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Toronto launches War of 1812 Bicentennial program

June 13, 2012

The Honourable Michael Chan MPP, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will join Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, to recognize the many War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration events now occurring in Toronto.

A substantial donation to the Fort York Foundation’s Invigorated Campaign will also be announced, which will greatly contribute to the current revitalization of the Fort York National Historic Site.

Date: Thursday, June 14
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.

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Innovative War Museum exhibition, 1812, explores four perspectives on a pivotal war

Ottawa, June 12, 2012 – The War of 1812 was a dramatic event in Canadian history. But what was at stake, and who won? A major exhibition opening at the Canadian War Museum today reveals that the answer to this question depends on perspective. 1812, supported by National Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group and National Supporting Sponsor Ancestry.ca, explores the war through the eyes of the four main participants: Canadians (including Canadian First Peoples), Americans, the British, and Native Americans.

For Canadians, the War of 1812 was a successful fight for survival against American invasions. For Americans, the war was a successful defence against the British Empire, one that forced Britain to respect American sovereignty and power. For the British, the conflict was a successful but almost irrelevant sideshow, scarcely remembered today, to the generation-long war against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. For Native Americans, the war was a desperate fight for freedom and independence as they struggled to defend their homelands, and its conclusion was a catastrophic defeat.

by NationTalk on June 13, 2012527 Views

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CBC North is a Proud Sponsor of National Aboriginal Day!

2012-06-11

Come out and enjoy a fabulous day of First Nations culture – northern fish fry and music! An array of activities will take place in front of City Hall between 12 pm – 5 pm.

The North Slave Metis Alliance has been successfully hosting the fish fry for the past several years and welcomes the public.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2012597 Views

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Dr. Shirley Cheechoo wins the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

June 8, 2012

imagineNATIVE congratulates filmmaker Dr. Shirley Cheechoo for winning the Artist Award at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts last night, June 7, 2012. Selected by a jury from 130 submissions and narrowed down to six finalists, Dr. Cheechoo is truly deserving of this award. She has made tremendous contributions to the arts in Canada and to international Indigenous Cinema, paving way for Indigenous filmmakers and artists as an accomplished playwright, actor, visual artist, writer and director. Dr. Cheechoo was the first Indigenous filmmaker in Canada to direct, produce, write and act in an award-winning dramatic feature. She holds an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University and is the founder of the De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Company and the Executive Director of the Weengushk Film Institute.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2012757 Views

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Grand Opening of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec, June 8, 2012 – The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, hailed today’s official opening of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, a project toward which the Government of Canada has awarded more than $4.6 million in financial assistance.

“By funding the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute project, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its firm commitment to promoting tourism development, a sector that benefits the economy,” said Minister Lebel.

by NationTalk on June 11, 2012576 Views

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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

June 8, 2012

Fort Macleod… On Thursday, June 21, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump offers a full day of activities to mark National Aboriginal Day.

Visitors can sample delicious Blackfoot delicacies, enjoy superb First Nations performers and take guided tours of the interpretive centre, available throughout the day. A shuttle service will take visitors from the parking lot to the buffalo jump site.

by NationTalk on June 8, 2012762 Views

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Activation The Heart: Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing and Relationship

Monday, June 18 → Wednesday, June 20

This workshop will take place in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Exploration of storytelling as a mode of understanding — one that supplies both rich research material and powerful ways of communicating research. Exchange between people who have a long experience with different uses and modes of storytelling and scholars.

This event will bring together storytellers and “research storytellers” from northern communities and from other communities across Canada to explore storytelling as a mode of understanding – one that supplies both rich research material and powerful ways of communicating research. The event aims to foster in-depth exchange between people who have a long experience with different uses and modes of storytelling – Indigenous and non-Indigenous spoken word performers, writers, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers – and scholars who have encountered storytelling in a substantial dimension of their work and have begun to embrace it as part of their teaching practice and research dissemination.

by NationTalk on June 8, 2012603 Views

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2012 Premier’s Awards For Excellence In The Arts

June 7, 2012

McGuinty Government Recognizes Outstanding Artists and Arts Organizations

Ontario honoured its most outstanding artists and arts organizations today at the 2012 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual awards honour well-established artists, emerging artists and arts organizations across Ontario.

The Individual Artist Award was won by Dr. Shirley Cheechoo, a respected visual artist as well as an award-winning playwright, actor, director and filmmaker. Dr. Cheechoo is the first Aboriginal filmmaker in Canada to direct, produce, write and act in an award-winning dramatic feature film, Bearwalker.

by NationTalk on June 8, 2012664 Views

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CUPE proud to support DTES Aboriginal Day Festival

Vancouver – For the third year in a row, CUPE is proud to support the Downtown Eastside’s Aboriginal Days celebration. The daylong event is on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, and will feature cultural performances, storytelling, a feast, and children’s entertainment.

“There is more to the downtown eastside (DTES) then what we see in the news,” says Dale Whitford, the Chair of CUPE BC’s Aboriginal Working Group. “This community has one of the highest concentrations of aboriginal people in an urban centre. This event is a vital opportunity to showcase a different side to the DTES – a more positive and cultural perspective, compared to images we too often see when the eastside is mentioned.”

by NationTalk on June 7, 2012773 Views

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Celebrating 150 Years of Travel and Adventure From San Francisco to the Cariboo Goldfields of British Columbia, 1862 – 2012

Tours.com Joins In on the Celebration

San Francisco, CA – Jun 6, 2012 – With the price of gold being what it is these days we thought you might be interested to know that adventurers have been travelling in search of wealth to the gold fields of British Columbia for at least the last 150 years. In fact there are still many successful claims being worked in the Cariboo Mountains near the historic town of Barkerville to this day.

The first gold rush in North America started in 1848 in California, but by the late 1850s the California gold rush was pretty much over and stories circulating around Sacramento and San Francisco rumored of gold in the Fraser River. Thanks to the newspapers of the day (The Alta California, The San Francisco Herald, S.F. Bulletin and the Sacramento Daily Union broke the news) everyone wanted a part of it. Looking back it’s safe to say that the news from California played a significant role in the development of British Columbia as we know it today.

by NationTalk on June 7, 2012558 Views

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Internationally Significant Skandatut Site Saved: New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2012

Internationally Significant Skandatut Site Saved:New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History

Vaughan, ON – Vaughan City Council voted unanimously last night to accept a deal to save Skandatut, an internationally significant cultural heritage site in the Greenbelt, on the historic Humber River in Vaughan, Ontario.

The 6 acre village site will be transferred to public ownership, and will be buffered from new development by a 2.5 acre park. The site is surrounded by a river valley and conservation land on three sides.

by NationTalk on June 6, 20121675 Views

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Skwachays Healing Lodge Launch Event and Community Street Party Celebration

Delegates from the World Indigenous Housing Conference are invited to attend the opening and ceremonial blessing of a remarkable social and architectural achievement. Vancouver Native Housing Society is celebrating the completion of Skwachays Healing Lodge, a new affordable housing development and a healing centre that celebrates the artistic and cultural achievements of Aboriginal people, while supporting community members during times of medical and financial stress.

The event will include the official opening ceremony for Skwachays Healing Lodge, the unveiling of a 40.5 foot story pole, performances by Juno Award Winner Murray Porter, Wabanakwut Kinew, Love Medicine, Easter Sky Ambassadors, Tsatsu Stalqayu, Kalan Wi and M’Girl. There will also be a free feast, building tours and community booths. We hope you can join us for this special event!

by NationTalk on June 6, 2012726 Views

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Elimination of National Archival Development Program & Services at Library & Archives Canada

Open Letter. May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012

Honourable James Moore
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Moore,

RE: Elimination of National Archival Development Program (NADP) & Services at Library and Archives Canada

The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) strongly objects to the elimination of the National Archival Development Program (NADP) and other vitally important services by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) on April 30, 2012. We urge Canada to restore full funding to these critical services and programs.

by NationTalk on June 5, 2012507 Views

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Aboriginal History Month Celebration Event at Yonge & Dundas Square

Jun 01, 2012

Come and celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto on June 30th!

Press Release – June 1, 2012 – On Saturday, June 30th, 2012, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto will be holding their annual Aboriginal History Month event at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto. This exciting event begins at noon and ends at 8:00 pm.

All are welcome to the Aboriginal History Month celebration. This annual event honours and celebrates Aboriginal history and culture. This year, we have an exciting line-up of entertainers, craft vendors exhibiting and selling their wares, and of course we couldn’t forget food!

by NationTalk on June 4, 2012844 Views

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Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize winners bring new insights to Canadian opera and Aboriginal languages

Ottawa, May 31, 2012 – The 2012 winners of the Canada Council Molson Prizes are developing new Canadian voices through song and the spoken word.

Dáirine Ní Mheadhra, winner of the Molson Prize in the arts, is known for producing provocative award-winning Canadian operas that have toured around the world. Keren Rice, winner of the Molson Prize in the social sciences and humanities, is recognized for her work to preserve, revitalize and document Canada’s Aboriginal languages.

Two Canada Council Molson Prizes, worth $50,000 each, are awarded every year to distinguished Canadians, one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities. Established in 1964, the prize is funded from the income of a $1 million endowment given to the Canada Council by the Molson Family Foundation and recognizes the recipients’ outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. The Canada Council administers these awards in co-operation with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and both laureates were selected by a joint peer assessment committee.

by NationTalk on June 1, 2012587 Views

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Parliament Hill 2012 Canada Day Celebrations Feature Special Tribute to War of 1812 Heritage

Ottawa, May 31, 2012 – Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission (NCC), invited all Canadians to participate in the 2012 Canada Day celebrations and announced the programming for the Noon and Evening shows.

“This year, the Canada Day noon show will offer diverse performances that will capture the heart of all Canadians as we celebrate the heritage of the War of 1812 and our Canadian heroes. Their efforts tell part of the story of the Canada we know today – an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own parliamentary system,” said Minister Moore. “This is an opportunity to join with your family and friends and celebrate your pride in being Canadian.”

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Yukon artists participate in milestone exhibition of Canadian art

For Release #12-101
May 28, 2012

Whitehorse—The work of three Yukon artists is being featured in Oh, Canada, a major exhibition of Canadian art which opened on May 26 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA).

“Oh, Canada is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Yukon artists to an international audience,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The exhibition is significant both for the professional development of the selected artists, and for the inclusion of Yukon art in discussions of contemporary art history.”

by NationTalk on May 28, 2012652 Views

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FNUniv Gets Set To Host APTN for National Aboriginal Day

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Doyle Anderson, President of First Nations University of Canada, today welcomed the announcement that Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will be hosting part of its National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Regina on June 23.

“This is a joining together of two great voices for Aboriginal people in Canada. We are very happy to have APTN join us at First Nations University of Canada in celebrating the traditions and achievements of First Nations people,” said Anderson.

For the past six years, the Winnipeg-based APTN has staged a major music festival to mark National Aboriginal Day. In addition to its Winnipeg concert, each year the network hosts a concert at a second location in Canada. At a press conference today at FNUniv, APTN made it official that this year’s second concert on June 23 will be held in Regina.

by NationTalk on May 28, 2012572 Views

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Ottawa International Children’s Festival – May 30-June 3, 2012

May 27, 2012

The 2012 Ottawa International Children’s Festival program is now available online! Building on the resounding success of last year, the Festival returns for its 27th season. We’ve listened to your feedback and hope together we’ve made this coming edition the finest yet.

The festival runs from May 30-June 3, 2012.

by NationTalk on May 28, 2012536 Views

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First Peoples Cinema Celebrated at TIFF Lightbox this Summer with Film Series, Free Exhibition and Special Guests

Programme features largest and most wide-ranging First Peoples film series ever seen in North America; major gallery exhibition with work from Native artists; and guests including Academy Award®-nominated actor Graham Greene

Toronto — Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, announced today details for a multifaceted exploration of First Peoples on film including First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition a major film retrospective, Home on Native Land, a free landmark gallery exhibition, as well as an international roster of special guests, all launching on June 21. First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition, a film series that traces a select history of Indigenous filmmaking from around the world, programmed by Jesse Wente (Ojibwe), Head of Film Programmes, TIFF, includes 27 features and over 30 shorts from First Peoples filmmakers from Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and the Philippines. Opening in conjunction with the film series is Home on Native Land, a free major gallery exhibition of new media work from celebrated Native Artists from Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. The programme also features guest appearances by many First Peoples filmmakers, scholars and curators, including an on-stage discussion with Academy Award®-nominated actor Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves).

by NationTalk on May 28, 2012669 Views

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Aboriginal sculpture celebrated at SFU

Haida master carver James Hart leads an Aboriginal blessing ceremony at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus Monday (May 28) to celebrate the installation of his sculpture, Frog Constellation.

Frog Constellation is Hart’s tribute in cedar to a small shamanic piece, depicting a man and woman straddling a huge frog, carved by an unnamed master of Haida art, probably in the 1870s. Hart spent three-and-a-half years on the work. He calls it his “PhD.”

by NationTalk on May 25, 2012701 Views

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Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Celebrates One Millionth Visitor

Yellowknife (May 24, 2012) – Ten days after its 33rd anniversary, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) celebrated its one millionth visitor, who entered the building during a public program organized by Ecology North on the morning of April 26, 2012.

The millionth visitor was Starr McLachlan, who visited the PWNHC with her year-old daughter, Ula, newborn son, Stig, and mother-in-law, Ann McLachlan. They were participating in the Eco Mamas and Papas event, one of the family-oriented Earth Week activities hosted at the museum by Ecology North. The PWNHC provides space for community participation in a wide range of events and activities related to the arts, culture and heritage of the NWT.

by NationTalk on May 24, 2012668 Views

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Arts Operating Funds support local groups

For Release #12-097
May 23, 2012
Arts Operating Funds support local groups

Whitehorse—The Yukon government’s Arts Operating Funds will provide $665,990 to support Yukon’s music, theatre, dance, visual art and film sectors as well as community festival productions.

“Arts and culture is an important economic generator for Yukon, particularly when the public embraces and supports a new idea or concept,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The funding provided by Arts Operating Funds will go toward sustaining and enhancing artistic programming and community participation that will engage Yukoners from many walks of life.”

by NationTalk on May 24, 2012543 Views

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Premier recognizes National Aboriginal Awareness Week, May 22 – 25, 2012

May 22, 2012
For immediate release

Premier’s Office

Throughout National Aboriginal Awareness Week, we have a special opportunity to better understand the impact which Aboriginal peoples and cultures have had, and continue to have, on our unique Canadian identity, says Premier Robert Ghiz, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

“This year’s theme, Looking back, moving forward, encourages us all to learn more about the ways in which Canadian society and culture are shaped by the contributions of Aboriginal peoples, both past and present,” said Premier Ghiz. “Some public service employees in Prince Edward Island have been learning more about the Mi’kmaq First Nations not only as the original inhabitants of the Maritime Provinces, but as vibrant and contributing members of present-day society.”

by NationTalk on May 23, 2012595 Views

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Historic Ministers Island receives funding for preservation activities

Government of New Brunswick
Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living
22 May 2012

Chamcook (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $98,000 to help with restoration work on Ministers Island, a National Historic Site and a Provincial Heritage Place.

“Ministers Island is an important part of our heritage,” said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. “The island’s buildings are tangible reminders of the role this island has played in our shared history. By investing in the restoration of these buildings, we demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that this place is part of our provincial fabric for decades to come.”

by NationTalk on May 22, 2012485 Views

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Minister Kent and Minister Hutchinson Approve Nomination of South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers as Candidate Canadian Heritage River

Ottawa, Ontario – May 18, 2012 – The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Saskatchewan Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, the Honourable Bill Hutchinson, today announced the official nomination of the South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers in Saskatchewan as a candidate Canadian Heritage River.

“I’m pleased to recognize the rich cultural history of the South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers by approving their nomination to the Canadian Heritage River System,” said Minister Kent. “This nomination is a testament to the hard work of community groups, Métis, First Nations, and the provincial and federal government joining together to celebrate and conserve Canada’s river heritage.”

by NationTalk on May 18, 2012502 Views

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Here At Home, an NFB Web documentary about mental illness and homelessness

Montreal, May 14, 2012 – You cross paths with the homeless each day—but do you really see them? Through five Canadian cities, five filmmakers and some 40 short films posted online between now and summer 2013, Here At Home, the new interactive Web documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), lets you follow in real time some of the participants in the world’s largest study on mental illness and homelessness.

Launched on May 15 at 11 a.m. on nfb.ca/hereathome, the Canada-wide, bilingual project trains its lens on the reality of homelessness in Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. It does so by tracking participants of the At Home study, a research initiative led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the health professionals who work with homeless populations daily. On an ongoing basis, the filmmakers will chronicle the Housing First approach—namely, giving people a home and then focusing on treatment. What are the social, human and financial consequences of providing a roof and services to those who, struggling with mental illness, live on the streets?

by NationTalk on May 15, 20122481 Views

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Opening of the From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians Exhibit

May 14, 2012

Opening of the From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians Exhibit in Downtown Ottawa

Ottawa—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will officially open the exhibit From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians, at 90 Wellington Street, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. This public exhibit celebrates Canada’s national honours and the extraordinary contributions of Canadians from across the country and from all walks of life. It also includes the work of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in creating coats of arms and other national emblems.

Since 1967, the Canadian Honours System has recognized thousands of exceptional Canadians, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, Military Valour Decorations and other national honours.

by NationTalk on May 14, 2012591 Views

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Province Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Northern Manitoba

News Release – Manitoba
May 10, 2012

North Remains Key to Manitoba’s Growth, Prosperity: Premier

Premier Greg Selinger hosted a special event at the Legislative Building today to celebrate the unique culture and contributions of northern Manitobans, 100 years after the province’s borders were expanded north in 1912.

“Throughout our shared history, the north has been key to Manitoba’s success,” said Selinger. “Today is about honouring the Aboriginal people, pioneers and communities who built this great province. Looking forward, northerners will continue to play a critical role in Manitoba’s future growth and prosperity.”

by NationTalk on May 14, 2012493 Views

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Artcirq in London to Peform for Queen’s Jubilee Pageant

May 9, 2012

ITK is pleased to have helped raise over $20,000 to assist Artcirq perform for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle. Several months ago ITK, Artcirq, and the RCMP Musical Ride sent a joint letter to governments and businesses. With the help of key sponsors, Artcirq will be performing shows May 10 – 13, 2012.

Artcirq’s performance, which will include drum dancing and throat singing, will be presented in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police famous Musical Ride as part of the “Americas” act of the show. Artcirq will take part in all four scheduled performances on the private grounds of Windsor Castle during the evenings of May 10th, 11th and 13th.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2012566 Views

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New book and exhibit highlight the history of Herschel Island

For Release #12-089
May 9, 2012

Whitehorse—The launch of a new book Herschel Island/Qikiqtaryuk – a natural and cultural history of Yukon’s arctic island will coincide with the opening of a Herschel Island exhibit at the MacBride Museum today.

“On behalf of the Yukon government, congratulations to all involved,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The many contributors to the book speak to the collegial spirit of interdisciplinary research that has taken place at Herschel Island. This new publication establishes the significance of our largest island as a special place in Yukon’s natural and human history.”

by NationTalk on May 9, 2012506 Views

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Canadian Aboriginal Artist Peter Hawk Hill to be Featured Among Artist’s at 7th Annual Community Services Fair in Kingston, Canada

Artist Peter Hawk Hill, Randy Johnston and John Nielssen are among the artist’s who have submitted works at the K-Rock Center in Kingston.

Kingston, Ontario, May 08, 2012

Peter Hawk Hill is one of a collective of artists who belong to a local area artisan group “Different Strokes” whom are sponsored by Frontenac Community Mental Health Services in Kingston. Along with Hill are other artists, like Hill, whom suffer from many of the various mental disabilities which are becoming prevalent in society today.

by NationTalk on May 8, 20121598 Views

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Four GTA Indigenous youth create new works for Deep Wireless and imagineNATIVE 2012



imagineNATIVE and New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) are excited to co-present a new installation of radio artworks created by four Aboriginal youth, part of a new collaboration between both organizations.


This partnership involves Indigenous youth participating in a Sound Art Residency, a series of workshops in the NAISA studio that develop their understanding and skills of sound-based media art, including sound theory, Indigenous perspectives on sound art, capturing and recording content, sound editing and storytelling, and transmitting and presentation of works.

by NationTalk on May 4, 2012512 Views

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UBCIC Fully Supports the Musqueam & Calls on the BC Government to Protect Infant Remains at ćəsna’əm

News Release. May 3, 2012

(Musqueam Territory/Vancouver-Canada, May 3, 2012) Today, the Musqueam People are rallying and marching on Granville Street to a Musqueam ancestral cultural site and burial ground dating back thousands of years to protest the continued destruction and desecration of the burial remains of Musqueam ancestors. It has been determined that on the site of their ancient village ćəsna?əm human remains of two infants have been located. The Musqueam believe the BC Government and the City of Vancouver have placed the commercial interest of the Co-developers, Century Holdings and Ms. Fran and Mr. Gary Hackett, above the just and fundamental human right assertion of the Musqueam that this site not be developed.

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Raincoast Education Society Unveils Calendar of Events for 15th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival, May 4-6, 2012

Tofino, BC – Apr 24, 2012 – Tourism Tofino and the Raincoast Education Society today unveiled the calendar of events for the 15th annual Tofino Shorebird Festival taking place from May 4-6, 2012 in Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

A series of fun and educational events for bird enthusiasts of all ages, the Tofino Shorebird Festival celebrates the thousands of migratory shorebirds passing through Tofino yearly from late April through May on their journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds. The protected forests, expansive mudflats, long, sandy beaches and rocky shorelines of the Tofino area provide the right combination of habitats to attract more than 40 species of shorebirds, including Western Sandpipers, Dunlin, and the largest migratory concentrations of Whimbrels in British Columbia. The threatened Red Knot is also a regular visitor to Tofino each spring.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2012416 Views

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Sharing Our Culture – Aboriginal Tourism Forum 2012

Dettah (April 23, 2012) – Over 70 tourism operators, entrepreneurs, government representatives, guest speakers and industry stakeholders attended the Aboriginal Tourism Forum to define, set priorities, and set the stage for future community engagement in the development of an Aboriginal tourism sector in the NWT.

The two-day industry forum was hosted by the Aboriginal Tourism Champions Advisory Council (ATCAC) and sponsored by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Participants shared best practices, experiences, and information about Aboriginal tourism products.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2012469 Views

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Nominations open for $5,000 multiculturalism awards

April 23, 2012

Victoria – Nominations are now open for the annual Provincial Nesika Awards 2012 and British Columbians are encouraged to participate.

The Provincial Nesika Awards started in 2008 and recognize the people, organizations and businesses whose exceptional work helps bring our diverse cultures together. The Province’s Multicultural Advisory Council organizes and sponsors the awards to honour and celebrate British Columbia’s cultural diversity and Aboriginal heritage.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2012572 Views

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Harper Government Invests in British Columbia’s Economy

Chilliwack, British Columbia, April 23, 2012 – New investments in arts and culture in the greater Chilliwack region are helping to boost the economy and create jobs and growth. Support for four projects was announced today by Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament (Chilliwack–Fraser Canyon), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Senior Regional Minister for British Columbia.

Funding will support a range of projects that share the common goal of providing residents of Chilliwack and the surrounding areas with rich cultural experiences. The organizations receiving support today include the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society, the Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society, the In-SHUCK-Ch Services Society, and the Spences Bridge Community Club.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2012533 Views

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Organizer Seeks Mohawk Code Talkers

April 19, 2012

Veteran Affairs Coordinator Jeff C. Whelan is trying to find out how accurate his list is of Mohawk Code talkers. “I’ve been working on this list for a while and I’m now at the point where I need some input from the community,” said Whelan. He is looking for verification, either documents or verbal confirmation or both. “What I need is clear and convincing evidence that this list of men were in fact Code Talkers during World War II,” he added.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council recently requested the United States Mint to develop a Code Talkers Congressional Medal for Mohawk Code Talkers. They appointed Jeffrey C. Whelan to serve as the Mohawk Tribe’s official liaison to the United States Mint. Whelan will assist in the design of the medal.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2012772 Views

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For the International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference, Montreal launch of the National Film Board of Canada’s Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories

Montreal, April 17, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) launches the Montreal premiere of its landmark Inuit audiovisual legacy project, Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories, to coincide with the International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference taking place in Montreal April 22 to 27. This premiere follows last fall’s tour, which launched the initiative throughout Canada’s Inuit regions. From April 26 to 28, visitors to the NFB’s CineRobotheque will have a chance to discover Inuit culture by taking part in a gamut of free activities and screenings that showcase Nunavik. Filmmakers, artisans and special guests will be attending, and each screening will follow a presentation by the Inuit multidisciplinary artist Aaju Peter. In parallel to these activities open to the public, the NFB will take part in the IPY conference, including in teachers’ workshops entitled PolarEDUCATORSWorkshop. The Montreal launch of Unikkausivut takes place in collaboration with IPY, Adventure Canada, Cruise North Expeditions and the Avataq Cultural Institute.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2012493 Views

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The Sasquatch Returns to Harrison Hot Springs-Sasquatch Days Are Back!

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia – April 17, 2012 – After nearly 70 years, Sasquatch Days are coming back to Harrison Hot Springs. June 9th and 10th this historic event will bring the local First Nations Band Sts’ailes back to the Village of Harrison Hot Springs for two days of games, fun and excitement. This intercultural celebration will include canoe races, traditional salmon barbeque, medicine walks, cultural boat tours, arts & craft activities, games, entertainment and most importantly talks on the Sasquatch from Sts’ailes experts and local Harrison Hot Springs Sasquatch investigators.

Harrison Hot Springs Mayor, Leo Facio said, “The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is glad to see the Sasquatch Days on the shores of our beautiful community. We would like to welcome all visitors to Harrison Hot Springs to celebrate the cultural diversity of our region. Diversity is the commonality that unites as all, let’s celebrate it together.”

by NationTalk on April 18, 2012493 Views

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Anishinaabe elders adopt Weisgerber

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Winnipeg – Anishinaabe elders and community leaders adopted Archbishop James Weisgerber of Winnipeg as their brother April 14 in a traditional ceremony at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg, the first event of its kind in the reconciliation between Indian residential school survivors and missionary churches.

“This is part of a long journey for me,” Weisgerber said.

As a priest in Saskatchewan, he had been a pastoral minister at four of what were then called Indian reserves, “but nobody ever talked about the residential schools,” he said. In 1990, Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, “made a public declaration and released a huge barrage, and more people began speaking and I began to understand,” Weisgerber said.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012745 Views

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Residency in Music Production – Call for Applications

Are you an aspiring First Nations, Métis, or Inuit musician?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 30?
Do you want to learn how to produce your own music?

The Asinabka Festival is partnering with Sign Star Records, an Aboriginal owned Record Company based in Ottawa, and the Saw Video Media Arts Centre, to offer a one-week residency in music production. This residency is for beginners and emerging artists, who will learn and work hands on with one of the music industry’s top production/recording software’s. Participants are encouraged to have a draft of a song, either partially or fully written, so that they can incorporate their own music into the workshops. After the residency, one applicant will be given the opportunity to continue working with Sign Star Records to produce their music! Non-musicians interested in the post-production of music are also welcome to apply.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012456 Views

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Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Announces 2012 Line-up

April 13, 2012

For 10 days in June, the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival will transform the city for its 23rd year of music. Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival, which runs June 14-23, announced its lineup on April 13. With nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages at over 40 ticketed shows during the 10-day run, the venerable music fest draws thousands of concert goers for a wide range of events spanning just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, hardbop to hip-hop, roots and blues to indie rock and ska, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2012602 Views

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Anishnaabemowin – Our Language, Our Culture

The author, Gordon Shawanda, has given us permission to make this book available for download here on our site at no cost for all aspiring students of Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe language). It is divided into 18 lessons/themes.

From the book’s preface:

This book has been prepared for students of the Ojibwe Language and community education programs. Many thanks to all elders, teachers, past and present, who have gathered and shared information so our children can keep the language alive and blossoming.

by NationTalk on April 16, 20121211 Views

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Federal and Provincial Governments Help Atlantic Canadian Musicians Compete in International Markets

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Innovation, Business and Rural Development
April 12, 2012

The Government of Canada and the four provinces of Atlantic Canada announced today a joint investment of $98,000 in support of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and the Atlantic Canadian music industry. The contribution will fund the ECMA’s International Export Buyers Program, which allows Atlantic Canadian performers to showcase their talents to international buyers and provides them access to training to better access opportunities abroad.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the ECMA’s International Export Buyers Program, which promotes talented Atlantic Canadian artists abroad,” said the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and La Francophonie. “This financial contribution will allow the region’s musicians to showcase their talents, while letting them gain knowledge and skills in the area of exports.”

by NationTalk on April 12, 2012489 Views

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Ontario Science Centre Unveils Brand New Film To The Arctic

April 11, 2012

Amidst the many programs and activities marking Environment Month, the Ontario Science Centre is proud to debut the new IMAX® film, To The Arctic. It features the poignant story of a mother polar bear and her two young cubs who navigate the changing wilderness they call home. Narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, the film opens April 20th at the Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre.

“A recent study found that 84% of Canadians believe the Arctic environment is unspoiled and fragile and should be a priority region for protection in Canada”, said Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. “This beautiful film will touch the hearts of Canadians of all ages”.

by NationTalk on April 11, 2012561 Views

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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Supports Tekakwitha Conference

April 10, 2012

Catholic Pope to Canonize Kateri Tekakwitha

On Tuesday April 10, 2012, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council presented the Tekakwitha Conference committee with a check for $25,000 to support the 73rd Annual Tekakwitha Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Albany, New York July 18 to 22, 2012. Native American Catholics and traditional Native Americans have been traveling to different parts of the US and Canada for years to attend this conference. Catholic Church leaders, Indian clergy and missionaries also take part in the conference. The conference planning committee raised nearly $30,000 for the event. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have each contributed $25,000.

by NationTalk on April 10, 2012665 Views

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Aboriginal Artist Peter “Hawk” Hill to have exhibition at Confederation Basin, Kingston, Ontario

Hill’s pieces are of a rare breed in the two-tone technique world. Hill takes pride in the fact that each piece he creates is a one of a kind. He does not re-create the images of his majestic birds, represented in this very unique art, but has carried on this style, creating something that truly is one of a kind.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Katarokwi) April 10, 2012

Residing at his home in Kingston or known in its true origins Katarokwi. Hill creates art in his humble quarters struggling with the challenges of an almost impoverished existence. Hill currently survives on a small government pittance, due to the fact that he unable to maintain normal work activities due to poor health and the fact he has been deemed emotionally unstable. Despite the challenges of being destitute and suffering from emotional lapses, he has decided to pour him self into his creations to escape from the world he struggles with. In the early hours. Hill can still be found working through the night developing and evolving from his earliest beginnings as a formal artist when he debuted at Ottawa City Hall in the nations capital. Although Hill has exhibited at other places such as Vainer City Hall, Place Bell Canada Corporate Building, and in times of financial distress at the local Byward Market located near Parliament Hill just off of Sussex. He has often been discouraged by both family and friends not to produce his work. “It’s just a hobby” as said by one such relative, Hill unrelentingly marches forward to achieve his goal.

by NationTalk on April 10, 20121305 Views

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Provincial Government Loan Boosts 2012 Seal Hunt

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Fisheries and Aquaculture
April 5, 2012

The annual seal hunt will occur off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador once again this year due in part to a loan provided by the Provincial Government to Carino Processing Limited (Carino). The $3.6 million loan for the purchase of raw material was announced today by the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, with representatives from the company and the Canadian Sealers Association in attendance.

“Through today’s announcement, our government is providing financial support for the seal processing industry in order to protect the future viability of the province’s seal hunt,” said Minister King. “Securing new market access is extremely important if all stakeholders are to collectively revitalize the sealing industry. Today’s commitment by the Provincial Government of $3.6 million will ensure adequate raw material is available to Carino to address market demands as they arise, and will ensure hundreds of harvesters secure an income this year.”

by NationTalk on April 5, 2012745 Views

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