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Liberals Stand in Solidarity on National Day of Action

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June 29, 2007

On the National Aboriginal Day of Action, Friday June 29, the Liberal Party will stand shoulder to shoulder with Aboriginal Canadians to urge the Conservative minority government to take action to improve the lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada.

“The Liberal Party of Canada is proud to stand in solidarity during the day of action with all peaceful and lawful demonstrators with the goal of attaining leadership with the federal government –something which is currently non-existent,” said Mr. Dion, who will be marching with National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine in Ottawa today.

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Statement by the honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians Regarding the National Day of Action

OTTAWA, June 29 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians issued the following statement today regarding the events that took place around today’s National Day of Action:

Today a number of Aboriginal organizations and communities across the country took part in activities relating to the National Day of Action. The express purpose of this day was to raise awareness of the serious issues facing Aboriginal people in this country. The vast majority of Aboriginal people taking part in these activities did so without causing disruptions for Canadians.

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NDP Calls for Fairness for First Nations

Fri 29 Jun 2007

Strong leadership needed to close prosperity gap

OTTAWA – In solidarity with First Nations across the country, NDP Leader Jack Layton and NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) are participating in the AFN’s National Day of Action, in solidarity with National Chief Phil Fontaine at the Ottawa March to Victoria Island in Ottawa today.

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2007National Day of Action: Dion Calls for Justice, Fairness and Hope for Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

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June 29, 2007

OTTAWA – The Conservative government must act now to achieve justice, fairness and hope for Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today while attending the National Day of Action ceremony on Victoria Island with Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine.

“I am here today, in part, because I share the frustration of Aboriginal Peoples over the hardships they have been facing for much too long. But I am here also because I have faith in the future,” said Mr. Dion.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071148 Views

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End The Crisis: First Nations Take to the Streets

2007-06-29

Charlie Angus joined in today’s National Day of Action for First Nations. The walk through Timmins was organized by the Wabun Tribul Council and Mushkegowuk Council.

The Assembly of First Nations called on all Canadians to stand together with Aboriginals to insist the Federal Government respond to the crisis in First Nation communities.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071126 Views

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Statement by John Tory on the National Day of Action

QUEEN’S PARK, June 29 – Progressive Conservative Party Leader John Tory today issued the following statement regarding today’s National Day of Action.

“Today’s National Day of Action is intended to draw attention to some very real and concerning issues within First Nations communities. Quality of life, land claim and other issues have been around for too long and it is critical all governments do more to address the concerns the First Nations leadership have rightly raised. The leaders have properly called for a day of peaceful protests.

by NationTalk on June 29, 20071095 Views

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Speaking Notes for an Address by the Honourable Monte Solberg at the signing of a Partnership Agreement between the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative and Safeway Canada Limited

Speaking Notes for an Address by the Honourable Monte Solberg, PC, MP Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
at the signing of a Partnership Agreement between the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative and Safeway Canada Limited
Calgary, Alberta
June 28, 2007

Thank you for that kind introduction – David (David Ryzebol, VP Public Affairs and Gov. Relations, Canada Safeway.)

I would like to welcome Chuck Mulvenna, President and Chief Operating Officer of Safeway, as well as Harry Chase – MLA Varsity and Andre Chabot, Alderman, Ward 10 Calgary.

by NationTalk on June 29, 2007792 Views

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Saskatchewan Congratulates The Métis Nation – Saskatchewan On Fair And Democratic Election

June 28, 2007

The unofficial results are in and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) has newly elected leaders.

Robert Doucette was chosen president-elect to lead the executive for the next five years.

“Congratulations to all involved,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag said. “I am pleased that we can now begin the work of restoring relations between the Government of Saskatchewan and the MNS.”

by NationTalk on June 29, 2007825 Views

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Premier’s Statement Regarding National Day Of Action

STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2007OTP0089-000862
June 28, 2007

Office of the Premier

VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell made the following statement today in advance of the National Day of Action planned by Aboriginal peoples across the country.

“On June 29, many Aboriginal people will participate in rallies and peaceful demonstrations to raise awareness about the social and economic disparity in their communities and the lack of resolution of historical land issues.

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Canada’s new Government Congratulates the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan on Completion of Fair and Democratic Election

OTTAWA, June 28 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians today congratulated the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) community on a fair and democratic election on June 27, 2007.

Unofficial results show that Robert Doucette was elected president of the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan and will lead the executive provincial governing body.

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Minister Prentice appoints Bill McKnight and revitalizes the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, (June 28, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, is proud to announce the appointment of the Honourable Bill McKnight as Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan.

“I am pleased that Mr. McKnight has accepted this new role,” stated Minister Prentice. “His knowledge of the region and understanding of complex land and treaty issues will significantly benefit the future work of the Commission.”

by NationTalk on June 29, 20072575 Views

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Metis Nation of Alberta Congratulates Doucette On Win

EDMONTON, June 28 – Today the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) congratulates Robert Doucette and the newly elected council for Metis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS).

“I would like to sincerely congratulate President-elect Robert Doucette on his victory in the Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS) leadership election,” said Audrey Poitras, MNA President. “I look forward to working with him and his council on matters of mutual interest.”

Doucette’s victory signals a clear step forward for both the MNS and the Metis National Council.

For further information: Media Contact: Monique Devlin, Communications, Métis Nation of Alberta, (780) 453 0283

by NationTalk on June 29, 2007894 Views

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Speaking Notes for The Honourable Jim Prentice Announcing A Family Services Partnership with Nova Scotia First Nations and the Government of Nova Scotia

SPEAKING NOTES for
The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non Status Indians
Announcing
A Family Services Partnership with Nova Scotia First Nations and the Government of Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
June 27, 2007

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Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure to be here today — with our partners in Nova Scotia — to take an important step towards developing a new approach to child welfare that will bring improved services for children in First Nation communities.

I’m pleased to be joined by Michael Baker, Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and Aboriginal Affairs; Judy Streatch, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services, and Chief Lawrence Paul, President of Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services of Nova Scotia.

by NationTalk on June 28, 2007991 Views

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GNWT Statement on First Nations Day of Action

YELLOWKNIFE (June 28, 2007) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) encourages all Canadians to take the First Nations Day of Action as an opportunity to educate themselves about the challenges facing First Nations and Aboriginal communities. Premier Joe Handley believes this is a chance to use our collective efforts to bring real improvements to the quality of life of Aboriginal citizens.

by NationTalk on June 28, 2007828 Views

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Métis Nation Saskatchewan Elections Applauded by MNO

OTTAWA, June 28 – Métis Nation of Ontario President (MNO) Tony Belcourt congratulates the Métis Nation Saskatchewan on holding its successful province-wide ballot box elections yesterday. Preliminary results indicate that Robert Doucette has been elected President by a wide margin. Mr. Belcourt is on hand in Saskatoon today to extend his personal congratulations to the newly elected Provincial Métis Council.

by NationTalk on June 28, 2007989 Views

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Statement by Provincial and Territorial Premiers Regarding the National Day of Action

QUEEN’S PARK, June 28 – As the National Day of Action approaches on June 29, we wish to express the support of our governments for the important goal of raising broad public awareness about the historical place of First Nations in our country and the rich contribution that they have made and continue to make to Canadian society.

This day is an opportunity to strengthen public knowledge and understanding of First Nations culture, history, traditions and aspirations, and to rededicate ourselves to the work ahead in forging new and meaningful relationships. We are mindful of past injustices that have fuelled disappointment and frustration for too long within Aboriginal communities. At the same time, it is also a day to pause and reflect on the very real progress we are now making in addressing long-standing First Nation demands and in raising the quality of life for First Nations people.

by NationTalk on June 28, 2007973 Views

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Speaking Notes for Assembly of First Nations National Chief Fontaine Railway Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

June 12, 2007

Speaking Notes for Assembly of First Nations
National Chief Fontaine
3:30pm
Railway Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

Good afternoon, Prime Minister Harper, Minister Prentice, Bonjour, Ahneen.

Today is an historic day for the First Nations people of Canada. It’s a day about Hope.

The Independent Land Claims body and this announcement today represents hope for First Nations people who have fought for decades for the fair and just resolution of land claims.

It represents hope for a future where First Nations people can build the economies of our communities.

by NationTalk on June 26, 2007820 Views

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Premier Announces Appointment Of Education Deputy Minister

FOR RELEASE #07-131
June 25, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Hine as Deputy Minister for the Yukon Department of Education.

Prior to this appointment, Hine worked for the Government of Nunavut as the Deputy Minister of the departments of Community and Government Services, and Education. She was also president of the Nunavut Housing Corporation.

by NationTalk on June 26, 2007907 Views

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Speaking Notes for an address by the Honourable Jim Prentice

Speaking Notes for an address by the Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and non-Status Indians to the BC Business Council
Vancouver, BC
June 25, 2007

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Good afternoon. I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to speak with you today.

By now I know that you are all aware of this government’s new approach to the resolution of specific claims, announced by Prime Minister Harper and myself in Ottawa on June 12th.

by NationTalk on June 26, 20071149 Views

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