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International opportunity for Canadian craftspeople CALL FOR ENTRY:

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2009

The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art encourages craft artists, designers and makers from across the country to submit their work for consideration in Unity & Diversity, an exhibition of the best of contemporary Canadian fine craft.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2008943 Views

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25-Million and Counting

Gatineau, Quebec, September 11, 2008 — Canada’s national museum of human history celebrated a historic moment of its own today when it welcomed its 25-millionth visitor. The milestone was reached just 19 years after the first visitor walked through the doors at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) on June 29, 1989.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2008990 Views

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Fall 2008 Artists Newsline

FALL 2008

“To secure the stability of a vibrant arts sector that is integral to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the NWT, and contributes positively to the quality of life within the NWT.”

Vision of the Northwest Territories Arts Strategy

by NationTalk on September 12, 2008843 Views

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Upcoming Deadline For The Partnership Fund

The purpose of this message is to inform you of the 2009-2010 call for proposals for the Partnerships Fund, a component of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Strategy (CCO).

by NationTalk on September 12, 2008939 Views

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Tradition at Your Fingertips: The Aboriginal Experience in Edmonton, Alberta

A rich tapestry of aboriginal experiences awaits visitors who heed the ancient call to head west

Edmonton, Alberta –(Sept. 11, 2008) – With more than 40 First Nations calling Alberta their home and Edmonton holding the status of being the Canadian city with the second largest number of aboriginal residents, it’s no surprise to find a thriving selection of aboriginal tourism choices – a good portion within easy reach of the city’s metropolitan region.

by NationTalk on September 12, 20081084 Views

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The National Arts Centre announces BC Scene — 600 artists 90 events 30 venues 13 days

VANCOUVER — Canada’s National Arts Centre today announced the first programming details of BC Scene, a dazzling multi-disciplinary arts festival that will take place in Ottawa-Gatineau from April 21 to May 3, 2009. Part of a series of national festivals exploring Canada’s cultural panorama, BC Scene will celebrate a dynamic culture that is a fusion of traditional and contemporary, East and West, and established and emerging artists.

by NationTalk on September 12, 20081021 Views

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At the time of the Harvest Moon…EXPLORE SPIRIT with Norval Morrisseau Protege, Ritchie Sinclair (Stardreamer)

TORONTO, Sept. 11 – At the time of the Harvest Moon…EXPLORE SPIRIT with Norval Morrisseau Protege, Ritchie Sinclair (Stardreamer)

Join him for a tour of his “Spirit” Exhibition now showing at the Scollard Street Gallery in Yorkville.

by NationTalk on September 11, 2008989 Views

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Saskculture Gathering And Annual General Meeting

The 2008 Saskculture gathering and annual general meeting Engaging Cultures: Sharing the Seeds of Success will be held on October 24-26 at the Saskatoon Inn (2002 Airport Drive). This meeting will include:

by NationTalk on September 11, 2008947 Views

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$7.1 Million Awarded to Arts and Culture in B.C.

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For Immediate Release
2008TCA0101-001360
Sept. 9, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
BC Arts Council

VICTORIA – Over 270 artists and cultural organizations in British Columbian have been awarded more than $7 million in arts grants, announced Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett.

by NationTalk on September 10, 2008895 Views

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The Museum of Inuit Art Announces a New Curatorial Appointment

Toronto, Ontario: The Museum of Inuit Art announces the appointment of Ingo Hessel as Curator, effective September 1, 2008.

“Ingo was the Museum’s enthusiastic choice as permanent curator,” said MIA Director David Harris. “He comes with a wealth of curatorial experience as well as a passion for MIA’s mission. Ingo’s ability to communicate that passion to diverse audiences makes him a great asset for us.” The curator oversees all aspects of the museum’s exhibition and art acquisition programs.

by NationTalk on September 9, 2008808 Views

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$170,000 in Awards and Scholarships Handed Out on Alberta Arts Day

September 6, 2008

Edmonton… Three of Alberta’s top visual, performing and literary artists and four youth have been awarded a total of $170,000 in awards and scholarships during a spectacular gala celebration of the arts at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Alberta Arts Day – September 6.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20082225 Views

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History of Head-Smashed-In Now Available in Print

September 5, 2008

Edmonton… A new book detailing the history of one of the oldest and largest buffalo jump sites in the world is now available at the Royal Alberta Museum gift shop and other retailers around the province.

by NationTalk on September 7, 2008724 Views

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The Government of Canada Extends Application Period for Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program

OTTAWA, September 3, 2008 – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced that the deadline to submit applications for funding for next year under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program has been extended to September 30, 2008. The previous deadline was September 1, 2008.

by NationTalk on September 7, 2008734 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Inuktitut Language Preservation

IQALUIT, Nunavut, September 5, 2008 – Young Inuit people will have the opportunity to learn about their language and culture and gain traditional knowledge, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

by NationTalk on September 5, 2008845 Views

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Alberta Arts Day – get your tickets now!

September 4, 2008

Calgary… Don’t miss out on a spectacular evening event planned in honour of Alberta’s first Arts Day, featuring some of our province’s top talent.

When:
September 6, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where:
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
1415 -14th Avenue, NW
Calgary

by NationTalk on September 5, 2008880 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Participation in 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Whistler, British Columbia –(Sept. 4, 2008) – Aboriginal peoples will have a stronger presence at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20081050 Views

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Duncan Event Shares in BC150 Celebration Grant

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TCA0100-001336
Sept. 4, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts

DUNCAN – The Cowichan Historical Society will receive a $10,000 BC150 Celebration Grant for a community celebration and new First Nations exhibit at the Cowichan Valley Museum, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett announced today.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20081020 Views

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Technology Helps to Preserve 32 B.C. First Nations’ Languages

September 4, 2008

The First Peoples’ Council has partnered with TELUS to add powerful multimedia elements to the FirstVoices website.

First launched in 2003, FirstVoices is an online archive that brings First Nations’ youth and Elders together to keep their languages and cultures vibrant and accessible for future generations. The site’s administrator, the First Peoples’ Council, is working with TELUS to create more than 225 short video clips illustrating phrases and words of everyday activities. Once integrated into FirstVoices this fall, the video clips will provide valuable visual cues to assist language learners with the meanings of verbs and phrases. TELUS is funding the entire $25,000 budget of this project for FirstVoices.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20081153 Views

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Tribal Treks – Canada’s Aboriginal Experience

What is the series about?

Tribal Treks is a 13-part HD reality series which documents the experiences of everyday Canadians and international tourists as they partake in Aboriginal tourism adventures. So far, we have sent professional dancers to powwows to learn ancient Aboriginal dances, we have sent outdoor enthusiasts into the wilderness in search of the famous white Kermode bear and we have documented the experiences of city dwellers who strive to find more meaning in their lives through exposure to Aboriginal ceremonies and nature. It is our goal to not only promote Aboriginal tourism, but to teach the viewer about Aboriginal culture. We also strive to document the friendships that are built between the non-Aboriginal people we send out to the destinations and the people they meet on their adventures.

by NationTalk on September 3, 20081745 Views

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Haida Heritage Centre Officially Open With A Great Celebration

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September 2, 2008

Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada – After 15 years of planning and development, the people of Skidegate fulfilled their dream and officially opened the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay on Saturday, August 23rd. The Centre sits on land that had been set aside for this purpose for over 30 years, on the site of the old Haida seaside village of Kaay Llnagaay. The Centre has been operational since July of 2007, but this official Grand Opening Ceremony marks the full completion of the facility, including new exhibits on Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.

by NationTalk on September 2, 20081152 Views

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Métis Rendezvous ’08

Saturday October 4
Doors Open at Noon Activities start at 1:00 p.m.
Fish Fry Dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Fish Fry Supper Donations $10 each
(children under 10 – free)

by NationTalk on September 2, 2008977 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Young People

Edmonton, Alberta –(Aug. 29, 2008) – Urban Aboriginal young people in Alberta will have opportunities over the next two years to engage in activities that can help them learn skills for the future, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

by NationTalk on August 30, 2008995 Views

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Provincial Government Will Cover Impact of Federal Cuts to Arts Programming

Executive Council
August 28, 2008

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced the Provincial Government will cover the financial gap left by the elimination of federal arts programming to ensure local artists and the province’s cultural industries will not be negatively impacted.

by NationTalk on August 29, 2008878 Views

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Media Advisory: Canadian Heritage

Edmonton, Alberta –(Aug. 28, 2008) – On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), will announce funding under the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Program tomorrow in Edmonton.

by NationTalk on August 28, 2008852 Views

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Arts Council Appointments Combine New Ideas, Experience

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TCA0098-001310
Aug. 28, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
BC Arts Council

VICTORIA – The newest members of the British Columbia Arts Council have been selected, and veteran leadership has been reappointed, announced Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett.

by NationTalk on August 28, 20081007 Views

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Xeni Gwet’in Traditional Village Site Grand Opening

Thursday, August 28 2008

Join the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation in celebrating the Grand Opening of Xeni Gwet’in Traditional Village Site on the shores of Chilko Lake in Nemiah Valley.

This event features cultural activities and tours, concessions and crafts following traditional ceremonies. Bring your favourite dish to share for a potluck meal.

by NationTalk on August 28, 20081275 Views

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Important Notice – Heritage Standing Committee on Cuts to Cultural Programs

Ottawa, August 27, 2008

Dear colleagues,

The Standing Committee on Heritage has decided to start holding hearings on the impact of the budget cuts to arts and culture programs. The first session is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, September 2 in Ottawa. There will likely be another session on Thursday, September 4, but that may be the only two if the persistent rumours of an upcoming election are correct.

by NationTalk on August 28, 20081054 Views

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Northwestel Seeks Northern Artwork for 2009 Directory Covers

08/27/2008

Northern artists have just over three weeks left to submit artwork to Northwestel for its 2009 directory artwork competition. The deadline for this year’s contest is Friday, September 19th.

Each year, Northwestel invites artists from all across the North to submit their work to be considered for use on the covers of the three directories.

by NationTalk on August 28, 2008924 Views

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MP Sweet Announces Funding for the Refrurbishing of HMCS Haida National Historical Site of Canada

HAMILTON, Ontario, August 27, 2008 — On behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, today announced the investment of $147,000 for refurbishments to HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada, located at Pier 9 in Hamilton.

by NationTalk on August 28, 2008947 Views

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Appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

OTTAWA, August 27, 2008 – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

“I am excited to see this group of individuals appointed to the first Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new museum will benefit greatly from their diverse skill sets,” said Minister Verner. “With their strong leadership, this museum will take its deserving place in the history of our country as the first federal museum dedicated to the topic of human rights.”

by NationTalk on August 27, 20081216 Views

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Media Advisory: Minister to Attend Northern Development Ministers’ Forum

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
August 26, 2008

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs, will be in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories this week to attend the Northern Development Ministers’ Forum (NDMF) taking place August 27-28.

by NationTalk on August 26, 2008795 Views

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Province Supports Haida Cultural Camp for Youth

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For Immediate Release
2008OTP0213-001275
Aug. 23, 2008

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

SKIDEGATE – More young people from Haida Gwaii and beyond will learn about Haida culture and knowledge thanks to a $20,000 provincial grant for the Swan Bay Rediscovery Program, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

by NationTalk on August 26, 2008873 Views

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Parks Canada Opening of A Haida Heritage Centre in British Columbia

SKIDEGATE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 23, 2008 — The opening celebrations of the new Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay were held today in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), in British Columbia.

The 28 million dollar complex replicates a centuries-old Haida village, including five longhouses fronted by totem poles, and comprises the Haida Gwaii Museum, Performing House, Canoe House, Carving Shed, Trading House Gift Shop, the glass and steel Welcoming House, and the Bill Reid Teaching Centre. The Bill Reid Teaching Centre will provide space where local artisans can learn from master carvers. Several learning institutions will offer courses at the centre.

by NationTalk on August 25, 20081023 Views

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Haida People realize Dream of Permanent Heritage Centre

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For Immediate Release
2008OTP0209-001256
Aug. 23, 2008

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

SKIDEGATE – Premier Gordon Campbell congratulated the Haida people today on the grand opening of the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, an internationally-recognized tourism destination celebrating Haida art, culture and traditions.

by NationTalk on August 25, 20081033 Views

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Vancouver Olympics 2010: Venues’ Aboriginal Arts Program has extended its deadline to September 5th, 2008

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Venues’ Aboriginal Arts Program

Closing Date and Time: September 5, 2008 at 14:00 This Request for Expressions of Interest and Statement of Qualifications is issued by VANOC to pre-qualify Aboriginal artists interested in participating in the Venues’ Aboriginal Arts Program (VAAP). The program is founded on the themes of tradition, culture and education, through visually powerful art and informational signage. The program celebrates and builds understanding of the rich cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal people in Canada.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2008827 Views

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Each of Canada’s Communities

Department of Canadian Heritage has released the following program announcement:

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Each of Canada’s communities is unique, and each is uniquely Canadian. This includes your community!

Communities are shaped by geography, history, their founders and those who came to live there. They continue to grow and change as the people who live there now build on those foundations.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2008936 Views

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Quesnel Event Shares in BC150 Celebration Grants

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TCA0096-001266
Aug. 20, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts

QUESNEL – The North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society will receive a $8,500 BC150 Celebration Grant to host an Aboriginal Heritage Walking Tour, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Bill Bennett announced today.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2008769 Views

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Eight Artists, One Organization Shortlisted for Alberta Arts Awards

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ALBERTA
Strong Communities
August 20, 2008

Three $50,000 prizes to be handed out

Edmonton… Eight Alberta artists and one Alberta arts organization have made the short list for the prestigious Alberta Arts Awards. A total of $150,000 will be awarded in the visual, performing and literary arts categories.

by NationTalk on August 20, 2008996 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Kamloops Art Gallery

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, August 19, 2008 – Kamloops-area residents and visitors will benefit from having an art gallery able to host the largest-ever retrospective of the work of artist Daphne Odjig and other touring exhibitions, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Betty Hinton, Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Kamloops Art Gallery.

by NationTalk on August 19, 2008943 Views

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WCMA Responds to recent Cuts to Cultural Programs

August 17, 2008

The Western Canadian Music Alliance feels that the Federal Government’s decision to cut the ProMart (arts promotion) program administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), and the Trade Routes Program run by the Department of Canadian Heritage is a mistake and an attack on a vibrant and economically viable segment of the Canadian economy.

by NationTalk on August 19, 2008852 Views

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BC150 Award Banquet

Ramada Hotel, 444 George Street
Prince George, BC V2L 1R6

Thu Aug 21, 2008

2008 marks a very special anniversary in British Columbia: 150 years of cultural diversity, community strength and widespread achievement since the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858. The immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) is delighted and proud to invite You to celebrate BC’s 150th anniversary and enjoy cultural influences by attending The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society Dinner to honor the six BC150 award finalists and their accomplishments.
August 21st, 2008, 6:00 pm Ramada Hotel, 444 George Street

by NationTalk on August 18, 2008900 Views

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Interview with Thomas King | audio

Posted: 18 Aug 2008

As part of the NSI Online Short Film Festival filmmaker interview series, Liz Janzen NSI’s Director of Programming talks to Thomas King about his short film I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind .

>> Interview with Thomas King | audio

by NationTalk on August 18, 2008899 Views

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Spirit of the Prairie Celebration at Living Prairie Museum

WINNIPEG – August 15, 2008

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2008
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: 2795 Ness Avenue, Living Prairie Museum

On Sunday, September 7, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. join us in honouring the beauty of the tall grass prairie, its cultures and all its gifts during Living Prairie Museum’s 15th Annual Spirit of the Prairie Celebration.

by NationTalk on August 17, 20081002 Views

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Nesika Awards for Developing Respect and Understanding between Cultures

Friday, August 15, 2008

The provincial Nesika Awards is a new multicultural awards program that honours exceptional work in bringing British Columbia’s diverse cultures together.

With the unique diversity of our province’s First Nations and multicultural communities, British Columbians possess a rich and fascinating heritage. We have shared many cultural paths in the journey of building this great province.

by NationTalk on August 16, 20081046 Views

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Kitselas Canyon Park Ceremonies “Honoring Our Anscestors”

August 4, 2008

Kitselas Canyon Tourism sponsored a Four-Pole Raising event on BC Day, August 4, 2008. The occasion of “Honoring Our Anscestors” was historical in that the four totem pole crests were represented in the ceremony. The four poles were the crests of Wolf (Laxgibuu), Eagle (Laxsgiik), Raven (Ganhada), Killerwhale (Gispudwaada).

by NationTalk on August 15, 2008881 Views

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Canada’s Government to Launch Search for Historic Shipwrecks From Franklin Expedition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Aug. 15, 2008) – Over 160 years ago, two important pieces of history were lost in the ice of the Canadian Arctic. Today, Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn officially launched the expedition to search for the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, the two ships of the 19th century Franklin Expedition. Ministers Baird and Hearn were joined by the Honourable Louis Tapardjuk, Nunavut’s Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth.

by NationTalk on August 15, 20081178 Views

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Canada’s Government announces protection of York Factory National Historic Site

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CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, August 14, 2008–Mr. James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, today announced a five-year research and engineering project aimed at finding ways to protect York Factory National Historic Site of Canada, which is under threat of loss from multiple factors, primarily river bank erosion.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20081178 Views

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University of Saskatchewan Powwow 2008

Celebrating Aboriginal Achievement

Thursday September 18, 2008 (Grand Entry at 10:00 a.m.)
Physical Activity Complex (PAC)
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
Tel: 306-966-5790

by NationTalk on August 14, 20081325 Views

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Greg Staats: Reciprocity & New Photographs

July 19 – August 31, 2008

Curator’s Talk: Thursday August 21 ,2008 @ 7 PM, all are welcome – admission is free.

The history of the Whitby area begins in the year 1792, when this land east of York (Toronto) was first surveyed prior to settlement. What is absent from the timeline is anything indigenous and non-European; this area was originally inhabited by the Huron and then the Iroquois, is dotted with burial sites, and was part of a major trail that ran from Lake Ontario up to what is now Midland. The name “Whitby”, given this place by that first European surveyor after a town in northeastern England, is actually Danish in origin, a remnant of the Danish invasion and settlement of that part of England around 900 CE. “Whitby” is a contraction of a name – one that originally meant “White Village”. The area’s pre-European history is barely acknowledged, surfacing to the level of popular recognition only in the name of the enormous sports complex in the town: Iroquois Park.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20081147 Views

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