News Release – Manitoba
June 20, 2007
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Province Hosts Youth Round Table, Welcomes Aboriginal Athletes from Oregon
Empowering young people and celebrating Aboriginal culture are among this year’s highlights in recognizing tomorrow as National Aboriginal Day, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for sport, announced today.
YELLOWKNIFE (June 20, 2007) – National Aboriginal Day is celebrated in the Northwest Territories as an annual statutory holiday on June 21st. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) values this opportunity to honour Aboriginal cultures and recognize their values, traditions and languages.
“Here in the Northwest Territories, where half our population is of Aboriginal heritage, we have a strong reason to honour the significant contributions our Aboriginal peoples have made to shape the past and the future of our territory,” said Premier Joe Handley.
Edmonton, June 19, 2007 – Edmonton has the biggest National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Canada, with events from June 19 – 24. Some of the events include a media launch, a free pancake breakfast, free buffalo-burger barbeque, a career fair, Official Commemoration at Canada Place, and a two-day festival at the Legislature Grounds. Everyone is welcome!
OTTAWA, June 20 – The National Executive Board (NEB) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is meeting in Ottawa this week, and passed a resolution calling on CUPE members and all Canadians to support the Assembly of First Nations National Day of Action, planned for June 29, 2007.
Speaking on behalf of the NEB, National President Paul Moist reinforced CUPE’s nation wide support for this planned day of action in response to the crisis First Nations communities face throughout the country.
WENDAKE, QC, June 20 – As part of the June 21st “National Aboriginal Day”, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) would like to invite you to the “Open House on First Nations” Day. This activity on public awareness and exchanges will take place at the Montreal Science Centre and will bring together representatives from several organizations who work in different sectors in Quebec.
MONTREAL, June 20 – Some 170 Junior Canadian Rangers will be arriving in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik for their annual training, which will take place from June 26 to July 3, 2007. During their stay, the Junior Rangers will receive instruction in a variety of areas, including rifle firing, canoeing and physical training.
Brigadier-General Christian Barabé, Commander of Land Force Quebec Area and Joint Task Force (East), will join the group from July 1st to July 3rd to present to some Junior Rangers with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The medal is awarded to youth meeting the bronze, silver or gold level standard in a demanding, multidisciplinary challenge.
7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21 (check local listings)
First Stories is a one-hour special featuring a collection of short films by award-winning Aboriginal filmmakers from across Canada.
The line-up of films includes award winners Patrick Ross, by Ervin Chartrand, and Apples and Indians by Lorne Olson. Both films were winners of Golden Sheaf Awards at the 2006 Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival. The film Patrick Ross also won the “Best Short Film” at ReelWorld Film festival in 2006, and film maker Ervin Chartrand recently presented his film to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean.
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TORONTO–(June 20, 2007) – National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated across the country once again on June 21st, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual celebration to recognize and acknowledge the many diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis to Canada.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 20, 2007) – Health Minister Tony Clement today announced that Health Canada is adopting the Trans Fat Task Force’s recommendation on trans fats in Canadian foods, by calling on Canada’s food industry to limit the trans fat content of vegetable oils and soft, spreadable margarines to 2 percent of the total fat content, and to limit the trans fat content for all other foods to 5 percent, including ingredients sold to restaurants.
YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, June 19 – The Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), an organization working to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harm, will spend the next three days in Yellowknife sharing ideas with representatives of the addictions community in a special event called the Northwest Territories Addictions World Café, signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the NWT’s Department of Health and Social Services, and participating in local cultural events.
TORONTO, June 19 – Among them they have 2 Olympic medals, 5 World titles, 7 Brier championships and 11 TSN Curling Skins Games victories. They are some of the biggest names in men’s curling history. And they’ll go head-to-head in December, as TSN today announced the lineup for the Casino Rama Curling Skins Game featuring the popular rinks of Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Kevin Martin and Brad Gushue.
The popular made-for-TV original TSN production will air live on TSN December 8 and 9 in three, 3-hour telecasts.
EDMONTON, June 19 – PowerComm Inc. (PCG:TSX) today announced that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Tron Power Inc. The new entity will be called PowerComm-Tron Electric Joint Venture.
Tron Power Inc. an English River First Nation Company, is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and supplies civil, mechanical, and electrical services to industry across northern Saskatchewan. “It has a proven track record of partnering successfully” said Wayne Rutherford, PowerComm’s President and CEO, “we are very pleased to be able to partner with Tron to expedite our expansion into the province of Saskatchewan.” he continued.
(Toronto, ON) June 20, 2007 – The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is proud to announce that they are ready to receive nominations for the next group of laureates to be named to the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.“CCAB’s Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame pays tribute to outstanding business leaders of the past and […]
OTTAWA – The minority Conservative government must listen to the people who will be most affected by a bill addressing the human rights of Aboriginal peoples before rushing it through Parliament, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.
“We support the intent of this bill,” said Ms. Neville. “What we object to is the government’s determination to see it passed without consulting the people it will most affect.”
Small lakeshore town announces $33.9 million in annual construction
OSOYOOS, BC, June 19 – The South Okanagan town of Osoyoos, known for its campgrounds and its hot dry summers, is on its way to becoming a resort destination, with visitor spending projected to double within the next 10 years.
Three developers with lakeshore property are spending $200 million to build high-end condominium hotels attracting tourists and investors from across Canada. Conference accommodation, health spas, restaurants and retail are part of the makeover.
There are several major initiatives underway in the Housing and Infrastructure field, all of which will have implications for First Nation communities. These include:
~ Implementation of a Protocol for source water protection handbook for First Nations. EC is also developing Source Water Protection on Federal Lands.
~ Minister Prentice is proposing Water Legislations to be implemented within First Nation Communities.
~ The protocol for safe drinking water is being attached to funding agreements as April, 2007.
~ Health Canada is actively changing water monitoring for reserves. It is unclear how this program will complement any new Federal regulations by incorporation by referencing provincial regulations.
~ There are overlapping waste water initiatives including: provincial regulations, Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) waste water regulations discussions; waste water regulations for federal lands are under study; and INAC studying Protocols for waste water for reserves.
~ In housing, a new $300 million program to encourage home ownership is being implemented that require procedures substantially different than other related programs.
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
June 19, 2007
The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador will again step into the national spotlight this week as the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, joins with Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, to co-host the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit in Corner Brook, from June 20 to 22. The summit is being carried out with support from the Government of Canada.
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June 19, 2007
WHITEHORSE – Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin met today to discuss a variety of topics including economic development, environment, and renewal of the Alaska-Yukon Intergovernmental Accord.
OTTAWA, CANADA–(June 19, 2007) – On June 15-17, some 670 delegates from across Canada came together for a national child care conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Child care practitioners working in centres, family child care, preschools and after-school programs heard from national and international experts on early childhood development attended workshops and exchanged ideas to enhance the quality of their everyday work with children and families across Canada.
SPEAKING NOTES for the Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians at the
Signing Ceremony for the Sturgeon Lake First Nation TLE Settlement Agreement
Sturgeon Lake First Nation
June 19, 2007
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Elders, Chiefs, Minister Borgerson, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be with you today in this lovely setting to sign, on behalf of the Government of Canada, the ceremonial document acknowledging your First Nation’s Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement Agreement.
Under this agreement, we are fulfilling—with the help of the Province of Saskatchewan—Canada’s obligation to make up the shortfall of reserve land to which the Sturgeon Lake First Nation was entitled according to Treaty Six. Canada’s New Government is proud to honour this historic obligation to your community.
Sturgeon Lake First Nation, SK (June 19, 2007) – At a ceremony today, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Chief Wesley Daniels of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation and the Honourable Lon Borgerson, Saskatchewan Minister of Regional Economic and Co-operative Development on behalf of the Honourable Maynard Sonntag, Saskatchewan Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations, signed a ceremonial document acknowledging a Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Settlement Agreement.
QUEEN’S PARK, June 19 – The Government of Ontario is very disappointed to learn the Ontario First Nations Limited Partnership (OFNLP) has turned down a new gaming revenue sharing deal with the province. The unprecedented deal would have provided 133 First Nations with approximately $2.5 billion over 20 years to help improve the quality of life and future prosperity in their communities.
All Aboriginal People of Canada had been convened in front of the offices of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada located in Gatineau (Hull) to participate in the First Aboriginal MEGA GATHERING regarding a public consultation on Aboriginal Affairs and Issues.
THUNDER BAY, ON, June 19 – Ontario is well equipped to handle the need for more than 85,000 new construction workers during the next nine years as detailed in the new forecast released today by the Construction Sector Council (CSC).
Construction Looking Forward: Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for Ontario, says the province’s construction industry will need 50,000 workers to replace retirees and another 35,000 to keep pace with steady growth during the forecast period.
Nicole Chang is the winner of the 2007 Aboriginal Solidarity Day Flag Contest. The 13-year-old junior high school student resides with her family in her hometown of Yellowknife, NWT. Chang’s design was chosen from a total of 67 entries from across Canada.
Representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, Chang’s artistic rendering incorporates Aboriginal symbolism in the forms of an Inukshuk, an eagle, the Métis infinity symbol and a lone feather; each situated within sections of the peace symbol. The colours utilized in the flag design correspond to the APTN corporate colours, which were designated to reflect the richness and diversity of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
YELLOWKNIFE (June 18, 2007) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has set a goal of $5.1 million dollars to be invested in initiatives related to the NWT Action Plan on Family Violence over the next five years. Of this, $355,000 will be committed immediately to implement activities that support the NWT Action Plan on Family Violence – A Framework for Action Phase II.
The funding will be spent on programs for children who witness violence, enhanced training for shelter workers, hosting a territorial conference of community care-givers to identify best approaches to implement family violence prevention actions that will have a direct impact on communities and additional research that will aid in assessing the success of family violence prevention activities.
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
June 19, 2007
A report detailing discussions, issues and highlights from the Second Provincial Aboriginal Women’s Conference was released today. The Honourable Joan Burke, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, said the report will be an important resource for Provincial Government departments and agencies as they work to address issues of importance in Aboriginal communities.
House of Nii’Kyap
Gitxsan Name: XSIM GANOOTSIN
Post Office Box 464
Hazelton, British Columbia
Ph: (250) 842-5986
My English name is Alice Sampson; my Gitxsan name is XSIM GANOOTSIN. I belong to the House of NII’KYAP; more specifically to the lineage of the Sampson Family. My daughter, Martha Wilson holds the Wing Chief name XHIIMADIMTXW and the territory you have been discussing belongs to my family. I have been sitting back listening to all of you talking about our territories in Bear Lake. First and foremost, this is not right a lot of our laws have been broken here. When there is a dispute like this, first we invite the House Members, if the House members do not reach a decision, all the Wing Chiefs get together to reach a decision, that is the Wing Chiefs in your own House Group. And if there is still now decision reached then we invite all the Wolf Chiefs because we belong to the Wolf Clan. If we invite other Chiefs from different clans we have to make payments to them. This is the reason we keep our affairs in-House. The other law broken is the trespassing law. If caught three (3) times trespassing, you are automatically kill on the spot. This is why you should never talk about anyone’s territory except your own, they might suspect you of trespassing and you might be accused and put to death.
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.
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
June 18, 2007
The following are the details for the media regarding the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit (NAWS) to take place in Corner Brook from June 20 to 22, 2007.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, with support from the Government of Canada, are partnering in co-hosting the first ever NAWS. The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will co-chair the event with Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).
Two large outdoor LCD screens have been installed on the front of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Winnipeg headquarters, located at 339 Portage Avenue. The prominently-sized monitors face Portage Avenue, effectively increasing APTN’s exposure and presence in the downtown area while promoting the network’s programming, news, initiatives and community events.
Winnipeg, June 19, 2007 — Representatives of about 10 Canadian churches and church-affiliated organizations will gather in Winnipeg on June 21 — National Aboriginal Day — to renew a landmark covenant with Indigenous peoples that pledges the churches to continue working on human rights and justice issues for native peoples.
Project Strengthens Grid System to Meet Needs in Northwest Alberta
EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(June 19, 2007) – ATCO Electric today applied to the Alberta Energy & Utilities Board (AEUB) for approval to build and operate a new 240-kV electric transmission line in northwest Alberta, following assignment by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 19, 2007) – Following release of Justice Sidney Linden’s report of the public inquiry into the shooting death of native protestor Dudley George, a majority of Ontario residents agree that Ipperwash Provincial Park should be returned to the Kettle and Stony Point First Nations communities.
Of 605 Ontario residents polled between June 5 and June 11, 55.2% supported returning Ipperwash Provincial Park to the First Nations community, compared to just 24.2% who were opposed.
TORONTO, June 19 – Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the City of Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Committee will join members of the aboriginal community and the public in a sunrise ceremony followed by a flag-raising to mark National Aboriginal Day.
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA –(June 19, 2007) – Silver Spruce Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SSE)(FRANKFURT:S6Q) is pleased to announce that it has formed an advisory Board to help guide its exploration in Labrador and elsewhere in northern Canada. Four people, all of aboriginal descent and all residents of Labrador, have agreed to serve on the Board. They include: Marcel Ashini, George Riche, Ernest McLean and Ed Montague.
GATINEAU, QC, June 19 – In a joint effort, the National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada and Guy Frigon the Provincial Grand Chief of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Quebec invites you to the press conference that will be held on Tuesday June 19th 2007 at 13h30 at the Parliament Hill of Ottawa, Center Block, Place 130-S, Charles Lynch room.
TORONTO, June 18 – The First Nations in Ontario today rejected a settlement offer from the Province that would have involved the payment to First Nations of a share of provincial gaming revenues in order to settle disputes related to Casino Rama based on the Province collecting a 20% tax on the Casino Rama gross revenues in breach of promises made at the time Casino Rama was established.
TORONTO, June 18 – Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) issued an Aboriginal Consultation Policy (the Policy) for comment. The Policy arises from the Board’s commitment to ensuring appropriate consultation is carried out with respect to applications to construct new facilities, where there is a potential impact on the rights or interests of Aboriginal peoples.
A copy of the proposed Policy can be viewed on the Board’s website at www.oeb.gov.on.ca or at the Board’s offices during normal business hours.
Information on how to participate in the comment process is also available on the Board’s website or by calling the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.
For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416) 440-8149
WENDAKE, QC, June 18 – On the eve of a vote before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs on a motion of Bloc Québécois pertaining to the abrogation of article 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the AFNQL is very concerned by the consequences of events which could ensue from this Bill.
“We monitored very closely all the proceedings surrounding Bill C-44 and just amending this Bill does not suit the expectations of the Chiefs of the AFNQL. There is a need to go much further, and this can only be achieved by interrupting the discussions and by bringing it back to the level of communities, with a proper and well funded consultation”, explains the Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard.
STURGEON LAKE FIRST NATION, SK, June 18 – Media representatives are invited to attend a ceremony to celebrate an important milestone in the negotiation of the specific claim concerning Treaty Land Entitlement.
The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Chief Wesley Daniels of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation and the Honourable Lon Borgerson, Minister of Regional Economic and Co-operative Development, Province of Saskatchewan will be in attendance. Media availability with the Ministers and Chief will follow the ceremony. There will be a photo opportunity.
For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; INAC Media Relations Line, (819) 953-1160
WENDAKE, QC, June 18 – Following the example of other First Nations across Canada, the First Nations of Quebec wish to take advantage of the June 29 “National Day of Action” to heighten public awareness on the main stakes they face on a daily basis. This consciousness-raising effort will begin on June 21 with the “National Aboriginal Day”, during which the AFNQL is organizing an important activity of public awareness and exchanges, under the theme “Open House on First Nations”.
The purpose of the weekend conference in Calgary was to discuss and prepare for the Truth Telling and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. The TRC is set to take effect August 20th, 2007, once the Agreement is accepted by Survivors. The Conference was hosted by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the University of Calgary (U of C) and introduced a who’s who of political elite and academics in Canada, along with special guest speakers from other countries who experienced their own Truth Commissions.
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2007
Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services
CRANBROOK – A $100,000 grant from Network BC will help preserve the unique Ktunaxa language, Labour and Citizens’ Services Minister Olga Ilich announced today.
The funding will enable the Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) to record, archive and preserve its language using FirstVoices, a suite of web-based tools and services developed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and supported by the federal and provincial governments.
Monday June 18, 2007 02:41 PM
Sierra Legal/MiningWatch Canada
Federal government allowed mining company to avoid full environmental assessment
VANCOUVER – In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, lawyers from Sierra Legal will tell a Federal Court judge tomorrow that development of a large open-pit mine in northern British Columbia should not go ahead until the project has undergone a comprehensive environmental assessment. The Red Chris Mine would turn creek headwaters into a tailings waste dump, destroying fish habitat and risking contamination of the Stikine watershed in northwestern BC.
OTTAWA (June 18, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Mr. Patrick E. Larocque to the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board. Mr. Larocque was nominated by the Government of the Northwest Territories.
“Mr. Larocque has a great deal of experience working with First Nations organizations and with governments in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut,” said Minister Prentice. “We look forward to his contributions in the management of lands and resources in the Northwest Territories.”
MEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 19th
OTTAWA, June 18 – AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and RCMP Commissioner Bev Busson will sign a Public Safety and Security Protocol tomorrow morning at approximately 10:15 a.m. This is the renewal for another term of a three year protocol agreement, originally signed in 2004.
Legally Binding Agreement on Metis Harvester Cards must be Honoured
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) congratulates Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) harvesters Marc Laurin, Shaun Lemieux and Roger Lemieux, and MNO President Tony Belcourt, for their success in an Ontario Court of Justice Decision by Justice Greg Rogers.
The three men were MNO Metis Harvester Card holders. Justice Rogers ruled that the charges against them were in violation of the terms of a July 2004 agreement between MNO and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. They had been charged for hunting without a license; even though the earlier province-wide agreement stated that Ontario’s Interim Enforcement Policy would apply to all valid Card holders.
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