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Climate Change Impact on Indigenous Peoples’ Water Security, Land Use, Among Issues as Dpi/Ngo Conference Holds Series of Round-table Discussions

DPI/NGO Annual Conference
AM & PM Meetings

“The climate was changing on climate change” and, with that, there was a growing appreciation that much more needed to be done, and quickly, said a panellist at a round-table discussion today, as the DPI/NGO Conference, with its focus on the impact of climate change, continued at Headquarters.

What had happened in the past year had been absolutely remarkable — there had been reports, discussions, and headlines on the issue, including at every summit, said panellist Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Director of the Secretariat for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Many new truths had been learned, some of them inconvenient. There was now a solid and scientific understanding and consensus that climate change was unequivocal.

by NationTalk on September 8, 20071045 Views

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Government Continues to Address the Adverse Impacts of Illegal Activities

FOR RELEASE #07-184
September 7, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon public has responded positively to the government’s Safer Communities and Neigbourhoods (SCAN) program to address the impacts of drug trafficking, bootlegging and prostitution on Yukon’s communities and neighbourhoods, Justice Minister Marian C. Horne announced today.

“The SCAN legislation has proven effective in addressing harmful activity. Communication protocols between the Yukon government and some First Nations have supported the implementation of SCAN on these lands,” Horne said.

by NationTalk on September 8, 2007829 Views

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Notes for an Address by Rod Bruinooge, M.P. on the Opening of an Aboriginal Student Housing Complex

Notes for an address by Rod Bruinooge, M.P. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians on the opening of an Aboriginal Student Housing Complex

September 6, 2007
Thompson, Manitoba

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Thank you for that kind introduction; it’s great to be back home in Thompson.

On behalf of The Hon. Chuck Strahl – the new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, it gives me great pleasure to participate in the official opening of this new housing complex.

The site has certainly been transformed since my last visit in March. Today, we see an impressive complex of high-quality homes designed and built to meet the particular needs of Aboriginal students. The complex is a great example of what can be achieved through consultation, collaboration and a lot of hard work-which also happen to be the essential characteristics of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

by NationTalk on September 8, 20071084 Views

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Speaking notes for Rob Merrifield, MP at the signing of an Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative Partnership Agreement

Speaking notes for Rob Merrifield, MP
at the signing of an Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative partnership agreement between Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Government of Alberta and Peace Country Health Region

Grande Prairie Museum
Grande Prairie, Alberta
10 am, September 7, 2007

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Thank you Mr. Moore for that kind introduction.

I am honoured to be here today on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians to sign this agreement with Peace Country Health Region and the Government of Alberta. I would also like to acknowledge our guests – Gordon Graydon, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti; and Shawn Terlson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Peace Country Health.

This is the latest of several Aboriginal Workforce Participation Agreements that we have concluded recently in the recruitment, retention and promotion of Aboriginal employees.

by NationTalk on September 8, 20071092 Views

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Canada’s Government and the Government of Alberta Sign Agreement with Peace Country Health to Increase Aboriginal Employment and Economic Opportunities

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB (September 7, 2007) – Canada’s New Government, the Government of Alberta and Peace Country Health Region (PCH) today signed a partnership agreement to promote career and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the area of health care.

“Today Canada’s New Government is signing yet another Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative agreement that will result in Aboriginal people developing key skills and finding lasting employment,” said Rob Merrifield, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. “There is now a growing list of forward thinking employers committed to recruiting Aboriginal people as employees, and we are proud to be working with Peace Country Health and the Alberta Government in this partnership.”

by NationTalk on September 8, 2007970 Views

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Government Appoints David Crombie as Chief Federal Negotiator in Toronto Purchase Claim

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GATINEAU, QUEBEC (September 7, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of the Honourable David Crombie as Chief Federal Negotiator in an outstanding First Nations specific claim (the 1805 Toronto Purchase) with the Mississaugas of the New Credit (MNC) First Nation.

“Mr. Crombie brings years of first-hand knowledge of Aboriginal issues to these negotiations, and possesses the qualifications needed to make concrete progress at the table,” said Minister Strahl. “His appointment demonstrates the commitment of Canada’s New Government to resolve long-standing Aboriginal claims.”

by NationTalk on September 8, 20071126 Views

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Mountain Pine Beetle: Canada’s New Government Delivers

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo – Prince George, today announced that Canadas New Governments Mountain Pine Beetle Program will deliver more than $2.8 million to help communities, including First Nations, deal with public safety issues resulting from the unprecedented beetle infestation in British Columbia.

“British Columbians know how wildfire can devastate communities, and theres no question the beetle has added fuel for potential fires. Dead and dying trees pose other risks as well,” said Mr. Harris. “Helping communities and First Nations reduce the risk to public safety presented by beetle-killed timber is a major objective of the Mountain Pine Beetle Program.”

by NationTalk on September 8, 20071209 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Phil Fontaine To: All First Nations Chiefs of Canada

Assembly of First Nations

September 7, 2007

To: All First Nations Chiefs of Canada

Re: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly will consider the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for final adoption.

This Declaration has been in development for many years. The principles that it expresses are of the greatest concern to indigenous peoples worldwide, including First Nations in Canada. These principles acknowledge the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples, rights which have been overlooked, ignored or abridged far too often in many countries around the world, including Canada. This history is a global dishonour which nations must begin to address. The Declaration will be an important step in doing so.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071783 Views

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LMN Looking for Flag Design

Thursday, 06 Sep 2007

The Labrador Metis Nation is seeking the design of a flag that promotes the aims and objectives of the organization. The new flag must clearly and unequivocally proclaim Labrador Inuit-Metis identity, be easily recognizable and promote Inuit-Metis diversity.

A cash prize of $200.00 will be presented for the winning design. The new flag will be unveiled at this year’s Annual General Assembly in Charlottetown. The deadline for entries is September 28.

For more information, or to submit design concepts, please contact:

Bert Pomeroy
Executive Assistant/Communications
Labrador Metis Nation
P.O 460, Stn. C
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1C0
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by NationTalk on September 7, 2007915 Views

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MNBC – 2008 Honour Your Health Challenge

Métis Nation British Columbia

You are invited to participate in the October 9 to 12, 2007 Honour Your Health Challenge Provincial Training Event in Vancouver, BC. There is no cost to register and information about the event is attached. Anyone interested in participating must complete the attached registration form and fax it back to Denise Lecoy, HYHC Provincial Coordinator, by September 14, 2007.

What is the Honour Your Health Challenge?
A minimum 6-week Health Challenge beginning January
2008 featuring prizes and grant opportunities. The HYHC
encourages individuals and communities to promote:
• Healthy eating;
• Increased physical activity;
• Decreased tobacco misuse.

Who should attend the training?
If you are an employee or volunteer with a special interest
in promoting health and wellness, then this training event is
for you.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20072222 Views

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Research Series – Suicide Among Aboriginal People in Canada

Suicide Among Aboriginal People in Canada
Prepared for The Aboriginal Healing Foundation
By
Laurence J. Kirmayer
Gregory M. Brass
Tara Holton
Ken Paul
Cori Simpson
Caroline Tait
2007

This report was prepared under contract with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and supported by grants from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, the Conseil québecois de la recherche sociale, and the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. These agencies, however, bear no responsibility for its content.

The literature review was undertaken with the assistance of Elizabeth Anthony, Margaret Cargo, Genevieve Garneau, Arlene Laliberté, Katherine Gofton, Elizabeth A.M. Guerrier, Melissa Mair, Chantal Robillard, Lara Stern, Hani Tamim, and Catherine Zygmuntowicz. Marcelle Durrum, Marsha Vicaire, and Claire Fantus provided editorial help. I thank Kay Berckmans, and Antonella Clerici for administrative support.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20072081 Views

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Metis Election SK – Judicial Recount Confirms Secretary Position

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (September 6, 2007) The Judicial Recount held September 5, 2007, before Mr. Justice C. R. Wimmer of the Court of Queens Bench confirmed Max J. Morin as the successful candidate for the position of Secretary for the Provincial Métis Council from the June 27, 2007 election.

David Hamilton, Chief Electoral Officer, said “a judicial recount was automatic in this case, as two candidates were very close, and it was an historic moment to see Métis legislation being used by the courts to ensure a fair and transparent election for the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan”.

The recount confirmed the official results as follows:

May Henderson 1180

Tammy Mah 1243

Angus McKay 719

Lee A. Morin 411

Max J. Morin 1287

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071159 Views

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Vancouver Welcomes Invitation to Host Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games Torch Relay

September 6, 2007

The City of Vancouver today welcomed an invitation from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games (BOCOG) to co-host the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Torch Relay together with the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC). The invitation was announced by BOCOG, marking the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games which are scheduled for September 6-17, 2008.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games Torch Relay is the first of its kind and will take place in China and select international locations. The Relay will start August 28, following the closing of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games, and finish on September 6, the opening of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071284 Views

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Photo Opportunity-Media Advisory: Sunrise ceremony at Fort York launches Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival

September 6, 2007

First Nations poet and author Duke Redbird launches the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival tomorrow morning with a sunrise ceremony and blessing of thanks for the role corn has played in Native history. The ceremony concludes with a corncake breakfast, and a traditional tipi encampment provides a colourful backdrop.

Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 6 a.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Creek Rd.

Native artists from across Canada will gather at Fort York National Historic Site from September 7 to 9 for the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival, featuring Kenny Baird, Philip Cote and Janet Marie Rogers, along with local artists Rebecca Baird and Tannis Nielsen. The artists will be on hand to display their work and lead workshops.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071095 Views

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URGENT NOTICE RE: International Human Rights Tribunal Into Genocide in Canada

URGENT NOTICE

AUGUST 28, 2007

Assembly of First Nations
Indian Residential Schools Unit

The Assembly of First Nations does not recognize the proposed hearings on Residential Schools by the self-proclaimed, non-sanctioned, ‘International Human Rights Tribunal Into Genocide in Canada’.

This “tribunal” is in now ay related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC), which has been mandated as part of the historic Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The TRC will begin its hearings early next year.

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by NationTalk on September 7, 20071468 Views

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Ulnooweg Development Group Inc..–3rd Atlantic Aboriginal Awards Show, St. John’s Newfoundland

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007

A celebration of local entertainment, endless networking opportunities, and recognition for the growing Aboriginal business community will headline the 3rd Annual Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Awards show hosted by Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.

As the finalists anticipate the results for the 3rd Annual Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show Gala the Ulnooweg Development Group Inc. gears up for another successful show. This year’s winners will be announced at the 3rd Annual Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show at the Fairmont Hotel in St. John’s Newfoundland on Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071188 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY – “LUNCH ON THE HILL” Inuit Groups Stage Parliament Hill Traditional Gathering To Recognize World Suicide Prevention Day

Monday, September 10, 2007

September 6, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario – To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, Inuit organizations in Ottawa are staging a lunchtime traditional gathering on Parliament Hill beside the eternal flame to celebrate and show the strengths of the Inuit way of life participants will share Inuit games and traditional activities.

Media are invited to join the Inuit community and friends to attend the welcoming remarks, National Inuit Organization addresses and Inuit cultural performances in celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day. President of the National Inuit Youth Council Jonathan Epoo will be one of the addressing speakers at the event.

Inuit Organizations Present:
National Inuit Youth Council
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Ajunnginiq Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization

by NationTalk on September 7, 2007983 Views

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Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council Information Booklet July 2007

September 6, 2007
Press Release
For Immediate Release:

Purpose

The Ontario First Nations Youth Peoples Council is a regional youth council that represents the youth of all First Nations in Ontario by being a voice for youth issues at all levels of government.

Membership

The OFNYPC is made up of two regional representatives from each of the Provincial Territorial Organizations in Ontario as well as the Independent First Nations. This structure ensures that there is accurate and fair representation of the diverse regions and communities at the provincial level.

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Arts and Cultural Projects Receive Funding Support

FOR RELEASE #07-182
September 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor announced today that funding in the amount of $112,500 is being made available through the Arts Fund and will be shared amongst 10 community groups and art collectives.

“The Yukon government is proud to support and assist community groups and collectives pursuing creative endeavours,” Taylor said. “Artistic expression and presence is vitally important to a healthy, thriving community. Through projects such as these the community as a whole benefits greatly.”

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071131 Views

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APTN Launches Digitaldrum.ca

Thursday, 06 September 2007

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website DigitalDrum.ca on September 17th.

DigitalDrum.ca will showcase Aboriginal culture, history, people, gifts, innovation, creativity and languages through video content that includes the APTN collection of vignettes, as well as user-generated video, audio, text and image content.

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Premier Fentie Announces Beginning Of Community Tour

FOR RELEASE #07-183
September 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie and his Cabinet colleagues will soon be visiting Yukon communities on the fall Premier’s Community Tour.

“I encourage Yukoners to come and participate,” Fentie said. “We want to hear your ideas to help us deliver programs and services that best meet the needs of Yukoners and their families.”

The Premier’s Community Tour is an opportunity to talk about issues that are important to Yukoners and communities. The premier and his colleagues will also deliver news about the Yukon government’s activities and programs.

by NationTalk on September 6, 2007901 Views

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Province Supports Increased Understanding Of Woodland Caribou

September 6, 2007

Volunteer Projects Contribute To Conservation And Recovery Efforts Of Threatened Species

TORONTO — Projects to increase understanding of Ontario’s woodland caribou populations and habitat are among the first proposals approved under the Ontario Species At Risk Stewardship Fund, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay said today.

“These projects will improve our knowledge of the status of this species and add to the work we have done to date to protect woodland caribou populations and habitat in Northern Ontario,” said Ramsay. “I am impressed with the variety of proposals from environmental organizations, the forest industry, First Nations and others that will help us determine the best strategies to further recover and maintain healthy and sustainable populations of this magnificent animal.”

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Funds Support New First Nations Interpretive Centre

NEWS RELEASE
COMMUNIQUÉ

For Immediate Release
2007CS0066-001083
Sept. 5, 2007

Ministry of Community Services
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Ministry of Economic Development

PORT ALBERNI – The federal and provincial governments are investing over $1.7 million, through the Canada-B.C. Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CBCMRIF), for the Tsu-ma-as Transformation Centre, a new First Nations interpretive centre in the Alberni Valley.

Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and Ron Cantelon, MLA for Nanaimo-Parksville, on behalf of Community Services Minister Ida Chong, announced the funding today.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071304 Views

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Native Women March to Support the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Media Advisory Montréal, Québec (September 6, 2007) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada will be in Montréal tomorrow to march alongside the Québec Native Women in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to consider adoption of the long awaited and much […]

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071005 Views

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Government Supports Northern Ontario Aboriginal Tourism Centre

CONSTANCE LAKE FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 6 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for FedNor congratulate the Constance Lake First Nation on the opening of its $12 million Eagle’s Earth Cree and Ojibway Historical Centre.

“Canada’s New Government is working with First Nations to support economic development projects throughout Northern Ontario,” said Minister Strahl. “This new tourism and historical centre will provide members of the Constance Lake First Nation, Northern Ontario residents, and tourists a chance to learn more about the history of this First Nation and the unique qualities of the local region.”

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Canada’s New Government Helps Aboriginal Students Succeed Through New Housing Complex

THOMPSON, Manitoba (September 6, 2007) – Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, the Honourable Rod Bruinooge, today congratulated the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre and the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy (TUAS) Steering Committee on the opening of a new Aboriginal student housing complex in Thompson, Manitoba.

“Housing insecurity has been repeatedly identified as a major obstacle for successful academic achievement, especially for Aboriginal post-secondary students with families,” said Mr. Bruinooge on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. “Canada’s New Government is proud to have contributed to this new eight-unit complex project that will help these families to get ahead.”

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071006 Views

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Notice To The Media Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair, Mental Health Commission, will make an announcement.

Date:
Friday, September 7, 2007

Time:
9:00 a.m. (local time)

Location:
Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganapi Trail NW
Kinsmen Learning Centre
4th Floor – Room 4
Calgary, Alberta

Note: Media will be met at the front doors of the Hospital and escorted to the 4th Floor

Media Inquiries:

Erik Waddell
Office of the Minister of Health
613-957-0200

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada Update for September 5th, 2007

The Opt Out deadline was August 20th, 2007. CEP claim forms will be sent automatically by mail after September 19th, 2007 to those former students in the Notice Administrator’s database who have chosen to stay in the settlement.

If you have changed your address recently, please contact the Notice Administrator to provide your updated address.

The next status update will be available September 12th, 2007.

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Open Letter – Anniversary of the Shooting Death of Anthony “Dudley” George

NORTH BAY, ON, Sept. 6 –

Members of the Ontario Legislative Assembly
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

Dear Legislators:

Today is the 12th anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed Native protester Anthony “Dudley” George at Ipperwash Park, an event that continues to have a profound impact on all residents of Ontario.

In May the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry offered hope that its 98 recommendations might contain the seeds of a better future for First Nations people who live in this province.

“The provincial government and other institutions must redouble their efforts to build successful, peaceful relations with the aboriginal peoples in Ontario so we can all live peacefully and productively,” said Justice Sidney Linden, releasing his 1500-page report after hearing 140 witnesses over 25 months.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071260 Views

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A Qualitative Study Exploring How Indians and Non-Indians Think About Each Other

John Doble and Andrew Yarrow with Amber Ott and Jonathan Rochkind

This new study is one of the most in-depth examinations ever made of the thinking of American Indians and non-Indians about each other. The research–based on 12 focus groups conducted in 2006 and 2007–explores Indians’ perceptions of their own place in contemporary American society and how non-Indians view American Indians, what they know (or think they know), the generalizations they make and stereotypes they hold, how their perceptions were formed and their interest in learning more. The research was made possible by a grant from The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

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LIVE WEBCAST: Indigenous Representatives Respond to Amendments to Declaration on Indigenous Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY

Mr Les Malezer, Chairperson, Global Indigenous Caucus

Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Mr Joseph Ole Simel, Coordinator, African Regional Indigenous Caucus

Will hold a press conference in Room S-226
Thursday, 6 September at 11.15 a.m. (EST)

Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will respond to amendments proposed by Member States to the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is due be brought before the General Assembly before the end of this session.

The press conference will be webcast live on www.un.org/webcast

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APTN Welcomes New Faces To The News & Current Affairs Team

Sept. 6, 2007

With exciting new changes slated for the fall season, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to welcome new faces and on-air personalities to the News & Current Affairs department.

APTN National News: Daytime welcomes a new face with Holly Bernier taking over the reigns of the daytime news. Holly brings a wealth of experience having previously worked at APTN as a host in promotions, a host and producer of Kids’ CBC, as well as a host for the 2006 NHL Awards. Former Daytime host Cheryl McKenzie will bring an investigative twist as the new host of APTN National News: Contact.

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New George Blondin Aboriginal Scholarship Award to Help NWT Youth

          Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO–(Sept. 6, 2007) – Roberta Jamieson, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation’s President & CEO, announced today the establishment of the George Blondin Aboriginal Scholarship Award. She was joined at the announcement by Fiona Blondin-Fiorini, who co-founded the scholarship in […]

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Equity Engineering Ltd.: Corporate Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 6, 2007) – Dr. Darcy Baker, President, Equity Engineering Ltd., is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristy Emery as Director, Corporate Relations.

Ms. Emery will be developing a complementary business unit within Equity Engineering Ltd. focusing on First Nations and community relations. In this role, Kristy will provide clientele with the capacity and expertise required to engage meaningfully with First Nations, communities and stakeholders, ensuring business activities consider immediate and long-term social, environmental and economic values.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071371 Views

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Western Keltic Announces Robust Pre-Feasibility Results for the Kutcho Project

Annual Metal Productions Years 1 – 5: 75.5 million lbs Cu & 93.5 million lbs Zn

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 5, 2007) – Western Keltic Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WKM) announced today the results of a Pre-Feasibility study on its Kutcho Project, positioning Kutcho as Canada’s next major high grade copper and zinc producing mine. The study confirmed robust project economics, further supporting management’s decision to accelerate the completion of a Feasibility Study. Full commercial production of the mine is targeted for 2010.

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Former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman Joins CAMH Board

TORONTO, Sept. 6 – When the Honourable James K. Bartleman hangs up his official robes as Ontario’s 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, he will not be leaving his passion for the rights of people with mental illness and addictions behind. The former LG is joining the Board of Trustees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) — the academic teaching hospital whose work he knows so well-and will be attending his first CAMH board meeting on Sept. 20.

“CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health and addictions teaching hospital, but it is also a force for change. CAMH has made fighting the stigma of mental illness and addictions a top priority – the prime example being the redevelopment of its institutionalized Queen Street site into an urban village, based on care. I want to help CAMH win the battle against stigma and discrimination.”

by NationTalk on September 6, 20074093 Views

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Diversity! in the Workplace The Precipice of Change

Diversity! in the Workplace The precipice of change

Canada’s growing skills shortage offers the best possible opportunity for employment of our working-age aboriginal population. But it will only happen with greater dialogue and growth of partnerships between employers and our First Nations people.

That’s the message the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada (AHRDCC) is delivering across the country, according to Kelly Lendsay, president and CEO of the Saskatchewan-based agency.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071157 Views

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Soulodre to Step Down as President of CCAB

  For Immediate Release (Toronto, September 6, 2007) – Jocelyne Soulodre, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), announced today that she will be stepping down effective October 1. “I have loved every minute of my 11 years at CCAB and put my heart and soul into the organization and its […]

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Free Events Offer Valuable Insights Into the World of Entrepreneurship

Do you dream of starting your own business? Do you presently own a company? The Business Link’s Alberta Aboriginal Business Service Network (Alberta ABSN), with the support of Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, is hosting a series of free Networking events to be held in various locations across the province this Fall.

The events will be held in Lethbridge, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Bonnyville, Slave Lake and Edmonton. Aboriginal business owners will share their stories of the challenges and successes experienced along the way.

Last year’s presenters included Deen Flett of Curve Sports from Gift Lake and Edmonton-based Beatrice Floch, manager and co-owner of Spirit Staffing & Consulting.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071244 Views

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CANDO Board Elections 2007

The Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) is a dynamic National Aboriginal community economic development organization dedicated to “Building capacity to strengthen Aboriginal economies”. The foundation of the organization is the Economic Development Officers (EDOs) who work through a host of Aboriginal communities and organizations across Canada. This is the profession that is dedicated to the challenge of fostering community and economic growth for Aboriginal people. Given that mandate, CANDO is currently looking for an enthusiastic Economic Development Officer to represent Alberta on its National Board of Directors. This is a position elected by the province’s Economic Development Officers (Full CANDO members) to ensure that Alberta/Manitoba/NWT/NS/NU/BC/QC has a voice and a presence in the organization.

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Ontario Funds Youth Entrepreneurial Experience Project – #950177

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 05, 2007 – 238

Program Will Require Students To Develop And Launch A Business Idea

SUDBURY – Aboriginal students can now participate in a pilot educational program focused on providing entrepreneurial experience, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“With its emphasis on practical experience with mentors who are successful business professionals, this program holds much promise for young, aspiring entrepreneurs from remote First Nations,” said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. “Moreover, the program will be delivered in an environment in which students are encouraged to develop a strong sense of identity in the distinct language, culture and traditions of Aboriginal people.”

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APTN Announces Sponsorship Of Manito Ahbee Festival

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is proud to announce it will once again be a lead sponsor of Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations. The 2nd annual celebration will take place in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre from October 26th through November 4th.

Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations celebrates and promotes Aboriginal culture by showcasing a wide array of international audio, visual, and cultural talent. The inaugural Manito Ahbee festival in 2006 was such a success that this year’s edition will be expanded to 10-days.

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CANDO’s Grandparent Certification

Acting upon recommendations from our membership, we are excited to introduce CANDO’s updated Certification Process. The new process will be streamlined and less cumbersome, providing our candidates with a number of different options for obtaining their TAED (Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer) and/or PAED (Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer) designation.

Therefore, for a limited time we are pleased to offer a Grandparent Certification option of CANDO’s Process for those of you working in the field of Aboriginal Community Economic Development.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071103 Views

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Need For National Diamond Strategy: Layton visits DeBeers Diamond Project

2007-09-05

Following a visit of the new Victor Diamond Mine on the James Bay coast, NDP leader Jack Layton said it is time for a national diamond strategy. Layton toured the site with MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), MPP Gilles Bisson (Timmins-James Bay) and Chief Theresa Hall, leader of the Attawapiskat Cree. They met with the heads of both DeBeers and the Mining Association of Canada.

Diamond development in the far north is putting Canada on the international stage as a diamond leader. Layton says its time federal politicians woke up to this fact.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071095 Views

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NWT Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) Workshop

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is pleased to host a one-week workshop with international performance artist, actor, filmmaker Michelle Horacek. Her, “Body and Land” workshop will explore the dialogue between the individual body, and the places/sites/environments that open up an awareness in the body/self to a greater understanding of humanity, history, tradition and nature. This exploratory workshop will take place on the NACC stage. There is no public presentation involved.

The workshop will run from Sunday, October 14 to Saturday October 22, 2007. Sunday and Saturday will be full days and weekdays will be evening sessions.

Workshop fee is $100.00 for the week. Early registration is recommended.
Registration is limited to the first 10 participants. 16 years +.

Those interested would include; Actors, dancers, writers, storytellers, directors, filmmakers, writers, and all round creative individuals who like to move, tell stories and push their boundaries.

To register for this special workshop please contact NACC 873-4950 or nacc@northwestel.net. For more information on Michelle please visit www.mishaproductions.com or www.naccnt.ca.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071117 Views

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APTN Announces Gemini Nominations 2007

Wednesday Spetember 7, 2007

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to recognize those programs associated with the network which recently received Gemini Award nominations for industry excellence.

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards, announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on Tuesday August 28th, 2007, include two of the network’s popular series: Wapos Bay and renegadepress.com, each of which has received nominations for the third consecutive year. Both programs received funding from and/or were commissioned by APTN through Canadian independent producers.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071251 Views

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Province To Invest Over $1.5 Million To Expand Dialysis: Doer

September 5, 2007
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New Four-station Unit To be Located in Gimli

GIMLI—The province will invest over $1.5 million to expand dialysis treatment for Gimli and the surrounding area, Premier Gary Doer announced here today.

“The province continues to improve the quality of life for rural and northern Manitobans by bringing state-of-the art technology and quality health-care services closer to home,” said Doer.

A new four-station unit will be developed to provide dialysis for eight patients in Gimli and surrounding areas as well as additional support to dialysis patients in Selkirk.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071088 Views

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Ontario Supports Development Of Aboriginal Training Centre – #955042

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September 05, 2007 – 237

New Facility Would Help Prepare Young People For Forestry Sector Jobs

SUDBURY – The McGuinty government is promoting career development among Aboriginal youth in Northwestern Ontario by investing in a training centre at Pikangikum First Nation, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Our government is committed to fostering new economic development opportunities in small communities across Northern Ontario,” said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). “This NOHFC investment will help the Pikangikum First Nation pursue partnerships that would support the establishment of a new forestry training facility for young people in the region.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071016 Views

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bro’Town Is The # 1 Comedy At New Zealand Screen Awards

Wednesday, 05 September 2007

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to recognize the producers, cast and crew of bro’Town, for the show’s recent success at the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards, held August 1st at Auckland’s SkyCity theatre.

The bro’Town team won the coveted Best Comedy Program award for the third year in a row for its Halloween-themed episode Know Me Before You Haunt Me.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071069 Views

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Government Supports North Central Family Centre

REGINA, September 5, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament (Regina-Qu’Appelle), today announced up to $85,000 in funding for the North Central Family Centre for its Youth Empowerment Program.

“This Youth Empowerment Program will help Aboriginal youth in Saskatchewan gain confidence and overcome low self-esteem as well as provide them the tools they need to realize their full potential,” said Minister Verner. “We believe it is important to provide Aboriginal youth in Saskatchewan communities with the resources they need to face their challenges.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007976 Views

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