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Aboriginal protesters block building site – London Free Press

Aboriginal protesters block building site

Sat, October 20, 2007
By CP

BRANTFORD — Six Nations protesters temporarily halted the construction of a $40-million shopping centre here yesterday with a 12-hour demonstration.

The peaceful protest was in reaction to a provincial statement made Thursday that a new Six Nations development institute has no right to charge fees or demand permits for construction on lands on either side of the Grand River.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2007/10/20/4591046-sun.html

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Aboriginal leader concerned about youth violence (CBC Manitoba)

Aboriginal leader concerned about youth violence

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 1:07 PM CT
CBC News

Manitoba’s top aboriginal leaders are meeting with the mayor of Winnipeg Friday to discuss youth crime.

The rise in violence among aboriginal youth has to stop, said the head of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/10/19/man-youth.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007766 Views

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Native protesters leave uranium mine (Montreal Gazette)

Native protesters leave uranium mine

The Gazette
Published: 11 hours ago

Protesting First Nations groups yesterday began vacating a prospective uranium mining area in eastern Ontario, clearing the way for exploration to begin on the site, following months of demonstration-related delays.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=d20d9261-dd36-4d9a-a985-853c2bf3ebdf&k=24664

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007590 Views

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Housing a `national crisis,’ UN envoy says (Toronto Star)

Housing a `national crisis,’ UN envoy says
Official hosts forum as part of two-week fact-finding mission

Oct 20, 2007 04:30 AM
Joanna Smith
Staff Reporter

Tears brim behind her glasses as Patricia Cummings-Diaz recounts the years of “hell” that saw the single mother drag her three children from shelter to homeless shelter.

Her daughter was attacked more than once. They all experienced malnutrition and fear. “That’s what happens when you cattle the poor,” she said.

http://www.thestar.com/article/268755

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007803 Views

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Curve Lake expansion plan still meets resistance – Kawartha Media Group

Curve Lake expansion plan still meets resistance

Date: 2007-10-20
Author: Lindsey Cole

Inside the little red brick church on Saturday, 50 people sat, each waiting.

Waiting for an update, and waiting for their chance to speak, on three controversial issues stemming from Curve Lake First Nations’ application to expand its land holdings.

http://www.mykawartha.com/article/20776

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007888 Views

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Aboriginal youth are the future of this country – The Daily News

Last updated at 6:44 AM on 20/10/07

Aboriginal youth are the future of this country

October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. Some of you may be reading my special series running each Monday of this month in this paper. Each of the articles focuses on an aspect of being aboriginal. Most of the subject matter however, is very adult focused.

This week, I had the privilege of being reminded of what can happen when we take time to engage our youth. Some very talented students of the Wagmatcook First Nation (near Baddeck, in Cape Breton) have created some art work that is being displayed in the corridor of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=73021&sc=93

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007769 Views

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Summit builds ‘united front’ – Timmins Daily Press

Summit builds ‘united front’

Posted By Michael Peeling
Posted 4 hours ago

A two-day summit of key figures in Northern Ontario concluded as a “good start” towards creating a common voice for 110 communities, but there is still a lot work to be done, according to some delegates.

Alan Spacek, Northern Leaders’ Economic Summit co-organizer and mayor of Kapuskasing and one of 208 delegates at the summit, said the series of presentations and breakout sessions on topics such as energy, health, education, natural resources, transportation and other issues prominent in the area went a long way toward building a “united front” for Northern Ontario to deal with other levels of government. But he said there was the conspicuous absence of First Nations leaders and other key stakeholders in the future of the North.

http://www.timminspress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=742657&auth=Michael+Peeling

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Dion tries on his running-for-PM shoes – Winnipeg Free Press

Dion tries on his running-for-PM shoes

Sat Oct 20 2007
By Joe Paraskevas

FORT ALEXANDER — Stéphane Dion sounded like a man on the campaign trail Friday.

The federal Liberal party leader, who this week assured Canadians he would not defeat the Conservative minority government and provoke an election, acted like a politician looking for a fight.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/story/4061424p-4665127c.html

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007702 Views

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‘Napa North’ – StarPhoenix

‘Napa North’
Osoyoos aspires to be enjoyed as a four-seasons destination

Kathy McCormick, CanWest News Service
Published: Saturday, October 20, 2007

OSOYOOS, B.C. — Osoyoos is in a transformation, going from a small tourist destination where the focus was on beer, cherries and sunshine, to a full-out, year-round spot that has an upscale, exotic appeal, says the executive director of Destination Osoyoos.

“Now there are 60 to 70 wineries here (in and around the town) and the focus of developers is to create a four-season destination,” says Glenn Mandziuk. “It’s amazing to see how that has lifted the whole area. Eco-tourism, too, is big. People want to enjoy the beach, but they want to get off there and have more experiences.”

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/weekend_extra/story.html?id=c37d591e-86b8-46c4-a8f9-28640588ec00

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Province to take cottagers around native blockade – Edmonton Journal

Province to take cottagers around native blockade

CanWest News Service
Published: 2:06 am

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Conservation will ferry cottagers across Lake Winnipeg this weekend so they can gain access to their properties, which have been out of reach since a native blockade went up about a month ago.

The blockade was erected by Hollow Water First Nation because the band says it was not consulted before the province auctioned off cottage lots on Hollow Water traditional land.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=51cf45df-200f-46d2-b1e6-a9fd5d47e44b

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007659 Views

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Road to the dead – Canoe.ca

Road to the dead

The grieving has gone on for four long years as the community of Summer Beaver seeks closure

SUMMER BEAVER, Ont. — Johnny Yellowhead walks deep into the north woods, to once again find one of Canada’s most isolated graveyards.

What he wants — what many in his nearby First Nation village of Summer Beaver (Nibinamik), Ont., still pray for these four years later — is a road to their dead.

http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/10/20/4590724-sun.html

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Landlord fined over First Nations comments -CBC

Landlord fined over First Nations comments

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 4:28 PM CT
CBC News

A Prince Albert landlord must pay $2,000 for making a hurtful remark about First Nations people to one of his tenants.

In 2002, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission took up the case of Marjorie Starr, who complained her rights were violated by the comments of Glenn Olsen and his company, Karcher Holdings Ltd.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/10/19/indians-comments.html

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007693 Views

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Flick: Our weekly take on movies -Toronto Star

Flick: Our weekly take on movies

Oct 19, 2007 04:30 AM

Elijah Harper is expected to be in the audience tomorrow night for Toronto premiere of Elijah, screening as part of the 8th annual imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.

Billy Merasty plays the title role in the CTV made-for-TV biopic of Manitoba’s Harper, the aboriginal MLA who made history for his stand on the Meech Lake Accord.

http://www.thestar.com/article/268394

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007779 Views

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Healing, youth focus of Yukon residential school conference -CBC

Healing, youth focus of Yukon residential school conference

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 10:32 AM CT
CBC News

Former residential school students attending a conference in Whitehorse this week say they want children and youth to get involved in the healing process.

Up to 450 people packed the gym at Yukon College for the three-day conference, which concluded Thursday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/19/yk-conference.html

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007681 Views

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New molybdenum mine to hire B.C., Yukon workers -CBC

New molybdenum mine to hire B.C., Yukon workers

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 5:25 PM CT
CBC News

A Vancouver company building a new molybdenum mine near Atlin, B.C., says it will look to northern British Columbia and the Yukon for hiring hundreds of workers this winter.

Adanac Molybdenum Corp. has started construction of an open-pit mine 24 kilometres northeast of Atlin at Ruby Creek, B.C.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/19/atlin-mine.html

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Make Nunavut language bills tougher, groups tell committee -CBC

Make Nunavut language bills tougher, groups tell committee

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 3:00 PM CT
CBC News

Nunavummiut who appeared before a legislative committee Thursday on Nunavut’s proposed language laws said they have to do more to protect the Inuit languages.

The Ajauqtiit standing committee began hearings Thursday into Bill 6, which would create a new official languages act, and Bill 7, known as the Inuit language protection act. Both passed first and second reading in Nunavut’s legislative assembly earlier this year.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/19/nu-lang.html

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007668 Views

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New Iqaluit hospital officially opens -CBC

New Iqaluit hospital officially opens

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 4:21 PM CT
CBC News

Nunavut leaders celebrated the opening of Iqaluit’s new hospital Friday, but the territory’s health minister warned that it will face challenges recruiting nurses and other medical staff for the facility.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Premier Paul Okalik opened the new Qikiqtani General Hospital in a ceremony Friday morning.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/19/iqa-hospital.html

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007776 Views

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PM’s use of aboriginal front group may backfire -StarPhoenix

PM’s use of aboriginal front group may backfire

Doug Cuthand, Special to The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

The speech from the throne has been hyped by media as the last word from the government of the day, when in reality it’s only the first.

Throne speeches are treated as statements where the ruling party outlines its agenda for the coming session and not a test of parliamentary members’ confidence in the government. The speech is followed by the details and legislation, and it is at this point where confidence in the government is on the line.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/columnists/story.html?id=0136b6d8-1ce5-42da-9525-004c963cbaf7

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007673 Views

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MNS Calls for Agreement on Hunting, Fishing Rights -StarPhoenix

MNS calls for agreement on hunting, fishing rights

Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

REGINA (SNN) — The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan (MNS) is calling for a provincewide agreement that recognizes and respects Metis hunting and fishing rights.

“It is time for the government of Saskatchewan to sit down and honorably negotiate an agreement with the MNS that recognizes and accommodates Metis harvesting rights throughout the province, rather than continuing to charge and prosecute Metis harvesters at great expense to our people and Saskatchewan taxpayers,” Metis Nation-Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette told reporters Thursday.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=54e1ca78-1eb2-474c-9a04-cdf6386b0ff3

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007758 Views

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MGM Communications, Siemens Partner in First Nations Initiative -StarPhoenix

MGM Communications, Siemens partner in First Nations initiative

The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

A Saskatoon-based company has partnered with Siemens Canada Ltd. to develop a communications strategy that targets First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.

MGM Communications, an advertising and marketing agency that is majority owned by the Battlefords Tribal Council, announced Thursday it will provide creative services such as public relations and media placement for Siemens Canada.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=fb1b758b-8b4b-46f4-b3ea-dbdb800c1f52

by NationTalk on October 20, 2007814 Views

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Activists breached seal hunt rules, officer testifies -CBC

Activists breached seal hunt rules, officer testifies
Defence lawyer plans to rebut evidence

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007 | 6:09 AM CT
CBC News

The Crown called just one witness in a case against five activists it says disrupted the seal hunt off Canada’s east coast in 2006.

Two Canadians, two Americans and a British citizen — all with the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliate, Humane Society International — are charged with violating marine mammal regulations.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/19/seal-hunt.html

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007777 Views

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New NWT premier promises assertive style -Globe and Mail

New NWT premier promises assertive style

BOB WEBER
The Canadian Press
October 18, 2007

YELLOWKNIFE — Another premier may be going to Ottawa with boxing gloves on.

Floyd Roland, 46, the newly chosen leader of the Northwest Territories, says it’s time the federal government took seriously the North’s desire to control and benefit from its own resources.

“I believe we do need to take a stronger approach as we see development happening in the Northwest Territories,” he said yesterday after being chosen. “And I really believe that northerners need to benefit from the development of the resources here in the North.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071018.PREMIER18/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007741 Views

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Fears & Facts -Leader-Post

Fears & Facts

It’s illuminating to look behind the statistics that resulted in Regina’s unwanted title as the “Murder Capital of Canada”

The Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

For the majority of Reginans, the scary numbers and sombre headlines just don’t add up.

The city is again “murder capital” of Canada?

It sure doesn’t feel like it in upscale neighbourhoods like Wascana View, Richmond Place or Albert Park.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=54dbe656-dae2-4ae3-b5d7-296af9ad741a

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Time to end rights exemption – Regina Leader-Post

Time to end rights exemption

Calgary Herald
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

When the federal Tories announced in Tuesday’s throne speech that they intend to push forward with Bill C-44, which would bring First Nations communities under the Canadian Human Rights Act, the TV cameras registered a shocked expression on Phil Fontaine’s face.

Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has consistently opposed the repealing of Section 67 of the Act, which for years has contained a First Nations exemption.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=8091d3a3-875b-48b7-8ce0-457fbe27fed4

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007784 Views

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Aboriginals’ rights said violated – Regina Leader-Post

Aboriginals’ rights said violated

Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) says the human rights of First Nations people are being violated.

“In a country as free and democratic as Canada, First Nations citizens are the only ones who don’t have full access to basic, fundamental human rights that other Canadians enjoy,” said Chief Patrick Brazeau on Thursday.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=bef4080c-2e7d-447f-8230-1a6edf7fa8ab

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Court decision favours Metis fishing year-round – Regina Leader-Post

Court decision favours Metis fishing year-round

Anne Kyle, Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

The Metis Nation Saskatchewan is calling for the creation of a provincewide agreement that recognizes and respects Metis harvesting rights.

“It is time for the government of Saskatchewan to sit down and honourably negotiate an agreement with the MNS that recognizes and accommodates Metis harvesting rights throughout the province, rather than continuing to charge and prosecute Metis harvesters at great expense to our people and Saskatchewan taxpayers,” Metis Nation Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette told reporters on Thursday. “We call upon the leaders of both the NDP and the Saskatchewan Party to make such a commitment to the Metis people during this election campaign.”

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=b2558925-16a3-4923-84ed-4ed9993a727f

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007889 Views

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Feathers, sequins and the noble white man (The Globe and Mail)

Artist Kent Monkman explores the Old World’s view of aboriginal culture through painting and performance

SARAH MILROY
From Friday’s Globe and Mail
October 19, 2007 at 5:28 AM EDT

The studio of Toronto artist Kent Monkman is a study in cultural cross-pollination. On the table in the middle of the space, an assistant is making a ceremonial feather headdress to Monkman’s exacting specifications (black and white feathers with pink trim and sequins), regalia that will be used in his performance at the Royal Ontario Museum tonight. The desk nearby is scattered with correspondence and notes, and a selection of well-thumbed art history books are propped open here and there for easy reference, many of them marked with slips of paper.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071019.wmonkman19/BNStory/Entertainment/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071019.wmonkman19

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Global warming threatens world, says Nobel prize nominee -Red Deer Advocate

Global warming threatens world, says Nobel prize nominee

By SUSAN ZIELINSKI
Oct 18 2007

Nobel prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier says the time is now to battle climate change.

“Climate change is as terrifying as any war. If we don’t do something in the next little while it will cost as many lives as war,” Watt-Cloutier told the Advocate after she spoke to a crowd of about 300 people at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Wednesday.

http://www.reddeeradvocate.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=107&cat=59&id=1085855&more=0

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007639 Views

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Government to ferry cottagers around native blockade -CBC

Government to ferry cottagers around native blockade

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 3:17 PM CT
CBC News

The Manitoba government is providing boats to ferry people to their cottages on the east side of Lake Winnipeg this weekend to avoid road blockades set up by the Hollow Water First Nation.

The First Nation has said it will also let some cottagers through one of several blockades set up a month ago on roads in the area around Manigotagan, about 180 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/10/18/hollow-water.html?ref=rss

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Cottagers To Boat Around Blockades -CJOB

Cottagers To Boat Around Blockades
OCT 18 2007 03:20 PM

Cottagers affected by the blockades on the Hollow Water First Nation are going to the boats.

The Department of Conservation is using boats to take cottagers around the blockades to winterize their cabins starting this weekend.

http://www.cjob.com/news/news_xml.aspx?src=loc&rem=77336

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007704 Views

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UN special envoy to shine spotlight on housing in Toronto -Toronto Star

UN special envoy to shine spotlight on housing in Toronto

Visit part of fact-finding mission across Canada that has, so far, shown `stark, disturbing’ situation

Oct 18, 2007 04:30 AM
Joanna Smith
Staff Reporter

A United Nations special envoy set to arrive in Toronto as part of an investigation into the standard of housing across Canada says the evidence he has seen so far is “very stark and very disturbing.”

Miloon Kothari, the UN’s special rapporteur on adequate housing, arrives in Toronto tonight as part of a two-week investigation in Canada that focuses on housing for women and aboriginals, homelessness and the impact the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will have on housing in Vancouver.

http://www.thestar.com/article/268114

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Taking a stand on poverty -Toronto Star

Taking a stand on poverty
Millions around the world participate in `stand up’ backing U.N. goals to reduce hunger, homelessness

Oct 18, 2007 04:30 AM
Kristin Rushowy
Education Reporter

The students at St. Monica Catholic School joined millions around the world yesterday to stand up against poverty.

“We see it in our community and a lot of students shrug it off,” said 12-year-old Robert Fekete after an assembly at his Markham elementary school. “A lot of students don’t like to think about it.”

http://www.thestar.com/article/268112

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Canada’s sizzling mining industry to face shortage of 90,000 workers in decade -CBC

Canada’s sizzling mining industry to face shortage of 90,000 workers in decade

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 5:53 PM ET
Canadian Press: Ross Marowits, THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A decade after they toiled through the lean years, miners are the new rock stars of Canada’s industrial workforce.

Surging commodity prices, strong demand for metals from the growing Asian economies and an anticipated flood of retirements by experience miners has ensured recruits get lots of lovin’ from admiring suitors.

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/071018/b1018125A.html

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Ones to watch -Winnipeg Free Press

Ones to watch
Young natives feted for their success

Thu Oct 18 2007
By Alexandra Paul

THEY’RE bright, ambitious and a credit to us all.
Fourteen young aboriginals will be honoured at a gala dinner tonight for their accomplishments in education, business, traditional culture and the arts.

Anishnaabe Oway-Ishi Inc., an employment agency, is hosting the awards at the Winnipeg Convention Centre for teenagers and young adults for the 14th year in a row.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/story/4059762p-4663903c.html

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Reward would spur ‘highway of tears’ case, MLA says -Globe and Mail

Reward would spur ‘highway of tears’ case, MLA says

KRIS SCHUMACHER
The Canadian Press
October 18, 2007

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — North Coast MLA Gary Coons has called on the Solicitor-General to attach a reward to the cases of missing and slain women along the so-called ‘highway of tears.’

Last week, RCMP said they have officially doubled the list of women, brought the timeline back to 1969 and expanded the geographical scope of the investigation farther south.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071018.HIGHWAY18/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Former Liberal minister broke lobbying rules, NDP says -Globe and Mail

Former Liberal minister broke lobbying rules, NDP says

DIRK MEISSNER
The Canadian Press
October 18, 2007

VICTORIA — The Opposition New Democrats filed a conflict-of-interest complaint yesterday against former Liberal cabinet minister Graham Bruce and the current B.C. cabinet, including Premier Gordon Campbell.

The NDP’s conflict complaint says Mr. Bruce broke conflict rules because he lobbied cabinet members on behalf of aboriginals in his former Vancouver Island riding shortly after his election defeat.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071018.LOBBYIST18/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Work begins on Porcupine caribou plan as report points to decline -CBC

Work begins on Porcupine caribou plan as report points to decline

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 5:29 PM CT
CBC News

Biologists and aboriginal and government leaders began meeting in the Northwest Territories Thursday to create a new management plan for the Porcupine caribou herd, just as a new Arctic report revealed that some caribou herds are shrinking.

Meeting in Inuvik, government and aboriginal officials from the Yukon and Northwest Territories discussed the state of the herd and how to develop a caribou harvest management strategy.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/18/north-caribou.html

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In Solidarity Against the Treaty -The Vancouver 24 Hours

In solidarity against the treaty
Penn and her paper

By SEAN HOLMAN

High-profile federal Liberal candidate Briony Penn is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with aboriginal leaders opposed to the Tsawwassen First Nation final agreement (physically speaking, at least). Earlier this week, Penn, a prominent environmentalist, was spotted attending a protest at the legislature against that agreement – and the treaty process as a whole.

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/2007/10/18/4584984-sun.html

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Nunavut Premier Frustrated with Throne Speech’s ‘Mixed Signals’ -CBC

Nunavut premier frustrated with throne speech’s ‘mixed signals’
Government address made no committment to devolution, Okalik says

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 9:12 AM CT
CBC News

The federal government’s throne speech made mention of the North, but Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik said it still discouraged him because it did nothing to help his territory gain control over its own affairs.

“I must say for our government, it was not that encouraging,” Okalik said Wednesday, the day after Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean delivered the speech in Ottawa.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/18/nu-speech.html

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Project tackles high amputation rates for aboriginal diabetics -CBC

Project tackles high amputation rates for aboriginal diabetics

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 12:28 PM CT
CBC News

Health officials are working to determine why aboriginal diabetics in Manitoba are much more likely to have a limb amputated than other people with the disease.

The rate of diabetes among aboriginal people in the province is four to five times higher than the general population, says Tracy Scott of the Ontario-based St. Elizabeth Health Care, which is conducting the study.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/10/18/diabetes-amputations.html

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First Nations activist says courts lacks authority to try him -The London Free Press

First Nations activist says courts lacks authority to try him

Thu, October 18, 2007
By CP

CAYUGA — A First Nations activist arrested at a Caledonia building site last month is challenging a Cayuga court’s authority to try him on criminal charges, including counts of mischief, assaulting police and robbery.

Skyler Williams, 24, is among a number of Six Nations Haudenosaunee people currently before the courts who believe Canadian law doesn’t apply to them because they belong to a sovereign nation with its own laws and customs.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2007/10/18/4585331-sun.html

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Tribes defend Bruce over conflict, lobbying claims -Times Colonist

Tribes defend Bruce over conflict, lobbying claims
Cowichan leaders deny any improprieties in lobbying efforts by ex-cabinet minister

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

Leaders of the Cowichan Tribes say their business dealings with former Liberal cabinet minister Graham Bruce are above board and treaty funds were never used to pay for Bruce’s lobbying efforts.

Allegations that Bruce, who has worked as a consultant since losing his seat in 2005, violated lobbying and conflict-of-interest rules while working for the band and that treaty support funds were misused are part of a campaign by opponents to discredit the Cowichan Tribes administration and the Liberal provincial government, general manager Ernie Elliott said yesterday.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=71a9530d-0892-484e-80ee-b60112f5e0d1

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Labrador Inuit ponder ban on uranium mining -CBC

Labrador Inuit ponder ban on uranium mining
Nunatsiavut resources minister hopes to develop new policy

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 6:35 AM CT
CBC News

Labrador’s Inuit assembly is considering a motion that would ban uranium mining on land it governs.

Aurora Energy is hoping to develop a uranium mine near the coastal Labrador community of Postville within the next decade.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/18/uranium-inuit.html

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Film salutes missing aboriginal women -Leader-Post

Film salutes missing aboriginal women

Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

One Saskatoon-based film maker believes everyone needs to know about the more than 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada so he produced a documentary called, Stolen Sisters.

“We thought this was a story that was important,” said the film’s director and producer Antonio Hrynchuk.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=39bd0a7b-e2b3-437c-820a-20e99376c6fc

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Plight of Poor, First Nations “National Disgrace” -The Chronicle Herald

Plight of poor, First Nations “national disgrace”
Forget tax cut, boost social programs, activists tell Ottawa

By COLIN PERKEL The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 18 – 6:25 AM

TORONTO — Widespread poverty in Canada, particularly among aboriginal peoples, is tarnishing the international reputation of a country that considers itself a moral beacon to the rest of the world, activists told a union-led rally Wednesday.

Speakers at the event in Toronto, one of several around the globe to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, assailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for planning to cut taxes rather than invest in public services that help ensure social justice.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/966590.html

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First Nations focus must be on economy: chief -Regina Leader-Post

First Nations focus must be on economy: chief

Bruce Johnstone, Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

REGINA — First Nations people need to become full participants in the economy or remain a burden on the province’s taxpayers, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Lawrence Joseph said Wednesday.

“The studies indicate that Indian people are a social burden to taxpayers of Saskatchewan and Canada,” Joseph told a Regina Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=ea9a5dd7-697c-4a8f-ac3d-954b3369082e

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Chief Receives Second Mandate -The Powell River Peak

Chief receives second mandate

Laura Walz — Peak Editor
10/17/2007

Paul re-elected to head tribal council that provides economic and governance advice

Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation Chief Walter Paul has been elected for a second term as chairman of the Naut’su mawt Tribal Council.

The organization includes the first nations of Chemainus, Halalt, Homalco, Klahoose, Malahat, Nanoose, Sliammon, Snuneymuxw, Tsawwassen and Tsleil-Waututh.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18929405&BRD=1998&PAG=461&dept_id=499599&rfi=6

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NS has highest tuition in Canada – ChronicleHerald.ca

N.S. has highest tuition in Canada — StatsCan

By The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 18 – 10:38 AM

Nova Scotia is once again at the top of the list when it comes to the high cost of university tuitions.

Statistics Canada says the average tuition in the province sits at $5,878 a year.

The national average is $4,524 a year.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/9004370.html

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Native protester challenging the court – AM900 CHML

Native protester challenging the court

Oct, 18 2007 – 5:00 AM

CALEDONIA (AM900 CHML) – One of the aboriginal protesters arrested on the Stirling Woods building site in Caledonia last month is now challenging the court’s authority to try him on criminal charges.

24-year old Skyler Williams is facing a raft of charges, including robbery, assaulting a police officer and mischief.

http://www.900chml.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428218912&rem=77285&red=80121823aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

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Organized crime linked to Labrador drug bust: RCMP – CBC

Organized crime linked to Labrador drug bust: RCMP

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 7:29 AM NT
CBC News

RCMP say they have made the largest marijuana bust in Labrador’s history, and say the bust is connected to organized crime.

Officers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay showed off more than eight kilograms that had been seized from a house in the town. Police said the stash, enough to make about 40,000 joints, could have netted a potential street value of about $160,000.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/10/18/labrador-bust.html

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