Conne River, NL (July 5, 2007) – The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, was joined today by Saqamaw (Chief) Misel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation, to announce federal funding of $275,748 toward the construction of an addition to the St. Anne’s School of the Miawpukek First Nation, Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Investment in this school expansion will make a measurable difference in the quality of education of Miawpukek students and will help them reach their full academic potential.” Minister Hearn stated, “Canada’s New Government is committed to improving on-reserve student retention and graduation rates. Ensuring facilities meet existing and future educational requirements will assist in achieving this important goal.”
OTTAWA, July 5 – Hundreds of Chiefs and delegates from across Canada will be gathering at the AFN’s 28th Annual General Assembly at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, next Tuesday to Thursday, July 10-12.
Tuesday, July 10
10:45 a.m. Opening address by National Chief Phil Fontaine
1:30 p.m. Outcomes from the National Day of Action
2:30 p.m. "Made in Nova Scotia" Agreement
3:30 p.m. Address by Joe Garcia, President of National Congress of American Indians
Hobbema, AB, July 5, 2007: Chief Victor Buffalo is very pleased to officially announce that a new Maskwachees RCMP Detachment building will be constructed on the Samson Reserve. The Treasury Board of Canada provided final approval for the project June 14, 2007. The new 1220 square meter facility will be prominently located on the North West corner of Highway 611 and the access road to the Nipisihkopahk Education Building and the Samson Schools.
Hobbema, AB, July 5, 2007: Samson Cree Nation Pow-wow Committee is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the “Nipisihkopahk Pow-wow Celebration: 2007” from July 13th – July 15th, 2007 at Maskwacis Bear Park in Hobbema, AB. Host Drum for the weekend is Northern Cree. “We would like to especially thank Ermineskin Cree Nation […]
OTTAWA, July 5 – Please be advised that the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians will attend a flag raising event to herald the opening of the Calgary Stampede’s Indian Village.
For further information: Bill Rodgers, Communications Director, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002
For Immediate Release – July 5, 2007 Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, located in Alberta’s Badlands, will become the largest First Nations owned and operated museum in Canada when it celebrates its opening on July 18, 2007 (open to the public July 19). The $25 million, 62,000 square foot museum will offer visitors an experience including […]
VANCOUVER, July 4 – Sego Resources Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2007 Mapping Program at its Gold Hill Project 40 km north of Barriere, BC, in the Traditional Territory of the Simpcw First Nation, has located three target zones for trenching and drilling.
The Mapping Program, now completed, located 5-6 distinctive structural joint/shear/stringer sets and utilizing the mapping three target zones were located. A significant northerly striking gold bearing vein/shear/alteration zone occurs just north of the No. 2 vein and may intersect it. In this area an apparent widening of the number 2 vein is also present. An additional potential drill target is north along the mineralized north-south vein/shear, north of the number 2 vein. One of the larger geochemical anomalies appears to overlie a stock work zone which is a bulk tonnage target. Trenching and drilling is planned to follow up on these targets. Mapping was conducted and supervised by Sean Daly P. Geo.
First-Generation, Aboriginal Students, and Others Benefit
THUNDER BAY, ON, July 4 – Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University, today announced a special opportunity that will be available at Lakehead this fall. The new program called SAGE – a gateway to education, has been developed to help three distinct groups of students with the transition to university – new high school graduates, mature students, and Aboriginal students.
TORONTO, July 3 – Starting today, the Sodexho Foundation will be providing free lunches for thousands of high-need children in seven Canadian cities. Many of these children, who rely on free or subsidized lunches during the school year, were going hungry throughout the summer months. But through a partnership between The Sodexho Foundation and local food relief programs, these children are assured that they will receive a nutritious lunch through the Feeding Our Future program.
Edmonton – The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) released a copy of a letter from the Government of Alberta; Departments of Environment and Sustainable Resources Development stating that CEMA communications with First Nations is not consultation.
“This Letter is confirmation that the communications activities being undertaken by CEMA with First Nations do not constitute consultation as outlined in the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Guidelines.” The letter stated.
WHITEHORSE – Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate Elaine Taylor today announced the names of seven organizations that will receive over $520,000 over three years to advance women’s equality in Yukon.
“We established the Women’s Equality Fund in response to a need identified by a number of women’s organizations for more sustained funding,” Taylor said. “As we heard at the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit recently, an investment in support of women is an investment in a healthier community.”
CALGARY, AB, July 4 – Today, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians met for the first time with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) executive members to discuss how the board can play a stronger role in the Government of Canada’s new approach to Aboriginal economic development.
Ste. Rita sign set on fire during Canada Day weekend
WINNIPEG – Sometime late Friday night, June 30, 2007, or early Saturday morning, the first Local Metis Government sign in Ste. Rita was set on fire by lawless vandals. The vandalism took place two days after a Ste. Rita town hall meeting where Metis Government was denied and denounced in racist and discriminatory language.
“It is a sad day when people resort to such hateful acts,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “It’s people acting out their fears of what they don’t understand, or who refuse to accept and deny Canada’s Constitutional realities.”
Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk today announced the sale of the province’s Leaf Rapids fish-processing facility to Northwest Co-operative Fisheries Ltd. (NWCFL), a co-operative venture operated by a board representing seven Aboriginal communities. The sale, for the nominal sum of one dollar, supports a major business and job-creation opportunity for northern Manitoba.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(July 4, 2007) – Today the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with Guy Ouellette, Parliamentary assistant to the Quebec Minister of Public Security, announced that Canada’s New Government is providing $6.8 million for 27 crime prevention initiatives in local communities across the province of Quebec.
“Canada’s New Government is serious about keeping our communities safe, which is why we are focusing on what works. With this funding, we are supporting projects that demonstrate positive results for those who are most at risk,” said Minister Day. “We will continue to work with the province of Quebec, stakeholders and communities to develop projects that respond to local needs.”
WHITEHORSE – Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Darren Taylor jointly announced that the publication “Archaeology at Forty Mile/Ch’ëdä Dëk” received a Publication Communications Award from the Canadian Archaeological Association at their 40th Annual General Meeting held in Newfoundland.
BEAHR was one of six organizations across Canada recently recognized by the Canadian Council on Learning. An award entitled, “Sharing the Flame: Recognizing Excellence in Learning” was presented at the national conference on June 13, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario.
BEAHR was selected as an exemplary organization for its innovative approach in developing environmental training programs that ensure the involvement of employers, educators and Aboriginal communities in all phases—from training needs analysis to program delivery.
TORONTO, July 4 – “The events and marches planned by First Nations on June 29th were truly a success, and proved that First Nations are united in their efforts to achieve progress and improve the quality of life for First Nations citizens regardless of where they live – First Nations citizens are First Nations citizens, and superficial boundaries do not change this fact” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
OTTAWA, July 4 – Please be advised that the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians will be available to the media following his inaugural meeting with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board on Wednesday, July 4, 2007 in Calgary, Alberta.
Delta Bow Valley Hotel,
209 – 4th Avenue SE,
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
3:00 p.m. (*)
For further information: INAC, Media Relations, (819) 953-1160; Bill Rodgers, Communications Director, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002
McGuinty Government To Provide $1.35 Million To Community Groups
TORONTO, July 4 – The McGuinty government is providing $1.35 million to fund new projects to help address hate crimes, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today.
“Our government has zero tolerance for hate crimes,” said Bryant. “This new grant program responds to several recommendations of the Hate Crimes Community Working Group, which we established to suggest ways to improve the response to these crimes. We are now calling for grant proposals from agencies and organizations so they can get started on this important work.”
VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(July 3, 2007) – “We are absolutely outraged at the reckless, dangerous and highly irresponsible actions of the RCMP officers who pepper-sprayed at least two children below two years of age, children below the age of 16, parents and the coach and players of the Sechelt Indian Band soccer team” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “There is no possible excuse for pepper-spraying babies and small children. No excuse whatsoever!”
The first Final Agreement reached through the BC Treaty Commission fails even a 51% approval criteria for ratification.
On October 29, 2006 the Lheidli T’enneh became the first First Nation to reach a Final Agreement. On April 30, 2007, the membership rejected it. Now members are being offered cash to go back and vote it in.
The treaty would save a great deal of money for Canada: the cash value of the deal was about the same amount of money the Lheidli T’enneh receives in a few years anyway, by way of federal transfer payments to service their Indian Act obligations.
Canada stood to be released from their current fiduciary obligation to the people, and the numerous liabilities they must hold for past transgressions, and to own a vast territory, which currently belongs to the Lheidli T’enneh outright. The land to be ceded is worth more as real estate or even timber than many times the cash value of the treaty.
Georgian College will offer its Aboriginal Tourism program through the Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) on Manitoulin Island. The program, the first of its kind in Ontario, could begin as early as this fall.
Aboriginal Tourism, a two-year diploma program, combines contemporary business technology with Aboriginal-specific subjects. The curriculum includes such topics as community economic development strategies, effective planning, research, marketing tools and more.
YELLOWKNIFE (July 3, 2007) – Ms. Gail Cyr has accepted the position of Special Advisor to the Minister effective today in the Department of the Executive, it was announced by the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Charles Dent.
Ms. Cyr brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role through her multiple collaborative efforts with organizations, associations and committees in the Northwest Territories over the past 30 years.
WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie will meet with northern and western premiers at the 2007 Western Premiers’ Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut on July 4-6.
“We have a full slate of agenda items, including components of the Northern Vision which will form the basis for discussion on such issues as climate change adaptation, Arctic sovereignty, and building sustainable communities,” Fentie said.
On June 20, 2007, the Government of Canada extended the interim protection for Edéhzhíe (the Horn Plateau) in the Northwest Territories until October 31, 2008. Edéhzhíe, a vast 25,000 sq km area of Boreal wilderness in the Mackenzie Valley, is rich in wildlife including Boreal woodland caribou. It is also an important source of water, and an area of great cultural importance to local First Nations people. The extension will allow more time to complete the studies and management plan needed to establish a National Wildlife Area to protect the site.
YELLOWKNIFE, July 3 – De Beers Canada Inc. is pleased to release its 2006 Socio-Economic Annual Report for the Snap Lake Project. This is the second annual report to be released by the company during the construction phase of the Snap Lake Mine.
OTTAWA, July 3 – President of the Métis National Council (MNC) Clément Chartier offered today his support to the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and its leadership in their response to the Alberta’s Government termination of the Interim Métis Harvesting Agreement (IMHA) and failure to put into place a new mutually agreeable accommodation with the […]
OTTAWA, July 3 – Today in an interview on Water.ca, Mohawk protester Shawn Brant said that it was time for native leaders to stand up and make sacrifices to show their children that they care whether they live or die.
Last night, responding to a March call from the Assembly of First Nations to campaign for economic disruption, the Tyendinaga community closed down highway #2, the CN mainline between Toronto and Montreal and the 401 in the same corridor. The community decided to go ahead with the blockade in spite of Indian Affairs’ Minister Jim Prentice’s threats of economic and criminal sanctions, in order to bring attention to the growing poverty and lack of clean drinking water in native communities where youth suicide rates have doubled in the last seven years.
Metis will continue to Protect and Exercise Harvesting Rights
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2007
WINNIPEG – Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand and Board of Directors stand solidly in support of Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras, and her colleagues, and will work with them for the protection of Metis harvesting rights.
“It is a sad day when elected provincial government officials ignore the law and refuse to accept their responsibilities as directed by the Supreme Court of Canada Powley Decision,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “Clearly Alberta and all governments have a constitutional imperative to accommodate Metis rights.”
– a free Global Youth Photography & Drawing Competition for 11-24 year olds By Brett Jefferson Stott (Jul 3, 2007) SHOOT NATIONS – A global photography competition for young people aged 11 to 24. Prizes to be won, photos to be exhibited in 5 countries plus at the UN headquarters in NYC. Find out more… […]
Edmonton… Meeting for the first time in Nunavut, western Premiers and territorial leaders will focus on issues facing the north when they gather July 4 to 6 for the annual Western Premiers’ Conference.
“Meeting in the arctic provides a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the challenges and opportunities facing northern Canada,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “The far north faces unique challenges in providing services to its remote communities. Alberta and the other western provinces and territories can learn a lot from each other as we all work to ensure our remote and rural communities are sustainable and the people who live there can access the services they need.”
Campaign 2000, the cross Canada coalition of 120 organizations committed to ending child and family poverty, joins together with the Assembly of First Nations and all Aboriginal organizations to call for an end to First Nations poverty as a great social injustice in our country.
Statistics Canada data indicate that close to 1.2 million children live in poverty in Canada– almost 1 in every 6 children. But the rate is even higher in First Nations communities. One in every four children in First Nations communities lives in poverty, and 40 per cent of off reserve Aboriginal children live below the poverty line.
Saskatchewan Metis Elections conclude with finalized counts
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2007
WINNIPEG – On behalf of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Board of Directors and the Manitoba Metis community, President David Chartrand extends his congratulations to the newly-elected representatives of Metis Nation – Saskatchewan.
“We would like to congratulate all candidates that put their names forward to help advance the rights of the Metis Nation,” said MMF President Chartrand. “We look forward to working closely with the elected members at the Metis National Council; as provincial neighbours and as prairie Metis Leaders.”
At a recent training program in Oromocto, N.B. fifteen Aboriginal Economic Development Officers (EDOs) from all four Atlantic provinces were the first participants ever to successful complete a simulation exercise on improving the decision making process. The objective of the simulation is to learn how to work together to make the best balanced decision while improving a planning, problem solving and decision making process. This simulation was previously conducted at international conferences in San Francisco, USA and Helsinki, Finland among professional human resource experts, consultants and academics from around the world. Most of these people had their doctorates.
Darwin, Northern Territory, AUSTRALIA (June 29, 2007) –“We were shocked to see the Australian government sending in the military to invade Indigenous communities under the guise of protecting children,” says Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. President Jacobs […]
OTTAWA, July 2 – This call for proposals is to solicit funding applications to the Women’s Community Fund.
The Women’s Community Fund of the Women’s Program, Status of Women Canada, has $12.3 million available to eligible Canadian organizations to support projects addressing the economic, social and cultural situation of women at the local, regional and national level.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS JULY 23, 2007
OTTAWA (June 29, 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. John Kenneth McKinnon to the position of Chair of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB).
“Mr. McKinnon’s career is distinguished by long-time dedication to his profession and service to his community,” said Minister Prentice. “For over forty years, Mr. McKinnon has made substantial and significant contributions to the development of the Yukon Territory. We look forward to Mr. McKinnon’s leadership in continuing the good work of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board.”
On June 29th, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and other groups and individuals will participate in a national day of action to raise awareness and support for action on issues affecting Aboriginal people
Canada’s New Government has made real progress in addressing the issues facing Aboriginal people in Canada. Along with the provinces and territories, we will continue to work with responsible Aboriginal leaders to bring real improvements to the quality of life of Aboriginal people and to remedy historical grievances.
Since taking office we have focused our efforts on practical, results-oriented action.
ORILLIA, ON, June 30 – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) acknowledges and commends First Nations people for the integrity and respect they brought to the many peaceful activities organized across Ontario as part of the National Day of Action.
An unprecedented level of planning and cooperation in Ontario among First Nation communities, law enforcement partners and others contributed to the many notable events that provided a positive opportunity for Canadians to gain a better understanding of aboriginal issues. The OPP also maintained close communication with the leadership of the 134 First Nation communities in Ontario to ensure that events proceeded in a respectful and safe environment for everyone involved.
June 29, 2007 Dieppe: CUPE members and a representative of the First Nations 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.‘We are honoured by the […]
AFOA Canada’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Thursday September 13th and will take place at the Chateau Cartier,
Aylmer, QC. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
We appreciate your support in our efforts to raise funds and awareness of our Aboriginal Scholarship Program.
It’s back to school in July and August for more than 2,000 teachers
TORONTO, June 28 – While many people are enjoying their summer vacation, over 200 Ontario elementary public school teachers will be spending the first week of their summer break in the classroom. They are the first wave of more than 2,000 Ontario teachers who will take part in Summer Academy 2007 over the next two months.
Summer Academy, now in its fifth year, is the professional development program offered in partnership by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), teacher and occasional locals, and many district school boards.
First Nations Leadership Council
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2007
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – One year ago today the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To Canada’s shame, it, together with Russia, voted against the adoption of the Declaration. Since then, Canada has been actively engaged through the UN process to continue to undermine the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council. While Canada is taking some measures to address human rights issues domestically, it is still working hard to undermine the Declaration at the United Nations. If Canada is truly serious about its dealings with Indigenous Peoples, it would support the Declaration as it was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on June 29, 2006.