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Aboriginal Conservative senator pushes Harper government for public inquiry into missing First Nations women – Yahoo! News

A Conservative First Nations senator is pushing his government for a federal public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Sen. Patrick Brazeau of Quebec, named to the upper chamber by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008, told Postmedia News that the rising number of dead and missing aboriginal women shows Canada is failing to protect First Nations […]

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Sacrifices of Canadian first nations veterans remembered at Vancouver ceremony – Ottawa Citizen

Canadian first nations veterans held their annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the war memorial in Victory Square in Vancouver on Thursday. Click here to see more photos. First nations people from every region of Canada served in the armed forces during the Second World War, with 3,000 status (treaty) first nations people enlisted, including 72 women, […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012523 Views

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Don’t push First Nations to economic margins – StarPhoenix

Bernie Shepherd loves to push the envelope. In 1994, when he was chief of the White Bear First Nation, he set up Saskatchewan’s first Indian-owned casino on his reserve. The result was a late night raid by the RCMP, followed by negotiations with the provincial government that set up the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012539 Views

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Natives have ‘hand out,’ says mine CEO – The Sudbury Star

The president of a mining company in the middle of a dispute with an aboriginal group in Northern Ontario said he feels he is being “extorted” by the Wahgoshig First Nation. Darryl Stretch said his company, Solid Gold Resources Corporation, has made a high grade gold discovery near Lake Abitibi in 2011, but can’t explore […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012601 Views

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First Nation opposes casino – The Province

A controversial proposal for a $100-million casino in Surrey could be challenged because the site is on unceded aboriginal lands that may hold sacred burial grounds and artifacts, according to the Semiahmoo First Nation. Members of the Semiahmoo First Nation are the latest citizen group to rise up against the planned South Surrey casino, a […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012714 Views

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Aboriginal rights could require industry to change or abandon projects – Calgary Herald

OTTAWA – Pipeline companies and other industrial stakeholders could be obliged to abandon or alter proposed projects – if a review identifies risks of irreversible impacts – because of the Canadian government’s constitutional responsibility to accommodate the rights of First Nations groups, says a newly-released internal federal discussion paper. The document, released through access to information […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012747 Views

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Nuclear dangers real and widespread – StarPhoenix

Caldicott is founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and was featured in the Oscar winning film, If You Love This Planet. I write to reply to the allegations made about me in John Gormley’s column, More private liquor stores, less Caldicott (SP, Nov. 2). First, it is important for me to stress that the […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012419 Views

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Aboriginal Youth Initiative opens doors – Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – For students living in communities off the beaten track, information about career possibilities can be difficult to come by. That’s especially true in some First Nations communities that are isolated from larger centres and where role models can be scarce. Since 2001, the Aboriginal Youth Initiative with Careers: The Next Generationhas worked to overcome these obstacles, […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012500 Views

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Former prostitute warns chiefs about dangers of sex trade – CBC.ca

An advocate for women in the sex trade told First Nations leaders this week that the cycle of addictions in their communities will push their sisters, daughters and granddaughters into prostitution. Bridget Perrier was the keynote speaker at a conference dealing with an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in remote northern Ontario First Nations. Some […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012542 Views

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Jackpine a threat to Aboriginal lifestyle: ACFN – Fort McMurray Today

An emotional and teary-eyed Aboriginal delegation took the witness stand at hearings for Shell’s proposed Jackpine Mine expansion, forcing the company to defend its consultation policy after weeks of defending its environmental record. “Our land … have shrunk and continue to shrink because of the development,” said Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam. During his opening […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012417 Views

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Flood evacuees’ temporary school remains closed – CBC.ca

Flooded-out students from the Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba continue to miss classes this week, as different levels of government argue over where classes should resume. The 68 students, who have been living temporarily in Winnipeg with their families since their reserve was flooded out in the spring of 2011, were attending Kindergarten […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012605 Views

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Highlighting First Nations Athletes: Aboriginal Youth Hockey Players Star in New TV Series – Indian Country Today

An upcoming television series featuring Aboriginal teenage hockey players is already being deemed a success even though the first episode has yet to be aired. The series, titled Hit the Ice, will begin airing nationally in Canada in January on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.The series, which will consist of 13 half-hour episodes, features 20 Aboriginal […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012998 Views

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Syncrude taps into Northern Alberta’s aboriginal communities for its workforce – Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – Canada faces a severe shortage of construction workers over the next decade and companies like Syncrude are taking a proactive approach to resolving the issue in-house.Syncrude does more than simply wait for people to apply for the jobs posted on its corporate website. The oilsands giant sponsors a host of educational programs, many […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012514 Views

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Optimistic mood as new Tsawwassen First Nation legislature opens – Vancouver Sun

The mood was optimistic as a new Tsawwassen First Nation legislature opened Wednesday evening. Held at the Tsawwassen Longhouse, it was the first session of the TFN’s second legislature following its historic urban treaty and the first with new Chief Bryce Williams. Williams, who defeated longtime incumbent Kim Baird in September’s election, is in his […]

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Gap between Aboriginal and Western approaches to mental health persists – FPYN

A gap still exists between Aboriginal and Western approaches to Aboriginal mental health—that’s one of the findings of a recent study. The research team, primarily from Saskatchewan, looked at past work on the treatment and healing of Aboriginal Peoples with mental health and substance-related issues. The researchers observed the Aboriginal tradition of storytelling to convey […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012927 Views

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Palmer says he won’t be silenced by suspension – The Queensland Times

MAVERICK mining magnate Clive Palmer says his suspension from the LNP will not silence his attacks on the State Government. Mr Palmer’s suspension follows a day of fiery stouches with Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney. His suspension was confirmed by LNP state director Brad Henderson who said the suspension of Mr Palmer’s […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012346 Views

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Artists look to heritage to inspire contemporary work – Warwick Daily News

IT IS almost a magical experience watching Edward Colliss’ artwork take shape. A seemingly simple dot placed next to another dot sets in place the creation of a unique, contemporary artwork. His hypnotic images feature expert cross hatching, dots, both small and large, and precision lines. Some say his work is on par with some […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012408 Views

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Proposed law changes lead to housing culture shock fears – The Cairns Post

PROPOSED law changes to make it easier for residents in indigenous communities to own homes have been met with trepidation by the very people the State Government says it will benefit, documents tendered to Parliament reveal. In August, Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps put up the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Holding Bill 2012 […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012482 Views

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Farewell to a great teacher – ABC Online

Many people in Central Australia are in shock today as they come to terms with news of the passing of Greg Crowe, principal at the Catholic school in Santa Teresa, 80 kilometres south-east of Alice Springs. Mr Crowe, 72, was killed in a car accident in Darwin yesterday morning which also claimed the life of […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012623 Views

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Tales of illegal heroes – Tasmania Mercury

THE sacrifices made by Tasmanian indigenous troops in World War I must not be forgotten, says a Hobart researcher. Few know the extent of Aborigines’ service in the Great War, however researcher Andrea Gerrard has documented the history of 65 Aboriginal men who enlisted, despite the fact it was illegal until 1915. They served at […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012590 Views

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Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues For The Week Of October 30 – November 7, 2012: Australia, Venezuela, South America, Africa, Philippines

Australia: Fortescue Using Legal System To Destroy Yindjibarndi Following last week’s news that Fortescue Metals Group’s “set up and funded” a native title splinter group to circumvent the Yindjibarndi people’s opposition to Fortescue’s defrauding land access ‘agreement’; and reports of how an FMG agent worked as an ‘inside man’ to get FMG’s land access agreement […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 2012670 Views

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Political squabbling isn’t serving children – Winnipeg Free Press

Eighty-five displaced students from Lake St. Martin could be set up in a new school next week if their band leaders agree to play ball with the federal and provincial governments. That’s far from guaranteed. The young evacuees had been studying at a former Winnipeg junior high school. It was shuttered last week when the […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012878 Views

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Northern Gateway pipeline threatens caribou, group warns – Globe and Mail

For years, first nations have pointed to salmon and sea life to argue that a spill from the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would damage wildlife important for both cultural and culinary reasons. Now, environmental groups are warning of a threat to another animal: caribou. The 1,172-kilometre pipeline, which would cut a narrow slice across the […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 20121144 Views

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First Nations level racist charges against mining association – NorthernLife.ca

Wahgoshig First Nation Chief David Babin and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno are calling on the province to withdraw its support of the Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) and an industry fringe group for what they term a campaign of “racism” against First Nations. “Representatives of this radical association of junior mining groups […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012619 Views

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OxyContin patent expiry poses tough choice for Ottawa – CBC.ca

The federal health minister has until Nov. 25 to decide whether to allow drug companies to make a generic version of the painkiller OxyContin. The patent on the brand name version of that drug expires on that date and generic drug companies have already signalled an interest in making the opiate, known by the non-brand […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012695 Views

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Canada lends an ear to First Nations inmates – 650 CKOM News

It was a stain on Canadian History until 1996 and only recently has it been recognized as such. The Canadian Indian Residential Schools run by the Catholic and Anglican Churches of Canada were used to separate young First Nations children in rural areas from their families and their heritage and force feed them lessons about […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012932 Views

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First Nations use traditions to tackle oxy problems – CBC.ca

Remote First Nations in northern Ontario are designing their own programs to deal with an epidemic of OxyContin abuse gripping their communities. Leaders, counsellors and former addicts are sharing their successes and struggles this week at the Matawa First Nations “Back to our Roots” gathering in Neskantaga, 600 km north of Thunder Bay. Sid O’Keese […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012440 Views

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Passion and Technology Restoring First Nation Languages – Axiom News

Times are changing thanks to groups of young, university-educated First Nations people in their 20s and 30s, who are passionate about their language and working to preserve it. Manager of FirstVoices and Language Revitalization Peter Brand has seen firsthand what a difference that passion is making in First Nations communities in areas like Saanich, B.C.   At the […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012378 Views

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Cultural awareness comes to classroom – The Chronicle Journal

Northwest BureauThursday, November 8, 2012 Ecole Gron Morgan Public School students got a taste of Aboriginal culture on Wednesday. The Thunder Bay youngsters worked with Lakehead University education students to make birch bark baskets and attended an interactive puppet show aimed at raising awareness of First Nation cultural values. School vice-principal Darren Lentz said the […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012668 Views

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First Nation housing complex’s heating issues worry family – CBC.ca

CBC News Posted: Nov 8, 2012 A Winnipeg woman says her daughter’s family has been trying to stay warm in their First Nation housing complex since the furnace broke down this fall, but there are concerns about how they are expected to heat their home. Marilyn Courchene says her daughter and grandchildren have been living […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012691 Views

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Provinces complain to feds about justice funding cuts, seek long-term cash – Vancouver Sun

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press November 7, 2012 OTTAWA – Federal ministers got an earful from the provinces over lack of money for justice programs, says a summary of their recent national meeting in Regina. Provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety raised concerns about funding cuts and a lack of […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012450 Views

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UAS hosts First Nation elder this week – Juneau Empire

Featured book author, filmmaker visiting next week Posted: November 8, 2012 Yukon College faculty member Randall Tetlichi of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is on the University of Alaska Southeast campus at Auke Lake this week as an Elder in Residence. Tetlichi is visiting several classes, including UAS freshman seminar and upper division Philosophy studies, […]

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Sask. needs to prepare for online gambling, First Nations say – CBC.ca

CBC News Posted: Nov 7, 2012 While the Saskatchewan government says it won’t proceed with online gambling, First Nations are not yet ruling it out. On Wednesday, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations chief Perry Bellegarde noted that online gambling is already underway in B.C. and Quebec and says Saskatchewan should consider it, too. “We need […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012461 Views

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Feds say they will try to keep Lake St. Martin students together – Winnipeg Free Press

By: Alexandra PaulPosted: 11/7/2012 The federal government issued a statement late Wednesday saying Ottawa is negotiating with Lake St. Martin First Nation to find a way to keep evacuated students together in school. An estimated 85 Lake St. Martin students lost their school in Winnipeg when the Winnipeg Fire Department shut down the building for […]

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Cultural tributes at Imagine Native Film Fest – CBC.ca

CBC News Posted: Nov 7, 2012 Alanis Obomsawin’s latest movie, The People of Kattawapiskak River, shines a light on the lives of First Nations people who, she said, are often represented in a negative light. After working on other movies, Obomsawin noticed viewers had mixed reactions to her work. “Why is it that people love to […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012561 Views

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Chiefs want Ontario to cut support for ‘racist, radical’ industry groups – Wawatay News

Wednesday November 7, 2012 A junior mining company that called First Nations “hostile third-party governments” has raised the ire of indigenous leaders across Ontario. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) and Wahgoshig First Nation called on the Ontario government to withdraw its support of “racist and radical” industry representatives during a press […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012731 Views

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Guilty pleas by teens in death of five-year-old boy on Alberta reserve – The Province

THE CANADIAN PRESS NOVEMBER 7, 2012 WETASKIWIN, Alta. – Three teens have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting of a five-year-old boy on an Alberta reserve. Ethan Yellowbird was sleeping in his bed when he was struck in the head with a bullet fired at a house on the Samson Cree First Nation in […]

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Wahgoshig First Nation – Ontario sending misguided message to First Nations – Net Newsledger

NNL Staff on November 7, 2012 SUDBURY – Mining News – Wahgoshig First Nation Chief David Babin with support from Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno is calling on Ontario to withdraw its support and public endorsement of racist and radical industry representatives, particularly members of the Mining United group and the Ontario […]

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Not your average artist in residence – UAlberta

By Bev Betkowski November 2, 2012 (Edmonton) There’s a poster on the door of Jordan Bennett’s art studio at the U of A, reading “Not your average gift shop Indian.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek statement to be sure, but also on the mark when it comes to Bennett’s rich array of artwork. Using everything from photography […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012459 Views

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We Day Sponsorship Empowers Displaced Teens from Lake St. Martin – RRC

Posted on November 5, 2012 When overland flooding forced them to be evacuated from their homes, residents of Lake St. Martin First Nation figured it would be a few months at most before they were allowed to return. But after spending a year and a half living in temporary housing in Winnipeg — and with […]

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Peace prize winner condemns NSW Taser use – ABC Message Stick

by Tahmina Ansari Updated November 08, 2012 Zimbabwean anti-apartheid activist Sekai Holland has criticised New South Wales police over their use of Tasers. Senator Holland made the comments during her Sydney Peace Prize lecture last night. The City of Sydney recognised Senator Holland for her outstanding role in achieving peace. Senator Holland is renowned for […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012449 Views

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$7 million boost to UOW research – Illawarra Mercury

By LISA WACHSMUTH Nov. 8, 2012 An exploration of Aboriginal people’s use of social media is one of 21 research projects to get the go-ahead at the University of Wollongong thanks to a funding boost of almost $7 million. Research into geospatial technology, solar energy conversion and 3D smart materials and devices are among projects […]

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Macklin unveils tough alcohol control standards – ABC Online

By Melanie ArnostUpdated Thu Nov 8, 2012 The Federal Government says its new alcohol management plan for Aboriginal communities will ensure restrictions in the Northern Territory will not be lifted until harm reduction standards are agreed upon. So-called “tougher” minimum standards are set to be discussed with stakeholders, and will apply to prescribed communities under […]

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Indigenous culture in the spotlight – ABC Message Stick

Margaret Paul Updated November 08, 2012 The Menindee branch of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) says it’s important far west teachers are aware of differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures. The group held its AGM recently, to discuss its direction for next year. Vice-president, Daniel Fusi, says the focus will be on retention rates […]

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Indigenous health clinic nearly finished – ABC Online

Western Australian Health Minister Kim Hames says final works on an Aboriginal health clinic in Wiluna are set to be completed by this month. The facility faced months of delays when funds ran short during construction in June. Months later, a deal was brokered between the state and federal governments to raise the extra money. […]

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World heritage goal for a wilderness wonderland – Sydney Morning Herald

November 8, 2012Tom Arup IT IS one of the world’s largest remaining areas of pristine wilderness – refuge to endangered species and home to unspoilt rainforest, savannah and wetlands larger than Kakadu. For decades, it has been regarded as worthy of international protection, not only for its environment, but for its cultural heritage. After several […]

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Deadline looms for say on gas hub dune drilling – ABC Message Stick

November 08, 2012 An assessment is underway into Woodside’s application to drill into culturally sensitive sand dunes for the Kimberley gas hub project. Nearly six months ago, plans to work in the dunes near James Price Point halted as some traditional owners expressed concern about registered Aboriginal heritage sites in the area. Woodside opted to […]

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FNQ Indigenous community raises housing concerns – ABC Online

8 November, 2012 Far north Queensland politicians are reviewing housing and essential infrastructure services for descendants of a former Aboriginal mission near Cairns. Tentative discussions started between the Mona Mona Bulmba Corporation and Member for Barron River Michael Trout on Wednesday afternoon, with formalising residencies a key issue raised. In 2010 the State Government signed […]

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Too many aboriginal women have died. It’s time for action – Globe and Mail

How many more mutilated women’s bodies will it take? How many more haunting ghosts of the disappeared? Some 600 cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women have been catalogued, half of them in the past decade. There is a crying need for action. Consider that, if non-native women were dying and disappearing at a proportionally […]

by NationTalk on November 7, 2012599 Views

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Lake St. Martin flood evacuees’ school shut down – CBC.ca

Flood evacuees from Lake St. Martin First Nation have been dealt another blow, after their temporary school in Winnipeg closed suddenly on Tuesday. Parents and grandparents of the 68 children, in Kindergarten to Grade 9, who were attending the school in the former Deer Lodge junior high on Ness Avenue are now demanding answers. “I […]

by NationTalk on November 7, 2012608 Views

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