Ottawa (November 19, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced Quantum Murry LP as the successful bidder for the $7.3 million Roberts Bay and Ida Bay Silver Mine clean-up project.
The issue of bullying is being given a national spotlight this week as individuals, schools, municipalities and community organizations are encouraged to recognize Bullying Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Stand Up, encouraging all groups to work together to take action to eliminate bullying in schools, workplaces, and communities.
For immediate release
November 15, 2007
WINNIPEG – Tomorrow, people of Manitoba and citizens from the Metis Nation Homeland, and friends of the Metis will continue our long tradition of remembering the death and honouring the life of past Metis Leader and Manitoba Founder Louis Riel.
WENDAKE, (VILLAGE-DES-HURONS), QC, Nov. 19 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, Ms. Guylaine Gill, Executive Director of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) and Dr. Stanley Vollant are hereby convening media representatives to a press conference, during which they will unveil the FIRST NATIONS OF QUEBEC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES BLUEPRINT 2007 – 2017. This event, which is part of the activities surrounding the Journées annuelles de la santé publique, will be followed by cocktails in the presence of many guests.
ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO–(Nov. 19, 2007) – Today the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, announced close to $1.7 million in funding to support a crime prevention project in the Niagara region.
Special to The Globe and Mail
November 19, 2007
VICTORIA — B.C. Supreme Court Justice David Vickers has taken the extraordinary step of arranging a lockup for the fleet of lawyers involved in the Xeni Gwet’in Chilcotin native land-claims trial, sources say.
Mr. Justice David Vickers also plans to send his decision, expected as soon as this week, to the Queen’s Printer for an extended print run.
Doug Cuthand, The Leader-Post
Published: Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday was World Diabetes Day, but with the provincial election and Remembrance Day it sort of went by under the radar. This is too bad because diabetes is quickly becoming the modern epidemic for First Nations people.
NDP to set aside ridings for women, minorities in 2009 provincial election
By The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER – The NDP have kick-started their election campaign with a pledge to put more women and minorities into the B.C. legislature.
Although the next provincial election isn’t until 2009, NDP Leader Carole James said the enthusiasm that came out of the party’s weekend convention in Vancouver shows they are ready for a fight with the governing Liberals.
OTTAWA, Nov. 19 – AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine will serve as keynote speaker at this year’s Mining Day on the Hill. National Chief Fontaine and Peter R. Jones, Chairman of the Mining Association of Canada will make an announcement about a historic partnership between the Assembly of First Nations and the Mining Association of Canada.
KUSAWA LAKE, Yukon–High above the green-grey waters of Kusawa Lake in the southern Yukon sits an ancient swath of snow and ice. Biologist Gerry Kuzyk and his wife Kirsten were hiking up this steep, icy mountainside 10 years ago when a powerful barnyard smell led them to a mound of caribou pellets surrounding antlers sticking out of the snow.
November 17, 2007 at 3:53 PM EST
The Earth’s climate is warming at a quickening pace, with major implications for northern countries like Canada and threats of human suffering and species extinction around the globe, says a new report from a Nobel-winning UN scientific panel.
Iqaluit receives $250K donation from U.S. foundation
Last Updated: Friday, November 16, 2007 | 5:16 PM CT
The City of Iqaluit is looking for ways to spend a $250,000 donation from an American philanthropic foundation, although some of it is already earmarked for two worthy recipients at the organization’s request.
For Immediate Release
Nov. 16, 2007
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
VICTORIA – The Seton Lake Indian Band has voted to ratify an agreement-in-principle to replace parcels cut-off more than 90 years ago from lands allotted to the Band. The agreement, reached between the Band, British Columbia, and Canada, resolves a historic grievance dating back to the McKenna-McBride commission of 1913-1916.
The agreement provides approximately 12.8 hectares (31.6 acres) of land to the Seton Lake Band, as well as $600,000. British Columbia will transfer a parcel of provincial Crown land and Canada will provide the financial component.
VANCOUVER, Nov. 16 – Nisga’a Knit & Apparel Corp. announced today that it has purchased 29% of the shares of Kootenay Knitting Company Ltd. This historic business relationship is consistent with the Province of British Columbia’s high priority to improve the economic conditions of Aboriginal communities.
Nelson Leeson, President of the Nisga’a Lisims Government said that “we look forward to working with Kootenay Knitting in the creation of authentic and exciting products that will be proudly displayed on the world stage.”
Ottawa, November 17, 2007 – Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the release of its fourth and final report, covering key aspects of global climate change.
For Immediate Release
Nov. 16, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
BURNS LAKE – The Province has issued a long-term community forest agreement to the Cheslatta Carrier First Nation so it can continue building on its forestry successes of the past five years, announced Dennis MacKAY, MLA for Bulkley Valley-Stikine.
“Our goal for every community forest is that they create benefits and new opportunities for the entire community – and that’s exactly what has happened here on the Southside,” said MacKAY. “This new agreement provides the Cheslatta Carrier First Nation with long-term certainty and the ability to plan forestry operations up until 2032.”
Date: November 20, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: Until 3:00 p.m.
Where: Bartley Residence, Conference Room A
For more Information Contact:
The Sisters In Spirit community engagement and youth-focused workshops are designed to educate participants on the Sisters In Spirit initiative, operated by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. These workshops also engage community action to end racialized and sexualized violence against Aboriginal women. Registration Forms are available at the Gender Issues Centre, located in SC 0020.
The Earth’s climate is warming at a quickening pace, with major implications for northern countries such as Canada and threats of human suffering and species extinction around the globe, says a new report from a Nobel-winning UN scientific panel.
B.C. NDP aims to boost female, minority candidate numbers
Globe and Mail Update
November 17, 2007 at 10:02 PM EST
VANCOUVER — B.C.’s New Democratic Party have endorsed a policy to set aside some riding nominations for female and minority NDP candidates as part of a plan to boost the presence of these groups in the legislature.
A Trent University student has been honoured with a Canada Post award that celebrates the hard work and determination of Aboriginal people to overcome personal, economic or social adversity in their pursuit of learning.
Updated Sat. Nov. 17 2007 8:37 AM ET
The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — Police should have called an ambulance for an apparently unconscious Frank Paul instead of dragging him into the city drunk tank, then dumping him in an alley where he died, said a witness at an inquiry into the aboriginal man’s death.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 16 — The Florida Policy Roundtable objects to the deal Governor Charlie Crist signed earlier this week with the Seminole Tribe. Governor Crist needs to do more homework on the issue of Tribal Sovereignty and The Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act of 1988. The Governor has made a terrible decision by giving exclusive rights to Seminoles to operate casino games that will remain illegal for the rest of Florida. Granting “special rights” to tribes was not the intent of IGRA, and Governor Crist has created a state-guaranteed monopoly unlike any other.
Residential school victims won’t be shortchanged: minister
Full $1.9 billion is still available, Strahl says
ELIZABETH THOMPSON, The Gazette
Published: 14 hours ago
Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl moved to reassure residential school survivors yesterday that they will get the money to which they are entitled.
“The total of the $1.9 billion that was set aside for the common experience payment for residential schools students is available to them,” he told the House of Commons. “It is being processed and the money is being delivered as we speak. Eligible students are getting their money.”
Reserve mulls fight over smoke ban
New provincial legislation includes native land
By ANDREW HANON AND NICKI THOMAS, SUN MEDIA
Lawyers for the Enoch Cree first nation and the River Cree Resort and Casino spent yesterday poring over Alberta’s Tobacco Reduction Act to determine whether they have a legal fight on their hands.
A spokesman for the resort, located on the Enoch reserve at the western edge of Edmonton, said River Cree’s managers are still confident the law banning smoking across Alberta doesn’t apply to native reserves, which are under federal jurisdiction.
Councillors from both the Municipal District and Town held a groundbreaking meeting with elders from the Piikani Nation on Tuesday.
Town Mayor Gary Mills said the meeting, which took place at the elder’s centre in Brocket, was the first step in building a better relationship between the three communities.
While all three parties were optimistic they could work together more cooperatively, it is likely to be a slow process.
Members of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation don’t believe a provincewide smoking ban should apply to their land.
Peter Manywounds, a spokesman for the Calgary-area First Nation, lashed out yesterday against the government’s contention that public venues and workplaces on Alberta reserves must also butt out as of New Year’s Day.
A locally produced movie made to help First Nation youth is now making an impression at film festivals south of the border. Seeking Bimaadiziiwin recently won Best Live Action Short at the American Indian Film Awards.
Seeking Bimaadiziiwin recently won Best Live Action Short at the American Indian Film Awards. Conceived by local psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Mulzer, the film was originally designed as a treatment tool for First Nation youth dealing with issues like depression, racism and suicide. Co-producer Dave Clement says the success of the film has opened the door for others like it.
Ottawa’s Aboriginal community is celebrating following an announcement to include the City of Ottawa in the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS).
Ottawa’s Aboriginal community is celebrating following an announcement to include the City of Ottawa in the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS). The announcement was made by Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and makes Ottawa the 13th UAS pilot site. The announcement followed a highly successful Aboriginal Information Fair held at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre on October 25.
N.W.T. shelter braces for problems from residential schools cheques
Last Updated: Friday, November 16, 2007 | 2:30 PM CT
As former students of residential schools begin receiving compensation cheques from the federal government, front-line workers at a Yellowknife women’s shelter are getting ready for what they say could be busy and tough times ahead.
OTTAWA – It is completely unacceptable that the Conservative government is removing millions of dollars from the Indian Residential School Settlement Trust to fund other government programs, said Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville today.
“This yet again shows a complete lack of respect to residential school survivors,” she said.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is profoundly grateful for the leadership of the late Clayton Shawana. Mr. Shawana was an OTF Grant Review Team Chair, assessing and recommending the allocation of community grants for the Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin and Sudbury region. He was a prominent businessman and a band councillor for many years. More recently he was the First Nations Estates Trustee and the Coordinator of the WCDG (Wikwemikong Community Development Group). He advocated strongly for this study and the Foundation’s continued engagement with First Nation people. Sadly he died before this work came to fruition.
Cities are a magnet for Canadians and immigrants, who stream into them in ever-increasing numbers (See Figure 1). The swelling population of urban centres—now home to 80% of Canada’s citizens—reflects the economic, educational and cultural opportunities offered by cities. At the crossroads of people, ideas, and capital, cities are the engine of innovation, knowledge and national prosperity. But Canadian cities currently face a number of important challenges, including: income inequality, integration of newcomers, maintenance of social cohesion, and civic engagement.
For Immediate Release
November 16, 2007
Millbrook First Nation Band Council Chief Lawrence Paul today announced an investment by the Millbrook First Nation Economic Development Corporation in the Melford International Terminal Project at the Strait of Canso. Chief Paul announced the investment at a news conference today at the Glooscap Heritage Centre in Millbrook.
Do is heading out on his first small tour in the coming weeks. He’ll be taking his not perfect, but faithful Saturn “Georgous Geroge” out on the road for a trip to Toronto and back. Here’s some places he’ll be playing:
November 24th Tryst in Winnipeg (Tour Kick off)
November 27th Loplops Lounge in Sault Ste. Marie
November 29th Drake Underground in Toronto (MARIA Showcase)
December 3rd Not My Dog in Toronto
December 5th Chapters in Guelph
December 6th The Freeway Cafe in Hamilton
December 9th Salsateria in Guelph
December 13th Ho Joes Cafe in Kenora
National Chief Phil Fontaine is looking for the government to clarify whether there was a transfer of funds from the Residential Schools Settlement Trust as reported by Elizabeth Thompson in the Gazette today.
“The confusion surrounding this issue needs to be resolved,” the National Chief stressed. “It is essential that the Government explain what has happened. I can not stress how important it is that any and all funds earmarked for the Residential Schools Settlement Trust be used for the compensation of survivors and for the other programs and activities dedicated to the Residential Schools issue.”
Joan McEwen, AFN Communications Director
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Josee Bellemare, Bilingual Communications Officer
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Re: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Funds Remain Fully Available to Common Experience Payment Applicants
OTTAWA, November 15, 2007- Despite recent media reports to the contrary, we want to assure you that the Government of Canada is in no way taking money away from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to fund other programs.
Please send traditional or contemporary Métis recipes, with stories or photos to the address below. Remember to also include your name, address and phone number (and e-mail address where possible).All photos will be returned to the sender.
Send your recipes, stories or photos by December 28, 2007.
Fax: (613) 237-8707
Métis Centre – Recipe Collections
National Aboriginal Health Organization
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1200
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
For more information contact Miranda Dyck @ 1-877-602-4445 ext 518.
15th Annual Celebration Honours Métis Culture, Language and Heritage
QUEEN’S PARK, Nov. 16 – Michael Bryant, Ontario’s new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, invited everyone in Ontario to honour the culture, language and heritage of Métis people as he took part in the 15th Annual Louis Riel Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Ontario Legislature this morning.