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City administrators approve funding for Truth and Reconciliation event‎ – 650 CKOM

City administrators approve funding for Truth and Reconciliation event

Organizers of this year’s Truth and Reconciliation event at Prairieland Park gets nod of approval from city administration

Reported by Fan-Yee Suen
First Posted: May 6, 2012

City administrators approved a $100,000 funding request from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada to host a four-day event dedicated to residential school survivors.

The national ceremony, which is expected to attract up to 80,000 visitors and generate over $2-million in tourism money for the city, will take place at Prairieland Park.

“The national events are a mechanism through which the truth and reconciliation process will engage the Canadian public and provide education about the Indian Residential School (IRS) system, the experience of former students and their families, and the ongoing legacies of the institutions,” read a report to the city’s executive committee.

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Canada’s lead in energy sector threatened, Atco chief warns‎ – Calgary Herald

Canada’s lead in energy sector threatened, Atco chief warns

By Dave Cooper, edmontonjournal.com May 4, 2012

EDMONTON – Provincial and federal political leaders like to talk about how Alberta and Canada are world leaders on the energy scene, says Atco chief executive Nancy Southern.

“But we won’t be there in the future unless we can deliver electricity around the province, move our natural gas around the country and move our bitumen out for export,” she said Thursday.

As CEO of one of Canada’s biggest utilities companies with interests in natural gas, pipelines and electricity, Southern admits growing frustration at the lack of what she considers factual debate around energy issues.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/business/6562222/story.html#ixzz1twBF2vIE

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Bands have no real policing power, Mohawk chief complains at human rights hearing -‎ Toronto Star

Bands have no real policing power, Mohawk chief complains at human rights hearing

Peter Edwards

Native bands have only two options if they’re unhappy with the conduct of police officers working on their reserves, an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal was told Friday.

“You put up with the bad conduct — or you terminate employment,” said R. Don Maracle, chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

His comments came at a hearing into the 2008 firing of Tyendinaga Police Chief Larry Hay by former OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. Hay lost his job with the eastern Ontario native force after speaking out against what he called “deep-seated” racism within the OPP, RCMP and Sûreté du Québec, in an interview with a student newspaper.

Fantino, now an MP for Vaughan, is expected to testify Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1173321–bands-have-no-real-policing-power-mohawk-chief-complains-at-human-rights-hearing

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A weak commitment to maternal health‎ – Ottawa Citizen

A weak commitment to maternal health

BY ELIZABETH PAYNE, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN MAY 4, 2012

By the time the dust settles from the federal budget, Canada will have slashed bilateral foreign aid to eight countries, mostly in Africa, with some of the highest rates of maternal and infant death in the world, Malawi and Niger among them. On the other hand, it will continue sending foreign aid to Ukraine, whose rates of maternal death are not far behind many western nations, and other middle income countries with which Canada has trade interests.

Meanwhile, when you factor in a growing list of cuts to aboriginal health organizations that many fear will worsen already poor maternal and infant health at home in Canada’s North, a trend emerges.

Can the Conservative government still call itself a champion of maternal health?

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/weak+commitment+maternal+health/6561844/story.html#ixzz1twAMqxXk

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Province must honour treaty land commitments‎ – StarPhoenix

Province must honour treaty land commitments

BY DOUG CUTHAND, SPECIAL TO THE STARPHEONIX MAY 4, 2012

“Invest in land; they’re not making it anymore,” said Mark Twain.

In September 1992, 27 chiefs, the prime minister and our premier gathered at Wanuskewin Heritage Park and signed the history-making Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement. Now, 20 years later, many First Nations continue to add to their land base in accordance with the agreement.

There are two levels of land acquisition: First, we have the shortfall acres, which is land the First Nation was entitled to but wasn’t given when the initial survey was made. Under treaty provisions each first Nation was eligible for 640 acres for a family of five, or 128 acres per person. For various reasons, including shoddy counting on the part of the surveyors, the full land allotment was not realized. It is passing strange that they always surveyed less than the band required.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Province+must+honour+treaty+land+commitments/6563998/story.html#ixzz1tw9wytHn

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First Nations court seen as path out of vicious cycle‎ – kamloopsnews.ca

First Nations court seen as path out of vicious cycle

‘We can do it here,’ Tke’mlups lawyer says

MAY 3, 2012
BY MIKE YOUDS
DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTER

Local bands have asked for a First Nations court to be established in Kamloops, delegates heard Thursday at an Aboriginal justice forum at TRU.

The forum focused on the Aboriginal sentencing principles of Gladue, recently reaffirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada, while hosting Justice Marion Buller Bennett of First Nations court in New Westminster.

Of Aboriginal descent, the judge took it on her own initiative six years ago to open the province’s first court dedicated to restorative justice for sentencing on criminal and family court matters. A similar court opened in North Vancouver last month.

Read more: http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20120503/KAMLOOPS0101/120509891/-1/kamloops01/first-nations-court-seen-as-path-out-of-vicious-cycle

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Consider entire labour strategy‎ – StarPhoenix

Consider entire labour strategy

BY ROB NORRIS, THE STARPHOENIX MAY 4, 2012

Norris is Saskatchewan’s minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration.

Your editorial, Look to hiring First Nations (SP, April 23), offers only a partial picture of Saskatchewan’s strategy for addressing its pressing labour market needs.

Our future not only requires a focus on the success of our current residents, but includes inviting those from across Canada and around the world to help bolster our momentum.

The editorial implies that I advocate for immigration as the primary solution to solve our labour shortages when, in fact, our government implemented a three-pronged strategy to meet our skilled labour shortage.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Consider+entire+labour+strategy/6564001/story.html#ixzz1tw9DwMRw

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First Nations scholar and elder to speak at College of the Rockies‎ – Kootenay News

First Nations scholar and elder to speak at College of the Rockies

Updated: May 03, 2012

Well-known First Nations scholar, speaker and elder, Dr. E. Richard Atleo, will give a free presentation at College of the Rockies on Thursday, May 10. During his visit to the region he will also spend time with the elders and members of the Ktunaxa Nation.

“The Ktunaxa Nation would like to welcome Dr. Atleo to Ktunaxa Territory,” said Ktunaxa Nation Chair, Kathryn Teneese. “He is highly respected within the First Nation community and we are grateful for the opportunity the College has provided for our citizens and local residents to hear him speak.”

Dr. Atleo will be exploring the themes put forth his books Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview (UBC Press, 2004) and Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis. Tsawalk basically means “one” and it encapsulates an understanding of the universe as an integrated and orderly whole, expressed as heshook-ish tsawalk—everything is one.

Read more: http://www.kootenayadvertiser.com/community/150018835.html

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Human rights panel probes firing of native OPP officer‎ – Toronto Star

Human rights panel probes firing of native OPP officer

Published On Thu May 03 2012
Peter Edwards

Fired native officers ‘vulnerable,’ rights hearing told

First Nations officers can be arbitrarily fired by the Ontario Provincial Police, but don’t enjoy the full benefits of non-aboriginal officers, an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal hearing has been told.

“I feel vulnerable,” said Const. Marcel Maracle, who joined the Tyendinaga force in Eastern Ontario 20 years ago.

Maracle was testifying at the hearing for Larry Hay, a former Mohawk police chief who was fired in 2008 by former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1172891–human-rights-panel-probes-firing-of-native-opp-officer?bn=1

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First Nations’ thoughts need to be considered‎ – Victoria Times Colonist

First Nations’ thoughts need to be considered

By Richard MacKenzie, Times Colonist May 4, 2012

Re: “Totem’s message to rise again” and “Mining company letter criticized,” May 1.

The two articles illustrate the incongruity between First Nation and European values and thinking.

The first story looked at the project being taken on by master carver Tony Hunt to reproduce a ceremonial pole first carved in 1958 by his grandfather, Mungo Martin, to grace the grounds of Government House. The second story dealt with a letter from Taseko Mines Ltd. president Russell Hallbauer asking Ottawa to ignore aboriginal requests to consider native “spirituality” as a factor in determining whether the Fish Lake Prosperity Mine can go ahead.

Traditional First Nations thought is holistically land-based – all the elements of nature work as one and cannot be segmented to allow the exploitation of one element to the detriment of the others.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/First+Nations+thoughts+need+considered/6565372/story.html#ixzz1tw7yNysp

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First Nations group opposes creation of Gateway pipeline‎ – StarPhoenix

First Nations group opposes creation of Gateway pipeline

By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix May 4, 2012

A crowd of about 200 local supporters sang, danced and held up signs as members of a British Columbia First Nations coalition arrived at Saskatoon’s Via Rail station on Thursday.

Members of the Yinka-Dene Alliance oppose the Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal, which would run from Alberta’s oilsands to the Pacific coast. The group is travelling cross-country by rail. Later this month in Toronto, it plans to attend the annual meeting of Enbridge, the company proposing the pipeline.

“We want to thank you all for being here with us,” said Chief Na’Miks, one of the five clan chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation of north-central B.C.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/First+Nations+group+opposes+creation+Gateway+pipeline/6563969/story.html#ixzz1tw7e3kUH

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Aboriginal Education Agreement signed in Quebec‎ – Net Newsledger

Aboriginal Education Agreement signed in Quebec

May 4th, 2012 by NNL-News

ODANAK, PQ – The federal government continues to work to boost educational opportunities for Aboriginal youth. Today, the governments of Canada, Quebec, and the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), on behalf of the First Nations Education Council of Quebec (FNEC), have signed an agreement to support and improve the academic success of First Nation students.

Ghislain Picard, Chief of AFNQL, said, “It is my hope that this partnership will give us a better understanding of the needs of First Nation students and help the parties, within the scope of their responsibilities and jurisdictions and in the spirit of co-operation and sharing of expertise, to prepare these students so they can take their rightful place in society in general and as citizens of First Nations. There is still a great deal to be done to improve the living conditions of First Nation peoples, and to achieve this we share the firm belief that education must be viewed more as an investment than as an expense. Also, I would like to emphasize the current government’s recent decision to support a motion that includes a commitment to adequately fund First Nation schools, so that all First Nation children, without exception, have access to quality education. I am eager to see this commitment fulfilled, and the AFNQL and FNEC will be pleased to lend their support.”

Read more: http://netnewsledger.com/2012/05/04/aboriginal-education-agreement-signed-in-quebec/

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BC regulations to govern First Nations projects‎ – CBC.ca

B.C. regulations to govern First Nations projects

CBC News Posted: May 4, 2012

The British Columbia government has introduced legislation that will permit provincial regulations to apply to commercial, industrial and residential developments on two aboriginal development projects.

The move is meant to make it easier for First Nations entrepreneurs to conduct business on reserve lands, according B.C.’s Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Mary Polak.

“This is really an historic opportunity,” Polak said at a news conference shortly after introducing Bill 43, The First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act Implementation Act.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/05/04/bc-aboriginal-development-act.html

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NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund Donation to Girls Hockey in Nunavut – activecircle.ca

NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund Donation to Girls Hockey in Nunavut

2012-05-04

The Nashville Predators’ Jordin Tootoo worked with the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund this year to help give young girls in Nunavut the opportunity to play hockey.

The Nashville Predators’ Jordin Tootoo worked with the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund this year to help give young girls in Nunavut the opportunity to play hockey. The Hall Beach Girls Hockey Association recently received 32 sets of brand new equipment for the girls (aged 9-17). The Hall Beach program focuses on equal opportunity for girls, while helping to improve the lifestyle of its participants.

Read more: http://www.activecircle.ca/en/news-788-nhlpa-goals-dreams-fund-donation-to-girls

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Youth form vision for healthier living in northern communities – Wawatay News

Youth form vision for healthier living in northern communities

Thursday May 3, 2012
Adrienne Fox – Special to Wawatay News

“Is it connected?” asks the young man who is blindfolded.

“Yes it’s connected … oh no it broke on you!” giggles the young woman guiding him.

“What happened?” he asks.

“Holay!” she squeals.

“I’m gonna eat this marshmallow,” she smiles.

“Oh no,” groans the young man as he feels his tower start to tilt dangerously to one side.

The object of all their attention is a framework construct of dry spaghetti pasta held precariously together by miniature marshmallows.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/5/3/youth-form-vision-healthier-living-northern-communities_22750

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April in Review – Dominion Paper

April in Review

LGBTQ activist mourned, Missing Women commission scorned, foreign workers’ salaries shorn

MAY 2, 2012

Opposition to tankers, oil and gas pipelines on Canada’s West coast continued. Hundreds of people gathered at the BC provincial legislature in Victoria, for the Rally Against Enbridge. Enbridge is the company behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from northern Alberta to port in BC, leading to a rise in tanker traffic. Critics say that both the pipeline and the tanker traffic pose a significant risk of oil spills and environmental contamination.

The US Justice Department filed the first criminal charges connected to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. A former BP Engineer, Kurt Mix, was arrested on charges of deleting hundreds of text messages between himself and his supervisor that were related to the failed attempts at plugging the BP well, which continues to leak crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Read more: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4453

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The traditional diet healing path – Wawatay News

The traditional diet healing path

Thursday May 3, 2012
Chris Kornacki – Special to Wawatay News

For the past year and a half Duck Bay First Nation band member Bossy Ducharme has been on a traditional diet. He ate only Native foods, pre-European contact. No McDonalds, no pizza, just mostly wild rice, berries, nuts and wild game.

“I wanted to prove that there’s a connection to what we eat and our quality of life,” Ducharme said.

Ducharme started his diet on September 21, 2010 and continued through January 31, 2012.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/5/3/traditional-diet-healing-path_22749

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Rising Flood Evacuee Claims Red-Flagged Last Fall – Winnipeg Free Press

Rising flood evacuee claims red-flagged last fall

By: Larry Kusch

FEDERAL and provincial officials were concerned about inflated numbers of flood evacuees from Lake St. Martin as far back as early November.

Alarms were raised at a Nov. 3 teleconference of government officials and representatives of the Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters (MANFF), which delivers assistance to First Nations evacuees.

“We came to the conclusion we may be faced with a situation where we were getting some ineligible evacuees joining the rolls,” said Lee Spencer, director of recovery with Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/rising-flood-evacuee-claims-red-flagged-last-fall-149968235.html

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Backroom Smelter Decision Already Made, Chief Says – CBC News

Cliffs Natural Resources misleading investors, chief says

CBC News Posted: May 3, 2012

The Chief of Aroland First Nation says Cliffs Natural Resources is misleading its investors about the discussions surrounding its chromite property in the Ring of Fire, located in the James Bay lowlands.

Sonny Gagnon said Cliffs is telling people it is having good discussions with First Nations — and that the environmental assessment (EA) process is moving along.

“Very good discussions with the external stakeholders, and with the First Nations and with the governments and the environmental impact study is moving along,” Cliffs CEO Joseph Carrabba said on a first quarter earnings conference call, April 26.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/05/03/sby-cliffs-smelter.html

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Food Monitor to Examine Canada’s ‘Broken’ System that Affects Right to Food – Postmedia News

Food monitor to examine Canada’s ‘broken’ system that affects right to food

BY SARAH SCHMIDT, POSTMEDIA NEWS MAY 3, 2012

Canada has the dubious distinction of being the first wealthy nation to face a probe by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

The 11-day mission begins Saturday, and will take Olivier De Schutter to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as remote aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Alberta. Until now, the independent expert appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council has been dispatched to countries such as South Africa, Cuba and Lebanon to probe those nations’ records on ensuring people have access to food.

Canada is the first developed country facing a probe since the UN created the position in 2000, and the report on the mission, to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council, will be part of Canada’s official international human rights record.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Food+monitor+examine+Canada+broken+system+that+affects+right+food/6557580/story.html#ixzz1tpgiVPHt

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Natives Agree to Go, Leave Protest Camp at Coldwater Museum – Midland Free Press

Natives agree to go, leave protest camp at Coldwater museum

By MIRANDA MINASSIAN

Hoping to foster good faith with the stewards of the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, First Nation activists camping in front of the museum have agreed to leave the site as of Friday.

On Sunday, an OPP liaison team met with the growing group after museum stewards asked them to leave the property during a meeting last Wednesday.

“We came in peace, we want to leave in peace,” said Memeskwaniniisi, (who would only provide his spirit name) one of the founders of the peace camp. “I guess we are ruffling feathers in an indirect way.”

Read more: http://www.midlandfreepress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3550872

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Sockeye Run Promising in 2012 in Alberni – Alberni Valley News

Sockeye run promising in 2012 in Alberni

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton – Alberni Valley News
Published: May 03, 2012

If the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations sign the fisheries sales agreements this spring it will be a first, Hupacasath Chief Councillor Steven Tatoosh said.

“If our members give us the go-ahead then I think it will be the earliest the agreements have ever been signed,” he said. “Last year we didn’t sign until July and the fish had gone by then.”

This year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is predicting a sockeye run size of 700,000 with 80,000 pieces split between the two first nations.

Read more: http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/149964795.html

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Program to monitor new moms’ mental health – Leader-Post

Program to monitor new moms’ mental health

By Pamela Cowan, Leader-Post May 2, 2012

A pilot program being set up in the Indian Head and Grenfell area by the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region will start monitoring new moms’ mental health at the end of May.

The Rural Maternal Mental Health Detection and Intervention Pilot will screen all new mothers for postpartum depression so early intervention can be provided and, if necessary, women can be referred to specialty services.

Based on last year’s birth records, public health nurses, nurse practitioners, community health nurses and other health-care providers are expected to screen 80 to 90 moms around Indian Head, Grenfell and neighbouring First Nations.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/health/Program+monitor+moms+mental+health/6550553/story.html#ixzz1tjrS8Lwr

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Dryden considers new First Nations school – CBC

Dryden considers new First Nations school

School board and First Nations work together to create ‘transitional’ school

CBC News Posted: May 2, 2012

School board officials are hoping Dryden will soon offer First Nations students a place to prepare for high school.

Jack McMaster, the Keewatin-Patricia District school board’s education director, said students from remote communities are, on average, two or three years behind academically.

“And any student who walks in the front door of a high school in Grade 9 — and is two to three years behind — generally doesn’t last very long in the school,” McMaster said.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/05/02/tby-dryden-transition-school.html

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Family Regalia Now Part of History – Vancouver Courier

Family regalia now part of history

BY SANDRA THOMAS, VANCOUVER COURIER MAY 2, 2012

After slipping off her fitted, black-leather bomber jacket, Yvonne Godkin pulled a handmade, wool button blanket embroidered with a large thunderbird across the back, over her shoulders and wrapped it gently around her body.

She then carefully placed a cedar head ring atop her long dark hair before showing off the completed look to the aunts and cousins crowded around her at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C., many with camera in hand.

An emotional Godkin told me later that this was the first time she’d ever touched the First Nations regalia that once belonged to her grandmother Mabel Stanley, who died in 1978. On Monday afternoon, Stanley’s family members were invited to try on the blanket and headdress for the first, and last, time before it became part of MOA’s permanent collection. The cape and headdress belong to a collection of 24 pieces, which have been on loan to the MOA for almost 30 years.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/travel/Family+regalia+part+history/6551467/story.html#ixzz1tjHvlayM

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Nixing Native Spirituality ‘Outrageous,’ Atleo Says – Postmedia News

Nixing native spirituality ‘outrageous,’ Atleo says

Mine proponent fears pro-aboriginal bias

POSTMEDIA NEWS MAY 2, 2012

The bid by a Vancouver company to eliminate consideration of native spirituality and prohibit aboriginal children’s plays at a federal environmental review hearing is “completely outrageous” and runs counter to the direction of many companies seeking to work with First Nations, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says.

Atleo reacted Tuesday to the disclosure of a letter sent by Taseko Mines Ltd. to Environment Minister Peter Kent in November that called for measures to eliminate possible pro-aboriginal bias in a pending review of the company’s gold-copper mine in the B.C. interior.

“The actions of the company are completely outrageous,” said Atleo. “I know increasingly companies are ‘getting’ the need to recognize and respect First Nations rights and title.”

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Nixing+native+spirituality+outrageous+Atleo+says/6552246/story.html#ixzz1tjHTmUml

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Group Worried for City Kids – Leader-Post

Group worried for city kids

BY EMMA GRANEY, LEADER-POST MAY 2, 2012

The closure of community schools must be addressed to close the widening gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal students in Regina.

The discussion came up at Tuesday night’s Real Renewal meeting – the Regina organization formed in 2007 in response to planned school closures.

“You can’t divorce community schools from the issue of First Nations and Metis education, they’re absolutely integrated,” retired teacher and Real Renewal member Rick Hesch said during the meeting.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/life/Group+worried+city+kids/6550532/story.html#ixzz1tjHA5J1F

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Manitoba Chiefs Blame Governments for Alleged Flood Money Abuses – Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba chiefs blame governments for alleged flood money abuses

By Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press May 2, 2012

BROKENHEAD FIRST NATION, Man. — Manitoba’s aboriginal leaders are going on the offensive days after both the federal and provincial governments lobbed allegations of financial abuses of compensation in the wake of last year’s flood.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Grand Chief Morris J. Shannacappo of the Southern Chiefs Organization, Bill Traverse, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Chief Glen Hudson of Peguis First Nation joined together to point the finger of blame for flooding and flood compensation back at the two levels of government.

The four said it wasn’t the fault of aboriginal people that the provincial government flooded several reserves in the Interlake region north of Winnipeg when it allowed the diversion of more water into Lake Manitoba last year to minimize flood damage in communities downstream on the Assiniboine River, including Winnipeg.

Read more: http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/Manitoba+chiefs+blame+governments+alleged+flood+money+abuses/6550353/story.html#ixzz1tjGobBar

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TFN Wraps Up First Legislature – Delta Optimist

TFN wraps up first legislature

Chief Kim Baird elated at what’s been accomplished after starting from scratch in a post-treaty world

BY SANDOR GYARMATI, THE DELTA OPTIMIST MAY 2, 2012

The first full cycle of the Tsawwassen First Nation’s self-government has been a highly productive one, but there’s still much to be done.

In an interview with the Optimist, TFN Chief Kim Baird expressed elation with the job done by her First Nation’s first post-treaty legislature, which has been operating under the unfamiliar territory of self-governance.

“It’s been daunting because we’ve had to create brand new policies and procedures for a brand new governance structure. Now that we’re working our way through it, we have an annual reporting cycle that we’re constantly refining as well, but at least now we’re getting to the point where we’re refining things,” Baird said.

Read more: http://www.delta-optimist.com/business/wraps+first+legislature/6551649/story.html#ixzz1tjGR4tXY

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Women’s Rights Activists Laud UN Ruling Against N.W.T. Government – CBC News

Women’s rights activists laud UN ruling against N.W.T. government

Ruling seen to strengthen legal rights for aboriginal women

CBC News Posted: May 2, 2012

Women’s rights activists are calling a recent United Nations ruling against the Northwest Territories government a victory for aboriginal women across the country.

A UN committee ruled the territorial housing corporation discriminated against Cecilia Kell when they let her non-aboriginal, abusive husband claim their Behchoko. N.W.T., home.

When Kell filed court action against her partner and the government, her case was dismissed because she couldn’t pay legal fees.

Kell’s longtime friend Arlene Hache said it’s been a long road, but both women got the ruling they had been looking for.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/05/01/north-housing-kell-hache-united-nations-ruling-gnwt.html

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Mining Company Asks Government Not to Consider Aboriginal Spirituality in Environmental Probe – Postmedia News

Mining company asks government not to consider aboriginal spirituality in environmental probe

By Peter O’Neil, Postmedia News May 1, 2012

OTTAWA — A Vancouver company pushing the Harper government to reconsider a controversial gold-copper mining project in the B.C. Interior has privately urged Ottawa to ignore aboriginal requests to consider native “spirituality” as a factor in their determination, according to a letter the company sent to Environment Minister Peter Kent.

A new federal environmental review panel “does not have any right to attribute significance to the spirituality of a place per se,” wrote Taseko Mines Ltd. president Russell Hallbauer in a letter obtained under the Access to Information Act and provided to the Vancouver Sun by B.C. independent provincial representative Bob Simpson.

Taseko, which failed in its 2010 bid to get federal approval after a “scathing” federal review, also asked Ottawa to not permit aboriginal prayer ceremonies at pending hearings on the revised proposal.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/technology/Mining+company+asks+government+consider+aboriginal+spirituality+environmental+probe/6543042/story.html#ixzz1tjFaW9Dy

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Community Mourns Passing of MoCreebec Chief – Wawatay News

Community mourns passing of MoCreebec Chief

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Members of the MoCreebec Council of the Cree Nation and First Nations leaders are mourning the loss of a chief described as a well-respected and dedicated leader.

MoCreebec Council of the Cree Nation Chief Randy Kapashesit, 51, died of a massive heartattack on April 25 while visiting family in Minneapolis, MN. While what led to the heart attack has yet to be determined by a coroner, MoCreebec Chairman Allan Jolly said that Kapashesit had previously been diagnosed with a thrombotic disorder and required blood thinner medication.

Kapashesit’s path to becoming chief began when he was a York University student studying political science. At the time, MoCreebec was a young organization led by Jolly.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/5/1/community-mourns-passing-mocreebec-chief_22721

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Artifacts Stolen from Lytton First Nation Church – Vancouver Sun

Artifacts stolen from Lytton First Nation church

Several items, including an organ and a bishop’s chair, were stolen from St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which serves the Lytton First Nation

BY GORDON HOEKSTRA, VANCOUVER SUN MAY 1, 2012

St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which has served the Lytton First Nation for more than a century, was ransacked sometime after Easter.

Among the items stolen was an organ given to the mission by the Governor-General Marquis de Lorne in 1877, a painting of a first nations’ Madonna and Child by Wilma Lloyd-Davies and a painting by E.W.W. Pugh from the nineteenth century.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Artifacts+stolen+from+Lytton+First+Nation+church/6544105/story.html#ixzz1tjEma0Ru

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Three students win awards – Starphoenix

Three students win awards

THE STARPHOENIX MAY 1, 2012

A trio of students in the Saskatoon public school system won awards at the annual SaskTel Aboriginal Youth Awards of Excellence 2012 last week.

Christopher Dogniez from Centennial Collegiate won the Education Award, Kieran Johnston from Evan Hardy Collegiate won the Male Sports and Recreation Award and Shaquille McGonigle from Marion Graham Collegiate won the Fine and Performing Arts Award.

In total, Saskatoon Public Schools had 51 students nominated for awards.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/Three+students+awards/6544658/story.html#ixzz1teWszq8Z

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Tumbling for success – Wawatay News

Tumbling for success

Thursday April 26, 2012
Adrienne Fox – Special to Wawatay News

The space is cavernous – filled with every imaginable piece of equipment to make aspiring gymnasts stronger, more agile and graceful. The Claydon Building in Thunder Bay is a second home for the four girls practicing today. It’s a Sunday afternoon. And River Fox has just completed a few hours of cheerleading training. Now she’s facing four hours of rigorous gymnastics training.

But the hours she spends pushing her 14-year-old body to its physical limits leaves her feeling accomplished and healthy.

“Gymnastics is my life. I’ve been in it since I was six.”

And she knows her mother Leona Morris is proud of her.

“There aren’t many Aboriginal people who do this,” she says.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/4/26/tumbling-success_22707

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Aboriginal reconciliation: An open letter to Stephen Harper – Globe and Mail‎

Aboriginal reconciliation: An open letter to Stephen Harper

RICHARD WAGAMESE
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Apr. 30, 2012

Dear Prime Minister:

When I heard your words in the House of Commons that were deemed an apology for the debacle of Canada’s residential school system, I was heartened. At that time, it was nothing short of amazing to hear a prime minister use the word “wrong” in reference to Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people. Now, nearly four years later, I look at the astoundingly hurtful cuts to organizations whose sole purposes are the re-empowerment and well-being of aboriginal people, and I am disheartened. Hell, Mr. Harper, I am downright angry.

You said “sorry” and you were not. In aboriginal context, an apology means that you recognize the flaw within yourself that made the offence possible and you offer reconciliation based on understanding the nature of that flaw. That reconciliation takes the form of living and behaving in the opposite manner. You have not done this. In fact, you have continued in the same vein that made the original apology necessary.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/aboriginal-reconciliation-an-open-letter-to-stephen-harper/article2416077/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Politics&utm_content=2416077

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Local teen to play in prestigious National Aboriginal Hockey championships – halifaxnewsnet.ca

Local teen to play in prestigious National Aboriginal Hockey championships

Published on May 1, 2012
Joanne Oostveen

Auburn Drive High School student Ryan Francis, 18, has been selected to play in the prestigious National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Saskatoon, May 6 – 12.

This is the 11th year the championships have been held for elite bantam/midget age Aboriginal hockey players.

The national championship will feature First Nations, Inuit and Metis athletes from each of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada.

Organizers aim to foster cultural unity and pride while celebrating the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from all across the country.

Read more: http://www.halifaxnewsnet.ca/Sports/2012-05-01/article-2967946/Local-teen-to-play-in-prestigious-National-Aboriginal-Hockey-championships/1

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Pipe Up: 10 year old Ta’Kaiya speaks out against the Northern Gateway Pipeline – blog.wwf.ca

Pipe Up: 10 year old Ta’Kaiya speaks out against the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Ta’Kaiya, 10, lives in North Vancouver and is from the Sliammon First Nation. She has written an original song, “Shallow Waters”, to raise awareness about the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline. We sat down to chat with her about why this matters to her.

April 26, 2012
Posted by Darcy Dobell

One of the reasons I love my work is that I have the opportunity to spend time with so many Canadians, from all walks of life, who care about nature. To me, most inspiring of all are the young people – some still in elementary school – who are taking action to protect our amazing lands, waters, and wildlife. With their energy, creativity, and determination, kids like Ta’Kaiya Blaney are a force to be reckoned with. I was honoured to speak with Ta’Kaiya recently.

Where do you live, Ta’Kaiya?

I live in North Vancouver but I’m from the Sliammon First Nation, north of the town of Powell River on British Columbia’s coast.

Read more: http://blog.wwf.ca/blog/2012/04/26/pipe-up-10-year-old-takaiya-speaks-out-against-the-northern-gateway-pipeline/

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Immunizations protect your world – Williams Lake Tribune

Immunizations protect your world

April 27, 2012

When people think about immunizations they often think of children; however, immunization is an important part of staying healthy for people of all ages. April 21 to 28 is National Immunization Awareness Week, and this year, Interior Health would like to remind you that immunizations help protect your world.

“Immunization doesn’t just protect you — it protects those around you,” says Dr. Rob Parker, medical health officer with Interior Health. “When most people are vaccinated for a disease it makes it harder for that disease to spread from person to person. Recent outbreaks of whooping cough (pertussis) and measles are close-to-home reminders of the important role immunization plays in protecting the health of ourselves, our children and our communities.”

Read more: http://www.wltribune.com/news/149120565.html

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Federal budget 2012: Health Canada cuts funding to women’s health research groups – Toronto Star

Federal budget 2012: Health Canada cuts funding to women’s health research groups

Published On Wed Apr 25 2012
Joanna Smith
Ottawa Bureau

OTTAWA—Six organizations studying how government policies on everything from toxic chemicals to the legacy of residential schools impact women’s health will lose their funding as part of widespread cuts to the federal budget.

Health Canada expects to save $2.85 million a year by eliminating the Women’s Health Contribution Program, which supports the work of four research centres and two communications networks across the country, by next March.

The organizations now facing an uncertain future have conducted publicly available research looking at on-reserve aboriginal programming for maternal and infant health, barriers to treatment for pregnant women and mothers addicted to drugs or alcohol, and casting a critical eye on funding for the HPV vaccine.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1167987–federal-budget-2012-health-canada-cuts-funding-to-women-s-health-research-groups

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It’s time for effective representation for national minorities – Montreal Gazette

It’s time for effective representation for national minorities

By BENJAMIN FOREST and MIKE MEDEIROS, The Gazette April 27, 2012

This week, Liberal MP Stéphane Dion argued in a Gazette opinion piece (“A ‘P3’ voting system would be a perfect fit for Canada,” April 24) that what Canada needs is a “P3” voting system – short form for a “proportional-preferential-personalized” vote.

We have another vision for effective representation. Aboriginals and francophones outside Quebec have long been shut out of parliamentary representation. We argue that it is time to address this problem.

Largely ignored by most Canadian newspapers, three boundary commissions in each province have – since February – been charged with creating new federal ridings based on the 2011 census. Some have already stopped accepting public input for the initial drafting of their maps, while others will stop by May 1. Public hearings will be held later this year, but only to comment on plans that have already been made.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/time+effective+representation+national+minorities/6527143/story.html#ixzz1tFrbbXH7

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Aboriginals need more input, says advocate – Regina Leader-Post

Aboriginals need more input, says advocate

By Joe Couture, StarPhoenix April 27, 2012

Saskatchewan children’s advocate Bob Pringle says his 2011 annual report recognizes the significance of the provincial government’s approach to vulnerable children and youth, but it also indicates more work is needed.

The independent officer’s report, tabled in the legislature on Thursday, calls for more urgent action in three major areas: Reducing poverty, transforming the child welfare system and improving services for aboriginal children and families.

“The provincial government has taken important steps to try and strengthen the services, to ensure that children are safe, and they’re looking at some of these issues … on a comprehensive basis,” Pringle said.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Aboriginals+need+more+input+says+advocate/6526826/story.html#ixzz1tFrEstsb

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Yaffe: Cutting spending for aboriginal justice programs is counter-productive – Vancouver Sun

Yaffe: Cutting spending for aboriginal justice programs is counter-productive

By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun April 26, 2012

It’s an embarrassing reality: Aboriginal faces are far too numerous in Canada’s penitentiaries.

As Corrections Canada notes on its website, aboriginals, representing three per cent of the Canadian population, make up 17 per cent of the prison roster.

In some Prairie prisons, native Indians comprise more than 60 per cent of inmates.

In British Columbia, according to a 2006 government report, aboriginal youth are seven times more likely to be incarcerated than their non-aboriginal counterparts. Moreover, recidivism rates are a lot higher for aboriginal offenders.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Yaffe+Cutting+spending+aboriginal+justice+programs+counter+productive/6526634/story.html#ixzz1tFqedDUR

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Ottawa King Lear spotlights all-aboriginal cast – CBC.ca

Ottawa King Lear spotlights all-aboriginal cast

CBC News Posted: Apr 26, 2012

Actor August Schellenberg, a Montrealer of Mohawk-English heritage, tackles King Lear in a new Ottawa production that features an all-aboriginal cast.

National Arts Centre artistic director Peter Hinton — directing one of his final productions before leaving the post in August — has set this version of Shakespeare’s tragedy in 17th century Canada, amid the political pressures of early contact between native people and Europeans. Hinton said he believes the Bard’s story of waning power, struggles over land and authority fits well into Canada’s history.

King Lear’s daughters, ordered to prove their love for him, are portrayed by Tantoo Cardinal (Regan), Monique Mojica (Goneril) and Jani Lauzon (Cordelia).

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/04/26/nac-king-lear-aboriginal.html

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UN to Get Up-Close Look at Struggling Reserves – Winnipeg Free Press

UN to get up-close look at struggling reserves

By: Mary Agnes Welch
Posted: 04/26/2012

A United Nations envoy will visit two northern reserves next month on a fact-finding mission about food and flooding.

Olivier De Schutter, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food, will visit God’s River First Nation on the east side of the province as well as the Garden Hill reserve nearby. De Schutter, a Harvard-educated human rights lawyer who investigates and makes recommendations on food issues, is slated to be in Manitoba May 10 to May 12 as part of a cross-Canada trip.

“What the rapporteur is going to see is a transition phase where we’re relying less on a traditional diet and more on processed, less healthy food,” said Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak. “Where I come from at Pine Creek First Nation, there is no fish left in the lake and there is no moose to hunt on the mountain. We have to make our purchases at the grocery store just like everyone else.”

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/un-to-get-up-close-look-at-struggling-reserves-149014895.html

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Wabano Clinic Moves Back into Newly-Renovated Home – EMC Ottawa South

Wabano clinic moves back into newly-renovated home

Posted Apr 26, 2012

EMC news – The after four months at a temporary location, the medical clinic at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health has returned to its Montreal Road home.

The clinic had been operating at Montfort Hospital since January due to ongoing renovations at the Wabano Centre in Vanier.

“The health clinic is back at 299 Montreal Rd.,” said Carlie Chase, spokeswoman for the centre. “Montfort generously donated space to our clinic during this construction time. This is a great example of community partnership.”

Read more: http://www.emcottawasouth.ca/20120426/news/Wabano+clinic+moves+back+into+newly-renovated+home

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Nanaimo School Part of Province’s New Literacy Initiative for Children – Daily News

Nanaimo school part of province’s new literacy initiative for children

BY TAMARA CUNNINGHAM, DAILY NEWS APRIL 26, 2012

Bayview Elementary School in Nanaimo has a new program in its arsenal to help children struggling to read.

The elementary school has been chosen by the province for a new $200,000 literacy program, aimed at improving the reading skills and academic success of Aboriginal students. The initiative, led by Vancouver Island University, pairs 11 schools across B.C. with literacy experts to share ideas about boosting learning among young students.

Bayview Elementary is the only school in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith district to join the program and principal Diane McGonigle said they’re excited to get started.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Nanaimo+school+part+province+literacy+initiative+children/6521002/story.html

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Aboriginal Youths Find Common Ground in Theatre – Winnipeg Free Press

Aboriginal youths find common ground in theatre

By: Alison Mayes
Posted: 04/26/2012

THEY live on opposite sides of the globe, but two groups of aboriginal youth are finding much in common during a 10-day cultural meet-up at Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

The Marrugeku Theatre Company comes from Broome, a coastal town in remote northwestern Australia, on the traditional lands of the Yawuru people.

The 18-year-old troupe, which has toured to Europe, the Philippines and Brazil, reinterprets stories from indigenous culture in its contemporary dance-theatre shows.

It’s currently here performing Buru, the season-closing show at MTYP. The colourful 40-minute production, aimed at ages eight and up, has one remaining public performance on Friday night. It mixes rap and hip-hop music with acrobatic stilt dancing and storytelling.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/aboriginal-youths-find-common-ground-in-theatre-149015415.html

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BC Metis Federation Passes Resolution to Oppose the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline Project April 24th 2012

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation board members met on Wednesday, April 24th, 2012 and during their board meeting passed a resolution to oppose the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project on behalf of their members and Métis communities.

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SMVS celebrates arrival of hockey equipment – La Ronge Northerner

SMVS celebrates arrival of hockey equipment

Students and staff at Senator Myles Venne School (SMVS) celebrated the long-awaited arrival of 25 sets of hockey equipment from the NHL Players Association Goals and Dreams Fund on Friday, April 6.

The school applied for and received 25 complete sets of hockey equipment with a value of approximately $25,000 from the NHLPA.

Sam Roberts, councillor for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) was also on hand for the celebrations.

According to their website the “NHLPA Goals & Dreams assists volunteer based programs that help economically disadvantaged children play the great sport of hockey. NHLPA members believe that more children should have the opportunity to play hockey– a sport that educates players in teamwork, commitment, discipline and physical fitness. Since the inception of the program, more than 60,000 children in 25 countries have benefited from equipment donations from their NHL heroes.

Read more: http://www.townoflaronge.ca/TheNortherner/Story.php?id=966

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