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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, 20071263 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, 20073597 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, 20071173 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, 20071004 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, 20072589 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, 20071112 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, 20071023 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, 2007944 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, 2007966 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, 20071042 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, 20071208 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, 20071233 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, 20071105 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, 2007954 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, 20071082 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, 2007989 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, 20071156 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, 2007937 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, 20071825 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, 20071137 Views

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Women’s History Month Celebrates Yukon Elder Beadwork

FOR RELEASE #07-223
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.”

by NationTalk on October 18, 20071933 Views

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Historic Properties Assistance Program Awards Funding

FOR RELEASE #07-220
October 16, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government’s Historic Properties Assistance Program is providing more than $82,000 in funding for the restoration and preservation of privately-owned historic properties announced Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor.

“Historically significant sites and properties are treasured and highly valued aspects of Yukon’s character and history,” Taylor said. “The Yukon government is proud to assist private owners in maintaining Yukon’s built heritage for future generations.”

by NationTalk on October 16, 20071537 Views

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The Pow Wow Circle Opens To Honour Residential School Survivors

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 15, 2007

(Saskatoon) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority welcome hundreds of dancers and drummers for our annual Pow Wow gathering at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon on October 19-21. Along with the Pow Wow celebration, there will also be a Residential School Symposium for Grades 9-12 students held at the Saskatoon Inn on Thursday, October 18.

This year, the Pow Wow theme will be Honouring Residential School Survivors. The Pow Wow is traditionally a place where communities honor their families. On behalf of the 17,000 Residential School survivors from Saskatchewan, there will be an honouring ceremony on Friday, October 19. A special honour song has been commissioned from one of the top drum groups in North America – The Whitefish Juniors.

by NationTalk on October 16, 20071288 Views

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Steven Loft to be First Aboriginal curator-in-residence at the National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, October 11, 2007 – The Canada Council for the Arts and the National Gallery of Canada announced today that Winnipeg curator Steven Loft, will be the first to benefit from the pilot project that will provide him with a two-year residency at the National Gallery of Canada. Mr. Loft will begin his residency in December 2007.

This partnership initiative between the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Gallery provides a two-year development opportunity for a mid-career Aboriginal curator to work at the Gallery. The residency will focus on the study and use of the Gallery’s collections under the supervision and with the help of its professional staff. In addition to research and assistance on the collections, the curatorial resident will prepare, over the course of the two-year residency period, an exhibition for the Gallery’s On Tour program. The residency will take place from December 2007 to December 2009.

by NationTalk on October 12, 20071260 Views

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2007 Alberta Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

Building a stronger Alberta
October 11, 2007

Edmonton… Excellence in Alberta’s tourism industry will be celebrated with the Alberta Tourism Awards, known as the “Altos”, at the 7th Annual Travel Alberta Industry Conference October 29 at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

“The Alto finalists are a superb reflection of the excellence of Alberta’s tourism industry,” said Cindy Ady, Associate Minister of Tourism Promotion, who will present the Alto Awards. Doug McPhee, chair of the Alto Awards Committee and a member of the Strategic Tourism Marketing Council (STMC) added, “Like the theme of this year’s conference, Expand your Experience, these finalists can help everyone in our industry make improvements and try new ideas.”

by NationTalk on October 12, 20071295 Views

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Government Supports Upper St’át’ime Language, Culture and Education Society

LILLOOET, British Columbia, October 11, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), today announced funding for the Upper St’át’ime Language, Culture and Education Society (USLCES).

Funding of $40,000 will be used by the Society to support community consultation and research on Upper St’át’ime values, beliefs, and traditions as part of their ongoing efforts to foster the revival of their cultural heritage.

by NationTalk on October 11, 20071120 Views

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Community Arts Councils Program Supports Rural Artists: Robinson

October 11, 2007

Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson today announced $373,600 in grants that will support 19 rural community arts councils this year in rural and northern Manitoba.

“This funding is just one of the current provincial supports to arts and cultural initiatives in rural Manitoba,” said Robinson. “Many of our province’s best artists are inspired by the natural beauty of rural and northern Manitoba.”

by NationTalk on October 11, 20071107 Views

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Government Supports North East Métis/Aboriginal Women Corporation

CUMBERLAND HOUSE, Saskatchewan, October 11, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Dave Batters, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for the North East Métis/Aboriginal Women Corporation.

The funding of up to $47,455 will be used to coordinate the Métis Youth Program.

by NationTalk on October 11, 20071107 Views

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Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages 8-10 January 2008

October 10, 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 October 11, 2007974 Views

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Government Signs Agreement With Gespeg Micmac Nation in Forillon National Park

GASPÉ, QUEBEC, October 10, 2007–On behalf of the Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, Mr. Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis–Bellechasse, signed an agreement-in-principle today with Chief Claude Jeannotte to establish a new partnership with the Gespeg Micmac Nation and to create a Micmac site in Forillon National Park of Canada.

“The agreement-in-principle signed today is the fulfillment of our Government’s desire to build on Aboriginal traditional knowledge and to include local communities in the management and presentation of Canada’s parks and historic sites,” said Mr. Blaney.. “Today’s announcement will add a rich new dimension to Forillon National Park of Canada that will benefit not just Gaspé citizens but all Canadians.”

by NationTalk on October 10, 20071077 Views

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Bible Translated into Naskapi

Oct 9, 2007
Pierre Therrien

The Bible’s New Testament is now available in the Naskapi language, the fruit of 25 years of translation work by Silas Nabinicaboo, a lay reader of the aboriginal church in Kawawachikamach, diocese of Quebec, and Bill Jancewicz, an American translator associated with the Wycliffe Bible Translation Society.

Every household in the community, located near the mining town of Schefferville, Que., received a copy of the Naskapi New Testament at a public dedication ceremony held Sept. 16; elders received large print editions.

by NationTalk on October 10, 20071124 Views

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Government Supports First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council

BRENTWOOD BAY, British Columbia, October 9, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Saanich-Gulf Islands), today announced funding for the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council.

An investment of $697,410 will support community-based First Nations language projects in British Columbia during 2009-2010, including language workshops and classes, teacher training, language documentation, immersion camps, Elder storytelling, documentary filming and development, curriculum development, and the development of language learning material.

by NationTalk on October 10, 20071076 Views

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Peace Hills Trust Twenty-Fifth Annual First Nations Art Contest Winners

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PEACE HILLS TRUST TWENTY FIFTH ANNUAL FIRST NATIONS ART CONTEST WINNERS

Peace Hills Trust, Canada’s first and largest First Nation-owned, federally incorporated trust company, is pleased to announce the winners of our Twenty Fifth National Art Contest.

by NationTalk on October 9, 20074330 Views

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Media Advisory – Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association and the YWCA of Prince Albert Funding Announcement

Date: October 8, 2007

On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Brian Fitzpatrick, Member of Parliament (Prince Albert), will make a funding announcement about the Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association and the YWCA of Prince Albert, tomorrow, in Prince Albert.

Please note that this advisory is subject to change without notice.

The details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place:
Foyer of the Saskatchewan Forest Centre
1061 Central Avenue, #101
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Information:
Richard Walker
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages
819 994-5978

by NationTalk on October 8, 20071101 Views

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First Nations Gate To Mark Victoria Spirit Square

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007CS0077-001239
Oct. 4, 2007

Ministry of Community Services

VICTORIA – Victoria will develop its very own B.C. Spirit Square, welcoming residents and visitors through a unique First Nations gate, thanks to $500,000 from the provincial government, Community Services Minister Ida Chong announced today.

“Across British Columbia, communities are developing Spirit Squares that reflect the heritage and rich diversity of our communities. A First Nations gate here in the heart of our provincial capital city will be a tribute to the Esquimalt and Songhees people and the new relationship we are building with First Nations and Aboriginal people throughout B.C.,” said Chong. “This square will be an incredible place to join in next year’s BC150 Years celebration, marking our past achievements and looking to our bright future ahead.”

by NationTalk on October 5, 20071097 Views

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Purich Publishing and Sask. Native Theatre Company

October 04, 2007

Purich Publishing and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company presents an invitation to the launch of Cree Narrative Memory: From Treaties to Contemporary Times by Neal McLeod which will be held at the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, 220 – 20th Street West, on Thursday October 18 at 7 o’clock; for reading and refreshments.

by NationTalk on October 4, 2007997 Views

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Government Announces Major Boost To Music And The Arts

News Release – October 4, 2007

The Government of Saskatchewan announced a new vision for the future development of Saskatchewan’s music, arts and cultural industries.

The announcement was made by the Premier to build on the government’s commitment to culture in the province in response to the recommendations of the Music Industry Review Final Report released today. The Music Industry Review Final Report was prepared by Legislative Secretary Joanne Crofford. This final report builds on the interim report released in January and has been expanded to encompass recommendations for all of the cultural industries in the province.

by NationTalk on October 4, 20071202 Views

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Canada Council Plan Sets Directions for the Future

Montreal, October 2, 2007 – The Canada Council for the Arts, Canada’s national arts funding agency, has released its new strategic plan, a statement of values and directions which will guide the Council’s activities over the next three to five years.

The plan, which was approved by the Board of the Canada Council during its meeting in Montreal this week, follows more than six months of consultations with over 1,700 artists, arts organizations, other funders and members of the general public across Canada. It will form the basis of a more detailed action plan to be released by the Canada Council early in 2008. The strategic plan is posted on the Canada Council’s web site.

by NationTalk on October 2, 2007982 Views

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North Battleford Benefits From Boost In Museums Funding

News Release – September 27, 2007

Visitors to the North Battleford branch of the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced an $800,000 increase in the WDM’s annual operating budget, along with a one-time $2 million grant to initiate Phase Three of the interactive exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, at all four WDM branches located in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.

by NationTalk on September 27, 20071091 Views

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Province Increases Funding Of Western Development Museum By $2.8 Million

News Release – September 27, 2007

Visitors to the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits at its four branches in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced an $800,000 increase in the WDM’s annual operating budget, along with a one-time $2 million grant to initiate Phase Three of the interactive exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble.

by NationTalk on September 27, 20071004 Views

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New $6 Million Arts Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

First grant deadline for Alberta Creative Development Initiative is December 1

Calgary, September 27, 2007 – Alberta artists and arts organizations have until December 1 to apply for the first round of funding under the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI), a new $6 million fund that will support further development of the arts in Alberta over the next three years.

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) are jointly responsible for the new granting program in cooperation with the Calgary Arts Development Authority and the Edmonton Arts Council.

by NationTalk on September 27, 20071093 Views

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Métis Nation of Alberta Moves Forward on Harvesting Action Plan

EDMONTON, Sept. 26 – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) reported on its progress in implementing the Métis Harvesting Action Plan that was unanimously adopted at the MNA Annual General Assembly held in August 2007.

“The MNA’s leadership continues to move forward on our Action Plan that focuses on four areas: exercising Métis rights, defending Métis rights, political action on Métis rights and public education on Métis rights,” said MNA President, Audrey Poitras.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071079 Views

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Métis Nation of Ontario – Flying The Métis Flag in London

by Alvin McKay

When I first became a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario I wanted very much to connect with my local community. I found there was none organized locally here in the London area. I found out that the Hamilton Council was the closest one and was probably the one that governed the London jurisdiction. Keen to establish some dialogue I sent numerous e-mails and frequently called the Hamilton office that was eager to point me in the right direction for various questions I had. I found out that Toronto was the headquarters, at that time for our Provincial Executive Council.

I came across Doug Taylor. He suggested that I might be able to ask London City Council to fly our flag on Louis Riel Day. The larger centres, Toronto and Hamilton at that time were flying our flag.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071480 Views

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MMF Supports Louis Riel Holiday

September 25, 2007

WINNIPEG – Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) welcomed the Manitoba Government’s announcement naming the province’s new holiday Louis Riel Day acknowledging and commemorating the great Metis Leader and Father of Manitoba.

“I thank Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan, their cabinet colleagues and caucus, for the announcement of Louis Riel Day,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “I also thank Manitoba students across the province for carefully considering and suggesting his name.”

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071821 Views

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Explore Aboriginal Tourism This Fall

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — British Columbia is ablaze with bright autumn foliage, making this a wonderful time to travel to Aboriginal communities throughout the province. Unique resorts, abundant wildlife, fall foliage colours and unique adventures attempt to out-glitz the scenery for visitors exploring the homelands of local First Nations.

Fall is when the grizzly bears and eagles come down to the shoreline to feast on spawning salmon. Travellers can view this annual ritual on a fascinating bear viewing excursion to the scenic Orford River in Bute Inlet, offered by Aboriginal Journeys. Accessing the viewing location is part of the adventure, passing lush temperate rainforests, through swirling tidal waters and spectacular scenery. Viewing is done from safe bear-viewing platforms above the river. Tours may also include a traditional native-style salmon barbecue at the We-Wai-Kai Village on Quadra Island. www.aboriginaljourneys.com.

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071280 Views

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13th Annual First Nations Awards

Nov 8, 2007
Cultural Events

13th Annual First Nation Awards (Saskatchewan) Requesting nominations, please contact Gloria Kiaswatum (306) 791-6506 or (306) 791 – 6502 Email fnac@sasktel.net

Address: Queensbury Convention Centre Regina, Saskatchewan
Telephone: (306) 791-6502
Fax: (306) 522-8116
Contact: Gloria Kaiswatum
Email: fnac@sasktel.net

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Media advisory – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 25 – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, will be in Iqaluit to make an announcement regarding International Polar Year projects.

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For further information: Maria O’Hearn, Regional Communications Manager, Nunavut Regional Office, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Iqaluit, Nunavut, (867) 975-4725, OhearnM@inac-ainc.gc.ca; Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002

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$1 Million Available To Communities For BC150 Years

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007TSA0040-001173
Sept. 24, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA – Under a grant program created for BC150 Years, community organizations across the province will be able to apply for funding to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen today.

“History was made locally and should be celebrated locally,” said Hagen. “Next year is an opportunity to celebrate our history, Aboriginal cultures and diverse communities – and to look toward a bright future. We hope every community will take the opportunity to celebrate its unique history and place in the building of our great province.”

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Library and Archives Canada/Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties Exhibition Opening at Library and Archives Canada Sept. 24, 2007

TO ALL EDITORS

Theme: Values, Voices and Visions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 24, 207) – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proud to present the official opening of the exhibition Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties on September 24, 2007. This unique exhibition will showcase a wide selection of treaty documents dating from the 1600s to the 1990s. The documents originate from LAC’s collection, as well as fascinating items from other Canadian cultural institutions.

Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties will feature a wide collection of documents by providing an insight into the voices, values and visions behind Canada’s Aboriginal treaties. These living documents and artifacts are among our most precious of Canadian heritage records as they illustrate decisions that have shaped all Canadians.

Among the many highlights is the original Treaty no.9 from 1906, otherwise known as the James Bay Treaty. This treaty was the first time that a provincial government took an active role in negotiations. There is also a map of New France from the 17th century drawn by Jesuit priest Francesco Giuseppe Bressani. It is recognized as one of the most significant maps of the time. A real treaty jacket will also be on display in the exhibition. Upon treaty agreements, the royal authorities generally offered Aboriginal Chiefs jackets decorated with brass buttons to demonstrate their status.

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Media Advisory: Aboriginal Treaties Exhibition to Open at Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 24, 2007) – Please join us on Monday, September 24th, at 5:00 p.m. for a sneak preview of Library and Archives Canada’s latest exhibition: Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties.

The official opening for the public occurs at 5:30, therefore this is an excellent opportunity to take photographs and conduct interviews beforehand. Those available for interviews include the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Mr. Ian E. Wilson, Curator, Dr. Jim Miller, who is also professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations at the University of Saskatchewan, and either Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Phil Fontaine or a representative.

This culturally significant exhibition showcases a selection of Aboriginal treaties and other items from Library and Archives Canada’s collection and other Canadian institutions dating from the 17th century to the present.

For more information, please contact

Library and Archives Canada
Pauline M. Portelance
Senior Media Relations Officer
819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298

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