Funding for aboriginals nearly doubles
New ministry gets $50M annual budget
Mar 25, 2008 04:11 PM
THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO – Confronted with several contentious aboriginal land claims across the province, Ontario’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs saw a substantial funding increase today in a provincial budget that earmarks $56 million next year for the newly created portfolio.
Inuit artist, Quebec filmmaker win Governor General’s Awards for visual arts
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | 10:25 AM ET
A Cape Dorset artist whose sculptures and images are icons in Canada and one of Quebec’s leading documentary filmmakers are among this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Awards in visual and media arts.
Economic growth in First Nations a concern folling K-I jail
Tb News Source
Web Posted: 3/25/2008 7:36:02 PM
A First Nation Tribal council fears that economic growth in their communities is at stake following last week’s jail sentencing of six members of the K-I First Nation. The chiefs of Matawa First Nations called an urgent meeting Monday to discuss the implications of the Thunder Bay Superior Court decision, and to determine future relationships with the mining industry and the province.
Funding for aboriginals nearly doubles; new ministry gets $50M annual budget
By Tobi Cohen, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO – Confronted with several contentious aboriginal land claims across the province, Ontario’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs saw a substantial funding increase Tuesday in a provincial budget that earmarks $56 million next year for the newly created portfolio.
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At the Ontario Mining Association´s Meet the Miners event last week, guest speaker and leading environmentalist Monte Hummel encouraged the mining industry to build its fan base. Mr. Hummel, President Emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund – Canada, co-founder of Pollution Probe and author, while sporting a prominent green “Keep Mining in Canada” button, reminded the audience that we do need to keep mining in Canada and that the industry needs to build a broader base of understanding and support.
Issued Capital: 50,100,107
March 25, 2008
Tenders Proposal for Salvage, Dismantling & Demolition of Golden Giant Mine Facilities
Fortune Minerals Limited (TSX-FT) is pleased to announce that it has purchased additional assets at the Golden Giant Mine at Hemlo, Ontario from Newmont Canada Ltd. (Newmont). This includes the Golden Giant headframe, administration and link buildings with associated equipment, the Cedar Creek pump station, and approximately 15 km of water and tailings pipelines and related equipment. None of these assets were part of Fortune’s earlier purchase from Mindecom Industrial Constructors Limited and Newmont of buildings, equipment and spare parts inventory that were purchased in 2006 for $3.3 million (see News Release, dated August 31, 2006). Some of the acquired buildings and all major equipment will be dismantled, refurbished and relocated to Fortune’s NICO cobalt-gold-bismuth project in the Northwest Territories. This equipment will have a very material impact on reducing capital costs for developing the NICO project.
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN–(March 25, 2008) – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations and Chief Lawrence Joseph, Regional Chief, Federation of Saskatchewan Indians will speak at the opening of the AFN-Canada Treaty Implementation Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A media availability will follow.
When: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 9:00 a.m. CT
Where: Teachers Credit Union Place (Saskatoon’s Arts and Convention Centre) 35, 22nd Street East Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Director of Communications, AFN
613-241-6789 ext. 242 Contact info
Communications Director, FSIN
Shell Canada has incorporated Earth Observation data into its Sustainable Development Report, demonstrating the potential of satellites to provide a global and cost-effective way to measure objectively the sustainability of business activities.
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(March 25, 2008) – STETSON OIL & GAS LTD. (TSX VENTURE:SSN) (“Stetson”) today announced that it has agreed to assume the interest of Vast Exploration Inc. (“Vast”) in a joint venture arrangement with Samson Oil and Gas Inc. (“SOGI”) in SE Saskatchewan (the “SamVast JV”). Stetson will be the operator of the joint venture and will have a 50% working interest. As consideration for the assumption of the Vast interest in the JV, Stetson will reimburse Vast for $137,500 of costs incurred to date on the JV and will reserve a 5.0% non-convertible gross overriding royalty.
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(March 25, 2008) – Vast Exploration Inc. (“Vast” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:VST) is pleased to announce that it has successfully divested its working interest in a joint venture agreement with Samson Oil and Gas Inc. (“SOGI”) in SE Saskatchewan (the “SamVast JV”) to Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd. (“Stetson”).
For Immediate Release
March 25, 2008
Ministry of Children and Family Development
VANCOUVER – An innovative new pilot program pairing volunteer adult mentors with youth-in-care was launched today at a ceremony at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, involving Tom Christensen, Minister of Children and Family Development.
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2008
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador: The Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) encourages its members to vote during the advance vote, taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25, 2008, to ratify the Agreement-in-Principle negotiated with the Government of Canada, so the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland can achieve official recognition under the Indian Act.
The Mandate of the present Chief and Council is nearing the end of the term. The term being “a minimum of two years less a day” as quoted by Indian and Northern Affairs staff. Our term began on July 4th, 2006, therefore we have decided that the 2008 term will also begin on Friday, July 4, 2008.
Fredericton, NB – The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) is “open for business,” Honourable Rémi Bujold, the Foundation’s Chairman, declared today. Established in February 2007, the Foundation is now set for its first round of funding applications. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in 2008.
The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization that was established with the goal of helping to achieve healthy and sustainable wild Atlantic salmon stocks in Atlantic Canada and Québec. Funded with a start-up grant of $30 million through agreement with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, the Foundation has created a trust fund to promote and strengthen partnerships among groups working to conserve wild Atlantic salmon. Conservation projects and program administration will be financed from interest earned by the trust fund.
Despite racism, Bartleman rose to pinnacle of profession
BY JANET GIBSON
Former lieutenant-governor James Bartleman attended a four-room school in Port Carling. By the time he entered Grade 12, he had only three classmates. That may have been the end of his formal education had it not been for the chairman of Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, a man his father knew.
OTTAWA–Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the ninth annual Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, March 28, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. Media interested in covering this event are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 5:45 p.m.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(March 25, 2008) – Dr. Khristinn Kellie Leitch, Chair of Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, Assistant Dean at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Co-director of the Health Sector MBA program at the University of Western Ontario today presented her final report, entitled Reaching for the Top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth, to the Minister of Health, Tony Clement for his consideration.
Ottawa, March 25, 2008 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the names of the eight winners of the 2008 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
Kenojuak Ashevak, Serge Giguère, Michel Goulet, Alex Janvier, Tanya Mars and Eric Metcalfe will receive awards for artistic achievement; Chantal Gilbert will receive the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts, while Shirley Thomson will receive the outstanding contribution award for her work as a cultural administrator, gallery director and arts advocate.
REDCORP VENTURES LTD. (RDV-TSX) and its wholly-owned consolidated subsidiaries, Redfern Resources Ltd. and Redcorp Empreendimentos Mineiros Unipossoal Lda. (collectively, “Redcorp”) will, on or before March 31, 2007, file on www.sedar.com and mail to shareholders its annual report for the year ending December 31, 2007. In this release, we provide a comparative summary of the year’s operational and financial highlights. Readers are advised that due to the summary nature of this release, the highlights should be read in conjunction with our year end MD&A and audited consolidated financial statements contained in our annual report, once available.
The Government of Saskatchewan today signed an Aboriginal Employment Development Program (AEDP) partnership agreement with the City of Regina, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 21, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 588, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 7, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 181, and the Regina Civic Middle Management Association to increase job opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Regina area.
OTTAWA, March 25 – The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa is working towards an improved relationship with the Inuit, Métis and First Nation communities. Over the last year, seven Ottawa Aboriginal-Inuit Service agencies have come together with the CAS to partner on new ventures. Working together, this partnership has assisted the agency in developing a better understanding of the historical significance of child welfare within the Aboriginal communities. On Friday, March 28, 2008, we are holding a celebration whereby the agencies serving Aboriginal peoples will be showcasing their services and resources and providing a taste of their cultures to CAS staff.
The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, along with the Tribeca Film Institute today announced the selected projects for Tribeca All Access (TAA), a program designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. Celebrating its 5th year, Tribeca All Access will present 37 new projects, its largest showing ever, at the six-day event taking place April 21 – 26 during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, held from April 23 – May 4.
VANCOUVER, March 25 – CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (CVV – TSX.V) is pleased to report the appointment of Victor Fern to the Board of Directors of the company, following the resignation of Mr. Colin Bird, P. Eng.
Mr. Victor Fern is the immediate past Chief of the Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation and lives in Fond Du Lac, Saskatchewan. Mr Fern has lived in Fond Du Lac, Saskatchewan all his life, he is a traditional land user and still hunts and fish for food in the area. He is active in community development, and works on local committees. Mr. Fern, since 1984, has gained extensive experience at Uranium mining operations in Northern Saskatchewan. He is currently involved at the mill operations at a nearby mine. He has also been involved in numerous boards and committees related to mining at the mine site. Mr Fern has been involved in environmental monitoring in the Northern Athabasca area, and is involved with various private business interests in the Fond Du Lac-Black Lake area.
Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
On behalf of my Indigenous Studies 100 students (102 of them), I would like to thank Dawn Rosset for her letter to the Leader-Post reminding readers about Earth Hour on March 29. We are eager to join those people all over the world who will turn out the lights out for one hour.
Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
TORONTO – Finance Minister Dwight Duncan will table Ontario’s provincial budget at Queen’s Park today, amid mounting evidence the province will be pushed into a recession this year by the slump in the U.S. economy.
SUDBURY, ON, March 25 – Canadian Arrow Mines, Ltd. (CRO: TSX-V) (the “Company), is pleased to report that it has commenced formal consultations with the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty No. 3 regarding the company’s Kenbridge Nickel Project in Northwestern Ontario. Kenbridge is a nickel-copper deposit located within Treaty No. 3 traditional territory, a distance of approximately 60 km southeast from the city of Kenora.
March 24, 2008 Canada’s Next Prime Minister a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award TORONTO — Alika Lafontaine, a 25-year-old Métis medical student from Saskatchewan, was named Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister on the annual reality-TV competition Sunday night. Three former prime ministers, Kim Campbell, John Turner and Paul […]
Band chief encourages members to support agreement-in-principle
The Western Star
DEGRAU — The Benoit First Nation Band Council recently held a meeting and encouraged its members to support the ratification of a tentative agreement to create a landless Mi’kmaq band in Newfoundland this week.
SASKATOON — Former students of two northern residential schools may take legal action against Ottawa, after a federal department refused to add the Ile a la Crosse boarding school to a list of schools covered by a settlement.
Archbishop issues stern rebuke on jailing of natives
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
March 25, 2008 at 4:33 AM EDT
Canada’s Anglican primate has called the jailing of six Northern Ontario native community members a throwback to colonialism, a dangerous violation of the rights of native people and an act of the Ontario government putting itself above the law.
Bullying: A Phenomenon that Adults and Communities Must
Faye Mishna, Phd, University of Toronto
Faculty of Social Work
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (United Nations, 1998) identifies adults as responsible to protect children from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury or abuse. A fundamental aspect of Canadian society is its commitment to promoting and protecting human rights. A common schoolyard phenomenon, bullying is a predictable, “accepted” and often unspoken albeit painful part of childhood and indeed, is one of the most pervasive forms of aggression in the educational system. Bullying and harassment constitute abuse at the hands of peers and violate the rights of children and…
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON March 25, 2008 – NationTalk is pleased to welcome a new sponsor to their nationally distributed broadcast radio program, Toronto-based CDW Canada. CDW is an industry leader in providing businesses, government, and education organizations with technology solutions and services from companies such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec, […]
Caledonia residents respond to Ontario minister of aboriginal affairs’ YouTube outreach
Posted: March 24, 2008, 1:00 PM by Karen Hawthorne
In February, Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant opted to reach out to the people of Caledonia and the Six Nations reserve through YouTube. He acknowledged the slow pace of negotiations over a native land claim in Caledonia, but pledged to speed up the process. He investigated how people felt about the issue by visiting a local Tim Hortons franchise.
Army making headway in the Great White North
Military members begin to feel at home on their High Arctic patrols as they work to enforce Canada’s claim to the disputed region
The Canadian Press
March 24, 2008
YELLOWKNIFE — With dozens of soldiers, Inuit reservists, snowmobiles and pallet loads of supplies starting the long journey to the High Arctic this week, the military is beginning another epic patrol of the sea ice and rugged coastline of Canada’s remotest border.
CANADIAN MINING PERSPECTIVES: Native leaders jailed over dispute with platinum explorer
By: Jane Werniuk
ONTARIO – A long-time dispute between PLATINEX INC., based in Aurora, Ont., and the KITCHENUHMAYKOOSIB INNINUWUG (also known as KI or Big Trout Lake) FIRST NATION, about 600 km north of Thunder Bay, came to a head on Mar. 17, when KI chief Donny Morris, deputy chief Jack McKay and four band councillors each received six-month sentences for contempt of court from the Ontario Superior Court in Thunder Bay.
URANIUM MINING & MILLING – Proposed changes in Labrador
The Nunatsiavut government based in Nain is currently considering a proposed three-year moratorium on uranium mining and milling on Labrador Inuit Lands in coastal Labrador, according to AURORA ENERGY RESOURCES of Vancouver. The motion, which passed first reading and is being brought to community members for review and discussion, must pass a majority General Assembly vote, following second reading, before it can be passed into law.
The Human Rights Council has decided in Resolution 6/36 to establish a subsidiary mechanism to provide thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples. The mechanism will be composed of 5 independent experts and all positions are vacant. Deadline for nominations is 11 April 2008.
Further information may be found in this note verbale from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and on the OHCHR website, which has all of the relevant information including the standardized form for candidates.
Saskatchewan’s booming economy and skilled labour shortage has motivated over 250 employers, educators, government officials and First Nation and Métis employment centres/communities to meet at Saskatchewan Workforce Connex, an interactive and results-driven forum designed to create training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan, with a specific focus on trades and apprenticeship.