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Dehcho elder Leo Norwegian dies -CBC

Dehcho elder Leo Norwegian dies

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 3:32 PM CT
CBC News

N.W.T. elder Leo Norwegian, who headed the Dehcho First Nations elders’ council, died on Friday in Edmonton. He was 86.

Norwegian, who died in an Edmonton hospital of complications following liver surgery, was an early and ardent advocate of the Dehcho land claims process.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/17/nwt-norwegian.html

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071156 Views

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Whitehorse art stolen during power outage -CBC

Whitehorse art stolen during power outage

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 5:44 PM CT
CBC News

A power outage across the southern Yukon over the weekend may have helped a thief nab an artwork from Whitehorse’s Canada Games Centre.

According to staff at the centre, a moose antler carving valued at about $50,000 went missing sometime between midnight and 6 a.m CT. Around 3:40 a.m., the city had a blackout that lasted over an hour.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/17/whse-art.html

by NationTalk on September 19, 20072242 Views

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Powleys to Lend Support to Labrador Metis hunters; Community Meeting Set for Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Monday, 17 Sep 2007

A national Aboriginal figure will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week to lend support to Labrador Metis hunters who have been charged for exercising their Aboriginal and Constitutional rights.

Roddy Powley and his mother Brenda will take part in a community meeting Thursday at the Masonic Lodge, 377 Hamilton River Road, beginning at 7 p.m. Labrador Metis Nation interim President Kirk Lethbridge says he’s humbled that the Powleys have accepted his invitation to come to Labrador.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071219 Views

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LMN Requests Meeting with Dunderdale to Discuss Energy Plan, Height of Land Wind Park

Monday, 17 Sep 2007

Labrador Metis Nation interim President Kirk Lethbridge has written provincial Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale requesting a meeting to discuss the proposed Height of Land Wind Park in the wake of the release of the province’s energy plan.

“The Labrador Metis Nation has reviewed the plan, and is encouraged by the Province’s commitment to ‘work with Aboriginal governments and groups in areas where potential wind developments are subject to an Aboriginal treaty or a land claim’,” states Mr. Lethbridge’s the letter to the Minister.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071195 Views

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Kemess North Mine “Not in the Public Interest”: Environmental Assessment Panel

Tuesday September 18, 2007

The Kemess North Mine Joint Review Panel has concluded that the mine “in its present form” would not be in the public interest. The Panel says that any economic and social benefits from the project are outweighed by its long-term risks to the environment and by its social and cultural impacts on Aboriginal people. It has recommended to federal and provincial environment Ministers that the project not be permitted.

The Panel’s report is available on the Web site of the BC Environmental Assessment Office at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. An executive summary in both official languages, along with further information on the project can be found on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Web site.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071217 Views

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Regina Hosts Canadian Capital Cities Organization Conference Capital Convergence: Politics, Economics and Culture

Tuesday September 18th 2007 – Media Notice
The Canadian Capital Cities Organization (CCCO) is holding its annual conference in Regina from September 18 to 21, 2007.

Media are invited to attend the following sessions at the Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – Wascana Ballroom

9:35 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Mayor Pat Fiacco and Premier Lorne Calvert

9:45 a.m. Political, Economic and Cultural Integration of Aboriginal people in our Capital Cities
Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos Indian Band, BC

1:30 p.m. Canadian Capital Cities Organization (CCCC) Research Results Presentation
Dr. Enid Slack, Institute on Municipal Finance & Maria DeFalco Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071054 Views

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Victory Nickel, Waswanipi Cree First Nation Sign MOU on Lac Rocher

Groups to work together to expedite development and mining of Lac Rocher nickel deposit

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Sept. 18, 2007) – Victory Nickel Inc. (“Victory Nickel” or the “Company”) (TSX:NI) (www.victorynickel.ca) today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Waswanipi Cree First Nation (“WCFN”) whereby the parties have agreed to work together to support and expedite development and mining of the Company’s high-grade Lac Rocher Nickel Project in northern Quebec in a way that respects the collective interests of Victory Nickel, the WCFN and other stakeholders.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071286 Views

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Statement from Canada’s Representatives in Six Nations Talks

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 – The following statement was released today by the Honourable Barbara McDougall, Federal Representative and Ronald L. Doering, Federal Negotiator, in discussions with the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations and the Province of Ontario, following an announcement made by the Province of Ontario to postpone this week’s talks with Six Nations.

It is our belief that for negotiations between the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations, the Province of Ontario and Canada to be productive, the continued presence of all three parties at the table is a key element to finding lasting solutions to these complex issues. Discussions must take place in an environment of trust, peace and mutual respect.

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007950 Views

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Media advisory – Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister Responsible for Residential Schools Resolution Canada will be available to the media with National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations regarding the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement on Wednesday, September 19, 2007.

Where:
Tower Atrium at “The Forks”,
200-350 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

When:
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
9:30 a.m.

For further information: Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002; Valérie Haché, Media Relations, Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, (613) 947-5024

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071130 Views

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Consultations Started on Changes to the Wildlife Act

FOR RELEASE #07-194
September 18, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Environment Minister Dennis Fentie announced today that the Yukon government has started a formal process to consult with Yukon First Nations as well as the Tetlit Gwich’in and the Inuvialuit of the Mackenzie Delta on proposals to make the Wildlife Act consistent with land claims agreements.

“The government’s proposed changes stem from the obligation to make the Wildlife Act consistent with the Yukon land claims agreements,” Fentie said. “The department is using the formal consultation protocols to make sure that all parties are fully involved in this consultation initiative.”

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007962 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Message from the President Sept. 17, 2007

Message from the President Sept. 17, 2007

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) 39th Annual General Assembly held in Winnipeg this past weekend was a success in every way. The Manitoba Metis have again showed the strength of our democratic self-governance structures and the integral part the assembly plays in our accountability processes.

Again, I want to thank all the delegates from across our province for their careful review of the work we had accomplished over the year and for providing us guidance and offering us direction for the coming year. Based on the questions, comments, and resolutions passed this weekend, it was clear that together we are moving in the right direction.

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007946 Views

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Aboriginal Language Initiative (ALI) – Ontario Region Call for Proposals for 2007-2008

September 18, 2007

The Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc. Has Been Designated to Administer the 2007-2008 Aboriginal Language Initiative for the Ontario Region In partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage

Project Proposals must be received by: Thursday, September 27, 2007!

On behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc. is making this call for community based Aboriginal Language Initiative project proposals from Ontario First Nations communities and organizations, both on-reserve and off-reserve, working to reverse the erosion of First Nations languages in this province.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071432 Views

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Moose Cree First Nation and De Beers Canada Sign Victor Mine Impact Benefit Agreement

MOOSE FACTORY, ON, Sept. 18 – The Moose Cree First Nation and De Beers Canada Inc. are pleased to announce that an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) was signed today for the De Beers Canada Victor Mine in northern Ontario.

Yesterday’s official ceremony celebrated the successful community ratification held in June 2007, in which the Moose Cree First Nation Band Members voted (85 %) in favour of accepting the IBA.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071702 Views

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Residential School Settlement Takes Historic Step

TORONTO, Sept. 18 – A historic moment will be reached tomorrow when the settlement for residential school survivors becomes final.

Nine judges from across the country held hearings to hear submissions about the settlement. All nine judges approved the settlement. Under those court orders, the settlement goes into effect on September 19th.

A class action brought by the former students of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (the “School”), a native residential school in Brantford, Ontario, and their families, was settled in November 2005 by way of a national Agreement in Principle between the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations (the “AFN”), legal counsel for Indian Residential School survivors and various religious entities (the “Agreement”).

by NationTalk on September 19, 20072292 Views

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Native protesters ignoring agreement, builder says -Globe and Mail

Native protesters ignoring agreement, builder says

JAMES RUSK
September 18, 2007

Caledonia — A small group of aboriginal protesters is holding up a return to work at a disputed Caledonia subdivision, even though native leaders have reached an agreement that would let building resume, says John Kragten, one of the builders.

Last Thursday, the demonstration at the Stirling South subdivision turned violent when protesters beat Caledonia contractor Sam Gualtieri until he was unconscious.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070918.TORBRIEFS18-1/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007850 Views

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Uranium Explorer Apologizes to Labrador Inuit for Permit Breach -CBC

Uranium explorer apologizes to Labrador Inuit for permit breach

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 10:21 AM CT
CBC News

A uranium exploration company has apologized for working in Labrador Inuit land without having sought permits first.

The Nunatsiavut government, which is the governing body of Labrador’s Inuit, decided to deny future permits to Silver Spruce Resources after learning that the company had been doing preliminary exploration work on Inuit land without having filed a work plan.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/18/uranium-apology.html

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007911 Views

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Métis Group Deserves Praise – Prince Albert Daily Herald

Métis group deserves praise

The Prince Albert Daily Herald

We applaud the initiative demonstrated by local Métis, who have formed the Métis Heartland Forest Committee to try and improve the environment in Nisbet Provincial Forest.

Organizer John Hanikenne says that local Métis are not looking for ownership so much as stewardship of the land.

http://www.paherald.sk.ca/index.cfm?sid=63411&sc=12

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071011 Views

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Developer Says He Has Deal to Resume Construction in Caledonia -CBC

Developer says he has deal to resume construction in Caledonia

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 8:39 AM ET
CBC News

A developer in Caledonia, Ont., says he hopes to resume home construction this week with no protesters and no violence.

John Kragten also said he hopes a deal he has struck with a new development agency created by the Six Nations Confederacy will pave the way for future agreements for other builders.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/09/18/caledonia-tuesday.html

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071064 Views

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Four New Judges Appointed To Provincial Court

September 18, 2007

Attorney General Dave Chomiak has announced the appointments of Michel Chartier, Lee Ann Martin, Carena Roller and Patti Umpherville to the provincial court of Manitoba. The new judges will fill openings in Winnipeg and their appointments are effective immediately.

“These individuals have demonstrated professional excellence in their careers as lawyers,” said Chomiak. “I know they bring a wealth of expertise, dedication and skill to their new positions, refreshing and adding strength and diversity to Manitoba’s judiciary.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071555 Views

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Aboriginal Concerns Heard At Conversation On Health

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007HEALTH0105-001145
Sept. 18, 2007

Ministry of Health

VICTORIA – The fourth and final Conversation on Health meeting with Aboriginal communities in the province was held on September 12th.

The communities of Cowichan, Gitxsan, Little Shuswap and Seabird Island all expressed an interest in holding meetings and have now provided input to the province’s unprecedented year-long public discussion on health care.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071173 Views

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AIDS Awareness on the Decline?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 18, 2007) – Statistics and public opinion suggest AIDS awareness is declining. The 22nd AIDS Walk for Life, hosted by the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA) on September 23rd in Stanley Park, reminds us that for 15,000 British Columbians, HIV/AIDS remains a fact of life.

“HIV has been labeled an intravenous drug users’ and a gay men’s disease by society,” says Glyn Townson, Chair of the BCPWA Society. “AIDS is a community issue the greater community cannot afford to ignore. We must work together to support people living with HIV/AIDS, and find ways to prevent further HIV infections.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071192 Views

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Diamondex and Loon River First Nation Reach Agreement to Explore Reserve Lands for Diamonds

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 18, 2007) – Diamondex Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:DSP) (“Diamondex”) is pleased to announce it has concluded an agreement with the Loon River First Nation to explore for diamonds on Loon River First Nation Reserve Lands. The agreement, supported by the Chief and Council, has been formalized with the issuance of an Indian and Northern Affairs Exploration Permit pursuant to the Indian Mining Regulations.

“As far as we are aware this is the first Indian Mining Regulation Exploration Permit issued since the regulations came into effect in the 1950’s. We are pleased to conclude a mutually beneficial agreement with the Band Council and excited at the exploration opportunities present on Loon River First Nation Reserve Lands,” says Randy Turner, President and CEO of Diamondex Resources Ltd.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071375 Views

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Media Advisory-AIDS Walk for Life 2007: The Walk Will Do Us Good

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 18, 2007) –

What: AIDS Walk for Life OttawaWhen: Saturday, September 22, 2007 – 7pmWhere: Festival Plaza – City Hall

The AIDS Walk for Life is Canada’s most important national fundraising and awareness event for the community-based AIDS movement. In Canada, approximately 58,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS and as many as 4,500 people are newly infected each year. One person every two hours is being infected with HIV every single day. Approximately 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here in Ottawa and infection rates continue to rise. With no cure or vaccine currently available, prevention remains our only hope.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007929 Views

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Together We Can Find Solutions For Aggregate Mining

OPINION EDITORIAL

By Kevin Krueger
Minister of State for Mining
Sept. 18, 2007
(442 words)

Through the B.C. Mining Plan, we are achieving our vision for a thriving, globally competitive, safe and environmentally responsible exploration and mining industry. The plan has four cornerstones: focus on communities and First Nations, protecting workers and the environment, global competitiveness and access to land.

Mining in the 21st century has changed. Land-use planning and consultation are now being done before development begins; and the safety of the environment and workers is paramount. Mining companies are now required to plan for what happens after mining activity has finished. Former mines have been reclaimed; forests, grazing lands and wildlife habitat have taken their place. Not all mine permit applications are approved. We have a thorough process where we examine the impacts a mine may have on the health and safety of the environment and our communities, now and in the future.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071093 Views

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Province Commits $100,000 To Continue Scholarship For Young Volunteers

Manitoba News Release
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September 18, 2007

Up to 200 Students to Receive Youth Leadership Scholarships: Bjornson

Up to 200 young volunteers will benefit from an investment of $100,000 to continue the Youth Leadership Scholarship Program for Grade 12 students planning to pursue a post-secondary education, Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071004 Views

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Bursaries Help First Nations and Métis Students Realize Goals in Health Careers

News Release
Building a stronger Alberta
September 18, 2007

Edmonton… Fifty students will attend classes this fall with assistance from Alberta’s Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary. A total of $285,000 is being provided this year to First Nations and Métis students, with amounts ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per student.

Eligible students receive awards for studying in a degree or diploma program in a health field at a university, college, or technical institute. Areas of study among recipients this year include biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, kinesiology and occupational therapy.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071053 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Commends Kemess North Review Panel for Doing the Right Thing

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council is extremely pleased that the Kemess North Review Panel did the right thing today by recommending Northgate Minerals’ unsustainable mine application not be approved by either the federal or provincial governments. We call on both governments to respect the Panel’s major recommendation not to proceed with the project.

“The Panel did the right thing in this instance. However, federal-provincial environmental assessment processes continue to fall far short of First Nations expectations. First Nations must be fully and directly involved whenever a proposal has the potential to impact their aboriginal title and rights and their communities,” said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit political executive and First Nations Leadership Council.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007941 Views

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Charles Jago Appointed New Northern Health Chair

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007HEALTH0104-001138
Sept. 17, 2007

Ministry of Health
Northern Health

VICTORIA – The provincial government has appointed Dr. Charles Jago as the new chair of Northern Health.

“Dr. Jago brings a wealth of experience related to health and northern living to the Authority,” said Health Minister George Abbott. “His first-hand familiarity with health-care delivery across northern British Columbia and his track record of success in many past and present roles means residents will continue to have a proven leader at the helm of Northern Health. Our government greatly appreciates the outstanding commitment and leadership of Jeff Burghardt in his five years of service with the Northern Health Board and thanks him for his work.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071265 Views

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Aboriginal Team Ontario 2008 Northern District Softball Tryouts

September 18, 2007

GARDENRIVER FIRST NATIONS BALL DIAMONDS
RAIN OR SHINE

BANTAM, MIDGET & JUVENILE DIVISIONS
Girls: Saturday, September 29, 2007
Boys: Sunday, September 30, 2007

REGISTRATION: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
TRYOUTS 9:00- 4:00
PLEASE BRING A # TSHIRT TO WEAR DURING TRYOUTS

REGISTRATION DEADLNE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
Registration fee is $25.00 -bring a photocopy of your status card (front and back)
Please bring a light lunch and a drink
All athletes, parents/guardians are responsible for financial costs to and from the 2008 games held in Cowichan, B.C.
Athletes must attend either a Team South or Team North tryouts in order to be considered for Aboriginal Team Ontario.

For further information please contact Kelly Powless, Softball Sports Leader, at kdpowless@yahoo.ca tele: 519-717-3769,
Marc Laliberte, Acting Chef de mission, Aboriginal Team Ontario ato2008@shaw.ca Or www.aboriginalteamontario.ca

>>North American Indigenous Games Softball Registration Form

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Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners (The Globe and Mail)

Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners
Rejection of plan for Northgate mine a blow to sector on the rebound

WENDY STUECK
00:00 EDT Tuesday, September 18, 2007

VANCOUVER — A government panel has agreed with aboriginal opposition and threatened to block a proposed copper-gold project in northern British Columbia, raising worries that the mining industry’s comeback in the province could be jeopardized by uncertainty over land claims and other native concerns.

In a decision released yesterday, a federal-provincial panel concluded the project proposed by Northgate Minerals Corp. would not be – in its present form – in the public interest. It also noted that native groups remain steadfastly opposed, despite the potential for jobs and payments of $1-million a year over the life of the Kemess North project.

http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet/story/GAM.20070918.RMINING18/GIStory/

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071097 Views

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Police to post sketch of suspect in Kelly Morrisseau slaying – CBC

Police to post sketch of suspect in Kelly Morrisseau slaying

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 11:50 AM CT
CBC News

Gatineau police are working on a composite sketch of a suspect in the slaying of a pregnant Ottawa woman in a western Quebec park nine months ago.

Police began the sketch after meeting with an important witness about the slaying of 27-year-old Kelly Morrisseau, a Gatineau police news release Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/18/ot-morrisseau-090918.html

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Panel Rejects $8 Billion BC Mine Project – TheTyee.ca

Northgate’s Kemess North mine would turn lake into toxic dump.

By Monte Paulsen
Published: September 18, 2007
TheTyee.ca

A mining plan to transform a remote British Columbia lake into a toxic waste dump has been rejected by a government review panel, but its exhaustive report acknowledges the possibility that federal and provincial ministers of environment might approve the controversial project anyway.

The unprecedented environmental assessment crushes Northgate Mineral Corporation’s proposal to dig a second pit to the north of its existing Kemess Mine, located more than 400 kilometres northwest of Prince George. The Kemess North project would have unearthed $8 billion worth of gold and copper, while leaving local First Nations communities with a lake that would have remained polluted for centuries.

http://thetyee.ca/News/2007/09/18/AmazayLake/

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071022 Views

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Officials fear spikes in violence, alcohol and drug use – ChronicleHerald.ca

Cops brace for fallout from native school payouts
Officials fear spikes in violence, alcohol and drug use

By SUE BAILEY The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Nearly $2 billion in native residential schools compensation will be a mixed blessing, say frontline workers who fear major spikes in alcohol and drug use, family violence and exploitation.

Police forces are on alert across Canada as First Nations and nearby cities brace for the cash injection.

About 80,000 former students can apply as of Wednesday for common experience payments — $10,000 for the first year they attended the once-mandatory network of church-run schools, and $3,000 for each subsequent year.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/874359.html

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071013 Views

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Tsawwassen treaty faces native roadblock in court – Vancouver Province

Tsawwassen treaty faces native roadblock in court
Four bands claim ‘infringement’

John Bermingham, The Province
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Four native bands are trying to block the Tsawwassen treaty in B.C. Supreme Court.

Members of the Sencot’en Alliance claim the treaty infringes on their land rights.

They want to prevent Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong from signing the treaty until he negotiates with them.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=18fb223e-3ce4-4290-83c9-022d79639999

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007976 Views

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Mackintosh defends devolution – Winnipeg FP

Mackintosh defends devolution
‘There cannot be a return to a foreign and imposed child welfare system for aboriginal Manitobans’

Tue Sep 18 2007
By Mia Rabson

FAMILY Services Minister Gord Mackintosh said Monday his government is committed to improving the child protection system with more staff and better tracking of how the system is working.

But he said he stands 100 per cent behind devolution, the process by which aboriginal leaders were given control over child welfare services to their families.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/story/4040489p-4649565c.html

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First Nations CFS holds annual general meeting – Portage Daily Graphic

First Nations CFS holds annual general meeting

By Leah Kellar
The Daily Graphic
Tuesday September 18, 2007

Child and family service workers and aboriginal leaders agree a more holistic approach is needed to aid First Nations families across southern Manitoba.

Guest speakers at the fifth annual general meeting of First Nations of Southern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority called for more community-centred initiatives to promote cultural awareness, traditional teachings and values among families.

http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/Top%20Stories/339355.html

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Joint Review Panel Report on the Proposed Kemess North Mine Project has been Submitted to Government of Canada and Government of BC

OTTAWA and VICTORIA, Sept. 18 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) announced today that the report by the Joint Review Panel on the proposed Kemess North Copper-Gold Mine project in BC was submitted to the Minister of the Environment for Canada and the Minister of Environment for British Columbia on September 17, 2007. The report was also submitted to First Nations, to the proponent Northgate Minerals and made available to the public.

The Agency and the BC EAO wish to thank the Joint Panel for the report and for conducting a rigorous and transparent environmental review of the proposal.

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Government Negotiators Respond to Last Week’s Events in Caledonia

Government Negotiations Postponed With Haudenosaunee/Six Nations

TORONTO, Sept. 18 – As a response to last week’s violent confrontation in Caledonia, government negotiators will not participate in this week’s scheduled negotiation meetings with the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations.

Ontario considers last week’s confrontation unacceptable. Violence is never a solution to any dispute. Occupations and unlawful tactics put public safety at risk and slow down resolution of these important land claims issues.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007940 Views

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AFN Applauds Anti-poverty Strategy for First Nations Children and Youth

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 – National Chief Phil Fontaine is applauding the National Council on Welfare for its denunciation of the harmful decisions and broken promises made by successive governments that have left so many Aboriginal people destitute.

The National Council on Welfare today released its report First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children and Youth: Time to Act. The report calls on the government to take action on a number of areas of concern, specifically that it:

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071073 Views

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Bolder Action Needed to Give Aboriginal Children and Youth a Decent Life

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 – A new report released today concludes that bolder, more innovative government action is needed to give Aboriginal children and youth a decent chance in life.

The report, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children and Youth: Time to Act, was prepared by the National Council of Welfare (NCW), a federal advisory body, to draw attention not only to the discrimination and poverty faced by many Aboriginal children and youth but also to the many success stories. It combines statistical evidence with interviews with Aboriginal women and men who work with children and youth. The report notes that Council members, in the process of researching the report, were astounded at the patience of Aboriginal people and themselves felt a sense of frustration and impatience for bolder action.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071022 Views

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Richmond Community Survey Shows Support for Garden City Lands Development

Residents would like to see playing fields, recreational and cultural uses on the site

RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 17 – The majority of Richmond residents would like to see playing fields, recreational and cultural amenities on Garden City Lands, according to poll results being presented today to Richmond City Council’s General Purposes Committee. These uses would require application to the Agricultural Land Commission to either remove the land from the Agricultural Land Reserve or obtain special approval from the Agricultural Land Commission for “non-farm use”. Most poll respondents also agreed that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2005 between the City of Richmond, Canada Lands Company and Musqueam First Nations is a “reasonable compromise” that meets community needs.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007861 Views

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Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Meeting of Saskatoon’s Two Founding Leaders

SASKATOON, Sept. 17 – Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison and Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear are proud to host the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the meeting of Chief Whitecap and John Lake, the two founding leaders of Saskatoon. The Chief Whitecap – John Lake – Bridging 125 celebration will be held in the evening of Friday, September 21 along theSouth Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.

John Lake came to the area from Toronto in 1882 looking for a site for a temperance colony. He asked the advice of Chief Whitecap, from the nearby Whitecap Dakota First Nation, as to the best place to settle. Chief Whitecap suggested the area on the east bank near what is current-day Victoria Avenue, as a spot where a ferry could cross the river. Now 125 years later, the communities of Saskatoon and Whitecap Dakota First Nation are coming together to celebrate the meeting of these two leaders and the strong relationship the two communities have had for the past 125 years.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071062 Views

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Review Panel Submits Recommendation Report for Northgate’s Kemess North Project

VANCOUVER, Sept. 17 – Northgate Minerals Corporation (TSX: NGX; AMEX: NXG) reported today that the Joint Federal-Provincial Environmental Review Panel for the Kemess North project (the “Project”) has completed its review and submitted its recommendation report to the federal and provincial Ministers of the Environment.

The Panel is satisfied, taking into account Northgate’s commitments and proposed mitigation and compensation measures, that the Project would not likely result in significant adverse environmental effects. The Panel also concludes that Duncan (Amazay) Lake is the only waste disposal alternative which is environmentally effective, and technically and economically feasible. In spite of these conclusions, the Panel has recommended to the federal and provincial Ministers of the Environment that the Project not be approved as proposed, but also acknowledges that the Ministers could disagree with the Panel’s advice and approve the Project.

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Mining Association of BC Disappointed With Kemess North Joint Review Panel Report Recommendations

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 17, 2007) – The Mining Association of British Columbia today reacted with disappointment to the Kemess North Joint Review Panel Report. The panel argued that economic and social benefits are outweighed by the risks of environmental, social and cultural effects.

“It is unfortunate that a project of such considerable importance to the entire province has been essentially halted by untested subjective concerns,” said MABC President, Michael McPhie. “The fact is that the conclusions of the report state clearly that the test of environmental stewardship, the key aspect of the environmental assessment process, has been met and the project would not cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

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New aboriginal centre in the works for U of M (CBC)

New aboriginal centre in the works for U of M

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 1:37 PM CT
CBC News

Aboriginal students at the University of Manitoba are looking forward to the opening of a new student centre at Winnipeg’s Fort Garry campus later in the school year.

The new aboriginal student centre will replace the existing centre run out of an office on campus and will include a computer room as well as offering an elders-in-residence program. It’s scheduled to open in February.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/17/um-aboriginal-centre.html?ref=rss

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Group releases forest industry charter -T Bay’s Source

Group releases forest industry charter

Tb News Source
Web Posted: 9/17/2007 8:27:15 PM

An pointed message has emerged from a forestry group on the sustainability of the industry in northern Ontario – let the communities have more say in the future of their industry.

The Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership (NOSCP) has compiled a 12 point charter that they feel would create long-term viability for the industry. The ultimate goal is to create change away from the top-down approach now being taken but their immediate plans are to put this issue out front in the upcoming provincial election.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=99906

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Slippery roads close school on isolated Manitoba reserve -CBC

Slippery roads close school on isolated Manitoba reserve

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 5:29 PM CT
CBC News

Hundreds of children on the remote Berens River First Nation are not attending classes this week after rainy conditions made roads too dangerous for school buses.

Berens River School was closed on Friday on the advice of the Frontier School Division, after rain made road surfaces greasy on the First Nation, Chief George Kemp told CBC News on Monday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/17/berens-school.html

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Developer Hopes To Resume Construction In Caledonia -AM900 CHML

Developer Hopes To Resume Construction In Caledonia

Sep, 17 2007 – 6:00 PM

HAMILTON (AM900 CHML) – A developer is hoping to resume work soon on a subdivison in Caledonia.

John Kragten briefed Haldimand County Council on Monday, one day after he reached an agreement with the Six Nations Confederacy.

http://www.900chml.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428545912&rem=74834&red=80154523aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

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Aboriginal chief fed up with Dempster Highway caribou hunting rules -CBC

Aboriginal chief fed up with Dempster Highway caribou hunting rules

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 5:31 PM CT
CBC News

Caribou hunting regulations along the North’s Dempster Highway are too restrictive and even infringe on his people’s right to hunt, says a Gwich’in aboriginal leader in Fort McPherson, N.W.T.

The regulations, which were created in the early 1990s by a joint board that included one Gwich’in representative, were made without properly consulting his community, Fort McPherson band chief Wilbert Firth told CBC News.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/17/nwt-hunt.html

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Native compensation package a mixed blessing – Globe and Mail

Native compensation package a mixed blessing

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Canadian Press
September 17, 2007 at 9:51 PM EDT

OTTAWA — Nearly $2-billion in native residential schools compensation will be a mixed blessing, say frontline workers who fear major spikes in alcohol and drug use, family violence and exploitation.

Police forces are on alert across Canada as native bands and nearby cities brace for the cash injection.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070917.wnaticash0917/BNStory/National/home

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