The subject of yesterday’s request for assistance to locate a missing female has been found. Michelle DELORME has been located in Surrey. Our investigator’s have meet with the female and confirmed she is fine. Her whereabouts since 2005 when she was last seen are unknown.
Thank you to all who provided assistance in this matter.
The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the Ville de Gatineau, is pleased to announce the winners of the Winterlude’s National Snow Sculpture Competition, which began on Tuesday, February 5, and ended Saturday, February 9, at noon.
VANCOUVER, Feb 12 – Canada is continuing to see increases in homelessness and precarious housing situations across the country as rents increase and incomes stay level, but intergovernmental bickering over housing policy is overshadowing the need to take leadership on the issue, according to critics.
The Toronto-based Wellesley Institute released a report card in early February which raised the issue of growing housing inaffordability — a leading cause of evictions and homelessness. Renting costs outpaced renter incomes in six of the 10 provinces.
Though new home construction reached near-record levels in recent years, there was very little affordable rental and almost no new social housing built.
RBC signs partnership
The Nipawin Representative Workforce added their 18th partner Feb. 5, with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) signing on.
By Melissa Mangelsen
Wednesday February 13, 2008
The original partnership was signed June 28, 2006, and included First Nations and Métis Relations, Service Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the North East School Division, Red Earth Cree Nation, Eastern Region II Métis Nation, Cumberland Regional College, Nipawin Métis Local #134, Town of Nipawin, Nipawin Chamber of Commerce, Shoal Lake Cree Nation, Cumberland House Cree Nation, Northern Village of Cumberland House, Cumberland House Local #42, Save U IGA, Davis Rexall Drugs and Pineland Co-op.
To: Ontario First Nations (w/ Community Support Services)
From: Chiefs of Ontario Health Coordination Unit
Re: Management Information Session for Community Support Services
This memorandum is to serve as notice that the Chiefs of Ontario will be hosting a Management Information Session (MIS) for First Nations in Ontario that have Community Support Services. There will be two sessions, one in the northern region and one in the southern region at the following locations:
Vahalla Inn, Thunder Bay, ON – March 12, 13, 2008
1 Valhalla Inn Road,
Thunder Bay, ON
Telephone #: 1-800-964-1121
Courtyard Marriot, Toronto, ON – March 18, 19, 2008
475 Yonge Street,
Telephone #: 1-800-847-5075
Steve Molitor to defend his I.B.F. World Junior Featherweight Title in Rumble at Rama IV
MNJIKANING (RAMA), ON, Feb. 13 – Orion Sports Management and Casino Rama are pleased to present the Rumble at Rama IV on Saturday, April 5th, 2008 in which the undefeated champion “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor will make the second mandatory defense of his I.B.F. World Junior Featherweight Title.
In the Title Match of the night, reigning champion Molitor, whose record improved to an impressive 26-0, 10 kos during the Rumble at Rama III, will put his title on the line against Mexico’s fierce Fernando Beltran Jr. (30-2-1, 17 kos) the no. 1 ranked I.B.F. contender and his most daunting challenger to date.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 13 – Mr. Robert Simpson, president of PR Associates announced today the Company has been awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada account to manage, lead and deliver the media relations for the Association’s 76th annual convention. The world’s largest mining exploration and development convention, PDAC 2008 will take place in Toronto, Canada March 2-5, 2008.
“We are excited to be working with PR Associates,” says Patricia Dillon, PDAC President. “Their unique skills as former mining journalists, communication and public relations professionals, coupled with established and trustworthy relationships with the international media made them a natural fit with the PDAC.”
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 13, 2008) – Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (TSX:BIM) (“Baffinland” or the “Company”) today released its Annual Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve statement, as of December 31, 2007, for its 100%-owned Mary River Project, located in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Mineral resources and mineral reserves were estimated by Aker Kvaerner E&C (“Aker Kvaerner”), a division of Aker Kvaerner Canada Inc.
GILFORD ISLAND, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY–(Feb. 13, 2008) – The Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation is extremely pleased to announce that the Health Canada – “Do Not Consume” order for our village drinking water was lifted on January 7, 2008. This is a result of the new Reverse Osmosis Water purification plants now operating in the village of Gwa-Yas-Dums on Gilford Island.
Yellow Quill Was So Ripe for Tragedy
A Reserve Under Third-Party Management
Christie Blatchford, Globe and Mail, February 13, 2008
The day before I drove here along snow-drifted roads in the bright white emptiness that is northeastern Saskatchewan in February, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy released its second Aboriginal Governance Index.
Libraries Are Hubs Of Community History, Heritage And Culture
TORONTO — First Nations Public Library Week 2008 runs from February 11 to 16.
“The Ontario government joins with First Nations communities across Ontario to celebrate First Nations’ public libraries and their contribution to our province’s history, heritage and culture,” Minister of Culture Aileen Carroll said.
Ottawa, February 13, 2008 – The Canada Council for the Arts today released its Action Plan for the next three years, including plans for the distribution of $31.5 million in new funding in 2008-09.
In July 2007, the federal government announced an ongoing $30 million increase to the Council’s parliamentary appropriation, bringing the government’s annual investment in the Council to over $180 million. The announcement followed one-time increases to the Council’s funding of $20 million in 2006-2007 and $30 million in 2007-2008. The Council has also increased its funding for arts project grants by $1.5 million on a permanent basis, which brings the total amount of new ongoing funding to $31.5 million.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 13, 2008
Ministry of Economic Development
First Nations Leadership Council
VANCOUVER – “Journey to Economic Independence: B.C. First Nations’ Perspectives,” a joint report between the Province of B.C. and the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC), was released today at the BC Chiefs Regional Leadership Economic Opportunities Forum in Vancouver, announced East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett and the First Nations Leadership Council.
FNTI is caught between a federal government which says post-secondary institutions are a federal responsibility and a provincial government which takes the position that an institute located on reserve is a federal responsibility. In other jurisdictional conflicts, both governments have resolved to place people first. Examine the principles of this existing agreement between the governments of Canada and Ontario with respect to public services. Can the same spirit of cooperation and collaboration be used to address the needs of FNTI and other Indigenous post-secondary institutions in Ontario?
CANADA – ONTARIO MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT ON COLLABORATION IN THE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC SERVICE 2004 One of the great and enduring strengths of the Canadian federation is the opportunity it provides for innovation in the delivery of public services. Over time, public policy and service delivery innovations started in one part of the country have led to innovations right across the country.
“Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Upholding Self-determination and Free Prior Informed Consent for Indigenous Peoples”
Commissions and Workshops on:
• The UN and OAS Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
• Indigenous Nations and Treaty Rights
• Responses to Climate Change
• Environmental Racism and Toxic Contamination of Indigenous Lands
• Indigenous Youth
• Impacts of Mining and Resource extraction
• Food Security/Food Sovereignty
• Using the UN and OAS to hold countries accountable for human rights violations
• Cultural Rights and Protection of Sacred Sites… and more
Operator Turnover Study for First
Housing and Infrastructure Directorate
A Study to determine the causes of Water and Wastewater Plant Operator turnover in First Nation communities
This Request for Proposals defines the scope for a study to determine the main causes of Water and Wastewater Plant Operator turnover in First Nation communities and to develop short, medium and long term recommendations for improvement. The purpose is to conduct a nation-wide study as to the reasons why First Nation operators leave their jobs, prioritize the reasons and to develop recommendations to reduce the turnover rate to acceptable levels.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. The AFN represents all citizens regardless of age, gender or place of residence.
Wednesday February 13, 2008 – Ottawa, Ontario – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami the national leader for Inuit in Canada today congratulated the Australian Government led by Kevin Rudd for the apology they have offered the indigenous peoples of that country.
“As an indigenous leader who has worked with other Indigenous peoples for many years from all over the world, I am heartened by the actions of this Australian Government to the Indigenous Peoples of Australia. I am sure the tone and nature of this apology took foresight and courage,” said Mary Simon.
Marvin M. Bernstein, Special to The Leader-Post
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The tragic deaths of two First Nations children on the Yellow Quill First Nations, three-year-old Kaydance Pauchay, and her one-year-old sister, Santana, have generated calls for change that require our collective respect and action.
Police ignoring native violence, MPP alleges
Caledonia Dispute; Illegal action ‘appears to be tolerated’
Matthew Coutts, National Post, With Files From Melissa Leong
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Barricades, arson and violence surrounding the land claim dispute in Caledonia, Ont., have been accepted by police, who are enforcing a two-tiered justice system and condoning native lawlessness, charged the area’s Member of Provincial Parliament yesterday.
Cambridge Bay alcohol control proponent calls for ‘spirit of sobriety’
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 | 9:51 AM CT
A Cambridge Bay lawyer who has been lobbying for responsible drinking in the community said the choice of residents not to impose tighter controls on alcohol will not stop him from promoting “a spirit of sobriety.”
Algonquin, prospectors negotiate resolution; Shabot Obaadjiwan admit to violations of injunction
Posted By Sue Yanagisawa
A group of Algonquin, who held out last summer for close to four months against a uranium prospecting company and prevented Frontenac Ventures Corp. from working the lands it claims north of Sharbot Lake, has chosen not to fight contempt charges brought by the Oakville-based company.
Tuesday February 12, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thunder Bay, ON – Dilico Anishinabek Family Care (Dilico) together with The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay CAS) hosted a gala dinner to officially launch the Thunder Bay Crown Ward Education Championship Team Project this evening at Fort William Historical Park.
The Burnaby RCMP are requesting the assistance of the public in locating a missing female. The female, Michelle Cheryl-Ann Lynn DELORME, was last seen was in 2005.
At that time Delorme was known to be a street worker and did not have a fixed address. Delorme was known to frequent the downtown eastside and to use drugs. New information obtained by the investigator on this file has lead the investigator to believe that there is a chance that Delorme is still living in the Lower Mainland.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 13, 2008) – Redcorp Ventures Ltd. (TSX:RDV) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Redfern Resources Ltd. (together, the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on mine development and construction activities as well as associated permitting progress for the Tulsequah Chief Mine.
The project detailed engineering is well advanced and approximately 50% complete. However, the permit acquisition process has been slower than anticipated which has led to delays in the implementation of our original construction schedule. At the same time, we have successfully identified and secured virtually all of the essential long-lead time capital equipment at lower than anticipated costs. As a result we have mandated our engineering and procurement contractor, Wardrop Engineering Inc. (“Wardrop”), to update the capital cost estimate and, with Merit International – our construction manager, to prepare an updated project control estimate and schedule to reflect current procurement knowledge, vendor quotations and contractor rates. We anticipate that the control estimate will be finalized near the end of February and will be used to manage the project through to completion.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 – Bell and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) tonight launched the telecommunications company’s role as presenting partner of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. A new Cultural Olympiad emblem recognizing this partnership was unveiled during a sold-out, star-studded concert at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, the culmination of a day-long celebration of the two-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Games.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 – For the six months ended December 31, 2007, revenue increased to $1,233,627 from $859,046 in the corresponding period in fiscal 2007. The increase was a result of increased revenue from the Engineering Division and increased electricity sales from the Mears Plant and the Kyuquot Utility. Electricity generation from the Mears Plant for the six months ended December 31, 2007 was 6,326 MWh as compared to 5,414 MWh in the corresponding period in fiscal 2007. The increase in revenue of the Kyuquot Utility is a result of increased electricity sales.
TORONTO, Feb. 12 – Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is the overall winner of The Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart 2008 National Awards in Governance, for its implementation of a sustainability strategy to ensure its short and long term success.
In addition to the overall winner, awards recognizing governance achievements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors were presented last night at a gala dinner and ceremony in Toronto.
Patrick Brazeau, National Post
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In an ongoing series entitled “Rethinking the Reserve,” National Post writer Kevin Libin is examining new strategies for addressing the challenges faced by Canada’s First Nations communities. As the series unfolds, the Post is inviting other commentators to offer their own thoughts on the issue. In today’s instalment, Patrick Brazeau, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, argues that Jean Chretien’s government was on the right track with its First Nations Governance Act.
James Grubel, Reuters
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia apologized on Wednesday for the historic mistreatment of Aborigines, heralding a new era in race relations and moving indigenous people to tears as huge crowds cheered across the nation.
By Roszan Holmen – Saanich News – February 13, 2008
Minerva Foundation seeking professional women as mentors
Not long after delivering her twins, Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was interrogated by a nurse on whether she drank during her pregnancy and whether her husband beat her. The nurse explained, “I need to interview you because you had a low birth-weight baby and you’re a status Indian.”
Posted: February 13, 2008, 9:48 AM by DrewHasselback
Aboriginal Governance Index
Don Sandberg, Rebecca Walberg and Joseph Quesnel write in Wednesday’s Financial Post that evidence seems to show that community residents on First Nations are growing increasingly concerned about mismanagement and desire basic transparency from their local governments. The writers are authors of the recently released Aboriginal Governance Index: A 2007 Ranking of Manitoba and Saskatchewan First Nations.
OTTAWA, Feb. 12 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine today expressed overwhelming joy to the Indigenous peoples of Australia and congratulated Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for issuing an apology for the “Stolen Generations” as the first order of business by the new government.
“This apology is monumental for our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Australia, and throughout the world on righting a great wrong,” stated AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine. “First Nations in Canada applaud the Australian government for its demonstrated leadership on issuing this long awaited and profound apology. The forced removal of children from their parents was the most egregious of human rights violations imaginable, causing enormous harms.”
– 3,000-4,000-meter diamond drill program using three drills in progress on Snegamook Property
– Camp construction completed on Mount Benedict Property
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SSE)(FRANKFURT:S6Q) is pleased to update shareholders on the ongoing 2008 diamond drilling program on the Snegamook Property in the western portion of the Central Mineral Belt of Labrador. Silver Spruce has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Snegamook Property, subject to a 2% Net Smelter Return (NSR).
For Immediate Release
Feb. 12, 2008
Office of the Premier
VICTORIA – The fourth session of the 38th parliament was launched today with a speech from the throne that lays out new measures to create safe, secure communities, build excellence in education, further strengthen the New Relationship with First Nations, and give British Columbians options to become personally involved in combating climate change.
The Esquao Awards honour Aboriginal Women who are the strength of our community and play an unsung role in our society.
Each year IAAW honours 20 Alberta Aboriginal Women at the Esquao Awards. These awards are given in recognition of Aboriginal Women’s achievements by their own communities, have made incalculable contributions to better understanding and appreciation on the part of elected officials (local, provincial and federal) and influential decision makers in government, industry, and business.
On September 19, 2007 the Government of Canada began receiving applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) which is one element of the court-supervised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Upon application and verification, eligible former students will receive $10,000 for the first year of residence, plus $3,000 for each school year (or part of a school year) after that.
Statistics as of February 11, 2008:
Total number of applications received: 86,876
Total number of applications processed: 69,187
– Number of payments issued: 55,464
– Number of applications not eligible for payment: 13,723
Total number of applications requiring further information to complete processing: 3,487
Total number of applications currently in process: 14,202
TORONTO, Feb. 12 – He’s 5’9″ and 215 lbs., shoots left and practically grew up at his local hockey rink. Now, the only thing standing between 35-year-old sawmill worker Darwin Head of Prince Albert, SK, and a cool million dollars is scoring 15 goals in 24 seconds, as he was named this year’s participant in TSN’s second annual, international award-winning million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout. As part of the contest, Head will also have the chance to win up to four totally new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrids – the 2008 North American Car of the Year – for himself and his friends.
Protest planned to circle Kenora Police office with support
By Garett Williams
Miner and News
Tuesday February 12, 2008
Supporters of the Kenora Police Service will gather in an “unbroken circle” around the Kenora police station at noon Wednesday, before marching to City Hall to deliver council a clear message — no deal.