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Province Proclaims September Literacy Month, Promotes Awareness of International Literacy Day

News Release – Manitoba
August 30, 2007

Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford is proclaiming September 2007 the second annual literacy month in Manitoba to raise literacy awareness and is inviting families, communities and workplaces to recognize International Literacy Day on Sept. 8.

“Our government recognizes the impact strong literacy and numeracy skills have on all aspects of people’s lives are drivers for community development,” McGifford said.

by NationTalk on August 30, 2007944 Views

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Community Spirit oosts Aboriginal Students’ Centre

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 1:15 PM

A cultural, spiritual and academic centre for Aboriginal students currently under construction at the University of Manitoba received a philanthropic boost from South Beach Casino on August 29.

The casino presented a $50,000 cheque to university president and vice-chancellor Emőke Szathmáry as part of its Community Spirit Fund, which supports educational, cultural, recreational and other projects of importance to the local community.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071037 Views

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The University of Saskatchewan Library, the Office of the President and the Aboriginal Students’ Centre cordially invite You to a “Party with the iPortal”

Join in the celebration of the Success of the Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal), an Online Research Tool (available at http://iportal.usask.ca) consisting of more than 6000 full-text resources specific to Indigenous Studies.

Thursday August 30, 2007
Quance Theatre, Education Building

Program:
10:30 am: Opening Ceremony with Elders Walter and Maria Linklater, as well as Drummers
10:35 am: Presentation by Deborah Lee, iPortal Team Leader
11:30 am: Wrap up with Drummers

Refreshments to follow in the Education Student Lounge

Please RSVP acceptances only to Jacque McLeod at 966-5927or email Jacque.McLeod@usask.ca

by NationTalk on August 29, 2007855 Views

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Art of Living Foundation: Global Leadership Training for First Nation Youth

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Aug. 29, 2007) – The first Canadian YLTP (Youth Leadership Training Program) from the Art of Living Foundation was launched in St. Theresa Point First Nation, Manitoba. Eleven youth from the isolated Island Lake community participated in the intensive and experience-rich program from August 9-19, 2007.

As part of an on-going commitment to work with youth leaders and other member of the community of St. Theresa Point, the Art of Living Foundation has partnered with the Ministry of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and Four Arrows Regional Health Authority for this YLTP. YLTP integrates physical yoga practices, meditation, breathing techniques and leadership skills for a holistic long-term approach to community development.

by NationTalk on August 29, 20071129 Views

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Canada’s New Government Announces $1 million to support Aboriginal Nursing Program at the University of Lethbridge

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2007-109
August 28, 2007
For immediate release

Canada’s New Government Announces $1 million to support Aboriginal Nursing Program at the University of Lethbridge

Standoff, Alberta – Today, Rick Casson, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Tony Clement, announced $1 million over three years under the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative to help increase the number of Aboriginal nurses working in Canada’s health care system, particularly in First Nations communities.

“Canada’s New Government understands the importance of ensuring that there are enough health care workers in Canada who can provide communities with the best health care possible,” said Mr. Casson. “That’s why we’re introducing new programs like the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative, which will focus on recruiting and retaining Aboriginal nurses to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.”

by NationTalk on August 28, 20072009 Views

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Media Advisory: Health Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Aug. 27, 2007) – Rick Casson, MP for Lethbridge, will announce Government of Canada funding for Aboriginal Nursing Students.

Date Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m. MDT
Location Great Hall Blood Tribe Health Department Standoff, Alberta

For more information, please contact

Media Inquiries:
Health Canada, Alberta Region
Suzanne Sauve-Hiron, Regional Communications Officer
780-495-2304
780-717-4828

by NationTalk on August 28, 2007888 Views

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Tantoo Cardinal to Attend NSI New Voices Grad

Media Release
August 23, 2007

NSI New Voices grads to be inspired by Aboriginal actress Tantoo Cardinal

Winnipeg – A select group of 12 young adults from Winnipeg, Dawson City and Siksika Nation in Alberta will graduate from the NSI New Voices program on Tuesday August 28th, after having completed 14 weeks of intensive film and TV training and internship. The full-time program run by the National Screen Institute – Canada connects young Canadian Aboriginal adults with industry professionals through skills development training and an eight week work placement.

by NationTalk on August 24, 20071101 Views

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Minister Dent Thanks Tlicho Government

YELLOWKNIFE (August 22, 2007) – The Honourable Charles Dent, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment wishes to thank the Tlicho Government for its important role in supporting the addition being made to the Jean Wetrade School in Gameti.

The Jean Wetrade School expansion would not have been made possible without the partnership and collaboration of the Tlicho Government, and the Government of the Northwest Territories. It was through the Tlicho Government that the shared funding from the Tlicho communities and Tlicho Construction Ltd. was made available.

by NationTalk on August 23, 2007784 Views

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Ministers Welcome Another 100 First-year Students Into University Of Manitoba’s Faculty Of Medicine

August 22, 2007

For a second consecutive year, Health Minister Theresa Oswald today welcomed one of the largest classes to enter the University of Manitoba’s faculty of medicine. At this morning’s annual inaugural exercises at the university, Oswald congratulated 100 first-year students on entering the profession of medicine as they accepted their official white coats.

“Over the next few years you will be exhilarated and challenged, exhausted and inspired, but during all of these emotions, please know you already have the gratitude of the Manitobans who may someday be your patients,” said Oswald.

by NationTalk on August 22, 2007902 Views

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Indigenous Corporate Training and NationTalk Partner to Bring Working Effectively With Aboriginal Peoples Workshops to Ontario

A popular and well regarded workshop is making its way to Ontario starting with Toronto on September 20th, 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 August 22, 20071018 Views

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Katimajiit And The Teachers Of Northern Quebec – NQTA, A CSQ-affiliated Union, Demands The Creation Of A School Calendar Adapted To The Needs Of Nunavik

MONTREAL, Aug. 21 – At the Katimajiit meeting to be held in Kuujjuaq Thursday and Friday, August 23 and 24, the Northern Québec Teaching Association, an affiliate of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), will take the opportunity to urge the creation of a school calendar adapted to the reality of Nunavik youth.

The president of NQTA, Mr Patrick D’Astous, who will be attending the meeting, plans to meet with Kativik School Board (KSB) administration to study changes to the present school calendar to better take into account the reality of life in Inuit communities.

by NationTalk on August 22, 2007883 Views

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Yukon College and UNBC sign MOU to Expand Educational Opportunties

August 21, 2007

The presidents of Yukon College and the University of Northern British Columbia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing both institutions to working together to enhance educational and research opportunities in the North.

The MoU covers eleven areas of activity, including transferability of course credit, program delivery, research, faculty/student exchanges, Continuing Studies, student awards, distance education, First Nations and Aboriginal programming, and governance. The signing concluded a full day of meetings between administrators and faculty from both schools.

by NationTalk on August 22, 2007990 Views

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New Book on Aboriginal Nursing

There is a new book on Aboriginal nursing entitled, Twice As Good: A History of Aboriginal Nurses by Mary Jane McCallum, which is mentioned in the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) website. It is an examination of the history of Aboriginal nurses that has four main periods of nursing education and employment: 1900-1945; 1945-1969, 1969-1989 and 1989-2006. This book,

“…argues that over the last century, Aboriginal nurses have stood at various intersections: political goals for self-determination and an ideology which equates higher education with integration; membership with and certification by provincial and federal nursing authorities and accountability to Aboriginal people and communities; practices which engage with and appeal to both or either “Western” or “Traditional” healing knowledge. ”
This book can be ordered from A.N.A.C. Publications.

by NationTalk on August 22, 20071052 Views

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Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff’s Speaks at Graduation

Posted: 2007-08-20

Today is a day you might have thought would never come, and one you will never forget. Today is a day full of accomplishment and full of promise for your “yet to be’s”. Today is graduation day.

Graduation is, above all, a time for reflection and decision-making. Today, like a builder, you are laying a foundation for your future. Both of you will build a different life. You have dreams and ambitions. I encourage you to reach beyond what you have already achieved here today, and reach for your own personal best.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071089 Views

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Métis Youth Global Adventure

In the summer of 2008, 10 Métis youth aged 18-29 from across the province will have the opportunity to take part in a 14-day trip to Ecuador, to do community service in an Indigenous community. This project is being offered through a partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario Training Initiatives and Canada World Youth’s Global Learner Program.

Youth are responsible for fundraising the cost of the trip (approx. $2500-$3000 per person). The MNO will assist with fundraising efforts and ideas.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071005 Views

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Seven Constables Join The Ranks Of The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service

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Seven Constables join the ranks of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service in a ceremony at the Valhalla Inn on August 13, 2007. Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation opened the gathering with a prayer and remarks of encouragement and welcome for the newest recruits and their families. The Grand Chief lead the official party that included representatives from the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071797 Views

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APTN Announces Training Initiative For The Production Of Music Videos By Aboriginal Artists

Monday, 20 August 2007

Behind the Scenes is a new Aboriginal Peoples Television Network training initiative for emerging television/film professionals. APTN will provide an assistant producer, assistant director, post production assistant and a 1st AD with professional support and training to help develop, write, direct, produce and edit five music videos.

APTN Behind the Scenes will present the successful applicants the opportunity to experiment in a five-minute music video format. This initiative will provide APTN the opportunity to identify existing and new Aboriginal talent and add to the cultural landscape of the Canadian television and music industry.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2007980 Views

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Youth Employment Partnership Benefits Environment And Helps Fight Climate Change

August 20, 2007

Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program Provides Resource Management Experience

TORONTO — A partnership between the Ontario Stewardship Ranger program and a non-profit environmental organization is creating a healthier environment, fighting effects of climate change and providing young people with valuable work experience, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay said today.

“By sponsoring four Ontario Stewardship Ranger teams this summer, the Trees Ontario Foundation is giving young people an opportunity to make a positive difference to our natural environment as part of their summer jobs,” said Ramsay. “Through this and other provincial youth employment programs, Ontario is investing in a better future for our young people and providing them with skills and training to last a lifetime.”

by NationTalk on August 20, 2007837 Views

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Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Encourages Post-secondary Students

News Release – August 16, 2007

The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SGC) is rewarding the achievements of 15 Saskatchewan students with $13,000 in post-secondary scholarships, including a $2,500 Community Leadership Award.

Each year, SGC, which operates Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw, provides scholarships to encourage students to pursue full-time post-secondary education. Students demonstrating commitments to balancing education, family, work and being active in the community were rewarded for their excellence this year.

by NationTalk on August 17, 2007942 Views

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2007 Speaker Series: Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Date: September 18, 2007
Time: 6:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Where: Agora
Price: Free of charge

Information:

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend Lakehead University’s upcoming Speaker Series event, featuring special guest speaker Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The University will confer on Mr. Fontaine a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. He will later speak about the role that students and universities can play in advancing the participation of First Nation peoples in Canada’s economy.

The Speaker Series is a free public lecture offered by Lakehead University as an information-sharing event and dialogue, in partnership with The Chronicle Journal and Travelodge Airlane. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited so early arrival is recommended. Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. For more information, be sure to visit the University’s online Calendar of Events at www.lakeheadu.ca.
Add this event to your Calendar

For more Information Contact:
Heather Scott
343-8177
commun@lakeheadu.ca

by NationTalk on August 16, 20071048 Views

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Industry Training Authority to Develop Aboriginal Training Strategy

Announces New Appointment to ITA Management Team

RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 15 – BC’s Industry Training Authority is reinforcing its commitment to increase Aboriginal participation in trades training with the appointment of Gary McDermott to the newly-created position of Director of Aboriginal Apprenticeship.

McDermott, who joined the ITA on August 13th, will be responsible for leading the development of a strategy aimed at doubling Aboriginal participation in apprenticeship training by 2010. This target is part of the ITA’s overall goal to increase the number of apprentices in the province to address anticipated labour shortages and meet employers’ growing demands for a skilled workforce.

by NationTalk on August 16, 2007967 Views

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Gahcho Kué Rough Diamonds to Support NWT Secondary Diamond Industry

YELLOWKNIFE (Aug 15, 2007) – De Beers Canada Inc. and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached regarding the provision of rough diamonds from the proposed Gahcho Kué Project.

De Beers will make available ten percent (10%) by value, in economically cuttable categories, of its rough diamonds from the Gahcho Kué Project, for sale to GNWT approved manufacturers who have successfully fulfilled the Diamond Trading Company’s (DTC’s) client selection criteria. The DTC is the sales and marketing arm of De Beers.

by NationTalk on August 16, 2007891 Views

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Ontario Invests In Sault College Multi-media Centre – #920056

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
August 15, 2007 – 199

New Facility Will Help Meet Need For Remote And Distance Education

SUDBURY – The McGuinty government is improving access to quality long-distance education in the North by investing in the construction of a new multi-media centre at Sault College, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“The technology offered by the centre will help meet the needs of the regional and rural business community which identifies training and upgrading employee skills as a major challenge to remaining competitive,” said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti. “This new facility will be used intensively to deliver structured programming, staff training and other college or community events that will contribute significantly to the social and economic well-being of northerners.”

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007949 Views

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New Grass Roots Biographies – Now available

Dear Colleagues,

Grass Roots Press has just published a brand new set of high-interest, low-vocabulary biographies. This set features Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Althea Gibson, Nancy Greene, and Tom Longboat. The books are written at a Grade 2 reading level. The books contain features that make the text easy to read. For instance, the author uses repetitive sentence patterns, the active voice, familiar language, and photographs that illustrate the text.

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007875 Views

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Put The Fun in Funding: Grants and Loans for Musicians

MARIA WORKSHOP

DATE: 2007-09-05
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: MARIA Resource Centre
ADDRESS: 1-376 Donald Street

PANELISTS
Sara Stasiuk, MARIA; Kevin Walters, Manitoba Film and Sound; Gerri Trimble, Canada Council

DESCRIPTION
Canadian musicians and music industry entrepreneurs have a wealth of funding support available to them. This workshop will address the issues of how to best apply to funding programs at FACTOR, Manitoba Film and Sound, and the Canada Council.

by NationTalk on August 15, 20071054 Views

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Innovative Book Reveals Proven Strategies For Individuals And Organizations Looking To Work Effectively With Aboriginal Peoples

For immediate release

Vancouver, August 13, 2007 – Canada is experiencing dramatic change with respect to Aboriginal Peoples. Land claims, self-government, aboriginal consultation, employment, health and business development represent some of the biggest changes, challenges, risks and opportunities today with all levels of government, industrials and small and medium enterprises working diligently to take advantage.

That’s the opinion of Bob Joseph co-author of the second edition of “Working Effectively With Aboriginal Peoples,” which presents information, insights and tips designed specifically to help people and organizations work effectively with Aboriginal Peoples.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20072190 Views

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Orazietti Announces $120,000 For Increased Collaboration Between Sault College, Algoma University College, Northern College And Lakehead University

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2007

McGuinty Government Creating New Opportunities for Students

Sault Ste. Marie – The Ontario government is providing $120,000 to support greater collaboration at Sault

College, Algoma University College, Northern College and Lakehead University, David Orazietti MPP announced today.

“Through this investment, we are encouraging greater collaboration between colleges and universities which will have significant advantages for learners, institutions, employers and the government,” said Orazietti. “We are committed to increasing student access and opportunities within the postsecondary sector – and this innovative project will help us meet our goal.”

by NationTalk on August 14, 2007842 Views

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First Nations Entrepreneurs

UBC Reports | Vol. 53 | No. 8 | Aug 9, 2007

Innovative Program Starts Second Year
By Derek Moscato

For aspiring entrepreneur Vivian Bomberry, the irony of the term cohort — used in education circles to define a group of students in the same class year — wasn’t lost when she began her studies in the Ch’nook Advanced Management Program at UBC last November.

“When I heard the word, I didn’t know what it meant,” said Bomberry, speaking of the first gathering of students in the program, which is geared to future First Nations business leaders. “I looked it up and found the definition: Band of warriors. Well, that was us!”

by NationTalk on August 13, 20071364 Views

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Media Advisory – Teachers Explore New Ways to Assist Special Needs Students

Elementary public school teachers attend summer school for professional learning

TORONTO, Aug. 9 – Faced with the increasing number of students with special needs in regular classroom settings, many teachers are looking for practical adaptive teaching strategies to help these students learn more effectively.

Exploring ways to use and modify teaching expectations, strategies, and assessment practices based on the developmental or special needs of students is the focus of a summer course offered by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

by NationTalk on August 10, 2007886 Views

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Women In Film & General Motors Announce 2007 Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers

WIF/GM Alliance Mentoring Programs Provide Talented Women Pursuing Careers in Entertainment With Creative Foundation for Success; To Obtain an Application, Visit www.women-in-film.com; Deadline Submission Is Aug. 31; Winners to Be Announced Oct. 10

LOS ANGELES, CA–(August 8, 2007) – The national alliance organization of Women In Film (WIF) and the General Motors Corporation (GM) announce the second annual WIF/GM Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers.

The 2007 WIF/GM Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers will again be presented to five up-and-coming female filmmakers, chosen through an application process overseen by a WIF selection committee comprised of professional filmmakers and entertainment industry executives. The grant will provide recipients with a broad-based understanding of the business of filmmaking through a six-day, full-immersion mentoring program, shepherded by WIF members, which include some of the industry’s most successful female talent.

by NationTalk on August 8, 20071049 Views

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The Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Has A Workshop on Crisis Response Planning and Others

Please see the Fall 2007 Public Worshop Schedule which includes:

School Crisis Response Planning
Crisis Response Planning for Aboriginal Communities
Crisis Response Planning for Schools and Communities
De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
Understanding Mental Illness
Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Strategies

For further information, please visit: http://www.ctrinstitute.com/pw.htm

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007794 Views

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Photo Opportunity – Minister of Children and Youth Services to Attend Aboriginal Early Childhood Educator Program Ceremony

TORONTO, Aug. 7 – Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers will attend a graduation ceremony honouring students completing an Aboriginal training program for child care workers.

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For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister’s Office, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007865 Views

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Northern Quebec Teachers – The NQTA, Affiliated To The CSQ, Succeeds In Putting A Stop To The Abusive Collection of Millions of Dollars in Taxes

MONTREAL, Aug. 6 – The Northern Quebec Teaching Association (NQTA), affiliated to the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), has succeeded after years of demands and struggle, in putting a stop to the abusive collection of taxes in connection with the value of accomodation provided to its teacher members hired in the “South” by the Cree and Kativik School Boards.

In fact, the Canada Revue Agency (CRA) recently agreed to lower these taxable amounts on the basis of an independent evaluation ordered by the NQTA. The result of this is a reduction of the fiscal burden of each teacher in Northern Quebec by an average of $1,500 per year.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071919 Views

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Manitoba Supports Community Constable Program In Cormorant

August 3, 2007

CORMORANT—Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin has presented the community with a new vehicle to assist with its community constable program.

“I am pleased to present this vehicle to the Cormorant Community Council in its crime prevention efforts,” said Lathlin here today. “I would also like to acknowledge the supportive working relationship this program experiences in sharing local knowledge and expertise with the RCMP in all our communities.”

by NationTalk on August 5, 20071312 Views

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Canada’s New Government Helps Young New Brunswickers Find Work

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Aug. 3, 2007) – Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced over $300,000 in Skills Link funding for three projects that will help youth in Moncton make a successful transition into the workforce.

“Canada’s New Government is proud to work with local community organizations to help create opportunities for young Canadians,” said Mr. Allen. “These projects will help young people in Greater Moncton who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge and experience they need to find and keep quality jobs.”

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007988 Views

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Canada’s new Government Supports Fifth Annual First Nation and Inuit National Science Camp in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA (August 3, 2007) – Fifty First Nation and Inuit students from across Canada will participate in an exciting educational opportunity through the fifth annual First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp from August 5 to 12, 2007.

The science camp is sponsored by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick, with assistance from various businesses and agencies.

by NationTalk on August 3, 20071059 Views

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Canada’s New Government Helps Young Nova Scotians Find Work

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–(Aug. 3, 2007) – Lynne Yelich, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $151,269 in funding for reachAbility Association, under the Youth Employment Strategy-Skills Link program, to help youth in Halifax find and keep long-term jobs.

“Canada’s New Government is proud to work with community organizations such as reachAbility to create opportunities for young Canadians and help them reach their potential,” said Parliamentary Secretary Yelich. “This partnership will help young people in the Halifax region who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge and experience they need to find and keep quality jobs.”

by NationTalk on August 3, 20071089 Views

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Canada’s New Government Funds Projects to Help Atlantic Canadians Improve Literacy

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I., August 3, 2007—Canada’s New Government is investing in two literacy projects that will help improve literacy and essential skills for Atlantic Canadians. First, $294,567 in funding will go to the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) for a pilot project that will seek to improve the literacy skills of Aboriginals in a family setting, and second, $173,000 in funding will go to the Tough Challenges: Great Rewards Implementation Committee for a project that will seek to improve the literacy skills of adult learners in rural P.E.I. The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced the funding today in Charlottetown.

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007955 Views

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An Out of This World Learning Experience

Longueuil, Quebec, August 2, 2007 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is sending five Canadian high school students, two educators and a CSA space scientist on an Arctic learning expedition with Students on Ice.

This summer, the students and educators aboard the Students on Ice ship will be exploring the Arctic basin from Churchill, Manitoba to Iqaluit, Nunavut with CSA space scientist Dr. Denis Lacelle. On their voyage they will learn about the geological structures of Canada’s north and how those structures compare with what scientists believe to be the geological evolution of Mars, the red planet.

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071067 Views

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New Brunswick to Host First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp

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Aug. 2, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) – Fifty First Nations and Inuit students between the ages of 12 and 15 will participate in the fifth annual First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp to be held in the Maritime Provinces from August 5 to 12, 2007. The New Brunswick segment is scheduled for August 9 – 12 in Fredericton.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick sponsor the science camp, with assistance from various businesses and agencies.

The camp brings together youth from all over the country to learn about careers in science and technology. It also promotes the importance of education in finding jobs in these fields.

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071290 Views

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Application Deadline Approaching for Helen Bassett Commemorative Scholarships

Helen Bassett Commemorative Scholarships

Every year, NWAC Youth Department and the Youth Council coordinate the Helen Bassett youth scholarships awarded to four young Aboriginal women in the amount of $1,000 each. The scholarships are coordinated as part of the Youth Intervenor program and are made possible by the generous donation of Helen Bassett.

Helen Bassett was an Ontario artist and an amazing woman who tried to make a difference as an individual and engage the government into fair solutions to Aboriginal land claim issues. After befriending an Aboriginal artist and learning through him about the plight of Aboriginal people, she became passionate about the issue and had special concern for advancement of Aboriginal women. In her selflessness, she specified NWAC as one of the beneficiaries of her estate in her will, which helped us sustain our post-secondary student scholarships program to this day.

by NationTalk on July 31, 20071616 Views

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AEDP Celebrates Its 81st Partnership Agreement

July 27, 2007

The Government of Saskatchewan today signed an Aboriginal Employment Development Program (AEDP) partnership agreement with the City of North Battleford, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 287 and the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighter’s Association No. 1756 to increase job opportunities for Saskatchewan Aboriginal people in the North Battleford area.

by NationTalk on July 29, 20071019 Views

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Canada’s New Government Funds Project to Help Aboriginal Canadians Improve Their Literacy and Essential Skills and Participate in the Work Force

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–(July 26, 2007) – The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and regional minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $190,000 in funding for the National Indigenous Literacy Association (NILA) to further develop literacy programming for Aboriginal people.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to creating the best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible work force in the world,” said Minister Toews. “This project will help us ensure that Aboriginal Canadians have the literacy and essential skills necessary to participate fully in the work force.”

by NationTalk on July 26, 20071107 Views

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Canada’s New Government Helps People in Prince George Find Jobs

July 25, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia— The Honourable Jay Hill, Secretary of State and Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for an Employment Assistance Services (EAS) initiative in Prince George. The Prince George Native Friendship Centre will receive $840,408 to help people in British Columbia find and maintain employment.

by NationTalk on July 25, 2007872 Views

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The Results are in… the 2007 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards Recognize 65 Individuals and Educators

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(July 25, 2007) – “I’ve made it to the finalists list!” This must be one of many thoughts racing through Victoria Day’s mind as the finalists are announced for the 2007 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards. The Swan River (MB) resident’s desire to improve her literacy skills and self esteem, in order to provide a better life for her daughter, is just one of the compelling stories of commitment and determination told by this year’s literacy award nominees.

by NationTalk on July 25, 2007862 Views

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McGuinty Government Undermines Ontario’s Longest Standing Aboriginal Post-secondary Institute – Minister Bentley Missing in Action

TYENDINAGA, ON, July 24 – A seriously flawed funding formula threatens to force program cancellations at Ontario’s largest and most successful Aboriginal post-secondary institute. “Ontario’s approach to Aboriginal post-secondary institutions through the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Strategy (AETS) has regressed rather than evolved”, stated Karihwakeron Tim Thompson, President and CAO of FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute). “Despite a moderate increase to the total AETS funding pot, the allocation methodology penalizes FNTI for having growing enrolment. FNTI students are being valued at one-fifth the value of students at any other college or university in Ontario. The current approach is badly flawed but all our entreaties to the Minister to address this situation have gone unanswered.”

by NationTalk on July 24, 20071086 Views

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McGuinty Government Helping Aboriginal Postsecondary Students Succeed

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

New Investment To Increase Postsecondary Access For Aboriginal Students

THUNDER BAY, ON, July 24 – The McGuinty government is expanding support for Aboriginal students to ensure they have the opportunity to study and succeed at postsecondary education, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today.

“Lakehead’s leadership in Aboriginal access programs with academic supports for programs like biological science and chemistry are exactly the types of initiatives we should be funding to stream more Aboriginal students into health-related professions,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North.

by NationTalk on July 24, 20071133 Views

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Shell Helps Aboriginal Leaders Make the Grade

July 20, 2007

Rod Burnstick is one of the first recipients of a Shell scholarship to attend Aboriginal Leadership Development courses at the Banff Centre in 2007 and 2008, thanks to a $50,000 donation Shell made to the program earlier this year. Burnstick says completing the course means being able to help his community with economy building efforts.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071016 Views

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Yukon Government Supports Yukon Recording Artists

FOR RELEASE #07-154
July 18, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Three local artists have been awarded Yukon Film & Sound Commission Sound Recording grants to support their careers in the recording industry. This spring’s recipients, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Art Johns and Root Sellers Media’s Nemo and Prhyme will use this funding to take the next step in their recording careers.

by NationTalk on July 18, 20071045 Views

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Project Beyshick Comes to Trent University July 13 – 15

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Trent’s Indigenous Studies Faculty Experts to Mentor
First Nation Youth in Entrepreneurship

Friday, July 13, 2007, Peterborough

Twenty First Nation youth arrive at Trent University today to participate in a series of workshops to learn about entrepreneurship from leading business and cultural experts as part of Project Beyshick, a youth mentoring program focused on career mentoring and entrepreneurship among Aboriginal youth aged 21 to 35 years.

by NationTalk on July 18, 20071110 Views

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