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Free Events Offer Valuable Insights Into the World of Entrepreneurship

Do you dream of starting your own business? Do you presently own a company? The Business Link’s Alberta Aboriginal Business Service Network (Alberta ABSN), with the support of Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, is hosting a series of free Networking events to be held in various locations across the province this Fall.

The events will be held in Lethbridge, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Bonnyville, Slave Lake and Edmonton. Aboriginal business owners will share their stories of the challenges and successes experienced along the way.

Last year’s presenters included Deen Flett of Curve Sports from Gift Lake and Edmonton-based Beatrice Floch, manager and co-owner of Spirit Staffing & Consulting.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071309 Views

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CANDO Board Elections 2007

The Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) is a dynamic National Aboriginal community economic development organization dedicated to “Building capacity to strengthen Aboriginal economies”. The foundation of the organization is the Economic Development Officers (EDOs) who work through a host of Aboriginal communities and organizations across Canada. This is the profession that is dedicated to the challenge of fostering community and economic growth for Aboriginal people. Given that mandate, CANDO is currently looking for an enthusiastic Economic Development Officer to represent Alberta on its National Board of Directors. This is a position elected by the province’s Economic Development Officers (Full CANDO members) to ensure that Alberta/Manitoba/NWT/NS/NU/BC/QC has a voice and a presence in the organization.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071293 Views

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Ontario Funds Youth Entrepreneurial Experience Project – #950177

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 05, 2007 – 238

Program Will Require Students To Develop And Launch A Business Idea

SUDBURY – Aboriginal students can now participate in a pilot educational program focused on providing entrepreneurial experience, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“With its emphasis on practical experience with mentors who are successful business professionals, this program holds much promise for young, aspiring entrepreneurs from remote First Nations,” said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. “Moreover, the program will be delivered in an environment in which students are encouraged to develop a strong sense of identity in the distinct language, culture and traditions of Aboriginal people.”

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071062 Views

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APTN Announces Sponsorship Of Manito Ahbee Festival

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is proud to announce it will once again be a lead sponsor of Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations. The 2nd annual celebration will take place in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre from October 26th through November 4th.

Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations celebrates and promotes Aboriginal culture by showcasing a wide array of international audio, visual, and cultural talent. The inaugural Manito Ahbee festival in 2006 was such a success that this year’s edition will be expanded to 10-days.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071458 Views

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CANDO’s Grandparent Certification

Acting upon recommendations from our membership, we are excited to introduce CANDO’s updated Certification Process. The new process will be streamlined and less cumbersome, providing our candidates with a number of different options for obtaining their TAED (Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer) and/or PAED (Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer) designation.

Therefore, for a limited time we are pleased to offer a Grandparent Certification option of CANDO’s Process for those of you working in the field of Aboriginal Community Economic Development.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071164 Views

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Need For National Diamond Strategy: Layton visits DeBeers Diamond Project

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Following a visit of the new Victor Diamond Mine on the James Bay coast, NDP leader Jack Layton said it is time for a national diamond strategy. Layton toured the site with MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), MPP Gilles Bisson (Timmins-James Bay) and Chief Theresa Hall, leader of the Attawapiskat Cree. They met with the heads of both DeBeers and the Mining Association of Canada.

Diamond development in the far north is putting Canada on the international stage as a diamond leader. Layton says its time federal politicians woke up to this fact.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071168 Views

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NWT Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) Workshop

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is pleased to host a one-week workshop with international performance artist, actor, filmmaker Michelle Horacek. Her, “Body and Land” workshop will explore the dialogue between the individual body, and the places/sites/environments that open up an awareness in the body/self to a greater understanding of humanity, history, tradition and nature. This exploratory workshop will take place on the NACC stage. There is no public presentation involved.

The workshop will run from Sunday, October 14 to Saturday October 22, 2007. Sunday and Saturday will be full days and weekdays will be evening sessions.

Workshop fee is $100.00 for the week. Early registration is recommended.
Registration is limited to the first 10 participants. 16 years +.

Those interested would include; Actors, dancers, writers, storytellers, directors, filmmakers, writers, and all round creative individuals who like to move, tell stories and push their boundaries.

To register for this special workshop please contact NACC 873-4950 or nacc@northwestel.net. For more information on Michelle please visit www.mishaproductions.com or www.naccnt.ca.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071199 Views

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APTN Announces Gemini Nominations 2007

Wednesday Spetember 7, 2007

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to recognize those programs associated with the network which recently received Gemini Award nominations for industry excellence.

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards, announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on Tuesday August 28th, 2007, include two of the network’s popular series: Wapos Bay and renegadepress.com, each of which has received nominations for the third consecutive year. Both programs received funding from and/or were commissioned by APTN through Canadian independent producers.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071322 Views

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Province To Invest Over $1.5 Million To Expand Dialysis: Doer

September 5, 2007
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New Four-station Unit To be Located in Gimli

GIMLI—The province will invest over $1.5 million to expand dialysis treatment for Gimli and the surrounding area, Premier Gary Doer announced here today.

“The province continues to improve the quality of life for rural and northern Manitobans by bringing state-of-the art technology and quality health-care services closer to home,” said Doer.

A new four-station unit will be developed to provide dialysis for eight patients in Gimli and surrounding areas as well as additional support to dialysis patients in Selkirk.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071174 Views

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Ontario Supports Development Of Aboriginal Training Centre – #955042

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 05, 2007 – 237

New Facility Would Help Prepare Young People For Forestry Sector Jobs

SUDBURY – The McGuinty government is promoting career development among Aboriginal youth in Northwestern Ontario by investing in a training centre at Pikangikum First Nation, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Our government is committed to fostering new economic development opportunities in small communities across Northern Ontario,” said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). “This NOHFC investment will help the Pikangikum First Nation pursue partnerships that would support the establishment of a new forestry training facility for young people in the region.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071094 Views

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bro’Town Is The # 1 Comedy At New Zealand Screen Awards

Wednesday, 05 September 2007

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to recognize the producers, cast and crew of bro’Town, for the show’s recent success at the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards, held August 1st at Auckland’s SkyCity theatre.

The bro’Town team won the coveted Best Comedy Program award for the third year in a row for its Halloween-themed episode Know Me Before You Haunt Me.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071127 Views

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Government Supports North Central Family Centre

REGINA, September 5, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament (Regina-Qu’Appelle), today announced up to $85,000 in funding for the North Central Family Centre for its Youth Empowerment Program.

“This Youth Empowerment Program will help Aboriginal youth in Saskatchewan gain confidence and overcome low self-esteem as well as provide them the tools they need to realize their full potential,” said Minister Verner. “We believe it is important to provide Aboriginal youth in Saskatchewan communities with the resources they need to face their challenges.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071034 Views

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Government Congratulates Aroland First Nation On New School Opening

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AROLAND FIRST NATION, ONTARIO (September 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today congratulated the Aroland First Nation on the opening of the Johnny Therriault School.

“Canada’s New Government believes that First Nations youth deserve the best possible facilities in which to learn and thrive,” said Minister Strahl. “We are proud to ensure First Nation youth can attend healthy and safe schools that measure up to standards in other parts of the country.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071264 Views

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Canada’s Well-being Relies on Improved Literacy Skills: TD Bank

Raising literacy levels is a national imperative: Frank McKenna

TORONTO, Sept. 5 – Canada must redouble efforts to address its literacy challenge given the evolving structure of the global economy, according to a report published today by TD Bank Financial Group.
(http://www.td.com/community/literacy_matters_report.jsp)

The report counters the prevailing view that Canada is largely a literate nation, citing that many individuals lack the adequate literacy skills to fully participate in the economy and civil society. Moreover, this challenge is concentrated in specific regions and among various populations, which can accentuate and entrench economic disparity.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071210 Views

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13th Annual Provincial Conference on Aboriginal Education – Final Call for Workshop Proposals

13th Annual Provincial Conference on Aboriginal Education – Aboriginal Perspectives in Teaching & Learning Nov. 22-24, 2007, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

One of Canada’s largest annual Aboriginal education conferences will host several hundred educators to learn and share about integrating Aboriginal perspectives in a variety of grade levels.

>Final Call for Workshop Proposals – Deadline September 10, 2007
Registration Information for participants will be available September 14, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071140 Views

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Montague Expresses Disappointment, Frustration Over Government’s “flip-flop” on Metis Hunting Rights

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007

Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague is calling on the provincial minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs to help restore a relationship of mutual respect between the government and the LMN by dismissing hunting charges against 16 Inuit-Metis.

In a letter to Tom Rideout, who is also the attorney general, Mr. Montague notes his disappointment and frustration with the charges.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071374 Views

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Six Nations Matrimonial Real Property Law (MRP) to be Developed

(Ohsweken – August 31, 2007) In March 2007 the federal government indicated its intention to again impose federal legislation on First Nations across Canada. This legislation will deal with the Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) issue. Their stated reason for introducing such legislation is what they call a gap in legislation because neither the federal, provincial or First Nations have laws that apply to real property on reserves when spouses separate or divorce. Real property is immovable or fixed to the land and usually includes the family or matrimonial home.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20072021 Views

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MHA Jones Urges Government to Drop Charges Against Metis Hunters

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007

August 30, 2007 – MHA for the District of Cartwright-L-Anse au Clair, Yvonne Jones, is questioning the provincial government’s decision to reverse its stated position and charge a dozen Metis with hunting without a license, while at the same time urging that the charges be dismissed by provincial authorities.

The case involves Metis hunters who have been charged under provincial wildlife regulations, despite public reassurances in April by the provincial Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Tom Rideout, that the government would not interfere with the Metis right to hunt for subsistence. A 2003 Supreme Court of Canada decision ruled that the Metis have a right to hunt for food.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071332 Views

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Marathon – Awareness-building Campaign on First Nations Education

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September 19, 2007
Ottawa

As you are already aware, the FNEC has held a number of activities in recent weeks intended to make the population aware of the issues that are facing us.

Firstly, the FNEC is intending to hold a 3km. marathon in Ottawa on September 19, 2007. We are currently looking for willing participants. The marathon, which will take approximately one hour, will finish on Parliament Hill. We would like communities who wish to sign up to do so for at least 10 runners aged between 7 and 25. The FNEC will pay a fixed amount of $500 to each community for transportation, meals and accommodation where necessary. A short plan to help you get fit will be given to each participant at a videoconference explaining in detail how the day will be organized.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071009 Views

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National Chief Congratulates Weeneebayko Area First Nations on Historic Health Deal

OTTAWA, Sept. 4 – Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine congratulated First Nations in the Northern Ontario Weeneebayko region on successfully concluding a deal that will lead to better health care services.

The deal, known as the Weeneebayko Area Health Integration Framework Agreement, integrates federal and provincial health services under a First Nations community-controlled organization. The agreement will streamline health care services and give First Nations greater control over them.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071145 Views

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First Nations Summit Congratulates Steven Point on Being Named BC’s next Lieutenant Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 4, 2007

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/West Vancouver, BC — The First Nations Summit is pleased with this morning’s announcement by Prime Minister Steven Harper naming Steven Point as BC’s 28th Lieutenant Governor.

“The Prime Minister has chosen a highly regarded First Nations leader and a respected jurist for this distinguished position. Steven Point is known for his deep understanding of the history of British Columbia and will prove to be a very worthy representative for all the people of this province”, said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit Political Executive and the First Nations Leadership Council.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071133 Views

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MOU Signed Between Shingwauk Kinoomage Gamik and NCFNG

August 2007

A new venture is underway that will help promote cooperation and the advancement of academic and educational exchange.

On August 23rd 2007, the National Centre for First Nations Governance and Shingwauk Kinoomage Gamik (Garden River First Nation, Ontario) officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071056 Views

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OFNYPC Request for Proposals Hosting of the 5th Annual Youth Symposium Environment

September 4, 2007
Press Release
For Immediate Release:

The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) is mandated to host an annual youth symposium and is an excellent opportunity for youth to network and learn from one another regarding issues they face. The theme for the 2007 Youth Symposium will focus on the Environment.

Interested First Nations youth groups in Nishnawbe Aski Nation are encouraged to submit a written proposal to bid for hosting the 5th Annual Youth Symposium. In an effort to assist with bid submissions, the attached background information on OFNYPC and its past symposiums is attached for further review.

>>Ontario First Nations Young People’s Council (OFNYPC) Request for Proposals

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071417 Views

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Ontario Invests Over $17 Million In Northern Telecom Expansion

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 04, 2007 – 230

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Projects Enhance Economic Opportunities And Quality Of Life Across North

SUDBURY – McGuinty government investments in cellular telephone and broadband Internet services will deliver new opportunities for community growth and a better quality of life for northerners, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Our communities need access to reliable telecommunications infrastructure that will allow them to share in the benefits of modern technology,” said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). “By expanding services to many more northern communities, these projects open up possibilities in education, health care, culture and business.”

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Achievement Foundation Grants Help Reinvigorate Indigenous Cultures and Languages

Grants for Cultural Projects

Toronto – The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation’s Education department today announced its 2007 Recipients of its Cultural Projects Funding Program.

“Culture and language are the foundation upon which Nations are built and thrive. We at the Foundation are very proud to be able to provide assistance in order for these outstanding recipients programs to deliver their teachings, and instil pride in our future generations” said Roberta Jamieson, CEO, NAAF.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071275 Views

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Premier Welcomes Steven Point As Lieutenant-Governor

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For Immediate Release
2007OTP0119-001087
Sept. 4, 2007

Office of the Premier

VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell made the following statement today, welcoming Steven Point as British Columbia’s 28th lieutenant-governor.

“Steven Point brings to this prestigious appointment a wealth of wisdom and experience that will benefit all British Columbians. His life of service and advocacy began with his election as Chief of the Skowkale First Nation at 23. Since then, he has enjoyed a distinguished career, notably as a provincial court judge, chief commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission, and National Aboriginal Achievement Award recipient.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20072558 Views

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Request for Proposals Hosting of the 5th Annual Youth Symposium Environment

August 31, 2007

Press Release
For Immediate Release:

Ontario First Nations Young People’s Council (OFNYPC)

On behalf the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council, the Chiefs of Ontario is requesting proposals to host a regional gathering of youth from the Ontario First Nations. Every year the ONFYPC holds an annual youth symposium that rotates amongst the PTOS/Independents, this year Nishnawbe Aski Nation is slated to host the 5th Annual Youth Symposium on the Environment.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071048 Views

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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.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071085 Views

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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:

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· 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.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071230 Views

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Confederation College Enhances Advanced Technology For Learning Project – #950227

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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.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071045 Views

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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.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071011 Views

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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, 20071418 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.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071149 Views

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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.”

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071269 Views

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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

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071204 Views

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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, 20071208 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.”

by NationTalk on September 2, 2007949 Views

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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.”

by NationTalk on September 2, 2007917 Views

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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.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071405 Views

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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.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071005 Views

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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.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071344 Views

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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.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071049 Views

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