June 11 was a historic day in Canada. To describe the scene of hundreds of aboriginal Canadians gathered on the lawns of Parliament Hill, to describe the faces fixated on the giant television screens outside of the House of Commons, to describe the standing ovation as aboriginal leaders walked into the Commons is to describe the transformation and adaptation of democracy.
(June 24, 2008 —Thunder Bay, ON) Robert Animikii Horton (Bebaamoyaash), 26-year-old Sociology Masters student at Lakehead University and Band Member from the community of Manitou Rapids (Rainy River First Nations), has received the 2008 National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) National Aboriginal Role Model Award. Robert is one of 12 recipients across Canada.
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2008
Ministry of Education
BELLA COOLA – Education Minister Shirley Bond, Aboriginal leaders and officials of the Central Coast board of education announced the signing of B.C.’s 39th Aboriginal education enhancement agreement to help improve Aboriginal student achievement.
“The Central Coast school district has worked hard to provide this framework for improving achievement levels for its Aboriginal students,” said Bond. “Today’s agreement on the eve of National Aboriginal Day will launch a partnership between the Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Oweekeno, Metis and other communities and the school district, and all partners deserve congratulations for this historic agreement.”
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(June 24, 2008) – Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX VENTURE:NOT) is very pleased to announce it has been named to the 2008 TSX Venture 50, a ranking of Canada’s top emerging public companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange. Within the TSX Venture 50, Noront Resources was the #1 ranked company in the mining category. The TSX Venture 50 identifies the top 10 companies in five major industry sectors, based on a ranking formula that includes revenue, return on investment, market cap growth and trading volume.
Mr. Eric Friedland, Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Brooke Clements, President of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (“Peregrine” or “the Company”) are pleased to report a Canadian NI-43-101-compliant indicated mineral resource of 18.2 million carats in 19.5 million tonnes of kimberlite for the nine hectare DO-27 kimberlite. The estimated grade of the indicated resource is 94 carats per hundred tonnes (“cpht”). The resource estimate was prepared by AMEC Americas Ltd. (“AMEC”), an internationally recognized engineering firm with extensive experience in evaluating advanced diamond projects. An additional 6.5-8.5 million tonnes of kimberlite below the indicated resource was classified as a potential mineral deposit and DO-27 remains open at depth.
REGINA, June 24 – Low-income francophone women, women facing violence, Aboriginal and young women with disabilities, and immigrant women in Saskatchewan will now have the tools they need to build a brighter future for themselves, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.
First the Tories made the Canadian Human Rights Act applicable on reserves; now they’re going to keep closer tabs on how federal funds are spent by native leaders, and apparently allow band members to have their councils audited when they suspect them of fraud or mismanagement. If only it follows up by standardizing reserves’ election processes, the current government will achieve most of what the previous one backed away from when it abandoned the First Nations Governance Act.
Band council ignoring calls for help, Musqueam members say
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
June 23, 2008 at 4:44 AM EDT
VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Musqueam Indian band council has often refused drug and alcohol treatment to its members who asked for help in escaping the desperate conditions in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, band members involved in a volatile protest on the Musqueam reserve say.
McGuinty Government Celebrates Ontario’s Artistic Talent
TORONTO, June 23 –
Visual artist and sculptor Ron Noganosh and publishing house Coach House Books received the 2008 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts tonight.
Noganosh received the award for individual artist. He will receive $35,000, and will be asked to identify an emerging artist of the year, who will receive $15,000. Noganosh is best known for using junk material such as beer caps, auto parts and old toys to create imaginative, humorous and thought-provoking art works.
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2008
Office of the Premier
VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell realigned the provincial cabinet today to provide more integrated services across government. The changes include five new ministers and new portfolios for seven of the current ministers.
Toronto, ON, June 23 – Today NationTalk released details of its NationTalk Partner Program, a program designed to give a greater voice to Canada’s Aboriginal charities and not for profits. The NationTalk Partner Program will provide our charities and not for profits the ability to access the services NationTalk provides at no charge or at a reduced cost.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(June 23, 2008) – Kaminak Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:KAM) today announced the proposed timetable for the closing of Kaminak’s uranium spin-out transaction. In addition, announces completion of two financings for total proceeds of $3,200,000 CDN by Kaminak’s uranium spin-out company, Kivalliq Energy Corporation (Kivalliq). The terms of the two Kivalliq financings were described in the information circular of Kaminak dated May 26, 2008 which was mailed to shareholders in connection with the approval of the spin-out transaction. Details regarding the two financings are stated below.
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2008
Ministry of Forests and Range
CHEHALIS – The Province and Chehalis Indian Band have agreed to use the Forest and Range Practices Act to protect an area in the Chilliwack Forest District that contains sacred sites of the Chehalis people, the first time the act has been used in such a way, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced today.
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia—New Canadians and members of visible minorities in the Kamloops area who are currently unemployed will get help to re-enter the work force, thanks to a federally funded program. At the same time, local employers facing labour shortages will have greater access to skilled employees. Betty Hinton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
OTTAWA, ON — June 17, 2008 — Canada’s Minister of the Environment, John Baird, today announced the appointment of Robert Page as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). This appointment is effective immediately.
ReVision Quest premieres Tuesday June 24, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One.
In the first episode, entitled “WORK,” you can tune in to hear Darrell Dennis look at the harsh realities and persistent misconceptions that greet Aboriginal people in the workforce. He meets a tough-talking Chief with no patience for slackers, and a modern day Rosie the Riveter. And he works up a smile, with a new reality show, a culture-clashing history lesson, and a First Nations take on a Dolly Parton classic.
Miramichi, New Brunswick – SLAM Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: SXL) (“SLAM”) announces gold intercepts for the first 3 of 6 holes drilled at its wholly owned Reserve Creek property located east of the former gold mining town of Pickle Lake, Ontario. Gold bearing intercepts are reported from all 3 holes, the most significant being a 4.80 metres interval averaging 6.116 g/t (0.178 oz/t) including 24.765 g/t (0.722 oz/t) gold over 0.50 metres. Assays are pending on the additional 3 holes all of which intersected sulphide and/or quartz-bearing units with visible gold reported from one hole.
AKWESASNE, ON, June 23 – On June 15th, 2008, a Cornwall resident noticed that her friend’s 2000 Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from her residence located on Third Street East in Cornwall, Ontario. The registered owner of the vehicle reported it stolen to the Cornwall Community Police Service in the early hours of June 16th, 2008.
Canada’s construction industry remains resilient under a cloud of economic uncertainty. Construction has been a leading national industry in growth of output and employment over the past ten years, and major infrastructure, industrial and engineering projects underway and announced will keep employment levels strong over the near term.
Vancouver, BC – Media and special guests were invited to witness the unveiling of the Aboriginal Sport Gallery at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum today — a historic milestone in British Columbia and Canada’s sport history. The gallery opens to the public today, just over four months after the February 2008 ground-breaking ceremony.
The Boreal Awards recognize leadership, innovation, cooperation and excellence among stakeholders who live and work in Canada’s Boreal region and also recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to protection of the Boreal Forest and the advancement of the principles outlined in the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework.
McGuinty Government Improves Access to Community-Based Health Care Services
June 20, 2008
Standing in front of a new Dodge Caravan that will provide area seniors with rides to appointments, Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, MPP Sudbury, today announced a series of local Aging at Home initiatives which are receiving just over $4 million this year.
For Release from June 21, 2008, National Aboriginal Day to July 1, 2008, Canada Day
Weekly sessions of the YAS Summer Basketball School will start July 7 – 11 and continue throughout July and August in Regina and Saskatoon. Additional sessions will be held at Witcheken Lake Cree First Nation near Spiritwood and Whitecap Dakota Sioux First Nation just south of Saskatoon.
Manitoba News Release
June 23, 2008
More Manitobans in the Interlake region will have access to ultrasound services closer to home with the official unveiling of a new mobile ultrasound program based at E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
Ottawa (June 23, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Richard J. Francis Sr. (Kingsclear, New Brunswick) as a member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB).
This past week can be best described as a milestone for the resistance and persistence of the Metis Nation. The Metis People have faced over a 130 years of emotional, physical and political struggles against the past federal and provincial government policies of assimilation. Today our Citizens still face many struggles in being fully recognized and meaningfully accommodated.
METEPENAGIAG, NB, June 21 – Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada today announced the unveiling of two plaques commemorating the national historic significance of Augustine Mound and Oxbow.
The Augustine Mound is a ceremonial burial site associated with Adena (Pre-Columbian Native American culture) traditions, built approximately 2,500 years ago. The site is sacred to the Mi’kmaq and holds a deep spiritual significance for the community. The Oxbow is a remarkably well-stratified archaeological site. Excavations revealed that it was a continuously occupied 3000-year-old fishing village, with links to present-day Metepenagiag; thereby making it the oldest continuously inhabited village in New Brunswick.
Xstrata Nickel Sudbury Operations and the Wahnapitae First Nation (WFN) yesterday signed a long-term Participation Agreement that will serve as a foundation for a working relationship between the two parties focused on environmental protection, education and training, and community development.
New bonds between First Nations, Jews
Anti-Semitic rants of former Assembly of First Nations chief leads to new understanding
Chris Cobb, Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, June 23, 2008
OTTAWA -The anti-Semitic rants of former Assembly of First Nations chief David Ahenakew six years ago have produced a bonding between Canada’s native and Jewish communities, leaders of both groups said Sunday.
More businesses signed on to a First Nations and Métis Employment Development agreement today in Nipawin. They join other partners in this historic agreement that will see more opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Nipawin area.
FISH CREEK, SASKATCHEWAN, June 21, 2008 — Mr. Bradley Trost, the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, today unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the national historic significance of the Battle of Tourond’s Coulee / Fish Creek.
“Tourond’s Coulee is a place of special meaning and value not only to the Métis and First Nations, but to all Canadians,” said Mr. Trost. “Our Government is proud to recognize it as a place that helped define our nation during its early years.”
GATINEAU, QUÉBEC, JUNE 20, 2008 — Parks Canada congratulates three of its employees for being recognized in this year’s Public Service Awards of Excellence, for their outstanding contribution to the public service. The Canada Public Service Agency announced recipients of the Award during National Public Service Week 2008.