Jason Markusoff , edmontonjournal.com
Published: Saturday, February 09
HINTON – An Alberta Liberal government would restore the Aboriginal Affairs ministry and better health services for the booming off-reserve population, party leader Kevin Taft announced today in a western Alberta riding where one in four residents identify as aboriginal.
CANADIAN MINING PERSPECTIVES: Continuing high prices to drive mineral industry
GOWLING LAFLEUR HENDERSON (Gowlings) released its annual Trendwatch for the mining industry last month. In it the firm makes the case for continuing high prices in the mining industry. Here is what Gowlings had to say:
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The Southern Chiefs Organization will be hosting First Nations Trade Summit 2008 & Trade Show here in Winnipeg March 13 & 14 at the Transcona Country Club. The Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce has forged a partnership with the SCO to support this event.
Suicide is a deeply troubling event that challenges our assumptions about the meaning and value of life and leaves a wake of pain and perplexity among the families and friends of those who end their lives. What makes life worth living despite hardship and adversity? What makes some individuals decide to take their own lives or to act impulsively in self-destructive ways with no regard for their future? To what extent does suicide reflect individual suffering or a wider social predicament? Although suicide is just one indicator of individual and collective suffering, it demands special attention because of its severity and finality.
Latitude Wireless has brought its cellular voice and Internet service to the Nunavut community of Rankin Inlet.
“We are very excited to be introducing Latitude Wireless service in our first Nunavut community,” said Lee Vincent, the General Manager of Northwestel Wireless, which owns Latitude Wireless in Nunavut. “We hope that residents of the community will enjoy having this new access to a cellular and mobile Internet service that is comparable in quality and price to all other cellular providers in Canada.”
The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to invite residents and visitors to take part in the second weekend of the 30th edition of Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, which takes place in the Capital Region until February 17, 2008.
Conditions that led to the deaths of two little girls will persist until mainstream society acts
Feb 10, 2008 04:30 AM
The two children, Kaydance and Santana Pauchay, who froze to death on the Yellow Quill reserve in Saskatchewan are not the first to die this horrible way on a First Nation reserve, Métis or Inuit community.
First Nations House at the University of Toronto Presents Aboriginal Awareness Week, Honouring Our Students: Past and Present. For a complete lisitng of events, please visit http://www.fnh.utoronto.ca/upcomingEvents.html
Time: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
On Campus : St. George » Borden Building North » 563 Spadina Avenue » First Nations House, 3rd Floor
We are currently sending out a call for volunteer staff, such as coaches, assistant coaches and managers, of Aboriginal ancestry, for the Aboriginal Team BC to compete in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in the Cowichan Valley August 3-10 2008.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy is appalled by the ongoing housing shortage for NAPS officers, following a fire in Marten Falls First Nation that destroyed the old age home in which a Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services (NAPS) officer was staying, resulting in the officer being removed from the community and temporarily re-assigned.
WHITEHORSE, YUKON – A select group of Yukon performers and artists will participate in Winterlude in Canada’s Capital Region, thanks to coordinated efforts between the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Government of Yukon.
Countdown begins to the ’08 Cannington Dog Sled Race & Winter Carnival Feb. 22nd, 23rd and 24th
CANNINGTON, ON, Feb. 8 – The 4th Annual Cannington Dog Sled Race & Winter Carnival is just days away – and this year, the fun-filled extravaganza taking place just minutes north of the GTA is bigger and better than ever before!
More than 70 dog sled teams from across North America will be competing for a $10,000 purse as the picturesque town of Cannington welcomes thousands of spectators to the celebration, billed as one of the best of its kind in Canada.
WHITEHORSE – Over 70 representatives from universities, the federal and northern territories governments, the Yukon and First Nations governments and Yukon College officials will be at the Yukon College Whitehorse campus Feb. 12 to map out the next steps on how a Yukon Research Centre of Excellence might operate in Yukon.
OTTAWA, Feb. 8 – The picture of employment of historically marginalized Canadians in the federal public service is not as rosy as the government would like to have us believe, says the Public Service Alliance of Canada, a union representing more than 100,000 federal public service workers.
“The report submitted by the Canada Public Service Agency to Parliament on Employment Equity support many of our arguments that we presented earlier this week to the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights,” says Ed Cashman, the PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for the National Capital Region.
PROTEST: CHURCH LEADERS WARNED
Details demanded on children missing from residential schools
The Canadian Press
February 9, 2008
TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the heads of Canada’s Anglican, Catholic and United churches were put on notice yesterday that protesters won’t rest until everything is known about the tens of thousands of aboriginal children who disappeared from residential schools.
VANCOUVER – Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation, Jim Kenyon, attended a recent Provincial and Territorial Ministers Housing meeting in Vancouver, and reported that there is unified agreement to address Canada’s present housing situation for those in need.
N.W.T. MLAs demand way to kill Deh Cho Bridge project
Newly-surfaced report backs skeptics’ concerns
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 6:20 PM CT
Critics of a bridge over the Mackenzie River went after N.W.T. Premier Floyd Roland during question period Friday, armed with a newly-surfaced report that says the bridge project’s costs would outweigh its benefits.
WHITEHORSE – Members of the Education Reform Project Executive Committee; Chief Joe Linklater, Chief Liard McMillan and Minister of Education Patrick Rouble, today released the Education Reform Project final report.
Bacteria tests in Arctic hamlet may unlock stomach cancer mystery
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 9:57 AM CT
Hundreds of adults living in the small Arctic hamlet of Aklavik, N.W.T., joined a research study this week by getting tested for a stomach bacterium that may be behind the community’s high incidence of stomach cancer.
Committee reviews business ties of ex-Nunavut minister
Letters show David Simailak was asked to approve loans for his own business interests
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 1:51 PM CT
Former Nunavut cabinet minister David Simailak was asked to approve two $1 million dollar loans for companies in which he had business interests, correspondence reviewed this week by a standing committee of MLAS revealed.
Montreal – Ms. Rita Shelton Deverell, one of Canada’s most respected Black broadcasters, TV producers and directors, actors and journalism educators,will be the keynote speaker at the third Annual Lecture on Diversity and Canadian Media. Her lecture is entitled, “Who Will Inherit the Airwaves?”. The event will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Samuel Bronfman Building of Concordia University, at 1590 Dr. Penfield (corner of Côte des Neiges), Montreal.
Another chapter in the sad saga of aboriginal residential schools has begun to emerge. Members of First Nations communities and their supporters are demanding to know what happened to thousands of aboriginal children who died at government- and church-sponsored residential schools.
Letter to PM demands to know where kids are buried
By Michael Oliveira, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the heads of Canada’s Anglican, Catholic and United churches were put on notice Friday that protesters won’t rest until everything is known about the tens of thousands of aboriginal children who disappeared from residential schools.
Autopsy results released Monday in Yellow Quill children deaths
Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, February 09, 2008
Autopsies on the bodies of two children found frozen to death last week on the Yellow Quill First Nation have been completed and the results will be released Monday, Saskatchewan’s chief coroner said Friday.
WHITEHORSE, Feb. 8 – Premier Dennis Fentie and Yukon First Nations Chiefs are leading a delegation to Ottawa to meet with federal ministers, politicians and senior government officials on the need to develop a timely and inclusive process for responding to issues identified in the report on the nine year review of the implementation of the Yukon treaties.
“We are going to Ottawa to discuss issues brought up at earlier tripartite meetings and to profile our desire to work collaboratively on governance and land claims implementation objectives,” Fentie said.
IQALUIT, Nunavut (February 8, 2008) – Canada’s Minister of the Environment John Baird, together with Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik and Nunavut Environment Minister Olayuk Akesuk today announced the Government of Canada is investing $1.6 million in the Sylvia Grinnell Bridge Project. Minister Baird made the announcement on behalf of the Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and the Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 8, 2008
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
NORTH VANCOUVER – A new integrated Aboriginal policing unit will deliver an enhanced, community-focused policing service to the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Solicitor General John Les announced today during a signing ceremony with the partners in the agreement.
Iqaluit, Nunavut, February 8, 2008 — To better address the infrastructure needs and priorities of Nunavut communities, the governments of Canada and Nunavut today announced the signing of a Framework Agreement worth $242.68 million under Building Canada, the Government of Canada’s new long-term infrastructure plan. The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, with the Honourable Paul Okalik, Premier of Nunavut, and the Honourable Levinia Brown, Minister of Community and Government Services for the Government of Nunavut, participated in today’s announcement.
Bishops meet with Assembly of First Nations chief for first time
By Deborah Gyapong
Canadian Catholic News
ONE of seven Catholic bishops who met for the first time with the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) January 29 said he hopes upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings will be “balanced.”
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Feb. 8, 2008) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that Kelly-Ann Speck has been re-appointed as a full-time member of the National Parole Board (NPB) and has been designated as Vice-Chairperson of the Pacific Region. Minister Day also announced the appointment of Gordon McRae as a part-time member in the Pacific Region.
Kevin Libin, National Post
Published: Thursday, February 07, 2008
Listen to James Tooley’s stories about the places his studies in education have taken him and to some Canadians, they might sound strangely familiar. He has made a career visiting classrooms in the Third-World slums of Somalia, Zimbabwe, India, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, where abject poverty is the norm, parents have little — if any — higher education and children live in the most degraded conditions imaginable.
Feb 08, 2008 04:30 AM
Politicians imperil native college
Column, Feb. 6
After reading Carol Goar’s column, I was left shaking my head in dismay. A few years ago, I taught a few courses in the joint First Nations Technical Institute-Ryerson University bachelor of public administration program.
Feb 08, 2008 04:30 AM
Politicians imperil native college
Column, Feb. 6
I have had the privilege of being president of Centennial College in Toronto, chair of the Council of Regents for the college system, serving on Bob Rae’s post-secondary review panel and was twice the president of the First Nations Technical Institute in Tyendinaga.