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Green Energy Advisory Task Force Report Released

April 28, 2010

Victoria – The Green Energy Advisory Task Force report released today contains a number of recommendations that are being implemented to build on British Columbia’s strategy to become a clean energy powerhouse, said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2010508 Views

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New Act Powers B.C. Forward With Clean Energy And Jobs

April 28, 2010

Victoria, B.C. – British Columbia’s new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, powered by unprecedented investments in clean, renewable energy across the province. Bill 17 builds upon British Columbia’s unique heritage advantages and wealth of clean, renewable energy resources.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2010441 Views

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Painful History of State Control Over Forests Traced by ‘Heavily Deforested Footprints’ of Colonizers on Indigenous Lands, Permanent Forum Told

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Ninth Session
12th & 13th Meetings (AM & PM)

At Half-Day Discussion on Forests, Speakers Say Policy Reform Needed; Indigenous Peoples Must Be Given ‘Right to Manage Their Own Lands’

The “painful” history of State control over forests could be traced by following the heavily deforested footprints that colonizers had left on indigenous lands and territories, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was told today during a half-day discussion on indigenous peoples and forests.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2010544 Views

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Clean Energy Act establishes British Columbia as clean energy leader

Vancouver, April 28 – The Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia today welcomed the provincial government’s new Clean Energy Act as good news for BC’s economic future that will generate new jobs and investment throughout the province in rural and First Nations communities.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2010447 Views

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Many concerns about Site C, says Council of Canadians

April 27, 2010

Ottawa – The Council of Canadians has sent an open letter to the BC government expressing concerns with the decision to proceed to the regulatory-review process of the Site C dam. The group is seeking to raise concerns about the project’s immediate and future impact on the local watershed and communities and the end use of the power that will be generated.

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World Peoples’ Summit On Climate Change And The Rights Of Mother Earth

April 28, 2010

Summary of the Final Declaration

From April 19-22, 2010 forty thousand people – NGOs, Indigenous Peoples, political leaders, and citizens from every continent – met together in various working groups to come up with real solutions to climate change. The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, called the conference in response to the failure of United Nations Copenhagen conference on climate change. Cochabamba became a democratic space to counter the undemocratic process that resulted in the controversial Copenhagen Accord negotiated behind closed doors by only a handful of countries. Attendees participated in sixteen official working groups, many self-organized discussion groups, and a number of workshops which all contributed to the final outcome of the summit. The final declaration, the Peoples’ Agreement, encompasses the results from these three days of consultations.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2010570 Views

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Government Appoints Members to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Ottawa, Ontario – April 28, 2010 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Kulhawy and re-appointments of Robert Slater and Christopher Hilkene to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). The appointment for Mr. Kulhawy commenced April 22, 2010, and re-appointments for Mr. Hilkene and Mr. Slater are effective April 22, 2010 and May 11, 2010, respectively.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2010846 Views

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Researchers focus on sustainability of estuary ecosystems

Students, academics and professionals interested in research and management of ecosystems in regions where rivers meet the Pacific Coast of North America are gathering at Vancouver Island University April 29 to May 1.

The 33rd Annual Pacific Estuarine Research Society (PERS) Conference will explore past and present human interactions within the estuarine environments of the Salish Sea and beyond.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2010945 Views

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Aboriginal communities get new tools to develop clean power projects

Toronto, April 27, 2010 – First Nations and Métis in Ontario will soon be able to apply to a new program to support participation in the province’s growing renewable energy sector and help build sustainable and stronger economies for their communities.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2010490 Views

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Decision on Site C does not sit well with Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Apr 19 2010

Dakelh Territory (Prince George, BC, Canada) – Today the government of British Columbia announced that it will allow the Site C Project to go ahead to stage three in it’s development, requiring an Environmental Assessment of the dam project. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is opposed to the Crown’s unilateral process and decision to alienate Aboriginal rights (including treaty rights) by going ahead with Site C regulatory process. The dam will negatively impact water flow and quality in the Arctic Watershed which is within the CSTC communities of Takla Lake and Nak’azdli First Nations.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2010583 Views

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Site C Plunges Into Harmonized Environmental Assessment

Union of BC Indian Chiefs Supports Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs
Press Release – April 21, 2010

(Vancouver BC, April 21, 2010) The BC Government has announced its intentions to move the Site C proposal to the next stage of development, the Environmental Assessment process. Recently the B.C. Government and Canadian Government announced their intentions to streamline and harmonize their respective environmental assessment processes. First Nations leaders have responded stating that without significant changes that address First Nations’ concerns, any new harmonized process will be a non-starter.

by NationTalk on April 27, 2010548 Views

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OMA continues commitment of supoport for modernizing environmental approvals

Ontario Mining Association

The Ontario Mining Association is supportive of the main features of the government’s Proposed Legislative Framework for Modernizing Environmental Approvals. The OMA believes the risk-based approach outlined in the Proposed Framework will result in both a reduced regulatory burden for industry and environmental enhancement. This would result from the freeing up of Ministry of Environment resources to focus on more complex activities with a higher potential risk to health and the environment.

by NationTalk on April 26, 2010569 Views

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Vulcanic Impacts on Arctic Environment

24 April 2010

The Arctic Council Working Group AMAP suggests a study on the impacts of the Icelandic on the Arctic and Global Environment

A group of scientists related to the Arctic Council Working Group suggests that the Working Group starts a study of the impacts of the current volcanic eruption in Iceland. They believe that the eruption can have huge economic and social impacts.

by NationTalk on April 26, 2010526 Views

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Regional climate change project

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April 23, 2010

BAYFIELD (CNB) – New Brunswick, the other Atlantic provinces and the federal government announced today joint funding of $8.2 million to help communities in this region adapt to climate change.

by NationTalk on April 26, 2010606 Views

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Update on Winter Road Conditions in the NWT

R(16)416 – Wednesday, April 21, 2010

With the closure for the season of the Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik Ice Roads on Tuesday, April 20, and the closure at noon today of the Liard Ice Crossing near Fort Simpson, there remain only two ice crossings still open in the NWT: the Peel River Ice Crossing near Fort McPherson and the Mackenzie River Ice Crossing near Tsiigehchic. Both are expected to close before the end of the coming weekend.

by NationTalk on April 23, 20101261 Views

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Governments Work Together to Address Climate Change

BAYFIELD, N.B. — The governments of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick today announced joint funding for Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions, a series of projects to help communities adapt to climate change. The three-year Regional Adaptation Collaborative is aimed at helping Canadians in the Atlantic provinces target local issues such as coastal erosion, flooding and groundwater resource management.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2010924 Views

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Green Budget Coalition opposes using budget process to weaken environmental protection laws

April 21, 2010

OTTAWA–The Green Budget Coalition (GBC), comprising 21 of Canada’s leading environmental and conservation organizations, today denounced the use of omnibus federal budget legislation to weaken Canada’s environmental protection laws. The 2010 budget bill, the Jobs and Economic Growth Act (Bill C-9), proposes weakening changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and regulations, one year after the 2009 Budget Implementation Act weakened the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA). Many of the proposed changes in Bill C-9 were not mentioned in the Speech from the Throne nor in the text of the 2010 Budget. However, they are now buried in the budget implementation bill and are therefore implicitly backed by the threat of an election.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2010572 Views

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Colourful events marking Earth Day highlight need to protect Boreal woodland caribou

April 21, 2010

OTTAWA – On the eve of Earth Day, human-sized herds are converging in downtown locations across Canada today to highlight the need to protect the iconic yet nationally threatened woodland caribou’s remaining habitat in Canada’s Boreal forests and wetlands.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010503 Views

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Protecting the Peace: DSF statement on B.C.’s Site C project

April 19, 2010
For Immediate Release

The B.C. government has announced its plan to proceed with the proposed Site C hydroelectric project, suggesting it will be a clean and renewable source of energy with significant economic benefits. Site C is located in B.C.’s Peace River valley, a major habitat corridor that is critical in maintaining the biodiversity of the valley and its surrounding regions. The David Suzuki Foundation believes the B.C. government must develop a comprehensive plan that accounts for the full range of values in the Peace region — including the ecological services provided by forests, agricultural fields and other ecosystems that will be impacted by this hydro-electric development — before the project can proceed.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010480 Views

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Wilderness Committee says no Dam Way to Site C Proposal

Monday, April 19, 2010

Following the announcement by the provincial government this morning that it will move forward with the Site C dam proposal in northeastern BC the Wilderness Committee voiced its opposition to the massive 900 megawatt hydroelectric project.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010563 Views

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Pembina Reacts: Site C dam announcement irresponsible

Released: Apr 19, 2010

Karen Campbell, Staff Counsel and Director of Strategy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the B.C. government’s plan to move forward with the Site C dam project:

“Until the right steps have been taken to ensure responsible development of clean electricity in this province, moving forward with the Site C dam will not be in the public interest of British Columbians.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010503 Views

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RBC Granfondo Whistler Donates $25,000 to 10 RBC Blue Water Projects

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

The RBC Grandfondo Whistler is a scenic bike trek that takes place on September 11, 2010. Riders will travel the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver, B.C. to Whistler, B.C., a picturesque journey through some of British Columbia’s most majestic and panoramic views, including Howe Sound, and the lakes and rivers along the route, in support of the Blue Water Project. RBC is using this event to challenge Canadians to build on our national pride while working to protect one of our greatest natural resources – water.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010768 Views

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T’Sou-ke Nation provides a glimpse into their sustainability journey!

4/19/2010

Are you interested in learning about how T’Sou-ke Nation is adapting to climate change? Then we’d invite you to check out Implementing Adaptive Capacity, an interactive webcast that follows T’Sou-ke Nation’s journey to sustainability.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010821 Views

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Wapikoni mobile: on the road again to meet the youths of Quebec’s twelve remote First Nations’ communities

Montreal, April 21 – On this 40th anniversary of Earth Day and for seven consecutive years, the Wapikoni mobile, travelling recording studio for audio visual and musical creation, is on the road again until November 12, 2010. Our studios will cover more than 10 thousand kilometers of asphalted and dirt roads: from Matimekush to Winneway, Uashat-Maliotenam to Kitcisakik, and Nutashquan to Opitciwan. Follow-ups and pictures: www.wapikoni.tv

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010545 Views

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U of C students in 2011 solar home competition

April 19, 2010

U of C students in 2011 solar home competition
Calgary team represents Canada in designing a net-zero First Nations home

A group of University of Calgary students will form the only Canadian team in the prestigious 2011 Solar Decathlon competition, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the national Renewable Energy Laboratory.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010565 Views

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Saskatchewan Ministry Of Environment Breaches FSIN Partnership Agreement

Thursday, 15 April 2010

(Saskatoon, SK) Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish is extremely disappointed with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment’s (MOE) decision to terminate funding related to an FSIN-MOE Partnership Agreement entered into 16 years ago. The FSIN is calling on Environment Minister Nancy Heppner to restore funding to the FSIN to continue the Partnership Agreement.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2010672 Views

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Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs Extremely Frustrated With British Columbia’s Decision to Move Forward With Site C

Fort St. John, British Columbia – April 19, 2010 – The Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs are outraged with British Columbia’s decision to give BC Hydro the green light to move forward to the Stage 3 regulatory phase of the Site C hydroelectric dam project.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2010809 Views

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Government of British Columbia: Province Announces Site C Clean Energy Project

Project to create 35,000 jobs, lasting benefits
Husdson’s Hope, British Columbia – April 19, 2010 –

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2010PREM0083-000436

April 19, 2010

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
BC Hydro

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES SITE C CLEAN ENERGY PROJECT

Project to create 35,000 jobs, lasting benefits

The B.C. government announced today that it will move forward with the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). The Site C project will be the third dam on the Peace River in northeast B.C., and will be a source of clean and renewable energy for over 100 years, producing enough electricity to power approximately 410,000 homes per year.

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Write Now To Save Nanoose Bay Forest!

The Nanoose Bay Forest known as “DL33” by the BC Goverment is 150 acres of some of the rarest forests on Vancouver Island. The tall 200-300 year Douglas-firs, the veteran red-cedars, and the sensitive wetlands all make this parcel of land very special.

The streams that run through Nanoose Forest are important tributaries to Nanoose Creek, which is spawning ground for wild coho and chum salmon. The wetlands throughout the forest are home to red-legged tree frogs, a threatened species. The biological diversity on this site cannot be replaced.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010501 Views

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EnerGuide for Houses Program Still Available in the NWT

April 15, 2010

The Government of the Northwest Territories will continue its program to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes despite the decision by the Government of Canada to close the federal ecoEnergy Retrofit Program for Homes to new participants.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010601 Views

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Tar Sands Tailings Leakage Subject of NAFTA Complaint

2010 April 14

Federal government failing to enforce fisheries law, submission alleges

Ottawa – A coalition of environmental organizations and citizens filed a citizens’ submission today with the environmental side-body of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The submission alleges that the Canadian government is failing to enforce the anti-pollution provisions of the federal Fisheries Act by allowing the tar sands tailings ponds to leak contaminated materials into both surface waters and groundwater in the Athabasca watershed.

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Groups Urge Toronto G20 Agenda to Include Climate Action

2010 April 16

As environment ministers prepare to gather in Washington, DC April 18-19 and finance ministers do the same April 23, U.S. and Canadian environmental groups called today for President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make climate change a priority on the G20 agenda in Toronto in June.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2010663 Views

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Ecotrust Canada and UBCIC Release Groundbreaking Book

In BC and around the world, development pressure on the land is intensifying. A new book will help Aboriginal communities lay better claims to rights and title, and help resolve disputes.

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This week, a coalition of BC First Nations made national news by voicing their opposition to Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. In the future, Living Proof – a new book launched this month by UBCIC and Ecotrust Canada – will help Aboriginal communities lay better claims to rights and title, and help resolve disputes.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2010807 Views

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Climate change negotiators agree on intensified UNFCCC negotiating schedule for 2010

(Bonn, 11 April 2010) The first round of UN climate change talks since the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen at the end of 2009 concluded Sunday in Bonn with agreement to intensify the negotiating schedule in order to achieve a strong outcome in Mexico at the end of the year.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2010560 Views

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Green Screens: Arctic Circle

When: Wednesday, May 5 2010, 7PM

Climate change is hitting the Arctic harder and faster than any other region on Earth. Although the North may seem remote from the population centres of the world, this is where the impact of human activity – sensitive ecosystems forever altered by climate change – is felt the most.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2010532 Views

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General Assembly of Inuit from Russia, USA, Canada and Greenland in Nuuk, Greenland to Address Issues of Critical Importance to the Future of the Circumpolar Arctic, and the place of the Arctic in the wider world

SHARING LIFE
MEDIA ADVISORY – April 9, 2010

Inuit leaders from Russia, Canada, the United States and Greenland convene this summer in Nuuk, Greenland for the 11th General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). Also attending will be political leaders from territorial and state governments in the circumpolar world and various Arctic Indigenous peoples including representatives of the Saami Council and the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North.

by NationTalk on April 13, 2010615 Views

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Sivunivut Community Based Climate Change Research

Posted Monday, 12 Apr 2010

Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation Inc. is pleased to announce that its application to the Climate Change and Health Adaptation in Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities Program of Health Canada has been approved. Our proposal, Traditional Knowledge: A Blueprint for Change, a partnership between Sivunivut Corporation and the Labrador Institute has been approved in the amount of $118,070.00.

by NationTalk on April 12, 2010591 Views

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Inuit knowledge helps science learn something new about Arctic weather

April 7, 2010

An Inuk living in the Canadian Arctic looks to the sky and using skills passed down through generations can tell by the way the wind scatters a cloud, whether a storm is on the horizon or if it’s safe to go on a hunt. Thousands of miles away in a lab tucked in the Rocky Mountains, scientists take data measurements and use computer models to predict weather. They are two practices serving the same purpose, living in separate worlds.

by NationTalk on April 12, 2010553 Views

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People across the province embrace renewable energy

Contracts for green electricity awarded to communities, First Nations

Toronto, April 8 – Contracts for green electricity awarded to community groups and First Nations show clearly that the people of Ontario support renewable energy. While opposition to wind turbines, bio-digesters and solar farms make the headlines, communities are forging ahead with projects that will produce hundreds of megawatts of power. In the latest procurement of renewable energy by the Ontario Power Authority, contracts under the province’s feed-in tariff program have been awarded to 36 community and Aboriginal groups.

by NationTalk on April 9, 2010616 Views

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Ontario Announces Historic Renewable Energy Investments

Nearly 2,500 megawatts of new renewable energy contracts position Ontario as a global green energy leader

Whitby, ON, April 8 – The Green Energy Act Alliance, a diverse coalition of Ontario groups committed to furthering green power, celebrated today as the McGuinty government announced nearly 2,500 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy projects. The news was the latest in a series of announcements related to the new feed-in-tariff program (FIT), which guarantees a stable price for renewable energy.

by NationTalk on April 9, 2010666 Views

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National Energy Board to Hear Final Argument on Mackenzie Gas Project

For immediate release
8 April 2010

Calgary – Participants in the Mackenzie Gas Project hearing will have their chance to persuade the National Energy Board (NEB) to approve or deny the project when final argument begins on 12 April 2010 in Yellowknife, NT.

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Ontario Becoming North American Green Energy Leader

April 8, 2010

694 Contracts For New Green Energy Projects To Create 20,000 Jobs

Soon, even more Ontario homes and businesses will be powered by green energy.

The Province has just delivered the largest green energy initiative of its kind in Canadian history. Under the Green Energy Act’s feed-in tariff program, 184 new contracts for big, green-energy projects have been approved. This is in addition to 510 medium-sized projects already announced. The contracts could generate more than 2,500 megawatts — enough electricity to power 600,000 homes.

by NationTalk on April 8, 20101496 Views

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Ontario announces 184 large-scale renewable energy projects

Toronto, April 8 – More Ontario homes and businesses will soon be powered by green energy with the awarding of contract offers for almost 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy announced today by Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid. These projects, approved under the province’s landmark Feed-in Tariff (FIT), are part of the largest green energy investment of its kind in Canadian history.

by NationTalk on April 8, 2010761 Views

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New Research Network Tackles Climate Change Adaptation

8 April 2010

UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies and Environmental Studies Program and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI) are helping to establish a research network to support climate change adaptation in coastal communities of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

by NationTalk on April 8, 2010577 Views

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Radical revamp of environmental reviews needed or mines and other major projects face costly delays, First Nations warn

Vancouver, April 8 – The provincial and federal governments are right to criticize the current environmental review processes, but misguided if they think the reviews can be streamlined without significant changes that address Aboriginal concerns, First Nations leaders said today.

by NationTalk on April 8, 2010663 Views

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NAN Declares State Of Emergency For Winter Roads Communities

April 6, 2010 – Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy together with other NAN leadership today declared a state of emergency for winter-road communities at the annual NAN Winter Chiefs Assembly taking place at the Travelodge Airlane in Thunder Bay. Beardy says the short winter season this year has posed a serious threat for some NAN communities.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2010538 Views

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Achieving objectives through unity

March 31, 2010 – Together Southern First Nations can accomplish their objectives through unity.

In November 2009, Chiefs at an SCO Summit passed a resolution calling on governments to conduct an independent environmental audit of the impacts resulting from Manitoba Hydro’s infrastructure and activities on southern First Nations lands and waterways.

by NationTalk on April 7, 2010533 Views

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The Taku is a “River to Watch” on the 2010 BC Endangered Rivers List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Taku’s placement as a ‘River to watch’ on the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC’s annual Endangered Rivers List is a distinction that many people in both BC and Alaska hope will never amount to anything.

The nearly two million hectare Taku watershed straddles the border between northwestern BC and Southeast Alaska. It is vast, intact and abundant wilderness region. The Taku River at the watershed’s heart is the third largest salmon producer in BC, hosting all five species of wild Pacific salmon in an intact wilderness watershed uncontaminated by sea lice, and not fragmented by roads and other industrial development.

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010700 Views

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Report Shows B.C.’s Commitment To Cleaning Up Crown Land

Victoria – The third Biennial Crown Land Restoration Program Report released today demonstrates that B.C. continues to lead by example by remediating and restoring Crown contaminated sites, announced Agriculture and Lands Minister Steve Thomson.

“Since 2001, the Province has committed more than $229 million to identify and clean up contaminated sites on Crown land in B.C., leading the way through our innovative programs,” said Thomson. “The Government of B.C. will continue the work to ensure the land under our care can be as productive and healthy as possible.”

by NationTalk on April 6, 2010627 Views

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Joint Review Panel says full suite of Mackenzie recommendations needed for responsible Northern development

Released: Mar 30, 2010

Yellowknife — Yesterday the Joint Review Panel (JRP) for the Mackenzie Gas Project reiterated its position that all 176 of its recommendations are needed for the Mackenzie Gas Project to make a positive contribution to the North, should the National Energy Board (NEB) approve it.

The JRP issued its statement in response to the NEB’s proposed modifications to the recommendations report the Joint Review Panel released in December 2009. The NEB failed to address approximately two-thirds of the recommendations, including those directed at governments. The NEB said some of the recommendations, such as the completion and approval of regional land use plans, fall outside its jurisdiction or outside the scope of the Mackenzie applications.

by NationTalk on April 1, 2010650 Views

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