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.
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.
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.
For Immediate Release
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Immediate Release
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.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
For Immediate Release
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Immediate Release
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.
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.