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Unity Rally in Support of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Leadership

April 9, 2008

The Ontario Regional Chief and First Nation Leadership in Ontario invite all First Nation citizens and supporters to rally for the release of the political prisoners from KI. The KI Leadership have been imprisoned for preventing exploration on their territory and protecting their inherent and constitutional rights.

Where – Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario
When – April 23, 2008 – Beginning at 1pm

by NationTalk on April 10, 2008884 Views

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CBA Welcomes Reforms to Land Claims Process Contained in Bill C-30

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2008

OTTAWA – The Canadian Bar Association supports Bill C-30 (Specific Claims Tribunal Act) as it creates a much-needed independent tribunal with the power to decide long-standing claims between First Nations and the Crown.

by NationTalk on April 9, 20081090 Views

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Statement: AFN Women’s Council on Robert Lovelace and the KI Six

OTTAWA, April 9 – Today the AFN Women’s Council reiterated their support for Algonquin leader Robert Lovelace of Ardoch and Chief Donny Morris, the four councillors and community member of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), who are in jail for contempt of court. In two separate cases, these First Nations communities refused to allow mining exploration on their traditional lands without their permission.

by NationTalk on April 9, 20081185 Views

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Rally to Support Robert Lovelace and the KI 6

TORONTO, April 9 – Today a broad network of student, religious, social justice, union, environmental and indigenous groups will be calling on Premier McGuinty to halt mineral exploration in the lands of two Aboriginal communities in Ontario and to release the seven aboriginal leaders who are in jail for defending their land rights.

by NationTalk on April 9, 2008940 Views

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Descendants of the Papaschase Indian Band No. 136

This is the case about proceeds of sale of land, in 1889, being held in trust and to be paid to Band members and their descendants: Canada (Attorney General) v. Lameman 2008 SCC [Supreme Court of Canada] 14.

by NationTalk on April 8, 20082443 Views

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We Must Pay to Reconcile Aboriginal and Private Property

Comment: We must pay to reconcile aboriginal and private property

By Kent Walker
April 04 2008

In the most important aboriginal title case since Delgamuukw, Justice David Vickers recently provided timely criticism of what he termed B.C.’s and Canada’s “impoverished view” of aboriginal title. His strong words highlight the problems, and possible solutions, to the difficult issue of aboriginal land rights.

by NationTalk on April 8, 20081074 Views

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Support the KI Six: Land rights, not mining rights

Attend Wednesday, April 9 rally, 6 p.m. in downtown Toronto at Ryerson Student’s Union, 55 Gould St. (between Victoria and Church) Land rights, not mining rights.

Recent Ontario Court decision to jail First Nations leaders hurts children:
The North-South Partnership for Children is voicing strong opposition to the recent incarceration of six people from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), a member of the North-South Partnership for Children in northwestern Ontario. The six are in jail for upholding indigenous and Canadian law.

by NationTalk on April 6, 20081396 Views

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Doer Government Shelves Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Recomendations:

Government of Manitoba walks away from negotiations.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) are shocked at the Doer Government’s recent announcement to discard the Devolution of Probation Services Initiative for First Nation and Metis Peoples in Manitoba.

by NationTalk on April 3, 20083365 Views

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NAN Suspends Northern Table Until KI Leadership Released

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 3 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy announced today a unanimous decision of support for Kitchenuhumaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) leadership by NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly and the decision by NAN to suspend bilateral discussions with the Government of Ontario regarding lands and resources until the immediate and unconditional release of KI Chief and Council currently serving a six month jail sentence.

by NationTalk on April 3, 2008982 Views

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Ontario First Nation Leadership Statement of Support for the KI 6

TORONTO, April 3 – First Nations leadership met yesterday in Thunder Bay to discuss the imprisonment of First Nation leaders for protecting their constitutional rights. On March 17, 2008, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, Councillor Cecilia Begg, Councillor Darryl Sainnawap, and community member Bruce Sakakeep were sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of court.

by NationTalk on April 3, 20081311 Views

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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Calls For Release of First Nation Leaders

Onerahtokha / April 2, 2008

AKWESASNE, ONTARIO ─ The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) issued a statement today in support of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) leadership and in protest of the March 17, 2008, Ontario Superior Court sentencing of Chief Donnie Morris, four councilors and a community members to a six month jail term. The First Nations leadership were jailed while peacefully protecting their constitutional rights and found to be in violation of an October 25, 2007 court injunction that permitted a mining exploration company from entering their traditional territory.

by NationTalk on April 2, 20081375 Views

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Women’s KI Support Fast Continues Across Nation

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 2 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald today announced her support for a Fast by NAN Women’s Council in support of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) councilor Cecilia, while beginning a nation-wide fast by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Women’s Council.

by NationTalk on April 2, 2008944 Views

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Canada’s Latest Political Prisoners

by Justin Podur
Global Research, April 1, 2008
The Bullet. Socialist Project E-Bulletin

On March 18, 2008, the Ontario Superior Court’s Judge Patrick Smith sentenced Chief Donny Morris and six other council members from the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (or KI) First Nation, a community of about 1200 people in northern Ontario, Canada, to six months in jail for ‘contempt of court.’ They defied a court order to stay away from a part of their lands, slated for mining by the Platinex Corporation. They were also fined an exorbitant sum, but the judge applied the jail terms because he knew that they could not pay – they were already bankrupt because of the $500,000 in court fees they had paid trying to defend themselves from Platinex before the court, over the past several years. Platinex had sued KI, at first for $10 billion (before reducing it to $10 million).

by NationTalk on April 1, 20081213 Views

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The Case for the Metis – Winnipeg Free Press Article

Huband argues land claim a lost cause — we shall see

By Thomas Berger
March 29, 2008

In his article A Lost Cause? Metis running out of options in Land Claims case Charles Huband has done his best to show that the appeal by the Manitoba Metis Federation is indeed a lost cause. He rightly points out that the MMF represents 130,000 Metis people in Manitoba. Mr. Huband also says, I think rightly, that the MMF’s case “is one of the most important to be decided by the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench.” This being so, those 130,000 Metis people deserve to know the true footing on which the appeal is going forward.

by NationTalk on April 1, 20081391 Views

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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Officers Commended For Involvement In Major Roundup Of Drug Traffickers

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Issues Statement in Response to “Operation Cancun”

Enniskó:wa / March 28, 2008

AKWESASNE, ONTARIO ─ The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) issued the following statement today in response to the March 26, 2008 dismantling of a criminal organization that was allegedly involved in drug trafficking through the territory of Akwesasne. Mohawk Officers of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service were a pivotal part of the Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (A-CFSEU) in a major roundup known as “Operation Cancun.” Throughout the investigation, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service provided front-line information that led to the arrest of individuals involved in a criminal organization that smuggled drugs into New York State.

by NationTalk on March 29, 2008904 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions – March 27, 2008
Reconsideration Process for Common Experience Payments

16.Q. What is the Common Experience Payment Reconsideration Process?
16.A. The Reconsideration Process is a second review by the Government, as Administrator to the court-supervised process, to ensure that the original decision regarding the Common Experience Payment (CEP) for each applicant is accurate and appropriate. The review will also consider any additional information provided by the applicant.

by NationTalk on March 28, 20081771 Views

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Drug Trafficking Ring Dismantled by the Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit

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MONTRÉAL, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 – Early this morning, the investigators of the Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (A-CFSEU) dismantled a criminal organization that allegedly specialized in the trafficking and exportation of marihuana to the United States.

by NationTalk on March 27, 20081399 Views

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Recent Ontario Court Decision to Incarcerate First Nation Leaders has Detrimental Impact on Children

TORONTO, March 26 – Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: The North-South Partnership for Children held a press conference today to voice their concern about the impact the recent court decision to incarcerate six members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) will have on the community at large and most importantly, on the children. On March 17, 2008, five democratically elected First Nation community leaders and one community member were sentenced to six months in jail on contempt charges for their peaceful opposition to a court injunction that would allow mining exploration on their traditional lands.

by NationTalk on March 26, 20081088 Views

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KI First Nation Court Ruling has Serious Implications for the Human Rights of First Nations

THUNDER BAY, ON, March 24 – The sentencing of six members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI) to six months in jail has caused widespread indignation among the people of Matawa First Nations. The Chiefs of Matawa First Nations called an urgent meeting today to discuss the very serious implications of the Thunder Bay Superior Court decision and to determine the future relationship between their communities and the Province of Ontario.

by NationTalk on March 24, 20081037 Views

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Media Advisory – Recent Decision by Province to Incarcerate First Nation Leaders has Detrimental Impact on Children

TORONTO, March 24 – On Wednesday, March 26, 10:00am EST Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: The North-South Partnership for Children will hold a press conference to voice strong opposition to the recent incarceration of six First Nation Leaders.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2008911 Views

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Conflict of Interest Case in the Hands of Provincial Judge

Edmonton, AB (March 20, 2008) – Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), confirmed today that the court decision respecting the conflict of interest charges against Rick Boucher has yet to be rendered, contrary to some claims being circulated in the community.

“The matter is now before a Provincial Court Judge and it would be premature for anyone to predict how the judge will rule,” she said.

by NationTalk on March 24, 20081104 Views

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ACIP Expresses Solidarity with Nishnawbe Aski Nation

March 20, 2008 — The co-chairs of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican National Indigenous Bishop have written Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in protest against the jailing for contempt of court of six members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwg First Nation.

by NationTalk on March 22, 20081063 Views

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First Nation Leaders Jailed for Defending Traditional Lands from Exploitation Called “Political Prisoners in Canada”

Mar 20th, 2008

Media Release – Distributed at the direction of the First Nations of Sachigo Lake, Bearskin Lake, Muskrat Dam, Kasabonika, Wunnimun, Wapekeka, Kingfisher and Wawakapewin.

First Nation leaders jailed for defending traditional lands from exploitation called “Political Prisoners in Canada”

Police and Fire Department extinguish Sacred Fire tended by Elders in Thunder Bay

by NationTalk on March 22, 20081112 Views

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Respect First Nations Rights and the Rule of Law says AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine

OTTAWA, March 20 – On Monday March 17, 2008 an Ontario Superior Court judge sentenced six members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI) to six months in jail for activities directly related to the protection of their ancestral lands.

“The federal and provincial governments have failed to meet their legal responsibilities to consult and accommodate First Nations interests before approving development projects that significantly affect the lands and livelihoods of First Nations citizens. Meanwhile, those same governments enforce private financial interests by jailing those who defend those rights,” National Chief Phil Fontaine said.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2008923 Views

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Domestic Violence Court Opens In Regina

News Release – March 20, 2008

Another tool in the fight against domestic violence was unveiled today in Regina with the first sitting of the Regina Domestic Violence Court.

A therapeutic court emphasizing healing and offender accountability, the new court will work to increase the safety of victims of domestic violence by focusing on creating permanent changes in the behaviour of offenders.

by NationTalk on March 22, 20082163 Views

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AFN and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada MoU

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(March 20, 2008) – OPEN LETTER

March 19, 2008

National Chief Phil Fontaine
Suite 810-473 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1R 5B4

FAX: 613-241-5808

Re: MOU between the Assembly of First Nations and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Dear National Chief

The First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs are writing to you with respect to the March 4th, 2008 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Assembly of First Nations and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

by NationTalk on March 20, 20081143 Views

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MAC media statement on KI Platinex court decision March 17, 2008

OTTAWA, March 20 – The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) expressed regret today regarding the jailing of community leaders of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwig First Nation (“KI”), an outcome of the dispute between KI and mineral explorer Platinex Inc.

by NationTalk on March 20, 20081025 Views

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Paul Inquiry Testimony Paints a Disturbing Picture

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2008

“The Union of BC Indian Chiefs concerns are deepening as the Frank Paul Inquiry continues to reveal more and more startling evidence,” said Grand Chief Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Former investigator for the police complaint commissioner, Bill MacDonald provided testimony yesterday stating that the findings of pathologist Rex Ferris indicated that Paul was already dead in the police wagon. This evidence serves to demonstrate and expose the fundamental flaws of the initial investigations.”

by NationTalk on March 20, 2008864 Views

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Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Comments on Recent Developments Following the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwig First Nation/Platinex Inc. Court Decision

TORONTO, March 19 – Jailing community leaders of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwig First Nation (KI) is not an outcome to the dispute between KI and mineral explorer Platinex Inc. that was welcomed by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

“It’s sad and disappointing,” commented PDAC President Jon Baird. “We hoped that the decision to take recourse with the courts could be avoided. But we also felt that the judge’s original decision was constructive in its directive to the parties involved to communicate and resolve their differences. There should have been scope for an amicable, mutually beneficial, negotiated resolution to the dispute without it escalating into the present unfortunate outcome.”

by NationTalk on March 20, 20081025 Views

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Ontario Regional Chief Responds to Sentencing of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief and Council

TORONTO, March 18 – On March 17, 2007 in Thunder Bay, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris, four Councillors, and a community member were sentenced by Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith to six month jail terms for contempt of an October 25, 2007 court ruling.

“I vehemently disagree with our people being jailed for defending their constitutional rights. The sentencing of Chief Morris and Councillors demonstrates all that is wrong with settling these issues through the Courts” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.

by NationTalk on March 19, 20081200 Views

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UBCIC & BCAFN Disappointed with Judicial Review of Paul Inquiry

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(March 18, 2008) – The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and BC Assembly of First Nations are calling on the Crown to cease in their efforts to proceed with a judicial review of Commissioner William Davies’ recent ruling in the Frank Paul Inquiry. Commissioner Davies ruled that the Criminal Justice Branch was included among the public bodies enumerated in the terms of reference and that the actions taken by the Branch in this case would be available for examination at the inquiry. This would relate to both the processes they followed and the decisions made when prosecutors reviewed the death of Frank Paul.

by NationTalk on March 19, 2008961 Views

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nations’ Human Rights Violated: What’s Next?

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2008

“The Union of BC Indian Chiefs finds the jailing of Chief Donny Morris and all six council members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation to be completely outrageous. Once again the Province of Ontario has jailed community members for protecting not only their territories but their fundamental human rights,” said Grand Chief Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Such brutal, heavy-handed and highly provocative sentencing by the Courts of Ontario shall only serve to exacerbate an already dangerously volatile situation.”

by NationTalk on March 19, 2008996 Views

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A Matter of Conscience

Monday March 17, 2008

An essay by Michael Patenaude on the sentencing of the Ardoch Algonquins and Paula Sherman and Bob Lovelace, and ahead of the sentencing of Shabot Obaadjiwan and settler (non-Native) protesters: “Sometimes in life one must look back in history for inspiration. This is especially true when current events overwhelm us and threaten to make us lose perspective.”

DONWLOAD A Matter of Conscience.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081066 Views

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Anishinabek Supports Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation Chief and Councillors

THUNDER BAY, ON, March 17 – Anishinabek Nation leadership are demonstrating their support for a Treaty 9 community whose chief was prepared to go to jail for refusing to allow a mining company to conduct exploration activity on traditional territory.

Deputy Grand Chief Glen Hare represented the 42 member communities of the Anishinabek Nation at the Ontario Superior Court building today where Judge Patrick Smith sentenced Chief Donny Morris of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and six council members to six months in prison for contempt of court. The councillors of the fly-in First Nation about 600 km north of Thunder Bay defied an Oct. 25 court order granting Platinex Inc. access to Big Trout Lake, which the First Nation claim as ancestral land.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081036 Views

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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Stop Two Vehicles which leads to the seizure of 1,060,200 Cigarettes by the Central St. Lawrence Valley RCMP Detachment

” C” Division – News Releases

Cornwall, Ontario – On March 5th, 2008, at 7:44 a.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a 2002 Chevrolet Express cargo van and a Dodge Durango on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario speed off northbound on International Road towards Cornwall, Ontario. When the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicles, he was slowed down by the driver of the Durango in an attempt to prevent the officer from stopping the Chevrolet van. The van was observed travelling at a high rate of speed on the Seaway Bridge on very slippery road conditions. Once in Cornwall, the officer activated his emergency lights to pull over the van when the driver of the Durango continued to block the patrol vehicle. The officer did not continue the pursuit and located the van parked and locked on Notre Dame Street in Cornwall, Ontario. The officer detected a strong odour of tobacco and contacted officers from the Central St. Lawrence Valley RCMP Detachment- Cornwall Office to attend the scene. The driver of the van could not be located. RCMP officers attended the scene and seized 4,200 re-sealable bags of cigarettes that were manufactured in the United States. This represents 840,000 cigarettes worth $92,400 that were not properly packaged or stamped and were destined to be sold illegally.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081235 Views

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Majority Decision of BC Court of Appeal Dead Wrong

JOINT PRESS RELEASE – March 17, 2008

OKANAGAN INDIAN BAND
ADAMS LAKE INDIAN BAND
NESKONLITH INDIAN BAND
SPLATSIN FIRST NATION

The Chiefs of the Okanagan, Adams Lake, Neskonlith, and Splatsin Bands are bitterly disappointed with Friday’s BC Court of Appeal decision to sever Aboriginal Title issues from the ongoing case of British Columbia v. Okanagan Indian Band. This decision prevents the Okanagan from raising their Aboriginal Title to advance recognition, and leaves undecided the central issue of how the Crown got its title, which was for the first time placed squarely before the Court.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081336 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Update for March 16th, 2008

The List of Decisions regarding the schools that have been suggested has been updated. The updated list will be available to view on March 17, 2008 by the end of the business day. To view the list, please click here.

The next status update will be available on March 26th, 2008.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008878 Views

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Escape Lawful Custody Stan Daniels Healing Centre: Offender Wesley Clinton Kootenay

EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(March 13, 2008) – At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, 2008, Offender Wesley Kootenay escaped from the Stan Daniels Healing Centre in Edmonton, AB. Edmonton Police Services were notified.

Offender Wesley Kootenay is a 30-year old federal offender serving a 3-year, 3-day sentence for trafficking and trespassing. Kootenay commenced his sentence on March 31, 2006. He was eligible for Full Parole on April 1, 2007. He is Aboriginal, has a medium complexion, shaved black hair, and brown eyes.

by NationTalk on March 14, 20082551 Views

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NAN Supports KI – Court to Sentence KI Leadership

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy together with Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse and First Nation leadership and members from across NAN territory will gather at Thunder Bay’s Ontario Superior Court Monday in support of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) during the ongoing litigation involving the remote fly-in community, junior mining exploration company Platinex Inc., and the Government of Ontario.

DATE: Monday March 17, 2008

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Ontario Superior Court, 277 Camelot Street,Thunder Bay, ON

by NationTalk on March 14, 20081833 Views

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NAN Member Regains Status In Court Win

THUNDER BAY, ON Tuesday March 11, 2008: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler applauds an Ontario Superior court decision correcting the abandonment of legal Indian status under the Government of Canada’s enfranchisement policy of 1951, encouraging NAN community members who have been denied Indian status due to ancestral enfranchisement to ensure their process was fairly administered.

Fiddler’s comments follow a March 5th Ontario Superior Court ruling where Matachewan First Nation member Laura Flood regained legal status under the Indian Act.

by NationTalk on March 12, 20081122 Views

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Environmentalists Win Landmark Tar Sands Lawsuit

Court finds gaping holes in environmental assessment

Edmonton March 05, 2008

The Federal Court of Canada today released a judgment finding fatal legal errors in the environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands Project, north of Fort McMurray.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon was in court in January on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition.

by NationTalk on March 7, 20081069 Views

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Technical Update Matrimonial Real Property

Assembly of First Nations
TECHNICAL UPDATE
MATRIMONIAL REAL PROPERTY

February 13, 2008

The federal government announced on June 21, 2006 that it would conduct nation-wide consultations with First Nations on issues related to matrimonial real property (MRP).

Matrimonial real property is property that belongs to married couples. Matrimonial real property becomes an issue when a marriage breaks down and that property has to be divided in a fair manner. There are provincial laws that deal with this, but these laws do not apply on First Nations reserves and the Indian Act also does not address MRP issues. This means that while First Nations have traditional law and practices dealing with these matters, many First Nations communities do not have laws that are recognized by the Federal government creating what they see as a “legislative gap.”

by NationTalk on March 6, 20081124 Views

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KI Responds to Ontario’s Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2008

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug – March 4, 2008 Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant , paid a visit to our community (KI). There have been media reports today suggesting that Mr. Bryant made a proposal to settle KI’s dispute with the government on Ontario regarding mineral exploration on our territory by Platinex Inc., and that KI accepted the proposal. We wish to set the record straight.

No new proposals were made by Minister Bryant concerning the Platinex dispute and no agreement was reached. While the Minister did provide KI with a draft “Proclamation”, the Proclamation is a general statement of principles concerning future resource development in our territory. It contains no specific commitments by Ontario and makes no reference to the Platinex dispute. Indeed, in his comments to us during the meeting yesterday Mr, Bryant made it clear that Ontario remains committed to the Platinex project going ahead with Ontario’s blessing. KI remains equally committed to our position that we cannot permit mining or mineral exploration within our watershed ands that the Platinex project must not proceed.

by NationTalk on March 6, 20081072 Views

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Update: Reconsideration of Common Experience Payments Has Begun (March 5, 2008)

Information Update: March 5, 2008

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) is now processing applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) Reconsideration Process.

All CEP applicants eligible for reconsideration, who have not already applied, will soon be receiving a letter informing them about the Reconsideration Process. This letter will be from the National Administration Committee (NAC), the mutli-party Committee overseeing the administration of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

by NationTalk on March 6, 20083402 Views

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Native Leader Serving Six Months for Opposing Mine

By Chris Arsenault

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Mar 5 (IPS) – Algonquin community leader Robert Lovelace had never been charged with an offence, but when a uranium company began prospecting for radioactive ore on unceded native land without engaging in consultation, he decided to take action, organising a non-violent blockade.

On Feb. 15, Judge Cunningham of Ontario’s Superior Court sentenced Lovelace to six months in jail for contempt of court and fined him 50,000 dollars for his involvement in the peaceful protest.

by NationTalk on March 5, 20081008 Views

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Strange New Twist in Legal Battle Over Mining on First Nations’ Land

Platinex Denies Asking Court to Jail First Nation’s Leaders

THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 28 – Chief Donnie Morris and five other leaders of the were recently held in contempt of a court injunction which prohibits them from interfering with a mineral exploration program by Platinex Inc. on KI’s territory.

by NationTalk on February 29, 20081059 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for February 27th, 2008

Once a Common Experience Payment (CEP) application is processed, applicants receive a detailed letter explaining their assessment and how to proceed if they are not satisfied with the Government’s decision. This is an opportunity for former students to have their application reconsidered. This reconsideration process will begin in February 2008. If after an applicant’s CEP application is reconsidered, he or she does not agree with the reconsideration decision, an appeal process is available.

by NationTalk on February 28, 2008831 Views

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Statistics: Common Experience Payment (February 25, 2008)

Common Experience Payment

On September 19, 2007 the Government of Canada began receiving applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) which is one element of the court-supervised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Upon application and verification, eligible former students will receive $10,000 for the first year of residence, plus $3,000 for each school year (or part of a school year) after that.

Statistics as of February 25, 2008:

Total number of applications received: 88,228
Total number of applications currently in process: 2,721
Total number of applications requiring further information to complete processing: 13,533
Total number of applications processed: 71,974
– Number of payments issued: 56,977
– Number of applications not eligible for payment: 14,997

by NationTalk on February 27, 2008974 Views

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Platinex Reduces Damages Claim in Dispute with KI

TORONTO, Feb. 26 – Platinex Inc. (TSX.V:PTX): As detailed in previous press releases, Platinex Inc. commenced legal action against KI in April, 2006, in order to secure access to its 221 mining claims and 81 mining leases situated at Big Trout Lake, Ontario. The remedies claimed by Platinex included, among other things, an injunction to prevent KI from interfering with the company’s exploration program, a claim for $10 billion in damages and a declaratory order with respect to the validity of its ownership of and title to the mining claims and leases on Crown land.

by NationTalk on February 26, 20081107 Views

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Justice Disserved for Indigenous Prisoners

By Daniela Estrada*

SANTIAGO, Feb 25 – While Mapuche Indians in Chile complain that the government has “criminalised” their land-rights protests, many indigenous people are in prison in Mexico and Peru because there were no translators to explain why they were on trial.

There is no statistical evidence of judicial persecution of the indigenous populations in Chile, Mexico and Peru. The number of aboriginal people behind bars in all three countries is quite small, and the proportion of indigenous prisoners per capita is lower than that of the population at large.

by NationTalk on February 25, 20081118 Views

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