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Métis National Council Concerned About Edmonton Police Service Exploitation of Vulnerable Aboriginal Women

Ottawa, ON (February 9, 2007) Métis National Council is deeply concerned about allegations that Aboriginal sex-trade workers were recruited to take drugs so they could be studied by the Edmonton Police in a training exercise. Regardless of whether or not these women gave their consent to participate in this “training,” Métis National Council would never […]

by NationTalk on February 10, 20071882 Views

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Media Advisory – February 12, 13, 14, 2007 – First Nations Women Leaders Forum in Vancouver

OTTAWA, Feb. 9 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine is the keynote speaker at the AFN’s First Nations Women Leaders Forum in Vancouver. The theme of this historic three-day forum is “Our Families, Our Lands, Our Future”. The purpose of this forum is to discuss critical issues, including poverty, matrimonial real property, the central role of women in sustainable communities, and First Nations jurisdiction.

A full agenda is available at www.afn.ca.
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The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243, cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca; Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789 ext 229, cell (613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca

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Opening Day Set For Dakota Dunes Casino

MEDIA RELEASE
February 6, 2007 (2007-02)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Whitecap Dakota First Nation, SK – Construction and commissioning of the Dakota Dunes Casino is within budget and ahead of schedule announced Zane Hansen, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.

“SIGA is pleased to announce the Dakota Dunes Casino will open to the public on September 6, 2007, almost one month ahead of schedule” stated Hansen. “A grand opening gala will be held in September to open Saskatchewan’s newest entertainment destination.”

by NationTalk on February 9, 20071431 Views

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Government of Canada Invites Letters of Intent and Project Proposals Under Round V of the Atlantic Innovation Fund

February 8, 2007
Moncton, New Brunswick

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today launched the next round of the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) by inviting eligible proponents to submit letters of intent and project proposals for AIF funding.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to investing in research and development that, once commercialized, will help build a more competitive economy in Atlantic Canada,” said Minister MacKay. “I am pleased to launch the next round of funding under the AIF, a program that is playing a key part in helping create jobs, increase trade and investment, retain highly skilled people and attract new talent to Atlantic Canada.”

by NationTalk on February 9, 2007932 Views

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Public Administrator Appointed For Aboriginal School

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Feb. 8, 2007

Ministry of Advanced Education

VICTORIA – A public administrator has been appointed to the Institute of Indigenous Government as a result of a preliminary inspection ordered by Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell following complaints and reporting irregularities made to the ministry.

The institute will continue to operate and classes will proceed as usual while the investigations are taking place, minimizing the disruption to students as much as possible.

The minister’s actions include:

· Putting a public administrator in place to take over the functions of the board of governors and education council of the Institute of Indigenous Government.

· Disbanding the board and council.

· Suspending the institute’s president, with pay.

· Appointing a team of investigators and a forensic auditor to review operations at the institute.

by NationTalk on February 9, 20071130 Views

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New SIGA President & CEO

MEDIA RELEASE
February 5, 2007 2007-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Board of Directors has selected Zane Hansen for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Hansen has served as Acting President and CEO, since January 2006. Hansen of the Waterhen Lake First Nation was hired by SIGA in January of 2005 for the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Prior to his role with SIGA, Mr. Hansen was employed by the Meadow Lake Tribal Council as the Director of Finance and Administration. During this time, Zane gained extensive experience in the management of public sector programs and commercial business developments.

“I am proud of the progress SIGA continues to make,” said Hansen. “I look forward to working with our team as we take on expansion projects and conduct our corporate business.”

by NationTalk on February 9, 20071944 Views

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Postponement of the Katimajiit Forum

Québec, February 9, 2007 – By common agreement, the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec and the Inuit have decided to postpone the holding of the Katimajiit Forum, which was supposed to be held in Kuujjuak on February 15th and 16th of this year, in order to better prepare the subjects that will be discussed. This is a postponement and not a cancellation. Indeed, the intention is to hold the forum at a later date, to be decided on by the three parties.

“ We jointly decided that it would be better to have this important event later in the year. Priorities such as Nunavik Government, high cost of living, Housing, Health, Culture and Education have to be discussed in a very near future and actions have to be taken,” emphasized Mr. Pita Aatami, President of Makivik Corporation.

by NationTalk on February 9, 2007974 Views

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Labour Force Survey

Friday, February 9, 2007

January 2007: Previous release

Employment increased by an estimated 89,000 in January, continuing the upward trend that began in September 2006. January’s employment increase was largely driven by growth in the two westernmost provinces. The unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points in January to 6.2%, the result of more people entering the labour force in search of work.

In January, the share of the working-age population who were employed across Canada hit a record high 63.4%.

Employment increased by an estimated 32,000 in British Columbia and by 24,000 in Alberta, pushing their employment rates to new record highs in January. Manitoba and Saskatchewan also posted record-high employment rates.

The strong demand for labour in Alberta and British Columbia has continued to draw Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike into the labour market; however, this was particularly true for Aboriginal people. Since January 2005, employment rates among off-reserve Aboriginal people living in these provinces have increased far more than those among their non-Aboriginal counterparts.

January’s growth was equally split between full and part time. While employment gains since January 2006 have been driven by full time, since October 2006, almost two-thirds of the increase in employment has been in part time.

Employment gains in Canada in January were largely spurred by growth in four industries: information, culture and recreation; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services as well as natural resources.

Overall manufacturing employment was unchanged in January; as continued weakness in Ontario was offset by gains in Western Canada, particularly in Alberta and Manitoba. Employment in this industry has been on an upward trend in these provinces since February 2006.

Adult women and men shared in the employment gains in January. Over the past year, employment growth among adult women has been particularly strong, growing by 3.4%.

In January, the number of employees in the private sector increased by 65,000, growing by 3.7% from a year ago. At the same time, the number of public sector employees was little changed.

To view full release, please visit here.

by NationTalk on February 9, 20072222 Views

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CLC/Job Numbers: Full-time Jobs Declined in Three Provinces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Feb. 9, 2007) – “More big numbers, some good news, yet much disappointment for those of us who believe that a job should bring economic security and improve the quality of life,” says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress about the Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for January 2007. (Check below for the detailed analysis of economist Erin Weir).

“It is truly good news that Statistics Canada can report real growth in employment for Aboriginal workers and it is good news that 89,000 new jobs were created last month. However, most of the new jobs are part-time, most of them are in activities where wages are usually low and employment security questionable.”

by NationTalk on February 9, 2007888 Views

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NovaGold’s Galore Creek Project Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 9, 2007) – NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG)(AMEX:NG) today reported that its Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project in northwestern British Columbia is rapidly advancing toward the start of construction in the second quarter of 2007, upon receipt of permits. The project is in the last stages of permitting, with the final public comment and review period underway. Final assay results from the 2006 drilling program have been received, and a resource update is targeted for the end of the first quarter.

Galore Creek Project Milestones

Q1-2007

– Receive Environmental Assessment Certificate

– Resource update based on 2006 drilling program

– Arrange project financing plans

Q2-2007

– Receipt of construction permits

– Board construction decision

– Initiate Phase 1 construction, building access road, tunnel and powerline

by NationTalk on February 9, 2007979 Views

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Birks & Mayors Endorses Boreal Forest Conservation – Canada’s Premier Jewellery Retailer calls for More Responsible Gold and Diamond Mining

MONTREAL, Feb. 8 – Birks & Mayors Inc. (Amex: BMJ), a leading operator of luxury jewellery stores, today announced its support for the protection of Canada’s Boreal Forest, the largest unspoiled ecosystem left on the planet and one of the last lines of defence against global warming, from expanding industrial development. With this announcement, Birks became the first Canadian jeweller to call for more socially and environmentally responsible production of gold and diamonds.

Birks & Mayors signed onto the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, a vision and commitment to the long-term sustainability of Canada’s Boreal region. The Boreal Framework was launched in 2003 and is led by the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI).

“For 128 years, Birks has lived by a set of principles to fully meet the responsibilities of corporate citizenship by contributing to the well-being of society and the environment in which it operates,” said Thomas A. Andruskevich, President and CEO of Birks & Mayors. “We feel it is our obligation, as Canada’s leading jeweler, to take the lead in the effort to protect the Boreal region and to support sustainable and responsible mining.”

by NationTalk on February 9, 20071076 Views

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Vincor Canada Toasted as Official Supplier to the 2010 Winter Games; Unveils New Commemorative Wines

VANCOUVER, Feb. 8 – Vincor Canada, A Constellation Company, is pleased to officially announce its sponsorship agreement with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

The six-year agreement provides Vincor Canada with “Official Supplier” sponsorship rights in the wine product and service category for the 2010 Winter Games, in addition to sponsorship rights to the Canadian Olympic Team for Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and the London 2012 Games.

President and CEO of Vincor Canada Jay Wright said, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honour our Canadian athletes while affirming our role as Canada’s wine industry leader. Like our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Vincor Canada shares a passion and determination towards excellence. This agreement is by far Vincor Canada’s most ambitious and broad-reaching sponsorship and will be great for the Canadian wine industry. I hope Canada will join us in the excitement that we feel regarding this exceptional opportunity to position Canadian wine brands on the world stage.”

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Time for Action Conference Empowers Métis to Make a Difference

EDMONTON, Feb. 8 – Over 200 people gathered at a Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) conference in Edmonton this week (February 7-9, 2007) to discuss the many challenges affecting the quality of life of the Métis community in Alberta.

The Time for Action: Strengthening Métis Communities conference was a chance for Métis people across the province to talk about some of the big issues facing them and their communities and the strategies needed to tackle them. One focus will be the quality of life and future possibilities for children and young adults in the community.

by NationTalk on February 9, 20071300 Views

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National Chief Responds to Minister Prentice’s Dismissal of The First Nations Child Welfare Crisis

OTTAWA, Feb. 8 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine recently announced that the AFN is considering filing a Canadian Human Rights Complaint against the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) based on discriminatory funding of First Nation Child Welfare Agencies.

“It is unfortunate that the Minister will not acknowledge the true extent of the problem, and instead chooses to focus on the exact number of on-reserve First Nation children in state care. As the Minister responsible for status Indians in Canada it is disappointing that the Minister is not concerned with the total number of First Nations children in care. Whether it is 27,000 or 37,000, it is tens of thousands too many. But to set the record straight, the following is based on indisputable evidence generated by third party AND joint INAC-AFN collaborative studies:

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– INAC funded a national research published report called Wen: de in 2005, based on three sample provinces where First Nation children are tracked in off-reserve agencies confirm the total number to be 27,000.
– Total conservative estimate is 27,000 First Nation children in provincial and First Nation agencies overall.
– INAC year end data confirms the on reserve total at 9,000, but the AFN's position is that all First Nations children matter, both on and off-reserve.

"The Minister went on to state that funding for First Nations Child and Family Services is not capped at 2% but increases annually by 11%. There are two budget components for any given child welfare agency, operational and maintenance," pointed out the National Chief. "The operational budget is the component that would enable the agencies to raise the quality of protection and engage in prevention services, this budget has been capped at 2% for the past decade."

by NationTalk on February 9, 20071781 Views

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Canada’s New Government Invests in Forest Competitiveness

MONTREAL, Feb. 8 – Canada’s New Government understands that a strong forest sector is vital to a strong Canadian economy. Today, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced funding of $127.5 million to address long-term competitiveness in the forest industry. These new measures will help begin to create the environment necessary for Canada’s industry to compete on a global scale.

The industry is currently facing a series of challenges, which includes increases in costs, appreciation of the Canadian dollar, growth in offshore competition and constraints to fibre supply.

“Our goal is a strong, competitive and sustainable forest products industry,” said Minister Lunn. “We will work with the provinces and industry to position Canada as a leader in new technologies, products and markets.”

by NationTalk on February 8, 20071006 Views

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Inuit Recommend Changes to Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Thursday, February 8, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and Duane Smith President of Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada), today urged the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development to recommend changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) which will result in tangible improvement for Inuit across Canada and throughout the circumpolar world.

”CEPA should be amended to require that environmental impacts on vulnerable populations, including Inuit, be considered in all stages of the risk assessment process. The legislation should be amended to require a consistent, regulated approach to pollution prevention planning in consultation with Inuit for all facilities that release or may release toxic substances of concern to Inuit,” said Mary Simon, President of ITK. “The Government of Canada should collaborate with Inuit to develop practices that are conducive to acquiring, understanding and integrating Inuit traditional knowledge into decision making on the environment and human health.”

by NationTalk on February 8, 20071042 Views

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Star Catcher: Brandon Finalists

February 8, 2007

Winnipeg, MB / February 7 2007: Star Catcher —Manitoba Aboriginal Talent Search 2007 presented by The Manito Ahbee Festival and the Red River Ex, held its first round of competitions at the Brandon Winterfest this past weekend.

The Amphitheatre in the keystone Centre opened its doors to hundreds of onlookers eager to experience the sounds of the C-weed band and be the first to congratulate the top three (3) finalists.

The talent search attracted 14 contestants from various communities: Gator Beaulieu, Shaun Roulette, Nikketa Campbell, James Shuttleworth,Crystal Hansen, Josh Witford, Wambdi Chante Hanska, Ken Boulette, Mary Mahler, Richard Mckay, Roxy Flett, Joe Mckay Jr., Edward Genaille and Lisa Stevenson.

by NationTalk on February 8, 20071651 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports Prince George New Hope’s Initiative To Help Women Starting New Lives

OTTAWA, Feb. 8 – The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, announced funding of $49,140 to Prince George New Hope Society, the first grant to be provided through the renewed Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada. This funding will help sex-trade workers start new lives by providing refuge and training opportunities.

“Canada’s New Government is proud to support this initiative, which is taking concrete actions to help directly sex workers and sexually exploited young women, particularly young Aboriginal women, with the safety, hope and tools to come off the streets,” Minister Oda said. “This is an example of the meaningful contributions the government is making to improve the situation of women in key areas, such as women’s economic status and violence against women and girls.”

by NationTalk on February 8, 2007981 Views

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Northern Sun Exploration Company Inc. – Corporate Update

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CALGARY, Feb. 8 – NORTHERN SUN EXPLORATION COMPANY INC. (the “Company”) is pleased to provide the following operations update:

The Company is focusing on its existing projects and diligently working on bringing industry partners in to drill its prospects in order to properly manage its finding and development costs and its cash position for new opportunities.

The Company has a healthy balance sheet as it has retired all outstanding debt and is current on its accounts payable, while continuing to build an inventory of exploration prospects.

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Grouard

The Company has identified seven new prospective multi-zone drilling locations from its previously shot proprietary 2D seismic program at its property near Grouard. Regulatory approvals for the locations have been acquired and the Company is pursuing a regional joint venture or farm-out opportunity in order to drill the program wells as soon as possible. The Company has approximately 4000 hectares of full rights consisting mainly of crown land and other Kapawe’no First Nation leased rights. Current production is 400 mcf/d (60 boed) with an additional 250 mcf/d (42 boed) behind pipe due to high pipeline pressures in the gathering system and facility.

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Grant To Help Historic Ranch Welcome More Visitors

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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Feb. 8, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

CACHE CREEK – The provincial government is providing a $40,000 operating grant to help the Friends of Historic Hat Creek House welcome more visitors to Hat Creek Ranch, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

“Hat Creek Ranch played a major role in the development of B.C.’s Interior, and I want to thank the Friends of Historic Hat Creek Ranch for their commitment to maintaining the site and offering innovative programming,” said Hagen. “I’m pleased to provide $40,000 and have my ministry work with the Friends to forge a sustainable operating plan, and I look forward to their participation in BC2008 celebrations.”

The grant will help fund staff beyond the regular operating season, which will allow them to plan more effectively for growth by developing new programming and marketing initiatives.

by NationTalk on February 8, 2007898 Views

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Canada’s New Government Invests in New Yukon Tourism Project

WHITEHORSE, YUKON (February 7, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, is pleased to announce an investment of $1.75 million over two years for the Great River Journey – an adventure tourism project that will take clients on a trip along on the historic Yukon River.

The project is a partnership between Great Northern Journeys Inc. and the FNIC Development Corporation, a consortium of First Nations. The investment will be used for project development, including the creation of a business plan, market research, site research and development and staff training. It is expected that over the next five years more than 30 jobs could be created in the region, and revenue to First Nations communities could be more than $5 million.

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Speaking Notes for Patrick Borbey Assistant Deputy Minister, Northern Affairs Program Indian and Northern Affairs Canada at the Great River Journey Launch

Speaking Notes for Patrick Borbey Assistant Deputy Minister, Northern Affairs Program Indian and Northern Affairs Canada at the Great River Journey Launch

Yukon Transportation Museum
Whitehorse, Yukon
February 7, 2007

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Good afternoon, everyone.

On behalf of Minister Prentice, I am delighted to be taking part in the launch of the Great River Journey, an exciting geotourism undertaking that will offer visitors from Canada and around the world an authentic guided journey through nature and history in the North.

The Great River Journey is a prime example of how the North’s resource potential can be channeled into innovative and positive projects that tap into new markets, strengthen the tourism sector, support the environment, and help to diversify the northern economy.

This world-class adventure offering will raise the profile of the North as a premier tourist destination internationally and generate economic benefits for all Northerners and Canadians, including more than 30 jobs expected to be created over five years in the region and more than $5 million in economic benefits to First Nations communities.

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Province Helps Preserve Important Gold Rush Site

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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Feb. 8, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

YALE – The provincial government is providing a $15,000 heritage grant to the Yale and District Historical Society to support capital maintenance projects at the Provincial Historic Site at Yale, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

“Yale played a significant role in the Fraser River and Cariboo gold rushes, which helped shape our province. The Provincial Historic Site at Yale remains a tangible reminder of that period in our history,” said Hagen. “In preparation for BC2008 celebrations, it will be great to have the site in good repair and I’m pleased to put $15,000 towards it.”

Since last year, the Yale and District Historical Society have been undertaking window, porch and exterior repairs to the historic Ward House, one of the oldest houses in the Province, which is located on the site. The capital grant will be used to assist with that work.

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Yukon Economic Development Supports Great River Journey

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February 7, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon today announced funding support for Great River Journey Inc., a new Yukon high-end destination tourism business.

“Great River Journey draws on Yukon’s breathtaking wilderness with a business model that works in partnership with Yukon First Nations,” Kenyon said. “This business builds on Yukon’s strategic advantages – its people, cultures and geography – and it is an excellent example of diversified economic development.”

The Department of Economic Development is providing $500,000 funding support to Great River Journey under its Strategic Industries Development Fund. This fund helps identify and assist the development of industries and strategic projects in Yukon that have the potential to provide broad-based economic benefits.

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Increased Job Opportunities For First Nations And Métis People

February 8, 2007

The Government of Saskatchewan signed a partnership agreement today to increase job opportunities for First Nations and Métis people in the province.

The Departments of First Nations and Métis Relations and Learning signed an Aboriginal Employment Development Program (AEDP) partnership agreement with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.

“All program partners are working together with the Saskatchewan Government to promote full participation of First Nations and Métis people in the economy of our province,” Learning Minister Deb Higgins said on behalf of First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag. “In Saskatchewan, we all share a vision, where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and realize their dreams of building a better future right here in the province.”

by NationTalk on February 8, 2007928 Views

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Kevin Krueger Appointed To Cabinet

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 7, 2007

Office of the Premier

VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell today announced the appointment of Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger as Minister of State for Mining. He was sworn into office by the lieutenant-governor in a ceremony today.

Krueger was formerly Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier responsible for Rural Development and is currently a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and Economy, where he previously served as Chair.

Krueger was re-elected as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson in 2005 after being elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001.

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Central And North Coast – One Year Later

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Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

The following is a chronology of the Central Coast and North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan’s progress over the past year:

February 7, 2006
· Announcement of agreement – carried by over 350 media outlets around the world.

· The combined Central Coast and North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) areas are approximately 6.4 million hectares, or more than twice the size of Belgium. The total combined protected areas (of which there are 107) for these regions will be approximately 1.8 million hectares, or more than three times the size of Prince Edward Island.

· They include more than 200,000 hectares of the Spirit Bear’s habitat, including the 103,000-hectare Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy.

· Commitment to a new system of sustainable resource management outside of the protected areas, known as Ecosystem-based Management (EBM), by March 2009.

· Commitment to ongoing collaboration, including the development of a governance structure to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the LRMP:
o To establish a North Coast Plan Implementation and Monitoring Committee (NC PIMC), and a Central Coast Plan Implementation and Monitoring Committee (CC PIMC).
o Commitment to create a technical Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) Working group to advise on the full implementation of EBM by March 2009.

· Commitment to continue to work with First Nations on land use plan implementation.

· Leverage funds in the existing Coast Sustainability Trust to achieve “no net job loses” in communities within the agreement areas. A special fund is also planned for First Nations economic opportunities.

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URGENT – Media Advisory for 11:30 a.m. Today

OTTAWA, Feb. 8 –
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The theme of the three-day Policy Forum, which began Tuesday, was “Healthy Water, Healthy Homes: Improving the Quality of Life”.

The objective of the forum was to captivate a more positive working relationship with government, industry and First Nations in dealing with the issues of adequate housing and safe drinking water for our communities.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Contacts: Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789, ext 229 or (613) 293-6106 or bhendry@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor – Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789, ext 243 or (613) 298-6382 or npine@afn.ca

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Phil Fontaine Will Appear on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC

Phil Fontaine

2007/02/08

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is on The Hour.

~ To view video, please visit here after it becomes available.

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No Prospecting Permits On Dehcho Land This Year

For immediate release

FORT SIMPSON – Feb. 6 – There will be no prospecting permits issued for Dehcho territory in 2007. This announcement was made today by Grand Chief Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nation, following a letter, Feb. 1, from the supervising mining recorder of Indian and Northern Affairs.

“In light of the ongoing negotiations leading to an Agreement in Principle, our decision this year is to not issue prospecting permits in the Dehcho territory,” wrote Karen Polakoff, the mining recorder.

Norwegian said that while he appreciated this announcement and saw it as a “small victory” he wondered why similar permits had been issued during the previous two years and why Canada could now recognize section 39 of the Interim Measures Agreement in 2007 but not previously. Section 39 of the IMA (2001) states that there should be no new prospecting permits issued in Dehcho territory without DFN approval.

“While we appreciate that Canada has honoured this agreement this year and see that as a positive development, we trust it will not be broken again as it was for the last two years,” Norwegian said.

For further information: Grand Chief Herb Norwegian 867-695-2355/2610

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Angus Calls For Action On Suicide Crisis In Kashechewan

2007-02-07

Charlie Angus says a spate of suicide attempts in Kashechewan is a shocking indictment of the failure of Canada’s commitments to the community. Over the past month, 21 young people have attempted suicide, the youngest being nine-years-old. Angus says he is shaken by this wave of hopelessness in the crisis-ridden community.

Today in the House, he challenged Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice to make a clear commitment to the community. “What future is there for the young people in Kashechewan? The grade school is shut down. There is no community centre for young people. This is not a regional shame. It is not a national shame. Kashechewan has become an international symbol of utter hopelessness.”

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$79,850 Donation to NOSM Bursary Fund Establishes Dr. John Cowan Bursary

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LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY, LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
February 7, 2007

For Immediate Release – Wednesday, February 7, 2007 – Earlier today, the Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Dr. John Cowan was recognized for his donation of $79,850 to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) Bursary Fund and the establishment of the Dr. John Cowan Bursary. Dr. Cowan accepted from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine a limited edition print by famed Northern Ontario artist Goyce Kakegamic, presented on behalf of the School by NOSM Founding Dean Dr. Roger Strasser at RMC in Kingston, Ontario.

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Dakota Dunes Casino News Conference

2007-02-07

A news conference was held at the site of the Dakota Dunes Casino on February 6, 2007. See attached media summary from Global TV for details.

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Métis Nation of Ontario Preliminary Housing Needs Questionnaire

Dear MNO Citizen:

Purpose: The Métis Nation of Ontario is conducting a preliminary survey to assess the housing needs of Métis citizens in communities across Ontario. Your participation is most important to this process. This is the first stage in a detailed feasibility study to be presented to the Ontario government in order to request Métis specific funding under the Affordable Housing Initiative. Currently there is money allocated for Aboriginal needs, and the Métis Nation of Ontario would like to determine through this survey process, the specific needs of our citizens. The potential benefits of such a program would extend not only to the MNO citizens, but to their various family members and relatives.

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Submission Deadline: 2007 Native American Music Awards

February 7, 2007

The submission deadline for the Native American Music Awards is next week. In order to submit, you first have to become one of their members. The details:

DEADLINE: February 15, 2007

2007 Membership Application ~ Click here
2007 Nomination Submission Form (Click on Link -PDF file) ~ Click here

The Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards is tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2007

Each year the annual Awards show program features over one dozen mesmerizing and dynamic performances by some of today’s leading Native American artists along with awards presentations in over 30 categories including; Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame.

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Indian Residential School Settlement Update February 7, 2007

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN

The National Chief is very proactive in protecting the interests of former Indian Residential School students, and in seeing the residential schools settlement implemented as quickly as possible. The current legal disputes between the Government and the Merchant Law Group could delay this process. Therefore, the AFN is requesting that these parties consent to resolve the legal fees issue separate from the Settlement Agreement to avoid delaying implementation of the agreement for survivors.

The National Chief recognizes that we are losing survivors at a rate of four per day, and that any delay is a delay for justice for the survivors.

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Ecological Value of Mackenzie Watershed far Greater than Natural Resources

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DEHCHO LEADERSHIP PLAN FOR MGP IMPACTS AND BENEFITS

FORT SIMPSON, NWT – Jan. 27 — Dehcho First Nations and Metis community leadership unanimously agreed that they were prepared and ready to take on the impacts and benefits of the massive Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) at a three-day leadership meeting here Jan. 23-25..

The leadership of the Dehcho will be the organization responsible for in developing a regional socio-economic investment plan for DFN communities with $700,000 in funds from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in advance of the proposed pipeline.

The 20 or so leaders, during intense discussions and analysis, made it clear that reviewing the information they have received form both governments and the MGP in no way prejudices their land claims negotiations with the federal and territorial governments or implies acceptance of the MGP across Dehcho lands.

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Negotiation or Confrontation: It’s Canada’s Choice – Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples Report on Specific Claims Acknowledged by National Chief

OTTAWA, Feb. 7 – Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine commented on the work of the Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples on the release of its federal specific claims report, Negotiation or Confrontation: It’s Canada’s Choice.

The report of the special study, released in December 2006, echoes the AFN’s recommendations presented to the Senate Committee on November 8th, 2006 to expedite the settlement of specific claims by establishing an independent claims body to be developed and implemented in partnership with First Nations within two years, and affirming the need for increased funding for the preparation, negotiation and settlement of outstanding specific land claims.

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Liberals Expose Harper’s Limited Vision for Canada

February 7, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promise to stop expanding Ottawa’s fiscal reach is nothing more than code for a fend-for-yourself Canada, the Liberal Opposition said today.

“In his speech yesterday, the prime minister said ‘the Liberal government dramatically increased Ottawa’s capacity to do certain things,’” said Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. “Liberals are proud that we reached out to students, to women and to minorities, without infringing on provincial jurisdiction.

“Can the Prime Minister tell us which programs, which initiatives that he would like the federal government to abandon, apart from those he has savagely slashed?”

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New Forest Product Industry Report Under Fire for Misinformation

TORONTO, Feb. 7 – Today ForestEthics disputed several of the claims made by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in its sustainability report, and called on industry to move beyond rhetoric and demonstrate leadership to ensure ecological integrity of forests, sustainable forest communities and respect for Aboriginal rights and title. Claims made recently by FPAC in the report and in the media call into question FPAC’s credibility and interest in creating a forward looking, sustainable forest industry.

“Canadians and the international marketplace care about global warming, species loss and sustainability and expect more from major industries than misinformation and glossy public relations,” said Tzeporah Berman, Strategic Director with ForestEthics. “If FPAC is truly committed to providing leadership on sustainability issues then it will encourage its membership to support large scale conservation of what’s left of Canada’s intact forests and ensure that any logging that is done is ecologically responsible and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Anything less is simply tired rhetoric in new packaging.”

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Search Begins for Executive Producer for Vancouver 2010 Games Ceremonies

NOTE TO EDITORS: Beta SX B-roll of a variety of segments from the Torino 2006 Olympic Games ceremonies is available upon request. Terry Wright, VANOC executive vice president of service operations and ceremonies will be available for interviews between 12:45 pm and 1:30 pm today. Please contact VANOC media relations at 778-328-1211 for additional details.

VANCOUVER, Feb. 7 – With just over three years to the start of the 2010 Winter Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today begins its search for an executive producer for the Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The official Request for Expressions of Interest and Statements of Qualifications is now posted at vancouver2010.com.

“The ceremonies are an extraordinary opportunity to communicate the Olympic and Paralympic dream worldwide,” said VANOC CEO John Furlong. “They are critical to the success of the Games, as they reach out to the hearts of spectators and fuel the dreams of athletes. The Ceremonies will require the participation and tireless efforts of countless individuals and we are thrilled today to be commencing the search for our executive producer.”

Viewed by a worldwide audience of up to three billion spectators, the Games Ceremonies are mandated by the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees to promote international peace and understanding by honouring the world’s greatest athletes and celebrating humanity.

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Columbia Water Use Plan To Benefit Fish And Wildlife

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Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA – Changes that will benefit fish and wildlife habitat, shoreline conditions and recreational access have been approved for BC Hydro’s Columbia hydroelectric operations, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.

“The Columbia Water Use Plan brings B.C. another step closer to our goal of leading the world in sustainable environmental management,” said Penner. “The new plan carefully balances recreational, cultural, economic and environmental interests on one of the most important hydroelectric rivers in the province.”

The Columbia Water Use Plan was developed as part of BC Hydro’s water use planning process, with the participation of federal and provincial government agencies, First Nations, local communities and BC Hydro.

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De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group of Wikwemikong and other Finalists Named For Premier’s Award For Excellence In The Arts

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February 7, 2007

Inaugural Event February 26 at The Royal Ontario Museum

TORONTO — Judith Thompson, Peggy Baker, De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group, Juan Geur, Ottawa Chamber Music Society and Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario are the six finalists for the very first Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Ontario Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today.

The winner will receive $35,000 and an additional $15,000 will be given to a promising newcomer in the same field, chosen by the winner. The remaining finalists will each receive $2,000.

“Arts and culture are profoundly human. A society does not reveal itself through its golf courses and its roads but through its songs, dance, poetry, plays, paintings and architecture,” said Premier Dalton McGuinty. “This award honours the important contribution our artists make to Ontario and gives them opportunities to showcase their talent.”

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Makivik Corporation Proud of Sheila Watt Cloutier’s Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Kuujjuaq, February 6, 2007 – President Pita Aatami would like to express the pride of the Inuit of Nunavik for the nomination of Sheila Watt Cloutier for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Sheila Watt Cloutier an Inuk born in Kuujjuaq was involved in youth issues during the beginning of her career. After several years working for the Kativik School Board, she devoted part of her time working for the Nunavik Education Task Force from 1990 to 1992. She was Corporate Secretary of Makivik from 1995 to 1998 and worked on social issues and especially for the support of youth in Nunavik. Her political career later brought her to the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, which she chaired from 2002 to 2006 championing the rights of her fellow Inuit.

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Assembly of First Nations Health & Social Development RFP

Posted: Feb 07 2007

Bid proposal includes a copy of a proposal/budget for a First Nations Youth Summit tentatively to be held June 21 – 24, 2007. This information will be available at online afn.ca and is also available in print form on request from Donnie Garrow (613) 241-6789 ext. 369.

~ AFN RFP.pdf

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New Forest Product Industry Report Under Fire for Misinformation

TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ – Today ForestEthics disputed several of the claims made by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in its sustainability report, and called on industry to move beyond rhetoric and demonstrate leadership to ensure ecological integrity of forests, sustainable forest communities and respect for Aboriginal rights and title. Claims made recently by FPAC in the report and in the media call into question FPAC’s credibility and interest in creating a forward looking, sustainable forest industry.

“Canadians and the international marketplace care about global warming, species loss and sustainability and expect more from major industries than misinformation and glossy public relations,” said Tzeporah Berman, Strategic Director with ForestEthics. “If FPAC is truly committed to providing leadership on sustainability issues then it will encourage its membership to support large scale conservation of what’s left of Canada’s intact forests and ensure that any logging that is done is ecologically responsible and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Anything less is simply tired rhetoric in new packaging.”

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Number of New Diabetes-Related Kidney Failure Patients More Than Doubles in 10 years

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February 7, 2007—The number of newly diagnosed end-stage renal disease (kidney failure) patients with diabetes increased by 114% over 10 years, from 1,066 in 1995 to 2,139 in 2004, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). This increase in the presence of diabetes among new end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients correlates with an increase in the incidence of diabetes in the Canadian population overall. ESRD refers to a condition in which the kidneys are permanently impaired and can no longer function to maintain life. For the first time, CIHI’s annual report on end-stage organ disease, Treatment of End-Stage Organ Failure in Canada, 1995 to 2004, includes a special focus chapter on diabetes, a major risk factor in renal failure. Over the course of the decade, more than 17,000 kidney failure patients were diagnosed with diabetes.

“Diabetes is the fastest growing cause of end-stage renal disease,” says Margaret Keresteci, CIHI’s Manager of Clinical Registries. “In fact, diabetes is now a factor in more than 40% of all registered ESRD patients, up from 25% 10 years ago. It’s important to note that the type of diabetes driving the increase is linked to obesity and lifestyle factors.”

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McGuinty Government Committed To Quality, Accessible Higher Education

The Reaching Higher Plan Is A Success And The Results Prove It

TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ – The McGuinty government has funded 86,000 more quality spaces for students and made college and university education more affordable.

“Our priority is more opportunities for high quality postsecondary education for Ontario students,” Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley said. “That’s why we’re investing $6.2 billion more, including $4.3 billion more in operating grants to colleges and universities and $1.5 billion more for student aid.”

The Reaching Higher Plan has achieved results:

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Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick Speech from the Throne 2007

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members of the Legislative Assembly, invited guests and all New Brunswickers. Welcome to the opening of the First Session of the 56th Legislative Assembly of the Province of New Brunswick.

On behalf of this Assembly, I welcome the Honourable Shawn Graham to his first Session as Premier of New Brunswick. I also welcome the newly-elected Members of the Legislative Assembly and extend best wishes to all those taking on new roles in this session. I also offer best wishes and thanks to those former members not returning to the Legislature.

I also want to take this opportunity to extend thanks and appreciation to former Premier Bernard Lord for his years of dedicated service to his province. Mr. Lord has served the people of Moncton East and this province faithfully for the past eight years. We offer him and his family our most sincere good wishes as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.

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