If you are Métis and own a business in Ontario, we are looking for your assistance in creating a Métis business directory. Please contact: MNO Economic Development (Tel: 705-264-3939 or 1-888-497-3939, toll free). Include your contact information and a brief description of your products or services.
WENDAKE, QC, May 28 – Dozens of Quebec’s First Nations members will be traveling to Canada’s National Capital tomorrow, to participate in the National Mobilization Day, where hundreds of persons will march in the streets of Ottawa, to raise public awareness on the important issues which the First Nations of Canada are confronted with. More specifically, the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) wishes to take the opportunity of this action to raise the awareness of the Quebec population on the importance of recognizing their rights. “Time has come to put an end to colonialism and to have the rights of the First Nations, respected. If we let things drag out now, it will be the future generations who will inherit problems which will be even harder to solve” stated the Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today addressed the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Prime Minister was invited to speak at the Conference by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and both leaders were presented with awards recognizing their nations’ contributions to the protection of biodiversity by the Executive Secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Halifax, NS (May 28, 2008) – The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs (APC) will be hosting a Speakers Luncheon at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 29th, 2008. The APC is taking an opportunity to raise awareness & highlight solutions relevant to the Atlantic region on the National Day of Action.
YELLOWKNIFE (28 May, 2008) – Northerners must be allowed to make decisions concerning their own economic future, Northwest Territories (NWT) Premier Floyd Roland reiterated today.
Responding to calls from the World Wildlife Federation to postpone the proposed June 2, 2008 issuance of four oil and gas leases in the Beaufort Sea, the NWT Premier emphasized his government’s increasing frustration with southern-based, advocacy groups promoting decisions which impact on the lives and economic future of Northerners.
Peter O’Neil, Europe Correspondent, Canwest News Service
PARIS – Amnesty International has again singled out Canada in an annual report that calls on western leaders and emerging powers to do more to combat torture, unfair trials, stifled free speech and other violations.
Lovelace fights for his freedom; Full courtroom expected as native protester seeks release from prison
Posted By Frank Armstrong
The courtroom where native protester Bob Lovelace and six members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation will fight for release from prison today is expected to be filled to the limit now that at least 1,000 protesters have amassed in Toronto to support their cause.
A simmering aboriginal land dispute in southern Ontario and a mining clash in the province’s north that led to the jailing of six activists will worsen if the federal government fails to intervene, the country’s top aboriginal chief warned Tuesday.
For Immediate Release
May 27, 2008
Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister responsible for Housing
Westcoast Native Health Care Society
Vancouver Island Health Authority
PORT ALBERNI – Seniors in Port Alberni will soon have access to more housing options, with the construction of 10 new assisted living units underway at Rainbow Gardens, a multi-level seniors’ care facility, with 31 existing units.
Communities Hold Four Days of Ceremonies to Protect the Earth and Honour Jailed Leaders
TORONTO, May 27 –
WHAT: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), Ardoch Algonquin, and Grassy Narrows First Nations are gathering at Queen's Park this week for four days of traditional ceremonies to uphold our duty to protect the land, forest, water, and air and to promote respect for our Indigenous rights to say no to economic exploitation and environmental destruction. The ceremonies will also honour our brothers and sisters who are currently in Ontario's jails for peacefully acting to protect mother earth, especially Robert Lovelace and the KI 6, Donnie Morris, Sam McKay, Jack McKay, Cecilia Begg, Darryl Sainnawap, Bruce Sakakeep. The gathering continues until Thursday May 29.
ORILLIA, ON, May 27 – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has designated Thursday, May 29 as an organized day of peaceful demonstrations and rallies to focus attention on aboriginal issues in Canada. A variety of legitimate protests and information and educational events are expected across Ontario, including activities that may interrupt normal travel and traffic flow.
TORONTO, May 27 – The celebration of the arts in Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and Waterloo is only ten days away! The Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Arts Council today announced the details of the three-day spOtlight: festival, now available at www.spotlightfestival.ca.
The Mohawk language is making its mark on country music.
Margaret Peters, a language curriculum specialist with the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education, has taken her efforts to keep the Mohawk language alive to another level by directing her students through the process of creating a music video.
TO: Métis Citizens and Harvesters
FROM: Audrey Poitras, President, Métis Nation of Alberta
DATE: May 27, 2008
RE: Update on Métis Nation’s ‘Hunt for Justice’
I am writing to provide Métis Nation of Alberta citizens an update on our ongoing Métis rights ‘hunt for justice’ in Alberta.
The Museum of Anthropology has been devastated by the theft on Saturday, May 24, 2008 of 15 objects, including 12 pieces by the renowned late Haida artist Bill Reid.
Collectively, the monetary value of these pieces as art objects is approximately $2 million. However, the dollar value of the gold in these artworks is significantly less, only $15,392 at current gold prices.
Source: Dalhousie University Released: Tue 27-May-2008
Newswise — In the opening moments of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones manages to seize a priceless indigenous relic from a South American temple, but not without leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.
Local activists off to Toronto to defend jailed professor
By Lauren Gilchrist
Peterborough resident Roy Brady calls the Ontario Mining Act obsolete.
Mr. Brady and other concerned citizens from Peterborough are throwing their support behind Ardoch Algonquin First Nation co-chiefs Robert Lovelace and Paula Sherman, who are awaiting sentencing for defending their land against uranium mining.
WWF-Canada today called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to postpone the proposed June 2, 2008 sale of oil and gas rights in five large portions of the Beaufort Sea, until a management plan is available for the region that takes into account which industrial activities may be appropriate in which areas. The current areas up for lease overlap known key habitat for ice-dependent species like polar bear, beluga and bowhead whales, threatening their future.
A Record Number of Graduates and Ceremonies Throughout Northern BC
May 27, 2008
More than 800 students will be graduating from the University of Northern British Columbia this year, pushing the total number of UNBC alumni to the 7,300 mark. The largest ceremonies will be held on campus in the new Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre, followed by graduation events in Quesnel, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Gitwinksihlkw, and Fort St. James.
Thomas G. Berry, mathematics, is the recipient this year of the Dr. and Mrs. D.R. Campbell Outreach Award.
The honour is given to University staff members who consistently spend countless hours of their own time in community service. This service typically combines professional and scholarly experience with their personal commitment to the people and community around them.
Notice is hereby given to the electors of the ONEIDA NATION of the THAMES that a poll will be held to elect a Chief and (12) twelve Councillors on Saturday the 21st day of JUNE, 2008. from nine o’clock (9:00) a.m. until eight o’clock (8:00) p.m. at the following location:
Oneida Administration Office
2212 Elm Ave
The votes will be counted at the Oneida Administration Office on Sunday the 22nd day of June , 2008 beginning @ 9:00 a.m.
The results will be declared immediately following the count.
Given under my hand at ONEIDA this 16th day of May , 2008
Signature of the Electoral Officer
If you have any questions, please call the Electoral Officer at (519) 652-2117 .
Children from Attawapiskat will be in Ottawa this week to challenge the Minister of Aborginal Affairs over his refusal to build a new school. During Question Period today, Charlie Angus asked Chuck Strahl to explain why he continues to say no.
Edmonton… Communities across Alberta will receive $242 million in capital funding to create more affordable housing units and $12.4 million to provide rent supplements for lower income residents. The total allocation of $254 million for community-based affordable housing is an increase of $42 million from 2007-08. “This funding will help create affordable housing where Albertans need it,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “The province is pleased to be a partner in meeting local priorities to provide safe, affordable homes to Albertans.”
TORONTO, May 27 – Paul Moist, the national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), endorsed the Assembly of First Nations Seven Point Plan for Change – to turn poverty into prosperity for First Nations peoples.
Edmonton… Premier Ed Stelmach will focus on the New West and sustaining economic development as Western Premiers meet in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan for the annual Western Premiers’ Conference, May 28-30.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(May 27, 2008) – Recent Studies indicate that though BC Law Schools specifically set aside a significant number of placements for Aboriginal persons each year they often remain vacant due, in part, to the inability of qualified candidates being able to fund their post graduate studies. Recognizing this inequity and with determination to help level the law school playing field, BC’s legal community has come together to assist aspiring Aboriginal lawyers.
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Provincial Government donate total of $3M for Aboriginal Research Chair at Northern Ontario School of Medicine
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO) donated $1.5 million today to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) for the creation of a Research Chair in Aboriginal and Rural Health. This HSFO funding was matched by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities with an additional $1.5 million.
Hon. Jackson Lafferty
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Statement to the Legislative Assembly
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the first class of Aurora College graduates, to have completed their Bachelor of Education degree in the Northwest Territories, held their convocation in Fort Smith on April 27th, 2008.
Québec City, May 23, 2008 – Quebec Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jacques P Dupuis, is pleased to announce the creation of a new Crime Victims Assistance Center, to be known as the Cree CAVAC or CAVAC-Cri. To launch the process, Mr. Dupuis presented this morning the Cree Regional Authority, represented by Grand Chief Matthew Mukash, with a cheque to the amount of $336 669.
MEDIA ADVISORY MAY 27, 2008 – VANCOUVER – The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation is helping BC’s legal community in assisting aspiring Aboriginal lawyers. The partnership between the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) advances legal education for Aboriginal people through a trust fund […]