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Aboriginals ‘shortchanged’ on education: Fontaine -Winnipeg Free Press

Fontaine slams education underfunding

Updated at 12:10 PM
By Nick Martin

Canada is denying 10,000 aboriginal young people a post-secondary education because of federal underfunding, Grand Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations said this morning.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/story/4072443p-4673954c.html

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Waubetek awards gala goes Thursday (The Sudbury Star)

Waubetek awards gala goes Thursday

Posted By Harold Carmichael
Posted 4 hours ago

Shane Yellowbird, who won the Chevy Rising Star Award at the 2007 Canadian Country Music Awards in September, is among five artists scheduled to perform at the Waubetek Business Development Corporation’s 2007 Aboriginal Business Awards Gala on Thursday at Casino Rama near Orillia.

http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=765803&auth=Harold+Carmichael

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Ovide Mercredi installed as chancellor of Manitoba’s newest university (CBC)

Ovide Mercredi installed as chancellor of Manitoba’s newest university

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 | 10:24 AM CT
CBC News

Ovide Mercredi has been installed as the first chancellor of the University College of the North, which serves students above the 53rd parallel.

Mercredi was honoured in a ceremony at the university’s The Pas campus on Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/11/07/mercredi-chancellor.html?ref=rss

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Cree Vet Is the Last Warrior -CNews

Cree vet is the last warrior

Murray Whetung strung telephone wire from Juno Beach to Germany. At age 85 he salutes the other 49 brave men of Curve Lake who enlisted

By MIKE STROBEL
The Toronto Sun

Yet, before the night has come, have I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans
— James Fenimore Cooper

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/07/4637648-sun.html

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Chiefs Threaten Legal Action over Kapyong -The Winnipeg Free Press

Chiefs threaten legal action over Kapyong
Claim they are entitled to land

Wed Nov 7 2007
By Alexandra Paul

SEVEN southern Manitoba First Nations warned Ottawa Tuesday they will go to court to halt the sale of the land and the buildings around the Kapyong Barracks.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/story/4072187p-4673788c.html

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Program to Boost Aboriginal Graduate Numbers -Globe and Mail

Program to boost aboriginal graduate numbers

ELIZABETH CHURCH
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
November 7, 2007 at 4:58 AM EST

University and aboriginal leaders will gather in Winnipeg today to kick-start an ambitious plan to boost the number of native graduates from Canadian campuses.

“This is one of the most significant educational issues we are facing,” said Lloyd Axworthy, president of the University of Winnipeg and a key organizer of the event. “The aboriginal population is one of Canada’s great assets because it is a young population. If fully educated and fully trained, it would give us a huge step up compared to other countries.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071107.wuniversity07/BNStory/National/home

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Bands Protest Pipeline -The StarPhoenix

Bands protest pipeline

CanWest News Service
Published: Wednesday, November 07, 2007

BRANDON, Man. (CNS) — Several First Nations groups in southeast Manitoba have picked a fight with one of the country’s largest oil and gas distributors, in an effort to force the Canadian government to honour its treaty obligations.

In January 2006, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. announced plans for a $1.8-billion expansion of its main line — from five pipelines to six — to ship an extra 400,000 barrels of oilsands crude per day from Alberta to Wisconsin.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=dbb5575c-c563-48bb-84f2-57a5c33e8884

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Teen incident in Labrador lockup deplorable: justice minister (CBC)

Teen incident in Labrador lockup deplorable: justice minister

Wed Nov 7, 5:28 AM

ST..JOHNS (CBC) – The treatment of a teenager in a Labrador lockup has sparked the ire of Newfoundland and Labrador’s new justice minister, who vows it will not happen again on his watch.

“It was unacceptable and I would go so far as to say intolerable,” Jerome Kennedy said Tuesday, responding to how a 14-year-old boy was held in the RCMP lockup in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for eight days without being given a shower.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/071107/stjohns/stjohns_kennedy_lockup_1

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Strahl came bearing financial gifts -Whitehorse Star

Strahl came bearing financial gifts

By STEPHANIE WADDELL

Millions of dollars will be coming into the territory from Ottawa for projects ranging from mapping to log home construction.

Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Chuck Strahl made the announcement Monday in Whitehorse, during his first visit in that portfolio.

http://www.whitehorsestar.com/auth.php?r=49057

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Drug prevention program encourages smart decision-making -Tb News Source

Drug prevention program encourages smart decision-making

Tb News Source
Web Posted: 11/6/2007 8:02:25 PM

Hundreds of elementary school students were pitted in a race Tuesday against drugs as part of a themed approach being used to steer youngsters away from destructive recreational use of alcohol and drugs.

The interactive program called Racing Against Drugs, is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and targets students in the Gr. 4 to 6 age group. The two-hour sessions run for three days at Fort William First Nation Community Centre Nov. 6 to 8th and will accommodate about 2,000 area students this week.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=101646

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Strahl announces $1.27M for transit, trails in N.W.T. -CBC

Strahl announces $1.27M for transit, trails in N.W.T.

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 5:30 PM CT
CBC News

Six communities in the Northwest Territories will receive money for public transit projects from the federal and territorial governments, Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl announced Tuesday.

In his first visit to Yellowknife since taking the portfolio in August, Strahl announced a total of $1.27 million funding in the first round of a new federal-territorial public transit funds agreement.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/06/nwt-transit.html

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Former MLA claims N.W.T. legislature owes him $30K -CBC

Former MLA claims N.W.T. legislature owes him $30K
‘They just cut me right off,’ Villeneuve charges

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 3:27 PM CT
CBC News

Former Tu Nedhe MLA Bobby Villeneuve, who lost his seat in last month’s Northwest Territories election, says the legislative assembly owes him his $30,000 severance — money that the assembly’s board of management is holding as “collateral” while it tries to recover thousands of dollars from him.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/06/nwt-claim.html

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Changing demographics pose challenges, conference told -Winnipeg Free Press

Changing demographics pose challenges, conference told

Tue Nov 6 15:25:00 CST 2007

Shortages of skilled workers, worker retirements and diversity in the workforce — including more immigrants, aboriginal people and older workers — are going to put increasing strain on human resource departments in the province.

A day long conference on the changing demographics in the province indicates that Manitoba employers are probably not prepared for the breadth and depth of change.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/localbiz/story/4072019p-4673475c.html

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Nunavut Tunngavik seeks land claim audit – Northern News Services

Nunavut Tunngavik seeks land claim audit

Karen Mackenzie
Northern News Services
Published Monday, November 5, 2007

NUNAVUT – Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Paul Kaludjak has requested an investigation of the land claims process in Nunavut by Canada’s auditor general.

Federal watchdog Sheila Fraser was in Iqaluit on Oct. 22 and 23 to meet with the directors of the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation.

http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/nov5_07lca.html

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Arctic Mounties and communities “interdependent,” says top officer (The Canadian Press)

Arctic Mounties and communities “interdependent,” says top officer

Tue Nov 6, 6:32 PM
By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Teachers and students in the tiny Nunavut hamlet of Kimmirut were just too sad to come to class Tuesday after news spread of the murder of RCMP Const. Doug Scott.

“We’re closed,” said Qaqqalik School principal Larry Collins, who used to welcome the popular young cop to his school nearly every day. “We were very close friends with him.”

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071106/national/rcmp_arctic_policing_1

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Charges dropped against foster parents in 2005 death of Manitoba tot -CBC

Charges dropped against foster parents in 2005 death of Manitoba tot

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 9:17 PM CT
The Canadian Press

The Crown has dropped assault charges against foster parents in the death of a Manitoba toddler just days before the case was supposed to go to court, the Canadian Press has learned.

Two-year-old Heaven Traverse, originally from the Fisher River First Nation, died in a Winnipeg hospital in January 2005.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/11/06/foster-charges.html

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Ottawa offers to pay $28.5M to settle royalties lawsuit with Alta … – Canoe.ca

Ottawa offers to pay $28.5M to settle royalties lawsuit with Alta first nations

By James Stevenson, THE CANADIAN PRESS
2007-11-06 20:45:00

CALGARY – The federal government is offering to pay $28.5 million to three Alberta First Nations west of Calgary to settle a 14-year-old lawsuit alleging that Ottawa failed to collect enough royalties from natural gas produced on reserve lands.

http://money.canoe.ca/News/Other/2007/11/06/4636285-cp.html

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Governments need to wake up and smell the cigarette smoke, critics say – CBC

Governments need to wake up and smell the cigarette smoke, critics say

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 8:31 AM ET
The Canadian Press

A new study that shows one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought illegal cigarettes from aboriginal reserves is a wake-up call, critics say.

An Ontario Tobacco Research Unit study found that in one year, the province lost at least $72 million in taxes to illegal cigarettes, while Ottawa lost almost $50 million.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/11/06/illegal-tobacco.html

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FNUC seeks budget boost -Regina Leader-Post

FNUC seeks budget boost

Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The First Nations University of Canada has hired an Ottawa-based consultant company to develop a business plan to support its request for more federal dollars.

“There is some tweaking that we have to do before we finalize the draft (of the business plan). That is ongoing work,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Vice-Chief Lyle Whitefish.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=73fa18bb-e7bf-4c01-8a71-9fd1ca0988b5

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Tsawwassen pact ratified -Times Colonist

Tsawwassen pact ratified
Legislature’s approval of precedent-setting treaty sends it to Parliament, which will have final say

Jeff Rud, Times Colonist
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The first agreement reached under the much-criticized B.C. treaty process was formally approved yesterday by the provincial legislature.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=30e31ac1-b812-42e7-b8f1-989dc51e9082

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‘Creepy community’ show shot in Sask. -StarPhoenix

‘Creepy community’ show shot in Sask.
Six episodes of Rabbit Fall begin Friday on APTN

Cam Fuller, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Things start getting weird Friday on APTN.

That’s when the supernatural crime drama Rabbit Fall starts airing its first mini-season of six half-hour episodes.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/lifestyle/story.html?id=aba82dfd-6602-4724-b3a0-222ca2f280c3

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A Freeze on Business -StarPhoenix

A freeze on business
Northern residents miss toilet paper, sugar and flour after supply barges halted

Elise Stolte, CanWest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

HAY RIVER, N.W.T. — People in Fort Good Hope are rationing toilet paper this fall.

Like residents in many isolated communities throughout Canada’s Arctic, they order their supplies months ahead. But this year the ice on the Mackenzie River froze before the last supply barges could make it into port.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=d8ed1a41-f139-4bb2-a0ac-6eab003285f2

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Hollow water meetings called success -CJOB

Hollow water meetings called success

Manitoba government officials says talks went well Monday with the Hollow Water First Nation over an ongoing land claim dispute.

The two sides discussed outstanding issues. Most barricades blocking access to a cottage area for more than a month and a half came down Saturday.

http://www.cjob.com/news/news_xml.aspx?src=loc&rem=78719

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Historic Tsawwassen treaty close to final reading -CNews

Historic Tsawwassen treaty close to final reading

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The first urban land-claims treaty in Canada has passed second reading in the British Columbia legislature, with third and final reading now scheduled for later this week.

The deal with the Tsawwassen First Nation gives the 300-member band the ownership of more than 700 hectares of prime land in Delta, south of Vancouver, about $14 million in cash, self-government provisions and fishing rights.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/05/4633693-cp.html

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Yellowknife considers abandoned mine as geothermal heat source -CBC

Yellowknife considers abandoned mine as geothermal heat source

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 5:03 PM CT
CBC News

The abandoned Con Mine in Yellowknife could one day keep the city’s residents warm, depending on the results of a feasibility study the city will launch in the new year.

City officials will assemble a team to study whether geothermal energy can be harnessed from the former underground mine site, which produced five million ounces of gold from 1938 to 2003.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/05/yknife-heat.html?ref=rss

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Publication ban argued in Wal-Mart baby case -Prince Albert Daily Herald

Publication ban argued in Wal-Mart baby case

BRIGETTE JOBIN
The Prince Albert Daily Herald

Lawyers argued Monday afternoon against and for a publication ban protecting the identity of the woman charged with abandoning her baby in the toilet of a Wal-Mart washroom.

Since the 21-year-old woman made her first court appearance on Sept. 13, a publication ban has been in place protecting her identity. Although there is no specific clause in the criminal code protecting the accused woman – there is a section protecting victims and witnesses – the ban was ordered.

http://www.paherald.sk.ca/index.cfm?sid=77850&sc=4

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Battle brewing over proposed oil pipeline -CBC

Battle brewing over proposed oil pipeline

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 8:06 AM CT
CBC News

A group of First Nations leaders in Manitoba is meeting Tuesday to map out a strategy for forcing one of the country’s largest gas and oil distributors to pay them for putting a pipeline through traditional territory.

A proposed Enbridge Pipelines project called the Alberta Clipper would pass through southern Manitoba on its way from Alberta to Wisconsin.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/11/05/enbridge.html?ref=rss

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37% of smokers buying illegal cigarettes: Study -Toronto Star

37% of smokers buying illegal cigarettes: Study

Availability of contraband smokes negates intended health benefits of tobacco taxation, report says

Nov 05, 2007 05:53 PM
THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new study that found one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought contraband cigarettes from aboriginal reserves, costing the province at least $72 million in lost tax revenue, should be a wake-up call to the governing Liberals to crack down on illegal tobacco sales, critics said today.

http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/273720

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Canadian Aboriginal Festival -Toronto Star

Canadian Aboriginal Festival

Nov 06, 2007 09:32 AM
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
Friday, November 30
Festival – Dec. 1 & 2
Rogers Centre
Don’t miss the Toronto Star POW WOW!

http://www.thestar.com/article/273964

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USS Honours Aboriginal Grade 12s -Westcoaster

USS Honours Aboriginal Grade 12s

By Carol Sedgwick

Once again this fall, School District 70 held Success Forums in three communities to acknowledge our First Nations students for achieving their goals of reaching Grade 12.

Ucluelet secondary school First Nations Grade 12 students were honoured at two separate community events.

http://www.westcoaster.ca/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=2953

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From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance -Globe and Mail

From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance

MIKE HARCOURT
Special to Globe and Mail Update
November 6, 2007 at 12:53 AM EST

The split of government revenues in Canada is 50 per cent federal, 42 per cent provincial — and 8 per cent municipal. Not only that, but Canada’s municipalities are the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s most property tax dependent. That’s why our communities’ water pipes leak, streets are potholed, bridges and overpasses are crumbling, public transit is decrepit, the homeless aren’t housed, and community centres, skating rinks, swimming pools, libraries and theatres are run down.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071105.wcomment1106/BNStory/Front/

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Review panel hears final recommendations on Mackenzie pipeline -Globe and Mail

Review panel hears final recommendations on Mackenzie pipeline

BOB WEBER
The Canadian Press
November 6, 2007

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations today and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to native hunters have been remarkably consistent: Protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071106.PIPELINE06/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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McMillan re-elected Liard chief -CBC

McMillan re-elected Liard chief
Former chief Morris, convicted of assault, came in third

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 1:26 PM CT
CBC News

Liard McMillan won another term Monday as chief of the Liard First Nation in Watson Lake, Yukon, beating out two other candidates, including disgraced former chief Daniel Morris.

Voters in the First Nation, which includes members in Whitehorse and Lower Post, B.C., re-elected McMillan with 216 votes in Monday’s council election.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/06/yk-liard.html

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Accused in N.W.T. elder shooting pleads guilty -CBC

Accused in N.W.T. elder shooting pleads guilty

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 5:41 PM CT
CBC News

The young man accused in the July shooting of an elder in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., struck a plea bargain with the Crown in a Yellowknife courtroom on Monday, pleading guilty to three of the five charges against him.

Alexis Taureau, 18, of Fort Good Hope, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, assault with a weapon, and firing a firearm with the intent of causing bodily harm in the July 16 armed invasion where Thomas Manuel Sr. received buckshot wounds to his face.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/05/fgh-guilty.html

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RCMP officer, 20, shot and killed in line of duty -CTV

RCMP officer, 20, shot and killed in line of duty

Updated Tue. Nov. 6 2007 8:22 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff

A 20-year-old Mountie was shot and killed in the line of duty in Kimmirut, a small community in Nunavut.

Const. Douglas Scott became the second RCMP officer within a month to be gunned down in the region. His death comes as the national police force reviews its back-up policy and questions swirl around the practice of sending inexperienced officers to Canada’s high arctic.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071106/rcmp_nunavut_071106/20071106/

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Aboriginal activist decries renovations -Globe and Mail

Aboriginal activist decries renovations

JUSTINE HUNTER
November 6, 2007

VICTORIA — When Shelly Johnson, a long-time advocate for aboriginal youth in Victoria, stepped off the elevator for a meeting in the Ministry of Children and Families’ newly renovated executive offices, she was stunned.

The ministry had recently completed $560,000 in renovations for the lavishly appointed meeting space, a project initially budgeted at $200,000.

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Protect land ahead of pipeline, Mackenzie panel told -Globe and Mail

Protect land ahead of pipeline, Mackenzie panel told

Canadian Press
November 5, 2007 at 6:13 PM EST

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations Tuesday and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to aboriginal hunters have been remarkably consistent: protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071105.wpipeline1105/BNStory/Front/

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Bridging the language gap -The Labradorian

Bridging the language gap
Torngasok Cultural Centre unveils new learning tools

JAMIE TARRANT
The Labradorian

Nunatsiavut’s Torngasok Cultural Centre recently unveiled four new language tools Labrador Inuit can use to learn about their language.

At a ceremony held last Monday at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, a Rosetta Stone CD-Rom, Inuktitut dictionary, children’s book “Atuagaga uKausinnut,” and a book of stories gathered from the Unikkalautta storytelling festival last May, were made available to schools and Inuit beneficiaries.

http://www.thelabradorian.ca/index.cfm?sid=77533&sc=347

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U.S. moving to claim parts of Beaufort Sea -CTV

U.S. moving to claim parts of Beaufort Sea

Updated Mon. Nov. 5 2007 9:06 PM ET
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — American officials urged the Senate on Monday to quickly endorse the international treaty on the Law of the Sea, saying it’s vital to U.S. security and access to untapped Arctic energy resources.

Without the treaty, which came into effect in 1994 and has been ratified by 155 countries including Canada, the United States has no ability to assert rights over offshore areas thought to be rich in oil and gas.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071105/beaufort_sea_071105/20071105?hub=Politics

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Drop out of school, make more money – Macleans.ca

Drop out of school, make more money
Some high school dropouts are earning more than university grads, according to a Statistics Canada report

Carson Jerema, Macleans.ca | Nov 05, 2007 |

University graduates with underwhelming salaries might have been better off dropping out of high school, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Thursday.

The report, authored with Canadian Policy Research Networks, found that some high school dropouts earned more than university grads. The study, based on the 2004 Youth In Transition Survey, tracked labour market participation among the 22-24 age bracket. The study found that 14.3 per cent of those earning the least (less than $360 per week) had university degrees, compared to high school dropouts who accounted for only 12.8 per cent. Moreover, the median wage for high school dropouts was was higher than the lowest average wage for university grads.

http://www.macleans.ca/education/universities/article.jsp?content=20071105_190916_9484

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Protect land ahead of pipeline, review panel told on last days of hearings (The Canadian Press)

Protect land ahead of pipeline, review panel told on last days of hearings

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations Tuesday and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to aboriginal hunters have been remarkably consistent: protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071105/business/arctic_pipeline_recommendations_1

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Illegal cigarettes from native reserves cost government over $100 million: study (The Canadian Press)

Illegal cigarettes from native reserves cost government over $100 million: study

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A new study which found one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought contraband cigarettes from aboriginal reserves, costing the province at least $72 million in lost tax revenue, should be a wake-up call to the governing Liberals to crack down on illegal tobacco sales, critics said Monday.

The study, conducted between January 2005 and June 2006 for the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, found 37 per cent of Ontario smokers avoided paying hefty tobacco taxes by purchasing their smokes from aboriginal reserves, while 26 per cent said they had done so in the last six months.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071105/national/illegal_cigarettes_reserves_1

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A puzzling land freeze (The Brantford Expositor)

A puzzling land freeze

Posted 14 hours ago

The province owes answers about a two-year freeze on development of land it owns south of Six Nations reserve. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett spent a frustrating week unsuccessfully trying to get information from the newly created Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

Barrett is concerned that the province has expanded the list of sites that may be turned over to Six Nations as part of a land claims settlement. In April 2006, the province said the former Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Burtch Correctional Centre and provincially-owned land at Townsend and South Cayuga were on the table.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=763169

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Coming verdict in BC land-claims case may spark more court action -CBC

Coming verdict in B.C. land-claims case may spark more court action

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 8:02 PM ET
The Canadian Press

The B.C. government is closely watching the courts for an expected ruling on a controversial aboriginal land-claims case that could end up sparking more court action.

Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong said Monday the B.C. Supreme Court ruling expected within days on the 17-year-old case is bound to stir a debate among aboriginals and governments.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/11/05/bc-land.html

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Road blockade down; First Nation meets with Manitoba gov’t – CBC

Road blockade down; First Nation meets with Manitoba gov’t

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 6:00 PM CT
CBC News

Representatives from Manitoba Conservation and the Hollow Water First Nation who had traded barbs for weeks over blockades near the reserve, had a more congenial meeting at the Manitoba legislature Monday.

Two days after removing barricades on roads near the reserve, Chief Ian Bushie travelled to Winnipeg to meet with Conservation Minister Stan Struthers.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/11/05/hollow-water.html

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First nation buys downtown building – Whitehorse Star

First nation buys downtown building

By Chuck Tobin

The Teslin Tlingit Council has purchased the Shoppers Plaza on Main Street and the Tutshi Building along Second Avenue, the first nation announced Friday afternoon.

Included in the real estate package along with the office and retail businesses is the vacant Second Avenue lot directly across from the Andrew Philipsen Law Centre and a vacant Lambert Street lot behind the former Whitehorse Esso station, which was recently demolished.

http://www.whitehorsestar.com/auth.php?r=49042

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Sewage problems assessed in spring by Health Canada – Daily Miner and News

Sewage problems assessed in spring by Health Canada

By Jon Thompson
Miner and News
Monday November 05, 2007

The Northwestern Health Unit survey released last week showing devastating septic conditions on the Mishkeegogamang First Nation was not the first of its kind. Health Canada and Indian Affairs assessed sewage conditions there in the spring.

In the last week of April, Indian Affairs met with the band leadership to discuss the results of Health Canada’s inspection of septic systems. At that meeting, the government offered to earmark funding to fix the 20 systems identified in most dire need by the band and asked for a long-term projection of infrastructural budgets. That report has still not been received.

http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/News/351587.html

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First Nation residents complete economic training – Nova Scotia Business Journal

First Nation residents complete economic training

BY STAFF, TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA
The Nova Scotia Business Journal

Three Cape Breton members of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Developers Network have successfully completed a three-year professional certification training program. Jim Hepworth, Millbrook First Nation; David Nevin, Shubenacadie First Nation; and Deboarh Dykstra, Pictou Landing were among 20 people who finished the program.

http://www.novascotiabusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?sid=77585&sc=107

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Houses on Kayong property not for long – Winnipeg Sun

Houses on Kapyong property not for long

By PAUL TURENNE, SUN MEDIA

Military housing near Kenaston Boulevard is not likely to be there for too many more years, according to MP Vic Toews.

Last week, Toews, president of the Federal Treasury Board, approved an application from the Department of National Defence to transfer the 65-hectare site of the former Kapyong Barracks in Tuxedo to the federal Crown corporation that will ultimately sell it to either another government body or to a private developer.

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Winnipeg/2007/11/05/4632601.html

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Mi’kmaq Stories Unearthed -The Chronicle Herald

Mi’kmaq stories unearthed
Author-editor Peter Sanger, working with translator Elizabeth Paul and illustrator Alan Syliboy, brings to light a pair of texts — tales from the first nation’s distant past

By JODI DELONG
Sun. Nov 4 – 7:33 AM

“FINDING these two lost Mi’kmaq texts is the equivalent in our culture of finding a new play by Shakespeare.”

Peter Sanger has his listeners’ full attention as he speaks these words. We’re in a room of the Vaughn Library at Acadia University, where Gaspereau Press is launching its newest book. The Stone Canoe: Two Lost Mi’kmaq Texts is described as a story about two stories and their travels through the written record.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Books/976555.html

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