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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, 20071206 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, 20071241 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, 20071224 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, 2007993 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, 2007984 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, 20072170 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, 2007949 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, 20071151 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, 2007913 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, 20071196 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, 20071131 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, 20071144 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, 20071565 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, 20071221 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, 20071404 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, 20071108 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, 20071291 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, 20071670 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, 20071384 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, 20072300 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, 20071268 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, 20071216 Views

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Federal Court Halts Red Chris Mine – MiningWatch Canada Wins Precedent-setting Decision

VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 – Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris Mine – a huge acid-generating mine proposed for northwestern British Columbia – has been put in doubt.

The precedent-setting decision upholds the fundamental right of Canadians to be consulted during the environmental assessment of large mines on the comprehensive study list. The Court found that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act enshrined this right when it was amended in October 2003.

Representing MiningWatch Canada, Ecojustice lawyers (formerly Sierra Legal) filed the lawsuit in June 2006.

by NationTalk on October 6, 20071304 Views

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Federal Court Halts Red Chris Mine: MiningWatch Canada Wins Precedent Setting Decision

Thursday October 4, 2007 11:55 AM

Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris Mine- a huge acid-generating mine proposed for north-western British Columbia – has been put in doubt.

The precedent-setting decision upholds the fundamental right of Canadians to be consulted during the environmental assessment of large mines on the comprehensive study list. The Court found that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act enshrined this right when it was amended in October 2003.

by NationTalk on October 5, 20071325 Views

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AFN National Chief Honours Mary Moonias: First Residential School Survivor to Receive Common Experience Payment

EDMONTON, Oct. 4 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine today presented Ms. Mary Moonias, of Muskwachees Cree Nation (Louis Bull First Nation), with a letter confirming that she is the very first survivor of Indian Residential Schools to receive a Common Experience Payment, as result of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“Today is truly a historic moment for Mary Moonias and every single survivor of Indian Residential Schools. It is a tremendous honour for me, on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, to celebrate this historic moment with Ms. Moonias as the first person to receive a Common Experience Payment. Ms. Moonias is now part of a living legacy. We congratulate her and wish her well in her future endeavors,” said National Chief Fontaine.

by NationTalk on October 4, 20071589 Views

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Media Advisory – Residential School Survivor to Receive First Common Experience Payment

OTTAWA, Oct. 3 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine will confirm the first residential school survivor to receive a common experience payment as a result of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

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The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Joan McEwen, AFN Communications Director, (613) 241-6789 ext. 242, cell: (613) 324-3329 or jmcewen@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext. 243, cell: (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca; Josee Bellemare, Bilingual Communications Officer, (613) 241-6789 ext. 336, cell: (613) 327-6331, jbellemare@afn.ca

by NationTalk on October 4, 20072568 Views

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Frontenac Ventures Corp. Granted Interlocutory Injunction Regarding Sharbot Lake Uranium Camp

OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 1 – Since June 28, 2007, members of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (“AAFN”) and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation (“Shabot”) have occupied private property in Frontenac County and prevented Frontenac Ventures Corp. (“FVC”) from accessing its exploration property to conduct exploration activities.

By decision dated September 27, 2007, Associate Chief Justice Cunningham granted FVC an interlocutory injunction ordering, among other things, that representatives of AAFN, Shabot or anyone supporting their position or associated with them, leave the subject property immediately. The Court also ordered that FVC have immediate, unfettered and unobstructed access to the subject property.

by NationTalk on October 2, 20071258 Views

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Federal Court Upholds Rights of Musqueam to Be Consulted

VANCOUVER, Sept. 28 – Today the Federal Court of Canada issued a critical ruling upholding the rights of the Musqueam Indian Band to be consulted regarding the sale of Sinclair Centre and 401 Burrard St., both downtown Vancouver office and retail complexes located in Musqueam’s traditional territory. The Court ordered the Government of Canada not to continue with its planned sale of the buildings to Larco Investments Ltd until it had discharged its duty to consult with Musqueam.

Without having adequately consulted with Musqueam, the federal government decided to proceed with the sale of the buildings as part of a $1.6 billion, 9 building sale/lease back initiative as part of the Government’s plan to sell off its real estate holdings across Canada.

by NationTalk on September 29, 20071624 Views

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Residential School Settlement Update for September 26th, 2007

You may get a Common Experience Payment Claim form by visiting one of the following websites or by calling one of the numbers listed below:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/goc/cep/apply.shtml 1-866-699-1742 (TTY 1-800-926-9105)

www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca 1-866-879-4913

www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

The next status update will be available October 3rd, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 27, 2007898 Views

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Agreement Reached in Inland Treaty Rights Case

The Department of Natural Resources, the United States and five Michigan Indian tribes jointly announced today that they have reached an agreement on tribal inland hunting, fishing, and gathering rights in the 1836 Treaty area of Michigan. The agreement resolves a long-standing dispute with respect to federal and tribal claims that the tribes retained rights under the 1836 Treaty of Washington to hunt, fish, and gather in the treaty area under tribal regulations, rather than under state law.

“This agreement is especially significant in that all of the parties were able to work together to resolve this difficult and complex issue without risking the uncertainties of litigation,” Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries said. “This allowed a more acceptable resolution that protects Michigan’s unique resources and addresses tribal needs. This agreement is a fair compromise and will provide stability and predictability in an area of former legal uncertainty.”

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071156 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Settlement Questions & Answers – September 20, 2007

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has been approved.

Questions & Answers: Common Experience Payment
September 20, 2007

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) has been approved and will be implemented on September 19, 2007. The IRSSA is the largest, most comprehensive settlement in Canadian History and includes:

• A Common Experience Payment (CEP) to former Indian Residential School students who resided at a recognized Indian Residential School and were alive on May 30, 2005 or their estate if they passed away after that date.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071579 Views

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Healing in Corrections Conference

FOR RELEASE #07-200
September 21, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Department of Justice and Kwanlin Dün First Nation are hosting a two-day conference to explore and learn more about healing in corrections as a way of providing correctional services.

Justice Minister Marian C. Horne says this conference is part of ongoing efforts to continue to work with others while implementing the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan, released earlier this year.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071360 Views

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MMF Position Vindicated by Ontario Superior Court Order

WINNIPEG – Yesterday, on Monday September 17, 2007, an Ontario Superior Court of Justice Order confirmed the position taken by the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) that Mr. Bruce Dumont is not the interim President of the Metis National Council. The MMF continues to recognize President Clément Chartier as the democratically-elected and sitting MNC President.

“We are pleased the Court Order has prevented a group of MNC Governors from unlawfully usurping the democratic rights of the Metis Nation,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “We have always said that only the MNC General Assembly can decide who is MNC President.”

by NationTalk on September 23, 20071499 Views

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Powleys Throw Support Behind Labrador Metis Hunters

Friday, 21 Sep 2007

More than 80 people took part in a community meeting Thursday evening to show their support for Labrador Metis hunters who have been charged for exercising their Aboriginal and Constitutional rights.

The meeting was also attended by national Metis figures Rod Powley and his mother Brenda. Roddy and his father Steve killed a moose near Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on October 22, 1993. They tagged the animal with a Métis card and note which read, ‘Harvesting my meat for winter’. A week later they were charged with hunting without a licence and unlawful possession of moose contrary to Ontario’s Game and Fish Act. The case would eventually find its way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which unanimously ruled on Sept. 19, 2003, that the Powleys can exercise a Métis right to hunt that is protected under Section 35 of Constitution of Canada.

by NationTalk on September 23, 20071372 Views

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National Chief’s Final Speaking Notes – Indian Residential Schools Announcement

September 20, 2007

This is an important day. It is a day for celebration. It is perhaps even a turning point in the history of this nation.

As of today, a long, 150 year journey has come to an end. A journey of tears, of hardship and pain….. but also one of tremendous struggle and accomplishment . The Settlement Agreement marks the success of that journey.

The Settlement is symbolic. It is a symbolic offering from Canada which acknowledges the harm done to survivors of Indian residential schools and how very wrong it was to inflict that harm. It is not a government handout – far from it – …it is an admission of wrong doing and an attempt to make amends.

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071206 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada Update for September 19th, 2007

Common Experience Payment (“CEP”) claim forms are currently being sent to any former student who is in the Notice Administrator’s database.

If you received a notice package in the mail previously, a CEP claim form package will be sent to you by mail shortly.
If you do not receive a CEP claim form package within the next two weeks by mail or you would like to request additional CEP claim forms, please contact Service Canada at 1-866-699-1742 (TTY 1-800-926-9105).

You may also obtain a copy of the CEP claim form on-line by visiting the Service Canada website at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/goc/cep/apply.shtml or the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) website at www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca or at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

Questions pertaining to the CEP should be directed to Services Canada at 1-866-699-1742.
If you require an Independent Assessment Process (“IAP”) Claim Package, please contact the IAP Information Line at 1-866-879-4913 to register to have an IAP claim form mailed to you. You may also download an IAP claim form at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

IRSRC has also issued a news release dated September 19th, 2007. To view this announcement, please click here: http://www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca/english/documents/Implementation%20Date%20%20News%20Release%20-%20ENG%20FINAL.pdf

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071453 Views

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Implementation under way for Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

WINNIPEG, Sept. 19 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister Responsible for Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, and Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, today announced the Implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“Significant care has gone into achieving a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of the Indian Residential School system – a resolution that will ensure former students and Canadians can move together towards healing and reconciliation,” said Minister Strahl. “I am pleased to mark today as truly special and memorable, as our historic Settlement Agreement comes into effect and can now be implemented.”

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071405 Views

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AFN National Chief Applauds the Finalization of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

OTTAWA, Sept. 19 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine is pleased to announce that residential school survivors are officially eligible to apply and receive a Common Experience Payment, now that the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has been finalized. Survivors are also entitled to apply for the Independent Assessment Program (IAP) for compensation for serious abuses experienced during their time spent at residential schools.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071312 Views

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Powleys to Lend Support to Labrador Metis hunters; Community Meeting Set for Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Monday, 17 Sep 2007

A national Aboriginal figure will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week to lend support to Labrador Metis hunters who have been charged for exercising their Aboriginal and Constitutional rights.

Roddy Powley and his mother Brenda will take part in a community meeting Thursday at the Masonic Lodge, 377 Hamilton River Road, beginning at 7 p.m. Labrador Metis Nation interim President Kirk Lethbridge says he’s humbled that the Powleys have accepted his invitation to come to Labrador.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071288 Views

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Media advisory – Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister Responsible for Residential Schools Resolution Canada will be available to the media with National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations regarding the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement on Wednesday, September 19, 2007.

Where:
Tower Atrium at “The Forks”,
200-350 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

When:
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
9:30 a.m.

For further information: Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002; Valérie Haché, Media Relations, Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, (613) 947-5024

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071194 Views

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Residential School Settlement Takes Historic Step

TORONTO, Sept. 18 – A historic moment will be reached tomorrow when the settlement for residential school survivors becomes final.

Nine judges from across the country held hearings to hear submissions about the settlement. All nine judges approved the settlement. Under those court orders, the settlement goes into effect on September 19th.

A class action brought by the former students of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (the “School”), a native residential school in Brantford, Ontario, and their families, was settled in November 2005 by way of a national Agreement in Principle between the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations (the “AFN”), legal counsel for Indian Residential School survivors and various religious entities (the “Agreement”).

by NationTalk on September 19, 20072449 Views

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Four New Judges Appointed To Provincial Court

September 18, 2007

Attorney General Dave Chomiak has announced the appointments of Michel Chartier, Lee Ann Martin, Carena Roller and Patti Umpherville to the provincial court of Manitoba. The new judges will fill openings in Winnipeg and their appointments are effective immediately.

“These individuals have demonstrated professional excellence in their careers as lawyers,” said Chomiak. “I know they bring a wealth of expertise, dedication and skill to their new positions, refreshing and adding strength and diversity to Manitoba’s judiciary.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071678 Views

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National Chief Communique on Specific Claims

Assembly of First Nations
September 10, 2007

Creating a Renewed Approach to Resolve Specific Claims

On June 12, I stood with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and then-Minister of Indian Affairs Jim Prentice to announce the beginning of a new, joint process aimed at resolving the backlog of First Nations specific claims. I took part in the announcement because First Nations have had to wait far too long for justice. The current claims process is fundamentally unfair and biased in favour of the federal government. Canada is in a conflict of interest because, at the end of the day, it decides claims against itself and treats claims as a discretionary government program rather than legal debts owed to First Nations.

The extremely slow pace of resolving land claims has resulted in a backlog of more than 1,000 claims and a tremendous cost to First Nations and Canadians in terms of time, money and good will. Resolving these claims is the key to unlocking the full potential of our people and our communities. It is a foundation for us to rebuild our economies, our communities, our cultures and our governments. W hile resolving these legitimate land issues will not resolve every outstanding issue before us, it is one step further in putting to rest historic wrongs.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071489 Views

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Ontario Superior Court Orders a Stop to MNC Board Actions

September 07, 2007

WINNIPEG – Yesterday, in an Ottawa Courtroom, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and Metis National Council (MNC) President Clément Chartier were successful in obtaining a Court Order bringing to a halt the actions of some members of the Board of Governors.

A court injunction had been sought after there were attempts by members of the Board of Governors to unconstitutionally remove MNC President Chartier, subsequently bringing the accountability, credibility, and reputation of the MNC into question.

The Court Order includes the direction that the MNC will not act on any decision, made or given since July 31st 2007 by the MNC Board of Governors, or the MNC Cabinet, until a further Order is given by the court.

by NationTalk on September 10, 20071317 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Phil Fontaine To: All First Nations Chiefs of Canada

Assembly of First Nations

September 7, 2007

To: All First Nations Chiefs of Canada

Re: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly will consider the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for final adoption.

This Declaration has been in development for many years. The principles that it expresses are of the greatest concern to indigenous peoples worldwide, including First Nations in Canada. These principles acknowledge the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples, rights which have been overlooked, ignored or abridged far too often in many countries around the world, including Canada. This history is a global dishonour which nations must begin to address. The Declaration will be an important step in doing so.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071883 Views

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URGENT NOTICE RE: International Human Rights Tribunal Into Genocide in Canada

URGENT NOTICE

AUGUST 28, 2007

Assembly of First Nations
Indian Residential Schools Unit

The Assembly of First Nations does not recognize the proposed hearings on Residential Schools by the self-proclaimed, non-sanctioned, ‘International Human Rights Tribunal Into Genocide in Canada’.

This “tribunal” is in now ay related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC), which has been mandated as part of the historic Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The TRC will begin its hearings early next year.

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by NationTalk on September 7, 20071627 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada Update for September 5th, 2007

The Opt Out deadline was August 20th, 2007. CEP claim forms will be sent automatically by mail after September 19th, 2007 to those former students in the Notice Administrator’s database who have chosen to stay in the settlement.

If you have changed your address recently, please contact the Notice Administrator to provide your updated address.

The next status update will be available September 12th, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071083 Views

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Montague Expresses Disappointment, Frustration Over Government’s “flip-flop” on Metis Hunting Rights

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007

Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague is calling on the provincial minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs to help restore a relationship of mutual respect between the government and the LMN by dismissing hunting charges against 16 Inuit-Metis.

In a letter to Tom Rideout, who is also the attorney general, Mr. Montague notes his disappointment and frustration with the charges.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071403 Views

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Six Nations Matrimonial Real Property Law (MRP) to be Developed

(Ohsweken – August 31, 2007) In March 2007 the federal government indicated its intention to again impose federal legislation on First Nations across Canada. This legislation will deal with the Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) issue. Their stated reason for introducing such legislation is what they call a gap in legislation because neither the federal, provincial or First Nations have laws that apply to real property on reserves when spouses separate or divorce. Real property is immovable or fixed to the land and usually includes the family or matrimonial home.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20072090 Views

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