First Nations House at the University of Toronto Presents Aboriginal Awareness Week, Honouring Our Students: Past and Present. For a complete lisitng of events, please visit http://www.fnh.utoronto.ca/upcomingEvents.html
Time: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
On Campus : St. George » Borden Building North » 563 Spadina Avenue » First Nations House, 3rd Floor
We are currently sending out a call for volunteer staff, such as coaches, assistant coaches and managers, of Aboriginal ancestry, for the Aboriginal Team BC to compete in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in the Cowichan Valley August 3-10 2008.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy is appalled by the ongoing housing shortage for NAPS officers, following a fire in Marten Falls First Nation that destroyed the old age home in which a Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services (NAPS) officer was staying, resulting in the officer being removed from the community and temporarily re-assigned.
WHITEHORSE, YUKON – A select group of Yukon performers and artists will participate in Winterlude in Canada’s Capital Region, thanks to coordinated efforts between the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Government of Yukon.
Countdown begins to the ’08 Cannington Dog Sled Race & Winter Carnival Feb. 22nd, 23rd and 24th
CANNINGTON, ON, Feb. 8 – The 4th Annual Cannington Dog Sled Race & Winter Carnival is just days away – and this year, the fun-filled extravaganza taking place just minutes north of the GTA is bigger and better than ever before!
More than 70 dog sled teams from across North America will be competing for a $10,000 purse as the picturesque town of Cannington welcomes thousands of spectators to the celebration, billed as one of the best of its kind in Canada.
WHITEHORSE – Over 70 representatives from universities, the federal and northern territories governments, the Yukon and First Nations governments and Yukon College officials will be at the Yukon College Whitehorse campus Feb. 12 to map out the next steps on how a Yukon Research Centre of Excellence might operate in Yukon.
OTTAWA, Feb. 8 – The picture of employment of historically marginalized Canadians in the federal public service is not as rosy as the government would like to have us believe, says the Public Service Alliance of Canada, a union representing more than 100,000 federal public service workers.
“The report submitted by the Canada Public Service Agency to Parliament on Employment Equity support many of our arguments that we presented earlier this week to the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights,” says Ed Cashman, the PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for the National Capital Region.
PROTEST: CHURCH LEADERS WARNED
Details demanded on children missing from residential schools
The Canadian Press
February 9, 2008
TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the heads of Canada’s Anglican, Catholic and United churches were put on notice yesterday that protesters won’t rest until everything is known about the tens of thousands of aboriginal children who disappeared from residential schools.
VANCOUVER – Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation, Jim Kenyon, attended a recent Provincial and Territorial Ministers Housing meeting in Vancouver, and reported that there is unified agreement to address Canada’s present housing situation for those in need.
N.W.T. MLAs demand way to kill Deh Cho Bridge project
Newly-surfaced report backs skeptics’ concerns
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 6:20 PM CT
Critics of a bridge over the Mackenzie River went after N.W.T. Premier Floyd Roland during question period Friday, armed with a newly-surfaced report that says the bridge project’s costs would outweigh its benefits.
WHITEHORSE – Members of the Education Reform Project Executive Committee; Chief Joe Linklater, Chief Liard McMillan and Minister of Education Patrick Rouble, today released the Education Reform Project final report.
Bacteria tests in Arctic hamlet may unlock stomach cancer mystery
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 9:57 AM CT
Hundreds of adults living in the small Arctic hamlet of Aklavik, N.W.T., joined a research study this week by getting tested for a stomach bacterium that may be behind the community’s high incidence of stomach cancer.
Committee reviews business ties of ex-Nunavut minister
Letters show David Simailak was asked to approve loans for his own business interests
Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 | 1:51 PM CT
Former Nunavut cabinet minister David Simailak was asked to approve two $1 million dollar loans for companies in which he had business interests, correspondence reviewed this week by a standing committee of MLAS revealed.
Montreal – Ms. Rita Shelton Deverell, one of Canada’s most respected Black broadcasters, TV producers and directors, actors and journalism educators,will be the keynote speaker at the third Annual Lecture on Diversity and Canadian Media. Her lecture is entitled, “Who Will Inherit the Airwaves?”. The event will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Samuel Bronfman Building of Concordia University, at 1590 Dr. Penfield (corner of Côte des Neiges), Montreal.
Another chapter in the sad saga of aboriginal residential schools has begun to emerge. Members of First Nations communities and their supporters are demanding to know what happened to thousands of aboriginal children who died at government- and church-sponsored residential schools.
Letter to PM demands to know where kids are buried
By Michael Oliveira, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the heads of Canada’s Anglican, Catholic and United churches were put on notice Friday that protesters won’t rest until everything is known about the tens of thousands of aboriginal children who disappeared from residential schools.
Autopsy results released Monday in Yellow Quill children deaths
Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, February 09, 2008
Autopsies on the bodies of two children found frozen to death last week on the Yellow Quill First Nation have been completed and the results will be released Monday, Saskatchewan’s chief coroner said Friday.
WHITEHORSE, Feb. 8 – Premier Dennis Fentie and Yukon First Nations Chiefs are leading a delegation to Ottawa to meet with federal ministers, politicians and senior government officials on the need to develop a timely and inclusive process for responding to issues identified in the report on the nine year review of the implementation of the Yukon treaties.
“We are going to Ottawa to discuss issues brought up at earlier tripartite meetings and to profile our desire to work collaboratively on governance and land claims implementation objectives,” Fentie said.
IQALUIT, Nunavut (February 8, 2008) – Canada’s Minister of the Environment John Baird, together with Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik and Nunavut Environment Minister Olayuk Akesuk today announced the Government of Canada is investing $1.6 million in the Sylvia Grinnell Bridge Project. Minister Baird made the announcement on behalf of the Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and the Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 8, 2008
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
NORTH VANCOUVER – A new integrated Aboriginal policing unit will deliver an enhanced, community-focused policing service to the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Solicitor General John Les announced today during a signing ceremony with the partners in the agreement.
Iqaluit, Nunavut, February 8, 2008 — To better address the infrastructure needs and priorities of Nunavut communities, the governments of Canada and Nunavut today announced the signing of a Framework Agreement worth $242.68 million under Building Canada, the Government of Canada’s new long-term infrastructure plan. The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, with the Honourable Paul Okalik, Premier of Nunavut, and the Honourable Levinia Brown, Minister of Community and Government Services for the Government of Nunavut, participated in today’s announcement.
Bishops meet with Assembly of First Nations chief for first time
By Deborah Gyapong
Canadian Catholic News
ONE of seven Catholic bishops who met for the first time with the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) January 29 said he hopes upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings will be “balanced.”
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Feb. 8, 2008) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that Kelly-Ann Speck has been re-appointed as a full-time member of the National Parole Board (NPB) and has been designated as Vice-Chairperson of the Pacific Region. Minister Day also announced the appointment of Gordon McRae as a part-time member in the Pacific Region.
Kevin Libin, National Post
Published: Thursday, February 07, 2008
Listen to James Tooley’s stories about the places his studies in education have taken him and to some Canadians, they might sound strangely familiar. He has made a career visiting classrooms in the Third-World slums of Somalia, Zimbabwe, India, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, where abject poverty is the norm, parents have little — if any — higher education and children live in the most degraded conditions imaginable.
Feb 08, 2008 04:30 AM
Politicians imperil native college
Column, Feb. 6
After reading Carol Goar’s column, I was left shaking my head in dismay. A few years ago, I taught a few courses in the joint First Nations Technical Institute-Ryerson University bachelor of public administration program.
Feb 08, 2008 04:30 AM
Politicians imperil native college
Column, Feb. 6
I have had the privilege of being president of Centennial College in Toronto, chair of the Council of Regents for the college system, serving on Bob Rae’s post-secondary review panel and was twice the president of the First Nations Technical Institute in Tyendinaga.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 8, 2008
Ministry of Forests and Range
and Minister responsible for Housing
VANCOUVER – Non-profit societies in eight communities have been selected to provide homeless Aboriginal people with access to housing and support services through a new $500,000 Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program, Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today.
Politicians imperil native college
Column, Feb. 6
After reading Carol Goar’s column about the First Nations Technical Institute, I would be remiss if I didn’t provide clarification on the federal government’s role in the funding of this institute.
On Jan. 30, 2008, I announced a supplementary one-time contribution of $528,121 for the current school year to ensure that students will be able to complete their semester. This is the third consecutive year that additional funding has been required by FNTI officials so that classes could continue. (FNTI funding has been reduced from $2.7 million in 2004).
Mr. Raymond Turnbull grew up in Charlottetown, Labrador. He went on to pursue a degree in education and later taught at the school in Charlottetown. Raymond came to the LMN as the Education Officer where he dedicated his life to helping Metis Youth. Sadly, Raymond passed away in 2004 leaving a void in the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues. In his memory and honor, the Labrador Metis Nation is now accepting applications for a bursary of $2000.00. This bursary will be awarded annually to a Metis student who is graduating from Level III and who has demonstrated admirable community and school involvement as well as academic achievement.
The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on the National Chief’s activities and work underway at the national office. More information can be found on the AFN’s website at www.afn.ca.
AFN-Canada Treaties Implementation Conference
The Assembly of First Nations and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) are convening a national AFN-Canada Treaties Implementation Conference on March 26-27, 2008, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The event is being hosted by the AFN Treaties portfolio holder, Regional Chief Lawrence Joseph, and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
July 21-25, 2008, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada Application Deadline: Friday, February 8th, 2008
Community-Based Participatory Action Research
New and emerging Inuit researchers and community health leads (i.e. community health representatives, community health directors, community portfolio holders, health program and policy workers) from Canada are invited to apply to the second accredited Joint Indigenous Summer Research Institute. The 2008 Indigenous Summer Research Institute will focus on the Community-based participatory action research on the social determinants of Indigenous health and will be accredited by Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for American Indian Health. The University of Alberta’s School of Public Health is the Canadian University partner and host.
Lump Sum Compensation Payments Research Project: The Circle Rechecks Itself
Prepared for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation
Madeleine Dion Stout
In a report of this nature, where faithful reproduction of individual experiences and perceptions is of critical importance, one proceeds with due care and circumspection when attempting generalized assertions concerning Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation feels however that preliminary generalizations pertaining to two subjects are required at the outset of this project.
OTTAWA – The Conservative government must act now to address the increased risk of forest fires threatening over 100 native communities in British Columbia due to massive pine beetle damage, Liberal critics for Indian Affairs and Natural Resources said today.
The grade five class at St. Patrick’s School in Cobalt have joined the fight for a new school in Attawapiskat. The class is joining the “students helping students” letter-writing campaign to call on the federal government to live up to its commitment to build a grade school in the remote community.
.Environment and Conservation:
Open Call for Capacity funding to Métis Communities
The Aboriginal Inland Habitat Program (AIHP) is a federal government initiative funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for the MNO to assist our Community Councils in obtaining capacity building resources to develop and implement local inland habitat projects. The application process for Métis Community Councils in the 2007/08 is now open until March 3rd, 2008 for interested Community Councils to submit a Letter of Interest Application
WINNIPEG, Feb. 8 – Manitoba Hydro’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and First Nations engagement was recognized nationally today by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). CEA President and CEO Hans Konow, presented Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Bob Brennan with the Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of the utility’s partnership with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) to reduce environmental impacts on the Wuskwatim Project.