OTTAWA, June 6 – As incoming Chair of the Council of the Federation, Québec Premier Jean Charest will host the 2008 Summer Meeting of the Council of the Federation on July 16-18 at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. The meeting will be held during the 400th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Québec City.
BRANDON, MB – The Winnipeg Foundation recently announced that it will provide a $10,000 grant to Brandon University’s Mini University. The grant will support children from rural and remote Manitoba communities attending Mini U. This grant is in part due support from the Mauro Family Fund at the Foundation.
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2008
Ministry of Education
BURNABY – Aboriginal leaders and Burnaby school district representatives were joined today by Burquitlam MLA Harry Bloy, Burnaby North MLA Richard Lee and Burnaby-Willingdon MLA John Nuraney as the district’s first Aboriginal education enhancement agreement to help improve Aboriginal student achievement was signed.
The Algoma District School Board hosted an Aboriginal Symposium on May 8 and 9, 2008 entitled Kinoomawaaying g’E’Kinoomaagenig, Kinoomowaaying gdo Kinoomaagnag, Anishnaabe Ganawaamdamig. “Educating Our Educators, Educating Our Students; an Aboriginal Focus”
It was a fabulous two day event which focused on educating our educators on Aboriginal culture, traditions and learning styles of our Aboriginal students. Eddie Benton-Banai aka “Bawdwaywidun Banaise” an Ojibwe Historian and Language Master was our key note speaker. He spoke of Mother Earth as an “inherent” truth among all Native Peoples of North America, and one which should be embraced, appreciated and acted upon by all human kind. This is especially true at the present time, lest she die from abandonment, abuse and loneliness.
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KAKISA LAKE, NT, — The 19th annual Assembly of the Dehcho First Nations (DFN) will have a number of critical decisions before its members when it meets June 23-29: The annual event, open to the public, returns to its historic site of Kakisa Lake First Nations (Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation) after holding last year’s meeting of about 100 chiefs, elders and delegates at Fort Simpson.
Program dates: July 02, 2008 – March 31, 2009
Application deadline: June 20, 2008
Note: Program dates exclude
December 13, 2008 – January 04, 2009
The Aboriginal Studio Work Study program is designed to expand and upgrade the participant’s creative and production skills and to increase knowledge and creativity in the areas of printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Programs offer a dynamic combination of learning opportunities which include attending workshops, demonstrations and presentations, contact with professional staff, visiting artists and faculty, collaboration with facilitators in Visual Arts and other Banff Centre arts programs.
July 15 to 17, 2008
Quebec City Convention Centre
Quebec City, Quebec
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 2008 Annual General Assembly and the 9th Annual “Circle of Trade” Show will
take place in Quebec City, Quebec on July 15 to 17, 2008.
The 2008 “Circle of Trade” Show is a national exhibition where small and big businesses, entrepreneurs, artisans,
consultants, corporate executives, government and non-government agencies can showcase their products and
services to key players from the First Nations Business Communities. The AFN 2008 “Circle of Trade” Show is a
unique opportunity to directly impact business development in a multi-discipline environment.
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council fully supports the Residential School Survivors in BC and across Canada in their important efforts to have their voices, their words and their expectations reflected in the Government of Canada’s apology to residential school survivors.
June 10 – 15, 2008
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
The Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a major cultural gathering to celebrate Indigenous film, video and new media art by international, national and local artists from June 10 to June 15, 2008.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Poplar Hill First Nation members Berenson and Rhoda King welcomed today’s announcement of a coroner’s inquest into the October 2007 death of 15-year-old First Nation student Reggie Bushie.
“We welcome the inquest into the tragic death of Reggie Bushie but it shouldn’t stop there, as the deaths of four other First Nation youth who died under similar circumstances in recent years should also be included,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “We have to ensure that everything possible is done to understand how these tragedies are occurring and what can be done to prevent them.”
“The National Day of Healing and Reconciliation is important to the Indian people of Canada. It is to bring all cultures together to talk about their problems that the Native people had growing up and sharing their feelings about when they were taken from their famlies to a Residential School it was hard for the perants and also the children. This is a day to respect all those that were not as fortanrate as others. Many children did not survied that is why we come here to hear those take a stand and to be proud for who they are.”
~ by Kaylem B.
Friday June 6, 2008
For Immediate Release
THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC) together with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care (Dilico) announced a unique partnership that brings alternative dispute resolution services to Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Treaty 9) communities at an official protocol signing held today at the NALSC office in Thunder Bay.
June 4, 2008 OTTAWA-The Conservative government’s failure to honour the historic health accords of the previous government is slowly dismantling Canada’s public health care system, Liberal Health Critic Robert Thibault and Public Health Critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett said today.”The Conservative government is abandoning the efforts of the previous Liberal government and the provinces and territories […]
Citizen witnesses shut out of Lovelace court appearance
I tried to attend the second trial of Robert Lovelace and other Ardoch Algonquin First Nation leaders who were facing their second charge of contempt of court in connection with their peaceful protest against uranium mining on land that is subject to native land claims. However, I and many other citizens, including students bused all the way from Brockville, were denied our right to witness this trial.
Chief Bob Chamberlin from the Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish First Nation in British Columbia will deliver a letter inviting Norwegian King to see the operation of Marine Harvest fish farms on the Canadian west coast.
Friday, June 6, 2008 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Norwegian Central European Summer Time)
Friday, June 6, 2008 from 5:00 am to 11:00 am (Canadian EST)
Hon. Robert R. McLeod
Friday, June 06, 2008
Statement to the Legislative Assembly
Mr. Speaker, over 100 students from the Kalemi Dene School in N’dilo and the Kaw Tay Whee School in Detah have been taking part, this week, in a traditional life skills program at the Yellowknife River.
Under the instruction and guidance of our Dene elders, these young people are learning and applying traditional and cultural practices for tanning moose hides, preparing traditional foods, creating tools and playing Dene Games.
Hon. Michael McLeod
Friday, June 06, 2008
Statement to the Legislative Assembly
It is my pleasure to share with my colleagues some of the positive results that have been realized to date, in the first year after the formal implementation of the New Deal for NWT Community Governments.
Implemented April 1, 2007, the New Deal is designed to provide communities with increased authority and decision-making on capital projects. Designed in partnership between the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs and community governments, the initiative reflects a huge shift in our government’s approach to planning, designing and implementing community public infrastructure, in response to a long-standing desire of many communities. With the increased authority comes increased responsibility, and everyone involved recognizes that community governments must be supported if they are to be able to successfully manage these new responsibilities.
Regina, Saskatchewan – June 6, 2008 –Twenty-seven young men and women stood proudly in the RCMP Academy Fitness Centre gymnasium as they received their certificates of participation in the Aboriginal Youth Training Program (AYTP) from “Depot” Division Support Service Officer, Superintendent Dale Erickson.
They are the latest participants in a 17-week RCMP National Recruiting Program, Aboriginal recruiting initiative that enables Aboriginal youth to learn about law enforcement and the criminal justice field.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation (the Department) invite public comments on the draft Agreement and terms of reference to establish a joint review panel for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project.
The landmark accomplishments of two Mushuau Innu were recognized Thursday evening. Shekau Piwas and Desiree Andrew became the first Natuashish students to graduate from high school. It has been 12 years since a Mushuau Innu has received a high school diploma. Natuashish was founded in 2002 when residents relocated from Davis Inlet.
NATIVE ISSUES: ‘LABRADOR BURNING’
Newfoundland orders Innu families to leave
With a report from The Canadian Press
June 6, 2008
QUEBEC — More than 100 Innu families from Quebec occupying land in Labrador are being evicted by the Newfoundland and Labrador government as part of an escalating confrontation over land rights involving resource development and hydroelectric projects.
Celebrate Aboriginal heritage at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Midland’s Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will share in the celebration of First Nations with its upcoming Aboriginal Festival on Saturday and Sunday June 14-15, and National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21.
CEMA Announces Plan to Protect the Ecosystem in the Oil Sand Region.
Edmonton, Alberta – The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) announces an Ecosystem Management Framework for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Plan is CEMA’s recommended approach to managing the cumulative effects of development and resource use on ecosystems and landscapes in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Plan protects the environment while enabling oil sands development and maintaining social and cultural needs of Albertans. Woodland Caribou, Black Bear, Native Fish, Moose, Old Growth Birds, Fisher, and Old Forests are expected to decline with continued development in the region, in the absence of management intervention. Modeling results demonstrate that strategies are available to manage impacts and this Plan provides strong recommendations on ways to prevent a decline. CEMA has forwarded the Ecosystem Management Framework to the Government of Alberta and encourages regulators to move forward immediately with key elements of the Framework towards full implementation by 2011.
June 2, 2008
To Selected Media
For Immediate Release
Resource based communities called to action
THUNDER BAY – With no sign that government intends to honor its commitment and address critical concerns over implementation of the province’s Endangered Species Act, a broad coalition of stakeholders is taking their call to action on the road to “endangered communities.”
Corporate Rights Trump Indigenous Rights in Ontario
by Kim Petersen
The Dominion – http://www.dominionpaper.ca
In attempts to skirt constitutionally required consultations with First Nations, mining corporations are seeking access to territory by dragging the process through the Ontario legal system long enough to bankrupt cash-strapped First Nations.
Federal government community liaison Mr. Douglas Forbes attended the May 27 meeting of the Community Advisory Group.
Representatives of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations, Canada and Ontario met at the Lands Resolution Sidetable on May 28 and the Main Negotiation Table on May 29.
Provincial and federal negotiators reconfirmed their desire for a timely settlement on the Welland Canal flooding claim. Negotiators for all parties also agreed to work towards a tentative September date for Six Nations community acceptance of a settlement offer.
High grade Minto copper-gold mine performing well and Kutcho copper project advances
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(June 5, 2008) – Sherwood Copper Corporation (TSX VENTURE:SWC)(TSX VENTURE:SWC.DB) reported the results of its Annual General Meeting of shareholders, where all resolutions put before shareholders were approved. Re-elected to the board of directors were Stephen Quin, President & CEO, Bruce McLeod, Chairman, Larry Bell, Colin Benner, Jim Crombie, John Gammon and Roy Hudson. Ray Antony did not stand for re-election and Sherwood expressed its appreciations for his years of invaluable service to the company both as a director and chair of the audit committee, a role assumed by Larry Bell subsequent to the meeting.
IQALUIT, NUNAVUT–(June 5, 2008) – The Association des francophones du Nunavut celebrates the recent passing into law of the Official Languages Act of Nunavut on June 4, 2008.
“This is a historic moment for Nunavut,” stated Suzanne Laliberte, president of the Association des francophones du Nunavut. “We are thrilled to have contributed to development of the new Official Languages Act. The Act will protect not only the constitutional rights of the francophone community but also provide the long-needed recognition of the Inuit language. We hope that the Legislative Assembly will soon pass Bill 7, the Inuit Protection Act, to further equity within Nunavut society.”
TORONTO, June 5 – The United Church of Canada is calling on its own membership and all Canadians to stop whatever they are doing at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 11, to watch or listen to Prime Minister Stephen Harper deliver Canada’s apology to residential school survivors and their families.
“We know that many First Nations communities are already planning gatherings to mark this historic event. But they should not be alone in recognizing that this is a significant moment in Canadian history,” explains the United Church’s Moderator, the Right Rev. David Giuliano.
Hon. Robert R. McLeod
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Mr. Speaker, the Northwest Territories Protected Area Strategy helps NWT communities protect special areas of land for the long term. The Strategy is the collective effort of both federal and territorial levels of government, Aboriginal government and organizations, industry and environmental organizations.
Jason Warick, Saskatchewan News Network
Published: Thursday, June 05, 2008
The province’s First Nations chiefs, as well as the heads of the various tribal councils, have organized a retreat later this month to solidify their position on resource revenue sharing and other outstanding issues with the provincial government.
14th Henry Shingoose pow wow an exciting weekend
Friday June 06, 2008
By Hayley Brigg
The Behavioural Health Foundation is once again playing host to a celebration of life.
The 14th Annual Henry Shingoose Traditional Pow Wow scheduled for June 7 and 8 has been taking place at the former Selkirk Healing Centre north of Selkirk since 1995, and this year, organizer Rob Sinclair said it will be bigger than ever.
Should UBC be helping Aboriginal elementary and high school students prepare for university? How can UBC best recruit and support Aboriginal faculty and students? UBC is developing an Aboriginal Strategic Plan and wants your input.