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MMF Supports Louis Riel Holiday

September 25, 2007

WINNIPEG – Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) welcomed the Manitoba Government’s announcement naming the province’s new holiday Louis Riel Day acknowledging and commemorating the great Metis Leader and Father of Manitoba.

“I thank Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan, their cabinet colleagues and caucus, for the announcement of Louis Riel Day,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “I also thank Manitoba students across the province for carefully considering and suggesting his name.”

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071439 Views

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Explore Aboriginal Tourism This Fall

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — British Columbia is ablaze with bright autumn foliage, making this a wonderful time to travel to Aboriginal communities throughout the province. Unique resorts, abundant wildlife, fall foliage colours and unique adventures attempt to out-glitz the scenery for visitors exploring the homelands of local First Nations.

Fall is when the grizzly bears and eagles come down to the shoreline to feast on spawning salmon. Travellers can view this annual ritual on a fascinating bear viewing excursion to the scenic Orford River in Bute Inlet, offered by Aboriginal Journeys. Accessing the viewing location is part of the adventure, passing lush temperate rainforests, through swirling tidal waters and spectacular scenery. Viewing is done from safe bear-viewing platforms above the river. Tours may also include a traditional native-style salmon barbecue at the We-Wai-Kai Village on Quadra Island. www.aboriginaljourneys.com.

by NationTalk on September 25, 2007923 Views

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13th Annual First Nations Awards

Nov 8, 2007
Cultural Events

13th Annual First Nation Awards (Saskatchewan) Requesting nominations, please contact Gloria Kiaswatum (306) 791-6506 or (306) 791 – 6502 Email fnac@sasktel.net

Address: Queensbury Convention Centre Regina, Saskatchewan
Telephone: (306) 791-6502
Fax: (306) 522-8116
Contact: Gloria Kaiswatum
Email: fnac@sasktel.net

by NationTalk on September 25, 20072305 Views

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Media advisory – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 25 – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, will be in Iqaluit to make an announcement regarding International Polar Year projects.

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For further information: Maria O’Hearn, Regional Communications Manager, Nunavut Regional Office, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Iqaluit, Nunavut, (867) 975-4725, OhearnM@inac-ainc.gc.ca; Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002

by NationTalk on September 25, 2007787 Views

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$1 Million Available To Communities For BC150 Years

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007TSA0040-001173
Sept. 24, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA – Under a grant program created for BC150 Years, community organizations across the province will be able to apply for funding to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen today.

“History was made locally and should be celebrated locally,” said Hagen. “Next year is an opportunity to celebrate our history, Aboriginal cultures and diverse communities – and to look toward a bright future. We hope every community will take the opportunity to celebrate its unique history and place in the building of our great province.”

by NationTalk on September 25, 2007724 Views

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Library and Archives Canada/Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties Exhibition Opening at Library and Archives Canada Sept. 24, 2007

TO ALL EDITORS

Theme: Values, Voices and Visions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 24, 207) – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proud to present the official opening of the exhibition Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties on September 24, 2007. This unique exhibition will showcase a wide selection of treaty documents dating from the 1600s to the 1990s. The documents originate from LAC’s collection, as well as fascinating items from other Canadian cultural institutions.

Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties will feature a wide collection of documents by providing an insight into the voices, values and visions behind Canada’s Aboriginal treaties. These living documents and artifacts are among our most precious of Canadian heritage records as they illustrate decisions that have shaped all Canadians.

Among the many highlights is the original Treaty no.9 from 1906, otherwise known as the James Bay Treaty. This treaty was the first time that a provincial government took an active role in negotiations. There is also a map of New France from the 17th century drawn by Jesuit priest Francesco Giuseppe Bressani. It is recognized as one of the most significant maps of the time. A real treaty jacket will also be on display in the exhibition. Upon treaty agreements, the royal authorities generally offered Aboriginal Chiefs jackets decorated with brass buttons to demonstrate their status.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071214 Views

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Media Advisory: Aboriginal Treaties Exhibition to Open at Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 24, 2007) – Please join us on Monday, September 24th, at 5:00 p.m. for a sneak preview of Library and Archives Canada’s latest exhibition: Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties.

The official opening for the public occurs at 5:30, therefore this is an excellent opportunity to take photographs and conduct interviews beforehand. Those available for interviews include the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Mr. Ian E. Wilson, Curator, Dr. Jim Miller, who is also professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations at the University of Saskatchewan, and either Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Phil Fontaine or a representative.

This culturally significant exhibition showcases a selection of Aboriginal treaties and other items from Library and Archives Canada’s collection and other Canadian institutions dating from the 17th century to the present.

For more information, please contact

Library and Archives Canada
Pauline M. Portelance
Senior Media Relations Officer
819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007734 Views

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$5 Million To Strengthen Aboriginal Tourism In B.C.

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For Immediate Release
2007TSA0042-001188
Sept. 24, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

VANCOUVER – The Province is investing $5 million over the next four years to help build a culturally rich and sustainable Aboriginal tourism industry throughout B.C., announced Stan Hagen, Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts.

“In B.C., we are very privileged to have a strong Aboriginal heritage,” said Hagen. “There are currently about 200 Aboriginal tourism businesses, ranging from accommodation and adventure attractions to tourism services. These businesses cater to the strong increase in the number of people looking for authentic cultural tourism experiences as part of their vacation. This $5-million grant will help develop Aboriginal cultural tourism into a prosperous, strong, and dynamic sector of our economy in every community of the province.”

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071022 Views

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Webequie First Nation Youth Altering Adversity Through the Arts

DAREarts Foundation for Children to empower aboriginal teens

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Sept. 24, 2007) –

BACKGROUND:

“Today the community (of Webequie First Nation) sees the effects…of past suicides among the youth…with increased drug usage…alcohol and substance abuse as coping mechanisms. Our youth need to learn how to turn to traditional and other positive support systems to take care of themselves during times of stress and community unrest.” – Bill Jacob, Traditional teacher, Webequie First nation.

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007910 Views

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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Holds Inuit Languages Symposium

Ottawa — Monday September 24, 2007 — Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is holding an Inuit Languages Symposium in Ottawa September 24 – 26, 2007.

The Symposium will bring Inuit languages experts from across Inuit Nunaat (the Inuit regions in the Canadian Arctic) to discuss the future of the Inuit languages.

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007737 Views

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Queen’s Celebrates Aboriginal Culture with First Educational Pow Wow

Saturday September 22, 2007

The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s University hosts the first annual educational pow wow, attracting participants from across Ontario and the northern United States.

“Our experience has been that Queen’s is open to other nations celebrating their customs and practices” says Director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Georgina Riel. “This pow wow will provide additional visibility for Aboriginal culture at Queen’s and it’s wonderful to see how similar the meaning of our ceremonies, spirituality and celebrations are to other cultures globally.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071041 Views

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Media Advisorty/DND: Military Festivity Program Schedule-Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary Celebrations

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Sept. 21, 2007) – On September 24, less than 100 days before the beginning of the celebrations, Brigadier-General Christian Barabe, Commander Land Force Quebec Area and Joint Task Force (Eastern), accompanied by the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, will unveil the military festivity program schedule as part of the celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.

by NationTalk on September 23, 2007869 Views

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Government Supports Aboriginal Youth in Prince Albert

PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan, September 21, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced funding of up to $67,000 to Prince Albert Women of the Earth Inc. for a program entitled Youth of the Earth. These funds will help provide weekly educational and cultural activities and programming for urban Aboriginal youth.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to helping Aboriginal young people reach their full potential,” said Minister Verner. “Youth of the Earth will offer a variety of cultural and social activities tailored to the needs of participants. By providing a safe, positive and traditional cultural setting, this program will allow Aboriginal youth to face some of their challenges.”

by NationTalk on September 21, 2007826 Views

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John Kim Bell Featured as Guest Speaker of The Curators’ Circle at The Art Gallery of Ontario

September 18, 2007-Toronto

John Kim Bell, President of Bell & Bernard Limited, was the featured guest presenter last evening in the Hal Jackman Theatre at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on the historical Dundas Collection. Speaking to a full house, Mr. Bell outlined the history of the Tsimshian people in dialogue with Dr. Gerald McMaster.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my public conversation on the Tsimshian Treasures with John Kim last evening. The wonderful words that flowed from many of those in attendance indicate a success,” said Gerald McMaster, Ph.D., Curator of Canadian Art at the AGO. “ The turnout was greater than I imagined, which signals to me that we’re on the verge of exciting people about the future of a transformed AGO.”

by NationTalk on September 20, 20072167 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports Exhibition of 56 First Nations Baskets

FORT LANGLEY, British Columbia, September 19, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Mark Warawa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament (Langley), today announced $18,750 in funding for the Langley Centennial Museum and National Exhibition Centre.

“Canada’s New Government is pleased to support this museum, which provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the Fraser Valley’s rich cultural heritage,” said Minister Verner. “Our Government’s assistance will allow the Museum to complete the second phase of its First Nations Baskets project, giving Canadians increased access to this collection, as well as strengthening its collection management competencies.”

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007852 Views

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Métis Harvester’s Gathering

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
11am to 7pm

Potluck Dinner – Everyone Welcome
(Free for MNO Citizens, $6/plate for non-Citizens)

Live Fiddle Music
Sports for Kids
Free potluck lunch
Free family entertainment and activities
Cultural Displays and Demonstartions
Door prizes
LOCATION:
Dutrisac Cottages
270 Pierre Road
Sturgeon Falls

CONTACT:
North Bay Health Services
(705) 474-2593
OR (705) 474-2767

Cabins & Campsites Available
Mike Stevens
(705)753-2419

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007684 Views

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Aboriginal Language Initiative (ALI) – Ontario Region Call for Proposals for 2007-2008

September 18, 2007

The Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc. Has Been Designated to Administer the 2007-2008 Aboriginal Language Initiative for the Ontario Region In partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage

Project Proposals must be received by: Thursday, September 27, 2007!

On behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc. is making this call for community based Aboriginal Language Initiative project proposals from Ontario First Nations communities and organizations, both on-reserve and off-reserve, working to reverse the erosion of First Nations languages in this province.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071106 Views

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Artwork Wanted for Provincial Collection

September 17, 2007

Submission deadline is October 1

Edmonton… The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is looking for new art to add to its provincial collection. All visual artists who reside in Alberta are invited to submit images of their work to the AFA no later than October 1.

The AFA collection represents a broad spectrum of art produced by artists from across Alberta and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fibre art, ceramic and art glass. The collection was established in 1972, and currently consists of approximately 7,500 works of art.

Art from the collection has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions. Some art is provided to government offices and non-profit organizations for public display.

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The Box of Light Sculpture Officially Unveiled

FOR RELEASE #07-189
September 13, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon in partnership with the City of Whitehorse, Canada Council for the Arts, and Friends of the Gallery unveiled The Box of Light sculpture at the Department of Education building today.

Education Minister Patrick Rouble, Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor, City of Whitehorse Deputy Mayor Florence Roberts, and Co-chair of the Yukon First Nation Education Advisory Committee, Peter Johnston, welcomed guests and artist Ken Anderson to the unveiling.

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Federal Funding for Festivals to Support Arts And Heritage, Build Stronger Communities

HALIFAX, September 12, 2007 – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced how the Government will implement the $30 million in new funding per year provided for in the 2007 Budget to support local arts and heritage activities that involve Canadians in their communities through activities that express, celebrate, and preserve local culture.

In addition to initially funding the creation of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, $30 million annually will enhance funding for Arts Presentation Canada and help fund historical community anniversaries infrastructure.

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Canada’s New Government Supports Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

PENTICTON, British Columbia, September 13, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), today announced $240,000 in funding for the Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society to support the En’owkin Centre.

“The En’owkin Centre has demonstrated outstanding artistic programming and a commitment to maintaining and perpetuating Indigenous knowledge. It is a unique training centre for Aboriginal arts in Canada,” said Minister Verner. “Canada’s New Government is proud to support this great Canadian arts education institution.”

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071914 Views

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New Arts Mentorship Program And Website Announced By Bjornson

September 12, 2007

Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson today launched a new arts mentorship program and a website designed to encourage youth to grow creatively as they work toward careers in the arts and cultural sector.

“The Manitoba government is committed to helping youth make informed career choices and these new tools will increase the resources available to them,” Bjornson said. “Whether students want to be art restorers, musicians, web designers or videographers, they will be able to explore job options and work with mentors who can show them how to develop their interests and talents.”

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Shell’s Methane Plan in Sacred Headwaters Triggers Financial Times Ad

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 11, 2007) – Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and six other international conservation groups are running an advertisement in today’s Financial Times in London, UK, targeting Royal Dutch Shell’s plan for a coalbed methane gas field in northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

The ad features protesters at a First Nations road blockade and the headline, “This time it’s Canada”.

“Shell’s European executives and the British Columbian government need to know the world is watching their actions in the Sacred Headwaters,” said Lisa Matthaus with Sierra Club of Canada, one of the ad signatories. “If Shell pushes ahead with its plan to drill for gas in the Sacred Headwaters, they will face an escalating international campaign.”

by NationTalk on September 11, 20071509 Views

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Study: Culture Occupations Across the Canadian Rural-urban Divide

Monday, September 10, 2007

Canada’s largest cities are the country’s arts and culture hubs, with the size of an area’s cultural workforce depending largely on the area’s total workforce. Despite this reality, a number of rural areas and small cities, particularly in British Columbia, Nunavut and Quebec, show unusually high proportions of cultural workers, according to a new study.

The study, “Towards a Geography of Culture: Culture Occupations Across the Canadian Urban-Rural Divide,” used 2001 Census data. The Canadian Framework for Culture Statistics was used to define the culture sector in the workforce and to examine the proportion of cultural workers in the overall workforce in Canadian cities and rural areas, as well as the diversity of cultural occupations in those areas. While certain rural areas boasted a high proportion of cultural employment, those occupations tended to be specialized, the study found, with the largest cities showing the biggest variety of cultural occupations.

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LMN Looking for Flag Design

Thursday, 06 Sep 2007

The Labrador Metis Nation is seeking the design of a flag that promotes the aims and objectives of the organization. The new flag must clearly and unequivocally proclaim Labrador Inuit-Metis identity, be easily recognizable and promote Inuit-Metis diversity.

A cash prize of $200.00 will be presented for the winning design. The new flag will be unveiled at this year’s Annual General Assembly in Charlottetown. The deadline for entries is September 28.

For more information, or to submit design concepts, please contact:

Bert Pomeroy
Executive Assistant/Communications
Labrador Metis Nation
P.O 460, Stn. C
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1C0
bpomeroylabmetisorg

by NationTalk on September 7, 2007676 Views

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Photo Opportunity-Media Advisory: Sunrise ceremony at Fort York launches Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival

September 6, 2007

First Nations poet and author Duke Redbird launches the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival tomorrow morning with a sunrise ceremony and blessing of thanks for the role corn has played in Native history. The ceremony concludes with a corncake breakfast, and a traditional tipi encampment provides a colourful backdrop.

Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 6 a.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Creek Rd.

Native artists from across Canada will gather at Fort York National Historic Site from September 7 to 9 for the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival, featuring Kenny Baird, Philip Cote and Janet Marie Rogers, along with local artists Rebecca Baird and Tannis Nielsen. The artists will be on hand to display their work and lead workshops.

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Arts and Cultural Projects Receive Funding Support

FOR RELEASE #07-182
September 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor announced today that funding in the amount of $112,500 is being made available through the Arts Fund and will be shared amongst 10 community groups and art collectives.

“The Yukon government is proud to support and assist community groups and collectives pursuing creative endeavours,” Taylor said. “Artistic expression and presence is vitally important to a healthy, thriving community. Through projects such as these the community as a whole benefits greatly.”

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Funds Support New First Nations Interpretive Centre

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For Immediate Release
2007CS0066-001083
Sept. 5, 2007

Ministry of Community Services
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Ministry of Economic Development

PORT ALBERNI – The federal and provincial governments are investing over $1.7 million, through the Canada-B.C. Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CBCMRIF), for the Tsu-ma-as Transformation Centre, a new First Nations interpretive centre in the Alberni Valley.

Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and Ron Cantelon, MLA for Nanaimo-Parksville, on behalf of Community Services Minister Ida Chong, announced the funding today.

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Government Supports Northern Ontario Aboriginal Tourism Centre

CONSTANCE LAKE FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 6 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for FedNor congratulate the Constance Lake First Nation on the opening of its $12 million Eagle’s Earth Cree and Ojibway Historical Centre.

“Canada’s New Government is working with First Nations to support economic development projects throughout Northern Ontario,” said Minister Strahl. “This new tourism and historical centre will provide members of the Constance Lake First Nation, Northern Ontario residents, and tourists a chance to learn more about the history of this First Nation and the unique qualities of the local region.”

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APTN Announces Sponsorship Of Manito Ahbee Festival

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is proud to announce it will once again be a lead sponsor of Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations. The 2nd annual celebration will take place in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre from October 26th through November 4th.

Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations celebrates and promotes Aboriginal culture by showcasing a wide array of international audio, visual, and cultural talent. The inaugural Manito Ahbee festival in 2006 was such a success that this year’s edition will be expanded to 10-days.

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NWT Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) Workshop

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is pleased to host a one-week workshop with international performance artist, actor, filmmaker Michelle Horacek. Her, “Body and Land” workshop will explore the dialogue between the individual body, and the places/sites/environments that open up an awareness in the body/self to a greater understanding of humanity, history, tradition and nature. This exploratory workshop will take place on the NACC stage. There is no public presentation involved.

The workshop will run from Sunday, October 14 to Saturday October 22, 2007. Sunday and Saturday will be full days and weekdays will be evening sessions.

Workshop fee is $100.00 for the week. Early registration is recommended.
Registration is limited to the first 10 participants. 16 years +.

Those interested would include; Actors, dancers, writers, storytellers, directors, filmmakers, writers, and all round creative individuals who like to move, tell stories and push their boundaries.

To register for this special workshop please contact NACC 873-4950 or nacc@northwestel.net. For more information on Michelle please visit www.mishaproductions.com or www.naccnt.ca.

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Achievement Foundation Grants Help Reinvigorate Indigenous Cultures and Languages

Grants for Cultural Projects

Toronto – The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation’s Education department today announced its 2007 Recipients of its Cultural Projects Funding Program.

“Culture and language are the foundation upon which Nations are built and thrive. We at the Foundation are very proud to be able to provide assistance in order for these outstanding recipients programs to deliver their teachings, and instil pride in our future generations” said Roberta Jamieson, CEO, NAAF.

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Meno Ya Win Site Dedication

The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre will host its official site dedication ceremony in Sioux Lookout, Ontario Wednesday September 5, 2007.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford Bull and federal, regional, and local officials will gather at the site at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information please contact Jenna Young at (807) 625 4952.

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A Grant For A New Beginning At Chiefswood National Historic Site

08/29/07 – A morning ceremony complete with representation from Elected Council, members of Provincial Parliament and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, made the announcement of a $107,800 grant for new initiatives to take place at the Chiefswood Museum National Historic Site.

Established in 1963, Chiefswood Museum National Historic Site is the birthplace and childhood home of E. Pauline Johnson, a celebrated Mohawk poetess. The historic house museum provides a unique glimpse
into the Johnson family history. In one house, visitors experience a peaceful ambiance, creative atmosphere and cultural exchange activities representative of life in the late 19th Century.

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Beginners Cree Conversation in Saskatoon

There is a Beginner’s Cree Conversation (this is a free program) via the Saskatoon Public Library on Wednesdays September 19 to November 28 from 6 to 8 pm. at the Pleasant Hill Community School, 215 Ave S. South, Saskatoon.

This is an informal gathering for adults who wish to learn some basic Cree. The instructor will be Audrey Ben. Child Care will be provided. Call (306) 975-7572 to register your child/children. Refreshments also provided.

For more informaton call Donna at (306) 975-7571 or Carol at (306) 683-7397.

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Tecumseh Honoured at Multi-disciplinary Native Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site

August 30, 2007

Native artists from across Canada will gather at Fort York National Historic Site September 7 to 9 for the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival, featuring Kenny Baird, Philip Cote and Janet Marie Rogers, along with local artists Rebecca Baird and Tannis Nielsen. The artists will be on hand to display their work and lead workshops.

Participants can join the First Nations community to enjoy traditional foods, storytellers, a drum group, singers, dancers, crafts and a tipi encampment. Visitors can take part in mask, cornhusk doll and drum-making workshops. Also planned are literary readings and outdoor video screenings.

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Shell Backs Away From Court Showdown Over Sacred Headwaters

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Aug. 31, 2007) – First Nations and concerned citizens in Vancouver and Smithers today say Royal Dutch Shell’s delay of legal action against the Sacred Headwaters blockaders shows Shell is concerned about growing opposition.

Members of the Tahltan First Nation are blockading Shell’s coalbed methane project in the Sacred Headwaters, the birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers. Shell was to appear in Vancouver court today to request an injunction that would allow them to have the blockaders arrested.

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007897 Views

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Canadian Culture Online

The 2008-2009 call for proposals for the Partnerships Fund is back! – The Partnerships Fund is a component of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Strategy whose primary objective is to connect all Canadians with the riches of Canada’s heritage by making Canadian cultural collections held by provincial, municipal and local cultural organizations available via the Internet. For additional information, visit the Department of Canadian Heritage website.

Hurry up! The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is September 20, 2007.

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Canada’s New Government Gives Boost For Cultural Projects for Aboriginal Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador

HALIFAX, August 30, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (St. John’s South-Mount Pearl), today announced more than $506,000 for Labrador communities.

“Canada’s New Government is taking concrete action to foster the development of arts and culture in Canada,” said Minister Verner. “With today’s announcement, we are investing in the future of First Nation, Inuit and Métis organizations. This funding will help Newfoundland and Labrador’s Aboriginal communities develop cultural programming that meets their particular needs.”

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Kivalliq Inuit Doll Show and Arts & Crafts Festival

These two events will make Rankin Inlet a great place to visit in September. The Kivalliq Inuit Doll Show will showcase dolls made by woman of the seven Kivalliq communities. These dolls include even the tiniest detail, including mini-sealskin kammiit (boots) polymer clay faces and mini-parkas. After the exhibition, selected dolls will be traveling on a Canadian road show through galleries in the south.

The Kivalliq Arts & Crafts Festival will feature a variety of Arts & Crafts from all seven communities in the Kivalliq Region. Plans are in place to hold this event every two years.

Kivalliq Inuit Doll Show: September 8-15th 2007
Kivalliq Arts & Crafts Festival: September 11-13th, 2007

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McGuinty Government Expands Award For The Arts

NEWS RELEASE
August 30, 2007

Annual Honour Will Provide $120,000 To Ontario Artists And Arts Organizations

TORONTO — The McGuinty government is expanding the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for its second year to provide two top honours – one for an individual and one for an arts organization, Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today on behalf of Premier Dalton McGuinty.

”Ontario is home to some of the best and most creative minds in the world,” said Premier McGuinty. “This expanded award will give more of our artists and arts organizations an opportunity to showcase their talent – and help ensure Ontario’s cultural sector remains vibrant and competitive.”

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The Nunavik Elders’ Declaration

In his closing remarks at the Katimajiit Summit Pita Aatami, President of Makivik, presented the declaration prepared by the Nunavik Inuit elders during the Nunavik Elders/Leaders Retreat in Old Chimo. (August 15-16, 2007)

Nunavik Elders/Leaders Retreat
A group of Nunavik elders will join executives and key staff members from Nunavik organizations for an elders/leaders retreat August 15 to 16. The retreat will take place at Old Chimo during the Arpik Jam, and will give elders and leaders an opportunity to exchange on issues that are important to Inuit in Nunavik. During this exchange present and future leaders will benefit from the expertise and advice that elders have to offer. Discussions are expected to center around social issues, namely the recent reports on youth protection, and other subjects deemed important for exchange by elders and leaders.

“As Inuit we have the responsibility to preserve and promote our language, traditions and culture and at the same time face the modern challenges of our society. With this in mind, it is imperative that we are given guidance from the elders so that we may maintain the teachings of values, principles and customs important to our survival. It is also important that we know what the elders have to say in order to make wise and well informed decisions on behalf of Nunavik.” – Minnie Grey

About twenty-five people representing Nunavik organizations and elders have confirmed their participation at this gathering.

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CALL FOR ABORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

PHOTOGRAPIDC EXHIBITION LIVING CONDITIONS IN FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT COMMUNITIES
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30,2007

The Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate (SRAD) and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, are collaborating to develop a photographic exhibition which will illustrate and ‘put a face on’ living conditions in rural and urban First Nations and Inuit communities. The objective is to tell a story of the varying conditions in these communities, and of what it is like to live there. The exhibition will combine photographs with maps and graphs based on SRAD research about levels of well-being in rural and urban First Nation and Inuit communities.

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Revamped NSI Storytellers Training Program Seeks Aboriginal Writers to Develop New Show for APTN

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August 29, 2007

Winnipeg – Responding to market-need, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in association with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has redesigned NSI Storytellers to develop above-the-line Aboriginal broadcast talent. Aboriginal writers eager to learn the craft of writing television drama are encouraged to apply at www.nsi-canada.ca. Working individually and as a group the selected candidates will create six scripts for a half hour daytime serial that may go into production for broadcast on APTN.

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Celebrate Edmonton’s past, present and future at the 19th Annual Storytelling Festival at Fort Edmonton Park

“So Where Ya From, Eh?”

Edmonton, August 27, 2007 – Fort Edmonton Park and the Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling (T.A.L.E.S.) is proud to present the 19th annual Storytelling Festival. The storytellers capture moments in Alberta’s history with tales of how people came to our province and the dreams they brought with them. Using engaging stories, song and games, the storytellers make this an event for the whole family to enjoy!

Date: Sunday, September 2 & Monday, September 3
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Fort Edmonton Park

Admission: Child $6.50
Adult $13.00
Youth/Senior $9.75
Family/Grandparent Pass $39.00

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Canada’s New Government Supports Prairie Spirit Connections of Regina

REGINA, August 28, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister for Democratic Reform, and Member of Parliament (Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre), today announced funding of up to $70,000 for Prairie Spirit Connections to help fund its Tending the Fire Healing Program.

“With support from Canada’s New Government, Prairie Spirit’s healing program will enable Aboriginal young people to participate in an anger management program where they will develop a better understanding of themselves and how they relate to the world,” said Minister Verner. “Eight culture camps at Carry the Kettle First Nation will provide lessons in drum making and traditional songs, as well as access to Elders. These activities will empower youth, develop their leadership skills and help them make positive life choices.”

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Canada’s New Government Supports the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority

SASKATOON, August 27, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), today announced the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority will receive up to $17,504 for a project entitled “Tipeyimiso, Atot Ekwa Itasiwewin: To Govern Oneself, Engage and Consult.” These funds will help provide innovative ways for Aboriginal youth to learn about their rich cultural heritage.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to helping Aboriginal youth reach their full potential, and we are pleased to support the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority,” said Minister Verner. “By providing access to a variety of cultural activities such as leadership camps, and song and drum camps, “Tipeyimiso, Atot Ekwa Itasiwewin” will increase young people’s knowledge and pride in First Nations culture, which will in turn help them build stronger, healthier communities.”

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Minister Strahl Attends Cultural Celebration with BC First Nation

SKATIN, BC, Aug. 26 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians, ended his first full week in his new portfolio by joining In-SHUCK-ch Nation in a celebration of its culture and achievements at the first annual In-SHUCK-ch Days in Skatin, British Columbia.

“It’s a privilege to join friends and neighbours in my constituency of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,” said Minister Strahl following a tour of In-SHUCK-ch exhibits and demonstrations on Saturday, August 25.

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L’Union des producteurs agricoles presents Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th-Century Public Market – 14th Edition

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MONTREAL, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ – For its fourteenth edition, Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th-Century Public Market – on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 – is proposing a journey through time back to a typical market day in the heart of New France. The festive market will feature food and products of the era, while revisiting the everyday reality of settlers during the French regime.

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Funding Increases Awarded To Yukon Museums

FOR RELEASE #07-174
August 24, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor is pleased to announce new funding for Yukon museums.

“Our government is proud to provide additional funding to the unique and diverse Yukon museums community,” Taylor said. “Museums face specific challenges across Yukon. It is our hope to continue to work with our museums community to alleviate challenges and assist museums in their operations. This will allow for growth and improvements in programming and collections management.”

by NationTalk on August 25, 2007718 Views

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