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Canada Council for the Arts Sends Aboriginal Curators Delegation to the 2009 Venice Biennale

Ottawa , May 27, 2009 – Five Canadian Aboriginal curators will have the opportunity to share their knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international Aboriginal art practices at this year’s Venice Biennale in visual arts from June 3 to 11. This is the second year of a Canada Council for the Arts three-year program for Aboriginal curators to take part in the Sydney and the Venice Biennales.

by NationTalk on May 28, 20091055 Views

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Ontario Celebrates Outstanding Artists

May 27, 2009

McGuinty Government Announces Finalists For Premier’s Awards

Ontario is shining the spotlight on the province’s artists and arts organizations with the release of this year’s finalists for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

by NationTalk on May 27, 2009873 Views

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Mexican Artist Marco Antonio Cruz Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

TORONTO and MONTREAL, May 26 – With over 20,000 votes in a nine-week span, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan are pleased to announce that Marco Antonio Cruz is the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize for 2009. In its second year, the annual Grange Prize is the largest of its kind in Canada and the only prize entirely determined by the public.

by NationTalk on May 27, 2009926 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Lesser Slave Lake North Community Association

JOUSSARD, Alberta, May 21, 2009 – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Brian Jean, Member of Parliament (Fort McMurray-Athabasca), today announced funding that will help the Lesser Slave Lake North Community Association present its 31st annual North Country Fair.

by NationTalk on May 26, 2009797 Views

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2009 National Winner and Provincial and Territorial Finalists

The theme for the 2009 Poster Challenge was “With Glowing Hearts”.

Official Canada Day Poster 2009

Allison Forseille
Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
15 years old
View the poster and description

by NationTalk on May 26, 2009962 Views

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Log Blessing to Start the Traditional Nisga’a Canoe Program

Thu, 05/21/2009

In October 2008 the Traditional Nisga’a Canoe Project began with the selection of 20 students who worked under the leadership of esteemed Master Carver Alver Tait. During this time a search began for cedar trees that would fulfill the size requirement to make the canoes. A trip to Bella Bella and another to Kitkatla finally bore fruit. In April Kitkatla generously provided the Nisga’a Nation with four cedar trees for this project. The selection and harvesting took place at the end of April 2009 and they have now arrived in Laxgalts’ap.

by NationTalk on May 25, 2009771 Views

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Governor General Visits Nunavut and Nunavik

Ottawa, Ontario –(May 22, 2009) – Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, accompanied by their daughter Marie-Eden, will travel to Canada’s North. The visit, which will take place primarily in Nunavut and end in Nunavik, in Quebec’s Arctic region, will run from May 25 to June 1, 2009.

by NationTalk on May 25, 20091035 Views

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*New* Resource! Language and Culture Immersion Programs Handbook

Posted: May 21, 2009

We are happy to present our newest resource: the Language and Culture Immersion Programs Handbook, created by the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council Language Program.

by NationTalk on May 24, 2009919 Views

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Students Take Home Prizes at Provincial Historica Heritage Fair

May 21, 2009
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Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

More than 220 students from schools throughout the province took part in the Provincial Historica Heritage Fair at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown on Friday, May 15.

by NationTalk on May 24, 20091394 Views

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Government of Canada Unveils New Exhibit at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada

Interactive feature will enhance key heritage tourism attraction

WINNIPEG, May 22, 2009–Mr. James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today opened a new interactive exhibit at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site Visitor Centre, a key heritage tourism attraction in southern Manitoba.

by NationTalk on May 24, 20091072 Views

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Cultural Tourism Coming To Brant

May 21, 2009

McGuinty Government Invests in Local Economic Development Project

Ontario is helping to develop cultural tourism in the County of Brant.

The Province is providing $34,150 to help hire a cultural development officer to work closely with local businesses, cultural groups and the First Nation community to develop a coordinated cultural tourism industry in Brant. Moreover, the partners will also create a marketing strategy to position the region as a cultural destination of choice in southwestern Ontario.

by NationTalk on May 24, 2009787 Views

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Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Eastern Ontario

Ottawa, Ontario –(May 21, 2009) – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today federal government support for a project in eastern Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

by NationTalk on May 22, 2009846 Views

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Coast Salish Art featured in 2009 Vancouver Street Banners

May 19, 2009

The work of internationally recognized Musqueam artist Susan Point will fly on banners over the Burrard and Cambie bridges, the Georgia Viaduct and on Burrard and Georgia Street this summer.

This year’s street banners were unveiled by Mayor Gregor Robertson during today’s City Council meeting.

by NationTalk on May 22, 2009908 Views

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Standing Up for Canada’s Economy and Our Communities — Government of Canada Supports Economic Development for Ontario’s Official Language Minority Communities

CORNWALL, Ontario, May 20, 2009 — Today, Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced the launch of a five-year, $8.9 million initiative that will help official language minority communities in Ontario make the most of local business and economic development opportunities.

by NationTalk on May 21, 2009850 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Lesser Slave Lake North Community Association

Joussard, Alberta –(May 21, 2009) – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Brian Jean, Member of Parliament (Fort McMurray-Athabasca), today announced funding that will help the Lesser Slave Lake North Community Association present its 31st annual North Country Fair.

by NationTalk on May 21, 2009669 Views

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Help Write the Story of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Winnipeg, Manitoba –(May 21, 2009) – Over the next 12 months, the Content Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be holding sessions across Canada to provide Canadians with the opportunity to help develop the content of the Museum. The aim of these sessions is to identify stories and perspectives that can be incorporated into the Museum, and to receive feedback on how the Museum can establish an ongoing dialogue with Canadians on important human rights issues.

by NationTalk on May 21, 2009963 Views

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BC Hydro completes $2-million upgrade of Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre & First Nations Gallery

May 13, 2009

REVELSTOKE – BC Hydro will open the doors of the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre to the public on Saturday, May 16, to reveal the results of a $2-million dollar renovation.

by NationTalk on May 21, 2009839 Views

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June 1st deadline for Chalmers Arts Fellowships

5/19/2009

The upcoming Chalmers Arts Fellowships deadline on June 1 is the perfect opportunity for Ontario artists and arts professionals to engage in research and development.

by NationTalk on May 20, 2009860 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Arts, Culture, and Heritage in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region

Saguenay, Quebec –(May 19, 2009) – The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for several arts, culture, and heritage festivals in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. He also highlighted the funding for the Festival des musiques de creation du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, which is currently underway. Minister Moore made the announcement in the presence of representatives of the organizations that will benefit from the funding.

by NationTalk on May 19, 2009828 Views

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Métis Crossing Opens for season

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Attention News Editors

Come experience our exciting Métis culture and history

Smoky Lake, Alberta (May 14, 2009) – This Victoria Day long weekend Métis Crossing will open its gates to the public to take a step into the past and learn about the Métis.

by NationTalk on May 15, 2009966 Views

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Aboriginal Awareness Week 2009 Program

Table of contents

National Capital Region Events

Tour of the Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada
Public Events in the NCR

Day 1 – Tuesday, May 19th 2009
Day 2 – Wednesday, May 20th 2009
Day 3 – Thursday, May 21st 2009
Day 4 – Friday, May 22nd 2009

by NationTalk on May 14, 20091237 Views

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AGNS to show First Nations Olympic bound Art

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will host a new exhibition Keepers of the Eastern Door. This exhibition will allow Gallery visitors an opportunity to view a selection of Olympic-themed Atlantic Aboriginal fine art before it is offered to an international audience at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The AGNS will host an official opening and celebration of the exhibition on Thursday May 14th at 7:30pm. This event is open to the public.

by NationTalk on May 14, 2009857 Views

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Portrait Gallery of Canada Aims to Surprise 8,000 Scholars Arriving at Carleton University

Ottawa, Ontario –(May 14, 2009) – A youthful Sir John A. Macdonald and an intriguing Hesquiaht woman from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation are among eleven personalities greeting the delegates to the 2009 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Carleton University, by way of high quality framed reproductions from the national portrait collection.

by NationTalk on May 14, 2009624 Views

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Aboriginal Teacher Appointed To Heritage Fund

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McGuinty Government Adds New Voice To Board Of Directors

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Ontario has appointed Susie Tompkins-Gray as the newest member of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) board of directors.

by NationTalk on May 13, 2009846 Views

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Call for Aboriginal Artists – Coca-Cola Aboriginal Art Bottle Program in Canada

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the Four Host First Nations (FHFN) are seeking your help in identifying Aboriginal artists interested in participating in the Coca-Cola Aboriginal Art Bottle Program.

by NationTalk on May 12, 20091327 Views

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“Summer Showcase of Music” – Yellowknife Musicians – Performance Opportunity

Announcements – From June 22nd through June 30th, 2009, Music NWT will partner with the Aurora Arts Society in celebration of Yellowknife’s 75th Anniversary at the Civic Plaza Park.

by NationTalk on May 12, 20091251 Views

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BU Visual and Aboriginal Arts professor’s work among Canada Council Art Bank Acquisitions

May 11, 2009 – BRANDON, MB – BU Visual and Aboriginal Arts professor Lin Xu’s sculpture Lylablily was among the 55 new works by Canadian artists of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and mixed racial heritage the Canada Council Art Bank is acquiring to enhance its collection of original contemporary Canadian art. The peer assessment committee chose the works from over 530 submissions received.

by NationTalk on May 12, 2009724 Views

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Manitoba Increases Support for Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project on East Side of Lake Winnipeg

May 11, 2009

New Resources to Support Traditional Lands Planning, Nomination Document: Struthers

Manitoba is providing $531,000 in additional new financial and staffing support in 2009-10 for traditional lands planning and a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination for the east side of Lake Winnipeg, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

by NationTalk on May 11, 2009802 Views

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Magnetic North Cultural Olympiad 2010

The Vancouver Olympic Committee announced the first 20 projects of Cultural Olympiad 2010, and three of the featured productions have had their origins at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

by NationTalk on May 11, 2009784 Views

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CTC and Canada’s North: together for Tourism

Innovative Agreement ensures collaboration on consumer marketing, trade, research, public relations and business development partnerships.

VANCOUVER, May 10 – From tracking polar bears in a tundra buggy, gazing at magical Northern Lights from the comfort of a heated teepee, or cruising into the heart of Inuit communities – Canada’s North offers sophisticated travellers some of the most extraordinary experiences on earth.

by NationTalk on May 11, 20091109 Views

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Competing with a Strong Brand – Canadian Tourism Commission 2008 Annual Report

VANCOUVER, May 7 – Documenting a year that saw Canada’s tourism brand win international kudos, Minister of Industry, the Honourable Tony Clement yesterday tabled the 2008 Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) Annual Report in Parliament.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2009818 Views

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Statistics Canada – Culture Services Trade

1997 to 2006 (Previous release)

More detailed data tables on culture services trade are now available. Culture data are listed from 1997 to 2006, for exports and imports by type of service and culture framework category.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2009658 Views

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Mauro Centre Storytelling Festival “On The Path To Peace”

The 4th Annual Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival will spin some good yarns from Wednesday, May 6 to Saturday, May 9, 2009.

The goal of the Festival is to promote the use of storytelling for peacebuilding and community-building, to promote student voice as a critical skill for global citizenship and for protecting human rights, and to nurture the art of storytelling in Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2009921 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports the Hillside Community Festival of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario –(May 6, 2009) – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament (Wellington-Halton Hills), today announced funding for the Hillside Community Festival of Guelph.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2009724 Views

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Nomination Deadline for FSIN Circle of Honour Awards

The 11th Annual Saskatchewan First Nations Circle of Honour Awards is put on by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, and will be held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. The deadline for the nominations of the awards is on May 15.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2009755 Views

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We are looking for workshop presenters at the First Nations Languages Conference

Posted: May 5, 2009

Teachers, Elders, academics, linguists and students will gather at the First Nations Languages Conference – Bringing Language to Life in Vancouver on July 5 and 6 to learn from one another about promising practices in language education and revitalization.

by NationTalk on May 5, 2009576 Views

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Pow-Wow celebrates Aboriginal graduates

Posted Monday, May 4, 2009

The 20th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow-Wow for Aboriginal students was held on May 2, 2009 at the University of Manitoba.

by NationTalk on May 5, 2009740 Views

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Canada Council for the Arts to hold its first Alberta Outreach Forum for Culturally Diverse and Aboriginal Artists and Arts Professional

News Releases – 2009

This week, the Canada Council for the Arts will hold its first-ever Alberta Outreach Forum in Calgary and Edmonton. The Forum will engage artists and arts professionals from Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, in order for the funders to learn about the artists’ realities in creating and producing art and informing them about funding programs and Council services.

by NationTalk on May 5, 2009694 Views

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2009 Banff Summer Arts Festival showcases new creative work in opera, music, dance

Summer at The Banff Centre features more than 150 performances and exhibitions

Called “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker, Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams creates multi-layered, atmospheric new music – he’s particularly adept at building symphonic work that mimics sounds from the natural world. On June 21, on the evening of the summer solstice, Adams will premiere a new work, Inuksuit, written for The Banff Centre specifically for performance in the Canadian Rockies. Percussionists, in Banff from all over the world, will play the piece in the Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre, with the Bourgeau mountain range as backdrop. It’s one of more than 150 events that will be presented in Banff as part of the Rockies’ biggest cultural celebrations.

by NationTalk on May 5, 20091216 Views

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Support Artists to Attend imagineNATIVE!

Dear Friends,

The 10th Anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is fast approaching and we have an exciting opportunity for you to support the Indigenous artists creating the vibrant and innovative works that will be screened at the festival this year. Several of you have asked us how you can contribute to imagineNATIVE and we are responding with a targeted strategy that will see your contributions go directly to the artists!

by NationTalk on May 5, 2009740 Views

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Ontario Museum Association’s 10th Annual “May Is Museum Month” Event Launches May 5th at Queen’s Park

Toronto, Ontario –(May 5, 2009) – The ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION (OMA)’s 10th annual May is Museum Month was launched today with a special Museum Day at Queen’s Park. The leadership of Ontario’s museum community met with MPPs to raise awareness about the intrinsic value of museums in the building and sustaining of vibrant communities across Ontario.

by NationTalk on May 5, 2009756 Views

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Booking Tours – Tono/Toronto

Spring is just around the bend, and Red Sky is still accepting dates for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.

by NationTalk on May 4, 2009923 Views

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Aboriginal Pow Wows and Festivals; No invitation…No Problem

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada— Pow Wows are First Nations celebrations of culture, and everyone is welcome, non-natives included. The fun is for everyone. Dancing and drumming competitors are expected from all over North America, wearing exquisitely crafted regalia. A Pow Wow is a gathering of First Nations for a celebration of singing, drumming and dancing – a time of renewing friendships and creating new ones. Some Pow Wows even have non Aboriginal dance specials in which the audience is invited to participate.

by NationTalk on May 4, 20092963 Views

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Breathing Northwinds Project Moves into 2nd Stage

The Breathing Northwinds project is continuing and NORDIK (Northern Ontario Research Development Ideas and Knowledge) a community-based research institute at Algoma University is now inviting artists, arts organizations, institutions and arts-related businesses to complete two surveys designed to gather information for the database and the regional strategic plan. The strategic plan will include recommendations of activities and events that will lead to the development of a sustainable network.

by NationTalk on May 3, 20091040 Views

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Ontario Museum Association’s 10th Annual “May Is Museum Month” Event Celebrates the Museums’ Role in Building Vibrant Communities; Launch May 5th at Queen’s Park

Toronto, Ontario –(May 1, 2009) – This year, the ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION (OMA)’s 10th May is Museum Month campaign celebrates the role of museums in creating and sustaining vibrant communities all across Ontario. Beginning with a Museums’ Day launch at Queen’s Park on May 5th, the annual awareness campaign will continue throughout the month with special exhibits and events at museums in every corner of the province.

by NationTalk on May 3, 20091186 Views

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(Vancouver, BC) Mother’s Day Pow Wow – Not Taking place this year

Hello everyone,

As many of you already know, Please help us with getting the word out about the Mother’s Day Pow Wow not taking place this year.

by NationTalk on May 1, 20092728 Views

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The Governor General Visits Northern Peoples in Tromso

Tromso, Norway –(April 30, 2009) – On the final day of the State visit to the Kingdom of Norway, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond travelled to Tromso, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.

by NationTalk on April 30, 2009783 Views

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Province Celebrates Manitoba’s Dance Heritage On International Dance Day

April 29, 2009

To celebrate this year’s International Dance Day, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson joined several Manitoba dance groups who marked the event with a performance at the staircase of the Legislative Building.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2009963 Views

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Media Advisory: Realizing the Promise of Diversity–Aboriginal Diversity Celebration

TCDSB Students Celebrate Aboriginal Diversity during Catholic Education Week

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is proud to celebrate Aboriginal Diversity in its Catholic Schools during Catholic Education Week.

Singing, Dancing, Story Telling, Sacred Medicines and Aboriginal Artwork will be the focus for this celebration of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Culture taking place from May 4th through 7th at select schools:

by NationTalk on April 29, 2009753 Views

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Advisory Committee one of latest Initiatives in History of Aboriginal Engagement

April 29, 2009

Students, faculty, staff and members of the Aboriginal community outside of the University took part in Talking Circles recently to give their perspectives on Aboriginal initiatives and issues at Ryerson.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2009855 Views

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