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AFN National Chief Congratulates Justice Harry Laforme Appointed as TRC Chair

OTTAWA, April 28 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine today offered congratulations to Justice Harry Laforme as the newly appointed Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

by NationTalk on April 28, 20081080 Views

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Statement by the Honorable Chuck Strahl

OTTAWA (April 27, 2008) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, concerning the evacuations of Kashechewan, Fort Albany and Attawapiskat First Nation communities due to flooding:

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008980 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia Leave of Absence

Please be advised that the MNBC Board of Directors met this past weekend with the majority of the Métis Chartered Community leaders in British Columbia to discuss the current Métis National Council (MNC) developments.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Clément Chartier
President
Métis National Council (MNC)
Suite 201, 350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ont.
K1R 7S8

Re: Métis National Council Board of Governor Meeting April 29th and 30th, 2008

Dear MNC President Chartier,
I am writing to provide further clarification in relation to the current Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) leave of absence notification provided on March 3rd, 2008.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008878 Views

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Now the situation is calm at Tyendinaga

OTTAWA, April 26 – Following several discussions between the National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle of the Confederation of the Aboriginal People of Canada and the Mohawk War Chief of Tyendinaga, the situation is improved. It was understood that a mediator/negotiator was not necessary any more in this file.

by NationTalk on April 26, 2008943 Views

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Explosive situation at Tyendinaga – The National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle and the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada where mandated and assigned by the Tyendinaga Mohawk warrior chief …

Explosive situation at Tyendinaga – The National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle and the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada where mandated and assigned by the Tyendinaga Mohawk warrior chief like mediator in the conflict against the provincial police of Ontario and also the political government of Canada and Ontario

OTTAWA, April 26 – Broadcast on the Radio-Canada, National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada accepted is nomination as mediator for the Mohawk warrior chief of Tyendinaga, when interviewed by the journalist Sébastien Saint-François.

The Mohawk warrior chief would like to advise the population of the decision to integrate National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle as their mediator / negotiator.

For further information: Alain Prénoveau, Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada, (514) 605-8652

by NationTalk on April 26, 20081881 Views

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Conservatives Failing to Engage Aboriginal Leaders on Climate Change

April 24, 2008

OTTAWA – Despite its recent claims at the United Nations to be fully engaged with aboriginal leaders as partners in the fight on climate change, the Conservative government is ignoring their concerns, said Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville and Environment Critic David McGuinty.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008983 Views

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Expand New Audit Clause – New Requirement Will Allow First Nation Leaders To Be Accountable To Be Accountable To Communities

2008-04-25 (EM386)
In Brief:

– First Nations leaders are already complaining about the new audit clause for funding agreements, starting next year, arguing they will create more paperwork.
– New clause will actually not generate new paperwork as it only applies to existing financial records.
– Change will bring Indian Affairs into line with other departments, who already have similar audit requirements. It will also line up ministry with new Federal Accountability Act.
– Clause will allow for more rigorous inspection of spending on First Nations as there are still transparency issues on many reserves.
– Despite this change, First Nations need to be subject to access to information laws, in order to demonstrate accountability to public.

by NationTalk on April 25, 20081372 Views

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MNA Congratulates MNO President Gary Lipinski

Media Release
Attention News Editors

Edmonton (April 23, 2008) – The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) sends its heartfelt congratulations to Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).

by NationTalk on April 25, 20081040 Views

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CMEC Forum – Keynote Address by Senator Dr. Lillian Dyck

Opening Speech: Senator Lillian Eva Dyck
Council of Ministers of Education of Canada
Pan-Canadian Web-interactive Literacy Forum
Regina, April 13-15, 2008

Veterans, Elders, Ministers, Chiefs, Adult Learners, members of Literacy organizations, registrants. As a member of the Senate of Canada, I welcome you to this unique forum. I am pleased and honored to provide opening remarks.

by NationTalk on April 23, 20081216 Views

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Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl on the settlement of a specific claim with Madawaska Maliseet First Nation

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
on the settlement of a specific claim with Madawaska Maliseet First Nation
Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, New Brunswick
April 23, 2008

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Thank you for that kind introduction and for the warm welcome to Madawaska Maliseet First Nation. Let me say it’s a real pleasure and an honour for me to be a part of today’s celebration.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008940 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Chuck Strahl on the Woodstock First Nation Specific Claim Settlement

SPEAKING NOTES for an address by The Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians on the
Woodstock First Nation Specific Claim Settlement
Woodstock First Nation, New Brunswick
April 22, 2008

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Thank you for that kind introduction and for the warm welcome to Woodstock First Nation. Let me say it’s a real pleasure and an honour for me to be a part of today’s celebration.

by NationTalk on April 23, 20081010 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Chuck Strahl on a Memorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education in New Brunswick

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
Announcing a Memorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education in New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick
April 22, 2008

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Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure for me to be here today with Minister Lamrock, Minister Doherty, Minister Burke and Chiefs of the New Brunswick First Nations … in lovely Fredericton, New Brunswick.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008904 Views

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Budget 2008 Supports Strong Social Programs for Alberta’s Growing Population

News Release
April 22, 2008

Further investments made in programs for families, seniors, people with disabilities, children, and new Albertans

Budget highlights:
• $76 million more for quality, affordable child care
• $46 million more for affordable supportive living for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities
• $58.5 million more for housing targeting lower-income Albertans and homeless people
• $41 million more for increased support to contracted social agencies
• $15.3 million more in supports to help immigrants, including $1.8 million more in settlement services
• $12.5 million more in resources to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
• $3.5 million more in support for community-based social programs

by NationTalk on April 23, 20081042 Views

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Deseronto Protest – Update

DESERONTO, ON, April 22 – On April 22, 2008 at approximately 9:45 am, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Public Order Unit, in support of Napanee OPP detachment members, attended the protest/road closure site on County Road 2 and Deseronto Road.

by NationTalk on April 22, 20081329 Views

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Dear Premier Dalton McGuinty; Chorus of celebrities call for release of Bob Lovelace and the KI Six

April 22, 2008

Honourable Dalton McGuinty
Premier – PREMIER AND PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL
Legislative Bldg
Rm 281
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A1A1
Fax 416-325-9895

Dear Premier Dalton McGuinty,

RE: This Earth Day Free Bob Lovelace and the KI Six

We support the right of a community to say NO to mineral exploration and mining projects that threaten the health of people and ecosystems in Ontario. In particular we support the rights of Aboriginal Peoples to protect their lands, as confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

by NationTalk on April 22, 20081055 Views

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Tony Belcourt congratulates new MNO President Gary Lipinski

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 — MNO Press Release

OTTAWA — Outgoing MNO President Tony Belcourt extended his sincere congratulations to Gary Lipinski on his election by acclamation as President of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Mr. Belcourt also offered congratulations to France Picotte, elected as MNO Chair, Tim Pile, re-elected as MNO Secretary Treasurer and all other Councillors elected by acclamation to the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2008950 Views

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Gary Lipinski Honoured to be Elected as MNO President

Ottawa (April 22, 2008) — Newly acclaimed Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski today expressed his congratulations to all members of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) which were acclaimed today in an announcement by MNO Chief Electoral Officer Lawrence Gladue and wished best of luck to all those candidates who are seeking office within the contested positions.

by NationTalk on April 22, 20081667 Views

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For Immediate Release – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2008

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council do not support or condone the blockages of public roads as appropriate measures to resolve the Culbertson Tract Land Claim. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council believes the most appropriate way to resolve the land claim remains at the negotiation table.

by NationTalk on April 22, 20081051 Views

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Candidates in the MNO Election Announced

OTTAWA, April 22 – Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Chief Electoral Officer, Lawrence Gladue, today announced the candidates for the May 5, 2008 election of the MNO’s three province-wide governing institutions: The Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario- (PCMNO); the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth (MNOY); and, the Métis Nation of Ontario Veteran’s Council (MNOVC).

by NationTalk on April 22, 2008991 Views

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Opening Statement of the Indigenous Caucus, 11th Meeting of Negotiations in the Quest for Points of Consensus, Organization of American States

April 14th, 2008

Respectful Greetings Mr. Chairman, and delegates of Indigenous Peoples and states.

I am making this statement on behalf of the Indigenous peoples’ caucus participating in this 11th session of Negotiations for the development of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in which Indigenous Peoples of North, Central, South America and the Caribbean are represented. We express our appreciation to the Secretariat of the Summit of the Americas as well as the donors for all the support they provided to ensure the participation of Indigenous Peoples in this Session.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2008924 Views

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Remarks by Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff at the Cree School Board 20th Anniversary Public Speaking Contest, Waskaganish

Posted: 2008-04-17

I would to first congratulate all of the participants who have reached the stage of coming to the Regional Public Speaking Contest. Words are powerful. Our expression of our thoughts whether they be in art, writing or speech has the ability to impact the world and people around us. The words we say at home, at school and at work add to the atmosphere, and the feelings of the people who are there with us. The ability to give speeches is a gift that with practice can be used to educate, unite or call to action those who listen to our words.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2008886 Views

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Don’t Politicize Apology for Residential Schools, Natives say

April 18, 2008

BILL CURRY
Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — Former students of Canada’s Indian residential schools have waited decades for a federal apology – a clear statement they hope will ease the emotional scars of their childhood.

by NationTalk on April 19, 20081056 Views

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Natives Threaten Olympic Disruptions

April 18, 2008

Ah’neen, Boozhoo, Wachay, Tansi, Edlanete

Message from the Hon. Stéphane Dion

With great challenges come great opportunities and addressing the issues facing Aboriginal peoples is among the greatest challenges we face as Canadians. It also presents us with great opportunities.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2008919 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Three New Appointments to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

OTTAWA, ON (April 17, 2008) — The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced three new appointments to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board. The new members are Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou First Nation (Nova Scotia), Mr. Pita Aatami of Kuujjuaq (Quebec) and Chief Sharon Stinson Henry of Rama Mnjikaning First Nation (Ontario). Each appointment is for 3 years, effective April 17, 2008.

by NationTalk on April 17, 20081128 Views

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Quebec Native Women Regrets the Continued Stance of the Canadian government Against Indigenous Rights at the OAS, and Hails the Canadian Parliament Motion to Endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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For imediate release

Kahnawake, April 11, 2008 ‐ Quebec Native Women wholeheartedly welcomes the Canadian Parliament motion on April 8, to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2008964 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of a Community Gathering

Tuktoyaktuk, Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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This is second time that I have travelled here, to the Northwest Territories, and the fourth time that I have crossed the 60th parallel since my installation as governor general.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2008912 Views

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Statement by the Honorable Chuck Strahl

Ottawa (April 16, 2008) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians in relation to Bill C-30, the Specific Claims Tribunal Act:

by NationTalk on April 17, 20081002 Views

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Media Advisory – AFN National Chief to Announce National Day of Action

OTTAWA, April 16 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine will be making an announcement and available for media.

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The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Joan McEwen, AFN Communications Director, (613) 241-6789 ext. 242, cell (613) 324-3329, jmcewen@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext. 243, cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca

by NationTalk on April 16, 20081165 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Appointment of Patrick Bobinski to Sahtu Renewable Resource Board

Ottawa (April 16, 2008) -The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the appointment of Patrick Bobinski as member of the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2008950 Views

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MMF Message from the President – Apr. 15, 2008

This past week, I went home and spent the best part of a week with family and friends out on the ice and in the bush for the spring goose hunt. This is an annual tradition in our community that has taken place over many generations since the time of our Ancestors. This tradition and right was reaffirmed nearly five years ago by the Powley Decision.

by NationTalk on April 16, 20081044 Views

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An important delegation of the First Nations of Quebec at the UN – Quebec is invited to support the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

QUEBEC, April 16 – Following the adoption by the Canadian Parliament of a motion supporting the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, reiterates his request to Quebec’s National Assembly. “The recognition of the Declaration by the House of Commons testifies to the legitimacy and the pertinence of this tool in the Canadian system. Therefore, there is no longer any reason for the National Assembly, to not adopt a motion of support and to commit to respect it”, stated Ghislain Picard.

by NationTalk on April 16, 20081200 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of the National Inuit Education Summit

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
Speech on the Occasion of the National Inuit Education Summit
Inuvik, Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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From near and far, we have answered the call to come together to discuss a national strategy on Inuit education. With that in mind, I would like to get right to the heart of the matter.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2008913 Views

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Throne speech Focuses on Economy, Sustainable Energy Development

April 15, 2008

Edmonton… Plans to broaden Alberta’s economy and ensure sustainable energy development were outlined in the Speech from the Throne, delivered by Lieutenant Governor Norman L. Kwong, on April 15.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2008968 Views

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs Executive End 24 Hour Fast

Support for Jailed Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Band Council Growing

PRESS RELEASE
April 15, 2008

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – The Executive of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs ended their 24 hour fast this morning at 8:00 am. The fast was a demonstration of support for the jailed Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Band Council members in Ontario.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2008947 Views

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Media Advisory – National Chief to Address Two Committees on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, April 15 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine will be making presentations at the following events this week:

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Event: Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on Bill C-30 (Specific Claims Tribunal Act)
Date: Wednesday April 16, 2008
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Room 237-C Centre Block

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First Nations Statistical Institute Moves Forward With Board Appointment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (April 15, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Ms. Francine Whiteduck to the Board of the First Nations Statistical Institute (FNSI).

by NationTalk on April 15, 20081027 Views

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Apply now for vacancies on Agencies, Boards & Commissions

Public Service Announcement
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Edmonton, April 11, 2008 – The City of Edmonton is now accepting applications from interested individuals who want to make a difference in our Capital City by serving on an Agency, Board or Commission.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2008990 Views

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Public Notice: An opportunity to express your views on Laws before the Legislative Assembly

The Standing Committee on Social Programs is holding a series of public meetings throughout the NWT to seek input on several proposed pieces of legislation.

Bill 4 – Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment

Bill 5 – An Act to Amend the Maintenance Orders Enforcement Act
This Bill includes new enforcement tools for child support and other maintenance orders. These tools include suspending or putting conditions on a debtor’s driver’s license, and registering the order against real property owned by the debtor so that the order can be enforced in the same way as a mortgage.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2008925 Views

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Six Nations Elected Council Meets With Confederacy Council

03/15/08 – The Six Nations Elected Council in a step towards creating a future model of governance and better working relationship with the Six Nations Confederacy Council met at the Six Nations Community Hall to discuss the on-going issues currently facing the Six Nations Community.

A presentation on how the Elected Council oversees Six Nations in terms of delivering programs and services to the Community began the meeting with a follow up presentation outlining some of Six Nations’ current issues and priorities the 54th Elected Council have envisioned for their mandate.

As the meeting drew to a close, both Councils will reconvene in the future and continue to work and find common ground towards a positive governance model for Six Nations.

by NationTalk on April 15, 20081007 Views

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Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl Announcing the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
Announcing the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan
Ottawa, Ontario
April 15, 2008

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

I’m very happy to have the chance to talk to you all this morning. I want to take the time to discuss an important development on one of our most significant files that is helping to improve the lives of First Nations people.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2008897 Views

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Media Advisory – The AFNQL on a Mission to the UN

WENDAKE, QC, April 15 – The Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, will be addressing the media tomorrow to give the details surrounding the mission of the AFNQL at the UN, on the occasion of the 7th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

by NationTalk on April 15, 20081218 Views

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Speech by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Governor General’s Northern Medal to Nellie Cournoyea and Youth Town Hall Meeting

Inuvik, Monday, April 14, 2008

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Amid this majestic landscape, surrounded by these young faces, I have come, Nellie, to honour the life you have lived and to acknowledge publicly the star that you are in the northern sky.

This is the first time that the Northern Medal will be presented in this part of the country, where compass needles align and where you, Nellie, have roots that run deep.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2008968 Views

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Government to release Budget 2008 on April 22

News Release
April 14, 2008

Edmonton… Finance and Enterprise Minister Iris Evans will release the provincial budget on April 22. The Minister will deliver her budget speech at 3 p.m., the same time the budget is tabled in the Legislature and becomes available to the public.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2008951 Views

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Proposed EU Ban on Seal Products

Fisheries and Aquaculture
April 14, 2008

The following statement was issued by the Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Proposed EU Ban on Seal Products

I rise in this honourable House today to address an issue that is extremely important to coastal communities throughout this province and indeed across this country. That is the issue of the proposed ban on sealing products, from Canada, going into the European Union.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2008831 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Reappointment of Anthony Whitford as Northwest Territories Commissioner

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Ottawa (April 14, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the reappointment of Anthony Whitford as the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.

by NationTalk on April 14, 20081027 Views

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Keeping in Touch – Message from the Minister

April 10, 2008

During the past 15 years or so that I’ve been involved in federal politics, I have written a regular newspaper column for my constituents. It’s usually a non-partisan piece that lets people know what I’ve been up to as their federal representative, or tells a story about interesting people or events I have contact with in my travels.

by NationTalk on April 14, 20081038 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of a Community Gathering

Inuvik, Sunday, April 13, 2008

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As soon as you set foot in Inuvik, what is perhaps most remarkable is its astonishing diversity.

We are standing two degrees above the Arctic Circle, where the boreal forest meets the tundra, on Canada’s largest freshwater delta and at the end of a highway.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2008937 Views

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Conservatives Must Reverse Decision on Human Rights Act

April 11, 2008

OTTAWA – The Conservative government must reverse yesterday’s decision to repeal legislation giving First Nations people full rights protection under the Canadian Human Rights Act, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

by NationTalk on April 13, 20081046 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony

Rideau Hall, Friday, April 11, 2008

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My husband Jean‑Daniel Lafond and I are delighted to welcome you to Rideau Hall to recognize the excellence you embody in our society.

We are privileged to be in your company today—you, who represent the best in all of us.

by NationTalk on April 11, 2008945 Views

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Congratulations to Federation of Newfoundland Indians

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
April 10, 2008

The following statement was issued by the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Congratulations to Federation of Newfoundland Indians

I rise today to congratulate the Federation of Newfoundland Indians on the ratification of their agreement in principle with the federal government on March 29, 2008 – a historic day for thousands of Mi’Kmaq who are members of the federation and for all of Newfoundland and Labrador. This ratification came after a lengthy negotiation and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has been a proud supporter and advocate of this process. Some 90 per cent of participants voted to support the agreement.

by NationTalk on April 10, 20081239 Views

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