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MOU Signing Marks Historic Collaboration

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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 20071127 Views

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INAC Supports Little Native Hockey Tournament

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.”

by NationTalk on February 19, 20071630 Views

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Speaking notes for The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP for presentation at a Signing Ceremony Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement-in-Principle

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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Good morning.

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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 2007982 Views

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Tl’etinqox-t’in Secure Access To Crown Timber

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 20071272 Views

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Governments of Canada and Yukon Announce Cooperation Agreement for Aboriginal Languages

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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 20071314 Views

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Aboriginal Senior Leaders Gather to Attend AFOA National Conference in Vancouver, BC – February 21 & 22, 2007 – Minister Jim Prentice and Grand Chief Edward John Among Sixty Speakers

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.

by NationTalk on February 19, 20072586 Views

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Totem Pole Raising Ceremony Opens One Moon Gallery To Honor Artist Darlene Gait

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.

by NationTalk on February 17, 20071297 Views

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National Chief responds to Aboriginal Affairs Committee’s Report on Post-Secondary Education

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.”

by NationTalk on February 17, 20071030 Views

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AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine Announces Chief of Staff Bob Watts will Become Executive Director of Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Roger Augustine Appointed New Chief of Staff

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.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789 ext 229, (613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243, (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca

by NationTalk on February 17, 20071287 Views

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Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education Calls for a Non-Partisan, Practical, Forward-Looking Approach says Report of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071285 Views

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Dehcho Grand Chief To Meet Ministers Over Land Use Planning

(February 16/07)

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071342 Views

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Delegation Heading to Nunavut to Explore Potential Alliances in Areas of Mutual Interest

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071017 Views

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Partnering For Opportunity In The Oil And Gas Sector

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 2007943 Views

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Media Advisory – Northward Ho! First Convoy of Books Departs Queen’s Park for Isolated Native Communities

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071109 Views

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Dehcho First Nations -Nahecho Meeting February 13 -15, 2007

PRESS RELEASE – February 15, 2007

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071261 Views

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Media Advisory: Military Convoy Carries Books North for Aboriginal Children

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 16, 2007) –

Attention: News and Photo Assignment Editors

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 2007958 Views

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State of the Province Address Fredericton, N.B. February 15, 2007

Office of the Premier

Members of the Legislative Assembly,
Your Worship, Mayor Woodside.

Good evening

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071392 Views

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Minister Prentice and Anishinabek Nation Sign Governance Agreement-in-Principle

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.”

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071050 Views

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2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Hosted By Critically-Acclaimed Actor, Adam Beach

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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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071072 Views

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Northern Ontario Aboriginal Communities Prepare to Host Medical Students

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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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071252 Views

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Joint News Release: Agreement Brings Waterpower Development One Step Closer – Developer And First Nations Will Develop Site On Kapuskasing

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071328 Views

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British Columbia Transmission Corporation Granted Environmental Assessment Certificate for Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement Project

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.”

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071091 Views

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Enhanced Standards Announced For Coalbed Methane

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 2007902 Views

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McGuinty Government Helping Students Combine Education and Training

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.

by NationTalk on February 16, 2007905 Views

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Experienced Mentors To Work With At-Risk Youth To Prevent Sexual Exploitation

Manitoba News Release
February 15, 2007

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.”

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071038 Views

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National Marketing Campaign Launched For Three Territories

FOR RELEASE #07-023
February 15, 2007

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.”

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071059 Views

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Inuit Unveil “Action Plan” to Develop Next Chapter of Inuit Development with Canada In the Post Land Claims Era

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.”

by NationTalk on February 16, 20071853 Views

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Canadian Hydro Updates Melancthon II Wind Project

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.

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News Advisory – Final Arguments in Métis Harvesting Case to be Heard

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.

by NationTalk on February 15, 20071070 Views

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Montague Reaffirms Position on Lower Churchill; Delivers ‘Friendly Warning’ to Provincial Government

NEWS RELEASE
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.”

by NationTalk on February 15, 2007843 Views

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RBC Royal Bank opens branch in Wendake

Serving Wendake and surrounding communities

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.”

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2007 GVRD Board Committee Appointments

February 14, 2007

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:

Aboriginal Relations
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

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Creation of the First Québec First Nations Financial Centre

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.”

by NationTalk on February 15, 20071084 Views

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Victim of January Home Invasion Dies

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.

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Minister Introduces Management Plan for Territorial Park in Sahtu

R(15)378 – Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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.

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North American Energy Partners in Final Stages of Negotiating Significant Pipeline Contract

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.

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First Nations Women Leaders Issue Strong Statement at Conclusion of Historic Meeting

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.”

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Media Advisory – NAN Grand Chief to Attend Meeting of North-South Partnership

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.

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Canada’s New Government Acting to Improve Grant and Contribution Programs

Treasury Board President Welcomes Report to Cut Red Tape

* Backgrounder – Summary of the Report of the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel on Grants and Contributions
* Backgrounder – Canada’s New Government Acting to Improve Grant and Contribution Programs

February 14, 2007

Ottawa – The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, today announced a series of immediate actions to improve how grant and contribution programs are managed. The measures are a first step in response to the report of the independent blue ribbon panel on grants and contributions. In their report, From Red Tape to Clear Results, panel members Frances Lankin and Ian Clark outlined their findings and recommendations to make the delivery of grant and contribution programs more efficient, while ensuring greater accountability.

“Grants and contributions are cornerstones of the delivery of government programs to Canadians. These programs provide real benefits to people such as promoting physical activity and healthy eating to school children and providing employment programs for disabled Canadians,” Minister Toews said. “That is why we promised, in the Federal Accountability Action Plan, to reduce unnecessary red tape to make these programs work better for Canadians. I want to thank the panel and those around them, who donated their time and expertise to this process, for their hard work and impressive report.”

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Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board Receives Expanded Mandate: Melnick

February 14, 2007

The renewed membership and expanded terms of reference for the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board were announced today by Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick.

“The Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board’s final report lays out a clear blueprint for action and confirms that our government has been moving in the right direction,” said Melnick. “The report notes the province has already taken action on 84 per cent or 113 of the report’s 135 recommendations and I am confident the board’s expanded mandate will further enhance protection of Lake Winnipeg.”

The board will take on additional responsibilities to provide advice to government on the health of Lake Winnipeg and its basins. The main mandate of the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board will now be to co-ordinate development of a basin-wide watershed management plan in co-operation with regional watershed authorities led by local conservation districts.

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Minister Pleased with Progress Achieved at Northern Development Forum

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
February 14, 2007

Issues pertaining to northern regions of Newfoundland and Labrador received significant attention during the recent Northern Development Ministers’ Forum (NDMF), and much progress was achieved in developing potential ways to address them. The Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, attended the NDMF on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The forum was held in Whitehorse, Yukon, February 7-9.

“As always, the NDMF provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the issues and opportunities facing Canada’s northern regions with my provincial, territorial and federal counterparts,” said Minister Rideout. “While numerous topics were discussed, those related to education, employment, transportation and the promotion of northern tourism were of particular interest, since the Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs has been focused on these and related ideas through various priority projects.”

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BC Utilities Commission Approves Aberfeldie Redevelopment Project

CRANBROOK – BC Hydro has received its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), the final permit necessary to begin the redevelopment of the Aberfeldie Generating Station, located on the Bull River, 30 km east of Cranbrook.

As part of BC Hydro’s Resource Smart program, a new powerhouse with an approximate capacity of 24 MW will be constructed next to the existing 5 MW powerhouse, which will be removed. The project also includes a new surge tower and switchyard, a new penstock as well as improvements to the existing water intake, dam and access road.

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Enhanced Standards Announced For Coalbed Methane

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007EMPR0007-000130
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.

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Additional Federal Funding Awarded for Public Participation in Environmental Assessment of Proposed Kemess North Project

OTTAWA, February 14, 2007 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded $190,000 to two applicants in support of their participation in the environmental review by a joint federal-provincial panel of the proposed Kemess North Copper-Gold Mine project in British Columbia. The recipients are the Tse Keh Nay First Nation and the Gitxsan House of Nii Kyap.

A Participant Funding Review Committee, independent of the environmental assessment process, reviewed the requests and provided recommendations on funding. Based on supplementary information recently provided by the applicants and on the special circumstances of the project, the Agency has decided to provide funds in addition to the amounts recommended by the Committee. The total funding amount represents $100,000 originally set aside for this project, plus $90,000 in additional funding.

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Three Teen Clinics Underway In Northern Manitoba

February 14, 2007
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New Primary Health-care Teen Clinics Open In The Pas, Cranberry Portage, Flin Flon

THE PAS—Three new clinics providing primary health care specifically for teens are underway in Cranberry Portage, The Pas and Flin Flon, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced here today.

“Through these clinics, teens throughout the NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority’s area will be able to access primary-care services to meet their health-care needs,” said Irvin-Ross, chair of the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet. “Our government is working hard to meet the health-care needs of teens and of all Manitobans by developing health-care services that support and promote wellness in our communities.”

The province is providing $65,000 in funding for the operation of the clinics to provide enhanced nursing services in the area of reproductive health. Clinics are provided with a multidisciplinary team approach to address the complex health needs of teens in areas such as mental health, addictions, nutrition, physical activity, healthy body image and self-esteem.

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Media Advisory – Anishinabek, Canada Sign Governance Agreement-in-Principle

OTTAWA, Feb. 14 – An Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) with respect to Anishinabek Nation governance will be commemorated by a special ceremony February 16, 2007. The AIP, establishing a framework for the Anishinabek Nation to assume greater control over its own institutions of government, will be signed by Grand Council Chief John Beaucage and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

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For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Mary Laronde, Communications Coordinator, Union of Ontario Indians / Anishinabek Nation, (705) 497-9127

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Attawapiskat First Nation Denounces Metalex Ventures

ATTAWAPISKAT, ON, Feb. 14 – Attawapiskat First Nation is alerting shareholders and potential investors in Metalex Ventures (MTX), of Kelowna, B.C. that the work the Company is undertaking in Attawapiskat First Nation territory is being done without the involvement or agreement of the First Nation.

Metalex Ventures has continued exploration work throughout 2006 and 2007 without the support of Attawapiskat First Nation. On December 13, 2006 Metalex Ventures reported a kimberlite find in their T1 project. Attawapiskat First Nation has no intention of supporting the project as long as it continues to show disrespect for First Nation Rights.

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Trappers’ Festival Celebrates 60 Years

February 14, 2007

Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson has congratulated the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival on its 60th anniversary.

“This historic year is a great time for Manitobans to celebrate winter and attend the Trappers’ Festival,” said Robinson today. “It’s important to get outside and experience the healthy fun that winter festivals offer to celebrate Manitoba’s winter lifestyle and stay active.”

The minister announced the province is providing $20,000 in support for the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas through the Community Festivals Support Program.

“This event is important to people who may not be familiar with northern Manitoba’s historic traditions,” Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin said in The Pas today. “Congratulations as the Trappers’ Festival marks its 60th anniversary.”

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APTN Announces Canada Games Coverage

February 13, 2007 – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to announce its designation as major sponsor and official Aboriginal broadcaster of the 2007 Canada Games. The event is slated to take place February 23rd to March 10th at Whitehorse, Yukon.

APTN will provide broadcast coverage for the full two weeks of the Games, complementing additional coverage by TSN (The Sports Network) and CBC Sports. The tri-network collaboration will make the 2007 Games the most televised in the amateur competition’s 40-year history.

As official Aboriginal broadcaster, APTN has committed to providing a minimum of 26 broadcast hours of Games coverage and will add an on-line dimension through video streaming of its two-hour broadcasts and archived materials (see www.aptn.ca). APTN National News will provide additional coverage during its Daytime and Primetime time slots, and APTN National News: Contact will broadcast live from Whitehorse on February 28th.

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of the Official Welcome Ceremony at the Legislative Assembly

Halifax, Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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It is a great pleasure for my husband Jean-Daniel Lafond and me to be here in Halifax on our first official visit to Nova Scotia.

And it is a great honour to accept this unprecedented invitation to address your legislature, the home of the first form of responsible government in the British Empire outside of Great Britain and where four of my predecessors were sworn in as governors general of Canada.

Steeped in history, the land that you represent has witnessed many of the most decisive events that have helped shape our nation, and continues to engage the popular imagination.

Look back over more than four hundred years, and we can clearly see that the history of Nova Scotia is also the history of Canada.

The first signs of openness which is so characteristic of this country came from the Mi’kmaq First Nations who greeted the European explorers to this land.

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