New Adaptation of Dee Brown’s 1971 Best-Seller Directed by Canadian Yves Simoneau and Starring Canadian Actors Adam Beach, Colm Feore and Oscar (R)-Winner Anna Paquin
Premieres Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network
TORONTO, April 24 – Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada) and Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) present HBO Films’ Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, premiering day-and-date with HBO Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central (MC3) and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.
(April 24, 2007 Thunder Bay, ON) Dr. Larry W. Chambers, President and Chief Scientist with the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute (EBRI), a Sisters of Charity Organization (SCO) Health Service, and University of Ottawa partnership based in Ottawa, Ontario, is visiting Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) on Friday April 27. The meeting will officially launch the new CERAH/EBRI partnership which will establish and strengthen their cooperative relationship.
CERAH and EBRI have worked together on the End-of-Life Care for Seniors New Emerging Team funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Some of the topics covered in collaborative projects include: Critical Care Coaching Team: Improving End of life Care decision-making; Continuity of care for community-based palliative care services, and the Contribution of Rural hospice Volunteers at end of life. Other projects have focused on Improving care of the dying in long term care, palliative care in First Nations Communities and homeless communities, and the expectations, motivations, and role of hospice volunteers.
Eight University of Victoria students who excel both in and out of the classroom are recipients of this year’s Blue and Gold awards. The students were honoured for their remarkable volunteer contributions to the university and/or the Greater Victoria community while maintaining at least a B average.
Three students, Matthew Cooper, Amanda Laliberte and Philippe Lucas, received $2,500 awards while five students, Brian Buchan, Catherine Etmanski, Ian Hussey, Kevin Lee and Jonathan Morris, received $1,000 awards.
Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague today issued a warning to the Government of Ontario with respect to the proposed Lower Churchill hydro development.
“I want to make it quite clear that the Labrador Metis Nation will take whatever legal or other steps necessary to ensure that we are directly involved in the plans for the development of the Lower Churchill,” Mr. Montague said. “I think it is important for the investment community, as well as the Government of Ontario, to know where we stand.”
OTTAWA – The Canadian Bar Association supports the repeal of section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) – which protects the Indian Act from scrutiny under the CHRA – but says preliminary steps must be taken before the repeal comes into effect.
The CHRA prohibits certain discriminatory practices, but section 67 has exempted the Indian Act from the scrutiny of the CHRA. Bill C-44 would repeal that exemption.
~ The new Municipal Sustainability Housing Program has a budget of $100 million per year, for three years.
~ Capital Enhancement to increase affordable housing a further $96 million in 2007-08.
~ Homeless support will receive more than $35 million, an increase of $13 million.
~ The Provincial Homeless Initiative will receive $6 million, an increase of $3 million.
~ Rent Supplement Program will receive more than $33 million, an increase of $14.3 million.
~ Support to Housing Providers and Special Purpose Housing has been allocated close to $43 million, an increase of $4.3 million.
~ The new Affordable Housing Program including $45 million allocated to Fort McMurray for 300 affordable housing units.
~ The Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing Program’s budget for the year is $16 million.
~ The new Homeless and Eviction Fund receives $7 million.
~ The new Alberta Transitional Housing Initiative will receive $2.5 million.
Outstanding Teachers, Principals and Education Support Workers To Receive Awards
QUEEN’S PARK, April 20 – Fifteen teachers, principals and education support staff have been named as the recipients of the first Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced today.
“I want to congratulate these outstanding educators. Their dedication, creativity and commitment have a real impact on their students, schools and communities,” said Wynne. “These award recipients are role models who truly deserve to be recognized for the contributions they make in our publicly funded schools.”
The 15 awards recipients from across the province will receive awards in 10 different categories, including outstanding new teacher, excellence in special needs and contribution to school leadership.
Health Experts to Develop an Action Plan to Tackle Growing Challenge
OTTAWA, ONTARIO– (April 24, 2007) – The Child Health Initiative (CHI), consisting of the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Paediatric Society and The College of Family Physicians of Canada will co-host a Child Health Summit in Ottawa that will bring together experts, advocates, stakeholders and key influencers to discuss a wide variety of children’s health issues in Canada.
The goals of the Summit are to raise public awareness, develop broad support for a Child Health Charter and Challenge, as well as to secure commitments to future action. Participants hope that their deliberations will help lead the charge to position Canada as one of the five leading countries in all child-health indicators.
Denendeh Investments Inc. (DII) is pleased to announce the addition of five new members on their Board of Directors: Calvin Helin of Vancouver, BC; Ron Jamieson of Six Nations, Ontario; Chief Clarence Louie of Osooyos, BC; Blake Lyons of Yellowknife, NT; and Dave Tuccaro of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
“We are very pleased with the high caliber of individuals who have joined our Board,” said John Bekale, Chairman of Denendeh Investments Inc. (DII). Other board members on DII are John Bekale of Yellowknife, James Firth of Inuvik, Greg Nyuli of Ft. Providence, Jim Schaefer of Ft. Smith and Raymond Taniton of Deline.
Date: Monday April 23, 2007
For Release: Immediate
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 – Approximately twenty-five (25) Métis Veterans from across the Métis Nation homeland (Ontario westward) attended an Informational Forum hosted by the Métis Veterans Association-British Columbia (MVA-BC) and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC).
Provincial Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Michael de Jong began the Informational Forum by welcoming the Metis veterans to British Columbia. North Saanich Mayor Ted Daley also brought welcoming comments. Office of the Federal Interlocutor and Veterans Affairs Canada officials attended and updated Metis veterans on a number of current Federal Government items.
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recognizes the unique and important mission of First Nations University of Canada. Following a lengthy review of issues at FNUniv., especially with respect to university governance, AUCC has placed FNUniv. on probationary membership.
AUCC is especially concerned about the issue of university autonomy – particularly the independence of the FNUniv. board from direct government interference and intervention. But AUCC emphasizes that students at FNUniv. do not need to be concerned that their degrees will no longer be recognized.
Manitoba Metis Federation Congratulates Metis Nation – Saskatchewan
For Successful Assemblies on Electoral Reform
For Immediate Release – April 23, 2007
Winnipeg, Manitoba – This past Saturday, April 21, 2007, the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) Legislative and General Assemblies in Saskatoon unanimously approved, enacted and ratified the Saskatchewan Metis Electoral Package 2007 making an election for the Provincial Metis Council possible in the coming months.
“I want to congratulate all the delegates for their determination in moving forward in strengthening their Metis government and making their voice heard,” said Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand. “Over the past few years, their membership and leadership have made great sacrifices to overcome the obstacles they faced with little recognition and no funding.”
OTTAWA – Monday April 23, 2007 – Nineteen senior civil servants from the Government of Canada are heading to the Kitikmeot Region today. ITK President Mary Simon welcomed the delegation at a briefing session Thursday April 19th in Ottawa. “You are the largest group ever to participate in the ITK Inuit Arctic Tour. It’s fitting considering the issues Inuit are faced with. Climate change is affecting the Arctic most severely. I know your eyes will be opened by taking this journey to the Arctic to see for yourselves what the largest geographic region of Canada is like, and to meet directly with Inuit of all ages.”
The schedule of briefings and meetings includes land based excursions in Cambridge Bay and Gjoa Haven where the group will learn of climate change in its proper context. Highlights of this year’s tour include official meetings with Inuit development organizations in Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit, notably the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. For the first time in the history of the tour the group will visit the facilities of Nasittuq Corporation, which conducts the operations and maintenance of the North Warning System. Schools, and medical facilities are also on the itinerary.
Speaking Notes for an appearance by Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. Chief Commissioner Canadian Human Rights Commission
as a witness before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on Bill C-44:
An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act
April 19, 2007
Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee, merci pour votre accueil.
Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the Committee today to discuss Bill C-44.
I would like to introduce my colleagues:
To my immediate right is Mr. David Langtry, a full time Commissioner who has been engaged in the consideration of the section 67 issue since his appointment to the Commission last June.
To my immediate left is Madame Hélène Goulet, the Secretary General of the Commission.
To Madame Goulet’s left is Sherri Helgason, the Director of our recently created National Aboriginal Program located in Winnipeg.
To Mr. Langtry’s right is Harvey Goldberg the Team Leader of our Strategic Initiatives unit, who has concentrated on the repeal for several years.
For Immediate Release
April 23, 2007
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Community Services
Ministry of Attorney General
VANCOUVER – Premier Gordon Campbell is hosting British Columbia’s first Congress on Women’s Safety in Vancouver today with Community Services Minister Ida Chong and Attorney General Wally Oppal, bringing together experts in the field to discuss the issue of violence against women.
“Eliminating violence against women will require a long-term, concerted effort from each one of us,” said Campbell. “Our government is committed to leading the way in North America in healthy living, which includes living without fear of violence. Ultimately, we want B.C. to realize its potential as the best place on earth to raise a family; to live and play; work, invest and get ahead. To ensure our province is the ‘best place’ for all British Columbians, it is vital that all women feel safe in their communities.”
OTTAWA, April 23 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, and AFN Women’s Council Chair Kathleen McHugh, strongly support some key recommendations in the Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC) Ministerial Representative’s Report on Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) that call on the government to recognize First Nations authority and ability to deal with MRP issues.
“Matrimonial Real Property deals with the sometimes painful issues that affect our families and communities when marriages breakdown,” said Ms. McHugh. “The report states that First Nations have inherent jurisdiction over this matter. To us, this means our peoples, our communities, and our governments must be front and centre in setting the rules, policies and procedures that govern division of matrimonial real property. Not only is this our right, it is the right way to go given this issue literally hits so close to home. Federal legislation created this problem and more imposed legislation to try and correct it is not the answer. The voices of our women and men must be heard and respected.”
Members of the Canadian Federation of Student meet with 61 MLAs
VICTORIA, April 23 – Students from across BC are meeting with 61 Members of the Legislative Assembly on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the economic and social benefits of eliminating adult basic education fees, a policy change that would help 30,000 students in BC. Students are demanding a fully-funded elimination of all ABE fees, presently as much as $500 per high-school level course, to begin in fall 2007.
“When ABE was free, I was able to take the courses I needed to upgrade and continue on to university level courses,” said Dustin Grof, a former ABE student now studying business at Selkirk College. “The case is clear that the BC Government should immediately eliminate tuition fees for adult basic education.”
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have agreed to extend the five-year Canada-Saskatchewan Northern Development Agreement (NDA) by one year to March 31, 2008.
The NDA is a joint federal-provincial initiative through which governments committed $20 million to strategic projects to support economic development in northern Saskatchewan.
The extension will give the NDA’s management committee another year to consider additional strategic projects involving economic infrastructure, innovation, realizing employment opportunities, capacity building and attracting investment.
For Immediate Release
April 23, 2007
Ministry of Advanced Education
VICTORIA – Geoff Plant, QC, special adviser to the Premier and Advanced Education Minister for Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead, has submitted his final report to the provincial government on the future of B.C.’s post-secondary education system.
The report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, makes 52 recommendations to government on how to build on the strengths of British Columbia’s existing system of higher education.
WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon Community Development Fund (CDF) has awarded $140,146 of Tier 1 funding to a range of cooperative initiatives that aim at bringing Yukoners together to share ideas and cultivate stronger communities.
“I am increasingly impressed with the enthusiasm demonstrated by Yukoners who are working to nurture their communities,” Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon said. “This government is committed to maintaining the Community Development Fund, which supports cooperation and economic development in Yukon.”
Four new community volunteers have been appointed to the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) board of trustees.
Darlene Bessey (Saskatoon), Cara Merasty (Pelican Narrows), Michael Crowter (White Fox) and Ranjith Narayanasamy (Regina) have accepted appointments. These new trustees join existing board members Lance Brown (Craik), Cheryl Bauer Hyde (Regina), Joe McKay (Canoe Lake) and Audra Young (Regina). The new CIF board includes a diversity of skills and extensive experience in the voluntary and human service sectors.
~ 14th consecutive balanced budget; $2.2 billion estimated surplus
~ $18.2 billion for infrastructure over three years, including $3 billion for health facilities and equipment and $1.3 billion for schools
~ Phase-in of a new $1.4 billion Municipal Sustainability Initiative
~ 10 per cent operating spending increase to address growth pressures and improve services
~ Nearly $200 million in annual income tax savings for Albertans and $22 million for businesses in 2007
~ Increased tax credits for charitable donations and post-secondary students; higher tobacco taxes
~ A new in-year surplus allocation policy
~ Program spending reviews and tight in-year operating spending limits
Edmonton… The Alberta government is aggressively addressing growth pressures with significant investments in infrastructure and key services. Details of Alberta’s 14th consecutive balanced budget were unveiled
April 19, with Budget 2007: Managing Our Growth.
THUNDER BAY, ON, April 23 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose acknowledges the Government of Canada’s announcement to improve on-reserve housing for Aboriginal Canadians, however the plan doesn’t take into account the unique territory of Nishnawbe Aski and similar remote locations.
“For a housing initiative to be effective, it needs to reflect the reality of the environment,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose who’s responsible for the housing portfolio at NAN – a political organization representing 49 First Nation communities across two-thirds of Ontario. “The socio-economic conditions in NAN territory have been compared to Third World. Many of these communities have inadequate water and sewer systems, let alone the economy to support a housing market.”
WENDAKE, QC, April 22 – Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), has expressed his support for the Green-Quebec-Kyoto Coalition. Chief Picard and other Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec walked through the streets of Montreal today to symbolize their hope that the federal and the provincial governments will respect the Kyoto Protocol.
“Prime Minister Harper must respect the signature of the Kyoto Agreement. The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador declared the importance of ratifying and supporting Kyoto in a Resolution that they adopted in 2002, whereby they called on all levels of government in Canada to work in conjunction with the First Nations to ensure the effective implementation of the United Nations Framework Agreement” stated Chief Picard.
Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Lemieux today announced the province will be undertaking a route selection process for a permanent all-weather road on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
The route selection process will involve extensive consultations with affected communities and will look at options for all-weather road access, said Lemieux. The process will cover an area that extends from the vicinity of Manigotagan in the south to Oxford House in the north, and from Lake Winnipeg on the west to the Ontario border on the east. Communities in the region include Bloodvein, Berens River, Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, St. Theresa Point, Waasagomach, Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake, Norway House, Cross Lake, Oxford House, Gods River and Gods Lake Narrows.
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Ministry of Economic Development
HEDLEY – The Similkameen Planning Society is receiving $250,180 from the B.C. government’s Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites program to help make improvements to the Snaza’ist Centre, Kamloops MLA Claude Richmond announced today.
“The Live Sites awards promote the Spirit of 2010 and give B.C. communities the opportunity to embrace the Olympic experience,” said Richmond. “The improvements to the Snaza’ist Centre will result in more people in the community being able to use the facility, as well as serving as a wonderful attraction for tourists.”
Farmer jailed for fighting Shell Oil’s illegally-approved gas pipeline and entrepreneur working on innovative fishing rights buyouts in the North Atlantic among six winners of world’s largest prize for grassroots environmentalists
SAN FRANCISCO, April 22, 2007— An Irish farmer jailed for his work in opposing Shell Oil’s natural gas pipeline through his land and an Icelandic entrepreneur saving North Atlantic wild salmon by brokering innovative fishing rights buyouts with North Atlantic governments and commercial interests are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.
“This year’s Prize recipients have succeeded in combating some of the most important environmental challenges we face today,” said Goldman Prize founder Richard N. Goldman. “Their commitment in the face of great personal risk inspires us all to think more critically about what ordinary people can do to make a difference.”
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Saanich Territory (Victoria, BC) – The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) is encouraging our stakeholders to visit Canada’s first free on-line sport community and social network for Aboriginal athletes and coaches.
The internet is providing many opportunities and it now includes a place for the stakeholders in Aboriginal sport and recreation a place to share ideas, stories and words of encouragement. The website, www.chiefsandchampions.ca accompanies a break-out television show which premiered on February 15, 2007 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and already has the profiles of many of Canada’s most prolific athletes and coaches.
Kuujjuaq, Québec – April 20, 2007 – The Kativik Regional Government will hold a special Regional Council Meeting on Tuesday April 24th 2007.
The main purpose of the Regional Council meeting will be to elect a new vice-chairman for the Kativik Regional Government. Since the departure of Mr. Michael Gordon, now the vice-president for economic development at the Makivik Corporation, Mr. Aisara Kenuajuak, Executive member of the Kativik Regional Government, is the acting Interim Vice-Chairman.
Other matters requiring immediate attention from the Regional Council will also be discussed.
Date: April 24th 2007
Location: Kuujjuaq – Kativik Regional Government main conference room
For more information:
Julie Grenier – Communications Coordinator
Kativik Regional Government
819-964-2961 ext. 2317
Northwestel will be hosting its second annual IT Straight Up Northern Technology Conferences and Expos in early May.
Two one-day events are being held, one on May 2nd in Whitehorse and one on May 4th in Yellowknife. Each conference and expo will focus on providing medium and large businesses with information and education on new and emerging Internet-based communications services. Both are offered to business customers free of charge.
“This year’s conference and expo will build on the success of the first event, held last May,” said Paul Flaherty, Northwestel President and Chief Executive Officer. “Technology is a rapidly-evolving field and Northwestel understands that our business customers may not have the time or resources to research all the options. The Straight Up events will bring northern businesses together with industry experts from both southern and northern Canada. The goal is to help them identify technologies that can improve their business performance, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.”
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) in Toronto and Ottawa on April 25th and 26th meeting with Transport Canada.
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, April 20 – CAPT is a Northern Ontario organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing wilderness train service. CAPT has resolutions of support from municipalities and aboriginal groups.
Press conference: Great Hall, Union Station, April 25th, 11 am, concluding CAPT’s All-Aboard journey by train from Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto via Hearst and Cochrane.
For further information: On-site media liaison available to coordinate interview needs and provide visuals, (705) 542-7924
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(April 20, 2007) – Bronco Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BCF) (“Bronco”) is pleased to report that it has obtained all necessary approvals from Indian Oil and Gas Canada (“IOGC”) and Bigstone Cree Nation (“BCN”) to resume its drilling operations on the BCN lands. Bronco has commenced drilling operations on the 06-31-79-22W4 pad located on the east block of BCN Reserve 166 at Wabasca, Alberta and plans on drilling 6 horizontal production oil wells from this pad from present through spring break-up. Bronco also has IOGC and BCN approvals for the drilling of additional horizontal wells from an existing pad at 12-01-80-23W4, also located on the east block of BCN Reserve 166. Additional applications are in various stages of process. Post break-up, Bronco plans to move Bronco Drilling Services Ltd. Rig #1 to Wabiskaw to further support the drilling program. The Bronco rig is a new telescopic double drilling rig, which is presently in the final stages of construction by Extreme Energy Group in Central Alberta.
Bronco also announces that it has engaged GRB Engineering for the design and construction of its planned oil processing battery. The battery will be used for separating oil, gas and water and will include water disposal facilities. With the positive results of the new Middle Wabiskaw zone identified on recent stratigraphic well tests, Bronco has decided to increase the size of its planned battery to handle approximately 40,000 barrels of fluid per day (the original design called for 25,000 barrels of fluid per day). Request for quotations have been submitted to fabricators for major pieces of equipment and long lead items. Application for power to the new battery has also been submitted.
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship
The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is open to a young woman, a girls’ team, or a sport organization that exemplifies Stacey’s ideals and qualities. This $2500 scholarship is in her memory. It will be shared by five recipients. High school and university/college-age women are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given to financial need. There is no application form. Candidates are simply asked to outline how the scholarship will be used for women and sport. Please include your name, age, phone, fax and e-mail on your application.
Full details are available at http://www.caaws.ca/e/grants/levitt/
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Saanich Territory (Victoria, BC) – The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) completed its second annual tour of British Columbia last Friday with success! ASRA staff members Patrick Chénier and Adam Olsen visited 10 communities in eight days in an effort to further engage community members with the association.
Stops included Agassiz, Burns Lake, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Hazelton, Merritt, Nanoose, New Aiyansh, Skidegate and Williams Lake. The presentations informed guests about the upcoming selection process for the 2008 Aboriginal Team BC, as well as an open discussion regarding many of the challenges facing Aboriginal communities and their access to sport and recreation opportunities.
Manitoba’s proud tradition of human rights achievements, including its place as the first province in which women won the right to vote, makes it a fitting home for the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Premier Gary Doer said today at an event announcing further support for the national project.
“I would like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his commitment today. I would also like to commend the late Izzy Asper and his family for their imagination and determination. We are thrilled to be part of this and we would like to acknowledge all those involved, from the mayor and City of Winnipeg to all the private sector donors,” Doer said.
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Ministry of Environment
VICTORIA – The Ministry of Environment is inviting First Nations to participate in a series of three-day workshops to discuss and make recommendations on possible revisions to the Wildlife Act and to the Ministry of Environment Draft Guidelines for Integrated Pest Management Proponents Conducting Consultation with First Nations (draft guidelines for engaging First Nations).
The workshops will be held in the following locations:
· Cranbrook April 25, 26, 27
· Whitehorse May 2 and 3
· Duncan May 9, 10, 11
· Prince George May 15, 16, 17
· Williams Lake May 14
· Campbell River May 23, 24, 25
· Chilliwack May 29, 30, 31
· Kelowna June 6, 7, 8
· Fort St. John June 12, 13, 14
· Kamloops June 18, 19, 20
· Terrace June 24, 25, 26
‘Ke’ilaknutma’tinej – Let’s Talk’
One-Day Conference for Dialogue to Balance Aboriginal Perspectives, Policing, Challenges, and Responses
(Sydney, NS) – Dialogue to promote balanced understandings about land, water, and related issues as they pertain to Aboriginal communities, police services, challenges, and responses is the main focus of a one-day conference on Friday, April 27, entitled “Ke’ilaknutma’tinej – Let’s Talk”. The conference, which takes place in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre at Cape Breton University, is designed for individuals in community services, policing, and education as well as First Nations’ youth and Elders and interested others. The gathering will be the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
LOCATION: Ministry of Natural Resources
Whitney Block (at the corner of Queen’s Park Circle and Wellesley, in front of two large canons)
DATE: Monday, April 23
TIME: 11 am
Join us as we tell the Ontario government to uphold its duties to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) and to the environment. Join us as we deliver direct evidence of illegal dumping and a message sent by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte to the steps of the Ministry of Natural Resources. It is time the MNR and the Province of Ontario stepped up and took responsibility for their part in the destruction and theft of indigenous land.
One month ago, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte reclaimed a portion of the Culbertson Tract – 925 acres of land taken from their community, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in 1832.
On March 29, 2007 the federal government announced an expanded negotiations mandate to allow more flexibility in moving Six Nations’ claims forward. The expanded mandate is part of the federal government’s efforts to advance negotiations with the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations.
Ontario is pleased to see the federal government confirming its leadership in these negotiations. Ontario believes that an expanded mandate will allow the parties to move closer to a peaceful resolution to the situation in Caledonia.
The Ontario government is committed to supporting Canada in discussions with the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations to achieve a peaceful negotiated settlement of outstanding grievances.
For more information about the federal government’s announcement, see:
~ Executive Summary
~ Matrimonial Real Property On Reserves: Context and Concepts
~ Legal & Social Context of Landholding & Housing Arrangements on Reserves
~ Consultation Issues
~ Summary of Solutions Proposed During the Process
~ Conclusions & Recommendations
~ Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations
~ Appendix A – Mandate of Ministerial Representative Matrimonial Real Property On Reserves
~ Appendix B – Final Reports Assembly of First Nations Indian Affairs and Northern Development Native Women’s Association of Canada
~ Consultation Report on Matrimonial Real Property
~ Reclaiming Our Way of Being Matrimonial Real Property ~ Solutions Position Paper
~ Appendix C – Historical Timeline
~ Appendix D – Topical Listing of Selected Indian Act Provisions
~ Appendix E – Information on First Nations Land Management Act
~ Appendix F – 2003 Report of the Auditor General Exhibit 6.1 Differences between on-reserve and off-reserve housing
~ Appendix G – Legal Opinions
~ Appendix H – Treaty 8 Alberta First Nations Policy Document Consultation
~ Appendix I – Assembly of First Nations Resolutions
~ Appendix J – NWAC/INAC/AFN Matrimonial Real Property Working Group Guiding Principles
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada’s New Government has reached an agreement with four public and private sector partners to establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.
The museum, which would be the first national museum built outside the National Capital Region, will portray, promote and celebrate the history and evolution of human rights in Canada.
“Rights only flourish in free, democratic societies like Canada, where the principles of fairness, pluralism, and justice are embedded in the history of the country and the values of its people, as well as the laws of their governments,” Prime Minister Harper said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”