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High Profile Therapists and Researchers Converge in Thunder Bay to Recognize Strengths in our Children and Adolescents

(November 15, 2007 —Thunder Bay, ON) The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs is hosting a workshop for parents, youth, teachers, policy makers, French-language educators, therapists, and childcare workers. Building from Strength: Evidence and Reality-based Tools and Interventions takes place at the Valhalla Inn from November 22 – 23, and begins at 8:00 a.m. each day. More than 200 participants from the region are expected to participate in the conference, which offers 22 unique learning sessions.

by NationTalk on November 15, 2007953 Views

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4th First Nations Parents Conference – One, Two, Three, Come Learn with Me!

February 28-29, 2008 – Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC

The First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the Anishnaabe Place Parents Club, are pleased to announce the 4th First Nations Parents Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is, “One, Two, Three, Come Learn with Me!!”, and acknowledges the vision that First Nations parents have for their children’s future.

>Call for Workshops – Application deadline is December 3, 2007.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071241 Views

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College Announces New Institute For Cultural Tourism

14 November 2007
Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador

The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) will establish Atlantic Canada’s first centre for cultural tourism training and professional development thanks to a combined investment of $1,107,800 from the federal and provincial governments. The centre will be called the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism and will be located on the CNA’s Bonavista Campus.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071179 Views

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The Government of Canada Helps People in Northwestern Newfoundland and Labrador Find Work

November 15, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, Ontario— The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding to help individuals in northwestern Newfoundland gain work experience, explore career options, and find work.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071105 Views

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Lifelong Learning Needed to Strengthen Productivity and Prosperity

November 15, 2007

Ottawa – Canada has an immediate challenge to increase skill levels in its adult population to strengthen productivity and make lifelong learning a reality, says a report issued today by Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).

“We are entering a sustained period of declining labour force growth. Everyone – including older Canadians and those less educated and less skilled – should have the chance to contribute fully to the economy and to their communities,” says CPRN President Sharon Manson Singer. “Failure to act on adult education and lifelong learning threatens Canada’s productivity and prosperity.”

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071100 Views

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Inukshuk Fund supports Banff New Media Institute project with Banff High School

For immediate release
November 8, 2007

The Banff Community High School is going mobile with a new project that will bring handheld wireless technology into the classroom. A partnership between the high school, the Banff New Media Institute, Learning Through the Arts, and the Evaluation-Mobility-Usability Group, the project just received funding from the Inukshuk Fund, a community outreach initiative from Inukshuk Wireless.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20073036 Views

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The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Greater Moncton Area Strengthen Their Skills

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Nov. 14, 2007) – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister responsible for New Brunswick, and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help youth in Greater Moncton improve their skills and find long-term employment.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071044 Views

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The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Chaleur Region Get Valuable Work Experience

BATHURST, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Nov. 14, 2007) – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister responsible for New Brunswick, and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help youth in the Chaleur region improve their skills and find long-term employment.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071077 Views

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Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAK)

The KIAC School of Visual Arts would like to announce that recruitment has begun for the 2008 academic year. KIAK is offering an exciting new accredited visual arts program which will provide students with the first year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts in Design. After completing the Foundation Year program, students will be able to transfer directly into a number of Canada’s top art colleges, including Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Alberta College of Art and Design, and Ontario College of Art and Design. This innovative program will provide students with an opportunity to gain new skills and explore both traditional and contemporary art practices and mediums (i.e. drawing, paint, sculpture, video, digital photography, and more) in a studio-based learning environment.

For more information please contact David Curtis, KIAK Senior Administrator by phone at: (867) 993-6390 or by email: info@kiacsovanull.ca

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071205 Views

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The Wealth of First Nations: Shared Citizenship Series – Nov 16, 2007

This year the series honours the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable James K. Bartleman, under whose honorary patronage the series was created. The theme for 2007-08 is economic development in Aboriginal communities in Canada. Each of the two public lectures will address the overarching question that frames the series as a whole: How should we understand the relationship between economic empowerment, cultural empowerment, and political empowerment for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples? Drawing on knowledge gleaned from innovative First Nations’ leadership in communities that have undertaken different models of economic development, as well as studies of the determinants of economic success in Indigenous communities, the first Session will address efforts to increase Aboriginal participation in a market-based economy.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071150 Views

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Mission School District Signs Aboriginal Agreement

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For Immediate Release
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Nov. 13, 2007

Ministry of Education

MISSION – Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Randy Hawes, Aboriginal leaders and officials from the Mission board of education celebrated today the signing of B.C.’s 36th Aboriginal education enhancement agreement to help improve Aboriginal student performance.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071183 Views

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Lakehead University Faculty Promote Sustainable Development through Experiential Tourism Workshop

(November 13, 2007 – Thunder Bay, ON) In an effort to promote sustainable development in northwestern Ontario, Drs. Rhonda Koster and Harvey Lemelin, professors at Lakehead University’s School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, recently partnered with regional funding agencies and the Red Rock First Nation at Lake Helen. These representatives joined to offer a world-class workshop for stakeholders involved with or interested in building regional tourism strategies.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071205 Views

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UWinnipeg Offers Free Lecture Featuring Visiting Professor

Dr. Dale Turner to speak on ‘Indigenous Philosophies & Modernity’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 13, 2007

WINNIPEG, MB – In celebration of World Philosophy Day, Nov. 15, 2007, The University of Winnipeg offers a free public lecture featuring Dartmouth College’s Dr. Dale Turner, Associate Professor of Government and Native American Studies. The event details are:

Dr. Dale Turner
“Indigenous Philosophies and Modernity”
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Room 3C01
The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071171 Views

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Aboriginal Roundtable Communiqué – University of Winnipeg

Group agrees to accelerate efforts to improve access for Aboriginal students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 9, 2007

WINNIPEG, MB – Delegates to the second phase of the Aboriginal University Education Roundtable have agreed to accelerate efforts to improve the success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Canadian universities. Senior officials from 20 universities, First Nations and Métis educational institutions and governments concluded their two-day meeting at The University of Winnipeg by issuing a communiqué committing to a series of tangible steps to make university education more accessible to Aboriginal students.

by NationTalk on November 12, 20071531 Views

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Province Announces New Science Curriculum Project To Bring Lake Winnipeg Issues Into Manitoba Classrooms

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November 9, 2007

Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson and Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick today announced a $25,000 grant for an innovative science curriculum resource-development project that will focus on key water issues.

by NationTalk on November 11, 20071099 Views

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Media Advisory – Prestigious RBC After-School Grants To Be Awarded to Six Toronto Community Organizations

TORONTO, Nov. 9 – A total of six After-School Grants will be awarded to some of the top community organizations in Toronto from RBC Financial Group (RBC) at special community celebrations next week.

RBC has awarded 77 After-School Grants across Canada this year in what has become an annual tradition of generosity towards community organizations.

RBC Olympians will be on hand at the event to share their experiences, engage the program’s young participants in fun activities and inspire them to be the best they can be. They will also present the children with chocolate gold medals to honour their efforts and accept a unique good luck message from the children.

by NationTalk on November 10, 20072573 Views

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Media Advisory – Education Minister to Visit Kenora Area

KENORA, ON, Nov. 9 – Education Minister Kathleen Wynne will be visiting with students, teachers and education officials in the Kenora area.
The minister will be available to the media.

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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister’s Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676

by NationTalk on November 10, 20071006 Views

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Scholarships Open to Skilled Trades Students

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Education
November 9, 2007

Students enrolled in apprenticeship programs can now apply for the Alberta Centennial Scholarship. The Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education, said today that these scholarships will be used to further support skilled trades students.

“As our government works to expand the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, we are looking forward to exciting new development projects and the opportunity for increased activity in our labour market,” said Minister Burke. “These scholarships will help students who see the excellent opportunities in skilled trades careers.”

by NationTalk on November 9, 20071215 Views

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Outstanding New Journeyperson Achievement Recognized

News Release – November 9, 2007

Forty-seven new journeypersons received an award for their outstanding achievement in the skilled trades. They were the top achievers from among the nearly 1,200 new journeypersons certified in the 50 trades in Saskatchewan between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.

Increased awareness of the great career opportunities available in the skilled trades coupled with an economic boom and retiring baby boomers, has resulted in unprecedented growth in the trades. The total number of apprentices registered rose to 6,779 in 2006-07 up from 5,915 in 2005-06, a 14.6 per cent increase.

by NationTalk on November 9, 20071242 Views

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Scholarships Now Available to Take AFOA On-line Course and Attend National Conference

AFOA is pleased to announce that scholarships are now available to take AFOA’s on-line courses and attend the National Conference through the Norman Taylor Memorial Aboriginal Financial Management Scholarship Program.

The Scholarships will cover registration costs for AFOA courses and/or registration and travel related costs to attend the National Conference. Scholarships are available for two applicants who wish to enroll in an AFOA course (semester begins February 4, 2008), and two applicants who wish to attend the National Conference (February 12-14,2008).

>Click here for more information on the Scholarship, Application Form and Guidelines. Fax your application to AFOA at (613) 722-3467 or mail to: AFOA, 1066 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4T3. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2007.

by NationTalk on November 9, 20071011 Views

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Schools Model Success for Aboriginal Students

KELOWNA, BC, Nov. 8 – A groundbreaking national conference to be held in Winnipeg, November 23-24 promises to be a powerful catalyst for increasing achievement for Aboriginal students.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071216 Views

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UWinnipeg Moves into Top 10: Maclean’s Survey

9th Overall in Canada, Up Three Places from Last Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 8, 2007

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg ranks 9th overall in Canada among primarily undergraduate universities – up three places from 12th overall last year – in the Annual Maclean’s Ranking of Canadian Universities released today. The strongest improvement came in the reputational survey (6th from 8th), grants for social sciences and humanities (4th from 10th) and medical/science research (9th from 13th). In particular, UWinnipeg’s reputation has improved steadily over the past four years with its rankings moving from 10th in 2004 to 6th in 2007. This demonstrates that universities across Canada are taking note of the innovative approaches to education underway at The University of Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071063 Views

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Request for Proposals in Aboriginal Learning 2007 Competition

Deadline: December 3, 2007

I. Purpose
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) is to solicit applied research projects from not-for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, labour organizations, and research or academic institutions on the subject of Aboriginal Learning in Canada.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071192 Views

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Minister Congratulates First Chancellor Of The University College Of The North

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November 8, 2007

Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford today congratulated Ovide Mercredi on his appointment as the first chancellor of the University College of the North (UCN).

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Province Promotes Skilled Trades during Canada Career Week

Education
Human Resources, Labour and Employment
November 7, 2007

The importance of skilled trades is being highlighted throughout the country this week as provinces recognize Canada Career Week. The Williams Government, through the Departments of Education, and Human Resources, Labour and Employment, is making a concerted effort at all levels to strengthen skilled trades programming and to respond to labour market needs.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071237 Views

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University College Of The North Set To Install First Chancellor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 5, 2007 – The Pas, Manitoba – Ovide Mercredi, Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, will be installed as the first Chancellor of the University College of the North (UCN), on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at the UCN campus in The Pas.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071114 Views

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Twelve Northern Students Awarded 2007 Northwestel Scholarships

News Release
11/05/2007

Northwestel has awarded twelve scholarships under its 2007-2008 Northern Futures Scholarship Program. The scholarships, worth a total of $30,000.00, are going to outstanding post-secondary students from across the North.

Each of the twelve students will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship to assist with their post-secondary studies during the 2007-08 academic year. The recipients were chosen from amongst 25 applicants from throughout Northwestel’s operating area.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071294 Views

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Helping Neighbours, Friends and Family Stop Abuse of Women

By Communications Staff
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario and its Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children is hosting a community workshop on the role of workplaces, neighbours, friends and families in responding to the warning signs of woman abuse.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071259 Views

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The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Surrey Area Find Work

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 6, 2007) – Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced support for the Pathfinder Youth Centre Society under the Skills Link program, to help young people in British Columbia find and keep secure jobs.

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WIFT-T Announces Emily Bellavy as Winner Of The 2007 Alliance Atlantis Diversity In Broadcasting Internship

(TORONTO – Monday, November 5, 2007) Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T), in partnership with Alliance Atlantis, is pleased to announce Emily Bellavy as this year’s recipient of the Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship.

This national program offers one entry-level visible minority or Aboriginal woman the opportunity to gain broadcasting industry skills through experience in the Public and Regulatory Affairs department at Alliance Atlantis. The award will be presented to Bellavy at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 3, 2007 at the Fairmont Royal York.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20072145 Views

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Global Television Announces the Winners of the 2007 Broadcasters of the Future Awards

Awards reflect Global’s commitment to the growth of Canada’s future broadcasters

TORONTO, Nov. 6 – Global Television is pleased to announce the winners of the Broadcasters of the Future Awards for 2007. The annual awards are a series of scholarship, internship, and mentorship programs designed to encourage and aid talented and enthusiastic Canadians toward establishing or furthering careers in the Canadian broadcast industry.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071374 Views

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CCL Funds CBU Aboriginal Educational Change Project

November 2, 2007

(Sydney, NS) – Dr. Jane Lewis, Dean of Education, Health and Wellness and Lindsay Marshall, Associate Dean, Mi’kmaq College Institute at Cape Breton University have received funding approval in the amount of $68,896 to lead a community wide project team. The total value of the project, from all sources, is in excess of $157,000.

The focus will be on Creating educational change through applications of Two-Eyed Seeing (TES) in Teacher Education Programs. This is a unique project with implications for other regions of Canada, funded by Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), a national, independent, and non-profit corporation that is committed to improving learning across the country and across all walks of life.

by NationTalk on November 3, 20071554 Views

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384 High School Students Receive Apprenticeship Scholarships

News Release
November 2, 2007

Industry and government work together to provide on-the-job trades experience

Edmonton… Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) scholarships have been awarded to 384 high school graduates participating in the program. The Alberta government partners with industry to fund the annual $1000 scholarships.

“RAP scholarships are a great way to encourage students to transition into post-secondary learning from high school,” said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “Award recipients are recognized for their hard work and provided support to continue on in their apprenticeship programs as they shift into the next stage in their lives.”

by NationTalk on November 2, 20071166 Views

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Earn $300 for your Youth Organization

October 30, 2007

Assembly of First Nations
3rd National First Nations Youth Summit
Winnipeg, MB

Submit your thoughts on reconciliation between First Nations and Canadian society to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) and if we publish your writing, AHF will donate $300 to your Youth Organization.

by NationTalk on November 1, 20071219 Views

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Canadian Council on Learning Request for Proposals

Each year, the Knowledge Exchange issues a call for requests for proposals (RFP) to solicit submissions from community-based organizations wishing to undertake knowledge exchange activities in each of the CCL’s priority theme areas—early childhood learning, adult learning, Aboriginal learning, health-related learning and work and learning—and in each of its crosscutting themes—e-learning, literacy, culture, learning in a French minority setting and gender.

http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/Research/RequestforProposals/RequestforProposals.htm#current_upcoming

by NationTalk on November 1, 2007989 Views

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New Construction Workforce Strategy Helps Address Worker Shortages

October 31, 2007

Key industry associations and labour groups hammer out action plan

Sherwood Park… Alberta construction associations and labour groups have a new set of tools to address workforce challenges. A Workforce Strategy for Alberta’s Construction Industry, developed in collaboration with the Alberta government, identifies ways to address labour and skills shortages over the next decade.

“Construction is a vital part of Alberta’s economy and a major employer,” said Iris Evans, Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry. “If we want to sustain Alberta’s economic growth and prosperity, we will need to find new ways to train, retain and increase the number of construction industry workers. A Workforce Strategy for Alberta’s Construction Industry is a good step in that direction.”

by NationTalk on October 31, 20071224 Views

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Call for Aboriginal Photographers

Closing Date: Nov 30, 2007

” Living Condition in First Nations and Inuit communities”

Photographers are requested to submit work which reflects socio-economic and physical conditions found in rural and urban First Nations and Inuit communities. A selection committee will identify up to fifteen photographers who will be invited on a contractual basis to photograph communities for the exhibition. This 2nd phase of the project will take place during the month from February to June 2008, with an exhibition planned for March 2009 at the 3rd Aboriginal Policy research Conference. Work selected for the exhibition will become part of the department’s Indian and Inuit Art Collection.

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University of Manitoba Announces first Creative Writing and Oral Culture Centre in Canada

Dr. Emőke J. E. Szathmáry, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, is pleased to announce the creation of a unique centre in the Faculty of Arts dedicated to creative writing and oral culture. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) will be the first institute of its kind in Canada when it opens in early 2008 following renovations. The CCWOC will be home to scholars, students and visiting artists who wish to collaborate, create new works of verbal art, and study the relationships between oral and written culture.

by NationTalk on October 31, 20071400 Views

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Manitoba’s BabyFirst Program

Monday, October 29, 2007 10:14 AM

Evaluating a program to reduce child maltreatment in Manitoba

With recent child deaths in Manitoba caused by maltreatment, the question being asked is how can we prevent this from happening again? A new study by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Manitoba evaluates the provincial BabyFirst program and its impact on child maltreatment.

The BabyFirst program was introduced by the Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO) in 1999. The program is now known as Families First. The program is a home visiting program for families with newborns living under conditions of risk. One of the goals of the program is to prevent child maltreatment.

by NationTalk on October 31, 20071827 Views

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Meyers Norris Penny Launches Third Self-employment Training Program in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – Oct. 25, 2007 – Meyers Norris Penny LLP (MNP), in partnership with Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the second fully sponsored Aboriginal Self-Employment Training Program in Edmonton, Alberta beginning Nov. 5, 2007.

Aboriginal people are starting new businesses at an amazing rate: Over the past 25 years, the number of self-employed Aboriginals has jumped from 7,000 to more than 20,000 – twice the national average growth rate. Getting solid training to help their businesses get off the ground can be a major challenge.

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071438 Views

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Meyers Norris Penny Launches Third Self-employment Training Program in Calgary

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Calgary, AB – Oct. 25, 2007 – Meyers Norris Penny LLP, in partnership with Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, is excited to announce the launch of the third fully sponsored Aboriginal Self-Employment Training Program in Calgary, Alberta starting Nov. 5, 2007.

Aboriginal people are starting new businesses at an amazing rate: Over the past 25 years, the number of self-employed Aboriginals has jumped from 7,000 to more than 20,000 – twice the national average growth rate. Getting solid training to help their businesses get off the ground can be a major challenge.

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071772 Views

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Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association: Midyear Cuts to Education Funding Target Vancouver Secondary Students

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Oct. 29, 2007) – In an e-mail to all school districts secretary-treasurers, dated October 18, 2007, the Ministry of Education announced a cut to the 2007-08 operating grants for secondary students in Grades 10, 11, and 12. This cut to operating funds will target secondary students taking less than a full course load and will have a negative effect on many programs offered in Vancouver.

Students in alternate programs often do not take a full eight-course load: many have to work part-time, others may be returning to school in hopes of a better future. Students with tutorial blocks or those enrolled in Aboriginal support programs that are not credit courses will not be funded, yet they will still require teacher support to succeed.

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071257 Views

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UVic Student Wins National Aboriginal Writing Challenge

October 29, 2007

University of Victoria writing student Kerissa Dickie’s powerful tale of life of a young girl at a residential school put her in the winner’s seat (for the 19–29 age category) of The Aboriginal Writing Challenge—a short story contest for young Aboriginal Canadians. Dickie’s story, “Wild Flowers,” is about longing, loss, and connection as part of the residential school experience.

She wrote it as part of UVic writing professor Lorna Jackson’s writing workshop. “Her story is full of heart, and she has taken such care with the depiction of another time and place,” comments Jackson. “Only a compassionate, talented writer can write this way. I’m so pleased that Kerissa’s work will reach a larger audience.”

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071188 Views

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Opening of Anjabowa Daycare Facilities, Remarks by Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff

Posted: 2007-10-26

Hello, it is my honour to be here on behalf of the Grand Council of the Crees to join you in the celebration of the Anjabowa Daycare facilities in Chisasibi. In 2003 an agreement was signed between the Cree Nation and Government to expand daycare services in the Cree communities. Since this time, the daycare facilities have increased the number of spaces being offered in the community for our children under the age of 5 years old. We had the pleasure of opening a daycare in Mistissini last year with Minister Carole Theberge. Unfortunately, in the last provincial election in the spring she was not re-elected to office; however, the good work she started with us many years ago with the opening of the first daycare in Eeyou Istchee to today with the opening of the new facilities in Chisasibi endures. We would like to acknowledge her for her leadership and commitment for her work.

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Women in Film and Television-Toronto announces 2007 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Award and Call for Applications

(TORONTO – Wednesday, October 24, 2007) Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T), in partnership with CBC Television, is pleased to announce the 2007 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Award and Call for Applications.

This national competitive award will give one emerging Canadian female filmmaker the invaluable opportunity to take a comprehensive week-long workshop at a designated CBC location. The winner will be given the opportunity to establish business and mentoring relationships with CBC Drama staff, and will be guided through various production and broadcast components of short film. Topics and areas of exploration will include: project management, financing film and television production, marketing and distribution, and emerging technologies and the impact of technology on content. The mentorship will begin in January 2008. The winner will be announced at the 2007 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon held on December 4, 2006 at the Fairmont Royal York.

by NationTalk on October 27, 20071260 Views

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Supt. Shirley Cuillierrier Named Aboriginal Police Officer of the Year

OTTAWA – October 26, 2007 – Supt Shirley Cuillierrier of National Aboriginal Policing Services has been named “Indian Country Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for 2007 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), marking the first time a Canadian or a member of the RCMP has won this award.

Supt. Cuillierrier, an Aboriginal employee with 25 years of distinguished service, is being recognized for her role as Project Leader in the preparation and implementation of the coordinated police response to the National Day of Action by Aboriginal groups on June 29, 2007.

by NationTalk on October 27, 20071567 Views

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Get Ready, Get Set, Get Going: Learning to Read in Northern Canada

Julia O’Sullivan, Ph.D.
Janet Goosney

With the International Expert Panel

Centre of Excellence for Children and
Adolescents with Special Needs
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Canada’s North is an immense region crossing six time zones, inhabited by a young, culturally and linguistically diverse population living in communities that differ immensely in size and economic base. For this paper we define the North as Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Labrador, and large northern areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

In Canada there are 1,980,605 young school-age children; 133,405 (or 6.7%) live in the North.

Like five- to nine-year-olds in the rest of Canada, young northern children spend much of their time focused on learning to read. Today in Canada we expect all children to read well, usually by the end of Grade 3 and children’s reading at that time is a strong predictor of high school graduation. Children who do not read adequately by Grade 3 are at high risk for school failure, dropping out, chronic un- or underemployment, and low-income and associated difficulties in adulthood.

by NationTalk on October 27, 20071445 Views

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Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Officers receive Professional Certification

25 October 2007
MONCTON, New Brunswick

The Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) recognized 20 members of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Developers Network during a ceremony held in Kamloops, British Columbia earlier today.

The Aboriginal Economic Development Officers have successfully completed a three-year professional certification program developed according to criteria from CANDO. The prestigious CANDO designation provides certification as either Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer or Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer and indicates achievement of a performance standard recognized and acknowledged throughout Canada. The certification ceremony, held during CANDO’s 14th Annual National Conference and Annual General Meeting, acknowledged the accomplishments of 61 Aboriginal Economic Development Officers from across Canada.

by NationTalk on October 26, 20072851 Views

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Government of Canada adds Ottawa to Aboriginal Urban Strategy

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Ottawa, (October 25, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced Ottawa as the thirteenth city to become part of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS).

“The Urban Aboriginal Strategy plays an important role in increasing the urban Aboriginal community’s participation in the local economy,” said Minister Strahl. “Our Government will continue to work with the Ottawa’s Aboriginal Community, the Province of Ontario and the city of Ottawa to make the Urban Aboriginal Strategy a success.”

by NationTalk on October 26, 20071331 Views

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CAW and AFN Launch Joint Infrastructure Projects

TORONTO, Oct. 25 – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has teamed up with the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) to launch a series of infrastructure projects as part of the AFN’s ongoing Make Poverty History campaign and a CAW commitment to social justice in Canada and abroad. Clean drinking water, increased accessibility to community services and safe places for women are key focuses of the projects.

“These are tangible projects that are going to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of First Nations people and their communities,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “We are grateful to the CAW for showing leadership and volunteering their time and skills in advancing social justice in our communities.”

by NationTalk on October 26, 20071100 Views

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