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New Alberta resources consultation plan same old, say aboriginal bands – Calgary Herald

 APRIL 11, 2013 EDMONTON — Alberta aboriginals say the province’s latest plans for how industry should consult them on resource development still don’t take their concerns into account. The government has just released a new draft policy on how industry can meet its obligations in an attempt to set out clear rules for consultation and […]

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Negotiation blitz fails to renew deal – Montreal Gazette

APRIL 10, 2013 After 24 hours of continuous negotiations, Quebec’s Public Security minister was unable Wednesday to renew a deal that would see 17 aboriginal cops put back to work in the Opitciwan First Nation. Opitciwan’s police force was disbanded on April 1 at midnight after a $60-million policing agreement between Quebec, the federal government […]

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Manitoba expects feds to pay $1M snack bill for flood evacuees – CBC.ca

Aboriginal agency spent $1M on ‘light refreshment’ for 8 months in 2012 CBC News Posted: Apr 11, 2013 The Manitoba government says it expects Ottawa to cover a $1-million bill that an aboriginal agency charged last year on snacks for flood evacuees. The Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters (MANFF), which is responsible for disbursing […]

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Aboriginal community forum calls education key to success for youth – EMC Ottawa East

Apr 11, 2013 EMC news – When it comes to success for urban Aboriginal communities, the focus remains on the children.  A new report from the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition shows how this focus needs to expand to the local school boards, to ensure improved education outcomes for Aboriginal students in Ottawa.  The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition […]

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Police chief urges citizens to help with cutting crime – Winnipeg Free Press

Highlights social responsibility in downtown speech By: Cindy Chan When it comes to downtown safety, Chief Devon Clunis of the Winnipeg Police Service is the enforcer — of social responsibility. Clunis shared some of his downtown-safety initiatives at a Building Owners and Management Association luncheon at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel on Wednesday. To say he […]

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Kitsumkalum First Nation Approves AIP – CFTKTV

Treaty team moves to Step Five Negotiations with Ottawa, Victoria 4/11/2013 Members of the Kitsumkalum First Nation have voted to approve their Agreement-in-principle — as treaty talks move into Stage Five Final Agreement negotiations. Chief Negotiator Gerald Wesley says 190 members voted yes, with 108 members voting no. The A-I-P essentially outlines the elements of […]

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QIA still in talks with Baffinland over iron mine benefits: Eegeesiak – Nunatsiaq News

“This takes time” April 11, 2013 The Qikiqtani Inuit Association said April 10 that the organization continues “to work hard” with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp to reach impact benefits and commercial production lease agreements. Baffinland wants to build an iron mine that would produce 3.5 million tonnes of iron ore a year from the Mary […]

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‘How ironic is that?’ – Chilliwack Times

Video shoot for pop singer Inez Jasper’s newest song brings out the police The Times April 11, 2013 The irony was too much for Sto: lo pop singer Inez Jasper when someone complained to the police Friday about loud drumming while she was filming a video for a song about the historic ban on aboriginal […]

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The Canadian government reimbursed Attawapiskat First Nation for third-party manager costs – Toronto Star

The Conservative government wound up reimbursing Attawapiskat First Nation for its controversial decision to appoint a third-party manager during the 2011 housing crisis. Apr 11 2013 OTTAWA—The Conservative government reimbursed Attawapiskat First Nation for its controversial decision to appoint a third-party manager to take over the books during the winter housing crisis on the northern […]

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Education pact shows shift in government talks with First Nations: Atleo – Calgary Herald

APRIL 10, 2013 OTTAWA – Forget the spotlights, the pageantry on Parliament Hill and the perpetual confrontation that confounds so many attempts to find a grand solution to First Nations poverty. An education agreement this week between Ontario, Ottawa and a large group of almost 50 First Nations from northern Ontario is a prime, practical […]

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Federal gov’t disputes Sask. First Nation’s claim that it was threatened with third party management – Regina Leader-Post

APRIL 10, 2013 The federal government disputes claims by the Peepeekisis Cree Nation. On Monday, the chief and council held a press conference on the First Nation to announce that it will not sign the proposed amending contribution funding agreement (CFA) for 2013-14. The First Nation said it would not sign the agreement because Aboriginal […]

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Inuit children’s centre expands to Overbrook – Your Ottawa Region

Apr 10, 2013 Inuit youth in Ottawa now have new digs to spend time learning about their culture, participate in after school programming or a positive place to hang out thanks to a recent donation. The TD Bank Group donated $350,000 so the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre could purchase a new building to expand its […]

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Report outlines 10 ways to get more aboriginals in the work force – Globe and Mail

Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 10 2013, 4:37 PM EDT Aboriginals under the age of 30 are the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s work force, and a new report concludes companies need to change their hiring practices to boost job opportunities. The report from professional services firm Deloitte outlines 10 ways firms can re-examine hiring. “Widening the […]

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CN Rail ‘extremely frustrated’ by Ottawa’s handling of Idle No More blockade in Sarnia, documents show – National Post

13/04/10 7:12 PM ET CN Rail expressed frustration to federal government officials about the handling of a First Nations rail blockade in Sarnia late last year, while the voice of Canada’s propane industry asked Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to intervene in the matter, according to emails obtained by Postmedia News. The emails, included in […]

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Aboriginal mine skills training bound for Merritt – kamloopsnews.ca

APRIL 10, 2013 An aboriginal skills training initiative that gained an early foothold in Kamloops could have a new home at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. The Merritt post-secondary institution is to sign a memorandum of understanding on Friday with the B.C. Aboriginal Mine Training Association (AMTA). Established three years ago to serve the […]

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Mining companies need to understand Inuit: Nunavut consultant – Nunatsiaq News

“When you appreciate a culture, it’s a sign of respect” April 10, 2013 People who come to Nunavut from the South for work, need to have a better understanding of Inuit, Pujjuut Kusugak said April 9 during a presentation at the Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit. Kusugak, who served as Rankin Inlet’s mayor for a […]

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Prince Rupert students complete work on healing and reconciliation gift to government – Northern View

April 10, 2013 Work is complete on a gift that Prince Rupert students will be hand-delivered to the Government of Canada on June 13 as part of the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation, and on April 10 students and staff gathered for the blessing of the art. In order to raise awareness of the […]

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State of university address speaks to job cuts, aboriginal initiatives – News Talk 650

U of S president outlines challenges going forward First Posted: Apr 10, 2013 A vision for the University of Saskatchewan was laid out to faculty and students Wednesday during its annual meeting of the General Academic Assembly. During her first state of the university address, U of S president Ilene Busch-Vishniac outlined the school’s main […]

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Ktunaxa Nation to receive Crown land – Globe and Mail

Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 10 2013, 11:19 PM EDT The B.C. government has signed an agreement that will transfer about 242 hectares of Crown land to the Ktunaxa Nation in the communities surrounding Cranbrook in the Kootenay Mountains. The 1,500-member Ktunaxa Nation has had faced challenges in many of its economic projects because it is […]

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What is the impact of the Act to Amend the Indian Act and to Provide for its Replacement (Bill C-428)? – fcpp.org

April 9, 2013 The Indian Act is an outdated and paternalistic law that impedes economic progress for First Nations communities across Canada. Fortunately, positive policy reform may be on the way. Recently, Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke introduced a private member’s bill (Bill C-428) that would make significant changes to the Indian Act. Clark’s bill has […]

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‘Urgent’ need for nurses at First Nations stations – Leader-Post

APRIL 9, 2013 Some nursing stations and hospitals on remote First Nations reserves could be closed temporarily if “urgently required” contract nurses aren’t hired, according to the federal government. The bluntly worded notice on a government procurement website says Health Canada is “having difficulty” recruiting and retaining nurses on First Nations reserves in northern Manitoba, […]

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Indigenous immunisation rates at extremes – SBS

11 APR 2013 In areas with high rates of full immunisation, Indigenous kids match or exceed the rates for all children, but when they’re lower, the difference is extreme. The biggest problem is among children aged five, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Health Performance Authority. According to the report, 76,769 […]

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Department changes from Indigenous to Aboriginal – ABC Online

Updated 9 hours 51 minutes ago The State Government is replacing the word ‘Indigenous’ with the word ‘Aboriginal’ in its department in a move the Opposition has labelled an expensive waste of time. As part of a number of departmental changes, the agency will now be known as the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Three years […]

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Protecting a cultural right to abuse – The Age

April 11, 2013 At what point does autonomy slide into apartheid? Do the rights of a culture outweigh those of its people? Why can’t we talk about this? The Aboriginal war memorial in Canberra is a small bronze plaque pinned to a rock in scrubby bush, 10 minutes – a universe – from official Australia’s […]

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Indigenous soldiers inspire musician – SBS

11 APR 2013 Musician Dave Arden will play a pivotal role at Anzac Day memorials after he was inspired by his Indigenous war hero to pen a song about Aboriginal soldiers. Pride in his warrior ancestors and a burning desire to promote the role of Aboriginal soldiers inspired Melbourne musician Dave Arden to pen a […]

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UNICEF report: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for well-being of children – Toronto Star

April 10, 2013 If you think Canada is one of the best places to raise a child, think again. The latest report on the well-being of children in rich countries ranks Canada 17th out of 29, a score that hasn’t budged in almost a decade, according to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The country […]

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Family fears for life of 74-year-old Aboriginal hunger striker in NL – CTV News

April 10, 2013  St. John’s, NL — Relatives of a 74-year-old aboriginal elder in Labrador say they fear for his life now that he’s in the sixth day of a hunger strike. James Learning is protesting construction of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in central Labrador. He was arrested Friday for slowing traffic on a […]

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Alexander dancer and educator honoured – St. Albert Gazette

April 10, 2013 Two Alexander women will be recognized next month for their contributions to aboriginal arts and education. Jody Kootenay and Sage Arcand-Roan, both of Alexander, are two of 19 Alberta aboriginal women who will be recognized this May at the 18th annual Esquao Awards Gala. The Esquao Awards recognize the achievements of aboriginal […]

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Boy mauled by dogs on Manitoba First Nation – CBC.ca

April 10, 2013 A six-year old boy was mauled by a pack of stray dogs on a remote northern Manitoba reserve. It happened Monday morning on the Shamattawa First Nation, located about 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. Chief William Miles said the boy was so badly injured that nurses didn’t think he would survive. “His […]

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Idle No More movement ‘different’ from anything the government had ever seen before, documents reveal – Regina Leader-Post

April 10, 2013 Ottawa — On Dec. 12, an Aboriginal Affairs communications worker emailed his regional director about ongoing Idle No More protests. “What do you mean ‘idle no more’?,” Atlantic region director Ian Gray responded to Steve Young’s email. “Idle no more is the rallying statement for all the First Nations protesting Harper government […]

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Northern Ontario First Nations sign education agreement with province, Ottawa – Globe and Mail

April 9, 2013 Canada, Ontario and a large group of northern First Nations have signed a joint plan to give the communities a larger say in the schooling of about 7,000 students. It’s the first tripartite agreement with Ontario, and is based on similar agreements that have worked well in other provinces. The memorandum of […]

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Native elder on fifth day of hunger strike was jailed for Muskrat Falls protest – 680 News

April 9, 2013 St. John’s, NL – Family and friends say they fear for the life of an aboriginal elder in Labrador who was in the fifth day of a hunger strike Tuesday to protest the Muskrat Falls hydro project. James Learning, 74, was arrested Friday with seven other protesters who slowed traffic on a […]

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Raymond Robinson Hunger Strike: Aboriginal Leader Ends Protest After 5 Days – Huffington Post Canada

Updated: 04/09/2013 5:50 pm EDT Manitoba aboriginal leader Raymond Robinson has called off a complete hunger strike after five days without food or water. Robinson, a Grand Elder from Cross Lake, made the announcement on his personal Facebook page Tuesday morning and addressed the media from the steps of Parliament Hill in the afternoon. A […]

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Manitoba First Nation ice smashing and sand bagging to prepare for flood fight – globalnews.ca

April 9, 2013 BROKENHEAD FIRST NATION- The Amphibex and ice cutting machines are breaking up ice on the Brokenhead River as residents fear ice jamming could ultimately flood homes. “They’re way ahead of the game here,” said resident Gilbert Chief, “last time it was last minute sandbagging.” But residents aren’t waiting for it to melt, they’ve begun making sandbags in these […]

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Aboriginal community wants rehab centre – The Transcontinental

April 10, 2013 A recent announcement to confirm the establishment of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Port Augusta has been welcomed by the Aboriginal community. Speaking at the recent Close the Gap day Federal Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin made the announcement. Aboriginal Community Engagement Group co-chair Aaron […]

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Minister launches website to boost Indigenous business – International News Magazine

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 Brisbane. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Queensland are set for a boost with the Government’s launch of the Black Business Finder website. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek launched the website today in a move designed to increase growth in Indigenous businesses and employment. “This free website […]

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Claim renews sovereignty campaign – SBS

10 APR 2013 A declaration of independence refreshes the campaign for Indigenous sovereignty over parts of Australia. Veteran Aboriginal activist Geoff Clark says he’s encouraged by what he calls a reinvigoration of the campaign for Aboriginal sovereignty in Australia. His comments came as the Murrawarri people from northern New South Wales declared their independence. The […]

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Inuit tale ‘Legend of Sarila’ billed as Canada’s first 3D animated feature – Ottawa Citizen

APRIL 8, 2013 TORONTO – When it comes to 3D animated features, it’s hard to compete with the mammoth releases of Pixar and DreamWorks. So in tackling the Inuit-themed drama “The Legend of Sarila,” Quebec director Nancy Florence Savard decided she wouldn’t even try. Her debut movie is billed as Canada’s first-ever 3D animated feature […]

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First Nation refuses to sign agreement – Regina Leader-Post

APRIL 9, 2013 The Peepeekisis Cree Nation is not happy with proposed amendments to its funding agreement so the chief and council are taking a stand against the federal government. On Monday, the chief and council held a press conference on the First Nation to announce that it will not sign the proposed amending contribution […]

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Nuxalk community holds celebration to honour Residential School Survivors – Coast Mountain News

Updated: April 08, 2013 9:42 PM The community gathered in Bella Coola on April 5 to recognize survivors of residential school. It was a grey morning as chiefs, elders, and community members assembled in front of the totem pole downtown that had been carved four years ago in the survivors’ honour. The event was called […]

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First Nations face crisis – Windsor Star

Apr 09, 2013 Some nursing stations and hospitals on remote First Nations reserves could be closed temporarily if “urgently required” contract nurses aren’t hired, according to the federal government. The bluntly worded notice on a government procurement website says Health Canada is “having difficulty” recruiting and retaining nurses on First Nations reserves in northern Manitoba, […]

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Province finally releases report on kids in care, 7 years later – Victoria Times Colonist

APRIL 8, 2013 The B.C. government has finally released a report with information on how children and youth in care are doing. The 60-page statistical analysis was posted on the government’s website Monday — almost seven years after former judge Ted Hughes called for it. “Measurements that are based on actual results will give the […]

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Tony Cote saluted for lifetime of service – Regina Leader-Post

APRIL 9, 2013 When the first notes of O Canada – sung in Cree, incidentally – rang through the First Nations University of Canada, Tony Cote rose, snapped to attention and sang along, hand on heart. It was one of many poignant moments in a ceremony Monday at which the amiable Cote received the Queen’s […]

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Despite Arrests, NunatuKavut to Continue Fight – VOCM

Tuesday , April 9 2013 Despite the arrest of eight people late last week during a protest on the Trans Labrador Highway, the President of the NunatuKavut Community Council says his group remains resolved in exercising what they call their aboriginal rights. His group members, who claim Inuit and European ancestry, were never part of […]

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Partnership creates opportunities for students – Nanaimo News Bulletin

April 09, 2013 Last month, 30 passionate aboriginal business students from across B.C. got together at Vancouver Island University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Shq’apthut, for a weekend event where they met with industry professionals, attended workshops and shared their experiences with the group. All were part of the Ch’nook Scholars program, which was started in 2001 […]

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Editorial: Error corrected 50 years late – Victoria Times Colonist

APRIL 9, 2013 We can’t go back in time and erase all the injustices that occurred as white settlement pushed aboriginal peoples from their ancestral lands, but some things can be set right. Returning a piece of land adjacent to Goldstream Provincial Park to First Nations ownership corrects an error and returns the land to […]

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Appointment shows PM understands need to engage First Nations – Vancouver Sun

APRIL 9, 2013 On March 18, Ottawa appointed a Special Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure. Lawyer Douglas Eyford is to “engage with Aboriginal communities … that could benefit from future energy infrastructure development.” He is to report directly to the Prime Minister. This newspaper headlined the knee-jerk reaction of some: “PM’s new pipeline point […]

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Equal partners – Calgary Herald

APRIL 9, 2013 Re: “First Nations blackmail shouldn’t shape policy,” Naomi Lakritz, Opinion, April 5. Why should taxpayers continue to provide millions of dollars to support a society that seems to do little to support itself? First Nations are eager to negotiate a better deal, but it is always a one-sided negotiation. On one side […]

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Toonik Tyme announces its honorary Tuniq – Nunatsiaq News

“Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, ajeerneq dancer… now Honorary Tuniq!” April 09, 2013 As Iqaluit gets ready to celebrate the April 12 opening of the city’s Toonik Tyme spring festival, organizers decided to start a new tradition. They announced the identity of the honorary “Toonik” or “Tuniq,” who presides over the 10-day event, ahead of time in […]

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Hunger strike taking its toll on First Nations elder Raymond Robinson – Canada.com

April 8, 2013 OTTAWA – A Manitoba elder who has been on a hunger strike since last Wednesday vowed to continue his protest Monday despite serious signs his health is flagging. Raymond Robinson, a Grand Elder from Cross Lake, Man., began his hunger strike to draw attention to what he believes are problems with federal […]

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