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Drilling suspended on Minago Nickel Project of Victory Nickel Inc.

NORWAY HOUSE CREE NATION, MB, Feb. 22 – Today, the Norway House Cree Nation (“Norway House”) announced that they were pleased with the Manitoba Government’s decision to suspend a drilling permit it issued to Victory Nickel Inc. for the Minago Project. The decision came after the Manitoba Director of Mines acknowledged the absence of notice or consultation with Norway House prior to issuing the approval.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2008814 Views

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Enbridge Receives NEB Approval on Alberta Clipper Expansion Project

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Feb. 22, 2008) – Enbridge Inc (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) announced today that the National Energy Board (NEB) has approved Enbridge’s application for the Alberta Clipper Expansion Project. The company is reviewing the details of this decision.

Alberta Clipper involves the construction of a new 36-inch diameter, 1,607-kilometre (1,000-mile) crude oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Pending U.S. regulatory approvals the pipeline is scheduled to be in service in mid-2010. The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 450,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) and allow for expansions to increase capacity up to 800,000 bpd. Alberta Clipper will be integrated with, and form part of, the existing Enbridge system in Canada and the Enbridge Energy Partners’ Lakehead system in the United States.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2008714 Views

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Ardoch Algonquin First Nation Final Negotiation Report

Final Negotiation Report – February 3, 2008

Kwey Kwey Members of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation

I am writing to you because after 8 weeks of mediated negotiations with Ontario we have failed to reach an agreement to create a process for consultation and accommodation concerning the proposed Uranium exploration near Crotch Lake (Robertsville). It is now time to take direct action again to secure the area so that no further encroachment occurs on our ancestral homeland.

by NationTalk on February 21, 2008738 Views

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Stuart Area Sockeye Salmon Runs and their Importance to the First Nations of the Upper Fraser River Watershed

Prepared by:
David Levy, James Woodey1 and Lisa Hardy
Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance
1041 Whenun Road
Prince George, B.C.
V2K 5X8

Preface

Life is a copiously branching bush, continually pruned by the grim reaper of extinction, not a ladder of predictable progress.
– Stephen Jay Gould

After many lean years and many frustrating meetings, and after hearing the elders of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council express their fears about the dwindling sockeye runs in the Stuart River, the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance decided to tackle the job of preparing a Stuart sockeye stock status report. The completion of this report is no small feat given the current plethora of demands on First Nations organizations. The UFFCA found both the resources and the person capable of writing the report, Dr. Dave Levy. I believe that Dr. Levy has undertaken the work with integrity and has prepared the report with a focus on the First Nations peoples who are the most affected.

by NationTalk on February 21, 20081149 Views

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MP Watson Delivers: Government Takes Action to Help Clean up the Detroit River

WINDSOR, ONTARIO–(Feb. 21, 2008) – – Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing up to $600,000 to help clean up the Detroit River.

“The actions taken now to improve the state of the Detroit River will not only produce a cleaner environment, but will also stimulate regional development,” said Mr. Watson. “We are working to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the nearly 3 million citizens in Canada and the United States, who rely on the watersheds of Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and the connecting Detroit River for drinking water. We are proud to be partners in important initiative.”

by NationTalk on February 21, 2008805 Views

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National Energy Board approves Southern Lights Project

CALGARY, Feb. 19 – The National Energy Board (NEB) approved applications for the Southern Lights Pipeline Project, worth an estimated $247.5 million in Canadian spending.

The Southern Lights Project broke new ground as the first application to the NEB for a pipeline to transport diluent, which the Board identified as an emerging market. Diluents are lighter hydrocarbons used to dilute bitumen and heavy oil so they can flow through pipelines.

by NationTalk on February 20, 2008638 Views

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Geoscience BC Applauds Government’s $12 Million Commitment for Mineral and Oil and Gas Exploration in B.C.

Investment to Jumpstart Economic Activity in B.C.’s Pine Beetle Infested Area

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 19, 2008) – Geoscience BC today commended the provincial government for its commitment of $6 million in new funding to support mineral exploration work in pine-beetle affected areas of the province and $6 million for oil and gas exploration in B.C.’s frontier areas, which was announced in today’s provincial budget.

by NationTalk on February 20, 2008678 Views

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Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Clean Water Delivers $30 Million to Clean Up Lake Simcoe

BARRIE, ONTARIO–(Feb. 16, 2008) – Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, today announced new, long-term funding to preserve and protect the environment of Lake Simcoe. The additional $18 million announced builds on the $12 million that was announced last year by the federal government and brings the Government’s total investment to $30 million over five years.

“Canadians want to know what this government is doing about improving water quality and I want to tell them we are moving quickly to restore the health of our lakes and waterways as we promised we would,” said Minister Baird. “Today’s announcement builds upon the significant financial commitment we have already made to cleaning up Lake Simcoe, as well as our announcement that we will be restricting the level of phosphates in laundry and dishwasher detergent across Canada. This will have a positive impact on reducing the growth of blue-green algae, an issue I know the residents around Lake Simcoe have faced.”

by NationTalk on February 16, 2008798 Views

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Federal Government Missing in Action on Most Destructive Project on Earth – the Tar Sands

First Nation communities downriver of Tar Sands bring case to Ottawa

OTTAWA, Feb. 15 – The federal government is failing to uphold its duty to clean up the Tar Sands, according to a new report by Environmental Defence released today on Parliament Hill. Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands: The Most Destructive Project on Earth shows how failure to enforce federal laws is allowing the Tar Sands to become Canada’s most serious environmental liability.

“Ottawa is letting the Tar Sands hold Canadians hostage on global warming,” said Matt Price, Program Manager with Environmental Defence. “The federal government is not using laws already on the books to require companies to reduce emissions and clean up their toxic mess.”

by NationTalk on February 15, 2008696 Views

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News Conference/Teleconference – New Report: Federal Government Missing in Action on Most Destructive Project on Earth – the Tar Sands

First Nation communities downriver of Tar Sands bring their case to Ottawa

TORONTO, Feb. 14 –

TELECONFERENCE: Call in numbers for outside Ottawa:
Local / International: 416-640-3404
North American Toll-Free: 1-866-322-1159
Quote confirmation code: 8400606
Please dial in at least 5 minutes before the news conference starts at 10:30 a.m. EST

PLEASE NOTE: RSVP to Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, if you plan to call in for the news conference. (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; jfoulds@environmentaldefence.ca

by NationTalk on February 15, 2008620 Views

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Athabasca oil sands story told at Mountain Culture and Environment Speakers’ Series

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February 13, 2008

High resolution images available

David Lavallée — Liquid Truth
Wednesday, February 20 · 7:30 p.m. · Max Bell Auditorium, The Banff Centre
Tickets: $10 at the door · Banff Centre Box Office: 1-800-413-8368 or 762-6301

In the summer of 2006, Canmore-based activist David Lavallée attended a climate change seminar that took him to the Athabasca glacier. Standing on the field of ice, he was told that the glacier could disappear within 20 years. “I felt the need to share this information with the world,” he says.

by NationTalk on February 14, 2008627 Views

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Boreal Prospectors Association 2008 Symposium and AGM

What is on this year’s agenda?

Technical Presentation Including:

– Presentations and open discussions of how northern communities and individuals can benefit from mineral exploration
– Ontario Geological Survey Resident Geologists Program Update
– Industry News
– Annual General Meeting and director elections

by NationTalk on February 14, 2008743 Views

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – Environmental Assessment Bulletin

Environment and Conservation
February 12, 2008

The Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, has announced the following event relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.

by NationTalk on February 12, 2008639 Views

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U OF A Northern Speaker Series

Tuesday, 12 February 2008; 16:00 (4 p.m.) start
EAS Conference Room (3-36 Tory Building)

Arctic National Parks, Land Claims, and Wilderness

Vicki Sahanatien, PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences

ABSTRACT: Arctic national parks are magnificent: they are vast, protect a diversity of arctic ecosystems, and contribute to maintaining cultural traditions. Comprehensive land claims in the NWT, Nunavut and Yukon have played an important role in the creation of wilderness protected areas and are the catalysts for new approaches in cooperative management.

BIOSKETCH: Vicki is a doctoral student and is studying polar bear ecology and climate change in Foxe Basin, Nunavut. Before becoming a graduate student she was the Manager of Resource Conservation, of the Nunavut Field Unit – Parks Canada in Iqaluit.

Everyone welcome! Refreshments Served!
Bring your coffee mug.

The Northern Speaker Series is sponsored by the CSA in
collaboration with the Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI) at the University of Alberta

Date
Tuesday February 12, 2008
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location
North Campus: Tory Building, Henry Marshall 3-36 Tory

by NationTalk on February 12, 2008618 Views

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News Conference – New Report: Federal Government Missing in Action on Most Destructive Project on Earth – the Tar Sands

First Nation communities downriver of Tar Sands bring their case to Ottawa

TORONTO, Feb. 12 –

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WHAT: Environmental Defence will release a report on the environmental and human health effects of the Tar Sands, with an emphasis on how Ottawa is not fulfilling its environmental duties.

Individuals from two directly affected First Nation communities will share their first-hand account of living downriver of the Tar Sands.

by NationTalk on February 12, 2008580 Views

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Workshop For Unama’ki Communities – Tar Ponds & Coke Ovens Clean Up

Monday, February 11, 2008

AN IMPORTANT WORKSHOP AND YOU’RE INVITED. THERE IS NO COST.

The event is being hosted by the Unama’ki Economic Benefits Office. Join us at the

Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Wednesday, Feb.27, 2008 from 1 pm to 4pm.

Who should attend? Residents of Unama’ki communities, workers, construction companies, businesses, entrepreneurs, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

by NationTalk on February 11, 2008663 Views

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EPCOR Initiates Environmental Assessment Process for a New Wind Power Project in British Columbia

RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 11 – EPCOR Utilities Inc. (“EPCOR”), through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR Power Development (British Columbia) Limited Partnership, has initiated an environmental assessment process for the Quality Wind Project (“QWP”). This 100 to 200 megawatt (“MW”) wind energy project is proposed for an area approximately ten kilometres northeast of Tumbler Ridge.

by NationTalk on February 11, 2008779 Views

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Open Call for Capacity funding to Métis Communities

.Environment and Conservation:
Open Call for Capacity funding to Métis Communities

The Aboriginal Inland Habitat Program (AIHP) is a federal government initiative funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for the MNO to assist our Community Councils in obtaining capacity building resources to develop and implement local inland habitat projects. The application process for Métis Community Councils in the 2007/08 is now open until March 3rd, 2008 for interested Community Councils to submit a Letter of Interest Application

by NationTalk on February 8, 2008743 Views

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Manitoba Hydro’s Wuskwatim Project Wins CEA Environmental Stewardship Award

WINNIPEG, Feb. 8 – Manitoba Hydro’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and First Nations engagement was recognized nationally today by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). CEA President and CEO Hans Konow, presented Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Bob Brennan with the Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of the utility’s partnership with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) to reduce environmental impacts on the Wuskwatim Project.

by NationTalk on February 8, 2008776 Views

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Five-Year Caribou Strategy Seeks to Address Declining Populations

Environment and Conservation
February 7, 2008

The Minister of Environment and Conservation, the Honourable Charlene Johnson, today announced $15.3 million in funding for a five-year scientific and management strategy of the island woodland caribou populations. The strategy builds upon earlier efforts to better understand and mitigate the current decline in woodland caribou numbers and the role of predators in this decline. Since 2006 and 2007, in response to evidence of a continued decline, the Provincial Government invested an additional $3.7 million in new funding in science and management efforts over two years, the results of which led to the development of this five-year caribou strategy. Part of this effort will be directed toward reducing predator numbers through legal harvests in order to determine the effect on caribou populations.

by NationTalk on February 7, 2008675 Views

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Invitation to participate in our Online Survey – Environmental Monitoring and Climate Change

(Taking Action on Climate Change)
We need to hear from you!

We are working to identify the environmental monitoring and climate change information needs of Aboriginal peoples and communities. Then, we will find and develop tools and resources to assist in these areas.

by NationTalk on February 7, 2008759 Views

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Invitation to Public Open Houses in Atikokan & Fort Frances

Namakan River Hydro Development Project

You Are Invited To Participate

Ojibway Power and Energy Group (OPEG) invites you to attend out community information sessions.

The purpose of these sessions is to provide information on the environmental approval and public consultation process, and to receive public input, information and comment on the proposed project.

Information received during this consultation opportunity will be taken into consideration in the environmental screening process.

During information sessions OPEG staff will be on hand to share information about the project.

>>Download full press release.

by NationTalk on February 7, 2008749 Views

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Northern Affairs Organization – Contaminated Sites Program – Performance Report 2006 – 2007

February 5, 2008

This Performance Report presents the results of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s (INAC) Northern Contaminated Sites Program (CSP) for the period April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007.

Table of Contents

~ Management Statement
~ Introduction
~ Contaminated Sites Program Management
~ Future Directions
~ Appendix 1 – List of Acronyms
~ Appendix 2 – Expenditures by Site, 2002-2007
~ Appendix 3 – Project Management Component Definitions

Performance Report 2006 – 2007 (7.85 Mb ).

by NationTalk on February 6, 2008573 Views

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Investing In Abandoned Mine Reclamation

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
February 05, 2008 – 013

McGuinty Government And Ontario Mining Association Funding Work At Kam Kotia Site

TIMMINS – A partnership between the Ontario Mining Association and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines will focus on the rehabilitation of mine tailings at the former Kam Kotia Mine site in Timmins.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2008647 Views

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Joint Program Plans to Return Sockeye Salmon to Coquitlam Lake Reservoir

February 4, 2008

COQUITLAM: After an absence of nearly 100 years, sockeye salmon returned to the Coquitlam River in 2007. This follows the establishment of a program in 2003 to assess the feasibility of restoring sockeye above the dam. While there are still questions to be answered before a full-scale run can be re-established, work to address these is well underway. The return witnessed in 2007 has resulted in a renewed commitment among interested parties to re-establish Coquitlam sockeye.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2008797 Views

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Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project

The Public is Invited to Comment on the Adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statement

OTTAWA, February 4, 2008 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) today announced the start of public consultations on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project, north of the municipality of Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2008741 Views

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Globe and Mail Opinion Piece by Elmer Derrick

Newspaper article — Privatizing Crown forests is worth exploring — Jan 25, 2008

Privatizing Crown forests is worth exploring
by Elmer Derrick

Globe and Mail
January 25, 2008

Canada’s forestry-dependent communities need to be revitalized. Crippled by a seemingly interminable down cycle of the forest economy, they are in need of a fresh approach to break out of this morass, and the idea to privatize Crown forests is worthy of exploration.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081436 Views

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Forests Are Not the Crown’s to Sell Privatization Proposals Would Create Chaos, Not Certainty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2008

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The industrial privatization of BC Forests through outright sales or long-term leases of large tracts of land cannot be one of the outcomes of the latest initiative from Premier Gordon Campbell, the province’s First Nations leaders warned today.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2008690 Views

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Hereditary Chiefs Not Consulted on Coal Bed Methane Development

NEWS RELEASE — Gitxsan Territories — Jan 14, 2008

GITXSAN TERRITORIES – Gitxsan hereditary chiefs announced today that potential adverse effects on their traditional territories from coal bed methane exploration and development at the headwaters of the Skeena River compels the provincial government to consult with them on the initiative.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2008766 Views

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OMA to Offer Fresh Mining Perspective to Environment Commissioner

12.20.2007

Ontario Mining Association President Chris Hodgson will help Gord Miller, Ontario´s Environmental Commissioner, gain a first-hand look at mining when he escorts him to the De Beers Canada Victor diamond project near Attawapiskat in February 2008. Mr. Miller recently released his annual report titled Reconciling Our Priorities, which suggested that the Mining Act should be re-examined and that there needs to be better overall land use planning for Northern Ontario.

by NationTalk on December 21, 2007781 Views

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NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc.: Environmental Terms of Reference Approved for NaiKun Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Dec. 20, 2007) – NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NKW) (“NaiKun”) is pleased to announce the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has approved the terms of reference for the offshore wind project in Hecate Strait. The terms of reference outline the necessary information that must be included in the final application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC), the next step in the environmental assessment process.

by NationTalk on December 20, 2007670 Views

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Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

Comment Invited on the Draft Guidelines for the Preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement

OTTAWA, Dec. 19 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation (the Department) invite public comment on the draft guidelines for the preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project.

by NationTalk on December 19, 2007677 Views

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New Guidelines for Wetlands Sent to Government

FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Dec. 18 – The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) has completed new Guidelines for Wetland Establishment on Reclaimed Oil Sands Leases. These have been forwarded to the Government of Alberta where CEMA has recommended that these Guidelines be approved as policy. Wetlands, including muskeg, marshes and shallow ponds, cover approximately half of the natural landscape in the oil sands region, composing a major component of the undisturbed boreal ecosystem.

by NationTalk on December 19, 2007719 Views

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Selwyn Resources Reviews Environmental Activities

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Dec. 18, 2007) – Selwyn Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SWN) undertook extensive environmental work during 2007 in preparation for entering the environmental assessment process in late 2008. The environmental program is specifically designed to assist in the identification of a development and operations plan that minimizes environmental impacts. Input from local communities and stakeholders is used to guide the studies and development plans. Selwyn is working with regulators and local First Nations to develop a framework for advancing the project in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

by NationTalk on December 18, 20071482 Views

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Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish Supports Science Sea Lice Article

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE– (Dec. 18, 2007) – The Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation call on Premiere Gordon Campbell and Minister Pat Bell to begin the fallowing process of Fish Farms in the Broughtan Archipeligo immediately.

by NationTalk on December 18, 2007860 Views

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Secretary-General says Bali Conference Outcome ‘pivotal first step’ Towards Agreement to Address Climate Change

The following statement was issued by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the adoption of the decision of the Thirteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali, Indonesia, 15 December:

by NationTalk on December 18, 2007627 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Strongly Denounces and Opposes BC Mining Industry Kemess North Campaign

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2007

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver – The Assembly of First Nations has unanimously passed a resolution entitled, “Confronting BC Mining Industry’s Kemess North Campaign” at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa this week. The resolution was passed by the Chiefs in response to the BC mining industry’s mail out of a letter and brochure to all BC mayors, MLA’s, and MP’s in November asking them to write letters to the provincial and federal governments in support of Northgate Minerals’ Kemess North Mine.

by NationTalk on December 15, 2007884 Views

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Canada Demonstrates Commitment to UN Clean Development Mechanism

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NUSA DUA, BALI, Indonesia ,December 13, 2007 – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, announced today that the Government of Canada will contribute US $1.5 million to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). This mechanism allows the private sector earn emissions reduction credits when investing in climate-friendly projects in developing countries.

by NationTalk on December 13, 20071115 Views

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Notes for an Address by Hon. John Baird, P.C., M.P. Minister of the Environment

Notes for an Address by
Hon. John Baird, P.C., M.P.
Minister of the Environment
United Nations Climate Change Conference
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
December 13, 2007
Check Against Delivery

Thank you Mr. President.

Fellow Ministers and delegates, as all of you would know, few global challenges provoke opinions like climate change does.

This is because climate change is the leading environmental issue of our time.

by NationTalk on December 13, 2007911 Views

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz at Bali Climate Change Conference

December 12, 2007

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bali, where she is advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

by NationTalk on December 13, 2007583 Views

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Minister Baird to Deliver Canada’s National Statement at UN Climate Change Conference and Make Announcement

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Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, December 13- Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, will be delivering Canada’s National Statement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

by NationTalk on December 13, 2007607 Views

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McGuinty Government Encourages Greater Public Involvement In Species At Risk Protection

December 11, 2007

Provincial Fund Promotes Stewardship-First Approach

TORONTO — The McGuinty government’s provincial Species At Risk Stewardship Fund, which supports volunteer efforts to protect and restore species at risk and their habitats, is now accepting a second round of applications, Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.

by NationTalk on December 11, 20071245 Views

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Over 6,000 Youth And The Environment Will Benefit Through Environmental Youth Corps Program: Struthers

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December 10, 2007

The latest round of Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) grants will support over 6,200 young people to help green the province including a Zoological Society of Manitoba project to promote recycling activities by youth at the Winnipeg Assiniboine Park Zoo, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said today.

by NationTalk on December 11, 2007719 Views

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Province-wide distribution of 25,000 energy efficiency kits to Ontario First Nations households nears completion

(Oshweken, Ontario, December 10, 2007) This summer and fall an army of students and volunteers fanned out across Ontario First Nations communities to deliver Mana-cha-toon Wash-ti-ni-gun or Conserve the Light (CTL) energy efficiency kits.

by NationTalk on December 10, 20071225 Views

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Canada Leading by Example : Baird Announces New Funding for Adaptation on Climate Change

News Release

NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, December 10, 2007 — Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, took action today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Indonesia. Canada will invest $85.9 million over four years to help Canadians respond to climate change. Minister Baird was joined at the announcement by Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and one of Canada’s Eminent Advisors to the Minister.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2007688 Views

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Canada Supports UN Principles for New Climate Change Deal

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NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, December 10, 2007 – Canada ‘s Environment Minister, John Baird, met today with Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Minister Baird emphasized Canada’s support for the UN’s efforts to reach agreement on a process for a new global climate change deal post-2012.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2007675 Views

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Summit on the Future of the Quebec Forest Sector – “The AFNQL demands commitments towards recognition of Aboriginal title,” Declares Chief Ghislain Picard

WENDAKE, QC, Dec. 8 – In the framework of the Summit on the Future of the Quebec Forest Sector, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) reiterates it is very concerned about the future of the forest industry in Quebec.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2007884 Views

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Boreal Forest is World’s Carbon Vault

Breakthrough Mapping Analysis Looks at Peatlands, Permafrost and Soil Carbon in Canadian Boreal

Full Mapping Analysis available at: http://www.interboreal.org/globalwarming/

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 – Breakthrough maps released today at the United Nations conference on climate change illustrate the vastly important role of Canada’s Boreal Forest as the world’s largest terrestrial carbon storehouse. Three maps, presented during a larger overview of climate change and the Boreal Forest, detail the distribution of peatlands, permafrost, and organic carbon in soils across Canada’s Boreal Forest.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2007965 Views

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Boreal Stars Celebrated at National Gala

Victoria’s Secret, high-school rappers and First Nations communities honoured for contributions to conserving Canada’s Boreal Forest

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 – What do Aboriginal communities, teen rap musicians and a US company, best known for its lingerie, have in common? According to the Boreal Leadership Council (BLC) – plenty; they have all been instrumental in helping to conserve Canada’s Boreal Forest and in raising awareness of its global importance.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2007949 Views

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Speech by the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment

Toronto, Ontario
December 5, 2007

Thank you. Well, thank you very much for that kind introduction. I’m excited to be here at the Economic Club. I think it was about a year and a half since I last spoke or last attended an Economic Club luncheon so I’m pleased to be here again.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, has called global warming “the defining challenge of our age.” And I think that sums it up quite well. This past year we’ve had four huge reports come forward from the United Nations who build on the huge amount of scientific work which has taken place for so many years around the world.

by NationTalk on December 6, 2007695 Views

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