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Statement from D/Commr Sweeney on RCMP Backup Policy

5 DECEMBER 2007

Good afternoon. I would like to thank you all for joining us today. My name is Bill Sweeney and I am a Deputy Commissioner in the RCMP currently serving in the capacity of Senior Advisor to the Commissioner. I assumed this post in July of this year. Prior to this appointment I served as the Deputy Commissioner in the North West Region, where I oversaw RCMP operations in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

by NationTalk on December 6, 20071257 Views

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Tsilhqot’in Decision Supports Jules and Wilson Case

Tsilhqot’in Court Victory Supports Jules and Wilson Case on Aboriginal Title and Rights

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

VERNON, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Dec. 5, 2007) – The First Nation’s victory in their Aboriginal title and rights claim in the Supreme Court’s decision in Tsilhqot’in v. British Columbia provides strong support for the Okanagan Indian Band’s aboriginal title and rights defence to enforcement proceedings under the Forest Act.

by NationTalk on December 6, 20071727 Views

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Minister to Meet With Community Groups in Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Justice
December 5, 2007

In order to achieve a better understanding of the justice system in Labrador, the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, will meet with community and Aboriginal Leaders and tour correctional facilities in Happy Valley–Goose Bay today.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2007979 Views

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Update for December 4th, 2007: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Common Experience Payment Amounts

Update for December 4th, 2007:

Information Advisory
Re: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Common Experience Payment Amounts.

OTTAWA, December 3, 2007 – Common Experience Payments (CEP) are based on:

– An application accompanied by validated personal identity documentation;
– Student residency in a recognized residential school; and
– The number of years of residency ($10,000 for the first school year or portion thereof and $3,000 for each subsequent year).

Former students applying for the CEP present unique personal histories and sets of school experiences and a number of factors can influence how quickly the government can process an application. The Government is fully committed to continuing to process applications as quickly and efficiently as possible.

by NationTalk on December 5, 20071037 Views

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Alberta Métis Table Petition on Harvesting in Legislature

Call on Alberta Government to ‘Tear Up’ Ted Morton’s Flawed Policy

EDMONTON, Nov. 29 – Today Pearl Calahasen, the MLA for Lesser Slave Lake, tabled a petition in the Alberta Legislature on behalf of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) in support of the Alberta Government respectfully accommodating Métis harvesting rights.

by NationTalk on November 30, 20071195 Views

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The Government of Canada Tables Legislation to Increase Number of Judges in Provincial Superior Courts

OTTAWA , November 28, 2007 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, today introduced legislation that would amend the Judges Act to authorize the appointment of 20 new judges for provincial and territorial superior trial courts.

by NationTalk on November 28, 20071055 Views

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Taseko Mines Comments on Recent Court Decision Regarding Aboriginal Title

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 27, 2007) – Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO)(AMEX:TGB) –

The William decision, released by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on November 21, 2007, has provided increased certainty for the Company’s 100% owned Prosperity gold-copper project.

by NationTalk on November 27, 20071152 Views

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First Nations Woman and Her Husband To Challenge His Banishment From Curve Lake Reserve

TORONTO, Nov. 22 – Donna Shilling, a status member of the Curve Lake First Nation, returned to her home Reserve four and a half years ago and built a thriving convenience store and marina with her husband, Rick Hayes.

After cooperating fully with a brief investigation, Mr. Hayes pleaded guilty on September 26, 2007 to possessing a telescoping baton “for a dangerous purpose” – protecting his store against break-ins – and to possessing $300 in proceeds of crime and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. In the course of his plea, Mr. Hayes explained he had only four customers. All of them use marijuana medically, though unlicensed to do so, for cancer, alcoholism and multiple sclerosis. He was sentenced to an $1150 fine and surcharge, a $300 forfeiture order and non-reporting probation for one year.

by NationTalk on November 23, 20071637 Views

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Labradormiut File Class Action Claim for Compensation for Residential School Abuse

TORONTO, Nov. 22 – While the residential school survivors across Canada are in the process of receiving their Common Experience Payments and applying for increased compensation for the most serious claims of abuse, the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunatsiavut have been left out. Over 300 individual survivors of residential schools located throughout Labrador and Northern Newfoundland, have retained Steven Cooper of the law firm of Ahlstrom Wright Oliver & Cooper LLP of Sherwood Park, Alberta and Kirk M. Baert of Koskie Minsky LLP of Toronto, Ontario to represent their interests and that of all similar survivors.

by NationTalk on November 23, 20072713 Views

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Minister Greenan Calls on Federal Government to Help With Implementation of Justice Initiatives

Thursday, November 22, 2007
For immediate release
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

Prince Edward Island Attorney General Gerard Greenan says he believes the federal government is responsible to assist the provinces and territories with the costs of implementing federally-led legislation.

by NationTalk on November 22, 20071017 Views

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2007 BCSC 1700 Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Citation:
Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia,
2007 BCSC 1700

Date: 20071120
Docket: 90-0913
Registry: Victoria

Between:
Roger William, on his own behalf and on behalf of all other members of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government and on behalf of all other members of the Tsilhqot’in Nation
Plaintiff

And:

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia, the Regional Manager of the Cariboo Forest Region and The Attorney General of Canada
Defendants

Before: The Honourable Mr. Justice Vickers

by NationTalk on November 22, 20074646 Views

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UBCIC Celebrates Xeni Gwet’in Court Victory

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

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Nov. 21, 2007) – “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs congratulates Xeni Gwet’in and Chief Roger William on their hard-earned court victory today. Today’s judgment is another nail in the coffin for the BC Treaty Process. Clearly the process is dead,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

by NationTalk on November 22, 20071127 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for November 21st, 2007

Decisions regarding schools that were suggested prior to September 19th, 2007 will be posted on the website tomorrow (November 22nd). Please click on the link on the Main page to view the list of decisions.

The next status update will be available on December 5th, 2007.

by NationTalk on November 21, 2007904 Views

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Northern Survivors Being Revictimized After They Are Excluded From The Residential School Agreement

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 20, 2007

(SASKATOON) Many Saskatchewan Residential School survivors are being revictimized after they lost their bid to be covered under the $1.9 billion settlement agreement despite the fact that they attended residential schools across this province, FSIN Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish said.

“Survivors who attended 26 different schools in Saskatchewan are discouraged with the process that has left them out. They attended schools that had the dynamics of a residential school – they were kept from their homes and families and suffered many abuses. These survivors are like any other residential school survivor already covered by the settlement, they feel they should be entitled to make a claim,” Vice Chief Whitefish added.

by NationTalk on November 21, 20071310 Views

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Keith McCaskill Appointed Chief of Police

MEDIA RELEASE:

WINNIPEG November 20, 2007 – Acting Chief Administrative Officer Alex Robinson, joined by Mayor Sam Katz, today announced the appointment of Keith McCaskill as Chief of Police for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS).

by NationTalk on November 20, 20072514 Views

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Copyright Law Offers Poor Protection for Aboriginal Cultural Property

By David Spratley
Vancouver
November 23 2007

The city of Duncan, a small town in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, is often referred to as the “City of Totems” because of its many totem poles. In the summer of 2007, Duncan’s city council created a totem copyright policy which purports to govern the use of images of the city’s totem poles.

by NationTalk on November 20, 20071524 Views

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AFN National Chief Demands Clarification

November 15, 2007

National Chief Phil Fontaine is looking for the government to clarify whether there was a transfer of funds from the Residential Schools Settlement Trust as reported by Elizabeth Thompson in the Gazette today.

“The confusion surrounding this issue needs to be resolved,” the National Chief stressed. “It is essential that the Government explain what has happened. I can not stress how important it is that any and all funds earmarked for the Residential Schools Settlement Trust be used for the compensation of survivors and for the other programs and activities dedicated to the Residential Schools issue.”

Contacts:

Joan McEwen, AFN Communications Director
613-241-6789 ext. 242 or cell 613-324-3329 or jmcewen@afn.ca

Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor – Office of the National Chief
613-241-6789 ext 243 or cell 613-298-6382 or npine@afn.ca

Josee Bellemare, Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 336 or cell 613-327-6331 or jbellemare@afn.ca

by NationTalk on November 16, 20071019 Views

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INFORMATION ADVISORY Re: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Funds Remain Fully Available to Common Experience Payment Applicants

Settlement Agreement
INFORMATION ADVISORY

Re: Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement Funds Remain Fully Available to Common Experience Payment Applicants

OTTAWA, November 15, 2007- Despite recent media reports to the contrary, we want to assure you that the Government of Canada is in no way taking money away from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to fund other programs.

by NationTalk on November 16, 20071523 Views

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Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety Meet

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–(Nov. 16, 2007) – Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for Justice and Public Safety concluded their meeting today, after substantive discussions on key justice and public safety issues currently facing Canada, such as youth justice, drugs, organized crime, and policing. Ministers noted the need for ongoing collaboration to ensure the advancement of their common goal of ensuring public safety and protecting Canadians against crime.

by NationTalk on November 16, 20071307 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for November 14th, 2007

If you have questions about your Common Experience Payment (CEP) Application, please contact Service Canada at 1-866-699-1742 or visit your local Service Canada office. A list of offices can be found on the Service Canada website at www.servicecanada.ca.

The Government of Canada is working hard to expedite the processing of your CEP application in a timely manner. Immediate steps include an increase in the number of processing staff and an increase in the number of agents available to answer your call when you contact the toll-free number listed above. The Government understands that applicants have been waiting a long time for payments and they appreciate your patience.

The next status update will be available on November 21st, 2007.

by NationTalk on November 15, 2007948 Views

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National Chief Hopeful the Frank Paul Inquiry Will Reveal the Truth

OTTAWA, Nov. 14 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine welcomed the inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, which is being conducted by Justice William H. Davies in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Nearly 9 years after Frank Paul froze to death shortly after being released by Vancouver Police, we are finally seeing a public inquiry begin. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. There have been many cases of First Nations people who have died while in custody or shortly after being released under questionable circumstances. I am hopeful that this inquiry can uncover the truth and deliver some form of justice and closure to the family and friends of Frank Paul,” said National Chief Fontaine.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071250 Views

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Final Arguments in Goodon Case No End of Government Harassment

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 14, 2007

BRANDON – Today Metis defendant Mr. Will Goodon entered a Brandon courtroom alongside Metis legal counsel and with Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand. Final arguments in the Goodon Case may have begun but all indications are that this may not be the last time Metis Harvesters defend their rights in the courts.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071132 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Hopes Truth Will Come In Frank Paul Inquiry, Bring Closure to All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2007

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The First Nations Leadership Council is hopeful the Frank Paul Inquiry will bring to light the truth surrounding the death of Frank Paul nine years ago. Paul, a Mi’kmaq man, died of hypothermia in December 1998 shortly after being released by the Vancouver Police Department into an east Vancouver alley.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071005 Views

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Help Sharon McIvor win equality for Aboriginal Women

In an historic court victory for Aboriginal women and their descendants, Sharon McIvor, a First Nations woman from Merritt, British Columbia, has successfully challenged the continuing sex discrimination in the sections of the 1985 Indian Act that determine Indian status (http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/Jdb-txt/SC/07/08/2007BCSC0827.htm).

Sharon McIvor’s case challenges the continuing preferential treatment given to males and those whose Indian status is traced from male ancestors, as a violation of section 15, the equality guarantee of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20076660 Views

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Status of Investigation Into the Shooting Death of RCMP Cst Douglas Scott

Iqaluit, NU — November 9, 2007 —The first phase of the investigation into the death of Cst Doug Scott is wrapping up today, with the departure of the forensic and investigative teams from Kimmirut.

The next phase involves analysis of the forensic evidence from the various crime scenes, and analysis of the statements of witnesses and community members.

by NationTalk on November 10, 20071177 Views

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Province Addressing Justice Issues in Labrador

Justice
Executive Council
Aboriginal Affairs
November 9, 2007

The Provincial Government is making progress to improve the justice system and ensure appropriate levels of service for every Newfoundlander and Labradorian who must avail of the justice process, particularly in Labrador.

by NationTalk on November 9, 20071079 Views

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The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Youth Crime Prevention Programs in British Columbia

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 8, 2007) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced $350,000 in funding to support two youth crime prevention projects in the cities of Surrey and Vancouver.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071324 Views

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Consultations to Begin on New Corrections Act

FOR RELEASE #07-241
November 8, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government will begin community consultations on a new Corrections Act this November.

This consultation stems from an action item arising out of the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan, released last February. This plan was created after the Consultation on Corrections held in 2005.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071074 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Urges Full Implementation of Savannah Hall Inquest Recommendations

November 7, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The First Nations Leadership Council is encouraged by the findings of the coroner’s inquest into the death of Savannah Hall. The coroner’s inquest found that Savannah Hall died of suffocation while in foster care, which the 5 member jury concluded as a homicide. The coroners’ jury also made 26 recommendations for change, 17 of which directly impact the Ministry of Children and Family Development and how the ministry operates.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071194 Views

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Iqaluit RCMP Lay Charges in Death of Cst. Scott

Iqaluit, Nunavut – November 7, 2007 – RCMP today charged Pingoatuk (Ping) Kolola of Kimmirut, Nunavut, with first degree murder in the shooting death Monday of RCMP Cst. Douglas Scott.

Kolola, 37, a resident of Kimmirut, was taken into police custody without incident at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday and transported by RCMP aircraft to Iqaluit where he remains in custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

A news conference will be held today at 3:30 p.m. in the Baffin Room of the Frobisher Inn in Iqaluit to provide updates.

For further information contact (867) 975-4422 or (867) 975-4787.

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by NationTalk on November 8, 20071229 Views

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Inquest Jury Finds Cause of Death as Homicide

NOVEMBER 5, 2007

Peter Grant and Associates is proud to have represented Corinna Hall in her struggle to obtain an inquest into the death of her daughter, Savanah Brianna Marie Hall, who died in foster care in January 2001. After a year and a half of effort on Corinna’s behalf, an inquest was finally announced in March 2007. It commenced on October 22, 2007, in Prince George, B.C.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071210 Views

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November 6, 2007 Update: “KI Taking a Stand to Protect Homelands”

PRESS RELEASE
November 6, 2007

From: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario
Update: “KI Taking a Stand to Protect Homelands”

As of Tuesday, November 6, 2007 there has been no response received from Platinex to confirm whether the community position of no entry is respected or whether a new approach is being developed. However, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug was and continues to be prepared since November 2, 2006 to enforce its community position. Also the KI trappers, hunters and fishermen are still at the Nemeigusabins Lake Customary Homelands carrying out their customary livelihood pursuits. These pursuits on the land will be carried out throughout the winter and into next summer as they have been since time immemorial.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007977 Views

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KI Taking a Stand to Protect Homelands

PRESS RELEASE
November 2, 2007

From: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug is a small, remote, far northern Ontario First Nation being sued by Platinex Inc. junior mining exploration company for $10 billion. The province issued licences and permits to Platinex Inc. for exploration and drilling without notifying or consulting with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. It also gave the company special exemptions for required work on their mining claims. The community told the mining company it was not welcome in their customary homelands. Platinex sued Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. The costs of the legal proceedings have bankrupted the community and they can no longer afford the Ontario justice system. Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug have taken their only recourse and moved out onto their customary homelands from which they acquire their sustenance.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007970 Views

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Indian Residential School Settlement Update November 1, 2007

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) has been approved and was implemented on September 19, 2007.

It is estimated that there are approximate 80,000 former students alive today, who will be receiving a Common Experience Payment (CEP).

by NationTalk on November 3, 20072158 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for November 2nd, 2007

Please click here to view an information advisory in regard to the processing of Common Experience Payment (CEP) applications.

The next status update will be available on November 7th, 2007.

INFORMATION ADVISORY:

RE: PROCESSING OF COMMON EXPERIENCE PAYMENT (CEP) APPLICATIONS

Ottawa, November 1, 2007 – 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.

As you may have already submitted your CEP application form for processing, please be assured that the government is working to process applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. Since implementation there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Common Experience Payment by former students, much higher than originally anticipated. Within the first six weeks the Government received almost 70,000 applications. This large volume has caused some delays in processing.

View full Information advisory.

by NationTalk on November 2, 2007937 Views

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Appeal Filed in Federal Court Ruling Regarding Imperial’s Red Chris Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Oct. 31, 2007) – Imperial Metals Corporation (TSX:III) reports that appeals have been filed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Attorney General of Canada and by bcMetals Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Metals Corporation) in connection with the September 25, 2007 ruling of the Federal Court of Canada which set aside the Federal Screening Report of bcMetals’ Red Chris project, issued in May, 2006.

by NationTalk on October 31, 20071138 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for October 31st, 2007

The Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Intake Centre has received a lot of applications and they are working through them as quickly as possible. If you submitted an IAP application and have not yet received a letter of Acknowledgement, do not worry because you should receive your Acknowledgement letter shortly.

The next status update will be available on November 7, 2007.

by NationTalk on October 31, 2007898 Views

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Ontario Forces KI to Withdraw from Legal Process

THUNDER BAY, ON Thursday October 25, 2007: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) spokesperson John Cutfeet today delivered a statement to Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith withdrawing the remote fly-in community from a court process it’s been engaged in since mining exploration company Platinex Inc. sued the community for $10 billion after KI requested drilling equipment be removed from their traditional territory February 2006.

“Due to the refusal of our treaty partner, the Government of Ontario, to deal seriously with the funding and compensation aspect of previous Superior court rulings, KI is no longer able to continue the court process, as legal and consultation costs are impacting community programming,” said Cutfeet.

by NationTalk on October 26, 20071182 Views

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Public Safety at Risk Without Targeted Investments in Federal Corrections

Mental health initiatives, timely offender programs, and implementing measures to address institutional violence and death must be priorities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Oct. 25, 2007) – Too many offenders spend their time in prison without getting the correctional programs they need. The result is ongoing despair and violence on the inside and increased risk of individuals re-offending once released. According to the Annual Report of the Correctional Investigator, Canada’s Corrections Ombudsman, the federal prison system, hampered by increasingly complex demands, has presented limited signs of progress in key areas of concern that have public safety implications.

by NationTalk on October 25, 20071120 Views

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NAN Supports KI At Final Court Proceedings

MEDIA ADVISORY
Wednesday October 24, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Kitchenuhuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) members and supporters from across NAN territory will gather at the final court proceeding involving the remote fly-in community and junior mining exploration company Platinex Inc. in Thunder Bay Thursday.

DATE: Thursday October 25, 2007

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

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

by NationTalk on October 25, 20071133 Views

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Community Forum: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Thursday, OCTOBER 25, 2007
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
1607 East Hastings
Time: 9:30 to 4:00

This community forum is to engage and inform the Vancouver Aboriginal Community on the issue of deaths in police custody in British Columbia. The forum is an opportunity for the community to learn about civilian oversight of the police and to get their input and ensure that it is reflected at the upcoming inquiry into the death of Frank Joseph Paul.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Author: Warren Goulding,
“Just Another Indian, A Serial Killer and Canada’s Indifference.”

Lawyer: Cameron Ward,
Mr Ward has appeared before the Commission for Complaints against the RCMP, the British Columbia Police Complaints Commission and the Supreme Court of Canada

Pathologist: Dr. John C. Butt
C.M., M.D., F.R.C. Path
Dr. Butt is one of Canada’s most respected forensic pathologist and developed the most modern and comprehensive death investigation system in Canada

Noel Tait – Kyle Tait’s mother
In 2005 Kyle Tait was shot and killed by a New Westminster Police Officer. The Coroners Inquest into his death has yet to be held but the internal investigation cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

Leonard Cler-Cunningham:
Vancouver writer, researcher and broadcaster working on an investigative documentary on Aboriginal deaths in police custody in British Columbia

by NationTalk on October 24, 20071554 Views

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Prosecution Seeks Minimum 12 Years of Federal Penitentiary Time

If Convicted, Mohawk Shawn Brant Faces Serious Jail Time

(October 15, 2007) On Friday, October 12th, Mohawk spokesperson Shawn Brant of Tyendinaga appeared in court to finalize the details of his impending trial.

Released on bail after spending two months in pre-trial custody, Shawn is currently facing a total of 9 charges in relation to two blockades, one in April 2007, and the other as part of the Aboriginal National Day of Action on June 29, 2007. Included in these charges are 6 “mischief” charges, which the Crown has elected to proceed on by indictment.

The Ottawa-based Crown, Robert Morrison, has indicated that he intends to seek a minimum of 2 years imprisonment per charge, for a minimum sentence of 12 years in a federal penitentiary.

by NationTalk on October 19, 20071209 Views

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MMF Congratulates Metis in Saskatchewan on Court Victory

FORT QU’APPELLE – Today marks another victory for the Metis Nation and the recognition of Metis harvesting rights in Saskatchewan as Donald Belhumeur was found not guilty for angling without a provincial licence. The trial concludes nearly six years after his charges on March, 2002 at Katepwa Lake, Saskatchewan.

“This ruling confirms that the Metis have rights,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “We will continue to protect the value of our traditions and our right to provide for our families. I want to congratulate and thank Mr. Belhumeur as well as lead Counsel and President Clem Chartier and his team for their success.”

by NationTalk on October 19, 20071393 Views

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OUTREACH SESSION – Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement’s – COMMON EXPERIENCE PAYMENT

October 18, 2007

Native Canadian Centre
16 Spadina Rd
Oct 16 / Oct 23/ Nov 6
1:00pm

Spirit of the People
360 Bloor Street West
Oct 18 / Nov 15
12:00pm

Queen West Health Clinic
168 Bathurst Street
Oct 19 / Nov 2 / Nov 16 / Nov 30
12:00pm

Wigwamen Terrace
14 Spadina Rd
Oct 10 / Oct 24 / Nov 7 / Nov 21
1:00pm

St Christopher House
558 Queen Street West
Oct 11 / Oct 18 / Oct 25 / Nov 8 / Nov 22
9:00am

Canadian Aboriginal Festival
Rogers Centre
Nov 30 to Dec 2 All Day

For further information on scheduled outreach and information sessions, please call 416-993-6580 or email twcep-topec@servicecanada.gc.ca

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by NationTalk on October 18, 20071095 Views

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Alberta Métis Begin Holding Traditional Hunts Throughout Alberta

EDMONTON, Oct. 17 – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) announced the start of traditional Métis hunts being held throughout Alberta.

The hunts are being organized by appointed Captains of the Hunt with the support of Métis harvesters throughout the province. These hunts are a part of the MNA’s Métis Harvesting Action Plan that was unanimously adopted by the MNA Annual General Assembly held in August 2007.

“As our people have for generations, we will continue to practice our culture and traditions throughout the province by providing food for our families and Elders this fall,” MNA President Audrey Poitras said. “I want to thank the Captains of the Hunt and our harvesters for working with the MNA’s leadership in organizing these traditional hunts. Based on the MNA’s Harvesting Policy and the direction from the MNA Assembly, the MNA will stand behind and support our harvesters as they exercise their constitutional rights, regardless of the unilateral and legally unenforceable policy adopted by Ted Morton, the current Minister for Sustainable Resource Development (SRD).”

by NationTalk on October 17, 20071280 Views

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Boughton Law Corporation – Raising the Bar for Law Firms: How One Local Firm Must Regularly Earn Its Stripes by Proving It Meets the Highest Standards and Quality Service

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Oct. 17, 2007) – The practice of law requires years of schooling, successfully completing the bar exam, complying with a distinct code of ethics, and hours of ongoing continuing legal education. However, for Vancouver-based Boughton Law Corporation (‘Boughton’), those tests are just a beginning. In addition, the firm further puts itself to the test through a diligent review process that includes exacting self-assessment, peer review by other law firms, and client comments provided to a third party.

by NationTalk on October 17, 20071661 Views

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Metis Nation of Ontario Deplores Events Leading to Failure to Elect a National President and Return to the Courts

OTTAWA, Oct. 16 – The Métis National Council’s (MNC) General Assembly ended on Sunday, October 14, 2007 without electing a National President and the fate of the MNC now referred back to the courts. Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President, Tony Belcourt called the situation deplorable and avoidable.

“The Executive of the Métis Nation of Ontario worked tirelessly to ensure that we could hold a fair and democratic election for President of the Métis National Council at our Assembly last weekend”, Mr. Belcourt said. “We were on the verge of finally being able to hold a vote to determine the final list of voting delegates, but our meeting was ended so that this decision would be referred back to the courts. We were shocked and dismayed at this decision because if we had taken a critical vote on the motion on the floor at the time, we would have fulfilled our responsibilities to name a National President and we would be in the position of being able to get on with business. We are concerned at the very future, of the Métis National Council itself.”

by NationTalk on October 16, 20071371 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) Update for October 10th, 2007

The list of approved schools on the website at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca will be updated approximately 60 days after the Implementation date of September 19th, 2007 for any school requests received before to September 19th, 2007. Requests received on or after September 19th, 2007 will be reviewed in the order they are received. You will be contacted once your request has been reviewed.

If you wish to review the list of schools that have already been suggested, you may visit the website at https://fmwa.classactionservices.ca/IRS/phase2/add_suggest.lasso#List. You may request that a school be added to the list by contacting the Administrator at 1-866-879-4913, by submitting your request via the website, or by sending your request by mail to the Administrator at Residential Schools Settlement, Suite 3-505, 133 Weber Street North, Waterloo, ON N2J 3G9.

The next status update will be available on October 17th, 2007.

by NationTalk on October 12, 20072287 Views

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Nisga’a Nation will Continue to Defend Nisga’a Treaty

VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 – Nelson Leeson, President of the Nisga’a Nation, reacted to today’s ruling of the British Columbia Court of Appeal, which overturned the dismissal of litigation challenging the Nisga’a Treaty brought by a small group of Nisga’a citizens, by expressing the resolve of the Nisga’a Nation to defend the Treaty.

The case had been dismissed in 2005 by the British Columbia Supreme Court because the plaintiffs had failed to comply with orders of the Court in respect of pre-trial procedures.

by NationTalk on October 10, 20071254 Views

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Apology Awaited – Compensation Begins for Residential School Survivors

The final step in a long journey of healing for residential school survivors is an official apology from the prime minister, native leaders said yesterday in Edmonton.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said Stephen Harper should issue an apology in a significant public ceremony, just as Brian Mulroney did for Japanese-Canadians who were forced into internment camps during the Second World War.

by NationTalk on October 8, 20071206 Views

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