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Harper Government Invests in Saskatchewan’s Economy

Regina, July 20, 2012 – Investments in the arts, culture, youth and official-language sectors are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth in Saskatchewan. Support for 75 projects was announced today by Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament (Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding supports a range of organizations, projects and festivals across the province, that share the common goal of providing visitors and residents of Saskatchewan with rich cultural experiences. Groups and initiatives receiving support include the All Folk’d Up In Montmartre Folk Festival, the Stenen 100th Anniversary Homecoming, New Dance Horizons, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, and le Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan Ltée.

by NationTalk on July 20, 2012509 Views

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The world’s largest celebration of contemporary Indigenous culture continues

Planet IndigenUS Festival Co-Produced by Woodland Cultural Centre
The world’s largest celebration of contemporary Indigenous culture continues
Part II: August 15-19

TORONTO, ON (July 19, 2012) – The biggest contemporary Indigenous cultural festival in the world continues at Harbourfront Centre. Planet IndigenUS co-produced by Woodland Cultural Centre is a ten-day multidisciplinary celebration of contemporary international Indigenous culture with events at Harbourfront Centre, Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and at partner institutions around Toronto and the region and taking place from August 10-19.

Attached, a rundown of events occurring during the second half of the ten-day festival. Highlights of the second half of Planet IndigenUS include:

by NationTalk on July 20, 2012757 Views

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Media Advisory – Minister Duncan to Participate in the Back to Batoche Days in Batoche, SK

Please be advised that the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, will be participating in Back to Batoche Days in Batoche, Saskatchewan.

When:
Friday, July 20, 2012

Time:
10:00 a.m.

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AIAI Observes Nelson Mandela’s 94th Birthday

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2012

Toronto, ON — On behalf of the eight member First Nations of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, we send our deepest respect and best wishes to Mr. Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 94th birthday.

In giving 67 years of his life to public service, and enduring 28 years as a political prisoner, Mr. Mandela is an icon in the fight against racism and colonial oppression.

Mr. Mandela’s legacy, carried on through the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is a message of hope for First Nations in Canada. The atrocities of South Africa’s apartheid regime are mirrored in the actions and policies of the settler governments in Canada. Mr. Mandela and his supporters fought against forced relocation from Indigenous homelands, legislated cultural genocide, and political oppression; the very same struggles that continue to face Indigenous peoples in Canada.

by NationTalk on July 19, 2012617 Views

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Mohawk Artist Presents Kateri Tekakwitha Portrait

July 18, 2012

To Be Considered as Official Portrait in Vatican

On July 13, 2012, Mohawk artist Jordan Thompson presented a beautiful pen and ink portrait of Kateri Tekakwitha to Debbie Thomas. Ms. Thomas will submit it to Catholic Church officials during the Kateri Conference to be held on Wednesday July 18, 2012 near Albany. The portrait itself is full of symbolism. Because Kateri was a member of the turtle clan, a turtle is featured along with 24 lilies representing each year of her life. The “Three Sisters” of corn, beans and squash are pictured since one of Kateri’s tasks was to work as a gardener where she would construct a wooden cross tied with a rope. As a result of small pox, Kateri became partially blind, which is also depicted in the portrait. A rosary is also pictured since she always had it beside her.

by NationTalk on July 18, 2012658 Views

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Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery – FIRST PHOTOGRAPHS – Early Photographs of North American Indigenous Peoples

Exhibition: July 26 – September 15, 2012
Reception: Thursday, August 2, 5-9pm

Toronto, July 18, 2012 – This exhibition of over 50 vintage prints, from a wide variety of makers, concentrates on photographs of North American Indigenous Peoples. Early ethnographic photography is a hybrid of fact and fiction; however an appreciation for their unique qualities as historical artifacts enables the viewer to move beyond pure exoticism.

by NationTalk on July 18, 2012590 Views

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Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in Nova Scotia

Halifax, July 18, 2012 – New investments in arts and culture in Nova Scotia are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth. Support for 52 projects throughout the province was announced today by the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

The funding will support a range of projects—from hosting summer festivals to various arts events and acitivities—that provide visitors and residents of Nova Scotia with rich cultural experiences. Organizations receiving funding include the Halifax Pop Explosion Association, the Millbrook Powwow Committee, the Antigonish Highland Society, the Jazz East Rising Association, the Chedabucto Bay Folk Society, the Maison la bouche rouverte associée, the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, and Live Art Dance Productions.

by NationTalk on July 18, 2012644 Views

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Harper Government Invests in Manitoba’s Economy

Winnipeg, July 17, 2012 – Investments in arts, culture, and official languages are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth in Manitoba. Support for 23 projects was announced today by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding supports a wide range of organizations and projects across the province, including local festivals and cultural organizations that all share the common goal of providing residents of Manitoba with rich cultural experiences. Groups and initiatives receiving support include the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Festival du Voyageur, the Manitoba Museum, and Canada’s National History Society .

by NationTalk on July 18, 2012638 Views

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Supported by Provincial Government

Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Executive Council
July 16, 2012

Aboriginal groups throughout the province are receiving $50,000 through the Provincial Government’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program to support projects designed to safeguard Aboriginal practices and cultures.

“This program was designed to help preserve our province’s Aboriginal heritage,” said the Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. “The Provincial Government is committed to assisting Aboriginal groups throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to ensure their traditional culture is passed on to future generations.”

by NationTalk on July 16, 2012587 Views

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NAN Supports in Commemoration of First Nation Contributions in War of 1812

Monday, July 16, 2012
For Immediate Release

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin will join other First Nation leaders from across Ontario today, in a commemorative procession honouring First Nation involvement in the War of 1812.

More than 10,000 First Nation warriors were instrumental in the preservation of Upper and Lower Canada, as they fought as British Allies. The First Nations considered the outbreak of war as a chance to stop the loss of their lands and the westward expansion of the Americans. Canada then consisted of the maritime colonies and parts of southern Quebec and Ontario. In Canada, the War of 1812 was the end of an era in which the First Nations had been able to keep their positions in return for service in war. Soon, with the growth of Upper Canada, the First Nations were outnumbered in their own lands. It was almost forgotten that if not for their support, Upper Canada might very well have fallen into American hands.

by NationTalk on July 16, 2012551 Views

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Planet IndigenUS: Celebrating Contemporary Global Indigenous Culture

For Immediate Release

Massive Ten-Day Celebration of Contemporary Indigenous Culture:
Planet IndigenUS co-produced with Woodland Cultural Centre
Festival Details, Part I: August 10-14, 2012

Toronto, ON (July 12, 2012) – The biggest contemporary Indigenous cultural festival in the world kicks off at Harbourfront Centre on August 10. Planet IndigenUS co-produced with Woodland Cultural Centre is a ten-day multidisciplinary celebration of contemporary international indigenous culture with events at Harbourfront Centre, Woodland Cultural Centre and at partner institutions around Toronto and the region and taking place from August 10-19.

by NationTalk on July 12, 2012575 Views

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30-Year Old Tłįchǫ Drum Songs Released on CD

Yellowknife, NT (July 12, 2012) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty, will present the first CD copies of drum songs to the Tłįchǫ chiefs at the annual Tłįchǫ Gathering in Wekweètì.

In 1982, Robert Janes, Director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) in cooperation with the Dene Nation and CBC North, contracted anthropologist Ronald Wright to record Dene music. This project was to both preserve a sample of traditional Dene music and share the music with the world.

by NationTalk on July 11, 2012508 Views

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Place au DOC! – Les soirées ONF

Montreal, July 10, 2012 – Documentary film will soon be contributing to Montreal’s lively cultural nightlife. From July 17 to August 8, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), in association with the Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles, is presenting Place au DOC! – Les soirées ONF, featuring eight striking new documentaries, as part of Place Émilie-Gamelin’s summer program. Eight French screenings will be presented free of charge on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9:30 p.m. in Place Émilie-Gamelin.

Place au DOC! – Les soirées ONF takes a critical look at a society that examines itself through a variety of artistic, political and social forms of expression. The irresistible audacity of hip hop music features in Symphonie Locass, Socalled, le film and Les États-Unis d’Afrique. The latter film constitutes an ideal curtain raiser for the Didier Awadi show, taking place at the International Nuits d’Afrique Festival on July 20. There is a poetic dimension to the committed activism of Une force de la nature, Trou Story, Les Fros and Les porteurs d’espoir. As Wapikoni – Escale à Kitcisakik demonstrates, in addition to the important role of education and the environment in the future of a society, reflection on identity is also crucial. This screening coincides with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on August 9, 2012.

by NationTalk on July 11, 2012653 Views

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Birthday Song Contest Winners Announced

Iqaluit, Nunavut (July 10, 2012) – Nunavut officially has a new Inuktitut birthday song. The Minister of Languages is pleased to announce today the winners of the Nunavut-wide Inuktitut birthday song writing contest on the19th anniversary of the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

“Songs play an important part in promoting Inuit identity, culture and language,” said James Arreak, Minister of Languages. “I am pleased by the enthusiasm of Nunavummiut in participating in this great birthday song writing contest.”

The Department of Culture and Heritage received a total of 42 submissions from which a panel of judges selected the top ten best songs in Inuktitut. From these, the first, second and third place songs were chosen based on their originality, creativity, melody and lyrics.

by NationTalk on July 11, 2012962 Views

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Snapshot: East Coast Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Exhibition opens July 6th, 7pm
Runs through August 17th

Snapshot: East Coast Contemporary Aboriginal Art is one of the first major exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal art in Halifax since Re-claiming History opened at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in June 2000. It focuses on contemporary East Coast Aboriginal art and is curated by renowned Mii’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy. Snapshot will showcase recent work of six emerging and mid-career artists: Frannie Fancis, Ursula Johnson, Dozay Christmas, Charles Doucette, Gerald Gloade, and Jerry Evans.
Snapshot is part of a larger exploration of Aboriginal cultural production in the Atlantic region that encompasses film, storytelling, drumming, artist talks and visual art that the Khyber is organising in partnership with the **Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre** on Gottingen Street. This exhibition will facilitate an opportunity to engage with the diversity and distinctiveness of Mi’kmaq and Maliseet art practices and aesthetics as it celebrates the innovation and dynamism of indigenous art in Atlantic Canada.

by NationTalk on July 10, 2012917 Views

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Announcing Date of the 36th Annual Elders Gathering

Abbotsford, BC – Tsawwassen First Nation and Stó:lō Communities are proud to announce this year’s gathering will be held from July 10 to 12 at the Tradex – Trade and Exhibition Centre on 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford, BC. The theme is “Letsemót” One Heart, One Mind, One Family. There will be traditional food and ceremonies at the Semath Long House during the three days of the Elders Gathering.

After a successful 35th Annual Elders Gathering with over 1500 participates per day and an opening ceremony of 3000 guests, the Stó:lō people have partnered with Tsawwassen First Nation to host the 2012 gathering. Sumas Elder Millie Silver and chair of the 35th Elders Gathering formally announced the event. The new Core Planning group is honoured to coordinate and welcome all elders and dignitaries to Abbotsford once again, states Elder Millie Silver. The core planning group is comprised of many different representatives from the Stó:lō and Tsawwassen First Nation.

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NTI Releases New Bumper Stickers

(July 9, 2012 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Cathy Towtongie today officially launched a new bumper sticker to help inform Nunavummiut, southern Canadians, and the international audience about the healthy polar bear populations in Nunavut.

For many years, scientists have used incomplete science to predict that the impact of climate change on polar bear populations would force a decline in populations in Nunavut. Data from recent Government of Nunavut aerial surveys show that polar bear populations are healthy and that previous scientific predictions are flawed.

“NTI intends to carry this message to the world. It is very important that Nunavummiut, all Canadians, and the international audience know and understand that what Inuit have said for decades is true: we are on the land and water with these bears year round, and we know that their populations have increased, and in some cases are posing a threat to Inuit and other animals,” said Towtongie.

by NationTalk on July 9, 2012624 Views

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Government of Canada Recognizes National Significance of Calgary Stampede to Canada’s History

Calgary, Alberta, July 8, 2012 — On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance) and Member of Parliament for MacLeod, today will unveil a Historic Plaque and Monuments Board of Canada plaque recognizing the Calgary Stampede, billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” as an event of national historic significance.

“You can’t think of Canada without thinking of the Calgary Stampede, and I’m very happy to announce the designation of the Stampede as a national historic event in its centennial year,” said Minister Menzies. “The Stampede has played an important role in preserving key elements of an historic western-Canadian “way of life” as well as distinctive cultural traditions of its First Nations participants.”

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Minister Duncan Opens Indian Village at Calgary Stampede

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Calgary, Alberta (July 6, 2012) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of Aboriginal Relations for Alberta, today officially opened the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede .

“I encourage all visitors to the Stampede to learn more about the history of this village and what it represents for the First Nations of Treaty 7, especially the efforts that have been made over the decades to strengthen and preserve First Nation culture and heritage in Alberta,” said Minister Duncan.

by NationTalk on July 9, 2012644 Views

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Five Decades of Inuktitut Magazine Available Online

Inuktitut Magazine is Canada’s longest standing Inuit language periodical – published since 1959! As Canada’s Inuit cultural magazine, Inuktitut Magazine shares the rich stories and vibrant images of Inuit.

Currently published twice a year, in Inuktitut syllabics, roman orthography, English, and French, 15,000 copies of Inuktitut Magazine are distributed across the circumpolar Arctic, to parliamentarians in Ottawa, and around the globe.

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Media Advisory: Minister to Attend Miawpukek First Nation Powwow in Conne River

Executive Council
July 5, 2012

The Honourable Nick McGrath, Minister for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, will participate in the Miawpukek First Nation Traditional Powwow tomorrow (Friday, July 6) in Conne River.

This is the 17th annual powwow of the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, the only recognized Reserve on the island portion of the province. Traditional dancers, drummers, spiritual leaders and elders from across the Mi’kmaq Nation will celebrate their traditions, culture, and spiritualism.

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Media advisory – Opening of the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede

Please be advised that the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, will deliver greetings to the Calgary Stampede’s visitors to officially open the Indian Village.

Date:
Friday, July 6, 2012

Time :
4:00 p.m.

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Honouring the Spirit of Sagatay | Aboriginal Artists’ Conference Exhibition

June 13, 2012 – July 29, 2012

On Wednesday, June 13th, from 5-7pm, the centre will host an opening reception in the Charlotte Glencross Gallery, of the exhibition, Honouring the Spirit of Sagatay. This impressive exhibition, as part of our Aboriginal Artists’ Conference, will feature the work of over a dozen aboriginal artists from various First Nation communities around the province, including Tobique First Nation, Indian Island First Nation, Elsipogtog First Nation, Saint Mary’s First Nation, Metepenagiag First Nation and more. Artists include Dozay Christmas, Audrey Sanipass, Pauline Young, Tara Francis, Sally Brooks, Ingrid Brooks, Sheila McKinley, Gina Brooks, Percy Sacobie, Theresa Lightfoot and more.

by NationTalk on July 5, 2012666 Views

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Provincial Summer Festivals Underway

News Release – Manitoba
July 4, 2012

Manitobans Encouraged to Enjoy the Festival Experience: Marcelino

Summer is in full swing for Manitobans and there are plenty of festivals to attend and enjoy, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino said today.

“In Manitoba, any time is a good time to celebrate and enjoy the many cultural flavours of our great province,” said Marcelino. “I invite all Manitobans to attend one or more of the many summer festivals and events as there are plenty to keep you busy and you’ll find entertainment for the whole family.”

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2011-12 NAC English Theatre Sets All-Time Attendance Record!

July 03, 2012

The NAC English Theatre is thrilled to announce that the 2011–12 Season brought in the largest single ticket audience in the Theatre’s 43-year history, selling 39,204 single tickets and a combined 69,769 with subscription sales.

Led by the smash hit holiday musical Oliver!, followed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt’s farewell tour of 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Sandra Shamas’ special production of Wit’s End III: Love Life, and closing with the all-Aboriginal King Lear, audiences couldn’t get enough of the variety of programming that was featured throughout the season. Response was so strong that Oliver! and Wit’s End III: Love Life added performances to keep up with demand.

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Official Alberta Culture Days Celebration Sites in 38 communities this fall

July 3, 2012

64 organizations involved in planning and coordination

Edmonton… The fifth annual Alberta Culture Days are set to take place September 28 to 30 across the province. All communities, governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals are encouraged to get involved.

To encourage participation, help foster new relationships and increase access to cultural experiences, the Government of Alberta is supporting Alberta Culture Days Celebration Sites in 38 communities. Sixty-four community organizations will share a total of $375,000 to assist with planning and coordinating the events.

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Arts Fund supports community engagement

For Release #12-126
June 28, 2012

Whitehorse—Fourteen art organizations will share $149,845 through Yukon’s Arts Fund to help develop art appreciation and engagement.

“Celebrating Yukon’s unique and diverse cultures by engaging youth, First Nations and community residents in skills development and art appreciation is what the Arts Fund is all about,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The groups supported with this recent round of funding show a high level of creativity and thoughtful expression reflective of Yukon’s commitment to grow art appreciation across all communities.”

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God’s Country/Gzhe-minidoo Ki – June 21-July 28, 2012

Scott Benesiinaabandan, Douglas Cardinal
Tannis Neilson & Frank Shebageget

Curators: Howard Adler (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation)
Christopher Wong (Chippewa’s of Nawash First Nation)

June 21 to July 28, 2012, Opening Thursday, June 21 6:30–8:30pm

Curators Notes:
God’s Country is a radio station for Christian country and southern gospel music… God’s Country is located in Potters County, Pennsylvania, it is “unspoiled, untouched” and “untamed”… God’s Country is a modern day story of slavery, young women ignored by the police and protected by “freedom of religion” are trapped in polygamous communities scattered throughout North America… God’s Country, often abbreviated to “godzone,” is a phrase that has been used by New Zealanders and Australians to describe their homeland… God’s Country was used by the Confederate army to describe parts of Tennessee in the 1860’s, it was also used to describe California, and to describe the land of the Mississippi plains; it is still occasionally used to describe the United States, and parts of Canada.

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Investments in Arts and Culture Build a Stronger Economy in Alberta

Edmonton, June 27, 2012 – Arts, culture, and official-language organizations will help create jobs and growth throughout Alberta, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for 69 projects. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the presence of representatives of Edmonton’s arts and culture community.

Funding will support a wide range of arts, culture, and official-language organizations in Alberta that will generate jobs and strengthen the local economy. Organizations receiving support include the Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society, the Edmonton Folk Festival, the Citadel Theatre, and the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta.

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New Book Examines Indian Residential Schools in Canada

Author Robert P. Wells offers interesting perspectives on Indian life in Canada.

Kingston, Ontario – June 26, 2012

In his new book “Wawahte: Subject: Canadian Indian Residential Schools” (published by Trafford Publishing), Robert P. Wells delves into his past and the historic policies he observed as a person growing up in a life governed by laws imposed by the Canadian government on Indian, First Nations or native people.

In “Wawahte” Wells focuses on three people, offering readers an intimate glimpse into their lives and their pasts. By looking at these three native people – Ester, a little Cree girl; Bunnie, a girl abandoned by her family and left to be raised by an Indian residential school; and Stanley, a community elder – Wells hopes to expose what he sees as injustices brought on by policies forcing Indian students into residential schools.

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Ministers Ashfield and Aglukkaq Recognize Fifth Annual Celebration of the Seal

Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to the Government of Nunavut, Inuit leaders and the Fur Institute of Canada on the fifth annual Celebration of the Seal, a community event to highlight and celebrate the Inuit connection with, and appreciation for, the seal.

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Lheidli T’enneh Public Art Unveiled at City Hall

June 21, 2012
For Immediate Release

Prince George, BC – Today at City Hall, Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick, Mayor Shari Green, and artists Robert Frederick and Jennifer Annaïs Pighin joined together with Elders to unveil a public art project representative of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation’s culture and heritage. The project incorporates a traditional dugout canoe with the outer shell carved in images portraying a Lheidli T’enneh legend, passed down through generations of oral traditions. Surrounding the canoe is a flowerbed ledge with a glass tile mosaic depicting eleven life-size fish species native to the Nechako and Fraser Rivers in the Prince George Region.

by NationTalk on June 25, 2012931 Views

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Métis Games Celebrated at National Aboriginal Day Event

June 22, 2012

On June 21, Métis from all across the homeland are celebrated National Aboriginal Day (Click here to read a National Aboriginal Day Message from Métis Nation of Ontario President Gary Lipinski). National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Ottawa include a four day Solstice Festival in Vincent Massey Park. During this Festival Métis volunteers and Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) staff members are offering the Métis games. These games, which are a popular part of MNO Annual General Assemblies and other special events, offer participants the chance to learn about Métis culture and have fun at the same time!

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Heritage conservation efforts aided through Alberta Historical Resources Foundation grant programs

June 22, 2012

Edmonton… From High Prairie and Athabasca in the north to East Coulee and the Crowsnest Pass in the south, individuals, organizations and municipalities are working to preserve, protect and promote the heritage and history of Alberta. Those efforts received a helping hand with the awarding of more than $1.4 million in Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s (AHRF) heritage grants.

“Culture connects our past with our present and gives us insight into our future,” said Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk. “Albertans take great pride in the history and heritage of our province and bringing that history to life for our youth and future generations is essential to our cultural life. With the heritage grants, we are supporting the work of dedicated heritage conservationists and those who continue to create awareness of our rich and colourful past.”

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Whitehorse Celebrates Completion of Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse, Yukon, June 21, 2012 – Officials from the federal and territorial governments and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation were on hand today to celebrate the grand opening of the new Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, located on the beautiful Whitehorse waterfront.

The new Centre celebrates both the heritage and contemporary way of life of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and is a gathering place for people of all cultures. The new Centre will have the capacity to host events and exhibits, offer cultural programming and language classes, and will be a place where people can learn about the Kwanlin Dün culture through the sharing of stories, art, music and traditional food.

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New Uashassihtsh complex in Mashteuiatsh made possible by funding from the Government of Canada

Mashteuiatsh, Quebec, June 21, 2012 – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, took the opportunity of today’s official inauguration of the new Uashassihtsh complex showcasing Ilnuatsh culture and ancestral traditions to note that federal funding was granted for the construction of this facility in Mashteuiatsh.

“By funding the construction of the Uashassihtsh complex, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to fostering the growth of tourism, a high-yield sector for the Quebec and Canadian economies,” said Minister Lebel.

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Premier’s Statement on National Aboriginal Day

For Immediate Release
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June 21, 2012

Office of the Premier

Victoria – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement to mark National Aboriginal Day:

“June 21, National Aboriginal Day, is an important day in British Columbia and across Canada. Today, we celebrate the heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

“Aboriginal people are a vital part of B.C.’s economy and our culture. Because Aboriginal youth represent the fastest-growing demographic in our province, the importance of Aboriginal people in B.C. will only grow in the years ahead. They will play a key role in maintaining the province’s strength and in creating an even brighter future for all British Columbians.

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Youth Winners honoured at Reception hosted by Joseph Boyden at Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg

First Prize Winner leads Manitoban Finalists in Aboriginal Art and Writing Awards

Winnipeg – June 21, 2012 – Seventeen-year-old Tommy Starr from Pine Creek First Nation in Northern Manitoba placed first in the Junior Writing Category of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s annual Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge for his work A Day with the Grandfathers.” Tommy joined Giller winner Joseph Boyden at a special awards reception today at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, along with fellow winners , Stephanie Wesley (29) of Thunder Bay, Ontario Victoria Swain (17) of Bruce Mines, Ontario, and Melanie Jewell (24) of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

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Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2012

The 18th annual National Aboriginal Day, hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee, began this morning with a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at Toronto City Hall.

Traditional teacher Steve Teekens led the ceremony with Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, reading the proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto. The ceremony was followed by the flag raising.

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Committing to equality on Aboriginal Solidarity Day: June 21

“We know there is much work to do before equality is achieved for all citizens, especially for Aboriginal peoples. Our work to end poverty and homelessness and to eliminate discrimination in all areas of employment is far from over.” – James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Ottawa (20 June 2012) – June 21 is celebrated as Aboriginal Solidarity Day across the country, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Collectively the groups make up the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. The date of June 21 was selected for several reasons, including the fact that it coincides with the summer solstice.

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NAN Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2012

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is joining First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples across Canada today in celebrating National Aboriginal Day, a day proclaimed in June 1996 by the Governor General of Canada to celebrate Aboriginal culture and diversity while recognizing the contributions Aboriginal peoples have made towards shaping Canada.

“This is a day where Aboriginal people from across Canada celebrate who we are as a culture and promote diversity amongst our community,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy who will be taking part at opening ceremonies. “This is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and the richness of our culture. ”

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UFCW – National Aboriginal Day — June 21, 2012

In Canada, National Aboriginal Day is commemorated each year on June 21. When this day was first proclaimed by the Governor General of Canada in 1996, the Canadian Constitution recognized the three groups of Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis; each possessing their own diverse heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

Yet eleven years later, in 2007, Canada shamefully declined to join 144 other nations as a signatory of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). That that same year, our national partner First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), lodged a formal complaint against the Canadian government before the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The complaint outlined the longstanding and continuing discrimination of the Canadian government by its underfunding of First Nations children on reserves, compared to non-Aboriginal children in the general community.

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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day June 21

News Release – June 21, 2012

Proclaimed in 1996, National Aboriginal Day honours the diverse culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people across Canada. Today, on the first day of summer, the Government of Saskatchewan joins all Aboriginal peoples in celebrating their important contributions to the history of the province of Saskatchewan and throughout Canada.

“National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness, share knowledge, and highlight the rich aboriginal culture and traditions that are an important part of the province of Saskatchewan,” Government Relations Minister and Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Jim Reiter said.

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Toronto’s leading lights gather at the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch

For Immediate Release:

Toronto’s leading lights will gather on June 21 for the presentation of the 2012 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards at The Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch hosted by Red Sky’s Sandra Laronde. This annual event, organized by Toronto Arts Foundation, celebrates artists, cultural professionals, businesses, and philanthropists who have helped build Toronto’s vibrant civic life through significant and innovative contributions to the city’s arts and culture scene. Acclaimed Hannaford Street Silver Band will kick off the event with celebratory fanfare. Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett, now celebrating 30 years of Afro-Cuban music-making, will take the stage with pianist Hilario Duran to perform duets from their latest recording Cuban Rhapsody. Following the performance at Arcadian Court, five awards, with cash prizes totaling $43,500, will be presented.

by NationTalk on June 21, 2012833 Views

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National Aboriginal Day

Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
Executive Council Office
Office of the Premier

20 June 2012

Fredericton (GNB) – The following message was released today by Premier David Alward, minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, in recognition of National Aboriginal Day:

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day across Canada. This day is significant because many generations of First Nations people traditionally celebrate their heritage during the summer solstice, which also occurs on June 21. It is also an opportunity for everyone to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions that First Nations people have made in the development of our province and our country. National Aboriginal Day offers a chance to celebrate together and to learn more about each other.

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June 21 is National Aboriginal Day

June 20, 2012
For immediate release

Executive Council Office

Islanders are encouraged to participate in National Aboriginal Day celebrations taking place on Thursday, July 21, says Premier Robert Ghiz, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

“National Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to experience the rich culture of Aboriginal Peoples here in Prince Edward Island and across Canada,” said Premier Ghiz. “Celebrations are taking place in both Island cities that will showcase some of the many talents and traditions of Aboriginal People.”

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National Aboriginal Day Celebrations – University of Manitoba

June 20th, 2012

The University of Manitoba and HSC will celebrate National Aboriginal Day on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a feast, entertainment, artists and crafters, and activities in Brodie Centre Atrium, 727 McDermot Avenue, at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus.

A teepee will be set up all day and elders will be on site. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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2012 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & 2nd Annual International Competition Pow Wow- June 21-24, 2012

The National Association of Friendship Centres and Aboriginal Experiences: Arts and Culture present:

2012 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & 2nd Annual International Competition Pow Wow

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!! ADMISSION & PROGRAMMING- ALL FREE!

In its fifteenth year, the festival continues to strive to provide an opportunity for the Aboriginal community to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, and come out and share their own individual cultures within Ottawa and the world. Building on the success of the 2011 event with over 30,000 people enjoying the free Pow wow, Main stage concerts and always extensive family programming; the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival continues to represent the diversity of Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit cultures within Turtle Island and are very confident people will enjoy this year’s event.

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Sunrise ceremony on National Aboriginal Day at Toronto City Hall

June 20, 2012

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting the 18th annual National Aboriginal Day celebration at Toronto City Hall. The sunrise ceremony will be led by traditional teacher Steve Teekens, followed by a flag-raising ceremony. Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, will read a proclamation for National Aboriginal Day in Toronto.

Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Location: Podium Green Roof, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012877 Views

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Batchewana First Nation Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways

For Immediate Release – June 20, 2012

Batchewana First Nation – Batchewana First Nation (BFN) Chief and Council would like to invite everyone to celebration National Aboriginal Day 2012 at Whitefish Island (Soo Locks), tomorrow June 21, 2012.

National Aboriginal Day is a time we gather to celebrate our culture, language, ceremonies and all of the components that make us Anishnabek. This is also a time we take to educate in a positive way the many obstacles we have overcome to rebuild our Nation and move forward toward a successful future.

by NationTalk on June 20, 2012673 Views

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