Wednesday February 4, 2009 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Inuit leader Mary Simon met today with the Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq to discuss a wide range of health matters relating to Inuit in the four Arctic Regions. It was the first formal meeting between Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon, and Canada’s Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq.
THUNDER BAY, ON Wednesday February 4, 2009: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy today announced a medical needs assessment and environmental scan project that will assess the needs of NAN children and youth at risk and identify gaps in services.
Vancouver, British Columbia –(Feb. 5, 2009) – Mr. John Duncan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, will make an important announcement about skills and employment training for Aboriginal people in Vancouver, on Friday, February 6.
GENEVA, Feb. 5 – The image of Canada, as the great defender of human rights does not hold water when it’s a matter of First Nations’ rights. Two days ago, within the scope of Canada’s Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council, the representative of the Canadian government was unable to defend and justify Canada’s numerous acts of negligence towards the First Nations. Out of 47 countries who interrogated the representative of Canada, some 35 of them raised profound concerns for the fate of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government, through the Yukon Historic Resources Fund, is contributing $30,350 to eight projects that further the preservation, interpretation and appreciation of Yukon’s historic resources, Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor announced.
(YELLOWKNIFE) February 4, 2009 – Robert Hawkins, MLA for Yellowknife Centre, has announced his intentions to oppose a motion to remove the current NWT Premier and Cabinet.
“This motion could not come at a more inopportune time,” says Hawkins. “At a time where we are facing unprecedented economic challenges, we need to pull together and use this consensus system to its best effect – to seek collaborative solutions.”
Ottawa, January 30, 2009 – Commissioners Claudette Dumont-Smith and Jane Morley announced today their intention to resign as Commissioners of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), effective June 1, 2009.
An Economic Action Plan to Protect Jobs and Working Families
With a global recession raging, Canadians are concerned about the economy. The news is not all bad: unlike other countries, Canada has not nationalized or bailed out our banking sector. And thanks to our Government’s long-term policies of cutting taxes, paying down debt and investing in infrastructure, Canada is in a much stronger position than most other countries as we face this crisis.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 5, 2009
Ministry of Housing and Social Development
VANCOUVER – The Province has secured three agencies to deliver supports and services in Vancouver to help women who are victims of violence overcome barriers to employment, announced Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development.
Provincial Office of the Fire Commissioner to Test New, State-of-the-art Mobile Command Post: Allan
Manitoba’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team will test a new, all-season, state-of-the-art mobile command vehicle near Waterhen Feb. 10 and 11 during a 150-person remote deployment winter exercise, Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan, minister responsible for the Office of the Fire Commissioner, announced today.
Canada’s political leaders say an agreement that will allow workers with occupational certification in one province to transfer it to all others will be a boon for the country, but there is growing concern about the agreement’s impact on medicine.
Press Release February 5, 2009 Canada’s human rights record is flawed, noted many governments involved in a ground-breaking review of Canada’s human rights record by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council that wrapped up today in Geneva. Under the Council’s new Universal Periodic Review process, 68 governments went on the record with comments, concerns and […]
Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press, January 31, 2009
Frances Widdowson says she’s misunderstood.
The co-author of the surprise bestseller Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry, the Deception behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation was in Winnipeg on Friday to defend the book that’s outraged aboriginal groups across the country.
Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry
Joseph Quesnel reviews the controversial new book from Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard
Mainstream Aboriginal commentary and books rarely deviate from accepted thinking:
Predictably, such thinking claims Aboriginal societies existed as nation-states and were just as advanced as European societies, that “cultural loss” and colonization are to blame for current Aboriginal problems, and that self-government will solve everything
Inquest called into death of homeless man after 34-hour wait in Winnipeg
By: Chinta Puxley, THE CANADIAN PRESS
WINNIPEG – A homeless man discovered dead after a 34-hour wait in an emergency room spoke to a triage nurse within an hour of arriving at the hospital, Manitoba’s chief medical examiner said Wednesday.
Ottawa, Ontario –(Feb. 5, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, issued the following statement today:
Vancouver, British Columbia –(Feb. 5, 2009) – Following four years of research and dialogue, the BC Pacific Salmon Forum today released its Final Report and Recommendations on what needs to be done to improve understanding of the economic, social and environmental sustainability of BC wild salmon stocks and salmon aquaculture on the coast. The Forum found wild salmon face unprecedented threats to both ocean and freshwater habitats due to climate change and watershed impacts as a result of human activity.
IQALUIT, Feb. 5 – Media representatives are invited to attend an appearance by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, at Aqsarniit Middle School. Minister Aglukkaq will speak to students about federal initiatives that help young Canadians who want to study science. Students will be engaged in a science workshop organized through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Synapse program.
OTTAWA, February 5, 2009 — The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Minister John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation and Communities and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West – Nepean, highlighted key initiatives from Budget 2009: Canada’s Economic Action Plan that will benefit many Canadians including low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, First Nations and those in Northern Canada.
ESRI Canada recognized the Anokitage Development Corporation with an Award of Excellence at the Regional User Conference in Val D’Or Québec earlier today. Jean-Sébastien Guy, Québec Account Manager for ESRI Canada, presented the award to Linda McMartin, GIS Coordinator, to acknowledge the Corporation’s use of GIS in enhancing the cultural, social and economic well-being of Algonquins in the Abitibi-Temiscaming area.
PRESS RELEASE Geneva – 04 February 2009 Dr. Wilton Littlechild, IPC, International Chief of Treaty No. 6 Confederacy and Regional Chief of the Regional AFN of Treaties 6, 7, 8 (Alberta) has been in Geneva attending meetings at the Human Rights Council, including the Universal Period Review on Canada that was held yesterday, 03 February […]
Following up with our refocused Strategic Plan, including ‘Excellence in Evaluation & Planning” we have committed to the development of a transparent, collaborative process. We are working with Partners to build the Evaluation Framework in order to demonstrate how the NWT Sport and Recreation System activities, organizations and funding are expected to work together to achieve selected outcomes…
Aboriginal Traditional Arts Project Grant Access up to $15,000 (may include $3,000/month allowance) Eligible projects include grants in the areas of: Art production Training and career development Marketing Research Commission Re-occurring deadline(s): Sept. 1 & Feb. 15 Click link for more info.
About Our Healthy Journey Our Healthy Journey is a national project that was coordinated by the First Nations Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization. This book is designed to introduce health issues to First Nations children through a user-friendly information resource. Our Healthy Journey promotes an understanding of health that encompasses the holistic and […]
The lack of research on the relationship between socio-economic status and health has hampered efforts to lobby, and seek funding from, municipal, provincial, and federal governments for programs that address socio-economic and health disparities. This paper is a synopsis of research which explores these issues by analyzing the Aboriginal Peoples Survey, the 2001 Census, and the 2001 Canadian Community Health Survey. Results indicate that Métis suffer a lower socio-economic status (lower incomes, wages, employment, and levels of education attainment). This is in spite of similar levels of involvement of Métis and non-Aboriginal Canadians in the workforce. Even among individuals with similar education, Métis earn lower incomes compared to non-Aboriginal Canadians. Clearly, class and race issues combine to affect the socio-economic status of Métis. The lower socio-economic status among Métis appears to affect their health. Specifically, Métis with low income and education report lower self-rated health compared to non-aboriginal Canadians with low income and education. While these issues need to be further examined and better quality data are required, preliminary results emphasize the need for programs to address socio-economic disparities, and race and class issues, in order to attain optimal health and well-being for the Métis in Canada.
Seven Aboriginal musicians or bands will have new music videos produced for, and played on, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). The artists are the successful applicants of First Tracks (formerly Open Call), APTN’s music video initiative launched in July 2008 to support and promote Aboriginal talent. “There is an outstanding range of new music being […]
A UNBC Nursing student in Terrace has worked to provide researchers with valuable field data about rates of sleep disorder and depression in aboriginal communities. The results confirm that sleep related disorders are more common among indigenous than non-aboriginal populations.
Numerous nominations for faculty, students and alumni
U of T’s renowned Faculty of Music was recognized this week as Juno nominations were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. A total of fourteen musicians and two ensembles affiliated with the Faculty of Music, including faculty members, students, alumni and staff, are involved in eleven nominated albums in ten different categories.
Community Invited to Attend Research Presentations from Graduate Students and History Faculty
Tuesday, February 3, 2009, Peterborough
The Department of History at Trent University is hosting a special event entitled “A Day in History: From Philanthropy to Polar Bears” in the Lady Eaton College Senior Common Room on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
February 2, 2009
“Our shared vision includes respect for our respective laws and responsibilities. Through this new relationship, we commit to reconciliation of Aboriginal and Crown titles and jurisdictions.” – New Relationship Document, 2005
Dakelh Traditional Territory/Prince George, BC – The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is challenging Premier Gordon Campbell to publicly clarify his position on the New Relationship commitments he negotiated with First Nations in 2005.
Billy Joe Green, Tracy Bone and Team Rezofficial grabbed three of the five nominations in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category for the 2009 JUNO Awards. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced nominees early on February 3, naming several other homegrown acts as well as a few expats in the process, making this one of the strongest showings for Manitoba music in recent Juno history.
OTTAWA – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is approaching its 70th anniversary. Sadly, the mood among NFB staff is less-than-celebratory. Successive cutbacks have pared back the organization’s resources so dramatically that employees are starting to question the NFB’s ability to fulfill its mission.
OTTAWA, Feb. 4 – Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, Chair of the First Nations Market Housing Fund, National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations and Chief Misel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation will make an important announcement concerning the $300 million First Nations Market Housing Fund.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the exciting potential partnerships between the mineral exploration industry and the Aboriginal/First Nation communities. The upcoming PDAC 2009 convention will also feature the following courses: Aboriginal awareness training seminar-Friday, February 27 The need to consider and involve Aboriginal people in mineral exploration and […]
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 4 – PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) is pleased to announce that a major drill program has been started at the Company’s 100% owned PQ-North Project in Northwestern Ontario. The PQ-North Project is considered to have excellent potential to host significant gold mineralization.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 4, 2009
Ministry of Housing and Social Development
Vancouver Coastal Health
VANCOUVER – Women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have access to more supportive housing thanks to $14.5 million provided by the provincial and federal governments to purchase, renovate and operate Rainier Hotel, which officially reopened today.
Press Release February 4, 2009 Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) Toronto – CESO is a leading international development organization whose volunteers make Canada proud. Volunteer involvement is essential to international development, and International Development Week (IDW) is a time for CESO to recognize the overseas work of its Volunteer Advisers (VA). For over 40 years, […]
The provision of safe drinking water and the effective treatment of wastewater are critical in ensuring the health and safety of First Nation people and the protection of source water on First Nation lands. While legislation for drinking water and wastewater has been developed in provinces and territories, such legislation for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities does not currently exist. It is for this reason that Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) intends to work with First Nations to establish a legislative framework for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities.
WHITEHORSE – Thanks to coordinated efforts between the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Government of Yukon, for the second year in a row a select group of Yukon performers and artists will participate in Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, in Canada’s Capital Region.
Bernie Heard was an active member of the Labrador Metis Nation who passed away January 2008. He served as both the Vice President and Interim President for a period and will be dearly missed in Labrador. Along with his love of music he was also very interested in his Labrador roots and culture.
OTTAWA, Feb. 4 – The international community has sent a strong message that the Government of Canada must do more to uphold the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada’s human rights record was reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, February 3 as part of the new Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.Of […]
YELLOWKNIFE (February 3, 2009) – The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Northwest Territories Medical Association (NWTMA) have reached an agreement on a new four-year contract for physicians in the Northwest Territories (NWT).