SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, April 30 – It has come to the point where Serpent River First Nation leaders insist they want decisive action from the Ontario government on a list of matters pertaining to development in their traditional territory including the exploration of minerals, especially uranium.
To: First Nations Community Support Services Personnel
From: Chiefs of Ontario Health Unit
Re: Case Management Training
Please be advised that the Chiefs of Ontario are pleased to announce that we are coordinating training sessions in regards to the DVD’s that were officially launched on March 30th. The DVD’s were created specifically for First Nations communities that offer programs under community support services. They will serve as an important visual tool for First Nation communities and workers that deal with issues such as palliative care, end of life and case management.
Samson Cree Nation (Alberta) B Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council announced today that it has amended its Curfew Bylaw. The 10:00 p.m. curfew applies to youth from 12 to 17 years of age and has been put into place by the Samson Cree Nation as an additional tool to aid in fighting crime.
Blockades that cut off highways and vital rail lines won’t stop Ontario from negotiating with aboriginal protesters to resolve outstanding land claims and end a two-year occupation, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.
Ottawa calls on B.C. natives to ration sockeye catch
April 30, 2008
VANCOUVER — Sockeye returns to the Fraser River this summer will be so poor that the federal government has asked 94 native bands in the watershed to come up with a catch-sharing plan that, for the first time, may involve “salmon rationing.”
Chris Purdy, The StarPhoenix
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) will follow a clearer, more open voting process if another resolution is made in the future to reinstate disgraced former leader David Ahenakew as a senator.
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
10th Meeting (AM)
Delegates Underscore Need for National Governments to Protect People over Profits
Hearing from delegates on the multiple ways in which their respective countries had failed to implement the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, despite having supported its adoption, members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues discussed today how the body could be more effective in encouraging implementation.
Our History Through Stories
NorthWords Writers Festival – June 12-14, Yellowknife NWT
Come celebrate Our History Through Stories at the 3rd Annual NorthWords Writers Festival June 12 to 14 in Yellowknife. The festival showcases Aboriginal and Northern writers and features open mikes, workshops, readings at a closing gala, and more.
This week I was in New Brunswick to celebrate two settled claims and an exciting Memorandum of Understanding on education with the province and 15 First Nations. I will write you with all the details on that shortly, but today I am writing you about a significant event that took place on Friday, March 28, in Kuujjuaq, QC.
For Immediate Release
April 29, 2008
Ministry of Children and Family Development
VICTORIA – A new work exchange pilot program for Aboriginal high school students will give them a unique opportunity to explore careers in the social services field, announced Children and Family Development Minister Tom Christensen today.
(Ottawa, ON – April 17, 2008) Paul Martin’s repeated call for the Conservative government to implement the so-called Kelowna Accord is fundamentally flawed due to the removal of accountability measures originally committed to by the former Prime Minister’s Government.
Consider attending our upcoming knowledge conference entitled Caring across the Boundaries: Bridging Knowledge Gaps, Services and Policies to Support First Peoples Child Welfare and Health. This two and half day knowledge conference will address information gaps affecting child welfare and health services, practices and policies to First Peoples children, families and communities dealing with disabilities and special needs, FASD, mental health and addiction needs in the care of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal child welfare agencies. This two and ½ day event will be held in the spring of 2008 with special invitation to various scholars, practitioners, as well as professional and community experts in the both the child welfare and health fields from across Canada who can shed light on the need to collaborate on understanding how to address and provide solutions for closing the gaps in knowledge, services and policies across these two fields. Presenters will prepare papers based on their knowledge and research for publication in the December 2008 issue of the First Peoples Child & Family Review online journal. Printed copies of the journal along with a video CD of this event will be widely disseminated to all conference participants including distribution to Aboriginal CFS agencies, universities and other health and non-profit organizations across Canada to ensure knowledge transmission on the issues highlighted in this knowledge conference. For more information about this conference visit http://www.fncaringsociety.com/cab-conference.
Group calls for rules for development to protect ecologically sensitive ecosystems
TORONTO, April 30 – Today, CPAWS Wildlands League, a conservation group, is calling on the province to halt mineral exploration in the Boreal Forest so that the government can design and implement rules for development. The group issued the statement after learning about new staking being conducted by the same mineral exploration company that sued Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug for $10 Billion. The company sought and won jail time for community leaders that opposed drilling. The KI Six, as the community leaders are known, have already served 7 weeks of their 6 months jail terms for refusing to allow a drilling project to proceed on their lands.
WINNIPEG, April 30 – Head coach Pam Danis, smiles as she watches the young Skownan First Nation basketball players running confidently alongside the Bison Women’s Basketball team. Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the True Sport Community Fund, the two teams have forged a relationship that is organized around keeping Aboriginal youth in school through sport.
– Company also provides Pine Point Project update –
BLAINE, WA, April 29 – Tamerlane Ventures Inc. (TAM: TSX-V) announces a net loss of C$2.4 million or $0.06 per share, for the fully year ended December 31, 2007. As at December 31, 2007 the Company had working capital of C$3.9 million. Tamerlane’s Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2007 are available for viewing on SEDAR’s website at www.sedar.com.
Human Resources, Labour and Employment
Health and Community Services
Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
April 29, 2008
The Williams Government continues to act on its commitment to alleviate, prevent and reduce poverty in the province with new measures that focus on improving earned incomes, strengthening the social safety net and supporting youth at risk. Budget 2008 provides an additional $9.6 million in new Poverty Reduction Strategy initiatives and this funding is in addition to the $2.4 million announced April 1 to index basic income support rates. That brings the total investment in the current fiscal year to $12 million and once fully implemented in 2009-10, the Provincial Government’s annual investment in poverty reduction will be more than $100 million.
TORONTO, April 29 – Red Cross disaster management teams are working across northern Ontario and Perth County to assist evacuees from Fort Albany and Kashechewan and the Red Cross would like to advise the public that anyone concerned about the location or well-being of evacuated family members can now send an inquiry through the Red Cross.
“NO”: One Word Changes a Nation in the Timely CTV Original Movie Elijah, May 25
— Billy Merasty, Gabrielle Miller, Maury Chaykin and Lorne Cardinal star in homegrown David and Goliath story —
— Nominated for eight 2008 Leo Awards —
TORONTO, April 29 – The Meech Lake Accord: a political crisis that left the country teetering on the edge. It’s a subject that might put some high school students to sleep, but not in Elijah, the spirited tale of a reluctant hero who went on to change the course of Canadian history – with a feather. The timely, two-hour CTV Original Movie takes a smart and lighthearted look at an important historical moment, digging underneath the constitutional crisis of the time to reveal a true homegrown David and Goliath story. Scheduled to mark the anniversary of the Meech Lake Accord in early June, Elijah premieres Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).
‘Come to terms and move forward’
LaForme to lead truth commission
NORMA GREENAWAY, Canwest News Service
The aboriginal judge appointed to head a federal truth and reconciliation commission exploring the legacy of “horrendous” abuse in residential schools says he hopes the process will allow the country to come to terms with its past and move forward.
‘This shouldn’t be allowed’; New blockade near Caledonia sparks fresh frustration
Posted By Chinta Puxley
A renewed Six Nations blockade of a southern Ontario highway is pushing residents to the brink and is paving the way for a repeat of violent clashes between protesters and town residents, Haldimand’s mayor said Monday.
SYDNEY, Australia–An overtly political song about racial reconciliation with Australia’s disadvantaged Aboriginal minority that is not even for sale at any conventional record store has reversed generations of record-industry wisdom by becoming the fourth biggest-selling recording in Australia last week.
OTTAWA — Infrastructure improvements have “minimized” flooding in the Northern Ontario aboriginal community of Kashechewan, and the native band wants to continue living on the floodplain, Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said yesterday as the evacuation of the 1,500-member community continued.
N.W.T. ready with new plan to crack down on illegal squatters
The Northwest Territories government has a new plan to get tough on land squatters around Yellowknife, as area residents notice many cabins and even full-fledged homes going up on Crown land without permission.
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Tourism, Culture and Recreation
April 29, 2008
The Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador (NSP) continues to demonstrate that by working together, citizens, government, and communities can achieve positive change.
In keeping with the mandate of the NSP to improve infrastructure and programs and services throughout the region, approximately $66.5 million will be invested to continue progress on the Trans Labrador Highway (TLH) and to improve local roads. This includes $45 million in cost-shared funding for widening and hard-surfacing Phase I of the Trans Labrador Highway ($22.5 million from the province) and $17 million for construction of Phase III. A further $4.5 million will be allocated under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program for various projects throughout Labrador.
Investments in the province’s K-12 and post-secondary education system in Budget 2008 will help the students of Newfoundland and Labrador take full advantage of the sustained economic and social growth of the province and secure a promising future.