Timmins city council is strongly endorsing a resolution from the Association of Municipalties of Ontario (AMO) urging the federal and provincial governments to work together to make funding under the Building Canada Fund (BCF) available to Ontario municipalities as soon as possible.
Aboriginal children deserve the same rights as all others
Phil Fontaine, National Post
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Jonathan Kay’s column “A toddler martyred to Native identity” (April 1) ignores a number of facts and contains errors. With proper research, Kay would have found the truth about why the tragedies he cited have occurred.
Manitoba News Release
April 15, 2008
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Creation of the Crown-Aboriginal Consultation Unit Announced
Mining opportunities and best practices for Aboriginal communities were among the outcomes of the recently-completed Learning Together – An Aboriginal Approach to Mining Relationships Conference in Winnipeg.
City council is heading for confrontation with natives
A moratorium on current development would allow Ontario to catch up on its legal responsibilities to consult and accommodate Six Nations rights, to avoid any further need for Six Nations people to enforce their rights with their physical presence. If Brantford had respected Six Nations rights in the first place, and honoured their Constitutional right to consultation, there would be no problem.
WENDAKE, QC, April 15 – The Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, will be addressing the media tomorrow to give the details surrounding the mission of the AFNQL at the UN, on the occasion of the 7th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
OSNABURGH, ONTARIO and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(April 15, 2008) – Mishkeegogamang – Chief Connie Gray-McKay of the Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation and Sol Prizant of Richview Resources Inc. (TSX:RVR), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to an ongoing relationship between the First Nation and Richview with respect to the company’s exploration activities and the Thierry Mine Project.
Tuesday April 15, 2008 – Inuvik, Northwest Territories – The National Inuit Education Summit begins this morning at the Midnight Sun Recreational Centre in Inuvik, NWT. The summit is called Inuit Ilinniarnirmut Sivummuaningat: Toward a National Inuit Education Strategy. It will bring together approximately 90 education stakeholders across the Canadian Arctic regions (Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut). This is the first time Inuit educators, political leaders, and government officials have come together to discuss the educational challenges facing Inuit, their families, education systems and infrastructure, and their communities.
The province‘s civilian police oversight organization has ruled that a Thunder Bay Police street gang officer who interrogated an aboriginal student about his Warchief Native Apparel sweatshirt must undergo a disciplinary hearing.
American Idol Gives Back, on TV April 9, brought tears to my eyes. Broadcasting poverty-stricken communities across the globe just shows the need for food, housing and medical assistance that less fortunate people just don’t have.
Ottawa (April 15, 2008) -The Government of Canada today announced the next steps in its plan to improve the delivery of clean, safe drinking water in First Nations communities. The announcement builds on the significant progress made since the Government first launched its Plan of Action in March 2006, which has resulted in 108 of the total 193 First Nation water systems being removed from a high risk category.
The state of Canada’s children and youth is not good. Canada ranks 22nd out of 29 OECD countries for preventable childhood injuries, 27th in childhood obesity. Overall Canada ranks only 12th out of 21 wealthy countries in the 2007 United Nations rankings of child well-being.
INUVIK, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES–(April 15, 2008) – The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) on the first ever National Inuit Education Summit, which will bring together Inuit leaders from April 15 to 17 in Inuvik to discuss the barriers and challenges to Inuit education, as well as a strategy for progress.
Mr. Walter Wakula, President and CEO of Firesteel Resources Inc. (“Firesteel” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Company representatives will be exhibiting and presenting at the Calgary Mining Forum on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16th and 17th, 2008, exhibiting and hosting a town hall meeting at the Minerals North Tradeshow in Smithers, B.C. on Thursday and Friday, April 17th and 18th, hosting a town hall meeting in Burns Lake on Saturday, April 19th and hosting a town hall meeting in Prince George on Sunday, April 20th. The board and management invite interested persons to visit the exhibits and encourage all to attend the town hall meetings where representatives will share information on developments with the Company and its planned exploration program for 2008.
Arctic ice shelf now split in three, mission finds
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
April 14, 2008 at 4:35 AM EDT
EUREKA, NUNAVUT — A Canadian military operation at the top of the world that married science and Arctic sovereignty has discovered the largest remaining ice shelf in the northern hemisphere is breaking apart at an alarming rate.
OTTAWA, April 14 – A group of randomly recruited citizens from the Ottawa-Kingston region spent an intense weekend exploring a vision for Canada’s role in the world. The weekend dialogue is part of Canada’s World – a unique citizen-led initiative under the auspices of The Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. Canada’s World is a three-year national initiative that asks ordinary Canadians from all walks of life to share their thoughts, concerns and dreams about Canadian foreign policy.
Walking on a wild side is nothing new for the director and founder of A Wolf Adventure, in Northern Saskatchewan Canada. Skylar Breton helps to unlock a natural wild wisdom within us all, while teaching the next generation about a highly misunderstood wild animal, the wolf.
Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver, BC — The First Nations Summit calls on the provincial government to support First Nations working to improve their often contentious relationship with the mining sector. This request is consistent with the government’s own recent efforts to fund BC mining industry associations.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(April 14, 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 and Steven Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health will make an announcement related to First Nations water quality on reserve.
When: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:45 a.m. EST
Where: Commonwealth Room Center Block, Parliament Hill Ottawa, Ontario
For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
International Symposium on:”Linguistic Rights in the World, the current situation”, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Universal Esperanto Association and the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.
Edmonton… Finance and Enterprise Minister Iris Evans will release the provincial budget on April 22. The Minister will deliver her budget speech at 3 p.m., the same time the budget is tabled in the Legislature and becomes available to the public.
Canada’s Education Ministers Take the Lead on Literacy
The Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum, an innovative event sponsored by Canada’s education ministers through their intergovernmental body, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), is now under way in nine different locations across the country.
Ottawa, April 14, 2008 – More than 100 artists and arts organizations in 11 Alberta communities will share a total of $2 million through the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI), a new program designed to support the development of the arts in Alberta.
The Provincial Government continues to be committed to the mining industry and to building on the recent string of mining successes in the province. The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources, is clarifying the province’s position on mining in the wake the Nunatsiavut Government decision last week to place a three-year moratorium on uranium mining on Labrador Inuit Lands.
Evaluation Underway to Consider Doubling Capacity to 1,000 Rooms Due to Fort McMurray Market Interest
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(April 14, 2008) – ATCO Frontec and the Fort McKay First Nation have opened the first phase of their new Creeburn Lake Lodge, which provides much-needed, high-quality accommodation in the booming oil sands region 65 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.
The following statement was issued by the Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. It was also read in the House of Assembly:
Proposed EU Ban on Seal Products
I rise in this honourable House today to address an issue that is extremely important to coastal communities throughout this province and indeed across this country. That is the issue of the proposed ban on sealing products, from Canada, going into the European Union.
Ottawa (April 14, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the reappointment of Anthony Whitford as the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.
The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement:
“The Government of Canada has taken action to protect the safety and livelihoods of Canadian sealers by boarding and seizing the Farley Mowat to arrest its Captain and Chief Officer for alleged violations of Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations (MMR). These actions were taken in accordance with Canadian fisheries legislation.”
For immediate release
April 11, 2008
The rising stars of Canada’s arts scene will have an opportunity to work beside, and be inspired by, distinguished national and international artists thanks to a $1-million gift from the Jarislowsky Foundation.
The IBA Board is seeking input from all Indigenous law school students and law school graduates to help us further improve the IBA and ensure it is responsive to our membership’s needs. Complete an on-line survey and enter your name to win $300 credit towards your 2007 IBA conference fees. The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Your feedback is important to us.
For Immediate Release – April 14, 2008 – Edmonton, Alberta – The Esquao Awards program, a special initiative of The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is pleased to announce CTV Edmonton as its official broadcaster for the 2008 Esquao Awards Gala.
The 13th Annual Esquao Awards Gala will take place on May 1, 2008 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The VIP reception will commence at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the gala awards ceremony at 5:30 pm.
Holdout native band may join treaty talks
Shubenacadie members weren’t consulted, activist says
By MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE Truro Bureau
Mon. Apr 14 – 5:18 AM
INDIAN BROOK — The last Mi’kmaq band to oppose a negotiation process with the province and Ottawa appears ready to sign on the bottom line. But some Shubenacadie band members say this is a major mistake.