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Ministerial Statement – Aboriginal Women and Youth Continue to Inspire

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
May 12, 2008

The following statement was issued by the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. It was also read in the House of Assembly today:

I rise in this Honourable House to offer congratulations to a number of influential Aboriginal women and youth who are broadening their horizons while celebrating and preserving their Aboriginal ancestry.

During the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council annual Arts Awards Show and Gala on May 3, Mary Ann Penashue of Sheshatshiu received the Emerging Artist Award. Ms. Penashue is a true inspiration to Aboriginal women and artists throughout our province. She started drawing at a very young age, but it was not until 1995 that she started to paint. Her work embodies the Innu people, including young children and Elders of past generations.

by NationTalk on May 12, 2008682 Views

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UNPO Attends the Seventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Saturday, 10 May 2008

UNPO attended the annual two week Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the UN headquarters in New York between 21 April and 02 May 2008, on the following topics: Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods, the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges.

The Hague, 10 May 2008 – UNPO attended the annual two week Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the UN headquarters in New York between 21 April and 02 May 2008, on the following topics: Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods, the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges.

by NationTalk on May 10, 2008784 Views

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Kahnawake Chief Comments on Mario Dumont, Native Tobacco Crackdown

KAHNAWA:KE, QC, May 9 – Kahnawa:ke Grand Chief Michael Ahrihrhon Delisle, Jr. is questioning the judgment of ADQ leader Mario Dumont in regards to comments made at a press conference this morning in the neighboring community of St. Philippe.

Mr. Dumont is in favor of staging major police actions in the Native territories to stop the Native tobacco trade.

by NationTalk on May 10, 2008812 Views

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Fight Violence Crisis Against Aboriginal Women: NDP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 9, 2008

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Conservative government to take immediate action to fight the crisis of violence against aboriginal women.

“Aboriginal women are disappearing without any notice or concern,” said NDP Status of Women Critic Irene Mathyssen (LondonFanshawe). “When is this government going to acknowledge that there’s a crisis and start implementing solutions to prevent the unnecessary deaths of women in Canada?”

by NationTalk on May 10, 2008739 Views

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To: All First Nation Organizations, Ontario First Nations Chiefs & Councils

May 9, 2008

KI Youth Support Rally

To: All First Nation Organizations, Ontario First Nations Chiefs & Councils
Subject: KI Youth Rally Invitation

Greetings!

This letter will serve as Notice that a Youth Rally has been organized for the KI Youth. The purpose of the Rally is to show support for the incarcerated Youth Member of the KI Council, Darryl Sainnawap.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008598 Views

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MNBC General Election Projected Timelines

Métis Nation British Columbia 2008 General Election
Days Until MNBC’s General Election!

MNBC 2008 General Election Notice
Board of Directors is officially notifying all Métis Citizens that the General Election has been scheduled for September 13th, 2008.
» View Projected Timelines – MNBC General Election (as of May 7, 2008) (PDF)

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008551 Views

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NDP Tables Non-Confidence Motion on Growing Gap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 8, 2008

OTTAWA – With the income gap in this country growing and ordinary Canadians working harder and longer just to make ends meet, the NDP is committed to standing up to the Conservative government’s out of touch approach to dealing with important issues. Today, the NDP has introduced a non-confidence motion on the issue for its opposition day motion.

by NationTalk on May 8, 20081022 Views

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Labrador Metis Nation hold first round of Membership Renewal Community Meetings!

Wednesday, 07 May 2008

As passed by resolution at the 2007 Annual General Assembly, the Labrador Metis Nation is undergoing a membership renewal. This process is essential for maintaining accurate membership information, will strengthen our cases in court and will especially strengthen our land claim submission.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008558 Views

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Statement by Deputy Chief Commissioner David Langtry at the Opening Plenary Session of the the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s 2008 Award of Excellence Symposium

07/05/2008

Speaking notes for
Mr. David Langtry
Deputy Chief Commissioner
Canadian Human Rights Commission
at the Opening Plenary Session of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s
2008 Award of Excellence Symposium

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre
Calgary, Alberta

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

It is certainly an honour to join you at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s 2008 Award of Excellence Symposium.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008639 Views

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Justin Logan Speaking Notes – COO Policy Forum – December 4, 2007

May 6, 2008

Chiefs of Ontario Policy Forum
December 4th, 2007

Justin Logan Speaking Notes

Good afternoon. My name is Justin Logan, member of the Delaware First Nation, and currently a member of the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council, where I am the male youth representative for the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008607 Views

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Conservatives Leave Aboriginal Kids Behind

2008-05-06

The latest auditor general’s report condemns the Conservative government for neglecting the needs of vulnerable First Nations children by not adequately funding foster care programs for on-reserve children.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008642 Views

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Crown Corporations Show Marked Improvement

(Chapter 8—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—An Overview)

Ottawa, 6 May 2008—Crown corporations have improved their key systems and practices since 2000, when her Office last reported on them, says Sheila Fraser, the Auditor General of Canada, in her Report tabled today in the House of Commons.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008653 Views

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Speaking Notes for The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For the

News Conference — Joint Ministerial Announcement of the Official Opening of the First Nations Market Housing Fund
Riverview Salon
Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Monday, May 5, 2008
10:45 a.m.

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Good morning.

I’m pleased to be here with my colleague, Minister Chuck Strahl, Regional Chief Rick O’Brien, John Beaucage, the first Chair of the Board of Trustees and Ruth Williams, Vice-chair for the First Nations Market Housing Fund. We are all gathered for what is in many ways an historic moment.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008627 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation – Message from the President-May 6, 2008

Recently there have been big celebrations of Metis culture in Portage La Prairie and in St. Ambroise. It is great to see and hear this showcase of Metis dancing and fiddling. It is important that we give our support to our Regions and Locals as they put on these events. I thank our Leaders, staff and volunteers that make these possible.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008592 Views

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Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl at the Start of Operations for the First Nations Market Housing Fund

Speaking Notes Notes for an address by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
at the
Start of Operations for the First Nations Market Housing Fund
Ottawa, Ontario
May 5, 2008

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Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure for me to join my Cabinet colleague, Minister Solberg, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland regional chief Rick Simon, and all of you to celebrate the start of the First Nations Market Housing Fund.

by NationTalk on May 5, 2008649 Views

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NDP Dismisses Conservative Publicity Stunt on Education

2008-05-03

The NDP is dismissing Chuck Strahl’s visit to the United Nations as an attempt to divert attention away from the growing backlash against the Conservative government’s policies towards First Nations’ human rights and education. Strahl’s speech, which highlighted educational progress, came as education leaders in Canada were denouncing an educational “apartheid” system in Canada.

by NationTalk on May 5, 2008748 Views

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Great Success for Quebec First Nations’ Delegation at the UN – “Canada has lost all credibility” – Ghislain Picard

NEW YORK, NY, May 2 – At the end of the 7th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, gives it top marks. He says he is extremely satisfied of the outcome resulting from the participation of an important delegation of Quebec First Nations representatives. “By increasing our interventions and meetings, we have been able to give a clear picture of First Nations’ situation in Canada. Today, the Canadian Government has lost all credibility in this respect on the international scene”, Chief Picard declared.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008861 Views

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Conservatives’ Position on Rights an Embarrassment on the World Stage

May 2, 2008

OTTAWA – The Conservative government is hiding behind bogus arguments to defend its betrayal of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008562 Views

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Strahl’s UN ‘Publicity Stunt’ ignores Growing Condemnation in Canada Education Leaders Denounce School Failings

2008-05-02

The NDP are dismissing Chuck Strahl’s visit to the United Nations as a cynical attempt to divert attention from the growing backlash against the Conservative government’s policies towards First Nations’ human rights and education. Strahl’s speech, which highlighted educational progress, came as education leaders in Canada were denouncing an educational “apartheid” system in Canada.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008675 Views

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Press Conference by Canada’s Minister for Indian Affairs and Northern Development

1 May 2008

Aboriginal rights in Canada were not ignored, but actually lauded and enshrined in the Constitution, the country’s Minister for Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, said today.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008708 Views

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Prime Minister Announces Changes in the Senior Ranks of the Public Service

1 May 2008
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

Rod Monette, currently Interim Comptroller General of Canada, becomes Comptroller General of Canada, effective immediately.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008565 Views

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Maori Provide Lesson For Canadian Aboriginals

2008-05-01

Economic self-sufficiency has increased (Maori) cultural pride
Barry Cooper, Calgary Herald, April 30, 2008
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Former prime minister Paul Martin testified earlier this month before a Senate committee in support of Bill C-292, the Kelowna Accord Implementation Act. This private member’s bill gained approval of the House of Commons with the support of the three opposition parties and should pass through the mainly Liberal upper house easily enough.

by NationTalk on May 1, 2008632 Views

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Notes for an address by the Honourable Chuck Strahl to the Luncheon hosted by Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations:

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
to the
Luncheon hosted by Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations
New York, N.Y.
May 1, 2008

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(Acknowledgements of Ambassadors, others dignitaries, according to official protocol)

Thank you for your kind introduction. It is an honour to join you today.

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Premier responds on KI, Ardoch

Read the Premier’s response to letter by high profile Canadians in support of KI and Ardoch Algonquins.

>>DOWNLOAD Premier’s response.

Source: Wildlands League

by NationTalk on April 30, 2008710 Views

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UBCIC Opposition to Introduction of Regional Aboriginal Authority Legislation – April 30, 2008

Open Letter to Minister Christensen

VIA FACSIMILE

Honourable Tom Christensen
Minister of Children and Family Development
PO Box 9057
STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC
V8W 9E2

Fax: 250 387-9722

Dear Minister Christensen:

Re: Opposition to Introduction of Regional Aboriginal Authority Legislation – April 30, 2008

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs vehemently opposes the introduction of Regional Aboriginal Authority legislation into the British Columbia Legislature on Wednesday April 30, 2008.

by NationTalk on April 30, 2008839 Views

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Keeping in Touch – Message from the Minister – April 29, 2008

Dear Chief and Council,

This week I was in New Brunswick to celebrate two settled claims and an exciting Memorandum of Understanding on education with the province and 15 First Nations. I will write you with all the details on that shortly, but today I am writing you about a significant event that took place on Friday, March 28, in Kuujjuaq, QC.

by NationTalk on April 30, 2008665 Views

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Martin’s Kelowna Accord “Fundementally Flawed”

“Political expediency” doomed the deal to failure

(Ottawa, ON – April 17, 2008) Paul Martin’s repeated call for the Conservative government to implement the so-called Kelowna Accord is fundamentally flawed due to the removal of accountability measures originally committed to by the former Prime Minister’s Government.

by NationTalk on April 30, 20081666 Views

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Government Continues Strong Commitment to Labrador Through Northern Strategic Plan

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Justice
April 29, 2008

The Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador (NSP) continues to demonstrate that by working together, citizens, government, and communities can achieve positive change.

In keeping with the mandate of the NSP to improve infrastructure and programs and services throughout the region, approximately $66.5 million will be invested to continue progress on the Trans Labrador Highway (TLH) and to improve local roads. This includes $45 million in cost-shared funding for widening and hard-surfacing Phase I of the Trans Labrador Highway ($22.5 million from the province) and $17 million for construction of Phase III. A further $4.5 million will be allocated under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program for various projects throughout Labrador.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2008888 Views

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Question to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs: Fort Albany and Kashechewan Flooding

Mr. Speaker, it is spring again and once more we are seeing emergency planes having to be used to take people from the flood plain at Kashechewan and Fort Albany.

The people of Kashechewan had a signed agreement with the Government of Canada to relocate them. The government ripped up that agreement and it also walked away on two studies that it commissioned that said that the families had to be moved off the flood plain.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2008746 Views

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Conservatives’ Band-Aid Solutions Fail Kashechewan Residents

OTTAWA – This week’s evacuation of the community of Kashechewan is proof that the Conservative government’s band-aid solutions aren’t helping to improve the lives of the people who live there, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2008660 Views

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Flood Crisis Exposes Need For Long-term Plan for Kash

Charlie Angus wants to know how many more floods have to occur before the Federal Government takes serious action to address the need to get families off the flood plain of the James Bay coast. Kashechewan and Fort Albany are being evacuated, while neighbouring Attawapiskat has moved to a stage 1 evacuation order.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2008671 Views

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Bob McLeod At North American Fur Fair and Exhibition NAFFEM – Montreal

Tuesday, April 29, 2008
North American Fur Fair and Exhibition NAFFEM – Montreal
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Introduction
Congratulations to the Fur Council of Canada on the launch of yet-another terrific show. I am looking forward to visiting the many aspects of the show in detail.

by NationTalk on April 29, 20081444 Views

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Open Letter to Julian Fantino

April 28, 2008
Open Letter to Julian Fantino
[Received via email from Shelley Brant]

I would like to address the myths that Police Commissioner Julian Fantino has perpetuated in the media since the arrest of Mr. Shaun Brant on Friday April 25, 2008 and the events that have transpired since regarding police action at the Mohawk protest in Deseronto:

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008676 Views

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Update: Tense Standoff Continues in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Shawn Brant Arrested on Trumped-Up Charges Once Again

**please note that circumstances on the ground continue to change constantly, so full updates are not possible at this time **

DETAILS FOR TORONTO SUPPORT DEMONSTRATION BELOW: COME OUT ON TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008 AT NOON TO 720 BAY STREET

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008812 Views

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MMF Message from the President-April 24, 2008

Since we last spoke, Metis National Council President Clément Chartier and I have met with Minister Chuck Strahl. Minister Strahl leads the Federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and is also the Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. It was a positive discussion of topics including embarking on a new relationship and a working partnership.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008718 Views

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Métis Rights and the Duty to Consult & Accommodate

Purpose of this Workshop

1. To provide an update on Métis harvesting.
2. To provide an overview of the duty to consult & accommodate and the implications of this duty for Métis citizens and the Métis Nation.
3. Identify and discuss Métis‐specific issues, challenges and priorities in relation to the duty to consult & accommodate in the Province of Alberta.
4. Receive input from Métis citizens on how the MNA should move forward on consulting with Alberta Métis in order to collaboratively develop and implement a Métis Consultation Policy.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008610 Views

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AFN National Chief Congratulates Justice Harry Laforme Appointed as TRC Chair

OTTAWA, April 28 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine today offered congratulations to Justice Harry Laforme as the newly appointed Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008749 Views

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Statement by the Honorable Chuck Strahl

OTTAWA (April 27, 2008) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, concerning the evacuations of Kashechewan, Fort Albany and Attawapiskat First Nation communities due to flooding:

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008682 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia Leave of Absence

Please be advised that the MNBC Board of Directors met this past weekend with the majority of the Métis Chartered Community leaders in British Columbia to discuss the current Métis National Council (MNC) developments.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Clément Chartier
President
Métis National Council (MNC)
Suite 201, 350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ont.
K1R 7S8

Re: Métis National Council Board of Governor Meeting April 29th and 30th, 2008

Dear MNC President Chartier,
I am writing to provide further clarification in relation to the current Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) leave of absence notification provided on March 3rd, 2008.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008636 Views

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Now the situation is calm at Tyendinaga

OTTAWA, April 26 – Following several discussions between the National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle of the Confederation of the Aboriginal People of Canada and the Mohawk War Chief of Tyendinaga, the situation is improved. It was understood that a mediator/negotiator was not necessary any more in this file.

by NationTalk on April 26, 2008669 Views

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Explosive situation at Tyendinaga – The National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle and the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada where mandated and assigned by the Tyendinaga Mohawk warrior chief …

Explosive situation at Tyendinaga – The National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle and the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada where mandated and assigned by the Tyendinaga Mohawk warrior chief like mediator in the conflict against the provincial police of Ontario and also the political government of Canada and Ontario

OTTAWA, April 26 – Broadcast on the Radio-Canada, National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada accepted is nomination as mediator for the Mohawk warrior chief of Tyendinaga, when interviewed by the journalist Sébastien Saint-François.

The Mohawk warrior chief would like to advise the population of the decision to integrate National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle as their mediator / negotiator.

For further information: Alain Prénoveau, Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada, (514) 605-8652

by NationTalk on April 26, 20081399 Views

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Conservatives Failing to Engage Aboriginal Leaders on Climate Change

April 24, 2008

OTTAWA – Despite its recent claims at the United Nations to be fully engaged with aboriginal leaders as partners in the fight on climate change, the Conservative government is ignoring their concerns, said Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville and Environment Critic David McGuinty.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008703 Views

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Expand New Audit Clause – New Requirement Will Allow First Nation Leaders To Be Accountable To Be Accountable To Communities

2008-04-25 (EM386)
In Brief:

– First Nations leaders are already complaining about the new audit clause for funding agreements, starting next year, arguing they will create more paperwork.
– New clause will actually not generate new paperwork as it only applies to existing financial records.
– Change will bring Indian Affairs into line with other departments, who already have similar audit requirements. It will also line up ministry with new Federal Accountability Act.
– Clause will allow for more rigorous inspection of spending on First Nations as there are still transparency issues on many reserves.
– Despite this change, First Nations need to be subject to access to information laws, in order to demonstrate accountability to public.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008963 Views

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MNA Congratulates MNO President Gary Lipinski

Media Release
Attention News Editors

Edmonton (April 23, 2008) – The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) sends its heartfelt congratulations to Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008667 Views

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CMEC Forum – Keynote Address by Senator Dr. Lillian Dyck

Opening Speech: Senator Lillian Eva Dyck
Council of Ministers of Education of Canada
Pan-Canadian Web-interactive Literacy Forum
Regina, April 13-15, 2008

Veterans, Elders, Ministers, Chiefs, Adult Learners, members of Literacy organizations, registrants. As a member of the Senate of Canada, I welcome you to this unique forum. I am pleased and honored to provide opening remarks.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008910 Views

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Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl on the settlement of a specific claim with Madawaska Maliseet First Nation

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
on the settlement of a specific claim with Madawaska Maliseet First Nation
Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, New Brunswick
April 23, 2008

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Thank you for that kind introduction and for the warm welcome to Madawaska Maliseet First Nation. Let me say it’s a real pleasure and an honour for me to be a part of today’s celebration.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008672 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Chuck Strahl on the Woodstock First Nation Specific Claim Settlement

SPEAKING NOTES for an address by The Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians on the
Woodstock First Nation Specific Claim Settlement
Woodstock First Nation, New Brunswick
April 22, 2008

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Thank you for that kind introduction and for the warm welcome to Woodstock First Nation. Let me say it’s a real pleasure and an honour for me to be a part of today’s celebration.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008713 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Chuck Strahl on a Memorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education in New Brunswick

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
Announcing a Memorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education in New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick
April 22, 2008

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Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure for me to be here today with Minister Lamrock, Minister Doherty, Minister Burke and Chiefs of the New Brunswick First Nations … in lovely Fredericton, New Brunswick.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008646 Views

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Budget 2008 Supports Strong Social Programs for Alberta’s Growing Population

News Release
April 22, 2008

Further investments made in programs for families, seniors, people with disabilities, children, and new Albertans

Budget highlights:
• $76 million more for quality, affordable child care
• $46 million more for affordable supportive living for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities
• $58.5 million more for housing targeting lower-income Albertans and homeless people
• $41 million more for increased support to contracted social agencies
• $15.3 million more in supports to help immigrants, including $1.8 million more in settlement services
• $12.5 million more in resources to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
• $3.5 million more in support for community-based social programs

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008723 Views

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Deseronto Protest – Update

DESERONTO, ON, April 22 – On April 22, 2008 at approximately 9:45 am, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Public Order Unit, in support of Napanee OPP detachment members, attended the protest/road closure site on County Road 2 and Deseronto Road.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2008983 Views

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