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Grassroots Gathering to Resist Proposed Pipelines – The Media Co-op

Grassroots Gathering to Resist Proposed Pipelines

Report Back from Unist’hot’en Gathering, Wet’suwet’en Territory

by Gord Hill

From August 12-15, 2011, members of the Unist’hot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation hosted their second gathering to oppose industrial threats in their traditional territory. Specifically, they are opposed to two major pipelines that will cut through their territory, the Pacific Trails Pipeline and Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline system.

According to the Wet’suwet’en organizers of the camp, these pipelines threaten their way of life by endangering land and water along the proposed route, which roughly parallels Highway 16. In Wet’suwet’en territory, the pipelines are proposed to be built directly alongside the Morice River (Wedzin Kwah in Wet’suwet’en). The river remains pure and pristine, despite extensive logging in the region.

Read more: http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/grassroots-gathering-resist-proposed-pipelines/8005

by NationTalk on August 23, 2011492 Views

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Aboriginal rights: Most folks want the same for everyone – Langley AdvanceNews

Aboriginal rights: Most folks want the same for everyone

Langley Advance August 23, 2011

Dear Editor,

The vast majority of non-aboriginal Canadians reasonably, compassionately wish all aboriginal communities access to basically the same self-government, quality of health/life (especially safe, clean drinking water), and fiscal autonomy as those enjoyed by almost all non-aboriginal Canadians.

Read more: http://www.langleyadvance.com/news/Aboriginal+rights+Most+folks+want+same+everyone/5295157/story.html#ixzz1Vthm9I2G

by NationTalk on August 23, 2011532 Views

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Mounties move in on violent street gang – iNews880.com

Mounties move in on violent street gang

Ed Mason
8/23/2011

Two Edmonton residents are among the people arrested after RCMP moved in on a very violent aboriginal street gang in northwestern Alberta.

Over the past three years, the gang has been trafficking crack cocaine and other drugs in Peace River and surrounding communities, and people who got in the gang’s way were dealt with harshly. RCMP say a raid on a house in Peace River netted drugs and cash and resulted in trafficking charges against four people, including a 26-year-old Edmonton man and a 22-year-old city woman.

Read more: http://www.inews880.com/Channels/Reg/LocalNews/story.aspx?ID=1526985

by NationTalk on August 23, 2011620 Views

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Refugee centre becomes aboriginal housing – Hamilton Spectator

Refugee centre becomes aboriginal housing

Hamilton Spectator
Matthew Van Dongen Tue Aug 23 2011

A refugee settlement centre on the Mountain has been reborn as supportive housing for aboriginal women.

The former New Dawn Centre, now named Honouring the Circle, will provide 23 supportive housing units administered by the Native Women’s Centre.

Read more: http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/582849–refugee-centre-becomes-aboriginal-housing

by NationTalk on August 23, 2011464 Views

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BC wants more native people on juries – Globe and Mail

B.C. wants more native people on juries

WENDY STUECK
VANCOUVER— From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Last updated Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

Responding to concerns about chronic under-representation of native people on juries in the province, the British Columbia government has asked band leaders to provide the names of people living on reserves.

Those names – to be provided only with permission from those on the list – are to be cross-referenced with names already in a provincial database in the hopes of boosting the number of native people in the juror pool.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/bc-wants-more-native-people-on-juries/article2136630/

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011644 Views

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Nicholson rebuffs CBA critics – Law Times

Nicholson rebuffs CBA critics

Minister rejects concerns about judicial discretion

Monday, August 22, 2011 | Written by Michael McKiernan

HALIFAX — Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson brushed off a barrage of criticism for his tough-on-crime policies during his annual appearance at the Canadian Bar Association’s conference in Halifax last week.

Earlier, the CBA’s council passed a string of resolutions sponsored by its criminal justice section calling for the federal government to tone down legislation expanding mandatory minimum sentences for certain offences by inserting a so-called safety valve in Criminal Code amendments.

Read more: http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201108228613/Headline-News/Nicholson-rebuffs-CBA-critics

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011510 Views

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Aboriginal War Veterans to be Honored with Memorial – Indian Country Today

Aboriginal War Veterans to be Honored with Memorial

By Brenda Austin August 22, 2011

Beausoleil First Nation is home to about 800 residents and rests in the southern tip of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada on Christian, Beckwith and Hope Islands. These beautiful islands are home to the Chippewa people, some of whom were warriors volunteering and fighting in wars with people who spoke languages they sometimes could not understand.

In order to preserve and honor the memory and sacrifices of these local heroes, a group of veterans and Beausoleil citizens formed a committee, and in 2008 launched a fundraising golf tournament to help erect a memorial in the middle of the Nation’s land base. The Fourth Annual Beausoleil First Nation Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 27 at the Brooklea Golf and Country Club in Midland.

Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/08/aboriginal-war-veterans-to-be-honored-with-memorial/

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011559 Views

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Film focuses on aboriginal dads – Edmonton Journal

Film focuses on aboriginal dads

By Codi Wilson, Edmonton Journal August 22, 2011

Blue Quills First Nations College, a former residential school, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by educating fathers in aboriginal communities about parenting.

At an alumni event Monday, the school is screening a new documentary about strengthening relationships between aboriginal fathers and their children. The film, With Dad: Strengthening the Circle of Care, explores postresidential school society and the lasting effects the system had on family structure.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Film+focuses+aboriginal+dads/5287618/story.html

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011646 Views

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Tory plan weakens justice – Winnipeg Free Press

Tory plan weakens justice

By: Staff Writer
Posted: 08/22/2011

Canada’s association of lawyers is justifiably worried about the effect new sentencing laws will have on aboriginal offenders. The mandatory minimums for some offences in the federal government’s proposed omnibus crime bill run contrary to the philosophy that reasonable, alternative measures to jail ought to be canvassed where appropriate. And with disproportionately more aboriginal people charged with crimes, they are likely to feel the effect disproportionately.

If Canada’s jails begin filling up because the Harper Tories aim to throw more people found guilty of selling marijuana in the slammer — one target of mandatory minimums — they are bound to house more aboriginal people, particularly on the Prairies where native populations are higher.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/tory-plan-weakens-justice-128168273.html

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011474 Views

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Alone in Italy, Urban Native Girl Finds Her Home has Followed Her Across the Ocean

Alone in Italy, Urban Native Girl Finds Her Home has Followed Her Across the Ocean

By Lisa Charleyboy August 21, 2011

When I received the invite to go to Italy early July the first that came to mind was “what am I going to wear?” Needless to say, I was very excited at the prospect of my very first European vacation. I had always wanted to go but I am not exactly the ‘hostel-backpacker’ type so I wanted to save the vacation for a time when I could do it right.

And doing it right is exactly what this trip entailed; it was first-class, luxury all the way from the moment I took off from Toronto to the moment I arrived back in the Big Smoke. First stop was Villa D’Este, a luxury Italian resort located in Lake Como. This resort is rated one of the best hotels by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, and Forbes Traveller so I knew I was in for something seriously spectacular.Spectacular it was from the second I exited the car to the front entrance, I knew that this was no Sheraton Hotel. I was treated with graciousness and gentility right from the initial point of contact until the very last stroll on the sprawling grounds. The reason that I was here was to celebrate a milestone birthday of a friend of a friend of mine. There were one hundred people invited to partake in this celebration and I knew exactly one person there and was a tad worried (read: nervous) that I would be out of my element.

Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/08/alone-in-italy-urban-native-girl-finds-her-home-has-followed-her-across-the-ocean/

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011622 Views

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Aboriginal War Veterans to be Honored with Memorial

By Brenda Austin August 22, 2011

Beausoleil First Nation is home to about 800 residents and rests in the southern tip of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada on Christian, Beckwith and Hope Islands. These beautiful islands are home to the Chippewa people, some of whom were warriors volunteering and fighting in wars with people who spoke languages they sometimes could not understand.

In order to preserve and honor the memory and sacrifices of these local heroes, a group of veterans and Beausoleil citizens formed a committee, and in 2008 launched a fundraising golf tournament to help erect a memorial in the middle of the Nation’s land base. The Fourth Annual Beausoleil First Nation Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 27 at the Brooklea Golf and Country Club in Midland.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/08/aboriginal-war-veterans-to-be-honored-with-memorial/

by NationTalk on August 22, 2011590 Views

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Googoo in as New Waycobah Chief – Cape Breton Post

Googoo in as new Waycobah chief

Published on August 19, 2011

WAYCOBAH, FIRST NATION — There is a new chief for Waycobah, First Nation.

Roderick Albert Googoo has been elected chief after getting 163 votes in the byelection which occurred Thursday. In early June, Waycobah Chief Morley Googoo resigned to assume the role of regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Googoo served as chief of Waycobah for 17 years.

Read more: http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2011-08-19/article-2714930/Googoo-in-as-new-Waycobah-chief/1

by NationTalk on August 20, 20111248 Views

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Conditions in aboriginal schools are a national disgrace – Waterloo Record

Conditions in aboriginal schools are a national disgrace

Fri Aug 19 2011

Imagine a child returning to school in September — but not to a school as we know it, but to portable classrooms that have been used as a “temporary” replacement for the local school which closed 11 years earlier because the ground beneath it was contaminated by 50, 000 litres of diesel fuel.

Further, imagine that there is no proper gym or library, and that the portable classroom where this child receives an education is mouldy, unheated in the winter, and infested with mice.

Read more: http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/580218–conditions-in-aboriginal-schools-are-a-national-disgrace

by NationTalk on August 20, 2011578 Views

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Acquiring a taste for First Nations culture and cuisine in BC – Toronto Star

Acquiring a taste for First Nations culture and cuisine in B.C.

Kathleen Kenna
Special to the Star

VANCOUVER—We were searching for aboriginal culture, and found it in one of the most unlikely, yet most Canadian places — under a canoe.

A big, Haida canoe.

It’s the most dramatic work in the art-filled Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro,the city’s only full restaurant owned and staffed by aboriginal people, featuring only First Nations cuisine.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/travel/northamerica/article/1040964–acquiring-a-taste-for-first-nations-culture-and-cuisine-in-b-c

by NationTalk on August 20, 2011562 Views

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In their own words: Flaherty and Carney on stimulus, debt and potential recession – Globe and Mail

In their own words: Flaherty and Carney on stimulus, debt and potential recession

Bill Curry
Ottawa— Globe and Mail Update
Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011

In back-to-back appearances, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney offered their assessments of what slowing economic growth in Europe and the United States will mean for Canada.

Here are five main points from the testimony:

On stimulus
“That’s exactly what we should not do,” Mr. Flaherty said as he rejected NDP calls for new spending on infrastructure and aboriginal communities to stimulate the economy now. Yet when pressed by Liberal MP Scott Brison on whether he would bring in new stimulus if the economy worsened, the minister said this: “If we were to see the situation globally deteriorate in a dramatic way, we would obviously do what is needed to protect our jobs and economy and families in Canada. We would act in a pragmatic way, as we have done successfully, previously and recently.”

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/in-their-own-words-flaherty-and-carney-on-stimulus-debt-and-potential-recession/article2135462/?from=sec431

by NationTalk on August 20, 2011488 Views

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5 things to know about Ottawa’s aboriginal community – CBC.ca

5 things to know about Ottawa’s aboriginal community

CBC News Posted: Aug 19, 2011

It’s growing. Fast.

The city of Ottawa often refers to the capital region’s aboriginal community as one of the fastest-growing in the city, and the available numbers back up those claims.

About 40,000 people who identify themselves as aboriginal in ancestry live in Ottawa, according to Ian Cross, the manager of the city’s planning and forecasting department.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/08/19/ottawa-aboriginal-population.html

by NationTalk on August 20, 2011548 Views

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Aboriginals will suffer: experts – Winnipeg Free Press

Aboriginals will suffer: experts
Bar association fears effects of minimum sentencing

By: Mia Rabson and Alexandra Paul
Posted: 08/19/2011

OTTAWA — Legal experts fear the Harper government’s push for mandatory minimum sentences will unfairly target aboriginals.

“Aboriginal people are being locked up like it’s going out of style,” said Manitoba lawyer Brad Regehr, the outgoing chairman of the Canadian Bar Association’s national aboriginal law section.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/aboriginals-will-suffer-experts-128059833.html

by NationTalk on August 20, 2011656 Views

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The debt and divisions in Kanesatake – Montreal Gazette

The debt and divisions in Kanesatake

The Gazette August 19, 2011

“” Re: “Divided Kanesatake tries to heal,” Gazette, Aug. 13.

The federal government plays an important role in the debt and divisions in Kanesatake. Much like credit-card companies that encourage you to spend knowing you cannot repay, the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs underfunds First Nations communities and fosters dissension by allowing select leaders to overspend their budgets. Then it publicly criticizes First Nations leaders and communities for being financially irresponsible and in need of departmental intervention. The federal government could have intervened to prevent abuses but chose to look the other way until the damage was done.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/debt+divisions+Kanesatake/5275873/story.html#ixzz1VWXSTsoC

by NationTalk on August 20, 2011537 Views

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A small victory for TV in the courtroom – CBC

A small victory for TV in the courtroom

By Daniel Henry, CBC News Posted: Aug 18, 2011

Earlier this summer, Chief Justice Allan Lutfy of the Federal Court of Canada ordered a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to reconsider its decision not to allow television cameras to broadcast one of its hearings.

The hearing was into allegations of inequitable funding of child welfare services on First Nations reserves and the application to allow cameras came from the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN).

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/08/17/f-vp-henry.html

by NationTalk on August 18, 2011488 Views

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Aboriginal wrestlers didn’t always dance to the same tune – Canoe

Aboriginal wrestlers didn’t always dance to the same tune

Minority Mat Report

By GREG OLIVER – Producer, SLAM! Wrestling

Aboriginal wrestlers over the years haven’t always agreed on how their heritage should be portrayed and exploited for professional wrestling’s gain. Some were comfortable with the headdress and the war dances, and others eschewed the cultural shortcut completely.

Gerry Brisco, from the Chocktaw and Chikasaw tribes of Oklahoma, was one of those who elected not to play a stereotype, the same path as his older brother, the late NWA World champion Jack Brisco.

Read more: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2011/04/11/17955016.html

by NationTalk on August 18, 2011654 Views

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First Nations man walks to raise awareness of residential schools – Cochrane Times

First Nations man walks to raise awareness of residential schools

Mark Prior

Residential school survivor Patrick Etherington seeks to spread not only awareness about residential schools, but also to bring healing to those affected by them.

Mr. Etherington said residential schools are a scar on Canada’s history. Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit children were forced to go to these schools as part of an aggressive assimilation strategy enacted by the Canadian government in the nineteenth century.

Read more: http://www.cochranetimespost.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3263459

by NationTalk on August 18, 2011494 Views

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‘Warrior Path’ leads to pride – Calgary Herald

‘Warrior Path’ leads to pride

By Jo Sarpal, For Neighbours August 18, 2011

Getting in touch with one’s cultural heritage can be a rewarding experience, but for 18 year-old Grant Kishayineu, it was more than he expected.

“For the first time, I felt proud to be aboriginal,” he says.

“It’s a good feeling to know your identity and to be able to share it with people.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Warrior+Path+leads+pride/5271551/story.html#ixzz1VOgrhlvw

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Labour crunch could squeeze Saskatchewan – Regina Leader-Post

Labour crunch could squeeze Saskatchewan

By Dan Yates, Leader-Post August 18, 2011

The Canadian labour force is undergoing a drastic change and Saskatchewan won’t be alone competing for workers from home and abroad.

A Statistics Canada report released Wednesday projects that the Canadian labour force will continue to grow during the next 20 years, albeit at a slower pace, and the change is linked to the retiring baby boomer generation.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/Labour+crunch+could+squeeze+Saskatchewan/5270510/story.html#ixzz1VOgSUmoW

by NationTalk on August 18, 2011471 Views

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U of M official crusading for aboriginal education – Winnipeg Free Press

U of M official crusading for aboriginal education

By: Nick Martin
Posted: 08/18/2011

DEBORAH Young thinks it’s about time to tell the world about the University of Manitoba’s success in aboriginal education — which includes her.

“I’m very much wanting to build on the success that’s already here. For some reason, we’re not very good at capturing the success that’s already here,” said Young, the U of M’s first executive lead for aboriginal achievement.

A member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Young earned undergrad and master’s degrees in social work at the U of M and comes to the job after a career as a policy adviser to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and several federal departments.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/u-of-m-official-crusading-for-aboriginal-education-127992528.html

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Sto: lo venture hits the ground – Chilliwack Times

Sto: lo venture hits the ground

Million-dollar startup aims to be a role model for First Nations

By Paul J. Henderson, The Times August 18, 2011

Six local Sto: lo communities have come together to create an aboriginal-owned environmental monitoring and site restoration business that Grand Chief Joe Hall hopes will be a role model for First Nations everywhere.

Seven Generation Environmental Services is a million-dollar startup created out of a partnership with BC Hydro and will be involved with Hydro’s Interior to Lower Mainland (ILM) Transmission Project.

Read more: http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/venture+hits+ground/5270356/story.html#ixzz1VOfocM00

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Children’s science programs get $1.25M boost – Waterloo Record

Children’s science programs get $1.25M boost

By Luisa D’Amato, Record staff Wed Aug 17 2011

WATERLOO — Organizations that help kids become interested in math and science got a cash boost today in their efforts to reach out to aboriginal, female, underprivileged and rural students.

Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid announced $1.25 million in federal funds to help groups such as Engineering Science Quest, located at University of Waterloo, inspire students with science.

Read more: http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/580076–children-s-science-programs-get-1-25m-boost

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Canadian Border Agent Confiscated Haudenosaunee Passport, Called It ‘Fantasy Document’

By Gale Courey Toensing August 17, 2011

A Mohawk woman is preparing a complaint against the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and has asked for surveillance video of a recent incident in which her Haudenosaunee passport was seized by a border official who called it “a fantasy document.” Joyce King, a citizen of the U.S. federally acknowledged St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, says she plans to file a complaint against the agency for discriminatory actions. “If my Haudenosaunee passport is a fantasy document, I’m a fantasy person living in a fantasy land and looking at a fantasy border,” King says.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/08/46030/

by NationTalk on August 17, 2011568 Views

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Dropout chiefs imperil a generation of kids – Globe and Mail

Dropout chiefs imperil a generation of kids

JOHN IBBITSON
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Indian leaders in three key provinces appear determined to wreck the best chance in a generation to improve the miserable state of on-reserve schools.

Chiefs representing about 230 first nations in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan have decided to boycott a three-person panel charged with finding fixes for the broken first nations education system. Native children will pay the price for this stiff-necked opposition, based on ancient animosities and petty political ambition.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/john-ibbitson/dropout-chiefs-imperil-a-generation-of-kids/article2131931/

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The true costs of Caledonia: Six Nations had other options – Troy Media

The true costs of Caledonia: Six Nations had other options

August 17, 2011

LETHBRIDGE, AB, Aug. 17, 2011/ Troy Media/ – Ontario taxpayers will be paying $20 million in compensation to residents and businesses for losses suffered during the Caledonia land dispute. The compensation results from a class action lawsuit against Ontario and its Provincial Police (OPP) for inaction in the face of First Nation vigilantes ‘reclaiming’ land they say never to have surrendered.

The Caledonia land dispute touches on many dimensions of justice.

Many simplistically say the Caledonia is strictly an issue between Native protesters and peaceful non-Aboriginals. But there is more to it than that. Some non-Aboriginal protesters argue that it demonstrates “two-tier justice’ in Canada, where First Nations get away with mayhem and non-Aboriginals are victimized. There is also some truth to that, but it is not the whole story.

Read more: http://www.troymedia.com/2011/08/17/the-true-costs-of-caledonia-six-nations-had-other-options/

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Gaming policy needs fixing – Canada.com

Gaming policy needs fixing

By Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander August 17, 2011

The provincial government needs to fix the way it distributes gaming funds to charities and non-profit groups to avoid confusion, uncertainty and underfunding.

Inconsistent gaming policy is wasting the resources and time of community organizations that rely on gaming grants, while overall funding has been cut.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Gaming+policy+needs+fixing/5265334/story.html

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No Easy Answer to First Nations Taxation

By Rosa Rivero Aug 16, 2011

A commonly held belief is that all Aboriginal people in Canada are exempt from any taxes, including income, sales and property tax. This leads to questions of unfairness with some claiming that “Aboriginal tax exemptions create an inequality within the tax system.” Others go so far as to say that “a race-based tax exemption is not something that should exist in 21st-century Canada.”

Before jumping into the discussion, I think it’s important to clarify:

TAX EXEMPTION IS NOT INTRINSIC TO BEING ABORIGINAL
Aboriginal ancestry is not enough to get tax exemption. An individual must be a “Status Indian” as defined by the Federal Government under the Indian Act, which explicitly excludes individuals of Métis and Inuit origin. Additionally, the exemption applies only if the income is earned on reserve and both the employee and the employer reside on reserve. Under any other conditions, Aboriginal people pay taxes just like any other Canadians.

http://isis.sauder.ubc.ca/media/blog/no-easy-answer-to-first-nations-taxation/

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Aboriginals face employment barriers – Journal of Commerce

Aboriginals face employment barriers

August 17, 2011
JESSICA KRIPPENDORF
correspondent

Provincial funding for Industry Training Authority (ITA) programs aimed at expanding First Nations involvement with trades will be supplemented with extra cash for research intended to exploring barriers to success in apprenticeship programs.

Along with $2.2 million in Labour Market Agreement (LMA) funds to support ITA Aboriginal Initiatives programs, an additional $200,000 is allocated for the one-year study.

Read more: http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id46250

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Pickton inquiry’s problems underscore the truth about poverty – Vancouver Sun

Pickton inquiry’s problems underscore the truth about poverty

With its narrow scope and financial challenges, it seems Oppal commission is as powerless as the vulnerable women it aims to serve

By Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun August 16, 2011

Poverty. Prostitution. Addiction. That trinity made Willie Pickton’s murderous spree possible.

Yet it’s unlikely that trio and the desperation it engenders will be aired at a judicial inquiry set to begin Oct. 11.

It seems there’s no money for delving into the darkest heart of the problem behind not only Vancouver’s missing women, but Canada’s.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Pickton+inquiry+problems+underscore+truth+about+poverty/5261923/story.html#ixzz1VGHGPWC6

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New mural at Lakehead to promote culture, higher learning – Wawatay News

New mural at Lakehead to promote culture, higher learning

Tuesday August 16, 2011

Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Initiatives and Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services have partnered with Thunder Bay artist Elliott Doxtater-Wynn to complete a mural at the university’s sweat lodge site.

The mural will be painted by Doxtater-Wynn with help from children and youth from the Thunder Bay community. Elders Freda McDonald and Gerry Martin will also provide guidance and direction for the painting, whose themes will focus on the importance of higher education, protecting the environment and healing.

Read more: http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2011/8/16/new-mural-lakehead-promote-culture-higher-learning_21756

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St. Michael’s hospital settles lawsuit over alleged security guard violence – Toronto Star

St. Michael’s hospital settles lawsuit over alleged security guard violence

Published On Tue Aug 16 2011

A settlement has been reached between St. Michael’s hospital and an aboriginal couple allegedly beaten and psychologically traumatized by the hospital’s security guards two years ago.

“It’s been resolved,” said the couple’s lawyer Barry Swadron.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1040219–st-michael-s-hospital-settles-lawsuit-over-alleged-security-guard-violence?bn=1

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Inuit Remains Being Repatriated in Northern Labrador – St. John’s Telegram

Inuit remains being repatriated in northern Labrador

St. John’s Telegram August 16, 2011

ST. JOHN’S — Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be among those in attendance Tuesday in northern Labrador as an Inuit repatriation ceremony is held.

Remains will be returned and laid to rest on Rose Island, located in Saglek Bay within the Torngat Mountains National Park.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Inuit+remains+being+repatriated+northern+Labrador/5260896/story.html

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Site of Planned Tsawout Longhouse Blessed – Times Colonist

Site of planned Tsawout longhouse blessed

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist August 16, 2011

As the sound of handbells, chants and prayers echoed over a patch of dry grass and rocks on Tsawout First Nation reserve Monday, raucous party noises from a nearby home provided a sharp contrast.

“That shows why we really do need a longhouse,” whispered Tsawout housing officer Gwen Underwood.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Site+planned+Tsawout+longhouse+blessed/5260617/story.html#ixzz1VGDr2vfz

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Joint-Venture Potash Project Goes To Vote Over Land – The StarPhoenix

Joint-venture potash project goes to vote over land

By Cassandra Kyle, The StarPhoenix August 16, 2011

Encanto Potash Corp. has announced the Muskowekwan First Nation will vote on a Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) designation on Oct. 1.

Should the majority vote in favour, about 15,600 acres of the First Nation’s treaty land will be added to the joint-venture potash project held on reserve lands by both parties.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Joint+venture+potash+project+goes+vote+over+land/5259644/story.html#ixzz1VGDU25AU

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From Igloo to Mine-Shaft: Nunavut’s First Inuit Miners – Nunatsiaq Online

From igloo to mine-shaft: Nunavut’s first Inuit miners
“The whole project has been really exciting for people to relive”

Nunavut August 16, 2011

A Kivalliq-based research project is helping trace the journey of Inuit families from “igloo to mineshaft.”

That’s how Peter Irniq describes the transition many of Nunavut’s original miners made when they left their traditional camps to work at the North Rankin Nickel Mine in the late 1950s.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674from_igloo_to_mine-shaft_nunavuts_first_inuit_miners/

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Construction Begins on Controversial Gas ‘n’ Go – Comox Valley Echo

Construction begins on controversial Gas ‘n’ Go

By Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo August 16, 2011

It’s finally shovels in the ground for the Gas ‘n’ Go gas station and pit stop on Comox Road (known locally as Dyke Road).

Work has begun for the $1.5 million project, which had been in the planning stages for more than four years.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Construction+begins+controversial/5259858/story.html

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Poverty, unemployment continue to plague our reserves

AUGUST 16, 2011

Re: “First Nations trapped by trouble close to home,” by Jordan Eagle, Letters, Aug. 12.

I totally agree with Jordan Eagle. It is like the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge, especially the federal and provincial governments and First Nations.

The state of most reserves is dismal and extremely discouraging to my people. In Hobbema, we had a little boy, Ethan Yellowbird, lose his life to violence recently.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Poverty+unemployment+continue+plague+reserves/5259950/story.html

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First Nation joins chorus protesting shale gas industry

Published Friday August 12th, 2011

By SHAWN BERRY
berry.shawn[at]dailygleaner.com

St. Mary’s First Nation is calling for the province to ban shale gas mining and exploration in New Brunswick.

The Maliseet community in Fredericton made its position known to the New Brunswick government on Thursday.

“We have to take a stand not only for ourselves, but also for our future,” Chief Candice Paul said.

“Especially in the Nashwaak watershed, that is our traditional territory. We use that area for hunting and fishing and water is something we need to protect.”

http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/cityregion/article/1431315

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St Mary’s Chief Candice Paul Reacts to Snub by Natural Resources Minister

THURSDAY, 11 AUGUST 2011

St Mary’s Chief Candice Paul Reacts to Snub by Natural Resources Minister

About 70 anti-shale gas protesters kept up the pressure on the Alward government today, showing up at a rally at the Centennial Building in Fredericton and chanting loudly for the Premier to appear. Away to previously scheduled appearances, he did not. But Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup did meet with the group, many of whom were part of the blockade on route 625 near Stanley earlier this week.

http://thepurplevioletpressnb.blogspot.com/2011/08/st-marys-chief-candice-paul-reacts-to.html

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Aboriginal leader followed a path of enlightenment and vision – Globe and Mail

William Commanda, 97 Algonquin elder
Aboriginal leader followed a path of enlightenment and vision

NORA RYELL
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

He was named Ojigkwanong by his mother because he was born under the Morning Star, a symbol of enlightenment and vision. His path was set but there were a few bumps along the way.

Despite an unpromising childhood, William Commanda overcame the bitterness and anger of life on a reserve and was transformed by a simple message of forgiveness and reconciliation. Many considered him to be Canada’s own Dalai Lama. But in a 2000 National Film Board documentary he described himself in less exalted terms. “I’m not big – just a little guy trying to do big things.”

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/aboriginal-leader-followed-a-path-of-enlightenment-and-vision/article2128572/

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Province works with Aborginal groups to renew child welfare – CTV Saskatoon

Province works with Aborginal groups to renew child welfare

CTV Saskatoon
Date: Friday Aug. 12, 2011

Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal community have joined together with the provincial government to renew the Child Welfare System.

Letters of Understanding between the FSIN and the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan were signed Friday morning in the legislative building in Regina. The two documents pledge to renew the Child Welfare System in the province

Read more: http://saskatoon.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110812/sas-childwelfare-110812/20110812/?hub=Saskatoon

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Ont. calls inquiry into aboriginal participation on juries – CBC.ca

Ont. calls inquiry into aboriginal participation on juries

The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 11, 2011

Years of complaints that First Nations people have been systematically excluded from serving on juries in Ontario culminated Thursday in the provincial government calling an independent review into the situation.

In a statement late Thursday, Attorney General Chris Bentley announced former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci would review a jury system that on-reserve natives say has failed them badly.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/08/11/ontario-aboriginal-inquiry.html

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$2.9-M boost for city’s diabetes program – The Sudbury Star

$2.9-M boost for city’s diabetes program

By STAR STAFF

Sudbury Regional Hospital received almost $2.9 million in funding Thursday for its diabetes treatment and management programs.

Earlier this year, the hospital opened a diabetes day hospital with $167,000 funding from the province.

Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci, who announced the money, said $2.5 million will go to the Centre for Complex Diabetes Care, located at the hospital’s Memorial site.

Read more: http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3255794

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Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister in Kamloops – CFJC TV Kamloops

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister in Kamloops
John Duncan here for round table discussion with 7 area native bands

Last Updated: Friday, August 12th, 2011
by: Sandy Hall

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is in Kamloops today for a round table discussion with representatives from the seven indian bands in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.

Read more: http://cfjctv.com/story.php?id=3800

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Sex workers need identities protected at Pickton inquiry, lawyer says – Winnipeg Free Press

Sex workers need identities protected at Pickton inquiry, lawyer says

By: James Keller, The Canadian Press
Posted: 08/12/2011

VANCOUVER – Current and former sex workers should have their identities protected if they testify at the public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case, says one of the independent lawyers appointed to represent the views of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and aboriginal women at the hearings.

Jason Gratl, one of two lawyers appointed earlier this week after about a dozen non-profit advocacy groups were denied legal funding, plans to file an application next week asking the inquiry to establish protocols for vulnerable witnesses.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/127604188.html

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Ont. cops reviewing VPD, RCMP conduct for Pickton inquiry – CTV.ca

Ont. cops reviewing VPD, RCMP conduct for Pickton inquiry

By: Wendy Cox , The Canadian Press
Date: Friday Aug. 12, 2011

The inquiry into the Robert Pickton case is getting some guidance from a controversial source — the Peel Regional Police Service.

The Toronto-area force’s deputy chief and two other officers will be reviewing the actions of the Vancouver police and the RCMP, which took years to acknowledge a serial killer was preying on sex-trade workers on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Read more: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110812/bc_pickton_inquiry_advice_ontario_110812/20110812/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

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