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Native officer’s sacrifice unearthed – Times Colonist

Native officer’s sacrifice unearthed

Jack Knox, Times Colonist
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007

They just carved seven more names into the peace officers’ memorial on the legislature lawn.

Were it not for Const. Jonathan Sheldan’s tenacity, it would have been six — and the identity, and sacrifice, of the first aboriginal policeman to die in B.C., and possibly in all of Canada, would never have been known.

It was in 2002, while reading a book on the Royal Navy’s role on the West Coast, that Sheldan stumbled across a passing reference to the 19th-century murder of a native constable.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=5a13d4d4-3931-47eb-93d0-08543f17d129

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First Nation reclaims traditional Nanaimo land – Times Colonist

First Nation reclaims traditional Nanaimo land

Robert Barron, CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007

NANAIMO — A small chunk of land in downtown Nanaimo that was once part of a native village was transferred yesterday to a local First Nation.

The Nanaimo Port Authority and the City of Nanaimo handed the land — less than an acre and part of what’s known as the foundry site next to Maffeo-Sutton Park — over to the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=dcdc7f23-336b-4c73-bae2-3fb66bed07a3

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Crash course in cash – Canada.com

Crash course in cash
Workshops are helping survivors handle their pay outs

Kerry Benjoe, The Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007

While residential school survivors have been patiently waiting for the release of the Common Experience Payment forms, the Cowessess First Nation has been actively preparing for a four-day counselling workshop.

On Wednesday, residential school survivors were able to start applying for their share of the $1.9-billion settlement. Today through Saturday, the Provincial Traditional Healing Gathering is to be held at the old RCMP firing range near the Paul Dojack Youth Centre.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/story.html?id=b005cb99-53d5-425d-bb37-994dc173353b&k=47675

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007971 Views

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FSIN to now get bigger share of profits – Regina Leader-Post

FSIN to now get bigger share of profits

Jill Smith, Saskatchewan News Network
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007

SASKATOON — Changes to an agreement with the province mean the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will now receive half of all revenue from the province’s native-run casinos.

Amendments to the gaming framework agreement between the NDP provincial government and FSIN announced Wednesday raise the stakes for Saskatchewan’s First Nations from the previous take of 37.5 per cent.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=63a5b207-6a9c-4b1c-b0b4-03c22c4b25bd

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007951 Views

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Native community buys 10 hectares from CBRM for business venture – ChronicleHerald.ca

Membertou expands borders
Native community buys 10 hectares from CBRM for business venture

By TERA CAMUS Cape Breton Bureau | 4:42 AM

SYDNEY — Membertou suffered mild growing pains Tuesday night, but they could eventually mean more jobs.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality voted 15-2 to sell 10 hectares of prime real estate between Alexandra Street and Rotary Drive to the First Nation community for its appraised value of $150,000 to $200,000.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/897544.html

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Guardian Angels look into Brandon – StarPhoenix

Guardian Angels look into Brandon

CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007

BRANDON, Man. (CNS) — The Guardian Angels could soon be fighting crime in Brandon, Man.

Guardian Angels founder and president Curtis Sliwa plans to send a delegation to Brandon to discuss setting up a chapter of the controversial crime-fighting group.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=f1401c74-e37d-47ca-a475-b9be1f2585b1

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Residential school survivors can now apply for cash – CTV.ca

Residential school survivors can now apply for cash

Updated Wed. Sep. 19 2007 6:38 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff

Aboriginal students who suffered through residential schools can now officially apply for financial compensation under a $2-billion government plan.

Many people have already received a cheque in the mail, Chuck Strahl, the Indian Affairs Minister, said Wednesday at a Winnipeg news conference, launching the payment process. For those who haven’t yet, application forms are readily available at government offices where staff are also on hand to help.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070919/residential_school_070919/20070919?hub=CTVNewsAt11

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Racist overtones surround residential school payments: National Chief -The Amherst Daily

Racist overtones surround residential school payments: National Chief

TAMARA KING
THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG — Survivors of abuse at Indian residential schools are still facing racism even as they start to apply for compensation promised by the government, Canada’s top aboriginal leader said Wednesday.

Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said he has sensed a ‘‘tune of racism’’ in some of the speculation about how survivors will spend their settlements.

http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=63795&sc=58

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007894 Views

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Nine protesters arrested in Caledonia standoff – CTV.ca

Nine protesters arrested in Caledonia standoff

Updated Wed. Sep. 19 2007 8:20 PM ET
The Canadian Press

CALEDONIA, Ont. — Ontario Provincial Police have arrested nine protesters at the site of an aboriginal demonstration at a housing development in Caledonia, Ont.

Six Nations protesters have been occupying the site since last week, claiming the land is theirs.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070919/arrest_Caledonia_070919/20070919?hub=Canada

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007667 Views

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More Revenue To First Nations Communities – Saskatoonhomepage.ca

More Revenue To First Nations Communities

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

First Nation communities will be receiving more casino revenues after the FSIN and the Province agreed to amend the Gaming Framework Agreement.

The revenue sharing formula changes so now the First Nations Trust gets 50 percent of the net profits from SIGA casinos, 25 per cent will go to the Province’s General Revenue Fund and the last 25 per cent goes to the Community Development Corporations.

http://www.saskatoonhomepage.ca/index.php?option=com_ezine&task=read&page=9&category=21&article=7677&Itemid=86

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007976 Views

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Northgate, Gitxsan respond to joint panel decision – The Interior News

Northgate, Gitxsan respond to joint panel decision

By Thom Barker
11:28:28AM, Sep 19 2007

Neither side in a dispute between mining and First Nations interests sees a joint federal-provincial panel’s recommendation not to approve the Kemess North copper-gold mine as the end.

A response from Northgate Minerals, the applicant of the proposed mine, focussed on the panel’s conclusion that the project would not likely cause significant adverse environmental effects and that Duncan (Amazay) Lake is the only viable waste disposal option. The release also notes the environment ministers for the respective governments could override the recommendation and approve the mine anyway.

http://www.interior-news.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=31&cat=23&id=1068064&more=0

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007975 Views

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Treaty Cuts Into Island Land -Peninsula News

Treaty cuts into island land

Cat George/Peninsula News Review
Peninsula News Review
Sep 19 2007

Sencot’en alliance take court action

The alliance of local Sencot’en speaking peoples, including the Tsartlip, Tsawout and Pauquachin First Nations, are asking the BC Supreme Court to halt progress on the new Tsawwassen Treaty. Harvesting rights in the Tsawwassen Treaty include the southern Gulf Islands, which the Sencot’en claim as their traditional territory under the 1852 Douglas Treaty.

“BC and Canada, we feel, are committing title fraud,” said Eric Pelkey, coordinator for the Sencot’en alliance, which as well as the Peninsula nations, includes the Semiahmoo First Nation in White Rock. “They’re giving ownership of our lands within our territory through the treaty process. The Douglas Treaty of 1852 is still in existence, and the Gulf Islands are part of that.”

http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=24&cat=23&id=1067218&more=0

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071091 Views

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Membertou Moving on Expansion Plans -CBC

Membertou moving on expansion plans

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 11:17 AM AT
CBC News

The Membertou First Nation has cleared a hurdle in its plan to buy 10 hectares of land from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality for development.

In a 14-2 vote Tuesday night, regional council voted to declare the land adjacent to the First Nation surplus.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/09/19/membertou-land.html

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Inuit group drops moratorium on uranium mining -Globe and Mail

Inuit group drops moratorium on uranium mining

BOB WEBER
The Canadian Press
September 19, 2007

Canada’s main Inuit organization has dropped a long-held moratorium on uranium mining in the Arctic, removing one obstacle to developing potentially rich deposits of the radioactive metal.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., which administers the Nunavut land claim, announced yesterday that it was abandoning a moratorium approved by Inuit voters in 1989. The moratorium was put in place after a German company attempted to develop a uranium mine around Baker Lake.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070919.NUNAVUT19/TPStory/Environment

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007731 Views

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Controversial B.C. golf-club deal with natives delayed -Globe and Mail

Controversial B.C. golf-club deal with natives delayed

IAN BAILEY
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
September 19, 2007 at 4:46 AM EDT

VANCOUVER — Premier Gordon Campbell says his government will take an extra three months to finalize a deal to cede the University Golf Club in his riding to the urban Musqueam band, according to a participant at the Premier’s first meeting with community representatives on the issue.

The deal had been expected to conclude this month, but the Premier told participants at the Friday gathering in his constituency office that the government hopes to resolve it by the end of December.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070919.wbcmusqueam19/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20070919.wbcmusqueam19

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007772 Views

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Allstone’s inukshuk reputed to be biggest in the world -King Township Sentinel

Allstone’s inukshuk reputed to be biggest in the world

By Bill Rea

Check out the inukshuk at Allstone Quarry Products on Highway 27 near Schomberg, because you won’t see a bigger one.

Surveyor Zbigniew Zak or MMM Group went aloft in a basket crane (cherry picker) Thursday and verified its height at 11.377 metres at ceremonies marking the effort to get the structure included in the Guinness Book of Records.

http://www.kingsentinel.com/news/2007/0919/news/018.html

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007891 Views

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Anti-mine report lauded by NDP, native group -Globe and Mail

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Anti-mine report lauded by NDP, native group

The Canadian Press
September 19, 2007

Both the NDP and a native group are hailing a recommendation by a government panel not to approve the Kemess North mine in order to protect the nearby Amazay Lake.

Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief David Luggi said the perseverance of the Talka Lake and Tse Keh Nay First Nations means the lake will be saved from destruction.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070919.BCBRIEFS19-5/TPStory/Environment

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Local film sends a message -Leader-Post

Local film sends a message

Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Almost a year ago two budding filmmakers with no budget and borrowed equipment set out to practise their craft.

Helder Mauricio Carvajal, 25, and Peter Brass, 29, who both work in the Indian Communications Arts department at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), shot a short film in the Qu’Appelle Valley.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/arts_life/story.html?id=aa95e5bd-73ef-4476-a6ef-38a1a0985f31

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Native Groups Launch $1 Billion Lawsuit Against Ontario -Ottawa Citizen

Native groups launch $1 billion lawsuit against Ontario

CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

OTTAWA – Two First Nations bands have launched a $1-billion lawsuit against Ontario and a $10-million counter-suit against a mining exploration company in an escalating battle over drilling rights on a site near Sharbot Lake, Ont.

The Ardoch and Sharbot Obaadjiwan Algonquin First Nations allege the province breached their aboriginal rights and failed to consult them before granting mining company Frontenac Ventures drilling rights to land they say belongs to them.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=0d2b5c9c-d121-4412-b61d-065aece5e7a7&k=12608

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007756 Views

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Missing woman lost but not forgotten – Terrace Standard

Missing woman lost but not forgotten

Sep 19 2007

FRIDAY MARKS the second anniversary of the disappearance of a local mother.

Tamara Chipman was last seen Sept. 21, 2005 hitchhiking back to Terrace on Hwy16 near the Prince Rupert industrial park after spending several days there visiting her mom and friends.

Despite two searches – one launched by RCMP and a second one by family and friends – Chipman hasn’t been seen since.

http://www.terracestandard.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=33&cat=23&id=1065965&more=0

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007759 Views

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‘Day of celebration’ for residential-school survivors -CBC

‘Day of celebration’ for residential-school survivors

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 11:12 AM AT
CBC News

Native survivors of church-run, government-funded residential schools can apply for financial compensation Wednesday, as Canada’s largest-ever class-action settlement comes into effect.

“Today, it means to me that it’s a day of celebration, a day of recognition, a day of acknowledgment,” Assembly of First Nations compensation co-ordinator Jennifer Wood said Wednesday in Winnipeg.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/09/19/residential-schools.html

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Ontario government pulls out of aboriginal talks (CTV.ca)

Ontario government pulls out of aboriginal talks

Updated Wed. Sep. 19 2007 10:02 AM ET
toronto.ctv.ca

The Ontario government has temporarily suspended talks with Six Nations representatives in response to the severe beating of homebuilder in Caledonia, Ont., last week.

“Ontario considers last week’s confrontation unacceptable. Violence is never a solution to any dispute,” Ontario’s Ministry for Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement released on Tuesday.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070919/ontario_aboriginal_070919/20070919?hub=TopStories&s_name=

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Celebrating 25 years of friendship – Meridian Booster

Celebrating 25 years of friendship
After a quarter-century of promoting cultural awareness, staff at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre invite the public to join in celebrating their success.

Christopher Heffernan
Wednesday September 19, 2007

After a quarter-century of promoting cultural awareness, staff at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre invite the public to join in celebrating their success.

This Friday, the centre will be holding their 25 anniversary dinner and awards night. Among the main events of the night will be an aboriginal art auction, live music and an awards ceremony giving thanks to some of the centre’s founding members.

http://www.meridianbooster.com/News/339688.html

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Hollow Water First Nation prepare to barricade highway – Winnipeg Sun

Wed, September 19, 2007

Hollow Water First Nation prepare to barricade highway

The residents of Hollow Water First Nation issued this media release at 11 p.m. last night:

We received correspondence from the Province of Manitoba Representatives which by no means addresses the concerns brought forth by the Hollow Water First Nation. Provincial Officials must realize that an area once untouched has now been possibly irreversibly damaged. In an effort to ensure Provincial Officials understand the seriousness of the situation; the Hollow Water First Nation is now prepared to deny access to the 304 Highway. This highway crosses the Hollow Water First Nation’s Traditional Area and provides access to Wanipigow Lake and the Bissett Region. As of 11:00 pm measures have been put in place to provide such a barricade.

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Manitoba/2007/09/19/4508919.html

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Band blocks highway – Winnipeg Free Press

Band blocks highway

Updated at 9:40 AM
By Meghan Hurley

The conflict in Hollow Water First Nation has escalated with band members blocking off access last night to Highway 304, which goes through their traditional land.

“Provincial officials must realize that an area once untouched has now been possible irreversibly damaged,” said a release sent out by the band.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/story/4041219p-4650217c.html

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Colleges get BC cash for aboriginal education – Victoria News

Colleges get B.C. cash for aboriginal education

Sep 19 2007

Three Victoria post–secondary institutions will receive more than $515,000 from the Ministry of Advanced Education to develop Aboriginal education projects.

“Contributing to these courses and programs is a top priority for our government,” said Ida Chong, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

http://www.vicnews.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=36&cat=23&id=1067105&more=0

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Northgate Project Needs First Nations Deal: Miners – Canada.com

Northgate Project Needs First Nations Deal: Miners
Revenue-Sharing

Nathan Vanderklippe, Financial Post
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

VANCOUVER — As First Nations in the mountains of Northern British Columbia celebrated victory over a proposed mine yesterday, mining officials said the apparent failure of Northgate Minerals Corp.’s Kemess North project shows the need for laws that funnel a guaranteed share of the resource revenues into aboriginal coffers.

On Monday, a joint federal-provincial environmental review panel recommended against the $190-million project, which would have extended the life of Northgate’s Kemess South cop-per-gold mine by a decade, saying it is not “in the public interest.”

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=203074c5-3ed6-44a0-b359-cf3e4db84226&k=94942

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Five aboriginals guilty of illegal fishing – Globe and Mail

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Five aboriginals guilty of illegal fishing

The Canadian Press
September 19, 2007

Kamloops — Five members of a native band who claimed they had an aboriginal right to fish have been found guilty of illegal fishing.

Provincial Court Judge Bill Blair has ruled the group didn’t have an aboriginal right to fish for sockeye salmon along the Fraser River near Lillooet, B.C.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070919.BCBRIEFS19-2/TPStory/National

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Applications sought by NH – Prince George Citizen

Applications sought by NH

(News) Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 04:00 PST
by Citizen staff

The seventh annual call is out by Northern Health for applications for aboriginal health initiatives projects to promote healthier lifestyles among First Nations people.

There is more than $1.1 million in available funding this year for ongoing work, including $410,000 earmarked for new projects.

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109856&Itemid=159

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Ontario Suspends Caledonia Land Talks -Globe and Mail

SIX NATIONS
Ontario suspends Caledonia land talks

JAMES RUSK
September 19, 2007

To show its disgust with a violent demonstration at Caledonia in which a builder was beaten unconscious last week, the provincial government has temporarily pulled out of land-claims negotiations with the Six Nations.

“Ontario considers last week’s confrontation unacceptable,” the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement yesterday announcing that government negotiators would not participate in this week’s scheduled meeting, but hope to resume negotiations soon.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070919.CALEDONIA19/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/

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Northgate shares tumble on Kemess ruling -Globe & Mail

Northgate shares tumble on Kemess ruling

Canadian Press
September 18, 2007 at 10:19 AM EDT

TORONTO — — Northgate Minerals Corp. [NGX-T] shares fell as much as 14 per cent Tuesday after a government panel ruled against the company’s Kemess North copper-gold mine project in north-central British Columbia.

The joint panel set up by the B.C. and federal governments found in a decision released Monday that “the economic and social benefits provided by the project, on balance, are outweighed by the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and cultural effects, some of which may not emerge until many years after mining operations cease.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070918.wnorthgate0918/BNStory/robNews/

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N.W.T. election candidate protests disqualification -CBC

N.W.T. election candidate protests disqualification

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 3:01 PM MT
CBC News

A woman who had hoped to run in the Tu Nedhe district in the Oct. 1 N.W.T. election is fighting her disqualification as a candidate by the territory’s elections office, which rejected her paperwork.

Noeline Villebrun said she might take the matter to the N.W.T. Supreme Court. Her agent has already written a letter of protest to Saundra Arberry, the territory’s chief electoral officer.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nwtvotes2007/story/2007/09/18/nwtelex-villebrun.html

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Nunavut MLA presses for premier’s resignation after censure -CBC

Nunavut MLA presses for premier’s resignation after censure
‘We’re lacking moral authority,’ Curley charges after Okalik censured for remarks

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 8:31 AM CT
CBC News

One Nunavut MLA still wants Premier Paul Okalik to step down, even after he and his fellow MLAs voted Monday to censure the premier over inappropriate comments he made to a female official this summer.

“In order to bring back public trust, he should do the right thing,” Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley said Monday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/18/nu-okalik.html

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Uranium explorer apologizes to Labrador Inuit for permit breach -CBC

Uranium explorer apologizes to Labrador Inuit for permit breach

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 10:21 AM CT
CBC News

A uranium exploration company has apologized for working in Labrador Inuit land without having sought permits first.

The Nunatsiavut government, which is the governing body of Labrador’s Inuit, decided to deny future permits to Silver Spruce Resources after learning that the company had been doing preliminary exploration work on Inuit land without having filed a work plan.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/18/uranium-apology.html

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Dehcho elder Leo Norwegian dies -CBC

Dehcho elder Leo Norwegian dies

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 3:32 PM CT
CBC News

N.W.T. elder Leo Norwegian, who headed the Dehcho First Nations elders’ council, died on Friday in Edmonton. He was 86.

Norwegian, who died in an Edmonton hospital of complications following liver surgery, was an early and ardent advocate of the Dehcho land claims process.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/17/nwt-norwegian.html

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Whitehorse art stolen during power outage -CBC

Whitehorse art stolen during power outage

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 5:44 PM CT
CBC News

A power outage across the southern Yukon over the weekend may have helped a thief nab an artwork from Whitehorse’s Canada Games Centre.

According to staff at the centre, a moose antler carving valued at about $50,000 went missing sometime between midnight and 6 a.m CT. Around 3:40 a.m., the city had a blackout that lasted over an hour.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/17/whse-art.html

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Native protesters ignoring agreement, builder says -Globe and Mail

Native protesters ignoring agreement, builder says

JAMES RUSK
September 18, 2007

Caledonia — A small group of aboriginal protesters is holding up a return to work at a disputed Caledonia subdivision, even though native leaders have reached an agreement that would let building resume, says John Kragten, one of the builders.

Last Thursday, the demonstration at the Stirling South subdivision turned violent when protesters beat Caledonia contractor Sam Gualtieri until he was unconscious.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070918.TORBRIEFS18-1/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/

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Uranium Explorer Apologizes to Labrador Inuit for Permit Breach -CBC

Uranium explorer apologizes to Labrador Inuit for permit breach

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 10:21 AM CT
CBC News

A uranium exploration company has apologized for working in Labrador Inuit land without having sought permits first.

The Nunatsiavut government, which is the governing body of Labrador’s Inuit, decided to deny future permits to Silver Spruce Resources after learning that the company had been doing preliminary exploration work on Inuit land without having filed a work plan.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/09/18/uranium-apology.html

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Métis Group Deserves Praise – Prince Albert Daily Herald

Métis group deserves praise

The Prince Albert Daily Herald

We applaud the initiative demonstrated by local Métis, who have formed the Métis Heartland Forest Committee to try and improve the environment in Nisbet Provincial Forest.

Organizer John Hanikenne says that local Métis are not looking for ownership so much as stewardship of the land.

http://www.paherald.sk.ca/index.cfm?sid=63411&sc=12

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Developer Says He Has Deal to Resume Construction in Caledonia -CBC

Developer says he has deal to resume construction in Caledonia

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 8:39 AM ET
CBC News

A developer in Caledonia, Ont., says he hopes to resume home construction this week with no protesters and no violence.

John Kragten also said he hopes a deal he has struck with a new development agency created by the Six Nations Confederacy will pave the way for future agreements for other builders.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/09/18/caledonia-tuesday.html

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Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners (The Globe and Mail)

Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners
Rejection of plan for Northgate mine a blow to sector on the rebound

WENDY STUECK
00:00 EDT Tuesday, September 18, 2007

VANCOUVER — A government panel has agreed with aboriginal opposition and threatened to block a proposed copper-gold project in northern British Columbia, raising worries that the mining industry’s comeback in the province could be jeopardized by uncertainty over land claims and other native concerns.

In a decision released yesterday, a federal-provincial panel concluded the project proposed by Northgate Minerals Corp. would not be – in its present form – in the public interest. It also noted that native groups remain steadfastly opposed, despite the potential for jobs and payments of $1-million a year over the life of the Kemess North project.

http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet/story/GAM.20070918.RMINING18/GIStory/

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Police to post sketch of suspect in Kelly Morrisseau slaying – CBC

Police to post sketch of suspect in Kelly Morrisseau slaying

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | 11:50 AM CT
CBC News

Gatineau police are working on a composite sketch of a suspect in the slaying of a pregnant Ottawa woman in a western Quebec park nine months ago.

Police began the sketch after meeting with an important witness about the slaying of 27-year-old Kelly Morrisseau, a Gatineau police news release Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/18/ot-morrisseau-090918.html

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Panel Rejects $8 Billion BC Mine Project – TheTyee.ca

Northgate’s Kemess North mine would turn lake into toxic dump.

By Monte Paulsen
Published: September 18, 2007
TheTyee.ca

A mining plan to transform a remote British Columbia lake into a toxic waste dump has been rejected by a government review panel, but its exhaustive report acknowledges the possibility that federal and provincial ministers of environment might approve the controversial project anyway.

The unprecedented environmental assessment crushes Northgate Mineral Corporation’s proposal to dig a second pit to the north of its existing Kemess Mine, located more than 400 kilometres northwest of Prince George. The Kemess North project would have unearthed $8 billion worth of gold and copper, while leaving local First Nations communities with a lake that would have remained polluted for centuries.

http://thetyee.ca/News/2007/09/18/AmazayLake/

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Officials fear spikes in violence, alcohol and drug use – ChronicleHerald.ca

Cops brace for fallout from native school payouts
Officials fear spikes in violence, alcohol and drug use

By SUE BAILEY The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Nearly $2 billion in native residential schools compensation will be a mixed blessing, say frontline workers who fear major spikes in alcohol and drug use, family violence and exploitation.

Police forces are on alert across Canada as First Nations and nearby cities brace for the cash injection.

About 80,000 former students can apply as of Wednesday for common experience payments — $10,000 for the first year they attended the once-mandatory network of church-run schools, and $3,000 for each subsequent year.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/874359.html

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Tsawwassen treaty faces native roadblock in court – Vancouver Province

Tsawwassen treaty faces native roadblock in court
Four bands claim ‘infringement’

John Bermingham, The Province
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Four native bands are trying to block the Tsawwassen treaty in B.C. Supreme Court.

Members of the Sencot’en Alliance claim the treaty infringes on their land rights.

They want to prevent Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong from signing the treaty until he negotiates with them.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=18fb223e-3ce4-4290-83c9-022d79639999

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Mackintosh defends devolution – Winnipeg FP

Mackintosh defends devolution
‘There cannot be a return to a foreign and imposed child welfare system for aboriginal Manitobans’

Tue Sep 18 2007
By Mia Rabson

FAMILY Services Minister Gord Mackintosh said Monday his government is committed to improving the child protection system with more staff and better tracking of how the system is working.

But he said he stands 100 per cent behind devolution, the process by which aboriginal leaders were given control over child welfare services to their families.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/story/4040489p-4649565c.html

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First Nations CFS holds annual general meeting – Portage Daily Graphic

First Nations CFS holds annual general meeting

By Leah Kellar
The Daily Graphic
Tuesday September 18, 2007

Child and family service workers and aboriginal leaders agree a more holistic approach is needed to aid First Nations families across southern Manitoba.

Guest speakers at the fifth annual general meeting of First Nations of Southern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority called for more community-centred initiatives to promote cultural awareness, traditional teachings and values among families.

http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/Top%20Stories/339355.html

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New aboriginal centre in the works for U of M (CBC)

New aboriginal centre in the works for U of M

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 1:37 PM CT
CBC News

Aboriginal students at the University of Manitoba are looking forward to the opening of a new student centre at Winnipeg’s Fort Garry campus later in the school year.

The new aboriginal student centre will replace the existing centre run out of an office on campus and will include a computer room as well as offering an elders-in-residence program. It’s scheduled to open in February.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/17/um-aboriginal-centre.html?ref=rss

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Group releases forest industry charter -T Bay’s Source

Group releases forest industry charter

Tb News Source
Web Posted: 9/17/2007 8:27:15 PM

An pointed message has emerged from a forestry group on the sustainability of the industry in northern Ontario – let the communities have more say in the future of their industry.

The Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership (NOSCP) has compiled a 12 point charter that they feel would create long-term viability for the industry. The ultimate goal is to create change away from the top-down approach now being taken but their immediate plans are to put this issue out front in the upcoming provincial election.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=99906

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Slippery roads close school on isolated Manitoba reserve -CBC

Slippery roads close school on isolated Manitoba reserve

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007 | 5:29 PM CT
CBC News

Hundreds of children on the remote Berens River First Nation are not attending classes this week after rainy conditions made roads too dangerous for school buses.

Berens River School was closed on Friday on the advice of the Frontier School Division, after rain made road surfaces greasy on the First Nation, Chief George Kemp told CBC News on Monday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/17/berens-school.html

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