Jobs will reduce suicide rates on reserves, chief says
The Canadian Press
March 20, 2008
EDMONTON — With swagger and a shoot-from-the-lip sense of humour, Chief Clarence Louie won over a crowd of corporate leaders yesterday with his simple prescription for the problems facing Canada’s aboriginals – jobs.
SASKATOON, March 20 – First Nations Bank of Canada (“First Nations Bank”) had a great year in 2007. The addition of new Aboriginal Shareholders, another year of record earnings and expansion into new markets were all very positive developments for the Bank. In October First Nations Bank announced that it had closed a private placement […]
National Union expresses concern over the refusal of the Harper government to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Ottawa (20 Mar. 2008) – As March 21st – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – approaches, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is once again calling on the Harper government to end it’s opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2008
“The Union of BC Indian Chiefs concerns are deepening as the Frank Paul Inquiry continues to reveal more and more startling evidence,” said Grand Chief Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Former investigator for the police complaint commissioner, Bill MacDonald provided testimony yesterday stating that the findings of pathologist Rex Ferris indicated that Paul was already dead in the police wagon. This evidence serves to demonstrate and expose the fundamental flaws of the initial investigations.”
The AFOA-Grant Thornton Aboriginal Youth Financial Managements Awards are open to First Nation youth in grades 11 and 12. Winners attend AFOA’s National Conference and participate in a special Youth program designed to introduce youth to careers in Aboriginal finance and management.
There is a great demand both within First Nation communities and off-reserve for Aboriginal financial management professionals and there are many opportunities for those who want to pursue this career path and many sources of assistance. However, very few of our young people are pursuing and education in financial management after high school.
TORONTO, March 19 – Jailing community leaders of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwig First Nation (KI) is not an outcome to the dispute between KI and mineral explorer Platinex Inc. that was welcomed by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).
“It’s sad and disappointing,” commented PDAC President Jon Baird. “We hoped that the decision to take recourse with the courts could be avoided. But we also felt that the judge’s original decision was constructive in its directive to the parties involved to communicate and resolve their differences. There should have been scope for an amicable, mutually beneficial, negotiated resolution to the dispute without it escalating into the present unfortunate outcome.”
WENDAKE, QC, March 19 – The Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador denounces the “double standards” of the Harper government, on international issues. “Canada cannot really play the card of advocate for human rights, after it brought discredit upon itself on this subject, by voting against the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples”, stated today, Ghislain Picard.
$1 billion capital investment for hospitals and health facilities, schools, roads and highways
Ensuring Saskatchewan is “Ready for Growth” – that was the focus of the 2008-09 Provincial Budget handed down by Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer today.
“This Budget is about keeping our promises, and making sure Saskatchewan is ready for growth,” Gantefoer said. “This Budget delivers on 40 of our government’s campaign promises, and it begins to address the infrastructure deficit left by the previous government.
The 2008-09 budget ensures Saskatchewan is prepared to sustain the current economic growth through more training seats, additional financial support for students, and support to attract and retain young people and immigrants in Saskatchewan. It also helps address the infrastructure deficit through $45.8 million in capital investments for post-secondary institutions under the Ready for Growth initiative.
Attention to all Indigenous Peoples: Inuit, Metis, & First Nations!!
A call for quilt blocks acknowledging and honouring our pain and horror, BUT MOVING ON TO HEALING, TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE.
As part of my efforts to help us along on our personal healing journeys, I am putting out a call for quilt blocks. Each square should be 13” x13”. The design is yours; the colours are yours; the embellishments are yours; the materials you use are your choice. Just make sure the blocks can be added and used in the quilt. You can even paint on canvas or stiff paper, or use photos or pictures, because I can get these things transferred onto fabric – which can then be used in the quilt. If you have any questions about what media you can use, please get a hold of me.
March 10, 2008 – Hydro One is contributing $10,000 to the Long Lake #58 First Nation to fund the construction of an outdoor multi-purpose recreation facility. The grant is part of the company’s new PowerPlay program that benefits children’s outdoor and active play facilities.
The multi-purpose facility is one of 48 projects to receive funding in the initial round of PowerPlay grants. More than $450,000 will be awarded this winter and Hydro One is accepting applications now for the next round of grants, with a deadline of April 30, 2008.
Hydro One is contributing $15,000 to the Naotkamegwanning Northwest Angle Education Authority to fund the construction of a new playground. The grant is part of the company’s new PowerPlay program that benefits children’s outdoor and active play facilities.
The construction of the playground is one of 48 projects to receive funding in the initial round of PowerPlay grants. More than $450,000 will be awarded this winter and Hydro One is accepting applications now for the next round of grants, with a deadline of April 30, 2008.
CALGARY, March 19 – EnCana Corporation is making a major contribution to the advancement of research on energy and the environment with a $7.5 million donation to the University of Alberta. This is one of the largest corporate donations to date in the university’s Campaign 2008 and was made in honour of the U of A’s centenary.
The donation establishes the endowed EnCana Scholars Awards and EnCana Research Chairs, one in water resources and another in environmental engineering. These endowments address the recognition that supplying energy to future generations will require building a critical mass of research on energy and the environment.
The following statement was issued by the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. It was also read in the House of Assembly:
I rise today to inform honourable members of the third Annual Aboriginal Women’s Conference that took place last week in St. John’s.
The Path to Economic Prosperity was the theme of this year’s conference, which focused on economic opportunities. Forty Aboriginal women from across the province gathered to hear from Aboriginal, government and business leaders, community groups, and others on the growing opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. As well, information sessions were held on post-secondary education possibilities and current developments in several government sectors, including natural resources and tourism.
Federal funding for aboriginal housing, education ‘woefully inadequate’: Ontario
at 11:25 on March 19, 2008, EST.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO – Ontario’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister is slamming Ottawa for underfunding First Nations communities when it comes to housing, health care and education. Michael Bryant says federal funding for aboriginal social programs is “woefully inadequate.”
On September 19, 2007 the Government of Canada began receiving applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) which is one element of the court-supervised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Upon application and verification, eligible former students will receive $10,000 for the first year of residence, plus $3,000 for each school year (or part of a school year) after that.
Statistics as of March 18, 2008:
Total number of applications received: 89,810
Total number of applications currently in process: 4,818
Total number of applications requiring further information to complete processing: 8,284
Total number of applications processed: 76,708
– Number of payments issued: 60,478
– Number of applications not eligible for payment: 16,320
Calgary, Alberta – March 19, 2008 – Copper Fox Metals Inc. (“Copper Fox”) (TSX-Venture-CUU) announced today continued progress in the development of its Schaft Creek gold and copper project in northwest BC. “We are gaining ground on the critical areas necessary to bring about the development of this deposit”, said Guillermo Salazar S, President of Copper Fox. “We are on or ahead of schedule in all areas of the company’s project development plan”, said Salazar.
(March 19, 2008 – TORONTO) – The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation proudly announces Global Television and APTN as the returning exclusive broadcast partners of the 15th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Both networks are set to broadcast the NAAA Gala ceremony at 8pm ET/PT on Saturday, March 22 on Global […]
Charlie Angus will be taking part in a candle light ceremony in Fort Albany Thursday (Mar 20) in support of the Attawapiskat School Campaign. Daniel Metatawabin, the Education Director of Fort Albany First Nation, has announced plans to light a sacred fire and hold an education rally for Attawapiskat. The sacred fire was lit at the Fort Albany School on Monday March 17 and runs to March 20.
SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK–(March 19, 2008) – The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, was pleased today to visit two Saint John shelters, which have received funding through the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). This funding will ensure that support is provided to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“Our government is committed to helping Canadians who have hit tough times get the support they need to get back on their feet,” said Minister Solberg. “Today, I am pleased to celebrate funding that will provide important services and support to young mothers at First Step Housing, as well as to men at the Salvation Army shelter.”
The following statement was issued by the Honourable Jerome P. Kennedy, QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. It was also read in the House of Assembly:
I rise today to congratulate the first graduating class of Aboriginal legal interpreters. This eight week course was recently completed in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is a major step forward to further the understanding and engagement of Innu and Inuit people in the justice system.
A group of young people from the isolated Island Lake region in northern Manitoba will arrive at the Legislative Building today, ending a walkathon that started March 10 in Norway House aimed at raising awareness of issues facing youth in their communities.
Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson will meet the young people when they arrive at approximately 1 p.m.
Running a business is never an easy task. There are a number of pitfalls to avoid. Having the right tools to navigate through those obstacles is imperative for long- term success. Recently these issues and many more were addressed to employers and employees from the Aboriginal community during the Business Skills Workshop – ‘Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.’
Herb George, President of the National Centre for First Nations Governance, will be speaking on Thursday, March 20 in a talk presented by the Centre for the Study of Democracy. His talk, entitled “A Strategy to Implement Aboriginal and Treaty Rights” will take place at noon in 202 Policy Studies. For more information email Sps.Events@queensu.ca.
The Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments is conducting a review of Inuit post-secondary education students (Canadian regions only) this summer. Nasivvik is a multidisciplinary research and training centre within the Public Health Research Unit, CHUL Research Centre (Laval University) funded by the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (IAPH)/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Centre’s goal is to support training and education in the areas of Inuit health research in Canada.
Manitoba News Release
March 19, 2008
Five students from rural and northern Manitoba took part in a high-school hiring initiative and are now enrolled in engineering-related post-secondary studies, benefiting from a new sponsorship program, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the latest addition to the Whistler resort village, will feature exhibits including traditional and contemporary First Nations weavings, canoes carved from cedar logs, and artworks.
EDMONTON, March 19 – Today at a National Forum for First Nations Health Managers, held at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort, First Nations Health Managers will look for ways to create professional development opportunities, to recruit and retain quality employees and overcome issues like staff recruitment, retention and compensation.
First Nations Health Managers, have a much broader set of responsibilities than other health executives. In addition to hiring, firing and managing budgets, First Nation Health Managers are often involved in clinical work, health promotion, everything from education about pregnancy to disposing of remains at death. They work in environments where technology can change quickly, for example in telehealth, but staff shortages often make it hard for them to take time away from their communities to upgrade their skills.
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2008
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Council of Western Treaty 8 Chiefs
FORT ST. JOHN – Today, on Treaty 8 territory, the Province and chiefs of four Treaty 8 First Nations signed an economic benefits agreement that will provide a share of financial benefits from natural resource development on part of the First Nations’ territory to their communities and enhance land-use collaboration in B.C.’s northeast region, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong and the chiefs announced.
MNBC representatives provided a delegation of approximately 60 Aboriginal delegates and University administrators an overview the employment and training services provided by the MNBC. The MNBC presentation was well sreceived by delegates.
Métis Nation BC
Emplloyment & Traiiniing
∞ This presentation will assist you toward a better understanding of the Métis Employment and Training services.
∞ This will include some partnerships, program successes, and initiatives.
∞ Métis Nation British Columbia administers the Métis Human Resource Development Agreement (MHRDA) to improve the employment potential, earning capacity and selfsufficiency of Métis people in British Columbia.
Ardoch leader left in jail; Oversight causes Bob Lovelace to miss court date
Posted By Sue Yanagisawa
A second round of contempt charges against two Algonquin communities and several of their supporters, arising out of last summer’s uranium-mine protests north of Sharbot Lake, never really got off the ground yesterday.
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
March 19, 2008 at 4:55 AM EDT
TORONTO — Leaders of native communities in Northern Ontario have suspended talks with the provincial government on exploring for mineral riches on their traditional lands, potentially derailing future mining and other natural resources projects.
U’mista Cultural Society One of Seven Winners Worldwide of Grants Designed to Preserve and Protect Information Heritage
TORONTO, March 18 – EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the U’mista Cultural Society http://www.umista.ca/ in Alert Bay, B.C., is one of seven organizations receiving EMC Heritage Trust Project awards totaling US$100,000. The Heritage Trust awards are designed to protect and improve access to information in communities around the world. EMC received 325 applications from 34 countries since announcing the inaugural awards program last May.
Phil Fontaine, National Post
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The recent National Post series, “Rethinking the Reserve,” has renewed public debate and interest about the place of First Nations in Canada and our relationship to the state and the rest of Canadian society. This public spotlight allows us to focus on a key message: Investing in First Nations today pays dividends for Canada’s future. Our well-being is tied to Canada’s well-being as a nation.
Bands upset with ruling that sets aside aboriginal title argument
The chiefs of four Interior bands are angry after a B.C. Court of Appeal ruled their claims of aboriginal title can’t form part of their defence against charges they logged in 1999 in contravention of provincial laws.
For their continued disobeyance and defiance of a court order, six members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation were sentenced Monday to six-month jail terms in Thunder Bay‘s Superior Court.