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Cat Lake First Nation declares state of emergency – The Argus

Cat Lake First Nation declares state of emergency

February 7, 2012
Sebastian Murdoch-Gibson
News Writer

Citing grave concerns about substance abuse in the community, Cat Lake First Nation issued a state of emergency on Jan. 23.

According to Chief Matthew Keewaykapow, the band is no longer able to provide critical services to residents. Keewaykapow was quoted in Wawatay News last week as saying, “the situation is beyond our current band resources and we require immediate and long term assistance from our federal and provincial partners.”

The community estimates that 70-80 percent of its roughly 500 residents are addicted to prescription pills, primarily oxycodone. According to the Vancouver Sun, of the 480 residents on Cat Lake, 150 are registered addicts and 120 more are suspected.

Read more: http://www.theargus.ca/articles/news/2012/02/cat-lake-first-nation-declares-state-of-emergency

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British Columbia Lines Up Aboriginal Learners with Jobs – Daily Commercial

British Columbia lines up Aboriginal learners with jobs

February 8, 2012

A British Columbia training program is connecting Aboriginal learners with growing occupations.

The Aboriginal Training for Employment Program helps participants pursue further studies and employment opportunities such as construction workers, health-care assistants, chefs, entrepreneurs, tourism operators and in many other occupations.
Since the program’s 2010 launch, over 500 Aboriginal learners throughout British Columbia have participated in the program.

With a $4-million investment from the Province through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement, participants receive in-class instruction in conjunction with hands-on learning in laboratories or workshops, and work or volunteer experience relevant to their training.

Read more: http://dcnonl.com/article/id48680/–british-columbia-lines-up-aboriginal-learners-with-jobs

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NAN Releases Education Report – The Chronicle-Journal

NAN releases education report

The Chronicle-Journal
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is calling on the federal government to provide stable funding in order to improve education in its communities.

NAN on Tuesday released an independent education report — a day ahead of the release of a similar report by the federal government’s National Panel — that also calls for aboriginal control of aboriginal education.

“NAN is calling on the government of Canada to provide fair and equitable funding for much-needed improvements in education facilities, support services, special education, teachers’ salaries, curriculum, that will ensure that all students in NAN will receive a quality education that meets or exceeds the standards across the rest of Canada,” NAN deputy grand chief Terry Waboose said Tuesday in Thunder Bay.

Read more: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/content/news/local/2012/02/08/nan-releases-education-report

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Per-Student Model Suggested for Aboriginal Funding Grants – Citizen

Per-student model suggested for Aboriginal funding grants


Valley schools will split more than $40,000 in aboriginal grant funding this year but some changes have been suggested in how it’s allocated.

Trustee Hannah Seymour reported to the Cowichan Valley Board of Education Feb. 1 that historically schools simply applied for grant money and assessments were made of each idea.

However, a working group this year has decided to try allocating the money based on providing the school with $30 for each aboriginal student in the school population.

“So, each school would receive a grant,” she said, adding that the overall concept was exciting as it would spread knowledge of aboriginal language and culture more widely throughout the district’s schools.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/student+model+suggested+Aboriginal+funding+grants/6118504/story.html

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Lessons Learned in Canada Paved Amundsen’s Way to the South Pole: Curator – Ottawa Citizen

Lessons learned in Canada paved Amundsen’s way to the South Pole: curator

By Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen February 8, 2012

OTTAWA — A few years before he became the first man to reach the South Pole, Roald Amundsen spent a couple of winters in the Canadian Arctic. That’s where he learned to build an igloo.

The local people laughed at the rookie builder. Even after 20 or 25 attempts, the roof of an Amundsen igloo always caved in at the last moment.

But six years later, when he was crossing Antarctica in severe cold and winds too strong for a tent, he and his team remembered their old skills, and sheltered safely inside an igloo.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Lessons+learned+Canada+paved+Amundsen+South+Pole+curator/6119655/story.html#ixzz1locXFu3y

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Durham Kids Share Warmth with First Nation Communities – Durham Region

Durham kids share warmth with First Nation communities

Awareness campaign about First Nation communities includes clothing drive

Kristen Calis|Feb 08, 2012

AJAX — It’s all about kindness this month at Dr. Roberta Bondar Public School in Ajax.

The elementary school is taking part in the Durham District School Board’s awareness campaign and winter clothing drive for Ontario First Nation communities.

Organized by the Aboriginal education department’s ‘Spirit Calling Network,’ the board started the drive in partnership with the training unit of the Ontario Provincial Police Aboriginal Policing Bureau in January. A board-wide social action project, the campaign brings focus to the ongoing struggles many First Nation communities experience in northern Ontario and across Canada.

Read more: http://www.durhamregion.com/community/education/article/1293442–durham-kids-share-warmth-with-first-nation-communities

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T’it’q’et Holds First-Ever Career Fair – Bridge River Lillooet News

T’it’q’et holds first-ever Career Fair

Adult job-seekers link up with employment centre, health, social services, fisheries, forestry reps

FEBRUARY 8, 2012

The first-ever T’it’q’et Career Fair brought together adults seeking employment and agencies offering information on careers in a number of fields.

The fair was held at Julianne Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28.

T’it’q’et education co-ordination Susan Napoleon was one of the organizers of the event, which drew representatives from the Ministry of Forests, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Social Development, T’it’q’et Health, the Association of Aboriginal Financial Officers and the Lillooet Employment Centre. Neal Mason was on hand to talk about careers in counselling and social work and Arnold Adolph offered advice on careers in independent financial planning.

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Chiefs shouldn’t be on casino board, ex-chair says – CBC News

Chiefs shouldn’t be on casino board, ex-chair says

CBC News Posted: Feb 7, 2012

There should be no chiefs or politicians on the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority’s board of directors, a former chair of the board says.

Last year, Kirk Goodtrack was fired as SIGA board chair.

SIGA said Goodtrack, a lawyer, was in a conflict of interest due to his outside legal work. Goodtrack says he had been trying to cut spending by board members.

In a recent interview with CBC News, Goodtrack detailed some of his concerns about governance at SIGA, which oversees six First Nations-run casinos around the province.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/02/07/sk-goodtrack-discusses-siga-board-1202.html

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Scotiabank helps launch FNMI mentorship – Unews

Scotiabank helps launch FNMI mentorship

The University of Lethbridge welcomed Scotiabank officials to campus on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to announce a major gift in support of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students.

The $150,000 investment will help launch a mentorship program aimed at post-secondary students, as well as students in junior high and high schools in Lethbridge and reserve communities throughout southern Alberta.

“This gift demonstrates Scotiabank’s incredible commitment to education and the FNMI community, and sets a strong example for others to follow,” says U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon.

Read more: http://www.uleth.ca/unews/content/scotiabank-helps-launch-fnmi-mentorship

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Labrador Iron reaches deal with Inuit over operations in Labrador west – CanadianBusiness.com

Labrador Iron reaches deal with Inuit over operations in Labrador west

By The Canadian Press | February 07, 2012

TORONTO – Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd. (TSX:LIM.TO) said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with representatives of the Inuit people regarding its mining operations in Labrador west.

The deal with the NunatuKavut Community Council, reached last week during the Northern Lights conference in Ottawa, addresses such matters as environmental and cultural protection, jobs, training, aboriginal contracting and other financial aspects.

The NunatuKavut Community Council represents the southern Inuit of Labrador, an aboriginal population of about 6,000 within the communities that line the southern coastal and interior waterways of Labrador.

Read more: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/69801–labrador-iron-reaches-deal-with-inuit-over-operations-in-labrador-west

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TFN mega-mall tip of iceberg of aboriginal development – Surrey Leader

TFN mega-mall tip of iceberg of aboriginal development

Updated: February 07, 2012

The Tsawwassen First Nation’s decision to build a huge shopping district rivalling Metrotown on its treaty land near the ferry terminal captured the public spotlight last month.

But it may be just the tip of the iceberg of land-use upheavals that are to come as more urban First Nations either sign new treaties or, increasingly, pursue business ventures on their reserves without treaties.

“It’s going to be very, very interesting,” predicts Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin, the chair of Metro Vancouver’s newly created aboriginal affairs committee.

Read more: http://www.surreyleader.com/news/138868449.html

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Aboriginal centre “a rock” for students – Oshawa Express

Aboriginal centre “a rock” for students

By Katie Richard/The Oshawa Express

Those entering into UOIT’s Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) for the first time at its official grand opening were welcomed in the most traditional way.

Smudging ceremonies took place while the Smoke Trail Singers performed honour songs and Elder Cliff Standingready recited the opening and closing prayers. Guests dined on traditional foods like elk stew, bannock and wild rice salad and listened as Aboriginal students, who have benefited first hand from the centre, shared their stories.

The scene inside a lecture hall at the Oshawa university was anything but ordinary. Cedar leaves lined either side of each stairway and the aroma of herbs filled the room.

Read more: http://www.oshawaexpress.ca/viewposting.php?view=2438

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Tsawout Eye Shopping Centre for Central Saanich – Times Colonist

Tsawout eye shopping centre for Central Saanich

Central Saanich council gets peek at outlines for reserve development


A proposed shopping centre on Tsawout First Nation land in Central Saanich would be similar to developments in Langford, the prospective developer says, although he won’t name any specific tenants.

The 650,000-square-foot proposed development at the corner of the Pat Bay Highway and Jesken Road would have two or three large retailers, three to five “midbox retailers” and numerous other spots for restaurants and smaller users, Keith McRae said Monday.

He is representing Property Development Group, a Vancouver company working with the Tsawout band on the proposal.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Tsawout+shopping+centre+Central+Saanich/6111159/story.html#ixzz1liadDM8u

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Ruttan: No Water-Sharing Deal Without Snuneymuxw – Daily News

Ruttan: No water-sharing deal without Snuneymuxw

Mayor assures First Nation that pact with Harmac will require their approval


Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan has assured the Snuneymuxw First Nation that there will be no water-sharing agreement between the city and the Harmac pulp mill without the band’s consent and approval.

Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White said he was “glad” to hear Ruttan make the commitment and the First Nation intends to hold him to it.

The Snuneymuxw said last week that they are considering launching a series of legal actions, targeting the province, the city and Harmac over a water-sharing agreement being negotiated that could see the city acquire much of Harmac’s water licences for the Nanaimo River.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Ruttan+water+sharing+deal+without+Snuneymuxw/6112422/story.html

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Victoria Partners with First Nations on New Prison – Vancouver Sun

Victoria partners with first nations on new prison

360-cell Oliver jail to be built on native land; band likely to get lease payments

By Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun February 7, 2012

British Columbia will build its next prison on first nations land, the government announced Monday as it unveiled a partnership that will see the construction of a 360-cell facility just north of Oliver.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Osoyoos Indian Band,” Premier Christy Clark said Monday, adding the deal is the first of its kind in B.C.

“They are an absolutely sterling partner for this project. They are an incredible economic driver for this region,” she added, saying the band owns more businesses per capita than any other first nation in the country.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Victoria+partners+with+first+nations+prison/6111903/story.html#ixzz1liZyGvxr

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Ottawa Hits Ex-Rural Pharmacist with $3.1-M Suit Over Suspect Claims – Winnipeg Free Press

Ottawa hits ex-rural pharmacist with $3.1-M suit over suspect claims

By: Staff Writer
Posted: 02/7/2012

A former pharmacist in Hodgson, Man., has been hit with a $3.1-million lawsuit.

The lawsuit between Abas Pharmacy and Canada’s attorney general says Abas “fraudulently and negligently misrepresented information and claims submitted between Jan. 1, 2005 and March 31, 2008.”

Abas was known as Fisher Pharmacy and had Murvin Ernest Abas as its managing pharmacist, so both are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit references how the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch has the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHBP), which “provides health benefits free of charge… to status Indians and recognized Inuit persons who do not otherwise have insurance coverage either privately or through a provincial plan.”

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/ottawa-hits-ex-rural-pharmacist-with-31-m-suit-over-suspect-claims-138836329.html

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MNS Opposes Indian Act Bill – The StarPhoenix

MNS opposes Indian Act bill


The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan (MNS) is joining First Nations in their opposition to a proposed federal bill to repeal the Indian Act.

The private member’s bill, which could be introduced in the coming days by Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke, appears to have been crafted without consulting aboriginal leaders, say critics.

They also say it runs contrary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent pledge to involve First Nations in further discussions about their relationship with the government. Harper also said he would not repeal the Indian Act.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/opposes+Indian+bill/6111571/story.html

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U of W showcases its Indigenous studies on new website – Winnipeg Free Press

U of W showcases its Indigenous studies on new website

By: Staff Writer
Posted: 02/6/2012

The University of Winnipeg is showcasing its Indigenous studies and programs on a new website.

The U of W has one of the top Indigenous participation rates in the country, with more than 10 per cent of its students self-identifying as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. Aboriginal student applications jumped 24 per cent at the university between September 2010 and September 2011.

The newly updated website highlights degree and diploma programs that are unique in Canada including: a master’s degree in Development Practice with a specialization in Indigenous Development; a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance and a bachelor degree in Indigenous Studies; a bachelor degree in Urban and Inner-City Studies; an Indigenous Police Preparation diploma; and an Indigenous Spiritual and Pastoral Care diploma.
Students can also use the website to get information on everything from housing and financial aid to scholarships and support services.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/breakingnews/U-of-W-showcases-its-Indigenous-studies-on-new-website-138780894.html

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Aboriginals ask China to raise human rights issues with Harper on PM’s visit – CanadianBusiness.com

Aboriginals ask China to raise human rights issues with Harper on PM’s visit

By The Canadian Press | February 06, 2012

A group of B.C. aboriginals want China’s president to quiz Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Canada’s human rights record during Harper’s China visit.

They’ve made the request in two letters, one sent to Hu Jintao and one being widely circulated to Chinese media.

A letter to the president says Canadian leaders often raise concerns over China’s rights record and lists a numbers of concerns China should have about Canada.

Read more: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/69525–aboriginals-ask-china-to-raise-human-rights-issues-with-harper-on-pm-s-visit

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Murder trial proceeds despite jury roll questions – CBC.ca

Murder trial proceeds despite jury roll questions

Concerns over lack of Aboriginal representation on jury panel delayed trial for 11 months

CBC News Posted: Feb 6, 2012

Jury selection got underway Monday in a Thunder Bay murder trial, after nearly a year-long delay.

Andre Wareham is charged with second degree murder in the 2009 death of William Atkins. A trial was set to begin last March but a judge ruled the jury pool didn’t adequately represent the Aboriginal population in the region.

Since then defence lawyer Steven Hinkson has been pressing that point. Other jury trials in the city were also delayed.

But on Monday, Justice Terrence Platana proceeded with jury selection. The reasons for his decision are expected to be released soon.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/02/06/tby-aboriginal-jury-roll.html

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First Nations Pet Population Targeted – CBC News

First Nations pet population targeted

CBC News Posted: Feb 6, 2012

A P.E.I. charity and an RCMP officer are working together with First Nations communities on the Island to reduce the number of cats and dogs wandering around reserves.

SpayAid, best known for its work helping low-income Islanders spay or neuter their pets, has expanded its program into Abegweit First Nation at Rocky Point, just outside of Charlottetown, with the help of RCMP Const. Anne O’Shaughnessy.

“I do get a lot of complaints about stray dogs. I get complaints about cats as well, just wandering around, just an overabundance,” said O’Shaughnessy.

“With the community’s involvement, participation, we’re able to pull this off.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/02/06/pei-firstnations-pets-spayaid-584.html

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Six Nations Child Agency Explored – Brantford Expositor

Six Nations child agency explored


Seventeen years after discussions first began about Six Nations taking over its own child protection agency, the reserve is getting serious about the move.

A series of nine community meetings have been scheduled to gather input from Six Nations members over the next few weeks.

“A number of focus group meetings will be held throughout February to measure community interest in seeking Child Welfare designation,” said band communications officer Karen Best.

In response to a fair bit of agitation from the community in the form of marches, petitions and protests against the Brant Children’s Aid Society, the elected band has opted to get community input toward the idea of setting up an agency dedicated to protecting Six Nations children.

Read more: http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3461511

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NAN Youth Seek Bright Future – The Chronicle-Journal

NAN youth seek bright future

Northwest Bureau
Monday, February 6, 2012

Youth representatives from several Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities will meet Tuesday in Thunder Bay at the Oshkaatisak Niigaan Oji Gathering.

The youth conference, which runs Tuesday to Thursday at the Best Western Nor’Wester, is hosted by the Oshkaatisak Council (formerly Decade for Youth). The group consists of young people from various NAN communities who are committed to increasing the quality of life in First Nation communities.

“More than ever, NAN youth are engaging in community initiatives, becoming better educated, and branching out into rewarding First Nation job opportunities. But, there are also many challenges facing our youth,” NAN deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit said Friday.

Read more: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/content/news/local/2012/02/06/nan-youth-seek-bright-future

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Chief Wants Answers on ORNGE-Related Death – CBC News

Chief wants answers on ORNGE-related death

Report on 2006 air ambulance death never made public

CBC News Posted: Feb 6, 2012

Nishnawbe Aski Nation has been asking for an investigation into the death of a 54-year-old woman on an ORNGE air ambulance.

Sheila Childsforever died of a heart attack on an ORNGE helicopter while she was being medically evacuated from her home in Wawakapewin First Nation.

CBC News has obtained documents containing an initial coroner’s investigation statement on the 2006 death of Childsforever. The documents say delays in the air ambulance service “had some bearing on this patient’s outcome.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/02/06/tby-ornge-death-questions.html

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Minding the business of First Nations – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Minding the business of First Nations

Legal Report: Aboriginal Law

Written by Jennifer Brown
Issue Date: February 2012

When it comes to dealing with First Nations issues in Canada, increasingly, industry and native groups are getting out in front of government in an attempt to build relationships and business. They are working on progressive agreements to advance opportunities economically both for the First Nations communities and the companies to expedite projects, particularly in the resource sector.

The missing link in this push forward, according to many aboriginal law experts, is government’s inability to make decisions and keep Canadian resource projects of interest to investors. “That is the elephant in the room — the government part of the issue and I think many of my First Nation friends would agree. What exactly is the game plan?” says Thomas Isaac, a partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP who heads up the firm’s aboriginal law group based in Vancouver.

Read more: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/4029/minding-the-business-of-first-nations.html

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Turning natives into homeowners – National Post

Turning natives into homeowners

National Post · Feb. 6, 2012

The best argument against collectivist economic policies comes from examining the places that have tried to implement them – and then discarded them. In a short period of time following the collapse of the Soviet Union, for instance, Eastern Europeans went from having to wake up early to stand in long lines for their daily bread, to shopping in supermarkets stocked with an abundance of food from around the world. On a smaller scale, we can see the effects of miniature, Soviet-style welfare states on aboriginal reserves, right here in Canada.

It is unconscionable that, in this day and age, we would continue to maintain a colonial attitude that treats an entire group of Canadian citizens as wards of the state, but that is exactly how the Canadian government’s relationship with First Nations has been institutionalized. Enacted less than a decade after confederation, the Indian Act places strict limits on First Nations’ property rights. Under the terms of the act, the Crown maintains ownership over all reserve land, and grants Indians the right to utilize it. If any Indian wants to take “possession” of a piece of property, or the band wants to lease land to non-Indians, the transaction must be approved by the central government in Ottawa.

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Community rally a full-court press against proposed pipeline – Vancouver Sun

Community rally a full-court press against proposed pipeline

Protest organized by Gitga’at First Nation includes participants in town for All Native Basketball Tournament

By Mike Hager And Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun February 6, 2012

Nearly 1,000 people marched in Prince Rupert on the weekend to protest against Enbridge’s proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

The protest was hosted by the Gitga’at First Nation, which is based at the end of Douglas Channel and would see much of the proposed tanker traffic.

The event began with beating drums and singing around 10: 30 a.m. Saturday in Pacific Mariners Memorial Park and ended at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, where speakers, dancers and singers continued into the evening.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Community+rally+full+court+press+against+proposed+pipeline/6106995/story.html#ixzz1lcCtjmNh

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Involve natives in oilsands monitoring oversight: Alberta Métis leader – Edmonton Journal

Involve natives in oilsands monitoring oversight: Alberta Métis leader


EDMONTON – A northern Alberta leader applauds Ottawa’s and Alberta’s promise to enhance oilsands monitoring over the next three years, but suggests an independent board of aboriginal stakeholders be involved in the process.

“We are very supportive of a comprehensive monitoring system. However, the biggest concern for us is what the local community’s role will be in this monitoring system,” said Fort McKay Métis President Ron Quintal on Sunday. “There’s been no real hard lines drawn as of yet in terms of how involved the local community will be …

“What should happen, in alignment with this monitoring system, is there should be an independent board, or independent group structured, of local aboriginal stakeholders, to help with the monitoring of the system, to make sure that it’s looking at all the various aspects of the environment, not just what effects the oil (development is having). There’s so much more that’s built into this. One of the biggest key parts of this is the traditional knowledge.”

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Involve+natives+oilsands+monitoring+oversight+Alberta+M%C3%A9tis+leader/6105796/story.html

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Scientists seek to learn whether fish farms kill fish – Globe and Mail

Scientists seek to learn whether fish farms kill fish

VANCOUVER— From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Feb. 05, 2012

A group of leading fisheries scientists have come up with a proposal to answer some of the most pressing and difficult environmental questions on the West Coast: Are fish farms killing wild salmon? And if so, how many?

Debate on the environmental impact of fish farms has raged in British Columbia for over a decade. Environmentalists blame aquaculture for causing a collapse in wild salmon populations by spreading sea lice and disease, but there has never been any hard scientific evidence to prove those claims.

Now David Welch, who has done groundbreaking work tracking fish at sea with acoustic transmitters, has put together a team of some of the brightest fisheries researchers in Canada to solve the mystery.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/mark-hume/scientists-seek-to-learn-whether-fish-farms-kill-fish/article2327430/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2327430

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Everything You Need to Know About How to Write a Shadow Report—Indigenous Reports to the UN on Human Rights, Racism in US – Indian Country Today

Everything You Need to Know About How to Write a Shadow Report—Indigenous Reports to the UN on Human Rights, Racism in US

By Gale Courey Toensing February 5, 2012

Indigenous nations, tribes, individuals and organizations now have a guide on how to prepare a “shadow report” for an upcoming review of the status of human rights and racism in the United States.

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) has written a training manual on how to prepare submissions for the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), a treaty monitoring body that reviews racial equality and non-discrimination for the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The convention, one of nine major human rights treaties, was ratified by the U.N. General Assembly in 1965 and came into force in January 1969. All states are required to submit regular reports to CERD on how they are implementing the Convention. The CERD examines the reports and makes recommendations, but it doesn’t rely completely on the state’s possibly biased perception of its progress toward justice for all; it also reviews alternative or “shadow reports” from “civil society actors.”

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Charest boosts protected areas in northern Quebec – CTV

Charest boosts protected areas in northern Quebec

The Canadian Press
Date: Sunday Feb. 5, 2012

MONTREAL — Quebec Premier Jean Charest has promised to boost the number of protected areas in the province’s north.

Charest says 20 per cent of the land included in the government’s northern development plan will be protected from any development by 2020.

That’s up from the 12 per cent announced earlier.

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20120205/northern-quebec-protection-boosted-120205/#ixzz1lZW3ZP4n

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How one mom is getting healthy for her son – Globe and Mail

How one mom is getting healthy for her son

From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Feb. 05, 2012

Last February, Krystal Beel, a community justice worker and mother from Ste. Anne, Man., was 288 pounds. Now she’s 248. The 24-year-old is one of the participants in APTN’s Fit First, a TV series about four aboriginal women losing weight to improve their health.

When the reality show put Ms. Beel in the public eye, her body image proved less motivating than the power of herself. She didn’t need to feel sexy or glow with confidence, but her workouts promise those rewards.

My goal

“Maintaining my strength. My goal throughout the show wasn’t weight loss, it was getting my mobility up, because I was working, sitting on the couch and watching TV and munching out, and then going to bed. I wanted to get active because diabetes runs in my family.”

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Mural at Lethbridge College Depicts First Nations, Métis and Inuit – Indian Country Today

Mural at Lethbridge College Depicts First Nations, Métis and Inuit

By ICTMN Staff February 5, 2012

Lethbridge College has unveiled a mural celebrating aboriginal heritage, created by local artist and alumnus Delia Cross Child, an art teacher at Kainai High School on the Blood Reserve.

“I remember when I was a [student] here the first thing that I looked for was familiar faces,” Cross Child said on the day of the unveiling, in the video below. She said she was glad to be able to furnish such images for current students.

Cross Child went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lethbridge with a double major in art and Native American studies, according to a Lethbridge College press release, and then a bachelor’s degree in education.

Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/02/05/mural-at-lethbridge-college-depicts-first-nations-metis-and-inuit-95885

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Dead Labrador boy’s family decries ‘poor’ decisions – CTV

Dead Labrador boy’s family decries ‘poor’ decisions

The Canadian Press
Date: Sunday Feb. 5, 2012

MAKKOVIK, N.L. — The family of a 14-year-old boy whose body was found off the coast of Labrador says poor decisions were made in the search for him and the response to requests for help has to be improved to prevent future tragedies.

In a statement, the family says it doesn’t understand why a private helicopter was able to fly last Monday and join the search for Burton Winters but the military says the weather prevented them from deploying search and rescue aircraft.

“The civilian helicopter which had first arrived was neither equipped nor capable for a search and rescue situation,” Rod and Natalie Jacque, the father and stepmother of the boy, say in the statement. “They had only offered to help because search and rescue had not yet arrived.”

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20120205/burton-winters-family-slams-dnd-decision-making-120205/#ixzz1lZTkcGOm

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Pipeline opponents question environmental impact – CTV

Pipeline opponents question environmental impact

CTVNews.ca Staff
Date: Sun. Feb. 5 2012

With little more than a week to go before hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline begin in Prince Rupert, B.C., proponents of the project squared off on Saturday with First Nations and local residents who oppose the plan.

Hundreds of residents staged a “No oil tankers” rally in a Prince Rupert park before winding their way to a nearby civic centre where First Nations leaders spoke.

Hundreds protested the $5.5 billion Northern Gateway pipeline project proposed by Enbridge Inc. The pipeline would flow unrefined Alberta oil to B.C.’s coast before it is shipped to Asian markets.

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20120204/prince-rupert-pipeline-protest-120204/#ixzz1lZSt9Kxw

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David Schulze: What Attawapiskat seeks is fairness and equality – National Post

David Schulze: What Attawapiskat seeks is fairness and equality

National Post Feb 4, 2012

Several yeas ago my daughter and I took the ferry from Prince Edward Island to the Magdalen Islands, a small chain of islands in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, which are part of the Province of Quebec.

Only 13,000 people inhabit the islands year-round, but tourists flock there in the summer. Most of the islands are connected by land bridges, but sailing in from P.E.I., as the main archipelago comes into view, a ship passenger sees Entry Island, unconnected to the rest of the chain and separated by 12 km of water.

Entry Island has about 130 inhabitants and can only be reached by sea or air. A ferry arrives twice a day from May through December and the island has regular airplane service from January through April.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/04/david-schulze-what-attawapiskat-seeks-is-fairness-and-equality/

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Top dentists gross $1M a year on reserves – Calgary Herald

Top dentists gross $1M a year on reserves


Treating impoverished First Nations patients is a surprisingly lucrative enterprise for the country’s dentists, with the six highest-billing practitioners receiving more than $1 million a year from Health Canada, according to government figures the National Post obtained.

Subtracting the 60 per cent of dental billings typically spent on staff salaries and other overhead, the top 25 billers would earn personal income from work on aboriginal patients of about $200,000 to $640,000 a year, the Health Canada statistics suggest. The average full-time dentist in Canada makes $142,000 a year, according to Statistics Canada. The figures, released under the Access to Information Act, come as the cost of dental care for aboriginals – who suffer from sky-high rates of dental decay – climbs swiftly, with spending on the program jumping more than nine per cent per capita in 2009-10.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/dentists+gross+year+reserves/6101781/story.html#ixzz1lZS37YC4

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Lorne Gunter: Yukon court decision brings First Nations legal claims down to Earth – National Post

Lorne Gunter: Yukon court decision brings First Nations legal claims down to Earth

Lorne Gunter Feb 4, 2012

Mark Twain observed once that, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” It’s not our ignorance that gets in the way of reason and good sense, it’s the myths we believe to be fact.

When it comes to First Nations’ beliefs in their treaty and legal rights, truer words may never have been spoken. Much of the difficulty in settling land claims and solving aboriginal problems in Canada stems from inflated beliefs that First Nations have of just what their constitutional, treaty and legal entitlements are.

These misconceptions are not solely — or even mostly — the doing of First Nations themselves. They are the creation, primarily, of progressive politicians, airy academics and crusading judges who, since the 1970s, have been pumping out notions made up out of whole cloth about special aboriginal rights and aboriginal title to much of Canada’s landmass.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/04/lorne-gunter-yukon-court-decision-brings-first-nations-legal-claims-down-to-earth/

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Depression survivor’s long road to recovery – Calgary Herald

Depression survivor’s long road to recovery

Wants better understanding for aboriginal issues


When she was very young, Roberta Price was taken from her home on Number 1 Reserve in Nanaimo, B.C., and sent to live with a white foster family. She was one of tens of thousands of aboriginal children who were taken away from their families to live in residential schools or with non-aboriginal families as part of a federal government program to assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.

Looking back today, 50 years later, Price says she went from being a happy, healthy six-year-old to being depressed, anxious and afraid.

“I was forcibly taken from a place where I was happy and wellcared for to a home that was not native, where we were punished for speaking our language or for anything to do with our heritage.”

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Depression+survivor+long+road+recovery/6101861/story.html#ixzz1lZQxmCa3

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First Nations school can’t afford to pay its teachers – Globe and Mail

First Nations school can’t afford to pay its teachers

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 03, 2012

The school on Waterhen Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan is a budding success story. Standardized test scores are climbing, attendance rates are improving, and six teenagers are set to graduate this spring.

But now that progress is threatened.

Waterhen Lake School can’t afford to pay its teachers. A new contract was signed recently in Saskatchewan, and the federal funding the school received for salaries this winter isn’t enough to match the union pay grid.

The school’s principal, John Walter, says he has to choose between firing some staff or asking them all to take a pay cut.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/first-nations-school-cant-afford-to-pay-its-teachers/article2326448/

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Aboriginal transplant rates show ‘two tiers’ to health-care system

MOOSE FACTORY, Ont. — Peter Nakogee knows the chances are not good for aboriginals seeking transplants in Canada, but the gregarious father of four has reason to celebrate.

The former mayor of a small Cree community on James Bay has finally made it onto a national waiting list. As of this week, Nakogee is in line for a new kidney that could not only transform his life, but show it’s possible to overcome what some consider a racial divide in Canada’s health-care system.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/health/Aboriginal+transplant+rates+show+tiers+health+care+system+Experts/2201713/story.html#ixzz1lLQ1hWcN

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Lawyers exploiting native school survivors, says group – CBC.ca

Lawyers exploiting native school survivors, says group

CBC News Posted: Feb 2, 2012

Former students of native residential schools say they are being mistreated by lawyers who are supposed to help them claim federal compensation, but are instead taking their award money in some cases.

The National Residential School Survivors’ Society, which represents about 32,000 former students across Canada, is calling on law societies to do more to discipline lawyers who are taking advantage of those who are applying for compensation.

Society spokesman Ted Quewezance said some survivors are being told their claims are bogus, while others are having problems with the lawyers they have hired.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/02/02/mb-residential-school-compensation-lawyers.html

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UN holds private meeting with native youth – Toronto Star

UN holds private meeting with native youth

Published On Thu Feb 02 2012

Chelsea Edwards used to watch mice scamper across the floor while she attended classes in a mouldy Attawapiskat portable.

Now the 16-year-old is one of five First Nations youths travelling to Geneva for a private meeting with the United Nations to tell stories about what it is like to attend a reserve school in Canada. They meet Monday with the UN committee on the rights of the child.

Aboriginal leaders say the state of First Nations education in this country is in crisis: Only 40 per cent of youths living on reserves finish high school. On average, native students receive about $3,000 less in education funding than non-natives.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1125478–first-nations-education?bn=1

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First Nations Children Face Crisis, Advocates to Tell UN – Times Colonist

First Nations children face crisis, advocates to tell UN


An alliance of child advocates from across Canada will brief the United Nations next week on the crisis facing aboriginal children.

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates plans to use its appearance before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to press for a national strategy to deal with the problem.

“We believe that the situation facing aboriginal children in Canada today – a matter of national importance – requires Canada to implement special measures for aboriginal children on an urgent basis,” the council says in a 60-page report to the committee.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/First+Nations+children+face+crisis+advocates+tell/6096538/story.html#ixzz1lL4F23O8

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Province Aims to Attract More Aboriginal Students – Times Colonist

Province aims to attract more aboriginal students


Financial help for aboriginal students and extra assistance for those taking teacher training are key elements of a wide-ranging provincial plan to encourage more First Nations students to enrol in colleges and universities.

The draft strategy will be unveiled today at an aboriginal post-secondary education forum in Vancouver and is likely to go to government for consideration this spring.

The young, dynamic and growing aboriginal population can provide part of the solution to B.C.’s predicted labour shortage provided ways can be found to encourage more students into post-secondary education, Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto said in an interview.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Province+aims+attract+more+aboriginal+students/6096540/story.html#ixzz1lL3f6EIJ

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City’s First Nations Students Continue Impressive Progress – Daily News

City’s First Nations students continue impressive progress


The ultimate goal of Laura Tait, the new principal of aboriginal education in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district, is to work herself out of her job.

Tait said that goal will be accomplished when the approximately 2,200 aboriginal students in the district feel just as welcome and included in schools and the classrooms as the rest of the student population, and graduate at the same rate.

She said she has high hopes and expectations with the recent signing of the district’s third five-year Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement. It sees the district, local native bands and the govern-ment work together to develop a process to close the gap in success rates between aboriginal and other students. Tait acknowledged that her job is not in any danger yet as aboriginal graduation rates continue to lag behind the rest of the student population and many native students still feel a sense of isolation in their schools.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/City+First+Nations+students+continue+impressive+progress/6096083/story.html

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Muskowekwan to Vote on Encanto Deal This Month – Leader-Post

Muskowekwan to vote on Encanto deal this month


Before the month is over, members of the Muskowekwan First Nation will decide whether they will move ahead with a historic deal with the Encanto Potash Corp.

It was announced on Thursday that Muskowekwan has added more land to the Joint Venture Agreement and will be included in the upcoming sub-surface land designation vote on Feb. 25.

The additional lands consist of approximately 27,600 acres of Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) lands and 15,700 acres of pre-reserve lands. Including these lands with the original 15,500 acres, a positive designation vote will bring the total land package subject to the Joint Venture Agreement to roughly 58,300 acres. This is approximately a 3 1/2-fold increase from the original deal.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Muskowekwan+vote+Encanto+deal+this+month/6094702/story.html#ixzz1lL33Y6CQ

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First Nations Focus on Violence Prevention – Winnipeg Free Press

First Nations focus on violence prevention

By: Alexandra Paul
Posted: 02/3/2012

THE call from police to the woman’s shelter was about a woman in a domestic dispute: “Can I bring her in? She hasn’t been beaten up, yet.”

The way the officer said “yet” made the worker on duty pause, and Sheila Swasson said Wednesday in Winnipeg it’s a memory she’ll never forget.

As an advocate against family violence and the current president of a national organization for 40 First Nations women’s shelters, Swasson tells this story about her home at Listuguj, a Mi’kmaq First Nation in Restigouche, Que., to explain the way First Nations are tackling family violence.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/first-nations-focus-on-violence-prevention-138629304.html

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Band Plans Action Against City, Mill – Daily News

Band plans action against city, mill

Snuneymuxw feel court only option left in water-sharing deal


The Snuneymuxw First Nation is preparing court action against the City of Nanaimo and the Harmac pulp mill over a water-sharing agreement between the city and the mill that is expected to be signed soon.

Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White said Harmac has been infringing on the First Nation’s water rights for years and he’s concerned an agreement is expected without the involvement and consent of the Snuneymuxw.

White said the Snuneymuxw have been trying to find a way to satisfy all sides on the issue, but now feel that court action is the only resort left to them.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Band+plans+action+against+city+mill/6096082/story.html

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MPs Wear Seal Pins to Show Support for Industry – Western Star

MPs wear seal pins to show support for industry

Published on February 3, 2012
The Canadian Press ~ staff The Western Star

OTTAWA — The federal fisheries minister joined members of Parliament in showing their support for Canada’s embattled sealing industry by wearing a lapel pin Thursday.

Keith Ashfield said the centuries-old commercial sealing industry is important to Canada’s northern and eastern regions.

“Not only is it a humane and sustainable industry, it’s also an industry that provides an important food source for our northern communities,” he said during a brief ceremony on Parliament Hill.

Read more: http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2012-02-03/article-2884929/MPs-wear-seal-pins-to-show-support-for-industry/1

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