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Winnipeg Archbishop Adopted by First Nations – CBC News

Winnipeg archbishop adopted by First Nations

Symbolic adoption a step towards healing from residential schools experience

CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2012

Aboriginal elders in Winnipeg have symbolically adopted a Roman Catholic archbishop, in a powerful gesture of reconciliation following the residential schools experience.

Archbishop James Weisgerber, head of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, was adopted by a group of elders and former residential school students in a traditional Ojibway ceremony on Saturday.

“He’s accepted the invitation to be a part of our family, be part of our community — to be, in fact, a real brother in this large, very large extended family,” said Phil Fontaine, former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who was among those who took part in the adoption ceremony.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/04/15/mb-aboriginal-catholic-adoption.html?cmp=rss

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Science Fair has Aboriginal Research Theme – The Chronicle-Journal

Science fair has aboriginal research theme

Karen McKinley
Sunday, April 15, 2012

Aboriginal students across the Northwest are exploring their traditional ways of life with a scientific twist.

Around 20 students displayed projects at Confederation College in the Aboriginal Science Fair last week.

“The premise of the fair is to have aboriginal students in the area come together with creative ideas that captures their heritage,” said Sandra Stiles, a professor of engineering at Confederation College and director of Let’s Talk Science.

Research subjects included rabbit snaring, hunting and trapping, traditional weapons and medicinal uses for local plants.

Read more: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/content/news/local/2012/04/15/science-fair-has-aboriginal-research-theme

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A Line in the Water – Sarnia Observer

A line in the water

By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer
Sunday, April 15, 2012

‘No Trespassing’ signs have been springing up by piers along River Road recently, restricting anyone but Aamjiwnaang First Nation members from using the popular fishing area.

Some three piers along the First Nation reserve between Corunna and Sarnia are now staked with warning signs. The reason: the piers are so well used that band members have been crowded out, said Chief Chris Plain.

“And basically not leaving enough room for community members to exercise what is a constitutionally-protected treaty right: allowing us to hunt and fish within our communities,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theobserver.ca/2012/04/15/a-line-in-the-water

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Montreal Aboriginal Shelter Staff Recall Happier Times – Nunatsiaq Online

Montreal aboriginal shelter staff recall happier times

About half of clients at shelter facing closure are Inuit


MONTREAL — Earlier this month, a sealing group from Quebec’s Magdalen Islands donated 50 pounds of seal meat to Projets Autochtones du Québec.

To celebrate the gift, the PAQ, the non-profit organization that runs Montreal’s only aboriginal homeless shelter, put on a traditional feast for its clients — many who grew up eating seal meat.

An Inuk elder blessed the meal and throat singers entertained the crowd.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674montreal_aboriginal_shelter_staff_recall_happier_times/

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First Nations Athletes Return Home as Games Come to an End – StarPhoenix

First Nations athletes return home as Games come to an end

By Kevin Mitchell, StarPhoenix April 14, 2012

The Saskatchewan First Nations Winter Games – which is equal parts culture and sport – wrapped up Friday in Saskatoon and sent thousands of athletes and support staff back to their homes.

The five-day event included badminton, volleyball, hockey, broomball, three-on-three basketball and curling. There was also a strong cultural component during a rare opportunity to bring First Nations youth from across the province together in one venue.

“We’re trying to make it a holistic approach,” said event chair Eugene Arcand.

“Sport provides young people a chance to showcase their talents, and it also gives them something to look forward to. It’s when there’s hopelessness that you see suicides and all those other negative things. It’s the beating of a person. And when you have something to look forward to, something to participate in, it diminishes that chance.”

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/sports/First+Nations+athletes+return+home+Games+come/6458735/story.html#ixzz1sGUlF0tN

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Health Canada Cuts Funding to Native Women’s Group – CBC News

Health Canada cuts funding to native women’s group

Native Women’s Association of Canada loses 20 per cent of its budget

CBC News Posted: Apr 14, 2012

The Native Women’s Association of Canada says all of its funding from Health Canada is being cut, which makes up about 20 per cent of the organization’s total budget.

Claudette Dumont Smith, executive director of the association, said she was “very surprised” by the funding cut.

“The amount is not extraordinary — less than a million. We do a tremendous amount of work,” said Dumont Smith, executive director of the association.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/04/14/north-native-women-health.html

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Lawsuit Over Reserve Policing – Winnipeg Free Press

Lawsuit over reserve policing

20-year deal; no consultation

By: Alexandra Paul
Posted: 04/14/2012

The single RCMP officer in Pukatawagan can’t handle the workload, leaving the remote northern First Nation to pay for a couple of band constables on the side. The same goes for Pine Creek in western Manitoba.

First Nations routinely field neighbourhood watch and citizens patrols to supplement scanty police coverage or bridge gaps in language and culture. There’s no 911 service and response times are an hour or more away.

Do Manitoba First Nations want another two decades of the same?

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/lawsuit-over-reserve-policing-147421725.html

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Residential Schools: ‘We Carried This With Us All Our Lives’ – Nanaimo Daily News

Residential schools: ‘We carried this with us all our lives’

JUDITH LAVOIE, timescolonist.com
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012

At night, as he struggled with the loneliness of residential school, Eric Pelkey would wrap himself tightly in his sheet so the abusive dorm supervisor couldn’t reach him as easily.

“When I went there, I wondered why they kept referring to me as handsome and, after about three months, it started. I woke up one night and he was sexually abusing me,” Pelkey, of the Tsawout First Nation, told one of the packed rooms at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Victoria on Friday.

Many children developed their own defences.

Read more: http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=6457985

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Health Canada should not have closed National Aboriginal Health Organization – Globe and Mail

Health Canada should not have closed National Aboriginal Health Organization

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 09, 2012

By almost every indicator, Canada’s aboriginals are facing a public health crisis. They have abnormally high rates of diabetes, infant mortality, teen pregnancy and tuberculosis at a time when they are also the fastest-growing segment of the population. The suicide rate in Nunavut is 12 times higher the national one. And research in the area of aboriginal health is still in its infancy.

That is why closing down the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is a serious misstep. Its paltry $5-million-a-year budget is a small saving for Health Canada. If the government has a better idea about how to more effectively, and economically, address the critical health disparities that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people face, it should certainly make these ideas public.

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Ojibwe iPad app brings language to world – Wawatay News

Ojibwe iPad app brings language to world

Thursday April 12, 2012
Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

There’s now an Ojibwe language app for that.

Marten Falls’ Darrick Baxter, president of Ogoki Learning Systems Inc., recently released the Ojibway Language App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch on iTunes after developing it for his 12-year-old daughter.

“I first had the idea about a year-and-a-half ago to use the language app to teach my daughter the Ojibwe language,” Baxter said. “I didn’t tell her I put it on her iPad, but within a few days she was already using it to speak Ojibwe to her grandmother.”

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/4/12/ojibwe-ipad-app-brings-language-world_22639

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Vancouver schools: Aboriginal program, cost-cutting and that annoying buzz – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver schools: Aboriginal program, cost-cutting and that annoying buzz

April 12, 2012

The Vancouver board of education has approved the opening of an aboriginal focus school at Sir William MacDonald elementary on the eastside for K-3 students.

The board made the decision Wednesday and hopes to start the program – the first of its kind in the city and one of only a few in the province – in September, but that may be optimistic. Because of union job action, the district has not yet had full discussions with teachers as required under the collective agreement. Furthermore, it wants to hire aboriginal teachers for the program but to do so, it must receive approval from the B.C. human rights tribunal.

Earlier this week, district managers presented their proposals for the 2012-13 budget. Once again, the district faces a funding shortfall – $4.68 milliion – but there’s a twist this year. It’s also expecting to receive an additional $6.87 million from the new learning improvement fund (LIF) and a second special allotment from the province to support struggling readers.

Read more: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2012/04/12/vancouver-schools-aboriginal-program-cost-cutting-and-that-annoying-buzz/

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Aboriginal ministers want to develop a national education strategy – Toronto Star

Aboriginal ministers want to develop a national education strategy

Published On Wed Apr 11 2012

Canada’s provincial aboriginal affairs ministers say they can’t move forward on sweeping educational reforms needed to fix the woeful state of First Nations education without Ottawa’s support.

And they also said it’s hard to work with Ottawa if they don’t come to the meetings.

Fresh after the Crown-First Nations gathering in Ottawa and a sweeping report by a national panel on how to reform aboriginal education, provincial and territorial ministers met in Toronto Wednesday for their annual working group summit.

Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne said “there was disappointment around the table that the federal government wasn’t here to engage with us.”

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1159932–aboriginal-ministers-want-to-develop-a-national-education-strategy?bn=1

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Ottawa Approves LNG Export Licence – Vancouver Sun

Ottawa approves LNG export licence

Haisla First Nation partners in venture to ship gas to Asia


A joint venture of the Haisla First Nation and a Texas company have been awarded a 20-year licence to export liquefied natural gas from an inter-national terminal proposed for the seaport of Kitimat.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced Wednesday that the federal government approved a licence application by the BC LNG Export Co-operative.

It’s the second such licence approved by the feds in recent months and in both cases the exporters are targeting markets in Asia where natural gas products sell at prices about six times higher than gas is fetching in North America.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Ottawa+approves+export+licence/6446294/story.html#ixzz1rqNuleUF

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Residential School System Probe in Victoria for Hearings – Times Colonist

Residential school system probe in Victoria for hearings


The heart of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s regional event in Victoria Friday and Saturday will be emotionally charged statements from residential school survivors and their families as they explain the legacy of generations of children taken from their homes.

But Ry Moran, TRC director of statement gathering, is hoping the commission will also be reaching into homes and communities where little thought has been given to Canada’s history of residential schools.

“We, as Canadians, are part of the residential school system, even though some of us don’t realize it,” Moran said. “Maybe this is a chance to come and own a bit of this history and understand it. It’s our history and it’s not a pretty history in many ways.”

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/Residential+school+system+probe+Victoria+hearings/6446363/story.html#ixzz1rqNKKnlK

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Racism expert withdrew report because Missing Women inquiry ‘would not fulfill its mandate’ – National Post

Racism expert withdrew report because Missing Women inquiry ‘would not fulfill its mandate’

Brian Hutchinson Apr 10, 2012

VANCOUVER — An expert in systemic racism and aboriginal stereotypes withdrew from the troubled Missing Women Commission of Inquiry after deciding the commission “would not fulfill its mandate,” the National Post has learned.

UBC anthropology professor Bruce Miller was contracted by the commission as an expert witness and was expected to testify at public hearings that began last fall. He says he submitted a report in advance of his testimony, but by September had informed the commission that he no longer wished to participate in the process.

Growing numbers of individuals and groups have criticized the inquiry for paying little attention to the roles that negative stereotyping and racism played in police failures to investigate Vancouver’s missing and murdered women, many of whom were aboriginal.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/10/racism-expert-withdrew-report-because-missing-women-inquiry-would-not-fulfill-its-mandate/

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East Side elementary may host aboriginal school – Vancouver Courier

East Side elementary may host aboriginal school

School board chair says teachers’ job action has slowed progress


In 2010, the Vancouver School Board considered closing Sir William Macdonald elementary at 1950 East Hastings St. due to dwindling enrolment- registration had dropped from 239 in 2000 to 70 in 2010.

Less than two years later, the inner city school remains open and its fate has taken another turn. Macdonald might be the site of the VSB’s new aboriginal-focused school, possibly opening as early as September 2012, based on a recommendation going before the education and student services committee April 11.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/East+Side+elementary+host+aboriginal+school/6439935/story.html#ixzz1rkvrwjVY

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Reality lost in big pipeline debate‎ – Financial Post

Reality lost in big pipeline debate

Diane Francis Apr 11, 2012

Talk recently about the possibility of Chinese workers building a pipeline through British Columbia threatens the project’s future more than does any statements by First Nations leaders, Robert Redford, Greens or New Democrats.

It’s also an indication that the private sector does not get it. The pipeline will only be built if Albertans, British Columbians and B.C. First Nations make a deal.

This must be an Alberta-B.C. negotiation. This is not about the federal government or regulators. And there’s no room for foreigners or those financed by them such as Greenpeace, the Sierra Club or groups that are fronts from rival oil producers in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia or Russia. It’s apparent to me that some opaque “environmental groups” don’t disclose their donors or real agendas and have targeted Canada’s oil sands. I have written about ending foreign intervention in the regulatory process and foreigners are being excluded. This is not about what companies and their foreign customers want to do. Here is the playbook for a deal:

Read more: http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/04/11/reality-lost-in-big-pipeline-debate/

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Country star Shawanda heads to Cowichan‎ – Canada.com

Country star Shawanda heads to Cowichan

Groundbreaking: New album follows 2008 debut that became Billboard’s highest charter by a First Nations performer


First Nations country artist Crystal Shawanda is coming to the Cowichan Theatre on Friday, April 27.

With the Cowichan Valley Drum and Dance troupe and the Little Ravens dancers as special guests, this evening promises to be memorable.

It’s her first trip back to the Valley since appearing at Sunfest 2010 so fans will be eager to hear what she’s been up to since then.

The talented singer is releasing her latest album, Just Like You, on April 17 so this will be a great chance to hear those new songs live.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Country+star+Shawanda+heads+Cowichan/6439835/story.html

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Searching for a balance on Aboriginal affairs: join our conversation – Macleans

Searching for a balance on Aboriginal affairs: join our conversation

by John Geddes on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Earlier today, Paul Wells alerted you to Wednesday evening’s CPAC “In Conversation With Maclean’s” panel discussion, to be held at the beautiful Winnipeg Art Gallery, on the fraught subject, “First Nations in Canada: Is There a Way Forward?” I say “fraught” because how any federal government handles the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development file ends up being controversial and sensitive.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper started off on a combative note, after winning power in 2006, by effectively scrapping the so-called Kelowna Accord, a complex deal worked out by then-prime minister Paul Martin’s Liberal government and the leaders of five national Aboriginal organizations that would have seen $5 billion spent over a decade on social and economic initiatives. But in 2008, Harper seemed to set a more conciliatory tone by issuing an historic apology to former students in Indian residential schools for that disgraceful period in Canadian history.

Read more: http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/04/10/searching-for-a-balance-on-aboriginal-affairs-join-our-conversation/

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Head rebuffed as boycott of Pickton inquiry continues‎ – Globe and Mail

Head rebuffed as boycott of Pickton inquiry continues

Vancouver— From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012

Groups boycotting the Pickton inquiry have rebuffed commissioner Wally Oppal’s plea to set aside their criticisms and take part in the commission’s final few months.

In an open letter to Mr. Oppal, signed and released Tuesday by 15 aboriginal organizations and other advocacy groups, the inquiry was labelled “a deeply flawed and illegitimate process” that has no credibility among those involved in the sex trade, those working with troubled women, aboriginal representatives and human rights advocates.

The groups have complained from the start of the process that they were denied legal funding, and that the inquiry is focused too much on police handling of the investigation into scores of women who went missing on the Downtown Eastside, without looking into the root causes of why so many vulnerable victims were murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton, before he was caught.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/boycott-of-pickton-inquiry-continues-as-commissioners-plea-rebuffed/article2397409/

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Cleaner claims First Nations right to put up her posters‎ – Victoria Times Colonist

Cleaner claims First Nations right to put up her posters

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist April 11, 2012

Victoria is built on unceded aboriginal territory and First Nations should have the right to put up advertising posters without city interference, says Meaghan Walker, a member of Cowichan Tribes and owner of a house cleaning firm.

The city should recognize the authority of First Nations governments in the same way it recognizes business licences from other municipalities, she said. “I do believe strongly in the concept that aboriginal bodies should be acknowledged and have some authority over the business practices of their people in traditional territories,” said Walker, owner of We Love Dirty Kitchens.

“But the city position is that Esquimalt and Songhees [First Nations] don’t have a say over this,” she said.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Cleaner+claims+First+Nations+right+posters/6440624/story.html#ixzz1rkq1rypR

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Native, Women’s Groups Step Up Boycott of ‘Deeply Flawed’ Process – Vancouver Sun

Native, women’s groups step up boycott of ‘deeply flawed’ process

By Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun April 11, 2012

Fifteen groups, including aboriginal organizations, plan to boycott the policy forums next month of the “flawed’ Missing Women Inquiry.

“The commission has lost all credibility among aboriginal, sex work, human rights and women’s organizations that work with and are comprised of the very women most affected by the issues this inquiry is charged with investigating,” the groups stated Tuesday in a letter to Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal.

“We are not prepared to lend the credibility of our respective organizations’ names and expertise to this inquiry, which can only be described as a deeply flawed and illegitimate process,” the letter said.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Native+women+groups+step+boycott+deeply+flawed+process/6440296/story.html#ixzz1rkmJ8qAS

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Some Chiefs Want Casino Built Near Brandon – CBC News

Some chiefs want casino built near Brandon

CBC News Posted: Apr 11, 2012

Three First Nations leaders in southwestern Manitoba want their leadership to scrap plans for an aboriginal-owned casino near Spruce Woods Provincial Park, and instead let them build one near Brandon.

Chief Murray Clearsky of the Waywayseecappo First Nations and two other leaders will ask the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) on Thursday to abandon plans for the Spirit Sands Casino, which would be located between Brandon and Portage la Prairie, Man.

When details of the $40-million casino were announced in 2010, the AMC said the facility would be jointly owned by Manitoba’s 64 First Nations and based on Swan Lake First Nation land near the provincial park.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/04/10/mb-spirit-sands-casino-amc.html

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Makivvik Struggles to Save Vital Montreal Refuge – Nunatsiaq Online

Makivvik struggles to save vital Montreal refuge

Inuit make up about half of homeless aboriginal people

Nunavut April 11, 2012

Nunavik’s Makivvik Corp. and other social service agencies in Montreal want to save a shelter for homeless aboriginal people in the city.

Projets Autochtones du Québec (Aboriginal projects of Quebec or PAQ) runs a not-for-profit centre and night shelter in downtown Montreal that has served the city’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis people since 2004.

But the night shelter may shut down at the end of June, if it can’t find a new place to set up shop.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674makivvik_struggles_to_save_vital_montreal_refuge/

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Wanuskewin Camp Offers Kids Hands-On History Lessons – News Talk 650

Wanuskewin camp offers kids hands-on history lessons

Camp celebrates First Nations culture, says camp spokesperson

Reported by Fan-Yee Suen
First Posted: Apr 10, 2012

A spring break camp offered through the Wanuskewin Heritage Park is offering kids an opportunity to build inter-cultural bridges and self-esteem.

The four-day learning experience, which runs until April 14, is a celebration of First Nations culture, the sales and marketing manager of the non-profit center said.

“For the First Nation campers that are attending, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their culture and to see others experiencing their culture as well,” Andrew McDonald said.

Read more: http://www.newstalk650.com/story/wanuskewin-camp-offers-kids-hands-history-lessons/51844

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Farmers’ Land Offers New Hope for First Nation – Winnipeg Free Press

Farmers’ land offers new hope for First Nation

By: Alexandra Paul

LAKE ST. MARTIN FIRST NATION — Band elections on July 17 will clear up only part of this waterlogged community’s cloudy future, residents say.

“They’re not going to settle any land until the next two years. Mark my words,” said Clint Beardy, an outfitter who was one of a handful of Lake St. Martin First Nation residents who remained after last year’s flood.

Residents point to the province’s purchase of a parcel of land adjacent to the First Nation last year they believe will end up being parcelled up for housing.

And about 50 kilometres to the south, there are two farmers with approximately 8,000 acres of land up for sale some think could also be a future home for the First Nation.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/farmers-land-offers-new-hope-for-first-nation-146774945.html

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Iqaluit Katimavik Kids Bemoan Loss of Program – Nunatsiaq Online

Iqaluit Katimavik kids bemoan loss of program

“Nothing but good to the community and youth comes out of it”

Iqaluit April 10, 2012

After the Feb. 26 fire that ravaged Creekside Village in Iqaluit, you could find them organizing the donations of clothing that poured in from across Canada.

This past weekend, you could find them painting the Inuskuk High School child care centre when it was closed for the Easter weekend.

And during Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit, you’ll find them helping out with the annual spring festival.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674iqaluit_katimavik_kids_bemoan_loss_of_program/

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Water Woes Just Won’t End – Winnipeg Free Press

Water woes just won’t end

Lake St. Martin residents face new flooding after spring rains

By: Alexandra Paul

A dozen families traded hotel rooms for brand-new houses on an old radar base near Gypsumville.

Stalwarts are pumping water again at Lake St. Martin and landowners with thousands of acres for sale wonder if the displaced First Nation will really move to higher ground.

In Winnipeg, flood evacuees who filed suit against the province last week are only part of the story as the First Nations face their second spring without homes. The Winnipeg Free Press paid a visit to the Lake St. Martin area just before Easter.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/water-woes-just-wont-end-146774935.html

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Home and native land – Financial Post

Home and native land

Special to Financial Post Apr 10, 2012
By Cooper Langford

In many respects, the city of Kitimat is an iconic Canadian community. Situated in a side, flat valley at the head of the Douglas Channel in northwestern B.C., it has, for the past 60 years, been home to one of the world’s great hydroelectric and aluminum smelting projects. A technological marvel when it was built by the Aluminum Company of Canada during the industrial boom that followed the Second World War, the project brought the modern world to a resource-rich wilderness and became the foundation of a prosperous frontier city.

More recent history, however, has been less kind to the Kitimat region. Technological advances mean the smalter, now owned by global mining giant Rio Tinto, no longer employs as many people as it once did. The business — methane, ammonia and paper — that followed it into the deep reaches of the province are no more. Kitimat is a community looking to re-stake its claim on the future. And there is a new prospect on the horizon: Calgary-based Enbridge has identified the community as the terminus for its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project to ship bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific coast and, potentially, new markets in Asia.

Read more: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/04/10/home-and-native-land/

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Harper’s disregard for aboriginal health – Globe and Mail

Harper’s disregard for aboriginal health

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 09, 2012

When governments make a decision that is stupid, embarrassing, overly partisan, or risks causing an outcry, they tend to do so late in the day and late in the week, preferably on the eve of a holiday long weekend, when citizens – and journalists – aren’t paying much attention.

So, late Thursday, the government of Stephen Harper dropped this bombshell, as related in a brief announcement posted on the web site of the National Aboriginal Health Organization: “NAHO funding has been cut by Health Canada. It is with sadness that NAHO will wind down by June 30, 2012.”

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/andre-picard/harpers-disregard-for-aboriginal-health/article2396146/

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Pipeline leads to legal swamp – The Province

Pipeline leads to legal swamp

Native rights and titles likely to stall process as feds try to speed it up, expert says

Reuters April 10, 2012

The federal government’s attempt to speed up construction of Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the West Coast is unlikely to prevent a flood of court challenges that could still delay the multibillion-dollar project.

In its budget last month, the Conservative government said it will force time limits on regulators reviewing the pipeline plan. But aboriginal law experts say that won’t stop legal actions against the $5.5-billion project, which is designed to open a lucrative new export route to the Pacific for surging production from the Alberta oilsands.

They say court precedents relating to rights and title to native lands in B.C. open the government and Enbridge, a major Canadian pipe-line and energy company, to untold actions even if the regulatory body reviewing the proposal approves the controversial project.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/Pipeline+leads+legal+swamp/6434293/story.html#ixzz1reNEQpI5

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Lack of aboriginal representation concerns inner-city worker – StarPhoenix

Lack of aboriginal representation concerns inner-city worker

By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix April 10, 2012

The lack of aboriginal representation on the city’s street activity steering committee is drawing criticism from local advocates who say the committee is out of touch with what is happening out on the street.

The uniformed five-person foot patrol – one supervisor and four community support officers – will take to Saskatoon’s streets in June. The patrol will take on the dual role of law enforcement and street level outreach in the downtown, Riversdale and Broadway business areas.

But the fact that there are no aboriginal people on the oversight committee – which is made up of representatives from police, business and poverty groups – has some advocates questioning the process.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Lack+aboriginal+representation+concerns+inner+city+worker/6433184/story.html#ixzz1reMswB5s

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Proposed Vancouver aboriginal school prescribes segregation for dysfunction – Vancouver Courier

Proposed Vancouver aboriginal school prescribes segregation for dysfunction

First Nations, black America struggle with similar community problems

By Mark Hasiuk, Vancouver Courier April 9, 2012

Segregation, for the children.

Despite tribal instincts, modern western sensibilities lean towards integration, to the point of homogenization. Whatever the medium, the message is clear. We’re one big happy family. But life is full of surprises.

The Vancouver School Board, home to the Diversity Team, fountain of many colours, where social engineers like board chair Patti Bacchus come to practice, wants to segregate aboriginal children in a “aboriginal choice” school. Odd, really, because in 2011 the board’s revised “Multicultural and Anti-racism Policy” crossed out race as a social construct, arbitrarily and with extreme prejudice. In the words of Diversity Team chief Lisa Pedrini, “Although science has proven the notion of races and racial differences to be false, the belief… is perpetuated despite evidence to the contrary.” Yet here we are, back to separate but equal.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/Proposed+Vancouver+aboriginal+school+prescribes+segregation+dysfunction/6431810/story.html#ixzz1reJXgDcJ

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National Aboriginal Health Organization’s funding cut – CBC.ca

National Aboriginal Health Organization’s funding cut

Organization to close at end of June

CBC News Posted: Apr 9, 2012

The federal government, through Health Canada, has cut all funding for the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO).

The not-for-profit organization will close June 30. It has been running for 12 years. NAHO’s mandate was to work to advance the health of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada, and had separate branches to address the health needs of each group.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/04/09/north-naho-funding-cut.html

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Aboriginal School of Dance to host grand opening – Portage Daily Graphic

Aboriginal School of Dance to host grand opening

By Robin Dudgeon

The Aboriginal School of Dance will be hosting a grand opening at its Portage la Prairie location where it hopes community members will be able to not only see what the school is all about to voice their opinion on what they would like to see there in the future.

The grand opening will take place on Apr. 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the school, located at 16 Saskatchewan Ave. W.

“We’re going to be planning a fusion of different things in Portage featuring different community members,” said the School’s founder Buffy Handel. “We’re going to be having an opening where we are going to be gathering some local artists not only in Portage la Prairie but the surrounding First Nations communities.”

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Electrical Workers official calls for improved oversight of Ontario Power Authority feed-in-tariff program – Daily Commercial News

Electrical Workers official calls for improved oversight of Ontario Power Authority feed-in-tariff program

April 9, 2012
staff writer

Up until now, Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program has had a “Wild West” mentality, says one industry leader who hopes to see more oversight as the government moves ahead with its clean energy plan.

The province recently announced that it is taking immediate steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of renewable energy by implementing recommendations from the first review of the FIT program.

Alex Lolua, Director of Government and Public Relations International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Construction Council of Ontario, said that the IBEW has capitalized on the FIT Program as their manhours are up over 15 per cent compared to last year, and a lot of that was due to green energy. But he would like to see more oversight from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Labour to ensure workers don’t get hurt.

Read more: http://dcnonl.com/article/id49589/–electrical-workers-official-calls-for-improved-oversight-of-ontario-power-authority-feed-in-tariff-program

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Fort McKay First Nations choose three new CEOs – Fort McMurray Today

Fort McKay First Nations choose three new CEOs

By Today staff

The Fort McKay First Nation has appointed three new chief executive officers to its senior management team to cope with Alberta’s expanding economy.

The appointments include corporate lawyer Bernd Christmas as CEO of Oil Sands Development, former associate vice president for Red Deer College Sandy Sanderson as CEO of Business Development, and former tribal manager of the Siksika Nation Tribal Government Andrew Bear Robe as CEO of Planning and Administration.

Read more: http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3527750

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Segal eager to join defence firm following ‘good run’ at AG – Law Times

Segal eager to join defence firm following ‘good run’ at AG

Monday, April 09, 2012 | Written by Kendyl Sebesta

After spending much of his career working behind the scenes, Murray Segal is fine with the fact that most people don’t know who he is despite his significant role in shaping the province’s court system.

“It’s about the people who work there, the people who access the courts, the victims,” says Segal, who will soon be leaving his current role as Ontario’s deputy attorney general.

“It’s about making the justice system more accessible, less expensive, and more technologically advanced for them. It’s really all about them and stepping inside their minds to try and build a better justice system. I’ve been very lucky to have that privilege for as long as I have.”

Read more: http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201204099030/Headline-News/Segal-eager-to-join-defence-firm-following-good-run-at-AG

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Oliver comfortable with Northern Gateway timelines – TheChronicleHerald.ca

Oliver comfortable with Northern Gateway timelines

Aboriginals consider lawsuit

April 9, 2012

VICTORIA —The federal government’s decision to put a cap on how long environmental assessment hearings can drag on isn’t expected to affect the Northern Gateway pipeline project, but aboriginal reaction to the change probably will.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says Ottawa isn’t planning to fast-track the approval process for the proposed $5.5-billion pipeline, despite his government’s announcement in last month’s budget they would limit project reviews to 24 months.

The Gateway assessment was always scheduled to be completed within that time frame.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/82343-oliver-comfortable-northern-gateway-timelines

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Study: Children’s deaths linked to post-tonsillectomy codeine – Western News

Study: Children’s deaths linked to post-tonsillectomy codeine

By Communications Staff
April 09, 2012

Western researchers are sounding an alarm over the danger of giving children pain-killers containing codeine following a tonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

In 2009, Dr. Gideon Koren, the Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, first reported the fatal case in of a toddler who had received codeine after having a tonsillectomy for OSAS. Now, he has identified three additional fatal or life-threatening cases in North America. The case report is published in the May issue of Pediatrics.

The report studies two fatal cases, one from northern Ontario where a 4-year-old First Nations boy died the day after being released from hospital after receiving four age-appropriate doses of liquid codeine. Genotyping found the boy had an ultra-rapid metabolism genotype which caused his body to metabolize codeine at a faster rate, producing greater amounts of morphine. In the second fatal case, a 5-year-old boy from the southern United States died 24 hours after surgery after being prescribed acetaminophen and codeine every four hours.

Read more: http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/stories/2012/April/study_childrens_deaths_linked_to_posttonsillectomy_codeine.html

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Gambling leaves too many people with no chance – Winnipeg Free Press

Gambling leaves too many people with no chance

Reviewed by: Roger Currie
Posted: 04/7/2012

The word problem in the title tells us pretty clearly that Tepperman, a veteran professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, does not regard gambling as a harmless vice.

This is his third book on the subject, and the most comprehensive. It is a huge topic, and Tepperman and his co-author, Kristy Wanner, tackle many facets of it in some detail.
They seem to have been too broad in their approach, though, and perhaps should have zeroed in on a few specifics.

Wanner is a PhD with a specialty in sports psychology from Columbia, Mo. She is a research consultant with the U.S. National Collegiate Athletics Association. Most of the text is Tepperman’s.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/gambling-leaves-too-many-people-with-no-chance-146513485.html

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Jobless rate lowest in Canada – Regina Leader-Post

Jobless rate lowest in Canada


Saskatchewan’s labour force was 5,200 jobs stronger in March of this year compared with the same month a year go, while the unemployment rate of 4.8 per cent was the lowest in the country.

But one analyst said the province’s year-over-year job growth of about one per cent was “underwhelming,” with Saskatchewan outpaced by the growth in provinces such as Alberta and Ontario.

“It’s good news, but not as good as we’re used to or what we expected,” particularly given the state of the province’s economy, said Doug Elliott.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Jobless+rate+lowest+Canada/6423529/story.html#ixzz1rZhToTCi

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‘We’-‘they’ attitude tears society’s fabric – The Chronicle Journal

‘We’-‘they’ attitude tears society’s fabric

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Re Money Cut, More Money Wasted —letter, April 2:

If Ed Podolaniuk’s point is that taxpayers should be outraged at examples of blatant waste by governments at all levels I am sure that many would agree with him.

However, his examples reveal a more troubling point of view. All involve first nations bands and his point, by implication, is that “people” i.e. us, should not be asked to make cutbacks when “they” waste “our” money.

We all pay taxes according to our means and we all benefit from the infrastructure and services which all levels of government provide using this tax money. It is no longer “our” money and to regard it as such and begin to make judgments on that basis destroys the fabric of our society.

Read more: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/editorial/letters/2012-04-07/%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98they%E2%80%99-attitude-tears-societys-fabric

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Akwesasne rejects gvt. approach to jury duty – Standard Freeholder

Akwesasne rejects gvt. approach to jury duty


AKWESASNE — Jury duty excites many keen on courtroom drama, but is more of a drag on those not wanting to be pulled away from work and family obligations. But Akwesasne residents are turning down jury duty questionnaires from the province for a different reason: they do not appreciate the threat of a $5,000 fine.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has encouraged its residents to decline filling out the questionnaire “until such time that the threats of intimidation are removed from correspondences,” an MCA press release says.

“Kawehnoke residents have received letters and a jury duty questionnaire under the threat of a $5,000 fine if not returned within five days,” Grand Chief Mike Mitchell says in the release. “The first question on the survey requires Akwesasne residents to declare citizenship, which is the wrong approach to take in order to get the Mohawks of Akwesasne to participate as jurors in Ontario’s court system.”

Read more: http://www.standard-freeholder.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3527758

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Tale of new alternate program brings SD43 trustees to tears – The Tri-City News

Tale of new alternate program brings SD43 trustees to tears

By Diane Strandberg – The Tri-City News
Published: April 07, 2012

A Grade six student had School District 43 trustees in tears Tuesday as he recounted how a new alternative program changed his mind about school in two weeks.

“Before I’d never say ‘I love school’ until I went to the Suwa’lkh program”, said Jamie Russell, speaking about a multi-grade, learn-at-your own pace program that went into operation at Minnekhada middle school in September.

It’s the brain-child of Laurie Ebenal, principal of aboriginal programs, who sought an approach that would lure and keep non-attending students in school. Suwa’lkh means New Beginnings and is from the Kwikwetlem band’s language, according to Ebenal.

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Lets start hammering out these issues – KI Chief Donny Morris – Net Newsledger

Lets start hammering out these issues – KI Chief Donny Morris

Written by: James Murray on April 7, 2012.

THUNDER BAY – “Lets start hammering out these issues,” states Donny Morris, Chief of the KI First Nation. The Chief is inviting Minister Bartolucci to meet with the Chief, Council and his technical staff in June.

The Chief says it is time to “sit down and discuss the future”.

The Ontario Government moved to buy out God’s Lake Resources claims on KI’s traditional territory a few weeks ago.

Read more: http://netnewsledger.com/2012/04/07/lets-start-hammering-out-these-issues-ki-chief-donny-morris/

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UofA Med Student intends to head back to her Aboriginal roots – wisest.ualberta.ca

UofA Med Student intends to head back to her Aboriginal roots

April 05, 2012

Aimee (Rodriquez) Louis is an inspiring role model. Originally from the Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, Manitoba, Aimee is now a second year medical student at the University of Alberta. She hopes to eventually practice Family Medicine in underserved populations within the Aboriginal community.

Aimee is very involved in the University community; she volunteers for the Mentoring Aboriginal Peers Program, is Co-President of the U of A’s Aboriginal Health Group (AHG) and was chosen as the 2010 U of A Global Health Advocate for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. She has also been recognised through various scholarships for her efforts, including 2009 and 2010 Aboriginal Health Career scholarships from Indspire and the 2011 Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN) Scholarship.

Read more: http://www.wisest.ualberta.ca/wisest%20news/2012/04/uofamedstudentintendstoheadbacktoheraboriginalroots

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Hishuk Ish Tsawalk: Everything is One – The Dominion

Hishuk Ish Tsawalk: Everything is One

Recovering an Indigenous language in Canada

APRIL 6, 2012

MONTREAL—Kathy Robinson is a language warrior. Now 81 years old, she is one of the last two fluent native speakers of Tseshaht (pronounced “tsi-sha-aht”), a language once popularly spoken on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Tseshaht is not the only language indigenous to Canada that is at risk of disappearing.

Altogether there are 50 indigenous tongues in Canada and most of them are in danger of becoming extinct. Globally, the last speaker of a language dies every two weeks. There are at least 2,500 endangered languages and dialects destined for extinction in the next 100 years, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.

Read more: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4417

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The wrong answer to aboriginal overincarceration – Globe and Mail

The wrong answer to aboriginal overincarceration

From Friday’s Globe and Mail
Last updated Friday, Apr. 06, 2012

Handing young aboriginal men and women a stay-out-of-jail card in cases of serious violence is a mistaken answer to the problem of overincarceration of aboriginal people in Canada. It puts one wrong in place of another.

Del Louie, 22, viciously assaulted a 55-year-old Vancouver bus driver named Charles Dixon. After three operations, Mr. Dixon’s face is held together by a plate with four screws. Mr. Louie had been convicted before for assaulting a bus driver.

There is no doubt that the overrepresentation of aboriginal people in provincial and federal jails is a calamity for the country, for aboriginals and for the individuals behind bars. The unprovoked physical assaults on bus drivers and others who work in service jobs hardly compare – unless you happen to be the one driving the bus (150 assaults on Vancouver bus drivers were reported last year). And shouldn’t society protect those who do such jobs?

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/the-wrong-answer-to-aboriginal-overincarceration/article2393887/

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Ottawa cuts CAP public web access funding – CBC

Ottawa cuts CAP public web access funding

Program offers internet access at libraries, community centres

CBC News Posted: Apr 6, 2012

The federal government is cutting funding for a public internet access program, CBC News has learned.

The Community Access Program (CAP or C@P) operates out of libraries and community centres across Canada to provide free or low-cost internet access to the public.

Eric Stackhouse is chairman of the Nova Scotia CAP Association, which represents the 11 CAP networks in the province. There are 209 sites across Nova Scotia and thousands across the country.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/04/06/ns-cap-funding-cut.html

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