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Nunavut makes push for more Inuktitut RCMP officers -CBC

Nunavut makes push for more Inuktitut RCMP officers

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 4:15 PM CT
CBC News

Nunavut legislators are pushing the RCMP to keep Inuktitut-speaking police officers in their communities, as one MLA says there aren’t enough officers able to speak with unilingual Inuit residents.

Tunnuniq MLA James Arvaluk said some Inuktitut-speaking RCMP officers have been transferred out of Nunavut.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/30/inuk-rcmp.html

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Report says Ottawa ignored responsibilities under Inuvialuit land deal -CBC

Report says Ottawa ignored responsibilities under Inuvialuit land deal
Department’s follow-up on land claim ‘just isn’t there,’ says auditor general

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 6:30 PM CT
CBC News

Auditor General Sheila Fraser slammed the federal government over the way it implemented an historic land claims deal it struck with Inuit in the western Arctic 23 years ago.

In her latest report released Tuesday, Sheila Fraser said Ottawa paid the money it promised, but ignored some of its other responsibilities as part of its landmark 1984 agreement with the Inuvialuit people. She added that the Indian and Northern Affairs department did not work with the people involved.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/30/oag-inuit.html

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Aboriginal education task force welcomed – Prince George Citizen

Aboriginal education task force welcomed

(News) Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 03:00 PST
FRANK PEEBLES Citizen staff

It is decades late and yet it is the first of its kind in the province, said those at the heart of a new task force dedicated to aboriginal education.

The new group assembled at the school district office Monday to unveil the people and the timelines of the new group. They must have a preliminary report done by the end of December and a final report of recommendations by February.

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=101904&Itemid=159

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mcguinty’s cabinet shuffle promises new faces – CTV.ca

McGuinty’s cabinet shuffle promises new faces

toronto.ctv.ca

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will officially announce a new cabinet Tuesday afternoon, shuffling some high-ranking ministers and dropping some familiar others.

Sources tell CTV News McGuinty has chosen Windsor MPP Energy Minister Dwight Duncan to replace Finance Minister Greg Sorbara. Sorbara, who represents Vaughan, surprised the Liberal caucus on Friday by announcing his resignation from cabinet to spend more time with his family.

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20071030/McGuinty_cabinet_071030/20071030?hub=TorontoHome

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B.C. Unveils New Export Tax on Raw Logs -The Times Colonist

B.C. unveils new export tax on raw logs
Critics unimpressed as Coleman touts shift away from old-growth harvests

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist with files from Kim Westad
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

B.C. will put a new tax on raw log exports, reduce harvest of old-growth timber, and invest $21 million in everything from First Nations forestry operations to tree fertilizer under a new coastal forestry plan, Forests Minister Rich Coleman announced yesterday.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=0fb97bf8-4bab-4b01-a6ce-c1abb0a8e76f

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Nunavut Environment Minister Blasted over Polar Bear Quota Cut -CBC

Nunavut environment minister blasted over polar bear quota cut

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 9:43 AM CT
CBC News

A Nunavut MLA accused territorial Environment Minister Patterk Netser of turning his back on Inuit elders and hunters, in slashing the polar bear hunt quota in western Hudson Bay by nearly one-third.

Netser announced the cut in the quota in September, out of renewed concerns that the bear population in that area is in trouble. But Netser’s decision came despite Inuit claims that the polar bear numbers are rising there.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/30/nu-pbear.html

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First Nations Bank Buys Back Shares from TD -The StarPhoenix

First Nations bank buys back shares from TD

Murray Lyons, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

First Nations Bank of Canada has taken another step toward becoming an independent financial institution through raising new capital that will also help it expand its presence in Canada’s North.

The Saskatoon-headquartered bank announced Monday it had raised $14 million in new share capital among aboriginal investors, including groups in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Besides providing a boost to its working capital, First Nations Bank is using about 20 per cent of the money to buy back shares owned by Toronto-Dominion Bank.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=ccb271a0-b858-4550-a64b-f49fcd6135cb

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Are Prisons Ready for Extra Inmates? -Edmonton Journal

Are prisons ready for extra inmates?

The Edmonton Journal
Published: 2:21 am

The Harper government wants to make communities safer by locking more criminals in jail and keeping them there longer. Its proposed crackdown on violent crime calls for mandatory five-year jail sentences for gun crimes and prison time for some drunk drivers, for instance.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=8194724d-1246-4390-8e48-0006b40f33d7

by NationTalk on October 30, 2007874 Views

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Williams recruits 5 rookies for expanded N.L. cabinet -CBC

Williams recruits 5 rookies for expanded N.L. cabinet
Maverick lawyer Kennedy appointed as justice minister

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 12:32 PM NT
CBC News

Premier Danny Williams brought in new blood and dropped two old faces while introducing an enlarged Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet on Tuesday.

Flush with 43 of the 48 seats in the house of assembly after the Oct. 9 provincial election, Williams introduced the new faces during a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/10/30/new-cabinet.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on October 30, 2007858 Views

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Auditor general report to tackle military health care, border rules -CBC

Auditor general report to tackle military health care, border rules

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 11:21 AM ET
CBC News

Canada’s auditor general will shine a spotlight on the country’s border controls and military health-care system when she releases her latest report on Tuesday.

Sheila Fraser will deliver the document to the House of Commons in Ottawa at about 2 p.m. ET.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/30/auditor-general.html

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Young author uses real life to tell story – Regina Leader-Post

Young author uses real life to tell story

Kerry Benjoe, The Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A young Regina writer has won a national award for her attempt to put a face on violence.

“It was really shocking. I was so proud,” Chantell Cheekinew said of winning the third annual Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge for My Brother. As this year’s winner she and her grandmother were flown to Ottawa where Cheekinew will accept the award today.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=db97f9e3-7114-4888-870b-85734cb0585d

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mcguinty puts top minister in Aboriginal Affairs – Waterloo Record

McGuinty puts top minister in Aboriginal Affairs

October 30, 2007
The Canadian Press
TORONTO

Dwight Duncan will take over as Ontario’s new finance minister, Michael Bryant will anchor the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio and former colleges and universities minister Chris Bentley will become attorney general in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s new Liberal cabinet, sources said yesterday.

Duncan has been tapped to move from the Energy portfolio to Finance to replace Liberal stalwart Greg Sorbara, a close friend and ally of McGuinty’s who resigned suddenly last week to spend more time with his family, The Canadian Press has learned.

http://news.therecord.com/News/CanadaWorld/article/262906

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Mountie shoots man on reserve – Winnipeg Sun

Mountie shoots man on reserve

A 27-year-old man was shot by an RCMP officer on an isolated reserve in northeast Manitoba on Sunday.

Sgt. Line Karpish, a spokeswoman for Manitoba RCMP, said officers were called to Shamattawa First Nation at 6:10 p.m. after receiving reports from multiple community members who heard gunshots

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Manitoba/2007/10/30/4616314-sun.html

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Ontario cabinet: Bryant to Aboriginal Affairs, Duncan to Finance, sources say -Winnipeg Free Press

Ontario cabinet: Bryant to Aboriginal Affairs, Duncan to Finance, sources say

Mon Oct 29 22:45:04 CDT 2007
Keith Leslie And Chinta Puxley, THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Brazen, media-savvy Michael Bryant will head up a more activist Aboriginal Affairs ministry and “make some noise” to help the Ontario government manage a growing tide of First Nations unrest, sources said Monday as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s new Liberal cabinet began taking shape.

McGuinty’s biggest move was the least surprising: former energy minister Dwight Duncan, who was finance minister for seven months during a brief cabinet upheaval in 2005, will take the job again, replacing the retiring Greg Sorbara, long a trusted McGuinty lieutenant.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/canada/story/4067304p-4669664c.html

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Inuit performer’s heart in her throat -Toronto Star

Inuit performer’s heart in her throat

Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq moved to tears onstage, dubbed `best show of festival’

Oct 29, 2007 04:30 AM
John Goddard
Staff Reporter

SEVILLE, SPAIN–Canada’s most ancient vocal tradition took the stage alongside one of the country’s newest sounds here at the world-music industry’s biggest annual gathering.

Inuit performer Tanya Tagaq delivered an almost shocking rendition of Arctic throat-singing on the weekend, appearing bare-legged in a gown cut to her hips and at one point bursting into tears.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/271374

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We had our hearts broken in two -Whitehorse Star

‘We had our hearts broken in two’

By Chuck Tobin

It’s been 20 years since the stories of abuse at Indian residential schools started surfacing in the territory through radio and television productions by Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon.

It was perhaps the first public glimpse into the tarnished and horrific misgivings former students were exposed to.
It wasn’t until a handful of years later in the early 1990s when Phil Fontaine – a prominent aboriginal politician at the time and currently the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations – spoke of the abuse he suffered at residential school that people starting recognizing there was painful blight festering in the closet of Canadian society.

http://www.whitehorsestar.com/auth.php?r=48964

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Duncan to be new finance minister: Sources -Toronto Star

Duncan to be new finance minister: Sources
Smitherman, Wynne both say they’re happy where they are in Health and Education

Oct 29, 2007 08:18 PM
Keith Leslie and Chinta Puxley
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dwight Duncan will take over as Ontario’s new finance minister, Michael Bryant will anchor the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio and former colleges and universities minister Chris Bentley will become attorney general in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s new Liberal cabinet, sources said today.

http://www.thestar.com/article/271570

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Ur-Energy sees Thelon uranium decision as ‘a delay’ -CBC

Ur-Energy sees Thelon uranium decision as ‘a delay’

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007
CBC News

The head of a junior mining company whose bid to explore for uranium in the Northwest Territories was recently rejected by Ottawa believes the decision is just a setback for the project.

Ur-Energy Inc. president Bill Boberg told CBC News that he understands why Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl accepted an environmental impact review board’s recommendation to reject his company’s application to explore for uranium in the Upper Thelon basin.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/29/nwt-uranium.html

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Nunavut family act doesn’t reflect Inuit lifestyle: MLA -CBC

Nunavut family act doesn’t reflect Inuit lifestyle: MLA

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007
CBC News

A Nunavut MLA has called for changes to the Child and Family Services Act, saying the current version does not reflect Inuit customs and lifestyles.

Uqqummiut MLA James Arreak said several of his constituents say children have been taken away without proper consultation with parents.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/29/nu-children.html

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Duncan to become Ontario finance minister -Globe and Mail

Duncan to become Ontario finance minister

Canadian Press
October 29, 2007 at 6:27 PM EDT

TORONTO — Dwight Duncan will be Ontario’s new finance minister when Premier Dalton McGuinty’s new Liberal cabinet is sworn in tomorrow.

The Canadian Press has learned Mr. Duncan will move from the Energy portfolio to Finance to replace Greg Sorbara, who resigned suddenly last Friday to spend more time with his family.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071029.wmins1029/BNStory/National/

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Funding flap keeps native boy out of Winnipeg school -CBC

Funding flap keeps native boy out of Winnipeg school

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007
CBC News

An aboriginal woman living in Winnipeg says a city school division advised her to hand her grandchild over to Child and Family Services as a means of registering him for school.

Eileen Apetagon recently moved to Winnipeg from the Norway House Cree Nation. She has cared for her 13-year-old grandson for several years, so he moved with her.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/10/29/funding-school.html

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Nunavut MLA demands action over strong loonie -CBC

Nunavut MLA demands action over strong loonie

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007 | 9:52 AM CT
CBC News

Nunavummiut should benefit from the soaring Canadian dollar with lower retail prices, a Nunavut MLA said in urging the territory’s finance minister to meet with retailers.

Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley said the loonie, which has been hovering at par with or higher than the U.S. dollar in recent weeks, should be reflected in lower retail prices — especially in Nunavut, where the cost of living is far above the national average.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/29/nu-dollar.html

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Scientists use paw prints to track polar bear numbers -CBC

Scientists use paw prints to track polar bear numbers

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007 | 7:51 AM CT
The Canadian Press

A Canadian researcher is using new technology to try to “fingerprint” polar bears in an effort to discover how hunting and climate change are affecting their population.

The new technique, which has been used on rhinos in Africa and tigers in India, could allow scientists to keep much closer tabs on bear numbers in the face of Inuit hunting pressures and the threat to their icy habitat from global warming.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/29/science-polar-track.html

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Ontario expected to dedicate cabinet minister to aboriginal affairs – CBC

Ontario expected to dedicate cabinet minister to aboriginal affairs

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007 | 8:06 AM ET
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.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/10/29/ot-aboriginal-affairs-071029.html

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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

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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

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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

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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

by NationTalk on October 26, 2007731 Views

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