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Make poverty reduction a priority -The Star

Make poverty reduction a priority

Oct 01, 2007 09:10 AM
Jennefer Laidley
David Langille
Jacquie Maund and Dennis Howlett

Vote out poverty.

That’s the message of countless groups, coalitions and individuals across the province during this election campaign. And it’s a message we all have to hear.

The grim statistics have been widely reported: 1.6 million Ontarians live in poverty; 132,000 children rely on food banks each year. More and more working parents cannot make ends meet. Social assistance benefits are insufficient to let people live with dignity and health. Aboriginal people, members of racialized groups, people with disabilities and women face a much higher risk of being poor.

http://www.thestar.com/article/262233

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007651 Views

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Treaty Day a time for hope, celebration -The Daily News

Treaty Day a time for hope, celebration

Beginning today, and on every Monday of Mi’kmaq History Month this October, The Daily News will be featuring a series by columnist Candy Palmater that explores the Mi’kmaq nation specifically and matters affecting aboriginal people in general

CANDY PALMATER
The Daily News

One of the things that makes me most proud to be Mi’kmaq is the positive sense of hope and trust that the community still demonstrates despite the many atrocities that were suffered by the people over the years.

http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=66749&sc=89

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007684 Views

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Aboriginal standard of life not improving -Northern News Services

Aboriginal standard of life not improving

Cece Hodgson-McCauley
Guest comment
Monday, October 01, 2007

Time has come to stop wondering how much longer Canadians will put up with the big problem and demands of aboriginals.

The headlines on an Ontario couple suing over a native standoff, $10 million from Ontario government and $10 million from the Federal government may be the show down from Canadians who are fed up with the billions of their tax dollars going no where to improve the aboriginal world, and why isn’t the aboriginal’s world improving? Blame the leaders!

http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/oct1_07cece.html

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007780 Views

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B.C. covers murals for investiture -Globe & Mail

B.C. covers murals for investiture

The Canadian Press
October 1, 2007 at 1:37 PM EDT

VICTORIA — On the same day B.C.’s first aboriginal lieutenant-governor is to be sworn in, murals of bare-breasted native women at the B.C. legislature were hidden from view.

The murals, painted on the walls of the building’s lower Rotunda in the mid-1930s, have angered First Nations for depicting demeaning stereotypes of aboriginals in colonial B.C.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071001.wbcmurals1001/BNStory/National/

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007822 Views

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Fentie failed to consult on caribou policy, says MLA -CBC

Fentie failed to consult on caribou policy, says MLA

Last Updated: Monday, October 1, 2007 | 12:45 PM CT
CBC News

Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie visited Old Crow in mid-September but failed to mention a major policy change regarding the Porcupine caribou herd, Vuntut Gwitchin MLA Darius Elias charged Monday.

On Wednesday, Fentie, who is also the minister of the environment, announced in a news release the 500-metre no-hunting corridor along the Dempster Highway for Porcupine caribou would no longer be enforced.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/01/caribou-corridor.html

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007656 Views

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Delta’s Precious Farmland Is Under Threat -The Province

Delta’s precious farmland is under threat
Many pressures on land pushing it toward the ‘tipping point’

Brian Lewis, The Province
Published: Sunday, September 30, 2007

Many British Columbians are concerned over the gradual loss of our already scarce supplies of viable farmland to industrial, commercial and residential development.

But if there’s a “ground zero” on this issue, it’s definitely in Delta, where agricultural land is under siege not only from developers, but also from senior levels of government, First Nations and industry.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=2c5a8d97-71c4-49a4-870c-d7ea187bf813

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007672 Views

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Dancing with the Prisoners -The Chronicle Herald

Dancing with the prisoners
C.B. inmates get aboriginal culture lesson

By TERA CAMUS Cape Breton Bureau

GARDINER MINES — Some jail inmates smiled and danced Friday as they were treated to an aboriginal feast of music, song and food like tender moose in thick gravy.

About 60 of the 94 prisoners in the Cape Breton Correctional Centre mingled in an outdoor tent with visitors from the Eskasoni reserve and Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network and learned aboriginal traditions.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/915032.html

by NationTalk on October 1, 20071202 Views

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Federal crackdown worries activist (Vancouver Province)

Federal crackdown worries activist
‘Tremendous suffering’ points to need for expanded service

Andy Ivens, The Province; With CanWest News Service
Published: Monday, October 01, 2007

The 5,000 injection-drug addicts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will be exposed to greater death and disease if Insite is shut down in the federal government’s latest initiative in its war on drugs, a Downtown Eastside advocate said yesterday.

Health Minister Tony Clement is expected to announce a crackdown on illegal drugs this week.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=1032276e-e01b-458a-881f-b5ce25d23b5e&k=93453

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007584 Views

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Polls open in N.W.T. election (CBC North)

Polls open in N.W.T. election

Last Updated: Monday, October 1, 2007 | 9:01 AM MT
CBC News

Voters across the Northwest Territories, from Fort Smith in the south to Sachs Harbour in the north, are hitting the polls Monday to elect a new territorial government.

Polls opened at 9 a.m. MT. Nearly 23,000 eligible voters have until 8 p.m. MT to cast their ballots at more than 30 polling stations across the territory.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nwtvotes2007/story/2007/09/30/nwtelex-polls.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007705 Views

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Ont. election voting controversial among First Nations (CBC)

Ont. election voting controversial among First Nations

Last Updated: Monday, October 1, 2007 | 10:18 AM ET
CBC News

A group representing some Ontario First Nations communities is encouraging aboriginal people to vote in the upcoming provincial election even though other First Nations leaders argue voting provincially will undermine aboriginal self-government.

The Anishinabek Nation, which represents 42 aboriginal communities in the province, says that despite the traditional reluctance of First Nations people to vote, taking part in the Oct. 10 election would benefit aboriginal people.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ontariovotes2007/story/2007/10/01/ov-first-nations.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007710 Views

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NEB head pleased with process (The Globe and Mail)

NEB head pleased with process

DAVID EBNER
00:00 EDT Monday, October 01, 2007

CALGARY — The epic regulatory review of the Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline has been a success in terms of collecting and assessing the many views on the controversial project, according to the new chairman of the National Energy Board.

“I feel we’ve done a superb job listening to everybody, carefully,” said Gaétan Caron, in his first formal interview. “We haven’t cut any corners. We’ve taken into account all the views people have about the project and we will finish the task of hearing the evidence in October.”

http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet/story/GAM.20071001.RNEB01/GIStory/

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007658 Views

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BC Premier lauds historic swearing-in of First Nations lieutenant … – Winnipeg Free Press

B.C. Premier lauds historic swearing-in of First Nations lieutenant-governor

Mon Oct 1 09:40:04 CDT 2007
THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A former tribal chair of the Sto:lo First Nation and provincial court judge will be sworn in Monday morning as British Columbia’s new lieutenant-governor.

Two separate 15 gun salutes will mark the transition as Her Honour Iona Campagnolo retires and Steven Point, until recently the chief commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission, takes over.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/canada/story/4049235p-4656125c.html

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007903 Views

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Aboriginal appointment a symbol of reconciliation, Premier says – Globe and Mail

Aboriginal appointment a symbol of reconciliation, Premier says

SCOTT SUTHERLAND
The Canadian Press
October 1, 2007

VICTORIA — Steven Point will become British Columbia’s first aboriginal lieutenant-governor today and the paradox and poetic justice of his appointment aren’t lost on him.

But the former chief and provincial court judge isn’t dwelling on past affronts or present ones, and instead says his appointment is a humbling example of how far aboriginal people have come.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071001.BCPOINT01/TPStory/National

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007789 Views

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Aboriginal teen faces adversity -The Gazette

Aboriginal teen faces adversity

BERNIE GOEDHART, Freelance
Published: Saturday, September 29

I was primed to love The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, not just because of the glowing testimonials on the back cover (from people like Neil Gaiman and Amy Sedaris), but because I already know Sherman Alexie to be a great writer. One of my favourite films, Smoke Signals, is based on his work, and I love his short stories.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/books/story.html?id=6996253b-6faf-40b3-8987-34ef10b53839

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007658 Views

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Aboriginal lieutenant-governor to take over in B.C. -CTV

Aboriginal lieutenant-governor to take over in B.C.

Updated Sun. Sep. 30 2007 12:17 PM ET
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA — Stephen Point will become British Columbia’s first aboriginal lieutenant-governor on Monday and the irony and poetic justice of his appointment aren’t lost on him.

But the former chief and provincial court judge isn’t dwelling on past affronts or present ones, and instead says his appointment is a humbling example of how far aboriginal people have come.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070930/Stephen_Point_070930/20070930/

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007943 Views

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Rare bird turns heads in Cambridge Bay -CBC

Rare bird turns heads in Cambridge Bay

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2007 | 2:14 PM CT
CBC News

Birdwatchers in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are keeping their eyes on the sky for an unusual visitor: a belted kingfisher, making an appearance about 800 kilometres north of its normal habitat.

Residents have been noticing the belted kingfisher — with its mostly blue body, dotted wings and an orange stripe across its white chest — flying around the community dock this week.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/28/cambay-bird.html

by NationTalk on October 1, 2007755 Views

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Contaminant levels dropping among Arctic mothers, blood studies show – Globe and Mail

Contaminant levels dropping among Arctic mothers, blood studies show

BOB WEBER
The Canadian Press
September 29, 2007

Go ahead and have seconds on that muskox mac-and-cheese.

A new study has found that levels of contaminants, including lead, mercury and PCBs, are all dropping in the bodies of some aboriginal mothers, suggesting that global efforts to reduce pollutants accumulating in Arctic food animals may be paying off.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070929.ARCTIC29/TPStory/Environment

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007685 Views

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Musqueam band halts sale of BC office towers – Globe and Mail

Musqueam band halts sale of B.C. office towers
Legal victory asserts aboriginal title in the heart of Vancouver

PATRICK BRETHOUR
September 29, 2007

VANCOUVER — The Musqueam Indian band has scored a major legal victory against the federal government, halting the sale of two office towers – and asserting aboriginal title in the heart of Vancouver’s business district.

At issue is Ottawa’s proposed sale of the Sinclair Centre and another office and retail complex on Burrard Street, part of a larger disposition of nine buildings across Canada to Vancouver-based Larco Investments Ltd. for $1.64-billion.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070929.BCMUSQUEAM29/TPStory/National

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Efforts to reduce pollution in Arctic may be working – ChronicleHerald.ca

Efforts to reduce pollution in Arctic may be working
Study shows levels of contaminants dropping in some aboriginal mothers

By BOB WEBER The Canadian Press

Go ahead and have seconds on that muskox mac-and-cheese.

A new study has found that levels of contaminants, including lead, mercury and PCBs, are all dropping in the bodies of some aboriginal mothers, suggesting that global efforts to reduce toxins accumulating in Arctic food animals may be paying off.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/914758.html

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007639 Views

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Cloud hovers over prosperity – Regina Leader-Post

Cloud hovers over prosperity

Bruce Johnstone, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Published: Saturday, September 29, 2007

So we’re on the cusp of going over one million population and are actually gaining people from other provinces, according to StatsCan.

Time to start celebrating, right?

Well, we may want to keep the Champagne on ice for a little while longer. We still have a few obstacles to overcome before we can safely say we’ve turned the corner on our demographic challenges. Of course, it’s always good news when Saskatchewan’s population numbers go up, instead of down, as they have for the last two years.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/business_agriculture/story.html?id=8599ba18-67e5-42ec-87ef-406a6489bc36

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007606 Views

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Hollow Water standoff – Winnipeg Free Press

Special Report

Hollow Water standoff

There’s more at play here than a few cottage lots

Sat Sep 29 2007

THE First Nations blockade near Hollow Water, now entering its third week with no end in sight, threatens to throw plans for the east side of lake Winnipeg into a shambles.

The 16-day-old protest has punted about 60 cottagers from their summer homes and postponed a long-anticipated draw for provincial cottage lots.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special_report/story/4048633p-4655091c.html

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007749 Views

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Trying to understand what it means to be native – ChronicleHerald.ca

Trying to understand what it means to be native

By Peter Duffy

SHE hands me a copy of the treaty and I blink in surprise.

“Is this all of it?” I exclaim.

Joyce Mingo nods as she sits back down at our picnic table.

I glance at the single sheet of paper and shake my head. It’s so brief, no more than eight paragraphs in all.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/914836.html

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007692 Views

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New funds for adult literacy programs (Nanaimo News Bulletin)

New funds for adult literacy programs

Sep 29 2007

Adult literacy programs in Nanaimo are getting a boost.

Two programs are benefitting from $72,000 in provincial funding.

Literacy Nanaimo and Malaspina University-College’s volunteer tutor program are getting $32,000 to recruit and train 80 volunteers. The program helps prepare adults with basic reading, writing, math and computer technology skills so they are ready to enrol at Malaspina.

http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=51&cat=23&id=1073790&more=0

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007703 Views

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Native teens provide input on risky drinking (Thunder Bay Post)

Native teens provide input on risky drinking

Tb News Source
Web Posted: 9/28/2007 5:39:51 PM

Local Aboriginal youth offered their suggestions and ideas to the Thunder Bay District Health Unit Friday on better ways to tackle risky, or binge drinking in the region.

Health Promotion planner Patty Hajdu says over the last couple of years they’ve been working with the Ontario Public Health Association to develop a media campaign about risky drinking. A web site was launched last year to gather input and after listening to feedback from a group of young aboriginals Hajdu said they knew they needed to come up with something else.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=100343

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007651 Views

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Toxin levels declining in Arctic, study suggests (Toronto Star)

Toxin levels declining in Arctic, study suggests

Sep 28, 2007 02:50 PM
Bob Weber
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Go ahead and have seconds on that muskox mac-and-cheese.

A new study has found that levels of contaminants, including lead, mercury and PCBs, are all dropping in the bodies of some aboriginal mothers, suggesting that global efforts to reduce toxins accumulating in Arctic food animals may be paying off.

http://www.thestar.com/article/261651

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Federal Court upholds right of Musqueam band to be consulted on sales – Prince George Citizen

Federal Court upholds right of Musqueam band to be consulted on sales

(BC News) Friday, 28 September 2007, 18:19 PST

VANCOUVER – The Musqueam First Nation must be consulted before the federal government sells two multimillion-dollar buildings in downtown Vancouver, the Federal Court of Canada said in an order released Friday.

Justice Frederick Gibson issued an interlocutory injunction that prohibits the federal government from “transferring, selling or otherwise disposing of the properties” pending a formal hearing on the matter.

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97468&Itemid=171

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007630 Views

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Vancouver park board release results of on-line poll on UBC golf … – CKNW

Vancouver park board release results of on-line poll on UBC golf course

Sep, 28 2007 – 12:10 PM

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) – A group headed by park board commissioner Marty Zlotnik that wants to keep the UBC golf course out of a land deal with the Musqueam First Nation says an on-line poll it’s conducted shows 72% of metro Vancouver residents favour taking the land out of pacific spirit park instead.

http://www.cknw.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428109912&rem=75806&red=80110923aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007518 Views

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What it means to be White Bear Princess -The Observer

What it means to be White Bear Princess

Ben Husband 28.SEP.07

Every year at the annual White Bear powwow a White Bear Princess is crowned. This year’s princess was Rosie Shepherd.

Four-teen year old Rosie is a grade nine student at Gordon F. Kells High School in Carlyle, and in the first few weeks of school her regal title of princess has captured the curiosity of her fellow students

http://www.carlyleobserver.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=1&twindow=&mad=&sdetail=5487&wpage=1&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=1043&hn=carlyleobserver&he=.com

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007571 Views

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Sask. in prime position: think-tank -Regina Leader-Post

Sask. in prime position: think-tank

Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Friday, September 28, 2007

REGINA (SNN) — Despite the recent increase in population, Saskatchewan still faces formidable demographic challenges during the next 50 years, according to the head of the C.D. Howe Institute.

Fortunately, the province is well-positioned to make the fiscal and social policy changes required to sustain economic growth, said Bill Robson, president and CEO of the Toronto-based think-tank.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/third_page/story.html?id=8c4bc867-75e9-4044-a94a-03499dca2741

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Alberta Métis to defy provincial hunting restrictions this fall -The Star

Alberta Métis to defy provincial hunting restrictions this fall

JOHN COTTER
Canadian Press
September 27, 2007 at 6:32 PM EDT

EDMONTON — Alberta Métis will defy provincial hunting laws this fall by holding traditional community hunts outside of government-designated harvesting areas, their leader says.

Audrey Poitras, president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, said that if her people are charged they will fight in court to draw attention to the province’s “regressive Métis harvesting policy.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070927.walbertametis0927/BNStory/National/

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First Nation ‘shocked’ over Dempster caribou hunting changes -CBC

First Nation ‘shocked’ over Dempster caribou hunting changes

Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2007 | 5:10 PM CT
CBC News

Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation leaders are demanding answers from the Yukon government, after it lifted long-standing rules that restricted caribou hunting along the Dempster Highway.

In a release Wednesday, the Yukon Environment Department announced that it won’t be enforcing a rule barring caribou hunting within a 500-metre corridor on either side of the highway this fall. That gives caribou hunters easy access to the herd from the side of the road.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/27/yk-caribou.html

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007662 Views

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CN expands rail presence in Hay River -CBC

CN expands rail presence in Hay River

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2007 | 9:22 AM CT
CBC News

The Canadian National Railway has purchased land in Hay River, N.W.T., in the hopes of expanding its presence in northern Canada.

The town council in Hay River agreed to sell Canadian National 156 acres of land on the southern edge of town for about $390,000.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/28/nwt-cn.html

by NationTalk on September 29, 2007853 Views

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Cash to Help the FNUniv -The Leader-Post

Cash to help the FNUniv

The Leader-Post
Published: Friday, September 28, 2007

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) will receive an additional $40 million from casino revenues under a new agreement with the provincial government (Leader-Post, Sept. 20). That’s good news.

Perhaps now the FSIN will be able to free up from one of its other sources the $1.1 million that the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) needs to cover its deficit.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/letters/story.html?id=d584b389-b0c2-474b-af5a-123db589652d

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Gov’t gives $2 million to museum – StarPhoenix

Gov’t gives $2 million to museum

Jill Smith, The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, September 28, 2007

The provincial government has announced a one-time grant of $2 million to Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton branches of the Western Development Museum.

In addition to the grant, announced Thursday, the government will also provide an $800,000 increase in the annual operating budget for the museums.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=a08a8048-fdfc-4a61-a7bd-eabf410bead6

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Build strong economic base using casino funds – StarPhoenix

Build strong economic base using casino funds

Doug Cuthand, The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, September 28, 2007

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indians has negotiated amendments to the provincial gaming agreement that provide more revenues to the First Nations. The First Nations Trust now will distribute half the gaming profits, as opposed to 37.5 per cent.

Previously, the breakdown had been 25 per cent for community development corporations, with the remainder split evenly between the First Nations and the provincial government. The government took an equal share basically for doing very little. The First Nations assumed the risk, did the work and put up the cash to develop the casinos.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/columnists/story.html?id=bf304f10-e550-4266-b206-7e17af868768

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Cottagers are willing to wage a legal battle – CJOB

Cottagers are willing to wage a legal battle

SEP 28 2007 12:30 AM

Cottagers in a Lake of the Woods community are not giving up without a fight.

The 33 cottages, all but one owned by Winnipeggers, are located on the Rat Portage First Nation near Kenora, Ontario.

http://www.cjob.com/news/index.aspx?src=loc&rem=75751

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Man arrested for violent clashes during native occupation in Caledonia, Ont. (CNews)

Man arrested for violent clashes during native occupation in Caledonia, Ont.

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

MORRISBURG, Ont. – Provincial police have arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in Caledonia, Ont., after he was pulled over in eastern Ontario for a traffic violation.

An arrest warrant was issued for Albert Douglas, 31, in June 2006 after violent clashes occurred near the site of an ongoing aboriginal occupation.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/09/27/4531547-cp.html

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ALC denies land plan – Powell River Peak

ALC denies land plan

Laura Walz — Peak Editor
09/27/2007

City of Powell River’s application for ALR property removal grinds to a halt

BC’s Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has refused the City of Powell River’s application to remove 343 hectares (847 acres) from the agricultural land reserve (ALR).

In a decision released on September 24, the commission found that many areas of the land under application have agricultural capability and are suitable for agricultural production; that the case for community need has not been established and the proposed solution was lacking in detail; and there was a lack of offsetting benefits to the ALR and agriculture.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18862512&BRD=1998&PAG=461&dept_id=221589&rfi=6

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Energy meeting seeking opinions – Powell River Peak

Energy meeting seeking opinions

09/27/2007

Everyone on Texada Island and the mainland of Powell River who wonders about the proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and power plant on Texada Island won’t want to miss the public meeting and community forum at 7 pm on Monday, October 1 at the Powell River Town Centre Hotel.

Rafe Mair, BC’s best-known political commentator and broadcaster, will moderate what should be a lively discussion of all the issues impacting the Powell River area.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18862316&BRD=1998&PAG=461&dept_id=221583&rfi=6

by NationTalk on September 28, 2007604 Views

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Saugeen medicine man dies; Frank Shawbedees -Sound Times

Saugeen medicine man dies; Frank Shawbedees a firm believer in old native ways

Posted By By SCOTT DUNN
Posted 1 day ago

Frank Shawbedees was remembered by family and friends for his strong native spiritualism, commitment to making Saugeen First Nation a better place and his ready smile. He died at his home Monday of a heart attack at age 68.

Mr. Shawbedees was a band councillor for 35 years and a projectionist at movie theatres in Port Elgin and in Wiarton from the 1960s through the early 1990s.

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=710040&auth=By+SCOTT+DUNN

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Looming labour void `will hit like tsunami’ -The Star

Looming labour void `will hit like tsunami’

Province urged to train aboriginals, disabled to combat massive employee shortage

Sep 27, 2007 04:30 AM
Daniel Girard
Education Reporter

Facing a massive labour shortage in a couple of decades, Ontario must do a better job of training those on the fringes of the economy, such as aboriginals, the disabled, immigrants, high school dropouts, women and older workers, says the Conference Board of Canada.

http://www.thestar.com/article/261058

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Alexco reaches pact with Yukon First Nation -CBC

Alexco reaches pact with Yukon First Nation

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 4:57 PM CT
CBC News

Alexco Resource Corp. and the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation in Mayo, Yukon, have worked out a deal that will see both sides resuming talks on the mining company’s plans.

Alexco vice-president Rob McIntyre told CBC News that the agreement will make the First Nation more of a partner in its mining plans, as well as bring talks on its project in the Elsa area back on track.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/26/yk-alexco.html

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Candidates discuss bridge, electricity at election forum -CBC

Candidates discuss bridge, electricity at election forum

Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2007 | 9:09 AM MT
CBC News

Election candidates seeking seats in Yellowknife tackled questions ranging from the cost of building a major N.W.T. bridge to the high cost of northern living at a public all-candidates forum Wednesday.

The event, hosted by the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, was the last public forum in the capital city before the Oct. 1 Northwest Territories election.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nwtvotes2007/story/2007/09/27/nwtelex-chamber.html

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Supply barge delays force Taloyoak to fly in more food -CBC

Supply barge delays force Taloyoak to fly in more food

Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2007 | 9:26 AM CT
CBC News

The sea barges that supply some remote Nunavut communities are running nearly two weeks late, forcing stores to fly in groceries amid fears the vessels won’t arrive before freeze-up.

In the Nunavut hamlet of Taloyoak, Mayor Jimmy Oleekatalik told CBC News that the local Northern and Co-op stores have had to fly in rice, pop, sugar and other products since June.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/27/nu-barge.html

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Who Are Great Canadians? -The Tyee

Who Are Great Canadians?
Sheila Watt-Cloutier: Inuit dynamo. Five people who prove our nation’s potential.

By Michael Byers
Published: September 26, 2007
TheTyee.ca

I’d like to introduce you to just a few remarkable Canadians, as exemplars of what this country is — and could be.

SHEILA WATT-CLOUTIER was born in Kuujjuaq, in northern Quebec, in 1953. Her mother was Inuit, her absentee father was a white RCMP officer, and she spent the first decade of her life on “the land” — living in tents and travelling by dogsled. Today, Watt-Cloutier is one of Canada’s most internationally influential politicians, having been elected president of the Canadian section of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 1995 and chair of the entire Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 2002. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference is an international organization that draws the Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia together into a unified political force.

http://thetyee.ca/Views/2007/09/26/GreatCanadians/

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World Leaders Urge Action on Climate Change -Sciam

World leaders share their views and fears about climate change, but are split on what to do about it

By David Biello

A parade of world leaders from heads of state to corporate chiefs urged action on climate change at the largest summit on the issue ever organized. “The time for doubt has passed,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his opening remarks at the event held Monday at the United Nations. “National action must be at the center of our response to climate change—with industrialized countries taking the lead.”

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=3E0F9160-E7F2-99DF-358998AA3C1A910F&chanID=sa007

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PM’s lip service on climate threat -The Star

PM’s lip service on climate threat

Sep 26, 2007 04:30 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hardly the leader he pretends to be on climate change, the planet’s most pressing environmental threat.

At Monday’s unprecedented United Nations conference of world leaders on global warming, Harper made every effort to undermine the attempt by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to build momentum for a tough new treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. In his opening remarks, Ban stressed the immediate challenge: “To confront climate change within a global framework, one that guarantees the highest level of international co-operation.”

http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/260496

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NDP slams Ottawa over ‘wrong-headed’ approach to North CBC

NDP slams Ottawa over ‘wrong-headed’ approach to North

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 8:00 PM CT
The Canadian Press

The New Democrats are calling for a national debate on the Arctic, saying the Harper government is needlessly militarizing the North instead of focusing on its environment and people.

In the party’s new Arctic policy, released Wednesday in Ottawa, the NDP says Canada can realize its control over the Northwest Passage using civilian agencies such as the Coast Guard and through diplomatic channels.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/26/north-cp-ndp.html

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Casino Control Lawsuit Dismissed -StarPhoenix

Casino control lawsuit dismissed
Queen’s Bench judge makes legal distinction between FSIN entities

Lori Coolican, The StarPhoenix
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Queen’s Bench justice has dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought against the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the provincial government by the Battlefords Tribal Council (BTC) over control of gaming profits from the Gold Eagle Casino.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=04c6d3ab-3823-4abe-8856-0c1626017fde

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Native chief says apology for newsletter slurs is not enough – The Province

Native chief says apology for newsletter slurs is not enough

Kent Spencer, The Province
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2007

A native leader says an apology from the authors of a newsletter slurring aboriginal students at the University of B.C. is not good enough.

The “so-called apology” from the newsletter’s authors was “more of a clumsy, qualified excuse than a genuine apology,” Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said yesterday. “We demand an unqualified apology to be broadcast as widely as were the original injurious and defamatory statements.”

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=7b3cd5ff-115b-4a98-ac2c-3dd35376ce0b

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