Environment Minister Laurel Broten to present award
TORONTO, Sept. 28 – Today Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten will present Tembec Inc. with the Annual Winds of Change Award from the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada (FSC) acknowledging Tembec’s commitment to environmental leadership and achievements on forest certification.
“FSC Canada is pleased to bring bringing together leaders from the forest industry, environmental and aboriginal communities to recognize our collective successes,” said Antony Marcil, President and C.E.O. “This year we are fortunate to have Ontario’s Environment Minister present to present our annual award and to support the success of FSC as the gold standard of forest management” he adds.
Doug Cuthand, The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, September 28, 2007
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indians has negotiated amendments to the provincial gaming agreement that provide more revenues to the First Nations. The First Nations Trust now will distribute half the gaming profits, as opposed to 37.5 per cent.
Previously, the breakdown had been 25 per cent for community development corporations, with the remainder split evenly between the First Nations and the provincial government. The government took an equal share basically for doing very little. The First Nations assumed the risk, did the work and put up the cash to develop the casinos.
City of Powell River’s application for ALR property removal grinds to a halt
BC’s Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has refused the City of Powell River’s application to remove 343 hectares (847 acres) from the agricultural land reserve (ALR).
In a decision released on September 24, the commission found that many areas of the land under application have agricultural capability and are suitable for agricultural production; that the case for community need has not been established and the proposed solution was lacking in detail; and there was a lack of offsetting benefits to the ALR and agriculture.
Everyone on Texada Island and the mainland of Powell River who wonders about the proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and power plant on Texada Island won’t want to miss the public meeting and community forum at 7 pm on Monday, October 1 at the Powell River Town Centre Hotel.
Rafe Mair, BC’s best-known political commentator and broadcaster, will moderate what should be a lively discussion of all the issues impacting the Powell River area.
Unprecedented warm temperatures in the High Arctic this past summer were so extreme that researchers with a Queen’s University-led climate change project have begun revising their forecasts.
“Everything has changed dramatically in the watershed we observed,” reports Geography professor Scott Lamoureux, the leader of an International Polar Year project announced yesterday in Nunavut by Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl. “It’s something we’d envisioned for the future – but to see it happening now is quite remarkable.”
Saugeen medicine man dies; Frank Shawbedees a firm believer in old native ways
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Frank Shawbedees was remembered by family and friends for his strong native spiritualism, commitment to making Saugeen First Nation a better place and his ready smile. He died at his home Monday of a heart attack at age 68.
Mr. Shawbedees was a band councillor for 35 years and a projectionist at movie theatres in Port Elgin and in Wiarton from the 1960s through the early 1990s.
Province urged to train aboriginals, disabled to combat massive employee shortage
Sep 27, 2007 04:30 AM
Facing a massive labour shortage in a couple of decades, Ontario must do a better job of training those on the fringes of the economy, such as aboriginals, the disabled, immigrants, high school dropouts, women and older workers, says the Conference Board of Canada.
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 4:57 PM CT
Alexco Resource Corp. and the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation in Mayo, Yukon, have worked out a deal that will see both sides resuming talks on the mining company’s plans.
Alexco vice-president Rob McIntyre told CBC News that the agreement will make the First Nation more of a partner in its mining plans, as well as bring talks on its project in the Elsa area back on track.
Candidates discuss bridge, electricity at election forum
Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2007 | 9:09 AM MT
Election candidates seeking seats in Yellowknife tackled questions ranging from the cost of building a major N.W.T. bridge to the high cost of northern living at a public all-candidates forum Wednesday.
The event, hosted by the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, was the last public forum in the capital city before the Oct. 1 Northwest Territories election.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 28, 2007) – Adanac Molybdenum Corporation (TSX:AUA)(PINK SHEETS:AUAYF)(FRANKFURT:A9N) is pleased to announce letters of award have been issued to four Canadian companies for the supply of major items of mining equipment for the Ruby Creek Molybdenum Project, situated near Atlin, B.C.
NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 28 – Anishinabek Nation leader John Beaucage says the time is past when First Peoples can be taken for granted by mainstream political processes.
“It is important for our people to vote,” the Grand Council Chief said, in announcing the creation of the First Peoples Vote initiative to encourage Anishinabek citizens to play active roles in the Oct. 10 Ontario election. “We must not be taken for granted by mainstream political parties, nor must we be dismissed as being unimportant because we don’t vote.”
Housing experts say Government’s Throne Speech must maintain investment as first step to fix housing crisis.
OTTAWA, Sept. 27 – Annual funding for affordable housing has declined by $700 million according to a new report released today by representatives of Canada’s major community-based non-profit housing organizations. The housing experts are asking the federal government to use the coming Throne Speech to commit to maintain the current investment in community housing.
Manitoba News Release
September 28, 2007
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton announced today that neighbourhood groups, community organizations, city officials, Winnipeg police, volunteers and interested individuals will come together Monday, Oct. 1 to discuss safety and crime prevention at a forum sponsored by Neighbourhoods Alive! (NA!).
“Monday’s forum with the theme A Safe City is a Just City is being held as part of the United Nations’ World Habitat Day and communities all over the world will be exploring the safe city topic,” said Ashton. “We will discuss how Winnipeggers are successfully addressing issues of urban safety from a social justice and community development perspective and explore new ideas and tools to help their work in strengthening neighbourhoods.”
CADOTTE LAKE, ALBERTA–(Sept. 27, 2007) – Today, Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, together with Ron Hepperle, on behalf of the Honourable Fred Lindsay, Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security, announced a joint investment of $2.7 million for community policing for the Woodland Cree First Nation.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 27, 2007) – Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, together with Kimberly Armstrong, Executive Director, Policing and Community Safety, on behalf of the Honourable Fred Lindsay, Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security, will join Whitefish Lake Band (Goodfish Lake) officials in a signing ceremony to celebrate their new Community Tripartite Agreement for aboriginal policing.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 27, 2007) – The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, will meet tomorrow with the Honourable Ed Doherty, New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat.
The Minister will speak to CFB Gagetown personnel on Canada’s Reserve Force. Members of the media need to confirm their attendance and register with CFB Gagetown Public Affairs Office at 506-422-2000 ext. 2466.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Sept. 27, 2007) – Diadem Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:DRL) today issued a progress report on the exploration program for its Franklin Diamond Project located on the Parry Peninsula in the Canadian Arctic. The Project is approximately 30 km northwest of Paulatuk in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. The current exploration program is a prelude to 5,000 metres of diamond drilling scheduled to commence in the spring of 2008. The estimated cost of the total program (including drilling, related ground gradiometer magnetic surveys, permitting and environmental impact studies) is up to $3.0 million. The program will evaluate 10 known kimberlite pipes, six of which are known to be diamond-bearing, and 18 additional high-priority ground magnetic anomalies.
A ribbon cutting ceremony in Carcross today marked the official completion of the new Carcross footbridge. The new steel and wood–decked footbridge replaces the old wooden footbridge.
The $1.75 million cost of the footbridge construction was funded through a combined $3.5 million-contribution agreement between Canada and Yukon for Carcross waterfront development. The other six projects are: to build a tourist beach access area and restroom facilities, a shore clean-up, new dock facilities, a new carving facility, community entrance signs and landscaping, and road upgrades in the downtown core.
WHITEHORSE – Education Minister Patrick Rouble is pleased to announce the launch of the first training session for teachers piloting the new Yukon First Nations-focused study modules for Grade 5.
“Developing curriculum materials and resources has been a very important element of our work at the Department of Education over the last few years,” Education Minister Patrick Rouble said. “Through working cooperatively with the Yukon First Nation Education Advisory Committee and the Yukon First Nation Curriculum Working Group, I believe we’ve developed a resource for the classroom that will create a more responsive education system that allows learners to succeed.”
Tuktoyaktuk, NWT (September 27, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, is on-board Canada’s largest icebreaker, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent stationed in the Beaufort Sea, today to highlight the work being done to strengthen Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty.
Canadian scientists are on the icebreaker conducting a six-week seismic and bathymetric (water depth) survey, which will allow Canada to better define the maximum extent of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. The continental shelf is the submerged slope of the continent before the drop-off to the deep ocean floor, and the scientists’ survey will measure the thickness of sediment on the sea floor.
For Immediate Release
Sept. 27, 2007
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
VANCOUVER – The Province has provided $130,000 to support local government involvement in treaty negotiations, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mike de Jong announced today at the annual UBCM Convention.
“We are at an exciting juncture in our province’s history,” de Jong said. “The first modern-day treaty agreement with an urban First Nation, the Tsawwassen, is about to come before the legislature. We are all participants in these historic events, and this funding will assist local governments to participate in treaty negotiations as they reach pivotal stages.”
In October, National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations will address 300 members of the mining and investment sectors at a luncheon sponsored by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). His speech will examine the economic opportunities that can result from partnerships between aboriginal communities and these sectors.
Within the next eight years, the mining and minerals industry will need more than 80,000 new employees, and it will be looking to aboriginal communities to supply a growing part of this need.
The Labrador Metis Nation joins with the Combined Councils of Labrador in calling for further public consultations on the province’s energy plan.
“Those consultations have to be all-inclusive,” says LMN interim President Kirk Lethbridge. “They have to include the business community, as well as all Aboriginal groups – including the Labrador Metis Nation. We can not support an energy plan that excludes coastal communities, excludes the Labrador Metis and promotes island development.
The following letter was referenced by interim President Kirk Lethbridge on VOCM’s Backtalk today. It is very important for ALL residents of the province to read this letter. Were promises broken? You be the judge.
October 8, 2003
Mr. Todd Russell, President
Labrador Metis Nation
P.O. Box 460, Station C
Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL, A0P 1C0
VIA FAX: 896-0594
Dear Mr. Russell,
At our meeting on Friday, September 12, 2003, I outlined a number of commitments a Progressive Conservative government would undertake with respect to the constitutional rights of teh Metis people in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the involvement of the Labrador Metis in the benefits that would accrue from development of the Lower Churchill and other resources in the region. The commitments include the following:
Visitors to the North Battleford branch of the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits.
The Government of Saskatchewan announced an $800,000 increase in the WDM’s annual operating budget, along with a one-time $2 million grant to initiate Phase Three of the interactive exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, at all four WDM branches located in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.
WHITEHORSE – Students in nutritional science, dental therapy, pharmacy and practical nursing will benefit from financial assistance through the Health Profession Education Bursary this year.
Health and Social Services Minister Brad Cathers today announced the names of the five Yukon students who have been granted education bursaries to help with the cost of post-secondary education in health-related fields.
The City of Regina and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) proudly welcome delegates from the North American Indigenous Games Council arriving today for a site inspection in preparation for the 2011 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).
The four delegates will spend two days touring Regina’s recreational facilities in order to assess the city’s capacity to host the upcoming Games which will bring 5,000 athletes, managers and mission staff from all over North America.
Toronto – September 27, 2007 – NWT Uranium Corp. (TSX-V: NWT; OTCBB: NWURF) is pleased to provide an update and overview of recent corporate activities.
Quebec Drilling Continues
Drilling is ongoing at the North Rae uranium project in the Ungava Bay region of northern Quebec, Canada. Seven holes totaling 1,696 feet (517 meters) have so far been completed.
The drill program at North Rae remains focused on determining the presence of potentially economic mineralization in recently identified radioactive targets. Drilling will continue until the onset of winter conditions in the Ungava Bay region, after which selected samples will be sent to the Saskatchewan Research Council for analysis. Results from a significant number of rock grab samples, which were collected during 2007 ground exploration, are also pending.
Visitors to the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits at its four branches in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.
The Government of Saskatchewan announced an $800,000 increase in the WDM’s annual operating budget, along with a one-time $2 million grant to initiate Phase Three of the interactive exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble.
WHITEHORSE: The 2007 Premier’s Award of Excellence was presented to three individuals and two teams by Premier Dennis Fentie at a September 21 ceremony in Whitehorse.
“One of the most important elements of the Yukon government’s Investing in Public Service initiative is the recognition of the excellent service that our employees deliver to the Yukon public on a daily basis,” Fentie said.
The luncheon ceremony was attended by award recipients and guests, recipient nominators, senior government officials and the Premier’s Award of Excellence Selection Committee.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 27, 2007) – In a report released today, an Indian Claims Commission (ICC) panel recommended that Canada not accept the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation’s treaty land entitlement (TLE) claim for negotiation.
The panel for this inquiry, composed of Chief Commissioner Renee Dupuis (Chair) and Commissioners Daniel J. Bellegarde and Alan C. Holman, was asked to determine if the Sandy Bay First Nation, located on the southwest shore of Lake Manitoba, had an outstanding treaty land entitlement. To answer this question, the panel needed to establish the First Nation’s population count, calculate how much land it was entitled to according to Treaty 1, and determine how much land was originally set aside for it.
First grant deadline for Alberta Creative Development Initiative is December 1
Calgary, September 27, 2007 – Alberta artists and arts organizations have until December 1 to apply for the first round of funding under the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI), a new $6 million fund that will support further development of the arts in Alberta over the next three years.
The Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) are jointly responsible for the new granting program in cooperation with the Calgary Arts Development Authority and the Edmonton Arts Council.
VAL MARIE, SASKATCHEWAN, September 27, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills – Grasslands, today officially opened the Prairie Restoration Building at Grasslands National Park of Canada as part of the Prairie Persists project, an innovative project to enhance the park’s ecological integrity.
“Our Government is taking action to protect and preserve our environment by working to restore fragile ecosystems at Grasslands National Park,” said Mr. Anderson. “With the opening of this building, the park can accelerate and enhance reseeding activities to restore disturbed landscapes back the mixed-grass prairie ecosystem. By enhancing the long-term integrity of the park, our Government is giving Canadians the opportunity to view a healthy, natural landscape.”
Alberta has again led the provinces in population growth, according to preliminary demographic estimates for the year ending June 30, 2007. But indications are that the major component fuelling Alberta’s gains—interprovincial migration—has started to ease off.
Between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, Alberta’s population increased 3.1%. This growth rate was more than three times greater than that of the country, and the strongest since 1981/1982.
Ten Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations at the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2007 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now in their ninth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 30 – December 2, 2007 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the Rogers Centre on November 30.
Who Are Great Canadians?
Sheila Watt-Cloutier: Inuit dynamo. Five people who prove our nation’s potential.
By Michael Byers
Published: September 26, 2007
I’d like to introduce you to just a few remarkable Canadians, as exemplars of what this country is — and could be.
SHEILA WATT-CLOUTIER was born in Kuujjuaq, in northern Quebec, in 1953. Her mother was Inuit, her absentee father was a white RCMP officer, and she spent the first decade of her life on “the land” — living in tents and travelling by dogsled. Today, Watt-Cloutier is one of Canada’s most internationally influential politicians, having been elected president of the Canadian section of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 1995 and chair of the entire Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 2002. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference is an international organization that draws the Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia together into a unified political force.
World leaders share their views and fears about climate change, but are split on what to do about it
By David Biello
A parade of world leaders from heads of state to corporate chiefs urged action on climate change at the largest summit on the issue ever organized. “The time for doubt has passed,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his opening remarks at the event held Monday at the United Nations. “National action must be at the center of our response to climate change—with industrialized countries taking the lead.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hardly the leader he pretends to be on climate change, the planet’s most pressing environmental threat.
At Monday’s unprecedented United Nations conference of world leaders on global warming, Harper made every effort to undermine the attempt by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to build momentum for a tough new treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. In his opening remarks, Ban stressed the immediate challenge: “To confront climate change within a global framework, one that guarantees the highest level of international co-operation.”
NDP slams Ottawa over ‘wrong-headed’ approach to North
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 8:00 PM CT
The Canadian Press
The New Democrats are calling for a national debate on the Arctic, saying the Harper government is needlessly militarizing the North instead of focusing on its environment and people.
In the party’s new Arctic policy, released Wednesday in Ottawa, the NDP says Canada can realize its control over the Northwest Passage using civilian agencies such as the Coast Guard and through diplomatic channels.
Casino control lawsuit dismissed
Queen’s Bench judge makes legal distinction between FSIN entities
Lori Coolican, The StarPhoenix
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2007
A Queen’s Bench justice has dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought against the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the provincial government by the Battlefords Tribal Council (BTC) over control of gaming profits from the Gold Eagle Casino.
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WAHGOSHIG, ONTARIO — 09/27/07 — Chief Dave Babin of the Wahgoshig First Nation (“WFN”) and Robert K. Hanson CEO and a Director of Sheltered Oak Resources Inc. (“Oak”) and Nigel Lees, President and CEO of Sage Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SGX) (“Sage”), (together (“the Companies”) are pleased to announce that they have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) committing to an ongoing relationship between the WFN and the Companies’ with respect to the Sage and Oak joint venture in the Kerrs gold property.
The Kerrs Gold Property is located near Matheson, Ontario on lands to which WFN asserts treaty and Aboriginal rights. The property was optioned by Oak (a private Ontario corporation) from Sage in February 2008, through a three year option agreement. A drilling program is planned to test the up dip section of the Kerrs Gold system in order to trace the high grade vein structures encountered in recent drilling of the property.
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Native chief says apology for newsletter slurs is not enough
Kent Spencer, The Province
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2007
A native leader says an apology from the authors of a newsletter slurring aboriginal students at the University of B.C. is not good enough.
The “so-called apology” from the newsletter’s authors was “more of a clumsy, qualified excuse than a genuine apology,” Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said yesterday. “We demand an unqualified apology to be broadcast as widely as were the original injurious and defamatory statements.”