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Canada’s Crisis in Advanced Skills

Submission by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges to the House Of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations 2008

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the House of
Commons Standing Committee on Finance. ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s 150 community
colleges, institutes of technology, university-colleges, polytechnics and cégeps1. With campuses in 1,000 urban and
rural communities, 1.5 million learners, and 60,000 educators, these institutions play a pivotal role in ensuring that
Canada’s labour force remains robust, competent and competitive. The education they provide draws students
equally from all socio-economic quarters, and targets preparation for employment and workforce development.

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BMO Announces Top Graduating Student Artists in Canada

Distinct and diverse artwork created by 14 outstanding artists from across the country win top awards at the 6th annual BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition

TORONTO, AUG. 14, 2008 – BMO Financial Group today announced one national and 13 regional winners of the only national graduating artist competition in Canada, the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition.

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The Canadian CED Network’s Policy Council is looking for new members!

Aug 13, 2008

CCEDNet’s National Policy Council is made up of CED practitioners from across the country who work to raise the profile of CED with federal, provincial and municipal governments. The Policy Council is looking for several new members to join in the work of advancing a CED policy agenda throughout Canada.

by NationTalk on August 14, 2008753 Views

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Announcing Bursary Recipients – SFU Certificate Program for CED Professionals

August 12, 2008

On behalf of the Canadian CED Network, Coast Capital Savings and the Vancity Community Foundation it is with great pleasure that we introduce the recipients of the 2008 Bursaries for the SFU Certificate Program for CED Professionals.

All of the applicants have our sincere thanks and respect for the work they do, re-localizing and democratizing BC’s economy, one community at a time.

by NationTalk on August 14, 2008831 Views

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Langara College announces New Board Members

VANCOUVER, Aug. 13 – David Chiang, Chair of the Langara College Board of Governors, is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been appointed to the College Board by the Lieutenant Governor in Council effective July 31, 2008.

by NationTalk on August 13, 20081098 Views

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Writing It Downtown: A Word and Heart Primer

Before he taught a creative writing workshop in the Downtown Eastside, John Mavin admits he was a little scared of the neighbourhood.

“My experience with the Downtown Eastside before this was driving through that part of town and never getting out of my car,” he says. “But spending time and meeting people there, I got way more comfortable with the area.”

by NationTalk on August 13, 2008759 Views

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Northern College Set To Expand

News Release
August 13, 2008

McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Skilled Trades and Technology Jobs

Ontario is helping Northern College expand so more Northern and Aboriginal students can train for high-demand jobs in skilled trades and technology.

by NationTalk on August 13, 2008672 Views

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Graduate Work in Aboriginal Languages New Option at York U

TORONTO, August 13, 2008 — Many of the 50 Aboriginal languages spoken in Canada may be included in graduate work at York University as it becomes the first postsecondary institution in Canada to officially sanction graduate thesis work in languages other than English and French.

by NationTalk on August 13, 20081530 Views

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Winnipeg Blueprint for the Future

Wednesday January 14th, 2009
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Winnipeg Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

For more information or to download an application form please visit www.naaf.ca
or contact Ken Montour Tel: 416-987-0258 Toll-free: 1-800-329-9780 ext 258 Fax: 519-445-0067 Email: kmontour @ naaf.ca (no spaces)

by NationTalk on August 13, 2008850 Views

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Vancouver Island University announces New Board Members

The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Board of Governors is saying goodbye to two longtime members with the retirement of Don Hubbard and Hans Brennert, who have both served on the VIU Board for the past six years.

by NationTalk on August 12, 2008945 Views

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MNA Creates $375,000 Endowment Fund at NorQuest College; Largest Endowment in College’s History

News Release
August 12, 2008

EDMONTON – The Métis Nation of Alberta Métis Education Foundation announced today a donation of $375,000 toward the creation of the Métis Student Awards endowment fund at NorQuest College. The gift will also generate an additional $375,000 in matching funds from the Alberta Government Access to the Future Fund bringing the total value of the Métis Student Awards endowment to $750,000.

by NationTalk on August 12, 2008788 Views

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On Top, Down Under

(AHRC — August 11, 2008)

The Aboriginal Human Resource Council is crossing oceans to share knowledge with our Australian partners.

Global diversity, for all the pressures it brings, has helped shine a spotlight on Indigenous issues across continents. Though oceans separate us, the challenges of reversing the history of Aboriginal exclusion are as urgent in Australia as they are in Canada.

by NationTalk on August 12, 2008693 Views

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Congress to Present Key Programs to Improve Indigenous Employment in Australia

Monday 4 August
MEDIA RELEASE

An inaugural congress, to be held in Cairns next week, will build on recent pledges made by Fortescue Metals boss Andrew Forrest, indigenous leader Noel Pearson and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, for industry, governments and communities to work together to improve the employment of Indigenous Australians.

by NationTalk on August 12, 2008742 Views

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New Degree Anticipates Healthcare Needs

By Catherine Loiacono

A unified interdisciplinary approach to solving population and public health issues is central to the new Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered this fall at UBC.

UBC is offering the MPH degree through the newly launched School of Population and Public Health.

by NationTalk on August 11, 20081485 Views

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The 2008 Canada Post Community Literacy Award Finalists

Alberta

Individual Achievement – English

Erica Richards, Edmonton
Erica’s formal education ended after kindergarten, and some people thought she was not capable of learning. She disagreed, and so did Project Adult Literacy. With courage and determination, Erica has made great strides in improving her literacy and life skills. She is starting to “find herself” and she keeps a journal to deal with severe abuse in her past.

by NationTalk on August 9, 20081287 Views

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EDUCATION: Researchers to Advance Understanding of Aboriginal Students, Inclusiveness in Education

(AlbertaIndex, August 7, Thursday) — Two scholars will each receive the $10,000 Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism scholarship enabling them to undertake research to assist teachers working with diverse student populations.

by NationTalk on August 8, 20081508 Views

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“From Dog teams to the Internet: Resiliency and Change” – A one day Inuit awareness course

Sunburst Consulting is proud to present:
“From Dog teams to the Internet:
Resiliency and Change”
A one day Inuit awareness course

This course is a comprehensive introduction on the Inuit in Canada. This one day course is designed to bridge cultural differences and facilitate awareness and a deeper understanding about Inuit in Canada.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2008702 Views

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Province Supports Summer Literacy Camps in Nass Valley

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008EDUC0097-001216
Aug. 6, 2008

Ministry of Education
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

NEW AIYANSH – The Province will provide $35,000 to Frontier College to operate two summer reading camps in the Nisga’a communities of New Aiyansh and Laxgalts’ap, Minister of Education Shirley Bond announced today.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2008616 Views

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Library and Archives Canada and the TD Summer Reading Club Announce Winners of a New Award for Libraries Across Canada

To : Assignment Editors, Editors

MONTREAL, QUEBEC –(Aug. 5, 2008) – Library and Archives Canada and the TD Summer Reading Club are pleased to announce the winners of a new award to recognize Canadian libraries that participate in the TD Summer reading Club and have made a special effort to promote reading and literacy among young people.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008772 Views

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Order of Prince Edward Island Recipients Announced

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
For immediate release

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

The 2008 recipients of the Order of Prince Edward Island were announced today by the Chancellor of the Order, the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island and Mr. Maitland MacIsaac, Chair of the Order of Prince Edward Island Advisory Council.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008966 Views

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Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) Announces 2008 Award Winners

Best High School News Story: “Legislators Want English as Official Language”
Rebekka Schlichting (Kickapoo Nation School)

Best College Feature: “Damming Tradition”
Terria Smith (Humboldt State University)

Best College News Story: “Crackdown on False Alarms Pays Off”
Nancy Kelsey (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

by NationTalk on August 5, 20081373 Views

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Alberta Researchers Receive $10,000 for Studies to Benefit Students

News Release
ALBERTA
Creating Opportunity
August 1, 2008

Scholarships contribute to the advancement of human rights and multiculturalism

Edmonton… A University of Calgary PhD student and a University of Alberta master’s student will each receive the $10,000 Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism scholarship enabling them to undertake research to assist teachers working with diverse student populations.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008707 Views

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YAS Gets Big Donation and Reduces Some of its Tuition Fees

yas
Young Athlete Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Non-Profit Volunteer-Driven Charity No. 212 656

URGENT PRESS RELEASE
Please Release Immediately, Thanks

Weekly sessions of the YAS Summer Basketball School are being held in Saskatoon and Regina throughout July and August.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008578 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Archerwill Metis Local #58

Archerwill, Saskatchewan –(Aug. 5, 2008) – Aboriginal young people in Archerwill will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, workshops, and tutorials, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament (Yorkton-Melville), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for Archerwill Metis Local #58.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008688 Views

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State of Learning in Canada: Toward a Learning Future

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Learning has limitless dimensions

Learning lies at the very core of human potential. It fosters our ability to think, create and solve problems. It enables us to envision and embrace the kind of lives we want for ourselves and our children. Beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout the adult years, learning is fundamental to our experience of being human and shapes virtually every aspect of our lives.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008533 Views

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National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR) announces its 1st annual call for papers for the Drs. Joseph Couture and Gail G. Valaskakis Awards

The National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR) announces its 1st annual call for papers for the Drs. Joseph Couture and Gail G. Valaskakis Awards, annual prizes presented to one student in social sciences and one in health sciences, with an interest in and commitment to Aboriginal mental health. Graduate students who are interested in competing for this award should submit an original scholarly paper or research report (unpublished or published in the last year) on a topic in Aboriginal mental health, along with a CV and letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor, to:

by NationTalk on August 5, 20081863 Views

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Order of New Brunswick Recipients Announced

Intergovernmental Affairs
NB 1122

Aug. 4, 2008

SHEDIAC (CNB) – The names of the 10 recipients of the Order of New Brunswick, the highest distinction awarded by the province, were announced today by Premier Shawn Graham.

The Premier revealed the recipients’ names for 2008 during the official New Brunswick Day celebration held in Shediac.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2008744 Views

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Dehcho First Nations Leadership Awards $46,000 to 20 Scholarship Recipients

At the 2007 Dehcho First Nations Annual Assembly, Leadership accepted the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee and awarded the following scholarships:

1. The DFN Phoebe Nahanni Memorial Scholarship provides one Dehcho Dene descendants enrolled as a full-time post-secondary mature student pursuing academic programs in the Sciences, Socio-Economics or First Nations Governance Arts programs with a $12,000 multi-year scholarship. Dehcho First Nations Leadership awards the $12,000 Phoebe Nahanni Memorial Scholarship to:

by NationTalk on August 5, 20081877 Views

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Program Development Fund Proposals welcome

CBC Television invites independent producers to submit project proposals to the Program Development Fund (PDF). The fund supports the development of concepts and proposals in the areas of documentary, lifestyle, factual entertainment, talk, comedy, new media, and short drama. It also supports talent development and diversity in front of an behind the lens.

by NationTalk on August 2, 2008647 Views

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Call for Interest: OCFF

August 1, 2008

MARIA is currently planning Manitoba Music showcasing opportunities at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), being held in Ottawa October 24-26, 2008. If you are interested, please contact Danielle (danielle@manitobamusic.com) for more info or to express your interest in participating.

by NationTalk on August 2, 2008664 Views

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Canwest Launches Aboriginal Internship Program

CALGARY, July 31 – In an effort to ensure that the Canadian broadcast system accurately reflects the presence and portrayal of all people in Canada, and keeping with the company’s commitment to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves and represents, Canwest announced today the launch of a paid internship program for Aboriginal students in Alberta.

by NationTalk on July 31, 20081293 Views

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Signing of New Exchange Program with Mexico

Media Statement
Monday, July 28th, 2008

REGINA CAMPUS – A special signing ceremony will be held this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Commons Area to finalize a new academic exchange agreement between the First Nations University of Canada and Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo of Mexico.

by NationTalk on July 31, 2008715 Views

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New First Nation Films Available

Films For, By and About Native People
For Classroom or Group
604-990-9337

FIRST NATIONS FILMS are now available to the public on important subjects from Spirituality to Land Claims to Traditional Music to Politics. These award-winning professional broadcast TV programs are some of the best in North America! Very suitable for groups, libraries, classroom or individual.

by NationTalk on July 31, 2008949 Views

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Mining Featured in Ontario Government Advertisements

07.30.2008

Hey!!! Have you seen the government of Ontario television advertisements featuring mining? If not stay alert and don´t flip the dial when on your television screen you see a group of miners walking along a drift underground. The mining scene quickly changes to show a dozen, or so, desks set up classroom style — underground. Much of the footage in this advertisement was filmed at Vale Inco´s Frood-Stobie Mine.

by NationTalk on July 31, 2008959 Views

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First Nations Pavilion Brings National Flair to Campus

Pavilion shares national pride on UWinnipeg Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg is honoured to play host the First Nations Pavilion at this year’s Folklorama from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 9, Riddell Hall, 515 Portage Avenue. This unique pavilion is a national affair that captures and shares the diversity of First Nations cultures from across Canada.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2008795 Views

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APTN Announces $120,000 for Music Videos

July 29, 2008

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has up to $120,000 to spend on the production of music videos for six Aboriginal recording artists from across Canada; that’s up to $20,000 a pop. In order to be considered for the funding artists need to complete the application form and submit support materials by the August 29, 2008 deadline.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2008809 Views

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Forest Industry Workforce Strategy Takes Root

News Release
ALBERTA
Strong Communities
July 30, 2008

Key industry associations commit to actions for long-term growth

Edmonton … Alberta’s forest stakeholders and the Alberta government are teaming up to work on actions to address labour force challenges facing the forest industry sector. A Workforce Strategy for Alberta’s Forest Industry identifies ways to address staff recruitment, retention, skills development and training in the province’s third-largest manufacturing sector.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2008721 Views

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Career Opportunities for Aboriginal Apprentices Have Never Been Stronger

Trade it Forward

Written by the Aboriginal Human Resource Council w: aboriginalhr.ca

Canada is building. From coast, to coast, to coast, cities are buzzing with construction sites, industrial projects and resource development. The skilled labour shortage is growing and employers are looking overseas to bring in expensive workers.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2008731 Views

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NAN disappointed Ontario Won’t Fund Law School With Focus On Aboriginal Law

THUNDER BAY, ON, July 29 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy and NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose are disappointed with the Government of Ontario’s position that it will not fund any new law schools, including Lakehead University’s proposal for a program in Northwestern Ontario with a focus on Aboriginal law.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2008622 Views

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Manitoba Métis Federation Inc. & Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

July 29, 2008

Enbridge – Employment Opportunities in the Trades
If you are Métis and interested in pursuing a highly rewarding career become certified as a journeyperson.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2008643 Views

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Province Appoints Commissioner on Tuition and Accessibility to Post-secondary Education

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July 28, 2008

The provincial government has established a Commission on Tuition Fees and Accessibility to Post-secondary Education to review access to post-secondary education in Manitoba including tuition fees and student financial assistance, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford announced today.

by NationTalk on July 28, 2008767 Views

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Government of Canada Provides Training and Skills Development Opportunities to Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, July 28, 2008 — A project that will provide Aboriginal people with the training and skills development necessary to participate in employment opportunities in the resource, construction and transportation and resource-based sectors in Nova Scotia was announced today.

by NationTalk on July 28, 20081005 Views

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Statistics Canada – Public school indicators

Monday, July 28, 2008
Public school indicators
1999/2000 to 2005/2006

The report, “Summary public school indicators for the provinces and territories,” examines trends in enrolment, graduates and the number of educators as well as basic financial statistics, such as total spending and spending per student, in public elementary and secondary schools between the school years of 1999/2000 and 2005/2006.

by NationTalk on July 28, 20082303 Views

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New VIU Aboriginal Construction Program to Build Gathering Place on Campus

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is offering a unique Aboriginal Construction Program. Starting in January 2009, this program will combine First Nations cultural components with Industry Training Authority Level 1 Carpentry – the first step to becoming a journeyman carpenter. Learners will benefit from hands-on experience constructing VIU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, a building that will be a centre for Aboriginal campus celebrations and Student Support Services.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2008863 Views

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Children Assemble A Geodesic Dome

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

Children aged 6 to 15 years the opportunity to figure out just what a structural engineer is on July 24 when they built a geodesic dome with University of Manitoba engineering and science students.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2008563 Views

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The Pacific Spirit Project Workshop – a resounding success

July 25, 2008

In early June, 15 members from BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment (SoCE) and School of Manufacturing, Electronics, and Industrial Processes (SoMEIP) gathered together for the inaugural 2008 Pacific Spirit Project Workshop. Co-facilitated by John McDonald, program head of the Industrial Wood Processing and Management program and Geoff Chase, vice president of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the workshop brought BCIT faculty together to explore the challenges and opportunities in incorporating sustainability within their curriculum.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2008513 Views

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Call for Applications: Songs Above the Treeline – Voice Intensive Workshop

Program dates: September 24, 2008 – September 27, 2008

Application deadline: August 14, 2008

The Banff Centre’s Songs Above the Treeline project will celebrate the rarely heard sounds, sights, and talents of five of Canada’s most accomplished Aboriginal women artists who are from the northern landscape: “above the tree line.” The project will see award-winning musicians Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday, Lucie Idlout, and Inuit throat singers Kendra Tagoona and Becky Kilabuk perform in two remarkable concerts.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2008706 Views

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Media Advisory: Government of Canada

MEMBERTOU, NOVA SCOTIA–(July 25, 2008) – Ms. Lynne Yelich, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Cecil Clarke, Nova Scotia Minister of Justice and Attorney General, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development, will make an important announcement concerning skills and employment training for Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia.

by NationTalk on July 26, 2008678 Views

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Jean Charest Confirms the Under-funding of First Nations Education

WENDAKE, QC, July 24 – The First Nations Education Council FNEC) is pleased to learn that Quebec Premier Jean Charest has publicly confirmed that the funding for First Nations education is insufficient. Premier Charest, who chaired the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation last week in Quebec City, has said that the funding of education in the Aboriginal communities should be among the priorities for discussion at a future meeting with the federal governement. He added that in Canada, twice as much spending goes towards the education of children in non-Aboriginal communities than to the education of children in the First Nations.

by NationTalk on July 25, 2008862 Views

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