New chief of Dehcho First Nation continues to hold out on northern pipeline deal
FORT SIMPSON, N.W.T. – The new leader of the last aboriginal group to hold out against a northern natural gas pipeline says he isn’t likely to bring the Dehcho First Nation on board the $16-billion project any time soon.
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Canada Council, BC Arts Council, Department of Canadian Heritage, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, The Dance Centre, Britannia Community Centre, City of Vancouver, Global TV, The Georgia Straight, UBC, Shared Vision, West Coast Rez Bluez, First Nations Drum.
The Projects Through-Our-Eyes, Cedar, and Pillow Talk are sponsored by Constant Arts Society, UNYA, Vancouver Foundation (Youth Philanthropy Council), ArtStarts, Canada Counci
All Roundhouse events are co-presented by Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
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Memorial March 4 Missing Womyn starts at the courthouse
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WOMYN 4 SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE: Marginalized womyn in Canada are going missing at an alarming rate as they are seen by some as disposable. Their families are left to wonder what happened as the trail soon goes cold. Many of these women are never heard from again or their remains are never found. Imagine if your loved one disappeared and was never seen again.
OTTAWA, February 12, 2008 – The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today unveiled its plan to recruit the more than 25 000 volunteers required to help deliver the 2010 Winter Games.
“Volunteerism brings people together, strengthens communities, and contributes to our quality of life,” said the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. “Canadians who join the 2010 Winter Games Team as volunteers will be part of an unforgettable experience. When the Games are over, they will all feel tremendous pride as they think to themselves: I was there and I helped make these the best Games ever!”
Tuesday, 12 February 2008; 16:00 (4 p.m.) start
EAS Conference Room (3-36 Tory Building)
Arctic National Parks, Land Claims, and Wilderness
Vicki Sahanatien, PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences
ABSTRACT: Arctic national parks are magnificent: they are vast, protect a diversity of arctic ecosystems, and contribute to maintaining cultural traditions. Comprehensive land claims in the NWT, Nunavut and Yukon have played an important role in the creation of wilderness protected areas and are the catalysts for new approaches in cooperative management.
BIOSKETCH: Vicki is a doctoral student and is studying polar bear ecology and climate change in Foxe Basin, Nunavut. Before becoming a graduate student she was the Manager of Resource Conservation, of the Nunavut Field Unit – Parks Canada in Iqaluit.
Everyone welcome! Refreshments Served!
Bring your coffee mug.
The Northern Speaker Series is sponsored by the CSA in
collaboration with the Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI) at the University of Alberta
Tuesday February 12, 2008
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
North Campus: Tory Building, Henry Marshall 3-36 Tory
Date: February 14, 2008
Duration: Various sessions
Where: BL 1001
Price: Free of charge – everyone is welcome
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Indigenous youth are committing suicide in staggering numbers in our community, nationally, and internationally. Two films will encourage dialogue among presenters, a youth panel, and attendees to explore causes of suicide, as well as intervention and prevention. This event also presents attendees the opportunity to meet with local community organizations which support indigenous youth.
Media are welcome to attend the University of Calgary’s 4th Annual Career & Job Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Hosted by Career Services and the Haskayne Career Centre, this is the largest multidisciplinary career event on campus and will bring together students and prospective employers to:
• Fill summer, part time, full time, co-op and internship positions;
• Help students develop a greater understanding of their career goals;
• Provide information about recruitment processes, and
• Provide access to the hidden job market for future opportunities
Fort Simpson, NT – Feb. 8 – Dehcho broadcaster and former Grand Chief Gerry Antoine has been selected as the interim Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations.
He was chosen from among four candidates today during a leadership teleconference call.
Antoine replaces Herb Norwegian who was removed from office by a special DFN Assembly in Fort Simpson last week and will head the DFN until a General Assembly is held in June 2008. Norwegian had been convicted of assault late last year.
Antoine is a broadcaster and announcer at an Aboriginal radio station, CKLB in Yellowknife.
Life as a teen can be challenging! “Life Happens…Get Educated!” is an opportunity for youth to obtain the skills to handle those challenges. The Labrador Metis Nation is seeking youth participation to attend a fun-filled weekend workshop around educating youth on how to deal with what Life throws at them. We anticipate that youth will leave this workshop refreshed and have the skills to be stronger, healthier individuals with the ability to share this knowledge with other youth.
Winnipeg – Three producers from Manitoba and British Columbia and have been chosen for NSI Storytellers – a training program run by the National Screen Institute — Canada (NSI) in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to develop above-the-line Aboriginal talent.
On September 13, 2007, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). The Declaration establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world’s indigenous peoples. Canada was one of only four nations to vote against it.
On February 19th and 20th, 2008, the Assembly of First Nations and the British Columbia First Nations Leadership Council will co-host a Symposium on how to implement the Declaration and why this is so important to First Nations in Canada and Indigenous peoples everywhere.
ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land
February 16 to May 11, 2008
Curated by Ryan Rice
Artists: KC Adams, FASTWÜRMS, Cynthia Girard, Dana Inkster, Alisdair MacRae, Shirley Moorhouse, Eric Robertson, Miles Turner
Opening reception and catalogue launch: Saturday, February 16 · 7 to 9 p.m.
Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre · Information: 403.762.6281
Organized and circulated by Carleton University Art Gallery
Due to overwhelming success and response from the province of Saskatchewan, this event will be an annual affair that incorporates all of the FSIN Commissions. This important event will honour First Nation’s contribution in the areas of Education, Health and Social Development, Economic and Community Development, Justice, Land and Resources, Sports, Youth, Culture and Recreation, Women’s Council and First Nations Veterans. Top honours will be also given to “Lifetime Achievement” and “Citizen of the Year”. The Circle of Honour Awards is about First Nations honouring First Nation’s people who have demonstrated tremendous achievements, discipline, vision, and excellence. The event will reflect the respect, pride and honour being bestowed on the recipients of the awards.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to announce the launch of its new spring 2008 line-up, featuring more new series and brand new seasons of returning favourites, including Gemini and Alliance for Children and Television (ACT) award-winning series renegadepress.com. APTN’s popular movie slots will feature new and returning blockbuster titles including the network premiere of the wildly popular Moccasin Flats movie of the week, Redemption. More than 20 documentary offerings round out the schedule.
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Challenges Leaders to Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Feb. 12, 2008) – Kevin Barlow, Executive Director for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), today announced the launch of a Valentine’s Day initiative that challenges Leaders to show they care about Aboriginal People Living with HIV/AIDS (APHA) by reducing HIV/AIDS related Stigma and Discrimination.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 11, 2008) – Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX:PCC) is pleased to announce that Rupert A. Legge has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Legge is joining Plutonic after more than 20 years practicing securities and corporate finance law with a major Vancouver law firm. While in practice, Rupert advised numerous public companies at all stages of development on a wide variety of matters, including regulatory compliance and corporate governance, and is looking forward to adding his experience and providing strategic guidance to Plutonic’s management team.
OTTAWA, Ontario (February 11, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced funding for the Yukon Mine Training Association (YMTA) through Canada’s Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) initiative.
A 2007 Ranking of Manitoba and Saskatchewan First Nations
The link between economic prosperity and good governance is well established. Nowhere is this more evident than within Aboriginal communities. People who are more effectively governed tend to experience more access to economic opportunities than those who are not. While recognizing that First Nations value culture-specific institutions, it is important to acknowledge that some principles of good governance are universal and transcend culture. There is no reason First Nations should be denied the tools of good governance to improve their lives. The UN Millennium Declaration established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for international development. These goals recognize that good governance is a critical component of development. There are correlations between low infant mortality and low levels of corruption, a strong rule of law and high levels of literacy and, accountability on one hand, and per capita income within the community on the other.
It is a well observed fact that for people enjoy employment and prosperity, band governments must create the right governing institutions. In 2003, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development embarked on a major study of tribal governance in the United States. Many of the observations apply to Canada. To achieve prosperity, Aboriginal governing institutions must provide (1) stable institutions and policies, (2) fair and effective mechanisms for resolving disputes (3) separation of politics from band management (4) a competent bureaucracy and (5) a “cultural match,” which refers to the ability of institutions to match traditional ideas of governance. These are some of the important components we are measuring.
REGINA, February 11 /Troy Media Corporation/ –The Frontier Centre for Public Policy today released its Aboriginal Governance Index, based on a weighted composite of scores evaluating six broad areas of good governance. This year’s index covers 112 Aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Don Sandberg, the Centre’s Aboriginal Policy Fellow, said that the Index is designed to provide Manitoba and Saskatchewan First Nations with a convenient benchmark through which individual bands can measure their progress in achieving responsible self-government. “Knowing where their band government places can be a source of empowerment for individuals,” he said. “They can then use the information as a source of encouragement for their own community to adopt better institutions of governance.”
A group of southern Manitoba chiefs is asking the federal court to overturn Ottawa’s decision to allow a massive pipeline project to be built in the province because the chiefs say the government did not fulfil its duty to consult them about it.
Tears, dances as Aborigines make history in parliament
Tue Feb 12, 1:13 AM
By James Grubel
CANBERRA (Reuters) – Aborigines playing didgeridoos and smeared with white body paint overturned hundreds of years of British tradition in Australia on Tuesday by taking part in the official opening of the nation’s new parliamentary session.
Aboriginal Producers Selected for NSI Training Program
Three producers from Manitoba and British Columbia and have been chosen for NSI Storytellers – a training program run by the National Screen Institute — Canada in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to develop above-the-line Aboriginal talent.
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, will table the Government’s third budget on February 26, 2008. The Minister will present it in the House of Commons at approximately 4 p.m. EST that day.
“In this budget, we will be doing what households and businesses do when things are uncertain: we will be acting in a responsible manner,” said Minister Flaherty.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) are each receiving $150,000 from the Province to support their efforts to plan and prepare for an upcoming roundtable conference that will have a significant impact upon Saskatchewan’s economy.
“We made a commitment to fully engage First Nations and Métis people in developing the province’s new duty to consult and accommodate policy,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister June Draude said. “This money will help the FSIN and MNS work with their members to gather input to plan their approach. This is key to forming a strong co-operative policy to help sustain Saskatchewan’s economic momentum and ensure all people are benefiting.”
It has been said that history is written by those who hang heroes. Unfortunately this is very often true. For many years Louis Riel was wrongly considered a traitor by many Canadians and he was a hero to very few outside the Metis community and those in Quebec. The Metis ourselves became known as the Forgotten People.
Fortunately this biased interpretation of our history is now changing. This coming week the Metis along with our fellow Manitoba Citizens are about to celebrate Louis Riel’s life and achievements during the new statutory holiday Louis Riel Day.