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Ministers Launch Partnership To Strengthen Students’ Skills In Economics And Finance In Order To Succeed In Global Economy

September 24, 2007

Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson and Finance Minister Greg Selinger announced today the province is participating in a partnership that will better prepare Manitoba students to deal with the increasingly complex areas of economics and finance in today’s global economy.

The ministers were joined by Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) president Gary Rabbior, governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge and Investors Group president and CEO Murray Taylor to launch the Building Futures Project in Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007941 Views

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First Nations University of Canada Receives $10,000 for Prize

September 23, 2007

(REGINA CAMPUS) A new scholarship fund at the First Nations University of Canada is being made possible by Adam DreamHealer, a keynote speaker at Cowessess First Nations’ Provincial Traditional Healing Gathering.

“I am proud of my First Nations heritage. Past injustices have occurred and yet a spiritually-enlightened people survive,” said Adam DreamHealer. “Forgiveness is healing – peace is healing. This donation will help balance the pain resulting from the residential schools by supporting a hopeful future through education.”

by NationTalk on September 24, 20072444 Views

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Minister Visits First Nations Communities – September 24, 2007 – Madawaska

Minister visits First Nations communities
September 24, 2007 – Madawaska
Aboriginal Affairs

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, is visiting all 15 First Nations communities in the province. This is a follow-up to signing of the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Province of New Brunswick Relationship Building Bilateral Agreement. The minister recently presented a commemorative copy of the historic bilateral accord to the chief and council of Madawaska Maliseet First Nation. From left: councillor Patrick Wallace, Minister Doherty, and Chief Joanna Bernard.

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by NationTalk on September 24, 2007618 Views

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Labrador Metis Nation New Bursary Program

Friday, 21 Sep 2007

The Labrador Metis Nation is pleased to be accepting applications for a new bursary program. This bursary is specifically for Labrador Metis University students. For more information go to this link: http://www.labradormetis.ca/home/112

by NationTalk on September 23, 2007659 Views

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Northern Police Experience: Recruiting for the North, From the North

Northern Police Experience
Recruiting for the North, From the North

September 18th, 2007 marked the launch of a police recruiting initiative hosted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS). Dubbed as the Northern Police Experience, the initiative is designed to allow selected individuals a close up view of policing. NAPS will be selecting several candidates to attend a three-day camp in the City of Thunder Bay.

by NationTalk on September 21, 20071109 Views

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Bjornson Attends Official Opening Of Duke Of Marlborough School

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September 20, 2007

CHURCHILL-Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson joined students, parents, teachers and administrators here today for the official opening of the Duke of Marlborough School.
 
“I’m delighted to take part in this ceremony that marks the beginning of a new era in education and community development in Churchill,” Bjornson said.  “Renovations and an addition to the school will help to ensure students receive a quality education and serve as a focal point where people gather to learn, celebrate, participate, compete and socialize.”

by NationTalk on September 21, 2007974 Views

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Students To Visit Attiwapiskat

September 20, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A group of 17 Grade 8 students from Holy Spirit Catholic School will depart Toronto on September 23rd to visit students from J.K. Nakogee School in Attawapiskat. Attawapiskat is a Cree First Nation community located on the west coast of James Bay.

During their stay, students will attend Mass with Father Vezina, an Oblate missionary who has ministered in the community for over 30 years, as well as study topography, work with local artists, learn about the developing diamond mine and camp with elders.

The trip was arranged through SEVEC (the Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada). The students are scheduled to return to Toronto on Friday, September 28th.

For more information, contact the school at 416-393-5282.

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates close to 90,000 students from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in its 201 Catholic elementary and secondary schools and serves 475,032 Catholic school supporters across the City of Toronto.

by NationTalk on September 21, 2007873 Views

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Sunday, September 23, 2007 – Susan Aglukark to be the Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremonies for NAIT’s Aboriginal Awareness Week

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NAIT is hosting a variety of activities from Sept. 23-30 to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week. NAIT is officially launching an Aboriginal alumni chapter, which is only the third Aboriginal alumni chapter at a post-secondary school in Canada. Don Jones, the VP of the new chapter, has an inspiring story to tell. There are 12 people in his family – two parents and 10 children – and each one of them has obtained a diploma, degree, or even higher level of post-secondary training.

The Institute is also starting an Aboriginal role model program, which Jones will be involved with as a mentor. Another inspiring mentor in the program is Larson Yellowbird, a former labourer. He was the first of his siblings to complete a post-secondary education when he graduated from NAIT’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program in 2006. He quickly landed a job with ATCO, then this fall returned to NAIT to enroll in our Bachelor of Technology program – NAIT’s first baccalaureate degree offering. Yellowbird originally decided to pursue a post-secondary education after some gentle nudging from his wife, who is now a career counsellor after graduating with a degree from Athabasca University. Yellowbird and his wife hope they will be an inspiration to their children and to anyone else with a dream. (NOTE: Both Jones and Yellowbird will be at the Opening Ceremonies on Monday morning.)

by NationTalk on September 21, 2007768 Views

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2007 Heroes of Our Time Scholarships

Since 1988/1989 the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has sponsored the Heroes of Our Time scholarships to recognize the hard work, dedication and academic achievements of First Nations post secondary students who demonstrate excellence in a variety of categories. The scholarships are divided into eight categories that represent eight First Nations heroes and academic disciplines, each with a value of $2,000.

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071069 Views

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Spectra Energy Awards Aboriginal Bursaries

September 19, 2007

The media is invited to attend the University of Northern British Columbia campus on Monday, September 24, when ten Aboriginal UNBC students will each receive $2,500 bursaries from Spectra Energy Transmission. The new student awards mark the company’s 50th year of operations in British Columbia.

“Operating in BC for fifty years, Spectra Energy has deep roots in this province and we share long-standing relationships with its Aboriginal communities,” says Steve Henderson, Manager, Community and Aboriginal Relations for Spectra Energy. “UNBC has been a valued community outreach partner for Spectra Energy since the university’s earliest days. We see these bursaries as providing tangible and meaningful opportunities to support Aboriginal students in the pursuit of their educational goals.”

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071258 Views

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Government and Kahnawake Celebrate Start of Construction on New High School

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KAHNAWAKE, QUEBEC (September 20, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Mr. Edward J Cross, Kahnawake’s Director of Education, today announced construction of a new high school at Kahnawake.

“I am pleased to announce that Canada’s New Government is contributing nearly $10 million towards construction of a state-of-the-art school at Kahnawake,” said Minister Strahl. “We hope that by the 2008/2009 school year the doors will be open, and Kahnawake students from grades seven to 11 will keenly gain the skills and knowledge that matter in the new facility.”

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007900 Views

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RBC Provides $2 Million for After-school Programs Across Canada

Community-based programs help build self-esteem, confidence

TORONTO, Sept. 19 – As part of its ongoing commitment to children and education across Canada, RBC Foundation will be providing more than $2 million in funding for 77 of Canada’s leading after-school programs for the 2007-2008 school year. The recipients represent a diverse range of community-based organizations, and were chosen by panels of local citizens.

To be selected for a grant, after-school programs must offer structured and supervised activities for children between the ages of six and 17. The programs must also focus on what RBC calls the “three Ss” – safety, social skills and self-esteem. RBC’s grants are used to provide a wide-range of activities including computer instruction, sports, literacy tutoring, music and art lessons, nutrition guidance, and homework-help.

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007857 Views

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New Education Programs Reach Out To At-risk Youth

September 19, 2007

127 outreach programs across Alberta are helping students stay in school

Edmonton… More Alberta youth have new opportunities to stay in school, thanks to five new outreach programs launched this September. The new programs are being offered in Elk Point, Okotoks, Whitecourt and two in Lethbridge , for a total of 127 outreach programs now operating throughout the province.

“These programs give students a chance to finish high school in a non-traditional learning environment, while also making sure that they can access the different types of community supports they need to succeed ,” says Education Minister Ron Liepert . “By working together to develop innovative approaches, we can provide every student the opportunity to complete high school and meet their full potential.”

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007861 Views

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Half Million in Scholarships and Bursaries Awarded To Metis Students

Sept.14th, 2007

WINNIPEG – Tomorrow morning, at 10:00 AM, September 15th 2007, over 30 Metis students will be congratulated for their success and presented with Scholarship and Bursary awards at the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Annual General Assembly at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. MMF President David Chartrand and the Honourable Vic Toews, Q.C., M.P., President of the Treasury Board, will present the awards in a special ceremony.

This special event in honour of the recipients of the MMF Health and Wellness Scholarship and Bursary Awards has been made possible by a partnership with Health Canada through the Health Human Resources Initiative. This partnership with Health Canada marks the beginning for the Metis People accessing federal health funding.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071034 Views

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Partnership Fuels $36 million Scholarship Programs

VICTORIA, Sept. 18 – The Victoria Foundation and The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society have partnered in managing and awarding scholarships from $36 million in endowment funds established by the Province of BC.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Victoria Foundation in the administration and stewardship of our scholarship funds,” said Mike Apsey, chair of the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society. “With support from the Government of British Columbia, the Society has quickly increased the number and value of its scholarship programs”.

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007645 Views

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Province Commits $100,000 To Continue Scholarship For Young Volunteers

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September 18, 2007

Up to 200 Students to Receive Youth Leadership Scholarships: Bjornson

Up to 200 young volunteers will benefit from an investment of $100,000 to continue the Youth Leadership Scholarship Program for Grade 12 students planning to pursue a post-secondary education, Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007695 Views

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Bursaries Help First Nations and Métis Students Realize Goals in Health Careers

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Building a stronger Alberta
September 18, 2007

Edmonton… Fifty students will attend classes this fall with assistance from Alberta’s Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary. A total of $285,000 is being provided this year to First Nations and Métis students, with amounts ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per student.

Eligible students receive awards for studying in a degree or diploma program in a health field at a university, college, or technical institute. Areas of study among recipients this year include biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, kinesiology and occupational therapy.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007764 Views

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Important Demonstration of First Nations Leaders in Front of the Canadian Parliament

WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 17 – Lise Bastien, Director of the First Nations Education Council, and the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Ghislain Picard, invite media representatives to an important public demonstration in front of the Canadian Parliament. A number of First Nations representatives will be asking the Canadian government to put an end to the underfunding of education in First Nations communities.

Please note that there will be a 3km run held before this activity through the streets of Ottawa. It will be possible to take photographs at the start of the run, which will be held in front of the offices of the Assembly of First Nations.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007928 Views

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WIFT-T calls for applications for the Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship Program

(TORONTO – Monday, September 17, 2007) Women in Film and Television -Toronto (WIFT-T), in partnership with Alliance Atlantis, call for applications for the 2007 Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship Award.

This national program offers one entry-level visible minority or Aboriginal woman the opportunity to advance her career in broadcasting through experience in the Public and Regulatory Affairs department at Alliance Atlantis. The award winner will take part in a comprehensive career development program including:

• Three-month internship at Alliance Atlantis beginning in November 2007.
• One-on-one career search assistance from a senior mentor provided by WIFT-T.
• Trip to Ottawa to meet broadcast, Government and regulatory decision makers.
• Award presentation at the prestigious Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 3, 2007 at the Fairmont Royal York.

by NationTalk on September 17, 2007837 Views

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Cambrian College Reinforces Longstanding Relationship with Anishnaabe Community

The Wabnode Institute flag was officially raised at the Cambrian College’s Barrydowne campus on September 13. The raising of the flag reinforces Cambrian’s longstanding relationship with the Anishnaabe community and highlights the presence and contributions of the Anishnaabe people at Cambrian College.

“The raising of the Wabnode Institute flag is certainly a historical event,” said Cambrian President Sylvia Barnard. “It symbolizes the College’s partnership with the Anishnaabe people at the College and with communities in Ontario and in other provinces. It is a partnership that goes beyond providing opportunities for academic and professional development. It recognizes that education must also promote social and cultural growth and respect the distinct heritage of the individual.”

by NationTalk on September 16, 2007753 Views

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$4.15M Helps Aboriginal Students Access Languages

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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Sept. 13, 2007

Ministry of Advanced Education

VICTORIA – For the fourth straight year, the Province has increased funding to help Aboriginal students access the education they want and succeed in their post-secondary goals, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell announced today.

“The Aboriginal special projects fund gives Aboriginal students the opportunities they want to pursue so that education is meaningful, inspiring and rewarding to their communities at large,” said Coell. “This year, an additional $1.15 million is going towards the development of language curriculum and resources that will help First Nations revitalize the cultural knowledge and history of their peoples for generations to come.”

by NationTalk on September 14, 2007758 Views

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Media Advisory – First Nations University of Canada to Host BDC’s National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition in 2008

MONTREAL, Sept. 14 – The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and First Nations University of Canada will announce the details of a unique, national Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition which will be held at First Nations University of Canada in May, 2008.

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Note to Editors: For media not able to attend the news conference, Mr. Neapew and Mr. Pratt will be available for telephone interviews following the news conference.

For further information: Tina Pelletier, Communications Officer, First Nations University of Canada, (306) 790-5950 x 2600; Denise Arab, Director of Communications, BDC, (514) 283-3054

by NationTalk on September 14, 2007692 Views

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Aboriginal Interns Welcomed Into BC Public Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
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Sept. 13, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
BC Public Service Agency

VICTORIA – The Province welcomed 15 Aboriginal youth to their new roles in the BC Public Service as part of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong and Community Services Minister Ida Chong announced today.

The program was first announced on May 28, 2007 by Ministers de Jong and Chong. The program fulfils a commitment identified in the 2006 speech from the throne in the creation and implementation of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20072821 Views

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CANCELLED: Speaker Series Presentation by National Chief Phil Fontaine

Date: September 18, 2007
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For more Information Contact:
Heather Scott
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Regretfully, National Chief Phil Fontaine has had to cancel his Speaker Series presentation at Lakehead University on Tuesday, September 18. A rain date is being discussed, and the University community will be notified once a date is confirmed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank you for your understanding. Please call Heather Scott in the Office of Communications if you have any questions. Heather can be reached at 343-8177.

by NationTalk on September 13, 2007652 Views

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Saskatchewan Learning Announces New Youth Career Development Action Plan

News Release – September 13, 2007

A new provincial youth Career Development Action Plan was announced this morning at E. D. Feehan Catholic High School in Saskatoon.

“Today’s students will face increasing challenges in managing their lives and careers,” Learning Minister Deb Higgins said. “At one time we focused on having one career but those days are gone. Saskatchewan’s youth can expect to change occupations and career sectors numerous times over their lifetime. Students and their families need to be more informed about what their career paths might involve and that is why we are placing such a strong emphasis on youth career development.”

by NationTalk on September 13, 2007955 Views

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Keyano College Star Athlete selected as National Aboriginal Role Model

September 11, 2007

He is a star-athlete, a volunteer and now a national award winner – Alwyn Piche does it all. Piche, 20, who is a second-year student in the Transition Program at Keyano College, was one of the 12 young people selected as National Aboriginal Role Models by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) this summer in Ottawa.

“I was honoured. It was a huge thing for me, my community, my family and friends,” Piche said.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2007799 Views

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‘Sisters In Spirit’ Seeks End To Violence

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Young Canadian Aboriginal women are five times more likely than other women to die as a result of violence, according to government statistics.

Georgian College students are promoting awareness of violence against Aboriginal women in a ‘Sisters in Spirit’ gathering and candlelight vigil at the Barrie Campus on Oct. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., in Alumni Hall. A variety of exhibitors will build upon the focus of preventing family violence and community healing.

“We’re empowering women to help stop the violence,” explains Debra Waylen, a student organizer from the Niwijiagan (peer mentor) program. “Violence knows no age barrier. Everyone is welcome; women, men, young, old, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.”

by NationTalk on September 12, 20071014 Views

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ICT and NationTalk Partner to Bring Working Effectively With Aboriginal Peoples Workshop to Alberta

A popular and well regarded workshop is making its way to Alberta starting with Edmonton on October 19th, 2007. The workshop Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples is designed to help bridge the gaps in understanding between Aboriginal Peoples and non-Aboriginal Peoples looking for ways to work together effectively towards common interests.

This classic Aboriginal cross cultural awareness training program has been field tested with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples a like and is designed to help individuals and organizations work more effectively with Aboriginal Peoples by getting beyond Aboriginal awareness to practical skills and tools that can be applied everywhere.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2007842 Views

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Funding Available NOW for Qualified Individuals

Students participating in programs of higher learning that prepare them for work in Health and Health-related fields may now apply for assistance through the MHHRI. Awards may be used to subsidize students in health programs, including short-term training, certificate and diploma programs, degrees, and graduate studies. Policies and criteria for approval are now being finalized, but interested students should not hesitate to complete an application form immediately and forward it to either their local MHRDA Program Coordinator, or to the new MHHRI Coordinator, Laurel Batterham, who will be based in New Westminster.
For More Information please contact Laurel Batterham – Metis Health Human Resource Coordinator at (778) 988.9181 or lbatterham@mnbc.ca

>>View Application Form (PDF)

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007656 Views

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Three wishes? How about 112 wishes granted?

S’Cool Life Fund gives $377,009 to further enrich elementary students’ experience with extracurricular projects, programs and activities

Note to editors: for a list of school recipients in your province or territory, please contact us at 416-203-6666 or visit
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VANCOUVER, Sept. 10 – Imagine what school would have been like without sports programs, music classes or drama clubs to look forward to when you were growing up. S’Cool Life Fund strongly believes in the importance of programs like these to enhance the school life experience and make learning more fun. Across the country, the charitable organization is awarding grants to 112 elementary schools to fund programs and activities that extend learning beyond the classroom and help students achieve their DREAMS – Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts, Music, Sports.

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007739 Views

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Three Award-Winning Visiting Professors Join the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Including Its First Expert in Media and Indigenous Peoples

“The appointment of three award-winning visiting professors to the UBC School of Journalism will strengthen student knowledge in three key areas of reporting,” Acting Director and Associate Professor Mary Lynn Young said today.

Duncan McCue, an award-winning CBC-TV journalist on The National, has been appointed the first Visiting Professor in Media and Indigenous Peoples at the School of Journalism. This position was created in cooperation with the UBC First Nations Studies Program.

McCue, who is Ojibwa from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, covers Aboriginal issues for the CBC and recently received the first Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award (BC region) from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. McCue also has a law degree from UBC, and was called to the Bar in 1998. He will be teaching students about the relationship between media and Indigenous peoples in BC, as well as participating in lectures at the First Nations House of Learning.

“The School has a broad interest in how the media represent diversity, and how to encourage best practices among students and working journalists,” said Assoc. Prof Young. “The School is particularly interested in representations of First Nations peoples and issues, as it is one of the communities for whom this is an important and long-standing area of concern”.

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007776 Views

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Celebrate Aboriginal Culture, Sept. 22

Monday September 10, 2007

Queen’s first-annual educational pow wow, Engaging the Community, takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon on Agnes Benidickson Field.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the pow wow, which will bring together traditional dancers, drummers and singers, and food, craft and service vendors to celebrate the richness of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples’ cultural practices and traditions.

Hosted by the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, the event will also feature children’s activities, including singing, drumming, theatre, literacy and dance and children’s crafts.

For more information, contact the student centre at 146 Barrie St., 613-533- 6970, email 4direct@queensu.ca or visit www.queensu.ca/dsao/4dasc

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007698 Views

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Prince Of Wales Scholarships Awarded

News Release – September 10, 2007

Ten community school students are recipients of the sixth annual Prince of Wales Scholarships worth $500 each.

“The Prince of Wales Scholarships reflect the special interest of His Royal Highness in youth and education,” Learning Minister Deb Higgins said. “These students should be proud to be recognized for their demonstrated leadership and their active participation in both school and community. Our government is pleased to present the scholarships; it will help young people build an even stronger future here in Saskatchewan.”

by NationTalk on September 10, 2007769 Views

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Sioux Lookout Welcomes Four NOSM Medical Students

MEDIA RELEASE
LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY, LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
September 5, 2007

For Immediate Release – Wednesday, September 5, 2007
This week, four third-year medical students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) are beginning their Comprehensive Community Clerkships (CCC) in the community of Sioux Lookout.

Jessica Moretti, Lise Mozzon, Elaine St. John, and Tracy Michano-Stewart will be learning in the community’s principal health-care facility, the Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre.

An affiliation agreement between NOSM and Meno-Ya-Win has been signed, solidifying a partnership between the two institutions and allowing NOSM medical students to gain valuable hands-on practical experience in the community.

by NationTalk on September 9, 2007883 Views

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De Beers Canada and Yellowknives Dene First Nation Announce Scholarship Recipients

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For Immediate Release

Yellowknife (Aug. 27, 2007) – De Beers Canada Inc. and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation are proud to announce the recipients of scholarships for 2007. The eight scholarship recipients are Angela Charlo, Sarah Erasmus, Catherine Gillis, Sheryl Hardisty-Liske, Laurie-Ann Lines, Rebecca Plotner, Vanessa L. Sangris, and Charlene Sundberg.

Administered jointly by De Beers Canada Inc. and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and now in its second year, the scholarship program encourages completion of high school, assists in the costs of pursuing post secondary education and enables adults to return to school to finish their General Education Diploma.

by NationTalk on September 8, 20072083 Views

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Canada’s Government and the Government of Alberta Sign Agreement with Peace Country Health to Increase Aboriginal Employment and Economic Opportunities

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB (September 7, 2007) – Canada’s New Government, the Government of Alberta and Peace Country Health Region (PCH) today signed a partnership agreement to promote career and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the area of health care.

“Today Canada’s New Government is signing yet another Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative agreement that will result in Aboriginal people developing key skills and finding lasting employment,” said Rob Merrifield, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. “There is now a growing list of forward thinking employers committed to recruiting Aboriginal people as employees, and we are proud to be working with Peace Country Health and the Alberta Government in this partnership.”

by NationTalk on September 8, 2007775 Views

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Ontario Funds Youth Entrepreneurial Experience Project – #950177

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 05, 2007 – 238

Program Will Require Students To Develop And Launch A Business Idea

SUDBURY – Aboriginal students can now participate in a pilot educational program focused on providing entrepreneurial experience, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“With its emphasis on practical experience with mentors who are successful business professionals, this program holds much promise for young, aspiring entrepreneurs from remote First Nations,” said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. “Moreover, the program will be delivered in an environment in which students are encouraged to develop a strong sense of identity in the distinct language, culture and traditions of Aboriginal people.”

by NationTalk on September 6, 2007746 Views

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Ontario Supports Development Of Aboriginal Training Centre – #955042

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 05, 2007 – 237

New Facility Would Help Prepare Young People For Forestry Sector Jobs

SUDBURY – The McGuinty government is promoting career development among Aboriginal youth in Northwestern Ontario by investing in a training centre at Pikangikum First Nation, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Our government is committed to fostering new economic development opportunities in small communities across Northern Ontario,” said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). “This NOHFC investment will help the Pikangikum First Nation pursue partnerships that would support the establishment of a new forestry training facility for young people in the region.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007709 Views

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Government Congratulates Aroland First Nation On New School Opening

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AROLAND FIRST NATION, ONTARIO (September 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today congratulated the Aroland First Nation on the opening of the Johnny Therriault School.

“Canada’s New Government believes that First Nations youth deserve the best possible facilities in which to learn and thrive,” said Minister Strahl. “We are proud to ensure First Nation youth can attend healthy and safe schools that measure up to standards in other parts of the country.”

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007811 Views

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Canada’s Well-being Relies on Improved Literacy Skills: TD Bank

Raising literacy levels is a national imperative: Frank McKenna

TORONTO, Sept. 5 – Canada must redouble efforts to address its literacy challenge given the evolving structure of the global economy, according to a report published today by TD Bank Financial Group.
(http://www.td.com/community/literacy_matters_report.jsp)

The report counters the prevailing view that Canada is largely a literate nation, citing that many individuals lack the adequate literacy skills to fully participate in the economy and civil society. Moreover, this challenge is concentrated in specific regions and among various populations, which can accentuate and entrench economic disparity.

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007914 Views

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13th Annual Provincial Conference on Aboriginal Education – Final Call for Workshop Proposals

13th Annual Provincial Conference on Aboriginal Education – Aboriginal Perspectives in Teaching & Learning Nov. 22-24, 2007, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

One of Canada’s largest annual Aboriginal education conferences will host several hundred educators to learn and share about integrating Aboriginal perspectives in a variety of grade levels.

>Final Call for Workshop Proposals – Deadline September 10, 2007
Registration Information for participants will be available September 14, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007843 Views

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Marathon – Awareness-building Campaign on First Nations Education

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September 19, 2007
Ottawa

As you are already aware, the FNEC has held a number of activities in recent weeks intended to make the population aware of the issues that are facing us.

Firstly, the FNEC is intending to hold a 3km. marathon in Ottawa on September 19, 2007. We are currently looking for willing participants. The marathon, which will take approximately one hour, will finish on Parliament Hill. We would like communities who wish to sign up to do so for at least 10 runners aged between 7 and 25. The FNEC will pay a fixed amount of $500 to each community for transportation, meals and accommodation where necessary. A short plan to help you get fit will be given to each participant at a videoconference explaining in detail how the day will be organized.

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007727 Views

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OFNYPC Request for Proposals Hosting of the 5th Annual Youth Symposium Environment

September 4, 2007
Press Release
For Immediate Release:

The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) is mandated to host an annual youth symposium and is an excellent opportunity for youth to network and learn from one another regarding issues they face. The theme for the 2007 Youth Symposium will focus on the Environment.

Interested First Nations youth groups in Nishnawbe Aski Nation are encouraged to submit a written proposal to bid for hosting the 5th Annual Youth Symposium. In an effort to assist with bid submissions, the attached background information on OFNYPC and its past symposiums is attached for further review.

>>Ontario First Nations Young People’s Council (OFNYPC) Request for Proposals

by NationTalk on September 4, 20071005 Views

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Get Your Students Thinking About Environmental Careers!

The annual Aboriginal EnviroCareers Calendar Contest is a great way to introduce the environment and its many opportunities to your students.

After researching and exploring the environmental field, students can depict a career of their choice in a way that is creative and fun.

Open to grades 7-12, Aboriginal students have until November 16, 2007 to submit their artwork for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. What’s more¾all winning entries will be featured in the 2008 calendar and distributed across Canada.

To download an entry form, read contest guidelines, or to view past winning artwork, click here to sign up.

If you would like to receive an educator calendar contest package contact Jordana Soderman at info@beahr.com or call (403) 233-0748.

Environmental Educator Resources

Get started with the Aboriginal EnviroCareers website. This online resource includes lesson plans, videos, career profiles, and more. Visit www.beahr.com/aec to learn how you can engage Aboriginal youth in learning about the environment.

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Advanced Education – Facts And Figures 2007

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For Immediate Release
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Sept. 4, 2007

Ministry of Advanced Education

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s public post-secondary education system is preparing students to take their place in the province’s knowledge economy. Here are some of the numbers showing the extent of higher learning in the province, as students return this fall:

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· About 433,000 – the number of students enrolled in public post-secondary institutions in B.C. in 2006-07. This is the highest number ever and is up 8,000 from 2005-06 – an increase of 3,000 at B.C. universities, and 5,000 at colleges, university colleges and institutes. It includes part-time, full-time and continuing education students, as well as apprentices.

· More than 17,250 – the preliminary number of public post-secondary students who identified themselves as Aboriginal in 2006-07 – an increase of 16 per cent since 2002-03.

· 10,558 – the number of international students who came to B.C. in the third quarter of 2006, an increase of 11.4 per cent from the same time period the previous year.

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Confederation College Enhances Advanced Technology For Learning Project – #950227

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
September 04, 2007 – 231

Northwestern Students Benefit From Provincial Boost to Broadband Capacity

SUDBURY – Confederation College is taking advantage of the McGuinty government’s investments in broadband infrastructure to enhance learning opportunities across northwestern Ontario, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“Confederation will build on the North’s expanded broadband capacity to improve access to college resources wherever there is an Internet connection,” said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle. “The college’s Advanced Technology for Learning Project will bring library, faculty and student support resources directly — and on demand — to northwestern communities.”

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Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures Announces Employment Agreement with Canada Safeway

The MNBC together with the Aboriginal Community Careers Services Society (ACCESS), through its Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures (ESAF) program, signed of a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada Safeway Limited. The official signing ceremony and reception will took place on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at the New Westminster offices of MNBC Employment & Training.

In a collaborative effort with its employer partners, ESAF connects eligible applicants to entry-level employment opportunities. The ESAF program is an innovative approach that is focused on specific skill development related to the job. The vision is to deliver an innovative Essential Skills program to the Aboriginal Community through employer partnerships and customized training that supports employment success and retention.

>>View Slideshow and Full Details
>>View Memorandum of Understanding(PDF)

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Government Helps People in Labrador Find Work

August 30, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAPPY VALLEY–GOOSE BAY, Newfoundland and Labrador— The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South–Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that Canada’s New Government will invest nearly $700,000 in funding for five projects to help individuals in Labrador find work.

“Canada ’s New Government is investing in projects that will help young people and adults in the Happy Valley–Goose Bay, Labrador City , and Forteau regions prepare for the workforce,” said Minister Hearn. “These projects will also allow them to contribute to their communities and help build a more productive local economy.”

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NOSM Welcomes Third Intake of 56 Medical Students

MEDIA RELEASE
LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY, LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
August 27, 2007

For Immediate Release – Monday, August 27, 2007
Today officially marks the first day of school for 56 new students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), following a whirlwind orientation week of exposure to the diversity and vitality of Northern Ontario.

During their unique orientation, the School’s third intake of students traveled, participated in working sessions, met physicians and community leaders, and became acquainted with their new life as a medical student. Following introductory sessions at their home campuses at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury, the students gathered at Laurentian, where they embarked on a week-long bus excursion to Thunder Bay.

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Edmonton Public Library and Centre for Family Literacy Announce New Partnership In Support of Literacy

Media Release
August 29, 2007

On Wednesday, September 5, 2007, the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) and the Centre for Family Literacy (CFL) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the partnership between the two organizations. The partnership is intended to strengthen ties between the two organizations and increase literacy for children and families in Edmonton.

“We are delighted to be able to formalize our relationship with the Centre for Family Literacy,” says Linda C. Cook, EPL’s Director of Libraries. “We have worked together for many years on family literacy initiatives such as the Rhymes that Bind and Books for Babies programs, and this partnership will allow us to develop new services and share resources in support of literacy.”

by NationTalk on August 30, 2007787 Views

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