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Notice to the Media – January 21, 2009

Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, will announce support for initiatives undertaken by the Alberta Native Friendship Centre and the Native Counselling Services of Alberta.

Date
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Time
10:00am

by NationTalk on January 21, 2009641 Views

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Emerging Artists Invited to Apply for National Artist Program

Monday, January 19, 2009
For immediate release

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

Team PEI is looking for three emerging artists, age 16 to 22, to represent our province as part of the National Artist Program (NAP) during the 2009 Canada Games. The NAP is a two-week mentorship and developmental program in which three PEI artists will work with 36 other artists from across Canada to interpret the theme of the Games individually and collectively through their art.

by NationTalk on January 20, 2009805 Views

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NWT Arts Council – Application Closing Date January 31, 2009

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment, in partnership with the NWT Arts Council would like to inform Northerners that the closing date for applications for NWT Arts Council Arts Funding is January 31, 2009.

by NationTalk on January 19, 20091189 Views

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MP Cheryl Gallant Algonquin Birch Bark Canoe from Council of Pikwàkanagàn

SMITHS FALLS, ONTARIO, January 17, 2009–On behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Mrs. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, today accepted an Algonquin birch bark canoe from Chief Kirby Whiteduck of Pikwàkanagàn.

by NationTalk on January 19, 20091049 Views

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Developing A Future Direction for Arts, Culture and Heritage

News Release – January 19, 2009

Saskatchewan is taking the next step toward developing a new strategy for arts, culture and heritage by today releasing the results from an online survey.

The survey was launched in August 2008 along with Reflections: A 30-Year Summary of Cultural Policy Discussions in Saskatchewan. A total of 646 people took part in the survey. The results are found in Reflections on Cultural Policy: A Summary of Survey Results.

by NationTalk on January 19, 2009672 Views

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Government of Canada announces Continued Partnership with First Nations in Riding Mountain National Park

WASAGAMING, MANITOBA, January 10, 2009–On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Inky Mark, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette today announced a contribution agreement to the Coalition of First Nations with Interests in Riding Mountain National Park. This announcement demonstrates the continued support of the Government of Canada to the Riding Mountain Forum Agreement.

by NationTalk on January 19, 2009947 Views

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Canada’s Government Announces Artist and Concept for New Art Installation at Fort Langley National Historic Site

FORT LANGLEY, BC, January 10, 2009–On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Parliamentary Secretary Mark Warawa, announced the selection of First Nations artist, Drew Atkins, and his winning design for a new public art installation at Fort Langley National Historic Site.

by NationTalk on January 19, 2009862 Views

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BU Visual and Aboriginal Arts presents the Ceramic and Aboriginal Art Show

Thu, Jan 15, 2009

BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department and the Brandon University Fine Arts Students Association are proud to present the Ceramic & Aboriginal Art Show at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Arts from Thursday, January 15 to Saturday, January 31, 2009. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

by NationTalk on January 16, 2009779 Views

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The Elder and the Native Artist

As a part of the Toronto Sun series on Canadian urban aboriginals, “Red Road“, Mark Bonokoski looks at the life of Alex Jacobs in the story, “The elder and the Native artist“. Alex Jacobs went from a young man put into residential school, abused to turning to alcohol. With his daughter’s death in Toronto, Alex became a councillor and moved to Toronto to mentor young Native people in the city. Alex is a teacher, elder, pipe carrier and the past President of Project AMIK. Under his presidency in 2002 the affordable housing complex was built.

by NationTalk on January 15, 2009805 Views

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ITQ No. 2009ATBC 0109-01: 2009 Aboriginal Tourism BC Awards Gala Decor

The decorator will design, produce and set up table decorations, stage decorations and other as recommended by the service provider for the 2009 Aboriginal Tourism BC Awards being held March 5, 2009 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, BC. The decorator will also work with ATBC’s graphic designer to incorporate design elements into trade show display, awards program, souvenir menus, PowerPoint presentations and other components intended to create a consistent look.

Closing date and time: January 16, 2009 by 4:30 PM PST
Document: http://www.aboriginalbc.com/corporate/

Contact:
Katrin Harry, Event Manager, YellowTilt Productions
Tel: 604-483-3532
katrin@yellowtilt.com

by NationTalk on January 14, 2009783 Views

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Mark your calendars! February 1st Talking Stick Festival Exhibition Opening!

This year we kick off the Talking Stick Festival with the opening of our Visual Arts Exhibition at the Roundhouse. On February 1st at 1 pm, join us in this celebration of First Nations culture and community!

The event starts with a traditional welcome by the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Watuth Nations, followed by performances by traditional drummers The Whitefish Jrs and Fancy Shawl Dancers Irene Oakes and her daughters, as well as a reception at 2 pm and a volunteer meeting at 3:30 pm.

by NationTalk on January 13, 2009820 Views

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MiLan Art Ltd. is very pleased to announce the Honor of Presenting Evolved MMHAP Canadian Metis Art/Accessories at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

on 1025 Georgia Street in Downtown Vancouver. This honored presentation will last from January 1 until April 31, 2009.

MiLan Art Ltd. – Mark MiLan wishes to thank RBC for its continued support of the MMHAP.

http://www.milanart.ca/index_163.html

by NationTalk on January 13, 2009657 Views

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Release of the Mi kmaq-Maliseet Dictionary

The Sault Star has announced the release of the Maliseet – Passamaquoddy Dictionary.

Please view:

University of New Brunswick electronic text of the Maliseet – Passamaquoddy Dictionary.

Information about the book, and where to order, A Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary / Peskotomuhkati Wolastoqewi Latuwewakon. (This book is also available from amazon.ca)

by NationTalk on January 13, 2009758 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Maniwaki’s Pakwaun Festival

MANIWAKI, Quebec, January 9, 2009 – Thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada, Outaouais region residents and visitors will have the opportunity to attend Pakwaun, a major winter family celebration. This 36th edition of this festival will take place from January 29 to February 1, 2009.

by NationTalk on January 12, 2009975 Views

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2009 Celebrate Canada Grant Application

Attached please find the 2009 Celebrate Canada funding application form for the Celebrate Canada period Canada Day, National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

The deadline to submit applications is February 28, 2009, however we encourage you to complete the form and get it to us as soon as possible to ensure it is processed in a timely manner.

by NationTalk on January 8, 20091193 Views

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Media Advisory – “Reel Archaeology”: Films and Displays Celebrate History and Archaeology at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre

TORONTO, Jan. 8 –

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Dates: Saturday, January 10, 2009
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by NationTalk on January 8, 2009626 Views

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2009 International Year of Astronomy Mikmaq Night Sky Story

Canada Science and Technology Museum is pleased to present the animated presentation of the Mi’kmaq Night Sky Story Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters (poster) in Ottawa on January 8, 2009 at 10:00 am.

This is part of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

by NationTalk on January 6, 2009793 Views

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Deadline: Wed Jan 7, 2009

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The Winnipeg Film Group is a 35 year old artist-run media arts organization which has an amalgamated structure that is unique in all of Canada – we are the only media arts organization in Canada that is comprised of a Cinematheque, a production centre and a distribution wing. We have an annual budget of approximately $800,000.

by NationTalk on December 23, 2008944 Views

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Weeneebeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival Launches 2009 Festival

12/22/2008

The Weeneebeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival proudly announces its 7th annual festival scheduled during February 17 to 21, 2009. The festival officially kicks off with an Opening Night Welcome Reception for invited filmmakers, special guests and community members at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 17th.

by NationTalk on December 22, 20081019 Views

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NSI announces New A&E Filmmakers Award & its First Recipient

News release: December 19, 2008

A&E Television Networks has contributed $10,000 to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) to establish the A&E Short Filmmakers Award which will recognize outstanding works in the NSI Online Short Film Festival. The juried award will provide one filmmaker with a cash prize of $2,500 and will be presented four times a year.

by NationTalk on December 21, 2008828 Views

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NSI Hangs Out at Manitoba Film & Music Event

On Thursday January 8, 2009, come celebrate Manitoba’s film and music talent and learn how you can enter these exciting and vibrant industries at the Manitoba Film and Music showcase. NSI will be there to answer your questions about film, TV & digital media training.

by NationTalk on December 21, 2008917 Views

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NSI announces funding from Rogers & Women in Media Foundation (WIMF)

News release: December 18, 2008

Rogers and Women in Media Foundation (WIMF) have partnered to contribute $147,500 over four years to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), further underlining their commitment to training Canadian women writers, directors and producers in film and television.

by NationTalk on December 21, 2008740 Views

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imagineNATIVE’s Culture Shock Program to Have its European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

for immediate release
December 18, 2008

(Toronto – December 18, 2008) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of the festival’s Culture Shock program for the Forum Expanded section of the Berlin International Film Festival. This program of works was commissioned by the imagineNATIVE festival and will have its European premiere in Berlin in February 2009.

by NationTalk on December 21, 20081077 Views

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Congratulations to Jason Baerg, NIMAC board member from NIMAC board and staff!

Congratulations to Jason Baerg, recipient of the Emerging Artist Award for the 2008 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

Earlier this year, visual artist and sculptor Ron Noganosh received the Artist Award, one of the 2008 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. As a recipient, he was given the privilege of nominating a promising new or emerging talent in the same field to receive the $15,000 prize.

by NationTalk on December 21, 20081600 Views

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2009 Mathieu Da Costa Challenge: Deadline Feb. 20, 2009

Enter the 2009 Mathieu Da Costa Challenge –National writing and artwork contest!

Deadline for submissions: postmarked by Friday, February 20, 2009

Simply fill out the attached participant’s entry form and send it along with your original piece of writing or artwork to the following address:

by NationTalk on December 21, 20081390 Views

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Museum of Inuit Art Director to Cycle 2,400 km Starting January 1, 2009

HARBOURFRONT, TORONTO, Dec. 19 – The January 1st ride is the first leg in the bid for the Museum of Inuit Art Director and co-founder, David Harris, to ride the equivalent distance from Toronto, Ontario to Iqualuit, Nunavut (2350 km as the crow flies) by cycling daily in all weather conditions through the streets of Toronto from January through March, 2009.

by NationTalk on December 19, 2008678 Views

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Talking Stick 2009

We are gearing up for the 8th annual Talking Stick Festival, to be held from Feb. 9-15, 2009. This promises to be one of the best festivals yet, with a gala celebration featuring traditional dancing and drumming, followed by a week of contemporary Aboriginal theatre, dance, music, and readings, including an Ab-Original Cabaret emceed by Art Napolean! For more information, click on this link.

by NationTalk on December 18, 20081276 Views

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Edmonton’s Magical Arts and Cultural Edge

Canada’s Cultural Capital of 2007 is the ticket to a dynamic world of entertainment with old favourites and new additions in the works

Edmonton, Alberta –(Dec. 15, 2008) – It’s no coincidence that Edmonton was named as a cultural capital of Canada in 2007. Arts and culture are front and centre in this bustling metropolis: vibrant music, theatre and dance. Edmonton Festival City has more than 30 annual festival extravaganzas that are not to be missed including the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival.

by NationTalk on December 15, 2008831 Views

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Open Sky Festival 2009 Call for Applications

OSF 2009 call for applications

The Open Sky Creative Society is seeking applications from; visual artists, new media artists, traditional craftspeople, & performers interested in presenting at to the Open Sky Festival 2009:

by NationTalk on December 15, 2008939 Views

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Spirit Square to Enhance Westview Wharf

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008CD0120-001881
Dec. 11, 2008

Ministry of Community Development

POWELL RIVER – The Province is helping to revitalize Westview Wharf with an open air market and gathering area, the result of $300,000 from the B.C. Spirit Squares program, Community Development Minister Blair Lekstrom announced.

by NationTalk on December 12, 2008733 Views

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‘EXPO 2010 In Shanghai’ Date Extended

EXPO 2010 IN SHANGHAI Date extended to submit applications for the cultural program.

New application deadline: January 21st 2009

All Canadian artists are invited to visit the Web site
www.cirquedusoleil.com/Shanghai2010
for information on how to submit their completed application for Canada’s cultural program at Expo 2010 Shanghai.

by NationTalk on December 12, 2008689 Views

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Exploring Arizona’s History Through Song and Dance

Native Trails Kicks Off Seventh Season of Free Native American Performances

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(December 10, 2008) – The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau invites Scottsdale visitors to experience the first nations of Arizona and North America during the seventh season of Native Trails, produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Beginning Jan. 15, 2009, representatives from various Native American tribes will take the stage most Thursdays and Saturdays through April 11 and inspire attendees with their memorable musical performances and traditional dances.

by NationTalk on December 11, 2008999 Views

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The First Peoples’ Council is now inviting proposals for two new Aboriginal Arts Development Awards!

Updated: December 9, 2008 (Originally posted: September 29)

Applications and guidelines for the following grant programs are now available on our website:

> NEW! Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations (Deadline: January 15, 2009)
> NEW! Aboriginal Arts Administrator and Cultural Manager Internships (Deadline: January 15, 2009)

Click here for more information and to apply.

by NationTalk on December 11, 2008661 Views

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Search for Alberta’s Top Artists

Nominations sought for Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Artist Awards

EDMONTON, Dec. 10 – Albertans are being invited to nominate their choices for next year’s Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards, which will be presented in June at a gala in Grande Prairie.

Up to three nominations will be selected to join the five award winners from 2005 and 2007. Clearly demonstrating the breadth and scope of Alberta’s arts talents, the previous winners were architect Douglas Cardinal and playwright John Murrell, the winners in 2005; and Edmonton author, Greg Hollingshead, Calgary ensemble of theatre artists – One Yellow Rabbit, and the husband and wife team of musicians at The Banff Centre, Tom and Isobel Rolston, who were honoured last year.

by NationTalk on December 11, 2008742 Views

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Manitoba Supports Ecotourism Training Synposium

December 9, 2008

Manitoba will support the ecotourism industry by helping to fund a training symposium that will emphasize local training, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson, acting minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs, announced at the Manitoba Lodge and Outfitters Association annual general meeting today.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2008762 Views

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New Premier’s Council puts Spotlight on Alberta’s Arts and Culture

December 9, 2008

Eleven-member cast to lead implementation of province’s cultural policy

Edmonton… Eleven inspiring Albertans have been selected to champion and strengthen our province’s cultural identity as members of the new Premier’s Council on Arts and Culture.

by NationTalk on December 10, 20081197 Views

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Best of NSI Online Short Film Festival 2008

News release: Dec. 8, 2008

Between now and March 2009 the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is programming a special selection of films to celebrate some of the best work chosen for the NSI Online Short Film Festival during 2008. Each week NSI will spotlight one film.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2008948 Views

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1st Annual Museum of Inuit Art Winter Ride

TORONTO, ON – December 4, 2008 – Join us for a winter bike ride to raise awareness for the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA), Toronto’s newest museum. The January 1, 2009 ride kicks off the New Year and MIA’s membership drive. The ride starts at 10 AM at Yonge and Finch, and ends at MIA’s Harbourfront location around 11:15 AM.

The route will proceed south on Yonge to Queen’s Quay, veering west a short distance to 207 Queen’s Quay West, where the Museum of Inuit Art is housed in the historic Queen’s Quay Terminal building.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2008732 Views

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Province Boosts Funding For UNESCO Bid

December 4, 2008

Funding Doubles to Designate Boreal Forest World Heritage Site

Manitoba’s annual funding support for the bid to designate part of the Manitoba-Ontario boreal forest as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has been doubled, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

by NationTalk on December 4, 2008741 Views

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Recovered Artwork is Once Again on Display at Canada Games Centre

FOR RELEASE #08-304
December 3, 2008

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government is very pleased that the artwork entitled Yukon Seasons is once again on public display at the Canada Games Centre, announced Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor.

by NationTalk on December 3, 2008726 Views

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Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Significance of the Doukhobor Dugout House

BLAINE LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN, DECEMBER 1, 2008 — Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced the designation of the Doukhobor Dugout House at Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan as a site of national historic significance.

“In recognizing the Doukhobor Dugout House as a national historic site, we are celebrating the rich ethnocultural heritage of this great country,” Mr. Vellacott said. “This site is a testament to the ingenuity and tenacity of early settlers as they adapted to their prairie surroundings.”

by NationTalk on December 2, 2008766 Views

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National Magazine Celebrates Ni’iinlii Njik Grizzly Bears

FOR RELEASE #08-302
November 28, 2008

WHITEHORSE –Canadian Geographic’s choice of the Ni’iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Ecological Reserve grizzly-bear-viewing experience as the cover feature in its annual ‘Wildlife Stories of the Year’ issue reflects well on the many individuals and organizations involved with this unique venture, Environment Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008824 Views

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Canada’s Government Helps Bring Québec City’s 400th Anniversary Celebrations to Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE, November 29, 2008 – Residents of Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Smith, and Yellowknife, as well as visitors to the Northwest Territories, are able to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Québec City, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for the Joie de vivre program of the Fédération franco-ténoise, which celebrates the history of the French-Canadian presence in the Northwest Territories since 1665.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008726 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Yukon Francophone Community

Whitehorse, Yukon –(Nov. 28, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today announced funding for economic development projects led by the Association Franco-Yukonnaise.

“The Government is proud to support the Yukon’s vibrant French community,” said Minister Strahl. “These projects by the Association Franco-Yukonnaise contribute to long-term sustainable economic growth, job and income opportunities for Northerners and the promotion of innovation and knowledge in the Yukon.”

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008890 Views

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Canada Council Art Bank Call for Submissions

Special Purchase of Art Works by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities for the Canada Council Art Bank Collection

DEADLINE: February 16, 2009 (Postmarked)

by NationTalk on November 27, 20081404 Views

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Ontario Travel to Historic Huronia for First Light Celebrations 1621 and Huron Carol of a Christmas Past

Now in its ninth year the famous ‘First Light’ event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will be presented with a wonderful array of fun and festive activities amidst the magical glow of over 2,000 candles. The famous Huron Carol is featured during the festive event.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2008766 Views

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Ministerial Statement – Artistic Contribution of Youth Celebrated at Labrador Creative Arts Festival

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
November 26, 2008

The following statement was issued by the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

I rise in this house to inform honourable colleagues of an annual arts festival that just took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. From November 19-25, the 33rd annual Labrador Creative Arts Festival brought together students from across Labrador, as well as visiting artists from across our province and Canada.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2008827 Views

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What’s Happening in Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre

> Visual artist Greg Staats will lead Archive Restored, a thematic residency taking place January 5 – February 20, 2009 at the Centre. In this residency, Greg Staats will bring together First Nations artists, curators, art historians, archivists, and critics who explore the sources of strength inherent in the model of the archive. Staats has first-hand experience of the loss of Mohawk language and the networks defined by that culture. more

by NationTalk on November 26, 20081146 Views

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Virtual Marketplace Provides Opportunity, Builds Capacity in Canadian Cultural Industries

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TORONTO, Nov. 25 – www.cultureconsultants.ca the online meeting place for professional consultants and cultural organizations in Canada is helping professionals to find opportunities in the cultural sector and allowing organizations to seek highly specialized expertise.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2008732 Views

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Over Half a Million Dollars of New Funds Distributed to Arts Organizations in Alberta

Ottawa, November 24, 2008 – The Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) announced today the results of the most recent round of grants allocated through the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI).

by NationTalk on November 24, 2008693 Views

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