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Yukon aboriginal group says government disrespecting land claim – CBC.ca

Council of Yukon First Nations say they were not consulted in re-writing of oil and gas law CBC News Posted: Oct 22, 2012 The Council of Yukon First Nations says the Yukon Government’s plan to re-write the oil and gas act is disrespecting signed treaties. Grand Chief Ruth Massie was surprised to receive a letter […]

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Nelson House set to re-open – CTV News

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 Nelson House of Ottawa-Carleton, a shelter for abused women and children, will re-open on Oct. 29 after being closed since May thanks to a group of women who brought it back from the brink of permanent closure. “Our focus has always been to make sure there was a facility for women […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012469 Views

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Watchdog group wants First Nations leaders’ salaries online – Toronto Sun

BY KRISTY KIRKUP ,PARLIAMENTARY BUREAUFIRST POSTED: MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012 OTTAWA – A representative of a taxpayer watchdog group appeared before a parliamentary committee on Monday to support a bill set to require First Nations leaders to publish salaries online. Colin Craig, the prairie director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said the government introduced legislation […]

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Aboriginal land councils urged to avoid uranium – ABC Message Stick

Eugene Boisvert Updated October 23, 2012 An environmental activist says Aboriginal land councils may apply for permits to explore for uranium because they now don’t have to give permission for exploration on their land. Natalie Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative is organising a protest next month, when expressions of interest for the permits close. […]

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The Indigenous Quarter – ABC Message Stick

Tue Oct 23, 2012 View Transcript See more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-23/the-indigenous-quarter/4328954/?site=indigenous&topic=latest

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012414 Views

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Land Council knocked out of CSG lease race – ABC Message Stick

Melinda James Updated October 23, 2012 It’s been revealed that an application to explore for coal seam gas in Wollongong from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council was rejected, not withdrawn. The Land Council had told the ABC and local indigenous leaders that it had withdrawn the application because of the strong community opposition […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012385 Views

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South Australia provides funding for Indigenous job seekers – Australian Mining

23 October, 2012 Vicky Validakis $709,000 worth of funding has been announced for the Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining (CAPM) program, which will train indigenous jobseekers in South Australia. Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Tom Kenyon said qualifications which could be studied included Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations and Certificate II in Resources […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012408 Views

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Darug Tribal Corporation wants to work with Blacktown Council after after indigenous policy suspended – Blacktown Advocate

23 OCT 12 THE Darug Tribal Corporation said it wanted to work constructively with Blacktown Council over its decision to suspend its indigenous policy which specifically recognised the Darug as the area’s traditional landowners. The decision has angered many in the Darug community, which had removed a “sacred birth right”, but the council said it […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012397 Views

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AES Strengthens Its Sydney Presence with New Waterloo Office – prwire

23 OCTOBER 2012, SYDNEY – National not-for-profit employment organisation, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) has strengthened its presence in Sydney with the opening of a new office in Waterloo. The new Waterloo office was opened on Friday 19 October by The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012481 Views

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Indigenous health service gets clean bill of health – ABC Message Stick

Updated October 23, 2012 It has been decided instances of financial mismanagement at an East Kimberley health organisation do not warrant a criminal investigation. At the start of the year, an independent audit of the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) revealed major discrepancies in its bookkeeping, including almost $70,000 racked-up on a company credit […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012435 Views

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Bonus cut will hurt indigenous mums: MP – The Australian

BY: LISA MARTIN From: AAP October 23, 2012 1:26PM A CUT to the baby bonus could disadvantage Aboriginal women already living in poverty, federal Liberal MP Ken Wyatt has warned. As part of its mid-year budget update, the government will reduce the bonus from $5000 to $3000 for second and subsequent children from mid-2013. Treasurer […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012397 Views

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Income management raises gender issues – SBS

23 OCT 2012 As income management is implemented in South Australia’s APY Aboriginal Lands, signs are emerging that it’s creating a gender divide, SBS reporter Karen Ashford reports. The Kaltjiti store has just opened for afternoon trade and it’s busy with kids buying cool drinks and women stocking up on supplies like bread, milk and […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2012423 Views

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Getting run over by the omnibus – TheChronicleHerald.ca

OTTAWA — Government calls it making way for business. Outraged foes call it the slicing and dicing of environmental protection and any remaining trust with aboriginal peoples. Over several months of omnibus bills, amendments, regulations and tinkering with longstanding conventions, Ottawa has undertaken a series of adjustments that add up to undeniably profound changes in […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012545 Views

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Tim Harper: Tribunal will rule whether Ottawa retaliated against native rights’ advocate Cindy Blackstock – Toronto Star

OTTAWA—Cindy Blackstock has spent more than five years trying to hold Ottawa accountable for a funding gap on the welfare of aboriginal children on reserves. Instead of dealing with that funding gap, Ottawa has spent nearly as long searching for dirt on Blackstock. In total, it has spent more than $3 million trying to derail […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012435 Views

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Lily of the Mohawks canonized – The Chronicle Herald

KAHNAWAKE, Que. — Kateri Tekakwitha Muriella Caputo is a little young to realize she carries the name of North America’s newest aboriginal saint. The 13-month-old from Kamloops, B.C., peered at the fabled aboriginal woman’s marble tomb for a few minutes on Sunday before being distracted by the hubbub preceding a celebratory mass at the shrine […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012489 Views

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See Mother Nature at work as salmon life cycle unfolds at Victoria-area park – Global BC

LANGFORD, B.C. – A great blue heron glides overhead, effortlessly spreading its massive wings before gracefully landing on a nearby treetop high above the Goldstream River. A bald eagle looks down at the shimmering river from its perch on a moss-covered branch of a western red cedar. In the river, which in some parts is […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012361 Views

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Pipeline opponents gathering for protest at B.C. legislature – CBC

Protesters opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline plan to unroll a massive banner the length of an oil tanker during a protest on the front lawn of the B.C. legislature today. The sit-in was organized by a coalition of groups that wants to send a clear message to the provincial and federal governments about the […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012436 Views

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Kateri Tekakwitha becomes Canada’s first aboriginal saint – CTV.ca

A woman who is credited with life-saving miracles was canonized Sunday, becoming Canada’s first aboriginal person to become a saint. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk woman, was among the seven saints canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, as thousands of spectators from around the globe gathered to witness the historic […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012530 Views

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Alberta man behind dismissed ‘vandalized’ aboriginal rock carving tale sticks to his story – National Post

FORT MACLEOD, ALTA. — The Glenwood Erratic sits much as it has since the beginning of human memory, an indifferent, flat-topped boulder, alien among the miles of newly thrashed canola stubble that paints the rolling Southern Alberta plains. The approximately 30-foot high stone is a minor nuisance for the farmers at the Riverside Hutterite Colony, […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012478 Views

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On the Anniversary of Attawapiskat, One Film Tells the Real Story – Huffington Post

This week will mark the first anniversary since Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency over the abysmal housing situation on the James Bay coast. Footage of the living conditions in this isolated community shocked Canadians and resulted in a media firestorm. The crisis became a cultural Pandora’s box that unleashed numerous issues and misconceptions regarding our […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012406 Views

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Inaugural Metis Awards handed out in Regina – Regina Leader-Post

In a rare moment of near solitude, Christine Ginter leaves the crowded Regina Inn’s Wascana Ballroom and begins to reflect on these busy past few years. At just 28 years old, Ginter is a teacher, musician, writer, motivational speaker and the founder of Inspiring Youth For Success, a non-profit organization that supports at-risk aboriginal youth […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012514 Views

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Dr. Isaac Sobol is a reluctant hero: Goar – Toronto Star

Dr. Isaac Sobol finds it slightly “ridiculous” that he will be presented with a humanitarian award at charity gala next month. The British Columbia physician appreciates the attention the event will draw to the clinic he founded in Tibet. But he doesn’t consider himself special. “Canadian doctors are doing this kind of work all over the world,” […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012550 Views

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The Pas working on reducing violent crime – CBC.ca

Violent crime has been decreasing this year in the northwestern Manitoba town of The Pas, and some are crediting a local crackdown on gangs. RCMP figures show 200 fewer criminal reports have been filed so far this year, compared to last year, in The Pas and the nearby Opaskwayak Cree Nation. The Opaskwayak Cree Nation […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012616 Views

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In an act of atonement, Vatican makes Kateri Tekakwitha the first native Canadian saint – Globe and Mail

All canonizations are political to some degree, but the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first indigenous Canadian saint, was more political than most. The First Nations considered it a key step in the Vatican’s long and haphazard campaign to repair relations with a people it had mistreated for centuries. Kateri, who was born in what […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012388 Views

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Kamloops: RCMP major crime unit investigates ‘suspicious’ death of woman on First Nations reserve – The Province

Police are on the scene at the Tk’emlups First Nations reserve in Kamloops where a woman was found dead, apparently the victim of domestic violence. The RCMP’s Southeast District major crime unit has been called in, and police are releasing few details at this time. A man known to the woman has been taken into […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012725 Views

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Ottawa and First Nations must collaborate on reforms to education – Globe and Mail

Ottawa and first nations leaders need to work harder to bring about meaningful reform in aboriginal education. Refusing to collaborate is not an option. Aboriginal leaders should put the interests of children first and set aside historic grievances – including the legacy of residential schooling – and their mistrust of the federal government. For its […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012402 Views

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Indigenous college closes doors – ABC Message Stick

An Aboriginal activist says she fears for the future of students at a Townsville Indigenous school after it was closed down. Shalom Christian College’s parent body has been in administration since August and teaching ended last week. Indigenous activist Gracelyn Smallwood says the Government needs to step in to secure the future of the students. […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012482 Views

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Indigenous meeting brings people together – ABC Online

A group of around 30 Aboriginal women from remote South Australia have left the Mildura region after ten days of cultural exchange. The women, from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands, travelled from the remote corner of north-east South Australia to meet in Dareton, in south west New South Wales. The event was called ‘Desert […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012451 Views

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Mining sector expands cultural links – Adelaide Now

THE mining sector has been making ground in employing indigenous workers. OZ Minerals now employs about 125 indigenous workers at its Prominent Hill mine in South Australia’s far north, with many of those coming from local communities. The company this week celebrated another nine graduates from its pre-employment program, which prepares both indigenous and non-indigenous […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012510 Views

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Funding diverted to indigenous income scheme – The Australian

THE Gillard government has diverted money from other areas to fund a $4.4 million income management scheme in South Australia’s remote Aboriginal lands. Figures released yesterday show the funding to be spread over the next two years has been redirected to allow the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012424 Views

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The first interactive Indigenous comic book – SBS

A group of teenagers from Roebourne in Western Australia have created the first interactive Aboriginal comic book.  The year is 2076 and the land has been destroyed by radiation; the future of the world depends on 14 teenagers called the Love Punks. Despite being a fictional fantasy, the characters and places are real. Each adventure […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012559 Views

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Group laments axed youth justice conferencing – ABC Message Stick

The manager of the Mackay Aboriginal Islander Justice Alternative Group says the end of youth justice conferencing will lead to more Indigenous youths reoffending. Sonetta Fewquandie says the State Government will disband the mediation in Mackay, with seven of the eight employees to lose their jobs. She says the conferencing allows young offenders to listen […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012449 Views

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Targeted welfare – or just targets – New Zealand Herald

It’s late morning in Bankstown, and Pam Batkin is waiting to accost people emerging from the Centrelink office – Australia’s version of Work and Income. Approaching one woman, she asks: “Did they talk to you about income management?”, then adds: “It’s supposed to help people manage their money, but we don’t think it’s a very […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012354 Views

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Self-determination in action – ABC Online

The 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations that are successfully working to build better communities. Mick Dodson argues the case for Indigenous self-determination. In the recent Northern Territory elections remote-living Aboriginal voters played a pivotal role in changing the government. They were making a clear statement about being shut out […]

by NationTalk on October 22, 2012346 Views

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Summit on missing women excludes chiefs – The Province

Manitoba aboriginal leaders say they face a closed door at an upcoming conference on missing and murdered women that includes provincial governments and national First Nations leaders. “They seem to be planning a high-level event, bringing guests in from national aboriginal organizations, and being content in excluding regional and local perspectives,” Derek Nepinak, grand chief […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012455 Views

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AA fighting back on funding – Canada.com

Aboriginal Affairs is fighting back against its critics, releasing new calculations that show native students receive just as much, if not more, funding as non-aboriginals for schooling. The federal government has long been under fire from aboriginal and human rights groups and opposition critics for underfunding First Nations education. Last year, all parties agreed to […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012494 Views

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Wall’s friend had right dream – StarPhoenix

There was a brief quiver in Premier Brad Wall’s voice Tuesday as he talked about the crucial role the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies will play in the province’s economic future. Moments before he delivered a state of the province speech linked to his Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, Wall had been told that his former […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012400 Views

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Ancient village along BC river reveals 1300 years of First Nations history – Ottawa Citizen

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Along the banks of B.C.’s Babine River sits an archeological treasure trove, an ancient village that may have been used as a crossroad for First Nations dating back more than 1,300 years. While the Babine Lake First Nation knew their ancestors’ village was there, it’s untilled ground for archeologists. Before the […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012486 Views

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Kateri’s long road to sainthood – Montreal Gazette

MONTREAL – Floors of the old shrine have been freshly swept, the gift shop is stocked with candles and holy cards, and firefighters are up a ladder out front hoisting a giant banner. It’s not every day a local girl becomes a saint. Even when that local girl actually grew up somewhere else and died […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012507 Views

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Steep learning curve ahead for new FSIN chief – StarPhoenix

The three candidates for the position of chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will square off next week and face the voting delegates. The FSIN has one of the most egalitarian voting systems of any large organization. The number of voting delegates for each First Nation is based on its population. The formula […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012447 Views

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New federal water protection law a sham, First Nations group says – Vancouver Sun

The Harper government is proposing to stop one of Canada’s oldest laws protecting bodies of water across the country. The changes, introduced as part of a 443-page budget implementation bill tabled Thursday in Parliament, would replace the Navigable Waters Protection Act, first introduced in 1882, with a new Navigation Protection Act covering a list of […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012530 Views

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UBC lab to return Sto: lo remains – The Province

The partial remains of Sto: lo ancestors will be returning home to Chilliwack after spending up to a half-century in storage at a University of B.C. lab. First Nations leaders and UBC officials are to hold a celebration of the ceremonial return of the 11 ancestral remains Friday at the Sto: lo Research and Resource […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012595 Views

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Aboriginal leaders pan summit on native women – Winnipeg Free Press

The inaugural National Day of Action to address missing and murdered Manitoba women was not without ceremony — or controversy. Just before the start of a series of forums and public-awareness initiatives across Winnipeg on Thursday, organized by the newly established Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, three major aboriginal organizations in Manitoba denounced […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012617 Views

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When parliamentarians talked about aboriginal financial transparency – Macleans.ca

It’s no secret that everyone in politics loves to love transparency. Nor is it a secret that governments love to demand transparency from organizations under its jurisdiction. Enter the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. The committee met yesterday to discuss Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. The legislation, if you believe […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012499 Views

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Plans for North American Indigenous Studies move forward – McGill Daily

Plans for a North American Indigenous Studies program at McGill are moving forward, and those involved hope to have a foundational course – and potentially a minor – in place for next year. Last Friday, William Straw, the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) along with Aboriginal Sustainability Project (ASP) […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012616 Views

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We’re corporately responsible for Residential School abuses – Northumberland Today

In 1963 I went north to teach in a Residential School on James Bay. I taught there out of a sense of mission. I had grown up in the Anglican Church and had dutifully filled my Mission box with the picture of the little Aboriginal child on it. I wanted to do more. My teaching […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012319 Views

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Upcoming National Aborginal Women’s Summit too exclusive, say organizations – Winnipeg Free Press

The inaugural National Day of Action to address missing and murdered Manitoba women was not without ceremony – or controversy. Just prior to the start of a series of forums and public awareness initiatives across Winnipeg today – organized by the newly established Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – three major aboriginal organizations […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012380 Views

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Walking to Ottawa chained to the Indian Act – Vancouver Observer

Last January, Leo Baskatawang decided to go for a walk—a long walk, from Vancouver to Ottawa, dragging a copy of the Indian Act chained to his body. He didn’t actually start until April 23, but the impetus for it was theCrown-First Nations Gathering three months earlier. In the official Outcome Statement for the January 24 meeting, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012393 Views

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No action on waste risks for water – The Australian

WARNINGS that two community water sources in South Australia’s remote Aboriginal lands may be contaminated have not been acted upon, despite a government report from more than a year ago advising “immediate” action to remedy the problem. The state and federal government-commissioned Rubbish Report into waste management on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands cost more […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012427 Views

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Cutting Indigenous STI rate a ‘matter of urgency’ – ABC

Alice Springs researchers are calling for urgent action to bring down the high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in remote Northern Territory communities. James Ward from the Baker Institute says the results of five years of research show that almost a quarter of Indigenous women aged between 16 and 19 have chlamydia or gonorrhoea. […]

by NationTalk on October 19, 2012475 Views

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