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Layton Calls for Fast-tracking of Revised Clean Air Act when Parliament Resumes

PANGNIRTUNG, NUNAVUT – Witnessing first-hand the devastating effects climate change is having on Canada’s Arctic, NDP Leader Jack Layton today called on the Harper Conservatives to fast-track the revised Clean Air and Climate Change Act (Bill C-30) immediately upon the return of Parliament on September 17. Layton made the remarks after a tour of Auyuittuq National Park of Canada, in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

“After years of Liberal inaction and Conservative indifference, Parliament must tackle the growing climate change crisis now,” said Layton. “Climate change is threatening the way for life for average northerners and that’s undermining our sovereignty.”

by NationTalk on September 2, 2007739 Views

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Time for Leadership and Fairness for Northern Families

YELLOWKNIFE – NDP Leader Jack Layton wrapped up his five-community arctic tour today challenging the Prime Minister to show leadership on arctic sovereignty and to take immediate steps to close the prosperity gap for hardworking northern families.

“Prime Minister Harper’s exclusive focus on the military to protect our sovereignty is too narrow” said Layton. “We need immediate steps to deal with the economic, social and environmental concerns of the north as well.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007868 Views

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Women’s Groups Demand Reinstatement of National Early Learning and Childcare Agreements

August 31, 2007

ST. JOHN’S – Women’s groups in Newfoundland and Labrador are joining women across the country in demanding the Harper Conservatives reinstate the Liberals’ national early learning and childcare program, Liberal Status of Women Critic Maria Minna said today.

“We have heard the same thing from women’s groups right across Canada – in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and just this week in Newfoundland and Labrador,” stated Ms. Minna. “They want an immediate reinstatement of the agreement the previous Liberal government signed with all provinces and territories in 2005.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007758 Views

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Pic River First Nation – Message from Chief Dan Couchie Declining Chief Election Nomination

To: Pic River Community
From: Dan Couchie
Date: August 27, 2007
Subject: Will not seek re-election

Booshoo-Ahneen: I wish to let everyone know that I will not seek re-election for Chief on Sept. 22nd.

This was a very difficult decision for me but for many personal reasons, I have officially declined my nomination. My choice at this time is to continue to be an active and contributing member of our community but in other ways than through politics.

by NationTalk on August 30, 2007789 Views

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Meetings with Premiers, Mayors and Community Leaders Planned

Wed 29 Aug 2007

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jack Layton departs this morning for a four-day tour to meet ordinary Canadians in the Arctic. An NDP delegation will travel to five arctic communities, meeting with political and community leaders, participating in traditional feasts and seeing first hand the challenges and opportunities facing the North.

“The Prime Minister’s focus on military solutions for Arctic sovereignty is too narrow” said Layton. “The NDP knows that to protect our northern sovereignty means addressing social, economic, and environmental concerns,” said Layton. “The growing prosperity gap, being felt by average individuals and by the communities in which they live needs to be addressed once and for all.”

by NationTalk on August 30, 2007931 Views

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Arctic Infrastructure Key to Protect Sovereignty

Wed 29 Aug 2007

IQALUIT – NDP Leader Jack Layton called on Prime Minister Harper to use a portion of the higher-than-forecast, multi-billion federal surplus to invest in much needed northern community infrastructure, such as a deep-water port in Iqaluit. Layton made the announcement following a meeting with Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik and a tour of the community with Iqaluit Mayor, Elisapee Sheutiapik.

by NationTalk on August 29, 2007753 Views

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Selinger to Host Pre-budget Consultations in Nelson House and Thompson

August 27, 2007

Finance Minister Greg Selinger today announced pre-budget consultations, designed to give Manitobans an opportunity for input into the 2008 budget.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Duncan Wood Memorial Hall in Nelson House.

The second meeting will also be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29at 7 p.m. at the Steelworkers Hall, 19 Elizabeth Dr. in Thompson.

by NationTalk on August 27, 2007833 Views

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Speaking Notes for Minister Lawrence Cannon, Minister Of Transport, Infrastructure And Communities

Friday, August 24, 2007
Announcement during the roudtable
Forum Inuit
Katimajiit, Québec
Approx. 11 a.m.

Dear friends,

We all know that modern infrastructure is key to successful community development.

Canada’s New Government recognizes that broadband is a key piece of infrastructure for 21st century communities to help support their economic growth and prosperity. And we are very pleased to partner with the Kativik Regional Government on an important project.

by NationTalk on August 27, 2007782 Views

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Opening Remarks for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP at the Katimajiit Conference

OPENING REMARKS for the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians at the Katimajiit Conference
Kuujjuaq, Quebec
August 23, 2007

Good afternoon, Elders, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you very much for inviting me to speak here at Katimajiit.

It is a pleasure for me to be co-chairing this Forum, together with Premier Jean Charest, Makivik President Pita Aatami, and Maggie Emudluk, Chairperson of the Kativik Regional Government.

This is one of my first engagements as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and I would like to say that it is a true honour for me to serve as Minister of this important file. On Monday, I was in Manitoba meeting with First Nation chiefs and former residential school students. Tuesday and Wednesday, I held meetings in BC… As you can tell, I’m keeping our staff busy. I look forward to building on the real, tangible success of my predecessor, Minister Prentice.

by NationTalk on August 24, 2007926 Views

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Liberals Urge New Indian Affairs Minister to Support UN Rights Declaration

August 21, 2007

WINNIPEG – Newly appointed Conservative Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl must respect this country’s Aboriginal peoples by supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said in a letter submitted to the Minister today.

“Canada must support this declaration and stand up for the rights of indigenous people,” said Ms. Neville. “This would represent a much-needed and long-delayed fresh start in the relationship between this government and Canada’s Aboriginal communities.”

by NationTalk on August 21, 2007847 Views

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Letter to the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs

August 21, 2007

Dear Minister Strahl,

I write today to urge your government to reconsider its position on the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As you are aware, the Declaration has been a work in progress for over two decades, making its adoption long overdue. Canada played a vital role in bringing forth the document’s current text, which was a compromise arrived at through extensive negotiations between member states and Indigenous peoples from around the world.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2007814 Views

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Fulfilling Promises, Making Progress – Notes for an address by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP to the Assembly Manitoba Chiefs 19th Annual General Assembly

Fulfilling promises, making progress Notes for an address by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians
to the Assembly Manitoba Chiefs
19th Annual General Assembly
Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 20, 2007

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Chiefs, Grand Chief Evans, elders, ladies and gentlemen: thank you for the gracious welcome to this general assembly. It is a pleasure for me to visit with you and an honour to address the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

I would like to begin by noting that this is my first speaking engagement as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and non-Status Indians. I was delighted to receive this appointment from Prime Minister Harper – I am looking forward to building on the excellent work of my predecessor, Minister Prentice, and continuing to work towards improvements in the lives of all Aboriginal people in Canada.

by NationTalk on August 21, 2007917 Views

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Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse Anticipates Building a Strong Relationship with New Federal Minister of Indian Affairs Based on First Nation Rights

TORONTO, Aug. 16 – The Ontario Regional Chief, Angus Toulouse anticipates a positive working relationship with the new federal Cabinet announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “I would like to welcome and congratulate the new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC), the Honourable Charles Strahl to his new portfolio,” said Ontario Regional Chief Toulouse.

“First Nations in Ontario insist on a relationship with the Government of Canada that is reflective of the nation-to-nation relationship which has been established through the sacred Treaties, and affirmed by the Constitution of Canada, 1982,” said the Regional Chief. The First Nations in Ontario desire a process to support the recognition and implementation of First Nation governments and feel that this can be successfully achieved through the reconciliation of our First Nation rights. “This process will produce positive mechanisms to address the many diverse issues within our communities,” noted Regional Chief Toulouse.

by NationTalk on August 17, 2007851 Views

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Grand Chief Andy Carvill’s Speaking Notes to Open the CYFN General Assembly

General Assembly 2007

• Welcome, everyone, to the 27th Annual General Assembly of the Council of Yukon First Nations.

• Welcome, to all the Chiefs, delegates, elders, youth, staff, honoured guests, media, who came from near and far to this event.

• Before I go on, I’d like to thank Chief Darren Taylor, and the Tr’ondek Hwech’in, for hosting us on their traditional territory, at its historic Moosehide Traditional Village.

by NationTalk on August 16, 2007907 Views

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CAP Praises Harper Cabinet Shuffle

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007

Chuck Strahl “a strong choice” for Indian Affairs Minister

(Ottawa, ON – August 15, 2007) The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) applauded Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet shuffle announced in Ottawa yesterday, and expressed its confidence in the appointment of the Honourable Chuck Strahl to the position of Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

National Chief Patrick Brazeau was also quick to acknowledge the considerable efforts and success of the former Indian Affairs Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice. “Minister Prentice is a man of integrity, honour and honesty. We have shared a warm and collaborative relationship, one that will not end with Mr. Prentice’s move to the Industry portfolio,” said National Chief Brazeau.

by NationTalk on August 16, 2007826 Views

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ITK President Mary Simon Congratulates the Prime Minister and Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers

OTTAWA – August 14, 2007 – Following today’s Cabinet Shuffle, ITK President Mary Simon congratulates Prime Minister Harper and his newly appointed Cabinet Ministers and wishes Jim Prentice and Bev Oda well in their new portfolio(s).

President Simon welcomes Chuck Strahl as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and adds that the appointment of Chuck Strahl as Minister of DIAND comes at a critical point in the history of Inuit relationships with this Government.

“I look forward to a strong and enduring working dialogue with Minister Strahl,” says Mary Simon. “The Minister has many urgent issues on his/her plate that profoundly affect Inuit. However the Minister will not have to start from scratch. We do have a road map in front of us called “The Inuit Action Plan” that was supported by his predecessor. I will seek an early meeting with the Minister to discuss this plan; to begin a constructive dialogue with him and to agree on our joint priorities for concrete action going forward.”

Source:

Onalee Randell
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
randell@itk.ca

by NationTalk on August 16, 2007765 Views

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Métis Nation of Alberta Congratulates New Federal Interlocutor for Métis

EDMONTON, Aug. 15 – Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) looks forward to working with Chuck Strahl, the newly appointed Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

“We welcome Chuck Strahl as Minister of Indian Affairs,” President Poitras said. “We look forward to building a relationship with the new Minister.”

“I would also like to thank Jim Prentice, who held the portfolio for the past 18 months,” she continued. “I had the opportunity to meet with him on several occasions and he was always very supportive of the MNA and in helping us move our agenda forward.”

For further information: Media Contact: Monique Devlin, Métis Nation of Alberta, Phone: (780) 455-2200, Cell: (780) 490-8188, Email: mdevlin@metis.org

by NationTalk on August 16, 2007825 Views

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MMF Congratulates New Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs

August 14, 2006

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand, on behalf of the Manitoba Metis Federation Board of Directors and the Manitoba Metis Community, congratulates the Honourable Chuck Strahl as the newly appointed Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians.

“I offer our congratulations to Minister Strahl upon his appointment,” said President Chartrand. “He is taking on a high profile cabinet position and will have an important lead role having great potential for positive impacts on the lives of the Metis people.”

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007850 Views

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The Chief of the AFNQL Is Challenging The “New-new” Harper Government: Take Off Your Blinkers!

WENDAKE, QC, Aug. 15 – “Even if the Harper government persists in being called the “new government of Canada” after 18 months of power, the First Nations are still looking for the novelty in the track record of that government”, stated Chief Picard.

Rather, we observe that the 5 priorities identified by the Harper government somehow constitute blinkers that block their sight.

“By objecting fiercely to the adoption by the United Nations of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, not only does the Harper government close the door to the First Nations of Canada, but it jeopardizes the international image of the country” added Chief Picard.

by NationTalk on August 15, 20071085 Views

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Fisher River Cree Nation Candidates Drug Test Results

Chief

David Crate (Negative)
William Murdock (Negative)
Barry Wilson (Not tested)
Vince Moar (Not tested)

Please visit here to view further results.

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007979 Views

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Urges New INAC Minister to Follow Through on Recent Commitments to NAN Territory

THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 15 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy congratulates new Indian and Northern Affairs Minister (INAC) Chuck Strahl, urging him to follow through on recent commitments by former Minister Jim Prentice to deal with unique challenges of Ontario’s remote First Nation communities.

“The Hon. Jim Prentice has recently paid more attention to the unique conditions of some of our 49 First Nation communities,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy, adding Prentice accompanied him on a trip to Fort Albany and Kashechewan just last week. “It’s important now that Minister Strahl continues this commitment to not only specific NAN communities ie: Pikangikum and Kashechewan, but across NAN territory.”

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007913 Views

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First Nations Summit Optimistic With Appointment of Hon. Chuck Strahl As Minister Of Indian Affairs

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Summit is welcoming the appointment of Chuck Strahl as the new federal Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

The First Nations Summit is pleased the responsibility for this critical portfolio has been given to the senior Minister for British Columbia.

“We are looking forward to a positive and constructive dialogue with Minister Strahl in our efforts to address the needs of First Nations people in BC said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit political executive.

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007765 Views

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Mixed Feelings, Optimism from First Nations

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NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ONTARIO–(Aug. 14, 2007) – The leader of the Anishinabek Nation has “mixed feelings” about the Cabinet shuffle of Prime Minister Stephen Harper but is optimistic about maintaining the good relationship already established with the Conservative Government.

“I have mixed feelings about this cabinet shuffle and in particular the changes to the Indian Affairs portfolio,” said Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, leader of the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation. “It has taken a great deal of work to establish a government-to-government relationship with the Conservatives. However, I am very pleased with the current relationship and we’re optimistic that the momentum will continue under new Minister Chuck Strahl,” said Beaucage.

by NationTalk on August 15, 2007925 Views

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AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine Looking Forward to Working With New Federal Minister of Indian Affairs Announced Today by the Prime Minister

OTTAWA, Aug. 14 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said he is looking forward to working with the new federal Cabinet announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Among other changes, the new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development is the honourable Chuck Strahl, who replaces former Minister Jim Prentice.

“We welcome the honourable Chuck Strahl as the new Minister of Indian Affairs and view this as an opportunity to embark on new initiatives aimed at a better future for all Canadians,” said National Chief Fontaine. “The success of the Minister of Indian Affairs is very much dependent on a positive relationship with First Nations and we are ready to work on a positive agenda aimed at lifting First Nations out of poverty. This requires a focus on two key elements: our people and our lands. We must invest in education and training for First Nations as the key improving the lives of our people, and ensuring Canada has a skilled workforce to meet the coming labour shortage. As well, lands are central to the ability of First Nations to build their economies. We must ensure our people achieve a fair share in the benefits and riches of their traditional lands, and we can do so through win-win approaches like resource revenue sharing.”

by NationTalk on August 14, 2007932 Views

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Prime Minister Harper Presents New Ministry

14 August 2007

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today presented a new Ministry which will continue to lead Canada’s New Government through the next phase of its mandate.

“We did what we said we were going to do and now it’s time to keep moving forward,” said the Prime Minister. “To seize the opportunities that lie before us; and rise to the challenges that confront us.”

In particular, Prime Minister Harper pointed to continued strong leadership on the economy, and defence and foreign affairs.

The Prime Minister said the new Ministry would continue to provide the same strong and decisive leadership that Canadians have come to expect from Canada’s New Government.

“As our record over the past eighteen months demonstrates, we have a proven capacity to get things done for all of Canada’s families.”

by NationTalk on August 14, 2007710 Views

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Pic River First Nation Election Day

For Chief and Council

Saturday, September 22, 2007
Polls open – 9:00 am to 8:00 p.m.
Pic River Community Centre

Nominated for Chief

Arthur Fisher, Roy Michano, Dan Couchie

Nominated for Council

Basil Goodchild, Arnold Michano, Jerald Desmoulin, Ken Lees, Duncan Michano Jr., Stan Nabigon, John Desmoulin, Patrica Starr, Julie Michano, Kathy Moses, Carol Twance, Patricia Desmoulin, Simone Desmoulin, Wayne Twance, Dorothy Nabigon, Louis Nabigon, Donalda Gagne, Gloria Courchene, Jamie Michano, Rita Cross.

by NationTalk on August 14, 2007997 Views

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Garden River First Nation Nomination Meeting

August 8, 2007

CANDIDATES FOR CHIEF

Lyle Sayers NOMINATED BY Betty Lou SECONDED BY Gertrude Kehoe

Dennis Jones NOMINATED BY Jimmie Lewis SECONDED BY Tracy Solomon

Please visit here to view full results.

by NationTalk on August 13, 2007745 Views

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Minister Prentice Announces Reappointment of Larry Carpenter to the Northwest Territories Water Board

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OTTAWA (August 10, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the reappointment of Mr. Larry Carpenter to the Northwest Territories Water Board.

“Mr. Carpenter is well-known for his dedication to community and he has a great deal of experience representing the Inuvialuit regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Minister Prentice. “With his commitment to community development, we are pleased that he will continue to contribute to the work of the Northwest Territories Water Board.”

by NationTalk on August 10, 2007968 Views

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Minister Prentice Announces Reappointment of David J. Emery to the Northwest Territories Water Board

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OTTAWA (August 10, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the reappointment of Mr. David J. Emery as a member of the Northwest Territories Water Board. He was first appointed in 1991.

“Mr. Emery has worked extensively in the mining industry and is extremely familiar with the management and development of Canada’s natural resources,” said Minister Prentice. “We are pleased to welcome him to a new term of service on the Northwest Territories Water Board.”

by NationTalk on August 10, 2007779 Views

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Minister Prentice Announces Appointment of Liz Wright to the Gwich’in Land and Water Board

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OTTAWA (August 10, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Ms. Liz Wright to the Gwich’in Land and Water Board.

“Ms. Wright has given generously of her time to advance the well-being of her community,” said Minister Prentice. “Her dedication to community interests makes her a fine addition to this Board.”

by NationTalk on August 10, 2007843 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Lawrence Cannon – At the Official opening ceremony of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Commemorative Park

SPEAKING NOTES for an address by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, PC, MP Minister of Transport
At the Official opening ceremony of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Commemorative Park
Maniwaki, Quebec
August 9, 2007

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(Acknowledgments of KZA Chief and Elders, provincial and municipal dignitaries in attendance, as appropriate …)

I feel very privileged to be here today representing the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable Jim Prentice, and to take part in this sacred ceremony.

Today also marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, an opportunity to join together in celebrating the rich traditions and diverse cultures of Indigenous people including the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

by NationTalk on August 9, 20071025 Views

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Nahanni Expansion ‘a Harper Half-loaf’

Wed 8 Aug 2007

YELLOWKNIFE – NDP leader Jack Layton and Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington questioned Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement today on the partial expansion of Nahanni National Park.

“The Harper Conservatives have chosen an arbitrary portion of land rather than protecting the entire watershed,” said Layton. “This is a missed opportunity.”

by NationTalk on August 9, 2007918 Views

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Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ Approve Constitution

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ARR0017-001005
Aug. 8, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia is pleased that the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nations have voted to approve their Constitution, announced Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong.

“I would like to congratulate Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ Chief Councillor Therese Smith, and the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ council and members on the approval of their Constitution,” said de Jong. “The membership are sending a strong signal that they are well-informed and prepared to take the next step in the Maa-nulth Final Agreement ratification process.”

by NationTalk on August 9, 20071157 Views

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Media Advisory: Premier to Attend Council of the Federation Meetings

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Executive Council
August 8, 2007

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will attend the annual Summer Meeting of the Council of the Federation August 8 – 10 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The focus of this year’s meeting will be energy and climate change and Premier Williams looks forward to productive discussions.

“For the past 12 months, I had the privilege of chairing the Council of the Federation and I was pleased with the progress we made as premiers, particularly on the Energy Strategy,” said Premier Williams. “I was also chair of the COF Energy Committee and I look forward to presenting the Energy Strategy document to my colleagues at this meeting. A great deal of work has gone into this strategy over the past year by all provinces and territories and I look forward to its release. Of course, I will also take the opportunity to promote Newfoundland and Labrador’s potential for clean and renewable energy.”

by NationTalk on August 8, 2007726 Views

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Conservative Photo-Op No Substitute for Action on Arctic Sovereignty

August 7, 2007

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s upcoming trip to Canada’s north is an attempt to hide his government’s complete lack of action regarding our country’s territorial sovereignty in the face of recent Russian attempts to solidify their claim over potential resources in the arctic region, said Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Ujjal Dosanjh.

“The Prime Minister is busy draping himself in the Canadian flag, and praying that nobody notices that he’s not actually doing anything,” said Mr. Dosanjh.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007705 Views

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Charter on Federalism: The First Nations Have Concerns

WENDAKE, QC, Aug. 7 – Reacting to statements made by the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, who is also minister of Native Affairs, Mr. Benoît Pelletier, the Regional Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard, expressed some concerns. “The place of the First Nations within Canada as a whole must be taken into account in all discussions of constitutional nature. he First Nations will keep a very close watch on this point”, warned the Regional Chief of the AFNQL.

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Manitoba Metis Federation Recognizes Metis National Council President Clément Chartier

August 3, 2007

WINNIPEG – Today the Manitoba Metis Federation, in a specially-called Board of Directors Meeting and with a unanimously-passed resolution, affirmed its continued recognition of President Clément Chartier as the legitimate and sitting President of the Metis National Council.

Protecting the Manitoba Metis Federation’s rights and interests as a Founding Member of the Metis National Council, the unanimous resolution instructed and authorized Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand to retain legal counsel and to take all actions necessary. President Chartrand will defend the integrity of the Metis National Council’s Constitution, reputation, and financial resources, as well as the democratic process of the Metis Nation.

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First Nations Activists Take Over Part Of Kitsilano Beach On BC Day

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VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Aug. 6, 2007) – Indigenous and community activists and will be taking over part of Kitsilano Beach today at 2:00 to identify B.C Day as Before Colonization Day. There will be an opening prayer, drumming and singing and speakers. The meeting place: Cornwall and Arbutus Streets. There will be a raising of a flag to simulate the claiming of the land as Indigenous soil.

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Premier Fentie To Meet With Council Of Federation

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August 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie is looking forward to discussions on common priorities when he meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts later this week.

Fentie will travel to Moncton, New Brunswick for a meeting with Canadian premiers and leaders of national Aboriginal organizations on August 8, and with Canadian premiers for a Council of the Federation (CoF) meeting August 9-10.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007784 Views

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Council of the Federation Meeting to Focus On Energy and Climate Change

FREDERICTON, Aug. 3 – Canada’s premiers will hold discussions on energy and climate change at the Council of the Federation (COF) annual meeting in Moncton, Premier Shawn Graham announced today. Premiers from all 13 provinces and territories will be in Moncton for the council’s annual summer meeting on Aug. 8 – 10.

“Canada is facing significant challenges in addressing energy and climate change, so the premiers’ focus on these topics is timely for our country and our province,” said Graham, who assumes the chair of the council at the COF summer meeting. “To ensure our continued prosperity as a nation, we need a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Maintaining this balance is both a challenge and an opportunity that all premiers face and that we will discuss at our meeting in Moncton.”

by NationTalk on August 5, 2007714 Views

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Media advisory – CUPE National President to Address Labour Rally in Moncton During Premiers’ Meeting

OTTAWA, Aug. 3 – CUPE national president Paul Moist will speak at a labour rally and attend other events during the Council of the Federation (Premiers’) meeting in Moncton, N.B., Aug. 8-10, 2007.

While in Moncton, Moist will closely monitor and comment on both the Premiers’ main meeting and their meeting with aboriginal leaders.

He will speak at a New Brunswick Federation of Labour rally on Aug. 8 and attend a Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions conference.

Moist will be available for media interviews from Aug. 8-10.

For further information: Ron Verzuh, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590, (778) 686-1240 (cell); Paul Moist, National President, (613) 558-2873; Claude Généreux, National Secretary-Treasurer (porte-parole francophone), (514) 884-5074

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007680 Views

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Metis Democracy Attacked

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Today’s Metis National Council News Release suggesting a vacancy in the President’s Office of the Metis National Council and announcing the appointment of an interim President is misleading. It seeks to justify the illicit actions taken by some Metis National Council Governors in which they purported to pass a motion removing and replacing President Clement Chartier.

Metis National Council Board of Governor David Chartrand today denounced yesterday’s actions by the Governors. “I do not recognize the motion,” he explained. “President Chartier remains the President of the Metis National Council despite this ill-advised and illegal attempt to circumvent the Metis Nation Constitution.”

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071014 Views

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Media Notice – Final Details for Council of the Federation Meeting in Moncton, NB

Council of the Federation summer meeting, Moncton NB, August 8 – 10 2007

OTTAWA, Aug. 1 – Details for the 2007 summer meeting of the Council of the Federation in Moncton, August 8-10 have been finalized.

Media Registration
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All media attending the Council of the Federation meeting in Moncton must be accredited. Media representatives must pick up their identification badge and information package at the Registration and Information Desk. Locations and hours of operation are as follows:

Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm: Lobby, Crowne Plaza (1005 Main St.)
Thursday, August 9, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm: Ballroom B, Delta Beauséjour (730 Main St.)
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by NationTalk on August 1, 2007783 Views

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Treaty Votes Bring Hope And Build Momentum

OPINION EDITORIAL

By Premier Gordon Campbell
July 31, 2007
(729 words)

Last week, the Tsawwassen First Nation voted decisively to ratify their treaty, saying yes to a new future of opportunity, economic prosperity and independence. This is the first urban, modern-day treaty to be signed under the BC Treaty Commission process.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, also voted a resounding “yes” to their final agreement – another positive endorsement for the treaty process. The Huu-ay-aht are one of five Maa-nulth First Nations voting on their agreement this fall.

by NationTalk on August 1, 2007827 Views

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Conservatives Letting Down Kashechewan Residents: Neville

July 30, 2007

Ottawa-The Conservative government’s decision to save money by refusing to relocate the residents of the flood-prone Kashechewan First Nation is irresponsible, Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

“The people of Kashechewan have been languishing for long enough. Unfortunately this plan was selected because it was cheaper than the option to rebuild the community on higher ground and not necessarily because it was the best option, or even what the majority of residents had called for,” said Ms. Neville.

by NationTalk on July 31, 2007848 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Jim Prentice announcing A Memorandum of Understanding with Kashechewan First Nation

Notes for an address by The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians announcing A Memorandum of Understanding with Kashechewan First Nation

Ottawa, Ontario
July 30, 2007

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It gives me great pleasure today to announce an historic agreement that will lead to a brighter future for Kashechewan First Nation and for Canada.

This agreement, signed by myself; the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health; and Chief Jonathan Solomon, launches a process to plan and redevelop the community of Kashechewan.

It is an agreement that respects the desire expressed by Kashechewan residents to keep the community in its present location.

by NationTalk on July 30, 2007970 Views

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Alderville First Nation New Chief & Council Elected

Monday, 16 July 2007

Alderville’s elections resulted in bringing in two new members to Council. The incumbent Chief, JimBob Marsden was re-elected, as was councillors Wayne Beaver and Jody Holmes. New to council this term are Pam Crowe and Dave Mowat. Congratulations to all.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2007774 Views

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Crowder Says Treaty Vote Only First Step

Thu 26 Jul 2007

OTTAWA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder said the vote by the Tsawwassen First Nation approving their treaty deal makes her cautiously optimistic.

“The federal NDP applauds the people of the Tsawwassen First Nation for their difficult decision today. A history of mistrust and broken promises is hard to ignore while trying to make a decision that will affect the future of your community,” said Crowder.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2007739 Views

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Judicial Recount Set For September 5th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (July 27, 2007). The judicial recount for the office of Secretary of the Provincial Métis Council will be held on Wednesday September 5, 2007 in Saskatoon.

Under the Saskatchewan Métis Elections Act, 2007 when the difference is nil or less than 2% of the total votes cast between the top two candidates for any position the Chief Electoral Officer must apply to the Courts for a judicial recount. The top two candidates for the position of Secretary are Max J. Morin with 1286 votes and Tammy May (Fiddler) with 1240 votes.

More information on the 2007 election is available at www.metiselectionsk.ca

Contact:
David Hamilton
Chief Electoral Officer
306-934-4750 or 1-888-638-4775

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007837 Views

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Human Rights for First Nations, Not Political Stunts

Thu 26 Jul 2007

NDP MP Jean Crowder refuses to support bill without amendments

OTTAWA – Members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development were called back to Ottawa today in what NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) described as a Conservative political stunt.

The Conservative government is seeking rushed passage of its legislation in spite of the testimony of 20 aboriginal groups who told the Committee that they disapprove of the bill in its current form. Furthermore, the process of consultation, as mandated by the Committee, has not even begun.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007745 Views

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