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Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the passing of Donald Marshall

6 August 2009

OTTAWA – I was saddened to learn that Aboriginal activist Donald Marshall passed away today at the age of 55 in Nova Scotia.

Donald Marshall led a remarkable life marked by struggle and redemption.

by NationTalk on August 11, 2009549 Views

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President Chartier’s Speech to the Council of the Federation

Annual Meeting of Council of the Federation and National Aboriginal Leaders

Opening Remarks
President Clément Chartier
Métis National Council

Regina, Saskatchewan
August 5, 2009

Thank you, Premier Wall, for hosting this year’s meeting of the Council of the Federation with the National Aboriginal leaders.

by NationTalk on August 10, 2009760 Views

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MNC gets Provincial Commitment to address Métis Nation Issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2009

Premiers agree to work with Federal, Métis Gov’ts on Economic Development

Regina, SK (August 6, 2009) –Métis National Council (MNC) President Clément Chartier is welcoming a commitment from Premiers of the western Provinces and Ontario to work with the federal and Métis governments on pressing economic and public health issues facing Métis Nation citizens in Canada.

by NationTalk on August 10, 2009796 Views

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It’s Our Time: A Discussion Paper for the Council of the Federation

AUGUST 5, 2009

Introduction

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) welcomes this opportunity to meet with the Provincial-Territorial Premiers for the sixth consecutive time following the inauguration of the Council of the Federation (CoF) in 2003. The opportunity to meet, to share views and information, and to set out an agenda of common interests / concerns has and continues to be extremely beneficial to First Nations across the country. The recent investments flowing from the First Ministers Meeting on the Economy is a case in point.

by NationTalk on August 10, 2009605 Views

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ITK President’s Speech 2009 Council of the Federation meeting Regina, Saskatchewan, August 5, 2009

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here today … and to see some new faces as well as some familiar ones.

We have four items on our agenda for this afternoon and I will take the opportunity to speak to each one:

Aboriginal Engagement with the Federal Government

by NationTalk on August 7, 2009677 Views

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First Ministers agree to better process for progress on First Nations issues

OTTAWA, Aug. 6 – Newly elected National Chief Shawn Atleo forged an important consensus among First Ministers at a meeting of the Council of Federation yesterday. Atleo was attending the Council of the Federation meeting in Regina along with Premiers from all Provinces and Territories and representatives from other National Aboriginal Organizations. National Chief Atleo brought forward specific recommendations and encouraged all Premiers to take important steps to demonstrate leadership, commitment and solid outcomes.

by NationTalk on August 6, 2009951 Views

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Historical Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) elections: Roseanne Archibald could become the first woman Grand Chief of NAN

THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 5 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Chiefs could make history on August 12, 2009. Four candidate are vying for the position if Grand Chief including the only female candidate RoseAnne Archibald. If successfully elected, Archibald will become the first woman Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Archibald is a twenty-year veteran in First Nations politics, currently sits as a Deputy Grand Chief and is considered a serious contender and frontrunner in the race.

by NationTalk on August 6, 2009714 Views

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Certification of G.C.C.E.I/C.R.A Elections 2009

Matthew Coon Come Elected Grand Chief, Ashley Iserhoff Elected Deputy Grand Chief

Grand Chief/ Chairperson
Total number of valid ballots cast: 6021

CANDIDATE TOTAL VOTES PERCENTAGE
Matthew Coon Come 3798 63.08 %
Matthew Mukash 2223 36.92 %

by NationTalk on August 5, 2009862 Views

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Tsawwassen First Nation Election Candidates

TFN Election Candidates

Click here to view a list of candidates standing for the TFN Election.

Please note – Kim Baird has been acclaimed to the position of Chief, effective as of September 27, 2009.

POSTED: July 31, 2009

by NationTalk on August 5, 2009657 Views

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UBCIC Open Letter: Implementing the New Relationship and the Legislative Initiative

July 30, 2009

Dear Premier Campbell and Ministers,

We are writing to clarify the UBCIC’s position regarding pursuing Recognition and Reconciliation Legislation based on the Discussion Paper on Implementing the New Relationship (the “discussion paper”).

by NationTalk on July 31, 2009834 Views

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Premier Fentie to Meet With Council of the Federation Counterparts

FOR RELEASE #09-177
July 30, 2009

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie will represent Yukon at the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Regina on August 6 and 7.

“I look forward to meeting with my colleagues to address a number of issues critical to Yukon’s future,” Fentie said. “I anticipate practical and productive discussions and am pleased to co-lead the discussions on employment insurance and international climate change.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2009666 Views

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Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Appointed

R(16)252 – Wednesday, July 29, 2009

YELLOWKIFE (July 29, 2009) – Premier Floyd Roland has appointed Paddy Meade as Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Social Services (H&SS) effective August 17th, 2009.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2009700 Views

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Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) Run-Off Elections, July 30 2009

A reminder that July 30 2009 is the date of the Run-Off Elections for Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief.

The Candidates for Grand Chief are:

Matthew Coon-Come
Matthew Mukash

by NationTalk on July 30, 2009864 Views

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In their own words: While the Harper Conservatives have announced a new “Aboriginal Caucus,” Canadians won’t be fooled

29 July 2009

Read for yourself what prominent Conservatives have to say about Canada’s First Nations people:

Pierre Poilievre on First Nations reserves on the day of the Residential Schools Apology:

“There’s too much power concentrated in the hands of the leadership and it makes you wonder where all of this money is going. …Now along with this apology comes another four billion dollars in compensation… Some of us are starting to ask are we really getting value for all of this money and is more money really going to solve the problem.” (Pierre Poilievre, CFRA Radio, June 11, 2008)

by NationTalk on July 30, 2009720 Views

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Media Advisory – Meeting of Premiers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders

REGINA, July 29 – There will be a meeting of Premiers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2009717 Views

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Northern Strategy Progress Report & Launch of the Northern Strategy Vision

Northern Strategy Progress Report & Launch of the Northern Strategy Vision 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

Northern Strategy Progress Report & Launch of the Northern Strategy Vision

Canadian Museum of Civilization – Gatineau, Quebec
July 26, 2009

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(Acknowledgments of other Cabinet Ministers, and other dignitaries in attendance, as appropriate ….) I am delighted to be here today, to speak to you about a component of our national identity that is of great importance to me, to this Conservative government and to all Canadians.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2009747 Views

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Statement from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the election of Shawn Atleo as new National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Published on 23 July 2009

OTTAWA – On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, our Parliamentary caucus and our Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission, I wish to congratulate Shawn Atleo on his election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. I would also like to commend all the candidates who participated in this week’s elections at the 30th annual gathering of the AFN in Calgary.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2009681 Views

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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Statement on New Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo

Ohiarihko:wa/July 23, 2009

AKWESASNE – Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Michael Mitchell issued the following statement today following the election of Shawn Atleo as the new National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations at AFN’s 30th Annual General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta:

by NationTalk on July 27, 2009777 Views

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The Métis Nation British Columbia congratulates (AFN) Assembly of First Nations newly elected National Chief Shawn Atleo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2009

British Columbia, Canada – President Bruce Dumont on behalf of the Métis Nation British Columbia Board of Directors and Métis citizens in the Province of British Columbia, congratulates National Chief Shawn Atleo for his recent election victory as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2009730 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Bulletin – National Chief Shawn Atleo Sets Forward Looking Agenda for Assembly of First Nations

OTTAWA, July 27 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is embarking on a strategic and forward looking agenda for the AFN. The new National Chief was elected on July 23rd at the recent AFN Annual General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2009795 Views

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Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Local Government

YELLOWKNIFE (July 23, 2009) –The Honourable Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, advances key municipal infrastructure funding priorities at the annual Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Local Government meeting held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, July 7- 9, 2009.

by NationTalk on July 24, 2009668 Views

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Minister Brad Duguid Releases Statement On The Election Of Shawn A-in-chut Atleo As Assembly Of First Nations National Chief

July 23, 2009

Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid today congratulated Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his election as Assembly of First Nations National Chief.

by NationTalk on July 24, 2009527 Views

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Mining Association of BC Offers Congratulations and Support to New AFN Chief

Vancouver, British Columbia (July 24, 2009) – The election of a new National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations marks a new chapter in Canadian history. The Mining Association of BC offers its best wishes to Chief Shawn a-in-chut Atleo on his victory after what can only be described as an exhausting voting process. “The road ahead as National Chief will not be an easy one,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC. “But Chief Atleo has proven that he is up to big challenges here in BC. He has earned our respect, and we offer him our sincerest congratulations and support.”

by NationTalk on July 24, 2009657 Views

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Anishinabek Nation leader congratulates newly-elected National Chief Shawn Atleo

CALGARY, July 24 – Leader of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee would like to congratulate the newly-elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.

Madahbee says that the Anishinabek Nation fully supports National Chief Atleo and his vision.

by NationTalk on July 24, 2009626 Views

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The Chief of the AFNQL is delighted with the result of today’s vote

WENDAKE, QC, July 23 – The Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, congratulates the new National Chief, Shawn Atleo, and assures him of his support. “I know the profound convictions, the firm determination and the profound human qualities of Shawn Atleo, stated Chief Picard. His political agenda is closely akin to the agenda of the AFNQL: the upgrading of the living conditions of our populations cannot be achieved through the present colonialist regime and has to go through the affirmation of sovereignty of our nations”.

by NationTalk on July 24, 2009712 Views

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Statement By New Democrat Leader Jack Layton On The Election Of New Assembly Of First Nations Chief

New Democrats across the country today congratulate Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on being elected the Assembly of First Nations’ next National Chief.

The AFN is a critical and important voice in Canada. Under outgoing leader Phil Fontaine, the AFN led the call for the historic residential schools apology, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, for Canada to support UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as a better standard of living for First Nations communities.

by NationTalk on July 24, 2009706 Views

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Missing Aboriginal Women

Harper government continues to ignore calls for probe into missing Aboriginal women

OTTAWA – Aboriginal women continue to feel targeted and vulnerable because the Harper government continues to ignore their calls for a judicial investigation into the devastatingly high number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, said Liberal Status of Women Critic Anita Neville and Aboriginal Affairs Critic Todd Russell.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009923 Views

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Statement by New Democrat Leader Jack Layton on the election of new Assembly of First Nations’ next National Chief

Thu 23 Jul 2009

New Democrats across the country today congratulate Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on being elected the Assembly of First Nations’ next National Chief.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009640 Views

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H1N1 Disproportionately Affects Young Canadians

Tue 21 Jul 2009

CHURCHILL – The government must take bold action in dealing with the disproportionate impact of the H1N1 virus on young people, says New Democrat Critic for Youth Niki Ashton.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009588 Views

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Statement: Election of National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations

Ottawa, Ontario (July 23, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today issued the following statement on the election of Shawn Atleo as the new National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations:

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009756 Views

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NAFC congratulates Shawn Atleo on historic election as National Chief of AFN

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) congratulates Shawn Atleo on the historic election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The NAFC looks forward to working with National Chief Atleo on his vision for urban First Nation citizens.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009571 Views

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Métis Nation Congratulates AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2009

Métis Nation Congratulates AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo
Ottawa, ON – Métis National Council (MNC) President Clément Chartier is congratulating Shawn Atleo on his successful bid to become National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009712 Views

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National Inuit Leader Mary Simon Congratulates new Assembly of First Nations Leader Shawn Atleo

President’s Statement

Thursday, July 23, 2009

National Inuit leader Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, congratulates Shawn Atleo on his election as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “I welcome the opportunity to work with him in securing our mutual goals – the health and social and economic well-being of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples – Inuit, First Nations, and Métis.”

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009597 Views

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First Nations Summit Congratulates Newly Elected National Chief Shawn Atleo, Expresses Appreciation for Outgoing National Chief Fontaine’s Service

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2009

July 23 — Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Summit today congratulated Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Chief Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation, and served two terms as the BC Regional Chief of the AFN since 2003.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009859 Views

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Premier’s Statement on Shawn Atleo’s Election

STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2009PREM0018-000142
July 23, 2009

Office of the Premier

VANCOUVER – Premier Gordon Campbell released the following statement today to congratulate Chief Shawn “A-in-chut” Atleo on his election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations:

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009785 Views

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Statement from NAN Grand Chief on the Election of Shawn Atleo as AFN National Chief

CALGARY, July 23 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, expressed congratulations to Shawn Atleo on his election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) by Canadian First Nation leaders during the AFN 35th Annual General Assembly in Calgary today:

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009608 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Announces Election of New National Chief

Press Conference with New National Chief to be Held Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. Calgary Time

OTTAWA, July 23 – Shawn A-in-chut Atleo was elected as the new National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations at the AFNs’ 30th Annual General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta at 7:45 am (Calgary time), July 23rd. National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo received 58.11 % of the votes on the 8th ballot after which Perry Bellegarde conceded the election.

by NationTalk on July 23, 2009771 Views

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Results of G.C.C.E.I./ CRA Election Grand Chief/ Chairman and Deputy Grand Chief/ Vice Chairperson

Posted: 2009-07-21

Total number of ballots cast: 5499

CANDIDATE / TOTAL VOTES / PERCENTAGE
Kenny Blacksmith / 154 / 2.80 %
Matthew Coon Come / 2707 / 49.23 %
Paul Gull / 360 / 6.55 %
John Longchap / 481 / 8.75 %
Matthew Mukash / 1118 / 20.33 %
Roderick Pachano / 414 / 7.53 %
Bertie Wapachee / 265 / 4.82 %

by NationTalk on July 22, 20092078 Views

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Fisher River FN – Notice to Electors

July 15, 2009

Complete list of all Candidates for the upcoming election

Please be advised of the following candidates for the upcoming election:

Chief Candidates:

1. COOK, Gloria
2. CRATE, David
3. MCKAY, Johnny
4. WILSON, Barry Stephen

by NationTalk on July 22, 2009845 Views

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President’s Speech July 15, 2009 * Ceremony to Honour New Commissioners of Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Good afternoon.

I would like to begin by thanking the elders and other participants for our opening ceremonies.

It is, of course, entirely fitting to draw upon and to honour the richness and diversity of aboriginal cultures in showing honour to the three very special individuals who will serve as Commissioners on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

by NationTalk on July 21, 2009609 Views

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POSTPONED: 2009 Grand Council of the Cree Annual General Assembly in Mistissini

General Assembly Postponed Due to H1N1

Posted: 2009-07-20

Please be advised that the 2009 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Regional Authority has been postponed until further notice, as recommended by the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, and to avoid creating a health risk to the members of the Assembly due to the current H1N1 situation within Eeyou Istchee. Our office is working very closely with the Cree Health Board to monitor this issue.

by NationTalk on July 21, 2009530 Views

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Deputy Minister Appointments

Dalton McGuinty announced the following Deputy Minister appointments, effective July 27, 2009, unless otherwise indicated:

by NationTalk on July 20, 2009880 Views

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Deputy Minister Appointments

July 15, 2009

Dalton McGuinty announced the following Deputy Minister appointments, effective July 27, 2009, unless otherwise indicated:

Fareed Amin will assume responsibility for the Ministry of Consumer Services, in addition to his role as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Mr. Amin was formerly the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Deputy Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was Deputy City Manager for the City of Toronto and his past experience in the Ontario Public Service includes Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, responsible for Seniors and Women’s Issues. He has held senior management positions in Cabinet Office, and the ministries of Northern Development and Mines, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Finance, and Transportation. Mr. Amin holds a bachelor’s degree in applied geography and planning from the University of Guyana, and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

by NationTalk on July 19, 2009857 Views

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Premier Floyd Roland Conference Address

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)

Thank you for that introduction.

And thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today.

Governor… State Representatives and Senators…Ministers… distinguished guests…ladies and gentlemen..

by NationTalk on July 17, 2009848 Views

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Speaking Notes for Minister Strahl to mark the creation of Nahanni Park Reserve

July 16, 2009 [Speech]

The Creation of Nahanni Park Reserve
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

The Creation of Nahanni Park Reserve
Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
July 16, 2009

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Thank you for that kind introduction.

It’s great to be back in Dehcho territory and to be celebrating what’s been both nationally and internationally recognized as one of the most unique and treasured places in all of Canada.

by NationTalk on July 17, 2009676 Views

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PM announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

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

Neil Yeates , currently Associate Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, becomes Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, effective July 20, 2009.

by NationTalk on July 17, 2009576 Views

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Candidates for the Executive Council of Nishnawbe Aski Nation announced today

THUNDER BAY, ON, July 15 – Larry Amos, the Electoral Officer responsible for the August 2009 election for the Executive Council of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), has received and approved nomination papers from the following persons for the position of Grand Chief (1) and Deputy Grand Chief (3):

by NationTalk on July 16, 2009689 Views

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NAN Posted 2009 Official Candidate List

July 15, 2009

The Head Electoral Officer for Nishnawbe Aski Nation elections has officially announced candidates for grand chief and deputy grand chief. Larry Amos will be responsible for the Aug. 12 election during the NAN Keewaywin Conference in Chapleau Cree First Nation.

Offical Candidate List – Click Here

by NationTalk on July 15, 2009524 Views

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