Over 600 trained volunteers will participate in the upcoming homeless count for Metro Vancouver. Conducted over a 24-hour period, the count will begin with the nighttime component on March 10, 2008 in order to complete the enumeration of all shelters, safe houses and transition houses then continue during the daytime of March 11th, 2008, to enumerate homeless both on the streets and at service locations throughout the region.
It would be better if the federal government expended its resources on creating the conditions for economic development on First Nations rather than just focus on stamping out some of the only opportunities available to those communities.
Chief Alice Pahtayken will be Nekaneet chief again after no other names were put in the hat to run against her. However, the race for the three councillor positions is on with four new names on the ballot.
Healing ceremony hopes to fix rift caused by video
Tb News Source
Web Posted: 3/7/2008 7:39:27 PM
A gathering this week near Fort Frances is hoping to repair racial disunity in that region.
The healing ceremony on the Couchiching First Nation was organized in response to a controversial video that surfaced on the Internet in mid-February, showing six non-native female students dancing to the sounds of a pow wow, while acting drunk
William Watson, Financial Post
Published: Friday, March 07, 2008
What with Obama-Clinton, the Cadman affair, the federal budget and so on, you may have missed last week’s announcement by the grandly styled “Council of Education Ministers” that it was “initiating a national dialogue” on the “economic emergency” posed by this country’s 40% illiteracy rate.
We have long advocated an end to the treatment of Canadian aboriginals as members of tribal collectives rather than as individual citizens. In that vein, we welcome the introduction on Tuesday of legislation that would help on-reserve families gain clearer title to their homes, and give aboriginal women matrimonial property rights when marriages break down.
B.C. has Strait of Georgia on its mind
Province weighs changing venerable West Coast place name to Salish Sea to reflect early aboriginal presence
March 8, 2008
VANCOUVER — One of the oldest and most recognizable place names on Canada’s West Coast will soon be changed if the British Columbia government adopts a suggestion put forward yesterday at a meeting of the First Nations Summit.
ACTION COMMITTEE FORMED
B.C. natives to develop protest strategy
March 8, 2008
VANCOUVER — The First Nations Summit in British Columbia has drawn up an action committee to plan protests that, among other things, would target the 2010 Olympic Games and the province’s 150th-anniversary celebrations, which are now under way.
THE PRINCE GEORGE PROPOSAL
An idea inspired by kids talking about their dreams
Special to The Globe and Mail
March 8, 2008
It took a circle of native teenagers talking excitedly about their dreams for the future to convince Marlene Erickson that a public school emphasizing aboriginal culture and customs was desperately needed in her hometown of Prince George.
‘It was just such an epiphany for us’
While Toronto and Prince George wrestle with culturally focused schools, in Winnipeg, it’s an established – and successful – idea
March 8, 2008
WINNIPEG — The first day of school lineups at Children of the Earth aboriginal high school are legendary: Every September, more than 100 prospective students have to be turned away because classes are already full.
More than 2,000 athletes and coaches from teams across the circumpolar world began arriving in Yellowknife on Friday for the Arctic Winter Games, as everyone from organizers and volunteers to local businesses make final preparations for the weeklong sporting and cultural event.
YELLOWKNIFE (March 7, 2008) – Twelve proposals received under the new Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program were announced today by the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod.
The Program, launched in January 2008, provides assistance to members of the Northwest Territories (NWT) tourism industry to support business planning, product and product package development, as well as marketing, in light of changing tourism trends.
BRANDON, MANITOBA — The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to better conserve, protect and enhance fish and fish habitat throughout Canada.
“The Government of Canada knows that conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat is not something that can be done alone,” said Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Loyola Hearn. “By working with our key partners—like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities—we are able to improve the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat while ensuring the efficient review of municipal public works projects and infrastructure developments.”
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2008
Ministry of Environment
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
VICTORIA – The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia announced today that they will accept the recommendation of an independent environmental assessment panel that the proposed Kemess North copper-gold mine should not proceed in its present form. The mine is located in north central B.C. about 250 km northeast of Smithers and 450 km northwest of Prince George.
The federal and provincial governments took the decision after considering the panel’s 246-page report. The panel was mandated in May 2005 by the federal Environment Minister and the B.C. Minister of Sustainable Resource Management to assess the environmental effects of the proposed Kemess North project, and delivered its report on Sept. 17, 2007.
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2008
Ministry of Education
COMOX – Stan Hagen, Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts and Comox Valley MLA, joined with Aboriginal leaders and Comox Valley school district representatives today to sign the district’s second Aboriginal education enhancement agreement to help improve Aboriginal student achievement.
“The Comox Valley school district has been working hard to improve achievement levels for its Aboriginal students,” said Hagen. “Today’s agreement will build on that hard work and will help Comox Valley Aboriginal students achieve their best. All the partners deserve congratulations for this historic agreement.”
Sport BC hosted the 42nd Annual Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 5, 2008. Four outstanding Aboriginal athletes and sport leaders were profiled and Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC wish to acknowledge these individuals.
Today, March 7th 2008, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) publicly released its recommendations in response to the United States’ Periodic Report which was submitted to the Committee last year.
A number of Indigenous organizations, tribes and communities, including the International Indian Treaty Council, filed alternative or “Shadow” reports for the CERD’s consideration in reviewing the US’ compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (“ICERD”). The ICERD is a legally-binding international instrument to which all State (Country) Parties, including the US, are accountable. Periodic reports are required to be filed by all State Parties to the ICERD.
MNBC is pleased to provide the 2008-2009 Operational Strategy for the Métis Nation British Columbia. The 2008-2009 Operational Plan is the culmination of a number of internal planning activities and has been endorsed by the MNBC Board of Directors.
The 2008-2009 Operational Strategy will replace the MNBC Presidential Monthly Updates for February and March 2008.
The following document will identify an operational strategy for the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) as MNBC prepares for operations beginning April 1st, 2008 and ending March 31st, 2009. The Proposed Operational Strategy has been developed to focus on the MNBC Senior Management Team and Administrative Operations only. MNBC Operational requirements within the MNBC Ministry will continue to be developed and include approval with the MNBC Board of Directors. A number of documents and preliminary work has guided the development of the 2008-2009 operational strategy. The work included a review of the MNBC Five Year Forecast, MNBC 2007-2008 Targets, MNBC Contribution Agreements, MNBC Professional Development, MNBC Senior Management Team Input, and the 2007- 2008 administrative funding expenditures. It is important to note that the operational strategy is dependent on a number of factors and may be subject to change throughout the year.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Adults in Canada are divided on whether their government should follow Australia’s example and offer an apology to its Aboriginal population, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 42 per cent of respondents think an official apology is warranted, while 39 per cent disagree.
The vast majority thinks Ottawa should work harder to eradicate poverty in aboriginal communities.
[TORONTO – Mar. 5, 2008] – Adults in Canada are split on whether Ottawa should follow the lead of the Australian government and offer an apology to the country’s indigenous peoples for past wrongdoings, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll has found.
The Banff Centre announces $25,000 playwriting competition
To celebrate its 75th Anniversary, The Banff Centre announces a national competition to commission a full-length play. The award, totaling more than $25,000, will also mark the 35th Anniversary of the Banff Playwrights Colony.
FNSA AGM & Conference – Effective Strategies for Excellent Results: Supporting Instruction & Leadership
April 25-26, 2008 – Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver
The annual AGM and conference is an opportunity for teachers, school administrators, Band education coordinators, and others involved in the First Nations education system to network and learn from each other and from other professionals. This year we will offer over 20 different workshops on a variety of topics of interest for First Nations schools.
All 64 teams will WIN a prize of choice!! There will also be a $10,000 hole-in-one, 3 closest to the pin and 3 longest drive competitions. An awards barbecue ceremony will follow. Register early to secure your spot. All proceeds will go to the IPP Youth Development Programs.
Prizes: 1st $5000.00, 2nd $3000.00, 3rd $1000.00.
DATE: July 10, 2008
LOCATION: Dakota Dunes Golf Links
TIME: 11: 00 am Shotgun Start
FEE: $700.00 per Team of Four
Banquet and Prizes to Follow at Dakota Dunes Casino (Banquet Room).
To register for any of the above programs call (306) 966-5539.
For more information on any of the above programs contact:
Alex Munoz, B.Sc., Advanced B. Sc.
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Program
Ph: (306) 966-2027. Fax: (306) 966-5567
COAST SALISH TRADITIONAL TERRITORY/VANCOUVER, BC, March 7 – First Nations leaders expressed relief that Canada and British Columbia are formally rejecting Northgate Minerals’ Kemess North mine expansion project. The department of Fisheries and Oceans cited the report of the joint environmental review panel, which did not favour the controversial project because it was found “not to be in the public interest”.
ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, March 7, 2008 — The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for Stella Burry Community Services in support of three projects that will help address homelessness in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Funding of more than $625,000 is being provided under the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (March 7, 2008) – As many Aboriginal women meet with Governor General Michaëlle Jean on International Women’s Day, March 8th, it is a time to reflect on the advances made by women, and a time to move forward in addressing the challenges that remain. The Native Women’s Association of Canada […]
Natives seek $7,000 if talks to continue
Ontario Balks; First Nations group collects fees from developers
Melissa Leong, National Post, with files from Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, March 07, 2008
A First Nations group overseeing development along the Grand River in southern Ontario says the province could face legal action if it does not pay $7,000 to continue discussions about future projects on its traditional lands.
When 15-year-old Reggie Bushie said goodbye to his parents at Poplar Hill First Nation last September and headed off to high school in Thunder Bay, it was the first time he‘d ever left his tiny, remote reserve.
With more than $215 million invested during the last 12 months, AltaLink, Alberta’s largest electric transmission company, has injected more than half a billion dollars in the last three years into the transmission system that supplies 85 per cent of Alberta’s population.
“Ensuring peace of mind for Albertans when they reach for the switch is what drives our commitment to provide an energy-efficient grid with open access to all sources of generation. AltaLink’s investment in the transmission system is about much more than new power lines and substations to keep the lights on,” said Scott Thon, AltaLink’s President and Chief Executive Officer.