For Immediate Release
June 23, 2008
Office of the Premier
VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell realigned the provincial cabinet today to provide more integrated services across government. The changes include five new ministers and new portfolios for seven of the current ministers.
Toronto, ON, June 23 – Today NationTalk released details of its NationTalk Partner Program, a program designed to give a greater voice to Canada’s Aboriginal charities and not for profits. The NationTalk Partner Program will provide our charities and not for profits the ability to access the services NationTalk provides at no charge or at a reduced cost.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(June 23, 2008) – Kaminak Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:KAM) today announced the proposed timetable for the closing of Kaminak’s uranium spin-out transaction. In addition, announces completion of two financings for total proceeds of $3,200,000 CDN by Kaminak’s uranium spin-out company, Kivalliq Energy Corporation (Kivalliq). The terms of the two Kivalliq financings were described in the information circular of Kaminak dated May 26, 2008 which was mailed to shareholders in connection with the approval of the spin-out transaction. Details regarding the two financings are stated below.
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2008
Ministry of Forests and Range
CHEHALIS – The Province and Chehalis Indian Band have agreed to use the Forest and Range Practices Act to protect an area in the Chilliwack Forest District that contains sacred sites of the Chehalis people, the first time the act has been used in such a way, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced today.
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia—New Canadians and members of visible minorities in the Kamloops area who are currently unemployed will get help to re-enter the work force, thanks to a federally funded program. At the same time, local employers facing labour shortages will have greater access to skilled employees. Betty Hinton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
OTTAWA, ON — June 17, 2008 — Canada’s Minister of the Environment, John Baird, today announced the appointment of Robert Page as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). This appointment is effective immediately.
ReVision Quest premieres Tuesday June 24, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One.
In the first episode, entitled “WORK,” you can tune in to hear Darrell Dennis look at the harsh realities and persistent misconceptions that greet Aboriginal people in the workforce. He meets a tough-talking Chief with no patience for slackers, and a modern day Rosie the Riveter. And he works up a smile, with a new reality show, a culture-clashing history lesson, and a First Nations take on a Dolly Parton classic.
Miramichi, New Brunswick – SLAM Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: SXL) (“SLAM”) announces gold intercepts for the first 3 of 6 holes drilled at its wholly owned Reserve Creek property located east of the former gold mining town of Pickle Lake, Ontario. Gold bearing intercepts are reported from all 3 holes, the most significant being a 4.80 metres interval averaging 6.116 g/t (0.178 oz/t) including 24.765 g/t (0.722 oz/t) gold over 0.50 metres. Assays are pending on the additional 3 holes all of which intersected sulphide and/or quartz-bearing units with visible gold reported from one hole.
AKWESASNE, ON, June 23 – On June 15th, 2008, a Cornwall resident noticed that her friend’s 2000 Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from her residence located on Third Street East in Cornwall, Ontario. The registered owner of the vehicle reported it stolen to the Cornwall Community Police Service in the early hours of June 16th, 2008.
Canada’s construction industry remains resilient under a cloud of economic uncertainty. Construction has been a leading national industry in growth of output and employment over the past ten years, and major infrastructure, industrial and engineering projects underway and announced will keep employment levels strong over the near term.
Vancouver, BC – Media and special guests were invited to witness the unveiling of the Aboriginal Sport Gallery at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum today — a historic milestone in British Columbia and Canada’s sport history. The gallery opens to the public today, just over four months after the February 2008 ground-breaking ceremony.
The Boreal Awards recognize leadership, innovation, cooperation and excellence among stakeholders who live and work in Canada’s Boreal region and also recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to protection of the Boreal Forest and the advancement of the principles outlined in the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework.
McGuinty Government Improves Access to Community-Based Health Care Services
June 20, 2008
Standing in front of a new Dodge Caravan that will provide area seniors with rides to appointments, Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, MPP Sudbury, today announced a series of local Aging at Home initiatives which are receiving just over $4 million this year.
For Release from June 21, 2008, National Aboriginal Day to July 1, 2008, Canada Day
Weekly sessions of the YAS Summer Basketball School will start July 7 – 11 and continue throughout July and August in Regina and Saskatoon. Additional sessions will be held at Witcheken Lake Cree First Nation near Spiritwood and Whitecap Dakota Sioux First Nation just south of Saskatoon.
Manitoba News Release
June 23, 2008
More Manitobans in the Interlake region will have access to ultrasound services closer to home with the official unveiling of a new mobile ultrasound program based at E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
Ottawa (June 23, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Richard J. Francis Sr. (Kingsclear, New Brunswick) as a member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB).
This past week can be best described as a milestone for the resistance and persistence of the Metis Nation. The Metis People have faced over a 130 years of emotional, physical and political struggles against the past federal and provincial government policies of assimilation. Today our Citizens still face many struggles in being fully recognized and meaningfully accommodated.
METEPENAGIAG, NB, June 21 – Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada today announced the unveiling of two plaques commemorating the national historic significance of Augustine Mound and Oxbow.
The Augustine Mound is a ceremonial burial site associated with Adena (Pre-Columbian Native American culture) traditions, built approximately 2,500 years ago. The site is sacred to the Mi’kmaq and holds a deep spiritual significance for the community. The Oxbow is a remarkably well-stratified archaeological site. Excavations revealed that it was a continuously occupied 3000-year-old fishing village, with links to present-day Metepenagiag; thereby making it the oldest continuously inhabited village in New Brunswick.
Xstrata Nickel Sudbury Operations and the Wahnapitae First Nation (WFN) yesterday signed a long-term Participation Agreement that will serve as a foundation for a working relationship between the two parties focused on environmental protection, education and training, and community development.
New bonds between First Nations, Jews
Anti-Semitic rants of former Assembly of First Nations chief leads to new understanding
Chris Cobb, Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, June 23, 2008
OTTAWA -The anti-Semitic rants of former Assembly of First Nations chief David Ahenakew six years ago have produced a bonding between Canada’s native and Jewish communities, leaders of both groups said Sunday.
More businesses signed on to a First Nations and Métis Employment Development agreement today in Nipawin. They join other partners in this historic agreement that will see more opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Nipawin area.
FISH CREEK, SASKATCHEWAN, June 21, 2008 — Mr. Bradley Trost, the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, today unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the national historic significance of the Battle of Tourond’s Coulee / Fish Creek.
“Tourond’s Coulee is a place of special meaning and value not only to the Métis and First Nations, but to all Canadians,” said Mr. Trost. “Our Government is proud to recognize it as a place that helped define our nation during its early years.”
GATINEAU, QUÉBEC, JUNE 20, 2008 — Parks Canada congratulates three of its employees for being recognized in this year’s Public Service Awards of Excellence, for their outstanding contribution to the public service. The Canada Public Service Agency announced recipients of the Award during National Public Service Week 2008.
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2008
Ministry of Education
NELSON – Officials from the Kootenay Lake board of education and the Ministry of Education joined Aboriginal leaders today to mark National Aboriginal Day with the signing of an Aboriginal education enhancement agreement to improve Aboriginal student performance.
TORONTO, June 20 – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Grace Fox, a trustee with the Rainbow District School Board, has been reaffirmed as First Nations Director. Now serving for a third term, Grace will be supported in her role as First Nations Director by Howard Archibald, a trustee from District School Board Ontario North East, who was elected as her Alternate on OPSBA’s Board of Directors.
FIRST NATIONS DEMANDING INQUIRY BY THE COMMISSION DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE ET DE LA JEUNESSE
QUEBEC CITY, June 20 – Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), has announced that a request has been made to investigate the inequitable manner in which permanent placement orders, authorized under the Youth Protection Act (Bill 125), are applied to cases involving First Nations families and children.
Alberta calls on Federal and Provincial governments to make water a priority
EDMONTON, June 20 – From time immemorial, First Nations have centered their existence on water. Unfortunately for all Canadians, care and protection of our water has been left in the hands of governments that value profits over people. We are currently at a crisis level with this resource, and the First Nations community is being hit the hardest by this crisis. In communities across Canada, safe potable water is something people have been unable to depend upon.
VANCOUVER, June 20 – After 12 days of intense talks on some of the most complex issues in treaty negotiations, First Nations and the governments of Canada and BC have agreed to continue meeting later this summer.
In four, three-day sessions facilitated by the Treaty Commission, First Nation negotiators and senior officials for the other two governments shared their views on recognition and certainty, including shared territory issues, and the constitutional status of treaty lands. Also on the table for discussion were governance and co-management, including structures for shared decision-making; fiscal relations, including own-source revenue and taxation; and fisheries.
Innovative public servants are being honoured today for their hard work and dedication to the people of Ontario.
The Amethyst Awards pay tribute to Ontario public servants who have set a standard of excellence in their daily work. Secretary of Cabinet Shelly Jamieson and Education Minister Kathleen Wynne were on hand for the presentation of 24 awards to groups and individuals across the Ontario Public Service (OPS), including this year’s recipient of the Sandra D. Lang Lifetime Achievement Award.
On June 20, Information Services Corporation (ISC) announced an ongoing partnership with Regina’s Albert Community School at joint National Aboriginal Day celebrations held at the school.
“The partnership provides ISC with the opportunity to help enhance and support the educational experience of the students that attend the core-area school,” ISC acting president and CEO Jeff Stusek said. “It will also provide ISC’s employees with many volunteerism and mentorship opportunities.”