TORONTO, Feb. 19 – Considering that education offers a way out of poverty, teachers can benefit from a greater understanding of how poverty can affect their students and the ways they learn. A DVD produced by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will ensure that the poverty-awareness process takes place in every elementary public school in Ontario.
Toronto Mixed Martial Arts Tryouts™ for aboriginal and non-aboriginal fighters this Sunday February 24th at the Native Canadian Centre on 16 Spadina Road presented by Johnny Powers 1Fight Network, George Lepine and “Urban Elder” Vern Harper. International talent scouts will be looking for the next MMA TV Stars. All fight styles are welcome from both male and female competitors.
Toronto, Canada February 19, 2008 — Johnny Powers, executive producer of 1Fight Network, Master George Lepine, founder of Okichitaw, and Urban Elder “Asin” Vern Harper of the Aboriginal Community of Toronto are proud to present Toronto Mixed Martial Arts Tryouts™ for aboriginal and non-aboriginal fighters this Sunday February 24th at the Native Canadian Centre on 16 Spadina Road.
Premier Gary Doer is calling for nominations for the 2008 Council of the Federation Literacy Award to recognize outstanding achievements in adult literacy.
“Manitobans require strong literacy skills to meet the needs of a challenging labour market, achieve their economic and educational goals, and enhance their health and social well-being,” Doer said. “I congratulate all adult learners who have decided to improve their literacy skills and welcome the opportunity to recognize their achievements through this award.”
I am pleased to introduce Balanced Budget 2008, a budget that asks: What kind of legacy do we want to leave for future generations?
This year, from the Kootenays to the Queen Charlotte Islands; from the Peace River region to the Southwest coast… our people and communities are coming together to celebrate 150 years of growth and progress…
And… even more important… to plan the way forward; to build on our achievements and create a new legacy that future generations can look to with pride.
Much has changed since 1858. We have grown from a series of frontier outposts to one of the most livable, attractive places anywhere — with some of the richest cultural diversity.
What hasn’t changed is the sense of opportunity in British Columbia. The same excitement, the same spirit of boundless possibility that drew people here in the 1800’s is, today, alive and well — and continues to draw people here from around the world.
But today our province has reached a turning point.
Investment to Jumpstart Economic Activity in B.C.’s Pine Beetle Infested Area
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – Geoscience BC today commended the provincial government for its commitment of $6 million in new funding to support mineral exploration work in pine-beetle affected areas of the province and $6 million for oil and gas exploration in B.C.’s frontier areas, which was announced in today’s provincial budget.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – The B.C. government’s commitment to increase funding for geoscience, support engagement with First Nations and direct resources to expedite the environmental assessment process will help stimulate continued investment in B.C.’s mineral exploration industry, said Dan Jepsen, President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC).
“The provisions announced in today’s budget will help expedite the environmental assessment process providing mineral exploration companies with greater certainty that their applications can be processed in a timely manner, which will help attract increased investment in the province,” said Jepsen.
Initial clearing work is set to begin on the longest new road right-of-way in Saskatchewan to link more than 1,200 residents of Wollaston Lake and the adjoining Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation with Highway 905 in the far north.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) supported many measures in BC Budget 2008 but expressed caution on some issues that could impact the mining sector.
“The 2008 Budget and its climate action provisions offer the mining industry some clear opportunities to work with government to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and ensure the long-term success of the industry,” said Byng Giraud, Vice President of Policy and Communications.
On September 19, 2007 the Government of Canada began receiving applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) which is one element of the court-supervised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Upon application and verification, eligible former students will receive $10,000 for the first year of residence, plus $3,000 for each school year (or part of a school year) after that.
Statistics as of February 19, 2008:
Total number of applications received: 87,638
Total number of applications currently in process: 999
Total number of applications requiring further information to complete processing: 16,171
Total number of applications processed: 70,468
– Number of payments issued: 56,445
– Number of applications not eligible for payment: 14,023
Manitoba News Release
February 19, 2008
LONG PLAIN—A new program to help young, rural and northern Aboriginal entrepreneurs develop business opportunities was launched today by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) Minister Rosann Wowchuk at the first annual general meeting of the Indian Agriculture Council of Manitoba.
FORT SIMPSON, NT — (special) — The newly selected Interim Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations (DFN) has no illusions about the problems and divisions he and his people face in the next few months, leading up to a summer General Assembly and an elected person to lead the on-going struggle with Canada for their indigenous rights.
“This is not about me, I am merely a person chosen to be a protector, a facilitator, an engineer if you like, who has been honoured by the confidence of his people to help prepare them for next assembly in June,” says Gerald (Jerry) Antoine, the 53-year-old Dehcho broadcaster who was chosen late last week to serve as interim Grand Chief of the DFN.
QUEBEC, Feb. 19 – “The future of our people is dependent upon our youth, who account for approximately 50% of our population”, declared the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, during a press briefing that took place during the First Nations Children and Youth Forum that is being held today, tomorrow and Thursday, in Quebec. “The holding of this Forum, the establishment of a supervision committee and the setting aside of places that are reserved for First Nations in the Faculties of medicine are concrete measures that stem directly from the Quebec First Nations Health and Social Services Blueprint, which was launched last autumn” added Mr. Ghislain Picard.
Tuesday February 19, 2008 – Toronto, Ontario – Inuit of Canada congratulate one of their own on the occasion of being inducted into the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame. Nellie Cournoyea will be honoured tonight at a gala supper in Toronto.
“Nellie’s life is a practical and vivid illustration of how one individual can provide a major contribution to the well being and advancement of individuals and communities at local, regional, territorial and national levels,” said ITK President Mary Simon. “This contribution extends across the North in her capacity as board member for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami as an influential Arctic leader.”
Economic Checklist Shows Saskatchewan Leading the Country in Many Key Areas
Premier Brad Wall told a sold-out audience at a luncheon held by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce that the province’s growing economy is at a tipping point and his government’s goal is to ensure the economic momentum continues.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, February 19, 2008–Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, today announced the appointments of prominent Canadians to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC):
Dr. Harold D. Kalman of Vancouver, British Columbia
Ms. Ingrid Diana Kritsch of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Dr. Jean-Claude Marsan of Montréal, Quebec
Ms. Loree Stewart of Marsh Lake, Yukon
Dr. David A. Sutherland of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
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(Vancouver, BC) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) President Bruce Dumont met with the MNBC Board of Directors this past week to discuss the upcoming Métis National Council (MNC) General Assembly set for February 23rd and 24th in Ottawa.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – Tres-Or Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:TRS) (“Tres-Or”) has extended the shallow platinum (Pt) and palladium (Pd) mineralization on our Mann Platinum/Palladium Project which was first reported in October, 2007. Further analyses from drill hole MAN07-02 have demonstrated that Pt+Pd mineralization of 0.50 grams per tonne (g/t) extends over 15.0 m from 16.6 to 31.6 m depth. Within this interval, pyroxenite yielded an enriched zone of 1.00 g/t over 4.2 m (see Table 1 below). The highest concentrations of Pt and Pd appear to be contained in the pyroxenite. On average, Pt is 37% and Pd 63% of the combined Pt+Pd numbers reported above. No other platinum group elements have been assayed yet.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Feb. 19, 2008) – Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (TSX:BIM) (“Baffinland” or the “Company”) today released the results of the Definitive Feasibility Study on Deposit No. 1 (the “DFS”) of its 100%-owned Mary River Project, located in Nunavut Territory, Canada. The DFS was managed by Aker Kvaerner E&C, a division of Aker Kvaerner Canada Inc. (“Aker Kvaerner”).
Tuesday February 19, 2008 – Toronto, Ontario – In anticipation of next week’s federal budget national Inuit President Mary Simon has made the link from the October 2007 Throne Speech to the February 26, 2008 Budget.
“Last October’s speech from the Throne clearly had the Arctic as one of its centerpieces,” says Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon. “In responding to the media following the Throne Speech we indicated that we were pleased with the references, however the proof of the government’s intentions would be in the next federal budget, scheduled for Tuesday February 26th at 4:00 p.m. With that in mind, Inuit will be paying close attention to see if the commitments from the Throne speech find their way into the Budget. Here are some of the items we will be looking for.”
WOODSTOCK, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Feb. 19, 2008) – On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac), today announced funding for the Assembly of First Nations Regional Office for New Brunswick and PEI.
Funding of $737,613 will allow the organization to support a range of activities in the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet languages over a three-year period. Activities will include language classes and workshops, immersion camps, teacher training, curriculum development, language documentation, development of language resource materials, and documentary filmmaking.
Amnesty International condemned the sentencing and $25,000 fine of a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation for his role in the Algonquins’ protest and occupation over uranium mining on disputed land near Sharbot Lake.
Hydro deals give first nations in B.C. a path to self-sufficiency
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
February 19, 2008 at 5:45 AM EST
VANCOUVER — On a sunny day last fall, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and Energy Minister Richard Neufeld donned traditional blankets and cedar headbands to take part in a native blessing ceremony for East Toba/Montrose, a $660-million hydroelectricity project just north of Powell River on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast.
Updated Mon. Feb. 18 2008 6:20 PM ET
The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — The trial of an Edmonton man accused of murdering two prostitutes begins Tuesday, but already advocates for women who work the Alberta capital’s streets are calling the proceedings against Thomas Svekla a victory.
Local film shows tragedies affecting First Nations Youth
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A local film continues to attract attention and highlight a national issue thats making a mark on First Nations Youth. ‘Seeking Bimaadizilwin’ a documentary on that deals with the tough topics of depression, suicide and racism continues to be shown around the city, most recently at Lakehead University. The screening provided students and film makers the chance to talk about solutions, and even share their own experiences. Filmmaker Michelle Derosier says the film has received a lot of local reaction.
New Whistler centre to showcase Squamish, Lil’wat cultures
February 18, 2008
THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian Press, 2008
WHISTLER, B.C. – The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the latest addition to the Whistler resort village, will feature exhibits including traditional and contemporary First Nations weavings, canoes carved from cedar logs, and artworks.
February 18, 2008 – Imperial Oil was recently honoured by the Alberta Chamber of Resources and the Alberta Ministry of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations for its collaborative partnership with First Nation and Métis communities.
The Rewarding Partnership Award was presented to Imperial in recognition of its Native Internship Program. The program provides paid on-the-job training for aboriginal peoples for up to two years with graduates gaining valuable technical experience working in field or plant operations.
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February 18, 2008
BHP Billiton announced today that Karen McMaster is the Project Manager for the “Northerners Helping Northerners” Feasibility Study.
Ms. McMaster is an independent Northern consultant and has worked as a natural resource lawyer, auditor and community development specialist. She is an advocate of positive change with a keen interest in enhancing communities and promoting sustainable development.
(February 13, 2008 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Acting President James Eetoolook today released the Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society, entitled Saqqiqpuq: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education in Nunavut. The annual report is an annual obligation of Article 32.3.4 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and the 2005-07 report focuses on the education system in Nunavut.
“Improving the education system and education results in Nunavut is a primary aspiration of NTI. Without renewed attention and investment from all stakeholders to improve kindergarten to Grade 12 education, Inuit will not be able to fully access the government’s obligations under the NLCA, access benefits of economic development, or fully access the necessary tools to build a fully functioning Inuit society,” said Eetoolook.
N.W.T. hockey buffs revel in Detroit ‘trip of a lifetime’
Last Updated: Monday, February 18, 2008 | 4:18 PM CT
Nine diehard hockey players from the Northwest Territories became the first team from northern Canada to square off against some former hockey greats in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, in a special game the players continue to talk about.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 18 – First Nations leaders and international experts will examine ways First Nations can implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People at a two-day symposium entitled: “Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.” The symposium will allow First Nations to examine ways they can move ahead with the UN Declaration in Canada.
WHITEHORSE, YUKON–(Feb. 18, 2008) – The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), today announced funding for two projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program, to ensure that Elders in Whitehorse have the opportunity to participate and take an active leadership role within their communities.
Speaking at the Elijah Smith Building, Minister Toews announced that $38,775 would be invested in two projects in the City of Whitehorse. This includes $23,775 for the Kluane First Nation and $15,000 for the Kwanlin Dun First Nation.
WOODSTOCK, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Feb. 18, 2008) – On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac), will make a funding announcement, tomorrow, in Woodstock, New Brunswick, concerning the Assembly of First Nations Regional Office for New Brunswick and PEI.
The Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Health and Community Services, responded to the announcement today by Federal Minister Loyola Hearn which has falsely left an impression in the public that new money has been allocated to health initiatives in the province.
“While we recognize the significant value in these projects for the people in our province, it should be made clear that these initiatives stem from broader initiatives which have already been announced,” said Minister Wiseman.
A Nunavik Governance Training Workshop was held in Kuujjuaq from February 12 to February 14, 2007. Twenty-one participants, drawn from the Nunavik (Makivik) negotiation team, Nunavik organizations and training experts, attended the workshop and discussed the needs in governance training for the future government of Nunavik.
Given the importance of insuring the Nunavik Regional Government is ready to function on Effective Date and that the quality and standard of programs and services that will fall under its responsibility are maintained, the work for the completion of an Implementation Plan has already begun. The Implementation Plan identifies all the activities that need to be undertaken to insure the amalgamation of the 3 Organizations (KRG, KSB and NRBHSS) and the setting up and functioning of the new Government take place in an orderly, timely and efficient manner.
ST. JOHN’S, NL – Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced almost $1,000,000 in community-based investments to improve the health and well-being of some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most vulnerable populations.
Complaints Registry for Denials of Non-Insured Health Benefits and Access Problems
TO: First Nation Chiefs and Councils; Provincial and Territorial Organizations; Tribal Councils and Treaty Groups; Health Directors, Nurses, Community Health Representatives and other Community Health Program Workers
FR: Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
RE: Complaints Registry for Denials of NIHB Benefits and Access Problems
Last year the AFN NIHB Caucus asked the Assembly of First Nations to set up a complaints registry for people who have been denied or who are experiencing trouble accessing Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHBs). The purpose of collecting the information is not to lobby on a case-by-case basis, and will not replace the appeals process. While we will continue to find ways to help individuals experiencing access problems, the goal of the Complaints Registry Project will be to gather evidence-based information, stories and case studies that can be used to advocate for overall improvements services and funding. The confidentiality of individuals will be protected, their names will not be released publicly
(Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver, BC) – First Nations leaders and international experts will gather in North Vancouver this week to examine ways First Nations can implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People at a two-day symposium entitled: “Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.” The symposium will allow First Nations to examine ways they can move ahead with the UN Declaration in Canada, despite the federal government’s recent rejection.