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Odawa Native Friendship Centre is hosting the Odawa Festival of Aboriginal Culture

(OTTAWA , ON) –The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is hosting the Odawa Festival of Aboriginal Culture from May 28th to May 30th, 2010 in Ottawa. To celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal cultures, this annual event highlights the 34th Annual Pow Wow (a non-competitive event), Métis and Inuit performances, crafts and display booths.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010958 Views

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Events Announced for Membertou 400 Celebrations

Membertou 400

April 21, 2010

A traditional Mi’kmaw village, native dance and drum competitions, demonstrations by First Nation artisans, a free concert by Buffy Sainte Marie and an open-air mass highlight celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20101812 Views

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Culture Days Unveils First-Ever Canada-Wide Celebration Of Arts And Culture

Annual event celebrates the creative vitality of our communities by bringing creators and public together

Toronto, ON (April 20, 2010) – Plans for Culture Days, a free annual event that invites people to celebrate and explore arts and culture in every province and territory in Canada, were unveiled today at events in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. The Canada-wide celebration represents the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. Culture Days will take place on September 24 to 26 in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec (under the existing event Journées de la culture), New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; and on September 17 to 19 in Alberta (under the existing event Alberta Arts Days). Dates for Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon will be announced shortly.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20101257 Views

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Canada Council announces newly revitalized Aboriginal emerging writers residencies

Ottawa, April 20, 2010 – Aboriginal emerging writers now have the opportunity to take part in one of two residencies funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. New partnerships established with The Banff Centre and les Éditions Hannenorak will offer eight English residencies in Banff, Alberta and five French residencies in Quebec City, Quebec. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2010.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010832 Views

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Flag Design

20 Apr 2010

NunatuKavut ( formerly Labrador Metis Nation) is inviting the membership to submit concepts for the design of it’s flag.

Design’s should be original and a synopsis of the symbolism of the design should also be provided.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010778 Views

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An exploration of cultural activities of Métis in Canada

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Product: Canadian Social Trends
Issue: Summer 2010, no. 89
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Authors: Janz, Teresa
Kumar, Mohan B.

Chronological index

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010993 Views

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Legislation Would Recognize Aboriginal Languages of Manitoba in Law

April 20, 2010

Proposals Would be First Step Toward Protecting, Promoting Province’s Linguistic Heritage: Robinson

New legislation which would recognize Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif, Ojibway and Oji-Cree as the Aboriginal languages of Manitoba was introduced today in the legislature by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson.

by NationTalk on April 20, 20101658 Views

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Ontario Proclaims 2010 The Year of the Métis

April 19, 2010

Contributions of Métis People To Ontario Celebrated
Ontario is recognizing 2010 as the Year of the Métis.

The proclamation by the Ontario Legislature recognizes the unique history and ways of life of the Métis people, and their contributions to Ontario – past, present and future.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2010727 Views

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Historic Portraits of First Nations Ambassadors’ Visit With Queen Anne Commemorated on New Stamps

Ottawa, Ontario – April 19, 2010 – Canada Post today issued a four-stamp set Four Indian Kings to commemorate historic portraits of four Aboriginal representatives who travelled to Europe with colonial leaders to meet Queen Anne in 1710. The portraits are among the earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American First Nations people painted from life and considered a record of early cultural and political diplomacy between the First Nations and the British Empire.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2010996 Views

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Exhibit of Indigenous Art, Community Projects Opens at Headquarters 20 April on Margins of Ninth Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

An exhibition of artwork and photographs and community projects by indigenous peoples from around the world will open with a cultural event and reception on Tuesday, 20 April, at 6:15 p.m. in the Mini Gallery and South Gallery of the Visitors’ Lobby.

The exhibition, entitled “Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination”, is in recognition of the ninth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is also in celebration of United Nations Mother Earth Day and the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. It consists of artwork, photographs, and a film by contemporary indigenous artists, and showcases community projects by indigenous peoples that focus on the intricate relationship between nature and culture.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2010745 Views

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Yukon museums benefit from Special Projects Assistance Program

FOR RELEASE #10-066
April 16, 2010

WHITEHORSE – Thirteen museums and First Nation cultural/heritage centres, along with the Yukon Historical and Museums Association, will share $300,000 for collections, exhibits and other projects.

“Yukon is fortunate to have a wide range of heritage institutions where residents and visitors can learn about our culture and history,” Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor said. “Each and every one of the projects supported through the program will help ensure that the history of Yukon communities is accessible to its citizens and to visitors for years to come.”

by NationTalk on April 19, 2010749 Views

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Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

Ottawa, Ontario – April 16, 2010 – Canada is blessed with a wealth of creative individuals whose works enrich our lives and our society. Artists in a variety of disciplines entertain us, challenge us, and reflect our rich and diverse heritage. Our Government understands that artists are important to our communities and our economy.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010996 Views

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Province Supports Western Canadian Music Awards In Kelowna

April 15, 2010

Victoria – The Province has granted $20,000 to the Western Canadian Music Alliance’s BreakOut West 2010 to showcase the music industry in Western Canada, Minister of Tourism Culture and the Arts Kevin Krueger announced today.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010736 Views

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The Western Canadian Music Alliance Announces BreakOut West 2010

For Immediate Release:

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is pleased to announce the dates for BreakOut West 2010. Formerly known as The Western Canadian Music Awards weekend, the newly named BreakOut West will maintain and build on all of the elements and events that have made the past seven years such an overwhelming success, including:

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010554 Views

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Tourism in Yukon Supported by CanNor

Whitehorse, Yukon – April 15, 2010 – Montana Mountain Bike trails will be built and three other major tourism projects will move forward thanks to significant investments by the Carcross Tagish Development Corporation. The investments have been made possible by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency which is energizing the tourism sector in Yukon.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010942 Views

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Government of Canada Invests in the Back to Batoche 125th Anniversary Celebrations

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – April 15, 2010 – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Brad Trost, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Humboldt), today announced funding for the 1885-2010 Anniversary Celebrations Committee.

by NationTalk on April 15, 20101040 Views

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Provincial park receiving international attention for rock art

News Release
April 15, 2010

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

Edmonton… With the largest concentration of Aboriginal rock art on the North American Plains, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, near Lethbridge, is being nominated to become Canada’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2010961 Views

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Northern Strategy Trust funding agreement to advance First Nation languages

For release #10-062
April 13, 2010

Whitehorse – The Government of Yukon and Kluane First Nation, in cooperation with the Self-Government Secretariat of the Council of Yukon First Nations, signed an agreement last week that will provide one-time financial assistance of $2.5 million for a project entitled Walking Together to Revitalize and Recognize Yukon First Nation Languages.

by NationTalk on April 14, 20101132 Views

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International Collection of First Nations Weaving Opens at the AGGV

Victoria, BC ( April 12, 2010) This month, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents a major exhibition showcasing the works of Salish, Mi’kmaq, Alaskan, Southwestern, and Hawaiian artists through the medium of weaving.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2010984 Views

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Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat announces Aboriginal Heritage Awards

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April 13, 2010

Fredericton – Students will soon have the opportunity to learn more about aboriginal culture and heritage through the creation of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat Award for the Celebration of Aboriginal heritage.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2010815 Views

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Call for Submissions: The Order of Nunavut Advisory Council

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

April 11, 2010 – The Order of Nunavut Advisory Council invites Nunavut artists to submit designs for the Medal that will be presented to members of the Order of Nunavut.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2010832 Views

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GDI creates new Métis history and culture magazine, The New Nation: La Noovel Naasyoon

The New Nation: La noovel naasyoon, is a publication of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), which promotes Métis history and culture, the Institute’s activities and programs, and the larger Métis community in the province. Four issues a year will be published, one for each season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Subscription rates to The New Nation: La noovel naasyoon will remain relatively low as we would like to see as many people as possible read it, and these rates are only meant to recover the costs associated with shipping the magazine. The New Nation: La noovel naasyoon will be available for free at the GDI Publishing Office, at cultural events in which GDI has a display, as well as online at the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture (www.metismuseum.ca).

by NationTalk on April 12, 2010784 Views

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The Algonquin community of Eagle Village will have access to fund aboriginal initiatives

Quebec, April 9, 2010. – Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr. Pierre Corbeil, signed yesterday with the head of the board of Eagle Village, Constant Jimmy Sr., an agreement establishing the procedure for implementing the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund for this community.

by NationTalk on April 12, 2010671 Views

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Symposium – Step Toward Revitalizing Aboriginal Languages

R(16)412 – Friday, April 09, 2010

Participants in last week’s Aboriginal Languages Symposium are grading it a success and an important step toward a new strategy for the preservation and revitalization of the Northwest Territories’ (NWT) official Aboriginal languages.

by NationTalk on April 12, 2010605 Views

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End of an Era: Canada honours all First World War service men and women

9 April 2010
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today attended a special commemorative ceremony at the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honouring the Canadian men and women who served in the First World War. The ceremony, held on Vimy Ridge Day, also marked the recent passing of John “Jack” Babcock, Canada’s last known First World War Veteran. The Prime Minister was joined by Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture).

by NationTalk on April 12, 2010719 Views

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Call to Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis artists

April 7, 2010 – Ottawa – The Department of Equity Services at Carleton University is seeking to purchase artworks by First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists in all visual arts media for display on the Carleton campus. Artists who would like their work to be considered for purchase must submit images of existing artwork, or drop off original artworks, for the jury’s review.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2010899 Views

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Churches’ Council on Theological Education National Conference May 3 To 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

WINNIPEG, MB – The Faculty of Theology at The University of Winnipeg in collaboration with the Knowles/Woodsworth Centre for Theology and Public Policy is hosting an important national conference in May.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2010621 Views

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Government of Canada Supports New Brunswick Arts Organizations

Fredricton, New Brunswick – April 7, 2010 – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced funding that will benefit six arts organizations in New Brunswick.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2010630 Views

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Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba Invest in Manitoba’s Music Industry

April 6, 2010

Winnipeg, Manitoba– An investment by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba will support a four-year initiative aimed at helping Manitoba’s music industry access international markets, and assist local industry professionals in gaining market share for their products and services.

“Manitoba Music is considered to be the hub of our province’s vibrant music community,” said Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade. “The funding we are providing today will assist the industry in reaching its potential.”

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010709 Views

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Time Capsule Exhibit Offers View of Northern Life

R(16)407 – Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The creative works of Northern youth have become part of Northwest Territories (NWT) history, as the International Polar Year Youth Time Capsule Project exhibit has opened at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

Designed to communicate the spirit of Northern community life through the eyes of Northern young people, the exhibit features selections of art, poetry, stories, photography and videos submitted by youth from across the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut. In September, the time capsule will be stored away at the territorial museum and will not be reopened until the next International Polar Year in 2035.

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010739 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Canadian Culture Online

Central Nova, Nova Scotia – April 6, 2010 – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced funding to assist not-for-profit, public, and private organizations and institutions in making Canadian cultural collections available online.

“Our Government is proud to provide Canadians with access to cultural content when they want, where they want,” said Minister Moore. “This investment will connect all Canadians with the riches of our country’s heritage; Atlantic Canadians in particular will be interested.”

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010623 Views

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The 2010 Governor General’s Awards

Ottawa – March 31, 2010

They are sculptors, filmmakers, painters, video artists, photographers, or visionary administrators. Their works and reputations have reached beyond our borders to garner global attention. Today they are being awarded one of the highest national distinctions for their exceptional careers and remarkable contributions to the visual and media arts. They are the winners of the 2010 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, and their pioneering works will be presented to the public starting this Saturday, until June 20, in a special exhibition located in the contemporary galleries at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC).

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010762 Views

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21st Annual Traditional Graduation Pow-Wow

Saturday, May 1, 2010

All University of Manitoba / Winnipeg Aboriginal Graduates Must Pre-Register

University Of Manitoba
Investors Group Athletic Centre
Open To The Public (Free Admission)

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010650 Views

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$ 435,000 to develop Aboriginal tourism in Quebec

Quebec, March 23, 2010. – The Minister of Tourism, Nicole Menard, announced today the awarding of financial aid from $ 435 000, distributed over the next three years, the Aboriginal Tourism Corporation of Quebec (STAQ).

This funding will enable the association to pursue actions positioning and promotion of Aboriginal tourism products in foreign markets. International demand for ethno-cultural tourism, ecotourism and adventure tourism has been thriving and contributing positively and equitable development of individuals who live, work and stay in these areas.

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010757 Views

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McMaster University Library Pledges Support to Shingwauk Project

Posted: 2010-03-31

Indian Residential Schools Digitization Effort at Algoma University Receives Important Funding

McMaster University Library has pledged funding to support the work being done by the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), the National Residential School Survivors’ Society (NRSSS) and Algoma University to catalogue and digitize the Shingwauk Project Archives located at Algoma University.

by NationTalk on April 1, 2010862 Views

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First Nations And Ontario Celebrate National Aboriginal Languages Day

March 31, 2010

The Ontario government, the Chiefs of Ontario and the Anishinaabek Mushkegowuk Onkwehon:we Language Commission of Oniatari’:io (AMO) are celebrating the progress made to revitalize the province’s Aboriginal languages. First Nations across the country are making the preservation of their languages a priority, recognizing its role in the health, strength and vitality of First Nation communities.

by NationTalk on April 1, 2010877 Views

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Invitations being accepted for arts programs

March 31, 2010

FREDERICTON – Applications for three arts-related programs are now being accepted, Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert announced today.

The programs are the Arts Festival; Partnership for Community Cultural Activities; and the Presentation by Invitation for Non-Professional Artists Program.

The Arts Festival Program provides grants to assist in covering some of the costs to present professional events in performing arts, literary arts, crafts, films and videos that have a national and international scope. Recipients are offered a grant of up to 75 per cent of the eligible costs, to a maximum of $10,000. Applications and all required support materials for arts festivals occurring within the fiscal year of April 1 to March 31 must be postmarked no later than April 15.

by NationTalk on April 1, 2010603 Views

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Star Studded Line-up Announced for Back to Batoche Days

President Robert Doucette speaks to the Media about the upcoming Batoche Celebrations.

March 29, 2010 (Saskatoon, SK) – This year we are very excited to present a line-up of world renowned performers. Scheduled for the main stage will be performances by Michelle Wright, Donny Parenteau, Andrea Menard, The Métis Fiddler Quartet and the Asham Stompers along with many, many other great Métis talents. An event of this magnitude could not happen without the support of our sponsors. We acknowledge the support the Clarence Campeau Development Funds, Heritage Canada, the Government of Canada, CAMECO Corporation and the Gabriel Dumont Institute.

by NationTalk on March 31, 20102076 Views

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Submissions and nominations open for the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art

Vancouver, March 30 – Keith Mitchell, Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation announced today the Call for Submissions for the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art.

“These awards celebrate artistic excellence,” said Mitchell. “Artists affiliated with BC First Nations working in BC traditional or contemporary visual arts are eligible to enter this fourth annual competition.”

by NationTalk on March 30, 2010822 Views

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Graphic Novel Series Ready To Launch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To National Media

New Books to Focus on 7 Generations of Plains Cree

Winnipeg, Manitoba (March 23, 2010) — Highwater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press, is pleased to announce the publication of Stone, the first book in the graphic novel series called 7 Generations, by author David Robertson and artist Scott Henderson.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2010733 Views

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FirstVoices Language Tutor Provides New First Nations Language Teaching Tool

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March 19, 2010

VANCOUVER – FirstVoices.com, an online First Nations language archiving tool administered by the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council (the First Peoples’ Council), has developed a new language learning system that First Nations communities can use to teach their languages.

by NationTalk on March 23, 20101202 Views

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Magowan launches new First Nations opera Giiwedin

March 18, 2010

Staff member Catherine Magowan, Records Administrator in OCAD’s Office of the Registrar, and her husband Spy Dénommé-Welch are celebrating the launch of their new opera Giiwedin, a co-production between Native Earth Performing Arts and An Indie(n) Rights Reserve.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2010865 Views

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Ivakkak celebrates its 10th anniversary – Start of Nunavik’s Dog Team Race

For the cultural survival of a people

Quaqtaq, QC, March 22 – Sixteen teams launched themselves today on the most captivating of journeys, where the definition of the words wisdom, fellowship and perseverance will take its true meaning – they’re taking part in Ivakkak’s dog team race, the most gruelling but also the most popular event in Quebec’s Far North. The start of the race was given this morning in Quaqtaq and it should end in Kuujjuaq in about a week, depending on the whims of Mother Nature. Stopovers are planned in Kangirsuk, Aupaluk and Tasiujaq.

by NationTalk on March 22, 20102290 Views

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3rd Annual Conference – Traditional Foods of Vancouver Island First Nations: Celebrating Indigenous Foods in a Changing World

March 10, 2010

To: Coastal First Nations

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I wish to formally invite members from your community to the upcoming 3rd Annual Conference on the Traditional Foods of Vancouver Island First Nations. This year’s conference follows two very successful conferences held in Nanaimo. The theme this year is “Celebrating Indigenous Foods in a Changing World: Coastal Conversations among Youth, Elders and Community Members.” Dr. Nancy Turner will be the Keynote Speaker.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20101487 Views

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Event

Human Rights Commission
March 19, 2010

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, is a day when people around the world come together in their communities to work toward ending racism.

To help promote and understanding of race issues, Partners for Human Rights is hosting an afternoon of local films. Filmmakers and others affected by this issue will introduce the films.

by NationTalk on March 20, 2010994 Views

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Media Advisory: Minister to Attend Opening Ceremonies of Sharing Our Cultures – À la découverte de nos cultures

Executive Council
March 19, 2010

The Honourable Dave Denine, Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector, will speak at the opening ceremonies of Sharing Our Cultures – À la découverte de nos cultures. The event will take place Sunday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. at The Rooms in St. John’s.

by NationTalk on March 20, 2010819 Views

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New Provincial Cultural Policy Announced

News Release – March 17, 2010

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the first cultural policy in more than 25 years. Pride of Saskatchewan: A Policy Where Culture, Community and Commerce Meet outlines the principles and priorities that will guide the development of the arts, culture and heritage sector in Saskatchewan.

“Culture contributes to innovation, economic growth and quality of life,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Dustin Duncan said. “To strengthen Saskatchewan’s cultural sector, we need to foster artistic excellence and creativity, promote shared stewardship, facilitate public access and engagement, build community capacity and increase economic success.”

by NationTalk on March 18, 2010740 Views

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Day For Elimination Of Racial Discrimination Proclaimed

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2010

VICTORIA – Cultural diversity is being celebrated provincewide with March 21 being proclaimed as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in B.C., announced Ben Stewart, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism.

“This is a significant day for British Columbia as it is recognized as the most culturally diverse province in Canada,” said Stewart. “We know that every community across this province is going to become even more diverse in the future, so it is important that we all do our part to make every citizen feel welcome, accepted and included.

by NationTalk on March 18, 2010815 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Pictou Landing Powwow

Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia – March 17, 2010 – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), today announced funding for the 19th Pictou Landing Powwow.

The powwow will run from June 4 to 6 and will feature Mi’kmaq traditions and culture. It will include activities such as dance and drumming performances, a Grand Entry, a sacred fire, a sunrise ceremony, and a sweat lodge.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2010742 Views

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Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) and the Department of Indigenous Studies Present Anishinaabe Maanjiidwin VIII

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Original Indigenous contemporary dance, music, theatre and storytelling at Trent University March 18 and 19

Monday, March 15, 2010, Peterborough

On Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Trent University’s Indigenous Studies Department, in association with Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI), will present Anishinaabe Maanjiidwin VIII: Earth…Water…Wind…Fire, an evening of original Indigenous contemporary dance, music, theatre and storytelling at Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space in Enweying, Peter Gzowksi College.

by NationTalk on March 16, 20101394 Views

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