The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council said yesterday it did not sanction a blockade of a busy southern Ontario highway that a breakaway group set up in order to draw attention to a land dispute with a local developer.
Ottawa (April 22, 2008) — Newly acclaimed Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski today expressed his congratulations to all members of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) which were acclaimed today in an announcement by MNO Chief Electoral Officer Lawrence Gladue and wished best of luck to all those candidates who are seeking office within the contested positions.
OTTAWA – April 22, 2008 – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, issued the following statement on the occasion of Earth Day:
“When it comes to our environment, Canadians have much to celebrate and to be proud of. Earth Day provides all of us with an opportunity to learn more about the simple initiatives that we can all incorporate into our daily routines to help keep our environment clean, healthy and safe.”
For Immediate Release
April 22, 2008
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Environment
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government will introduce legislation this spring to create 11 new Class A provincial parks and more than double the number of conservancies in the province, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today, marking Earth Day 2008.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(April 22, 2008) – Avalon Ventures Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:AVL) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its Phase 2 winter drilling program on the Lake Zone Rare Earth Element (“REE”) deposit on its 100% owned Thor Lake rare metals project, NWT, is progressing ahead of schedule and producing preliminary results consistent with the Company’s expectations. As at the date of this news release, 30 holes totaling 5645 metres have been completed. All of these holes have been drilled from the ice of Thor Lake on 100-150 metre hole-spacing, in order to better define the northern part of the deposit.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(April 22, 2008) – Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX:PCC) is pleased to announce that it has submitted its Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project (“Project”) into the Environmental Assessment Process. The Environmental Assessment Office (“EAO”) has issued a Section 10 order that binds the project to the Environmental Assessment Act.
Aurora Energy Resources Inc. (“the Company”) (AXU-TSX) is pleased to announce that a recently completed winter drill program at the Michelin Deposit has returned some of the best uranium results to date. Twenty three drill holes were completed, which focused on both infilling the deeper portion of the deposit and further confirming historic drilling in the shallow “open-pitable” part of the deposit above 200 metres depth.
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council do not support or condone the blockages of public roads as appropriate measures to resolve the Culbertson Tract Land Claim. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council believes the most appropriate way to resolve the land claim remains at the negotiation table.
Efforts to combat the northern battle of the bulge have been imperilled by a recently proposed 40% cut in sport and recreation programming aimed at promoting more physical activity at the community level, sport organizations say.
The government of the Northwest Territories’ 2008/09 budget slashed $2 million from the $5 million budget of the NWT Sport and Recreation Partners organization, prompting notices of possible layoffs.
Fredericton, New Brunswick (April 22, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, the Honourable Ed Doherty, New Brunswick Minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, the Honourable Kelly Lamrock, New Brunswick Minister of Education and the New Brunswick Chiefs today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at improving educational outcomes and closing the gap for First Nation students in New Brunswick in band-operated schools on reserve and provincial schools off reserve.
Each year IAAW honours 20 Alberta Aboriginal Women at the Esquao Awards. These awards are given in recognition of Aboriginal Women’s achievements by their own communities, have made incalculable contributions to better understanding and appreciation on the part of elected officials (local, provincial and federal) and influential decision makers in government, industry, and business.
OTTAWA, April 22 – Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Chief Electoral Officer, Lawrence Gladue, today announced the candidates for the May 5, 2008 election of the MNO’s three province-wide governing institutions: The Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario- (PCMNO); the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth (MNOY); and, the Métis Nation of Ontario Veteran’s Council (MNOVC).
TORONTO, April 22 – Platinex Inc. (TSXV: PTX) today announced two new developments that add exploration properties to the Company’s portfolio of assets. They are the staking of new claims on six platinum-group-elements (PGEs) prospects in northern Ontario; and a gold property option agreement with Skead Holdings Ltd.
VANCOUVER, April 21 – (All figures are in US dollars except where noted) – Northgate Minerals Corporation (TSX: NGX, AMEX: NXG) today reported its first quarter 2008 operating results and updated 2008 production forecast, as well as its exploration plans for its Australian operations.
Mining Act reform needed to protect ecological values and prevent future conflicts
TORONTO, April 22 – In the latest development in the jailing of Bob Lovelace and the KI Six, prominent Canadian authors, artists, musicians and publishers are calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty to halt mineral exploration in the lands of two Aboriginal communities in Ontario so that the imprisonment of seven Aboriginal leaders can be brought to an end. This would also help to protect two watersheds the communities have been fighting to keep healthy and clean.
The Institute of Urban Studies in collaboration with Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association
The recommendations and strategy advanced within this document are the result of a series of consultations that included the Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association membership, the general public, Canadian Aboriginal housing providers and a review and assessment of relevant documents.
Urban aboriginal agencies that operate rental housing are going to need government support to maintain and replace aging housing stock as Winnipeg’s native population increases, a new report concludes.
Respectful Greetings Mr. Chairman, and delegates of Indigenous Peoples and states.
I am making this statement on behalf of the Indigenous peoples’ caucus participating in this 11th session of Negotiations for the development of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in which Indigenous Peoples of North, Central, South America and the Caribbean are represented. We express our appreciation to the Secretariat of the Summit of the Americas as well as the donors for all the support they provided to ensure the participation of Indigenous Peoples in this Session.
A group of about 30 elders, faculty, staff and students at Lakehead University started a fast on Monday hoping to educate the community about the situation and provide support for six Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug band members in jail on civil contempt charges. The group pledged at 8 a.m. Monday morning not to eat for 24 hours.
Natives cheer Squamish River protection
Conservation of fish and wildlife given priority in estuary devastated by two major industrial spills since 2005
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
April 21, 2008 at 4:56 AM EDT
SQUAMISH — The undeveloped estuary of the Squamish River, the scene in recent years of two devastating environmental accidents, has been granted limited protection in an agreement brokered between the local native community, the District of Squamish and the provincial government.
By Social Decoder
Monday, April 21, 2008
The Algoma Council on Domestic Violence in partnership with the Metis Nation of Ontario Health Services Branch will be hosting an Aboriginal Youth Conference on Thursday, April 24th, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alex Muir School, the Indian Friendship Centre’s alternative high school located at 188 Kohler Street.
April 21, 2008
The Hamilton Spectator
The second anniversary of an OPP raid that failed to evict native protesters from the former Douglas Creek Estates was marked yesterday by a peaceful gathering on the disputed land and by a quiet demonstration at Queen’s Park on behalf of Caledonia residents.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In March 2008, the U.S. Department of State issued a federal permit for the 2,000-mile TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, which would carry heavy crude oil from the oil sands of northern Alberta across seven U.S. states to Oklahoma. The document was signed, even though mandated government-to-government consultations with concerned Native nations were described as ”ongoing” by the State Department.
Posted: April 21, 2008
by: Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today
Canadian Parliament passes UN Declaration resolution
OTTAWA – The Canadian Parliament has endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by a majority vote – an action that was lauded by indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups across the continent.
A world-class attraction, showcasing the distinct cultures of the Squamish Nation and the Lil’wat Nation, will open in June 2008 in North America’s premier alpine resort and event site for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Located in the Upper Village of Whistler in a spectacular natural setting on a 1.76 hectare (4.35 acre) site, it is the result of a historic Protocol Agreement signed by the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation in March 2001.
Metro Vancouver’s Board of Directors will launch a constitutional challenge to recent provincial legislation that has resulted in the transfer, without compensation, of land in Pacific Spirit Regional Park to the Musqueam Indian Band.
April 21, 2008
Contact: Elizabeth Woody
Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership Renamed, Award Cycle for 2008 Suspended
Portland, OR (April 21, 2008) – Ecotrust has suspended the 2008 award cycle for the annual Ecotrust (formerly Buffett) Award for Indigenous Leadership. The award recognizes indigenous leadership that improves social, economic, political or environmental conditions. Ecotrust will conduct program evaluation and planning before re-launching the award in 2009.
UWinnipeg’s Aurora Family Therapy Centre to host first Canadian meeting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 21, 2008
WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg’s Aurora Family Therapy Centre will host The Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists Conference (RMFT) on Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2008. Issues being discussed include Integrating Narrative and Systemic Practices in Couple and Family Therapy, Family Assessment and Intervention and Systemic Effects of Abuse in Residential Schools.
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK–(April 21, 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 be available to the media with the Honourable Ed Doherty, New Brunswick Minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, the Honourable Kelly Lamrock, New Brunswick Minister of Education, and the New Brunswick Chiefs regarding First Nations Education in New Brunswick.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(April 21, 2008) – Please be advised the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and Jeffrey Donald Tomah, Chief of the Woodstock First Nation, invite the media to the signing ceremony of the agreement on the Indian Reserve #23 specific claim.
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Location: Woodstock First Nation Administration Office Gymnasium 3 Wulastook Court Woodstock First Nation New Brunswick
Time: 13:15 a.m. ADT
For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
INAC Media Relations Line
Madawaska Maliseet First Nation