Native Women’s Association of Canada has launched the first ever Sisters in Spirit Calendar. This beautiful keepsake features photos from vigils held across Canada to remember Aboriginal women plus, it includes testimonials from family and friends who have attended SIS workshops. Sold for just $12.50 each (taxes & shipping included), all proceeds raised go toward […]
RICHMOND, BC, Dec. 13 – Canada must strengthen efforts to prevent chronic health conditions and support patients as active partners in their own care, says the Health Council of Canada, adding that if governments act now, they can curb the growing epidemic of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
NUSA DUA, BALI, Indonesia ,December 13, 2007 – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, announced today that the Government of Canada will contribute US $1.5 million to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). This mechanism allows the private sector earn emissions reduction credits when investing in climate-friendly projects in developing countries.
TORONTO, Dec. 12 – Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW, NYSE: HWD) today reported consolidated earnings from operations of $66.3 million for the third quarter of Fiscal 2008, a 79% increase over the prior year’s comparable period. The operating earnings growth was driven by a 22% increase in sales to $176.5 million and a 44% increase in gross margin to $101.9 million.
Also Stress That, despite Progress in Target Areas of 2002 Action Plan,
Millions of Children Remain Victims of Hunger, Violence, HIV/AIDS, Exploitation
Acknowledging that the road to 2010 and to 2015, the years on which most targets for children converge, would be strewn with obstacles -– from grinding poverty and humanitarian crises, to the effects of HIV/AIDS and global warming — General Assembly delegations today called for steadfast political determination, strong partnerships, smart investment to help build a better world for children.
On December 13 at 2:30 pm EST, come to listen and see the First Online First Nations Christmas Concert featuring students from 10 First Nations school performing in their own language. This concert is hosted by Keewatin Career Development Corporation (KCDC) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s First Nation SchoolNet Program.
From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
December 13, 2007 at 5:09 AM EST
IQALUIT — Fallout from the worst financial screw-up in Nunavut’s history is affecting business people, bureaucrats and politicians as more details emerge from the near collapse at Nunavut Business Credit Corp., a lending agency of last resort for Nunavut businesses.
OIL AND GAS: NORTHERN PIPELINE
TransCanada ups Mackenzie role
GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER
December 13, 2007
TransCanada Corp. is asserting a new leadership role in the long-stalled, $16-billion Mackenzie Valley Pipeline project, arguing the federal government needs to support the “nation-building” Arctic energy development.
Saskatchewan News Network
Published: Thursday, December 13, 2007
REGINA (SNN) — In the absence of top-up funding from the federal government, the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) has been forced to implement cost-cutting measures aimed at reducing its projected operating deficit.
VANCOUVER — The B.C. government has reached a land-use deal with the Haida Nation that increases protected areas to cover about half the Queen Charlotte Islands, an area that’s been compared with the Galapagos Islands for its environmental significance.
December 7th, 2007 – Ottawa – Martha Greig, President of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada announced that nominations open today for the Annual General Meeting of its Board of Directors and delegates. Inuit women representing youth, urban, and Arctic communities will convene in Ottawa, January 28 – 30, 2008.
VANCOUVER, Dec 12 (IPS) – Suicide rates are now five to seven times higher for First Nations youth than for non-aboriginal youth, according to Health Canada, and among Inuit youth, suicide rates are 11 times the national average. Some aboriginal bands have suicide rates over 800 times the national average.
In northern British Columbia, in the rural Hazelton region, the Wrinch Memorial Hospital has seen 111 suicide attempts since Jan. 1, 2007. There were also unreported suicide attempts, so the number is believed to be much higher. In November, there were seven suicide attempts in one week alone.
In partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH), the BC United Métis Youth Circle (BCUMYC) requesting applications for the 2008-2009 fiscal year of the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres (UMAYC) Initiative.
The Province of Ontario has committed to transfer 15 square miles of Crown land to the Missanabie Cree First Nation. The Land Transfer Advisory Committee is working with a team of negotiators from the Ontario Native Affairs Secretariat and the Ministry of Natural Resources with the goal of having the transfer completed by April 2009.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bali, where she is advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world.
The District of Tofino and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation recognized each other’s legitimacy and agreed to work towards joint economic, social and physical sustainability in an historic protocol signed Wednesday night.
TORONTO, Dec. 12 – Marathon PGM Corporation (“Marathon” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide a review of progress made during 2007 and also to describe the Company’s exploration and development plans for 2008.
“Exceptional progress was made this year, and we will continue to deliver as we gear up for 2008,” said Phillip Walford, President and CEO of Marathon. “A review of Marathon’s continued growth in 2007 reflects that we are a growing company, and 2008 should see as much progress on all fronts.”
TORONTO, Dec. 13 – Today, Scott Haldane, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and Norman Riddell, CEO and Executive Director of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, unveiled a new partnership that aims to ensure that more young people from Aboriginal, first generation and low-income families continue school past high school.
FORT SIMPSON (December 12, 2007) – The Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nahendeh, Mr. Kevin Menicoche, today expressed his extreme disappointment in how the GNWT Department of Transportation is proceeding with a contract for the provision of aviation fuel services at the Fort Simpson Airport.
Mr. Menicoche says, “I am shocked, and disappointed, that Minister Yakeleya and his department are issuing a Request for Proposals for the provision of these services. Over the past few weeks we have held a number of meetings between the Minister and representatives of the Liidlii Kué First Nation to negotiate a contract that would see local aboriginal people involved in an economic opportunity in their own back yard. This decision by the Department flies in the face of an arrangement we had worked out with the Minister and I am dismayed by their actions.”
Ottawa (December 12, 2007) – The following statement was released today by the Honourable Barbara McDougall, Federal Representative, and Ronald L. Doering, Federal Negotiator, with the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations and the Province of Ontario, following this week’s negotiation session with Six Nations and the Province of Ontario.
For Immediate Release
Dec. 12, 2007
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Council of the Haida Nation
VANCOUVER – Nearly half of the land base of Haida Gwaii will rest within protected areas as a result of a strategic land-use agreement announced today by Premier Gordon Campbell and Guujaaw, President of the Council of the Haida Nation. This agreement allows for sustainable economic development opportunities for the benefit of all British Columbians.
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council is urging the federal and provincial governments to take immediate steps to implement Jordan’s Principle, a motion (M-296) which was passed unanimously in the House of Commons today.
I would like thank Jordan’s father, Ernest Anderson, and his older sister, Jerlene Anderson, who are present here today as well as the rest of the Anderson family for sharing Jordan’s inspirational story and message with the world.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Dec. 12, 2007) – Laramide Resources Ltd. (TSX:LAM) is pleased to announce the start of an initial 12,000 metre drill program on its development stage Westmoreland Project located in Queensland, Australia. The program continues the larger 30,000 metre program which commenced in the second quarter this year on two Northern Territory Joint Venture projects, one with NuPower Resources Limited, (ASX:NUP) and the other Gulf Mines Ltd (ASX:GLM)(formally Hartz Range Mines).
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Dec. 12, 2007) – Our Government is taking the necessary steps to make sure a tragedy, such as the one upon which this motion is sadly based, never happens again. Our Government is committed to putting children first and is proud to support motion 296, “Jordan’s Principle.”
OTTAWA, Dec. 12 – First Nations leaders from across the country, gathered at the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa, Ontario, adopted a resolution today calling for a fair, effective and efficient system to resolve First Nations’ specific land claims. The resolution is in relation to Bill C-30 (the Specific Claims Tribunal Act) and the companion Political Agreement jointly developed by the AFN and Canada and announced November 27, 2007.
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Cheers and cries erupted in the courtroom when a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced Robert William Pickton to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for the maximum 25 years after his conviction on six second-degree murder charges.
A total of $63.3 million worth of highway construction projects have been released as part of Phase 1 of Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure’s 2008 Tender Release.
Among the projects slated for 2008 are the paving of two sections of Highway 11 including 12.1 kilometres (km) of highway north of Osler to south of Hague, and 11.3 km of highway north of Macdowall to the Junction of Highway 2.
TORONTO, Dec. 12 – Enrolment in postsecondary education continues to rise, as job prospects and earning advantages increase for graduates. This was one of many findings contained in a major report released today by education ministers and Statistics Canada.
OTTAWA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) joined children from Norway House Cree Nation today to call on parliamentarians to support her private member’s motion M-296 on Jordan’s Principle.
“These are the children who will be freed from discrimination when governments implement Jordan’s Principle,” said Crowder. “Unlike Jordan, these children will stay in their community and receive medical care, not spend their whole lives in hospitals, waiting while governments bicker over who should pay the bills.”
OTTAWA, Dec. 12 – (Ottawa) The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will officially join the Assembly of First Nation’s (AFN) Corporate Challenge with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the final day of the Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa.
Increased Copper and Gold Production Supported by Study, Commencing Immediately
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Sherwood Copper Corporation (SWC: TSX-V) today announced results of an independent pre-feasibility study for the expansion of the Minto copper-gold mine in the Yukon. This study increases reserves and lays out a path for significantly increased copper production, commencing immediately, and enhanced project economics.
Audain endows National Gallery post to bring first-nations art to forefront
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
December 12, 2007 at 4:46 AM EST
VANCOUVER — A $2-million donation by Vancouver philanthropist Michael Audain to endow an Indigenous Art Curatorial Chair at the National Gallery of Canada was motivated by his desire to see indigenous artists’ work in mainstream settings – and not just in galleries specializing in aboriginal art. “I think it acknowledges that they’re amongst the most illustrious artists in the country and they deserve to be judged and to be enjoyed in those environments,” he said.
Phone outage leads to serious accident
Storm knocks out Port Renfrew dial tone, 911, most cell service for six days
Special to The Globe and Mail
December 12, 2007
VICTORIA — On Day 5 of no phone or 911 service, a man was forced to drive to Port Renfrew’s ambulance station a few kilometres away for help after his wife overdosed on pills. During the brief trip on icy roads, his car plunged down a bank and the father of five sustained serious injuries and may never walk again, said Port Renfrew’s fire chief.