2009 applications forms for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations are available here.
The fund provides financial assistance to indigenous delegates wishing to attend the 2nd session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 8th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Please be kindly reminded that the deadline for applying is 1st October 2008.
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
July 4, 2008
The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, will attend Newfoundland and Labrador’s nationally-acclaimed Aboriginal tourism event, the Miawpukek First Nation’s Powwow on Saturday, July 5. The powwow is taking place at the Miawpukek First Nation Conne River Reserve July 3 – 6.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(July 4, 2008) – FNX Mining Company Inc. (TSX:FNX) (“FNX” or the “Company”) and Wahnapitae First Nation (“WFN”) today signed an Impact and Benefits Agreement (“IBA” or “Agreement”), which describes how they will collaborate during the life of the Podolsky Mine and into the future on other mining projects at FNX’s Podolsky Property. The IBA provides social, cultural and business related benefits for each party from successful mine development and, among other aspects, describes the processes for protecting and preserving the environment.
ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR–(July 4, 2008) – Once again this year, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can look forward to seeing local, Canadian, and international films created by women, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
OTTAWA, July 3 – A national policy on cyberbullying and the release of a national public opinion poll on education are two of the topics to be addressed by delegates attending the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton, New Brunswick, July 10-12, 2008.
VICTORIA – The Honourable Steven Point welcomes the public to enjoy this summer’s Music on the Lawn concert series at Government House. These free outdoor concerts feature talented BC performers and increase the public’s enjoyment of both Government House and its surrounding gardens. The House will be open to the public before the concerts from 4:00 – 5:00 pm for a walk-through of the public rooms. Bring your own blanket or chair for the concerts, and enjoy refreshments for sale on the grounds.
The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) has published Financial Reporting by First Nations, a ground-breaking report authorized by the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) of the CICA. Published independently of the CICA’s standard-setting process, the Report addresses the lack of accounting standards explicitly for First Nations by examining the changing environment for First Nations financial reporting, users and their needs, objectives of First Nations general purpose financial statements, and the reporting entity. The Report concludes that adopting the reporting model for governments in Canada based on the accounting recommendations of PSAB best suits the needs of preparers, auditors and users of First Nations general purpose financial reporting. The Report is the result of deliberations by members of the Study Group, and input from stakeholders, both from extensive outreach activities and comments received on the draft report.
ANNAPOLIS COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA, JULY 3, 2008–Mr. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, participated today in a ceremony to release 34 Blanding’s turtles into the wild.
VANCOUVER, July 3 – The Minerva Foundation for BC Women is pleased to welcome TD Bank Financial Group as a corporate supporter of their Combining Our Strength(TM) initiative. TD has generously pledged $125,000 over five years that will be used to provide programs and opportunities for Aboriginal women in the areas of education, leadership development, economic security and safety.
Wednesday July 2, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THUNDER BAY, ON: The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) Board regrettably announced today a breakdown in negotiations between the police service and the Governments of Ontario and Canada following an announcement from the federal government that additional resources cannot be committed to until next year.
The Métis Women of BC are pleased to announce that our Sîhtoskâtowîn Symposium: “Exploring Métis Cultural and Family Values for Métis-specific Violence Prevention” is taking place this weekend at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Richmond. This 3 day violence prevention conference focuses on documenting Métis values, experiences, and perspectives to assist us in preventing violence in our families and communities. Delegates to the conference include Métis Women’s Representatives, Métis Male community members, Métis Elders and Métis youth. Featured speakers include: Métis writer, playwright and academic, Maria Campbell; Monique Hurteau, Métis comedienne, Elder Phillip Gladue, and Métis performer and cultural presenter, Beverly Lambert. This forum is being sponsored by the Violence Prevention Branch of the Ministry of Community Services. For more information, please contact Victoria Pruden, Director of Women, Métis Nation BC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (250) 208-4937.
RESEARCH ON OFF-RESERVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A FIRST STEP TOWARDS ENDING DEPENDENCY
(Ottawa, ON – June 26, 2008) In light of Canada’s shifting demography, the country’s public policy around Aboriginal affairs needs a major overhaul if the majority of our first peoples are to take advantage of our nation’s prosperity. So says Patrick Brazeau, Canada’s youngest national Aboriginal leader.
AFOA is seeking member and stakeholder support for a proposed AFN resolution that will be presented at the AFN Annual General Assembly on the morning of Thursday, July 17 in Quebec City, Quebec.
The resolution is to:
1) recognize the role that AFOA plays in enhancing Aboriginal financial management
2) encourage First Nations to get financial and management training through AFOA Canada and pursue the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) designation
3) recognize the CAFM designation as a preferred credential required of financial managers working in First Nation communities and organizations.
4) encourage INAC to provide more funding for capacity development in financial management.
Written by GORDON HOEKSTRA
Wednesday, 02 July 2008
Vince Prince, director of the Prince George Aboriginal Business Development Association, sings a warrior song after the association received $750,000 from the federal and provincial governments. (Citizen photo by David Mah) The federal and provincial government awarded Wednesday $750,000 to the Prince George Aboriginal Development Association to help support aboriginal entrepreneurs.
VICTORIA, July 3 – The National Historica Fair will bring together 165 students from across Canada to Victoria, British Columbia for a week of learning and adventure that culminates with a public display of their history projects on Saturday, July 12th, at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Opening ceremonies will be attended by the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and her Honour Mrs. Gwen Point. Visual artist Butch Dick of the Songhees First Nation will lead the procession into the opening ceremony.
Ernst & Young unveils Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists for 2008
VANCOUVER, July 3 – Today’s entrepreneurs continue to fill a critical role in the success of the Canadian economy, Ernst & Young said today when unveiling this year’s finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.
NISKU, AB, July 2 – Rural representatives from across Canada will gather in Edmonton, Alta., from July 5 to 8 to discuss the many challenges facing rural communities at the “Rural Matters!” national symposium.
The meeting at the Shaw Conference Centre is being hosted by the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties (AAMDC), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The AAMDC has partnered with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and rural organizations across Canada to develop an engaging program of national relevance.
Manitoba News Release
July 2, 2008
Promoting a World Heritage Site designation for the boreal forest straddling the east side of Lake Winnipeg and northwest Ontario is on the agenda as Conservation Minister Stan Struthers travels to Quebec City on Friday to meet with Ambassador Gilles Laurin, Canada’s permanent delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
A new trim block processing facility commenced operations in Burns Lake at the beginning of June. The company, Keyoh Dechun IIah (KDI) will be processing sawmill trim ends [small pieces of planed board left over after boards are cut to length in mill] into finger-joint ready blocks for sale to finger-jointed lumber manufacturers.
Social justice, human rights and professional ethics essential components in analysis
(Toronto, Canada, July 2, 2008) Today, Corporate Knights Magazine unveils the fifth-annual Knight Schools ranking. The ranking analyzes how Canadian universities fare in integrating sustainability into the school experience.
Who are you calling Indian?
The number of those with ancestry but no ‘status’ is growing fast
JOHN GEDDES | June 25, 2008 |
Who is a real Indian? It’s a wince-inducing question. For starters, there’s that word — Indian. Replacing it with Aboriginal or First Nations person, though, is hard if the question is asked in the context of Canadian law, since the reply comes down to how the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs interprets the Indian Act provisions on who qualifies as a registered Indian. Beyond the problematic proper noun, there’s something deeply troubling about the notion that such a question should be posed at all. Does anyone really have any right to define anybody else’s racial identity? Is anybody qualified to offer even a tentative reply?
PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(July 2, 2008) – The Lax Kw’Alaams and Metlakatla First Nations, known as the Coast Tsimshian, are pleased to have taken another step towards resolution of their concerns over expansion of the Port of Prince Rupert by negotiating with the Government of Canada and the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(July 2, 2008) – Yukon Zinc Corporation (TSX VENTURE:YZC) (“Yukon Zinc) is pleased to announce that the acquisition of Yukon Zinc by Jinduicheng Molybdenum Group, Ltd. and Northwest Nonferrous International Investment Company, Limited (collectively, the “Investors”) has been completed.
Peguis First Nation has been added as a circuit point for sittings of the provincial court, improving access to justice for residents of the community, Attorney General Dave Chomiak and provincial court Chief Judge Raymond Wyant announced today.
On Friday July 4, 2008, staff from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and CSTC fisheries staff, will be presenting updates on the Endangered status of the Nechako White Sturgeon, and projects underway with the CSTC. Start time 10am, in Stellat’en.
As passed by resolution at the 2007 Annual General Assebly, the Labrador Metis Nation is undergoing a membership renewal process. This process is essential in maintaining accurate and useful membership records, and will add stength and credibilty to the LMN and the Inuit-Metis Land Claim Submission.
Nasittuq Corporation has been offering an Aboriginal scholarship since 1995 to beneficiaries/members of the Inuvialuit, Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, and Nunavik land claim agreements.
The Scholarship is designed to encourage students to pursue and explore advanced education in Electrical, Computer science, Electronics, Environmental studies, Business, and Aboriginal Studies disciplines.
Applications must be accompanied by high school transcripts – entry deadline: August 08, 2008.
Please download and complete your application and submit it to:
Aboriginal Student Scholarship Program
100-170 Laurier Avenue West
Victoria, June 30, 2008 – The First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council (the First Peoples’ Council) today announced that it will be accepting submissions from B.C. First Nations’ artists. The selected works will enhance the art collection at Government House and will also recognize Lieutenant Governor Steven Point, who is of the Sto’lo Nation.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (June 28, 2008) – Premiers from the three territories met today in Yellowknife to discuss issues relevant to Northern people, the Northern environment, and Northern economies.
National Aboriginal Women’s Summit
In recognition of the significance and complexity of the issues facing Aboriginal women today, Premier Roland will be hosting and co-chairing the 2008 National Aboriginal Women’s Summit in Yellowknife on July 28-30 with Ms. Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. This summit is a follow up to the very important first National Aboriginal Women’s Summit hosted by Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams in June of 2007 and an opportunity for jurisdictions, particularly Northern jurisdictions, to share progress and initiatives.
IQALUIT, NT, July 2 – Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (www.NEAS.ca) is pleased to announce that its newest vessel, the MV Qamutik, arrived safely in Canada on Canada Day.
“At NEAS, we deliver more than just sealift services. We deliver hope,” said Michael Gordon, President of NEAS. “The MV Qamutik and the hope it offers for sustainable economic development is our Canada Day gift for our communities.”
Three Saskatchewan Residents Named To Order Of Canada
Names overshadowed by Morgantaler
ShareThisReported By David Kirton
Posted July 2, 2008 – 7:54am
Metis Author and elder Maria Campbell is one of three Saskatchewan people named to the Order of canada yesterday. Campbell may be best known for her first book, “Halfbreed” which continues to be taught in schools today. She is being honoured for “her contributions to Canadian literature and media as a writer, playwright, filmmaker and educator, as well as for her advocacy of Métis and Aboriginal issues.”
Watch the on-demand broadcast recording of the April 02, 2020 First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) Live Town Hall – a discussion covering how COVID-19 is affecting health managers, front line health workers, and First Nations communities on ihtoday.ca