It’s appropriate that the trickster — an archetype that has long blurred the lines of gender and sexuality — anchors this tale of star-crossed love between two teenage rez boys. As one of six characters in Waawaate Fobister’s one-man show, the part-raven, part-campy emcee Nanabush gleefully cavorts on stage and lures the audience into the two-spirited perspective, taking this personal monologue into biomythographical (a term coined by poet Audre Lorde) territory.
MEDIA ADVISORY www.aptn.ca September 29, 2008 APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) is pleased to announce Aimee Powell has accepted the position of Director of Sales and Business Development at APTN effective October 1, 2008. She will be based out of the Toronto office. Ms. Powell is Cree, born and raised in Toronto. She has been […]
Protesters make stand at pipeline construction compound near Regina
Heather Polischuk, The Leader-Post; with files from CanWest News Service
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008
REGINA — Numerous members of Treaty Four brought Trans-Canada Highway traffic to a crawl and barricaded the road leading into the Waschuk Pipeline construction compound east of Regina on Sunday as part of provincewide — and quite possibly Canada-wide — protests.
Doug Cuthand, Special to The Leader-Post
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008
It’s really the silly season! As if it weren’t bad enough that we were having federal elections for both the American and Canadian governments, now the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has stepped into the act.
NATURAL RESOURCES: CHINA-CANADA ABORIGINAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
Native leaders band together to broker direct investment deals with China
September 29, 2008
When a group of more than 100 Canadian native leaders arrives in China six weeks from now, they will carry a message that is both historic and disarmingly straightforward: China has vast wealth to invest, and Canada’s native communities, with their access to timber, coal and minerals, want to do business.
Too costly to hook up to northern B.C. power line: Yukon Energy
Last Updated: Monday, September 29, 2008
Officials with Yukon Energy Corp. are keenly watching plans in the works for a hydroelectricity power line in neighbouring northern British Columbia, but say there’s little chance the territory can capitalize on the emerging project.
First Nations take action
Regina-area protest fuelled by concern over construction of new oil pipeline
Heather Polischuk, Saskatchewan News Network with CNS files
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008
REGINA — Protesters representing Treaty 4 First Nations brought traffic on Highway 1 east of Regina to a crawl and barricaded the road leading into a pipeline construction compound on Sunday as part of protests planned provincewide, and possibly for across Canada.
FSIN Communications Unit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2008
(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is in support of the action taken by Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Chiefs who are demonstrating against the pipeline industry for their broken promises. Chiefs and band members will peacefully gather at two locations where the pipeline crosses First Nation traditional territories.
Connectiona and Creativity
a vision for the arts and the people of Ontario
WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is guided by the far-seeing mandate it was given in 1963 – to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. Although our priorities have evolved over the years, the OAC has always played a leading role in developing and sustaining Ontario’s arts sector and in initiating opportunities so all Ontarians have access to the arts.
o New program by Northern Development Initiative Trust improves businesses’ bottom line by up to $10,000 per new job created based on direct capital investment and training expenditures
o Program lowers the cost of implementing productivity increasing capital equipment
o Program offers the flexibility to cover any combination of training provider costs and/or on the job training costs for new employees
o Program funds are directly paid to the business based on performance
(Saskatoon, SK) Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Vice-Chief Morley Watson is please to announce the opening of the Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence. The office will be located in Saskatoon at the FSIN Head Office at 100-103A Packham Avenue. The office will be fully operational by early November.
WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 29 – For First Nations, the respect of their rights, the settlement of their land claims and their active participation in the development of their territory, these are all conditions that are essential to the success of the Plan Nord, being put forward by Jean Charest.
OTTAWA, Sept. 29 – Today, AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and the AFN National Youth Council launched the National Day of Political Action as one of the initiatives of “Vote ’08, Change Can’t Wait!”. This campaign aims to increase First Nations political participation, to encourage voting among First Nations voters and to increase the profile of Aboriginal issues in this election.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 29, 2008) – Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM)(FRANKFURT:G2W) (the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it has registered its Sisson Brook tungsten-molybdenum project (the ‘Project’) with the New Brunswick Department of Environment. The Company has also completed its first full year of environmental and socio-economic studies for the Project area. This work is being carried out by Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. with assistance from TerrAtlantic Engineering Ltd.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 – Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, from the Chiefs of Ontario and First Nations leadership from across Ontario will join together to challenge the candidates in the October 14th election for direct action on First Nations issues particularly in ‘swing’ ridings where First Nation issues can be a deciding factor in the […]
AKWESASNE, Ontario – The Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) is pleased to announce the election of George ‘Tex’ Marshall, of Nova Scotia as Chairperson at its Annual General Assembly held September 13 – 14, 2008 in Kelowna, BC.
OTTAWA, ON, September 26, 2008: The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) urges federal party leaders to make urban Aboriginal issues a top priority.
The 2008 federal election comes at an important time for the Friendship Centre Movement. Friendship Centres have been struggling with insufficient federal core funding for well over a decade. Key federal urban programs and services are often designed and delivered with no input from Friendship Centres, which are Canada’s largest urban Aboriginal service delivery infrastructure. Tremendous challenges exist in other areas of federal jurisdiction with no targeted urban Aboriginal programming available. Many urban Aboriginal people face tremendous challenges daily with no targeted urban Aboriginal programming available in many areas of need. Making matters worse, all too often national policy processes to address these areas exclude Friendship Centres and our representatives.
(Saskatoon, SK) Nominations closed at 12 noon today with only FSIN Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish seeking the office of Fourth Vice Chief. Vice Chief Whitefish is therefore acclaimed and will remain Fourth Vice-Chief of the Federation.
OTTAWA – A new Liberal government will focus on quality of life issues and renewing relations between the government and First Nations, Métis and Inuit, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today.
“The future of Canada is tied to the fortunes of Aboriginal Peoples. In the post-apology era, it is crucial to move beyond symbolic support of Aboriginal Peoples. To move forward we need to take real action to reduce poverty. So far we haven’t heard anything from Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on this issue,” said Mr. Dion.
It’s time to end the discrimination, racism and neglect: Layton
WINNIPEG – The New Democrat’s Aboriginal Affairs Critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) presented the party’s seven-point Aboriginal platform, addressing issues ranging from investing in basic infrastructure for clean water and safe housing to fairly compensating residential school survivors.
The census attempts to count every person residing in Canada on Census Day. However, two types of errors can occur. Some people who should be enumerated can be missed (undercoverage), while some other persons can be enumerated more than once (overcoverage). The difference between these two coverage errors is called net undercoverage.
Vancouver, British Columbia –(Sept. 29, 2008) – Calvin Helin, lawyer, author and an outspoken opponent of Canada’s long standing welfare state approach to aboriginal issues, will discuss how the flawed government structure for aboriginals in Canada and dependence on the welfare system contributes to their disempowerment during a Fraser Institute luncheon on Tuesday, September 30.
Toronto, Ontario –(Sept. 29, 2008) – Citing disturbing census data on high child and family poverty rates in major Canadian cities, the national anti-poverty coalition, Campaign 2000, today urged all federal party leaders to commit to a Poverty Reduction Strategy for Canada.
OTTAWA, Sept. 28 – The NDP announcement of a comprehensive plan to create new affordable housing is welcome news for the four million Canadians in core housing need, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada said today.
TORONTO, Sept. 29 – Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Métis leadership from across Ontario will join with the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Colleges Training and Universities and Paul Genest from the Council of Ontario Universities to formally announce the Ontario university selected to host the Research Chair of Métis Studies.
To date, responses have been received from the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada and the Bloc Québécois
Mary Simon has selected twelve questions that are important to Inuit and are current in our nation’s political dialogue. These questions have been sent to the five party leaders for comment before the upcoming election. We will be posting the replies we receive from each party during the first week of October.
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Health and Community Services
Tourism, Culture and Recreation
September 29, 2008
Today, the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, along with the Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Health and Community Services, and the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, travel to the north coast of Labrador to meet with community leaders and to tour local infrastructure. An extensive schedule has been planned, with visits to Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, Natuashish and Nain. The ministers will be accompanied by Boyd Rowe, Chief Executive Officer of Labrador Grenfell Health.
CALGARY, Sept. 26 – Copper Fox Metals Inc. (CUU-TSX-V, CPFXF-S/P) applauds Premier Gordon Campbell, and the Province of British Columbia for its announcement to immediately start the environmental assessment process and First Nations Consultation on the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) along Highway 37.
Vancouver, British Columbia –(Sept. 26, 2008) – The First Nations Summit has just passed a resolution calling for a 10-year moratorium on all coalbed methane (CBM) drilling in the province of BC. The resolution comes on the heels of a similar one passed yesterday by the Union of BC Municipalities.
Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that refers to a range of life-long physical, neuropsychological, cognitive, and behavioural impairments that result from prenatal exposure to alcohol. In recent years there has been growing recognition that individuals with FASD experience difficulties functioning in their communities, and more specifically, within the justice system. Few studies, however, have focused on issues related to access to justice, and whether the justice system is adequately meeting the needs of individuals with FASD.
For Immediate Release
Sept. 26, 2008
Office of the Premier
PENTICTON – Premier Gordon Campbell has announced the Province will immediately start the environmental assessment process and First Nations consultation on the Northwest Transmission Line along Highway 37. This is the first step towards building a powerline that has the potential to generate billions of dollars in capital investment, create thousands of new jobs and open economic opportunities on a global scale in the Northwest.
Meeting of Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for Culture and Heritage
Québec, Quebec – September 25-26, 2008
QUÉBEC CITY, Québec, September 26, 2008—The meeting of provincial and territorial ministers and representatives responsible for Canadian culture and heritage ended today in Québec City. Chaired by Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of Culture, Communication, and the Status of Women, the meeting addressed a number of issues of common interest.
For Immediate Release
Sept. 26, 2008
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
VICTORIA – The Province is providing $150,000 funding to Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) to support projects and events in celebration of B.C.’s 150th anniversary, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong announced today.
Edmonton… The deadline for donation grant applications for the Community Spirit Program has been extended to December 31, 2008. Based on feedback from charitable and non-profit organizations in Alberta, the deadline has been extended to allow more time for organizations to apply for donation grants.