Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This is further to the Dec. 1, 2007 article in the Richmond News dealing with the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement and taxation. It appears that certain concerns and misunderstandings may have developed about how the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement might affect the tax treatment of non-member residents of Tsawwassen First Nation lands.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada raised nearly C$38 million ($38 million) more than expected from sponsorship deals this year, according to a financial report on Tuesday.
TORONTO, Dec. 18 – The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will announce a book drive for aboriginal youth on Wednesday, December 19, in the Lieutenant Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park.
In the tradition of former-Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman, the Honourable David C. Onley will launch a book drive that will begin on Tuesday, January 1st, and last until Friday, January 18th. Only brand new children’s books will be collected during this drive.
Today the City of Regina and Star Blanket Cree Nation entered into an agreement to allow for continued municipal services to be provided to the First Nations University site following the designation of this land as an urban reserve. A Police Services Agreement was also signed between Star Blanket and the Regina Police Service.
For the first time in Saskatchewan history First Nations Chiefs from across the Province, Premier Brad Wall, Saskatchewan Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) will gather this afternoon in the Provincial Legislature to share in a traditional celebratory feast.
WHITEHORSE – (December 18, 2007) – Youth throughout Yukon will benefit from the $52,484 in 14 projects being supported by the Youth Investment Fund. Grants to the organizations were announced today by Acting Premier Elaine Taylor.
Métis Nation of Alberta encouraged by Minister Morton’s new found ‘good will’ on Métis harvesting and requests meeting
EDMONTON, Dec. 18 – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) officially responded to the announcement made last week by Ted Morton, Alberta’s Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) minister, in relation to changes to Alberta’s subsistence harvesting licenses.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(Dec. 18, 2007) – Liberty Mines Inc. (“Liberty or the Corporation”) (TSX:LBE) is pleased to announce that all results from the definition drilling at the McWatters Mine have now been received. Some highlights of the recent results include 1.65% Ni over 39.75 metres, including 2.95% Ni over 17.25 metres and 7.51% Ni over 4.95 metres; and 0.91% Ni over 51.40 metres, including 2.05% Ni over 9.40 metres. All results from the drill program will be used to update the database compiled from previous resource drilling. A National Instrument 43-101 updated resource/reserve calculation is underway and will be released in Q1 2008.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Dec. 18, 2007) – Selwyn Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SWN) undertook extensive environmental work during 2007 in preparation for entering the environmental assessment process in late 2008. The environmental program is specifically designed to assist in the identification of a development and operations plan that minimizes environmental impacts. Input from local communities and stakeholders is used to guide the studies and development plans. Selwyn is working with regulators and local First Nations to develop a framework for advancing the project in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE– (Dec. 18, 2007) – The Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation call on Premiere Gordon Campbell and Minister Pat Bell to begin the fallowing process of Fish Farms in the Broughtan Archipeligo immediately.
MEDIA RELEASE December 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saskatoon, SK – Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)is pleased to announce it has been selected Sask Business Magazine’s “Business of the Year” becoming the youngest company to earn the recognition. SIGA joins an elite group of previous winners including Regina steelmaker IPSCO and Schulte Industries of Englefeld, Saskatchewan.
Date: Monday, December 17th, 2007
For Immediate Release
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) continues to objectively verify Métis citizenship in British Columbia as a result of funding provided by the Federal Government through the Office of the Federal Interlocutor and Federal Minister Honourable Chuck Strahl. MNBC has established a Central Registry that is working with the thirty-seven (37) Métis Chartered Communities to implement a standardized Métis citizenship card that represents Métis citizens throughout British Columbia.
AFOA is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Xerox Canada-AFOA Canada Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards. The Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated commitment and leadership in financial management in Aboriginal communities and organizations.
December 18, 2007
by Randyn Seibold, Contributing Writer
At the recent Independent Power Producers (IPP) of British Columbia (BC) annual conference, approximately 500 attendees participated in a range of presentations and discussions relevant to the growing private power generation industry in the province. One issue of interest to many was the proper consultation with the province’s aboriginal governments. Hundreds of different groups of native peoples, known as First Nations, live throughout BC, with most of them tracing their heritage back two to three thousand years.
Teacher taken from school for secretive aboriginal rite
Chemainus band, educators won’t say why woman removed against her will
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
A First Nations teacher at North Oyster elementary school in Nanaimo was forcibly taken out of the school Friday afternoon by members of the Chemainus band who wanted her to participate in a secretive longhouse ceremony.
Taking a shine to diamonds
Muskoday First Nation sees potential in proposed diamond training facility
Cassandra Kyle, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
MUSKODAY FIRST NATION — The four-carat diamond placed carefully on Chief Austin Bear’s hand is more than a stunning example of nature’s beauty, it’s a representation of the type of work that could become a reality for people in the area.
Karen Brownlee, The Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Greater protection of treaty rights is being offered through recommendations in a new Senate committee’s report, something Chief Lawrence Joseph of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations believes is needed.
They will be pretty big shoes to fill as the Northwest Health unit’s chief executive officer gets ready to step away from the job.
Sometimes outspoken and often impatient, Dr. Peter Sarsfield has left his mark in a region that he feels suffers from a geographical disadvantage and a cultural gulf that permeates the health care field.
Advocacy groups head to court to fight cancellation of federal legal aid program
By Colin Perkel, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO – A coalition of advocates for minorities, women and the disabled is seeking to join a court challenge to the widely criticized federal Conservative government’s decision to cancel a decades-old program that provided money for equality-focused legal fights.
Nova Chemicals fined $550,000 for contaminant discharge to the air at Sarnia plant
Published: Monday, December 17, 2007 | 6:36 PM ET
Canadian Press: THE CANADIAN PRESS
SARNIA, Ont – Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. (TSX:NCX) says an Ontario court has fined it $550,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, after it pleaded guilty to discharging benzene into to the air at its site in Sarnia, Ont.
LONDON, ON, Dec. 17 – David Taylor, President & C.E.O. of Pacific & Western Credit Corp. (TSX:PWC), is pleased to announce that Pacific & Western Credit Corp.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific & Western Bank of Canada (the “Bank”), has arranged the financing for the construction by EllisDon Corporation of the Hamilton Health Sciences’ Henderson Redevelopment Project under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement Program. This financing was arranged with the assistance of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, an aboriginal organization that represents the Gwich’in in the Mackenzie-Delta of the Northwest Territories.
Phil Fontaine, National Chief
Assembly of First Nations
473 Albert Street, Suite 810
December 12, 2007
Dear Chief Fontaine,
RE: Protecting our Customary Homelands
Last week at Ontario Superior Court in Thunder Bay, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) leadership stated they would rather be jailed for contempt of court than allow Platinex to drill on their customary homelands. Neal Smitheman, legal counsel for Fasken Martineau representing Platinex Inc., a junior mining company, threatened to bring back armed guards to protect the drillers. Back in February 2006, Platinex already had brought in a British mercenary to protect its mining activities.
December 17, 2007 OTTAWA – Friday’s launch of the Radarsat-2 satellite is the latest phase of an Arctic strategy initiated by previous Liberal governments, Liberal Critic for Northern Issues Larry Bagnell said today.“This satellite will be able to provide scientific data on ice thickness and defend our sovereignty claims by pinpointing foreign vessels traveling in […]
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) wishes to congratulate the producers, cast and crew of The Colony for its recent 2007 Best Short Film Award at the 7th annual Whistler Film Festival and for being named to the Toronto International Film Festival Group’s annual Top Ten Canadian Film list.
NANAIMO, British Columbia, December 17, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament (Nanaimo-Alberni), today announced funding for the Port Theatre Society.
YELLOWKNIFE (December 17, 2007) – A ceremony formalizing a Universal Partnership Agreement (UPA) between the Salt River First Nation and the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation took place today in the community of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (NWT). Participating in the ceremony was the Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation and Mike Beaver, Acting Chief of the Salt River First Nation.
The following statement was issued by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the adoption of the decision of the Thirteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali, Indonesia, 15 December:
WHITEHORSE – Following the success of the pilot project for the use of the Old Fire Hall this past summer, the Yukon government will continue to partner with the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and the Yukon Arts Centre to provide arts programming at this venue for 2008, Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor has announced.
EDMONTON, December 17, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association (AWPA).
WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon is issuing one disposition for oil and gas rights in the Peel Plateau-Plain oil and gas basin. Oil and gas rights are issued for a six year term that can be extended to ten years if wells are drilled.
The challenge to governments and aboriginal leaders alike is to work out practical solutions to the real, distinctive problems facing a fragmented aboriginal community. This requires compromise and conciliation on the part of both aboriginal and governmental leaders.
MANITOBA – VICTORY NICKEL of Toronto and the Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids), Mosakahiken Cree Nation (Moose Lake) and Cross Lake Band of Indians have signed a memorandum of understanding that covers development of the Minago nickel deposit in the Thompson Nickel Belt. The document addresses the traditional rights of these First Nations communities and establishes the guiding principles for an impact and benefit agreement.
Jan 31st- Feb 2nd, 2007, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver
Vancouver, BC: Aboriginal Peoples from across Canada are being invited to participate in the 2010 Aboriginal Business Summit, which will be emphasizing the upcoming business opportunities tied to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
TORONTO, Dec. 17 – Just in time for the holidays, CAW Local 112 will be donating thousands of dollars worth of toys for use at the newly renovated children’s play area at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto. The presentation will take place at 10 a.m. at the Native Canadian Centre on 16 Spadina Road.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(Dec. 17, 2007) – Liberty Mines Inc. (“Liberty or the Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:LBE) is pleased to announce that all results from the definition drilling at the McWatters Mine have now been received. Some highlights of the recent results include 1.65% Ni over 39.75 metres, including 2.95% Ni over 17.25 metres and 7.51% Ni over 4.95 metres; and 0.91% Ni over 51.40 metres, including 2.05% Ni over 9.40 metres. All results from the drill program will be used to update the database compiled from previous resource drilling. A National Instrument 43-101 updated resource/reserve calculation is underway and will be released in Q1 2008.
Band sells boats at loss to man behind initial deal
Vessels never used, intended for Indian Brook Fisheries
By MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE Truro Bureau
Mon. Dec 17 – 7:07 AM
INDIAN BROOK — The Shubenacadie band has sold 10 fishing boats for considerably less than the $2.5 million the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans paid for them two years ago. And they were sold to the same man who brokered the original deal.
Doug Cuthand, The Leader-Post
Published: Monday, December 17, 2007
This past week the United Nations held an international conference on climate change in Bali. This was an historic gathering, but the United States along with Canada were hopelessly out of step with the rest of the world and reality.