The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on the National Chief’s activities and work underway at the national office. More information can be found on the AFN’s website at www.afn.ca.
The second phase of our campaign — Make Poverty History: The First Nations Plan for Creating Opportunity – was launched Friday, February, 23, on Parliament Hill. A Call to Action Against First Nations Poverty was attended by Members of Parliament, Senators, and representatives from national and international humanitarian organizations. Buzz Hargrove, President of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) was our special guest speaker and announced the support of the entire Canadian labour movement for the campaign.
We gathered in solidarity to show Canadians, and the global community, that we will no longer tolerate the abject levels of poverty facing too many of our First Nations people. The AFN also launched a new report, The $9 Billion Myth Exposed: Why First Nations Poverty Endures. It can be found on our main website at www.afn.ca.
Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, AFN Executive Portfolio holder for Eliminating Poverty, told the gathering that First Nations have been subject to decades of Canadian government policies aimed at creating dependence, instead of supporting empowerment. Poverty endures because First Nations are not treated fairly in Canada’s fiscal framework.
LONDON, ON, March 2 – Members of the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal housing providers and housing industry professionals will come together at a forum on March 6 to exchange ideas and share best practices.
The London Aboriginal Housing Forum will highlight Aboriginal housing initiatives from across Canada and address opportunities and solutions for providing Aboriginal housing and related services.
For further information: Beth Bailey, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Tel: (416) 218-3355; Louise Stevens, Director, Municipal Housing, City of London, Housing Division, Tel: (519) 661-2500 ext. 5727
TORONTO, March 2 – The Health Council of Canada commends the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) for its important work in helping define the current and projected toll diabetes has and will take on Canadians and their health care system.
The ICES study by lead researcher Lorraine Lipscombe, published this week in The Lancet, helps define the scope of the challenges Canada faces from an aging, changing population more vulnerable to chronic diseases such as diabetes.
So how should Canada respond to that challenge? How can we improve our ability to prevent and manage chronic disease?
OTTAWA, March 2 – On February 28, 2007, Canada delivered its statement to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), the United Nations body responsible for promoting the equality of women and girls, and monitoring the implementation of international agreements and commitments to women’s equality, including the Beijing Platform for Action. The focus of this year’s UNCSW is the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against girls.
Canada’s statement to the UNCSW is our country’s report to the international community. Canada has a history of strong leadership in advancing women’s equality on the international front, but the statement issued on Feburary 28, 2007 clearly shows we are backtracking as a country and as an international leader.
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range and
Minister responsible for Housing
VICTORIA – A proposal call to establish new off-reserve Aboriginal housing was issued today by Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman and Aboriginal Housing Management Association President Margaret Pfoh.
“A disproportionate number of off-reserve Aboriginal people are homeless,” said Coleman. “Today’s proposal call will lead to safe, secure housing and improve living conditions for Aboriginal people and their families.”
The proposal call is entitled the Aboriginal Housing Initiative (AHI). It invites Aboriginal non-profit societies to help build new, affordable housing off-reserve. The proposal call is being offered in partnership between the province and the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA).
OTTAWA – A Liberal government is one that would reverse many of the harmful cuts made by the Conservatives that have devastated the lives of Canada’s most vulnerable, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion told a Halifax audience today.
“Liberals care about the equality of opportunity for all Canadians and a federal government should be there to help realize that equality,” Mr. Dion said at the North Dartmouth Community Centre.
“The current Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t share that vision. His vision is of a government that walks away from its responsibilities and lets Canadians fend for themselves.”
Pointing to the challenges facing Canadians in the 21st century – changing career patterns, the growing gap between rich and poor, an aging population and an ever-growing immigrant population – Mr. Dion said the need for social justice is more important then ever.
TORONTO, March 2 – The 29th annual International Women’s Day March and Rally will be held in Toronto on March 10 to highlight the ongoing fight for women’s rights, equality, justice and peace.
“This rally and march will bring together thousands of concerned citizens who are speaking out on the need for an increase in the minimum wage to $10 per hour, an end to violence against women, the need for a national childcare program and an end to war,” said IWD co-chair Carolyn Egan.
The rally will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) Auditorium located at 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto. The march gets underway at 1 p.m. from the OISE building.
A fair and workshops will also be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 55 Gould Street (Ryerson Student Centre). All events are free.
Ministry of the Attorney General
Ministère du Procureur général
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2007
Invests More Than $20 Million In New Funding To Help Victims
TORONTO — The McGuinty government is taking immediate action to address the Ombudsman’s report on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today that he will be appointing the Chief Justice of Ontario, Roy McMurtry, to forge a new framework for victim support and compensation following broad-based consultation. The government is also providing additional funding to the CICB, and creating new government programs for victims of crime.
“I am so pleased the Chief Justice has agreed to take on this important role immediately upon his retirement from the bench this May,” said Bryant. “I can’t think of a more suitable leader to help us overhaul the compensation system to improve victim services.”
TORONTO, March 2 – Evidence has shown that when families are involved in addiction and mental health care, patients do better. Family Week at CAMH acknowledges the contributions of families to the recovery of their loved ones and to the entire mental health and addiction system.
Date: March 5, 2007
Time: opening ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West (CAMH)
Lee Maracle, one of Canada’s most prolific aboriginal authors, is the University of Guelph’s writer-in-residence for the winter semester. She will be giving a free public reading from her 2002 novel, Daughters are Forever, March 7 at 4 p.m. in Massey Hall, Room 100.
Maracle wrote her first poem the day she learned to read and knew by the time she was 10 that we wanted to recreate myths. “That makes me a myth maker in my own culture and a fiction writer in other cultures,” she said. “It’s always been my goal not to translate, but to get the same feeling – from the sounds, rhythm and interplay of words and image – in the English version as I do when I hear the original story.”
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to announce a “Request For Proposals” (RFP) for the 2007/ 2008 Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre (UMAYC) Initiative, funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The goal of the UMAYC Initiative is to improve the economic, social and personal prospects of urban Aboriginal youth through the delivery of culturally relevant activities and projects.
In order to best deliver the UMAYC Initiative, completed UMAYC RFP applications are reviewed by the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council (MNOYC) in cooperation with the Provincial Youth Services Coordinator. The MNOYC make the appropriate recommendations and together they determine which proposals best fit the guiding UMAYC principles, and adhere to the criteria set by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Please note, it is the primarily the youth who will be the evaluating the proposals, for this reason, it is recommended that you have youth involvement in preparing the project application prior to submission.
March 1, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
VICTORIA – Log export approvals for the northwest and mid-coast have been extended until log export review recommendations are considered.
The extensions permit licensees to continue exporting up to 35 per cent of harvested timber from the Mid Coast Timber Supply Area, and the North Coast, Kalum and Skeena Stikine forest districts until Aug. 31, 2007.
Government’s response to a log export review completed in December is expected this spring. Nearly 400 stakeholders were consulted during the review, which examined the rationale for timber exports from both private and Crown land, and its effect on harvest levels, markets, workers, companies and communities. The report is available online at www.for.gov.bc.ca/het/.
The Mid Coast Timber Supply Area was granted a one-year log export approval in March 2006 to help re-start harvesting in the region and support the Heiltsuk First Nation’s proposal to construct a dry-land log sort near Bella Bella.
The northwest’s log export exemption has been in place since February 2002, helping sustain local forestry jobs.
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Forests and Range
OTTAWA, March 1 – Please be advised that the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, will be speaking at the Arctic Gas Symposium in Calgary. There will be a brief media availability following the speech.
Media availability will be held in the main foyer.
For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002
KELOWNA, BC, March 1 – Metalex Ventures Ltd (MTX – TSX Venture Exchange) (“Metalex” or the “Company”).
Metalex has now received the indicator mineral results from the U1 kimberlite in its T1 project in northern Ontario.
108.42 kilograms of kimberlite was processed for indicator minerals and diamond by attrition milling. The diamond results are awaited. Within this sample 59 Group I eclogitic garnets, 17 olivines, 6 clinopyroxenes, 3 chromites and 1 peridotitic G10 garnet were recovered with compositions analogous to those that have grown with diamond in the earth’s mantle. According to the proprietary classification system of C.F. Mineral Research Ltd. these indicators all classified as “diamond indicator” minerals, thereby indicating that the U1 kimberlite is diamondiferous. Diamond results are expected shortly.
Detailed aeromagnetic surveys conducted over U1 indicate that it is a small pipe with a diameter of 65 meters.
WHITEHORSE – More than half of the artistic works created from 2003 to 2007 through the Culture Quest program will be onstage or presented in Whitehorse galleries during the 2007 Canada Winter Games Cultural Festival, announced Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor.
“Yukoners take pride in their unique northern Canadian culture,” Taylor said. “Culture Quest has encouraged active participation in social, cultural, economic and community projects that benefit Yukoners and visitors alike. I urge everyone to experience this multi-faceted, multi-talented northern legacy during the Canada Winter Games.”
Culture Quest projects include music and song, dance and theatre, photography and literary expression created by youth, First Nations and Yukon communities to encourage creative expression and celebrate what makes life in the Yukon distinct. Yukon government has provided Culture Quest with $157,000 annually for the past four years.
WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government is contributing $100,000 in support of the Gathering of Northern Nations Aboriginal Tradeshow and Cultural Expo, announced Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor.
“We have representation from Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories at the Gathering of Northern Nations,” Taylor said. “This is the first time an aboriginal cultural event of this magnitude has happened in the North. The Yukon government is proud to be a contributing sponsor to this wonderful cultural achievement and we congratulate the organizers and participants who have come together to make this event a success.”
For Immediate Release
March 1, 2007
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
VICTORIA – A First Nations midden in Portage Park that was exposed and damaged by storms and tidal surges during the winter of 2005/06 will be protected from further damage thanks in part to a $40,000 grant to the Town of View Royal, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.
“Recognition of the importance of Aboriginal history is key to the spirit of the New Relationship with First Nations,” said Hagen. “We all have a responsibility to respect the integrity of archaeological sites.”
The Town of View Royal will spend a total of about $96,000, including $40,000 from the Province, to cover the site with soft fill, a rock and gravel mixture that will be packed into the bank and over the beach area.
The Government of Saskatchewan signed a partnership agreement today to increase job opportunities for First Nations people in the province.
The Department of First Nations and Métis Relations and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada signed an Aboriginal Employment Development Program (AEDP) partnership agreement with the Kawacatoose First Nation.
“All program partners are working together with the Saskatchewan Government to promote full participation of all people in the economy of our province,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag said. “In Saskatchewan, we share a vision, where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and realize their dreams of building a better future right here in the province.”
Union of BC Indian Chiefs congratulates Iroquois Confederacy Chief Alan McNaughton and the Mohawk People of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2007
On behalf of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, we would to congratulate the Mohawk People of the Grand River territory on their one year anniversary of successfully reclaiming part of their territory that was ceded to them as part of the Haldimand Proclamation some 200 years ago.
We fully support the view of the Confederacy Chiefs, the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Provincial Police insofar as their collective condemnation of the Government of Canada’s refusal to take full responsibility for resolving the land rights dispute at Caledonia, Ontario
Recently, the Government of Canada’s Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs released a report concerning the growing tensions and frustrations attached to unresolved Native land-right disputes in Canada. The Senate Report was entitled, “Negotiation or Confrontation – It’s Canada’s Choice”.
Father Mouchet to be honoured at cross-country sprints…with bells on!
Father Mouchet will be recognized for his contribution to the sport of cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games sprint races on Tuesday, March 6. There will be a brief tribute at 1:30 pm in the Mt. McIntyre ski stadium. Following the presentation, Father Mouchet will ski the 1 km loop to officially open the sprints.
Father Mouchet is well known to Northerners for his dedication to the sport of cross-country skiing. The Oblate priest came to northern Canada in 1946, from his hometown of Malbuisson, France. He was initially posted to Telegraph Creek, BC and then to Old Crow, Inuvik, Whitehorse and Ross River.
Tagish Lake Gold Corp. is exploring for and developing high-grade mineral deposits at its wholly owned Skukum Mineral District located 80 km by road south of Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory of Canada. The 178-square-km Skukum Mineral District hosts the advanced Skukum Creek gold-silver deposit and the Goddell Gully gold deposit, with measured and indicated resources of 1.12 million tonnes grading 8.0 grams gold and 153.1 grams silver per tonne, and the past-producing Mt. Skukum gold deposit.
Please visit here to view full Tagish Lake Gold Corp 2006 Report.
Notes for an address by The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians to launch International Polar Year 2007-2008 March 1, 2007 Canadian Museum of Civilization Gatineau, Quebec
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It is a great pleasure for me to be here to celebrate the Canadian launch of International Polar Year 2007-2008.
Canada is very proud to take a leadership role in this International Polar Year. It is the largest ever international program of coordinated scientific research and observations focused on the polar regions, involving more that 60 countries and thousands of scientists. In Canada, we have developed an ambitious program that will give Canadians from all parts of the country valuable opportunities to learn more about the North and its residents.
International Polar Years are characterized by a spirit of discovery and hope. In the words of Will Steger, US head of the 1986 polar expedition that travelled to the North Pole from Ellesmere Island by dogsled,
“As we, six adventurers from different parts of the world, stand where the lines of longitude of all countries meet, we believe this journey stands for hope — hope that other seemingly impossible goals can be met by people everywhere.”
MONTREAL, March 1 – “The political parties and their leader must realize today that the development of Quebec, especially in the regions, can no longer occur without the First Nations. Let’s be clear, the First Nations are essential to the future of Quebec”, stated the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, at a press conference announcing the involvement of the First Nations in the Quebec election campaign.
“A large portion of Quebecers ignore it: the rights and titles of the First Nations, on a vast territory, have never been extinguished or surrendered. Relying perhaps on this lack of knowledge, the governments of Quebec have acted too often as though these rights never existed, as though the First Nations did not exist. This must change; this will change”, stated Ghislain Picard, surrounded by members of the First Nations who came from all over the regions.
GATINEAU, QC, March 1 – At a special event at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, officially launched International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 in Canada and confirmed $150 million in federal funding for an ambitious program by Canada’s New Government for International Polar Year.
With the participation of thousands of scientists from more than 60 nations, International Polar Year 2007-2008 is the largest-ever international program of scientific research focussed on the Earth’s polar regions.
Do you know a nurse who deserves special recognition?
Why not nominate her or him for the fifth annual First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Award of Excellence in Nursing?
As in past years, we are accepting nominations for nurses employed by FNIHB, by First Nations communities and for those working in an Inuit Community.
Each winner will receive a non-cash award worth $2,500 to be used for nursing professional development activities. Health Canada will also pay travel costs to enable each winner and one guest to attend the awards ceremony, which will take place in Ottawa during National Nursing Week in May 2007.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(March 1, 2007) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today tabled 80 Royal Canadian Mounted Police First Nations Community Policing Service (RCMP FNCPS) Agreements for communities across Canada.
“These agreements demonstrate that Canada’s New Government is taking action in collaboration with Provinces and Territories, as well as First Nations communities, to support Aboriginal policing and make our communities safer,” said Minister Day. “Through these agreements, RCMP members will provide dedicated police services to First Nations communities across the country,” he added.
RCMP FNCPS agreements are bilateral agreements signed by the Government of Canada and participating Provinces and Territories. They provide the administrative and financial framework for individual Community Tripartite Agreements.
With these Community Agreements, First Nations benefit from the presence of police members from the RCMP in their communities. The RCMP also makes every effort to hire members of Aboriginal descent in these community police services.
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety
Director of Communications
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
TORONTO, Feb. 28 – Preliminary findings from a national research study by Catalyst Canada and the Diversity Institute in Management and Technology at Ryerson University sheds new light on the recognition of foreign educational credentials. The study, which examines the career development and advancement of visible minorities in Corporate Canada, is based on the responses from more than 6000 professionals, managers and executives in Canadian corporations and professional service firms. These findings are part of a larger study in progress: Career Advancement in Corporate Canada: A Focus on Visible Minorities.
MONTREAL, March 1 – On March 8, 2007, The Kidney Foundation of Canada will mark World Kidney Day by urging Canadians to act now to take care of their kidneys.
“Few people are aware of the vital role that kidneys play in overall health,” notes Niloufer Bhesania, National President of the Foundation. “And for those with major risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it is even more important to know the warning signs and to get tested regularly.”
An estimated two million Canadians have chronic kidney disease, or are at risk of developing it. Undetected and left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant. However, in many cases, progression to end-stage disease can be prevented or delayed by treating the risk factors.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(March 1, 2007) – NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG)(AMEX:NG) today announced that after an extensive three-month review, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reinstate the wetlands permit for NovaGold’s Rock Creek project on March 13th.
The permit was suspended pending review in December 2006, following a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, challenging the Corps’ issuance of the Clean Water Act wetlands permit for NovaGold’s Rock Creek project near Nome, Alaska. Neither NovaGold nor its subsidiary, Alaska Gold Company, was named as a defendant. The lawsuit was based on allegations that the Corps issued the permit in violation of the governing legislation. NovaGold believed the lawsuit to be without merit and that the process undertaken by the Corps, along with the voluntary public consultation and information process undertaken by NovaGold, complied with applicable laws and gave ample opportunity for all stakeholders to be heard prior to final permits being issued on August 21, 2006.
Québec, January 29, 2007 — Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks and Deputy Government House Leader Claude Béchard confirms the Government of Québec’s intention to create Parc national de la Kuururjuaq in Nunavik and announces that public hearings will be held in Kangiqsualujjuaq on March 14 and 15, 2007.
This national park project was prepared by a working group made up of representatives of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), the Kativik Regional Government, the Makivik Corporation and the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq. It is the Kangiqsualujjuaq representatives who suggested that the park be named Kuururjuaq in order to highlight Inuit cultural heritage.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 28, 2007) – NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG)(AMEX:NG) today announced the results of its fiscal year ended November 30, 2006 along with an update on the Company’s project development activities. Details of the Company’s financial results are described in the consolidated financial statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis which, together with further details on each of the Company’s projects including resource estimates, will be available on the Company’s website at www.novagold.net and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
– US$175 million financing completed in 2006
– Rock Creek construction started in 2006, with production anticipated to start by mid-2007
– Galore Creek Feasibility Study completed, providing first reserves
– Galore Creek Environmental Assessment Certificate issued. Permits expected shortly, with construction anticipated by mid-2007
– Extensive drill program completed for Donlin Creek
– C$106.6 million cash at November 30, 2006
– Conference call set for March 2, 2007 at 11 am PST (2 pm EST); toll free 1-877-461-2814
TORONTO, February 26, 2007 — RBC Financial Group is offering up to $750,000 in grants for community-based providers of after-school programs for the 2007-08 school year. Interested applicants must submit their proposals by April 30, 2007.
“We believe that investment at the community-level can have the greatest impact on our children and their future,” said Stephen Voisin, head of Donations, RBC Financial Group. “By providing grants to organizations that directly serve children, we help ensure that students, in communities across Canada, have better access to after-school programs where they can learn and participate in recreational and skill-building activities in a safe environment.”
Vancouver, February 24, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Jim Abbott, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage today announced funds of $146,369 for the Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia. These funds will support the council’s day-to-day operations.
“The Métis people have a rich cultural heritage,” said Minister Oda. “We are proud to support this organization to ensure that the Métis people continue to have a voice in British Columbia and in Canada.”
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 28 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Minister for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar, POA Educational Foundation Chairman Aditya Jha, and Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) president Harvey Yesno, awarded contest winner Darcy Kejick with $15,000 toward a business plan during an awards event today at Queen’s Park.
Darcy Kejick from North Spirit Lake First Nation (one of NAN’s 49 Ontario First Nation communities) received the award for a business plan submitted following his participation in Project Beyshick 2006 – an annual one week youth job-shadowing program focused on entrepreneurship among First Nation youth.
YELLOWKNIFE (28 February, 2007) – Five Northwest Territories (NWT) youth will accompany Honourable Michael McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), to the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) being held in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on March 16, 2007. Through this experience, youth will meet some of the best and brightest aboriginal role models in Canada.
“By interacting with some of our country’s most successful aboriginal people, NWT youth will be encouraged to set higher goals and dream bigger dreams. By meeting people who are being recognized for their incredible accomplishments these five youth will gain valuable insight into the work and effort needed to succeed in life,” said Minister McLeod.
The upcoming federal budget must make a long overdue financial commitment to truly fight poverty in First Nations communities across Canada, CAW President Buzz Hargrove says.
Hargrove made the comments in support of the Assembly of First Nations campaign to end aboriginal poverty. Hargrove joined with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine recently in Ottawa to outline the CAW’s full support of the campaign.
Hargrove urged the Conservative government to act immediately and he also called for a long-term strategy to increase investment in education, health services, housing and infrastructure for all Aboriginal people in Canada.
Gillam (February 28, 2007) Fox Lake Cree Nation and Manitoba Hydro today signed a Process Agreement for the Conawapa Generating Station. The agreement sets out a process and funding mechanism for Fox Lake Cree Nation‘s participation in planning and consultation on the development of Conawapa, including project description, environmental and regulatory matters, training, employment and business opportunities, and the negotiation of adverse effects arrangements.
“While the historical relationship between Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake has been complex and has not always been easy and has had many challenges, today’s agreement goes a long way in recognizing and acknowledging the need for a new, positive relationship between the Fox Lake Cree Nation and Manitoba Hydro regarding development within our traditional territory. This agreement gives the Fox Lake Cree Nation a unique, significant and leading role regarding the proposed Conawapa project. This agreement ensures that the Fox Lake Cree Nation has the resources to effectively participate in the planning for the Conawapa generating station. This agreement also enables us to have the resources and information necessary to make independent decisions to ensure that our members will benefit from the development of Conawapa,” said Fox Lake Chief George Neepin. “It is incumbent upon the negotiators to balance the caution of the elders with that of the youth who see the potential economic benefits this future development brings,” he added.
OTTAWA, Feb. 28 – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today launched during a FITMOM Canada class in Ottawa, a five-week national Healthy Pregnancy Campaign to raise awareness of the health considerations for a healthy pregnancy
“Canada’s New Government understands that the most important investment we can make as a country is to help families raise their children. That is why we are giving mothers-to-be the knowledge to make healthy choices to ensure that tomorrow’s children have a good start in life.” said Minister Clement. “I invite women who are pregnant and those planning to become pregnant to order a copy of the new Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy which offers guidance based on the most current research and scientific evidence.”
Infrastructure Investments Will Strengthen Community Agencies Serving People In Need
SAULT STE MARIE, ON, Feb. 28 – The McGuinty government is investing $5.5 million in more than 420 infrastructure projects that will strengthen community agencies that provide programs and services to people in need in northern Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti announced today on behalf of Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur.
“Our government believes that people in need in our communities deserve all the help we can give them,” said Meilleur. “By investing in our social services agencies, we are making sure that vulnerable Ontarians have a safe, accessible place to go when they need support the most.”
More than $5.5 million is being directed to 369 developmental services agency projects and 55 violence against women agency projects in the region. Projects focus on physical building improvements, such as expanding residential and day program sites, adding accessibility features for people with disabilities, and boosting safety and security features.
GATINEAU, QC, Feb. 28 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment will participate in the Canadian launch of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008. This is the first initiative of its kind in more than 50 years and only the fourth such undertaking in history.
This special Canadian launch event at the Canadian Museum of Civilization will also include The Honourable Brendan Bell, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment NWT, The Honourable Ed Picco, Minister of Education, Nunavut, Mary Simon, President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and Dr. David Hik, Executive Director of the Canadian
The launch ceremony will be followed by a media availability with Minister Prentice and Minister Baird and then by a technical briefing.
Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2007
Time of ceremony: 11:15 a.m.
Media availability will follow the launch ceremony
A technical briefing will be held in the Cascade Room
adjacent to the Grand Hall at 12:15 p.m.
Location: Grand Hall,
Canadian Museum of Civilization,
100 Laurier Street,
Premier Lorne Calvert today announced the appointment of Richard Gladue as Deputy Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations.
Gladue has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in First Nations governments and organizations. He was Chief of Flying Dust First Nation from 1986 to 1996. He served as Tribal Chief of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council from 1994 to 2005. Gladue has also served on numerous boards and commissions, and most recently was the Assistant Deputy Minister and then Acting Deputy Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations.
“I am pleased to have a person with Mr. Gladue’s experience and leadership qualities assume this role with the Saskatchewan public service,” Calvert said. “His knowledge and understanding of issues facing First Nations and Métis communities and individuals will be of great benefit as we work in partnership to make life better for all families and build better futures for all youth.”
The appointment takes effect immediately.
For more information, contact:
WENDAKE, Feb. 28 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, will be addressing the media to provide details on the motives explaining why the First Nations must get involved in the provincial election campaign. Chief Picard will be taking advantage of this opportunity to unveil a document on the different issues and challenges which the political parties are expected to answer.
For further information: Alain Garon, Communication and Information Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell. : (418) 956-5720
MONTREAL, Feb. 27 – Four Liberal candidates reiterated their vigorous support for Quebec’s school boards, highlighting the significant historic role they have played in Quebec’s English-speaking community.
“Local control and management of our schools is a vital component of our education system and our protection of minority rights,” said Geoffrey Kelley, Liberal candidate in Jacques-Cartier and Minister for Native Affairs. “Our school boards are here to stay.”
The pronouncement of support by the Liberal candidates was sparked by Action démocratique leader Mario Dumont’s call to abolish school boards.
“Mario Dumont once again raises a question that will divide us and shows that he has no grasp of the basics,” said NDG Liberal candidate Russell Copeman. “His proposal poses serious questions at the judicial and constitutional level. Mr. Dumont’s proposal is completely unworkable and, frankly, disrespectful.”
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 27 – Ogilvy Renault is pleased to announce that Pierre-Christian Labeau has joined the firm as a lawyer in the Litigation Group. Mr. Labeau’s experience will add to the firm’s expertise in native, constitutional and administrative law, which is already well established nationally.
Mr. Labeau has close to 20 years of experience in these areas of law and was, until recently, the Head of the Native and Constitutional Law Division of the Quebec Department of Justice, where he was also a legal adviser. He has acted as counsel to the negotiators for the Government of Quebec in several matters involving territorial claims and has handled various litigation between the Government of Quebec and certain aboriginal communities. He has also represented the Attorney General of Quebec before the Supreme Court of Canada in major precedent-setting cases involving native law and the division of powers.
Hobbema, AB, February 15, 2007: As we begin a new century, Aboriginal people are emerging as key players in our shared future. They constitute the fastest-growing community in Canada, with a population that is expected to double to over 1.5 million people by the year 2015. With increasing access to cash, land and resources, Aboriginal communities represent an emerging market of significant economic importance. (Excerpt from Circle for 2015 9th Annual Gala Dinner Program)
Samson Cree Nation members and staff are extremely proud of the recognition that Chief Victor S. Buffalo recently received from his peers in the Aboriginal Business community. On February 13, 2007, Chief Victor S. Buffalo was in Toronto, ON to receive a lifetime achievement award from the CCAB during their ninth annual CCAB Circle for 2015 Gala Dinner held at the Four Season’s Hotel. The Circle for 2015 is a program designed by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to build awareness in corporate Canada of the immense capabilities of Canada’s Aboriginal heritage groups and the companies that have risen from them.
GATINEAU, QC, Feb. 27 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment will participate in the Canadian launch of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.
This is the first initiative of its kind in more than 50 years and only the fourth such undertaking in history. This special Canadian launch event at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation will feature Dr. David Hik, Executive Director of the Canadian IPY Secretariat, as well as some scientific experts in the field.
The launch ceremony will be followed by a media availability with Minister Prentice and Minister Baird and then by a technical briefing.
For further information: Media Enquiries: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160; Bill Rodgers, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Mike Van Soelen, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441
VICTORIA, Feb. 27 – Katabatic Power Corp., a privately held wind energy developer, applauded the unveiling of British Columbia’s energy plan today.
“By committing to aggressive greenhouse gas reductions, the provincial government has reinforced BC’s position as a leader in wind energy generation,” said Anthony Duggleby, Chief Executive Officer.
With two projects in development, Katabatic is well-positioned to meet BC’s energy targets of obtaining 90 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, ensuring zero net greenhouse gas emissions for all new electricity production, and making BC energy self-sufficient by 2016.
Katabatic also supports the government initiative to incorporate First Nations into BC’s energy development.