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Minister Morton’s Misinformation

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Attention News Editors

Edmonton, AB (June 29, 2007) – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta issued the following to refute the misinformation that has been put forward by spokespersons for Minister Ted Morton and the Alberta Government. “We believe Albertans need to know the truth about what has taken place, not denials and political spin,” said Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071243 Views

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Northern Ontarians To Have Their Say On Forestry Crisis

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For Immediate Release
June 29, 2007

Northern Ontarians will finally get a chance to express their views about the economic crisis they face as a result of mill cutbacks and closures through a series of public forums beginning July 6 in Dryden.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071103 Views

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Transportation and Works Minister Meets with Counterpart from Nunavut

Transportation and Works
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
June 29, 2007

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to explore partnership opportunities with the Nunavut government.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, met with the Honourable Dave Simailak, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation and Minister of Finance for the Government of Nunavut, during Expo Labrador’s Conference and Trade Exhibition in Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier this week.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20072299 Views

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Archaeology Work on the Douglas Creek Estates Lands

Last Updated: June 28, 2007

Beginning Wednesday, June 20th archaeology fieldwork will re-commence on the Douglas Creek site, including the “No-Go Zone” (buffer zone) on the north end of the Douglas Creek lands.

Part of the work in the “No-Go Zone” (buffer zone) will involve plowing a strip approximately 5 meters wide, immediately adjacent to the northern boundary of the property.

For clarity, this will include the land adjacent to properties on Thistlemore Drive and the one home on the south end of Braemar Avenue. The ploughed strip of land will extend along the Douglas Creek side of the Notre Dame School fence.

It is expected that the fieldwork will last approximately three weeks. During this period, the ploughed land and other areas of the property will undergo archaeology work by the firm Timmins Martelle.

Archaeology staff will be wearing identifying safety vests.

The archaeological study is being carried out to fulfill a commitment made to the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations by Ontario in the spring of 2006.

http://www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca/english/caledonia/whatsnew_archive.htm

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071561 Views

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First Nations National Day of Action

June 29, 2007 09:04 AM

CUPE members and a First Nations representative gathered in Dieppe, today, for the official opening of the new Moncton area CUPE office.

The Pipe Carrier for the Fort Folly First Nation, Jean Nye, presided at a sweet grass ceremony as part as the opening ceremony.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071504 Views

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Liberals Stand in Solidarity on National Day of Action

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June 29, 2007

On the National Aboriginal Day of Action, Friday June 29, the Liberal Party will stand shoulder to shoulder with Aboriginal Canadians to urge the Conservative minority government to take action to improve the lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada.

“The Liberal Party of Canada is proud to stand in solidarity during the day of action with all peaceful and lawful demonstrators with the goal of attaining leadership with the federal government –something which is currently non-existent,” said Mr. Dion, who will be marching with National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine in Ottawa today.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071343 Views

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Statement by the honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians Regarding the National Day of Action

OTTAWA, June 29 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians issued the following statement today regarding the events that took place around today’s National Day of Action:

Today a number of Aboriginal organizations and communities across the country took part in activities relating to the National Day of Action. The express purpose of this day was to raise awareness of the serious issues facing Aboriginal people in this country. The vast majority of Aboriginal people taking part in these activities did so without causing disruptions for Canadians.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071203 Views

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Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers Adopts Resolution Supporting First Nations National Day of Protest

YELLOWKNIFE, June 29 – The following resolution was adopted by the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers/Association Canadienne des Avocats du Mouvement Syndical at their annual general meeting on June 29, 2007 in Yellowknife, in support of the First Nations National Day of Protest:

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071400 Views

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AFN National Chief Calls National Day of Action an Overwhelming Success and Show of Support for First Nations: “A hundred thousand strong, and a hundred points of hope”

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OTTAWA, June 29 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine stated that today’s National Day of Action organized by the Assembly of First Nations was an overwhelming success.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071462 Views

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NDP Calls for Fairness for First Nations

Fri 29 Jun 2007

Strong leadership needed to close prosperity gap

OTTAWA – In solidarity with First Nations across the country, NDP Leader Jack Layton and NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) are participating in the AFN’s National Day of Action, in solidarity with National Chief Phil Fontaine at the Ottawa March to Victoria Island in Ottawa today.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071273 Views

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2007National Day of Action: Dion Calls for Justice, Fairness and Hope for Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

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June 29, 2007

OTTAWA – The Conservative government must act now to achieve justice, fairness and hope for Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today while attending the National Day of Action ceremony on Victoria Island with Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine.

“I am here today, in part, because I share the frustration of Aboriginal Peoples over the hardships they have been facing for much too long. But I am here also because I have faith in the future,” said Mr. Dion.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071450 Views

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End The Crisis: First Nations Take to the Streets

2007-06-29

Charlie Angus joined in today’s National Day of Action for First Nations. The walk through Timmins was organized by the Wabun Tribul Council and Mushkegowuk Council.

The Assembly of First Nations called on all Canadians to stand together with Aboriginals to insist the Federal Government respond to the crisis in First Nation communities.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071547 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Rallies with Supporters in Vancouver on National Day of Action to Encourage All Canadians to Stand Together in Solidarity for Aboriginal Justice

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver – Today, on the Assembly of First Nations’ National Day of Action, the First Nations Leadership Council, comprised of the executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, will march with supporters from Vanier Park to a 12 Noon rally at the Federal Government Building located at Library Square in downtown Vancouver. The First Nations Leadership Council and supporters will be rallying to call for concerted action to combat First Nations poverty and calling on governments to respect and recognize Aboriginal and treaty rights in B.C. and across Canada.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071342 Views

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National Day of Action Features Many Positive Events

ORILLIA, ON, June 29 – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recognizes the many communities across Ontario that are taking a positive approach to today’s National Day of Action through distinctive, lawful events being carried out respectfully and safely for everyone involved.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) put this day forward as an opportunity for peaceful demonstration. The OPP committed its support and worked with First Nations leadership nationally, provincially and regionally to contribute to ensuring a positive opportunity for people in Ontario to gain a better understanding of aboriginal issues.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071298 Views

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“Actions to Remind the Public That The First Nations and First Nations Rights are Here to Stay” – Chief Ghislain Picard

QUEBEC, June 29 – In several regions of Quebec, members of the First Nations are slowing traffic today to draw attention to their ancestral rights and their desire to live together peacefully with non-Natives. “The First Nations are an integral part of the future of Quebec. That is the message we are sending out today,” explained Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

Like other First Nations groups across Canada, Quebec First Nations are taking advantage of the June 29th “National Day of Action” to raise awareness among the Quebec public of the principle issues facing Aboriginals today.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071229 Views

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Road Blockade – Alderville First Nations

MIDLAND, ON, June 29 – County Road 45 will be closed for an undetermined length of time due to a road blockade at the Alderville First Nations, south of the Village of Roseneath. In order to lessen the impact on the motoring public, Northumberland OPP would like to suggest some alternative routes.
Motorists traveling the 401 east from the Greater Toronto area, intending to go north on County Road 45, are encouraged to use either Highway 115 to Peterborough or take County Road 28 north from Port Hope.
Motorist traveling the 401 westbound with the intention of going north on County Road 45 should use either County Road 30 north from Brighton or County Road 25 north from Colborne. (Percy Street exit)
Motorists who are traveling south on County Road 45 at the Village of Hasting are encouraged to use County Road 25 to go south to the 401 Highway.
County Road 25 is a left turn at the south limits of Hastings.
For additional O.P.P. Media Releases, please see www.crimealerts.net.

For further information: Contact Person: Provincial Constable Peter Leon, Media Relations Officer – Ph: 1-888-310-1122

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071405 Views

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Statement by John Tory on the National Day of Action

QUEEN’S PARK, June 29 – Progressive Conservative Party Leader John Tory today issued the following statement regarding today’s National Day of Action.

“Today’s National Day of Action is intended to draw attention to some very real and concerning issues within First Nations communities. Quality of life, land claim and other issues have been around for too long and it is critical all governments do more to address the concerns the First Nations leadership have rightly raised. The leaders have properly called for a day of peaceful protests.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071447 Views

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Statement from Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse on National Day of Action

TORONTO, June 29 – The recent events in and around the area of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Alderville First Nation, and near Bala, Ontario are a result of the actions of a few individuals and are not reflective of the collective resolve of the First Nations in Ontario. There is no doubt that First Nations have longstanding legitimate grievances that must be addressed now and not ten, twenty or thirty years down the road. The National Day of Action was planned to initiate a peaceful process to raise awareness about these legitimate grievances, and to continue to advocate for the full recognition and respect of First Nations aboriginal and Treaty rights. First Nations leaders are responsible to represent, and speak for their citizens. First Nations leaders have clearly stated that the frustration and despair in our communities is palpable. We cannot stand by and pretend this is not the case. First Nations leaders have done their utmost to bring this situation to light, while advocating peaceful and constructive measures to build momentum and support for genuine, positive action on the part of governments to improve the quality of life for First Nations citizens. This means taking action to move beyond the grinding poverty and the hopelessness that exists now.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071258 Views

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County Road 38 Closed in Wahta, District of Muskoka

MIDLAND, ON, June 29 – The Ontario Provincial Police are presently monitoring a situation in Wahta, District of Muskoka. Muskoka Road 38 is blocked by demonstrators 8 kms west of Muskoka Road 169. Motorists are advised to use Muskoka Road 169 as an alternate route to the Town of Bala.
The public is advised to monitor their local media for further updates.

For additional O.P.P. Media Releases, please see www.crimealerts.net.

For further information: Provincial Constable George Silvestri – Media Relations Officer, Ph: 1-888-310-1122 (Until 8:15.m.) then call (705) 526-3761

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071429 Views

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County Road 45 closed in Alderville, Northumberland County

MIDLAND, ON, June 29 – The Ontario Provincial Police are presently monitoring a situation in Alderville, Northumberland County in which both the north and south ends of Alderville on County rd. 45 are being blocked by demonstrators. Motorists are being rerouted on County road 9 from the south and County road 24 from the north. Traffic is also diverted on County road 18 at Curtis point rd.
The public is advised to visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller for road closure information and to monitor their local media for further updates.
For additional O.P.P. Media Releases, please see www.crimealerts.net.

For further information: Provincial Constable George Silvestri – Media Relations Officer, Ph: 1-888-310-1122

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071246 Views

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Arrest Warrant Issued For Demonstrator

NAPANEE, ON, June 29 – On Thursday, June 28th, 2007, at approximately 9:15 p.m., a blockade was erected on County Road 2 at Wyman’s Road near Deseronto, in Tyendinaga Township.

A warrant of arrest has been issued for Shawn BRANT, 43 years of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory for mischief and breach of recognizance contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada in relation to this blockade.

“The OPP recognizes the impact these events may have on individual travel plans,” said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. “We take all disruptions seriously and will use a measured response that must take into consideration the safety of the public, the demonstrators and the police.”

The OPP respects lawful, peaceful protest but will not tolerate criminal activity.

The situations in the Deseronto and surrounding areas are being monitored. The public are encouraged to follow their local media reports.

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For further information: Sgt. Kristine Rae, (613) 284-2687 or (613) 284-2424

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Highway Blocked – County Road 2 At Wyman’s Road

DESERONTO, ON, June 28 – The Ontario Provincial Police are presently monitoring a situation in the area of County Road 2 at Wyman’s Road in Deseronto. Demonstrators built a fire located on the centre of the road.

At about 9:15 PM demonstrators have blocked railway tracks on Wyman’s Road between County Road 2 and Upper Slash Road in Deseronto.

The public is advised to visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller for road closure information and to monitor their local media for further updates.
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For further information: Sgt. Kristine Rae, (613) 284-2687 or (613) 284-2424

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Blockade at Marysville, Ontario Affects VIA Trains Enroute to Toronto from Ottawa and Montréal

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TORONTO, June 28 – Due to the closure of CN’s Montréal-Toronto rail line as a result of a blockage at Marysville, Ontario (about 15 km east of Belleville), all VIA services between Montréal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto have been suspended.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071286 Views

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FNTI Demands Fairness, Equity and Justice In PSE Funding

TYENDINAGA, ON, June 28 – “The Government of Ontario values an Aboriginal post-secondary student at FNTI at one-fifth of a student attending other colleges and universities. We cannot wait another 22 years to address this inequity,” stated Karihwakeron Tim Thompson, President and CAO of FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute).

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071315 Views

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Media Notice – Deadlines approaching – Council of the Federation Meets in New Brunswick, August 8-10, 2007

OTTAWA, June 28 – Media representatives who wish to attend the Council of the Federation summer meeting must register by Friday, July 6, 2007. This applies to national media, as well as local New Brunswick media.

To register, please complete an online application for accreditation, which is available at www.gnb.ca/cf. Click on the link to Media Registration. Applicants will be screened to ensure they are official media representatives.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071095 Views

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The Situation of Nunavik’s Children

27 juin 2007
For immediate release

Montréal, June 27, 2007. – The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec is making an urgent appeal to all members of the community in Nunavik to mobilize to ensure the safety and protection of its children.

In a report released today, detailing an investigation into youth protection services in Ungava Bay and Hudson Bay, the Commission notes that youth under 18, who make up almost half the population of Nunavik, do not benefit from the protection services they are entitled to receive by law.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071244 Views

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Speaking Notes for an Address by the Honourable Monte Solberg at the signing of a Partnership Agreement between the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative and Safeway Canada Limited

Speaking Notes for an Address by the Honourable Monte Solberg, PC, MP Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
at the signing of a Partnership Agreement between the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative and Safeway Canada Limited
Calgary, Alberta
June 28, 2007

Thank you for that kind introduction – David (David Ryzebol, VP Public Affairs and Gov. Relations, Canada Safeway.)

I would like to welcome Chuck Mulvenna, President and Chief Operating Officer of Safeway, as well as Harry Chase – MLA Varsity and Andre Chabot, Alderman, Ward 10 Calgary.

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KWG to Become Debuts Diamonds

MONTREAL, CANADA–(June 28, 2007) – KWG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KWG) (the “Company”) announces that its shareholders approved a special resolution to change the Company’s name to Debuts Diamonds Inc./Debuts Diamants Inc. at the meeting of shareholders held in Montreal last week. Dr. Mousseau Tremblay was re-elected Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors following the meeting at which Messrs. Michel Cote, Paul Einarson, Douglas Flett, Michael Harrington and Frank Smeenk were also re-elected as directors. Messrs. Harrington and Smeenk were re-appointed Vice-chairman and President, respectively. Luce Saint-Pierre was re-appointed as Secretary and Martin Nicoletti as CFO. A further release will advise on the name change effective date which will accompany the stock symbol’s change to DDI.

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Canada’s New Government Invests Over $13 million in Arctic Research Projects

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VICTORIA – Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that Canada’s New Government will invest a total of $13.15 million for six projects that will strengthen Canada’s position as a global leader in Arctic research.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071252 Views

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Youth Council Member Selected as NAHO Role Model Winner

Ottawa, ON (June 21, 2007) — The Native Women’s Association of Canada is proud that the National Aboriginal Health Organization chose Anna Nelson, NWAC youth council member hailing from the Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation in Manitoba, as a member of this year’s National Aboriginal Role Model Program.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071230 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Welcomes Support Messages Regarding the National Day of Action from Premier Campbell and Other Provincial and Territorial Leaders

First Nations Leadership Council

Media Statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council, consisting of the executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, welcomes today’s statements from Premier Gordon Campbell and the joint statement by other provincial and territorial leaders in advance of tomorrow’s National Day of Action.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071226 Views

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National Day of Action: Connecting Our People

June 28, 2007
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National Day of Action: Connecting Our People

Join us in our walk to bring awareness on issues surrounding Aboriginal Communities across Canada and to support The Mississaugas of New Credit on their land claim in Toronto

Little Norway Park
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
on June 29, 2007

gathering place
(located at Bathurst & Queen’s Quay)

Walk begins from Council Fire at 8:30 am
439 Dundas Street East Toronto

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Saskatchewan Congratulates The Métis Nation – Saskatchewan On Fair And Democratic Election

June 28, 2007

The unofficial results are in and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) has newly elected leaders.

Robert Doucette was chosen president-elect to lead the executive for the next five years.

“Congratulations to all involved,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag said. “I am pleased that we can now begin the work of restoring relations between the Government of Saskatchewan and the MNS.”

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071135 Views

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Premier’s Statement Regarding National Day Of Action

STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2007OTP0089-000862
June 28, 2007

Office of the Premier

VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell made the following statement today in advance of the National Day of Action planned by Aboriginal peoples across the country.

“On June 29, many Aboriginal people will participate in rallies and peaceful demonstrations to raise awareness about the social and economic disparity in their communities and the lack of resolution of historical land issues.

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Media Advisory: Canadian Labour Calls on Government to Respond to First Nations’ Action Plan to End Poverty

Canadian Labour Congress’ Hassan Yussuff to Participate in First Nations’ National Day of Action

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 28, 2007) – The Canadian Labour Congress urges the Prime Minister and the government of Canada to mark National Aboriginal Day by responding positively to the First Nations’ action plan to end poverty.

“We add our voices to the calls of the Aboriginal peoples of this country to demand that the government of Canada demonstrates its commitment to eradicate poverty with an honourable agreement that builds on the Assembly of First Nations’ four point action plan,” says Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071303 Views

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Canada’s new Government Congratulates the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan on Completion of Fair and Democratic Election

OTTAWA, June 28 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians today congratulated the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) community on a fair and democratic election on June 27, 2007.

Unofficial results show that Robert Doucette was elected president of the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan and will lead the executive provincial governing body.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071319 Views

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Media Advisory – Invitation / National Day of Action

WENDAKE, QC, June 28 – Within the scope of the “National Day of Action” on June 29th, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) wish to inform that it will be distributing, in Quebec City and in Montreal, between 9 h and 11 h, a flier to passers-by to raise the public awareness of Quebecers and Canadians on the key issues which the First Nations are confronted with.

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Minister Prentice appoints Bill McKnight and revitalizes the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, (June 28, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, is proud to announce the appointment of the Honourable Bill McKnight as Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan.

“I am pleased that Mr. McKnight has accepted this new role,” stated Minister Prentice. “His knowledge of the region and understanding of complex land and treaty issues will significantly benefit the future work of the Commission.”

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AFL Urges Support for First Nations Day of Action

EDMONTON, June 28 – The Alberta Federation of Labour is urging all Albertans to support the First Nations’ National Day of Action, scheduled for tomorrow, June 29th.

AFL President Gil McGowan said today: “The labour movement has always supported movements for social justice, and the struggle of Canada’s aboriginal people is crucial to the future of our country.”

First Nations groups are planning events in several Alberta centers. In Edmonton, marchers will gather at the Baccarat Casino (10128 – 104 Ave) at 11:00 AM, then march to Canada Place for a rally. In Calgary there will be an Awareness Session at Olympic Plaza at 5:00 PM.

McGowan added that labour activists feel a special kinship with native rights advocates: “We both belong to movements in which individuals who by themselves are relatively powerless come together to draw strength from unity.”

For further information: Gil McGowan, President, Bus: (780) 483-3021, Cell: (780) 218-9888

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Aboriginal Students Spiked in Game of Federal-Provincial Volleyball

By Karihwakeron Tim Thompson
President and CAO, First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)

OTTAWA, June 28 – “The education of Indians consists not merely of training the mind but of a weaning of the habits and feelings of their ancestors and the acquirements of the language, arts and customs of civilized life.” Egerton Ryerson, 1847

Egerton Ryerson is celebrated as the father of the public school system in Canada. Few Canadians know that as a consequence of a report on Aboriginal education he tabled to the government of the day Mr. Ryerson is also the father of the residential school system which has left a legacy of inter-generational social and cultural disruption among the many nations of Indigenous peoples across Canada.

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Metis Nation of Alberta Congratulates Doucette On Win

EDMONTON, June 28 – Today the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) congratulates Robert Doucette and the newly elected council for Metis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS).

“I would like to sincerely congratulate President-elect Robert Doucette on his victory in the Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS) leadership election,” said Audrey Poitras, MNA President. “I look forward to working with him and his council on matters of mutual interest.”

Doucette’s victory signals a clear step forward for both the MNS and the Metis National Council.

For further information: Media Contact: Monique Devlin, Communications, Métis Nation of Alberta, (780) 453 0283

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071272 Views

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MNC Congratulates the Newly Elected MN-S leadership

OTTAWA, June 28 – The Métis National Council extends its congratulations to all the elected and acclaimed candidates in the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan election. Although official results will not be posted until later, The MNC extends its sincerest congratulatory sentiments to President-elect Mr. Robert Doucette, and the newly elected Provincial Métis Council. “This election […]

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Musqueam Band Speaks on UBC Golf Course

VANCOUVER, June 28 –

Dear Editor;

In view of the public interest in negotiations that are taking place between the Musqueam Band and the Province, I would like to state the following:

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Until the negotiations are completed, no further public statements will be made on this matter. We appreciate the interest shown in resolving these issues.

Yours truly,

Chief Ernest Campbell

For further information: Georgia Tsoromocos, D (604) 691-7394, gtsoromocos@national.ca

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Public Service Announcement – National Day of Action Blockages Proposed for Rail and Highway

– VIA Rail Suspends Service Friday, June 29th, between Montréal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto –

TORONTO, June 28 – VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise customers that in light of the highly anticipated blockages of rail and highway lands, that could be taken as part of the National Day of Action, it has decided to suspend all services and ticket sales for trains on the following routes tomorrow, Friday, June 29th:

Toronto-Montréal
Toronto-Ottawa

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Media Advisory – Buzz Hargrove To March With Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa Tomorrow

TORONTO, June 28 – CAW President Buzz Hargrove will be marching alongside Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine in Ottawa for the First Nations National Day of Action on June 29, calling on government to take steps to eradicate First Nations poverty and find peaceful resolutions to land claims.

“It’s shameful to see anyone in this country living in such third world conditions today,” said Hargrove. Currently, one in four First Nations children live in poverty and more than one third of First Nations households with children are overcrowded.

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Province Targets Four-Year Completiom Time Frame For First Nations Land Settlements

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Treaty Land Entitlement Process Long Overdue: Premier

Premier Gary Doer, along with Ron Evans, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, today announced a commitment to expediting the provincial work on the long-standing Treaty Land Entitlement Framework (TLE) Agreement including completing the transfer to Canada of 1.2 million acres originally identified as TLE land within the next four years.

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Education And Awareness Are Key Objectives In The National Day Of Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2007

Hobbema, AB, June 28, 2007. Samson Cree Nation has pledged its support to the intent and purpose of National Day of Action as outlined by the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, a day which is designed to raise awareness and support among the general public and the government for urgent action to address First Nations issues. This is an opportunity for First Nations and Canadians to stand together in support of a better life for First Nations citizens and a stronger, harmonious Canada.

by NationTalk on June 28, 20071218 Views

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CICA Report on Financial Reporting by First Nations – AFOA holds Focus Groups

In January of last year the CICA began a research report to explore Financial Reporting by First Nations. The report is examining the changing environment for First Nations financial reporting; summary of present practices; users and the needs of users and other related issues (see JAM, Issue 2 Accounting Standards for First Nations and 2007 Conference Program). AFOA is supporting this initiative through various vehicles. Recently AFOA held a series of six focus groups in Quebec City, Edmonton, Moncton, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg to get input into the CICA’s report and provide members with information on the report. AFOA would like to thank all those who participated in the Focus Groups. A draft of the CICA Report will be released in August and posted on AFOA’s website. AFOA members will be asked to comment on the draft. The final report will be completed by mid 2008.

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Local First Nations Manage Big Springs Recreation Area

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007AL0031-000861
June 27, 2007

Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Integrated Land Management Bureau

CRANBROOK – The Big Springs recreation area located on Lake Koocanusa near Grasmere, formerly managed by the Province, is now under the management of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band.

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Speaking Notes for The Honourable Jim Prentice Announcing A Family Services Partnership with Nova Scotia First Nations and the Government of Nova Scotia

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
Announcing
A Family Services Partnership with Nova Scotia First Nations and the Government of Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
June 27, 2007

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Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure to be here today — with our partners in Nova Scotia — to take an important step towards developing a new approach to child welfare that will bring improved services for children in First Nation communities.

I’m pleased to be joined by Michael Baker, Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and Aboriginal Affairs; Judy Streatch, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services, and Chief Lawrence Paul, President of Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services of Nova Scotia.

by NationTalk on June 28, 20071382 Views

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