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Nakusp offers free house to doctor willing to work there‎ – The Province

Nakusp offers free house to doctor willing to work there

By Erin Perkins, Canadian Press July 2, 2012

NAKUSP, B.C. – The threat of a closed emergency room and fierce competition for doctors has led the village of Nakusp, B.C., to buy a house so a physician facing 10 job offers can live there with his family.

The idea came from the Arrow Lakes Hospital Auxiliary and the local hospital foundation after a resident left them an undisclosed amount of money in a will.

“We thought if we were to offer housing it might help attract a doctor to our community and it did help,” said Ulli Mueller, foundation director and member of the housing committee that formed a corporation to buy the four-bedroom house for $280,000.

The community partially furnished a bedroom, dining room and living room so the young couple doesn’t have to move everything in until they have decided to stay.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/health/Nakusp+offers+free+house+doctor+willing+work+there/6872640/story.html#ixzz1zX1xtC00

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Analysis: Can Canada fix the UN, and should it even try? – National Post

Analysis: Can Canada fix the UN, and should it even try?

Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News Jul 2, 2012

OTTAWA — Conservative backbench MP Larry Miller was already upset when a high-ranking United Nations food official recently came to Canada and harangued Canadians over their “self-righteous” attitude.

But when, soon after, a UN committee blasted the federal government’s policy of deporting alleged war criminals, Miller decided “it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

His subsequent call for the Conservative government to review this country’s membership in the UN sparked an instant reaction, with some wondering aloud whether Canada would be better off leaving the world organization altogether.

So, would it?

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/02/analysis-can-canada-fix-the-un-and-should-it-even-try/

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Find a way to get started‎ – The Chronicle Journal

Find a way to get started

Monday, July 2, 2012

THE BIGGEST development in Ontario — and potential salvation of the troubled northern economy — is facing a new set of challenges from First Nations leaders. They are issuing an eviction notice to all mining companies with operations in the Ring of Fire mineral deposit. And they are suing the province for unpaid royalties on former development projects in the North.

There is so much at stake, and so much opportunity to uplift lives on and off reserves, that it would be a shame to let the development bog down if there are ways to make it happen in good time.

First, can we get a definitive statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty, who have discussed the development, on why a lesser study for environmental assessment is sufficient for the project rather than a more comprehensive joint review panel? This approach fits with the federal government’s new policy push to lessen environmental oversight on large energy projects, but is it the right decision? Does McGuinty agree with it?

Read more: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/editorial/daily_editorial/2012-07-02/find-way-get-started

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Former NHLer hopes to put young Aboriginal athletes on the right track‎ – Edmonton Journal

Former NHLer hopes to put young Aboriginal athletes on the right track

BY MICHAEL GREGORY, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM JULY 2, 2012

EDMONTON – More than 100 Aboriginal youth from across the province will lace up their skates Wednesday for a three-day sports camp where they will receive on-ice hockey coaching, swimming and dry-land instruction.

Former NHL player Brantt Myhres started bringing the Greater Strides hockey program into Aboriginal communities 18 months ago, and his long-term vision is to build a school that will house the top 50 Aboriginal student athletes in Canada.

The hockey campers will gather at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove to hear talks from First Nations elders and former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Former+NHLer+hopes+young+Aboriginal+athletes+right+track/6873590/story.html

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Tories slash funding for young offenders by 20 per cent – Hamilton Spectator

Tories slash funding for young offenders by 20 per cent

Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star Mon Jul 02 2012

OTTAWA The Conservative government has slashed 20 per cent of federal funding for youth justice programs in Canada, cutting $35.6 million used to supervise and rehabilitate young offenders, the Star has learned.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson made no mention of the drastic cut Wednesday in a news release that trumpeted “continued support” for the Youth Justice Services Funding Program.

It is a key federal initiative that has directly transferred money to provinces and territories to deliver services to troubled youth ever since the original Young Offenders Act was passed in 1985.

Read more: http://www.thespec.com/news/canada/article/753510–tories-slash-funding-for-young-offenders-by-20-per-cent

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THE WRONG CALL – Winnipeg Free Press

THE WRONG CALL

Demands for an inquiry into cases of slain and missing women are misplaced

By: Dan Lett
Posted: 07/1/2012

When Shawn Lamb was charged this week in Winnipeg with the unsolved slayings of three aboriginal women, I couldn’t help thinking of Amber Redman.

I learned of Redman’s case while writing an article a few years ago for Chatelaine on the epidemic of unsolved slayings and disappearances of aboriginal women. A member of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, north of Regina, Redman, 19, disappeared in July 2005 from the parking lot of the Trapper’s Bar in nearby Fort Qu’Appelle. For more than three years, her disappearance confounded police, devastated her family and infuriated her community, many of whom believed police simply weren’t trying hard enough to find her because she was aboriginal.

In May 2008, RCMP arrested Albert Bellegarde, a member of the Little Black Bear First Nation 70 kilometres northeast of Fort Qu’Appelle. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Although the conviction brought closure to Redman’s family, there were still lingering concerns.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/the-wrong-call-160935025.html

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Canadians think government is too generous with aboriginals: poll‎ – Vancouver Sun

Canadians think government is too generous with aboriginals: poll

By Teresa Smith, Postmedia News June 30, 2012

Canadians are frustrated with what they see as an endless flow of cash from federal coffers to Aboriginal People — with little to no results — according to an Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by Postmedia News.

On average, 64 per cent of those asked agreed with the statement “Canada’s Aboriginal People’s receive too much support from Canadian taxpayers.” But attitudes vary across regions. The numbers who thought this were highest in Alberta and British Columbia (79 per cent and 74 per cent respectively), but lowest in Ontario and Atlantic Canada (55 per cent and 59 per cent respectively).

As well, 66 per cent – two-thirds – agreed that “Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples are treated well by the Canadian government.”

Read more: http://www.canada.com/business/Canadians+think+government+generous+with+aboriginals+poll/6867923/story.html#ixzz1zWwfVO43

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Facts about Shawn Atleo, running for re-election at aboriginal group‎ – Montreal Gazette

Facts about Shawn Atleo, running for re-election at aboriginal group

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS JULY 1, 2012

Shawn Atleo wants First Nations chiefs from the across the country to elect him for a second term as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Some facts about Atleo:

Age: 45.

Family: Married to Nancy for 26 years. Two grown children, Tyson and Tara.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Facts+about+Shawn+Atleo+running+reelection+aboriginal+group/6869155/story.html#ixzz1zWwH6c4n

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Aboriginal students benefit from public school dedicated to their …‎ insideTORONTO.com

Aboriginal students benefit from public school dedicated to their culture but still failing as they get older

GARY HILSON|Jul 02, 2012

Lisa Zwicker is proud of her school and beams when she talks about the activities scheduled for First Nations Junior and Senior School of Toronto’s third annual pow wow.
As principal, she’s one of many staff, students and community members who took part in the flag raising, prayers and dances at the school Tuesday.

This year’s theme was “Honoring Our 7 Grandfather Teachings” and began with the grand entry that encompassed flag carriers, veterans, the Toronto Police Service’s Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit, elders and traditional dancers. Past students and teachers were also on hand.

The school serves Aboriginal students whose parents want their children to be connected to their culture and their history, said Zwicker, but it does more than just teach.

Read more: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/local/article/1384940–aboriginal-students-benefit-from-public-school-dedicated-to-their-culture-but-still-failing-as-they-get-older

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Canoe Lake Chief protests ‘atrocious and hazardous’ road conditions‎ – Meadow Lake Progress

Canoe Lake Chief protests ‘atrocious and hazardous’ road conditions

By Richard McGuire

Canoe Lake Cree First Nation has launched a strong protest about the “atrocious and hazardous driving conditions” of roads in their area.

Chief Robert Opikokew wrote to Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter Monday on behalf of the band’s council and members.

Opikokew also warned that if the issue of hazardous goods passing through the First Nation isn’t addressed, “it is quite possible that matters will be taken out of our hands and dealt with in a more direct and confrontational manner by the general populace.”

Read more: http://www.meadowlakeprogress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3590756

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South East Scarborough Pow Wow at Eastview school‎ – insideTORONTO.com

South East Scarborough Pow Wow at Eastview school

Jun 29, 2012

South East Scarborough Pow Wow started as a small gathering and grew into a roaring success.

Around 1,000 people are expected this Friday, June 29, at Eastview Junior Public School for an annual day-long reconnection with their shared aboriginal heritage.

Some will come long distances to the school on Waldock Street east of Galloway Road, but local support is crucial for the pow wow.

“Without the community, it wouldn’t run,” Shane Cameron, pow wow committee chairperson and a founder of the five-year-old event, said this week.

Read more: http://www.insidetoronto.com/what’s%20on/article/1384655–south-east-scarborough-pow-wow-at-eastview-school

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Federal cutbacks threat to future generation‎ – StarPhoenix

Federal cutbacks threat to future generation

BY DOUG CUTHAND, SPECIAL TO THE STARPHEONIX JUNE 29, 2012

The word from the federal government is austerity, but in reality it is a case of creating a crisis and solving it by cutting public programs and services. It is an excellent opportunity for the libertarian Harper government to ditch previous public initiatives and scale back the size of government.

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is delivering budget changes by stealth. Little by little the funding is being cut – a program here, a program there. On the eve of Aboriginal Day the government silently cut the funding for the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth program.

This $22 million CCAY program, which was developed in response to the high rates of youth suicide, gang activity and high school dropouts, was widely used by Native friendship centres across Canada. It was a very good program that provided value for money. With the program gone many friendship centres have been hollowed out, and their programming and relevance with youth has suffered.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Federal+cutbacks+threat+future+generation/6858948/story.html#ixzz1zCPuk3UP

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Sinobert gets life – Sudbury Star

Sinobert gets life

By Harold Carmichael, Sudbury Star
Friday, June 29, 2012

A Sudbury prosecutor says she hopes Wanda Taylor’s brutal slaying will spur other aboriginal women to get the help they need to escape domestic violence.

Assistant Crown attorney Kara Vakiparta made the comments outside a Sudbury courtroom Thursday, moments after Taylor’s boyfriend, Charles Edward Sinobert, was sentenced to life in jail for her murder two years ago. Sinobert can apply for parole in 17 years.

“Aboriginal women are so victimized in our society,” Vakiparta said. “This (trial) showcased they are often the victims of domestic violence. Hopefully, other aboriginal women will learn from this case or learn of the resources available to them to get help.

“We have a domestic violence prevention program that will provide support for them so they can avoid a tragic outcome like Wanda Taylor’s, so her death isn’t in vain.”

Read more: http://www.thesudburystar.com/2012/06/29/sinobert-gets-life

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Pipeline expansion forum packs local church‎ – Burnaby Now

Pipeline expansion forum packs local church

BY JENNIFER MOREAU, BURNABY NOW JUNE 29, 2012

It was a full house at St. Timothy Anglican Church on Wednesday evening, as residents packed the building for Burnaby’s first public forum on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

The panel featured representatives from Chevron, Kinder Morgan and the TsleilWaututh First Nation, with Mayor Derek Corrigan and local MP Kennedy Stewart.

The meeting was not part of Kinder Morgan’s official public consultation process; the church organized it because congregation members have property close to the existing pipeline.

Read more: http://www.burnabynow.com/Pipeline+expansion+forum+packs+local+church/6859652/story.html#ixzz1zCP5trUV

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Reserve joins water fight against city‎ – Winnipeg Sun

Reserve joins water fight against city 26

BY DEAN PRITCHARD ,WINNIPEG SUN
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

Shoal Lake #40 First Nation is joining forces with Iskatewizaagegan First Nation (also known as Shoal Lake #39) in a fight over Winnipeg water revenues.

Shoal Lake #39 is seeking an order requiring the City of Winnipeg to enter consultations with the first nation before it moves ahead with plans to sell water services to neighboring municipalities.

The matter returns to court July 5, at which time Shoal Lake #40 will request it be added as a party or intervener.

Read more: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/06/28/reserve-joins-water-fight-against-city

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Accused Winnipeg serial killer Shawn Lamb denies links to dozens …‎ – National Post

Accused Winnipeg serial killer Shawn Lamb denies links to dozens of other unsolved murders

Mike McIntyre, Winnipeg Free Press Jun 29, 2012

WINNIPEG — Accused serial killer Shawn Lamb says he hopes the killers of dozens of women in Manitoba are caught.

“It’s a sad thing for the victims and their loved ones,” Lamb said in an exclusive, 20-minute interview with the Winnipeg Free Press on Thursday.

“There are so many questions.”

Lamb, 52, was charged earlier this week with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of three Winnipeg women.

Police discovered the body of Lorna Blacksmith, 18, in a yard on Simcoe Street last Thursday. She died in January.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/29/accused-winnipeg-serial-killer-shawn-lamb-denies-links-to-dozens-of-other-unsolved-murders/

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High Mercury Levels Prompt Health Advisory in Nunavut – Nunatsiaq Online

High mercury levels prompt health advisory in Nunavut

“We are advising women to avoid eating ringed sealed liver”

June 29, 2012
DAVID MURPHY

You may want to think twice when slicing off a piece of ringed seal liver.

Five years after the 2007-08 Inuit Health Survey examined more than 1,500 Nunavummiut for a contaminants assessment, health officials are finally advising women of child-bearing age not to eat ringed seal liver.

That’s because even small amounts of ringed seal liver are packed with mercury, which can cause permanent brain damage and developmental delays in children whose mothers absorb too much mercury when they’re pregnant.

“Given that ringed seal liver is very high in mercury, that, in fact, almost half the mercury in women child-bearing age comes from eating just a small amount of ringed seal liver, we are advising women to avoid eating ringed sealed liver,” said Nunavut’s chief medical officer Dr. Geraldine Osborne June 28 about a health advisory issued by the health and social services department to women of child-bearing age.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674high_mercury_levels_prompt_health_advisory_in_nunavut/

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Stars launch international campaign to save Arctic – greenpeace.org

Stars launch international campaign to save Arctic

Feature story – June 20, 2012

Hollywood actors, business leaders, polar explorers and rock stars, including Canadian Bryan Adams, have joined with Greenpeace today to launch a bid for a global sanctuary in the Arctic. The campaign to “Save the Arctic” is demanding that oil drilling and unsustainable fishing be banned in Arctic waters.

Sir Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke, Penelope Cruz, Robert Redford, Javier Bardem and Sir Richard Branson are among the luminaries demanding that the uninhabited area around the North Pole be protected by the UN and made off-limits to polluters.

Theirs are among the first one hundred names to be written on an “Arctic Scroll” Greenpeace intends to plant on the seabed at the North Pole. The spot will be marked by a “Flag for the Future” designed by youth from various countries, Greenpeace announced via news conference at the Rio Earth Summit.

Read more: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/recent/Stars-launch-international-campaign-to-save-Arctic/

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Chief: First Nations Not Getting Jail Work They Were Promised – The Chronicle Herald

Chief: First Nations not getting jail work they were promised

June 29, 2012
BY MICHAEL GORMAN TRURO BUREAU

The provincial government is breaking commitments it made about the construction of a new jail in Pictou County, says the co-chairman of the Nova Scotia Assembly of Mi’kmaq Chiefs.

Since work on the $30-million project started at the site near Coalburn, just one small contract has gone to a First Nations company.

That isn’t good enough, Chief Gerard Julian of Paqtnkek First Nation said Thursday. “We held back a court injunction on the jail project due to lack of consultation (because) the province had promised that they would have Mi’kmaq involvement in the Pictou County jail project,” he said.

When the site of the new 100-cell jail was first announced, First Nations and government officials were at odds over consultation guidelines, which native leaders said were not followed. The Assembly threatened legal action but relented after it was suggested First Nations companies would be involved in the project.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/112027-chief-first-nations-not-getting-jail-work-they-were-promised

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Nunavut Needs More Suicide Prevention Efforts: Retired Psychiatrist – Nunatsiaq Online

Nunavut needs more suicide prevention efforts: retired psychiatrist

Dr. Eric Hood retires after decades of service

June 29, 2012
SAMANTHA DAWSON

Nunavut needs more primary suicide prevention efforts, that is, efforts such as teaching coping skills to children, as a way of preventing suicide in the territory, says Dr. Eric Hood, a long-time psychiatric consultant for the territory who has just retired.

Hood recently received the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2012 Prix d’excellence for Ontario and Nunavut after he made his last trip to Nunavut this May, a visit that marked the end of his work in the territory.

That honour, Hood said, was “unexpected.”

For many years Hood worked with the University of Toronto’s visiting psychiatry program, started in the late 1960s by the federal government, to bring specialists to the northern regions where they could consult with doctors and nurses.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_needs_more_suicide_prevention_efforts_retired_psychiatrist/

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Saskatchewan MP says Indian Act ‘major barrier’ to First Nations success – Montreal Gazette

Saskatchewan MP says Indian Act ‘major barrier’ to First Nations success

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS JUNE 28, 2012

OTTAWA – An MP from northern Saskatchewan is calling the Indian Act a major barrier to success for First Nations.

Rob Clarke says his own experience growing up under the act and having to enforce it when he worked for the RCMP convinced him the law needs changing.

Clarke has a private member’s bill before Parliament to amend the Indian Act and provide for its replacement.

He outlined his proposal to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations this week and came under immediate criticism.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Saskatchewan+says+Indian+major+barrier+First+Nations+success/6856700/story.html#ixzz1z9YFWjEc

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Employee turnover at federal Fisheries department threatens environmental … – The Province

Employee turnover at federal Fisheries department threatens environmental reviews: records

By Mike De Souza, Postmedia News June 28, 2012

OTTAWA – Heavy workloads and high turnover at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans could jeopardize the federal government’s ability to protect Canadians from the dangerous impacts of industrial projects, say internal government records obtained by Postmedia News.

The warnings were made before the federal government started a series of multi-million-dollar budget cuts to scientific research and monitoring programs across several departments.

The internal records, released under access to information laws, suggested scientists and policy experts at the fisheries department were already overworked in efforts to assess the environmental impacts of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/technology/High+turnover+threatens+environmental+reviews+records/6856269/story.html#ixzz1z9Y00ldO

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Atikamekw First Nation block roads in northern Quebec to demand …‎ – Global Montreal

Atikamekw First Nation block roads in northern Quebec to demand greater stake in logging industry

Christopher Curtis, The Gazette : Thursday, June 28, 2012

HAUTE MAURICE, Que – The Atikemekw blockade of logging roads and a Canadian National railway in the Haute Mauricie region continued Wednesday as First Nations leaders are demanding a larger stake in forestry operations on their territory.

Early Tuesday morning, about 30 Atikemekws barricaded Highway 25 and Route 178, preventing trucks from carrying lumber through their reserves.

The group’s main target is pulp and paper giant Kruger Products, which dominates the region’s logging industry.

Read more: http://www.globalmontreal.com/atikamekw+first+nation+block+roads+in+northern+quebec+to+demand+greater+stake+in+logging+industry/6442670099/story.html

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Mediation to begin over care home labour dispute between BCGEU… – The Province

Mediation to begin over care home labour dispute between BCGEU and Westbank Band

Canadian Press June 28, 2012

Mediation is expected to begin Friday as the Westbank First Nation and the B.C. Government And Service Employees Union try to resolve a bitter dispute.

The First Nation is the employer at Pine Acres Seniors’ Home in West Kelowna and issued lockout notice to its staff on Monday.

Workers are fighting proposals to cut salaries by four dollars per hour and slash vacation and sick time benefits.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Mediation+begin+over+care+home+labour+dispute+between+BCGEU+Westbank+Band/6855358/story.html#ixzz1z7PPSueR

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First Nation to proceed with lawsuit against Nova Scotia government‎ – Winnipeg Free Press

First Nation to proceed with lawsuit against Nova Scotia government

By: The Canadian Press
Posted: 06/27/2012

PICTOU LANDING, N.S. – A First Nation in Nova Scotia is moving forward with a lawsuit against the provincial government and Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp.

The Pictou Landing First Nation launched the lawsuit in 2010 demanding the province clean up nearby Boat Harbour and build a new treatment plant for effluent from a pulp mill now run by Northern Pulp.

Residents voted Wednesday to take $100,000 from the Boat Harbour Settlement Trust to help pay for some of the associated costs.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/first-nation-to-proceed-with-lawsuit-against-nova-scotia-government-160607975.html

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Aboriginal Title Rights Workshop Underway‎ – HQPrinceGeorge.com

Aboriginal Title Rights Workshop Underway

June 28, 2012
By Julie O’Connor

Prince George, B.C.

A workshop hosted by Four Directions Management Services for First Nations is being held in Prince George today and tomorrow.

President and CEO Dan George says it will help people learn how other First Nations in B.C. have asserted their rights for economic benefit.

Read more: http://hqprincegeorge.com/news/local/news/Local/12/06/28/Aboriginal-Title-Rights-Workshop-Underway

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Reflecting on the 60s Scoop – Wawatay News

Reflecting on the 60s Scoop

Thursday June 28, 2012
Ruth Robbins – Special to Wawatay News

I am sharing my story in support of the Wilson-Christen law firm who are representing 16,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis children who experienced extreme cultural loss when removed from their homes between 1965-1984.

Many times prejudice views fall on Aboriginal court cases but perhaps descriptions and explanations are not made public enough for the public to understand why the court case surfaced, therefore people jump to their own conclusion and prejudice views begin.

My life in the 1960s is documented in my Children’s Aid records and I have used these records to express my experiences in my own words. I have lived a lifetime of shame, guilt, loss, pain and the inability to speak of the facts and effects of what happened during the 60’s scoop. This lawsuit is giving me my voice back.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/6/28/reflecting-60s-scoop_23050

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New research on positive youth development in Aboriginal communities – The North Bay Nugget

New research on positive youth development in Aboriginal communities

By Press Release

Faculty and students from Nipissing’s Schulich School of Education, School of Physical and Health Education, are working with Aboriginal communities and Motivate Canada to gain an understanding into how youth development programs influence youth and community-level health, development and capacity.

Nipissing’s Dr. Mark Bruner and Dr. Brenda Bruner are co-investigators in a three-year evaluation of Active Circle, an initiative that supports and mentors youth leaders in Aboriginal communities.

Dr. Mark Bruner specializes in positive youth development and group dynamics. Dr. Brenda Bruner is a health promotion and physical activity researcher with a background in Aboriginal health.

Read more: http://www.nugget.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3590586

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Land-claim process flawed: report Federal government’s stance on first nations … – Vancouver Sun

Land-claim process flawed: report Federal government’s stance on first nations hinders deals, committee says

BY PETER O’NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN JUNE 28, 2012

The Harper government’s narrow “take-it-or-leave-it” approach to B.C. land claims negotiations is one of the reasons almost 20 years of negotiations have resulted in just two treaties and left many frustrated first nations with crippling debts, a Tory-dominated Senate committee has concluded in a report tabled Wednesday.

The committee, chaired by B.C. Conservative Senator Gerry St. Germain, also said there is still no clear mechanism to resolve overlapping claim disputes between first nations – even though a government report warned of potential problems about that concern before the process began in 1992.

“Bureaucratic federal decision-making structures and narrowly defined negotiation mandates are causing unnecessary delays in the treaty process,” the report concludes. “Federal negotiation mandates that emphasize a positional, take-it-or-leave-it approach to negotiations further com-promise the fairness and efficiency of the treaty process.”

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Land+claim+process+flawed+report+Federal+government+stance+first+nations+hinders+deals/6853047/story.html#ixzz1z6g461Ed

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Manitoba aboriginal athletes pick up scholarships – Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba aboriginal athletes pick up scholarships

WINNIPEG SUN
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation taekwondo star Alyssa Le Fort-Lynx was one of 15 athletes to be awarded 2012 2002 NAIG Legacy $500 Scholarships, the Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council announced Wednesday.

The scholarships were created through the generosity of the 2002 North American Indigenous Games Legacies. They are awarded annually to aboriginal athletes in Manitoba who have shown athletic leadership in Manitoba’s amateur sport community through well rounded participation as an athlete, as well as on academic standing and other school and community-related activities.

The other recipients were Boissevain’s Bailee Goodon (hockey), Cross Lake’s Braedan Boschman (volleyball), Lundar’s Breanna Rae (hockey), Bruce Muswagon of Norway House Cree Nation (multi-sport), Fox Lake Cree Nation’s Chanelle Arthurson (multi-sport), Winnipeg’s Julie Desrochers (hockey), Kiinnan Stevenson-French of Peguis First National (multi-sport), Winnipeg’s Michael Still (football/track), Morgan Cordell of Tataskweyak Cree Nation (multi-sport), Shaquille Merasty of Berens River First Nation (hockey), La Broquerie’s Sophie Moquin (hockey), Eriksdale’s Taina Kaartinen (multi-sport), Tyler Robinson of Rousseau River First Nation (football) and Winnipeg’s Zachery Penner (ultimate/hockey).

Read more: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/06/27/manitoba-aboriginal-athletes-pick-up-scholarships

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Aboriginal Academy Will Return to MSS Next Winter – Merritt News

Aboriginal academy will return to MSS next winter

JUNE 28, 2012
ROBIN POON
NEWS REPORTER

Merritt Secondary School’s first-ever Aboriginal Academy 9 was roundly hailed as a success that not only taught students basic subjects but also gave them a new sense of self-confidence and pride Friday.

The academy wrapped up its last day of class with a closing ceremony at the House of Honour on MSS grounds.

School District 58 superintendent Bob Peacock said that based on its success last year, the academy will return next winter.

“I think we’ve had 25 kids express an interest in next year.”

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Duncan Defends Tory Nutritious Food Program – Nunatsiaq Online

Duncan defends Tory nutritious food program

“Nutrition North Canada is having a positive impact”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS
June 28, 2012

John Duncan, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, doesn’t agree with Carolyn Bennett the Liberal MP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s and her party’s Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development critic, who said Nutrition North Canada is “a total failure.”

Duncan issued a statement June 27 to say the food subsidy program “is having a positive impact.”

His statement came after Bennett, who was in Iqaluit, had slammed the Conservative government’s food subsidy program.

“Nutrition North Canada is having a positive impact,” Duncan said. “We will continue to work with northerners to ensure that the program is meeting their needs. Program audits show that our accountability mechanisms are working and that the subsidy is being passed along to consumers.”

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674liberal_criticism_prompts_federal_minister_to_defend_tory_food_program/

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Native Band’s Blockade Disrupts Quebec Forestry Operations – The Chronicle Herald

Native band’s blockade disrupts Quebec forestry operations

June 28, 2012
BY MARTIN OUELLET THE CANADIAN PRESS

QUEBEC — Forestry operations in Quebec’s Mauricie region were disrupted when aboriginal protesters blocked a railway line and logging road Wednesday.

The Atikamekw band said they have a long list of complaints against the Kruger forestry company, which they accuse of operating without their consent and consultation.

Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley told a news conference that Quebec government officials are trying to get the blockade lifted through negotiations.

“I think we can find solutions at the table,” he said before the weekly cabinet meeting in Quebec City.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/111729-native-band-s-blockade-disrupts-quebec-forestry-operations

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Tsilhqot’in Winners, Losers in Court of Appeal – Vancouver Sun

Tsilhqot’in winners, losers in Court of Appeal

B.C. justice panel dismisses claim to aboriginal title, but confirms band has rights to earn ‘moderate livelihood’ from land in Interior

By Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun June 28, 2012

The B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed a first nation’s claim to aboriginal title while, at the same time, confirming it has the right to harvest wildlife and earn a “moderate livelihood” from a large swath of the Interior.

In a 103-page unanimous decision released Wednesday, the three-justice panel said provincial government decisions in the past to allow logging in the area infringed on those rights.

“The judge determined that there was no governmental objective that was sufficiently weighty to justify the infringement of Tsilhqot’in aboriginal rights,” wrote Justice Harvey Grober-man, supported by Justices Risa Levine and David Tysoe. “I would not interfere with that determination.”

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Aboriginal land rights upheld by BC Court of Appeal – Globe and Mail

Aboriginal land rights upheld by B.C. Court of Appeal

MARK HUME
Vancouver — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 27 2012

A fight over aboriginal title and rights that began when natives blockaded a logging road in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia 20 years ago appears headed for the Supreme Court of Canada.

Expressing a “bittersweet” mix of satisfaction and dismay with a ruling the B.C. Court of Appeal handed down on Wednesday, native leaders said they have no choice but to take their legal battle to the highest court in the land.

To do otherwise, they said, would condemn first nations to live in poverty without control over the land they have used for centuries.

The Tsilhqot’in First Nation, which represents six bands in central B.C., won partial victories when both the Supreme Court of B.C. and the Court of Appeal confirmed their traditional rights to use the land.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/aboriginal-land-rights-upheld-by-bc-supreme-court/article4374527/

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Federal government slammed for ‘gutting’ fisheries protection program – Vancouver Sun

Federal government slammed for ‘gutting’ fisheries protection program

By Peter O’Neil, Postmedia News June 27, 2012

OTTAWA — The Harper government has announced major cuts to its fisheries habitat protection program, prompting a retired federal biologist to warn Wednesday of a dramatic increase in the risk of environmental damage.

The cuts coincide with Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield’s launch of a public consultation process seeking input on how Canadian fisheries should be managed.

The announcement was mocked by government critics who predicted that Canadians will react cynically to being asked for their input long after the decision was made to make sweeping fisheries policy changes.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/business/Federal+government+slammed+gutting+fisheries+protection+program/6851059/story.html#ixzz1z3ZS3139

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Newly elected First Nations regional chief zeroes in on Ring of Fire – Toronto Star

Newly elected First Nations regional chief zeroes in on Ring of Fire

Published On Wed Jun 27 2012

The new representative of Ontario’s First Nations is taking aim at protecting aboriginal interests as developers rush to haul the riches out of the Ring of Fire.

Stan Beardy was elected Ontario regional chief representing 133 provincial First Nations on Wednesday. Beardy, former Grand Chief of the northern Nishnawbe Aski Nation, narrowly beat out incumbent Angus Toulouse. Fifty-seven Ontario chiefs voted for Beardy and 53 for Toulouse.

Dubbed Ontario’s “oilsands” by Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, the Ring of Fire is being promoted for development by both the federal and provincial governments. However, First Nations want a worthy piece of the economic benefits and they want to make sure proper environmental assessments of mining projects are carried out.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1218303–newly-elected-first-nations-regional-chief-zeroes-in-on-ring-of-fire

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BC court rules against territorial land claim in case likely headed for … – Winnipeg Free Press

B.C. court rules against territorial land claim in case likely headed for appeal

By: James Keller, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The Supreme Court of Canada appears destined to once again wade into the contentious issue of aboriginal land claims after a British Columbia court rejected a First Nation’s demand for title over part of its traditional territory.

The ruling, released Wednesday by the B.C. Court of Appeal, upheld an earlier judgment that granted the Tsilhqot’in First Nation sweeping rights to hunt, trap and trade in over 440,000 hectares of land in British Columbia’s central Interior.

But the three-member appeal panel also agreed with a lower court that the Tsilhqot’in was not entitled to aboriginal title over the land, because the nation was claiming ownership over a broad territory, rather than identifying specific sites where its people once lived.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/bc-first-nation-has-no-right-to-title-on-land-but-can-still-hunt-appeal-court-160562055.html

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Road, rail blockades by aboriginal band disrupt forestry operations … – Montreal Gazette

Road, rail blockades by aboriginal band disrupt forestry operations in Quebec

BY MARTIN OUELLET, THE CANADIAN PRESS JUNE 27, 2012

QUEBEC – Forestry operations in Quebec’s Mauricie region were disrupted when aboriginal protesters blocked a railway line and logging road Wednesday.

The Atikamekw band said they have a long list of complaints against the Kruger forestry company, which they accuse of operating without their consent and consultation.

Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley told a news conference that Quebec government officials are trying to get the blockade lifted through negotiations.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/all/Road+rail+blockades+aboriginal+band+disrupt+forestry/6849769/story.html#ixzz1z3YDcvkn

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New study links anti-aboriginal racism to drug use and gambling problems – Edmonton Journal

New study links anti-aboriginal racism to drug use and gambling problems

BY GORDON KENT, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM JUNE 27, 2012

EDMONTON – Aboriginal Edmonton residents face such high levels of discrimination that it’s apparently pushing them toward prescription drug and gambling abuse, a new study has found.
About 83 per cent of respondents to a 2010 questionnaire had experienced racism at least once in the past year, far more prejudice than black and Latino Americans see in a lifetime, according to research led by University of Lethbridge epidemiologist Cheryl Currie.

This poor treatment, which happens most often in public places, schools, stores and restaurants, can lead to post-traumatic stress disorders that are linked to problems with drugs and gambling for people living in cities.

“It’s the first study to show a link between racism and gambling among any population in the world that we’re aware of,” said Currie, an assistant professor in the U of L faculty of health sciences.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Aboriginals+frequently+face+discrimination+Edmonton/6850390/story.html

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Canada’s economic growth tied to prosperous Aboriginal communities – Calgary Herald

Canada’s economic growth tied to prosperous Aboriginal communities

Calgary Chamber of Commerce releases report

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald June 27, 2012

CALGARY — The Calgary Chamber released a report and business tool kit Wednesday to improve Aboriginal-business partnerships.

They are the result of a year-long speaker series put on by the Chamber which brought together leading Aboriginal experts, members of the Aboriginal community and government representatives to share insights on how Aboriginal communities and industry can build prosperous business relationships.

“The path to energy development and Canada’s long-term economic prosperity must be built in partnership with Aboriginal people,” said Ben Brunnen, director of policy and government affairs and chief economist with the Chamber. “More than $315 billion in major resource development projects has been identified on or near Aboriginal communities throughout Canada, so it’s in every company’s interest to learn how they can strengthen their relationship with these communities.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Canada+economic+growth+tied+prosperous+Aboriginal+communities/6849799/story.html#ixzz1z3VnFS3D

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Mining prep on aboriginal lands ‘infringed’ Tsilhq’otin First Nation … – The Province

Decision in native land rights likely to lead to Supreme Court of Canada

BY SUZANNE FOURNIER, THE PROVINCE JUNE 27, 2012

After five years and $30 million in litigation, the B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed sweeping aboriginal title but defined a new “postage-stamp” type of native claim that includes hunting and trapping rights.

The court also found the B.C. government had “infringed” on the title of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation by allowing logging without proper consultation.

The long-awaited but far from clearcut court ruling creates certainty on only one point: There will be more litigation.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Decision+native+land+rights+likely+lead+Supreme+Court+Canada/6849011/story.html#ixzz1z3VQr4p9

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Aboriginal Well-Being In Canada: Quality Of Life Improves, But Still Struggles With Unemployment, Income – Huffington Post

Aboriginal Well-Being In Canada: Quality Of Life Improves, But Still Struggles With Unemployment, Income

CP | By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press
Posted: 06/26/2012

OTTAWA – A new federal report that probes the quality of life among Canada’s aboriginal peoples shows the gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal is glaring — but not quite as bad as it used to be.

The government-commissioned report is meant to set a baseline to compare aboriginal and non-aboriginal standards of living in the future.

It also sets out a range of goals to get rid of the gap completely, within 10 years — targets even the report’s chairman says are on the “bold” side.

“While many will find these targets ambitious, the board believes that concerted efforts by all parties will make them attainable,” says Chief Clarence Louie, chairman of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board in his introduction to the report.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/26/aboriginal-quality-life-improves-employment_n_1627198.html?utm_hp_ref=canada

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Not the time for inquiry: NDP‎ – Winnipeg Free Press

Not the time for inquiry: NDP

Criminal probe into missing, slain women paramount concern

By: Bruce Owen and Katherine Dow

A public inquiry into what’s described as a national tragedy may not be the best way to address the issue of missing and slain aboriginal women, the Manitoba government says.

Instead, the Selinger government is working behind the scenes with the federal government and other provinces to conduct a more far-reaching examination into why so many aboriginal women have disappeared or have been slain, and why many of those cases remain unsolved.

“The abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and girls in all its forms is nothing less than a national tragedy, and it must stop,” Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson said late Tuesday. “Our focus is to establish the best way to get the answers we all want so urgently. We are not ruling out any options to get those answers as quickly as possible.”

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Mother keeps waiting for arrest in 2003 killing‎ – Winnipeg Free Press

Mother keeps waiting for arrest in 2003 killing

Daughter’s downward spiral started when she moved here

By: Lindor Reynolds

When her phone rang Monday morning, Eleanor Hands hoped it was the police. She’s waited nine years for the news her daughter’s 2003 slaying has been solved, that Nicolle Hands will no longer be among the scores of aboriginal Manitoba women whose deaths remain cloaked in mystery.

It was the law calling, in the shape of a social worker with the joint RCMP/Winnipeg police task force struck to delve into the cases of such women. She told Hands about the arrest of Shawn Lamb, now charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Tanya Nepinak, Carolyn Sinclair and Lorna Blacksmith.

Their families now have the small, jagged comfort that comes with attaching a name and a face to the person who allegedly killed your child. For Hands, the interminable wait continues. The social worker was calling to alert her to the arrest and to see how she was coping.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/mother-keeps-waiting-for-arrest-in-2003-killing-160491815.html

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Changes to aboriginal programs spark protest‎ – Vancouver Courier

Changes to aboriginal programs spark protest

BY MIKE HOWELL, VANCOUVER COURIER JUNE 27, 2012

Several hundred members of the city’s aboriginal community took to the streets in protest last Thursday over the federal government’s plan to realign 14 youth programs they say will have devastating effects on young people.

Christine Smith, co-chair of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council, said aboriginal agencies shut down programs in Vancouver and the suburbs because the government recently stopped funding the $1.3 million worth of programs.

Smith said the government’s decision runs contradictory to its message of fiscal responsibility. She predicted losing the programs will lead to higher social costs for the federal and provincial government.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/news/Changes+aboriginal+programs+spark+protest/6846766/story.html#ixzz1z0wiavY2

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Aboriginal leaders, premiers to meet in Lunenburg‎ – TheChronicleHerald.ca

Aboriginal leaders, premiers to meet in Lunenburg

June 27, 2012
BY THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Canadian premiers will meet with national Aboriginal leaders in Lunenburg in late July at the start of Council of the Federation meetings.

It’s Nova Scotia’s turn to host the annual gathering of the 13 provincial and territorial premiers. The Lunenburg meeting is on July 25, and will include representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Metis National Council, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

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More than 900 Attend Indigenous Leadership Gathering – Lillooet News

More than 900 attend Indigenous Leadership Gathering

JUNE 27, 2012
WENDY FRASER

The June 21-24 International Indigenous Leadership Gathering drew more than 900 people from across North America and around the world.

Summing up the four-day Gathering at T’it’q’et, St’at’imc Chiefs Council Chair Chief Garry John said, “The diversity of people we’ve seen at this gathering is absolutely amazing.”

A total of 915 people registered for the celebration of sacred knowledge, lands, children and generations. Participants gathered in a circle beneath a log arbor to share messages, discussions and cultural presentations. Volunteers served meals to approximately 800 people a day.

Read more: http://www.lillooetnews.net/article/20120627/LILLOOET0101/120629989/-1/lillooet/more-than-900-attend-indigenous-leadership-gathering

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Oasis Centre Not Slated to Close – Nipawin Journal

Oasis Centre not slated to close

By Hilary Stringer

“We heard the cry of a mother wanting her children and we heard the prayers of the First Nation Elders that they are a Nation that is healing and there is a need for First Nation Advocates in our organization and in our community.” was written in the CEO report of the Nipawin Oasis Centre. The Oasis Centre helps approximately 200 families in the Nipawin and area. They were in worry, along with many other members of the community, as the Oasis Centre faced the threat of closure due to a lack of funding.

Nearly every seat was full at the Centre’s 20th Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, June 20. The first issue addressed at the meeting was by President Gary Schenstead, who stated directly that the Oasis Centre would continue to operate through the 2012/2013 season.

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RRC Grad Honoured for Launching Recycling Program at Peguis First Nation – blogs.rrc.ca

RRC Grad Honoured for Launching Recycling Program at Peguis First Nation

Posted on June 26, 2012

Congratulations to RRC student Tannis CochraneCook (Computer Applications for Business, Peguis-Fisher River Campus), whose efforts to set up a recycling program at Peguis First Nation have earned her a 2012 Spirit of the Earth Award from Manitoba Hydro.

CochraneCook first began advocating for environmentally-safe waste disposal practices while volunteering at the Peguis Landfill site in 2009. (Her motivation was simple: The landfill was located next to her home, and owners were burning materials rather than recycling them.)

She’s since launched a community-wide recycling program at Peguis, for which now serves as Project Coordinator. In just two years, the program has proven so popular that an estimated 25% of businesses and residents on the reserve now recycle on a regular basis.

Read more: http://blogs.rrc.ca/redblog/2012/06/rrc-grad-honoured-for-launching-recycling-program-at-peguis-first-nation/

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