FORT McMURRAY, Alberta —Syncrude is today celebrating a journey today that started 30 years ago when it began producing in the oil sands.
“In 1978, a pioneering group of men and women embarked on a path that few had traveled before,” said Syncrude President and CEO Tom Katinas. “Together, they aimed to create an industry built on the principles of integrity, innovation and responsibility. It’s an accomplishment that we are celebrating today.”
Paul J. Henderson, The Times
Published: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
As the federal election campaign heats up, Sto:lo Tribal Council leader Doug Kelly expressed frustration over recent comments by a Conservative government employee, what he sees as an apology to residential school survivors that has so far rung hollow, and the absence of local MP and Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Chuck Strahl at an event in Ottawa.
Mike Chouinard, The Times
Published: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Lt.-Gov. Steven Point was out walking on the beach recently when he discovered a log that looked like it was being transformed into a canoe. He recounted this anecdote Friday at noon at the Skway longhouse, suggesting it was a metaphor for the future for all British Columbians: a canoe in which we all have to paddle together.
While the sting of the racist epithets slung by Minister Lawrence Cannon’s executive assistant to a First Nations member of his riding still linger, the silence of Aboriginal Affairs Minister Strahl is deafening.
Vancouver B.C., September 23, 2008 (NNW) – Aboriginal Canadians own or control an immense geographical area–a land mass larger than most countries in the world. The barriers to developing more self-sufficiency and leverage (from mining, energy, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and major infrastructure opportunities) have been access to capital and expertise. From November 2- 14, 2008 RCI Capital Group Inc. and the Native Investment and Trade Association (NITA) have collaborated to organize a historic high-level trade mission to China “RCI China-Canada Aboriginal Business Opportunity 2008”–an event specifically coordinated to address Aboriginal project needs in Canada.
CALGARY, ALBERTA –(Sept. 23, 2008) – Pacific Iron Ore Corporation (TSX VENTURE:POC), announces the results of an additional 11 diamond drill hole samples with respect to its Pearson Project located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA –(Sept. 23, 2008) – Duncastle Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:DUN) reported today encouraging high-grade results from its 2008 Phase I drilling on its Yankee-Dundee property located three kilometres northeast of Ymir, in southeastern British Columbia.
Premier Sustainable and Responsible Investment Industry Event to Draw 700
Colorado Springs, CO –(September 23, 2008) – Award-winning veteran journalist David Brancaccio, Stephen Lewis, Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and Barbara J. Krumsiek, Chair, CEO, and President of Calvert Group, Ltd. are among a powerful group of speakers and topics slated for the 19th annual SRI in the Rockies Conference, October 26-29, 2008.
NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 23 – Anishinabek Nation leadership has identified a set of priorities to be addressed by candidates in the Oct. 14 federal election to complement a campaign that urges active participation by the estimated 100,000 eligible First Nations, Metis and Inuit voters in Ontario.
Edmonton, Alberta –(Sept. 23, 2008) – “People at the Poles” is an International Polar Year (IPY) Day that will be hosted by Canada on September 24, 2008.
This Polar Day is the sixth in a series of Polar Day activities begun in 2007 by the International Joint Committee for IPY. The Canadian IPY Secretariat at the University of Alberta is coordinating a number of activities for this special day, which will focus on IPY research underway in the Far North.
Vancouver, British olumbia –(Sept. 23, 2008) – Kivalliq Energy Corporation (TSX VENTURE:KIV) today announced the amendment of the Baker Lake Uranium Project agreement with Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:PEX) to include Aurora Energy Resources Inc. (TSX:AUX). The Baker Lake project is located in Nunavut and is approximately 225 kilometres northeast of Kivalliq’s flagship “Angilak” project. Kivalliq acquired the Baker Lake and Angilak projects through the recently completed spin-out of the uranium assets from Kaminak Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:KAM). The amendment to the Baker Lake Project agreement is subject to TSX Venture Exchange and regulatory approval.
CALGARY – As is often the case in Canada, it is unclear which level of government is doing what – and which level should be doing what – when it comes to addressing affordable housing and homelessness. To help Canadians understand the current public policy response to these issues, A Roof Over Our Heads 2008 provides a timely roadmap to federal, provincial and municipal affordable housing and homelessness initiatives.
The way in which policy-makers address affordable housing and homelessness has implications for all Canadians. With many federal housing programs set to expire in 2009, it is an appropriate time to carefully consider the future of housing policy. Moreover, numerous studies are showing that a lack of affordable housing is a major reason for increased homelessness. This report provides an overview of federal, provincial, territorial, and select municipal policies.
WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government has authorized an initial harvest of 200 wood bison for this winter as part of a new adaptive management approach which is consistent with the population level prescribed by the Bison Management Plan, Environment Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.
FREDERICTON (CNB) — The finalists and the winners of the fourth annual Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards are being congratulated by Ed Doherty, minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat. The awards were recently presented in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Province Commits $20 Million To Fund in First Five Years
The First Peoples Economic Growth Fund opens its doors officially today with a wealth of programs to assist First Nations entrepreneurs launch or build their own businesses, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin has announced.
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The opportunities we have today are the result of decades of effort. Many communities and individuals have made exceptional commitments to assert First Nation jurisdiction and create our own institutions. It is now possible for First Nations to use the tools established by the First Nations Fiscal & Statistical Management Act (FSMA) to create real benefits for their communities.
For Immediate Release
Sept. 22, 2008
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
VICTORIA – Increased fish audits and a decline in sea lice numbers were reported in the Province’s 2007 Fish Health Report released today, confirming B.C.’s commitment to uphold high standards of fish health in the province’s aquaculture industry.
OTTAWA, Sept. 23 – Dr. Robert Jackson, of the Division of Dermatology, University of Ottawa, and former president of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), was honoured for over 10 years of providing dermatology services to the eastern portion of Nunavut, encouraging the use of telehealth for dermatology consultations and as a leader among medical specialists providing services from Ottawa.
Steven DeRoy will be co-presenting with David Enns, CEO of Map It Out, at the 2008 ESRI Regional User Conference, held in Winnipeg from October 16 – 17, 2008. Their presentation, Assessing Environmental Risk on First Nation Reserves using ArcPad and ArcGIS Server, takes place at 1:30 on October 16.
CMAJ. 2008 September 23; 179(7): 728.
Peter Warren, MB B Chir
The Government of Canada recently apologized to our First Nations’ people for its residential school policy, which effectively suppressed the linguistic, cultural and spiritual practices of their pupils, with the ultimate aim of assimilation. Federal underfunding coupled with harsh discipline, exacerbated by the presence of abusive staff in some schools, also served to demoralize students and compromise their resistance to disease.
For Immediate Release
Sept. 22, 2008
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
PENTICTON – The Province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on the negotiation and implementation of agreements encompassed by the New Relationship with First Nations, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong announced today.
94th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)
Fredericton, New Brunswick – September 22-23, 2008
Fredericton, September 23, 2008 – Education ministers committed today to meeting with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit leaders from across Canada to address Aboriginal education. Ministers were in Fredericton, New Brunswick, for the 94th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), where they worked on key education priorities including Aboriginal education, literacy, and postsecondary education funding, as outlined in their April 2008 ministerial declaration, Learn Canada 2020.
Angus Jourdain of Lac La Croix, Ontario took home first place and the cheque for $2,500 at the NCI Jam on September 20. Jourdain wowed the live and radio audiences and the panel of judges with an original song entitled “Warriors.” Along with the honor and cash, Jourdain’s song will receive 100 plays on NCI FM once recorded at the station.
Akwesasne, ONTARIO — The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) announced that it has made a substantial contribution to ensure that Akwesasne community members will continue to access and receive quality heath care at the Cornwall Community Hospital. MCA has made a $1 million donation to be dispensed over a five-year period towards the hospital’s recent and ongoing renovations to make it the region’s leading State-of-the-Art medical facility.
Edmonton… Over $725,000 in grants from the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Education Fund will help 12 organizations promote human rights, remove barriers to participation and challenge racism in Alberta.
Please note that the location for Day One (Wednesday September 24, 2008 only) of the First Nations Summit Meeting has changed to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Recreation Centre located at 3010 Sleil Waututh Road, North Vancouver.
Days two and three (Thursday and Friday) of the First Nations Summit meeting will be at the Squamish Nation Chief Joe Mathias Centre (100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver) as originally scheduled.
For Immediate Release
9th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Presenting Sponsor CTVglobemedia
October 15 – 19, 2008
Announces Opening and Closing Night Galas And Introduces New Partnerships With The National Gallery of Canada and the Geothe-Institut of Toronto
(September 2, 2008 – Toronto, ON) – The creative voices of Aboriginal women will be among those heard loudly and clearly at the 9th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which runs in Toronto from Wednesday, October 15th until Sunday, October 19th, 2008. imagineNATIVE is pleased to announce and welcome their presenting sponsor CTVglobemedia.
Study Merges Decade of Arctic Data as Ice Collapses Into the Sea
Last month, immense ice shelves collapsed into the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are losing vital hunting grounds and countries are now staking claims to potential oil reserves under the pole. To better gauge the climate changes, Ohio researchers will “reanalyze” a decade of atmospheric, sea, ice and land surface data merged into a single computer model.
Eradicating poverty first step to healing: Fontaine
Head of AFN addresses bishops in Cornwall
True healing and reconciliation for Canada’s aboriginal peoples will only come once poverty in their communities is eliminated, Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine told about 90 bishops gathered in Cornwall yesterday.
Aboriginal council formally demands withheld housing project funds from Ottawa
September 22, 2008
MOOSE FACTORY, Ont. – An aboriginal tribal council in northern Ontario is formally demanding that Ottawa provide the outstanding money needed to finish a housing project in the Kashechewan First Nation.
OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada today released a fully-costed, fiscally-responsible platform, “A Richer, Fairer, Greener Canada,” which lays out a progressive, inclusive vision to make Canada a stronger country for the next generation.