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The Government of Canada Supports Alberta’s Francophone Communities

EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(March 26, 2008) – Francophone communities in Alberta will be able to undertake a number of major initiatives to strengthen their vitality thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Rahim Jaffer, Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Strathcona), today announced funding for seven organizations representing the Francophone communities of Alberta.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2008737 Views

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Inuit Lecture Series- Canada’s Hidden Language Crisis: Inuit language in the Arctic

Speakers:
Jose Kusugak – Inuktitut language expert
Eva Aariak – Interim Language Commissioner, Government of Nunavut
Brad Morse – Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
Moderator: Kathleen Petty, Host of Ottawa Morning and The House on CBC Radio

by NationTalk on March 26, 2008664 Views

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Visual and Media Arts Take Centre Stage at Rideau Hall

March 25, 2008

OTTAWA–Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the ninth annual Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, March 28, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. Media interested in covering this event are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 5:45 p.m.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2008673 Views

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Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Announcement of Winners

Ottawa, March 25, 2008 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the names of the eight winners of the 2008 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Kenojuak Ashevak, Serge Giguère, Michel Goulet, Alex Janvier, Tanya Mars and Eric Metcalfe will receive awards for artistic achievement; Chantal Gilbert will receive the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts, while Shirley Thomson will receive the outstanding contribution award for her work as a cultural administrator, gallery director and arts advocate.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2008910 Views

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CEMA Hosts 2008 Elders Workshop for the Region

March 20th, 2008

Fort McMurray, Alberta – Over 100 Aboriginal Elders from communities across the Municipality of Wood Buffalo gathered in Fort McMurray to discuss the impacts of development on their traditional life styles. This two day workshop is part of an annual event sponsored by the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) as an important component of CEMA’s Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) Advisory Committee.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2008668 Views

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Artwork Wanted for Provincial Collection

March 20, 2008

Submission deadline is April 1
Edmonton… The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is looking for new art to add to its provincial collection. Alberta-based visual artists, who are not already represented in the provincial collection, are invited to submit images of their work to the AFA no later than April 1.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2008661 Views

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Announcing the BC150 Community Arts Grant Program

A partnership between BC150 and the Assembly of BC Arts Councils is offering a $190,000 grant program to support community and regional arts activities, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen, March 19, 2008.

BC150 Community Arts Grant funding is available to community and regional arts councils, members of the Assembly of BC Arts Councils and Aboriginal cultural centres. Eligible projects span a variety of disciplines, including visual art exhibitions, dance, musical or theatre productions and presentations, publication projects (print or electronic) including artists’ books, catalogues, monographs and anthologies, and media arts projects.

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by NationTalk on March 21, 2008662 Views

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Ontario Aboriginal Language Initiative Call for Proposals

March 20, 2008

Ontario Aboriginal Language Initiative 2008-2009
Call For Proposal Kit

Call for Proposals for Community Projects for up to $5,000.00
Deadline April 24, 2008

The Kit Includes:

Call for Proposals Backgrounder – 4 pages
Application Form – 13 Pages
Finance Information and Forms – 4 pages
Important Dates – 1 page

by NationTalk on March 21, 2008841 Views

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BC150 Supports Community Arts

VICTORIA – A partnership between BC150 and the Assembly of BC Arts Councils is offering a $190,000 grant program to support community and regional arts activities, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen.

“Through the BC150 Community Arts Grant, exciting new arts projects will bring B.C.’s rich history to life,” said Hagen. “These projects will connect to BC150 celebrations in every corner of the province – and leave a legacy of arts and cultural projects for future audiences to enjoy.”

by NationTalk on March 20, 2008638 Views

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Province to Honour Top Alberta Artists

News Release
March 20, 2008

Edmonton… Alberta is honouring excellence in the visual, performing and literary arts and recognizing the contributions of individuals and organizations to the cultural life of the province with new and revised arts awards.

“The arts, in all of its forms, significantly contribute to our quality of life and help to make Alberta one of the most exciting and vibrant places in Canada,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit. “The Alberta government is proud of the wealth of creative talent that exists in this province and is committed to supporting our arts community.”

by NationTalk on March 20, 2008680 Views

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Canadian First Nation’s Digital Preservation Project Gets Boost from EMC

U’mista Cultural Society One of Seven Winners Worldwide of Grants Designed to Preserve and Protect Information Heritage

TORONTO, March 18 – EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the U’mista Cultural Society http://www.umista.ca/ in Alert Bay, B.C., is one of seven organizations receiving EMC Heritage Trust Project awards totaling US$100,000. The Heritage Trust awards are designed to protect and improve access to information in communities around the world. EMC received 325 applications from 34 countries since announcing the inaugural awards program last May.

by NationTalk on March 19, 20081080 Views

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BU Visual and Aboriginal Arts presents ‘Into the Open’ Exhibition at the Sutherland Gallery

BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department and the Brandon University Fine Arts Students Association are proud to present the student art exhibit Into the Open from March 19 to March 29, 2008 at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art. This season’s last group exhibit will showcase artworks from all media, subjects, and course levels. An opening reception with refreshments will be held on Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.

by NationTalk on March 19, 2008604 Views

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New Agreement Supports Osoyoos Tourism

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008CS0051-000373
March 17, 2008

Ministry of Community Services

OSOYOOS – Osoyoos is the latest community to sign an agreement under the B.C. Resort Municipality Initiative with the Province, allowing it to share a portion of hotel room tax to invest in local resort-oriented projects that promote the local wine industry and support a greener, healthier environment, Community Services Minister Ida Chong announced.

“This agreement will give Osoyoos the tools it needs to attract more visitors and entice them to stay longer,” said Chong. “Through this program we’re helping create vibrant, sustainable resort-based communities across B.C., which in turn, provide tourism options, jobs and economic development opportunities.”

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081167 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia Attends 7th National Michif Language Conference

7th National Michif Conference
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Gabriel Dumont Institute hosted the 7th National Michif Language Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The conference unfolded over three days and over 150 delegates attended from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081014 Views

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Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society 2008 Conference

Date: May 14, 15 and 16, 2008
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox St., Vancouver

Honouring Our Children and Youth

Our 2008 Conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference’s theme is “Honouring Our Children and Youth”. We are very excited about the opportunity to bring together friends and colleagues from across Canada and the US as we did two years ago for three days of sharing and learning from each other.

by NationTalk on March 17, 20081948 Views

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Speakers at Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon

THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES JUSTICE PROGRAM (IPJP) AND
THE MENDEL ART GALLERY PRESENT:

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
SOCIAL JUSTICE WITHIN
ARTISTIC TRADITIONS

Speakers:
Lori Blondeau
Executive Director of Tribe: A Centre for the Evolving Aboriginal Media, Visual and Performing Arts

Carol Greyeyes
Indigenous Arts Advisor and Artist in Residence Consultant, Saskatchewan Arts Board

Dr. Mary Longman
Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan

MONDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2008
7PM-10PM
MENDEL ART GALLERY, SASKATOON
950 SPADINA CRES E.

FREE ADMISSION
COME AND JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF GREAT SPEAKERS, ART, FOOD AND FRIENDS!

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008678 Views

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Honouring Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007)

15 FEBRUARY – 8 JUNE 2008

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY B206 In recognition of Norval Morrisseau’s great contributions to art in Canada, a selection of works from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection recently returned from the tour of his solo exhibition will be installed alongside new acquisitions and an important loan from the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Department of Indian and Nothern Affairs Canada. The legacy of Morrisseau’s brilliant painting career continues on through his remarkable works.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008577 Views

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Aboriginal Treasures are Beijing-bound

Gatineau, Quebec, March 13, 2007 — Some of the most important Aboriginal artifacts in the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s (CMC) national collection are heading to China for a groundbreaking exhibition on the remarkable diversity and creativity of Canada’s First Peoples from earliest times to the present day.

First Peoples of Canada: Masterworks from the Canadian Museum of Civilization is organized by the CMC in collaboration with the National Museum of China. It will be presented at the Beijing Art Museum of Imperial City, from August 1 to October 15, 2008. The exhibition will then tour to other venues in China and Japan.

by NationTalk on March 15, 2008739 Views

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Government of Canada Helps Open Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations As Part Of Quebec’s 400th Anniversary Celebrations

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Wendake, Quebec, (March 7, 2008) – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today participated in the inauguration of the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, which is part of the activities for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.

“This project is a perfect example of the determination, business sense, and talent of First Nations peoples,” said Minister Verner. “I am proud our Government is supporting the construction of the Hôtel-Musée, which will provide an exceptional showcase for the Huron-Wendat Nation by promoting its culture and history.”

by NationTalk on March 15, 2008745 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Michif Language

SASKATOON, March 14, 2008 – Michif, a language spoken by the Métis, will be preserved, promoted, and revitalized in Saskatchewan thanks to the Michif Language Project, which is being supported by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced funding for the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research.

by NationTalk on March 15, 2008776 Views

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Newfoundlanders and Inuit Celebrate Culture & Tradition

OTTAWA, March 14 – Tomorrow in Iqaluit, Nunavut and St. John’s, Newfoundland, people who have relied on the sea for hundreds and thousands of years for their survival will celebrate a culture and tradition that has centred around the seal. With European countries moving towards bans on seal products, Canadians are speaking out to try to avoid cultural and economic collapse in rural and northern communities.

“It is easy for people in southern Canada, the United States or a European city centre to condemn people who hunt seals, based on graphic photos and emotional statements,” said Rob Cahill, Executive Director of the Fur Institute of Canada. “This weekend, you will hear from real people who truly rely on nature to feed their families and sustain their communities – proud people who believe in conservation and animal welfare.”

by NationTalk on March 15, 2008667 Views

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Province to Participate in Celebration of Sealing Industry

Fisheries and Aquaculture
March 14, 2008

As the opening of the 2008 seal fishery nears, the Provincial Government will join with sealing industry representatives and supporters to celebrate the history, culture and traditions associated with the seal harvest in Newfoundland and Labrador.

On March 15, the Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, will participate in an event in St. John’s organized by the Fur Institute of Canada to recognize the benefits of the seal fishery and to promote the truths of the harvest. March 15 is the annual anti-sealing global day of protest.

by NationTalk on March 14, 2008779 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival

SASKATOON, March 13, 2008 – Children and adults from all over Saskatchewan will celebrate and participate in productions involving puppetry, masks, storytelling, theatre, and music thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada in the Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival.

The 20th edition of this unique festival will take place in Saskatoon from June 4 to 7, 2008, and will offer young people culturally diverse programming, Aboriginal artistic expression, artistic productions from within and outside Saskatchewan, and works by emerging artists.

by NationTalk on March 13, 2008684 Views

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Investment in Strathcona Manor to Enhance Rigolet Tourism Infrastructure

13 March 2008
Rigolet, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Rigolet Inuit Community Government will construct a replica of the circa-1836 Lord Strathcona Manor thanks in part to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is investing more than $310,000 in this construction project.

by NationTalk on March 13, 2008706 Views

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Completion of the Centennial Mural is Underway

News Release – March 13, 2008

Preparation will begin today at the Legislative Building to complete the Saskatchewan Centennial Mural, Northern Tradition and Transition, painted by Roger Jerome.

The seams of the mural panels will be completed and the entire mural will be varnished in order to protect it. Scaffolding will be set up this afternoon and the work, to be done by conservators Sara Spafford-Ricci, Tara Fraser and Christine Foster, will begin tomorrow and be completed over the weekend.

by NationTalk on March 13, 2008698 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Preservation of Cultural Heritage Site in Labrador

13 March 2008
Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador

Work on a major project to stabilize the 171-year-old Moravian Mission Complex in Hebron, Labrador will continue this year, thanks to the efforts of the Nunatsiavut Government to preserve the site and an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), through its Innovative Communities Fund program is investing more than $666,000 to stabilize the structure at the landmark site.

by NationTalk on March 13, 2008641 Views

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2008 Governor General Performing Arts Awards

Montreal

Anton Kuerti, Eugene Levy, Brian Macdonald, John Murrell, Alanis Obomsawin and Michel Pagliaro have been named the 2008 recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the most illustrious artistic honour conferred upon Canada’s performing artists. These individuals join an esteemed group of Canadians in the performing arts who have devoted their lives to enriching the cultural life of Canada.

by NationTalk on March 12, 2008921 Views

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Elders’ Conference Promotes Regional and National Diversity

(March 10, 2008, Thunder Bay, Ontario) In concert with Aboriginal Awareness Week 2008, Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Awareness Centre is pleased to host an Elders’ conference called Through Our Eyes – the theme of which is diversity.

“The aim of the conference is to inform students, service providers, and the general public about the diversity and culture that exists in Indian, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada, especially here in northwestern Ontario,” says Conference Organizer Brent Kelso. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. from March 12 – 14, and all community members are welcome to attend.

by NationTalk on March 11, 2008715 Views

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CARFAC National / Visual Arts Alliance Applauds Motion for Artists’ Tax Exemption

Visual Arts Alliance Applauds Motion for Artists’ Tax Exemption OTTAWA — A parliamentary motion to exempt artists from paying taxes on their first $50,000 of income is being applauded by visual artists and institutions across Canada.

The motion—M431—was introduced by Winnipeg MP Pat Martin (NDP) on January 24 and reads as follows: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize and acknowledge that artists contribute greatly to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Canada; (b) take note that, in other countries such as Ireland, incomeearned by artists, writers, performers and creators of art is exempt from income tax; and (c) give consideration to exempting up to $50,000of annual income earned by artists, writers, creators, and performers who work in Canada’s cultural industries.”

by NationTalk on March 11, 2008847 Views

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Northern Aboriginal Festival Comes Together April 5 and 6, 2008

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Thursday March 6, 2008
NEWS RELEASE

Sudbury, ON – The Northern Aboriginal Festival, part of the 125 Greater Sudbury Anniversary celebrations, will be holding its inaugural festival at the Sudbury Arena on April 5 and 6, 2008. The festival will offer people of all nations the experience of traditional Aboriginal culture. A coming together of Cambrian College, Laurentian University and the City of Greater Sudbury, the festival will include a Powwow with Grand Entries at 12:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday April 5 and 12:00pm on Sunday April 6. A Vendors Market will be on site featuring food, crafts, Native artisans and information.

by NationTalk on March 11, 20083917 Views

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Additional Funds to help NWT Tourism Industry meet Global Trends

YELLOWKNIFE (March 7, 2008) – Twelve proposals received under the new Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program were announced today by the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod.

The Program, launched in January 2008, provides assistance to members of the Northwest Territories (NWT) tourism industry to support business planning, product and product package development, as well as marketing, in light of changing tourism trends.

by NationTalk on March 8, 2008667 Views

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Aboriginal Partnered Showcase was a Huge Success

Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
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March 7, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) – The Aboriginal Partnered Showcase was a huge success during the 2008 East Coast Music Awards, and has resulted in a permanent boost for local First Nations artists.

The goal of the showcase was to raise enough money to form the First Nations Artist Group Inc., which will promote and support New Brunswick Aboriginal musicians at home and abroad.

by NationTalk on March 7, 2008587 Views

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Aboriginal Tourism Leaders Honoured at Awards Gala

NEWS RELEASE

VANCOUVER, B.C. (March 5, 2008) – Outstanding performers in British Columbia’s growing Aboriginal tourism industry were honoured March 5 in Vancouver at the fifth Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (ATBC) awards ceremony.

The awards recognize excellence and innovation among individuals, businesses, and organizations at the forefront of B.C.’s emerging Aboriginal tourism industry.

by NationTalk on March 7, 20082194 Views

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Sounds from the Ottawa Remembering the Children event

Listen to some sound highlights from the March 2 Remembering the Children event in Ottawa.

Inuit throat singers (1:17)

Bull Rock singers and drummers perform as special guests process into Grand Hall (2:06)

Welcome from Algonquin Nation Chief (1:45)

Youth pray to the Four Directions (3:21)

Women of Wabano drumming and singing (2:18)

Right Rev. David Giuliano, Moderator of the United Church of Canada, speaks on how truth moves us to new relationships (5:26)

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and a representative from the Sisters of Charity deliver the Remembering the Children prayer in English and French (5:34)

>>VISIT HERE to access audio files.

by NationTalk on March 7, 2008596 Views

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DVD Launch Invitation

March 6, 2008

We are pleased to invite you to the official launch of the following DVD’s:

“Annie: A Case Management Interview”
“When and How to Help”
“End of Life: The Circle Continues”

When: Monday, March 31, 2008
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Courtyard Marriott
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
(416) 924-0611

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$209 Million To Enhance B.C.’s Arts And Culture

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008OTP0050-000305
March 6, 2008

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

VANCOUVER – The Province is investing $209 million to support arts and culture across British Columbia, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

“Art is essential in communicating and preserving the history, heritage and culture that define us as a province,” said Campbell. “The cultural infrastructure this investment creates will provide opportunities for British Columbians to get involved with and experience arts and culture in their community and across the province. We are recognized across the country and we want to be sure British Columbians share in the artistic treasury that is right here at home.”

by NationTalk on March 6, 2008677 Views

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UNBC Hosts Third Annual Aboriginal Writers and Storytellers Festival

March 5, 2008

Five renowned Aboriginal writers will join with countless aspiring writers this week for UNBC’s third annual Aboriginal Writers and Storytellers Festival. The events starts today and runs until March 8 at numerous venues around the city.

Wednesday, March 5
Local storytellers event starting with a potluck at 4pm in the First Nations Centre followed by stories at 6pm in the Canfor Theatre.

Thursday March 6
Children’s storytelling event featuring Richard Van Camp and competition winners.
12:30pm in the Canfor Theatre

Local Storytellers event
6pm in the Canfor Theatre

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Stay Warm During March Break at the Arctic Zoo Exhibition

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March 6, 2008

BRAMPTON, ON. (March 6, 2008) – Introduce your kids to the fascinating world of museums and art galleries this March Break at the Peel Heritage Complex (PHC), featuring Inuit art and hands-on activities about archaeology, First Nations and settlers.

The Arctic Zoo exhibition highlights a collection of Inuit art pieces recently donated to the PHC and revolves around themes of earth, water, sky and animals. The exhibition also includes an interactive area with videos and resources.

by NationTalk on March 6, 2008839 Views

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Vancouver 2010 and the Four Host First Nations Society announce historic Aboriginal Licensing and Merchandising Program for the 2010 Winter Games

VANCOUVER, March 5 – Authentic Aboriginal art from Canada will be showcased to a worldwide audience and Aboriginal youth will directly benefit from a historic Aboriginal Licensing and Merchandising program agreement between the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the Four Host First Nations (FHFN) Society. VANOC and the FHFN welcomed the Development Corporation of Nunavut today as the first participating licensee in the program outside of British Columbia.

by NationTalk on March 6, 20082919 Views

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“Native Women Chapter Welcomes Cynthia Lickers-Sage as Speaker”

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March 2, 2008

“We’re very pleased to announce that Cynthia Lickers-Sage will be the Guest Speaker for our 25th Anniversary Celebration on March 15th.” states Susan Maracle, President of the Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc., one of the oldest chapters in the Ont. Native Women’s Association (O.N.W.A.)

by NationTalk on March 5, 20082848 Views

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Media Advisory – Vancouver 2010 and Four Host First Nations to Announce Historic Program

Nunavut becomes first outside of BC to participate

VANCOUVER, March 4 – On Wednesday, March 5, Vancouver 2010 and the Four Host First Nations Society will introduce a historic Aboriginal licensing and merchandising program. Additionally, details of a partnership with the Nunavut Development Corporation will also be unveiled.

Media will have an opportunity to view sample products from the Aboriginal licensing and merchandising program, an artist demonstration and conduct interviews immediately following the formal announcement.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2008591 Views

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Robinson Welcomes Veteran Navajo Code Talkers to Manitoba Language Conference

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March 4, 2008

Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson today officially welcomed five Navajo code talker elders and veterans, paying tribute to them for their military service and work on language preservation.

“It is a great privilege for me to welcome these code talkers to Manitoba,” said Robinson. They have made great contributions serving their country and their people using their language and skills. We hope to learn from their contributions and maintain the languages of indigenous people here in Manitoba.”

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RBC is seeking emerging Canadian artists for its 10th Annual Canadian Painting Competition

Canada’s Governor General lends patronage to celebrate competition’s 10th anniversary

TORONTO, March 4 – RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced its call for entries for the 2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition – the largest competition of its kind in Canada. Entries must be submitted by May 2, 2008.

This year Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will lend her patronage to the event in honour of its 10th anniversary.

by NationTalk on March 4, 2008707 Views

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Provincial Government Focuses on Cultural Tourism

Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
March 4, 2008

Workshops being held in Corner Brook and St. John’s this week will focus on the emerging opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador to develop closer links between the province’s rich culture and the growing tourism industry.

The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, said the purpose of the workshops is to gather input from invited participants with a view to developing a provincial cultural tourism plan.

by NationTalk on March 4, 2008617 Views

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NTI Supports the Extension for Language Legislation

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(March 3, 2008 – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Acting President James Eetoolook today said the organization supports the Nunavut Legislative Assembly’s motion which gives the Ajauqtiit Standing Committee a 120-day extension to carefully consider Bill 6, the Official Languages Act, and Bill 7, the Inuit Language Protection Act.

“The decision for more time was the right one,” said Eetoolook. “Bills 6 and 7 need improvement, and we look forward to providing further advice or clarification to the standing committee to ensure the best possible legislation is developed and passed.”

Nunavut Tunngavik will be communicating its positions to the MLAs and encourages Inuit to do the same.

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For further information:
Franco Buscemi
Acting Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4939 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006
fbuscemi@tunngavik.com
www.tunngavik.com

by NationTalk on March 3, 2008594 Views

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Call for Artwork

We require your assistance in locating artists who are creating artwork appropriate for the following Art Acquisition Project for the new Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

In addition to Commissioning two outdoor public art installations, Capital Health Edmonton is procuring a collection of original interior artwork from western and northern Canadian artists for the new Robbins Pavilion, home of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and Centre for Cardiac Services, located on the Royal Alexandra Hospital Campus in Edmonton.

by NationTalk on March 1, 2008765 Views

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Wabnode Institute at Cambrian College Hosts Angaangaq

The Wabnode Institute at Cambrian College today hosted Angaangaq, a traditional healer, storyteller, and carrier of the Qilaut, an Eskimo Wind Drum.

Angaangaq, or Uncle as he is frequently called, is a keynote speaker at international conferences and symposia on environmental and indigenous issues whose work is acclaimed in promoting interracial and intercultural harmony. While at Cambrian, he met with representatives from the College and community, toured Cambrian’s facilities, and gave a presentation based on the teachings of the Eskimo-Kalaallit people to students from Cambrian, Laurentian University, and Lockerby Composite School, along with community members.

by NationTalk on March 1, 2008711 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY – Women’s art show part of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day
February 29, 2008

MEDIA ADVISORY

The University of Calgary Women’s Resource Centre will present a week-long display of women’s art beginning Monday, March 3 and culminating in an International Women’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 7.

University of Calgary International Women’s Day festivities include torso cast painting, live music, drumming, collaborative, participatory art and a showing of women’s art from Calgary’s art community.

by NationTalk on March 1, 2008666 Views

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New N.W.T. Directory Artwork Features Arctic Sport

02/25/2008

The artwork selected for Northwestel’s 2008 Northwest Territories telephone directory cover features one of the North’s popular Arctic Sports, the Alaska High Kick. This year’s winning artwork was created by Gail Cyr, who has lived in Yellowknife for nearly 30 years. Her work, entitled “A Northern Star….In The Moment”, is acrylic on canvas.

by NationTalk on February 27, 2008671 Views

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Young Nunavut Artist Featured on 2008 Directory Cover

02/25/2008

A metal sculpture by one of Nunavut’s emerging young artists is being featured on Northwestel’s 2008 Nunavut telephone directory cover.

Qummuatuk Ashoona was born and raised in Cape Dorset. Her metal sculpture, entitled “Man Waiting at a Seal Hole”, is fashioned of sterling silver and copper. It depicts an Inuit hunter holding a harpoon, poised above a hole in the ice.

by NationTalk on February 27, 2008791 Views

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