IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MéTIS PEOPLE AIM OF HISTORIC TALKS
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 — Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Press Release
Improving the quality of life for Métis people in Ontario is the aim of historic talks announced today by Michael Bryant, Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Tony Belcourt, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).
The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is in the beginning phases of establishing a mapping and geographic information system (GIS) support service for First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations. This new program falls under our Information Services sector.
The purpose of this survey is to identify the priorities and needs of Indigenous communities across the country that are involved in or require mapping and GIS activities. From the responses to this survey, we will adapt our program to support the priorities identified.
Crowe won’t seek return to role as FSIN senate chair
Resigned after vote to reinstate Ahenakew
Janet French, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations’ senator Roland Crowe says he will not be seeking his old role as senate chair, even though controversial figure David Ahenakew turned down a post in the organization.
The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. New features include a New and Noteworthy blog, access to an online environmental library, and more! Please visit the document provided below to explore these and other new and exciting features.
OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the 102nd Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, April 11, 2008, at 10:30 a.m.
16th May 2008 Friday
Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton, AB
Creating Hope Society is a non-profit Aboriginal organization with members that have life experiences in the Canadian child welfare system and now recognize that we are in third generation of child welfare. Our mandate is building strength to create hope for the future of Aboriginal people impacted by the child welfare system.
OTTAWA — The federal government will create a giant new national park covering 7,600 square kilometres along one of the country’s most spectacular northern rivers, Environment Minister John Baird announced yesterday.
Paul J. Henderson, The Times
Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Alleged spending irregularities at the Soowahlie Indian Band have frustrated past council members and elders, but the response received from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is offering no satisfaction.
Ontario’s top-ranking police officer is being pressured to attend an Ontario Human Rights Commission mediation session over an arrest made near a Six Nations occupation that some say shows the police treat aboriginal and non-aboriginal protesters differently.
The issue of Aborginial Rights was raised at Queen’s Park during Question Period. Howard Hampton, the NDP leader questioned Minister Michael Bryant asking the Minister why he has not moved to free members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Band who are in jail under contempt of court convictions.
The independent voice of treaty making in British Columbia
‘Common table’ established
The formation of a common table to advance treaty negotiations took another step with an agreement to move forward.
It has been agreed a common table comprising representatives from the governments of Canada, BC and First Nations will identify the issues and obstacles to progress and seek options that may be applied at individual treaty tables to expedite treaty negotiations. The Treaty Commission will chair meetings of the common table.
TORONTO, April 7 – Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW, NYSE: HWD) today reported fourth quarter and annual results for the period ending January 31, 2008. Fourth quarter sales increased 22% to $188.2 million with consolidated earnings from operations of $59.1 million, a 59% increase over the comparable quarter of the prior year. As a result, net earnings grew to $90.4 million or $1.55 per share, compared to $27.3 million or $0.47 per share for the fourth quarter of the prior year.
TORONTO, April 7 – Michael Bryant, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Tony Belcourt, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario, will announce the launch of formal discussions aimed at developing a new framework agreement, which will strengthen the relationship between the Ontario Government and Métis people across the province.
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Operating Grants Boosted Seven Per Cent, Student Bursaries Doubled; Tuition Allowed to Slowly Increase While Guarding Against Rate Shock: McGifford
Funding for post-secondary education in 2008 will boost university and college operating grants, double student bursaries and extend the tuition freeze this year while allowing tuition to gradually return to 1999 levels beginning next year, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford announced today.
TransCanada pipeline encroaches on aboriginal territorial rights
Lubicon fight proposed TransCanada pipeline
April 04, 2008
by: Kate Harries
TORONTO – The Lubicon Lake Indian Nation in northern Alberta is gearing up to fight a proposed jumbo pipeline that would carry natural gas from the Mackenzie Valley in the west to the oil sands developments to the east.
TORONTO, April 7 – The Ontario Regional Chief and the First Nations Political Confederacy met with Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant on Friday April 4, 2008 for the initial meeting of the Ipperwash Implementation Priorities and Action Committee. This Committee, co-chaired by the Ontario Regional Chief and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, is the oversight body for the implementation activities of the Final Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations.
Ottawa, Canada (AHN) – The Assembly of First Nations plan to hold a direct action event on May 29 at Parliament to air their grievances, particularly on poverty that has been gripping the aborigines of Canada.
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Adanac Molybdenum Corporation (TSX:AUA)(PINK SHEETS:AUAYF)(FRANKFURT:A9N) is pleased to announce that the federal comprehensive study under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is now underway. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as the federal responsible authority for the project assessment, now invites the public to comment, until May 3, 2008, on the proposed scope of the project, the proposed factors to be considered, the proposed scope of those factors and the ability of the comprehensive study to address issues relating to the project.
HAY RIVER, NT – April 7 — With one of the most critical Assemblies in its history coming up in just over two months, the leadership of the Dehcho First Nations (DFN) spent four days here last week planning strategies and actions to prepare the membership for their June Assembly at Kakisa Lake.
HALIFAX — Labrador’s Inuit government votes this week on a motion to ban uranium mining for three years, a step that some residents of a remote community near a proposed mine say could cost them their jobs.
Saskatchewan First Nations
Saskatchewan Tribal Councils
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN)
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To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Call for Applications – Birds of Prey
The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) is announcing a Call for Applications for Birds of Prey items from Eagles, Hawks and other raptors. SICC is requesting any First Nation individual or First Nation community that requires Birds of Prey items to fill out the relevant part of the attached application and return the completed form to:
Frontiers Foundation is looking for people willing to help build / renovate, safe, warm homes in partnership with northern Ontario and Manitoba mainly aboriginal families. If you have construction experience, share it with those who want to train on site. All travel, accommodation and food expenses plus volunteer allowances are provided.
Meaningful volunteer work producing enduring good news for and with our fellow Canadians. Three month commitment preferable, but negotiable.
OTTAWA, Ontario, April 7, 2008–Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird and Parliamentary Secretary Rod Bruinooge, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, today announced that another National Park Reserve will be created in Canada’s north. The Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve will be situated in the Sahtú Settlement Area of the Northwest Territories in the upper South Nahanni watershed, and is one and a half times the size of Prince Edward Island.
Agenda: EDUCATION: HELPING FAILING ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
From social liability to economic asset: It can be done
April 7, 2008
Paul Collier’s prize-winning book, The Bottom Billion, should be read by every Canadian with an interest in the future of our aboriginal people and anyone looking for a way to turn a social liability into an economic asset.
We at CMJ have written recently about the conflicts between Aboriginal peoples and the mining industry. And we have been taken to task by some readers when they think we would further disenfranchise native bands. That has never been our intention. Instead, we have tried to point out how contentious these issues are. To say that a dispute that lands people in jail is “contentious” is an understatement.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(April 7, 2008) – NaiKun Wind Group Inc. (“NaiKun”) (TSX VENTURE:NKW) is pleased to announce the appointments of Paul Taylor and Steven Eckert to the company’s senior-executive team. Mr. Eckert’s appointment is effective today, while Mr. Taylor’s is effective May 5, 2008.
OTTAWA — CPAWS welcomes today’s announcement by Environment Minister John Baird that lands comprising the headwaters of the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories have been temporarily protected to enable the creation of a new national park, to be called Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO].
Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson today congratulated the Manitoba artists who won 2008 Juno Awards.
“Amid Canada’s vibrant music industry, Manitoba continues to be seen as the home of a cutting-edge music scene. This year’s winners represented our province’s eclectic tastes and diversity and will act as Manitoba ambassadors on the national stage,” said Robinson. “I would also like to congratulate the City of Calgary and the people of Alberta for hosting such a successful and entertaining event.”
Larger than Banff, New Park Will Build on 40 Million Acres Protected in the Boreal Forest in the Past Year
April 7, 2008 – Ottawa
Larry Innes, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, joined other conservationists in celebrating today’s announcement of plans to develop a new national park in the headwaters of the Nahanni.
Art Demos & Exhibitions
by Dana Sipos
The Aurora Arts Society invites the artist community (and the folks who love them) to gather at Northern United Place from 7pm-9pm on April 11 for another For Arts Sake Artists’ Social. This will be the fourth Artists’ Social hosted by the AAS, with more planned for the future. The Artists’ Socials reflect the desire and commitment of the Aurora Arts Society to establish a gathering place for artists to meet, greet and show their stuff in a budget-conscious style.