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December 6 Honouring Mi’kmaq from Tuft’s Cove

For Immediate Release –
December 4, 2007

Dartmouth, NS – On December 6, 2007 at 8:45 am, members of the Mi’kmaq community will gather to honour and remember family members who perished as a result of the Halifax Explosion.

by NationTalk on December 6, 20071465 Views

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Government of Canada Statement: Passing of Norval Morrisseau

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Dec. 5, 2007) – On behalf of the Government of Canada, we would like to express our sadness on the passing of Ojibwa artist, Norval Morrisseau. Mr.Morrisseau was unquestionably one of the greatest artists of his generation. He was a courageous Aboriginal painter who, through perseverance and faith in his gift, was able to break through enormous cultural and racial barriers to bring his art not just to Canada, but to the world.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2007918 Views

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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Norval Morrisseau Remembered

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor

TORONTO/ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY–(Dec. 5, 2007) – Canada has lost an internationally renowned master artist who captivated the world with his unique paintings of dreams and visions emerging from his rich Ojibway heritage.

by NationTalk on December 5, 20071136 Views

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Aurora Borealis – Bombardier Ice Bus: A Northern Manitoba Winter Adventure – Inclusive from Winnipeg (March 07 – 10, 2008)

Dec 05, 07

Winnipeg, Manitoba based Heartland International Travel and Tours, in conjunction with the Manitoba Museum, Bakers Narrows Lodge and Calm Air, is offering an all-inclusive weekend tour to experience one of nature’s most exciting displays … the Aurora Borealis.

In addition to observing the spectacular Northern Lights from the deck of the largest winter lodge in Manitoba, the tour also includes several outdoor activities such as: ice fishing, a unique lake excursion aboard an enclosed Bombardier ice bus, a tour to the Flin Flon Mining Museum, a visit to an Aboriginal art gallery, a slide presentation by a local historian, cultural art demonstrations such as caribou tufting and aboriginal traditions.

by NationTalk on December 5, 20071202 Views

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Inuit Note Appointment of Bernard Lord as Special Advisor for Consultations on Official Languages – Call for Protection of Inuit Language

Monday December 3 , 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Inuit leader Mary Simon commented on the appointment of Bernard Lord by Prime Minister Harper today to lead Cross Canada Official Languages consultations.

“It’s a positive development to have former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord leading these consultations,” stated Mary Simon. ” As I understand it, Mr. Lord will be visiting seven designated cities across Canada with a particular focus on protecting minority language rights within the ambit of the Official Languages Act,and that is a good thing. I am however calling upon the government to recognise that Aboriginal languages in this country also require protection and enhancement if our societies are to prosper within Canada.”

by NationTalk on December 4, 2007886 Views

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The Government of Canada Launches Consultations on Linguistic Duality and Official Languages

MONCTON, December 3, 2007 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Josée Verner, today launched consultations with Canadians on linguistic duality and Official Languages, and announced the appointment of Bernard Lord as special advisor to Minister Verner on these consultations.

by NationTalk on December 3, 2007986 Views

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McGuinty Government Celebrates Aboriginal Culture

Province Provides Support To Annual Festival

TORONTO, Dec. 1 – The annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival is an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about Aboriginal culture and traditions, Michael Bryant, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs said today as he joined the celebrations at the Rogers Centre.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2007865 Views

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Public Service Announcement – British Columbia Achievement Foundation

VANCOUVER, Nov. 30 – Submissions and nominations are now being accepted for the BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design and the BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art for artists affiliated with BC First Nations.

An artist may be nominated or self-submit to these juried awards. Up to five awards of $5,000 will be presented for each award at formal ceremonies in the spring of 2008.

by NationTalk on November 30, 20071013 Views

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Aboriginal TV Producers Sought for NSI Storytellers Producer Phase

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Aboriginal TV producers wanted

Winnipeg — Aboriginal TV producers are now encouraged to apply for the NSI Storytellers producer phase which offers the opportunity to develop television producing skills through an intensive training week and an internship on a western-based television series destined for broadcast in Canada. The training is offered by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in association with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

by NationTalk on November 30, 20071080 Views

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Hudson’s Bay Company Makes Major Donation Of Archival Records To Province Of Manitoba

November 22, 2007

A donation to the Province of Manitoba of new archival records from the Hudson’s Bay Company was received today by Premier Gary Doer.

The donation will join the unique collection recently inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Memory of the World Register. The UNESCO Memory of the World Register identifies and lists the most significant documentary heritage collections in the world.

by NationTalk on November 22, 2007931 Views

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Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages 8-10 January 2008

November 20, 2007

This Expert Group Meeting is being organized in accordance with ECOSOC decision 2007/244, which authorized a three-day international expert group meeting on indigenous languages and requested that the results of the meeting be reported to the Permanent Forum at its seventh session.

In addition, the Permanent Forum stated the following in its report:

“Considering that 2008 is the International Year of Languages, the Permanent Forum recommends holding an expert group meeting on indigenous languages that will call upon States, the United Nations system and indigenous peoples and their organizations to consider the following elements:

by NationTalk on November 22, 2007897 Views

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33rd annual Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering, November 22nd 2007

Date: Thursday 11/22/07
Location: PIER 33 SAN FRANCISCO
Time: 4am

Special guests, speakers and performances include: MC: Bill Means, IITC Board Member (Oglala Lakota), Mike Flores, IITC Board Member (Tohono O’Odham), Ann Marie Sayers (Ohlone); Radley Davis, Iss-Ahwi (Pitt -River); Pomo Dancers; Shingle Springs Rancheria Miwok Dancers; Aztec Dancers; Arigon Starr (Kickapoo); Goodshield (Lakota); One Struggle; and the All Nations Singers.

Tickets $12 per person, children 5 and under free. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at www.alcatrazcruises.com or by phone at 415- 981-7625. They can also be purchased the day of the event at the Pier 33 Ticket Booth. This event is wheel chair accessible. All are welcome.

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by NationTalk on November 20, 20071078 Views

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Famous 1885 Battle Site Gains New Name

BATOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN, NOVEMBER 17, 2007–On behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, Mr. Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon–Humboldt, today announced the new designation name of Battle of Tourond’s Coulee/Fish Creek National Historic Site of Canada formally named the Battle of Fish Creek National Historic Site of Canada. This change better reflects the complete history of the site. The announcement was made as part of the Gabriel Dumont Institute’s “Louis Riel Day and Tribute to Métis Veterans” activities and celebration held at Batoche National Historic Site.

by NationTalk on November 19, 20071158 Views

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MMF Pays Tribute on Louis Riel Day

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For immediate release
November 15, 2007

WINNIPEG – Tomorrow, people of Manitoba and citizens from the Metis Nation Homeland, and friends of the Metis will continue our long tradition of remembering the death and honouring the life of past Metis Leader and Manitoba Founder Louis Riel.

by NationTalk on November 19, 20071207 Views

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McGuinty Government Marks Louis Riel Day At Queen’s Park

15th Annual Celebration Honours Métis Culture, Language and Heritage

QUEEN’S PARK, Nov. 16 – Michael Bryant, Ontario’s new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, invited everyone in Ontario to honour the culture, language and heritage of Métis people as he took part in the 15th Annual Louis Riel Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Ontario Legislature this morning.

by NationTalk on November 16, 20071177 Views

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The Métis Nation Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Louis Riel Day

TORONTO, Nov. 15 – Hundreds of Métis Citizens and friends are expected to gather at the Northwest Monument at Queens Park in Toronto on Friday to take part in the 15th Annual Riel Day Commemorative Ceremony.

Ontario’s first stand-alone Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant, and Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, John Beaucage, will be among those in attendance this year.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071123 Views

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Sandra Laronde Appointed Director of Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre

For immediate release
November 9, 2007

An award-winning director, choreographer, dancer, actor, producer, and creative leader, Sandra Laronde has been appointed director of Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre. While directing programs for artists at the Centre in both fine and performing arts, Laronde will also continue as artistic director of Red Sky Performance, the thriving Toronto-based performing arts company she founded in 2000.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071537 Views

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Canadian Aboriginal Writers Selected for NSI Storytellers Training Program

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NSI Storytellers/Aboriginal writers named
November 13, 2007

Winnipeg — Six writers from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon have been chosen for NSI Storytellers – a training program run by the National Screen Institute — Canada (NSI) in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to develop above-the-line Aboriginal talent.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071401 Views

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Carcross Tagish First Nation – Attention Experienced Carvers & Artists

Existing Artists/Carvers

Priority will be given to Carcross Tagish First Nation citizens who are existing artists or carvers for a short-tem contract to carve poles under the direction of Keith Wolf Smarch.

Project to start immediately until March 2008.

Accepting applications for 4 to 5 citizens.

Please have your applications in by:

November 16, 2007

For more information or to request an application, please contact the Capacity Department by phone: 867-821-8228 or fax: 867-821-8214 or by email: louise.parker@ctfn.ca
Gunalchise!

by NationTalk on November 14, 2007992 Views

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art Launches Campaign with $1 million Gift from The Audain Foundation

VANCOUVER, Nov. 14 – The announcement today of a $1 million gift from The Audain Foundation has launched the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art into the spotlight as the Gallery prepares to open to the public on May 10, 2008.

by NationTalk on November 14, 2007998 Views

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Media Advisory – City Recognizes Louis Riel Day

November 13, 2007

Mayor David Miller has proclaimed November 16 as Louis Riel Day in the City of Toronto to acknowledge that the Métis People are recognized in the Constitution Act 1982, as one of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples with a homeland across Canada. Louis Riel Day is commemorated each year in Toronto with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall and various community events.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071118 Views

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NWT Arts Council Applications

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment, in partnership with the NWT Arts Council would like to inform Northerners that the closing date for applications for NWT Arts Council Arts Funding is January 31, 2008.

Money is available for artists and members of registered territorial organizations who are producing a specific artistic work, project or event in a recognized discipline. For more information, or to request an application, please call 920-6370.

Website: www.pwnhc.ca/artscouncil
E-mail: boris_atamanenko@gov.nt.ca.

by NationTalk on November 14, 2007971 Views

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MARIA Workshop – The Songs That Matter The Most: A Discussion With Buffy Sainte-Marie

DATE: 2007-12-07
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre
ADDRESS: 376 Donald Street

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

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This workshop will be a discussion about the songs that matter the most to Buffy Sainte-Marie, including when, why, where and how she wrote them.

by NationTalk on November 10, 2007903 Views

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Live Web Casts from the Indigenous Peoples’ Border Summit II, San Xavier, Arizona November 7 – 10, 2007

Indigenous Border Summit responds to human rights crisis

Indigenous Peoples’ Border Summit of the Americas II, Nov. 7 — 10, focuses on human rights and right of mobility

SAN XAVIER, TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION — A human rights crisis for Indigenous Peoples living along borders in the Americas threatens their survival, with rapidly expanding militarization and new laws which limit their mobility in their ancestral territories.

by NationTalk on November 10, 2007913 Views

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The Second Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration: A Vancouver Festival of Métis Dance, Music and Culture

Compaigni V’ni Dansi announces the second annual Louis Riel Day Celebration, a festival of Métis culture to be held November 15, 2007 at the East Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Last year’s Celebration, held at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, was an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Métis culture. This year’s program promises to be even bigger and better with dance performances by the Louis Riel Métis Dancers; music by Don Freed and Sandy Scofield, poetry by Joanne Arnott and a special excerpt from The Crossing, Compaigni V’ni Dansi’s contemporary piece on the Métis resistance told from the heart of the Métis people.

by NationTalk on November 10, 20071008 Views

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MNBC Louis Riel Day Celebration

Upcoming Louis Riel Day Celebrations for November 15th, 2007

On behalf of the MNBC Leadership and Staff we would like to extend an invitation to attend an open house in honour of Louis Riel Day.

Date: November 16th
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: MNBC Head Office
Suite 905-1130 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E4A4

Entertainment and Refreshments provided.

by NationTalk on November 10, 2007885 Views

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Western Indian Art Show Premiers in Calgary – November 23-25, 2007

For Immediate Release

Moonstone Creation’s Yvonne Jobin presents the Western Indian Art Show from Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25 at the H4 building of the Currie Barracks in Calgary Alberta.

This action packed three day event is a celebration of Aboriginal art and culture. “We have some of the top artists from Western Canada coming” says show organizer and artist, Yvonne Jobin. “It’s a venue for both established and emerging artists to showcase their art.”

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071659 Views

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Province Acknowledges Aboriginal Veteran’s Day

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November 8, 2007

Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson today invited everyone to pay special tribute to the contributions of Aboriginal veterans.
 
“It is not known to everyone that many Aboriginal people battled along side non-Aboriginal people in defending Canada and continue to do so today,” said Robinson.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071096 Views

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Storytellers Gather in St. John’s for 4th Annual Festival

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Tourism, Culture and Recreation
November 7, 2007

Colourful characters will come to life this week as storytellers from Newfoundland and Labrador, other parts of Canada, and around the world gather for the 4th annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival, to be launched tonight at the Ship Pub, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007994 Views

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“Honouring Our Aboriginal Veterans” Aboriginal Veterans Day March & Ceremony

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November 6th, 2007

“Honouring Our Aboriginal Veterans”
Aboriginal Veterans Day
March & Ceremony
Thursday November 8th 2007
Vancouver

Join us to honour and remember the sacrifices of our First Nation Men, Women and Warriors in our annual March and Ceremony on Thursday, November 8th 2007. All Veterans and the Community are invited to march with us in recognition of our beloved First Nations relatives in the Spirit of Peace, Love, Brotherhood and Sisterhood.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071253 Views

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Closer to Home: A new First Nation Housing Documentary Series on APTN: November 6, 2007

INAC is proud to be one of the sponsors of “Closer To Home”, a six part documentary series that takes viewers onto reserves across Canada to experience home, housing, and life from a uniquely First Nations point of view.

Engaging, insightful, and completely realistic, “Closer to Home” looks at the challenges of on reserve housing directly through the eyes of Canada’s fastest growing population – Aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20073572 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women

EDMONTON, November 5, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.

Funding of $60,000 will allow the Institute to develop, deliver, and evaluate the Aboriginal Women’s Governance and Communication Strategy, a project designed to provide Aboriginal women in Alberta with the information, networking, and partnerships necessary to address their needs and those of their community, particularly with respect to their participation in governance issues.

by NationTalk on November 6, 20071166 Views

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Government of Canada Supports The Métis Nation of Alberta

EDMONTON, November 5, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Métis Nation of Alberta Association.

Funding of $315,000 will go toward activities that preserve and promote Métis language, culture, and heritage. It will fund a three-year project that includes the publication of a book called Michif in Alberta, the organization of linguistic immersion camps, and support for a provincial conference about the Michif language.

by NationTalk on November 5, 2007995 Views

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Convening of Indigenous Peoples for the Healing of Mother Earth: Chichen Itza 2008 – Call for First Nations and Inuit Youth Involvement

The “Convening of Indigenous Peoples for the Healing of Mother Earth: Chichen Itza 2008” will take place March 11th to 14th, 2008. The first day of the gathering will take place in Chichen Itza while the last three days will take place in nearby Merida. The gathering is by invitation only and consists of Indigenous delegates from Canada, the United States and Mexico. The Canadian Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN); Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK); Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC); First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) and Health Canada.

We are seeking First Nations (status and non-status Indians) and Inuit youth between the ages of 18 to 30 to accompany the Canadian delegation to Chichen Itza in March 2008. Because the event is by invitation only, space is limited! As part of the selection process for the youth delegates, we are asking for your submissions!

by NationTalk on November 1, 20072581 Views

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First Peoples’ Heritage, Language & Culture Council Request for Expression of Interest

Language Authority and Language Plan Development

Deadline: November 23, 2007

Background

The First Peoples’ Heritage and Language Culture Council (FPHLCC), the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) and the New Relationship Trust (NRT) have come together in support of First Nations language and cultural revitalization in British Columbia to develop a plan that will support four new language revitalization strategies. By working collectively we will maximize the resources available to communities engaged in language and cultural work. We are now pleased to announce the Language Authority and Language Plan Development program funding is now available to BC Language communities.

by NationTalk on October 31, 20071101 Views

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BC150 Years Local Museum Project Funding Announced

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007TSA0048-001385
Oct. 30, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

VICTORIA – Thirty-nine local museums and heritage organizations across the province will receive funding through the BC150 Years Pride in Our Communities local museums program, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen.

“This funding will help some of the smaller local museum and heritage organizations in British Columbia tell their community’s unique story,” said Hagen. “The focus of BC150 Years is to celebrate, at the community level, the many people, place, events and achievements that have made British Columbia the great province it is today.”

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071015 Views

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MNBC Louis Riel Day Celebration

On behalf of the MNBC Leadership and Staff we would like to extend an invitation to attend an open house at the MNBC Vancouver Office in honour of Louis Riel Day. Details are included below:

Date: November 16th
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: MNBC Vancouver Office
Suite 905-1130 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E4A4

Entertainment and Refreshments provided

by NationTalk on October 30, 2007940 Views

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Magnificent Atlas reveals the Riches of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec’s Cartographic Collections

MONTREAL, Oct. 29 – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) announces the publication of a superb work that revisits the history of North America. Jointly published with Septentrion under the title Mapping a Continent: Historical Atlas of North America, 1492-1814, the work is an invitation to discover the riches of BAnQ’s cartographic collections. Mapping a Continent goes on sale October 30 at the Boutique of the Grand Bibliothèque and on BAnQ’s portal. It tells the story of the daunting quest for cartographic knowledge that occupied coureurs de bois, missionaries, navigators, soldiers and academic geographers from the first contacts between Europeans and Amerindians to the major expeditions across the continent at the dawn of the 19th century. Seeking not only a passage to China, but also fish, furs and precious metals, the explorers paddled rivers, made portages, trekked through forests and, with the help of the Amerindians, unlocked the secrets of a true terra incognita.

by NationTalk on October 29, 2007957 Views

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Explore Alberta’s Aboriginal Heritage

Explore Alberta’s Aboriginal Heritage with New, Easy-to-use Booklets.

A new trio of dynamic, user-friendly booklets will make it a delight for visitors to unlock and explore Alberta’s vibrant Aboriginal heritage.

Calgary, AB October 29, 2007 – The Southern Alberta Aboriginal Tourism Booklet is the first of three handy publications Travel Alberta launches this year, and is filled to the brim with bright maps, photographs and quick hits of information about dozens of cultural attractions as unique as the First Nations and Métis people themselves.

by NationTalk on October 29, 20071036 Views

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Government of Canada supports Art Gallery of Alberta expansion – Building Canada: stronger, safer, better

EDMONTON, Oct. 27 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that Canada’s Government has identified the expansion of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) as a priority under its new Building Canada infrastructure plan.

The contribution from Building Canada would be up to a maximum of $10 million. This funding would be in addition to a $10 million contribution to the AGA, made through Western Economic Diversification Canada. The total cost of the initiative, which involves the construction of a new building in Sir Winston Churchill Square, is estimated at $88 million. A maximum of one-third of eligible costs will be provided by the federal government.

by NationTalk on October 27, 20071198 Views

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Frontiers North Presented with Award of Excellence by Nunavut Tourism

IQALUIT, NU, Oct. 24 – Frontiers North Adventures has been honoured with an Award of Excellence by Nunavut Toursim. The award, which is given to a Nunavut Tourism member based in or outside of the territory, was presented at Nunavut Tourism’s 2007 Annual General Meeting held in Iqualuit on October 20.

The Award of Excellence is rewarded to an operator that invests in tourism within Nunavut and incorporates sustainable development practices in their operation through market and export-ready business initiatives, and who invests and establishes concrete business relationships within the territory in order to provide successful products within the region.

by NationTalk on October 25, 20071222 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine celebrates United Nations Day

OTTAWA, Oct. 24 – “Today is a day to celebrate the achievements of the United Nations since it came into being in 1945,” National Chief Phil Fontaine said. “The UN promotes respect for human rights, the protection of the environment, the fight against disease and the reduction of poverty. It has worked on many important initiatives including, most recently, the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly after a vote of 144 to 4, with 11 abstentions, last month. Only Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand voted against it. The Declaration confirms rights in many areas, including education, health, and employment. It sets out minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and overall well-being of Indigenous peoples.

by NationTalk on October 24, 20071099 Views

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The Canada Council’s Next 50 Years: Challenges, Opportunities Cited in 2006-07 Annual Report

Ottawa, October 24, 2007 – The Canada Council for the Arts is entering its second half-century optimistic about the future despite the challenges that continue to face Canadian artists and arts funders.

“As the Canada Council for the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2007, it is fair to say that at no previous time have its challenges been as compelling, or its opportunities as great,” Robert Sirman said in his introduction to the Council’s 2006-07 Annual Report, which was released today. “The world continues to change – demographically, economically, technologically, socially – and so too do the arts. The response of arts funders must be creative, flexible and attuned to the varying needs of a diverse and growing arts community.”

by NationTalk on October 24, 2007943 Views

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S-VOX/VisionTV: Canadian Independent Specialty Channels Urge CRTC to Preserve Diversity of Television System

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Oct. 23, 2007) – Joint submission recommends putting independents in digital “basic” package to offset impact of concentration, integration.

The diversity of the Canadian television system depends on preserving a place for small, independent specialty services, according to a submission to the federal broadcast regulator filed jointly by a group of these channels.

The broadcasters have called upon the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to require that cable companies and other broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) continue to provide a mandatory “basic” package in the digital television universe – one in which independent Canadian channels have “must-carry” status.

by NationTalk on October 23, 20071074 Views

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The Chiefs of Ontario is offering the following Training to Community Support Services Workers: Healing Using Traditional Medicine

October 22, 2007

This workshop will examine a variety of traditional medicine plants, their healing properties and current and traditional application. It will provide an increased awareness and understanding of traditional healing practices and science supporting the use of plant medicine. It will examine traditional gathering practices including the natural and spiritual laws governing when, where and how to gather medicine. It will demonstrate how incorporating plant medicine into our current lifestyle can increase our health. This workshop will bring together science and culture in a way that will benefit all who participate.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

– Describe the functional use of medicinal plants
– Understand the natural laws governing traditional plant medicine gathering
– Understand the current and potential benefits of incorporating traditional medicine plants back into their lives
– Prepare medicine

by NationTalk on October 22, 2007983 Views

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Two Cultures Unite in Unique Exhibition

Artists from different hemispheres celebrate their cultural diversity through glass and jade sculpture exhibition.

Two different cultures collide in the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition starting tomorrow at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver (through November 18). The exhibition features 19 sculptures in glass and jade created by Northwest Coast glass artist, Preston Singletary and Maori jade artist from New Zealand, Lewis Gardiner.

This is the first time that these two artists from geographically different hemispheres – in fact almost polar opposites of the world – have collaborated. Preston is Tlingit, with cultural roots in Alaska in the far northwest of North America, whereas Lewis is Maori, with his roots in the far south in North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

by NationTalk on October 22, 20071150 Views

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Government of Canada Highlights Aboriginal Peoples’ Contribution to Québec City 400th Anniversary Celebrations

WENDAKE, Quebec, October 19, 2007 – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today participated in the announcement of the program of Aboriginal peoples’ activities within the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City. The program is the result of a cooperative effort by the Huron-Wendat Nation and the Société du 400e.

The program was announced at a press conference chaired by the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Max “Oné-Onti” Gros-Louis, and attended by many guests, including Jean Leclerc, chair of the board of directors of the Société du 400e, representatives of the governments of Canada and Quebec, the Municipality of Québec City, First Nations, and the Société du 400e. Also present were the creators of the shows to be presented at Wendake in 2008.

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007927 Views

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We are now Accepting Applications for the Miss Manito Ahbee Pageant

During the Competition Pow Wow, Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess will be crowned in honour of Felicia Soloman. The Miss Manito Ahbee Pageant will take place November 3rd and 4th at the MTS Centre, during our International Competition Pow Wow, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Click here to download the Miss Manito Ahbee 2007 Pageant Application Form.

by NationTalk on October 18, 20071812 Views

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Sharing in Nunavik

Website Theme Fall 2007

We are inviting you to think about sharing in Nunavik. What do Inuit of Nunavik share? The first thing that might come to your mind is food. Think of some of the different ways Inuit share food. Now, try to think of other things Inuit share. Think hard, there are many different ways that Inuit in Nunavik share. Which of these practices are unique to Inuit?

Now, ask yourself, how is sharing present in government? For example, is an exchange of ideas a kind of sharing? In what ways have Inuit traditionally shared opinions and ideas?

by NationTalk on October 18, 20071127 Views

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Women’s History Month Celebrates Yukon Elder Beadwork

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October 17, 2007

WHITEHORSE – In recognition of Women’s History Month, Women’s Directorate and Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor unveiled a poster entitled “Honouring Yukon Elder Beadwork”. The Women’s Directorate worked closely with the Yukon Archives and the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle to produce a poster celebrating the art of Fanny Charlie, Marge Jackson, Annie Smith and Gertie Tom.

“2007 marks the 15th anniversary of Women’s History Month,” Taylor said. “The Yukon government is proud to acknowledge and celebrate Yukon women and their important role in the development of the territory. This year, we not only highlight the artistic accomplishments of four talented Yukon First Nation elders, but we also honour the tradition of beadwork handed down from generation to generation by First Nation women.”

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