On June 18th to 20th, 2008, the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) department of Algoma University is hosting the annual Canadian Indigenous Native Studies Association (CINSA) Conference 2008, titled “Visions of Sustainability”.
The vibrancy of Indigenous communities across Canada has been profoundly affected by colonization, and many communities are struggling. However, the resilience of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and indeed around the world, continues to provide hope and inspiration to those who seek a sustainable future.
Our government is working in strong partnership with Aboriginal communities and organizations to develop solutions to difficult issues facing Inuit, Métis and First Nations people, solutions that show measurable progress, establish clear priorities and make strategic investments.
CANADA’S PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER
NATIONAL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY
ALGOMA UNIVERSITY, JUNE 11, 2008
Algoma University, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and the National Residential School Survivors’ Society (NRSSS) invite members of the local and regional community to attend a live broadcast viewing of the Prime Minister’s Apology to Canada’s Residential School Survivors and their Families.
WHITEHORSE – Staff at Copper Ridge Place are saying goodbye to six nursing students from Camosun College who are completing a six-week practicum at the continuing care facility.
The practicum was the first of its kind for both Copper Ridge Place and the Victoria-based college where a group of students, along with an instructor, were placed in one location to be mentored over a six-week period.
In September of 2007, 143 countries of the United Nations approved the adoption of a declaration that recognizes, “the right of indigenous families and communities to retain shared responsibility for the upbringing, training, education and well-being of their children, consistent with the rights of the child.”
Monday, June 09, 2008
Statement to the Legislative Assembly
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take the opportunity today as the lead minister to provide an update on the activities that are being undertaken and planned under the Maximizing Opportunities strategic initiative.
June 10, 2008
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Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development to Honour Manitobans Contributing to Sustainability: Struthers
Manitobans and Manitoba-based companies and organizations are encouraged to participate in the 2008 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards established by the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.
Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
REGINA (SNN) — The federal and provincial governments have made settlement offers to four First Nations in the hopes of resolving a long-standing land claim dispute over the operation of water-control structures along the Qu’Appelle Valley River basin.
Apology to spare no detail, Strahl says
Harper’s speech to address sexual, mental abuse at residential schools; counsellors will be there to ease survivors’ memories of trauma
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
June 10, 2008 at 2:37 AM EDT
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper will offer a lengthy and detailed apology tomorrow that will specifically acknowledge the mental, physical and sexual abuse suffered by aboriginal children at residential schools as a result of the decades-long federal policy.
Edmonton… More apprentices in Alberta will be rewarded for their achievements in technical training with the addition of two new scholarship categories – pre-apprentice and top apprentice – to the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Board Family of Scholarships.
“Scholarships are a great way to motivate apprentices and trainees to strive for excellence, not only in their on-the-job training with their employers but also while in the classroom,” said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “These awards encourage more Albertans to complete their trades training and help meet industry demand for highly skilled workers.”
June 9, 2008 TSX-V Trading Symbol: ASX
OTC BB Trading Symbol: ASXSF
FRANKFURT Trading Symbol: QLD
ALBERTA STAR SAMPLES 22.72% COPPER, 1427.0 G/TON SILVER AND 8.30% ZINC AT THE MILE LAKE, NT IOCG DISCOVERY
Alberta Star Development Corp. (the “Company”) listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (ASX), on the OTCBB (ASXSF) and on the Frankfurt Exchange (QLD), is pleased to report on grab samples received from the Mile Lake IOCG prospect where the Company discovered a new high grade poly-metallic breccia that is rich in copper, molybdenum, lead, zinc, silver and tungsten. (NR- Nov 16, 2006). The Mile Lake IOCG prospect is situated on the Company’s Contact Lake property on the south side of Echo Bay. Field work and sampling in 2007 has confirmed additional poly-metallic mineralization in grab samples at several target areas at Mile Lake, NT.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY) is pleased to provide the following update for the 1.04 million acre Qilalugaq Project, situated north of Repulse Bay in Nunavut. The property hosts 17 kimberlites, including the 14 ha coalescing Q1-4 bodies, currently the largest known kimberlite in the eastern Arctic and the subject of a previous large scale sampling program by BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. (”BHP Billiton”). Under the terms of an option agreement signed between BHP Billiton and Stornoway on July 10, 2006 and revised June 5, 2008, Stornoway can earn 50% in the project from BHP Billiton by spending $9 million before December 31, 2012.
Over the past year, IISD has been engaged in a joint project with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to measure the well-being of Winnipeg First Nations community. Measures are being sought to illuminating the current state of the urban First Nations community, what course the community is on, and how far the community is from their common-vision of the future.
June 5, 2008
To: Selected Media
For Immediate Release
TORONTO – As manufacturing jobs bleed from Ontario, the province cannot afford to see the forest sector making more announcements like those made this week by General Motors in Oshawa. There are enough challenges facing manufacturers without badly implemented provincial legislation leading to more suffering, the McGuinty government was told yesterday by members of Ontario Forestry Coalition (OFC).
For Immediate Release
June 9, 2008
Office of the Premier
BC Achievement Foundation
VANCOUVER – Aboriginal artist Mary Michell has been named by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, as the recipient of the 2008 BC Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art. The award recognizes BC First Nations artists whose dedication to their work has had a profound impact on both their community and First Nations culture.
July 30, 2008 will mark the 100th anniversary of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation making the Adhesion to Treaty 5. That event signified the coming together of our People as a First Nation and the establishment of our reserve – IR 170, which consisted of about 4,600 acres of land in and around Nelson House, Manitoba.
WHITEHORSE – High performance athletes and officials are being awarded $77,500 under the Yukon High Performance Assistance Program, Minister responsible for Sport and Recreation Glenn Hart announced today.
“This funding provides support to Yukon’s developing high performance athletes and officials,” Hart said. “We are very pleased to increase the funds available for distribution under the High Performance Assistance Program for 2008/09 by an additional $34,000 from our Yukon Sport for Life funding initiative.”
Quebec City (June 9, 2008) – People celebrating the 400th anniversary of Québec City will be able to enjoy a dynamic multi-media experience featuring daily speakers and a 360-degree multimedia projection, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
Domagaya: the Meeting of Aboriginal Cultures and Digital Arts, is an official event of the Québec City 400th Anniversary Celebrations, and will be held from June 21 to July 1, 2008 at the Louise Basin in the Old Port of Quebec. Staged within a 9-metre high dome, Domagaya will offer visitors a dynamic multi-media experience featuring a unique 360-degree multimedia immersive projection, and daily keynote speakers. There will also be electrifying MixSession evenings featuring dazzling performances of Aboriginal DJs and DJs.
Keeping a Promise: Industrial Pollution and the Anishinaabek at Paa-kaa-aa-gaamoni (Quibel) (without Appendices)
Leanne Simpson (Mississauga), Ph.D.
566 Bolivar Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 4R8
Final Report of the Wabauskang First Nations Indigenous Knowledge and Contaminants Program
Funded by the Indigenous Health Research Development Program
It is now widely known that the mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River system in northwest Ontario is one of the largest and most severe examples of industrial contamination in North America.
Medicine Hat, AB (June 9, 2008) – Hundreds of Metis from throughout Alberta are set to meet later this week in the historic Cypress Hills in order to get ready for their upcoming Metis rights ‘hunt for justice’ in Alberta courts. A backgrounder on Metis harvesting rights is attached.
Ottawa (June 9, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the appointment of Deborah M. Hanly to the Sahtu Arbitration Panel.
“Ms. Hanly has an extensive record of pubic service and dedication to her profession as a lawyer,” said Minister Strahl. “We are proud to announce that Ms. Hanly is joining the Sahtu Arbitration Panel.”
Record number: 3160
The survey has three major objectives:
1. to better understand why a large percentage of registered apprentices do not complete the program;
2. to better understand to what extent program completion effects the labour market outcome of journeymen; and,
3. to identify why some apprentices take much longer to complete the program than expected.
Detailed information for 2007
Data release – June 9, 2008
. Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) (in PDF format)
. Data sources and methodology
. Data accuracy
The Saskatchewan West Central Tourism Association Inc. (SWCT) will capitalize on the tourism opportunities associated with the 125th anniversary of the 1885 Northwest Resistance/Rebellion by implementing a three-year action plan to guide tourism development and marketing initiatives.
For Immediate Release Media Advisory Ottawa, ON (June 09, 2008) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will be on Parliament Hill to witness the historic apology by the Prime Minister to the former students of Indian Residential Schools. President Beverley Jacobs and members of NWAC’s Board of Directors will be available for comment […]
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 8, 2008) – Today Canada joins in the global celebration of World Oceans Day (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/events-evenements/oceansday-journeedesoceans/index-eng.htm). This is a day for all Canadians to consider the importance of oceans to life on the planet.
Oceans help provide the food we eat and purify the water we drink. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe and help regulate our climate.
OTTAWA, June 9 – Regional Chief Angus Toulouse is representing the Assembly of First Nations at the first HIV/TB Global Leader’s Forum, held today in New York.
The high rates of TB/HIV among indigenous peoples is expected to be a topic of concern at the forum. Globally, the 370 million Indigenous peoples in 80 countries are among the poorest and most marginalized communities and where data are available, suffer a burden of TB 20-30 times and HIV 10 times the non-indigenous rates.
TORONTO, June 6 – On Monday June 9, 2008, the construction Sector Council will be releasing details of the BC construction industry’s continuing need for new skilled workers to build current and future projects. Details are as follows:
VICTORIA, BC, June 9 – Two national events will join delegations for a joint plenary session with over 700 leaders in apprenticeship, trades employment/training and human resources, to reveal and discuss a new national framework to advance Aboriginal participation in trades and apprenticeship.
OTTAWA, June 8 – The federal government has announced that on June 11, the Prime Minister will make a statement of apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools in the House of Commons.
June 11 has the potential of being a defining date for Canada. The making of this much needed apology offers all Canadians, through the Prime Minister, an opportunity to acknowledge the truth of this aspect of our common past. Equally importantly, it provides us all with an opportunity to commit ourselves to a shared future in which the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians is grounded in respect for human dignity.
VICTORIA, June 8 – Conference Co-Chairs, Cindy Oliver of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C. and Mary Lawson of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, are pleased to announce that The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s (CAF-FCA) conference is sold out again!
The conference, which is primarily supported by business and labour, has over 500 delegates representing the Canadian apprenticeship community together, networking and learning from each other.
June 9, 2008 – The Iroquois Nationals World Field Lacrosse Team are pleased to announce they are competing in the Under 19 World Field Lacrosse Championships to be held in Coquitlam, British Columbia from July 3-12, 2008 at Percy Perry Stadium.
Muskoday, Saskatchewan, June 6, 2008. The National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation welcomes the government’s recent announcement of $2 million dedicated to helping First Nations and Inuit recover from addictions to alcohol and illicit drugs in Vancouver, in addition to the $10 million funding to be provided over five years to find treatment solutions for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown eastside.
In many countries around the world, the longest day of the year holds special cultural and spiritual significance. In Canada, this special time is when we observe National Aboriginal Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
North America’s oldest and largest conference of First Nations Catholics will be held in Edmonton in early July.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA (JUNE 5, 2008) – One Heart-All Nations is the theme of the 69th annual Kateri Tekakwitha Conference July 2-6 at the Mayfield Inn & Suites Conference Centre, 16615-109 Ave. Up to 1,000 people from across North America are expected to attend.
Haida Gwaii, an archipelago of more than 150 islands off B.C.’s northern coast, is home to 5,400 residents, but only one pharmacist. Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Judith Soon and fellow researchers in UBC’s Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) group have a plan to change this by establishing a patient-centred pharmacy clinic.
I write to you regarding your government’s proposed statement of apology to the survivors of Canada’s Residential Schools on June 11th. Such an apology from the Government of Canada is a critical first step in the healing and reconciliation process with Canada’s aboriginal peoples. This apology must be treated with the importance and historic consideration it deserves.
Environmental Health 2008, 7:29doi:10.1186/1476-069X-7-29
Published: 6 June 2008
Mercury is a contaminant that reaches high levels in Nunavik (North of Quebec). It is transformed into methylmercury (MeHg) and accumulated in marine mammals and predator fish, an important part of the traditional Inuit diet. MeHg has been suggested to affect BP in adults and children while the influence on HRV has only been studied in children. We aimed to assess the impact of MeHg levels on HRV and BP in Inuit adults from Nunavik.
Three intricately carved gateway sculptures by renown Coast Salish artist Susan Point will be unveiled at the Brockton Point totem area in Stanley Park:
Monday, June 9, 2008
10:30 am to 12 noon
Stanley Park, Brockton Point totem site
(Free parking is available at marked lots near the site between 10 am and 1 pm. A shuttle bus will circulate between lots and the event site 30 minutes before and after the event.)
WHITEHORSE – The Arts Fund is contributing $78,000 towards seven projects to further develop the arts in Yukon, Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor announced.
“The arts remind us of our power to innovate and teach us how to think beyond limitations and inventively overcome boundaries,” Taylor said. “The Yukon government is proud to support community groups and collectives pursuing creative, artistic endeavours that enrich our lives and our communities.”
YELLOWKNIFE (6 June 2008) – Premier Roland welcomed companies tendering bids to explore for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Valley and Central Mackenzie Delta, saying that such significant investment will help foster greater economic development in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
“Residents of the Beaufort Delta have benefited from oil and gas exploration investment which has helped them participate more fully in the economy,” said Premier Roland. “Today’s bids are further proof that we have immense economic opportunities in the NWT that are waiting to be unlocked.”
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2008
Ministry of Health
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
TELUS Tour for the Cure
VICTORIA – Women in 24 British Columbia communities and 42 neighbouring First Nations communities will receive important information about breast health, breast cancer and the value of screening mammograms through the 2008 TELUS Tour for the Cure launched today, announced Health Minister George Abbott.
Friday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tipi and outdoor area between Vinci and Smith Halls
A presentation by Red Sky Performance Theatre, with special guests including Mongolian throat singers, in celebration of the rich contribution Aboriginal people have made to Canada. Meet with elders, faculty, and staff members from Aboriginal Leadership and Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre. Bring a blanket or chair, and sample delicious bannock around the fire.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(June 6, 2008) – Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX VENTURE:NOT) is pleased to report that it is continuing with its drilling and other exploration activities in the McFaulds Lake area of northern Ontario in the James Bay Lowlands and has also been furthering its corporate development objectives. Accordingly, Noront wishes to present the following report on its corporate activities.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(June 6, 2008) – The board of directors of Niocan inc. (TSX:NIO) is pleased to announce that a private placement of its shares for $1,080,000 was fully subscribed. The transaction is subjected to, and will close two business days following approval by the TSX.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 6, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, together with Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation today welcomed the announcement that six companies have won bids to explore for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta and Central Mackenzie Valley, N.W.T.