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AANDC Moves Attawapiskat First Nation from Third-Party Management to Co-Management

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Ottawa, Ontario (April 5, 2012) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of the third-party funding agreement management for Attawapiskat First Nation:

“In recognition of the accomplishments that have been achieved in substantially addressing the urgent health and safety needs of affected Attawapiskat residents through the third-party manager, we have notified the Attawapiskat First Nation of the Department’s intent to move the First Nation out of third-party funding agreement management and back to co-management.

by NationTalk on April 9, 2012709 Views

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Statement To The Legislature By The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister Of Aboriginal Affairs On The Meeting Of Federal, Provincial And Territorial Ministers Responsible For Aboriginal Affairs And Leaders Of The National Aboriginal Organizations

Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario

April 5, 2012

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY

Mr. Speaker:

Next week I will have the honour of welcoming, to Ontario, the members of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group.

This group includes premiers and ministers of Aboriginal Affairs from each of the provinces and territories. It also includes the participation and support of the leaders of the five national Aboriginal organizations – the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Métis National Council, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

by NationTalk on April 5, 2012746 Views

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Throne Speech outlines four priorities for social and economic prosperity

Government of PEI

April 4, 2012
For immediate release
Premier’s Office

The 2012 Throne Speech outlines the direction to be taken by the provincial government over the next four years to protect and build on gains and create a stable and prosperous economy, says Premier Robert Ghiz.

“The Throne Speech identifies a course of action towards economic growth and stability, an educated workforce, and a sustainable health care system,” said the Premier. “Over the next four years, we will build on the significant progress we have made since 2007 in health, education and infrastructure, and we will strengthen our focus on improving health and education outcomes and return on these investments.”

by NationTalk on April 4, 2012466 Views

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Federal Budget Decision Eliminates Funding to The First Nations Statistical Institute

Attention: Political reporters, Public Service Reporters, First Nations Reporters

Ottawa – March 30, 2012 – The federal government’s Budget 2012 has resulted in cuts to the First Nations Statistical Institute’s operational funding by 50% in 2012-2013 and eliminated all of its funding in 2013-14.

Based in Nipissing First Nation with a satellite office in Ottawa, the First Nations Statistical Institute (FNSI) is the only First Nations-led and managed Crown corporation in Canada. FNSI was founded in 2006 with a mandate to gather statistical information on the demographics of First Nations communities—and thereby fill an important gap in understanding the social and economic conditions of First Nations peoples throughout Canada.

by NationTalk on April 4, 2012730 Views

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Budget 2012 to be Delivered April 24

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Finance
April 3, 2012

The Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, announced today that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will deliver Budget 2012 on Tuesday, April 24.

“This will be the ninth budget delivered by this government,” said Minister Marshall. “Our focus has been one of sound fiscal management combined with the ability to make strategic investments in areas that are important to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. I am always struck by how passionate residents are when it comes to the well-being of their communities and the province overall. I offer my thanks to all of those who directly and indirectly participated in this year’s budget consultations.”

by NationTalk on April 4, 2012454 Views

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Budget 2012 Continues Strong Fiscal Discipline

Province of Nova Scotia
Department of Finance
April 3, 2012

NOTE: A social media release with high-res downloadable photos video and audio is available at http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2012-04-03-Budget-2012

Finance Minister Graham Steele tabled the 2012-13 provincial budget today, April 3. This budget illustrates that the government’s fiscal plan is working.

“This budget reflects strong discipline and follows through on the government’s commitment to make life better for families in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Steele. “Through good management, we have restored sense to the province’s finances. Getting back to balance has not been easy, but now a balanced budget is just one year away.”

“We have many reasons to be optimistic about our province’s economic future and Budget 2012 supports the game-changing opportunities that lie ahead.”

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KAIROS Analysis of the 2012 Federal Budget

April 3, 2012

Provisions of the 2012 federal budget have important implications for several KAIROS priorities, including justice for Indigenous peoples, and ecological sustainability as well as the quality of Official Development Assistance.

Equity for Indigenous Peoples in Canada

The budget announces $275 million over three years for First Nations education ($100 million for early literacy and other programs, and $175 million to build and renovate schools on reserves). This is only half what is needed to bring reserve schools up to Canadian standards. Anishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy says that in discussions with Ottawa on this issue, “… it was $500 million to try to bring education to an equal footing.” [1] Nonetheless, the fact that the government put First Nations education in the budget is a testament to the dedicated awareness-raising work of people like Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and the youth ambassadors who carried the message of discrimination in First Nations education funding to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child earlier this year. The government responded to this issue because ordinary Canadians who heard their stories made it clear that First Nations education matters to them. The budget also calls for a 2.7% cut to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development spending. It is important to remember that since 1996 funding for the Department (formerly the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs) has been capped at 2% per year, when an increase of 6.3% in annual education funding is necessary just to keep up with inflation and the growing First Nations population. It is also disheartening that the government did not respond to the housing crisis in First Nations communities across the country, a crisis most recently made manifest in Attawapiskat. The 2012 budget has nothing set aside for First Nations housing. More encouraging is the budget’s $330.8 million over 2 years for water on First Nations reserves. Although according to Professor Pamela Palmater this is only about 5% of what is needed, it is at least a step in the right direction.[2]

by NationTalk on April 3, 2012494 Views

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NunatuKavut Resolution Notice

02 April 2012

NunatuKavut is currently calling for resolutions for any Constitutional amendments/change.

These will be voted on at the 2012 Fall AGA.

Resolutions will be accepted up to and including May 2, 2012.

by NationTalk on April 3, 2012527 Views

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Budget 2012 Highlights – Aboriginal and Northern Investments

Economic Action Plan 2012: Jobs, Growth and Prosperity (Budget 2012) invests $707.7 million over three years for Aboriginal peoples and Northern communities allowing them to participate more fully in Canada’s economy and benefit from its growth.

Budget 2012 provides funding of $691.8 million over the next three years for Aboriginal peoples and their communities, including strategic investments in: First Nation education on reserve as well as infrastructure, training that will improve prospects for employment, improvements to First Nation water infrastructure and the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

Budget 2012 also provides $15.9 million for Northerners to maintain momentum on the Northern Strategy including ongoing commitment for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), as well as investments in natural resources.

by NationTalk on April 3, 2012581 Views

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Provincial Government Responds to Release of PUB Report

Executive Council
Natural Resources
April 2, 2012

The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Natural Resources, today responded to the release of the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) report on Muskrat Falls.

“Our government has been intent from the outset on ensuring the proposed development of Muskrat Falls is subject to scrutiny and analysis prior to any decision on sanction of the project. This is why we engaged the PUB in the first place,” said Premier Kathy Dunderdale. “I am disappointed that after nine months, in excess of $2 million spent, and the PUB having access to thousands and thousands of pages of documentation, that they have chosen not to fulfill their responsibility as it relates to the terms of reference for their review to determine whether Muskrat Falls is the least-cost option to respond to our future power needs. This is especially puzzling given that others have been able to use the same information available to the PUB to assess whether or not the development represents the least-cost option. We want to ensure the people of our province have the best information possible prior to our government making a decision on whether or not to sanction the project and we will engage expertise to ensure this information and analysis is as thorough as possible.”

by NationTalk on April 2, 2012568 Views

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Standing Committee to hold hearings on the 2012 Report of the Auditor General of Canada

Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 2, 2012) – The Standing Committee on Oversight of Government Operations and Public Accounts will hold hearings from April 24-26, 2012, on the Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut on Procurement of Goods and Services. All Regular Members of the Legislative Assembly serve on the Standing Committee.

The Auditor General of Canada, Mr. Michael Ferguson, will appear before the Standing Committee at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, to present his most recent report to the Legislative Assembly. The report was tabled in the House on February 28, 2012.

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Colin Taylor appointed mediator for GNWT and UNW negotiations

Yellowknife (April 2, 2012) – Colin Taylor, a mediator with more than 30 years of experience, will be assisting the Government of the NWT and the Union of Northern Workers as they work towards a new collective agreement.

The GNWT and the Union have been negotiating a new collective agreement since December 19, 2011. After three rounds of negotiations, agreement was reached on a number of items. However, on March 1, 2012, the parties agreed to go to mediation to resolve the remaining issues.

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The Harper Government Plans Changes to Ensure the Sustainability of the Old Age Security Program

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – March 30, 2012 – The Harper Government has announced changes to ensure the sustainability of the OAS program for future generations of Canadians.

“Our Government is committed to sustainable social programs and a secure retirement for Canadians,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap. “Our changes will ensure OAS is put on a sustainable path so it is there when Canadians need it.”

“The number of OAS beneficiaries is expected to almost double over the next 20 years,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “In response to Canada’s changing demographics, our Government is determined to take the necessary measures to safeguard the OAS program for all Canadians.”

by NationTalk on April 2, 2012414 Views

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Canada’s children told to fend for themselves

Immediate Release
March 29, 2012

Ottawa: The federal budget not only ignores the current needs of Canada’s children, states Campaign 2000, but downloads much of today’s costs onto them. The 639,000 children living in poverty will be joined by many more because of a budget that concentrates on business and global markets, while failing to address the critical need for universal childcare and affordable housing, public supports that assist families in realizing their economic potential.

The government proposes laying off 19,000 civil servants and encouraging more cross-border shopping to get rid of the debt. And while some funds are increased for Aboriginal schools, other money is taken away from Aboriginal Affairs. The changes to the Old Age Security program is just another example of today’s costs being passed down to current and future generations of children and youth, many of whom will have a harder time finding employment because of the proposed changes across federal ministries.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2012509 Views

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Auditor General Releases Latest Follow-up Report

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2012

Victoria – Auditor General John Doyle has released his annual spring follow-up report, with new self-reported updates on progress by auditees on 11 pieces of work. These self-assessment forms, published unedited and in their entirety, detail progress and plans on implementing 55 of the Auditor General’s recommendations.

“While I’m pleased to note that well over a third of the recommendations in this follow-up are reported as being addressed, that leaves more than half where significant work is still required,” said Doyle. “A number of these relate to known IT risks, and I will expect these to be fully or substantially implemented in time for my fall follow-up report.”

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Piecemeal approach entrenches poverty: Anishinabek

UOI Offices, Nipissing First Nation, March 30, 2012 – The Harper government’s March 29 budget looks like more of a piecemeal approach to dealing with First Nations issues that contributes to the entrenchment of poverty, poor health, and underemployment in Anishinabek Nation communities, says Lake Huron Regional Grand Chief Isadore Day.

“While a federal budget allocation of $275 million over three years for First Nations education is a good step in the right direction, the government’s own studies say it will take double that amount right now just to give our kids the same chance as other Canadians,” said Day, on behalf of the 39 member communities of the Anishinabek Nation. “Giving our youth equal educational opportunities is the key to us making living conditions better for the 60,000 citizens in our communities.”

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Federal Budget Falls Short of NAN Expectations

News Release
Friday, March 30, 2012
For Immediate Release

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy stated that although the federal government announced increased funding for specific First Nation priorities, it does little to renew the relationship the federal government committed to at the Crown-First Nations Gathering.

“This budget signals that the federal government is hearing us but not really listening,” said Beardy. “The investments in First Nations are a good start, but it does not adequately address the shortfalls that plague our communities.”

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Budgets not Surprising for AIAI

For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2012

London, ON – The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is not surprised by the release of the provincial or federal budgets this week.

There are some items in both that highlight a desire to advance the collective position of First Peoples. However, both budgets still underscore areas in which each respective government is not interested in working with First Peoples on a government-to-government level or reestablishing the relationship that once existed between nations.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2012469 Views

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Federal budget bad for people and the planet, says Council of Canadians

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2012

Ottawa – The Council of Canadians says the federal budget outlines a plan to deliberately undermine health care, water, and the climate.

“Budget 2012 continues the Harper government’s full on attack on environmental protection and a sustainable energy future,” says Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner for the Council of Canadians. “There is no money towards ‘no brainer’ investments like energy efficiency and renewable energy, plenty of money to subsidize the tar sands and a slashing and burning of environmental assessments.”

by NationTalk on March 30, 2012414 Views

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Federal Budget Sidesteps Fundamental Social Realities and Educational Priorities of Inuit

Media Release

March 29, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario – ITK expressed its disappointment that the new federal budget does not invest any new public funds in three priority areas identified by ITK in pre-budget consultations: Inuit education; Inuit mental wellness; and, Inuit housing.

“We know that, at a time of cutbacks, new moneys are hard to find,” said Mary Simon, President of ITK. “But the severity of the social and economic challenges by our communities and families does not allow us to think that continuing the status quo will deliver real progress.”

President Simon recognized that First Nations on reserve will be receiving some badly needed investments in education and safe drinking water, and said that she welcomes and supports these expenditures.

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Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Welcomes Extension of Mineral Exploration Tax Credit in 2012 Federal Budget

Toronto, Ontario – March 29, 2012 – The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) welcomes the inclusion of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) in the Government of Canada’s budget tabled today.

“I want to congratulate the Government for again including this measure in the budget,” says PDAC President Glenn Nolan. “This is important for our industry’s competitiveness as this program keeps exploration dollars in Canada, particularly in northern and rural areas.”

The METC was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012. Economic Action Plan 2012 proposes to extend the credit for an additional year, until March 31, 2013.

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MABC Supports Federal Commitment to Streamline Review Process for Mining Projects

Vancouver, British Columbia – March 29, 2012 – The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) commends the federal government for the commitment shown in today’s budget to modernize the review process for resource projects based on the principle of “one project, one review.” The MABC is also pleased to see the commitments to invest in aboriginal training and education, and changes to the immigration rules, both of which will support the industry’s growing labour needs.

With new and expanding mining projects proposed across BC, it is timely for the federal government to propose to modernize the review process for major economic projects. The goal of establishing clear timelines and reducing duplication and regulatory burden can be expected to improve Canada’s competitiveness in the resource sector, help create jobs and ensure the environment is protected.

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Canadian Energy Pipeline Association: Regulatory Reforms Focus on Issues Important to the Pipeline Industry

Calgary, Alberta – March 29, 2012 – The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) strongly supports the announcement made in the Federal Government budget regarding the need to reform current regulatory processes when reviewing and deciding on major pipeline projects.

“This announcement is very good news for the pipeline industry,” Dr. Brenda Kenny, president of CEPA, said today. “We strongly support this positive move towards a more effective, efficient and timely regulatory process.”

by NationTalk on March 30, 2012577 Views

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Media Advisory – Minister Duncan to deliver remarks to the Victoria Chamber of Commerce to promote Economic Action Plan 2012

Please be advised that the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development will be delivering remarks to the Victoria Chamber of Commerce to promote Economic Action Plan 2012.

Date: Friday March 30, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. PT
Location: Victoria Chamber of Commerce
852 Fort Street Victoria, BC

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Senate: Aboriginal Peoples – Notice of Meeting – April 4, 2012

Notice of Meeting

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
6:45 PM

Televised live on PTN
Webcast
Subject to Change

Location: Room 160-S, Centre Block
Clerk : Marcy Zlotnick (613) 990-6080

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Cabinet Appointments

Quebec, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – The Council of Ministers made ​​the following appointments at its meeting today.

Department of Health and Human Services

Mr Michel Fontaine was re-appointed Associate Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Advisory Committee on the Environment of the James Bay

Mr. Guy Hétu is designated, with effect from 1 st April 2012, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the environment of James Bay.

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FNTC Chief Commissioner C.T. (Manny) Jules Responds to Federal Support in Budget 2012-2013 for First Nation Property Ownership Legislation

Kamloops, BC, March 29, 2012 – “Today’s announcement of federal support for First Nation Property Ownership legislation is historic. It is a proud day for the First Nations who have led this initiative, and all Canadians who want to address the problem of First Nation disadvantage.

This legislation will allow participating First Nations to help themselves. First Nations that choose to participate will own their lands, and their jurisdiction on these lands will be confirmed in perpetuity. They will be able to make decisions at the speed of business.

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Cutting OAS hurts Country’s most Vulnerable Citizens, CMA says

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – Raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67 years will hurt many low-income seniors and increase health care costs, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) said in reaction to the federal government’s 2012 budget.

“Cutting back on Old Age Security targets the most vulnerable citizens in our society,” said Dr. John Haggie, CMA president. “It means that many seniors will have to choose between heating, eating and paying for their prescriptions. In that case, they’ll forfeit their drugs.”

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Federal budget drags Canada into age of austerity: Think tank

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – All Canadians will pay the price for a federal budget that will result in significant job losses, weaker environmental protection, and unnecessary cuts to cherished public services, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The CCPA says once the government’s three rounds of spending cuts are fully implemented, they will have resulted in a total of over 70,000 full-time job cuts (35,000 in the public sector and 37,000 in the private sector) and could raise the unemployment rate to 7.8%.

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Mining Association of Canada commends resource regulatory reforms: Budget 2012

Phased-Elimination of Mineral Exploration and Development Tax Credit Disappointing

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) commends Ottawa’s commitment to modernize federal environmental review processes, highlighted in today’s federal budget announcement, while expressing disappointment regarding the announced phased elimination of the Mineral Exploration and Development Tax Credit.

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The Government of Canada Delivers Economic Action Plan 2012—A Plan for Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity

Ottawa, March 29, 2012
2012-033

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled Economic Action Plan 2012, a comprehensive agenda to bolster Canada’s long-term economic strengths and promote job growth.

“In this budget, our Government is looking ahead not only over the next few years but also over the next generation,” said Minister Flaherty. “The reforms we present today are substantial, responsible and necessary. They will ensure that all across government we are focused on enabling and sustaining Canada’s long-term economic growth.”

Economic Action Plan 2012 takes important steps to address the challenges and help take advantage of the opportunities of the global economy, while ensuring sustainable social programs and sound public finances for future generations.

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Open Letter: First Nations Leadership Council Concerned with Potential Changes to Fisheries Act

March 29, 2012

Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Building
80 Wellington St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Parliament Buildings, Wellington St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

OPEN LETTER: POTENTIAL CHANGES TO THE FISHERIES ACT

Dear Prime Minister Harper and Minister Ashfield,

In follow-up to our March 2, 2012 letter regarding the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Fisheries Act Modernization Initiative, we reiterate our deep concern about the initiative, particularly in respect of the federal government’s lack of meaningful consultation with First Nations. Equally disturbing are recent media reports of the government’s intentions regarding section 35 of the Fisheries Act as part of this process to “modernize” the Fisheries Act.

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Fourth Session of 61st General Assembly Speech from the Throne

Speech from the Throne
March 29, 2012

The following is the speech from the throne read today, March 29, 2012, by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis at the opening of the fourth session of the 61st General Assembly of Nova Scotia:

THE FUTURE STARTS HERE: SPEECH FROM THE THRONE 2012

Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature, ladies and gentlemen, Nova Scotians.

Welcome to the Fourth Session of this, the 61st General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. As this is my final opportunity to speak as her Majesty’s representative in this historic chamber, I want to wish all Nova Scotians well and thank them for their kindness to me over the past five-and-a-half years.

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Strong Action for Ontario, No Action for First Nations

Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways

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March 28, 2012

Batchewana First Nation, ON – Batchewana First Nation (BFN) leadership expressed lack luster response to Ontario Premier McGuinty’s proposed budget announced yesterday, March 27, 2012. “It’s not so much what was presented from the budget, but what was missing from the budget”, commented Chief Dean Sayers.

With 133 First Nations across Ontario BFN leadership were expecting to see new investments and were alarmed by the lack of inclusion with respect to funding key areas within the Liberal’s proposed budget.

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Throne Speech Focused on Future, Advancing Province’s Priorities

Premier’s Office
March 29, 2012

NOTE: A social media version of this release is available at http://gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2012-03-29-Throne-Speech/ . High-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be added after the event.

Government, today, March 29, announced it will continue to move Nova Scotia forward by sticking to its plan to make life better for families.

Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis opened the Fourth Session of the 61st General Assembly of Nova Scotia with the Speech from the Throne. In it, Premier Darrell Dexter outlined how government will advance its plan to continue to do things differently and keep Nova Scotia focused on a better future.

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As K’ómoks signs AIP, treaty process is going strong

OPINION-EDITORIAL

By Mary Polak
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

March 28, 2012

Victoria – On March 24, I had the honour of joining representatives of the K’ómoks First Nation, federal minister John Duncan and other dignitaries to sign the K’ómoks First Nation’s Agreement-in-Principle.

It is a milestone for K’ómoks and provides a framework that will eventually be developed into a Final Agreement.

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Senate: Aboriginal Peoples – Notice of Meeting – April 3, 2012

Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
9:30 AM

Webcast
Subject to Change

Location: Room 160-S, Centre Block
Clerk : Marcy Zlotnick (613) 990-6080

Agenda

1. Examine and report on the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and on other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

TOPIC: Additions to Reserves

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FNTC responds to FSMA Legislative Review

Kamloops, BC, March 28, 2012 – The First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) responded today to the release of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development’s “A Report to Parliament on the Legislative Review of the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act”.

“Clearly, the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act has made a difference. It continues to help First Nations build their economies, improve investor relations, and achieve a measure of self-sufficiency,” stated FNTC Chief Commissioner C.T. (Manny) Jules who was a driving force behind the legislation. “We look forward to working collaboratively with the Minister in carrying out any legislative improvements stemming from the Report.”

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Minister Duncan misrepresents aboriginal peoples to Northern Affairs Committee

Press Release
March 27, 2012

Statements made by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs are misleading the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. On March 6, Minister John Duncan told the Committee that there is strong support for the changes the government is planning to make to the Mackenzie Valley Resources Management Act.

Duncan failed to inform Members of the Committee that all Aboriginal groups affected by the MVRMA have rejected the Governments proposal to have only one super Land and Water Board for the Mackenzie Valley.

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Budget goes too far in cost containment measures

Will Hurt Poor in the Long Run

Toronto, March 28, 2012 – Predictably, the 2012 Ontario Budget, released yesterday, contains no new money for affordable housing.

“ONPHA did not expect additional funding, given last year’s federal-provincial commitment of $486 Million over four years through the Investment in Affordable Housing program,” said Sharad Kerur, Executive Director of ONPHA. “However, the government’s statement in its economic outlook that housing in Ontario remains affordable – based on home owners, paying historically low interest rates – simply does not hold true for low income households, and certainly not for the over 152,000 households on wait lists for affordable housing across the province.”

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Provincial Budget Disappointing for Nishnawbe Aski Nation

For immediate Release
Tuesday March 27, 2012

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy said the cashstrapped Ontario budget announced today does nothing significant for the First Nations people nor does it address the core issues facing First Nations.

“In tough economic times, it is always the marginalized people that feel it the most, specifically Aboriginal people,” said Grand Chief Beardy. “Ontario is pinching its dollars in places we need to see more funds flow and that’s where the marginalized people are most affected. NAN covers two-thirds of Ontario yet we don’t see much in this budget that benefits this part of the province for First Nations.”

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Steelworkers Demand Liberals Support Northern Jobs, Communities

McGuinty Government Plan to Kill ONTC Betrays North

Toronto, March 28, 2012 – Political, business and labour leaders are joining thousands of Northern Ontario residents in demanding the Liberal government immediately suspend its plan to kill the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) and the economic benefits provided to the region.

“It is unconscionable that the McGuinty Liberals want to impose this disastrous plan on northeastern Ontario without even the decency of consulting any of the communities that will suffer as a result,” said Wayne Fraser, Ontario director of the United Steelworkers.

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Jobs Are the Key to Our Prosperity: Building Trades Council Reacts to Provincial Budget

Toronto, Ontario – March 27, 2012 – “The provincial budget announced today by the McGuinty government will help preserve job gains made during this delicate period of economic recovery,” said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

“The $13.9 billion pledge for sustained Infrastructure spending in 2012/13 sends a positive signal to the construction industry, and to trades workers in particular,” said Dillon, adding, “continued investments in roads, transit, schools, and hospitals are in-line with the government’s other priorities to build a prosperous and inclusive Ontario.”

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A Plan to Balance the Budget, Create Jobs, Protect Education and Health Care

March 27, 2012

The 2012 Ontario Budget includes a deficit elimination plan that reduces program spending growth and contains costs by $17.7 billion over the next three years, while increasing revenues by $4.4 billion without raising taxes.

This is serious action for a serious time and puts Ontario on track to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18.

More than 50 cents of every dollar spent by the Ontario government pays for the compensation of teachers, doctors and others in the broader public sector. Given the serious fiscal challenge the Province is facing, compensation costs must be managed if the government is to meet its fiscal targets and protect the gains made over the past eight years in education and health care.

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Speech from the Throne to be Broadcast Live

House of Assembly
March 27, 2012

The fourth session of the 61st General Assembly of the Nova Scotia legislature will open on Thursday, March 29. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis will open by reading the speech from the throne.

Nova Scotians interested in viewing the speech will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet.

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AIAI Hopeful New NDP Leader will Continue Positive Relationship with First Peoples

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2012

London, ON – The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) congratulates Thomas Mulcair on securing the leadership of the New Democratic Party (NDP).

Former Party Leader Jack Layton had fostered a great working relationship with the First Peoples during his tenure and the hope is that Mr. Mulcair will continue to do the same. Though early on in his leadership, there has been no mention of this relationship or his party’s future plans in this regard.

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Students occupy Premier McGuinty’s constituency office demanding that accessible post-secondary education be included in provincial budget

Toronto, March 26, 2012 – On the eve of the Ontario budget, Ottawa students have occupied Dalton McGuinty’s constituency office demanding the government follow through on its election promise and reduce tuition fees. Earlier this month, the government announced that tuition fees will increase by 5% for the seventh consecutive year – or 71% since 2006 – even though Ontario is already the most expensive place to go to university or college. This is particularly difficult for aboriginal students – whose land all our campuses and McGuinty’s office are on – where federal funding has been capped at 2% increases and in the face of a completely shameful lack of provincial assistance or even aboriginal PSE access strategy.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2012355 Views

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Provincial Budget Watch for Child Care and Child Poverty

Toronto, March 26, 2012 – Without funding in the 2012 Provincial budget, child care advocates are warning that hundreds of child care centres will close.

The Ontario government has already announced that social assistance will be frozen and an increase to the Ontario Child Benefit will be postponed in Tuesday’s budget.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2012353 Views

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Statement from Minister Duncan on the Aboriginal Economic Summit

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Ottawa, Ontario (March 26, 2012) –The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the organizers and participants of the Aboriginal Economic Summit. This conference provides an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders to come together with industry and government representatives to discuss ways to increase Aboriginal participation in major resource and energy development projects across Canada.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2012387 Views

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The FSIN Calls On Premier Wall To Help Pressure Ottawa

Friday, 23 March 2012

(Saskatoon, SK) Vice Chief Simon Bird welcomes and appreciates Premier Brad Wall’s support for equitable funding for First Nations schools. Continued pressure on the federal government by the province on this important issue will be required to ensure a break through on comparable funding. If required Vice Chief Bird will extend an invitation to Premier Wall to join him in pressuring Ottawa for adequate funding for First Nations schools.

With the benefit of comparable funding for First Nations schools our students can achieve success and improve their lives. An educated First Nations population builds stronger nations and benefits society as a whole. Vice Chief Bird states, “Proper investment for all levels of First Nations education in Saskatchewan will eliminate the need to recruit workers from other countries”.

by NationTalk on March 26, 2012350 Views

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