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Upcoming CIER Workshops

Climate Change Workshop for First Nations
May 14-15 and/or June 11-12, 2008
A 2-day workshop on climate change that will explore the climate change impacts First Nations are likely to face; help First Nations plan so they are prepared for these impacts; provide an overview on renewable energy and energy efficiency options; and develop a community action plan for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081403 Views

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The Government of Canada Delivers Support to Help Those who are Homeless in New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK–(March 17, 2008) – Families and individuals in New Brunswick working to break free from the cycles of homelessness and poverty and build a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that during the first year of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government has funded 33 projects worth over $1.5 million in New Brunswick.

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Friday 11 April – Seminar for Members of Permanent Missions to the United Nations

March 14, 2008

Organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues/DSPD/UNDESA

Friday 11 April 2008
Venue: Conference Room (tbc)
Seminar Objective:

As stipulated by the Economic and Social Council’s resolution (ECOSOC Res. 2000/22), one of the mandates of the United Nations Permanent Forum (Permanent Forum) is to raise the awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities relating to indigenous peoples’ issues within the United Nations system. In doing so, the Permanent Forum has been working with Member States to advance the understanding of indigenous peoples’ issues and to engage governments and the intergovernmental system in its efforts.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008710 Views

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Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society 2008 Conference

Date: May 14, 15 and 16, 2008
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox St., Vancouver

Honouring Our Children and Youth

Our 2008 Conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference’s theme is “Honouring Our Children and Youth”. We are very excited about the opportunity to bring together friends and colleagues from across Canada and the US as we did two years ago for three days of sharing and learning from each other.

by NationTalk on March 17, 20082320 Views

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International wind company sets sights on Hopedale – CBC

International wind company sets sights on Hopedale

Last Updated: Monday, March 17, 2008 | 9:37 AM NT
CBC News

A wind energy company that operates turbine farms in the United Kingdom, Australia and Fiji is considering a $3-million wind project in Hopedale, Labrador.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2008/03/17/hopedale-wind.html

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008766 Views

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Native bands, farmers faceoff in Saskatchewan – Globe and Mail

Native bands, farmers faceoff in Saskatchewan

JOE FRIESEN
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
March 17, 2008 at 4:53 AM EDT

SASKATOON — Today’s by-election in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River is a battle between native bands and farmers, and victory hinges on which side gets their voters to the ballot box, says the chief of the largest reserve in Saskatchewan.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080317.walbert17/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080317.walbert17

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008758 Views

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Natives interrupt Palm Sunday services – London Free Press

Natives interrupt Palm Sunday services

Mon, March 17, 2008

TORONTO — Palm Sunday service at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral had a surprise ending when an aboriginal rights demonstrator stood in front of the altar and attempted to read out a statement.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2008/03/17/5026631-sun.html

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008712 Views

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Battle Raging Over Site of Riel’s Uprising – Globe and Mail

Battle raging over site of Riel’s uprising
Civic groups are fighting to preserve the remains of the old fort while the city is set to sell the surrounding land

JOE FRIESEN
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
March 17, 2008 at 4:46 AM EDT

WINNIPEG — It’s the site of a pivotal moment in Canadian history, where Louis Riel’s provisional government launched the Red River Resistance of 1869 and where Riel ordered the execution of Thomas Scott the next year.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080317.wriel17/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080317.wriel17

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008840 Views

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Liberal victories likely today – Winnipeg Free Press

Liberal victories likely today
Historic vote in Sask. riding

Updated: March 17, 2008

OTTAWA — Four federal byelections today offer a test of Liberal Leader St ©phane Dion’s strength, a historic all-aboriginal contest by the main parties in Saskatchewan, and a dose of political fun with the resurrection of the saucy Rhinoceros Party in Vancouver.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4144202p-4734743c.html

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008700 Views

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Global Television Airs Aboriginal Awards – Broadcaster

Global Television Airs Aboriginal Awards

The 15th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards returned to Toronto for the first time in 10 years Friday, March 7, and celebrated another impressive roster of 14 exceptional recipients recognized for their outstanding career contributions as Aboriginal Canadians.

http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/issues/ISArticle.asp?id=81534&issue=03172008

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008669 Views

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Pressure mounts to build new school; Teachers, citizens demanding … – Timmins Daily Press

Pressure mounts to build new school; Teachers, citizens demanding help for Attawapiskat students

Posted By Chelsey Romain

What started out as a regional campaign to get the government to listen has turned into a national affair with most of Canada tuned into the small First Nation community of Attawapiskat.

http://www.timminspress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=946349&auth=Chelsey+Romain

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008664 Views

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HIV rampant among aboriginals: report (Montreal Gazette)

HIV rampant among aboriginals: report

Canwest News Services

Public health officials are worried an HIV epidemic could explode among First Nations after a new report said Manitoba has a disproportionately high number of aboriginal HIV cases

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=eb92b6dd-efbd-4b9b-8fbc-a32cf42552ef&k=58537

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008703 Views

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Possible Mi’kmaq burial ground in path of recreation project: band – CBC

Possible Mi’kmaq burial ground in path of recreation project: band

Last Updated: Monday, March 17, 2008

Work should not go ahead on a proposed recreation project near Antigonish, N.S., until it’s determined whether there is a Mi’kmaq burial site in the way, says a First Nation community near Antigonish.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2008/03/17/burial-ground.html

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008716 Views

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Aboriginal Homeowners – CJOB

Aboriginal Homeowners

MAR 17 2008 06:30 AM

There appears to be a good deal of interest in a pilot project aimed at helping aboriginals in Manitoba with home ownership in urban centers.

http://www.cjob.com/news/index.aspx?src=loc&mc=local&rem=87867#

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008908 Views

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Native bands, farmers faceoff in Saskatchewan – Globe and Mail

Native bands, farmers faceoff in Saskatchewan

JOE FRIESEN
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
March 17, 2008 at 4:53 AM EDT

SASKATOON — Today’s by-election in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River is a battle between native bands and farmers, and victory hinges on which side gets their voters to the ballot box, says the chief of the largest reserve in Saskatchewan.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080317.walbert17/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080317.walbert17

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Aboriginal leaders to be sentenced – Timmins Daily Press

Aboriginal leaders to be sentenced

A group of Aboriginal leaders from a remote northwestern Ontario community will learn today whether they will be sent to jail over a long-standing dispute concerning drilling rights in a First Nations territory.

http://www.timminspress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=946363

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Ontario must get serious about protecting native rights – The Kingston Whig-Standard

Ontario must get serious about protecting native rights

When the government of Dalton McGuinty was first elected in 2003, it moved quickly to fulfil a promise to carry out a public inquiry into the police killing of indigenous land-rights activist Dudley George at Ipperwash Provincial Park. That inquiry produced a landmark report calling on the province to address the numerous longstanding land disputes throughout the province in a spirit of justice and reconciliation rather than coercion.

http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=946761

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Youth Make A Case Against Racism

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008AG0013-000367
March 14, 2008

Ministry of Attorney General
and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism
Ministry of Education

VICTORIA – British Columbia is embarking on an exciting new initiative to encourage grade 4 to 7 students to take personal responsibility for preventing racism, while celebrating the province’s cultural diversity through music and art, Attorney General and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism Wally Oppal and Education Minister and Deputy Premier Shirley Bond announced today.

Make A Case Against Racism marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racism March 21 by using a proactive approach to examining discrimination. It encourages young people to take action, within their schools and lives, to help prevent racism by being aware of and responding respectfully to people from other cultures.

by NationTalk on March 17, 20082038 Views

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Diamonds North Recovers Very High Diamond Counts

Vancouver

Diamonds North Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:DDN) announces a total of 607 diamonds recovered from a 107 kilograms sample of the Tuktu-2 kimberlite and 219 diamonds recovered from a 37.85 kilogram sample of the Tuktu-3 kimberlite. A pink diamond from Tuktu-3 represents the first coloured diamond from the property. The Tuktu-2 and 3 kimberlites are located immediately adjacent to the Tuktu-1 kimberlite on the 100% owned Amaruk property, Pelly Bay Diamond District, Nunavut. Samples were collected using a reverse circulation/percussion drill.

by NationTalk on March 17, 20081034 Views

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Statement by the Honourable Chuck Strahl on the Success of the 2008 Arctic Winter Games

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES–(March 15, 2008) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, to mark the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Arctic Winter Games.

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Sego Resources Inc. – 2008 Exploration Underway

TSX-V: SGZ

VANCOUVER, March 14 – Sego Resources reports that the 2008 Exploration Program is now underway. The company has now started a 3200 metre excavator trenching program on its Miner Mountain Project. The trenching and reclamation is being managed by the Upper Similkameen Indian Band and its highly qualified personnel. Mapping and sampling is being conducted by Sean Daly, P.Geo. and Curt Kauss and consulting is being provided by Vic Preto, Ph.D., P.Eng. The program involves the deepening of numerous old bulldozer trenches, mapping and sampling. The trenching to date, currently in what has been known as the Granby Zone, has reached mineralized bedrock not reached by the past trenching in two of three trenches. The first trench did not reach bedrock. The trenches will be reclaimed as they are completed.

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Vancity Shared Growth Funds to Invest in Local Microfinance to Alleviate Poverty

VANCOUVER, March 14 – Vancity has enhanced its Shared Growth term deposit by designating funds for investment in its local microfinance programs, including peer lending. With this change, a portion of the Shared Growth proceeds will now help micro-entrepreneurs, including new immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, aboriginal people and residents of the Downtown Eastside overcome the barriers faced when trying to borrow money due to lack of collateral, personal credit history and full-time employment.

Vancity members can purchase a RRSP-eligible Shared Growth term deposit at a guaranteed competitive rate. Shared Growth funds, currently amounting to $4.5 million, are then invested in projects and programs with a high social or environmental value.

by NationTalk on March 17, 20083211 Views

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Canada Supports Business Investment in the Northwest Territories

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Yellowknife, NWT (March 15, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today an investment in the Métis-Dene Development Fund (MDDF) that will allow the MDDF to expand its small and medium-sized business lending services throughout the NWT.

“Through the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) initiative, the Government of Canada is proud to invest in organizations supporting small and medium-sized businesses,” said Minister Strahl. “This investment of $1.6 million will enable the NWT Métis-Dene Development Fund to expand business development lending to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses throughout the NWT, which will strengthen and diversify regional economies.”

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Province Supports Future Aboriginal Leaders

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008ARR0007-000375
March 15, 2008

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia is providing $20,000 to support a conference this week to help Aboriginal youth from across Canada prepare for a healthy and successful future.

“British Columbia and Canada need healthy Aboriginal youth positioned to become tomorrow’s leaders, and this conference is focused on addressing the most urgent and serious challenges they face,” said Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong. “Young Aboriginal people attending are empowered to overcome social issues such as family violence, suicide, gangs, sexual exploitation, bullying and abuse.”

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008995 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Update for March 16th, 2008

The List of Decisions regarding the schools that have been suggested has been updated. The updated list will be available to view on March 17, 2008 by the end of the business day. To view the list, please click here.

The next status update will be available on March 26th, 2008.

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Dr. Lynn Whidden’s Essential Song: Three Decades of Northern Cree Music nominated for Book of the Year award

Thu, Mar 13, 2008

BRANDON, MB – Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Whidden, a Professor in the Brandon University Northern Teachers Education Program (BUNTEP), whose recent book Essential Song: Three Decades of Northern Cree Music has been named as a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Tenth Annual Book of the Year award, in the music category. ForeWord features reviews of independently published books.

by NationTalk on March 17, 20082504 Views

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Freezing Death of Robert Maurice: Statements by OCAP and Robert’s Ex-Wife

Note: Please see Robert Maurice’s ex-wife’s response below)

On March 4, OCAP held a protest in city council around the freezing death of a homeless Native man named Robert Maurice which had been reported in various media. Twelve days earlier OCAP, and a number of agencies attended a committee meeting to express our concerns about the closing of over 300 shelters beds, which has led to serious overcrowding in Toronto hostels. We expressed our anger at Mayor David Miller and city politicians who had remained silent around Robert’s death.

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Speakers at Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon

THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES JUSTICE PROGRAM (IPJP) AND
THE MENDEL ART GALLERY PRESENT:

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
SOCIAL JUSTICE WITHIN
ARTISTIC TRADITIONS

Speakers:
Lori Blondeau
Executive Director of Tribe: A Centre for the Evolving Aboriginal Media, Visual and Performing Arts

Carol Greyeyes
Indigenous Arts Advisor and Artist in Residence Consultant, Saskatchewan Arts Board

Dr. Mary Longman
Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan

MONDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2008
7PM-10PM
MENDEL ART GALLERY, SASKATOON
950 SPADINA CRES E.

FREE ADMISSION
COME AND JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF GREAT SPEAKERS, ART, FOOD AND FRIENDS!

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Honouring Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007)

15 FEBRUARY – 8 JUNE 2008

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY B206 In recognition of Norval Morrisseau’s great contributions to art in Canada, a selection of works from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection recently returned from the tour of his solo exhibition will be installed alongside new acquisitions and an important loan from the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Department of Indian and Nothern Affairs Canada. The legacy of Morrisseau’s brilliant painting career continues on through his remarkable works.

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Indian Affairs says ‘misunderstanding’ led to fingerprinting elder in Winnipeg – Hamilton Spec

Indian Affairs says ‘misunderstanding’ led to fingerprinting elder in Winnipeg

March 14, 2008
Steve Lambert, THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian Press, 2008

WINNIPEG – The federal government offered an apology of sorts Friday to an aboriginal elder who was asked to provide fingerprints at the regional headquarters of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

http://www.thespec.com/article/318057

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Ex-watchdog gave up chance for inquiry – Globe and Mail

THE FRANK PAUL INQUEST
Ex-watchdog gave up chance for inquiry
Former head of police complaints agreed to abandon case after two failed requests

CAMILLE BAINS
The Canadian Press
March 14, 2008

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s former police complaint commissioner admitted yesterday that he shut the door on any opportunity to publicize the tragic circumstances around the death of an aboriginal man who was dumped in an alley by police.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080314.BCPAUL14/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Chief Louie’s community manifesto – Globe and Mail

Chief Louie’s community manifesto

From Friday’s Globe and Mail
March 13, 2008 at 9:33 PM EDT

VANCOUVER — When federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stood up to deliver his budget speech, just one Canadian outside of Ottawa was mentioned by name – Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos band in the B.C. Interior.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wbcdispatch14/BNStory/National/

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Native DNA links to six ‘founding mothers’ – CTV

Native DNA links to six ‘founding mothers’

Updated Thu. Mar. 13 2008 3:01 PM ET
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Nearly all of today’s Native Americans in North, Central and South America can trace part of their ancestry to six women whose descendants immigrated around 20,000 years ago, a DNA study suggests.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080313/native_dna_080313/20080313/

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Inuit group denies conflict of interest in Bathurst review – CBC

Inuit group denies conflict of interest in Bathurst review

Last Updated: Friday, March 14, 2008 | 10:19 AM CT
CBC News

The organization representing Inuit in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region is unhappy it has been ruled ineligible for funding to take part in a review of the proposed Bathurst Inlet port and road project.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2008/03/14/kia-funding.html

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Nunavut to go to the polls Oct. 27 – CBC

Nunavut to go to the polls Oct. 27

Last Updated: Friday, March 14, 2008 | 3:06 PM CT
CBC News

People in Nunavut will be going to the polls on Oct. 27, Premier Paul Okalik announced Friday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2008/03/14/nu-elex.html

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Liberal MLA under fire for remarks about natives – CBC

Liberal MLA under fire for remarks about natives

Last Updated: Friday, March 14, 2008 | 5:56 PM ET
CBC News

B.C. Liberal MLA Dennis MacKay is under fire for saying a lot of aboriginal people benefited from the residential school system.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/14/bc-mla-aboriginal-remarks.html

by NationTalk on March 15, 2008714 Views

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Media Advisory: Government of Canada

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES–(March 14, 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 will hold a media availability preceding the medal presentations of several Arctic sports. Minister Strahl will be available to discuss his participation at the Games as well as investments in the North.

When: Saturday, March 15, 2008 2:15 p.m.
Where: St Joseph’s School, 489 Range Lake Rd, Yellowknife, N.W.T.

For more information, please contact

Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Josee Bellemare
819-997-0002

or
Department of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development, NWT Region
Toni Riley
Communications Officer
867-669-2451
867-445-3329

or
INAC Media Relations Line
819-953-1160

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Ontario School Boards Join Attawapiskat School Campaign

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The campaign to get a new school built in Attawapiskat just got a whole lot larger now that Ontario`s public school boards have gotten involved.

The Boards have said they will encourage their 2.1 million students to write letters to the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs to live up to its promise to build a school in Attawapiskat.

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Aboriginal Treasures are Beijing-bound

Gatineau, Quebec, March 13, 2007 — Some of the most important Aboriginal artifacts in the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s (CMC) national collection are heading to China for a groundbreaking exhibition on the remarkable diversity and creativity of Canada’s First Peoples from earliest times to the present day.

First Peoples of Canada: Masterworks from the Canadian Museum of Civilization is organized by the CMC in collaboration with the National Museum of China. It will be presented at the Beijing Art Museum of Imperial City, from August 1 to October 15, 2008. The exhibition will then tour to other venues in China and Japan.

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Minnie Grey to Speak at Conference

The Canadian Institute is hosting a “Conférence sur la Négociation avec les Communautés Autochtones” April 3-4, 2008 at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, 1050 rue Sherbrooke W.

Minnie Grey, lead negotiator for the creation of Nunavik Regional Government, will be speaking on “Lessons to Learn from the Negotiations and Implementation Issues of the Landmark Agreement on the Nunavik Regional Government” April 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Conference and registration information is available on the Canadian Institute website.

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Ministers Express Condolences on Passing of Mary Mae Osmond

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Executive Council
March 14, 2008

The Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, express their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Mary Mae Osmond, who passed away yesterday (Thursday, March 13), at the Heath Sciences Centre in St. John’s.

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Government of Canada Helps Open Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations As Part Of Quebec’s 400th Anniversary Celebrations

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Wendake, Quebec, (March 7, 2008) – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today participated in the inauguration of the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, which is part of the activities for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.

“This project is a perfect example of the determination, business sense, and talent of First Nations peoples,” said Minister Verner. “I am proud our Government is supporting the construction of the Hôtel-Musée, which will provide an exceptional showcase for the Huron-Wendat Nation by promoting its culture and history.”

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The Government of Canada Supports Michif Language

SASKATOON, March 14, 2008 – Michif, a language spoken by the Métis, will be preserved, promoted, and revitalized in Saskatchewan thanks to the Michif Language Project, which is being supported by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced funding for the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research.

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$3 Million Supports Unique Wellness Village

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008OTP0061-000358
March 14, 2008

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

CHILLIWACK – A traditional village site near Chilliwack will be the home of a new and unique Aboriginal healing and wellness village, with $3 million in funding and a transfer of land from the Province, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

“We are here at the future site of the Stehiyáq Healing and Wellness Village to fulfil our throne speech commitment to help establish the village. Aboriginal people want a greater say in their own health care, and we are responding,” said Campbell. “The village will be a place where the wisdom of Elders and traditional healing practices will join with modern approaches to help Aboriginal youth and families from across B.C. overcome histories of trauma, addiction and mental illness.”

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Keyano celebrates Aboriginal Awareness Day with Fervor and Excitement

March 14, 2008

Aboriginal Awareness Day at Keyano College on March 13 was meant to be a drop-in, day-long event, but little did the organizers know that the Keyano Recital Theatre would be near-capacity at all times.

“We have had an amazing turn-out,” enthused Tanya Elliott, Administrative Assistant, Career & Counselling Services at Keyano College, who helped organize the celebration. “The bar has been set higher for next year,” she said.

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Labrador Inuit-Metis Hope for new Relationship with the Province

Thursday, 13 Mar 2008

Chris Montague, President of the Labrador Metis Nation, was pleased to hear the province declare it would “work for the betterment of the Labrador Metis people” in the speech from the throne on March 10, 2008.

Already the provincial Minister of Natural Resources has agreed to meet with the Labrador Metis Nation and discuss important items on an agenda. President Montague says this could be a step in the right direction for a new positive relationship between the William’s Government and the LMN. “Hopefully the days of confrontation and litigation are in the past and negotiation in the spirit of mutual respect will be the way of the future.”

Media Contact:
Chris Montague
President
Labrador Metis Nation

Telephone: 709-896-0592
Cellular: 709-897-5548
Web Site: http://www.labradormetis.ca

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NAHO Publishes Special Journal Devoted to Aboriginal Women’s Health

NEWS RELEASE
March 14, 2008
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON — The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) has released a special issue of the Journal of Aboriginal Health devoted to the health of Aboriginal women.

Eight original articles from leading health scholars, academics and Aboriginal community members are included in the issue, the first in a two-part volume dedicated to Aboriginal women’s health. Together, the articles help to shed light on some of the latest research and key issues related to Aboriginal women’s health.

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Newfoundlanders and Inuit Celebrate Culture & Tradition

OTTAWA, March 14 – Tomorrow in Iqaluit, Nunavut and St. John’s, Newfoundland, people who have relied on the sea for hundreds and thousands of years for their survival will celebrate a culture and tradition that has centred around the seal. With European countries moving towards bans on seal products, Canadians are speaking out to try to avoid cultural and economic collapse in rural and northern communities.

“It is easy for people in southern Canada, the United States or a European city centre to condemn people who hunt seals, based on graphic photos and emotional statements,” said Rob Cahill, Executive Director of the Fur Institute of Canada. “This weekend, you will hear from real people who truly rely on nature to feed their families and sustain their communities – proud people who believe in conservation and animal welfare.”

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The FBI, the AFN, the NHL: They are all connected to Men of Courage: The First Canadian Conference on Male Sexual Victimization

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TORONTO, March 14 – This groundbreaking Conference is presented by The Men’s Project: a counselling agency based in Ottawa dedicated to Helping men and their families build better lives. The conference is sponsored by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

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NAN to Host Women & Youth Resiliency Conference

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald together with NAN Women’s Council spokesperson Jackie Fletcher, City of Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson, and Member of Parliament Ken Boschoff will kick off Reach for the Stars: NAN Women and Youth Resiliency Conference during opening ceremonies for the two day conference Saturday.

DATE: Saturday March 15, 2008
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Best Western Nor’Wester Resort Hotel, Thunder Bay, ON

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