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Premier Receives Letter from Jack Layton Outlining the NDP Position on Provincial Issues

Executive Council
September 18, 2008

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today released the response from NDP Leader Jack Layton, which was received yesterday. The letter responds to Premier Williams’ letters of September 9, 2008, which requested policy positions of the Conservative, Liberal and NDP federal leaders in the context of the federal election. The questions concentrated specifically on issues of importance to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008697 Views

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Media Advisory – Workers and Union Leaders to Protest Against Poor Public Services in Aboriginal Communities

March to Vic Toews’ office will demand action against privatization and crumbling infrastructure

WINNIPEG, Sept. 18 – Aboriginal workers and other representatives of the labour and social justice movement will rally in Winnipeg tomorrow to raise awareness about the federal government’s inaction at addressing the poor quality and rapidly deteriorating public services in Aboriginal communities across Canada.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008595 Views

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NAN Shocked by McGuinty Cabinet Shuffle

THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 18 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy was shocked and disappointed to learn that Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant has been moved from his portfolio as news leaked of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s cabinet shuffle Thursday.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008914 Views

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First Nations Surprised by Cabinet Shuffle

NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 18 – Leaders of the Anishinabek Nation were caught off guard by a surprise Cabinet shuffle announced today by Premier Dalton McGuinty. There had been no explanation earlier this week when a high-level meeting between First Nations leaders and the Premier scheduled for today was abruptly cancelled.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008675 Views

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Making Ontario More Competitive At Home And Abroad

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2008

Cabinet Shuffle Focuses On Strengthening Economy

NEWS

Ontario’s cabinet is changing to help attract investment and jobs during a period of global economic challenge.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008586 Views

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Students launch VoteEducation.ca

OTTAWA, Sept. 17 – Starting today, students and their families will have a new resource to learn about where the parties stand on post-secondary education and research issues. Built by the Canadian Federation of Students, VoteEducation.ca will provide policy analysis, information on how to vote, and up-to-the-minute campaign news as it relates to universities and colleges.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008654 Views

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Bruce Dumont Re-Elected as President of Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) – MNO President Lipinski Offers Congratulations

OTTAWA (September 15, 2008) — Métis Nation of Ontario President, Gary Lipinski, offered congratulations on behalf of the Métis Nation to Bruce Dumont on his re-election as President of the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC).

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008744 Views

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Fringe parties excluded: FPNP Challange the Democratic Process

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

First Peoples National Party Runs candidates in the 2008 election and challanges the democratic process.

Response letter to CTV New cast Sept 11th, 2008 Re: “Fringe parties excluded”

Dr. David Suzuki spoke on Canada AM Thrusday morning September 11th, to promote his new book on the enviroment. He was asked about the Green party leader, Elizabeth May, and her participating in the leader’s debate. To paraphrase Mr. Suzuki he stated that GREEN values should be integral in all political parties, and because it is not, we need the Green Party. With the Green Party included in the debates the environment will definitely be an issue during the leaders’s debate.

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008786 Views

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MNA Congratulates MNBC President Bruce Dumont on his Re-election

Sept. 15, 2008 – The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) congratulates Bruce Dumont on his re-election as President of the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), as well the MNA congratulates all new and returning Board of Directors and Representatives.

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008777 Views

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MNC President Chartier Congratulates Bruce Dumont on Re-election as President of the Métis Nation – BC

OTTAWA (September 15, 2008) – Métis National Council President Clément Chartier today offered his congratulations to Bruce Dumont on his re-election as President of the
Métis Nation – BC.

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008777 Views

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Prime Minister’s comments demean Aboriginal Canadians

September 13, 2008

LABRADOR – Prime Minister Stephen Harper must clarify what he meant by stating we are all “new Canadians,” Liberal Candidate for Labrador Todd Russell and Liberal Candidate for Churchill Tina Keeper said today.

by NationTalk on September 15, 2008942 Views

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A new Liberal government would endorse UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2008

RICHMOND, British Columbia — On the first anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said a new Liberal government would reverse the Conservative government’s position and endorse the Declaration.

by NationTalk on September 15, 2008720 Views

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Inuit Leader Sends 12 Questions to Party Leaders in an Open Letter – Response fron the Liberal Party of Canada

Here are the 12 Questions:

Does your Party agree that following the historic June 11th, 2008 Apology by the Prime Minister to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada that the next Government should embark on a bold new path in partnership with Inuit to close gaps in housing, health, economic development, and education needs by 2015?

Response from the Liberal Party of Canada
Liberals fully agree with the Apology to Aboriginal Peoples for the Residential Schools legacy. On June 11th, 2008, the date of the official apology, Stéphane Dion said: “As the leader of the party that was in government for more than seventy years of the last century, I acknowledge our role and our shared responsibility in this tragedy. I am deeply sorry.”

by NationTalk on September 15, 2008728 Views

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Alberta, NWT Premiers Renew Cooperation Agreement

Alberta, NWT Premiers renew cooperation agreement
Calgary… Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed an agreement to work cooperatively for mutual benefit in areas such as economic and infrastructure development, business and trade, as well as social and community development.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2008643 Views

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Federal Election 2008

The 2008 federal election comes at an important time for the Friendship Centre Movement. Friendship Centres have been struggling with insufficient federal core funding for well over a decade. Key federal urban programs and services are often designed and delivered with no input from Friendship Centres, which are Canada’s largest urban Aboriginal service delivery infrastructure. Tremendous challenges exist in other areas of federal jurisdiction with no targeted urban Aboriginal programming available. Many urban Aboriginal people face tremendous challenges daily with no targeted urban Aboriginal programming available in many areas of need. Making matters worse, all too often national policy processes to address these areas exclude Friendship Centres and our representatives.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2008678 Views

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Incumbent Bruce Dumont Re-Elected as President for the Métis Nation BC

Date: Saturday, September 13th, 2008
For Immediate Release

(Vancouver, BC) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and the Chief Electoral Office held the MNBC General Election today in accordance with the MNBC Constitution and the Electoral Act. The MNBC Constitution and Electoral Act directed MNBC to administer the General Election as required every four years. The previous MNBC General Election was held in 2004.

by NationTalk on September 14, 20081619 Views

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Out with Colonialism and the Indian Act

MONTREAL, Sept. 13 – The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) is marking the 1st anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by participating in the Together for Aboriginal Rights! demonstration being held in the streets of Montreal today.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2008937 Views

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The Federal Electoral Campaign – The Chief of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Wants to Meet with the Leaders of the Political Parties

WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 12 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Ghislain Picard, is asking to meet with the leaders of the five main Canadian political parties, during the present electoral campaign. Chief Picard wishes to inform the leaders of the parties of the solutions advocated by the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador to improve the deplorable living conditions of the First Nations. Also, he wishes to get from the leaders of the parties their commitment towards lasting solutions developed with the First Nations.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2008716 Views

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Inuit Send 12 Questions to Party Leaders Seeking Clear Positions Regarding Canada’s Biggest Region – The Arctic

2008/09/11

Mary Simon has selected twelve questions that are important to Inuit and are current in our nation’s political dialogue. These questions have been sent to the five party leaders for comment before the upcoming election. We will be posting the replies we receive from each party during the first week of October.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2008624 Views

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Announcing the 2008 CED & Social Economy Common Election Platform

September 10, 2008

Recommendations for the Federal Government on Community Economic Development and the Social Economy

Five major networks – the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Chantier de l’économie sociale, Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité, and the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération – representing thousands of co-operatives, community-based organizations, and non-profit enterprises across the country, propose a new partnership between communities and the Canadian government to build a stronger economy, invest in sustainable communities, and tackle poverty.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2008749 Views

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An Open Letter to the Men and Woman Who Lead Federal Political Parties:

OTTAWA, Sept. 10 – Early childhood education and care should be one of the most important 21st century social programs. It is part of any vision of a Canada that works economically and works for its people. Good quality accessible child care is a perfect fit with the values of social justice and equity that Canadians espouse. Early childhood education and care is – at one and the same time – a foundation of lifelong learning and healthy development for children, essential to support parents’ employment and learning, necessary in any poverty reduction strategy, critical to women’s equality, an important element of reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples and key to social inclusion for newcomers to Canada. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is about rights and citizenship

by NationTalk on September 11, 2008712 Views

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Honourable Michael Gravelle – Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines – Welcome Speech at Public Consultation – Toronto, Ontario

MODERNIZING ONTARIO’S MINING ACT

September 8, 2008

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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and thank you.

by NationTalk on September 10, 2008660 Views

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Metis Nation of Alberta 2008 General Election Official Results

Memorandum

To: MNA Members

From: Cliff Gladue

Date: September 9, 2008

Re: Metis Nation of Alberta 2008 General Election Official Results

by NationTalk on September 10, 2008624 Views

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Premier Seeks Responses from Federal Party Leaders

September 9, 2008
Executive Council

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today released letters to the leaders of each of the three major national political parties in the 2008 Federal Election. Premier Williams has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Stéphane Dion and Jack Layton seeking their respective party’s position on several issues of significance to Newfoundland and Labrador.

by NationTalk on September 10, 2008710 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation Message from the President – September 7, 2008

I invite all our Metis Citizens to join us in Brandon for our 40th Annual General Assembly. I welcome all our delegates who are able to join us at this year’s gathering to celebrate forty years of modern Metis governance and leadership. Following in the footsteps of our Ancestors, we are continuing a great tradition upholding democratic principles and exercising our rights of self-governance and self-determination.

by NationTalk on September 9, 2008767 Views

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Inuit Expect Clear Policy Commitments by Parties During Election

Tuesday September 9, 2008 – Ottawa, Ontario – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami,and national leader for Inuit in Canada, responded to the federal election call by saying, “This campaign is an ideal time for all parties to clarify their policy commitments in relation to a number of key issues facing Inuit and the Arctic, including the impacts of climate change, the full implementation of Land Claims Agreements; the “people” dimension of Arctic Sovereignty, and the education and mental health needs of Inuit; particularly our Inuit youth, among other issues.”

by NationTalk on September 9, 2008569 Views

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News Release – 2008 Leaders’ Debates

OTTAWA, Sept. 8 – Canada’s leading broadcasting networks today announced plans for the Leaders’ Debates during the general election campaign.

The French language debate will be held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Wednesday October 1st from 8 to 10 pm EDT. The moderator will be Stephan Bureau, a journalist and host.

by NationTalk on September 9, 2008663 Views

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Ontario Mining Act Modernization Response

TO ALL PROSPECTORS AND EXPLORATIONISTS WORKING OR HOLDING MINERAL INTERESTS IN ONTARIO

The Ontario Government announced August 5, 2008 “Ontario Launches Mining Act Consultations – McGuinty Government Aims to Ensure Balanced, Respectful Legislation” The OPA requests your help by attending consultation sessions, to ensure that the Mining Act amendments improve access to Ontario’s mineral wealth which will benefit all Ontarians. On Monday August 11, 2008 the government will release its discussion paper that will provide a framework for the consultations. The OPA believes that the following 5 areas will be the focus of discussion at the “by invitation only” and the “open public meetings” beginning August 11 and being held across the province. Please see below for meeting times and locations.

by NationTalk on September 9, 2008691 Views

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Ontario Students Hit the Books before they hit the Polls

TORONTO, Sept. 7 – Ontario’s post-secondary students are excited for the new academic year, as back-to-school jitters mix with a federal election that will impact the affordability, accessibility and quality of post-secondary education.

by NationTalk on September 8, 2008625 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Two Appointments to Northwest Territories Water Board

OTTAWA (September 5, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointments of André Corriveau and Emery Paquin to the Northwest Territories Water Board.

by NationTalk on September 7, 2008581 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Reappointment of Thomas Kabloona to the Nunavut Water Board

OTTAWA (September 6, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the reappointment of Thomas Kabloona to the Nunavut Water Board.

by NationTalk on September 7, 2008675 Views

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Students Emphasize the Need for an Access Agenda in the Upcoming Federal Election

OTTAWA, Sept. 7 – The Governor General, at the request of the Prime Minister Stephen Harper, dissolved Parliament today and announced the much anticipated federal election for fall 2008. Students across Canada are engaged and mobilized behind post-secondary education issues and are taking this opportunity to remind all voting citizens and decision-makers that post-secondary education must be a top priority during this federal election.

by NationTalk on September 7, 2008660 Views

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Notes by The Honourable Chuck Strahl at the Signing of the Nunavut Devolution Negotiation Protocol

SPEAKING NOTES
The Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians
at the
Signing of the Nunavut Devolution Negotiation Protocol
Ottawa, Ontario
September 5, 2008

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Good morning, Premier Okalik, Mr. Kaludjak, ladies and gentlemen. I’m thrilled to join you today to celebrate a truly important milestone in the history of Nunavut. A few minutes from now, Premier Okalik, Mr. Kaludjak and I will sign the Nunavut Devolution Negotiation Protocol. It’s a complicated name for what is really a fairly straightforward and positive document.

by NationTalk on September 7, 2008968 Views

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Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Committed to Addressing Key Justice and Public Safety Issues Facing Canadians

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC — 09/05/08 — Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for Justice and Public Safety concluded their meeting yesterday, after in-depth discussions on key justice and public safety issues currently facing Canadians.

by NationTalk on September 5, 2008683 Views

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Media Advisory: Government of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario –(Sept. 4, 2008) – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians will be available to the media with the Honourable Paul Okalik, Premier of Nunavut and Paul Kaludjak, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) following a signing event.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2008703 Views

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Province Releases First Quarter Financial Report

September 4, 2008

Budget on Track For Ninth Straight Balanced Budget: Selinger

Finance Minister Greg Selinger has released the province’s financial report for the first quarter of 2008-09 which shows the province is on track for its ninth consecutive balanced budget.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2008714 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Appointment of Brian Schmidt to the Indian Oil and Gas Co-Management Board

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Ottawa (September 4, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Brian Schmidt to the Indian Oil and Gas Co-Management Board.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2008787 Views

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Notice of Community Council Elections for the Niagara Region Metis Council

September 8, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT TO CITIZENS OF THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO

Consistent with the Metis Nation of Ontario Community Charter agreement, By-laws and Community Council electoral code, a ballot box election has been called to fill vacancies and renew mandates of the Niagara Region Métis Council. All registered Métis Citizens in the Council area are encouraged to participate fully in this election process either as candidates or through exercising their right to vote.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2008622 Views

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MNC President Chartier Congratulates Audrey Poitras on Re-election as President of the Métis Nation of Alberta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2008

Métis National Council President Clément Chartier offered his congratulations today to Audrey Poitras on her re-election as President of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2008674 Views

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Audrey Poitras re-elected as President of MNA; Muriel Stanley Venne elected Vice President

Attention News Editors
For Immediate Release

(Edmonton, September 3, 2008) – Members of the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) went to the polls Spetember 2, 2008 to elect Provincial and Regional representatives for the next three years. The 14 democratically elected representatives comprise the Metis Nation of Alberta’s Provincial Council.

by NationTalk on September 4, 20081761 Views

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Notice of Community Council Elections for the Grand River Metis Council

September 8, 2008

Consistent with the Metis Nation of Ontario Community Charter agreement, By-laws and Community Council electoral code, a ballot box election has been called to fill vacancies and renew mandates of the Grand River Métis Council . All registered Métis Citizens in the Council area are encouraged to participate fully in this election process either as candidates or through exercising their right to vote.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2008552 Views

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POLITICS-US: Canada’s Tar Sands Lobbyists Focus on Democrats

VANCOUVER, Sep 2 – As the U.S. election campaign kicks into overdrive, Canadian politicians and oil executives are stepping up lobbying efforts to make sure whoever controls the White House keeps purchasing notoriously dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands.

by NationTalk on September 3, 2008714 Views

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Audrey Poitras Re-Elected As President of Métis Nation of Alberta

MNO President Lipinski Offers Congratulations

OTTAWA, Sept. 3 – Today, Métis Nation of Ontario President, Gary Lipinski, offered congratulations on behalf of the Métis Nation to Audrey Poitras on her re-election as President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA).

by NationTalk on September 3, 2008710 Views

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Notice of Community Council Elections for the Thunder Bay Metis Council

Consistent with the Metis Nation of Ontario Community Charter agreement, By-laws and Community Council electoral code, a ballot box election has been called to fill vacancies and renew mandates of the Thunder Bay Metis Council. All registered Métis Citizens in the Council area are encouraged to participate fully in this election process either as candidates or through exercising their right to vote. The area of the Council includes ; Kakabeka Falls, Kaministiquia, Murillo, Nolalu, Shebandowan, South Gillies, Thunder Bay, and Vickers Heights. The election process is as follows:

by NationTalk on September 3, 2008707 Views

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2008 Metis Nation of Alberta Election Results

Provincial President (52 of 52 Polls Reporting)

Candidate Results
Gladue, Trevor W. = 1515
Langford, Donald (Don) T. = 85
Mcleod, Alyse = 67
Poitras, Audrey M. = 1713

by NationTalk on September 3, 20081584 Views

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Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper – Geo-mapping for Northern Energy and Minerals Program Speech

26 August 2008, Ottawa, Ontario

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, thank you Gary Lunn for your introduction, and thank you for all the work you’ve done as our Minister of Natural Resources to make today’s important announcement possible. Greetings to Daniel Caron, Jeffrey Murray and to everyone here who has joined us at the Library and Archives Canada, which is acting as our gracious host this morning.

by NationTalk on September 2, 2008818 Views

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The Honourable Chuck Strahl, MP, Announcing an Investment in Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Programs and Increased Access To Capital for Small – and Medium-Sized Businesses

Thank you. It’s a real pleasure to be here today.

I can’t emphasize enough our government’s commitment to fostering the opportunity and growth potential of this region. In fact, we’ve put the North higher on our political agenda than it has been for decades. We’re not just talking about it, we are taking action – real action.

by NationTalk on August 28, 2008722 Views

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Nisga’a Elections 2008 Nomination Meeting Schedule

Start: Sep 16 2008 – 6:00pm
End: Sep 16 2008 – 9:00pm
The following date is scheduled for District 5 Nomination Meeting:

District 5 Prince Rupert: Septemeber 16, 2008 Nisga’a Hall 6-9pm
8603 3rd Avenue West
Prince Rupert, BC

by NationTalk on August 27, 2008542 Views

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Kenyon and Taylor to Attend Northern Development Ministers Forum

FOR RELEASE #08-204
August 26, 2008

WHITEHORSE – Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon and Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor are looking forward to meeting with their northern development counterparts at this year’s Northern Development Ministers Forum (NDMF).

by NationTalk on August 26, 2008681 Views

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Prime Minister Harper Announces Plan to Identify and Defend Northern Resources

26 August 2008
Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Government will use the full tools of modern geological science to encourage economic development and defend Canadian sovereignty throughout the North, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today.

by NationTalk on August 26, 2008710 Views

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