PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia— The Honourable Jay Hill, Secretary of State and Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for an Employment Assistance Services (EAS) initiative in Prince George. The Prince George Native Friendship Centre will receive $840,408 to help people in British Columbia find and maintain employment.
BURNABY , July 25, 2007 – The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment will be visiting the site of the ruptured pipeline and oil spill in Burnaby, B.C. on July 25, 2007. Following the visit, the Minister will be available to speak with the media.
Event: Media Availability
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Time: 12:30 PM PST
Location: Vancouver Port Authority dock, Waterfront Road West, Vancouver
Location is immediately west of the Seabus Terminal and east of Canada Place. Limited parking is available.
For more information, please contact:
Mike Van Soelen
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Office of the Minister of the Environment
(819) 934-8008 or
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
and Minister responsible for Housing
VANCOUVER – More than $50 million will create 292 housing units in 10 communities across the province under the Aboriginal Housing Initiative, Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today.
“One of the goals of our provincial housing strategy is to assist the 30 per cent of Aboriginal families living off-reserve in inadequate or unaffordable housing,” said Coleman. “With these new units, we will improve living conditions and help families create new opportunities.”
Edmonton… Setting out a vision and identifying principles to guide the future development of Alberta’s oil sands are highlighted in the Oil Sands Consultations Multistakeholder Committee (MSC) Final Report and the Aboriginal Consultation Final Report.
“These reports reflect the views and input of a number of environmental and industry organizations, First Nations and Métis groups, municipalities and private citizens we heard from throughout the province,” said MSC Chair, Vance MacNichol. “The reports include a vision, principles, strategies and action plans that we believe are relevant and essential to the responsible development of our oil sands resource.”
ÎLE-À-LA-CROSSE, Saskatchewan, July 25, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced funding of up to $50,600 for the Sakitawak Métis Society Local # 21. Funds will allow the Society […]
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2007
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Forests and Range
MERRITT – The Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition has received $800,000 to help it assess the impact of the mountain pine beetle in the region and plan its response, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.
“This funding will help communities, regional districts and First Nations across the southern Interior to deal with the social and economic impacts of the beetle epidemic,” said Campbell. “With this funding, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition will work to quantify the impact of the beetle on the region’s timber supply, consult local stakeholders and plan ways to sustain and strengthen the communities most affected.”
Only the personal representative of a deceased eligible CEP recipient may apply for the Common Experience Payment on behalf of the former student who died. The personal representative may apply on behalf of the deceased eligible CEP recipient if the former student died on or after May 30, 2005 or on or after October 5, 1996 if the deceased attended Mohawk. You may wish to consult legal counsel on the definition of a personal representative.
The entire NWAC staff wants to pay tribute to the volunteers and organizers of the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit (NAWS). • To the welcoming party that met us at the Deer Lake airport • The shuttle drivers who drove us to and from our hotels no matter what the hour • Summit organizers who coordinated […]
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC–(July 25, 2007) – The media are cordially invited to attend the icebreaker’s departure as it embarks on this historic expedition. Interested journalists can set sail from Quai de la Reine aboard the CCGS Amundsen for a brief period. The Coast Guard will assure their return to the Base.
The Amundsen Commanding Officer and scientists will be available for interviews.
Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:30 am Canadian Coast Guard Base, Quai de la Reine 101 Champlain Boulevard Quebec City
Please call to confirm your attendance
For more information, please contact
To confirm your attendance:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region
OTTAWA, July 25 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, Phil Fontaine, and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Jim Prentice, have struck a Task Force to assist in the development of new specific claims legislation we expect will be introduced when Parliament reconvenes in the fall. The joint process will also address related concerns including how claims are processed by Canada, implementation and transition issues.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(July 25, 2007) – “I’ve made it to the finalists list!” This must be one of many thoughts racing through Victoria Day’s mind as the finalists are announced for the 2007 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards. The Swan River (MB) resident’s desire to improve her literacy skills and self esteem, in order to provide a better life for her daughter, is just one of the compelling stories of commitment and determination told by this year’s literacy award nominees.
News Release – Manitoba
July 25, 2007
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Birds, Wlidlife, Waterways to Benefit: Struthers
Six Manitoba organizations involved in conservation enhancement and awareness programs will receive more than $114,000 from the Special Conservation and Endangered Species Fund, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.
“Our government is pleased to support the work of non-profit, community-based organizations working to protect and preserve our province’s natural resources,” said Struthers. “Through the fund, organizations are encouraged to develop local projects that promote better understanding of natural resource issues and the environment.”
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (JULY 25, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have struck a Task Force to assist in the development of specific claims legislation.
On June12, 2007 (opens a new window), the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada announced major reforms to the way Canada handles specific claims, with the goal of bringing forward legislation to implement the plan in the fall.
NCI-FM, Manitoba’s Aboriginal Radio Network is coordinating free concerts, one at each hotel for the evacuees of the South Indian Lake forest fires. Evacuees are staying in five Winnipeg Hotels, Ramada Marlborough, Place Louis Riel, Club Regent Hotel, and the Canad Inn Polo Park, and the Viscount Gort.
TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATION/NORTH VANCOUVER,PRESS RELEASE–(July 24, 2007) – Chief Leah George Wilson today expressed deep concern about the impacts of today’s ruptured pipeline and the ensuing oil spill on the land and marine resources of the Tsleil-Waututh traditional territory. The spill is located directly across Burrard Inlet from the Tsleil-Waututh community.
Tsleil-Waututh means “People of the Inlet”. Burrard Inlet has been the spiritual, social, economic and cultural heart of the Tsleil-Waututh for thousands of years. Tsleil-Waututh used all of the areas and resources of the Inlet and has long been concerned about the declining environmental quality of the marine eco-system.
CAW members are being urged to join the fight to make poverty history for First Nations communities.
“The wide spread and devastating poverty among First Nations peoples in Canada is completely unacceptable,” said CAW President Buzz Hargrove. “All Canadians must join together to demand the Harper Conservatives take immediate action to end this tragedy. This can only happen if the Harper government moves immediately to implement the Kelowna Accord.”
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(July 24, 2007) – The Honourable Jay Hill, Secretary of State and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, will announce funding to help individuals in British Columbia find and maintain employment.
Mr. Hill will be available to answer questions from the media and for a photo opportunity following the announcements.
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, British Columbia
Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.
For more information, please contact
Media Relations Office
TORONTO, July 24 – On June 19, 2007 the Aboriginal Affairs Committee voted to suspend debate on Bill C-44 in order to allow proper consultation to take place with First Nations. The Conservative government has called the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs back to Ottawa to meet on July 26, 2007 to discuss Bill C-44, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Yukon Government FOR RELEASE #07-161 July 24, 2007 WHITEHORSE – Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor announced that 18 arts organizations have been awarded funding assistance to develop, advance and present the arts in Yukon. “This funding allows for economic and social growth that encourages strong artistic community spirit and pride of place,” Taylor said. […]
For Immediate Release
July 24, 2007
Ministry of Transportation
LILLOOET – The Province and the Xaxli’p (Hawk Lip) Band will work together to immediately fix a badly damaged section of Highway 99, north of Lillooet, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon announced today.
A section of the highway that passes through the Fountain Indian Reserve 1A has become unsafe due to cracking and shifting in an area known as the Ten Mile Slide. The agreement with the Xaxli’p calls for the ministry to provide geotechnical, environmental and archeological data and members of the Xaxli’p to assist with repairs. The immediate repair work, which includes stabilizing the areas that have shifted, repaving and removal of debris obstructing the highway, has begun and should be complete by week’s end.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (JULY 24, 2007) – The federal government intends to move two amendments to Bill C-44 when the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development meets on July 26, 2007. Bill C-44 proposes to repeal section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which has prevented First Nations, mainly those living on reserves, from fully accessing the Canadian Human Rights Act in the same manner as enjoyed by all other Canadians for the past 30 years.
Via Fax: (613) 941-6900
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Attn.: Right Hon. Stephen Harper
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Ministry of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development
Terrasses de la Chaudière, North Tower, Suite 2100 – 10 Wellington Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4
Attn.: Hon. Jim Prentice, Minister
Via Fax: (250) 387-0087
Province of British Columbia
P. O. Box 9041, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1
Attn.: Hon. Gordon Campbell, Premier
Via Fax: (250) 953-4856
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations
P.O. Box 9052, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Attn.: Hon. Michael De Jong, Minister
Dear Prime Minister Harper, Premier Campbell and Honourable Ministers:
Re: Federal Comprehensive Claims Policy
As the Executive of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (“UBCIC”), we are writing to you concerning the federal Comprehensive Claims Policy and its relationship to the Crown’s failure in British Columbia to conclude Treaties.
You will recall the repeated proposals, petitions, statements and resolutions presented to the governments by UBCIC and its Member First Nations, calling for the negotiation of Treaties, based on recognition and respect for our Aboriginal Title and Rights. In 1910, the Chiefs of the Interior presented a Memorial to Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Premier of the Dominion of Canada, at Kamloops, which concluded with a: “ … demand that our land question be settled and ask that treaties be made between the government and each of our tribes … . We desire that every matter of importance to each tribe be a subject of treaty, so we may have a definite understanding with the government on all questions of moment between us and them.”
TYENDINAGA, ON, July 24 – A seriously flawed funding formula threatens to force program cancellations at Ontario’s largest and most successful Aboriginal post-secondary institute. “Ontario’s approach to Aboriginal post-secondary institutions through the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Strategy (AETS) has regressed rather than evolved”, stated Karihwakeron Tim Thompson, President and CAO of FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute). “Despite a moderate increase to the total AETS funding pot, the allocation methodology penalizes FNTI for having growing enrolment. FNTI students are being valued at one-fifth the value of students at any other college or university in Ontario. The current approach is badly flawed but all our entreaties to the Minister to address this situation have gone unanswered.”
FOR RELEASE #07-160
July 24, 2007
WHITEHORSE – Community Development Fund (CDF) has awarded grants to 18 community based projects working on improving the quality of life for Yukoners. This spring’s Tier 2 funding totals over $750,000 and supports projects across Yukon.
“The high quality of projects is a testament to the dedication our residents have to improving their communities,” Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon said. “An amazing amount of community work is being done to improve the quality of life of Yukoners.”
Edmonton…Twelve Alberta organizations will share more than $400,000 in funding for projects that encourage change, and support the full participation of all Albertans in the social, cultural, political and economic life of the province. The projects range from helping immigrant and refugee youth speak about discrimination issues, to developing a human trafficking protocol for the province.
“Building welcoming and inclusive communities is critical to Alberta’s success,” said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture, responsible for human rights. “These projects are examples of how the Government of Alberta is working with communities to further improve the quality of life for all Albertans.”
For Immediate Release
July 24, 2007
Ministry of Children and Family Development
DAWSON CREEK – The Aboriginal Family Services and Fort St. John Friendship Society have each received a one-time grant of $25,000 to transport clients in rural areas to programs and expand outreach services, announced Tom Christensen, Minister of Children and Family Development.
“This funding will allow children, youth and their families in rural areas to take advantage of the supportive and preventative Aboriginal programs and services,” said Christensen. “Removing the transportation barrier improves access to services and results in healthier outcomes for the Aboriginal community as a whole.”
New Investment To Increase Postsecondary Access For Aboriginal Students
THUNDER BAY, ON, July 24 – The McGuinty government is expanding support for Aboriginal students to ensure they have the opportunity to study and succeed at postsecondary education, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today.
“Lakehead’s leadership in Aboriginal access programs with academic supports for programs like biological science and chemistry are exactly the types of initiatives we should be funding to stream more Aboriginal students into health-related professions,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North.
FOREST FIRES ERUPT ACROSS DRY NORTHERN MANITOBA
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Manitoba Conservation Fire Program reports dry conditions and lightning storms have resulted in more forest fires erupting in northern Manitoba.
A fire of approximately 500 hectares burning about 2.5 kilometres south of Tadoule Lake First Nation, located about 960 km north of Winnipeg, erupted late Monday. Community leaders, the Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters (MANFF) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) are evacuating a number of residents.
SASKATOON, July 24, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced up to $85,000 in funding for the CRU Youth Wellness Centre to help support the CRU Youth Project 2007.
“I am pleased to support the CRU Youth Wellness Centre,” said Minister Oda. “This organization does a wonderful job of bridging the generation gap in the community of Saskatoon, as they understand the importance of a variety of issues, including physical fitness, stress management, and parenting. With our support, they will provide positive learning, empowering, and educational activities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people through their Youth Project 2007. It will help them take an active role in shaping their future and contributing to the growth of their community.”
As part of the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the Parties to the Agreement are seeking persons with recognized integrity, stature and respect, for the appointment of a chairperson and two other commissioners who will oversee a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Residential schools were boarding schools for Aboriginal children operated throughout Canada by the Government of Canada and religious organizations for over a century until the last school closed in 1996. During this period, harms and abuses were ommitted against the children who attended these schools, and as a result, numerous lawsuits were launched against the federal government, the churches and others.
OTTAWA, July 24 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine is concerned about a sudden meeting this week that appears to rush the approval of Bill-C44. In an unusual political move, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development has been called back to Parliament and will be meeting on Thursday, July 26, to go through the bill, clause by clause.
The bill involves repealing section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. It would allow people in First Nation communities to launch human rights complaints relating to federal government policy and the exercise of powers under the Indian Act.
KUUJJUAQ, July 24 – The Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government are pleased to announce the upcoming Katimajiit Conference. At Katimajiit, Inuit leaders as well as provincial and federal government representatives will talk about community development priorities in Nunavik, Québec. The conference will be co-chaired by Québec Premier Jean Charest, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development of Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians Jim Prentice, Makivik President Pita Aatami and KRG Chairperson Maggie Emudluk. The major themes of the conference will be: Education and Culture; Economy and Employment; Health, Social Services and Childcare; Infrastructure and Housing; plus Environment and Community Sustainable Development.
The study Infant Macrosomia Among First Nations in British Columbia – Prevalence, Trends and Characteristics provides valuable information on the prevalence, trends and characteristics of macrosomia among First Nations births in British Columbia over the past two decades. Macrosomia is defined as heavy birthweight for gestational age.
Health care practitioners and community midwives have long recognized the relatively higher birth weights of First Nations infants.
Friday July 20, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario – With the passage of legislation by The Netherlands banning the importation of Canadian seal products yesterday, Inuit are calling on the government of Canada to take action to counter these trade measures.
“We predicted this months ago, while we were in Europe telling parliamentarians in Belgium, England, Germany, and The Hague about our experience with hunting seals,” says Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “Since then, we have been pressing the Prime Minister of Canada and other Ministers, through correspondence and public statements, to take the necessary trade action at the World Trade Organization. In April of this year, based on evidence from federal officials, the House of Commons Committee studying sealing concluded that blanket bans on products being contemplated by European countries are in contravention of international trade agreements. Now is the time for the Government of Canada to demonstrate that European countries that should know better cannot casually destroy Canadian livelihoods without compromising their economic interests as well as their commitment to facts and realities.”
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS–(July 19, 2007) – The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is thrilled by The Netherlands’ announcement yesterday to ban all trade of seal products. IFAW has actively campaigned to achieve a national ban in The Netherlands for several years. The decree was made official in July 17th 2007’s edition of the States’ Journal, the country’s official communication of Dutch laws, decrees & statutes. This decision makes The Netherlands the second EU nation to ban seal products this year.
The ban officially removes the Dutch market from the international commercial seal trade, sending another strong warning to the Canadian government that European markets for seal products are continuing to shrink.
Little Limestone Lake and surrounding lands receives protection from industrial developments
After years of promoting conservation within the Interlake region, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes Park Reserve status for Little Limestone Lake and surrounding lands. During the Park Reserve process, the designated area is protected from industrial activities while the province consults local First Nations and considers input from all citizens about the future of what CPAWS deems as “Manitoba’s most amazing lake.”
“We’re pleased the Manitoba government recognizes the significance of this irreplaceable wonder,” said Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of CPAWS Manitoba. “We’d also like to highly commend Mosakahikan First Nation for their efforts to protect their traditional lands and waters.”
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2007
Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services
VANCOUVER – Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services Olga Ilich today announced a $221,000 grant to support a Simon Fraser University study of how broadband Internet connectivity is benefiting B.C. communities.
“This investment underscores our commitment to bridging the digital divide in British Columbia’s communities,” said Ilich. “Solid, independent research will enable government to see the real impact of its policies and programs on communities and supports good decision-making for the future.”
TSIIGEHTCHIC, Northwest Territories, July 23, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Secretary of State for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament (Battlefords-Lloydminster), today announced funding of up to $19,584 for the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI) […]
OTTAWA, July 23 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Mtis and Non-Status Indians, and Chief James Ahnassay of the Dene Tha’ First Nation (DTFN), today announced the signing of an agreement that resolves the DTFN’s concerns related to the Mackenzie Gas Project.
Who: Chief Byron Spinks, Lytton First Nation
INVITED George Heyman, President – BC Government Employees Union
INVITED Gary Zecchel, Chief Executive Officer – VSA
INVITED Dave Duncan, Assistant Deputy Minister – Ministry of Transportation & Highways
We, the undersigned, are writing to urge the Province of Ontario to end its complicity in the theft and plunder of First Nations land. Specifically, we ask that the Province stop providing licenses for resource extraction from lands currently in the Federal land claims negotiation process.
Rod Burnstick is one of the first recipients of a Shell scholarship to attend Aboriginal Leadership Development courses at the Banff Centre in 2007 and 2008, thanks to a $50,000 donation Shell made to the program earlier this year. Burnstick says completing the course means being able to help his community with economy building efforts.
NationTalk interviews Balgovind Pande.
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A northern medical team are warning of an urgent threat to human health in the isolated community of Fort Albany on the James Bay coast. The warning was issued by Dr. Robert Gabor of the James Bay Weeneebayko Hospital following a tour of mould-contaminated homes. He is calling for the immediate evacuation of a number of families from the worst of the homes and says the overall health risk to the community from mold and toxins is a grave risk to life.
-For immediate release: July 11, 2007 Vancouver BC. The Bill Reid Foundation today announced its intention to create a Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. The announcement follows the July 10 decision of Vancouver City Council to award the sublease of the purpose-built art gallery at 639 Hornby Street to the Bill […]
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CANADA’S NEW GOVERNMENT AND THE GRAND COUNCIL OF THE CREES REACH AGREEMENT ON RENEWED RELATIONSHIP
1SUMMARY OF AGREEMENT
The Preamble sets out the context under which the Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Crees of Eeyou Istchee (the Agreement) was negotiated including the intentions of the parties ie. the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) (GCC(EI)) and the Cree Regional Authority (CRA) and the federal government (Canada), to resolve their differences as to the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), as well as non-JBNQA claims, grievances and other matters.
July 20, 2007 Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson today announced $7,100 in provincial funding for the Peguis First Nations annual powwow. The Province of Manitoba is pleased to provide assistance to the Peguis First Nation for its annual powwow, said Robinson. Annual festivals are significant events for communities and help mobilize volunteers and […]
Watch the on-demand broadcast recording of the April 02, 2020 First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) Live Town Hall – a discussion covering how COVID-19 is affecting health managers, front line health workers, and First Nations communities on ihtoday.ca