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MHA Jones Urges Government to Drop Charges Against Metis Hunters

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007

August 30, 2007 – MHA for the District of Cartwright-L-Anse au Clair, Yvonne Jones, is questioning the provincial government’s decision to reverse its stated position and charge a dozen Metis with hunting without a license, while at the same time urging that the charges be dismissed by provincial authorities.

The case involves Metis hunters who have been charged under provincial wildlife regulations, despite public reassurances in April by the provincial Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Tom Rideout, that the government would not interfere with the Metis right to hunt for subsistence. A 2003 Supreme Court of Canada decision ruled that the Metis have a right to hunt for food.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071351 Views

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Peter Grant & Associates – Watchdog to Probe Deaths of Four B.C. Children

Investigation to raise issues about child welfare system

Lori Culbert
Vancouver Sun
Friday, August 24, 2007

Savannah Hall, a little Prince George foster child who died under mysterious circumstances, is one of the first four childrenwhose deaths are to be investigated by B.C.’s new children’s watchdog.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who in April filled the new post of an independent children’s representative, has made it one of her first tasks to probe the deaths of Savannah and three other children with links to the provincial child welfare system.

“The nature of these cases sort of set them apart and drew her attention,” said deputy representative John Greschner, who spoke to The Vancouver Sun about Turpel-Lafond’s investigation because she was unavailable this week. “She felt that the four cases had the possibility of raising a number of systemic issues about the system.”

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071282 Views

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Recovering Residential School Survivors’ Lost Names

ALI SYMONS
GENERAL SYNOD WEB WRITER
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AUGUST 28, 2007 — When she was 26, Bessie Quirt left her Ontario home to teach at a residential school in the Northwest Territories. “At four o’clock we landed at Hay River,” she wrote in her diary on Aug. 3, 1929. “I could scarcely believe that I was actually in the flesh at the Hay River Indian School.” Seventy-eight years later, General Synod archives staff are reading through Miss Quirt’s faded notes–and hundreds of other documents–to find names of former residential school students.

These names are needed as evidence before former students can receive the Common Experience Payment or join the later Independent Assessment Process, two avenues of compensation available through the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Since many of the original enrolment records have been lost, the federal government commissioned other archives, including General Synod’s, to find proof of students’ attendance in alternate material.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071648 Views

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Publications – The Chicot Decisions: Permit Set Aside in NWT Due to Exclusion of Aboriginal Group in Final Stages of Regulatory Process

Vancouver – August 28, 2007

A recent Federal Court decision set aside a land use permit issued in the Northwest Territories by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to Paramount Resources Ltd. on the basis of a failure to properly consult with the Ka’a’Gee Tu First Nation (“KTFN”).

by NationTalk on August 29, 20073144 Views

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Indian Residential School Settlement Update for August 29th, 2007

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada has provided the following information regarding the premature release of the draft copy of the CEP application form.

Questions and Answers

COMMON EXPERIENCE PAYMENT (CEP) APPLICATION FORMS

Q1. Is it possible to submit an application for the Common Experience Payment before September 19, 2007?

A1: No, the final and official application form for the Common Experience Payment will not be available until September 19, 2007. All former students who have registered at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca or by calling 1-866-879-4913, will receive the application in the mail from the Court Administrator on September 19th or soon after. Application forms will also be available after September 19, 2007 on-line at www.servicecanada.gc.ca and at www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca or by calling 1-866-699-1742 (TYY 1-800-926-91058).

Any application forms which are filled out before and submitted September 19, 2007 are not the official forms. These unofficial forms cannot be accepted and will not result in former students receiving their payments any sooner than those who fill out the official form after September 19, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071103 Views

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Urgent Notice – Common Experience Application

Assembly of First Nations Indian Residential Schools Unit – August 23, 2007

>>View notice (Pdf)

by NationTalk on August 28, 20071034 Views

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Indian Residential School Settlement – Update for August 23rd, 2007

The following notice was issued today in regard to the premature release of a draft common experience payment application form:

Indian Residential School Settlement

Service Canada Cannot Accept Forms Until SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

Recently, draft common experience payment application forms were circulated to some former students who resided at recognized Indian Residential Schools.

Please be aware that the form was a DRAFT, and those forms SHOULD NOT be mailed or submitted to Service Canada offices at this time. Do not send any original identification documents either.

Under the Settlement Agreement applications cannot be accepted by Service Canada until September 19, 2007.

All those former students who requested an application during the recent notification program will receive the final forms in the mail automatically as soon as they are ready. To request a form call 1-866-879-4913. They will also be available on the website at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

The next status update will be available on August 29th, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 24, 20071118 Views

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“Opt Out” Period Ends In Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Settlement

For Immediate Release
IND-PR3-ENG

OTTAWA, ON, August 21, 2007—The “opt out” phase of a national notification programme in the Indian residential schools settlement has been completed. The postmark deadline for an opt out request was yesterday, August 20, 2007. As of now a total of 201 opt out forms from former students have been received and logged. In the coming days any additional opt out forms received which were postmarked prior to the deadline will be tallied and verified. According to the settlement agreement, as long as the total number of former students opting out is less than 5,000, the settlement will go forward. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is expected that claim forms will be available by approximately September 20, 2007. Former students who requested a claim form will have one mailed to them at that time.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071637 Views

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NAN and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto to Participate in Public Inquiry

NEWS RELEASE

THUNDER BAY, ON Monday August 20, 2007: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) Executive Director Kimberly Murray announced today their joint standing in a public inquiry into Ontario’s pediatric pathology system as granted by Justice Stephen Goudge Friday.

“There has been silence for too long regarding the inadequacy of investigations into the deaths of children in NAN communities – this standing gives us a voice,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler who’s responsible for the justice portfolio at NAN – an Aboriginal political organization representing 49 First Nation communities across Ontario.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071614 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 15th, 2007

You may be curious as to what happens after the Opt Out deadline passes. The settlement indicates that if less than 5,000 eligible CEP recipients Opt Out then the claims process may begin. If, however, 5,000 or more eligible CEP recipients Opt Out then Canada may cancel the settlement in its entirety. If the claims process commences after the Opt Out period ends, those persons who are listed in the Notice Administrator’s database will automatically receive a claim form in the mail sometime after September 19th, 2007. Please check back next week for more information.

The next status update will be available on August 22nd, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 15, 20071059 Views

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Students Help Communities Decode the Law

Thursday, August 9, 2007

About a dozen University of Manitoba law students have developed an innovative project that provides legal information to Aboriginal people in Manitoba who were in the residential school system.

All summer students have been volunteering their time and expertise traveling to Manitoba reserves and giving free information workshops on the federal government’s Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20071440 Views

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Terms Of Reference Announced In Frank Paul Inquiry

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007AG0026-001017
Aug. 10, 2007

Ministry of Attorney General
and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism

Backgrounder(s) & FactSheet(s): Backgrounder

VICTORIA – Terms of reference for a public inquiry into the 1998 death of Frank Joseph Paul were released today by Attorney General Wally Oppal.

Paul, a New Brunswick Mi’Kmaq, was found dead in a Vancouver Downtown Eastside alley Dec. 6, 1998, after being released from police custody.

by NationTalk on August 13, 20071125 Views

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Platinex Land Use Dispute with First Nation Featured in Globe and Mail Article

An August 8, 2007 article in The Globe and Mail (“A judicial magic key opens land use talks”) discusses the creative approach recently adopted by a court to deal with the competing rights and interests of Platinex, a junior exploration company, and the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI) respecting land near the KI reserve at Big Trout Lake, Ontario.

Mr. Justice George Smith of the Superior Court of Ontario made an order that gave the court “a unique role as a kind of referee overseeing a consultation protocol that set conditions for Platinex, the KI and even the Ontario government to allow limited exploration to proceed almost immediately.”

by NationTalk on August 8, 20072518 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 8th, 2007

This update is only for persons who have residential schools litigation going on in Quebec. If you want to get benefits from the settlement, then you must stop your lawsuit before August 20th, 2007 or else you will be automatically removed from this settlement and you won’t get any payment from this settlement. Please check with your lawyer right away as the Notice Administer cannot provide legal advice.

The next status update will be available on August 15th, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 8, 20071007 Views

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Aboriginal Lawyer Has Tons of Work but Trouble Attracting New Lawyers To Firm

Written by Helen Burnett
Tuesday, 07 August 2007

While lawyer Susan Hare’s practice may be based in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, all of Ontario is her community, she told Law Times while recently travelling to represent a client in a different part of the province.

Susan Hare says you have to get out there and be part of the community.From the first day she became a lawyer in the mid-1990s, Hare has been practising in her community, the result, she says, of a very clear vision from the time she was in law school.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071363 Views

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Shawn Brant’s Bail Review on Prisoner Justice Day

Message from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

(Tyendinaga MT): On Friday August 10th, lawyers Peter Rosenthal & Howard Morton will be arguing a bail review for Mohawk activist Shawn Brant. Shawn was denied bail on July 5th on charges from the June 29th Aboriginal Day of Action relating to the closure of the CN main line, a provincial highway and the 401.

August 10th is also Prisoner Justice Day. The roots of Prisoner Justice Day date back to August 10th, 1975, when inmates at Millhaven Institution refused to eat or work in memory of another inmate who had died in segregation the year before. Since then it has spread nationally and internationally as a day to acknowledge those who have died inside prison walls and those who have fought for the very few basic human rights that prisoners currently have.

by NationTalk on August 1, 20071072 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 1st, 2007

The Opt Out deadline is August 20th, 2007. To remove yourself from the settlement, you must send in an Opt Out Form. You may obtain an Opt Out form by calling 1-866-879-4913 or by visiting the website at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca. An Opt Out form was also enclosed in the Residential Schools Settlement Notice Update package, which you may have received by mail or at a community Outreach meeting. You must mail your Opt Out Form postmarked by August 20th, 2007 to Residential Schools Opt Outs, Suite 3-505, 133 Weber St North in Waterloo, ON N2J 3G9. If you Opt Out, that means you will not get any settlement payment – no CEP and no IAP money. You will not be bound by anything that happens in this settlement. Your only option will be to sue the Government or the Churches on your own. You may want to check with a lawyer before deciding to Opt Out.

The next status update will be available on August 8th, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 1, 20071872 Views

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Northern First Nation Takes DFO to Court Over Salmon Mismanagement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(July 26, 2007) – Chiefs from the Gitanyow First Nation went to Federal Court in Vancouver today to file for a judicial review of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) 2007 Skeena River fisheries plan, which they say infringes on their aboriginal rights.

At issue is the sockeye run spawning in the Kitwanga River, a tributary of the Skeena River north of Smithers. The Gitanyow say DFO’s mixed-stock commercial fishery at the mouth of the Skeena has prevented recovery of the Kitwanga run which has declined to less than 10 percent of historic abundance.

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071836 Views

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NAN Responds to Rowe Sentencing

THUNDER BAY, ON, July 6 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, together with members of the Ralph Rowe Survivor Network, feels a sense of relief that former Boy Scout master Ralph Rowe has been designated a sexual offender, but says it’s just the beginning of a healing process not only for direct victims, but whole communities affected by Rowe’s abuse.

by NationTalk on July 9, 20071328 Views

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CYFN to Intervene in LSCFN Lawsuit with YTG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2007

The Council of Yukon First Nations will seek intervenor status if the Yukon government follows through with its plan to take its land-disposition dispute with the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation to the Yukon Court of Appeal.

CYFN’s Leadership Board approved the action because it feels the outcome of this case has the potential to significantly affect all Self-Governing Yukon First Nations.

by NationTalk on July 6, 20071707 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation Supports Metis Nation of Alberta

Metis will continue to Protect and Exercise Harvesting Rights

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2007

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand and Board of Directors stand solidly in support of Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras, and her colleagues, and will work with them for the protection of Metis harvesting rights.

“It is a sad day when elected provincial government officials ignore the law and refuse to accept their responsibilities as directed by the Supreme Court of Canada Powley Decision,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “Clearly Alberta and all governments have a constitutional imperative to accommodate Metis rights.”

by NationTalk on July 3, 20071504 Views

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Minister Morton’s Misinformation

Press Release
Attention News Editors

Edmonton, AB (June 29, 2007) – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta issued the following to refute the misinformation that has been put forward by spokespersons for Minister Ted Morton and the Alberta Government. “We believe Albertans need to know the truth about what has taken place, not denials and political spin,” said Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071189 Views

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Musqueam Band Speaks on UBC Golf Course

VANCOUVER, June 28 –

Dear Editor;

In view of the public interest in negotiations that are taking place between the Musqueam Band and the Province, I would like to state the following:

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Until the negotiations are completed, no further public statements will be made on this matter. We appreciate the interest shown in resolving these issues.

Yours truly,

Chief Ernest Campbell

For further information: Georgia Tsoromocos, D (604) 691-7394, gtsoromocos@national.ca

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071437 Views

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