QUEBEC CITY, July 16 – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) that sees First Nations and forest industry leaders agreeing to work together to strengthen Canada’s forest sector through economic development initiatives and business investments, strong environmental stewardship and the creation of skill development opportunities, particularly targeted to First Nations youth. These are also the quality of life issues that will be discussed at the Council of Federation meeting.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories–(July 16, 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 make an announcement related to the Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative.
Ottawa, Ontario–(July 16, 2008) – Please be advised that The Honourable Rod Bruinooge, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and The Honourable Vic Toews, Regional Minister and President of the Treasury Board, will be joined by Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, Oscar Lathlin, and by Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation for a signing ceremony.
QUEBEC, July 16 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine today issued the following statement following a meeting with the Council of the Federation in Quebec City.
“Today I joined the Premiers at the table to discuss ways to move forward in the reconciliation process and close the socio-economic gap between First Nations peoples and all Canadians, particularly for our children.
The North Shore Micmac District Council has announced the opening of its new Fisheries Resource Centre. The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the Centre tomorrow at 2 p.m., at 32 MicMac Road in Eel Ground.
The Labrador Metis Nation is encouraged by a new multi-year agreement with the Federal Government to provide core funding and operational support to the organization. The program provides funds that allow the LMN to represent constituents at various levels of Government.
QUEBEC CITY, July 16 – Former Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller and former Pittsburg Penguins Captain Dan Frawley will join the AFN Women’s Council as they launch a first-time Fitness Challenge to First Nations leadership that stresses the positive link between healthy living and controlling diabetes.
OHSWEKEN, Ontario — On a sunny afternoon two weeks ago, Curt Styres sat in the grandstand here at Ohsweken Speedway talking above the roar of a tractor grooming the dirt track. He recalled a night this May when he had been driving the tractor, as he usually does before stock car races.
CORNWALL, ON, July 16 – An Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service check of a pickup truck abandoned at a Thirteenth Street convenience store in Cornwall has resulted in the seizure of 1,200 resealable bags of cigarettes by the RCMP. On July 15th, 2008, an officer with the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service was following a 1997 Ford pickup truck from Akwesasne, Ontario, when a second vehicle slowed the officer down, preventing him from stopping the pickup truck.
Toronto, Ontario–(July 16, 2008) – Richview Resources Inc. (TSX:RVR)(“Richview”) is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2008 summer work program on the Company’s 100% -owned Thierry Mine Property, adjacent to Pickle Lake, ON. The intensive work program includes excavation, geological mapping, prospecting and geochemical sampling. Richview recently completed its 2007 winter drill program, and began its 2008 summer drill program.
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (July 16, 2008) – Today, the Governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a joint investment of $10.1 million for infrastructure projects in three Nunavut communities.
“Canada is proud to help important projects like these because strong municipal infrastructure is essential to healthy communities,” said the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. “These infrastructure investments in Whale Cove, Repulse Bay and here in Rankin Inlet will help these communities continue to grow as vibrant and productive places to live. In keeping with our Northern Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to work with the Government of Nunavut to strengthen community infrastructure across the territory.”
The Government of Canada is helping generate employment opportunities in the Okanagan region by funding an Economic Advancement Committee and a study to determine the feasibility of a tree farm and nursery operation.
Funding of $60,000 was announced by the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI), a component of the federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program.
Chris Montague, president of the Labrador Metis Nation, recently attended the Sixth World Archaeological Congress Conference in Dublin, Ireland. This was a conference which included 2000 archaeologists from all over the world. The initiative to attend the conference was taken by Dr. Lisa Rankin of Memorial University of Newfoundland and was also attended by Greg Mitchell, a consultant with the LMN.
July 16, 2008 QUEBEC CITY – Most provinces are stepping up with strong targets and policies to reduce greenhouse gases in the absence of federal leadership on climate change, says a new David Suzuki Foundation report.
ORILLIA, ON, July 16 – OPP General Headquarters in Orillia is the site of the 2008 OPP Youth Summer Camp, an annual week-long youth initiative aimed at providing an once-in-a-lifetime camp opportunity to deserving young people from across Ontario. Its goal is to help create positive, police/youth relations in all communities served by the OPP.
MasterCard’s Great Regional Challenge: A mother of three and Moisson Outaouais each receive $25,000
MONTREAL, July 16, 2008 – In May, MasterCard Canada started the search for the most priceless experience by challenging 10 regions in Québec to enter a friendly competition on www.canapasdeprix.ca. Over 1,270 people responded to MasterCard’s invitation and submitted their own memorable moments. The site received approximately 150,000 visits during the contest, and many visitors took the opportunity to vote for the most priceless experience. A memorable weekend spent in a teepee was voted most priceless experience, making the Outaouais region the other winner of the MasterCard’s Great Regional Challenge.
OTTAWA, July 16 – The Assembly of First Nations and Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on July 17th at 1:30 pm at the AFN Annual General Assembly Quebec City Convention Centre, 1000 boulevard Rene-Levesque Est, Quebec, QC.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan–(July 16, 2008) – Families and individuals in Saskatoon 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.
Vancouver, British Columbia–(July 16, 2008) – Selkirk Metals Corp. (“Selkirk” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:SLK) provides an update of activities for the Catface Copper Project, British Columbia. The diamond drill has now been mobilized to the Property and drill operations are underway. In addition, the first phase of water sampling under the direction of Knight Piesold Consulting has also been completed before any field operations were underway. The drilling program will consist of a minimum of 3,000 meters as well as metallurgical testing and ongoing recommended baseline environmental studies.
Ottawa, Ontario–(July 16, 2008) – PC Gold Inc. (TSX:PKL) (“PC Gold” or “the Company”) has selected Major Drilling Group International Inc. as the contractor for the pending drill program on its Pickle Crow Gold Mine Property in northwestern Ontario, Canada. The term of the contract is for one year, with an option to renew for an additional year, subject to a rate review. The contract calls for 45,000 metres of combined shallow, intermediate and deep diamond drilling with three rigs, the first of which is expected to start work in August, with a second and third rig added incrementally over the course of the subsequent six to eight weeks.
(July 14, 2008) – Yesterday Métis from northeastern Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan held a traditional Métis fish harvest and fish fry in celebration of the hunting rights victory of Métis Elder Alfred Janvier of La Loche, Saskatchewan who had been charged with killing a moose in Alberta and on March 11, 2008 having that charged dropped as the Alberta government admitted that they would have lost at trial anyway.
Premier Gary Doer will join Canadian premiers in Quebec City today until Friday for the 2008 Council of the Federation annual meeting, which will focus on issues such as climate change, energy and internal and international trade.
The Government of Canada is helping the Penticton Indian Band study the feasibility of commercial, residential and light industrial development of 1,000 acres of on-reserve land thanks to an investment through Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Federal funding of $342,000 was announced today by the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. Funding is provided under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI), a component of the federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program.
Wild Rose Foundation helps volunteer organizations provide valuable services
Edmonton… Non-profit organizations that provide safe and supportive camp environments for at-risk youth, enhance communication opportunities for the hard-of-hearing, and offer services for seniors, are among the 33 recipients of $1.4 million in provincial grants.
On July 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm members from the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment responded to a call of a structure fire at the Doig First Nation’s Community. Upon attendance, police also learned of a vehicle, that was parked outside a nearby residence, that had also been lit on fire. Both the residence and the vehicle were completely destroyed as a result of the fire. There were no occupants in the residence at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
This international meeting brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals who work in the field of Indigenous peoples’ health. Presenters from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States and other countries will review relevant developments in the etiology, prevention and treatment of diabetes and related conditions among Indigenous people with a focus on the sharing of international best practices.
Notice is hereby given that a GENERAL ELECTION of all elected officers of the Metis Nation of Alberta Provincial Council will be held on Tuesday September 2, 2008. This includes the offices of President, Vice-President, six (6) Regional Presidents, and six (6) Regional Vice-Presidents.
1. To develop and deliver a series of Manitoba First Nation and Partnership forums to discuss First Nation Intergovernmental Health Council.
2. To design and set-up a website linked to AMC’s site that will communicate information on the FN-IHC and to receive comments and feedback on the concept.
QUEBEC CITY, July 16 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine met here today with a group of Catholic bishops to discuss ongoing efforts toward healing and reconciliation with First Nations as a result of the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) experience.
The Forest Products Association of Canada signed a memorandum of understanding today with the Assembly of First Nations in which the two groups agreed to work together to strengthen Canada’s forest sector.
On-reserve governance undemocratic: study
National aboriginal group experienced resistance to survey from Saskatchewan: Brazeau
Jason Warick, Saskatchewan News Network
Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
First Nations chiefs in Saskatchewan likely refused to co-operate with a recent study on reserve governance “because they have something to hide,” says the head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP).
Chief wants review of native burial grounds on the Island
Posted By Shane Gibson, The Daily Graphic
The recent discovery of human remains at the Wilkinson Crescent construction site may mean the City and Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie have to slow down their plan to build a multiplex at the exhibition grounds on the Island.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008, 6:01 pm
Press Release: United Nations
Innovative United Nations awareness-raising campaign earns prestigious Cannes award
15 July 2008 – A groundbreaking United Nations campaign that uses the latest technology to give a voice to those who normally go unheard has been recognized by one of the world’s leading international advertising festivals.
McGuinty Government Funds Local Stewardship Projects
TORONTO, July 15 –
Proposals to increase understanding of Ontario’s woodland caribou and their habitat needs are among seven volunteer stewardship projects in northeastern Ontario to receive funding this year under the province’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund.
Updated Tue. Jul. 15 2008 8:03 AM ET
The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A massive swath of northern Ontario boreal forest, considered the world’s largest carbon storehouse, will be off-limits to forestry and mining activities under a plan that will also guarantee First Nations a share of resource revenues, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Monday.