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Canada’s New Government Supports Aboriginal Communities

OTTAWA, February 22, 2007 – The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced $842,401 in funding for the Kivalliq Inuit Association, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the National Association of Friendship Centres.

“Aboriginal communities are a vibrant part of Canada’s pluralistic society,” said Minister Oda. “Canada’s New Government is committed to supporting projects, like those announced today, which build the capacity of Inuit, First Nations, and Métis organizations and provide innovative opportunities for Aboriginal youth.”

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071067 Views

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B.C. Supports Forum To Address Aboriginal Youth Issues

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 22, 2007

Ministry of Children and Family Development

VANCOUVER – The Ministry of Children and Family Development has contributed $50,000 for a two-day provincial forum to address the high incidence of suicide among Aboriginal youth, announced Children and Family Development Minster Tom Christensen.

“This forum is an important step in examining the issue of Aboriginal youth suicide in B.C,” said Christensen. “This ministry is committed to working with First Nations and Aboriginal people to ensure youth in B.C. realize their full potential as they mature into healthy, productive adults.”

Approximately 200 delegates from across B.C will take part in the two-day forum. The forum will enable Aboriginal organizations, community leaders, government representatives to share their ideas and progress on youth suicide prevention strategies and initiatives.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007975 Views

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Medicine Hat Company Receives Premier’s Award for Business Excellence

February 22, 2007

Edmonton… Weddingstar Inc. of Medicine Hat received the 2007 Premier’s Award of Distinction at the 16th annual Alberta Business Awards of Distinction hosted by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce on February 21. The award is presented to the Alberta organization that best exemplifies Alberta’s entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrates outstanding leadership in their business and local community.

“Alberta has been shaped by dedicated and visionary entrepreneurs who worked hard to turn their ideas into reality,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “Weddingstar has gone above and beyond to be innovative leaders in an industry steeped in tradition.”

In 1983, Rick and Helle Brink opened their wedding supply business in the basement of their Medicine Hat home. Today, their company has grown to 30 full and part-time employees and 15 contract workers. They ship to over 45 countries and this year they forecast sales of approximately $5 million.

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071473 Views

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MNO at Forefront in Guatemala

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 – Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt will be leaving for Guatemala this weekend to visit Mayan communities to discuss fundraising for schools in isolated villages. He will attend a meeting with Indigenous people from throughout the Americas to discuss use and access to technology for health, education, governance and commerce. And he will work on plans for purchasing textiles from Mayan women to feed their children. These are activities that are bringing the MNO and its people to the forefront in Guatemala in the coming weeks and months. Next week he will be joined by Métis National Council President, Clément Chartier and National Congress of American Indians President, Joe Garcia.

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071116 Views

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Cumberland Announces Agreement with Government of Nunavut and Receipt of Nunavut Water Board Licence for Road Construction

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 22, 2007) – CUMBERLAND RESOURCES LTD. (TSX:CLG)(AMEX:CLG) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary Meadowbank Mining Corporation (“MMC”) and the Government of Nunavut (“GN”) have signed a Development Partnership Agreement (“DPA”) with respect to Cumberland’s 100% owned Meadowbank gold project located 70 kilometres north of the hamlet of Baker Lake, Nunavut. In addition, the Company has received a Water Licence Type B from the Nunavut Water Board, the final licence required for road construction to Meadowbank. The Meadowbank gold project, host to Canada’s largest pure gold open pit gold reserves of 2.9 million ounces(1), will become one of Canada’s highest output gold producers.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007955 Views

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Redcorp Ventures Ltd.: Letter Agreement Executed Between Redfern Resources Ltd. and Taku River Tlingit First Nation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 22, 2007) – REDCORP VENTURES LTD. (TSX:RDV) (“Redcorp”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Redfern Resources Ltd. (“Redfern”, together the “Company”), has executed a letter agreement with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (“TRTFN”) governing the framework for workplans and funding for the evaluation of the proposed barging access amendment plan for the Tulsequah Project. The agreement also encompasses plans for defining an additional workplan and funding to evaluate the scope and content of a potential future Impact and Benefits Agreement between the parties and contributions to discussions between the TRTFN and government of British Columbia concerning a potential Accommodation Agreement.

In arriving at this letter agreement the TRTFN have not agreed on an affirmative position or acceptance of the barging amendment or the Tulsequah Project pending their determination of the acceptability of the environmental mitigation for the project and any associated defined benefits and accommodation for the TRTFN.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007919 Views

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Media Advisory: Youth Circles-Building Peaceful Communities

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 22, 2007) –

ATTENTION NEWS DESKS/NEWS EDITORS

A cross-city Project to help at-risk Toronto youth resolve conflicts and steer them away from gang violence, the courts and potential jail time will be launched Wednesday February 28, 2007.

‘Youth Circles’ is supported by community leaders, educators, mental health officials, police, and the legal community.

‘Youth Circles’ is led and designed by Peacebuilders International to break the crime-and-punishment cycle by allowing disruptive youths to voluntarily address their conflicting issues as an alternative to the punitive court process through participation with victims in peacemaking circles.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007956 Views

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B.C. Grant Supports First Nations’ Fishery Research

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 21, 2007

Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

PRINCE GEORGE – The Lheidli T’enneh Band will receive a B.C. government grant of nearly $40,000 for an in-depth assessment of burbot habitat, populations and angling pressure in the Omineca region, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.

“This project will gather key information about the burbot fishery in the Lheidli T’enneh fish area,” said Penner. “It will help the band build on its existing knowledge of burbot, resulting in a better, more efficient management of the fish population, both as a traditional/sustenance and sports fishery.”

According to the Lheidli T’enneh, the study of burbot (also known as lingcod or eelpout) has become a priority in recent years, as there is currently very little biological information available on the species. In addition, contemporary studies in other regions show that developing fisheries can often deplete fish populations quickly, as they tend to target fish in the spawning stages.

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071140 Views

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Strategic Plan Released To Create Best Correctional System In Canada

FOR RELEASE #07-029
February 21, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Department of Justice and Yukon First Nations are working together to create the best correctional system in Canada.

Justice Minister Marian C. Horne and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Andy Carvill have released the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan responds to the recommendations of the Corrections Action Plan.

The Strategic Plan provides a framework for working collaboratively with First Nations to achieve two goals. The first goal is to substantially improve the quality of correctional programming offered to victims, offenders and communities. The second goal is to fundamentally change the operation of the correctional system so that the Department of Justice, First Nations and other service providers are better able to deliver effective correctional services.

by NationTalk on February 22, 2007994 Views

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Cambrian College Hosts 20th Annual Traditional Gathering

The Wabnode Institute and Cambrian Native Students’ Association are hosting the Traditional Gathering on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the College’s Barrydowne campus. The theme of this year’s Pow Wow is Honouring Our Future Leaders.

The Traditional Gathering or Pow Wow, will take place in the College’s gymnasium on Saturday, March 10 from 12 noon until 10 p.m. and on Sunday, March 11 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. There will be a Grand Entry on Saturday at 12 noon and at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 12 noon. The Pow Wow will feature singing and drumming, dancers in traditional regalia, vendor booths with Native arts and crafts, and a closing ceremony. An honour song for Cambrian College Aboriginal alumni will take place during each session.

There is no admission fee for the weekend-long Pow Wow. For further information about the youth conference and Pow Wow, please contact Rachel Lewis at (705) 566-8101, extension 7881, or Ann Frampton at (705) 566-8101, extension 7275.

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by NationTalk on February 22, 20072253 Views

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Joint Press Release: Batchewana First Nation; Bay Mills Indian Community; Garden River First Nation; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Of Chippewa Indians

By David Helwig
SooToday.com
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Tribes and First Nations form alliance for a Clean St. Marys River

Bawating, North America – Following the historic signing of the St. Marys River Treaty in November, 2006, two Canadian First Nations and two Native American Tribes have formed a new alliance that will work to protect the ecosystem of the St. Marys River.

The Anishinabeg Joint Commission had its first meeting on February 12, 2007 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and promises to rekindle ties of family and culture that were inhibited by the imposition of an international border through Ojibwa territory.

We are one people separated by a border.

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071026 Views

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In Memory of Harry Pierre

It is with great sadness that the staff and executives of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council say good-bye to their former Tribal Chief, Harry Pierre. Harry passed on in the early morning of February 20th in Prince George. Harry was elected Tribal Chief in 2003 and served a three year term in office. Among his many accomplishments in political, community, and family life, Harry led the tribal council through negotiations with industry such as Canfor and Enbridge and maintained a strong footing at the treaty negotiation table. As the Chair for the Council of Chiefs, Harry instilled dignity and fairness and strived for unity among the eight member nations.

“Harry left the legacy of a strong organization and staff that were dedicated to working under his leadership. The Chiefs had a great respect for him, as an Elder, a former Chief for Tl’azt’en Nation, and as their Tribal Chief,” said Tribal Chief David Luggi.

Harry Pierre enjoyed a long political career starting in the 1960s, often serving as Chief of the Tl’azt’en (klaz-den) Nation. He also served a term as Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, elected in 2003. He was one of the founding Chiefs of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in the late 1960s and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in the 1970s. He also supported the creation of the First Nations Summit in the early 1990s.

by NationTalk on February 22, 20071062 Views

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Conservatives Leave New Canadians Out in the Cold

February 20, 2007

Too caught up in implementing their ideologically-driven social agenda, the Conservative minority government has no plans to make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers to Canada, the Liberal Opposition said today.

“Yesterday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley appeared before a House committee and dithered on an important issue, the recognition of foreign credentials for new Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. “Why does this government continue doing nothing so that new Canadians’ skills can be recognized, so that they can reach their full potential?”

Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic Omar Alghabra pointed to the government’s year of inaction in bringing the skills and experience of internationally-trained professionals into the Canadian labour market.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007991 Views

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Lytton To Get New Health Centre

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 21, 2007

Ministry of Health
Office of the Premier

LYTTON – The provincial government will provide $6.3 million for a new health-care centre in Lytton that will improve acute care and community health services in the region, with construction to start this summer, Premier Gordon Campbell said today.

“The new health-care centre is being designed to meet the health-care needs of seniors, local Aboriginal communities and Lytton residents in one facility,” said Campbell. “It’s an innovative example of how we can meet many of the goals outlined in the 2007 budget and throne speech, including our commitments on health care, the New Relationship, seniors and even the environment through green design features.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007999 Views

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Department of Transportation Plans Studies on Realignment of Tlicho Winter Road

YELLOWKNIFE (21 February, 2007) – A request for proposals to conduct engineering and environmental studies, which would help guide future decisions about changing the alignment of the winter road to the Tlicho communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT), is to be issued by the Department of Transportation.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) will help pay for the studies with a $460,000 contribution from its Targeted Investment Program. The Department of Transportation, Tlicho government and private industry will combine funding to match the INAC contribution. Studies should be completed by this fall.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007981 Views

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Finance Minister Asked to “Balance” on-off Reserve Dollars

NOTES FOR AN ADDRESS BY NATIONAL CHIEF PATRICK BRAZEAU CONGRESS OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLESTO THE PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION ROUNDTABLE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
OTTAWA, ONTARIO
FEBRUARY 20, 2007

{Check against delivery}
BUDGET 2007 CONSULTATIONS

I want to thank you, Minister Flaherty, and you, Ms. Ablonczy, for this evening’s consultation meeting. I intend to be brief, so I’ll get right to the points I want to make.

As you will know, during the last election campaign, the Prime Minister wrote to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples to outline the commitments his government would deliver on to the people our organization represents – off-reserve Aboriginal peoples.

Action on these commitments is the basis of our expectations for Budget 2007. The Prime Minister undertook that his government would work in collaboration and partnership with the Congress to review Departmental expenditures for Aboriginal peoples, with the goal of restoring a much-needed balance between on- and off-reserve Aboriginal expenditures.

Prime Minister Harper also endorsed action on clear, democratic and accountable systems for expenditure control.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071051 Views

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General R. J. Hillier Speaks with DareArts Children About Leadership

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 21, 2007) – General Rick Hillier, Chief of Defence Staff, met with ten DareArts teens late yesterday to talk with them about Leadership. The youth, always excited to have the opportunity to speak with such an important Canadian figure, peppered him with questions about this complex topic, as well as conditions in Afghanistan.

To view a photo of General Hillier with the DareArts teens please view the following link.

General Hillier has a deep and unusual understanding of how important art, music and dance can be in restoring a full life to children who have been wounded by war. He has lent his support to DareArts in our work with our Canadian troops to help children in Afghanistan through art, as well as help aboriginal children in remote Canadian communities. DareArts has sent over 2000 original cards to our soldiers in Afghanistan, who have then personally handed them to the children in Afghanistan villages. These cards have messages inside in Farsi that say “We love you from Canadian children”. Another 2000 cards are set to go.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071419 Views

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CMSF: Maintaining Canada’s Knowledge Advantage Demands Greater Post-Secondary Participation

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Feb. 21, 2007) – Canada’s population of young adults will fall by 300,000 in the next decade, meaning that unless policies change there will soon be too few college and university graduates to fill high-skilled jobs created by the knowledge economy or left vacant by retiring baby-boomers, says new research from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

Published today, the report, entitled Why Access Matters, exposes the twin challenges of a changing economy and an aging population. To meet these challenges and maintain its knowledge advantage, Canada will need to graduate more students even as the youth population begins to decline. This means that participation in post-secondary education must be improved among youth from groups that are presently under-represented in our universities and colleges, particularly low-income youth, Aboriginal Peoples and those whose families have no history of higher education.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071040 Views

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National Chief Fontaine to Address Economic Club of Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 21, 2007) – In a major address to the Economic Club, Chief Fontaine will report on how First Nation governments, working in partnership with the corporate community are transforming poverty and despair by creating prosperity and hope for the future. He will also outline a plan how corporate Canada and First Nation governments can work together to address the effects of global warming by drawing on traditional knowledge and respect for the environment, as well as the capacity to adapt creatively and act responsibly.

WHO: Phil Fontaine National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

WHAT: Address to the Economic Club of Toronto “From Poverty to Prosperity: Creating Opportunity, Sharing Responsibility”

DATE: Thursday, February 22, 2007

TIME: 11:45 am (speech at 12:40 pm) Media availability to follow

WHERE: The Hilton Hotel, Toronto Ballroom 145 Richmond Street West

The Economic Club of Toronto is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing its members and guests face-to-face with the most important leaders of our time. The Economic Club of Toronto is a catalyst for driving public policy dialogue that engages leaders in business and politics.

To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please contact Nicole Harbauer.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Economic Club of Toronto
Nicole Harbauer
(416) 306-0899
Email: harbauer@ecot.ca
Website: www.ecot.ca

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071142 Views

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Wolfden Receives Positive Recommendation From the Nunavut Impact Review Board

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THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 21 – WOLFDEN RESOURCES INC. (TSX:WLF) is pleased to announce that the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) has completed its screening of the High Lake project and has stated to the Hon. Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, in a letter dated February 20 2007, that “After examining the Project Proposal and comments received, NIRB has determined that, pursuant to Section 12.4.4(b), the Project requires a public review under Part 5 or 6 of the NCLA” (Nunavut Land Claim Agreement).

“This positive recommendation demonstrates significant advancement of the High Lake Project,” commented Ewan Downie, President and CEO. “The board has recommended a Part 5 or 6 Review and demonstrates continued support of the High Lake Project from regulatory authorities and represents another milestone in our steady progress towards building major infrastructure and the construction of the first major copper and zinc mine in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071024 Views

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Unique Canadian Satellite Project Contributes to International Polar Year

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 – As International Polar Year (IPY) kicks off on March 1, 2007, a new Canadian project will make a significant contribution to the IPY objective of better understanding polar regions. Polar View, funded in part by the Canadian Space Agency, offers a unique satellite-based service designed to help Canadians identify the impacts of environmental/ human pressures and guide appropriate responses.

Using remote sensing technology, data about ice and snow conditions is gathered and analyzed by an experienced network of experts. Detailed information is then delivered, around-the-clock, to a diverse group of over 40 international users. These include government agencies, research institutes, commercial interests and northern residents.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071228 Views

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Kodiak Energy Operational Update

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Feb. 21, 2007) – Kodiak Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:KDKN) is pleased to announce that It has received the Seismic Permit for its Little Chicago Seismic Program EL 413 from the NEB and the actual 85 Km program starts Feb 22, 2007.

Kodiak has been successful in obtaining the required permits for the seismic program in a short period of time. This includes the Joint Management Agreements, Access and Benefits agreements with the Aboriginal Peoples in the area. To obtain these agreements an Environmental Protection plan, Traditional Knowledge studies and extensive community consultations were required. These agreements, studies and consultations became the basis for land and water permits from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and the seismic permit from the National Energy Board.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007995 Views

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Minister Cannon Announces Panel to Conduct Review of the Railway Safety Act

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 – Canada’s New Government announced today that an advisory panel has been appointed to conduct a review of the Railway Safety Act. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities announced the appointments of the Honourable Doug Lewis, who will serve as chair, and Mr. Pierre-André Côté, Mr. Martin Lacombe, and Mr. Gary Moser, who will serve as panel members.

“Our number one objective is to increase the safety of Canada’s railway system,” said Minister Cannon. “I am pleased that these experienced people have agreed to take on this important responsibility and I look forward to the panel’s report and recommendations.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071096 Views

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs Renews Call for Independent Inquiry into Death of Frank Paul

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2007

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, February 20, 2007) “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs strongly urges Wally Oppal, BC’s Attorney General, to immediately convene an independent public inquiry into the death of Frank Joseph Paul,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

Grand Chief Phillip responded today to recent media reports where Greg Firlotte, a Corrections Officer who was on duty the night Frank Paul died, has come forward with new information about that night in December 1998. Frank Paul died of exposure after being dragged out of the police station and into a police van.

“The officers swore a duty to protect all citizens. I believe Mr. Firlotte is courageously speaking out because it is the right thing to do. The Vancouver Police Department must be held accountable. Mr. Firlotte’s statement that the VPD did not interview him either suggests a gross oversight or a deliberate cover-up attempt to protect the VPD,” said Grand Chief Phillip. “The UBCIC fully supports the Police Complaints Commissioner’s recommendation in 2003 for a public inquiry as the official explanation and discipline of the officers involved suggests that Frank Paul’s death was quickly brushed aside.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007910 Views

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Elizabeth Falls Hydroelectric Project Availability of $20,000 in Participant Funding

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has made $20,000 available under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and/or individuals to take part in the environmental assessment of this proposed project.

Black Lake First Nation is proposing to construct and operate a hydroelectric generating station involving the Fond du Lac River, between Black Lake and Middle Lake in northern Saskatchewan.

To receive funding, successful applicants must participate in the environmental assessment process of the proposed project. Funding applications received by the Agency at the address indicated below by March 19, 2007 will be considered.

Information on the proposed project, the Program, including the Participant Funding Program Guide, the application form and the contribution agreement that describes the obligations of each party and the conditions for payments, is available on the Agency’s Web site.

For additional information on the funding program or to submit an application, please contact:

Suzanne Osborne
Participant Funding Program
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Place Bell Canada
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0254
suzanne.osborne@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071666 Views

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Callihoo v. Canada (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2007 ABCA 59

In the Court of Appeal of Alberta

Citation: Callihoo v. Canada (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2007
ABCA 59

Date: 20070220
Docket: 0603-0062-AC
Registry: Edmonton

Link: Judgement

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007980 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Joins Other Indigenous Peoples In Accusing Canada Of Violating The International Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Racial Discrimination

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2007

Nations Leadership Council has sent a submission in response to Canada’s report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Canada’s report will be heard by CERD in Geneva, Switzerland on February 20-21, 2007.

Indigenous Peoples’ submissions will be considered along with the Canadian Government’s report when CERD begins its review of Canada on Tuesday February 20th, 2007.

The First Nations Leadership Council submission takes exception with Canada’s assertions that it is a champion of human rights in Canada and elsewhere in the worl

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071172 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Mourns the Loss of Respected Dakelh Elder-Statesman Harry Pierre

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/West Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of respected Dakelh Elder-Statesman, Harry Pierre, 65. He died this morning at the Prince George Regional Hospital.

Harry Pierre enjoyed a long political career starting in the 1960s, often serving as Chief of the Tl’azt’en (klaz-den) Nation. He also served a term as Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, elected in 2003. He was one of the founding Chiefs of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in the late 1960s and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in the 1970s. He also supported the creation of the First Nations Summit in the early 1990s. As a Summit delegate, he always spoke about the importance of the environment, frequently saying ‘protect the land and the land will protect you’.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071139 Views

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Mining Association “Digs” BC Budget 2007

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 20, 2007) – The Mining Association of BC (MABC) today applauds BC Budget 2007.

“We appreciate the government recognizes that the strength of the BC economy continues to come from land-based industries such as mining and oil & gas,” said MABC President & CEO Michael McPhie.

Specifically, the MABC welcomes:

– Extension of the New Mines Allowance to January 1, 2016 from January 1, 2010. The allowance encourages new mine development and expansion in the province.

– The increase of the mining exploration tax credit for areas impacted by the Mountain Pine Beetle.

– Increased staff capacity in the Mining & Minerals Branch of the Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources.

– Increased funding and capacity for the Environmental Assessment Office. With nearly half of all major mine development projects in Canada located in BC, this capacity is critical to the future development of the mining industry.

– Increased funding for trades’ training and apprenticeships, particularly for aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071055 Views

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ACBackwash From IPPERWASH: Did the News Media do its Job?

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 – On Tuesday, March 6, a panel will discuss media responsibilities in covering Aboriginal issues – specifically how the news media handled the 1995 shooting death of Dudley George at Ipperwash Provincial Park.

The panel at Ryerson University is co-sponsored by First Nations Technical Institute of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and Ryerson’s School of Journalism.

This free Open House coincides with the public release of the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry, the result of two years of hearings before Mr. Justice Sidney Linden. Its mandate was to examine the confrontation between the OPP and the First Nations occupiers at the provincial park that resulted in the use of deadly force, and to recommend how such events may be prevented in future.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2007995 Views

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Decline of the Status Indian Motivates Ogemawahj Tribal Council to Host National First Nation Citizenship and Status Conference

Rama, ON, Feb. 21 – Enfranchisement and the intermarriage of Indian women with non-Indian men allowed Status Indians to acquire full Canadian citizenship by relinquishing their ties to the community, giving up the culture and traditions and giving up any rights they had as Indians. Indian women who married non-Indian men also lost their “Status” as Indians and the rights that accompanied that status.

The plan to assimilate Indians into society, however, has not worked, and the “temporary” nature of the Indian Act has led to many problems with the governance and lives of Indian people. It has also led to many constitutional challenges within Canada’s court system. This era of change and the need for a solution to the declining number of status Indians within their member First Nations have motivated the member communities of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council to coordinate and host a national information exchange on the topic.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20071664 Views

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Premier’s Awards Recognize Public Service Excellence

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For Immediate Release
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Feb. 20, 2007

Office of the Premier
B.C. Public Service Agency

VICTORIA – Eighteen finalists from across B.C.’s public service have been selected to compete for Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of provincial employees.

A total of 65 nominations were submitted to a panel of independent adjudicators and judges for the six award categories:

In the Cross-Government Integration category, the three finalists are:

~ Negotiations Division, Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Victoria
~ Dena Carroll, Manager, Early Years, Ministry of Children and Family Development – Victoria
~ Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources Protocol Agreement Negotiations Team – Victoria, Kamloops and Keremeos

by NationTalk on February 20, 20072413 Views

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Province Increases Public Involvement In Fisheries Management

February 20, 2007

Pilot Project Establishes Advisory Councils In Three Areas of Ontario

TORONTO — The Ontario government is encouraging greater public involvement in fisheries management by establishing volunteer advisory councils in the province’s fisheries management zones, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

“Advisory councils are an important part of the government’s new science-based ecological approach to fisheries management that includes revised fishing regulations, improved state of the resource reporting, and increased local stewardship,” said Ramsay. “With this new approach, we are working to better serve the needs of today’s citizens while ensuring Ontario’s fish populations remain sustainable for future generations.”

by NationTalk on February 20, 20071029 Views

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Canada Violating International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

First Nations Leadership Council Joins Other Indigenous Peoples in Accusing Canada of Violating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2007

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver, BC – The First Nations Leadership Council has sent a submission in response to Canada’s report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Canada’s report will be heard by CERD in Geneva, Switzerland on February 20-21, 2007.

Indigenous Peoples’ submissions will be considered along with the Canadian Government’s report when CERD begins its review of Canada on Tuesday February 20th, 2007.

The First Nations Leadership Council submission takes exception with Canada’s assertions that it is a champion of human rights in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

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“Indigenous Peoples Point To Canada’s Violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination”

Press Release, February 19, 2007

Canada’s position on the UN Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as its discriminatory treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and elsewhere, will be scrutinized by the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) at its 70th session, which begins today in Geneva, Switzerland.

Alberta, Canada, February 19th, 2007: “Canada has continued to insist on the inclusion of discriminatory language in the Declaration as a requirement for its approval”. This was one of several charges presented to the CERD by the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations (CT6FN), representing 18 First Nations in Alberta. IITC is an Indigenous Organization with Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council. They were among several organizations representing First Nations of Canada which filed “shadow” or parallel reports to the CERD, challenging the Canadian government’s report.

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Keyano College Aboriginal Awareness Days

February 20, 2007 8:30:00 AM

Who: Keyano College

What: Aboriginal Awareness Days

Where: Keyano Recital Theatre

When: February 22 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and February 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Why: Keyano College is hosting Aboriginal Awareness Days to recognize and celebrate Aboriginal Peoples and their rich heritage. The celebration will feature guest speakers, Dancers, contests, fiddlers and jiggers.

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Water Science Forum in Sydney on Feb. 21

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Nova Scotians are invited to learn about the science of water resource management from the experts at a forum in Sydney at Cape Breton University on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

“Careful management of our water resources is a responsibility shared by all Nova Scotians,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “Especially in this era of climate change, it is important for all of us — farmers, industry, business, governments, citizens — to learn more about how best to use and protect our water resources.”

The Department of Environment and Labour, in partnership with Cape Breton University, will host the forum for environmental organizations and interested individuals. Academic specialists will give presentations along with experts from First Nations and non-profit groups. The minister of environment and labour will speak on water resources and the environment in Nova Scotia.

The water science forum will be an opportunity to exchange knowledge with interested groups and the public about managing water resources. Participants will have a chance to study successful watershed management practices, in the Bras d’Or Lakes area, and elsewhere in Nova Scotia and Canada.

The forum begins at 8:30 a.m. and is free. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Interested individuals may register by calling 902-535-3830. For more information see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water/forum .

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Media Contact: Bruce Nunn
Environment and Labour
902-424-6427
E-mail: nunnbx@gov.ns.ca

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McGuinty Government Invests in French-Language Services For People With A Developmental Disability

February 20, 2007

Key Element In Strategy To Further Boost Jobs And Economic Renewal

TIMMINS – The McGuinty government is investing in 162 projects across Ontario to build, repair, renovate and upgrade community agencies that provide French-language programs and services to people in need, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur announced today.

“Our government believes that people in need deserve all the help we can give them,” said Meilleur. “Investing in these projects is just one of the ways our government is continuing to build stronger agencies that offer French-language services in communities across Ontario.”

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Media Advisory – Canadian Chamber Board Meets in Vancouver

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.

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McGuinty Government Committed To Bringing Opportunities To Youth In Thunder Bay

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.”

by NationTalk on February 20, 2007880 Views

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BC Fishing Industry Strategic on Safety

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.

by NationTalk on February 20, 20071610 Views

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Media Advisory/OmniGlobe Networks, Inc.: Jason Neale Speaks on Bridging the Broadband Gap at Summit 2007 in Vancouver

BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER–(Feb. 20, 2007) –

TO: All News Media Outlets

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

WHEN: February 24th, 2007, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Plutonic Power Finalizes Impact Benefits Agreement with Klahoose First Nation

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.

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Robinson Salutes Athletes And Coaches Heading To 40th Annual Canada Games

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.”

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First Nations in Ontario Not Participating in the Federal Government Consultation Process on Matrimonial Real Property on Reserves

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.”

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Mining Association Responds to Critique of Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities

Monday February 19, 2007

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.

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De Beers and GNWT Confirm Snap Lake Arrangements to Support the Secondary Industry

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.

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Province Announces Disaster Financial Assistance Program For Northern Manitobans Affected By Flooding In 2005, 2006

February 16, 2007

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.”

by NationTalk on February 20, 20071155 Views

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McGuinty Government Committed To Bringing Opportunities To Youth In Windsor

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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 20071214 Views

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Aboriginal Healing Quilt Displayed At Manitoba Legislative Building

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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 20071453 Views

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