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Media Advisory – City of Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day

The 14th annual National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated on June 21. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee host a number of events leading up to National Aboriginal Day.

On display to June 21
Art Show, City Hall rotunda 100 Queen St. W.,
presented by the Métis Artists’ Collective

June 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Arts and Crafts Fair on Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
Featuring the music of Big Feather (Native Child and Family Services) and rapper Wabs Whitebird.

by NationTalk on June 17, 20082170 Views

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Kwanlin Dün Artist Featured on New Yukon & Northern BC Telephone Directory

Kwanlin Dün Artist, Justin Smith with his parents Brian Walker and Ann Smith, and his grandmother Kitty Smith, at the unveiling of Justin’s painting “Guardian of the Games”.
A painting by Kwanlin Dün artist and carver Justin Smith’s painting, was chosen as the work of art to grace the 2008 Northwestel Directory. Justin’s artwork is an acrylic painting on canvas entitled “Guardian of the Games”.

by NationTalk on June 17, 20081343 Views

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Lower Mainland Métis Cultural Festival

Saturday July 12th – Sunday July 13th, 2008

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National Aboriginal Day 2008 Events

National Aboriginal Day is an occasion for All Canadians to celebrate the rich contribution Aboriginal people have made to Canada. Find suggested events to help you celebrate this special day, either on your own, with family and friends, or with hundreds and thousands attending events held in various locations across the country.

Atlantic Region
Alberta Region
BC Region
Manitoba Region
Nunavut Region
Northwest Territories
Ontario Region
Quebec Region
Saskatchewan Region
Yukon Region

by NationTalk on June 16, 2008872 Views

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Premier joins CP Spirit of 150 Rail Tour in Cranbrook

June 16, 2008
Cranbrook, B.C.

A historic steam train tour that takes communities on a journey through British Columbia’s rich and diverse history was greeted in Cranbrook today by Premier Gordon Campbell. The rail tour with its vintage steam engine and fully restored train cars is a BC150 flagship event, visiting dozens of communities along the Canadian Pacific railway route over the next month.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2008950 Views

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Premier Establishes Council on Arts and Culture

News Release
June 16, 2008

Edmonton… The search is underway for an 11-member council that will help guide the implementation of The Spirit of Alberta – Alberta’s Cultural Policy.

“Involving Albertans and working with communities on an on-going basis will help set The Spirit of Alberta up for success,” said Ed Stelmach, Premier. “We are seeking out Albertans who have their fingers on the pulse of the cultural community and can as act as liaisons between government and Alberta’s cultural stakeholders.”

by NationTalk on June 16, 2008806 Views

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The Last Polar Bear bound for The Banff Centre June 24

For immediate release
June 24, 2008

High resolution images available

The Last Polar Bear bound for The Banff Centre June 24
Mountain Culture and Environment Speakers’ Series
Tuesday, June 24 • 7:30 p.m.
Max Bell Auditorium, The Banff Centre • Tickets $9
Mountain Culture Members and Arts Lover Passholders free
Banff Centre Box Office: 1-800-413-8368 or 762-6301
Presented as part of the 2008 Banff Summer Arts Festival

by NationTalk on June 16, 2008938 Views

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BC150 Community Arts Grants Announced

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thirty-three organizations around British Columbia have received funding through the BC150 Community Arts Crant program, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced June 12.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2008864 Views

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Buffalo Adventures Presents the Real Canadian West in a New Two-Day Destination-Based Tourism Attraction

All kinds of adventurers will enjoy these unique Prairie experiences!

WAINWRIGHT, ALBERTA and PROVOST, ALBERTA–(June 16, 2008) – Forget dull museums and static roadside cairns – no other prairie experience can top Buffalo Adventures unique combination of living history and live hospitality.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2008972 Views

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Government of Canada Supports City of Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA–(June 15, 2008) – Spruce Grove-area residents and visitors will be able to enjoy even more, high-quality multidisciplinary performances, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

by NationTalk on June 16, 20081138 Views

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Quebec Native Women Conference for the National Aboriginal Day

” Perspectives, Realities and Strengths of Aboriginal Women ”

Guest of Honour:

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada

Guest lecturers :

Ellen Gabriel, Native women’s rights activist and president of Quebec Native Women

Beverley Jacobs, Lawyer by trade and current president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

Dr. Jolene Rickard, visual artist and art historian from Cornell University

Listen to the voices of those from different backgrounds, who are all devoted to justice and equality. These panellists are representative of the strength of Aboriginal women: a quality that has enabled them to preserve their culture and identity for the last 400 years.

Saturday, June 21, 2008
at the new outdoor Auditorium of Wendake (Quebec)

by NationTalk on June 14, 20081216 Views

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N’Amerind Friendship Centre National Aboriginal Solidarity Day Events

JUNE 20 – “National Aboriginal Solidarity Day Events”

Due to the fact there are many other activities in the area taking place on June 21 and it falls on a weekend, the Cttee has decided to hold National Abor. Sol. Day Activities on June 20th. Events will take place at VICTORIA PARK – more information to follow POSTER HERE

by NationTalk on June 14, 2008866 Views

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City Marks National Aboriginal Day

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 13, 2008

The City of Vancouver will recognize National Aboriginal Day:

Monday, June 16 at 2 pm
Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber

Deputy Mayor Suzanne Anton will proclaim June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in the City of Vancouver. Bob Baker will be giving the First Nations Welcome and Blessing, as well as performing traditional drumming and singing. Hip Hop artist Rex Smallboy of Warparty will also perform. Official remarks on behalf of Aboriginal Peoples will be given by Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation.

by NationTalk on June 14, 2008997 Views

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A Week of National Aboriginal Day Celebrations!

Public Service
Announcement
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Edmonton, June 13, 2008 – National Aboriginal Day is June 21, but Edmonton is celebrating for more than a week! This year, more than 20 events will take place in eight days, including a pancake breakfast, buffalo-burger barbeque, and a weekend festival at the Legislature Grounds with music, exhibits, and children’s activities.

by NationTalk on June 14, 20081313 Views

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Terrace Shares in BC150 Community Arts Grants

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TSA0058-000917
June 13, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

TERRACE – The Kermode Friendship Society will receive a $10,000 BC150 Community Arts Grant for the “Bunk #7” Youth Theatre Project, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

by NationTalk on June 14, 2008803 Views

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Call for Submissions to The Native Spirit Film and Video festival of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas 2008

There is no limit to the number of submissions that can be made by a single filmmaker. The Native Spirit Festival 2008 will be accepting short and feature length film submissions to this years festival, until the 31st of August 2008. Films may be documentary or fiction and all films produced byindigenous filmmakers and productions which feature aspects ofindigenous life, history,culture, traditions, art etc. are eligible for submission.

by NationTalk on June 13, 20081100 Views

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Quesnel Shares in BC150 Community Arts Grants

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TSA0056-000915
June 13, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

QUESNEL – Quesnel will receive a $2,300 BC150 Community Arts Grant for the 36th Gathering of All Nations, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

by NationTalk on June 13, 2008992 Views

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Ucluelet Shares in BC150 Community Arts Grants

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TSA0052-000911
June 12, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

UCLUELET – The Pacific Rim Arts Society will receive a $2,500 BC150 Community Arts Grant for the First Nations Youth Photography Workshop and Exhibit, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2008995 Views

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Skidegate Shares in BC150 Community Arts Grants

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008TSA0054-000913
June 12, 2008

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

SKIDEGATE – Qay’llnagaay Heritage Centre Society will receive a $5,000 BC150 Community Arts Grant for the Grand Opening of the Qayllnagaay Heritage Centre, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.

by NationTalk on June 12, 2008790 Views

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Edmonton’s John Walter Museum Presents Spirits of the Past

Public Service Announcement
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Edmonton, June 11, 2008 – Come and learn about Aboriginal culture as you listen to legends of long ago in the storytelling circle. Join the costumed interpreters and help cook bannock, make a simple craft, and listen in as they share their knowledge of Edmonton’s early history. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal demonstrations and displays filled with learning and fun for the entire family!

by NationTalk on June 11, 20081449 Views

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Aboriginal Artists Receive Creative Achievement Awards

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008OTP0149-000889
June 10, 2008

Office of the Premier
BC Achievement Foundation

VANCOUVER – Six B.C. First Nations artists were honoured today by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, at the second annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art.

by NationTalk on June 11, 20081296 Views

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Major Coast Salish Artwork Joins Totem Site in Stanley Park

June 9 , 2008

Three carved portals by prominent Coast Salish artist Susan Point were officially unveiled today in Stanley Park at the Brockton Point totem site.

Entitled People Amongst the People, the 15 to 17-foot-high portals are a welcome from the Coast Salish to visitors of Stanley Park, the totem site, and the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people. This installation is of particular significance to the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people, who currently have no artwork represented among the totem poles at Brockton Point. The three Nations cooperated in the selection and celebration of this work.

by NationTalk on June 11, 20081403 Views

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Art Exhibit Kicks Off Events Leading To National Aboriginal Day

June 10, 2008

Defining Aboriginal is a visual arts exhibition of contemporary works by members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and investigates the stereotypes and myths around Aboriginal art. Works by four well-known artists are on display: sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun, conceptual artist Mimi Gellman, photographer Keesic Douglas and camera artist Jacinthe Roy.

by NationTalk on June 11, 20081863 Views

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Edmonton Entertainment Comes Alive with the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the Dreamspeakers International Film Festival and the Works Art and Design Festival

Art, Jazz and Dreams Abound as Edmonton Summer Festivals Fill the City with Artistic Life

EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(June 10, 2008) – Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City and it is especially easy to see why with this summer’s great festival line-up. The Dreamspeakers International Film Festival June 4-7th, The Edmonton International Jazz Festival from June 20th-29th, and The Works Art and Design Festival from June 20th to July 2nd, 2008.

by NationTalk on June 10, 20081924 Views

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Art Contest – Open to NAN First Nation Members

Looking for NAN Artists
Deadline July 18/08
BIG CASH PRIZES
Lots of other Prizes & Draws

TO ENTER: Send us your coloured artwork on a white background, no larger than 11 x 14 inches.

Include: A description and title of your picture.
Your name, phone number and tell us a bit about yourself.

Mail: Kathy Adcock, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (1-800-465-9952)
710 Victoria Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 5P7

Email: Photo of artwork & information – kadcock@nan.on.ca

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by NationTalk on June 10, 20081960 Views

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Mary Michell Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008OTP0147-000878
June 9, 2008

Office of the Premier
BC Achievement Foundation

VANCOUVER – Aboriginal artist Mary Michell has been named by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, as the recipient of the 2008 BC Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art. The award recognizes BC First Nations artists whose dedication to their work has had a profound impact on both their community and First Nations culture.

by NationTalk on June 10, 20081022 Views

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The Government of Canada Announces Domagaya as Part of Québec City’s 400th Anniversary Celebrations

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Quebec City (June 9, 2008) – People celebrating the 400th anniversary of Québec City will be able to enjoy a dynamic multi-media experience featuring daily speakers and a 360-degree multimedia projection, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Domagaya: the Meeting of Aboriginal Cultures and Digital Arts, is an official event of the Québec City 400th Anniversary Celebrations, and will be held from June 21 to July 1, 2008 at the Louise Basin in the Old Port of Quebec. Staged within a 9-metre high dome, Domagaya will offer visitors a dynamic multi-media experience featuring a unique 360-degree multimedia immersive projection, and daily keynote speakers. There will also be electrifying MixSession evenings featuring dazzling performances of Aboriginal DJs and DJs.

by NationTalk on June 10, 20081033 Views

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Tourism Agencies to Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Northwest Resistance/Rebellion

News Release – June 7, 2008

The Saskatchewan West Central Tourism Association Inc. (SWCT) will capitalize on the tourism opportunities associated with the 125th anniversary of the 1885 Northwest Resistance/Rebellion by implementing a three-year action plan to guide tourism development and marketing initiatives.

by NationTalk on June 9, 20082003 Views

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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Saskatchewan

Jun 05, 08

In many countries around the world, the longest day of the year holds special cultural and spiritual significance. In Canada, this special time is when we observe National Aboriginal Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

by NationTalk on June 8, 20085048 Views

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Coast Salish Public Art Work Unveiled in Stanley Park

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 6, 2008

Three intricately carved gateway sculptures by renown Coast Salish artist Susan Point will be unveiled at the Brockton Point totem area in Stanley Park:

Monday, June 9, 2008
10:30 am to 12 noon
Stanley Park, Brockton Point totem site
(Free parking is available at marked lots near the site between 10 am and 1 pm. A shuttle bus will circulate between lots and the event site 30 minutes before and after the event.)

by NationTalk on June 8, 20081798 Views

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Yukon Arts and Cultural Projects Receive Support from Arts Fund

FOR RELEASE #08-137
June 6, 2008

WHITEHORSE – The Arts Fund is contributing $78,000 towards seven projects to further develop the arts in Yukon, Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor announced.

“The arts remind us of our power to innovate and teach us how to think beyond limitations and inventively overcome boundaries,” Taylor said. “The Yukon government is proud to support community groups and collectives pursuing creative, artistic endeavours that enrich our lives and our communities.”

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The Banff Centre National Aboriginal Day Celebrations

Friday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free
Tipi and outdoor area between Vinci and Smith Halls

A presentation by Red Sky Performance Theatre, with special guests including Mongolian throat singers, in celebration of the rich contribution Aboriginal people have made to Canada. Meet with elders, faculty, and staff members from Aboriginal Leadership and Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre. Bring a blanket or chair, and sample delicious bannock around the fire.

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by NationTalk on June 8, 20081315 Views

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On Commom Ground – National Media Arts Conference and Festival

June 10 – 15, 2008
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a major cultural gathering to celebrate Indigenous film, video and new media art by international, national and local artists from June 10 to June 15, 2008.

by NationTalk on June 7, 20081495 Views

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Call for Proposals: Artists on Site

Artists on Site, a Pilot Program:
INAC Contaminants and Remediation Directorate (CARD)

Program Overview:

INAC is currently responsible for managing over 20 contaminated sites in the Northwest Territories in various states of remediation.

For human health and environmental reasons, it is often necessary to remove buildings on the sites.

by NationTalk on June 6, 20081505 Views

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Asimauttaq’s HipHop Message: Respect Each Other

Asimauttaq’s HipHop Message: Respect Each Other

is being broadcast on APTN:

June 10 @ 12am, June 14 @ 23:00 & June 14 @ 3:00am

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by NationTalk on June 6, 20081281 Views

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The Association des Francophones du Nunavut Celebrates Equal Status for the Languages of Nunavut

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT–(June 5, 2008) – The Association des francophones du Nunavut celebrates the recent passing into law of the Official Languages Act of Nunavut on June 4, 2008.

“This is a historic moment for Nunavut,” stated Suzanne Laliberte, president of the Association des francophones du Nunavut. “We are thrilled to have contributed to development of the new Official Languages Act. The Act will protect not only the constitutional rights of the francophone community but also provide the long-needed recognition of the Inuit language. We hope that the Legislative Assembly will soon pass Bill 7, the Inuit Protection Act, to further equity within Nunavut society.”

by NationTalk on June 6, 2008855 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Two Vancouver Museum Initiatives

VANCOUVER, June 5, 2008 – Two Vancouver-area museums will be better equipped to promote the diverse heritage of Canadian society and help Canadians understand our history, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the University of British Columbia (UBC) Museum of Anthropology and the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia.

by NationTalk on June 5, 20081263 Views

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NTI Concerned About the Fate of The Inuit Language Protection Act

NR 08-23 LAN ENG – For Immediate Release

(June 2, 2008 – – Iqaluit, Nunavut) The agenda for the sitting of the Legislative Assembly indicates that the Official Languages Act, Bill 6, will tentatively be read a third time during this sitting, without any reference to the Inuit Language Protection Act, Bill 7. This has Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. concerned about the fate of Bill 7.

by NationTalk on June 5, 20081453 Views

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XXVII Keewaywin Conference

CONSTANCE LAKE FIRST NATION
AUGUST 12, 13, & 14, 2008

Grand Entry

As part of the NAN XXVII Keewayin Conference this year, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) will have a Grand Entry the morning of Day One, leading to the commencement of the meeting. NAN invites all of their respected Chiefs to partake in the Grand Entry with their First Nation’s flag. Staffs and flag poles will be provided for each First Nation flag and will remain in the meeting room for the duration of the Conference.

by NationTalk on June 5, 20082532 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Pictou Landing Powwow Committee

PICTOU LANDING, Nova Scotia, June 4, 2008 – Mi’kmaq culture and traditions will be featured at the 17th Pictou Landing Powwow, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Pictou Landing Powwow Committee.

by NationTalk on June 4, 2008946 Views

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Media Advisory – Luminato Eve Launches Second Annual Luminato Festival with Magical Evening of David Michalek’s Slow Dancing

Luminato, TELUS, honoured guests, celebrate Toronto’s premier arts fest

TORONTO, June 3 – On Thursday, June 5, Toronto will celebrate the opening of the second annual Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts + Creativity, with the Canadian premiere of photographer David Michalek’s Slow Dancing.

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Traditional Skills Strengthen Cultural Links for Youth

YELLOWKNIFE (June 3, 2008) – Over 100 students from the Kalemi Dene School in N’dilo and the Kaw Tay Whee School in Dettah are learning and applying traditional life skills over the next two weeks in a Government of the Northwest Territories sponsored Traditional Skills Education Project.

by NationTalk on June 4, 20081381 Views

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Historical Portrait to be Presented to City of Vancouver, Musqueam Band

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 2 , 2008

A portrait of significant historical value will be presented to the City of Vancouver and the Musqueam Indian Band by the government of Spain at City Hall on Tuesday.

by NationTalk on June 3, 20081359 Views

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Canada Day 2008: Celebrating Traditions and the History of Our Country

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(June 3, 2008) – This year, Canada Day celebrations in the Capital Region will feature an exciting array of artists and a range of activities that will highlight the founding of our country and our cultural diversity.

by NationTalk on June 3, 20081617 Views

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Government Announces Provincial Policy on Multiculturalism

Human Resources, Labour and Employment
June 3, 2008

Today, the Provincial Government launched a Policy on Multiculturalism designed to celebrate all cultures in recognition that diversity leads to creativity, innovation and economic growth. This new policy is part of the commitments outlined in the three-year $6 million provincial immigration strategy, Diversity ~ Opportunity and Growth. The strategy aims to significantly increase the attraction and retention of immigrants to the province. The announcement was made at The Rooms by the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.

by NationTalk on June 3, 20081055 Views

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Tourism Week June 2-8, 2008

YELLOWKNIFE (June 2, 2008) – Tourism Week June 2-8, 2008 is – a nation-wide celebration of Canada’s $71 billion tourism industry and its enormous contributions to the Canadian economy.

In the Northwest Territories, tourism is by far the largest renewable resource based industry and one that Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod says can offer many spin-off benefits. “It is an area of investment that has the potential to establish and grow viable and sustainable ventures in every one of our 33 communities,” he said.

by NationTalk on June 3, 2008879 Views

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ITK Commends Senate for Including Inuktitut as Official Language in Upper Chamber

Monday June 2, 2008 – Ottawa, Ontario – Mary Simon national leader for Inuit in Canada and President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami commends the work of Inuit Senators Charlie Watt, and Willie Adams for spearheading the use of the Inuit language in the Canadian Senate.

by NationTalk on June 3, 20082328 Views

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New 2008/2009 Funding Available for Language and Culture Camps!

We are pleased to announce the Language and Culture Camp program funding is now available to B.C. language communities. Twelve to fifteen projects will be funded, up to $15,000–$20,000; one project per language is available.

Deadline: June 23, 2008

Please click the link to review the Program details and application process:

Language Culture Camp 2008-2009 (302.4 KB)

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Manito Ahbee Festival

The MANITO AHBEE FESTIVAL will be held from October 31st to November 9th 2008 at the MTS Centre, Winnipeg Convention Centre and other venues in and around downtown Winnipeg. The 10 days festival is a celebration of Aboriginal music, art and culture.

The 2008 Festival includes six components, the International Competition Powwow, Education Week, Manito Ahbee Music Fest, Indigenous Market Place and Trade show, Métis Celebrations and feature the 3rd Annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

Planning in now underway for the 2008 festival. Please check back for updates.

For more information on the Manito Ahbee Festival, please contact our offices at:
Toll Free 1 866 449 0251
Local 204 956 1849
Email: info@manitoahbee.com
www.manitoahbee.com

by NationTalk on June 1, 20082037 Views

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Government of Canada Unveils Commemorative Map of Champlain’s Voyages and Explorations in Celebration of 400th Anniversary of Québec

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Québec – A commemorative map of the voyages and explorations of Samuel de Champlain was unveiled today by Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec.

by NationTalk on May 31, 20081511 Views

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