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Media advisory – Celebration Honours Rideau Canal Workers

OTTAWA, Aug. 29 – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and its Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) component have been instrumental in organizing a tribute to the 6,000 workers who built the Rideau Canal.

Timed to coincide with the Labour Day weekend, the event focuses on the contribution made by the workers who made the Canal a reality. Over 4,000 workers were injured on the job and 1,000 died as a result of injury or malaria. The event brings to a close the celebration of the Canal’s 175th anniversary.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071127 Views

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Recovering Residential School Survivors’ Lost Names

AUGUST 28, 2007 — When she was 26, Bessie Quirt left her Ontario home to teach at a residential school in the Northwest Territories. “At four o’clock we landed at Hay River,” she wrote in her diary on Aug. 3, 1929. “I could scarcely believe that I was actually in the flesh at the Hay River Indian School.” Seventy-eight years later, General Synod archives staff are reading through Miss Quirt’s faded notes–and hundreds of other documents–to find names of former residential school students.

These names are needed as evidence before former students can receive the Common Experience Payment or join the later Independent Assessment Process, two avenues of compensation available through the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Since many of the original enrolment records have been lost, the federal government commissioned other archives, including General Synod’s, to find proof of students’ attendance in alternate material.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071634 Views

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Toromont Selected by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. to Supply Equipment and Service for Meadowbank Gold Mine in Nunavut

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Aug. 29, 2007) – Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSX:TIH) announced today that it has been selected by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited to supply the mobile equipment and power systems needs of the Meadowbank Project north of Baker Lake, Nunavut – the Territory’s newest open pit gold mine.

In the fall of 2007, Toromont’s CAT division will provide three high efficiency, low emission, 2 Megawatt Arctic-grade power modules for the construction phase of the Mine. Starting in 2008 and completing in 2009, Toromont CAT will provide a total of six 4.4 Megawatt power modules for the main power plant complete with heat recovery facilities and plant controls. The total nominal output capacity of Meadowbank Mine main power plant will be 26 Megawatts.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071676 Views

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Affordable Housing Complex For Individuals And Families Opens In Regina

News Release – August 29, 2007

Red Ribbon Place, a 12-unit apartment style building for low-income individuals and families, officially opened its doors today in Regina. Located in North Central Regina at the corner of 5th Avenue and Rae Street, the project is a joint venture between All Nations Hope AIDS Network and AIDS Program South Saskatchewan, with funding assistance through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation.

“Today’s announcement is about helping more vulnerable people live in safe, affordable homes and making life better for Saskatchewan families, which is what our housing strategy, HomeFirst, is all about,” Advanced Education and Employment Minister Warren McCall said on behalf of Community Resources Minister Kevin Yates. “This project also supports our objective to help revitalize inner-city neighbourhoods. Our government is committed to help maintain the quality of life in this province, and housing is an important part of that.”

by NationTalk on August 30, 2007999 Views

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The Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate (SRAD) and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, are collaborating to develop a photographic exhibition which will illustrate and ‘put a face on’ living conditions in rural and urban First Nations and Inuit communities. The objective is to tell a story of the varying conditions in these communities, and of what it is like to live there. The exhibition will combine photographs with maps and graphs based on SRAD research about levels of well-being in rural and urban First Nation and Inuit communities.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071618 Views

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs Fully Supports Nadleh Whut’en’s Call for Resolution


(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, August 29, 2007) “In January 2006, the UBCIC Chiefs Council passed Resolution 2006-06 rejecting the FRA template on the basis that the benefits provided do not constitute an acceptable standard for economic accommodation for the infringement of Aboriginal Title and Rights; recognition of Aboriginal Title is fundamental to the success of the New Relationship and provisions within the template has an opposite effect; and the allocation under the agreement must include long-term tenures.” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

by NationTalk on August 30, 2007946 Views

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Community Spirit oosts Aboriginal Students’ Centre

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 1:15 PM

A cultural, spiritual and academic centre for Aboriginal students currently under construction at the University of Manitoba received a philanthropic boost from South Beach Casino on August 29.

The casino presented a $50,000 cheque to university president and vice-chancellor Emőke Szathmáry as part of its Community Spirit Fund, which supports educational, cultural, recreational and other projects of importance to the local community.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071187 Views

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Publications – The Chicot Decisions: Permit Set Aside in NWT Due to Exclusion of Aboriginal Group in Final Stages of Regulatory Process

Vancouver – August 28, 2007

A recent Federal Court decision set aside a land use permit issued in the Northwest Territories by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to Paramount Resources Ltd. on the basis of a failure to properly consult with the Ka’a’Gee Tu First Nation (“KTFN”).

by NationTalk on August 29, 20073129 Views

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The University of Saskatchewan Library, the Office of the President and the Aboriginal Students’ Centre cordially invite You to a “Party with the iPortal”

Join in the celebration of the Success of the Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal), an Online Research Tool (available at consisting of more than 6000 full-text resources specific to Indigenous Studies.

Thursday August 30, 2007
Quance Theatre, Education Building

10:30 am: Opening Ceremony with Elders Walter and Maria Linklater, as well as Drummers
10:35 am: Presentation by Deborah Lee, iPortal Team Leader
11:30 am: Wrap up with Drummers

Refreshments to follow in the Education Student Lounge

Please RSVP acceptances only to Jacque McLeod at 966-5927or email

by NationTalk on August 29, 2007981 Views

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Revamped NSI Storytellers Training Program Seeks Aboriginal Writers to Develop New Show for APTN

Media Release
August 29, 2007

Winnipeg – Responding to market-need, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in association with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has redesigned NSI Storytellers to develop above-the-line Aboriginal broadcast talent. Aboriginal writers eager to learn the craft of writing television drama are encouraged to apply at Working individually and as a group the selected candidates will create six scripts for a half hour daytime serial that may go into production for broadcast on APTN.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071438 Views

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Province Issues Decisions On Three Aquaculture Licenses

For Immediate Release
Aug. 29, 2007

Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

VICTORIA – The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has issued one new finfish aquaculture licence to Grieg Seafood for a site in Nootka Sound. An amendment to an existing aquaculture license at Middle Point in Campbell River has been approved to allow the use of containment bag technology. An application for culturing geoduck in Open Bay off Quadra Island has been rejected.

The licence issued to Grieg Seafood applies to a site in Nootka Sound on the southwest shore of Gore Island, King Passage. In a separate statutory approval, the ministry also approved Crown land tenure for this site.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071156 Views

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Arctic Infrastructure Key to Protect Sovereignty

Wed 29 Aug 2007

IQALUIT – NDP Leader Jack Layton called on Prime Minister Harper to use a portion of the higher-than-forecast, multi-billion federal surplus to invest in much needed northern community infrastructure, such as a deep-water port in Iqaluit. Layton made the announcement following a meeting with Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik and a tour of the community with Iqaluit Mayor, Elisapee Sheutiapik.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071030 Views

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Indian Residential School Settlement Update for August 29th, 2007

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada has provided the following information regarding the premature release of the draft copy of the CEP application form.

Questions and Answers


Q1. Is it possible to submit an application for the Common Experience Payment before September 19, 2007?

A1: No, the final and official application form for the Common Experience Payment will not be available until September 19, 2007. All former students who have registered at or by calling 1-866-879-4913, will receive the application in the mail from the Court Administrator on September 19th or soon after. Application forms will also be available after September 19, 2007 on-line at and at or by calling 1-866-699-1742 (TYY 1-800-926-91058).

Any application forms which are filled out before and submitted September 19, 2007 are not the official forms. These unofficial forms cannot be accepted and will not result in former students receiving their payments any sooner than those who fill out the official form after September 19, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071092 Views

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Wuskwatim Generating Station Continues To Move Forward: Selinger

Manitoba News Release
August 29, 2007

Nelson House-Finance Minister Greg Selinger, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, was here today as part of a series of provincewide meetings designed to give Manitobans an opportunity for input into the next provincial budget. The minister also used the opportunity to provide an update on the Wuskwatim Generating Station.
“Together with our partners, we continue to make significant progress on the 200-megawatt Wuskwatim Generating Station,” said Selinger. “We have already commissioned the project’s $8.3-million construction power substation and awarded over $200 million in contracts for Wuskwatim projects.”

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071097 Views

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Boomerang Uranium Project – 2007 Drilling Update


CALGARY, Aug. 29 – In July 2007 Uravan Minerals Inc. (“Uravan”) and Cameco Corporation (“Cameco”) commenced a reconnaissance diamond drill program on the Boomerang Uranium Project, Southwest Thelon Basin, NT. To date a total of four (4) diamond drill holes (BL07-67 to BL07-70) have been completed amounting to 1574.3 meters drilled. Specific drill targets were selected by employing a TDEM (Time Domain Electromagnetic) large fixed-loop ground geophysical survey technique over the most favorable conductive ‘peaks’
identified in an earlier 2005 MEGATEM airborne survey. Peak conductive-sites along the G-trend were surveyed using two survey-lines, 200 meters apart, oriented approximately NW-SE. The survey-lines were 1000 or 2000 meters long incorporating two 800 x 400 meter transmitter-loops positioned at the end of the lines.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071097 Views

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Canada Winter Games Legacy – Athletes’ Village Residences Now Home to Seniors, Students

August 28, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Minister of Community Services Glenn Hart officially transferred the two athletes’ village residences to Rudy Couture, chair of Yukon Housing Corporation’s board of directors, and Yukon College President Terry Weninger, in a ceremony today at Yukon College.

“These residences provided lodging for young athletes from all over the country during the 2007 Canada Winter Games,” Hart said. “Now, the long-term benefits are kicking into effect: we can provide safe, comfortable and affordable homes to seniors, and to student families. That’s a legacy we are proud of.”

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071101 Views

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Ontario Releases Plan for Woodland Caribou Signature Site

August 29, 2007

Site’s Natural And Cultural Resources To Be Protected

TORONTO — The Ontario government is releasing the final management plan for the Woodland Caribou Signature Site in northwestern Ontario, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay said today.

“The plan protects the site’s unique features, including rare woodland caribou, while allowing for appropriate recreational uses as part of the economic strategy for the area,” Ramsay said.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071343 Views

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HRSDC: Housing for Homeless Aboriginal Seniors Opens

HAMILTON, ONTARIO–(Aug. 29, 2007) – Today, representatives from the federal and provincial governments, the City of Hamilton, as well as partners, guests and community supporters participated in a traditional Aboriginal ceremony to mark the grand opening of the Koo gaa da win Manitou complex for homeless Aboriginal seniors. This project is helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of Aboriginal seniors.

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Art of Living Foundation: Global Leadership Training for First Nation Youth

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Aug. 29, 2007) – The first Canadian YLTP (Youth Leadership Training Program) from the Art of Living Foundation was launched in St. Theresa Point First Nation, Manitoba. Eleven youth from the isolated Island Lake community participated in the intensive and experience-rich program from August 9-19, 2007.

As part of an on-going commitment to work with youth leaders and other member of the community of St. Theresa Point, the Art of Living Foundation has partnered with the Ministry of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and Four Arrows Regional Health Authority for this YLTP. YLTP integrates physical yoga practices, meditation, breathing techniques and leadership skills for a holistic long-term approach to community development.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071286 Views

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Global Television Garners 27 Nominations for 2007 Gemini Awards





TORONTO, Aug. 28 – Global Television is pleased to announce its original programming has received 27 nominations for the 2007 Gemini Awards, including high-profile categories – Best Anchor, Kevin Newman and Best Newscast, Global National.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television revealed the nominees for the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards earlier today – For the complete list of nominees, please visit:

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Injunction Issued Which Aims at Ending Peaceful Protest in Eastern Ontario

Algonquins Face Aggressive New Injunction and Call on Premier McGuinty to Negotiate

Ardoch First Nation, August 28th, 2007 – Mr. Justice Thomson of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kingston issued a new order late today which aims at ending the peaceful protest by the Ardoch Algonquins and their allies. The Algonquins are currently occupying a proposed uranium mine site in eastern Ontario where a company called Frontenac Ventures Corporation wants to explore for uranium and eventually open a mine.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071315 Views

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Funding Awarded to Participate in the Environmental Assessment of the Bruce Power New Build and Operation Project

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry
Proposal to Construct and Operate New Nuclear Reactors

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OTTAWA, August 28, 2007 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded $50,000 to four applicants in support of their participation in the environmental assessment by a joint review panel of the proposed Bruce Power New Build and Operation Project in Tiverton, Ontario, east of lake Huron.

The funding recipients are: Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Northwatch Coalition for Environmental Protection, Greenpeace Canada and Citizens for Renewable Energy.

by NationTalk on August 29, 2007965 Views

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Provincial Investment Drives New Infrastructure Projects In Northwestern Ontario – #920048

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
August 28, 2007 – 219

More Than Million Earmarked For Improvements

KENORA – The Ontario government is investing in important infrastructure development projects that will help improve quality of life in an Ontario Far North First Nation and support new skills training opportunities in Northwestern Ontario, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Our investments will help deliver new and improved services that literally have the potential to be life altering in terms of an individual’s future learning and livelihood opportunities,” said Bartolucci. “Preparing northerners to drive new economic activity is fundamental to developing a successful Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.”

by NationTalk on August 29, 2007940 Views

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Alternative Solution To Fishing Lake Clean-up

News Release – August 28, 2007

Work on a channel designed to remove water from around the homes and cabins on Fishing Lake has been halted after Fishing Lake First Nation expressed concerns with the long-term effects the construction may have on water levels at the lake. Construction of temporary berms was part of the original plan and will be the go forward solution. Work on the temporary berms will begin immediately in those communities that have expressed support for the structures. Discussions with other affected communities will begin immediately.

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Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation to Host Community Celebration

August 28, 2007

Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation will host a community celebration featuring Adam Beach, Daylin James, and the Webequie Fiddlers in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation community Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1, 2007.

The community celebration is part of Chief Connie Gray-McKay and Council’s plan to promote healing among their people.

Mishkeegogamang, which is located approximately 30 km east of Pickle Lake, Ontario, has encountered various challenges impacting the well-being of community members. By hosting celebrations and focusing on positive gatherings and community togetherness, Chief and Council hope to rejuvenate the community.

Chief Gray-McKay and her Council are committed to hosting similar celebrations to promote community healing every three to four months.

Entertainment will take place this Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

For more information please contact Destini Skunk at (807) 928 2881.

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Celebrate Edmonton’s past, present and future at the 19th Annual Storytelling Festival at Fort Edmonton Park

“So Where Ya From, Eh?”

Edmonton, August 27, 2007 – Fort Edmonton Park and the Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling (T.A.L.E.S.) is proud to present the 19th annual Storytelling Festival. The storytellers capture moments in Alberta’s history with tales of how people came to our province and the dreams they brought with them. Using engaging stories, song and games, the storytellers make this an event for the whole family to enjoy!

Date: Sunday, September 2 & Monday, September 3
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Fort Edmonton Park

Admission: Child $6.50
Adult $13.00
Youth/Senior $9.75
Family/Grandparent Pass $39.00

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071384 Views

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Funding Awarded to Participate in the Environmental Assessment of the Ontario Power Generation’s Deep Geologic Repository Project

OTTAWA, Aug. 28 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded $50 000 to six applicants in support of their participation in the environmental assessment process by a joint review panel for the proposed construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in Tiverton, Ontario, east of Lake Huron.

The funding recipients are: Northwatch Coalition for Environment Protection, Citizens for Renewable Energy, Greenpeace Canada, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination and the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.

by NationTalk on August 28, 20071035 Views

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Media Advisory/Human Resources and Social Development Canada

HAMILTON, ONTARIO–(Aug. 28, 2007) – Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, will participate in the official grand opening ceremony of the Koo gaa da win Manitou complex in Hamilton on August 29, 2007.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

There will be media availability immediately following the announcement.

DATE: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Koo gaa da win Manitou Complex 42 Mary Street Hamilton, Ontario

For more information, please contact

Office of Minister Solberg
Pema Lhalungpa
Press Secretary

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Media Relations Office

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National Aboriginal Regatta Kahnawake, Quebec

Onake Paddling Club
Kahnawake, Quebec

Sprint Canoe & Kayak 200 & 500 metres
Marathon Canoe & Kayak 3,000 & 5,000 metres
Dragonboat 500 metres
War Canoe 500 metres

All competitors should be Aboriginal competitive members of a CanoeKayak Canada Sprint CanoeKayak Club or Aboriginal members of a CKC Provincial Marathon Racing Organization. General members of CKC Sprint member clubs will be eligible to compete upon payment of $10pp to cover insurance costs.

Entry forms will be posted on the CKC website at on July 15th, 2007

Travel assistance may be available through your CKC Provincial Aboriginal Paddling Initiative program. More information will be forthcoming on funding.

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Canada’s New Government Announces $1 million to support Aboriginal Nursing Program at the University of Lethbridge

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August 28, 2007
For immediate release

Canada’s New Government Announces $1 million to support Aboriginal Nursing Program at the University of Lethbridge

Standoff, Alberta – Today, Rick Casson, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Tony Clement, announced $1 million over three years under the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative to help increase the number of Aboriginal nurses working in Canada’s health care system, particularly in First Nations communities.

“Canada’s New Government understands the importance of ensuring that there are enough health care workers in Canada who can provide communities with the best health care possible,” said Mr. Casson. “That’s why we’re introducing new programs like the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative, which will focus on recruiting and retaining Aboriginal nurses to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.”

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Canada’s new government Invests Over $1 Million in The Eastmain and Wemindji Airports, in Northern Quebec

No. Q 009/07
For release August 28, 2007

MONTREAL — The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the award of two contracts totalling more than $1 million for various repair work at the Eastmain and Wemindji airports in Northern Quebec.

“This investment demonstrates our government’s commitment to maintain infrastructure in remote communities,” said Minister Cannon. “In addition to ensuring the safety of airport users, the investments will allow the airports to better meet the transportation needs for goods and people of these communities of Northern Quebec.”

by NationTalk on August 28, 20071158 Views

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MInister Visits First Nations Communities

August 27, 2007 – Fredericton
Aboriginal Affairs

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, is visiting all 15 First Nations communities in the province. This is a follow-up to signing of the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Province of New Brunswick Relationship Building Bilateral Agreement. The minister recently presented a commemorative copy of the historic bilateral accord to the chief and council of St. Mary’s First Nation. From left: councillors Gina Brooks, Alan Polchies Jr. And Percy Sacobie; Minister Doherty; Annette Paul, councillor; Chief Candace Paul, and councillor Brad Paul.

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Canada’s New Government Supports Prairie Spirit Connections of Regina

REGINA, August 28, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister for Democratic Reform, and Member of Parliament (Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre), today announced funding of up to $70,000 for Prairie Spirit Connections to help fund its Tending the Fire Healing Program.

“With support from Canada’s New Government, Prairie Spirit’s healing program will enable Aboriginal young people to participate in an anger management program where they will develop a better understanding of themselves and how they relate to the world,” said Minister Verner. “Eight culture camps at Carry the Kettle First Nation will provide lessons in drum making and traditional songs, as well as access to Elders. These activities will empower youth, develop their leadership skills and help them make positive life choices.”

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Apex Resources Group Announces Appointment of New Director and Updates of Pipeline Project

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 27 — Apex Resources Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: APXR) announces the appointment of Mr. Rafiq Chinoy to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Chinoy has a College Degree from Mukalla, South Yemen and migrated to Canada in the 1980’s. Mr. Chinoy owns and operates a Corporate Travel business in Vancouver, B.C. Mr. Chinoy is a Private Investor and will be instrumental in negotiating Private Placement funding for the Company.

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The Canadian Club of Montreal – Business Leaders Speak Out !

MONTREAL, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ – Starting Friday, September 14, the
Canadian Club of Montreal will present its 2007-08 series of luncheons,
featuring 22 guest speakers who are leaders in their respective fields. They
will come to discuss current affairs or to share their thoughts on topics that
interest, fascinate and motivate them. Here is the schedule of luncheons in
the Club’s “CEO rendez-vous” series of speeches (noon to 2 p.m.).

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Urgent Notice – Common Experience Application

Assembly of First Nations Indian Residential Schools Unit – August 23, 2007

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Ontario Heritage Trust Seeks Nominations of Young Heritage Volunteers

TORONTO, Aug. 27 – The Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking nominations of youth aged 18 and under for its 2007 Young Heritage Leaders program. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

Through this annual program, municipal councils, regional councils, First Nation band councils, Métis community councils and schools can recognize local youth for significant voluntary contributions to built, cultural or natural heritage preservation in their communities.

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Ontario’s Decision to Procure More Renewable Energy Good News for Canada’s Wind Energy Industry

OTTAWA, Aug. 27 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is encouraged by Energy Minister Dwight Duncan’s announcement today that the Ontario government has directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to procure a further 2000 MW of new renewable energy, including wind energy, in the province. The directive calls on the OPA to issue a request for proposals for an initial 500 MW of new renewable energy before the end of the year.

“We are pleased that the Ontario government has moved to create new opportunities for the wind energy industry in Ontario and to continue to pursue the development of the province’s vast wind energy resources,” said Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. “From our research we know that a significant majority of Ontario’s citizens believe that wind power is leading Ontario to a clean energy future. This announcement should be well received by all those wanting to stimulate new economic development in rural communities while supporting a healthier environment and a solution to climate change.”

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Media Advisory: Health Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Aug. 27, 2007) – Rick Casson, MP for Lethbridge, will announce Government of Canada funding for Aboriginal Nursing Students.

Date Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m. MDT
Location Great Hall Blood Tribe Health Department Standoff, Alberta

For more information, please contact

Media Inquiries:
Health Canada, Alberta Region
Suzanne Sauve-Hiron, Regional Communications Officer

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Recruitment, Retention, Advancement Workshop: An Employer’s Map to Aboriginal Inclusion

Date: October 18, 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC

Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion Workshop
Thursday, October 18, 2007
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Host Organization: BC Hydro
Custom Service Meeting Room
2nd Floor, 333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

Training Workshop
Join us for an interactive workshop that presents the competitive advantage of Aboriginal inclusion.

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Miramar Reports Update on Doris North Feasibility

Mon Aug 27, 2007

-Final Public hearing for water licence held August 13 – 14, 2007-

VANCOUVER – Miramar Mining Corporation today announced progress on the updated feasibility Study for Doris North Project and on the final public hearing held by the Nunavut Water Board on the water license application.

An update to the initial Doris North feasibility study announced in 2003 was expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2007. The two year Doris North project is scheduled to commence operations in the third quarter of 2008. It has become apparent to management that in order to allow the Company sufficient time to complete a feasibility study, environmental assessment, permitting and construction of Phase II to come on line without a production hiatus after Doris North, the mine life at Doris North must be extended. Consequently the scope of the updated Doris Feasibility study has been expanded to include additional production from the Doris Central zone. The study is now expected to be announced early in the fourth quarter of this year.

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DNA Tests Confirm Origin Of Alouette Sockeye

For Immediate Release
Aug. 24, 2007

Ministry of Environment

MAPLE RIDGE – Genetic sampling by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) of sockeye salmon that have reappeared in the Alouette River system after an 80-year absence has confirmed that the fish originated from kokanee found in Alouette Reservoir, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.

The Ministry of Environment, partner agencies, stakeholders and local First Nations gathered in Maple Ridge today to discuss the results of DNA testing at a meeting of the Alouette Monitoring Committee. The samples show that the fish share the same genes as the kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon) in the reservoir, and the kokanee are thought to represent the original sockeye population that disappeared after a hydroelectric dam and reservoir were built on the river in the 1920s.

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Canada Fulfills Obligations Under The Manitoba Northern Flood Agreement

WINNIPEG, (August 24, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians, today announced the conversion to reserve status of 10,281 acres of provincial Crown land for the benefit of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) under the First Nation’s 1996 Comprehensive Northern Flood Agreement (NFA) Implementation Agreement.

“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that legal obligations are fulfilled under the Northern Flood Agreement, in which the Nisichawayasihk Cree First Nation was impacted by the operation of Manitoba hydro electric projects,” said Minister Strahl.

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Country Artists Say Thank You To Their Fans


Toronto, ON – (August 24) The Canadian Country Music Association has released the names of the artists who will be performing one of the largest Canadian fan appreciation parties in country music each year: FanFest. Admission is free, and the party not only delivers over a dozen stars on stage – but autographs and photo opportunities with the stars themselves.

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Achievement Foundation’s Career Fair Scheduled for Montreal

          Achievement Foundation’s Aboriginal Youth Career Fair Scheduled for October in Montreal Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO–(Aug. 27, 2007) – A high energy and engaging one-day career fair for Aboriginal high school students is being brought to the Palais des Congres in Montreal on […]

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Jason Loutitt, U of M Recreation Grad Runs 15,200 Miles Across ‘Blue Planet’

Monday, August 27, 2007 1:00 PM

Jason Loutitt (BRMCD, University of Manitoba), a member of the Team Canada Mountain running team for the past three years, is one of Canada’s rising marathon runners and is currently participating in the Blue Planet Run, a first-ever global mobile effort to make safe drinking water a reality for everyone.

Jason heard about the Blue Planet Run through the Blue Planet Run Foundation Web site and felt inspired to be involved in “something amazing.” As an Aboriginal athlete, Jason hopes he accentuates the talent and determination found within those sharing his cultural roots, as well as within other Canadian youths. Jason feels close to the Blue Planet Run Foundation’s cause because unsafe drinking water is a pressing issue in many of Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Additionally, he is affiliated with the David Suzuki Foundation, a Canadian-based environmental organization that advocates balancing human needs with environmental sustainability. Jason counts David Suzuki as one of his heroes.

by NationTalk on August 27, 20071264 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority

SASKATOON, August 27, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), today announced the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority will receive up to $17,504 for a project entitled “Tipeyimiso, Atot Ekwa Itasiwewin: To Govern Oneself, Engage and Consult.” These funds will help provide innovative ways for Aboriginal youth to learn about their rich cultural heritage.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to helping Aboriginal youth reach their full potential, and we are pleased to support the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority,” said Minister Verner. “By providing access to a variety of cultural activities such as leadership camps, and song and drum camps, “Tipeyimiso, Atot Ekwa Itasiwewin” will increase young people’s knowledge and pride in First Nations culture, which will in turn help them build stronger, healthier communities.”

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Selinger to Host Pre-budget Consultations in Nelson House and Thompson

August 27, 2007

Finance Minister Greg Selinger today announced pre-budget consultations, designed to give Manitobans an opportunity for input into the 2008 budget.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Duncan Wood Memorial Hall in Nelson House.

The second meeting will also be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29at 7 p.m. at the Steelworkers Hall, 19 Elizabeth Dr. in Thompson.

by NationTalk on August 27, 20071059 Views

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Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Conference to Focus on Key ‘Impact Issues’ in Ontario’s Energy Sector

OEA Leader of the Year and Company of the Year Recipients to be Announced at Annual Awards Dinner

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Aug. 27, 2007) – The Ontario Energy Association’s 2007 Annual General Meeting and Conference – scheduled for September 5th and 6th at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre in Niagara Falls – will feature keynote addresses by Federal Liberal Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition Stephane Dion, and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine. It will also include three main plenary sessions where 20 senior industry leaders and decision-makers will discuss: Business, Environmental and Other Policy Issues Impacting Ontario’s Energy Sector; Regulatory Issues; and Energy Planning, the Need for New Infrastructure and Next Steps.

by NationTalk on August 27, 20071029 Views

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More Affordable Housing For Off-reserve First Nations Families In Saskatoon

News Release – August 27, 2007

Twelve lower-income First Nations families will have access to quality, affordable housing in Saskatoon with the official opening today of a $780,000 12-unit rental housing project in Saskatoon’s Avalon neighbourhood.

The project was made possible by $378,000 in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan and $324,000 from the National Homelessness Initiative of Service Canada. The City of Saskatoon contributed $42,000 to the project, with the remainder of the funding provided by the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

by NationTalk on August 27, 20071020 Views

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