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Canada’s New Government Delivering on Clean Air and Energy Efficiency Projects in Nunavut

OTTAWA, March 19 – The Honourable John Baird, Canada’s Minister of the Environment, joined by Nunavut Premier, the Honourable Paul Okalik, announced today that Canada’s New Government will provide the Government of Nunavut with $5 million from the Canada ecoTrust for Clean Air and Climate Change, which supports provincial and territorial projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, smog and air pollution.

“Canada’s New Government is investing to protect all Canadians from the consequences of climate change, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s announcement recognizes the important work already being done in Nunavut to reduce the territory’s reliance on fossil fuels for all its energy needs,” said Minister Baird.

“The North is especially sensitive to climate change and our traditional Inuit culture is being challenged as a result. We are pleased to join the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nunavummiut are ready to take a leadership role in implementing solutions and we will begin with a ban on incandescent light bulbs,” said Okalik.

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Province Providing Assistance To Caledonia Residents

Financial Assistance For Affected Households

HALDIMAND, ON, March 19 – The Ontario government will provide financial assistance to those households most directly affected by the presence of protesters on the Douglas Creek lands in Caledonia, John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced today.

“The advice that I have received from the Caledonia Community Committee emphasized the impacts that residents close to the Douglas Creek lands have experienced,” said Gerretsen. “The provincial government recognizes that the residents have been affected. We share their hope to see the resolution of this situation. Ontario will continue to support Canada and the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations in resolving all outstanding grievances.”

by NationTalk on March 19, 2007949 Views

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Métis National Council – Media advisory

OTTAWA, March 19 – On behalf of the Métis National Council and our Governing Members, please be advised that the president of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Tony Belcourt, will act as the spokesperson for the Métis National Council in the response to the federal Government’s 2007 Budget announcement. President Belcourt will be available to […]

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McGuinty Government Announces Significant New Funding For Ontario Students

Rising Achievement Shows Government Reaching Every Student

March 19, 2007

TORONTO — Ontario students are set for a fourth year of rising achievement, thanks to the McGuinty government’s significant investment in our schools, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced today.

“Our students are doing better because of our ambitious program of education investment and reform,” said Wynne. “Funding for the next school year reinforces our strategy with new resources and a funding formula that reflects the changing needs of our schools.”

In order for school boards to have more time to plan, the government announced funding as early as possible in the year. The government’s education investment of $18.3 billion in 2007-08 is an increase of $781 million over last year. Since 2002-03, funding has increased by $3.5 billion — a 24 per cent increase, or the equivalent of a $2,000 increase per student.

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Le Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones rencontre le porte-parole de la Confédération des peuples autochtones

Québec, le 16 mars 2007. – À la suite de la levée du blocage de la route 117 dans le parc De La Vérendrye, le 13 mars dernier, le secrétaire général associé aux Affaires autochtones du Québec, M. André Maltais, a consenti à rencontrer, tel qu’il s’y était engagé, M. Guillaume Carle, porte-parole de la Confédération des peuples autochtones du Québec (CPAQ).

La rencontre d’aujourd’hui a permis de présenter la position du gouvernement du Québec. « Il est clair que notre rencontre ne constitue pas une séance de négociation, mais bien une occasion de mieux comprendre vos prétentions et vos demandes. Cette rencontre ne saurait signifier non plus une quelconque reconnaissance de votre groupe par le Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA). C’est dans ce contexte que j’accepte de vous voir pour vous écouter », a tenu à préciser d’entrée de jeu M. Maltais.

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UBCIC Supports Lower Similkameen Indian Band’s Opposition to Proposed Power Plant

March 16, 2007

Honourable Richard Neufeld, Minister
Ministry Of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
FAX (250) 356-2965

Dear Minister Neufield:

Please find enclosed a copy of UBCIC Resolution 2007-05 entitled Impacts of Climate Change, a duly passed resolution which was unanimously endorsed at the UBCIC Chiefs Council of January 30, 2007.

The UBCIC Executive conveys its complete support of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band to protect their Aboriginal Title. Furthermore, we completely support the Lower Similkameen Indian Band’s opposition of the coal and wood burning power plant proposed within the territory of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

The community and the member communities of the UBCIC all share their deep concerns of the immediate and cumulative environmental impact of such proposals. As such, the UBCIC will work with the Assembly of First Nations on the vital issue of climate change.

Sincerely,

Chief Stewart Phillip
President

Chief Robert Shintah
Vice-President

Chief Mike Retasket
Secretary-Treasurer

CC:
Chief Joe Dennis, Lower Similkameen Indian Band – FAX (250) 499-5538
Assembly of First Nations – National Chief Phil Fontaine – FAX (613) 241-5808
BC Assembly of First Nations – Regional Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo – FAX (604) 922-7433
Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier – FAX: (250) 387-0087
Ministry Of Environment – Honourable Barry Penner, Minister – FAX (250) 387-1356
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Honourable Michael De Jong, Minister – FAX (250) 953-4856
Compliance Energy – John Tapics, President & C.E.O. – FAX (604) 681-5910

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ECE Reviews Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification

R(15)393 – Friday, March 16, 2007

YELLOWKNIFE (16 March, 2007) – As part of a commitment to supporting a skilled and productive workforce, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment is reviewing its Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Programme.

“The labour market in the Northwest Territories has increased by almost 3000 jobs in the last five years, and is projected to continue to grow. Many of the new jobs will be in trades and occupations,” commented Minister Charles Dent. “We want to be forward looking and ensure our programmes continue to support Northerners who need training.”

The review involves four phases over nine months, including:

Phase 1 – Background Research and Evaluation Set-up
Phase 2 – Consultation
Phase 3 – Data and Information Analysis
Phase 4 – Final Report and Recommendations

by NationTalk on March 19, 2007897 Views

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Government Supports Vital Programs Through Gaming Grant

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007PSSG0014-000272
March 16, 2007

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA – Community gaming grants totalling more than $32 million will support over 1,150 groups working to improve the quality of life in communities across British Columbia, Solicitor General John Les announced today. These include organizations that assist the disadvantaged or distressed, promote health and enhance opportunities for youth.

“We want to build the best system of support in Canada for people with disabilities, special needs, children at risk and seniors, and this funding makes a valuable contribution to that goal,” said Les. “Community gaming grants sustain the crucial work of thousands of volunteers who drive a wide variety of organizations that build strong and accessible communities.”

Organizations receiving funding include the We Can Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society, which is the largest integrated recovery and residential treatment for men in Vancouver, and the Grand Forks Boundary Women’s Coalition, which operates a drop-in centre for women facing poverty issues.

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Mario Dumont’s Comments on the Great Whale Project are Not Welcome

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Date: 2007-03-16

Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee (March 16, 2007) “Mario Dumont’s announcement yesterday of his intention to go ahead with the Great Whale Project is against the spirit of the Paix des Braves Agreement. We consented to the Eastmain Project and only that project in the Agreement that launched a new relationship between the Cree Nation and Quebec and our relations are much improved since it was signed. The Agreement is intended to strengthen the political, economic and social relations between Quebec and the Crees and establishes relations based on cooperation, partnership and mutual respect, but we find that the unilateralism reflected in Dumont’s statement undermines those written commitments of Quebec to the Cree Nation”, stated Grand Chief Matthew Mukash.

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Laurentian University and Cambrian College Sign Agreement to Increase Mining-related Education Possibilities in Northern Ontario

Sudbury (Ontario) – Laurentian University and Cambrian College today signed an articulation agreement to increase mining-related training and education possibilities in northern Ontario.

As of September 2007, graduates of Cambrian College’s three-year Geological Engineering Technology program will be able to obtain a B.Sc. degree in Earth Sciences by pursuing two years of additional studies at Laurentian University.

“This is an important day for Cambrian’s students and for the future growth of the mining and mineral resources industry, both locally and globally,” said Cambrian College president Sylvia Barnard. “Through this agreement, we are enhancing opportunities for Cambrian graduates to become specialists in the industry through the acquisition of technological and theoretical knowledge. This agreement will benefit both our graduates and the minerals industry and is a perfect example of how our educational institutions work collaboratively to enhance the future economic growth of our community and its integral industries.”

by NationTalk on March 16, 20071011 Views

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Minister Prentice Announces Appointments to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

OTTAWA (March 16, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced appointments to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.

The new appointee to the Board is Mr. Rick Edjericon, from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. This appointment is effective immediately. As well, current members Mr. Jerry Loomis and Mr. John Ondrack have been reappointed to the Board, effective March 15, 2007.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Edjericon. He has been an active leader in the community and I have full confidence that his abilities will be a valuable addition to the critical work undertaken by this Board. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board is an essential aspect of responsible development in the NWT,” said Minister Prentice. “The significant qualifications and experience of Mr. Ondrack and Mr. Loomis will continue to benefit the Board. I am delighted that they have agreed to carry on with this important work.”

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Minister Prentice must Prevent Colleague from Intervening in Caledonia Conflict: Liberal Indian Affairs Critic

Press Release
March 16, 2007

Ottawa – Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice must demand his colleague, Immigration Minister Diane Finley, stop interfering with the disputed lands at the centre of the Caledonia standoff, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

“From the outset of the conflict at Caledonia, Ms. Finley has been missing in action. Numerous reports have her as being unavailable to either side involved in the conflict, even though the disputed lands are in her constituency of Haldimand-Norfolk,” said Ms. Neville.

“Now, despite the on-going dispute and negotiations over the land, Ms. Finley is ignoring the land claim process by pushing forward with plans for an infrastructure facility on the disputed lands. Minister Prentice must intervene in his role as Indian Affairs Minister and demand his colleague cease her activities.”

by NationTalk on March 16, 2007886 Views

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First Nations Summit Elects Jody Wilson and Robert Phillips Commissioners of the British Columbia Treaty Commission

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – First Nations leaders who were gathered in North Vancouver this week for a regular meeting of the First Nations Summit, elected Jody Wilson of the We Wai Kai First Nation and Robert Phillips of the Northern Shuswap First Nation of Canim Lake as Commissioners of the British Columbia Treaty Commission. Following the election, the First Nations Summit appointed Ms. Wilson and Mr. Phillips to their positions as Commissioners by resolution.

“First Nations engaged in the BC treaty negotiations process look forward to a positive working relationship with both Ms. Wilson and Mr. Phillips in their roles as Commissioners of the BCTC”, said Chief Judith Sayers, a member of the Summit’s political executive. “The role of these two individuals is extremely important to all First Nations who are striving to negotiate fair, equitable and timely treaties under the British Columbia treaty negotiation process. During this critical point in the treaty negotiation process it is imperative that strong individuals be charged with the responsibility of upholding the mandate of the BCTC as keepers of the process.”

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ASRA Rewarded by the Sport Chek Power of Sport for Kids Program

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Friday March 16, 2007

Victoria, BC – The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) has been recognized by the Sport Chek Power of Sport for Kids Program and rewarded with much needed sports equipment.

“ASRA applied for the Power of Sport for Kids Program late last year and we were honoured with a phone call in February letting us know our organization had been selected,” said Adam Olsen, ASRA Communications Coordinator. “The donation of equipment is very important, as it will allow us to focus more of our financial resources to other important areas of our business.”

The Sport Chek Power of Sport for Kids Program provides children in need who do not have access to sporting equipment with the opportunity to play and enjoy. Sport Chek works with organizations that support children and families who do not necessarily have access to sports equipment. The Power of Sport means the power to be stronger and to lead a more complete life and to be part of the healthy life-style community.

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Prentice Breaks Faith with Kashechewan: Conservative Inaction Leaves Residents Vulnerable to Impending Flood Season

2007-03-16

Charlie Angus today condemned Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice for playing a cruel game with the people of Kashechewan. The minister has told community leaders he will not accept the results of a community consultation process that he commissioned to determine the future location for the flood-threatened community.

“We are on the eve of yet another flood season and the only thing Prentice has done since the last flood is delay and play games,” said Angus. “Meanwhile the people of Kashechewan continue to suffer from squalid conditions and insufficient infrastructure.”

Prentice has refused to accept the recommendations because he claims it will be too expensive.

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Mobile Trades Training Unit Kicks Off Its Northern Tour

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ECD0010-000271
March 16, 2007

Ministry of Economic Development

RICHMOND – Trade Routes, the Industry Training Authority’s new mobile training facility, was unveiled today before departing for two years of trades awareness and training programs in northern B.C.

The unit was purchased with $1.5 million provided last year by the Ministry of Economic Development, enabling the ITA to expand access to hands-on training in a variety of trades in northern rural and Aboriginal communities. Enbridge Gateway Pipelines Inc. has signed on as the project’s first corporate sponsor.

“B.C.’s economic boom presents great opportunities for business growth, yet many northern communities don’t have the means to develop the skilled workforce employers need,” said Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen. “Government is pleased to support rural businesses and communities with innovative solutions such as Trade Routes to help them hire and train local people to meet their demand for skilled workers.”

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Manitoban Honoured With National Aboriginal Achievement Award

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March 16, 2007

Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of television and film producer Lisa Meeches who will today receive a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in media.
 
“It is fitting that Lisa Meeches is being recognized at one of the country’s most significant celebrations of Aboriginal culture,” said Robinson. “Her traditional-style TV and film production work continues to break new ground and draw praise from both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.”
 
The minister noted that Meeches commitment to mentorship of both youth and employees in her own company demonstrates her natural leadership abilities. He said these strengths are reflected in the success of all her projects including the annual ManitoAhbee festival

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AFNQL Public Debate

WENDAKE, QC, March 16 – As part of its campaign entitled “First Nations: Essential to the Future of Quebec,” the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) has invited the five major political parties to take part in a public debate about the First Nations. The debate will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at the Maison Théâtre in Montreal (245 rue Ontario Est). It will begin at 7 p.m. The AFNQL invites journalists and the public to attend this free event.

Following are the participants in the debate:
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AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard will give a press briefing after the debate.

The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional organization representing the Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. It has published a document entitled “Final Summon to Provincial Political Parties” (available online at www.appelultime-finalsummon.com). This document presents the principles held by the First Nations and the key issues they are facing today.

For further information: Alain Garon, Communication and Information Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell phone (418) 956-5720

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CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Gateway Casinos Income Fund Reports 2006 Financial Results

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(March 16, 2007) – A correction from source is issued with respect to the news release published at MARCH 15, 2007, 17:33 ET titled: “Gateway Casinos Income Fund Reports 2006 Financial Results.”

Gateway Casinos Income Fund (the “Fund” or “Gateway”) (TSX:GCI.UN), one of the largest casino operators in Western Canada, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.

2006 Highlights

– Completed acquisition of Cascades Langley Casino and Hotel (“Cascades”)

– Total revenue increased 30.9% to $133.3 million, from $101.9 million in 2005

– EBITDA(i) increased 19.7% to $50.8 million, compared with $42.5 million in 2005

– The Fund generated distributable cash of $45.6 million, or $1.557 per unit, and declared distributions totaling $42.7 million, or $1.458 per unit

Q4 2006 Highlights

– Total revenue increased 38.1% to $35.5 million, from $25.7 million in Q4 2005

– EBITDA increased 14.2% to $11.2 million, compared with $9.9 million in Q4 2005

– Net earnings of $8.4 million, or $.291 per unit, for the fourth quarter

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New Equipment Provided To Community Constable Programs In Brochet And Pikwitonei In Northern Manitoba

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March 16, 2007

New vehicles for the community constable programs in Brochet and Pikwitonei will support the overall policing efforts in those two communities, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin announced today.
 
Lathlin presented the vehicles, 2006 Ford XLT Expeditions equipped with four-wheel drive and special service vehicle packages, to representatives of the two northern communities for their policing efforts.
 
“The community constable program has been very successful and has evolved over the years to become an important component of the overall policing system in northern communities,” said Lathlin. “These vehicles are critical equipment for the programs and will allow the community constables to be much more effective and efficient.”

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Akulivik Dwelling 2006 Census

Statistics (Pdf)

March 13, 2007

Mr Eli Aullaluk, Mayor
Northern Village of Akulivik
P.O. Box 61
Akulivik (Québec)
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Mayor Aullaluk,

Today is the first official release of 2006 Census data which includes Population and Dwelling counts.

We are pleased to provide you with the population and dwelling counts for your community as well as for other aboriginal communities in the province. We invite you to share this information with your colleagues and members of your community.

The official release dates of 2006 Census data will span the period of March 13, 2007 through May 1, 2008. Additionally, please note that on January 15, 2008 we will release data specific to Aboriginal peoples across Canada.

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“Up the Anti” Rally Challenges Seal Hunt Opponents – Sustainable Seal Harvest Supporters Say “We are the true environmentalists!”

OTTAWA, March 15 – People involved in every aspect of sustainable seal harvesting in Canada – from seal hunters to veterinarians – plan to “set the record straight” today on Parliament Hill.

“This is the first time, to our knowledge, that such a rally will be assembled,” said Rob Cahill, Executive Director of the Fur Institute of Canada. “After 40 years of animal rights groups marginalizing people who hunt seals, it is time that unbiased information be presented to the public.”

Advocates for the sustainable and respectful use of nature’s resources participating in the rally include representatives from Newfoundland, Quebec and Nunavut seal hunting communities, Omega 3 seal-oil producers, as well as veterinarians, industry spokespeople and government representatives from Newfoundland/Labrador and Nunavut. These representatives will be available for interview on Parliament Hill from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Ekati Diamond Mine Donates Diamonds To Rock And Ice Ultra

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWS RELEASE
March 12, 2007

The EKATI Diamond Mine announced today its support of the NWT’s first ever outdoor winter endurance race, to be held on March 17-23, 2007 beginning in Yellowknife.

Known as the Rock and Ice Ultra, BHP Billiton’s EKATI Diamond Mine has signed on as title sponsor of the event with four diamond prizes totalling nearly $30,000 that will be awarded to the solo winners of the longest races, the K-Rock 160 km and the Diamond-300 km.

“We’re excited to participate in what we believe is a healthy way to showcase the North and its people”, said Sean Brennan, President and Chief Operating Officer of the EKATI Diamond Mine. “As Canada’s first diamond mine, we’re very proud to donate four beautiful EKATI diamonds to encourage more participation and to draw attention to this world class event right in our own backyard.”

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Districts Get More Funding While Enrolment Declines

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007EDU0027-000268
March 15, 2007

Ministry of Education

VICTORIA – B.C. school districts will receive a $116-million increase next year while enrolment is projected to continue to decline, Education Minister Shirley Bond announced today.

“This increase is on top of the $470-million increase boards received this year,” said Bond. “This record amount of funding means that no school district will receive less funding next year, even though almost all districts expect to have fewer students.”

The additional $116 million boosts school district operating funding to $4.345 billion for the 2007-08 school year – the highest ever. The increase includes $20 million in additional operating funding. The Province is also fully funding the negotiated agreements reached last year with employees in the K-12 education sector and fully funding increased pension costs.

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Mud Bogging, Interface Fires Targeted In Bill

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007FOR0030-000267
March 15, 2007

Ministry of Forests and Range

VICTORIA – Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman today introduced the Forests and Range Statutes Amendment Act, 2007, which will deliver on throne speech commitments to strengthen forest stewardship and reduce the risk of forest fires, as well as helping to build government’s New Relationship with First Nations.

“We are strengthening government’s ability to deal with people who damage our forest or range resources,” said Coleman. “This should serve as notice that we will not tolerate the actions of those who wilfully run machines through sensitive areas.”

Under new provisions of the Forest and Range Practices Act, people causing damage that adversely affects an ecosystem, such as driving four-wheel drive vehicles in wetlands, or riding ATVs irresponsibly in alpine terrain or range lands, will face penalties of up to $100,000. Cases prosecuted in the criminal courts carry maximum fines of $100,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

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Gateway Casinos Income Fund Reports 2006 Financial Results

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(March 15, 2007) – Gateway Casinos Income Fund (the “Fund” or “Gateway”) (TSX:GCI.UN), one of the largest casino operators in Western Canada, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.

2006 Highlights

– Completed acquisition of Cascades Langley Casino and Hotel (“Cascades”)

– Total revenue increased 30.9% to $133.3 million, from $101.9 million in 2005

– EBITDA(i) increased 19.7% to $50.8 million, compared with $42.5 million in 2005

– The Fund generated distributable cash of $45.6 million, or $1.557 per unit, and declared distributions totaling $42.7 million, or $1.458 per unit

Q4 2006 Highlights

– Total revenue increased 38.1% to $35.5 million, from $25.7 million in Q4 2005

– EBITDA increased 14.2% to $11.2 million, compared with $9.9 million in Q4 2005

– Net earnings of $8.4 million, or $.291 per unit, for the fourth quarter

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Miramar Announces Commencement of 2007 Exploration Campaign at Hope Bay

Three Drills Testing Madrid System Extension

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(March 15, 2007) – Miramar Mining Corporation (TSX:MAE)(AMEX:MNG) today announced commencement of the 2007 exploration campaign at its 100% controlled Hope Bay project in Nunavut. The Company anticipates spending approximately $30 million on 70,000 meters of drilling.

This year’s program at Hope Bay is designed to improve and expand resources at Madrid and Boston for inclusion in a feasibility study for Phase II, as well as complete an aggressive exploration program along the Madrid trend. There are currently three drill rigs coring at Hope Bay with an expansion to 8-9 drills by early April. Details of the proposed program are being completed and the final program is subject to Miramar board approval.

This represents a slightly larger program than completed in 2006 when 65,975 meters were completed. The 2006 program was very successful and primarily focused on defining and delineating resources as well as establishing continuity between the deposits at Madrid. Despite the infill focus of the 2006 program, we do expect that there will be an increase to resources at Hope Bay. Calculations for the 2006 year end resource summary are nearing completion and will be released in the next few weeks.

“The 2007 field program has commenced on what I expect will be another big year for Miramar and our shareholders,” said Tony Walsh, Miramar’s President & CEO. “We are very excited about the upcoming program at Hope Bay, particularly the drilling to test resource expansion at Madrid as well as an initial attempt to illustrate the global size of the mineralized system at Madrid along strike and to depth. This year we plan to do significantly more exploration of other identified high potential targets along the Madrid trend. This exploration will commence immediately. Continued exploration success and ongoing conceptual development will enable us to deliver a solid plan for the next phase of development at Hope Bay.”

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UBCIC Supports Consultation with Hwlitsum First Nation Prior to Ratification of Tsawwassen Treaty

OPEN LETTER to Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia

March 15, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Government of Canada
SENT VIA FAX: (613) 995-0101

Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier
Government of British Columbia
SENT VIA FAX: (250) 387-0087

Dear Prime Minister Harper and Premier Campbell:

Please find enclosed a copy of UBCIC Resolution 2007-01 entitled Hwlitsum Support, a duly passed resolution which was unanimously endorsed at the UBCIC Chiefs Council of January 30, 2007.

The UBCIC Executive conveys its complete support of the Hwlitsum First Nation to protect their Aboriginal Title. Furthermore, we fully support the Hwlitsum First Nation’s right to a full and complete consultation process that will properly accommodate their Aboriginal Title interest before ratification of the Tsawwassen treaty.

Sincerely,

Chief Stewart Phillip
President

Chief Robert Shintah
Vice-President

Chief Mike Retasket
Secretary-Treasurer

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Canada’s New Government Supports Aboriginal Women in Saskatchewan

YORKTON, Saskatchewan, March 15, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), announced funding of $17,100 for the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corporation. These funds will enable the organization to develop two Aboriginal Women’s Self-Governance workshops to be delivered in Prince Albert and Keeseekoose First Nation.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to improving the quality of lives of Aboriginals across the country,” said Minister Oda. “I am proud to support this project, which will help Aboriginal women to participate actively in the life of their community.”

“I congratulate the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corporation for organizing these workshops,” said Minister Skelton. “This project will directly affect the quality of life for participants and benefit their community, both culturally and socially

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Project Hope Expands Treatment Services For Youth In Northern Communities

March 15, 2007

Additional addictions and mental health counsellors, outreach workers and mobile treatment services in communities throughout the North now provide youth and their families with enhanced access to treatment for substance abuse and addictions.

“The government is committed to expanding our ability to treat substance abuse, particularly among our youth,” Healthy Living Services Minister Graham Addley said. “Implementing the initiatives of Project Hope remains a top priority. We continue to work with the Regional Health Authorities to provide accessible, flexible and effective treatment options.”

As part of Project Hope, nine positions have been added to the addictions workforce in Northern Saskatchewan over the past year. Two are Mobile Treatment Co-ordinators hired in the Keewatin Yatthé and Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Authorities. Mobile treatment is an effective method of delivering day-patient services to small northern communities. Presently, Mobile Treatment services are being provided to youth in the communities of Sandy Bay and La Loche.

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MMF and Canada Take Important Steps!

For Immediate Release – March 15, 2007

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, and Member of Parliament for Provencher, and Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand held a news conference to announce $1.05 million in funding to support the MMF and programs for Aboriginal youth and the Michif language.

“I want to thank the Honourable Vic Toews for his commitment to the Metis People,” said President Chartrand. “Today’s continued support is an important step in building our relationship for the mutual benefit of the Metis and all Canadians.”

“I also want to thank the Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage, for her support of our governance, youth, and culture,” President Chartrand went on to say. “We are pleased with her recognition of the MMF as the voice of the Metis people in our province.”

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Neighbourhoods Alive! Celebrates Accomplishments, Looks To Future In Thompson: Ashton

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THOMPSON-Neighbourhoods Alive! funding of $180,000 for seven more community projects that will improve recreation, renew homes and help the disadvantaged in Thompson was announced here today at the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation’s (TNRC) annual general meeting by Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton.

“I’d like to congratulate the renewal corporation on its accomplishments over the past five plus years as we have worked together to rejuvenate Thompson,” said Ashton. “Your recent efforts to develop a new neighbourhood renewal plan will guide revitalization efforts in Thompson for the next five years.”

Since 2001, Neighbourhoods Alive! has partnered with the Thompson renewal corporation to commit over $1.2 million under the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund for over 50 local revitalization projects. They include improvements to Cliff Park in partnership with the City of Thompson, several new play structures in partnership with the Mystery Lake School Division and several murals painted by northern artists.

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UBCIC Supports St’at’imc Government-to-Government Negotiation

March 15, 2007

Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier
Office of the Premier

SENT VIA FAX: (250) 387-0087

Dear Premier Campbell:

Please find enclosed a copy of UBCIC Resolution 2007-09 entitled Support for St’át’imc Government to Government Negotiation, a duly passed resolution which was unanimously endorsed at the UBCIC Chiefs Council of January 30, 2007.

The UBCIC Executive would like to take this opportunity to convey the full support of the St’át’imc Chiefs Council in its government-to-government negotiations with the Province of BC. We also fully support that discussions at the First Nations Leadership Council must not impede or obstruct the government-to-government negotiations between the St’át’imc and the Province of BC. The discussions at the First Nations Leadership Council must not be used as a convenient excuse to prevent good-faith negotiations and creative solutions at government-to-government tables such as the St’át’imc Chiefs Council.

Sincerely,

Chief Stewart Phillip
President

Chief Robert Shintah
Vice-President

Chief Mike Retasket
Secretary-Treasurer

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Canada’s New Government Supports Canada’s East Coast And Arctic Seal Hunts

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I am aware that today is a day chosen by animal rights groups to tell a one-sided, misleading story about the seal hunt. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight to Canadians the Government of Canada’s support for the sustainable, economically viable and culturally significant East Coast and Arctic seal hunts.

I am encouraged to learn that, in their study of the humaneness of the hunt, the European Commission will be sending veterinary experts to observe the seal hunt this year. With all of the misinformation circulating around the seal hunt, I continue to work with my federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to advance Canada’s position on the seal hunt internationally.

Canada’s seal hunt serves as a model for other wild hunts around the world. The hunt is closely monitored and tightly regulated. Hunting methods have been proven humane. An independent veterinarians’ report published in 2002 in the Canadian Veterinary Journal found that the large majority of seals taken during the hunt are killed in an acceptably humane manner.

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STATS CAN Asks Aboriginal People Asked For Input!

March 15, 2007 Statistics Canada is undertaking the Aboriginal Peoples Survey and the Aboriginal Childrens Survey with results expected to be released in January 2008. The attached newsletter will give you some specifics that you need to know. Also, contact StatsCan at: 1-800-263-1136 or visit: website ~ Aboriginal Peoples Survey newsletter

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The Kativik Regional Government’s Female Employees Celebrated International Women’s Day with a Potluck Lunch

PRESS RELEASE

Kuujjuaq, Québec – March 12th 2007 – The Kativik Regional Government’s (KRG) female employees celebrated International women’s day with a potluck lunch on Thursday March 8th 2007. The chairperson for the KRG, Mrs. Maggie Emudluk attended the lunch and introduced the theme for the lunch which was Ending Violence Against Women, Action for Real Results.

Special guests, Dorothy Mesher and Christina Gordon of Kuujjuaq, and Maureen Cooney from the Kativik Regional Health Board of Health and Social Services were invited to speak about the issues around Ending Violence Against Women, Action for Real Results. The participants shared information about what kind of work is being done in our region in terms of support for victims of violence and for the prevention of spousal abuse.

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Inuit of Canada Set the Record Straight at Sealing Protests

Ottawa, 15 March, 2006 – The Inuit of Canada are uniting today to show solidarity and support in defiance of the anti-sealing protesters. Publicity against the sealing industry has overshadowed Inuit rights and practices for too long now.

“We are proud to be Inuit, proud to be Canadian, and proud to be seal hunters,” Said Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “The seal is intrinsic to our survival as Inuit. We have hunted seals for thousands of years. It provides food, clothing, shelter, fuel, and economic sustenance, and is deeply ingrained in our traditional culture. Inuit hunt seals year around. We will continue to hunt hopefully for many generations to come.”

“We support the initiatives of our fellow Inuit in working to protect markets for seal pelts and products,” added Mary Simon. “We intend to communicate our side of the sealing story to Europeans in the weeks to come, at The Hague, London, Brussels, and Berlin. I support Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik’s initiative to lead an upcoming mission to those locations, and speak out on behalf of Inuit.

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Province Backs Success For Aboriginal Youth

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ARR0001-000261
March 14, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia is providing $10,000 to support a conference this week to help Aboriginal youth from across Canada prepare for a healthy and successful future, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

“British and Columbia and Canada need confident Aboriginal youth prepared to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said de Jong. “Young Aboriginal people attending this conference are striving to learn how they can help their peers, families and communities overcome some of the challenges to a healthy future, including violence, substance abuse and despair.”

The 5th Annual Aboriginal Youth, Violence, and Changing Times Training Conference brings together Aboriginal youth from every province and territory for a four-day gathering focused on the theme “Ending Violence – Strengthening Our Circle.” Participants will learn from sharing their experiences, attending workshops and hearing motivational presentations by successful Aboriginal youth role models.

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Speaking Notes For The Honourable Jim Prentice Infrastructure at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Speaking Notes For The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians Announcement:

Infrastructure at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
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I am very pleased to be with you today in London.

And I would especially like to thank Chief Riley of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation for inviting me.

It is an honour to be standing with your on the traditional territory.

We all recognize that clean drinking water is vital to the health and safety of every Canadian. Accordingly, about one year ago, a collaborative effort between the federal government and First Nations was launched that would address the challenges associated with drinking water on reserves.

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Canada’s New Government Supports Nibi Kwewag Committee

NORTH BAY, Ontario, March 15, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced funding of more than $24,000 for the Nibi Kwewag Committee. These funds will support the organization’s Women’s Walking Together project, which features a three-day conference on the challenges of contemporary life for Aboriginal women.

“Canada’s New Government understands the importance of helping Aboriginal women to participate more fully in community and civic life,” said Minister Oda. “We are proud to support the Nibi Kwewag Committee.”

“I commend the Nibi Kwewag Committee for its initiative in organizing a conference focused on enhancing life for Aboriginal women and their families living in northern Ontario communities,” said Minister Clement. “Canada’s New Government is pleased to support the Women’s Walking Together project.”

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Canada’s New Government Supports Manitoba Métis Federation

WINNIPEG, March 15, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced over $1,050,000 in funding for the Manitoba Métis Federation. This funding supports the Manitoba Métis Federation’s day-to-day operations, programs for urban Aboriginal youth, and a Michif Languages Program.

“The Métis people have a rich cultural heritage,” said Minister Oda. “We are proud to support this organization to ensure that the Métis people continue to have a voice in Manitoba and in Canada.”

“Canada’s New Government is committed to enabling Aboriginal people to fully participate in the social, political, economic and cultural life of the country,” said Mr. Toews. “We are pleased to support the Manitoba Métis Federation.”

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Low-Income Families In The North Get Increased Assistance To Address High Cost Of Food And Essentials

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Employment and income assistance (EIA) for residents of Manitoba’s northern and remote communities will increase effective April 1 to help residents buy expensive essential goods and nutritious food, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
 
“This additional support will provide much-needed relief to address the higher cost of essential items in the north,” said Mackintosh. “We want to build on the initiatives we’ve taken by providing more resources for things people in the south may take for granted such as the affordability of nutritious food and other important necessities.”

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Five Albertans Receive National Aboriginal Award

News Release
March 15, 2007

Edmonton… Five Albertans are among 14 outstanding First Nations, Inuit, and Métis who will be recognized for career achievements at the 14th National Aboriginal Achievement Awards on March 16th in Edmonton.

“The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards are the highest honour the Aboriginal community can bestow upon its own achievers,” said Guy Boutilier, Minister of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations. “Hosting the awards in Alberta is an opportunity to promote and celebrate Aboriginal success stories in our province and across Canada.”

A national jury of past Aboriginal Achievement Award recipients reviews the nominations and selects 12 individuals for career achievements and two individuals for youth and lifetime achievement awards. Of the five Alberta award winners, three will be recognized for their career accomplishments in health, public service, and arts, while two will receive the youth and lifetime achievement awards.

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Aboriginal Business Leader Gives the Gift of Opportunity

Vancouver B.C., March 15 2006 – Well known master Aboriginal business leader, Dave Tuccaro, is once again leading by example. He has kicked off the sponsorship fund raising drive of the Shudokan Karate and Education Canada Society through a donation of $10,000 towards the society’s ongoing efforts to help Aboriginal and inner city kids.

Shudokan is a non-profit society that has helped hundreds of youth lead healthier lives using sports/martial arts as a springboard to achieve education and other goals.

Shudokan will be featured on the inspiring new national television program of Brenco Media, Tears and Triumphs, a thirteen part series that shares the stories of Aboriginal athletes.

The program will be airing nationally on APTN on the following times: March 15th at 2 PM, March 16th at 7 PM, and March 17th at 7PM. Shudokan was also recently profiled on First Talk withTamara Bull, a national television talk show that airs daily on OMNI & APTN.

The Society is launching a major fund raising campaign. Sponsors and donors can download a full sponsorship package by clicking on: http://www.shudokan.ca/sponsors.shtml
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For further information go to: http://www.shudokan.ca/ or Call (604) 275-6670

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National Chief Welcomes Today’s 2007 Alternate Federal Budget’s Commitment to Close the First Nations Poverty Gap with Rest of Canada

OTTAWA, March 15 – The 2007 Alternate Federal Budget, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, allocates a total of $6.1 billion in spending for First Nations over the next three years.

“This represents an ideal budgetary response to the needs of First Nations. It meets the requirements of First Nations after years of failed promises and commitments that have not been met. It is also consistent with what was promised in the 2005 Kelowna Accord,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “This is a fair, reasonable and achievable response to the kind of investments that First Nations are seeking in the next three years. It will enable us to be real contributors to Canada’s economy.”

The alternate budget addresses critical funding issues such as First Nations child welfare, housing, land claims, education, environment, and Non Insured Health Benefits. The budget also eliminates the Department of Indian Affairs’ two per cent funding cap that has been strangling First Nations communities since 1996.

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PSEPC: Minister Day Announces Over $1.9M to Support Crime Prevention in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(March 15, 2007) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Wally Oppal, British Columbia Attorney General and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, today announced $1,938,000 in funding to prevent youth gang violence in British Columbia.

The Preventing Youth Gang Violence in B.C. project is a four-year strategy to help guide communities on how to prevent youth gang violence. It is the first of its kind in the province.

“Canada’s New Government is taking a balanced approach to keeping our communities safe by focusing on law enforcement and crime prevention,” said Minister Day. “This funding will help youth at risk make smarter choices and will help prevent their involvement in gangs and serious criminal activities,” he added.

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McGuinty Government Investments will Strengthen Aboriginal Social Service Agencies

Key Element In Strategy To Boost Jobs And Economic Renewal

TORONTO, March 15 – The McGuinty government is investing more than $760,000 to build, renovate, upgrade and repair Aboriginal social service agencies across Ontario, Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced today.

“Our government is continuing to build a healthier future for Aboriginal communities across Ontario,” said Meilleur. “This investment will help Aboriginal social service agencies remain safe, secure, and in good repair so they can focus on providing important services to those who need them.”

More than $650,000 is being directed to seven projects at Aboriginal agencies that provide services to people with a developmental disability. Aboriginal community agencies that provide programs and services for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children will also share in more than $105,000 for 12 projects. Projects focus on a variety of building and repair projects to improve their agency sites.

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Kaiser Foundation 2007 National Awards for Excellence Winners

Six unique Canadian individuals and organizations recognized for dedication in promoting physical and mental health by reducing harm from substance abuse

VANCOUVER, March 15 – The Kaiser Foundation announced today the names of six superior Canadians and organizations selected for the 2007 Awards for Excellence Program in reducing harm from substance use. Each recipient shares a common purpose–the steadfast commitment of helping people adversely affected by substance abuse-to live healthier, happier, and safer lives.

The six award categories and 2007 recipients are:

Excellence in Public Policy: Donald McPherson, Drug Policy Coordinator, City of Vancouver, British Columbia

Excellence in Community Programming: African Canadian Development & Prevention Network (ACDPN) Management Committee, Montreal, Quebec

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Kashechewan Speaks Out

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Kashechewan Chief Jonathan Soloman will respond to the Alan Pope Report on Friday at 11am in the Queen’s Park Media Studio.

Solomon will be meeting with Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice to present the results of a community consultation process over where to move the flood-ravaged community.

Soloman will be joined in Toronto by Grand Chief Stan Loutit and Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus. Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson, the NDP’s Native Affairs Critic, will join via video-conference.

Report on the Kashechewan First Nation and its People

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