implementation of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.

In addition, Aboriginal Health Planning Authorities address the broader areas of family healing/family violence and health policy and programming in the Aboriginal community.

Please visit here to access invitation.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007819 Views

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Alexander Gaming Commission Reports that The Alexander Chief and Council Defends Its Inherent Right to Build and Operate a Data Center

And Delivers Strong Rebuttal To Alberta Government and Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s Attack

25,000 square foot state-of-the-art Data Center builds Independence – offers employment and training to Alexander First Nation Community

ALEXANDER FIRST NATION, NORTH AMERICA–(March 21, 2007) – The Alexander Gaming Commission (AGC) today released a strong rebuttal to the Alberta Government and Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s cease and desist operations attack on the Alexander First Nation’s information technology business initiative, Alexander Internet Technologies (AIT). Alexander Internet Technologies has built a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art Data Center, offering services to companies of all size who rely on their IT infrastructure to provide their data when and where they need it, securely and reliably. Businesses, including Oil & Gas, Media & Film, Imaging, and Online Gaming, and other First Nations Communities and Businesses. Businesses requiring reliable, dependable, high quality co-location hosting facilities depend on the Alexander Internet Technologies team and infrastructure to run their computing infrastructure in a cost-effective manner. Alexander Internet Technologies has been licenced by the Alexander Gaming Commission as an internet service provider and data centre to offer hosting services to AGC-licenced online gaming businesses.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20074662 Views

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More Funding for Education Welcomed by Elementary Teachers

Funding grants continue to address priority education goals

TORONTO, March 19 – Education funding announced today by the province is positive news for students and teachers, says the president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

“There will be continued support in the 2007-08 school year for additional specialist teachers, reduction in primary class size, and special education, all of which reflect the priorities of our members,” said Emily Noble.

Noble stressed that the government must have provisions in place to ensure that the funding school boards receive for smaller primary classes is fully allocated to support implementation of the primary class size cap. “The government must also monitor the class sizes of higher elementary grades to ensure their class sizes do not increase as the result of the primary class size policy,” she added.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007790 Views

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OPSBA Welcomes Increased Funding for Ontario Students

TORONTO, March 19 – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association welcomes the provincial government’s announcement of increased funding for public education. The government has demonstrated through the 2007-08 Grants for Student Needs (GSN) announcement its continued commitment to support student achievement and learning.

The provincial government’s investment increase of $781 million in the grants will allow school boards to take further positive steps to support student success. Public school boards appreciate the provincial government’s commitment to student achievement, which has been demonstrated over the past three years through initiatives such as primary class size reduction, literacy and numeracy initiatives, and secondary student success initiatives.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007814 Views

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United Nations Declares Support for Alexander First Nations Online Gaming Regulation and Data Hosting Facility

ALEXANDER FIRST NATION, NORTH AMERICA–(March 21, 2007) – Chief Ray Arcand and Council today announced receipt of a letter from the United Nations, in support of the Alexander First Nation’s regulation of Online Gaming and the development of a Data Hosting facility.

“We are most gratified to receive this support from the United Nations, as we build a safe, secure regulatory environment for people to enjoy online gaming,” said Chief Arcand. “Our goal is to enable citizens of regions where online gambling is allowed, the opportunity to participate in fair, honest play, where they can relax and enjoy themselves, knowing they are well protected by a world-leading regulatory environment. The expression of Support from the United Nations is an honour, and makes our whole community proud of our achievements.”

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007984 Views

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Notes for an Address by Michael Wernick Deputy Minister and Peter Harrison Senior Associate Deputy Minister Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to the House of Commons Standing Committee Regarding Supplementary Estimates (B)

Notes for an Address by Michael Wernick Deputy Minister and Peter Harrison Senior Associate Deputy Minister Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Regarding Supplementary Estimates (B)

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
March 20, 2007

Check against delivery

Mr. Chairman, I appreciate this opportunity to discuss the Supplementary Estimates (B) of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Today, I want to begin by acknowledging that this is my first appearance before this Committee as accounting officer, designated by the Federal Accountability Act. I am the official who is personally responsible for the efficient management of this department’s resources. As such I am accountable to Parliamentary Committees such as this one to answer questions pertaining to these responsibilities.

My responsibilities in this respect are four-fold.

– To ensure that resources are organized to deliver departmental objectives in accordance with government priorities;
– To ensure there are effective systems of internal control;
– To sign the departmental accounts; and
– To perform other specific duties assigned by law or regulation in relation to the administration of this department.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20071663 Views

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Funding Helps Aboriginal Not-For-Profits Build Capacity

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ARR0002-000285
March 20, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VANCOUVER – The Province has provided $800,000 to the Centre for Sustainability to help Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations build capacity, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

“This funding will help community-level organizations strengthen their ability to deliver programs and services,” said de Jong. “By creating stronger organizations, not-for-profits will be better-positioned to support Aboriginal people – the youth, women, families, and people with disabilities – who access their services every day from all across the province. Building best practices and capacity for Aboriginal organizations is a priority for government.”

The grants are distributed through the Centre for Sustainability’s (CFS) Technical Assistance Program for Aboriginal Not-for-Profits (TAP). The purpose of the funding is to help identify and address existing organizational challenges in Aboriginal not-for-profits, thereby increasing their capacity to better serve their clients. CFS has funded 18 Aboriginal not-for-profits around the province through this first cycle of funding under TAP.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20071018 Views

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The 2007 Budget: A Missed Opportunity

Ottawa, ON (March 20, 2007) – David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Métis Federation and Minister of Finance for the Métis National Council (MNC), expressed disappointment with the 2007 Federal Budget announcement by the Honourable Jim Flaherty. President Chartrand explained that “despite the $11 billion spent on Aboriginal peoples, less than one percent is for […]

by NationTalk on March 21, 20071651 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia Initiates Their Own Judicial Arm, the MNBC Senate

Press Release
Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007
For Release: Immediate

Vancouver, BC – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) established a Senate Act at the 2005 Annual General Meeting in Fort St. John. Upon ratifying this document, the MNBC’s thirty-five Chartered Métis Communities appointed seven Senators from throughout the province. The Senators were charged with developing a detailed policy and procedure on how the Senate would conduct judicial business on behalf of the MNBC. On March 08, 2007, the Senate presented a proposed policy and procedure to the MNBC Board of Directors where it was ratified by unanimous motion to implement immediately.

Senate Chairperson Alan Edkins stated, “This is a historic day for the Métis Nation British Columbia in implementing a judicial arm for itself as we did back in the mid-1800 with our Provisional Government under the leadership of Louis Riel”.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20071063 Views

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“That’s Your Canada” Budget Doesn’t Include Inuit!

Ottawa – Tuesday March 20, 2007 – At a time in history when Inuit are under siege from Climate Change and Global Warming and other economic and social pressures, and sovereignty in the Arctic remains an issue, the Government of Canada has delivered a budget that leaves Inuit out.

The budget recognizes shared Canadian and Inuit values such as pride in country and compassion for others. The budget also acknowledges that the federal government must concentrate on its core responsibilities. But Inuit and aboriginal priorities are not addressed, even though the federal government has clear Constitutional and political responsibilities in relation to them.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2007896 Views

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