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Helping Neighbours, Friends and Family Stop Abuse of Women

By Communications Staff
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario and its Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children is hosting a community workshop on the role of workplaces, neighbours, friends and families in responding to the warning signs of woman abuse.

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Needs of Women and Children Focus of New Housing Initative

FOR RELEASE #07-239
November 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Elaine Taylor, Minister Responsible for the Women’s Directorate announced today a government initiative to increase access to affordable and secure housing for women and children in need, and for victims of violence.

“Women with dependants make up the largest percentage of persons on the Whitehorse social housing waitlist. With this initiative, we will work to address these housing needs as soon as possible,” Taylor said. “Access to affordable and secure housing helps to reduce the incidence of violence against women which is a key priority for me.”

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Miramar Announces Issuance of Water License for Doris North

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 6, 2007) – Miramar Mining Corporation (TSX:MAE)(AMEX:MNG) announced today that on November 5, 2007 the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada approved and signed a 6 year type A water license to Miramar Hope Bay Limited covering the construction, operation and ultimate reclamation of the Doris North Project.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007879 Views

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New Election for Hay River Town Council

YELLOWKNIFE (November 6, 2007) – A by-election to fill eight vacant seats on the Hay River Town Council will be held on December 10 announced the Honourable Michael McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, and His Worship John Pollard, Mayor of the Town of Hay River.

The eight positions are vacant as a result of Supreme Court ruling that last week removed all elected Town Council members from office.

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November 6, 2007 Update: “KI Taking a Stand to Protect Homelands”

PRESS RELEASE
November 6, 2007

From: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario
Update: “KI Taking a Stand to Protect Homelands”

As of Tuesday, November 6, 2007 there has been no response received from Platinex to confirm whether the community position of no entry is respected or whether a new approach is being developed. However, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug was and continues to be prepared since November 2, 2006 to enforce its community position. Also the KI trappers, hunters and fishermen are still at the Nemeigusabins Lake Customary Homelands carrying out their customary livelihood pursuits. These pursuits on the land will be carried out throughout the winter and into next summer as they have been since time immemorial.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007925 Views

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KI Taking a Stand to Protect Homelands

PRESS RELEASE
November 2, 2007

From: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug is a small, remote, far northern Ontario First Nation being sued by Platinex Inc. junior mining exploration company for $10 billion. The province issued licences and permits to Platinex Inc. for exploration and drilling without notifying or consulting with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. It also gave the company special exemptions for required work on their mining claims. The community told the mining company it was not welcome in their customary homelands. Platinex sued Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. The costs of the legal proceedings have bankrupted the community and they can no longer afford the Ontario justice system. Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug have taken their only recourse and moved out onto their customary homelands from which they acquire their sustenance.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007915 Views

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Faithkeeper Of First Nations To Offer Thoughts On Global Warming

Chief Oren Lyons, The Politics of Human Beings Against Mother Earth: The Nature of Global Warming

November 8, 2007
1:30 pm | Manitoba Room, University Centre

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071035 Views

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Human Rights Training – Using the United Nations to hold the US accountable for Racism towards Indigenous Peoples & Strategies for Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

You are invited!

Thursday, November 8, 2007
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Indigenous Peoples’ Border Summit of the
Americas II, San Xavier, Tohono O’odham

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) will conduct a workshop focusing on holding the United States’ accountable to its legally binding obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The US will be examined by the CERD Committee in March of 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007998 Views

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Governments need to wake up and smell the cigarette smoke, critics say – CBC

Governments need to wake up and smell the cigarette smoke, critics say

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 8:31 AM ET
The Canadian Press

A new study that shows one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought illegal cigarettes from aboriginal reserves is a wake-up call, critics say.

An Ontario Tobacco Research Unit study found that in one year, the province lost at least $72 million in taxes to illegal cigarettes, while Ottawa lost almost $50 million.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/11/06/illegal-tobacco.html

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FNUC seeks budget boost -Regina Leader-Post

FNUC seeks budget boost

Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The First Nations University of Canada has hired an Ottawa-based consultant company to develop a business plan to support its request for more federal dollars.

“There is some tweaking that we have to do before we finalize the draft (of the business plan). That is ongoing work,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Vice-Chief Lyle Whitefish.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=73fa18bb-e7bf-4c01-8a71-9fd1ca0988b5

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Tsawwassen pact ratified -Times Colonist

Tsawwassen pact ratified
Legislature’s approval of precedent-setting treaty sends it to Parliament, which will have final say

Jeff Rud, Times Colonist
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The first agreement reached under the much-criticized B.C. treaty process was formally approved yesterday by the provincial legislature.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=30e31ac1-b812-42e7-b8f1-989dc51e9082

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007755 Views

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‘Creepy community’ show shot in Sask. -StarPhoenix

‘Creepy community’ show shot in Sask.
Six episodes of Rabbit Fall begin Friday on APTN

Cam Fuller, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Things start getting weird Friday on APTN.

That’s when the supernatural crime drama Rabbit Fall starts airing its first mini-season of six half-hour episodes.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/lifestyle/story.html?id=aba82dfd-6602-4724-b3a0-222ca2f280c3

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007791 Views

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A Freeze on Business -StarPhoenix

A freeze on business
Northern residents miss toilet paper, sugar and flour after supply barges halted

Elise Stolte, CanWest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

HAY RIVER, N.W.T. — People in Fort Good Hope are rationing toilet paper this fall.

Like residents in many isolated communities throughout Canada’s Arctic, they order their supplies months ahead. But this year the ice on the Mackenzie River froze before the last supply barges could make it into port.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=d8ed1a41-f139-4bb2-a0ac-6eab003285f2

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007806 Views

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Hollow water meetings called success -CJOB

Hollow water meetings called success

Manitoba government officials says talks went well Monday with the Hollow Water First Nation over an ongoing land claim dispute.

The two sides discussed outstanding issues. Most barricades blocking access to a cottage area for more than a month and a half came down Saturday.

http://www.cjob.com/news/news_xml.aspx?src=loc&rem=78719

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007692 Views

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Historic Tsawwassen treaty close to final reading -CNews

Historic Tsawwassen treaty close to final reading

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The first urban land-claims treaty in Canada has passed second reading in the British Columbia legislature, with third and final reading now scheduled for later this week.

The deal with the Tsawwassen First Nation gives the 300-member band the ownership of more than 700 hectares of prime land in Delta, south of Vancouver, about $14 million in cash, self-government provisions and fishing rights.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/05/4633693-cp.html

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Yellowknife considers abandoned mine as geothermal heat source -CBC

Yellowknife considers abandoned mine as geothermal heat source

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 5:03 PM CT
CBC News

The abandoned Con Mine in Yellowknife could one day keep the city’s residents warm, depending on the results of a feasibility study the city will launch in the new year.

City officials will assemble a team to study whether geothermal energy can be harnessed from the former underground mine site, which produced five million ounces of gold from 1938 to 2003.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/05/yknife-heat.html?ref=rss

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Publication ban argued in Wal-Mart baby case -Prince Albert Daily Herald

Publication ban argued in Wal-Mart baby case

BRIGETTE JOBIN
The Prince Albert Daily Herald

Lawyers argued Monday afternoon against and for a publication ban protecting the identity of the woman charged with abandoning her baby in the toilet of a Wal-Mart washroom.

Since the 21-year-old woman made her first court appearance on Sept. 13, a publication ban has been in place protecting her identity. Although there is no specific clause in the criminal code protecting the accused woman – there is a section protecting victims and witnesses – the ban was ordered.

http://www.paherald.sk.ca/index.cfm?sid=77850&sc=4

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Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce Call for Board Members

Nov 06 2007

ACC 2007 – 2008 Board of Directors

Application.WORD
Nomination.WORD

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007797 Views

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Battle brewing over proposed oil pipeline -CBC

Battle brewing over proposed oil pipeline

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 8:06 AM CT
CBC News

A group of First Nations leaders in Manitoba is meeting Tuesday to map out a strategy for forcing one of the country’s largest gas and oil distributors to pay them for putting a pipeline through traditional territory.

A proposed Enbridge Pipelines project called the Alberta Clipper would pass through southern Manitoba on its way from Alberta to Wisconsin.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/11/05/enbridge.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007833 Views

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37% of smokers buying illegal cigarettes: Study -Toronto Star

37% of smokers buying illegal cigarettes: Study

Availability of contraband smokes negates intended health benefits of tobacco taxation, report says

Nov 05, 2007 05:53 PM
THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new study that found one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought contraband cigarettes from aboriginal reserves, costing the province at least $72 million in lost tax revenue, should be a wake-up call to the governing Liberals to crack down on illegal tobacco sales, critics said today.

http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/273720

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Canadian Aboriginal Festival -Toronto Star

Canadian Aboriginal Festival

Nov 06, 2007 09:32 AM
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
Friday, November 30
Festival – Dec. 1 & 2
Rogers Centre
Don’t miss the Toronto Star POW WOW!

http://www.thestar.com/article/273964

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USS Honours Aboriginal Grade 12s -Westcoaster

USS Honours Aboriginal Grade 12s

By Carol Sedgwick

Once again this fall, School District 70 held Success Forums in three communities to acknowledge our First Nations students for achieving their goals of reaching Grade 12.

Ucluelet secondary school First Nations Grade 12 students were honoured at two separate community events.

http://www.westcoaster.ca/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=2953

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007728 Views

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From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance -Globe and Mail

From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance

MIKE HARCOURT
Special to Globe and Mail Update
November 6, 2007 at 12:53 AM EST

The split of government revenues in Canada is 50 per cent federal, 42 per cent provincial — and 8 per cent municipal. Not only that, but Canada’s municipalities are the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s most property tax dependent. That’s why our communities’ water pipes leak, streets are potholed, bridges and overpasses are crumbling, public transit is decrepit, the homeless aren’t housed, and community centres, skating rinks, swimming pools, libraries and theatres are run down.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071105.wcomment1106/BNStory/Front/

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007999 Views

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Review panel hears final recommendations on Mackenzie pipeline -Globe and Mail

Review panel hears final recommendations on Mackenzie pipeline

BOB WEBER
The Canadian Press
November 6, 2007

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations today and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to native hunters have been remarkably consistent: Protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071106.PIPELINE06/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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McMillan re-elected Liard chief -CBC

McMillan re-elected Liard chief
Former chief Morris, convicted of assault, came in third

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 1:26 PM CT
CBC News

Liard McMillan won another term Monday as chief of the Liard First Nation in Watson Lake, Yukon, beating out two other candidates, including disgraced former chief Daniel Morris.

Voters in the First Nation, which includes members in Whitehorse and Lower Post, B.C., re-elected McMillan with 216 votes in Monday’s council election.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/06/yk-liard.html

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Accused in N.W.T. elder shooting pleads guilty -CBC

Accused in N.W.T. elder shooting pleads guilty

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 5:41 PM CT
CBC News

The young man accused in the July shooting of an elder in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., struck a plea bargain with the Crown in a Yellowknife courtroom on Monday, pleading guilty to three of the five charges against him.

Alexis Taureau, 18, of Fort Good Hope, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, assault with a weapon, and firing a firearm with the intent of causing bodily harm in the July 16 armed invasion where Thomas Manuel Sr. received buckshot wounds to his face.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/05/fgh-guilty.html

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RCMP officer, 20, shot and killed in line of duty -CTV

RCMP officer, 20, shot and killed in line of duty

Updated Tue. Nov. 6 2007 8:22 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff

A 20-year-old Mountie was shot and killed in the line of duty in Kimmirut, a small community in Nunavut.

Const. Douglas Scott became the second RCMP officer within a month to be gunned down in the region. His death comes as the national police force reviews its back-up policy and questions swirl around the practice of sending inexperienced officers to Canada’s high arctic.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071106/rcmp_nunavut_071106/20071106/

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Aboriginal activist decries renovations -Globe and Mail

Aboriginal activist decries renovations

JUSTINE HUNTER
November 6, 2007

VICTORIA — When Shelly Johnson, a long-time advocate for aboriginal youth in Victoria, stepped off the elevator for a meeting in the Ministry of Children and Families’ newly renovated executive offices, she was stunned.

The ministry had recently completed $560,000 in renovations for the lavishly appointed meeting space, a project initially budgeted at $200,000.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071106.BCLAVISHVAN/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Protect land ahead of pipeline, Mackenzie panel told -Globe and Mail

Protect land ahead of pipeline, Mackenzie panel told

Canadian Press
November 5, 2007 at 6:13 PM EST

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations Tuesday and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to aboriginal hunters have been remarkably consistent: protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071105.wpipeline1105/BNStory/Front/

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“Fish Out of Water” To Debut This Season on APTN

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For Immediate Release

Ottawa – November 7, 2007 (NNW) – What happens when you take an urban Indian out of his comfortable city environment and drop him smack dab in the middle of traditional Aboriginal culture? You get a Fish Out of Water.

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The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Surrey Area Find Work

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 6, 2007) – Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced support for the Pathfinder Youth Centre Society under the Skills Link program, to help young people in British Columbia find and keep secure jobs.

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CAB Announces 2007 Gold Ribbon Award Winners for News, Information, Documentary and Diversity Programming

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, November 5, 2007 – The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today recognized the outstanding news, information, documentary, and diversity programming of its members with the presentation of the prestigious Gold Ribbon Awards. The awards were presented at the Gold Ribbon Awards Luncheon at the CAB’s 81 st Annual Convention, held in Ottawa.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007874 Views

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WIFT-T Announces Emily Bellavy as Winner Of The 2007 Alliance Atlantis Diversity In Broadcasting Internship

(TORONTO – Monday, November 5, 2007) Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T), in partnership with Alliance Atlantis, is pleased to announce Emily Bellavy as this year’s recipient of the Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship.

This national program offers one entry-level visible minority or Aboriginal woman the opportunity to gain broadcasting industry skills through experience in the Public and Regulatory Affairs department at Alliance Atlantis. The award will be presented to Bellavy at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 3, 2007 at the Fairmont Royal York.

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Government Of Canada Provides Support For Key Economic Opportunities In The Northwest Territories

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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (November 6, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced $5 million in funding to support initiatives for the Northwest Territories that will strengthen the local economy by improving local infrastructure and attracting more tourists to the region.
“The Government of Canada is a proud to be investing in projects that meet the needs and address the realities of Northerners,” said Minister Strahl. “Our investment of $3.2 million will support new tourism initiatives that improve the local tourism industry, and our investment of $1.8 million will help to get important infrastructure studies and projects done sooner.”

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007915 Views

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Closer to Home: A new First Nation Housing Documentary Series on APTN: November 6, 2007

INAC is proud to be one of the sponsors of “Closer To Home”, a six part documentary series that takes viewers onto reserves across Canada to experience home, housing, and life from a uniquely First Nations point of view.

Engaging, insightful, and completely realistic, “Closer to Home” looks at the challenges of on reserve housing directly through the eyes of Canada’s fastest growing population – Aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20073518 Views

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Minister Strahl Hears Common Message from Yukon, First Nation

FOR RELEASE #07-238
November 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Yukon’s political leaders demonstrated unity in purpose at yesterday’s Intergovernmental Forum meeting.

Premier Dennis Fentie and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Andy Carvill told Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl that successful implementation of Yukon First Nation final and self-government agreements should be a priority for all governments.

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Health Canada: First Nations Communities Selected to Host Patient Wait Time Guarantees Pilot Projects

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Nov. 6, 2007) – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced the selection of First Nations communities that will undertake pilot projects designed to test Patient Wait Time Guarantees for prenatal care and diabetes. The selection of pilot sites follows through on a commitment the Government of Canada made in November 2006, to develop the first-ever Patient Wait Time Guarantees for federally funded health services in First Nations communities.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071111 Views

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Global Television Announces the Winners of the 2007 Broadcasters of the Future Awards

Awards reflect Global’s commitment to the growth of Canada’s future broadcasters

TORONTO, Nov. 6 – Global Television is pleased to announce the winners of the Broadcasters of the Future Awards for 2007. The annual awards are a series of scholarship, internship, and mentorship programs designed to encourage and aid talented and enthusiastic Canadians toward establishing or furthering careers in the Canadian broadcast industry.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071289 Views

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Bridging the language gap -The Labradorian

Bridging the language gap
Torngasok Cultural Centre unveils new learning tools

JAMIE TARRANT
The Labradorian

Nunatsiavut’s Torngasok Cultural Centre recently unveiled four new language tools Labrador Inuit can use to learn about their language.

At a ceremony held last Monday at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, a Rosetta Stone CD-Rom, Inuktitut dictionary, children’s book “Atuagaga uKausinnut,” and a book of stories gathered from the Unikkalautta storytelling festival last May, were made available to schools and Inuit beneficiaries.

http://www.thelabradorian.ca/index.cfm?sid=77533&sc=347

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U.S. moving to claim parts of Beaufort Sea -CTV

U.S. moving to claim parts of Beaufort Sea

Updated Mon. Nov. 5 2007 9:06 PM ET
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — American officials urged the Senate on Monday to quickly endorse the international treaty on the Law of the Sea, saying it’s vital to U.S. security and access to untapped Arctic energy resources.

Without the treaty, which came into effect in 1994 and has been ratified by 155 countries including Canada, the United States has no ability to assert rights over offshore areas thought to be rich in oil and gas.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071105/beaufort_sea_071105/20071105?hub=Politics

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Grand River Community Métis Council: Signing of Community Charter

Are you Métis? If your answer is Yes, come and meet us!
The GRCMC cordially invites all citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and non-MNO citizens who are seeking out their Métis roots to attend the official Charter Signing ceremony of the Grand River Métis Council

October 29, 2007 at 7 p.m.
at the Conestoga College Doon Campus, Room 1E05

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Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment – A Day Long Symposium

Friday, November 23, 2007
8:30-4:00 pm
University of British Columbia, Ponderosa Centre

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) and The David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education, in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, the Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, and the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands present

Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment A Day Long Symposium

Friday, November 23, 2007
8:30-4:00 pm
Ponderosa Centre
http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=192

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Province, Tahltan Address Impacts Of Past Mining

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007EMPR0049-001415
Nov. 5, 2007

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

VANCOUVER – The Province and the Tahltan Nation have developed a restoration plan to assess and address the impacts of past mineral exploration and development activity within Tahltan Territory, Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger announced today.

“The restoration plan is the first of its kind and is a landmark accomplishment for responsible and sustainable mining in British Columbia,” said Krueger. “By developing this plan in collaboration with the Tahltan Central Council, we are building on the principles and approach of the New Relationship and building on our commitments established in the BC Mining Plan.”

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Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations Team up to Deliver Real Results to First Nations Communities

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Whitehorse, Yukon (November 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians gathered today with leaders from self-governing Yukon First Nations, Council of Yukon First Nations, and the Government of Yukon and signed a new protocol that will result in better collaboration and information sharing between the three governments for a more prosperous Yukon territory.

“With our common interest of achieving good governance in the Yukon Territory, the Government of Canada is proud to sign this new Intergovernmental Forum Protocol today, which improves upon a previous agreement,” said Minister Strahl. “I believe that working collaboratively with all levels of government will allow the true potential of the territory and its First Nations to be realized.”

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The Government of Canada Supports Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women

EDMONTON, November 5, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.

Funding of $60,000 will allow the Institute to develop, deliver, and evaluate the Aboriginal Women’s Governance and Communication Strategy, a project designed to provide Aboriginal women in Alberta with the information, networking, and partnerships necessary to address their needs and those of their community, particularly with respect to their participation in governance issues.

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The Honourable Chuck Strahl to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce

SPEAKING NOTES For The Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians
to the
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
Whitehorse, Yukon
November 5, 2007

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Bonjour, good morning, everyone. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak with you today.

The North is a vibrant and diverse region. And in the October 16th Speech from the Throne, this government recognized its many opportunities and possibilities. The Prime Minister has articulated a plan to help the North realize that potential, and I’ll talk about that more in a moment.

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The Government of Canada Invests in Projects to Strengthen the Prosperity of Yukon

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON (November 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today made an announcement at the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce of five new projects that will improve economic opportunities in Yukon.

“Our Government understands that to strengthen our sovereignty in the north, we must be committed to improving Northern prosperity and exploring the North’s vast opportunities,” said Minister Strahl. “I am pleased to announce investments today that will support greater economic opportunities, strengthen communities, and benefit the people of Yukon today and for years to come.”

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Drop out of school, make more money – Macleans.ca

Drop out of school, make more money
Some high school dropouts are earning more than university grads, according to a Statistics Canada report

Carson Jerema, Macleans.ca | Nov 05, 2007 |

University graduates with underwhelming salaries might have been better off dropping out of high school, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Thursday.

The report, authored with Canadian Policy Research Networks, found that some high school dropouts earned more than university grads. The study, based on the 2004 Youth In Transition Survey, tracked labour market participation among the 22-24 age bracket. The study found that 14.3 per cent of those earning the least (less than $360 per week) had university degrees, compared to high school dropouts who accounted for only 12.8 per cent. Moreover, the median wage for high school dropouts was was higher than the lowest average wage for university grads.

http://www.macleans.ca/education/universities/article.jsp?content=20071105_190916_9484

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Protect land ahead of pipeline, review panel told on last days of hearings (The Canadian Press)

Protect land ahead of pipeline, review panel told on last days of hearings

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations Tuesday and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to aboriginal hunters have been remarkably consistent: protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071105/business/arctic_pipeline_recommendations_1

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Illegal cigarettes from native reserves cost government over $100 million: study (The Canadian Press)

Illegal cigarettes from native reserves cost government over $100 million: study

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A new study which found one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought contraband cigarettes from aboriginal reserves, costing the province at least $72 million in lost tax revenue, should be a wake-up call to the governing Liberals to crack down on illegal tobacco sales, critics said Monday.

The study, conducted between January 2005 and June 2006 for the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, found 37 per cent of Ontario smokers avoided paying hefty tobacco taxes by purchasing their smokes from aboriginal reserves, while 26 per cent said they had done so in the last six months.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071105/national/illegal_cigarettes_reserves_1

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