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Get Your Students Thinking About Environmental Careers!

The annual Aboriginal EnviroCareers Calendar Contest is a great way to introduce the environment and its many opportunities to your students.

After researching and exploring the environmental field, students can depict a career of their choice in a way that is creative and fun.

Open to grades 7-12, Aboriginal students have until November 16, 2007 to submit their artwork for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. What’s more¾all winning entries will be featured in the 2008 calendar and distributed across Canada.

To download an entry form, read contest guidelines, or to view past winning artwork, click here to sign up.

If you would like to receive an educator calendar contest package contact Jordana Soderman at info@beahr.com or call (403) 233-0748.

Environmental Educator Resources

Get started with the Aboriginal EnviroCareers website. This online resource includes lesson plans, videos, career profiles, and more. Visit www.beahr.com/aec to learn how you can engage Aboriginal youth in learning about the environment.

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Advanced Education – Facts And Figures 2007

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007AE0055-001075
Sept. 4, 2007

Ministry of Advanced Education

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s public post-secondary education system is preparing students to take their place in the province’s knowledge economy. Here are some of the numbers showing the extent of higher learning in the province, as students return this fall:

More students

· About 433,000 – the number of students enrolled in public post-secondary institutions in B.C. in 2006-07. This is the highest number ever and is up 8,000 from 2005-06 – an increase of 3,000 at B.C. universities, and 5,000 at colleges, university colleges and institutes. It includes part-time, full-time and continuing education students, as well as apprentices.

· More than 17,250 – the preliminary number of public post-secondary students who identified themselves as Aboriginal in 2006-07 – an increase of 16 per cent since 2002-03.

· 10,558 – the number of international students who came to B.C. in the third quarter of 2006, an increase of 11.4 per cent from the same time period the previous year.

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Confederation College Enhances Advanced Technology For Learning Project – #950227

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 04, 2007 – 231

Northwestern Students Benefit From Provincial Boost to Broadband Capacity

SUDBURY – Confederation College is taking advantage of the McGuinty government’s investments in broadband infrastructure to enhance learning opportunities across northwestern Ontario, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Confederation will build on the North’s expanded broadband capacity to improve access to college resources wherever there is an Internet connection,” said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle. “The college’s Advanced Technology for Learning Project will bring library, faculty and student support resources directly — and on demand — to northwestern communities.”

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071098 Views

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Remote First Nation Communities to Receive Home Energy Efficiency Kits First

4/9/07
Media Advisory – Attention News/Assignment/Energy Editors – Photo Opportunity

NW and NE Ontario Remote Communities and Thunder Bay:

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) The delivery phase of “Mana-cha-toon Wash-ti-ni-gun,” or the “Conserve the Light” project, will begin at the Thunder Bay Airport as a Wasaya Airways plane is loaded to deliver the first shipment of energy efficiency kits to remote First Nation Communities that have no road access. The deliveries are through the regular Hydro One service trips across the region.

The “Conserve the Light” delivery is part of the Ontario Power Authority’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation Measures for Aboriginal Communities (EEMAC) program for over 100 First Nation communities across Ontario. The distribution of kits to southern Ontario communities will begin in early September.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2007917 Views

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ACC – “Mini-Networking Luncheon Procurement Series”

Sep 11 2007 to Oct 25 2007

We invite you to our:
“Mini-Networking Luncheon Procurement Series”

Presented by:
Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

Topic:
Procurement Issues (Series 1, 2, 3, 4)

1st
Manitoba Government Procurement – September 11, 2007
Guest Speakers: Mark Freedman & David Ash
Where: Radisson Hotel – Terrace Room
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

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Prime Minister Announces Appointment of Steven Point as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia

4 September 2007
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was pleased to announce today the appointment of Steven Point as British Columbia’s newest Lieutenant-Governor.

“Steven Point’s contributions as a provincial court judge, the Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, and an elected Chief of the Skowdale First Nation speak to his commitment to the people of British Columbia. I am certain he will continue to serve his province and his country well,” said the Prime Minister.

He was appointed a provincial court judge in February 1999, most recently sitting in Provincial Court in Abbotsford. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission. Judge Point has also served as an elected Chief of Skowdale First Nation for 15 years, as the tribal chair of the Stó:lō Nation, and honoured as Grand Chief by the Chiefs of Stó:lō Tribal Council.

Born in Chilliwack, Judge Point and his wife Gwendolyn have four children and nine grandchildren.

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Meno Ya Win Site Dedication

The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre will host its official site dedication ceremony in Sioux Lookout, Ontario Wednesday September 5, 2007.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford Bull and federal, regional, and local officials will gather at the site at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information please contact Jenna Young at (807) 625 4952.

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MMF – Message from the President Sept. 4, 2007

It has been often said that a people without a history has no future. Throughout the forests and plains of the Metis Nation Homeland in north central North America the Metis have made our mark. On both sides of the border, in both Canada and the United States, the Metis People have forged a distinct history through difficult struggles and hard-won victories.

The dates of 1816, 1849, 1851, and 1869-70, mark some of the military, legal, and political battles fought by our Ancestors. They were always prepared to protect their families and lands, uphold justice, and defend rights. Subsequently, our Ancestors became the Founders of Manitoba and Partners in Confederation. After the defeat of 1885, the Metis entered a period which we call the dark times and we become the Forgotten People.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071164 Views

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CBC Radio Focuses on Native Issues this Tuesday as Aboriginal Author Takes Straight Aim at Native Issues

Listeners of CBC radio will want to tune in tomorrow morning to find out more about some new radical approaches to deal with long-time Aboriginal issues.

CBC National Radio will broadcast their popular morning show, Our Native Land, at 10:00 am tomorrow morning, Tuesday, September 4, 10:30 am in Newfoundland. The show will feature an exceptional special guest or two, and is the first in a series focusing on Canadian issues.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071417 Views

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A Grant For A New Beginning At Chiefswood National Historic Site

08/29/07 – A morning ceremony complete with representation from Elected Council, members of Provincial Parliament and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, made the announcement of a $107,800 grant for new initiatives to take place at the Chiefswood Museum National Historic Site.

Established in 1963, Chiefswood Museum National Historic Site is the birthplace and childhood home of E. Pauline Johnson, a celebrated Mohawk poetess. The historic house museum provides a unique glimpse
into the Johnson family history. In one house, visitors experience a peaceful ambiance, creative atmosphere and cultural exchange activities representative of life in the late 19th Century.

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Peter Grant & Associates – Watchdog to Probe Deaths of Four B.C. Children

Investigation to raise issues about child welfare system

Lori Culbert
Vancouver Sun
Friday, August 24, 2007

Savannah Hall, a little Prince George foster child who died under mysterious circumstances, is one of the first four childrenwhose deaths are to be investigated by B.C.’s new children’s watchdog.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who in April filled the new post of an independent children’s representative, has made it one of her first tasks to probe the deaths of Savannah and three other children with links to the provincial child welfare system.

“The nature of these cases sort of set them apart and drew her attention,” said deputy representative John Greschner, who spoke to The Vancouver Sun about Turpel-Lafond’s investigation because she was unavailable this week. “She felt that the four cases had the possibility of raising a number of systemic issues about the system.”

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Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2007

Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour NSW, 5 – 7 September 2007

For further information regarding the 2007 Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference please contact:

Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference (ABN 17 419 343 095)
C/- East Coast Conferences
Phone: 1300 368 783
Fax: (02) 6650 9700
Postal: PO Box 848, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Email: info@eastcoastconferences.com.au

Conference Committee
Malcolm McLeod, Coffs Harbour City Council
Susan Clarke, Coffs Harbour City Council
Councillor Rod McKelvey, Coffs Harbour City Council
Trevor Wilson, Yandarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee
Belinda Peel, Department of Community Services

NSW LGAN Executive Committee
>Download NSW LGAN Executive Committee (PDF File)

www.lganconference2007.com

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Six Nations – A Healthy Donation For Saving The Gift Of Life

08/29/07 – Residents of Six Nations with cardiovascular/heart type afflictions that frequent events in and around the Territory of Six Nations do so with a certain level of caution, especially in the heat of this 2007 summer.

Six Nations selection and presentation today as one of the 50 recipients to receive 2 new public defibrillator’s will take the caution levels of many to hopefully rest at ease for a more enjoyable and active livelihood.

The 2 new public defibrillator’s are the result of a generous donation of a $3 million grant — the largest in North American history for defibrillators — from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, complemented by the largest private sector gift of $1 million from The Frank Cowan Foundation to the Heart & Stroke Restart a Heart, Restart a Life Campaign.

Over the next few months installation of the defibrillators will take place in high traffic public sites, selected in conjunction with Six Nations Ambulance Service. In the first year, training and equipment will be provided. Eight to ten trained personnel will be available at each defibrillator location to assist someone who is having a cardiac arrest.

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Beginners Cree Conversation in Saskatoon

There is a Beginner’s Cree Conversation (this is a free program) via the Saskatoon Public Library on Wednesdays September 19 to November 28 from 6 to 8 pm. at the Pleasant Hill Community School, 215 Ave S. South, Saskatoon.

This is an informal gathering for adults who wish to learn some basic Cree. The instructor will be Audrey Ben. Child Care will be provided. Call (306) 975-7572 to register your child/children. Refreshments also provided.

For more informaton call Donna at (306) 975-7571 or Carol at (306) 683-7397.

by NationTalk on September 3, 20071523 Views

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Nunavik Regional Government – The Agreement in Principle and Where It’s At

The Agreement in Principle was initialled by the 3 party negotiators on August 9, 2007 which is just another step in the approval process. The fact that the AIP is now initialled helps the leaders move forward to the signing of the ageement.

Following the Katimajiit Forum in Kuujjuaq, we can now say that the Agreement in Principle is well on its way to being formally signed by all parties in the very near future.

by NationTalk on September 2, 20071207 Views

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Layton Calls for Fast-tracking of Revised Clean Air Act when Parliament Resumes

PANGNIRTUNG, NUNAVUT – Witnessing first-hand the devastating effects climate change is having on Canada’s Arctic, NDP Leader Jack Layton today called on the Harper Conservatives to fast-track the revised Clean Air and Climate Change Act (Bill C-30) immediately upon the return of Parliament on September 17. Layton made the remarks after a tour of Auyuittuq National Park of Canada, in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

“After years of Liberal inaction and Conservative indifference, Parliament must tackle the growing climate change crisis now,” said Layton. “Climate change is threatening the way for life for average northerners and that’s undermining our sovereignty.”

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Ontario Supports Nipigon Diversification Efforts – #955151

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
August 31, 2007 – 228

McGuinty Government Helps Advance Important Local Projects

SUDBURY – The Ontario government continues to support economic diversification efforts in the Nipigon area, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“We commend the Nipigon Community Adjustment Committee for its diligent work in developing diversification strategies,” said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle. “These projects represent important steps in ensuring a strong and resilient local economy in the future.”

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Saskatchewan Supports Mental Health Commission

News Release – August 31, 2007

Minister of Healthy Living Services Graham Addley today commended the federal government for appointing a board of directors to govern the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

“This is an important milestone for an organization that will work with provinces, territories and non-governmental groups to improve mental health services for all Canadians,” Addley said.

“The Government of Saskatchewan supports collaborative efforts to better address the problem of mental illness.”

by NationTalk on September 2, 20071182 Views

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Notice of Meeting: Formation of the Manitobans for Healing and Reconciliation Network

You, or a representative of your organization, are invited to participate in ONE of the (information) Orientation Sessions (morning or afternoon) and Formation Meeting (in the evening), and the option of shared lunch and/or supper.

Date: September 10, 2007 (See Time below)

Place: Ka Ni Kanichihk, 455 Mc Dermot St, Winnipeg (Parking by the building and limited time on the street)

Time: We are offering the following schedule with the hope that you can attend at some point in the day, in between or part of your work, school and other commitments.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071260 Views

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Inuit Midwifery Web Site Launched

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON — Today the Ajunnginiq (Inuit) Centre is celebrating the healthy birth of its trilingual information Web site on Inuit midwifery, maternity care, birthing and infant health in the North.

The Web site, located at www.inuitmidwifery.ca, is available in Inuktitut, English and French. The site is rich with resources, including research reports and news clippings on Inuit and western midwifery, notices of conferences of interest to midwives, a listing of training courses at northern colleges for maternity care workers, and much more.

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Ontario Invests In Gull Lake First Nation Facility – #950152

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
August 31, 2007 – 229

McGuinty Government Promotes Community Development

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is helping the Gull Bay First Nation build a multi-use facility in their community, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“The new facility will be a welcomed setting for all members of the community,” said Thunder Bay–Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle. “It will enable them to pursue many activities that will promote recreation, fitness and cultural awareness.”

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Eagle & Hawk to Land at Great Winnipeg Social

Two-time Juno Award winners to play Homecoming event.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 30, 2007

WINNIPEG, MB – Two-time Juno award-winning band Eagle & Hawk will perform at the Great Winnipeg Social, Sat. Sept. 15 as part of UWinnipeg’s 40th Anniversary Homecoming. Eagle & Hawk are known for their distinct style of music, which will certainly have the social soaring that night. The event details are:

Great Winnipeg Social
Saturday, Sept. 15 – 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Clearsight Event Tent, Front Lawn of Wesley Hall
University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue
Tickets are only $10.

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Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper: Support UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2

Sent Via FAX: (613) 941-6900

August 30, 2007

Re: Support United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

On behalf the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, we are writing to strongly encourage, advise and direct the Government of Canada to support the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the upcoming UN General Assembly.

An affirmative vote by Canada would be consistent with the solemn commitment of the UN and member States of promoting Human Rights, as one of the three pillars of the international order. Furthermore, as a nation state of the UN Human Rights Council, Canada’s recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples advances the Human Rights Council’s work to promote and encourage respect for Human Rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including Indigenous Peoples.

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Time for Leadership and Fairness for Northern Families

YELLOWKNIFE – NDP Leader Jack Layton wrapped up his five-community arctic tour today challenging the Prime Minister to show leadership on arctic sovereignty and to take immediate steps to close the prosperity gap for hardworking northern families.

“Prime Minister Harper’s exclusive focus on the military to protect our sovereignty is too narrow” said Layton. “We need immediate steps to deal with the economic, social and environmental concerns of the north as well.”

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Women’s Groups Demand Reinstatement of National Early Learning and Childcare Agreements

August 31, 2007

ST. JOHN’S – Women’s groups in Newfoundland and Labrador are joining women across the country in demanding the Harper Conservatives reinstate the Liberals’ national early learning and childcare program, Liberal Status of Women Critic Maria Minna said today.

“We have heard the same thing from women’s groups right across Canada – in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and just this week in Newfoundland and Labrador,” stated Ms. Minna. “They want an immediate reinstatement of the agreement the previous Liberal government signed with all provinces and territories in 2005.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007994 Views

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Tecumseh Honoured at Multi-disciplinary Native Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site

August 30, 2007

Native artists from across Canada will gather at Fort York National Historic Site September 7 to 9 for the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival, featuring Kenny Baird, Philip Cote and Janet Marie Rogers, along with local artists Rebecca Baird and Tannis Nielsen. The artists will be on hand to display their work and lead workshops.

Participants can join the First Nations community to enjoy traditional foods, storytellers, a drum group, singers, dancers, crafts and a tipi encampment. Visitors can take part in mask, cornhusk doll and drum-making workshops. Also planned are literary readings and outdoor video screenings.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071084 Views

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Shell Backs Away From Court Showdown Over Sacred Headwaters

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Aug. 31, 2007) – First Nations and concerned citizens in Vancouver and Smithers today say Royal Dutch Shell’s delay of legal action against the Sacred Headwaters blockaders shows Shell is concerned about growing opposition.

Members of the Tahltan First Nation are blockading Shell’s coalbed methane project in the Sacred Headwaters, the birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers. Shell was to appear in Vancouver court today to request an injunction that would allow them to have the blockaders arrested.

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Prime Minister Announcement on Mental Health Falls Short on Helping Those Most At Risk in Canada: First Nations

OTTAWA, Aug. 31 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said today’s announcement by the Prime Minister is not an adequate response to First Nations’ calls for a comprehensive mental wellness program.

“Investment in a Canadian Mental Health Commission is good for Canadians who have some access to mental health services, but First Nations communities are currently not supported to deliver comprehensive prevention and healing services,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine, “Including a First Nations Commissioner and an Aboriginal Advisory Committee are positive steps forward but without authority, money and direct accountability to First Nations, it is doubtful any meaningful change can occur.”

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Provincial And Federal Government Join Forces With Local Communities To Improve Hospital Services For Aboriginal People In James Bay

Historic Agreement Paves Way For Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

MOOSE FACTORY ISLAND, ON, Aug. 31 – The tri-party agreement signed by the province, federal government and local leaders today will help improve the health of the James Bay Aboriginal communities by paving the way for the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, said George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“This momentous agreement will help to bring high-quality health care services to the people living on the James Bay coast,” said Smitherman. “The new Weeneebayko Area Health Authority will serve the 11,000 residents of this coastal area to ensure they can access the best possible care, closer to home.”

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Province Helps Improve Sewer Infrastructure In Little Current – #950248

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
August 30, 2007 – 225

Upgrades Will Allow For Commercial And Industrial Development

LITTLE CURRENT – The McGuinty government is encouraging economic development and job creation in the Town of Little Current by investing in local infrastructure upgrades. Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci made the announcement today during a keynote address to the annual meeting of the Manitoulin Chamber of Commerce.

“Manitoulin Island, like so much of Northern Ontario, draws visitors year after year who enjoy the natural beauty and relaxed pace of life,” said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). “Our government is committed to supporting the vital municipal infrastructure projects that help northern communities develop as tourism destinations.”

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New Committee To Hear Appeals About Compensation For Victims Of Crime

News Release – August 31, 2007

Victims of crime who apply for compensation for harm suffered as a result of a violent crime will now be able to appeal decisions of the Victims Compensation Program.

“I am confident that the Victims Compensation Appeal Committee will help us respond better to the needs of victims of violent crime so they and their families can begin to recover,” Justice Minister Frank Quennell said. “The establishment of this appeal committee follows the spirit of the Declaration of Principles Respecting the Treatment of Victims of Crime, which has been adopted by Saskatchewan Justice.”

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Mental Health Commission of Canada – Media Backgrounder

31 August 2007
Ottawa, Ontario

The creation of a mental health commission was a key recommendation of a 2006 report of the Standing Senate Committee written by the Honourable Michale Kirby and the Honourable Wilbert Keon. The report, entitled, “Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada” outlined the need for a mental health commission in Canada to provide an ongoing national focus on mental health issues.

In Budget 2007, Canada’s New Government committed $10 million over the next two years and $15 million per year starting in 2009-10 to support the establishment of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an arm’s length, not-for-profit corporation.

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071371 Views

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Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and Source Water Protection Final Report

August 30, 2007

Press Release
For Immediate Release:

Executive Summary – As provincial legislation pertaining to water is being proposed and federal strategies are being implemented, First Nations are voicing concern about not only their lack of input in these initiatives, but also the virtual absence of any cultural reference therein. The Chiefs of Ontario, in collaboration with Environment Canada, embarked on a project to capture some of the First Nations’ traditional views on taking care of water, and how this knowledge can fit with current government source water protection plans. This report is an informative compilation of the Elders’ and Traditional Knowledge Holders’ views of the appropriate role of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in Source Water Protection. In addition, this report contains some of the concerns and questions regarding the implementation of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in Source Water Protection regimes in Ontario raised by policy makers and people responsible for water stewardship. Finally, the report contains some suggestion on the ways in which the challenges of integrating ATK in Source Water Protection can be addressed.

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071527 Views

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Canadian Culture Online

The 2008-2009 call for proposals for the Partnerships Fund is back! – The Partnerships Fund is a component of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Strategy whose primary objective is to connect all Canadians with the riches of Canada’s heritage by making Canadian cultural collections held by provincial, municipal and local cultural organizations available via the Internet. For additional information, visit the Department of Canadian Heritage website.

Hurry up! The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is September 20, 2007.

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Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures Announces Employment Agreement with Canada Safeway

The MNBC together with the Aboriginal Community Careers Services Society (ACCESS), through its Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures (ESAF) program, signed of a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada Safeway Limited. The official signing ceremony and reception will took place on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at the New Westminster offices of MNBC Employment & Training.

In a collaborative effort with its employer partners, ESAF connects eligible applicants to entry-level employment opportunities. The ESAF program is an innovative approach that is focused on specific skill development related to the job. The vision is to deliver an innovative Essential Skills program to the Aboriginal Community through employer partnerships and customized training that supports employment success and retention.

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>>View Memorandum of Understanding(PDF)

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071120 Views

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McGuinty Government Invests in Pre-Employment Training and Supports for Vulnerable Women

August 31, 2007

Supporting Women’s Economic Independence and Preventing Violence Against Women

WINDSOR – Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues Sandra Pupatello today announced more than $4.6 million to help low-income and abused/at-risk women develop new skills to gain economic independence and live free from the threat of violence in their own homes.

“The McGuinty government is investing in efforts to improve the lives of women across the province,” said Pupatello at the Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women (WWWWIW) centre where she made the announcement. “We are assisting women to move from crisis to stability by giving them the necessary supports and tools to rebuild safe and secure lives for themselves and their children.”

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Mental Health Commission of Canada Announces Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Chairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Aug. 31, 2007) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and The Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, today announced the inaugural members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Chairs of the Commission.

The makeup of the Board reflects the diversity of Canadians who are involved with the issue of mental health: three members of the Board live with a mental illness; two represent Canada’s Aboriginal people – one First Nations and one Inuit; others are family caregivers, peer support workers, and service providers at the community level, in hospitals and in private clinical practice.

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Labour’s Gains Threatened by Harper Government Actions

OTTAWA, Aug. 30 – Labour Day provides an opportunity for Canadian workers to shed light on the work they do-both in their communities and across the country. According to Paul Moist, CUPE national president and Claude Généreux, national secretary treasurer, the Harper government is working hard to erase worker gains and impede progress.

In fact, say the leaders of Canada’s largest union, the Harper government has recently brought about some very harmful changes in our democracy.

In a message prepared for Labour Day 2007, Moist and Généreux point out that Stephen Harper’s government has operated behind closed doors, shutting out the very people his government is elected to serve.

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Dental Hygiene Services Become More Accessible and Affordable

TORONTO, Aug. 30 – The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) is celebrating new provincial legislation that comes into legal force and effect on September 1 granting the public direct access to dental hygiene services by permitting self-initiation for dental hygienists.

“On September 1st, amendments to the Dental Hygiene Act, 1991 will be proclaimed along with a new regulation that will allow dental hygienists to clean their patient’s teeth without an order from a dentist, except in circumstances where the patient has specific medical conditions. This means that members of the public will be able to have their teeth cleaned by dental hygienists in stand-alone dental hygiene clinics, in a range of health care venues, in addition to conventional dentists’ offices,” explained Cathie Mazal-Kuula, President of the CDHO and a practising dental hygienist.

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Remote First Nation Communities to Receive Home Energy Efficiency Kits First

30/8/07
Media Advisory – Attention News/Assignment/Energy Editors – Photo Opportunity

NW and NE Ontario Remote Communities and Thunder Bay:

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) The delivery phase of “Mana-cha-toon Wash-ti-ni-gun,” or the “Conserve the Light” project, will begin at the Thunder Bay Airport as a Wasaya Airways plane is loaded to deliver the first shipment of energy efficiency kits to remote First Nation Communities that have no road access. The deliveries are through the regular service trips across the region.

The “Conserve the Light” delivery is part of the Ontario Power Authority’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation Measures for Aboriginal Communities (EEMAC) program for over 100 First Nation communities across Ontario. The distribution of kits to southern Ontario communities will begin in early September.

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Mental Disorders Account for More Than Half of Hospital Stays Among the Homeless in Canada

August 30, 2007—Mental disorders accounted for 52% of acute care hospitalizations among the homeless in 2005–2006 (outside Quebec), according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In addition, the report shows that 35% of visits to selected emergency departments (EDs)—mostly in Ontario—by homeless people were related to mental and behavioural disorders, a proportion that is higher than that for other patients (3%).

The Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health and Homelessness report provides an overview of the latest research, surveys and policy initiatives related to mental health and homelessness and, for the first time, presents data on hospital use by homeless Canadians.
“Mental illness affects a broad range of Canadians; most people with compromised mental health are not homeless, and many people who are homeless have never been diagnosed with a mental illness,” says Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Vice President, Research and Analysis at CIHI. “However, studies show that people who are homeless are more likely to suffer from a mental illness or compromised mental health than the general population.”

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071080 Views

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Government Helps People in Labrador Find Work

August 30, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAPPY VALLEY–GOOSE BAY, Newfoundland and Labrador— The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South–Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that Canada’s New Government will invest nearly $700,000 in funding for five projects to help individuals in Labrador find work.

“Canada ’s New Government is investing in projects that will help young people and adults in the Happy Valley–Goose Bay, Labrador City , and Forteau regions prepare for the workforce,” said Minister Hearn. “These projects will also allow them to contribute to their communities and help build a more productive local economy.”

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US Business Mission Visits Yukon

FOR RELEASE #07-179
August 30, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon Department of Economic Development, in partnership with the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and the US Department of Commerce hosted a business mission earlier this week. The mission, which concluded Wednesday, was designed to support Yukon companies seeking new joint business or export opportunities.

“Yukon government is working to facilitate increased exports of Yukon products and services,” Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon said. “This visit supports efforts of Yukon companies to identify joint new business-to-business opportunities.”

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Welcome To Your Home Kits Help Low-Income Families

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007EIA0018-001069
Aug. 30, 2007

Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance

KAMLOOPS – Low-income and other vulnerable British Columbians who are moving into provincially subsidized housing developments will benefit from a one-time, $1-million grant provided to the BC Non-Profit Housing Association for “Welcome to Your Home” starter kits, announced Claude Richmond, Minister of Employment and Income Assistance.

“Housing is more than just a building with a roof – it’s about being able to live in your own home with dignity and security,” said Richmond. “Our government has made the commitment to ensure every British Columbian has access to a safe, affordable place to call home. The ‘Welcome to Your Home’ starter kit program is building on this commitment and provides additional supports for low-income tenants and their families.”

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Canada’s New Government Announces Historic Health Care Agreement with Northern Ontario First Nations

News Release
2007-111
August 30, 2007
For immediate release

MOOSONEE – The Honourable Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health, announced today a new plan to resolve the duplication of health care services and health care gaps for First Nations in the Northern Ontario Weeneebayko region.

Traditionally, federal and provincial governments have both offered health care services to First Nations communities in this James Bay region, resulting in a duplication of health care delivery, health services gaps, and not providing all communities with the quality, timely health care they need and deserve.

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Federal Funding Awarded to Participate in the Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project
News Release

OTTAWA, August 30, 2007 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded $50,000 to five applicants to support their participation in the environmental assessment process for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project, in Labrador.

The recipients are: Labrador Métis Nation, Women in Resources Development, Innu Nation, Natural History Society of Newfoundland, and Labrador and Grand Riverkeeper Labrador Inc.

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Province Commits $6.8 Million to Rehabilitate Orphaned and Abandoned Mines

Manitoba News Release
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August 30, 2007

Rondeau Announces Funding, Rehabilitation of Sherridon Mine

SHERRIDON—The aggressive rehabilitation of orphaned mine sites in Manitoba continues with today’s announcement of $6.8 million in funding to support proper mine closures, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau announced here today at a community meeting and included details to rehabilitate the local mine.

“Manitoba is working towards building a healthier and safer environment by working with communities and industry to rehabilitate orphaned and abandoned mine sites throughout the province,” said Rondeau. “The rehabilitation work brings direct economic benefits to nearby communities and First Nations, and the long-term gains of clean air, water and land.”

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Call for Environmental Contaminants Research Proposals

For more information, please visit the following links.

http://www.afn.ca/misc/CALL-ENV.pdf
http://www.afn.ca/misc/fund-app.pdf

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2007 JUNO Awards Provide a $9.4 Million Boost to Saskatchewan Economy

For Immediate Release
August 29th, 2007

More proof that Canada’s premier music awards adds power to both performers and provincial pocketbooks.

An economic impact assessment just completed of the 2007 Juno Awards in Saskatoon indicates a $9.4 million increase in economic activity, $6.7 million of that specifically for the City of Saskatoon. The report, completed by the Paradigm Consulting Group, indicates most of the windfall came from visitors who came to Saskatoon specifically for the event and from the spending of event organizers who staged the Juno Awards and the many supporting events around the city and province.

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Montague Demands Answers About Work Being Conducted on Lower Churchill

Thursday, 30 Aug 2007

Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague is calling on Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to fully disclose the extent of the work being carried out at the site of the proposed hydro development on the Lower Churchill near the Gull Island rapids.

“We have been hearing numerous rumors that a 100-person camp has been established at the site to conduct environmental and other field work,” Mr. Montague says. “Despite reassurances from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro officials, through the media, that this is not the case, I am still somewhat suspicious.”

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