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A Failing Report Card

2008-05-15 (FB059)

Education Policy in Manitoba is Headng the Wrong Way

Executive Summary

• Since the election of the provincial government in 1999, significant changes to educational policy in Manitoba have taken place. Contrary to the “New Directions” initiative of the previous administration, these changes have been characterized by a retreat from Canada’s decentralized education model and a rise in discretionary authority from the Minister’s office.

by NationTalk on May 18, 2008796 Views

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Work Study: BNMI TV and New Media Aboriginal

Program dates: April 28, 2008 – March 31, 2009

Application deadline: When a suitable candidate is found
(Applicants must be status, non-status, Metis, or Inuit)

The primary activity of this work study position will revolve around providing support for the Banff New Media Institute’s Creative Learning Workshops and the Digital Nations initiative.

by NationTalk on May 16, 2008589 Views

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National Association of Friendship Centres 19th Annual National Youth Forum

National Association of Friendship Centres
Aboriginal Youth Council

July 20-22, 2008
Québec City, QC

LOCATION Youth Forum:
Hôtel Delta Québec
Salle Duquesne/Jonquière
690 boulevard René Lévesque Est
Québec City, QC ♦ G1R 5A8
Tel: (418) 647-1717 ♦ Fax: (418) 647-2146 ♦ Toll Free: 1-888-884-7777

Annual General Meeting:
Hôtel Delta Québec
690 boulevard René Lévesque Est
Québec City, QC

by NationTalk on May 16, 2008605 Views

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Seeing the path: the Skownan Vision Seekers Initiative

May 15, 2008
By Jason Tchir

For years, the school bus that criss-crosses the Skownan First Nation has been full of students each September. In most communities, this would be a sight that would signal the start of a promising school year; but to the eyes of many residents in the northern Manitoba community, the bus served as a bitter reminder of past disappointments.

by NationTalk on May 15, 2008975 Views

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Prime Minister’s Awards Celebrate Educators ‘Helping to Shape the Leaders of Tomorrow’

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the recipients of the 2007/2008 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

“Today we celebrate the teachers who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of young Canadians,” said the Prime Minister.

by NationTalk on May 15, 2008903 Views

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MARIA Launches Aboriginal Industry Works

May 15, 2008

ABORIGINAL INDUSTRY WORKS: An introduction to the business side of Manitoba’s music industry for Aboriginal post-secondary students and recent grads.

by NationTalk on May 15, 2008678 Views

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Indigo Donations Top $6 Million to High-needs Schools in Canada

For immediate release

-First year “graduating” schools demonstrate impact of funding on literacy –

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2008 – Today, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation committed another $1.5 million to high-needs elementary schools bringing to $6 million total funding to date. Twenty elementary schools across Canada will receive grants of up to $160,000 over three years.

by NationTalk on May 15, 20081211 Views

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NTI Launches ‘The 606 Contest’ for Inuit Youth

NR 08-21 FIF ENG – For Immediate Release

(May 13, 2008 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement on July 9, 2008. In honour of this event, NTI will host a number of special initiatives this summer, many of which have as their common theme the number 15.

by NationTalk on May 15, 2008529 Views

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Ontario To Boost Jobs And Prosperity For Aboriginal Communities

Ipperwash Report’s New Relationship Fund Marks Historic Milestone

TORONTO, May 15 –

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Ontario is helping Aboriginal communities to develop the resources, capacity and skills necessary to effectively represent their interests and work more seamlessly with governments by investing in the New Relationship Fund.

by NationTalk on May 15, 2008695 Views

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BDC Announces 2008 Winners of E-Spirit National

Regina, Saskatchewan, May 15, 2008 – The winners of the 8th annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition were announced last night at a special Awards Ceremony. The three-day event that lead to the ceremony attracted some 200 Aboriginal youth from across the country. It was hosted by the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina in Treaty Four territory.

by NationTalk on May 15, 20081853 Views

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2008 Gingolx Writing Contest

Submitted by Pat Stone on Tue, 05/13/2008 – 19:57

The village of Gingolx sponsored their first writing contest through the Gingolx Education Department. The first story writing contest was an open theme and open to anyone from the village who was 19 or older.

by NationTalk on May 14, 2008826 Views

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AME BC-Wanted: 15,000 Employees for BC’s Mineral Exploration and Mining Sector

Mineral Exploration & Mining Labour Market Task Force Releases Human Resources Strategy

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(May 14, 2008) – The BC Mineral Exploration and Mining Labour Market Task Force released a human resources strategy today to attract 15,000 workers to the mineral exploration and mining sector. The release took place at the BC Mining Week Community Fair in Vancouver. “A perfect storm of economic expansion, declining birth rates, and aging of the workforce has hit the mineral exploration and mining sector hard, just as it is experiencing significant growth,” said David Bazowski, chair of the task force, which includes employee representatives, employers, First Nations, industry associations, sector councils, and both the federal and provincial governments. “There is enormous competition in attracting employees both within British Columbia and in other jurisdictions, and we need a strong human resources strategy for our industry to reach its potential.”

by NationTalk on May 14, 2008848 Views

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UNBC to Host Conferences on Rural Health, Resource-Based Communities, and the Environment

May 13, 2008

Starting today, the University of Northern British Columbia will be hosting a number of conferences aiming to increase discussion related to important issues in northern BC and other northern/rural regions.

by NationTalk on May 14, 2008635 Views

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Aboriginal And Northern Affairs Minister Announces Support For Vision Quest Conference

May 13, 2008

Hundreds of delegates from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northern Ontario are attending the Vision Quest 2008 conference in Winnipeg, which will help promote Aboriginal business, community and economic development, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin announced today.

by NationTalk on May 13, 2008812 Views

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WIFT-T announces Michelle Latimer as Winner of Astral Media Mentorship Award

(TORONTO – Tuesday, May 13, 2008) Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Michelle Latimer as the winner of the 2008 Astral Media Mentorship Award.

The Astral Media Mentorship Award gives one under-represented Canadian producer the invaluable opportunity to prepare for the 2008 Banff World Television Festival. The winner will have an intensive pre-festival mentorship with a senior Astral Media executive and the opportunity to pitch and network at Banff. Throughout the festival, the winner is given one-on-one coaching to help her bring her concept from script to screen.

by NationTalk on May 13, 20081858 Views

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$16.3 Million Committed to Revitalization of Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill Area

News Release – May 13, 2008

Premier Brad Wall today announced his government’s decision to commit $8.3 million for the construction of a new St. Mary Community School, daycare and wellness centre in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill neighbourhood.

The community school project will be the focal point for a larger revitalization of Pleasant Hill including $8 million for the development of affordable housing in co-operation with local community groups.

by NationTalk on May 13, 2008739 Views

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UWinnipeg Names 2008 Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg today named its award winners of exceptional service, achievement and distinction. The five individuals comprising this year’s list of winners – Athar Ata, Earl Backman, Michael Benarroch, Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar and Claudia Wright – personify excellence and achievement.

by NationTalk on May 13, 2008970 Views

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English 12 First Peoples IRP and Examination

Curriculum Update
May 2008

The new English 12 First Peoples (EFP12) Integrated Resource Package (IRP) has been approved and signed off by the Minister of Education, Honourable Shirley Bond. The final approved IRP has now been posted to the Ministry of Education website at: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/irp_ela.htm

by NationTalk on May 13, 20081103 Views

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CTV Confirms A Five-year Funding Commitment to the National Screen Institute

Media Release
May 12, 2008

Winnipeg, MB – CTVglobemedia has underscored its commitment to the continued training of Canadian television writers and producers with a contribution to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) of $650,000 over five years.

This contribution, to support the NSI Totally Television training program, extends the partnership established many years ago between CTV and NSI. The creation of NSI Totally Television was made possible through CTV and the CTV-BCE Benefits back in 2002. With this current extension of support, thanks to the CTV/CHUM Benefits, Canadian television writers and producers will continue to receive the training they need to take the next steps in their careers and to help advance their projects towards securing development and broadcast deals.

by NationTalk on May 13, 20081034 Views

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NCFNG Signs Agreement with University of Alberta

May 8, 2008

Centre Signs Agreement with University of Alberta
Edmonton – The National Centre for First Nations Governance is pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the University of Alberta.

The signing on May 8, 2008, is in support of Aboriginal Governance and Partnership program offered by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies. The program will focus on governance for Aboriginal communities.

by NationTalk on May 13, 2008712 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Youth Participation in the Labour Market

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–(May 12, 2008) – The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, today announced federal funding in support of youth activities at Vision Quest 2008, an annual economic development conference aimed at providing educational and networking opportunities for Aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on May 12, 2008752 Views

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Canada Post Community Literacy Awards are Closing Soon!

Ottawa – There are less than three weeks left to nominate deserving individuals and educators for a Canada Post Community Literacy Award.

These awards highlight and celebrate the achievements of Canadians making a special effort or an important contribution to improving our literacy landscape.

by NationTalk on May 12, 2008788 Views

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Inspiring Ontario’s Next Great Discoveries

For Immediate Release
May 12, 2008

McGuinty Government Building Opportunities For Future Generations

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Ontario is providing students with more opportunities to explore science and technology ideas and prepare for the jobs of the future.

Working with other youth science organizations, Youth Science Foundation Canada will use a new $3.5-million investment from the province to:

by NationTalk on May 12, 2008617 Views

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Over 200 Aboriginal Students from Across the Country Arrive in Regina to Showcase their Best Projects for the 2008 E-Spirit Business Plan Competition

BDC’s E-Spirit promotes entrepreneurship to Aboriginal youth in Canada

REGINA, SK, May 12 – Over 200 Aboriginal high school students are meeting in Regina for BDC’s annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal youth business plan competition from May 12 to 14. The grade 10 to 12 students come from as far as Hazelton, British Columbia in the West; Arviat, Nunavut in the North and Postville, Labrador in the East.

by NationTalk on May 12, 20081239 Views

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Call For Literacy Award Nominations

News Release – May 9, 2008

Premier Brad Wall is encouraging Saskatchewan residents to put forward nominations for this year’s Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy award. This annual award, created four years ago, recognizes outstanding achievement, innovation and excellence with regard to literacy in Saskatchewan.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008784 Views

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Keyano hosts a successful Alberta-North Access Symposium

May 9, 2008

Keyano College hosted a successful third annual Alberta-North Access Symposium, from May 7 through to May 9, with over 100 delegates from all over northern Alberta.

Alberta-North is a partnership of seven post-secondary institutions, including Keyano College that are committed to making distance education accessible to students in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008700 Views

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$3.12 Million Investment Has Red River College “Going Places”

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May 9, 2008

Winnipeg, Manitoba –Red River Collegeis now able to bring trades training to rural communities with two mobile training labs, thanks to an investment under the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008767 Views

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Rural, Northern Students’ Access To Trades Training Expands With Mobile Labs Investment

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May 9, 2008

Rural and northern students will have access to more trades courses and equipment as a result of an investment of $800,000 for new mobile trades training labs at Red River College (RRC).

The provincial government is investing $550,000 for power and hand tools, and $250,000 for an introduction to trades program.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008685 Views

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Spring 2008 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

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May 07, 2008 – Edmonton – Twelve honorary degrees will be conferred during Spring Convocation 2008 on May 25 and from June 2 to 4 and June 9 to 12 in celebration of the University of Alberta’s Centenary. Bertha (Berdie) Helen Fowler, pioneer for Alberta women and leading advocate for literacy; Pamela Wallin, an outstanding journalist and senior advisor on Canadian affairs for the Council of the Americas; Esko Tapani Aho, distinguished Finnish statesman and prominent advocate for research, development and innovation in Europe; J. Peter Meekison, leading contributor to Canadian federalism and an international advisor on constitutional and human rights issues; Anthony James Pawson, pioneering biomedical researcher and one of only 65 living members of the Order of Companions of Honour.

by NationTalk on May 9, 20081038 Views

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New Best Start Funding to Enhance Supports for Children and Families

Thursday, May 8, 2008
For immediate release
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

Premier Robert Ghiz visited the CHANCES Family Centre today to meet with Best Start workers and families.
The provincial government recently announced new funding of $219,000 for the Best Start program which is an intensive screening, assessment and in-home visiting program for children and parents who face challenges.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008747 Views

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Premier Williams Encourages Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to Apply for the Council of the Federation Youth Internship

Executive Council
May 8, 2008

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, is encouraging young people in Newfoundland and Labrador to apply for the Council of the Federation (COF) Youth Internship. COF is comprised of the Premiers of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008707 Views

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U of M Women Honoured

They are intelligent, dignified and accomplished women but now they are officially Women of Distinction.

Five women from the University of Manitoba were honoured at the 32nd Women of Distinction awards held on May 7 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

by NationTalk on May 8, 20081180 Views

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First Nation Scholarships Program Announced

MEDIA RELEASE
May 5, 2008 (2008-01)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is pleased to announce a new Scholarship Program for First Nations students.

by NationTalk on May 8, 20081102 Views

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Vision Quest Conference – Youth Program Announced for 2008

FOR RELEASE
April 30, 2008

FROM VISION TO REALITY: VISION QUEST CONFERENCE

Winnipeg MB – With the 12th annual Vision Quest Conference happening May 13 to 15 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, organizers are gearing up for an educational, informative and entertaining Youth Program at this year’s event.

by NationTalk on May 8, 20081057 Views

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The ACC invites you to a Networking Luncheon With Guest Speaker Dr. Wanda Wuttunee

May 20 2008

Dr. Wanda Wuttunee
Head, Department of Native Studies
University of Manitoba

Topic: Aboriginal Education as it relates to Aboriginal Economic Development

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008675 Views

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Working For Saskatchewan Can Work For You!

News Release – May 7, 2008

Employees in the provincial public service help make Saskatchewan a better place to live. That’s one of the reasons why job seekers should consider a career with the provincial government.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008718 Views

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Volunteers needed for North

Frontiers Foundation is seeking volunteers to work in the north of Canada either in the schools or with the youth of the communities. These projects are scheduled to begin in early September and continue for the school year, through to the end of June. We will be looking for volunteers to work as tutors and teaching assistants in schools throughout the Northwest Territories and we expect to have education projects in the communities of Inuvik, Wrigely, Hay River, Fort Simpson, Nahanni Butte, Trout Lake, and Fort Smith. We also have several projects that involve our volunteers putting on different programmes for the community youth and we will have the recreation projects in Tsiigehtchic, Fort Good Hope, Wrigley, and Trout Lake.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008667 Views

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Paul Chartrand – Director Aboriginal Governance: Renowned scholar returns to UWinnipeg roots to lead one of Canada’s most comprehensive Aboriginal academic programs

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2008

WINNIPEG, MB – Renowned Aboriginal scholar Paul Chartrand will become Director of Aboriginal Governance at The University of Winnipeg, leading one of Canada’s most comprehensive Aboriginal academic programs, effective July 2008.

by NationTalk on May 7, 20083469 Views

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New MNO President Meets with Ontario’s Minister of Training Colleges and Universities

May 8, 2008 — MNO Press Release

TORONTO (May 6, 2008) – In his acceptance speech, new Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski spoke of wanting “to enhance MNO’s ability to further assist Métis people…” in several areas including Education, so it is no surprise that his first meeting was with the Honourable John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008591 Views

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Canada Council for the Arts: Announcing the 2008 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

News Releases – 2008

Ottawa May 6, 2008 — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts are pleased to announce the recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture for 2008.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008717 Views

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The Government of Canada Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 Finalists for Nunavut

IQALUIT, May 7, 2008 – Naomi Alookee, age 16, from Netsilik School in Taloyoak, is the territorial Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 finalist for Nunavut. This year’s theme was My Canada Today!

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008767 Views

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The Banff Centre Aboriginal Work Study Opportunities

Work Study: BNMI TV & New Media Aboriginal
Work Study: Visual Arts Aboriginal Administration
Work Study: Visual Arts Aboriginal Prepatorial
Work Study: Visual Arts Aboriginal Curatorial

Participants will also receive mentorship and critical feedback on their project from internationally-renowned new media artists and producers Kate Rich and Willy LeMaitre

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008622 Views

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ADSB Hosts Regional Aboriginal Symposium

On May 8 and 9th, Algoma District School Board hosts the Regional Aboriginal Symposium to be held at Shingwauk Hall, Algoma University College.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008568 Views

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York University to Confer 10 Honorary Degrees at Spring Convocation

TORONTO, May 6, 2008 — York University will confer 10 honorary degrees during its spring 2008 convocation ceremonies, from June 16 to 21, to leaders in fields as diverse as politics, the corporate world, education, media, community service and environmental conservation.

by NationTalk on May 7, 20081163 Views

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New Education Program Provides Opportunity for Aboriginal Students to Become Teachers

(May 6, 2008 —Thunder Bay, ON) As an institution with a longstanding commitment to fostering leadership and development among its Aboriginal students, Lakehead University is pleased to announce the accreditation of an Honours B.Ed. (Aboriginal) program – the only one of its kind in Canada. Offered this fall, the four-year, standalone program prepares people of Aboriginal ancestry to become fully certified teachers.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008826 Views

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Trudeau Foundation Awards $1.1 Million in Fellowship Prizes

$225,000 Fellowships Recognize Five Canadians Engaged in Reshaping our Society

MONTREAL, May 6 – With backgrounds ranging from human rights to the environment, and from Canadian history and biography to Aboriginal residential schools, the Trudeau Foundation has selected five new Fellows who continue to question society’s worldviews and teach the importance of responsible and engaged citizenship. The prestigious Trudeau Fellowships are awarded for a three-year period and include an award of $150,000, in addition to a $75,000 travel and research allowance.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008630 Views

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Media Advisory – First Nations University Facing Censure

OTTAWA, May 6 – The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) may be censured by the country’s academics unless the administration agrees to remedy gross violations of basic university governance principles, academic freedom, and staff rights.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008716 Views

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MOHLTC Aboriginal Health Strategy Internship

May 6, 2008

Hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) for 2008/09. This program is open to up to two individuals, including new university graduates, graduate students, researchers, and/or representatives of Aboriginal organizations to be hosted by the ministry to undertake policy or research work focused on Aboriginal health strategy and/or informationmanagement.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008832 Views

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Over 200 Aboriginal Student Entrepreneurs from Across the Country Get Ready to Showcase their Best Projects in Regina for the 2008 E-Spirit Business Plan Competition

BDC’s E-Spirit promotes entrepreneurship to Aboriginal youth in Canada

REGINA, May 6 – Over 200 Aboriginal high school students will be meeting in Regina for BDC’s annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal youth business plan competition from May 12 to 14. The grade 10 to 12 students come from as far as Hazelton, British Columbia in the West; Arviat, Nunavut in the North and Postville, Labrador in the East.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008680 Views

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More Alberta Students Eligible for Rutherford Scholarship

May 6, 2008

$7.3 million expansion of Rutherford Scholarship helps more high school students with post-secondary financing

Edmonton… Alberta’s scholarship program is expanding with a $7.3-million investment to the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship.

by NationTalk on May 6, 20081352 Views

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