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Update for May 2nd, 2007 Residential School Settlement

Detailed notice packages providing answers to frequently asked questions about the settlement were mailed to everyone in the Notice Administrator’s database on April 26, 2007. It may take a couple of weeks for you to receive your package depending upon mail delivery. If you have not received a package by the end of May 2007, please contact the Notice Administrator to request one. Claim forms will be sent out separately after the Opt Out period ends on August 20th, 2007. Claim forms will be sent automatically to everyone who receives a detailed notice package by mail.

The next update will be available on May 9th, 2007.

For previous updates, please visit www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007757 Views

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The 7th International Conference on Diabetes and Indigenous Peoples Call for Presentations

On behalf of the International Conference Planning Committee, we are pleased to welcome you to join us on August 29 – September 1, 2007 at the 7th International Conference on Diabetes and Indigenous Peoples in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This exciting event is proudly being hosted by the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.

by NationTalk on May 3, 20071921 Views

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Aboriginal Language Initiative 2007-08

The BC Language Initiative (BCLI) 2007-2008

A provincial program funded through the First Citizens Fund. The BCLI supports projects which seek to revitalize B.C. Aboriginal languages through documentation, language classes, immersion programs, material and curriculum development, and promotion. Aboriginal communities and organizations are eligible to submit proposals to the BCLI, which distributes approximately $600,000 per year.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007974 Views

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Awards Reflect Past, Present, Future Of Aboriginal Art

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007OTP0058-000554
May 2, 2007

Office of the Premier
British Columbia Achievement Foundation

VANCOUVER – Provincewide artistic diversity and creativity were highlighted today with the announcement of the six recipients of the first annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art. Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, applauded the talents of B.C. First Nations artists.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007909 Views

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National Teachers’ Conference to Focus on Social Justice and Social Action in Canadian Schools

OTTAWA, May 3 – A national conference organized by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will challenge students, educators, parents, communities, researchers, policymakers and unions to remake their schools and organizations in the image of social justice and as sites for social action.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007796 Views

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Ontario Government Remains Committed to Consultation in Far North Mineral Exploration Case

May 02, 2007 – 104

SUDBURY – The Ontario government reiterated its commitment to reaching a resolution through consultation in the case involving Platinex Inc. and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation, following the latest Ontario Superior Court decision.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007790 Views

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Commission Defines Connection Between Human Rights and Family Relationships

For immediate publication

May 2, 2007

Toronto –
Today the Ontario Human Rights Commission released the results of its groundbreaking initiative on discrimination based on family status. “Ontario is proud to be the first jurisdiction to examine the human rights implications of barriers faced by families who are caring for children, aging parents or relatives, and family members with disabilities”, said Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007876 Views

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Sherwood Copper Corporation: Yukon Utilities Board Turns Down Provisions of the Power Purchase Agreement

Decision has no impact on Development or Operation of Minto Mine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(May 2, 2007) – Sherwood Copper Corporation (TSX VENTURE:SWC)(TSX VENTURE:SWC.DB) today announced that, in an unexpected move, the Yukon Utility Board (“YUB”) has denied approval of certain provisions of the Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) between Yukon Energy Corporation (“YEC”) and Sherwood’s wholly owned subsidiary, Minto Explorations Ltd. (“MintoEx”), which means the PPA will not be implemented at this time. This decision has no impact on the development or operation of the high grade Minto copper-gold mine, which has already installed on-site diesel generation capacity sufficient for all operations, including production. The feasibility study supporting the development of the Minto Mine, announced August 28, 2006, assumed the use of diesel power for the entire mine life, so no adjustment to the forecast costs set out in the feasibility study is triggered by this decision. Sherwood is reviewing the decisions of the YUB to determine whether or not a suitable arrangement can be worked out for the provision of grid power.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007761 Views

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UN Commission on Sustainable Development Indigenous Peoples Major Group – Opening Statement (Written Version)

UN Commission on Sustainable Development
Inter-active Session with Major Groups – Monday, April 30, 2007 Indigenous Peoples Major Group – Opening Statement (Written Version)
Estebancio Castro Diaz, International Indian Treaty Council and Joji Carino, Tebtebba

Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this inter-active session with major groups at the opening session of CSD15. I am Estebancio Castro Diaz, speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples major group.

by NationTalk on May 3, 2007826 Views

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The 2007 International Youth Week Launch Party

May 2, 2007

The Campaign2000 Youth Action Committee presents
The 2007 International Youth Week Launch Party with Food, Films and Filmmaker Q & A

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007815 Views

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Correctional Service of Canada: Inmates and Officers Partner in a Continuum of Care

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, NI-MIIKANA–(May 2, 2007) – Five years later, inmates view Correctional Officers as partners and recognize them for their day to day work.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071025 Views

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Northwestel Seeks Artwork Celebrating Arctic Winter Games

05/01/2007

Northern artists are being invited to take a unique approach in the 2008 directory cover art competition.

As a sponsor of the 2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Northwestel is inviting artists to submit works that depict the theme of “Celebrating Arctic Winter Games.”

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007879 Views

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“Protecting Our Gifts and Securing Our Future” Speaking Notes for Assembly of First Nations National Chief at the Child Health Summit

“Protecting Our Gifts and Securing Our Future” Speaking Notes for Assembly of First Nations National Chief at the Child Health Summit, Canadian Medical Association Congress Centre, Ottawa, Hall A/B

· (Traditional Greeting)
· Thank you Billy [Two-Rivers] for offering the opening prayer earlier this morning.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071037 Views

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Protests Against Barrick Around the World on May 2, 2007

Wednesday May 2, 2007 11:32 AM

Barrick’s Dirty Secrets: Communities Respond to Gold Mining’s Impacts Worldwide

On May 2nd, as part of an “International Day of Action” against Barrick, protests will take place in six different countries as well as in Toronto, Canada, where Barrick is based.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007894 Views

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Rare Aboriginal Artifacts Return Home to Royal Alberta Museum

May 2, 2007

Edmonton… After 150 years, Albertans now have the opportunity to view a diverse collection of western Canadian Aboriginal artifacts that will be showcased at the Royal Alberta Museum’s newest exhibit, Stories from the Southesk Collection: A 150-Year Journey.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071289 Views

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Aboriginal Forestry Program Receives $125,000

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007FOR0056-000552
May 2, 2007

Ministry of Forests and Range

VICTORIA – Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced today that the Province is granting $125,000 to the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology’s Forest Technician Training Program to help increase the number of skilled Aboriginal people working in B.C.’s forest sector.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007823 Views

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Province Provides Over $64,000 for Maliseet Fuels II

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat

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May 2, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) – The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will provide $64,504 in funding to help create new job opportunities for Maliseet Fuels II. Minister Ed Doherty, who is also responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, made the announcement today.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071065 Views

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Platinex Enabled to Proceed With Drilling Program on its Big Trout Lake Property

TORONTO, May 2 – Platinex Inc. (TSX Venture: PTX) today reported that a decision has been rendered in the legal action among Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, “KI”, Platinex Inc. and the Ontario government favourable to Platinex.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071501 Views

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Métis Citizens Unanimously Approve New Election

April 23, 2007 SASKATOON SK – A Métis election is on the way!

This weekend, at the Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA) and General Assembly, Métis citizens from Saskatchewan voted unanimously to hold a 2007 general election across the province. The election will be run by independent Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) David Hamilton. An announcement of the election date is forthcoming but it will certainly be held within the next 6 months.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007984 Views

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First Nations Financial Management Board Moves Forward With Board Appointments

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Ottawa, Ontario (May 2, 2007) – Canada’s New Government announced today five appointments to the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB). The FMB assists First Nations in strengthening their local financial management systems and provides independent financial management assessment services.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071090 Views

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Province Releases Report On “Lightening Ecological Footprint” Of Logging In Algonquin Park

May 2, 2007

Asks For Public Input On Recommendations

ALGONQUIN PARK — The Ontario government is seeking public comment on a report and recommendations from the Ontario Parks Board, aimed at reducing the effects of logging in Algonquin Provincial Park, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007930 Views

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Governor General to Invest 41 Recipients Into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(May 2, 2007) – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, May 4, 2007, at 10:30 a.m.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071244 Views

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Landore Resources Limited – Progress Report – Junior Lake-Nickel Project

(AIM Ticker: LND.L)

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 1 –

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– A 13,000 metre drilling programme has commenced on the Junior Lake, VW Zone nickel project, with one drill dedicated to extending the existing inferred resource at both ends along strike and down dip with a second drill carrying out infill drilling to advance the resource to `Indicated' status.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007892 Views

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The CBC Diversity Scholarship Manitoba

May 1, 2007

Application and instructions for the CBC Diversity Scholarship Manitoba for students entering university for the first time.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071369 Views

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Conservatives Defy House Decision to Apologize for Residential Schools Legacy

May 1, 2007

OTTAWA – The Conservative government’s defiance of the House of Commons’ decision to apologize for the legacy of Indian Residential schools is another disgraceful betrayal of Aboriginal Canadians, Liberal Opposition members said today.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071007 Views

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Statement by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine Regarding Today’s Opposition Motion in the House of Commons

OTTAWA, May 1 – “I am very pleased that the House of Commons will apologize for the misguided and racist residential school policy, which originated in that place, and which resulted in profound harm to generations of Indian residential school students, our families, and communities.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007774 Views

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NSI New Voices Film and TV Training for Young Aboriginal Adults

Apply by Monday, May 7

The National Screen Institute is looking for 12 talented people, aged 18 to 35, for its NSI New Voices training program which connects young Canadian Aboriginal people with film and television professionals through skills development training and an eight week full-time work placement in the industry.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007919 Views

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Pilasi Kingfisher Found

For your information

PILASI KINGFISHER FOUND

http://www.pilasi.ca/

Pilasi Kingfisher is safe. She has come forward in Saskatchewan.

Gay Williams would like to thank everyone involved in the search for her daughter. On behalf of her whole family, she thanks everyone for their time, energy, and effort in finding Pilasi.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071628 Views

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Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations Approve Constitution

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ARR0007-000545
May 1, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia is pleased that the Huu-ay-aht First Nations have voted to approve their Constitution, announced Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong.

by NationTalk on May 2, 20071025 Views

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“We must speak for them,” Summit Declares in Calling for Commissioner to Represent, Protect Children, Youth

May 1, 2007
By Patrick Sullivan

After hearing an impassioned presentation by England’s children’s commissioner, participants attending the first Child Health Summit organized by Canada’s physicians have decided that Canada should create a similar post.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2007839 Views

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A New Book Release That May Change Your Life!

Vancouver, May 1, 2007 –The Honourable Ms. Tariana Turia, Co-leader and Founder of the Maori Party in the New Zealand Government, has endorsed the powerful new book, Dances with Dependency: Indigenous Success through Self-Reliance, as “an incredible read, and a fascinating and beautiful book.”

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007853 Views

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AFN Heroes of Our Time Scholarships

Since 1988/1989 the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has sponsored the Heroes of Our Time scholarships to recognize the hard work, dedication and academic achievements of First Nations post secondary students who demonstrate excellence in a variety of categories. The scholarships are divided into eight categories that represent eight First Nations heroes and academic disciplines, each with a value of $2,000.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071185 Views

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Minister Prentice Announces Appointments To First Nations Tax Commission

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Ottawa, Ontario (April 30, 2007) – Canada’s New Government today announced seven appointments to the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) (opens a new window). The FNTC’s mandate is to support and regulate First Nation property tax regimes to ensure they are administratively efficient, harmonized with property tax regimes across Canada, and fair to on-reserve taxpayers.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071150 Views

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Health Human Resource Strategy About Growing Our Own

FOR RELEASE #07-080
May 1, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Health and Social Services Minister Brad Cathers says his department’s participation in a student career fair, earlier this month, is all about growing our own employees.

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007799 Views

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Public Prosecution Service of Canada to Review Autopsy-Related Files

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(May 1, 2007) – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is cooperating with the territorial Coroners’ Offices in the identification and review of cases in which pathologist Dr. Charles Smith may have played a role. Autopsy files in the North are currently being reviewed to determine if Dr. Smith worked on any of them.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071000 Views

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Conservative Government Must Apologize to Aboriginal Canadians

May 1, 2007

OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada is demanding the government honour a pledge to apologize to the First Nation, Inuit and Métis survivors of Indian Residential Schools.

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007939 Views

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Peregrine Falcon and Sea Otter No Longer Threatened with Extinction

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) met at the Station écotouristique Duchesnay near Quebec City, Quebec, April 23-27, 2007 where the conservation status of 48 species was assessed.

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007959 Views

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Brunswick Pipeline Partners with Louisbourg Pipelines

Construction contractor selected for proposed natural gas pipeline

SAINT JOHN, NB, April 30 – Brunswick Pipeline announced today it has awarded a conditional contract to Louisbourg Pipelines to construct the proposed 145-km natural gas pipeline from the Canaport LNG terminal to connect with the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline near St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The project is subject to approval by the National Energy Board (NEB).

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071464 Views

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Cleansing Mother Earth

To all the Youth that supported Mother Earth on Earth Day

It was a beautiful day of realization for the many sacred gifts our Mother Earth has blessed us with.

I would like to thank all youth councils, families, and communities that encouraged and supported this Earth Day initiative in a positive way. Small steps lead to bigger pictures and with everyone pitching in to help keep our environment clean and sacred, it exposed a picture with a thousand of words that Mother Earth is truly a blessing.

Miigwetch! I look forward to next year. I would like to hear from all communities that participated and is committed to support our initiative again next year.

All my relations!!

Arnold Yellowman

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007991 Views

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Province Announces Measures To Address Extraordinary Flooding

News Release – April 30, 2007

Premier Lorne Calvert today announced that the Government of Saskatchewan will take several measures in response to the extraordinary flooding at Fishing Lake and Waldsea Lake.

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007946 Views

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Join Us as we Honour the “Angels Among Us” 12th Annual Esquao Awards Gala 2007

Northlands Agricom, Edmonton
Thursday May 3rd, 5:30 pm

Cirlce of Honour Recipient
Audrey Poitras
President of the Metis Nation of Alberta

Featured Entertainer
Sierra Noble
Accomplished Metis Fiddler

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007897 Views

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URGENT, Karuk Tribe in California Calls for Letters of Support by May 3, 2007 for Bill to Halt Mining and Dredging Activities Threatening Subsistence Fish!

April 30, 2007

Sample support letter provided.

Honorable Lois Wolk
Committee on Natural Resources
Post Office Box 942549
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 319-2192

Re:: Support for AB 1032 (Wolk)

by NationTalk on May 1, 2007906 Views

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MMF Message from the President April 30, 2007

This past week, on behalf of MNC President Clement Chartier and the Board of Governors, I had the honour to welcome and address the delegates of the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan’s Legislative Assembly & General Assembly on Electoral Reform in Saskatoon.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071076 Views

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Renforth Resources Inc.: Press Release

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(April 30, 2007) – Renforth Resources Inc. (“Renforth”) announces today that it has filed its 43-101 technical report on the Kyle Diamond Project which can be found on www.sedar.com. Renforth also announces an update of its winter exploration program. A total of 12 grids totaling 284.4 line kilometers have been completed on the high priority targets. Ground magnetic surveying has been completed and analysis and interpretation of the results reports are being prepared. The magnetically rendered anomalies will be further prioritized for additional follow-up work that may include diamond drilling. Nine high priority anomalies selected from the airborne geophysical surveying, along with ten second priority targets, were selected for this detail ground geophysical surveying. In addition if an additional anomaly was located in the vicinity of the primary target, these anomalies were also surveyed as part of this program.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071099 Views

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Solid Financial Results, Lowest-Cost Utilities Among Crown Sector Highlights For 2006

News Release – April 30, 2007

Saskatchewan’s Crown corporation sector had another strong year financially in 2006, posting increased revenue and profits, while providing Saskatchewan people with the lowest-cost bundle of basic utility rates in Canada for the third consecutive year.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20071019 Views

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Saskatoon Tribal Council Housing Conference – News Release and Sponsor Opportunities

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April 30, 2007

The Saskatoon Tribal Council is pleased to announce that it will host a housing conference May 23-24, 2007 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The recent federal budget includes $300 million and the Saskatchewan budget $100 million in new funding for housing. This funding requires the preparation of business plans and one of the goals of this conference is to assist First Nations in the preparation of proposals that will meet all criteria.

by NationTalk on April 30, 20071234 Views

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ALERT! Press Release – Find Pilasi Kingfisher

Press Release — April 28, 2007

Pilasi Kingfisher’s family is stepping up efforts to find the missing teenager by getting the public involved in the search. People are gathering at the Main Street bus terminal on Sunday, April 29 between 10 and 10.30 AM to distribute posters of Pilasi.

by NationTalk on April 30, 20071412 Views

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Province Supports B.C. Aboriginal Hockey Team

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ARR0006-000538
April 28, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VANCOUVER – The Province has contributed $5,000 to the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) to help send 40 athletes to compete in this year’s National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

by NationTalk on April 29, 20071136 Views

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Minister of the Environment Supports Canadian Lung Association in Taking Action on Pollution to Reduce Lung Disease

OTTAWA, April 27 – The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, today expressed Canada’s New Government’s strong support for the objectives of the Canadian Lung Association’s Lung Health Framework in his closing address to the Framework’s conference.

by NationTalk on April 28, 20071001 Views

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