This Innovative School’s 12 and 13 year old Drama students will be honored in Calgary on April 24th for their Excellence in Aboriginal Programming.
Their work in the past two years on addictions by producing two plays,”The People Vs. Mary Moses” ( winner of 6 awards at the 2006 NB Drama Festival) which dealt with FASD and “After the Thunder: The Simon Bishop Story”(winner of 5 awards at the 2006 NB Drama Festival) which dealt with teenage stress/suicide were instrumental in their win. The students helped research the information for the original scripts written by their Drama teacher, Mr. Johannes Bosma, held National Video Video Conferences , visited many communities and won the hearts of all in spreading their message. Technology teacher, Mr. Craig Duplessie, worked with Mr. Bosma and the kids and turned both plays into movies along with two music videos and have sold them across the country to help Drama thrive in their school. They feel their message is truly making a difference.
One of the largest metals and mining investor conferences in the world
TORONTO, February 20, 2008
More than 1,200 attendees from six continents have registered to attend the BMO Capital Markets Global Metals & Mining Conference, one of the most comprehensive mining institutional investor events in the world.
The 17th annual event is taking place in Hollywood, Florida from February 25 to February 27, 2008. It will provide international investors the opportunity to meet senior management of 230 leading mining companies from around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Russia, South Africa, United States and the United Kingdom, among others.
Band Management and Economic Development:
Best Practices in Economic Development
April 10 -11, 2008 in Vancouver
As First Nations move toward improved government and economic development, what is the role of band councils in creating sound economies and jobs? Through this important conference we will explore best practices in the business of creating infrastructure for economic development. Our workshops will showcase successful models of governance and economic development and assist our members understand this complex community dynamic.
2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award
Contact: Naomi Caldwell, Chair
AILA Book Award committee
PHILADEPHIA – The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the recipients of its American Indian Youth Literature Award. This new literary award was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.
Gatineau, Quebec, – The Canadian Museum of Civilization is now accepting applications for its Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices (ATPMP). This eight-month program offers professional and technical training in museum practices to Aboriginal People from across Canada. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2008.
All training is under the supervision of the Museum’s professional staff in a variety of fields, including conservation, archaeology, documentation of artifacts, archives, collections, ethnology, history and administration. The experience Interns gain while at the Museum is valuable to both themselves and their First Nation, as they will be able to play a vital role in maintaining and sharing their culture with their community and others. This internship offers a means for the Interns to return to their community and assume a leadership role in cultural resource management. Training is available in both official languages.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization is celebrating one of Canada’s most influential visual artists with a retrospective exhibition to be presented from January 18 to April 20, 2008. Daphne Odjig: Four Decades of Prints traces the Aboriginal artist’s creative arc from powerful, groundbreaking experimentation to graceful, mature expression.
Kids to get chance to be CSI sleuths, tour the night sky… and deliver a baby?
On Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 2008, students from First Nations in Manitoba and Ontario will be treated to more than 100 hands-on sessions at the Third Annual Peguis Science, Engineering and Technology Symposium at the University of Manitoba.
About 300 students in Grades 9 to 12 will travel to the University of Manitoba for opportunities to attend workshops on topics as diverse as tornadoes, microbiology, website design and even obstetrics. The sessions will be presented by lecturers and professors from many departments within the Faculties of Science, Agricultural and Food Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Medicine, as well as the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. Sessions will also be presented by Manitoba Hydro and Red River College.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Feb. 20, 2008) – The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced the appointment of Rev. Larry Gregan and Mr. David S. Pankratz of Manitoba, Colonel Glen Shepherd of Quebec and Mr. Calvin D. Helin of British Columbia to the National Council of Welfare.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of these individuals to the National Council of Welfare,” said Minister Solberg. “Their combined experience in various areas will be a valuable asset to the Council.”
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 20, 2008) – The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Colin Hansen, British Columbia’s Minister of Economic Development, today signed two new labour market agreements that will help British Columbians improve their skills and get better jobs.
Today’s announcement represents a significant Government of Canada investment in the B.C. labour market while addressing the province’s increasing need for skilled workers. These investments will help to remove barriers to labour market participation and provide access to training for individuals who are working and need to improve their skills, as well as for all unemployed British Columbians, including those who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) training programs.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 20, 2008) – Adriana Resources Inc. (“Adriana” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:ADI) is pleased to announce that in January 2008 the Company signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Makivik Corporation (“Makivik”) that establishes a committee that will serve as the formal forum for communications between Adriana and Makivik. Under the LOI, Adriana agrees to foster communications with Nayumivik Landholding Corporation of Kuujjuaq, the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq and the Kativik Regional Government.
McGuinty Government Programs Help Youth Learn About Resource Management
TORONTO — Thousands of Ontario youth will gain valuable skills and experience this year through provincial government youth employment programs related to natural resource management.
“Through a variety of summer job and year-round internship programs, my ministry is giving students and recent graduates across the province opportunities to get a first-hand look at potential careers in natural resource management,” said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield.
The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC) was honoured at a ceremony yesterday in Toronto by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for achieving the gold level in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program, Competitiveness, Training and Trade Minister Andrew Swan, minister responsible for MLC, said today. This is MLC’s third PAR award. It is the first Crown corporation in Canada to receive gold-level status.
PAR’s purpose is to help organizations gauge and improve their commitment to Aboriginal relations including Aboriginal employment and business development.
A means of engaging youth in human rights education and leadership, the Youth Action Project is a series of professional development and education workshops presented over the course of 7 months from January to July 2007. The workshops focus on each of the eight action areas towards a Culture of Peace outlined by the United Nations General Assembly (commonly known as the Eight Pillars of Peace) in addition to teaching these youth leaders community development and facilitation skills. The Project will conclude with the intent of culminating at the Global Youth Assembly in August, whereby the youth leaders will have the chance of employing their new skills before going out into their various communities to engage with other youth in phase III.
Unique scholarship opens doors to post-secondary education and provides valuable work internship for 15 Aboriginal students
TORONTO, February 20, 2008
BMO Financial Group announced a new scholarship program for Aboriginal students named in honour of Ron Jamieson, former Senior Vice-President Aboriginal Banking at BMO. Jamieson was with BMO for more than 13 years.
The Mandate of the present Chief and Council is nearing the end of the term. The term being “a minimum of two years less a day” as quoted by Indian and Northern Affairs staff. Our term began on July 4th, 2006, therefore we have decided that the 2008 term will also begin on Friday, July 4, 2008.
Once we determined the start date of the next term; then everything works back from there. The Nomination Meeting must be scheduled 42 days prior to the start of the next term which sets the date on Friday May 23, 2008. The actual election date is flexible but should be within a couple of weeks of the beginning of the next term to allow for a transitional period. At a meeting on January 23, 2008, Council decided to try something new. The election day has been scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2008. Council believes that this will provide an opportunity for our off reserve members to participate in the election process in person rather than through the mail. It would also bring our families home to share in the celebrations of Native Solidarity Day.
Yellowknife-February 19, 2008: Two years ago, the 2008 Arctic Winter Games Host Society set out to raise the necessary private sector funding required to stage the 20th Games. With an initial target of $2.6 million quickly adjusted to $3.6 million, the challenge at times appeared daunting but corporate response to appeals was truly uplifting. Thanks to the tremendous support of the business community, the Host Society is pleased to announce it has achieved its fundraising goal and is ready and set for the Games to begin in a few short weeks. Over 200 business and private supporters of the Games have contributed over $4 million in cash and gifts-in-kind to ensure these Games are a resounding success and a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity for the 2,000+ youth who will descend on Yellowknife from March 9th-15th.
Tickets to annual celebrity fundraiser in support of MusiCan go on sale Saturday, February 23 at 10 AM (MST)
Toronto, ON (February 20, 2008) – It’s hockey night in Calgary as the game’s legends and celebrity musicians face off at centre ice for the 5th Annual Juno Cup game. As part of Juno Awards Weekend Events, the Juno Cup Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar is a fan favourite that pairs an all-star line-up of NHL Greats against celebrity Rockers for a fundraiser to benefit MusiCan, the charitable arm of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Juno Cup will take place at The Stampede Corral, Stampede Park, on Friday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in Calgary, AB.
(Vancouver, BC) Today, on the second day of the symposium Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a panel of international law experts will discuss Canada’s stance on the UN Declaration. “The Declaration and Canadian Law” panel begins at 9:15 a.m.
The panel will critique the federal government’s recent campaigns against the UN Declaration, in Canada and abroad, including arguments that: the Declaration does not address individual rights, threatens the rights of non-native citizens, and is inconsistent with Canada’s constitution. The panel is also expected to comment on how Canada’s actions regarding the Declaration have impacted its international reputation and relationships.
TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Assembly of the members of the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA) will be held at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg (Terrace Room), 280 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time for the following purposes:
1. To receive and consider the report of the Directors and the Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 2006;
2. To receive the Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 2007;
3. To elect Directors for the ensuing term; and
4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Assembly or any adjournment or adjournments thereof.
DATED at the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, this 20th day of February, 2008.
By Order of the Board of Directors
Dina Bruyere, B.A., LL.B
Copies of Resolution Form, Standing Rules of the Annual General Assembly, Nomination Form, Roles & Responsibilities for Board of Directors, and the Annual Report are available by contacting the NADA office or by visiting the NADA Web site at www.nada.ca.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation (SWY:TSX) and Shear Minerals Ltd. (SRM:TSXV) today announced additional macro and micro diamond recoveries from the 2007 drilling of the Kahuna kimberlite dyke at the Churchill Diamond Project in Nunavut.
In 2007 at Kahuna, 30 drill-holes from 18 set-ups totaling 2,333m were drilled along a tested 4.5km strike length of the kimberlite dyke to provide a better understanding of its size and geometry. A total of 142m of kimberlite was intersected with single intercepts ranging from 1.0m to 11.8m down-hole. Based on these intercepts the Kahuna kimberlite is a vertical dyke averaging 2.6m in true width. Drill core samples totaling 206.3 kg were processed and a total 1,071 diamonds including 99 macro diamonds were recovered. Results are listed below:
(February 20, 2008 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) NTI Elections Chief Returning Officer Adamee Itorcheak today gave official Notice of Election for the executive officer positions of president and vice-president of finance. Competing for the position of president is Mickey Akavak of Kimmirut, Jack Anawak of Rankin Inlet, Paul Kaludjak of Iqaluit, and Abraham Tagalik of Iqaluit.
Competing for the position of vice-president of finance is Jayko Aloolloo of Pond Inlet, James T. Arreak of Iqaluit and Raymond Ningeocheak of Rankin Inlet. Candidates have until Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. local time to withdraw their nomination papers.
The mission of the First Nations University of Canada is to enhance the quality of life, and to preserve, protect, and interpret the history, language, culture, and artistic heritage of First Nations.
The University will acquire and expand its base of knowledge and understanding in the best interests of First Nations and for the benefit of society by providing opportunities of quality bi-lingual and bi-cultural education under the mandate of the First Nations of Saskatchewan.
The University is a First Nations’ controlled university-college, which provides educational opportunities to both First Nations and non-First Nations students selected from a provincial, national and international base.
BRANDON, MB – Brandon University and the Marquis Project, with the help of the Brandon Tai Chi Club, are helping young students in the isolated northern community of Oxford House stay connected with a donation of 45 computers to their educational system.
Brandon University supplied the used computer equipment, which was packed into 80 boxes by members of the Brandon South end Tai Chi Club. The Marquis Project’s Murray Smith then made arrangements to have the computer equipment shipped to the young students in Oxford House over the winter road.
Posted: February 20, 2008, 10:55 AM by Marni Soupcoff
For defenders of Canada’s government-monopoly health care system, there is only one goal that truly matters. And, no, despite their earnest insistences to the contrary, that goal is not the health of patients. It is the preservation of the public monopoly at all costs, even patients’ lives.
Students’ video deemed racist; Natives pull kids from Fort Frances school over incident
Six high school students in this northwestern Ontario community got a lesson in sensitivity Tuesday over a “racist” video posted on the Internet that led to First Nations parents pulling their children from school.
TORONTO — An aboriginal society in the heart of Canada’s so-called Chemical Valley is calling for government help and stronger industry standards in the wake of new test results showing high levels of five toxic chemicals in the air.
NR 08-08 FIS ENG – For Immediate Release
(February 19, 2008 – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Acting President James Eetoolook today called on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to reverse their recent decision to transfer 1,900 metric tonnes of offshore turbot quota to fishing companies owned by non-Inuit in southern Canada.
“The transfer of SeaFreez’s turbot quota to two non-Inuit-owned fishing companies based in southern Canada means yet another loss of potential to create desperately needed jobs for Inuit and revenue for Nunavut’s developing fishing industry,” said Eetoolook. “Nunavut interests were not consulted or even given the opportunity to provide advice or interest in acquiring the quota until after the decision was made last month. This is unfair. That fish comes from waters adjacent to Nunavut, and Inuit deserve the chance to fish that resource,” he said.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Feb. 20, 2008) – On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Senator Gerry St. Germain will make an important funding announcement, tomorrow, in Vancouver, concerning the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia.
Please note that this advisory is subject to change without notice.
The details are as follows:
Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia-Head Office 905-1130 West Pender Street Vancouver, British Columbia
For more information, please contact
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
Design & Layout of Information Resource
Objectives & Background
The First Nations Centre (FNC) at the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) identified a need for increased knowledge and awareness of health issues and careers amongst First Nations children and youth through a First Nations children’s book.
Operating under the working title ABC’s of First Nations Health, the information resource is a children’s book designed to introduce First Nations children (aged 6-12) to health concepts. An integral component of the ABC’s of First Nations Health is to highlight art produced by First Nations children. The project has attained and selected 27 art pieces to be used though a national art contest and is currently developing accompanying text.
Northern youth art, writing to join International Polar Year snapshot
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | 7:44 AM CT
Young people from across Canada’s North will be invited to write, photograph, draw and paint their way into International Polar Year research by taking part in a time capsule project that aims to document the region through the eyes of its youth.
Senators Frank Mahovlich, Bob Peterson and other dignitaries were on hand at the Ahtahkakoop First Nation on Saturday to celebrate Fred Sasakamoose’s contribution to aboriginal society, sports and culture.
University professors disappointed at lack of funding for Campus 2020 report
Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2008
VICTORIA – B.C.’s university professors expressed disappointment Tuesday that the provincial government is holding off financing the recommendations of the Campus 2020 report, which aimed to improve accessibility to post-secondary institutions.
Scientists to test space suits, rovers on Nunavut’s Mars-like crater
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | 12:54 PM CT
A high Arctic island in Nunavut will once again fill in for Mars when U.S. and Canadian researchers return to the territory this summer to conduct field research that may contribute to space exploration.
CALGARY, Feb. 19 – The National Energy Board (NEB) approved applications for the Southern Lights Pipeline Project, worth an estimated $247.5 million in Canadian spending.
The Southern Lights Project broke new ground as the first application to the NEB for a pipeline to transport diluent, which the Board identified as an emerging market. Diluents are lighter hydrocarbons used to dilute bitumen and heavy oil so they can flow through pipelines.
TORONTO, Feb. 19 – Considering that education offers a way out of poverty, teachers can benefit from a greater understanding of how poverty can affect their students and the ways they learn. A DVD produced by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will ensure that the poverty-awareness process takes place in every elementary public school in Ontario.
Toronto Mixed Martial Arts Tryouts™ for aboriginal and non-aboriginal fighters this Sunday February 24th at the Native Canadian Centre on 16 Spadina Road presented by Johnny Powers 1Fight Network, George Lepine and “Urban Elder” Vern Harper. International talent scouts will be looking for the next MMA TV Stars. All fight styles are welcome from both male and female competitors.
Toronto, Canada February 19, 2008 — Johnny Powers, executive producer of 1Fight Network, Master George Lepine, founder of Okichitaw, and Urban Elder “Asin” Vern Harper of the Aboriginal Community of Toronto are proud to present Toronto Mixed Martial Arts Tryouts™ for aboriginal and non-aboriginal fighters this Sunday February 24th at the Native Canadian Centre on 16 Spadina Road.
Premier Gary Doer is calling for nominations for the 2008 Council of the Federation Literacy Award to recognize outstanding achievements in adult literacy.
“Manitobans require strong literacy skills to meet the needs of a challenging labour market, achieve their economic and educational goals, and enhance their health and social well-being,” Doer said. “I congratulate all adult learners who have decided to improve their literacy skills and welcome the opportunity to recognize their achievements through this award.”
I am pleased to introduce Balanced Budget 2008, a budget that asks: What kind of legacy do we want to leave for future generations?
This year, from the Kootenays to the Queen Charlotte Islands; from the Peace River region to the Southwest coast… our people and communities are coming together to celebrate 150 years of growth and progress…
And… even more important… to plan the way forward; to build on our achievements and create a new legacy that future generations can look to with pride.
Much has changed since 1858. We have grown from a series of frontier outposts to one of the most livable, attractive places anywhere — with some of the richest cultural diversity.
What hasn’t changed is the sense of opportunity in British Columbia. The same excitement, the same spirit of boundless possibility that drew people here in the 1800’s is, today, alive and well — and continues to draw people here from around the world.
But today our province has reached a turning point.
Investment to Jumpstart Economic Activity in B.C.’s Pine Beetle Infested Area
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – Geoscience BC today commended the provincial government for its commitment of $6 million in new funding to support mineral exploration work in pine-beetle affected areas of the province and $6 million for oil and gas exploration in B.C.’s frontier areas, which was announced in today’s provincial budget.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – The B.C. government’s commitment to increase funding for geoscience, support engagement with First Nations and direct resources to expedite the environmental assessment process will help stimulate continued investment in B.C.’s mineral exploration industry, said Dan Jepsen, President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC).
“The provisions announced in today’s budget will help expedite the environmental assessment process providing mineral exploration companies with greater certainty that their applications can be processed in a timely manner, which will help attract increased investment in the province,” said Jepsen.
Initial clearing work is set to begin on the longest new road right-of-way in Saskatchewan to link more than 1,200 residents of Wollaston Lake and the adjoining Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation with Highway 905 in the far north.