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CN Resumes Rail Operations in Toronto-Montreal Corridor

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(April 21, 2007) – CN today restored rail service in its Toronto-Montreal corridor after the end of an illegal blockade of its tracks by First Nation protestors.

Yesterday CN shut down corridor operations, embargoing all freight and passenger traffic in the interest of safety, after some members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation blocked, without the support of the elected Chief in council, its double-track main line west of Napanee, Ont.

The blockade disrupted CN freight and VIA Rail Canada Inc. passenger services in the busiest rail corridor on CN’s system.

CN customers can expect some delay in the delivery of their shipments as a result of the illegal incident.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20071139 Views

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New Federal Housing Fund for First Nations – A Rather Small “Trojan Horse”

WENDAKE, QC, April 20 – “We know that the new Federal housing funds for First Nations is a Trojan Horse, a small one at that, but we cannot refuse it”, said Lance Haymond, Chief of Eagle Village First Nation and housing portfolio holder for the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL). “The AFNQL members’ share of the new funds are desperately needed to address the housing crisis in First Nations however, there are strings attached”, added Chief Haymond. The Federal Government is directing the new funds exclusively to market or private housing, a concept the AFNQL does not oppose. However, the AFNQL notes that the vast majority of First Nations families will not be in a position to borrow money or hold mortgages for a long time, therefore leaving a large unfilled gap of social housing needs.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20071134 Views

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Via Rail Canada – Public service announcement – Update: Blockade Affects Specific Passenger Train Services in Ontario and Quebec

Service Suspended Between Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto

MONTREAL, April 20 – Due to the closure of CN’s Montreal-Toronto rail line, VIA will suspend service between Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto as of 3:15 pm today, until further notice.

By exception, the remainder of today’s departures leaving Montreal for Toronto will be replaced by chartered bus service, in this direction only, and for today only.

Passenger train services between Montreal and Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, Toronto and London/Windsor/Sarnia, as well as Toronto and Niagara Falls, are not affected.

VIA regrets any inconvenience this situation may cause its customers. Customers may call VIA at 1-888-VIA-RAIL for further information.

VIA will issue an announcement when service on the affected routes resumes.

For further information: Media enquiries: Corporate Communications – VIA Rail Canada: Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683, (647) 228-1127 (Cell); Seychelle Harding, (514) 887-6119 (Cell); Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604, (514) 946-4160 (Cell); Public Affairs – Canadian National: Frank Binder, (416) 801-4551 (Cell); Mark Hallman, (905) 669-3384; Julie Sénécal, (514) 399-4048

by NationTalk on April 21, 20071090 Views

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Ramsay Meets with Northern First Nation Chief

Progress Being Made Under Land and Larger Land Base Framework Agreement

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 20 – David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, met today with Chief Paul Gladu to discuss issues of mutual interest, including progress on the process of creating a reserve for the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek.

“Through our cooperative approach we can claim progress on our shared goal of a healthier, sustainable future for the people of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek,” said Ramsay.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20071005 Views

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CN Shuts Down Rail Operations in Toronto-Montreal Corridor for Safety Reasons Following Illegal Blockade by First Nation P

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(April 20, 2007) – CN announced today a shutdown of rail operations in its Toronto-Montreal corridor, including an embargo on all freight and passenger traffic, to ensure the safety of its employees and the travelling public. The shutdown follows an illegal blockade of CN’s double-track main line west of Napanee, Ont., by some members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.

The blockade has seriously disrupted freight and passenger service in the busiest rail corridor on CN’s system – the Montreal-Toronto line accommodates on a daily basis an average of 25 CN freight trains and 22 VIA Rail Canada Inc. passenger trains.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20071188 Views

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Premier Launches Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador

Executive Council
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
April 20, 2007

A hallmark of the Provincial Government’s strong commitment to addressing the needs of Labrador was launched today in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, officially released his government’s Northern Strategic Plan entitled The Future of our Land. A Future for our Children. The Premier was joined by the Honourable John Hickey, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs.

The release of this plan signifies the fulfillment of Williams Government 2005 Speech from the Throne commitment to develop a Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador. The plan sets out a new, comprehensive course toward a stronger and more prosperous future for all Labradorians. The Premier noted that the plan builds upon the unprecedented Provincial Government initiatives in Labrador over the past four years in addressing the social and economic needs of the region.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007954 Views

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National Cree Gathering Supported By Province Of Manitoba

April 20, 2007
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Over 1,500 Visitors Expected To Attend Manitoba Event in August: Lathlin

A national event to showcase Manitoba’s Cree heritage, as well as the Grand Rapids region, will receive $100,000 in provincial support, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin has announced today.

“We are pleased to make this contribution to the National Cree Gathering which will be a great cultural festival, and we’re proud the Grand Rapids region has stepped forward to take on this ambitious event plan,” said Lathlin. “Not only will visitors from many provinces and countries learn more about Manitoba, the tourism spinoffs will also benefit the region directly.”

by NationTalk on April 20, 20071187 Views

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Committee Undertakes a Study on Bill C-44, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act

OTTAWA, April 20 – Bill C-44, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, is currently before Parliament and is making its way through the legislative process. If enacted, Bill C-44 will repeal section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Since 1977, this provision has prevented First Nations people from lodging complaints of discrimination against the federal and First Nations governments in relation to acts and decisions authorized by the Indian Act. On 21 February 2007, following second reading debate, the House of Commons referred Bill C-44 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

The Committee began its study of the legislation on 22 March 2007, when the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development appeared to present the government’s views on the need to eliminate section 67. The Committee has scheduled meetings with the Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and others. Committee members know that the progress of Bill C-44 is a matter of great interest to those that stand to be affected by the legislation. Accordingly, on 27 March 2007, the Committee decided to invite written submissions to gain a better appreciation of how First Nations people and their community governments view the repeal of section 67 and, in particular, the impact of repeal in their communities. Written submissions are considered public information.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007902 Views

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Dion Introduces Motion Calling on Government to Re-instate Court Challenges Program

April 19, 2007

Ottawa – The Conservative government must re-instate the Court Challenges Program and reverse the steps it has taken to undermine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today.

“By cancelling the Court Challenges Program last September, Prime Minister Stephen Harper attacked an important tool Canadians depend upon to exercise and defend their Charter Rights,” said Mr. Dion.

“This week we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charter, which is the centerpiece of Canada’s democracy – now is the time for the Prime Minister to admit his mistake and reverse his destructive course.”

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007833 Views

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New Canada Council Pilot Project to Offer an Aboriginal Curatorial Residency at the National Gallery of Canada

News Releases – 2007

Ottawa, April 19, 2007 – The Canada Council for the Arts has launched a pilot project that will provide a mid-career Aboriginal curator with a two-year residency at the National Gallery of Canada. The deadline for applications to this project is Monday, May 28, 2007.

This partnership initiative between the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Gallery will provide a two-year development opportunity for a mid-career Aboriginal curator to work at the Gallery. The residency will focus on the study and use of the Gallery’s collections under the supervision and with the help of its professional staff. In addition to research and assistance on the collections, the curatorial resident will prepare, over the course of the two-year residency period, an exhibition for the Gallery’s On Tour program. The residency will take place from September 2007 to September 2009.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007886 Views

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Ontario Gov’t Excludes Northern Communities from “Species at risk” Hearings

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 20 – “The Ontario government is intent on appearing to do the right thing for political gain when it comes to its “species at risk” act, but it clearly has not been listening to those who stand to lose the most from it.”

That statement from the Ontario Vice-President of Canada’s largest forestry union, Cec Makowski.

In response to a direct question from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada at a round-table meeting in Thunder Bay yesterday, Ontario’s Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay said that public hearings on the bill would be held in Toronto only.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007868 Views

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Via Rail Canada – Public Service Announcement – Update – CN Track Blockage near Belleville, Ontario Continues to Affect VIA Passenger Train Operations

VIA continuing to monitor situation with respect to blockade by First Nations group at Tyendinaga

MONTREAL, April 20 – VIA Rail Canada was informed earlier this morning by Canadian National that its Kingston Subdivision is now closed to all train operations, due to a track blockage by a First Nations group in the Tyendinaga area, near Belleville, Ontario. Hence, today’s passenger trains operating between Toronto and Ottawa as well as between Toronto and Montreal, in both directions, will continue to be replaced by chartered buses until further notice.

These alternative arrangements are in place for passengers with existing reservations. VIA is not accepting new bookings for travel today on the affected routes at this time.

Local service between Montreal and Ottawa, in both directions, is not affected.

Buses will make all regularly scheduled stops at enroute VIA stations. VIA will attempt to respect its scheduled departure and arrival times, but delays of approximately one hour are nonetheless expected.

VIA is waiving any applicable service charges for cancellations or changes made as a result of this situation. Customers wishing further information can call 1-888-VIA-RAIL.

No decision has been taken at this time with respect to passenger train operations this weekend. A further update will be issued once more information is available.

For further information: Media enquiries: Corporate Communications – VIA Rail Canada: Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683, (647) 228-1127 (Cell); Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604, (514) 946-4160 (Cell); Public Affairs – Canadian National: Mark Hallman, (905) 669-3384; Julie Sénécal, (514) 399-4048

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007957 Views

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VIA Rail Canada – Public Service Announcement – CN Track Blockage near Napanee, Ontario: VIA Busing some Passengers

MONTREAL, April 20 – VIA Rail Canada has announced that due to a track blockage in the Marysville area, near Napanee, Ontario, trains operating between Toronto and Kingston in both directions are being replaced by chartered bus this morning. This situation will affect passengers travelling on the following routes, in either direction:
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Buses will make all regularly scheduled stops at enroute VIA stations. VIA will attempt to respect its scheduled departure and arrival times, but some delays are nonetheless expected.

Customers wishing further information may call 1-888-VIA-RAIL.

VIA will issue updates as required.

For further information: Media enquiries: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate Communications, VIA Rail Canada, (416) 956-7683, or (647) 228-1127; Malcolm Andrews, Corporate Communications, VIA Rail Canada, (514) 871-6604, or (514) 946-4160

by NationTalk on April 20, 20071350 Views

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Canada’s New Government Invests $300 Million to Create Home Ownership Opportunities for First Nations On-reserve

OTTAWA, April 20 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, today announced a $300 million First Nations Market Housing Fund that will give First Nations people living on reserve a better chance to own their own home.

“This fund represents a fundamental shift in how Canada’s New Government supports housing on-reserve,” said Minister Prentice. “First Nation home ownership is well below the national average. Not enough people living on reserve know the feeling that comes from owning their own home. This approach will support the development of a housing market on reserve, while fully respecting the communal ownership of reserve land.”

by NationTalk on April 20, 20071066 Views

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Leading Conservation Group Issues Warning about “Green” East-west Power Corridor

TORONTO, April 19 – In response to today’s planned Green Power Corridor Summit in Ottawa, a leading Ontario conservation group is warning caution about a proposed east-west mega hydro corridor that would bisect Ontario’s intact Boreal Forest. CPAWS Wildlands League, a chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, warns that building a mega hydro corridor accompanied by roads would permanently remove forests and fragment intact Boreal ecosystems.

“We want Canadians to know that this project is not a panacea. It must be approached with caution,” says Anna Baggio Director, Conservation Land Use Planning for CPAWS Wildlands League.” Canada’s Boreal Forest is the largest terrestrial storehouse of carbon on the planet. “Protecting the carbon stored in intact Boreal Forest ecosystems must be part of the plan for any new resource development project,” Baggio adds.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2007878 Views

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Dynamotive Establishes First Resources Corporation to Develop Partnerships with First Nations People in Canada

April 17, 2007

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation (OTCBB:DYMTF), a leader in biomass-to-biofuel technology and products based on its advanced fast pyrolysis process, announced it has launched a major initiative to work with First Nations communities in Canada.

Dynamotive has established a new subsidiary, First Resources Corporation, to develop ethical, environmental and social solutions by joining First Nations’ heritage and values with leading-edge technology. It is the culmination of more than two years of joint work with First Nations led by Johnna Sparrow Crawford of the Musqueam Band in British Columbia, who joins the Board of the newly established subsidiary and as spokesperson for the Company. The Company’s management team is led by Caroline Forester as Manager First Nations Business Development.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071201 Views

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Premier Fentie Tables 2007-08 Budget

FOR RELEASE #07-072
April 19, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon’s 2007-08 Capital and Operations and Maintenance budget, totaling $861.7 million, was tabled today in the Yukon Legislative Assembly by Premier Dennis Fentie.

“The 2007-08 budget reflects our vision to continue supporting Yukon’s growth and prosperity by investing in the following four key areas: quality of life; a pristine environment; a diversified private sector economy; and, good governance,” Fentie said. “We are committed to and have been working on behalf of Yukoners to make this vision a reality.”

“Last October, Yukoners voted for political stability and continuity, and we will continue to carry on the direction we established in 2002,” Fentie added.

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Key Investments in Education, Training and Workforce Development Aim to Address Alberta’s Labour Force Pressures

April 19, 2007

More than $7.8 billion dedicated to education and workforce programs in 2007

Budget highlights:

~ Post-secondary operating funding grows by $117 million, 7 per cent, to $1.8 billion
~ Student assistance funding forecast to grow to $206 million
~ Labour force and workplace programs get boost of $41 million
~ Child care programs receive $134 million, 14 per cent increase over last year
~ Kindergarten to Grade 12 education investment up $195 million to $5.6 billion

Edmonton…. A strategic investment of more than $7.8 billion in education, advanced education and employment programs aims to ease Alberta’s workforce pressures and build a stronger Alberta.

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Plutonic Power Finalizes Impact Benefits Agreement with Sliammon First Nation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(April 19, 2007) – The Sliammon First Nation and Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PCC) are pleased to announce they have signed an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) that facilitates the development of the transmission infrastructure to be built as part of the East Toba River/Montrose Creek run-of-river hydroelectric projects. The East Toba/Montrose project site is located within the traditional territory of the Klahoose First Nation. The IBA establishes terms under which the Sliammon Nation supports and endorses the development of the Project.

Specific terms of the Impact Benefit Agreement remain confidential, however, the Agreement does include:

– Ongoing respect by Plutonic for asserted aboriginal rights and title of the Sliammon First Nation in the area to be transversed by the transmission line in its traditional territory

– Annual payments to the Sliammon for the life of the Project

– Employment and training opportunities for Sliammon members

– Opportunities for Sliammon owned companies in the construction and operation of the project

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071274 Views

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Consultations To Begin On New Corrections Act

FOR RELEASE #07-071
April 19, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Justice Minister Marian C. Horne is committing $115,000, subject to legislative approval, towards rewriting the Yukon Corrections Act.

The money will be used for consultations with stakeholders that are required to ensure the outdated act is modernized to reflect current priorities for Yukon and is more in line with territorial and provincial corrections legislation across Canada.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071145 Views

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ITA Surpasses Apprenticeship Targets For Third Year

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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April 19, 2007

Ministry of Economic Development
Industry Training Authority

VICTORIA – The Province’s Industry Training Authority has exceeded its participation performance targets for the third year in a row, increasing the number of active apprentices and trainees by 132 per cent since 2004.

“These positive results show that the improvements in the trades training system made by the ITA over the past few years are working,” said Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen. “It means we are succeeding in our efforts to develop the talented and skilled workforce B.C. employers need.”

by NationTalk on April 19, 2007991 Views

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First Formal Meeting for Cross Country Green Power Corridor

19/4/07 2:43PM
Media Release

Attention News/National/Political/Energy Reporters and Assignment Editors

Multi-billion dollar green grid could enable vast new supplies of clean energy to come on line

OTTAWA, April 19, 2007 – Provincial ministers, Aboriginal leaders, environmental organizations and electricity infrastructure and financing executives met in Ottawa today at the Government Conference Centre (located at the old national railway headquarters) to present initial framework principles for a cross-Canada Green Power Corridor (transmission grid).

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071483 Views

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Media advisory – Government of Canada

OTTAWA, April 19 – Please be advised that the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), together with Assembly of First Nations Yukon Regional Chief Rick O’Brien, co-chair of the Chief’s Committee on Housing, will make an announcement regarding an innovative approach to housing on-reserve.

DATE: Friday, April 20, 2007

TIME: 10 a.m.

LOCATION:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,
700 Montreal Rd,
Ottawa, Ontario

Media can participate by phone by dialing :
1-888-265-0464
Conference ID # 5973507

For further information: Lesley Harmer, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg, (819) 994-2482; Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071137 Views

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Canadian Royalties Inc.: Raglan South Nickel Project Update Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study Completed

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(April 19, 2007) – Canadian Royalties Inc. (TSX:CZZ) announces that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Raglan South Nickel Project (RSNP) was deposited with the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks (MDDEP) on April 10, 2007. In accordance with the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), the MDDEP is the administrator of the Kativik Environmental Quality Commission (KEQC), composed of Quebec and Inuit representatives and is responsible for assessing and reviewing projects located north of the 55th parallel in Quebec. The ESIA has also been delivered to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) for Federal review. The ESIA was completed on time and on budget by the consulting firm Genivar LP. Genivar’s mandate was expanded to include environmental and engineering studies for the addition of a wharf at Deception Bay consistent with the Company’s intent to develop an independent, stand-alone mining and milling operation.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071500 Views

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Canada’s New Government Honours 2007 Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award Recipients During National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(April 19, 2007) – The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today honoured Mr. Daniel Highway and Ms. Donna Jeffrey as the recipients of the 2007 Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award.

Each year, in recognition of the importance of volunteerism, the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award honours two outstanding individuals for their contribution to their communities.

Therese Casgrain was the founder and President of the Quebec League of Women’s Rights and helped Quebec women gain the right to vote in 1940.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071263 Views

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McGuinty Government Helps Secure Jobs In Forestry

April 19, 2007

Forest Sector Prosperity Fund Supports Investment That Will Secure Jobs For Northerners

TERRACE BAY — The Ontario government is strengthening the forest industry and supporting the development of renewable energy by making an important investment under the Forest Sector Prosperity Fund, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today at an event with Terrace Bay Pulp Inc.

“The McGuinty government is investing in the businesses that help Northern Ontario prosper,” said Ramsay. “Through the Prosperity Fund, we are supporting a key engine of our economy – the forest sector – making that sector more competitive, securing good jobs in the North and developing clean, renewable energy sources.”

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071221 Views

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Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development Call for Papers

The only journal of its kind in Canada, the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development provides a view of economic development from a uniquely Aboriginal perspective. Published jointly by CANDO and Captus Press, the Journal is peer reviewed by a distinguished academic editorial board to ensure high quality Aboriginal content. The Journal covers the following areas:

Best Practices: Learning from Experience

~ Lessons from Research
~ Book Reviews
~ Commentary

Call for Papers: Issues 6.1 and 6.2

Published jointly by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and Captus Press, the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development (JAED) features academic articles, examples from economic practitioners, and book reviews. Published twice yearly, the Journal is a unique resource for anyone interested in Aboriginal community economic development.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071212 Views

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CEAA: Local Access Road – Highway 58, Fox Lake and Garden River Project

April 19, 2007

Public Notice

Public Invited to Comment on the Environmental Assessment Report

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the conclusions, recommendations and any other aspect of the Comprehensive Study Report prepared for the proposed Local Access Road – Highway 58, Fox Lake and Garden River project in Fox Lake, Alberta. Public comments received by May 17, 2007 will be considered.

The project proposes construction of an all-season public highway that will be more than 50 km in length and will either be located on a new right-of-way or will lead to a community that lacks all-season public highway access.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071183 Views

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Project Beyshick Accepting 2008 Applicants

Project Beyshick is a youth mentoring program focused on career mentoring and entrepreneurship among First Nation youth.

Based on an application process, participants are trained by professors from leading Canadian business schools and matched with Toronto-based business executives for hands on job-shadowing experience.

2007 marks the third year of the program which has received national news coverage and recognition from Lieutenant Governor of Ontario the Hon. James K. Bartleman and the Government of Ontario.

NAN First Nation entrepreneurs, community leaders, and students aged 21-35 are urged to apply by emailing, faxing, or mailing the attached APPLICATION FORM to Ron Marano by Friday June 1, 2007.

For more information please contact:

Ron Marano
Youth Business Development Officer
Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1H3
(807) 623 5397
(800) 465 6821
rmarano@nadf.org

Communications and Media jyoung@nan.on.ca 4/19/2007

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National Residential School Survivors Society: Letter to the Queen

Written by Administrator
Thursday, 19 April 2007

Greetings, Your Majesty:

On behalf of the National Residential School Survivors Society, we implore your awareness as our Head of State. There has been enormous development with regards to the relationship of Indigenous peoples in relation to mainstream Canada. However, we wish to convey our deep disappointment and regret for the refusal of the current Federal government to issue an apology to those Indigenous children of Canada who were subjected to the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) system in Canada.

Historically, Indian Residential Schools were created to educate the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, presumably the English language, law and commerce. However, in promoting the interests of the British Empire, Indian Residential Schools became a government funded and church operated establishment which advanced a severely exploitative and maltreating assimilation policy. The echo of this depraved policy lingers still throughout the halls of our parliament from the time when Indian Affairs Deputy Superintendent Duncan Campbell Scott declared:

I want to get rid of the Indian problem. …Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic, and there is no Indian question.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071245 Views

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Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion

OTTAWA, April 18 – Water.ca is pleased to present an interview with Liberal Party Leader Stéphane Dion, on Thursday, April 19 at 9:15 am EDT. The interview will focus on the following topics:

The need for a national water policy; water issues in native communities; water usage in the oil sands and the future of North West passage.

Water.ca is an online information service that chronicles the battle for Canada’s fresh water resources. The site also features an interactive map pinpointing water advisories across the country, and a Red Button BWA Service to alert and help communities faced with a water crisis.

For further information: Matt Armstrong, (613) 225-5353, armstrong.water@gmail.com

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Media Advisory: General R.J. Hillier, Chief of Defence Staff, to Receive DareArts Cultural Leadership Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(April 19, 2007) –

The Media are invited to the April 26th event and the Media Availability:

On Thursday, April 26th General Rick Hillier will be honoured by DareArts in Toronto and present six DareArts urban teen graduates with scholarships for being leaders in their own communities. DareArts is honouring General Hillier for his commitment to:

– Preventing war

– Keeping the Peace

– Healing the wounds of war by allowing Canadian soldiers to work directly with and support the children who are the first victims of war in Bosnia and now in Afghanistan.

– Healing the wounds of “at risk children” in Canada, particularly aboriginal teenagers in Ontario’s northern aboriginal communities

– Utilizing art, music and dance to help restore a full life to children wounded by war and social neglect.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20071183 Views

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Ontario Government And Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Chiefs Create New Political Forum

Northern Table Will Help Build Prosperity For Northern First Nations

QUEEN’S PARK, April 18 – The Ontario government has taken a significant step forward in building relationships with Aboriginal communities in the North. David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Grand Chief Stan Beardy of Nishnawbe Aski Nation signed a Letter of Political Agreement between Ontario and Nishnawbe Aski First Nations this morning at Queen’s Park.

“The Northern Table will create a new working relationship based on a joint commitment to positive and meaningful change among Nishnawbe-Aski First Nations, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN), and Ontario,” Ramsay said. The Northern Table provides a political forum for dialogue between the Ontario government and Treaty 9 and Treaty 5 First Nations.

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Province, Hydro Sign Letters Of Understanding With Norway House, Cross Lake Community Councils On Past Development Claims

April 18, 2007

The Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro today signed letters of understanding with the community councils of Cross Lake and Norway House signifying the conclusion of negotiations for agreements to address the impacts of past hydroelectric developments on the two communities.

“I want to congratulate the two community councils for the hard work they have done as outlined in these letters of understanding and although there remains work to be completed, I look forward to the communities receiving these benefits,” said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin. “These letters of understanding also mark an important next step for both communities as they continue to work toward greater levels of self-governance by becoming incorporated as Northern Affairs communities under the Northern Affairs Act.”

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Yukon Announces New Funding For First Nation Education Initiatives

FOR RELEASE #07-068
April 18, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Education Minister Patrick Rouble has announced an increase of nearly a quarter million dollars in First Nation education-related funding under the 2007-08 budget, pending legislative approval.

“The government understands the integral roles that the Yukon Native Language Centre and the Council of Yukon First Nations play in ensuring our education system meets the needs of all Yukoners, including First Nation students,” Rouble said. “That’s why we are committing $223,000 in new funding for First Nations education support this fiscal year.”

New funding includes $53,000 that will cover increased operating costs of the Yukon Native Language Centre, while a further $170,000 will cover the salaries of two education support workers within Council of Yukon First Nations.

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Residential School Update for April 18th, 2007:

Over the next few weeks, you may receive a phone call from the Notice Administrator’s automated calling system. The message indicates that the Notice Administrator will be sending you a detailed notice automatically within the next few weeks. The notice will explain how to request a payment or to remove yourself from the settlement. You will also receive a claim form automatically when they are available. You do not need to call the Notice Administrator back after hearing the automated message. The message is for information purposes only. If you do not receive the automated message within the next few weeks, you may contact the Notice Administrator to register to receive a notice and a claim form when they are available.

The next update will be available on April 25, 2007.

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NARIA Honourary Board Member, Tina Keeper: Keeper Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Charter

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2007

Keeper Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Charter

Ottawa—Twenty-five years after the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed into law we are reminded of its central role in strengthening the foundation of our country, said Churchill MP Tina Keeper today.

“Signed April 17, 1982, under the leadership of former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the Charter advanced Canada into a new era of protection under the law,” said Ms. Keeper. “Since then the Charter has guaranteed essential political and civil rights on policies at all levels of government from coast to coast to coast. It would serve to strengthen our nation and become the envy of countries worldwide.”

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National Residential School Survivors’ Society: Greetings, Your Majesty

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO–(April 18, 2007) –

On behalf of the National Residential School Survivors Society, we implore your awareness as our Head of State. There has been enormous development with regards to the relationship of Indigenous peoples in relation to mainstream Canada. However, we wish to convey our deep disappointment and regret for the refusal of the current Federal government to issue an apology to those Indigenous children of Canada who were subjected to the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) system in Canada.

Historically, Indian Residential Schools were created to educate the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, presumably the English language, law and commerce. However, in promoting the interests of the British Empire, Indian Residential Schools became a government funded and church operated establishment which advanced a severely exploitative and maltreating assimilation policy. The echo of this depraved policy lingers still throughout the halls of our parliament from the time when Indian Affairs Deputy Superintendent Duncan Campbell Scott declared:

I want to get rid of the Indian problem. …Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic, and there is no Indian question.

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NAN Leadership Sign Political Agreement for Bilateral with Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 18 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy together with members of the Northern Table NAN Chiefs steering committee signed a letter of political agreement with Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs David Ramsay to continue exploratory discussions with the Government of Ontario this morning at Queen’s Park.

“NAN leadership has high expectations that the Northern Table will assist in developing a meaningful relationship with the Government of Ontario reflective of our understanding of treaties 9 and 5 signed 100 years ago,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “Our intent is through changes in policy and legislation to allow active participation by First Nation people in the economy, revenue-sharing, and proper implementation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights as outlined in the Canadian Constitution and recent Supreme Court rulings, this forum will provide a good basis for a better future for the people of Nishnawbe Aski.”

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Canada’s New Government and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Announce a New Joint Task Group and Workplan on Inuit Health

OTTAWA, April 18 – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), today agreed to a joint workplan developed by a newly formed Health Canada /ITK Task Group that aims to improve Inuit health.

The Task Group will explore and develop approaches in areas of mutual interest for improving Inuit health. The joint work plan will focus on four key areas: implementation of an Office of Inuit Health at Health Canada to better address Inuit specific health issues; cross-jurisdictional collaboration; quality of and access to health services; and exploring approaches for strengthening Inuit data sharing and infrastructure, information and research through partnerships at the regional and national levels.

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Media Advisory – Cross-border Conference Highlights Health Disparities for Aboriginal Children

MONTREAL, April 18 – Aboriginal child and youth health issues will headline the 2nd International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health. With the theme of “Solutions, Not Problems,” the conference will take place April 20-22, 2007 in Montreal, Que. at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Presented by the Canadian Paediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in cooperation with the Indian Health Service, the cross-border meeting will highlight solutions to prevalent health problems among children and youth in First Nations, Inuit, Métis, American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Issues to be discussed include injury and violence prevention, environmental and traditional health, nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and substance abuse.

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MNBC and Red River Métis Society Sign Governance Charter Agreement

Press Release
Date: Tuesday April 17, 2007
For Release: Immediate

Saturday April 14th, 2007 – Metis Nation British Columbia and Red River Metis Society complete signing of the Metis Community Governance Charter Agreement

Hudson Hope, BC – On Saturday, April 14th, 2007 over thirty (30) Métis Community members from Red River Métis Society (RRMS) attended the signing ceremony for the Métis Community Governance Charter. Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Northeast Regional Director Dan Pope and RRMS President Gary Martin signed the Charter.

RRMS first signed am MNBC Affiliation Agreement in 2004. The MNBC Affiliation Agreements were revised after a number of new Metis Nation Governance processes were implemented in 2005. This Charter signing with RRMS was completed after a number of months discussions between MNBC and Hudson Hope leaderships. RRMS spent the last year reorganizing their Society and working with MNBC leadership to ensure their Metis community structure would work within the Metis Nation. The RRMS Charter signing is the thirty-seventh Metis community association that has committed to ensuring Metis Nation governance processes will be followed for the Metis citizens located in Hudson Hope.

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Media Advisory/News Tip/Photo Opportunity – International Association of Labour Inspection Conference Opening

TORONTO, April 17 –

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What: Joint IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) Conference Celebration and IALI (International Association of Labour Inspection) Conference Opening

Who: Industrial Accident Prevention Association International Association of Labour Inspection

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North and South Buildings, 222 Bremner Blvd. (note: Media Room 710, South Building)

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 – 8:00 a.m.

Why: Being held for the first time in North America, IALI 2007 is co-hosted by IALI, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) and IAPA in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Government of Canada and the WSIB (Workplace Health and Safety Board). The two conferences are sharing a joint opening session during IAPA's 90th annual Health & Safety Canada 2007, the largest health and safety show in Canada.

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Treaty Commission Proposes Probe of Vote

VANCOUVER, April 17 – The Treaty Commission will probe the reasons for the rejection of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation treaty if community members agree to participate in such a review.

Community members plan to meet April 29th in Prince George to consider their situation and determine their next steps. The Treaty Commission is proposing there be an independent assessment done of the community’s preparations for the vote.

Chief Commissioner Steven Point said, “We want to know if more time and information would have made a difference in the result or if content is the culprit, as some are suggesting.

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Resource Agreements Build Certainty In The Northeast

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007OTP0045-000452
April 17, 2007

Office of the Premier
Blueberry River First Nations

VICTORIA – The Province and Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) have achieved four long-term agreements that establish ways to work together and support economic certainty for the resource industry in B.C.’s northeast region, announced Premier Gordon Campbell today.

“The agreements announced today will help the Blueberry River First Nations create a sustainable future for their community,” said Campbell. “These agreements will ensure that Blueberry River First Nations are engaged in resource and economic development in the region with us. We are committed to closing the gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal British Columbians and providing opportunities for First Nations to participate in the mainstream economy.”

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Students Organize Administrative Professionals Conference

April 17, 2007

Keyano Office Administration students organize second annual Administrative Professionals Conference.

Keyano College Office Administration students are putting their skills to the test by planning and executing the second annual Administrative Professionals Conference on April 24, held at Keyano.

Held during Administrative Professionals Week, the full day conference includes keynote speakers Guy Boutilier, Minister of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations; and Kjersti Powell, Senior Human Resources Advisor for Syncrude Canada Ltd.

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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Hobbema, AB, April 17, 2007: In conjunction with similar walks planned in seven different cities across Canada, for the second year in a row Samson Cree Nation organizers and members from the Four Nations participated in a National Aboriginal Holocaust Remembrance Day Walk and Rally on Sunday, April 15, 2007. The purpose of the Walk was two-fold, one, to bring an awareness of the hundreds of children who “went missing” during their stay at residential schools, their whereabouts unknown and buried beneath years of lies and deceit, and secondly, to pay tribute to survivors who passed on never knowing if there would ever be any resolution or acknowledgement for the pain and suffering they endured.

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Aboriginal Sport Circle Announces Regional Awards Recipients

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2007

AKWESASNE, Ontario – The Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) is pleased to announce the National finalists for the 2006 Tom Longboat and National Aboriginal Coaching awards.

The ASC accepts nominations from the sport and recreation community to honour outstanding Aboriginal athletes and coaches each year. These prestigious awards honour the accomplishments of amateur athletes and coaches of Aboriginal ancestry for 2006.

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Army General Tells Dehcho Leader No Pressure Intended

For Immediate release

FORT SIMPSON, NT – April 16, 2007 – Grand Chief Herb Norwegian was the first person that Brig-General Chris Whitecross, officer commanding Joint Task Force North, met when she arrived in Fort Simpson today . She drove directly from Fort Simpson’s federal airport to the Dehcho First Nations office here to try a “clear up these misunderstandings largely fed by the media.”

Norwegian and the camouflage-uniformed officer met alone in his office for about 30 minutes in mid-afternoon. They did not issue a joint statement. Afterwards Norwegian said that however cordial the meeting was, “we still feel the pressure of Canada, the psychological pressure of their presence on our territory.

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$188 Million Invested In Four-Pillar, Low-Income Housing Strategy

April 17, 2007

A new fund will enable community-driven construction or renovation of affordable homes for lower-income Manitobans, while other new investments will enhance public housing, homeless shelters and basic home repair, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

The total initial investment in the four pillars of Manitoba’s multi-year housing strategy is more than $188 million. The strategy joins Rewarding Work and enhancements to child care as Budget 2007’s framework for greater opportunities for low income Manitobans.

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