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Aquaculture Licenses Approved

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2007AL0039-000991
Aug. 2, 2007

Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

VICTORIA – The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has issued two finfish and two shellfish aquaculture licences.

The two finfish licences have been issued to Marine Harvest and are located at Lime Point and adjacent Sheep Passage near the village of Klemtu on the central coast of B.C. In a separate statutory approval, the ministry approved the offering of two Crown land tenures to Kitasoo Aqua Farms Ltd. for these sites.

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071211 Views

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National Aboriginal Leaders Prepare for Frank Discussions with Canada’s Premiers

For Immediate Release Press Release Ottawa, ON (August 2, 2007) – Native Women’s Association of Canada President Beverley Jacobs is gathering with National Aboriginal Leaders in Moncton, New Brunswick next week for an important meeting with the Council of the Federation. An important dialogue on critical Aboriginal issues will take place at the Crown Plaza […]

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071208 Views

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More than $30.7 Million from Ontario Trillium Foundation in Support of 494 Community and Province-Wide Groups Across Ontario

Toronto, August 1, 2007 – Ontario’s Minister of Culture, Caroline Di Cocco, announced today that the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will award $30,730,000 in grants from its Community and Province-Wide programs to 494 not-for-profit organizations across Ontario. The grants will help these organizations make lasting contributions to Ontario communities through better programs and services.

“For 25 years the Ontario Trillium Foundation has strengthened communities by supporting the remarkable work of Ontario’s volunteer organizations,” said Minister Di Cocco. “OTF funding has enabled hundreds of new and other groups to grow stronger and has helped ensure that the diverse interests and needs of local residents are served in their communities.”

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071090 Views

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Board Members and Members of National Residential School Survivors’ Society

August1, 2007

Board Members and Members of National Residential School Survivors’ Society

Survivors are all aware of the toll that the Indian Residential School (IRS) can take on a community. The National Residential School Survivors Society (NRSSS) organized to assist survivors to handle the understanding of the agreements.

With your help and guidance as Survivors, this process will be a Survivor Driven, Survivor implemented organization to work collaboratively with Regional and local survivors groups.

This year we have scheduled the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for September 14 & 15, 2007 in Sault Ste. Marie and we would like to extend an invitation to survivors to attend. An agenda and electronic copy of the draft audit are available. Please note due to lack of funding and financial constraints to hold a AGM there will be no reimbursement for travel, accommodation or per diems.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at 705-942-9422 or 705-257-8761 (cell).

Sincerely,
Michael Cachagee, President

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071031 Views

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National Round Table Applauds Government of Canada’s Defence of Sustainable Use Principles

OTTAWA, Aug. 1 – Canadians are applauding the Government of Canada’s announcement that it will seek formal consultations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process to address Belgium’s ban on the importation of seal products.

“I believe the Belgian ban contravenes not only the rules of international trade established under the WTO but also the recommendations of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity,” said Bruce Williams, Chairman of the Fur Institute of Canada, a national round table of government, Aboriginal, conservation, animal welfare and trade interests. “This rejection of the sustainable use philosophy by Belgium absolutely must be addressed,” added Mr. Williams.

by NationTalk on August 2, 2007985 Views

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Minister Day Announces More than $1.4 Million in Funding to Support Seven Crime Prevention Projects in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–(Aug. 1, 2007) – Today the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety announced more than $1.4 million in funding for seven projects to help Atlantic Canadians make their communities safer.

“Canada’s New Government is serious about keeping our communities safe, which is why we are supporting crime prevention projects here and across Canada that truly demonstrate positive results for those who are most at risk,” said Minister Day. “Our investment of $1.4 million today will allow Atlantic communities to develop and implement projects that can best address their local priorities.”

by NationTalk on August 1, 2007883 Views

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Métis National Council’s Board of Governors appoints MNBC President Dumont MNC Interim President

OTTAWA, Aug. 1 – The Métis National Council (MNC) has appointed an Interim President from among its Board of Governors to fill the vacancy created by the expiry of the term of office of Clément Chartier. Bruce Dumont, President of the Métis Nation British Columbia, has been named Interim President until elections for MNC President […]

by NationTalk on August 1, 20073011 Views

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Canada To Request WTO Consultations On Belgium’s Ban On The Importation Of Seal Products

July 31, 2007
No. 102

The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will seek formal consultations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process to address Belgium’s ban on the importation and marketing of seal products.

“This government believes that the Belgian ban on the importation and marketing of seal products is a violation of Belgium’s international trade obligations under the WTO,” said Minister Emerson. “We will work with the European Union and Belgium to seek a positive resolution to this issue.”

by NationTalk on August 1, 20071083 Views

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Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce President Update

Jul 31 2007

NEWS UPDATE – ACC PRESIDENT POSITION

Dear ACC Members,

On behalf of the ACC Board of Directors this is to advise that effective July 18, 2007 Beverley Watson officially resigned as President of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. Beverley advised the Board that she is pursuing a new path as a media personality which will require her focused attention. We wish Beverley the best of luck in all her future endeavors.

by NationTalk on August 1, 20071122 Views

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Province Delivers Funds To Primrose Lake Communities Trust Fund

News Release – July 31, 2007

The provincial government today delivered $4.5 million to the Community Development Fund of four northwest communities affected years ago by the creation of the Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range.

The money fulfils the province’s commitment to the fund, which will be held in trust for the communities of Beauval, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Cole Bay and Jans Bay. The fund will enable the communities to pursue development opportunities and to capitalize on the North’s strong economic potential.

by NationTalk on July 31, 2007936 Views

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15th Annual NCP Results Workshop

On behalf of the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) Management Committee, this is to announce the 15th Annual NCP Results Workshop to be held October 2-4, 2007 at the following location:

Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Canmore 511 Bow Valley Trail, CANMORE, Alberta Tel: 403-609-5901 Room rate will be $110.00 per night The hotel is located approximately 1 hour from the Calgary airport and 15 minutes to Banff National Park.

by NationTalk on July 31, 20071252 Views

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First Nations Summit Congratulates the Huu-ay-aht First Nation on Their Vote to Support the Maa-Nulth Final Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JULY 30, 2007

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Summit congratulates the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, who voted last Saturday, with 90% of those voting, in favour of concluding a treaty with B.C. and Canada.

“As the First Nations Summit Chiefs have stated time and time again we come together in an atmosphere of respect and support the autonomy and decisions of each First Nation. In that spirit, we applaud the decision of the Huu-ay-aht people. However, we need to remember the four other First Nations at the Maa-Nulth table will vote later this year”, said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit’s political executive. “At the same time it remains clear that other First Nations negotiating with Canada and BC do not see these ratified agreements as templates for their agreements and are demanding changes to the mandates of Canada and BC. The First Nations Summit continues to work closely with these First Nations as well.”

by NationTalk on July 31, 2007853 Views

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NWAC Logo Design Contest

The Native Women’s Association of Canada is hosting a logo design contest for its Health Unit. The Health Unit enhances and promotes the well being of Aboriginal women through various health initiatives. The logo should convey and reflect the concept of Aboriginal women’s mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health. The contest will run until September […]

by NationTalk on July 31, 20071740 Views

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Moving Forward On Province’s Treaty Land Entitlement Commitment: Ministers

July 31, 2007
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Land Transferred to Canada for Six First Nations

Manitoba has completed the transfer to Canada of over 300,000 acres of land under treaty land entitlement agreements, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin and Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

A total of 113,781 acres of provincial land has recently been transferred to Canada for the Bunibonibee, Manto Sipi, Mathias Colomb and Sapotaweyak Cree Nations, and the Long Plain and Gods Lake First Nations.

by NationTalk on July 31, 20071151 Views

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Canada and the Dene Tha’ Reach A Settlement Agreement Regarding the Mackenzie Gas Project

Vancouver – July 30, 2007

Canada and the Dene Tha’ reach a Settlement Agreement regarding the Mackenzie Gas Project

Kevin O’Callaghan, Katey Grist and Laura Baron (Student), Vancouver

On July 23, 2007, the federal government and the Dene Tha’ First Nation (“Dene Tha’”) announced a Settlement Agreement regarding the Mackenzie Gas Project (“MGP”) and Connecting Facilities (the “Agreement”) in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The Agreement involves $25-million in payments to the Dene Tha’, the majority of which will be paid during the construction of the MGP.

The MGP, expected to cost over $16-billion, contemplates the creation of a pipeline corridor originating in Inuvik in the far north of the Northwest Territories and terminating 15 metres south of the Northwest Territories-Alberta border. The pipeline is a joint venture between Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, Conoco Phillips, ExxonMobil and the Aboriginal Pipeline Group.

by NationTalk on July 31, 20072501 Views

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Tsawwassen First Nation makes BC History; Votes ‘Yes’ To Ratify Province’s First Urban Treaty

TSAWWASSEN FIRST NATION
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2007

TSAWWASSEN, July 25 – In a historic vote held here today, members of the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) voted “yes” to ratify British Columbia’s first urban treaty.

Of 187 registered voters, 130 voted in favour (about seventy per cent). Ratification required a positive endorsement of 50 per cent plus one of TFN members on the official voters list. The poll on the Tsawwassen reserve closed at 8 p.m.

by NationTalk on July 31, 20071358 Views

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Huu-ay-aht offers Overwhelming Support for their Final Treaty Agreement

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2007

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, July 29, 2007) “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs acknowledges the overwhelming support garnered by the Huu-ay-aht Final Treaty Agreement. We also recognize the Huu-ay-aht vote only represents 1/5 of the ratification vote for the Maa-nulth Treaty Agreement. Four other communities involved in the Maa-nulth Agreement must also ratify the agreement for it to pass” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

Grand Chief Phillip continued “In spite of these circumstances, however, the UBCIC continues to maintain its position that the BC Treaty process is a fundamentally flawed process by virtue of the fact it is anchored to the 1986 Comprehensive Claims Policy which does not measure up to the legal standards set by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Delgamuuk’w, Haida and Taku River Tlingit decisions.”

by NationTalk on July 31, 20071198 Views

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Call for Proposals for Nearly $3 Million in Funding to Community Non-Profit Organizations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(July 30, 2007) – Community non-profit organizations across the country will benefit from nearly $3 million in new funding. A call for proposals was announced by Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Canadians,” said Minister Solberg. “Community non-profit organizations employ two million people and involve 12 million as volunteers. By supporting community groups, we recognize their important role in making a better and stronger Canada.”

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071225 Views

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Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations Endorse Maa-Nulth Treaty

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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July 29, 2007

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VICTORIA – The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have voted to approve the Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement, bringing the west coast of Vancouver Island area one step closer to a final treaty, Premier Gordon Campbell said today.

“Years of hard work at the treaty table have brought the Huu-ay-aht First Nations to this historic day,” said Premier Campbell. “I want to congratulate Chief Councillor Robert Dennis and the Huu-ay-aht community for their commitment, leadership and determination in taking this important step towards a final treaty.”

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071076 Views

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Huu-ay-aht First Nations Overwhelmingly Approve Treaty

FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE
July 29th, 2007

Port Alberni – The Huu-ay-aht First Nations voted 90% in favour of the Maa-nulth Treaty in Saturday’s vote on a treaty initialled last December 2006 by Maa-nulth First Nations, British Columbia and Canada.

Of the 303 eligible Huu-ay-aht voters who voted, 272 voted to approve a treaty granting the Huu-ay-aht self-government, land, and cash as well as access to fisheries, forestry and other economic opportunities valued at $ 145 million. Huu-ay-aht voters also approved the transfer of Band assets to the new Huu-ayaht government.

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071048 Views

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Memorandum of Agreement and Understanding Between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada as Represented by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Minister of Health (“Canada”) and the Kashechewan First Nation

Signed at: Ottawa, Ontario
July 30, 2007

Preamble:

The Kashechewan First Nation is currently facing a number of challenges that are adversely affecting the wellbeing of community residents. On three occasions over the past four years residents of the community have been evacuated due to flooding and water quality concerns. High rates of unemployment, overcrowded housing, and a lack of critical infrastructure have created a concern for the long term viability of the community.

The Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Chief and Council of Kashechewan have recently agreed that the most feasible solution for the community’s challenges involves redeveloping the current location. Kashechewan leadership is dedicated to developing a sustainable long-term solution to the challenges facing the community and Canada (as represented by the Minister of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Minister of Health) is committed to helping Kashechewan achieve this goal.

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071241 Views

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Canada’s New Government Signs Agreement with Kashechewan First Nation to Redevelop Community

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OTTAWA, ON (July 30, 2007) – Canada’s New Government today signed an agreement with Kashechewan First Nation to redevelop a healthy and sustainable community in its present location.

The agreement was signed by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non Status Indians, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and Chief Jonathon Solomon of the Kashechewan First Nation.

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071481 Views

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Huu-ay-aht offers Overwhelming Support for their Final Treaty Agreement

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VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(July 29, 2007) – “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs acknowledges the overwhelming support garnered by the Huu-ay-aht Final Treaty Agreement. We also recognize the Huu-ay-aht vote only represents 1/5 of the ratification vote for the Maa-nulth Treaty Agreement. Four other communities involved in the Maa-nulth Agreement must also ratify the agreement for it to pass” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071084 Views

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Media Advisory

OTTAWA, July 29 – Please be advised that the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis will be available to the media with Chief Jonathon Solomon and council members of Kashechewan First Nation on Monday, July 30.

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For further information: Bill Rogers, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002/(613) 222-3612

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071096 Views

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Montague Confident Major Wind Developer Will Strengthen Height of Land Project

Friday, 27 Jul 2007

The sale of Ventus Energy Inc. to the world’s sixth largest power producer is good news for the proposed Height of Land Wind Park near Churchill Falls, says Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague.

“We are delighted with this transaction,” says Mr. Montague. “Not only does it make our proposal stronger, it signals a great opportunity to open lines of communication with the provincial government.”

by NationTalk on July 29, 20072671 Views

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Hip-Hop for Social Justice

Hip Hop schoolin’ and production workshops Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 East Hastings August 7-9 | 2PM – 6 PM

Facilitated by Sara Kendall , Rupinder Sidhu
With guests, JB the First Lady and Skeena Reece

Interfaith Summer Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements, SFU

*Write and Record, Make Beats, and Learn About Hip Hop History*

This three-day, intensive Hip-Hop workshop offer heart-centered community building and personal empowerment through Hip-Hop media. The group will be guided through rhyme writing, group song, dance and cultural dialogue. Facilitators will guide the group of participants through a self-generated process of performance creation.

by NationTalk on July 29, 20071249 Views

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World’s Largest Stormwater Pollution Prevention Conference

Lennar Homes, USEPA, Bechtel, and Clinton Foundation Find Solutions at StormCon

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(July 27, 2007) – Every community is locked in a battle with stormwater, the runoff from roofs, sidewalks, driveways, and roads that contains heavy metals, oil, fertilizer, pet poop, pesticides, debris, and plastic bottles and turns storm drains into the largest source of water pollution. Public officials, engineers, compliance officers, and construction and industry professionals will gain solutions to stormwater pollution at the sixth annual StormCon, the world’s largest stormwater conference, August 20-23, 2007, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel in Phoenix, AZ. For more information, to register online, or to download the conference program visit www.StormCon.com.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2007983 Views

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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Please speak out!

Released July 28th, 2008

NationTalk interviews Bob Dickson, Vice President of CESO.
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by NationTalk on July 29, 2007817 Views

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VIA Rail Reacts to HBR Derailment in Northern Manitoba

For immediate distribution – Friday, July 27, 2007

In a statement released this evening VIA president and chief executive officer Paul Côte, in reacting to the latest derailment of a freight train on the HBR line between Thompson and The Pas, decried the unacceptable performance of the Hudson Bay Railway Company saying that the latest derailment “has called into serious question the ability of this company to provide safe and reliable passage to our trains.”

by NationTalk on July 29, 20071101 Views

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NWAC Pleased to Meet with Premiers at the Council of the Federation Meeting

Moncton, New Brunswick — August 8, 2007 Aborginal Affairs Secretariat Meeting between premiers and national Aboriginal leaders (07/06/04) NB 705 June 4, 2007 FREDERICTON (CNB) Premiers and national Aboriginal leaders have been invited to meet in Moncton on Wednesday, Aug. 8 on a number of topics, Premier Shawn Graham announced today. The meeting will be […]

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007984 Views

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Meadow Lake Receives nearly $2 Million From the Building Communities Program

News Release – July 27, 2007

Young people, families and other residents of the Meadow Lake area will soon have access to increased recreational activities through a $1,911,874 Building Communities Program investment from the province to the new Meadow Lake Multi Use Facility.

“The Town of Meadow Lake and surrounding area is a vibrant and growing community,” Premier Lorne Calvert said. “This investment will help ensure that the recreational needs of residents will be met, now and into the future. It is one more way in which we are making Saskatchewan a great place for people to live, work and raise a family.”

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007960 Views

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First Nations Summit Congratulates Tsawwassen First Nation on Historic Vote

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 26, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/ Vancouver – The First Nations Summit congratulates the Tsawwassen First Nation on its vote to finalize an agreement with Canada and British Columbia that reconciles its Aboriginal title and rights with those of the Crow

“The Tsawwassen First Nation has made a courageous decision to accept a final agreement,” said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the political executive of the First Nations Summit. “The Tsawwassen leadership should be congratulated for having their long years of hard work ratified” said John.

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071130 Views

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The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is Pleased to Announce the MNBC Regional Governance Training Meetings from August – October 2007

The Regional Governance Training Meetings are the second step the MNBC leadership committed to completing at the recent Métis Nation Governing Assembly in March 2007. The objective of this training is to support the Métis Chartered Communities in British Columbia by providing a complete overview of governance and financial administration to support Métis community increased awareness and capacity.

Regional Session Schedule

Thompson/Okanagan Region – August 25th-26th
Location: Executive Inn
540 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC

Kootenay Region – September 8th-9th
Location: Prestige Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre
701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson BC

Lower Mainland Region – September 15th-16th
Location: To be announced
(Vancouver, BC)

North Central Region – September 29th-30th
Location: To be announced
(Quesnel, BC)

Northwest Region – October 6th-7th
Location: To be announced
(Terrace, BC)

Northeast Region – October 13th-14th
Location: To be announced
(Fort St. John, BC)

Vancouver Island – October 20th-21st
Location: To be announced
(Victoria, BC)

>>View Regional Governance Training Sessions Schedule and Draft Agenda (PDF)

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071072 Views

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Northwest Communities To Benefit From Highway Improvements

News Release – July 27, 2007

The Province is spending more than $6.3 million this construction season on road improvements in the Beauval, Ile-a-la-Crosse, and Patuanak areas of northwest Saskatchewan to improve access and opportunities for northern families. The work is part of the Roads to Prosperity program – the Northern Economic Infrastructure Strategy known as NEIS.

“With NEIS, we’re improving existing roads and building new ones to help connect northern communities with the broader provincial transportation network,” Highways and Transportation Minister Buckley Belanger said. “As part of the strategy, we’re partnering with industry and other levels of government to help build capacity in the North beyond one-time construction projects.”

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007995 Views

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Statement by the New Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

TORONTO, July 26 – Ontario has been built by immigrants from around the world along with our Aboriginal peoples to give us a society that is truly the envy of the world.

Our diversity does more than enrich our neighbourhoods and communities – it strengthens our economy.

Ontario is home to people who speak every language and have family and friends in every part of the world, which is a real asset in an integrated and globally competitive economy.

In my efforts as Ontario’s new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, I will continue to work hard to create a strong Ontario and ensure that all Ontarians have every opportunity to succeed.

Gerry Phillips
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Disponible en français
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For further information: Paul De Zara, Minister’s Office, (416)
327-3072

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007877 Views

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Minister Docherty Attends Status Of Women Federal/Provincial/Territorial Meeting

Thursday, July 26, 2007
For immediate release

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI
Prince Edward Island’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Honourable Valerie Docherty, recently attended the 26th annual Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) meeting in Nunavut. This meeting was the Minister’s first opportunity to further Government’s work on promoting women’s economic security, safety and equality.

Since their first meeting in 1981, Ministers have met annually to examine ways to improve the status of Canadian women and to exchange information on issues such as economic security, family violence and human rights.

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071045 Views

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Stó:lô Celebrate Assisted Living Housing For Elders

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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July 26, 2007

Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister responsible for Housing
Fraser Health Authority
Stó:lô Nation

CHILLIWACK – The Province of B.C., the Stó:lô Nation, the City of Chilliwack and the Fraser Health Authority gathered today to celebrate the official opening of Stó:lô Elders Lodge – 15 new assisted living units for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“The Province is proud to be a partner in this culturally unique development, providing housing and care options for seniors in Aboriginal communities,” said John Les, MLA for Chilliwack-Sumas. “By providing $5 million toward the Stó:lô Elders Lodge, the Province is helping seniors remain in their own community as they age, in an environment that respects their cultural heritage.”

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Canada’s New Government Recognizes Demasduit as a Person of National Historic Significance

BOTWOOD, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, July 26, 2007 — On behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador today announced the unveiling of a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating Demasduit. As one of the last known Beothuk, the plaque will commemorate the contribution Demasduit made in preserving the language of the Beothuk, a Newfoundland-based First Nation.

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071070 Views

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Province And Squamish Nation Reach Land-use Agreement

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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July 26, 2007

Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

VICTORIA – New land-use decisions in partnership with the Squamish Nation will protect cultural areas through the establishment of new conservancies and create a framework for collaborative and sustainable land management, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.

“We have been working on a government-to-government basis with the Squamish Nation for almost two years to develop a common vision for land use in their traditional territories,” said Bell. “Today we are signing an agreement to protect key First Nations interests as well as to clearly establish certainty principles for the natural resource sectors in the plan area.”

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071028 Views

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Hydro Begins Further Field Investigation Work for the Lower Churchill Project

July 26, 2007 Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) announced today that in order to prepare for future activities leading to project sanction, it has begun preliminary engineering field work at both the Gull Island and Muskrat Falls project sites as well as along the potential transmission routes. This field activity is expected to continue until November.

“Hydro has begun surveying and exploration around the site areas,” said Ed Martin, President and CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. “This preliminary work will assist the internal Hydro team in gathering information for the environmental assessment and in completing the optimization, and engineering studies necessary to prepare for future front end engineering and design (FEED) work expected to begin in 2008.”

by NationTalk on July 26, 20071099 Views

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Premier Congratulates Tsawwassen First Nation On Landmark Treaty Vote

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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July 25, 2007

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Tsawwassen First Nation

TSAWWASSEN – Premier Gordon Campbell congratulated the Tsawwassen First Nation for ratifying the first modern day treaty negotiated under the British Columbia treaty process.

“Chief Kim Baird and the entire Tsawwassen First Nation have shown tremendous leadership by taking this historic step forward and ratifying the Final Agreement,” said Premier Campbell. “Tsawwassen First Nation members have worked hard to ensure that the terms of the Final Agreement will help build a brighter future for their community. I commend them and the federal government for the leadership and commitment they are demonstrating by moving this agreement forward.”

by NationTalk on July 26, 2007975 Views

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Tsawwassen Ratification Vote

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OTTAWA (July 26, 2007) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

“I want to extend my congratulations to Tsawwassen members, Chief Kim Baird and other community leaders on this new beginning. In voting to ratify the Final Agreement, members of the Tsawwassen First Nation have taken a giant step toward a more secure and prosperous future.

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$24.4 Million Worth Of Major Highway, Bridge Improvements In Battlefords/Lloydminster Area

News Release – July 26, 2007

Premier Lorne Calvert and Highways and Transportation Minister Buckley Belanger were in North Battleford today to inform local officials and residents about $24.4 million worth of major highway and bridge improvements in the area.

“We are making unprecedented investments in projects to support our growing and dynamic economy,” Calvert said. “We’re helping make Saskatchewan the best place for families today, and building an even stronger future here for our young people.

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Tsawwassen Final Agreement: One Treaty, 202 to Go!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(July 26, 2007) – “Clearly, the ratification of the Tsawwassen Final Agreement is not a victory for the BC Treaty Process. At the end of the day, we are still left with a fundamentally flawed treaty process that is driven by the outdated 1986 Federal Comprehensive Claims Policy which has been rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

“Given the glaring deficiencies of the Comprehensive Claims Policy, the Tsawwassen ratification vote will not trigger a stampede to the negotiating tables on the part of other First Nations involved in the BC Treaty Process” said Grand Chief Phillip. “Moreover, to-date four lawsuits have been filed directly challenging the boundary claims of the First Nations, including the Tsawwassen First Nation, who are attempting to finalize their agreements. After 14 years and a billion dollars later, the BCTC has limped past its first treaty ratification vote.”

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Statement – Tsawwassen Ratification Vote

OTTAWA, July 26 – The following statement was released by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

“I want to extend my congratulations to Tsawwassen members, Chief Kim Baird and other community leaders on this new beginning. In voting to ratify the Final Agreement, members of the Tsawwassen First Nation have taken a giant step toward a more secure and prosperous future.

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Canadians Call for Action on Aboriginal Issues

Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research
July 26, 2007

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Canada believe their federal administration should act on pending Aboriginal concerns, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 71 per cent of respondents believe the government should speed-up existing Aboriginal land claims disputes, and 64 per cent want Ottawa to do more to deal with poverty in Aboriginal communities.

According to the 2001 census, more than 900,000 Aboriginal persons inhabit Canada. In the 1990s, the Canadian government established the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples to assess the success or failure of past policies and develop recommendations for future programs and projects. Nunavut and the Northwest Territories give official status to Aboriginal languages.

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Canada’s New Government And The Saskatchewan Government Fund First Nation Diamond Exploration Liaison Office

News Release – July 25, 2007

Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis in the Prince Albert area will have a new resource to fully access benefits from the diamond exploration industry, thanks to a $200,000 investment from Canada’s New Government and the Government of Saskatchewan for an exploration liaison office in Prince Albert.

The office, operated by the Fort à la Corne Development Corporation (FCDC), a First Nations development company run by the James Smith Cree Nation (JSCN), is staffed by a full-time economic development officer who will focus on increasing First Nations participation in this resource sector.

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Media Advisory: Human Resources and Social Development Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(July 25, 2007) – The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Regional Minister for Manitoba, will announce funding for a literacy project in partnership with the National Indigenous Literacy Association. Minister Toews will make the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, in Winnipeg on July 26.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

Minister Toews will be available to respond to questions from the media following the announcement.

DATE: Thursday, July 26, 2007
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
PLACE: Rotunda of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg 181 Higgins Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba

For more information, please contact

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Media Relations Office
819-994-5559

or

Office of Minister Solberg
Pema Lhalungpa
Press Secretary
819-994-2482

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$5.4M For New Aboriginal Housing In Williams Lake

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007OTP0105-000955
July 25, 2007

Office of the Premier

WILLIAMS LAKE – Local Aboriginal women, youth and elders will benefit from 36 new local housing units funded through the Province’s Aboriginal Housing Initiative (AHI), Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

“Our provincial housing strategy recognizes a disproportionate number of off-reserve Aboriginal people are homeless, and new, affordable housing will help,” said Campbell. “Today, we’ve announced funding for nearly 300 Aboriginal off-reserve housing units across the province, and more than 10 per cent will be built in Williams Lake to help meet local needs.”

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Overview Of 2007 Salmon Integrated Fisheries Management Plans

July 2007

Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs) for salmon in the north and south coast of British Columbia are prepared annually to identify the anticipated fishing opportunities and constraints for the coming season. The IFMPs are developed based on a scientific analysis of environmental conditions, stock assessments and stakeholder input.

A range of groups provided input on the 2007 draft IFMPs, including recreational and commercial harvesters, First Nations, and environmental organizations. Extensive consultations were conducted both individually and collectively with the sectors involved in the Integrated Harvest Planning Committee.

The B.C. IFMPs provide a range of fishing opportunities for all fishing sectors, while outlining initiatives to protect weaker stocks such as Cultus Lake sockeye, West Coast Vancouver Island chinook, Lower Georgia Strait chinook, and Interior Fraser coho. Overall, good fishing opportunities with average catches are anticipated coastwide, however, in the south coast, the need to conserve weak stocks will constrain opportunities to harvest more abundant stocks with similar run timings.

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