OTTAWA, Feb. 20 – Keynote addresses by the Chair and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and a presentation from former prime minister Paul Martin, highlight events as business leaders from across the country gather in Vancouver for three days of meetings in Vancouver, Feb. 24-26.
The Canadian Chamber board of directors meets quarterly across the country to discuss policy issues affecting the business community and the Canadian economy.
The winter meetings (Feb. 24-26) will be book-ended by two major speeches from Sean Finn, Chair of the Canadian Chamber, on Feb. 23, and Nancy Hughes Anthony, President and CEO, on Feb. 27.
Summer Jobs Program Part Of McGuinty Government’s Overall Initiative For Youth
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 20 – Approximately 195 youth from underserved communities in Thunder Bay and area will have jobs this summer as part of the province’s Youth Opportunities Strategy, Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers announced today. The Minister was joined at the announcement by Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North and Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan.
“Our Summer Jobs for Youth and Youth in Policing programs enable young people to gain real work experience, obtain a job reference for future employment, build self-confidence and make a positive contribution to their communities,” said Chambers. “Youth outreach workers will also be hired to help underserved youth access a wide range of programs and services so they have a better opportunity to be successful.”
RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 19 – What do fishermen, fishing companies, naval architects, marine educators, the fishermen’s union, Native Brotherhood of BC, BC Seafood Alliance, Transport Canada, Work Safe BC, Transportation Safety Board, Fisheries & Oceans Canada and BC Professional Fish Harvesters all agree on? Fishing Safety.
A milestone event was held Feb. 14-15, 2007 in Richmond. With the 2007 herring season fast approaching members of all these groups gathered for a Fishing Safety Strategic Planning Workshop coordinated by the industries’ Fish Safe Program.
The task: Determine a collective vision for safety in the commercial fishing industry.
The vision: A fishing industry with a world-leading safety culture.
The goals: Let the industry take ownership of safety and create a “safety culture” through: Education, Communication, Regulatory Coordination, Funding, and Regulatory Reform.
WHAT: Jason Neale, CEO of OmniGlobe Networks, will present on using the latest in Satellite and Wireless technology to bridge the gap for rural communities. The review will highlight the technology and services provided by an Internet Network provider and how their techniques integrate with communities to provide a high speed and reliable Internet access.
Accompanying this presentation, Maureen McDonald of The Saskatchewan Communication Network (SCN) and First Nation Naskapi Imuun representatives will highlight how partnerships between all three organizations have developed communities through out Canada, benefiting from Broadband Internet, Voice over IP phone service, distant learning, video conferencing and other e-services
WHERE: Summit 2007 Vancouver Coast Plaza, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 20, 2007) – The Klahoose First Nation and Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PCC) are pleased to announce they have signed an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) that facilitates the development of the East Toba River/Montrose Creek run-of-river hydroelectric project. The East Toba/Montrose project site is located within the traditional territory of the Klahoose First Nation. The IBA establishes terms under which the Klahoose Nation supports and endorses the development of the Project.
February 19, 2007
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Sporting Event Held for First Time North of the 60th Parallel
Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for sport, today saluted the 351 athletes, artists, coaches, managers and mission staff from Manitoba heading to the 2007 Canada Winter Games this week in Whitehorse.
“I commend the organizers and volunteers of the event for bringing this experience to a northern territory,” said Robinson. “While each of the provinces has hosted the games at least once since their inception in 1967, it is exciting to see this experience travel north of the 60th parallel to leave a lasting sporting and cultural legacy for years to come.”
TORONTO, Feb. 19 – “There is no doubt that Matrimonial Real Property on reserves is an important issue that needs to be addressed,” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. He further acknowledged there is a legislative gap that exists creating unfair situations that must be remedied.
Regional Chief Toulouse stated that “we have made it clear to the federal government that First Nations in Ontario have not, and will not, participate in the current consultation process being imposed by the federal government as it is too rushed and is not reflective of the time required to address the complex issues related to MRP on reserves, nor is it proper consultation according to the law.” In November 2006, the Chiefs in Ontario passed a resolution indicating their opposition to the current consultation process. This resolution also called for the process to be “stopped and restructured.”
The Mining Association of Canada has posted a response to our critique of the Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities. Unfortunately, while it claims that the Kit was designed to identify both opportunities and risks, the response fails to address the substance of the issues we identified.
More troubling is the Mining Association’s characterization of MiningWatch as an “anti-mining advocacy organization” despite our clear mandate to advocate for responsible mining and to hold the industry accountable for its failure to live up to its own rhetoric. We do not oppose projects that are acceptable to the affected communities and are developed according to the highest environmental and safety standards.
Interestingly, none of the other sponsors of the Kit (Natural Resources Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association, and the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association) have endorsed the rebuttal.
YELLOWKNIFE (19 February 2007) – De Beers Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) are pleased to confirm the arrangements by which De Beers Canada intends to fulfill its political and contractual obligations to comply with the GNWT policy regarding support for the secondary diamond industry in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
Commencing in 2008, De Beers will make available for sale ten percent (10%) of diamonds from their Snap Lake Mine in the NWT, by value, in economically cuttable categories, to GNWT approved manufacturers who have successfully fulfilled the Diamond Trading Company’s (DTC’s) client selection criteria. The DTC is the sales and marketing arm of De Beers.
THE PAS—A total of $750,000 will be made available for a Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program for areas of northern Manitoba affected by flooding in 2005 and 2006, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton, minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization, announced here today.
“The impact of high water levels over the past two years has taken its toll on northern Manitoba,” said Ashton. “The provincial government worked closely with local officials to build emergency dikes to protect communities such as The Pas, the RM of Kelsey and Pukatawagan.”
Summer Jobs Program Part Of McGuinty Government’s Overall Initiative For Youth
WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 19 – Approximately 190 youth from underserved communities in Windsor will have jobs this summer as part of the province’s Youth Opportunities Strategy, Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers announced today. The Minister was joined at the announcement by Sandra Pupatello, MPP for Windsor West and Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor-St. Clair.
“Our Summer Jobs for Youth and Youth in Policing programs enable young people to gain real work experience, obtain a job reference for future employment, build self-confidence and make a positive contribution to their communities,” said Chambers. “Youth outreach workers will also be hired to help underserved youth access a wide range of programs and services so they
have a better opportunity to be successful.”
Windsor is one of five communities across Ontario the strategy is expanding to this year. Other communities include Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. In 2006, the strategy was implemented primarily in underserved communities in Toronto.
February 19, 2007
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Quilt a Symbol of Healthy Land, Healthy People: Irvin-Ross
Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross today took part in a welcoming ceremony for an Aboriginal healing quilt that will be displayed in the Manitoba Legislative Building.
“The quilt is meant to remind Aboriginal Peoples of the special relationship they have to the land and the importance of caring for and nurturing it and all of creation,” said Irvin-Ross. “I am honoured to take part in this ceremony and hope the message this quilt sends is heard by all people in this province.”
The healing quilt is 14 feet by almost six feet and has 44 blocks. Each block was created by Aboriginal artists from across Canada. At the corner of each block is a star, symbolizing the spirits of ancestors and relations who are always present. The Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council sponsored the quilt which has hung at the United Nations and will be showcased in different forums across Canada and the United States to share its unifying and healing messages.
COLUMBIA BASIN – A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed today by 16 federal, provincial, regional and First Nations agencies represents a strong commitment to increase collaboration on a number of water-management initiatives in the trans-boundary reach of Canadian Columbia River Basin. This initiative is known as the Canadian Columbia River Forum (CCRF).
The Columbia River Basin in Canada has economic, environmental, cultural and social importance to all Canadians. There are existing issues in the Basin that need collective attention now, and a growing list of new and emerging issues. This initiative brings together the necessary governments and decision-making agencies to collaborate on water management initiatives.
SUDBURY, ONTARIO (February 16, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced a contribution of $5,000 to support the Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) tournament, scheduled for March 12 to 16, 2007, in Sudbury.
Minister Prentice congratulated the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation of Manitoulin Island for organizing the event, saying: “Canada’s new government applauds the hard work of all the volunteers who are bringing together the players, coaches, and families from across Ontario. This tournament is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate support for First Nations youth and culture by promoting activities that result in active and healthy lifestyles.”
Speaking notes for The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians for presentation at a Signing Ceremony Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement-in-Principle
Nipissing First Nation
North Bay, Ontario
February 16, 2007
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I would like to particularly acknowledge the participation of the students and staff of N’Bissing Secondary School. I understand you have played a big role in planning for this event. Your singing and drumming, and your warm hospitality in greeting visitors has helped to make this a very special day.
It gives me great pleasure to be here on the territory of the Nipissing First Nation this morning. The Great Lakes Anishinaabe people have deep roots in this area. For hundreds of years, Anishinaabe people have met by these Lakes in gatherings such as this for purposes of trade, politics, celebration and ceremonies.
For over 300 years, the Anishinaabe people have met with representatives of Great Britain and later with representatives of the Government of Canada, to renew their friendship and discuss matters of mutual importance. So it is appropriate that we should celebrate the signing of this Agreement in Principle on the shore of Lake N’Bissing. It is an honour for me to be here.
Thomas Haliburton, a Nova Scotia politician and writer, said back in 1838 that “Government, both in theory and practice, resides with the people.” I believe very strongly that the Agreement-in-Principle that we are signing today is an important step in returning government to where it should reside – with you, the Anishinabek Nation.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 16, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
VICTORIA – The Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nation will receive $3.4 million and access to 367,000 cubic metres of timber through a five-year forestry agreement reached with the Province, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced today.
“This agreement will help create new jobs and new economic opportunities for the Tl’etinqox-t’in people,” said Coleman. “First Nations are important partners in our ongoing effort to recover as much economic value as possible from mountain pine beetle-attacked trees.”
Timber for the agreement will come from the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area and will help support the band’s harvesting company, Klatassine Resources Ltd. The Tl’etinqox-t’in will also supply logs to the Sigurdson Bros. Sawmill located in Hanceville. The company has been working with the First Nation for nearly 20 years, and currently employs 15 to 20 band members.
OTTAWA, February 16, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, met with the Honourable Dennis Fentie, Premier of the Yukon Territory last week to announce the signing of the 2006–2007 Canada–Yukon Cooperation Agreement for Aboriginal Languages.
This agreement includes federal funding of $1.1 million that will be transferred to the Government of Yukon for the administration of the Territorial Accord, the management of the Aboriginal Languages Community Initiative Program, and the distribution of community-based funding for Aboriginal languages.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 19 – The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada is holding its 7th National Conference February 21 & 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, BC. Over 700 Aboriginal leaders, senior managers and professionals will be in attendance.
The Honourable Jim Prentice will address delegates at 9:00 am. Wednesday, February 21st via videotape, followed by Grand Chief Edward John, member of the Political Executive of the First Nations Summit Task Form.
The Conference is being co-chaired by Judy White, Chair, National Centre for First Nations Governance and Fred Tolmie, Director of Finance, Nisga’a Lisims Government. Conference sessions throughout the two days will highlight Aboriginal success stories from across the country and focus on building finance and management capacity in Aboriginal communities and organizations to support self-governance and economic growth.
The Esquimalt Nation honors Darlene Gait , one of its members, on Saturday February 17, with a Totem Pole Raising ceremony to commemorate the opening of the One Moon Gallery and showcase her paintings and art.
[Sat Feb 17 2007] The ceremonies will include a presentation by Lou Charlie, an elder representing the Band, a native dance group from Esquimalt, as well as the presence of Chief Andy Thomas as well as Coast Salish artist Doug La Fortune who carved the pole, and other members of the Esquimalt Nation and community at large. The Gallery is located at 1192 Kosapsum Crecent directly across the new buildings of the Band Council and the Long House on the Esquimalt Reserve.
OTTAWA, Feb. 16 – There is an urgent need to increase financial support for both First Nations’ students and First Nations controlled institutions in Canada, according to a report released this week by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development entitled “No Higher Priority – Aboriginal Post-secondary Education in Canada”.
“I am very pleased that this Parliamentary committee calls for the removal of the 2 % cap for post-secondary education, and recognizes the importance for First Nations controlled post-secondary institutions,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “The federal government must provide necessary financial support and ensure recognition of First Nations’ institutions.”
OTTAWA, Feb. 16 – “I am very pleased to announce that my Chief of Staff, Bob Watts, has accepted a position as Interim Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation. Bob played a key role in the negotiation of the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine. “An important element in the settlement will be the opportunity for survivors to tell their stories to a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
“The fact that Bob has been chosen for this pivotal role speaks highly of the government’s commitment to ensuring that this Commission fulfills the needs envisioned by its creation,” said the National Chief. “I have asked that Roger Augustine assume the new role in my office as Chief of Staff. Roger is currently a senior advisor in my office, and brings sixteen years of experience as a former Chief of Eel Ground First Nation in New Brunswick, and as a former Indian Claims Commissioner.
“Please join me in congratulating Bob on his important posting, and in welcoming Roger as he carries out his new responsibilities.”
These changes will take effect on Monday, February 19, 2007. Bob Watts can now be reached at 613-947-6556.
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QUEBEC, Feb. 16 – The First Nations Education Council (FNEC) and the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) have reacted positively to the report of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development entitled, “No Higher Priority: Aboriginal Post-secondary Education in Canada”.
The report puts forward 10 key recommendations, which need to be implemented in the short and long term by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in collaboration with First Nations.
Ms. Lise Bastien, Director of the FNEC located in Wendake, Quebec, stated, “We are pleased to see that the Parliamentary Committee has confirmed and recognizes the problems connected with post-secondary education among First Nations. The elimination of the 2% annual cap and the assurance of admissibility for First Nations students to post-secondary education are urgent measures to put in place.
Fort Simpson – The central issue of land use planning will be on the agenda Monday when Grand Chief Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nation (DFN) meets with two cabinet ministers who represent the interests of the Dehcho in the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Norwegian will take a serious message of concern about the GNWT’s position on land use planning in the on-going land claims negotiations between the Dehcho, Canada and the NWT when he meets Transport and Public Utilities Minister Kevin Menicoche (Dehcho) and Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Mike McLeod (Nahendeh).
“There is a stalemate in the negotiations between Canada and the Dehcho over the issue of the Land Use Planning Committee’s final draft land use plan,” Norwegian said.
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Transportation and Works
February 16, 2007
Considering the geographic proximity and similar cultural landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut, a provincial delegation is heading to Nunavut to explore opportunities for both jurisdictions to achieve cooperation and partnerships in various economic development initiatives.
The Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, along with the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister responsible for Labrador Affairs, will lead the delegation on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The ministers will be joined by Tony Andersen, Minister of Nunatsiavut Affairs; William Barbour, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources; and Ben Ponniuk, Minister of Education and Economic Development for the Nunatsiavut Government. Senior officials of both governments will also attend, as well as a marketing representative of the Marine Institute.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 15, 2007
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
VICTORIA – The Province has partnered with the oil and gas industry to provide $1 million for training programs in schools and colleges that will benefit First Nations, high school students, immigrant engineers and women, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld announced today.
“This year, we have educational institutions from all areas of the province providing programs, showing that our plan to promote job opportunities in the oil and gas sector is working,” Neufeld said. “The range of companies, from big explorers and producers to smaller service sector companies, shows the broad value of the partnership with government.”
This is year three of the Education and Training Initiative, a partnership between the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and oil and gas companies to fund oil and gas related training programs. The projects announced today will utilize approximately $500,000 of the $1 million of total funding. A second call for proposals was issued on Jan. 26, 2007 for projects that will utilize the remaining funds. The second call closes on March 23, 2007.
TORONTO, Feb. 16 – The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will host a large outdoor event on Sunday, February 18, to officially send-off the first shipment of books collected from his current book drive. The collection phase of the Lieutenant Governor’s 2007 Book Drive, which ended on January 31st, exceeded all expectations with more than 700,000 books gathered.
Escorted by Military, OPP and Toronto Police Cruisers, military trucks packed with 100,000 books will be given a ceremonial send off. Together with representatives from the Canadian Forces, the Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police Services, and a performance by the Morningstar River Group, the Lieutenant Governor will be joined by children from the First Nation School in Toronto to pack the last boxes of books on to the trucks and to wave goodbye to military personnel who will be delivering the first shipment of books to 15 fly-in First Nation communities in the far north.
Fort Simpson, NWT – Elders from various Dehcho Communities met here this week to receive updates on the Dehcho Process and other political developments.
This is the first meeting that has been held since the Special Assembly in November 2006. The assembly was held to discuss the Federal Government’s proposal for land selection. The Assembly provided cautious direction in an exploratory mandate allowing for further exploration in the Dehcho Region. It is very important that members clearly understand that Dehcho First Nations is not negotiating land selection and that any decision to do so will be clearly communicated to the members.
A Canadian Forces convoy will leave Queen’s Park on Sunday carrying 100,000 books from the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario’s Book Drive to deliver them to Aboriginal children in Ontario’s Far North.
The Lieutenant-Governor’s Book Drive has collected more than 500,000 “gently used” books donated by Ontarians for Aboriginal children living in isolated communities in Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
The Canadian Forces, which provided Moss Park Armoury as a central collection and sorting facility, have volunteered to deliver the books to remote communities in Ontario’s Far North as part of a military re-supply mission.
The media are invited to witness the convoy’s departure as it heads north with an escort of Military Police, Toronto Police and Ontario Provincial Police cruisers.
Members of the Legislative Assembly,
Your Worship, Mayor Woodside.
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for being here this evening. And to those of you watching at home, welcome.
And, thank you, Jamie ( Irving ) for that very kind introduction and thank you to the Telegraph-Journal for being tonight’s major sponsor. I would like to thank the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event, our event sponsor Rogers television for broadcasting it live across the province, our corporate sponsors Emera, Molson and Aliant and all of our program sponsors this evening.
I’d also like to thank Communications New Brunswick and Atlantic MediaWorks for producing the video introduction and the Provincial Archives, CBC New Brunswick and CBC Radio Archives for providing images and audio material.
And, of course, I want to thank my wife Roxanne. Without her support, none of this would be possible. She is a partner in the truest sense of the word.
I want to take the opportunity before I begin this evening to acknowledge my predecessor Bernard Lord. As we saw just now in the video, our province has a long tradition of premiers who built on the legacies of former governments. I want to thank Mr. Lord for the chapter he has contributed to our province’s story. I am sure I speak for everyone here tonight when I offer our best wishes to him, his wife Diane and his children Sébastien and Jasmine as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, Feb. 16 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, today signed a Governance Agreement-in-Principle (AIP). The AIP establishes a framework for the Anishinabek Nation, represented in the negotiations by the Union of Ontario Indians, to assume greater control over its own institutions of government.
“Canada’s New Government is committed to working with First Nations to support stronger First Nation governments as a key step in improving the lives of First Nation people,” said Minister Prentice. “This important agreement sets the groundwork for participating First Nations to adopt new governance institutions and structures that are more responsive and more accountable to their communities.”
TORONTO, Feb. 16 – Critically-acclaimed actor, Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers) hosts the 14th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards on Friday, March 16 in Edmonton, Alberta honouring an extraordinary roster of 14 outstanding men and women recognized for their career contributions over the past year within the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and Global Television, the exclusive network broadcast partners for this Gala event premiere the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 31 – 8pm ET/PT.
LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY, LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
February 13, 2007
For immediate release – Tuesday, February 13, 2007 – Today, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine hosts the “Sharing Experiences” workshop. Representatives of the 28 Aboriginal communities which will host first-year medical students are meeting at the School’s West and East campuses.
From April 30 to May 25, 2007, first year NOSM students will spend four weeks on placement in remote and rural Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario. Workshop participants include the Local Community Coordinators (LCCs) who will provide liaison between NOSM and the students. The LCCs represent the three major treaty organizations, Métis Nation of Ontario and health access centres of Northern Ontario.
CHAPLEAU — A partnership between Wabun Tribal Council and Hydromega Services Inc. is creating long-term benefits for Aboriginal people and increasing the province’s supply of clean, renewable energy, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay, Wabun Tribal Council executive director Shawn Batise and Hydromega Services project manager Stéphane Boyer announced today.
An agreement in principle between Hydromega and two First Nations – Brunswick House and Chapleau Ojibwe, both represented by the Wabun Tribal Council – will facilitate the development of hydro-electric sites on a stretch of the Kapuskasing River south of the Town of Kapuskasing. The developer plans to build four generating stations each with an installed capacity of about 5 megawatts, for a total of 20 megawatts – enough to supply about 5,000 homes with electricity.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 15 – British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC) has been granted a provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate approving construction of the Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement (VITR) project today. This follows a comprehensive review through the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) which considered environmental, economic, social, heritage and health factors.
“The population and economy of B.C. are growing rapidly, and Vancouver Island’s electricity needs are projected to increase by as much as 45% over the next 20 years,” said Jane Peverett, BCTC President and CEO. “This project will help to ensure a reliable supply of power for the over 700,000 residents and businesses of Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.”
For Immediate Release
Feb. 14, 2007
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
VICTORIA – British Columbia will meet or beat best practices in North America for commercially viable coalbed methane production and will be the first jurisdiction in Canada, if not North America, to require no surface discharge of “produced water” from coalbed methane, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.
“Our province has enormous potential for the development of low carbon, coalbed methane production that will reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions on the Pacific Coast,” said Premier Campbell. “However, our government is aware of the legitimate concerns that British Columbians have about how this resource is developed and we are determined to make B.C.’s coalbed methane production the most environmentally responsible in North America.”
Today’s announcement is another component of the Province’s forthcoming energy plan and builds on the announcements in yesterday’s throne speech.
Building Opportunity Through Popular Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program
SCARBOROUGH, ON, Feb. 15 – The McGuinty government is helping young people reach their potential by combining a postsecondary education with hands-on training, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today at Centennial College, where he was joined by Minister Mary Anne Chambers, MPP Scarborough East, and Brad Duguid, MPP Scarborough Centre.
“Our government wants to help people establish successful careers,” said Duguid. “With this new funding, Centennial College students can combine industry-supported apprenticeship training with college education emphasizing the communication, finance and management skills needed in the business world.”
The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program combines a college diploma program and apprenticeship training, leading to a Certificate of Qualification. This year, 700 new spaces are being created for students in the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program through an investment of approximately $10 million for 21 programs at 14 colleges. Minister Chambers told the audience that the McGuinty government has invested almost $37 million in the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program since 2004.
Young adults and youth who are making a better future for themselves after the trauma of being sexually exploited will soon help others who are at risk, through the Ndinawe Youth Care Worker Training Program, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
“This marks a new beginning for young people and adults who are making a better life for themselves and doing it in a way that helps others,” Mackintosh said. “This program, the first of its kind in Canada, will support young people who are making positive changes in their lives, and it will help prevent others – especially youth who are vulnerable and at risk – from being exploited.”
WHITEHORSE – Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor, on behalf of the Government of Yukon, announced that the multi-million dollar National Marketing Campaign is being officially launched in southern Canada on Feb. 15.
“The national marketing campaign is designed to promote and celebrate Canada’s North to southern Canadians – it is a great place to visit, to invest and to live,” Taylor said. “The North is an emerging and vibrant region. We believe we’ve captured the essence of that experience as it relates to economic and tourism opportunities by building positive brand awareness through this campaign.”
Toronto, Ontario — Thursday February 15, 2007 — Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon unveiled a comprehensive plan today in a speech in Toronto that sets the scene for future Inuit development with the government of Canada in the post land claims era.
During a keynote luncheon speech at the Empire Club, Ms. Simon spoke about the achievements Inuit have made over the past 50 years, which included negotiating and signing five comprehensive land claim agreements. “Now that the claims are completed, Inuit are looking ahead to the future and seeking development in partnership with the government of Canada. This document, called The Inuit Action Plan, is a collaborative effort between Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the regional Inuit organizations and Inuit Circumpolar Council –Canada to put together in one document the Inuit blueprint for the future.”
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Feb. 15, 2007) – Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc. (TSX:KHD) (“Canadian Hydro” or the “Company”) announced today an update on the approvals process for the Melancthon II Wind Project (“Melancthon II”). The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (the “MOE”) has advised the Company that the MOE has completed its staff technical review of the Requests to Elevate (“Requests”) the project’s Environmental Screening Report (the “ESR”) to a higher level review. Further, the MOE indicated to the Company that it will be able to render a decision on the Requests once the MOE has completed its consultation with First Nation communities, which the MOE is currently finalizing. The acceptance of the ESR by the MOE is required prior to proceeding to construction on Melancthon II.
OTTAWA, Feb. 15 – Legal Council, Jean Teillet and Jason Madden, will be making final arguments in the Métis Harvesting Rights Case of the Government of Ontario vs. Métis harvesters Laurin, Lemieux and Lemieux tomorrow morning, February 16th, 2007 at 10:00am at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay. MNO Executive and Métis Nation citizens are expected to fill the courtroom to hear the presentations by lawyers for the Crown and for the Métis Harvesters.
At issue is the obligation of the Government of Ontario to uphold the MNO/MNR Interim Harvesting Agreement, entered into on July 7th, 2004, between the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). This agreement was intended to respect and begin to implement the 2003 landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Powley. Contrary to the Government of Ontario’s promise that MNO Harvesters, who are harvesting for food within their traditional territories would not be subject to enforcement procedures, charges have been laid against MNO Harvesters in select Métis Nation Traditional Harvesting Territories in areas south of Sudbury.
For Immediate Release
February 12, 2007
Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague has once again formally delivered what he calls “a friendly warning” to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador over plans to development the Lower Grand (Churchill) hydro project.
“Our position has always been clear,” says Mr. Montague. “We will take whatever steps are necessary to stop the Lower Churchill project unless we have a formal written agreement with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. We made numerous attempts to enter into meaningful discussions with the provincial government on this issue, but we continue to be shut out of the process.”
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 15 – RBC Royal Bank has opened a branch in Wendake to serve the financial needs of the Huron-Wendat Nation and surrounding communities.
The new, full-service branch, which is temporarily located at 240 Place Michel-Laveau, in Wendake, opened its doors on February 5, 2007. The branch offers a complete range of services, including banking packages, personal loans, mortgages and financial planning, to personal and small business clients.
“We are very proud to open a branch in a First Nations community here in Quebec,” said Micheline Martin, President, RBC Royal Bank Quebec. “It’s a great opportunity for us to meet the personal and business financial needs of those in the Huron-Wendat Nation, as well as anyone from the neighbouring communities of Lorretteville, St-Emile and Neuchâtel. It also enables us to increase our presence outside of Quebec City.”
GVRD Chair Lois Jackson announced committee appointments for 2007. This year’s committees are: Aboriginal Relations, Agriculture, Environment, Finance, Housing, Land Use & Transportation, Committee of GVRD Mayors, Parks, Waste Management, Water, and the GVRD/UBC Joint Committee, as well as the new Environment Sensitive Areas Sub-committee, Regional Cultural Task Force and the Sustainable Region Initiative Task Force.
GVRD Committee Membership:
Forster, Judy (C) – White Rock
Weinberg, Hal (VC) – Anmore Drew,
Ralph – Belcarra Lee, B.C. – Vancouver
Mussatto, Darrell – North Vancouver City
Steves, Harold – Richmond
Stewart, Ken – Maple Ridge
The Native Commercial Credit Corporation and RBC Conclude a Strategic Alliance
WENDAKE, QC, Feb. 15 – Today, the Native Commercial Credit Corporation (NCCC) and RBC Royal Bank signed a major strategic alliance to create the first Québec First Nations Financial Centre, which will be located in Wendake and will serve all the First Nations of Québec.
In operation for 15 years, NCCC has brought together several Native financial partners to set up, in conjunction with RBC Royal Bank, this first one-stop centre for commercial products adapted to First Nations. “What we are really creating here today is a comprehensive offer of financial services that corresponds to the situation of First Nations,” said NCCC President and General Manager, Jean Vincent, “and we can now better contribute to First Nations local economic development.”
BRUNSWICK HOUSE FIRST NATION, ON, Feb. 14 – The elderly victim of a January home invasion robbery at a Senior’s Complex on the Brunswick House First Nation territory has died in Chapleau Hospital. On Sunday, February 11, 2007, Henry McWATCH age 78, who had been stabbed during the robbery, succumbed to his injuries. A post mortem examination was performed on Tuesday, February 13, 2007.
Donald Lawrence NESHAWABIN, age 47, of no fixed address was arrested in the City of Greater Sudbury on January 10, 2007 by Greater Sudbury Police Service and charged by the OPP with Attempt Murder, Robbery and Wearing a Disguise with Intent. The charges have since been elevated with the victim’s death.
YELLOWKNIFE (14 February 2007) – A Park Management Plan for the proposed Doi T’oh Territorial Park and CANOL Heritage Trail has been approved by the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Honourable Brendan Bell. This is the first step in a process to develop a territorial park in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories (NWT.)
The plan describes initiatives that will guide the conservation and management of a proposed park along the CANOL Trail and Dodo Canyon, first identified in the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in 1994. The plan, tabled by Minister Bell in the Legislative Assembly this afternoon, also includes a protected areas agreement articulating the impacts and benefits of the proposed park for claimants of the agreement.
ACHESON, ALBERTA–(Feb. 14, 2007) – North American Energy Partners Inc. (“NAEPI”) (TSX:NOA) (NYSE:NOA) is pleased to announce that we have now entered the final stages of negotiation with Kinder Morgan Canada for the supply of pipeline construction services for the TMX Anchor Loop project. The project, with an approximate value of $170M, starts near Hinton, Alberta and runs for 160 km through Jasper National Park and terminates just outside of Mount Robson Provincial Park.
The project will employ over 300 people through two construction seasons and is slated to begin in August 2007. NAEPI is currently working with Kinder Morgan Canada to develop execution strategies, risk analysis and project budget targets.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 – First Nations women chiefs and councillors released an eleven point consensus statement today following the conclusion of an historic three-day meeting in Vancouver. Critical issues such as poverty, matrimonial real property, the central role of women in sustainable communities, and First Nations jurisdiction were discussed and debated.
“The strength, knowledge, and capacity of our women leaders must be heard and honoured by all First Nations, and all Canadians,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine. “I guarantee that this consensus statement will be taken very seriously and will be acted upon by the AFN.”
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 14 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy will attend a meeting of the North-South Partnership for Children in Remote Ontario First Nation communities Friday February 16, 2007 in Toronto, ON.
Meeting participants will receive community assessments recently conducted by the North-South Partnership in Mishkeegogamang and Webequie First Nations – two of NAN’s 49 First Nation communities. These assessment reports will include recommendations regarding community priorities, community action steps, and voluntary sector support.
The North-South Partnership is a collaboration between First Nation communities in Northern Ontario and voluntary organizations in Ontario’s south, some of which are international foreign aid organizations whose efforts are usually focused outside of Canada.