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Moments of life and death – Canoe.ca

More details released about slain women

Report from Project KARE officer abounds with details concerning 13 slain Edmonton women

By DANIEL MACISAAC, SUN MEDIA
The Edmonton Sun

Edmonton’s missing women have been given their voices back.

RCMP testimony in the case against accused prostitute killer Thomas Svekla has brought to light previously unknown details about the cases of 13 women investigated by the Project KARE task force.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/10/29/4614267-sun.html

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Native leaders want their own minister (The Globe and Mail)

Native leaders want their own minister

CHINTA PUXLEY
The Canadian Press
October 29, 2007 at 5:44 AM EDT

Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to appoint a standalone minister of aboriginal affairs as part of his new cabinet tomorrow, giving greater profile to native issues in a time of escalating land disputes, occupations and deteriorating infrastructure on some Ontario reserves.

A Liberal source familiar with the announcement told The Canadian Press that Mr. McGuinty will make good on his promise to have a separate Aboriginal Affairs ministry, complete with its own minister, as recommended by the recent Ipperwash inquiry.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071029.wontcabinetnative29/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071029.wontcabinetnative29

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The battle for equality is far from over: Mi’kmaq History Month (The Halifax Daily News)

The battle for equality is far from over
Mi’kmaq History Month

CANDY PALMATER
The Daily News

This is the final story in a five-part series by Candy Palmater. It explored the Mi’kmaq nation specifically and matters affecting aboriginal people in general and ran in ­The Daily News every Monday of Mi’kmaq History Month this October. This week: Nova Scotia in 2007.

As Mi’kmaq History Month draws to a close, so too does this special series on aboriginal matters. This ?nal column is a personal re?ection on being Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia in 2007.

http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=75326&sc=89

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Leaders focused on the issues – Regina Leader-Post

Leaders focused on the issues

Doug Cuthand, The Leader-Post
Published: Monday, October 29, 2007

This week the provincial candidates strutted their stuff at the FSIN Chiefs’ assembly. It was a far cry from the acrimonious reports in the media. The three leaders were allowed equal time to present their platforms on First Nations and then had to sit patiently as the chiefs asked a series of questions.

It was probably one of the least partisan events they will experience on the campaign trail. Questions dealt with local concerns, resource revenue sharing, consultation and the provincial gaming agreement. There weren’t any partisan remarks, cheerleading or undue criticism. It was an excellent display of the political maturity of our leaders.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/city_province/story.html?id=ff50b8f9-a5f1-4d47-abe8-db07c52b74c0

by NationTalk on October 29, 2007893 Views

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Certification Pays Off For Iisaak: Ecotrust – Westcoaster

Certification Pays Off For Iisaak: Ecotrust

Published Date: 2007/10/29
By Keven Drews

Harvesting and selling timber according to Forest Stewardship Council standards is benefiting a First Nations-owned logging company, says an Ecotrust Canada spokesman.

Mike Vitt, a forestry program manager for Ecotrust Canada, told the Clayoquot Sound Central Region Board last week that Iisaak Forest Products should have a record year in terms of profitability, and the company is now selling timber into Port Alberni, Parksville and Vancouver.

http://www.westcoaster.ca/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=2884

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Flaherty ignores pleas to control black-market cigarettes – Globe and Mail

Flaherty ignores pleas to control black-market cigarettes
Senior officials concerned about substantial tax losses in growing illegal trade

BILL CURRY
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
October 29, 2007 at 2:00 AM EDT

OTTAWA — Pleas from senior federal officials for budget measures to help combat the black market in contraband native-made cigarettes went unheeded by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, newly released documents show.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071029.wsmokes29/BNStory/National/home

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Prepare for more mukking about – Macleans.ca

Prepare for more mukking about
A fashion line that donates part of its profits to Aboriginals is readying for its second act

ANNE KINGSTON | October 29, 2007 |

Muks, the London-based fashion line that owes its existence to a paparazzi shot of Kate Moss wearing Native Canadian footgear, is readying for its second act. Its first, as anyone with passing familiarity with the gossip rags knows, was the celebrity-fuelled elevation of mukluks to must-haves. Now, the most brilliant branding exercise since Evian is priming to bring First Nations-inspired chic to the fashion-forward.

http://www.macleans.ca/culture/lifestyle/article.jsp?content=20071029_110322_110322

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Native hopes high with stand-alone aboriginal affairs ministry – Canada.com

Native hopes high with stand-alone aboriginal affairs ministry

Jordana Huber , CanWest News Service
Published: Sunday, October 28, 2007

TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to appoint a minister responsible solely for Ontario’s aboriginal affairs portfolio, Liberal sources said on the eve of the new cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

First Nations leaders and opposition parties widely criticized McGuinty in June when he created the stand-alone aboriginal affairs ministry but did not expand his cabinet to fill the post. Instead, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay was tapped to lead the new portfolio — raising the ire of native leaders who perceived a potential for conflict between a minister responsible for regulating Crown lands while addressing aboriginal issues.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=4812bf34-c4f7-4014-a4b5-1e76e10a785c&k=66083

by NationTalk on October 29, 2007678 Views

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A symbol of health, healing – ChronicleHerald.ca

A symbol of health, healing
Pictou Landing gets new health centre

By MONICA GRAHAM
Sat. Oct 27 – 6:13 AM

PICTOU LANDING FIRST NATION — The symbolism was not lost on the crowd when a single eagle soared overhead during the opening on Friday of the Pictou Landing First Nation’s new health centre.

The bird, whether drawn by the shivery songs and rhythmic drumming of young men or the dancing of Kitpu (her name means Eagle) and Patrick Herney, is important in Mi’kmaq culture.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/974837.html

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McGuinty follows up on Ipperwash recommendations – CTV.ca

McGuinty follows up on Ipperwash recommendations

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to appoint a stand-alone minister of aboriginal affairs as part of his new cabinet Tuesday, giving greater profile to native issues in a time of escalating land disputes, occupations and deteriorating infrastructure on some Ontario reserves.

A Liberal source familiar with the announcement told The Canadian Press that McGuinty will make good on his promise to have a separate Aboriginal Affairs Ministry, complete with its own minister, as recommended by the recent Ipperwash inquiry.

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20071028/McGuinty_aboriginals_071028/20071028?hub=TorontoHome

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Chiefs cool to nuke power plant proposal -Calgary Sun

Sat, October 27, 2007

Chiefs cool to nuke power plant proposal

UPDATED: 2007-10-27 03:06:13 MST
By CP

GRANDE PRAIRIE — Aboriginal leaders in Alberta have told a company that’s proposing to build a nuclear power plant in the northern part of the province they don’t like the idea.

About 40 delegates from the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs of Alberta were in Grande Prairie for a forum with representatives from industry, government and other sectors to explore social, economic and environmental issues.

http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2007/10/27/4609566-sun.html

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McGuinty expected to name aboriginal affairs minister -Toronto Star

McGuinty expected to name aboriginal affairs minister

Chinta Puxley
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to appoint a stand-alone minister of aboriginal affairs as part of his new cabinet Tuesday, giving greater profile to native issues in a time of escalating land disputes, occupations and deteriorating infrastructure on some Ontario reserves.

A Liberal source familiar with the announcement told The Canadian Press that McGuinty will make good on his promise to have a separate Aboriginal Affairs Ministry, complete with its own minister, as recommended by the recent Ipperwash inquiry.

http://www.thestar.com/article/271306

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Alberta aboriginal chiefs cool to nuclear power plant proposal -630CHED

Alberta aboriginal chiefs cool to nuclear power plant proposal

Oct, 27 2007 – 4:40 AM

ALBERTA – Aboriginal leaders in Alberta have told a company that’s proposing to build a nuclear power plant in the northern part of the province that they don’t like the idea.

About 40 delegates from the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs of Alberta were in Grande Prairie for a forum with representatives from industry, government and other sectors to explore social, economic and environmental issues.

http://www.630ched.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428218912&rem=78013&red=80121823aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

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Auditor wrote racist slurs in tax file: Inuit artist -CTV

Auditor wrote racist slurs in tax file: Inuit artist

Updated Sat. Oct. 27 2007 1:19 PM ET
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A renowned Inuit artist says a Canada Revenue Agency auditor wrote racist comments about him in a memo in his tax file.

Jonas Faber went to a tax lawyer after he was audited and the lawyer filed a Freedom of Information request to get a copy of his tax file.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071027/inuit_artist_071027/20071027/

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Native hopes high with stand-alone aboriginal affairs ministry -Canada.com

Native hopes high with stand-alone aboriginal affairs ministry

Jordana Huber , CanWest News Service
Published: Sunday, October 28, 2007

TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to appoint a minister responsible solely for Ontario’s aboriginal affairs portfolio, Liberal sources said on the eve of the new cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

First Nations leaders and opposition parties widely criticized McGuinty in June when he created the stand-alone aboriginal affairs ministry but did not expand his cabinet to fill the post. Instead, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay was tapped to lead the new portfolio — raising the ire of native leaders who perceived a potential for conflict between a minister responsible for regulating Crown lands while addressing aboriginal issues.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=4812bf34-c4f7-4014-a4b5-1e76e10a785c&k=66083

by NationTalk on October 28, 2007757 Views

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Abundance of freshwater ‘a myth’ -Globe and Mail

Abundance of freshwater ‘a myth’
Threats to drinking supplies are real and many, new group says in report to be released today

BILL CURRY
October 26, 2007

OTTAWA — The “myth” of freshwater abundance in this country should be abandoned by Canadians and their governments, warns a report from an expert panel recommending radical action to protect the nation’s drinking water.

The newly formed Gordon Water Group, which describes itself as an organization of scientists, lawyers, policy experts and former senior government policy advisers led by the Sierra Club of Canada, is releasing the 55-page call to action today.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071026.WATER26/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Inuit artist accuses CRA staff of writing racist tax memo -CBC

Inuit artist accuses CRA staff of writing racist tax memo
CRA staff wrote native lacked sense of urgency

Last Updated: Friday, October 26, 2007 | 7:20 PM ET

An internationally renowned Inuit artist is accusing staff at the Canada Revenue Agency of racism, after he found racial comments on a memo contained in his government tax file.

Jonas Faber, a Greenland native who lives in Summerland, B.C., found the comments in a copy of his own CRA file, which he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/10/26/bc-inuitartistcra.html

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Spending out of Control: Chief -The Leader-Post

Spending out of control: Chief

Betty Ann Adam, CanWest News Service
Published: Friday, October 26, 2007

SASKATOON — Some Saskatchewan First Nations leaders want bands to use gaming profits to help the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) pay its $1.4 million deficit.

The deficit has accumulated for many years but chiefs at the FSIN’s fall assembly gave the executive a clear message to get their finances in order.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=fa875391-c604-4dcd-8cb3-20d6d3df28c0

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Remote First Nation Giving Up Legal Fight -London Free Press

Remote First Nation giving up legal fight

Fri, October 26, 2007
by CP

It can’t afford to take on Queen’s Park and a mining company.

TORONTO — A remote First Nations community in northern Ontario said yesterday it can’t afford to continue its legal fight with the province and the mining firm Platinex because the Crown and the company have tried to bankrupt the aboriginals by prolonging proceedings.

The Kitchenuhmayboosib Inninuwug First Nation has already spent $700,000 on legal fees, spokesperson John Cutfeet said.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2007/10/26/4606340-sun.html

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Prison Funding Crisis Puts Citizens at Risk -The Edmonton Journal

Prison funding crisis puts citizens at risk
Cons not getting help they need, watchdog says

Richard Foot, CanWest News Service
Published: 2:43 am

The safety of Canadians is at risk because convicts leaving prison are increasingly likely to reoffend, thanks to a cash-strapped federal prison system that fails to deliver the programs inmates need to reintegrate into society, according to a new government report on the Correctional Service.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=77fa200b-4f45-4bdc-b335-3b5e20349d5e

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Colleges Engage in Native Learning Strategies -The Daily Press

Colleges engage in Native learning strategies

Posted By Chelsey Romain
Posted 5 hours ago

Colleges tending to the needs of Aboriginal learners in Canada have found a common thread.

During Day 2 of the second-annual Strategies for Meeting the Educational Needs of Aboriginal Learners in Rural and Remote Communities, representatives from colleges across the country gathered to discuss their own specific needs only to find out things weren’t much different elsewhere.

http://www.timminspress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=750364&auth=Chelsey+Romain

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Native Groups Say they Lack Money to Participate in Frank Paul Inquiry -The Province

Native groups say they lack money to participate in Frank Paul inquiry

Suzanne Fournier, The Province
Published: Friday, October 26, 2007

Aboriginal groups say they do not have the money to properly participate in the public inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, a native man who died of exposure after he was dumped in an alley by police.

Paul, 48, died on Dec. 6, 1998, after he was dragged from Vancouver police cells and propped up in the downtown alley, where he succumbed to hypothermia.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=58930ef1-7ff5-4872-9f52-89b002494524

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Nunavut Taken Aback by Military Plan for Drone Patrols -CBC

Nunavut taken aback by military plan for drone patrols
‘I have no idea what these are,’ premier says as MLAs pan plan

Last Updated: Friday, October 26, 2007 | 10:02 AM CT
CBC News

Nunavut’s lawmakers voiced concerns Thursday about the Canadian military’s plans to buy a fleet of remote-controlled aircraft to patrol the Arctic.

CBC News learned earlier this week that the military plans to buy the unmanned aerial drones, which are controlled from the ground and do not require a pilot, within the next five years.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/26/nu-drones.html

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Some Libs Can’t Stomach Tsawwassen Treaty -The Province

Some Libs can’t stomach Tsawwassen treaty

Michael Smyth, The Province
Published: Friday, October 26, 2007

When it comes to political infighting over the new Tsawwassen treaty, much attention has been focused on the NDP and their squabbles.

Several NDP MLAs oppose the $120-million settlement with the Tsawwassen First Nation because it will convert prime agricultural land to industrial use.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=3ea3f009-1800-41c4-8be7-f200607c312d

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First Nations Figure Prominently in Sask. Politics -The StarPhoenix

First Nations figure prominently in Sask. politics

Doug Cuthand, The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, October 26, 2007

The leaders of the three main political parties in Saskatchewan strutted their stuff this week at the FSIN chiefs’ assembly and it was a far cry from the acrimony reported in the media.

The leaders were allowed equal time to present their platform on First Nations issues and then had to sit patiently as the chiefs asked a series of questions. It was probably one of the less partisan events they will experience on the campaign trail.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=03f452fd-753d-4032-87de-5c5af43c8ec7

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First Nation Communities Bracing for Onslaught -The Leader-Post

First Nation communities bracing for onslaught

Paula Beauchamp, CanWest News Service
Published: Friday, October 26, 2007

CALGARY — First Nation communities are bracing for the possible fallout as lump-sum payments of up to $38,000 for residential school survivors begin to arrive, possibly as soon as today.

With so many residents on reserves affected, more than $50 million will flow into some individual reserves.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=b732d4b9-ed3c-476c-83be-8ba6e7423712

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Upper Thelon uranium decision accepted by minister -CBC

Upper Thelon uranium decision accepted by minister

Last Updated: Friday, October 26, 2007 | 10:32 AM CT
CBC News

Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl has accepted a controversial recommendation to reject a company’s bid to explore for uranium in the Northwest Territories’ Upper Thelon basin.

Chuck Strahl announced earlier this week that he accepts the findings of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, which conducted the environmental assessment of Ur-Energy Inc.’s proposal.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/26/nwt-thelon.html

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Life improving in troubled Innu villlage: official -CTV

Life improving in troubled Innu villlage: official

Updated Wed. Oct. 24 2007 2:29 PM ET
The Canadian Press

NATUASHISH, N.L. — An official with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada says he believes life is improving in the Labrador community of Natuashish, despite recent comments suggesting the Innu reserve is sinking into chaos.

Mark Davis of the department’s Atlantic region office said Wednesday he will be in Natuashish this week to meet with community leaders and other federal officials to address both new and on-going issues in the relocated community.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071024/innu_concerns_071024/20071024/

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Karwacki clashes with FSIN -The Leader-Post

Karwacki clashes with FSIN

Darren Bernhardt, Saskatchewan News Network; CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2007

SASKATOON — Tough talk on First Nations issues has pitted Liberal Leader David Karwacki against First Nations, who say he is attempting to trample on their treaties.

“With all due respect to Mr. Karwacki, he doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Lawrence Joseph. “These are matters protected by the treaties and I will accept his challenge to try imposing his ideas any day.”

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=196a3003-fe4c-401a-8a83-55c7c3dbf60c

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Leaders promise to partner with aboriginals -StarPhoenix

Leaders promise to partner with aboriginals

Janet French, The StarPhoenix
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2007

The provincial government should and will consult with aboriginal people when policy changes and industrial development could affect them and their land, the three main political party leaders said Wednesday.

First Nations people should have a “level playing field” when the province is negotiating with potential resource developers, Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall told hundreds assembled in Saskatoon for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) fall legislative assembly.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=d85d3157-326f-49b5-b4c9-c4918483a044

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Joseph Optimistic Land Claims Will Soon Be Settled -The StarPhoenix

Joseph optimistic land claims will soon be settled

Janet French, The StarPhoenix
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2007

A federal government pledge last week to introduce legislation dealing with specific land claims has made Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Lawrence Joseph optimistic that 93 outstanding claims can finally be settled.

“I’m very encouraged, chiefs, that for the first time ever in the 40 years or so that I’ve served in the public, that I’ve actually heard the government say, ‘We need the First Nations to help us develop a policy to implement treaty,’ ” Joseph told the FSIN’s legislative assembly on Wednesday.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=c6a0d5dc-d461-48ff-b999-4862c0641f29

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Feds Won’t Fund Metis Council Till Spat Over -The Winnipeg Sun

Feds won’t fund Metis council till spat over

OTTAWA — The Metis National Council’s future is in doubt after the federal government cut off new funding talks amid a nasty leadership dispute.

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said yesterday his department “cannot enter into any new funding arrangements” with the council “until it is able to comply with the court order of electing a new national president.”

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/10/25/4603372-sun.html

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Superior marine park established, Harper to say – Globe and Mail

Superior marine park established, Harper to say

The Canadian Press
October 25, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to unveil a marine conservation park on the rugged and pristine northern shore of Lake Superior.

The Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area has been in the works for 10 years with Parks Canada. It will be the first such area designated under the Marine Conservation Areas Act, passed several years ago under the Liberal government.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071025.NATSTOR25/TPStory/National

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Ottawa moves on sale to BC developer – Globe and Mail

Ottawa moves on sale to B.C. developer

PATRICK BRETHOUR
With a report from The Canadian Press
October 25, 2007

VANCOUVER — Aboriginal land claims have halted the federal government’s sale of two landmark buildings in downtown Vancouver, but Ottawa is disposing of seven other buildings for a slightly reduced price tag of $1.4-billion.

The Musqueam Indian band obtained a temporary injunction late last month that froze the sale of the Sinclair Centre and another large office and retail complex on Burrard Street, both in the heart of Vancouver’s business district.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071025.BUILDINGS25/TPStory/National

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Few votes will tip balance in Meadow Lake – StarPhoenix

Few votes will tip balance in Meadow Lake

Peter Wilson, The StarPhoenix
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2007

MEADOW LAKE — Politicians call it “door knocking,” but after an exhausting day of door-to-door electioneering, Jeremy Harrison could well be saying a silent thank you to the inventor of the door bell.

Raw knuckles are the last thing any candidate needs during the mid-stage of an expected tight election in this northwest Saskatchewan community. Harrison, the former Conservative MP for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, and now the Saskatchewan Party hopeful here for the Nov. 7 election, must still feel the sting over his razor-thin 67-vote loss to Liberal Gary Merasty in the 2006 federal election.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=188962da-632a-496b-9800-0b2b51707b3c

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Buildings on disputed lands off sale block – London Free Press

Buildings on disputed lands off sale block

Thu, October 25, 2007
By STEPHEN THORNE, CP

OTTAWA — The Public Service Alliance of Canada and opposition MPs are urging the federal government to call off the $1.4-billion sale of seven federal office buildings after Ottawa pulled two others out of the transaction at the last minute.

The two Vancouver buildings the Conservatives withdrew from the sale are on disputed aboriginal lands and the move prompted the union and opposition critics alike to call on the government to abandon the plan altogether.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Business/2007/10/25/4603500-sun.html

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Neegan Burnside wins award – Orangeville Citizen

Neegan Burnside wins award

Orangeville-based Neegan Burnside Ltd. is the proud recipient of the CAMSC Small Business of the Year Award for 2007.

The award is given to an Aboriginal- or minorityowned business with 20 or fewer employees showing an impact in sales growth, exporting or industry innovation.

http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2007/1025/Local_news/009.html

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Tsawwassen treaty clears another hurdle – Vancouver Sun

Tsawwassen treaty clears another hurdle

Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Tsawwassen First Nation treaty passed second reading in the B.C. legislature Wednesday evening, bringing the historic deal one step closer to becoming a reality.

Sixty-two MLAs voted in favour of the treaty, with support coming from both sides of the aisle.
Only three MLAs voted against the deal, all of them Liberals: Daniel Jarvis (North Vancouver-Seymour), Blair Lekstrom (Peace River South) and Dennis MacKay (Bulkley Valley-Stikine).

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=0b3d0c06-6e4f-4f4c-b839-0d896db0ee79&k=66754

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Native business awards recognizes extraordinary efforts (Thunder Bay Post)

Native business awards recognizes extraordinary efforts

Tb News Source
Web Posted: 10/24/2007 7:56:47 PM

The outstanding achievements of Aboriginal entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations were recognized at a gala dinner Wednesday at the Valhalla Inn.

More that 400 people attended the 17th annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards to hear the winners announced.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=101244

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Ottawa cuts off funding talks with Metis council amid leadership rift (CNews)

Ottawa cuts off funding talks with Metis council amid leadership rift

By Sue Bailey, THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Metis National Council’s future is in doubt after the federal government cut off new funding talks amid a nasty leadership dispute.

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said Wednesday his department “cannot enter into any new funding arrangements” with the council “until it is able to comply with the court order of electing a new national president.”

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/10/24/4602231-cp.html

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Tlicho hold special assembly over leadership dispute (CBC North)

Tlicho hold special assembly over leadership dispute

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 | 5:49 PM CT
CBC News

Around 180 members of the Tlicho aboriginal government in the Northwest Territories are meeting in a special assembly Wednesday in an attempt to resolve a leadership dispute in the region.

The assembly, which began around 3 p.m. MT Wednesday in Behchoko, has brought together elders and other citizens from all four communities in the Tlicho territory to have their say on the current internal strife that has pitted Grand Chief George Mackenzie against three of the Tlicho’s four chiefs.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/24/nwt-tlicho.html?ref=rss

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Aboriginal conditions examined (winnipegsun.com)

Aboriginal conditions examined

A new study aims to examine the conditions of Winnipeg’s aboriginal population.

Yesterday, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) announced the creation of a “sustainability indicator system.”

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Winnipeg/2007/10/24/4600464-sun.html

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Leaders Meet Chiefs – 980 CJME News Talk Radio

Leaders Meet Chiefs

By Mervin Brass
Updated October 24, 2007 – 5:08pm

Tax may be a three letter word but in First Nation country it might as well be four.

Muskoday Chief Austin Bear reminded provincial leaders about taxation.

http://www.newstalk980.com/incoming/20071024/leaders-meet-chiefs

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Chief complains Ontario treats Golden Eagle casino unfairly – Daily Miner and News

Chief complains Ontario treats Golden Eagle casino unfairly
The Ontario government is discriminating against the Golden Eagle Casino by not allowing it to have slot machines and card games like other charity casinos, Chief Ken Skead of the Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation said Tuesday.

By The Canadian Press
Wednesday October 24, 2007

TORONTO — The Ontario government is discriminating against the Golden Eagle Casino by not allowing it to have slot machines and card games like other charity casinos, Chief Ken Skead of the Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation said Tuesday.

http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/News/348823.html

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Auditor general asked to probe land transfer -Times Colonist

Auditor asked to probe Jordan River deal
UVic law clinic leads charge to scrutinize government decision to hand ‘windfall’ by Western Forest Products

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Clinic has asked the provincial auditor general to investigate the government’s decision to allow Western Forest Products to take private lands out of tree farm licences on Vancouver Island without public consultation and without demanding compensation.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=f37bfdcc-98da-45d6-800e-ae3c202394cf&k=36100

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‘Proud’ Inuit youth hail prohibition plebiscite -Globe and Mail

Community backs restrictions on alcohol

BILL CURRY
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
October 24, 2007 at 4:43 AM EDT

The youth of Kugluktuk learned yesterday they had won a determined campaign to curb the rampant alcohol abuse of their parents and relatives in their remote Arctic village.

Adults in the Inuit community 600 kilometres north of Yellowknife on Monday voted 66 per cent in favour of a local plebiscite to restrict the use of alcohol.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071024.wnunavut24/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071024.wnunavut24

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Googoo Named new Mi’kmaq Consultant with Cape Breton-Victoria School Board

Googoo named new Mi’kmaq consultant with Cape Breton-Victoria school board

GREG MCNEIL
The Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — Sheldon Googoo thinks he brings just the right mix of practical and formal education to his new job as Mi’kmaq consultant with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

The member of the Membertou community and teacher by trade hopes his experience can help First Nations students achieve higher educational success rates.

http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=73898&sc=145

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Report ‘ignored’ -The Province

Report ‘ignored’

CanWest News Service; Reuters
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

TORONTO — Officials have largely ignored the findings of a hard-hitting report into the treatment of aboriginals in Canadian jails, and some conditions have worsened, a federal watchdog says.

Ed McIsaac, executive director of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, says there has been no improvement in conditions for native prisoners despite his office’s damning report, which said they routinely face discrimination. Aboriginals, including Indians, Metis and Inuit, now account for 20 per cent of federal inmates, up from 18.5 per cent last year, when the report came out. The groups represent just three per cent of the population.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=6c43d9ad-8e6f-4abb-9f75-3f4634a092c6

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Canada scolded for voting against native rights (The Brantford Expositor)

Canada scolded for voting against native rights

Posted By Jim Brown
Posted 13 hours ago | Updated 13 hours ago

Canada’s vote against a United Nations declaration of aboriginal rights was an “astonishing” move for a country that claims to be a model of tolerance and diversity, says UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour.

“I have to register my profound disappointment,” the former Supreme Court justice told a conference Monday organized by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=745197&auth=Jim+Brown

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Stephen Harper government lacks the political will to end child … – Canadian National Newspaper

Stephen Harper government lacks the political will to end child poverty in Canada

Edited by John Stokes

Over Fifteen years ago the House of Commons unanimously resolved to “seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000.” In the midst of a growing economy more than one million children, or nearly one child in six, still live in poverty in Canada.

The solutions are well-known. The Harper government is oriented to principally serve large Billion dollar corporation associated with the U.S. Bush administration sponsored North American Competitiveness Council (NAU), and military elites who seek more Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Harper government lacks the political will to redress poverty in Canada, or child poverty in particular.

http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/10/23/01909.html

by NationTalk on October 24, 2007921 Views

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