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Prominent Canadians Support the Boat to Gaza: Taking to the Sea Because We Cannot Remain Silent in the Face of a Crime Against Humanity

Montreal, Quebec – March 24, 2011 – Today, more than a dozen prominent Canadians, Francophones & Anglophones, indigenous people and representatives from different political, cultural, social and religious backgrounds join with several civil society groups to launch a united call in support of the boat sailing to Gaza (canadaboatgaza.org) this spring to break the Israeli military blockade, as part of the Freedom Flotilla II.

United mainly by their humanism and their faith in the fundamentals of human rights, individuals and groups involved in this project chose to put aside the differences that often divide them on other issues and to forge a common front to challenge the illegal blockade that the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Human Rights Council has called “a crime against humanity.”

by NationTalk on March 25, 2011568 Views

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Harper Budget Priorities: Bread. Canadians’ Priorities: Crumbs.

March 22, 2011

Ottawa—Today’s federal budget looks more like an attempt to stay in power than a fiscal remedy for the real problems facing Canadians, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), an independent think tank.

The CCPA’s leading economists find this year’s federal budget obscures the true cost of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan to balance the books while favouring Harper’s pet projects over Canadians’ priorities.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2011596 Views

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The Saskatchewan Advantage: Lower Taxes, Improved Services, Less Debt

News Release – March 23, 2011

Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that improves government services, reduces the provincial debt and lowers taxes for individuals, families, homeowners, farmers and businesses.

Krawetz said the province’s growing economy has created “The Saskatchewan Advantage” and means Saskatchewan’s budget will be unlike most others tabled across Canada this year.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2011605 Views

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Canada Fails to Deliver on the Needs of First Nations

London, ON, March 23 – In response to the 2011 federal budget, the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is challenging the Government of Canada to substantiate its commitment to the well-being of First Nations through strong budget investments.

Major components of the budget include tax credits for broad segments of society with no significant increases in spending. As a result, First Nations have been effectively cut as a priority area for funding, with no new investments going towards First Nation education, healthcare and child and family services.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2011755 Views

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Canada Makes Funding Commitment to NWT Priority

R(16)610 – Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Premier Floyd K. Roland says Canada’s commitment to construct an all-season road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk demonstrates that NWT priorities are being heard and recognized in Ottawa. The road is an important first step for the Mackenzie Valley Highway project.

The Premier says the commitment reflects federal recognition that investment in northern infrastructure needs can promote financial recovery and nation building.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011599 Views

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Premier Congratulates Newly Elected Tlicho Grand Chief

R(16)609 – Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Premier Floyd K. Roland offers congratulations to Mr. Eddie Erasmus, who was elected Tlicho Grand Chief yesterday.

“I look forward to working with Mr. Erasmus bilaterally and as part of the regional leaders table,” said Premier Roland. “I hope to meet with Grand Chief-elect Erasmus in the coming weeks to discuss matters of mutual interest.”

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011496 Views

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Designed to fail: Harper’s nickel and dime 2011 budget

Mar 22, 2011

2011 Federal Budget Summary and Overview

The 2011 federal budget is billed as the “low-tax plan for jobs and growth,” but there is little of substance new here—either on spending to create jobs or tax cuts. At most, it includes a lot of bits and pieces in a politically opportunistic bid to stay in power.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011739 Views

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Federal Budget Offers Modest Sliver of Hope to Inuit Families and Communities

2011-03-22

Today’s federal budget includes some welcome initiatives aimed at Inuit families and communities, said National Inuit Leader Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, but falls short of meaningfully addressing a growing range of social issues facing the Canadian Arctic.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011510 Views

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NAN Response to Government of Canada 2011 Budget

03/23/2011

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy says the 2011 federal budget released today does not support a roadmap to addressing the critical issues facing NAN First Nations.

by NationTalk on March 23, 20111004 Views

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Federal Budget Fails to Honour Committments to First Nations Education And Address Glaring Funding Inequities

Media Release
For Immediate Release: March 22, 2011

(Saskatoon, SK/Kenora, ON) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Grand Council of Treaty 3 are calling on the Federal Government to make a serious investment in the First Nations education system.

“We wanted the Federal Government to invest in First Nation youth by providing long term sustainable funding to the on-reserve K to 12 education system,’ says FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild. “In last year’s budget, the Government of Canada made a commitment to achieving comparable education outcomes. The Federal Government missed an opportunity to honour the commitment when it failed to mention anything about First Nation education in the budget.”

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011591 Views

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Government cuts in 2011-12 budget forecast to reduce deficit by more than half

News Release
Finance

22 March 2011

Fredericton (CNB) – The provincial government tabled its 2011-12 budget today at the legislative assembly, announcing significant spending reductions and increased revenue measures expected to result in a smaller deficit, projected at $448.8 million.

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said the provincial government had been facing a $1-billion deficit if the spending trends of the past four years continued.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011622 Views

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2011 Federal Budget Invests in Canadian Energy Efficiency and New Technologies Initiatives – Will Capitalize on Benefits of Natural Gas

Ottawa, March 22 – Canadians will benefit from a suite of energy efficiency and energy technology initiatives said the Canadian Gas Association in response to the 2011 federal budget.

The Government of Canada’s 2011-12 federal budget unveiled today included the following commitments:

• $400 million in 2011-12 for the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011609 Views

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Harper Government Launches the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth

Ottawa, March 22, 2011

Harper Government Launches the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled a budget plan that launches the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, a low-tax plan for jobs and growth, which keeps the Government on track to return to balanced budgets in the medium term.

“Our Government will build on the success of our stimulus plan,” said Minister Flaherty. “As the private sector moves ahead as the engine of growth and job creation, our Government will foster the right conditions for long-term economic prosperity, while staying on track to return to balance in the medium term.”

by NationTalk on March 23, 2011572 Views

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Ministerial Statement – Historic Agreement Advances Innu Land Claims Closer to Final Agreement

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
March 22, 2011

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly today by the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

Historic Agreement Advances Innu Land Claims Closer to Final Agreement

I rise in this Honourable House today to acknowledge a tremendous achievement.

Yesterday, it was my great honour to be on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to represent the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and our Premier at a historic announcement that marked a giant step forward in reaching a land claims agreement for the Innu. I witnessed the completion of a financial agreement between the Federal Government and the Innu Nation, signed by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Joseph Riche, Grand Chief of the Innu Nation.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2011593 Views

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Enrolment Act amended to remove names of Beneficiaries who fail to reapply once they reach the age of majority notify, or give notice of change of address

March 18, 2011
For Immediate Release

The Nunatsiavut Government has amended its Beneficiaries Enrolment Act to set out procedures to be followed with respect to individuals who fail to reapply once they reach the age of majority, as well those who fail to give notice of change of address.

“The Nunatsiavut Government is concerned that, despite written notices from the Registrar, many of the minors enrolled on the Register who have reached and passed the age of majority (19 years) have not reapplied for enrolment, as is required under section 3.11.4 of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement,” says Nunatsiavut’s First Minister Darryl Shiwak. “If these individuals do not reapply, then the Registrar has the authority to remove their names from the Registry of Beneficiaries 60 days after they have received second notice.”

by NationTalk on March 22, 2011672 Views

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Premier’s Response to Speech from the Throne

Executive Council
March 21, 2011

The following is the response by the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Speech from the Throne at the Opening Session of the Forty-Sixth General Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on Monday, March 21, 2011:

I thank His Honour for delivering the fourth Throne Speech of his term, and for doing so with characteristic grace and eloquence.

Let me congratulate the mover and seconder (of the motion to draft an address in reply to the speech from the throne), the newest Members of this House and the newest Members of our Caucus. The Member for Conception Bay East – Bell Island was elected on December 2, and sworn in on December 20. The Member for Humber West was elected on February 15, and sworn in on March 16.

by NationTalk on March 22, 2011550 Views

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Speech from the Throne 2011

Executive Council
March 21, 2011

The following is the Speech from the Throne delivered at the Opening of the Fourth Session of the Forty-Sixth General Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on Monday, March 21, 2011, by His Honour The Honourable John C. Crosbie, PC, OC, ONL, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador:

The Power to Grow

Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly:
On the third of December, I had the privilege of swearing in the Honourable Member for Virginia Waters as the 10th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2011611 Views

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Provincial budget forces OMA to recast Meet the Miners plans

March 18, 2011

Since the Ontario government announced earlier this week that the provincial budget would be presented on Tuesday, March 29, the OMA has been working on revised plans for its Meet the Miners Day, which was originally scheduled for the same day — now Meet the Miners is Monday, March 28.

The budget not only bumped OMA activities from various rooms in the Legislative Building but it deprived OMA members of audiences and opportunities to share the successes and concerns of our industry.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2011628 Views

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The Government of Canada Reaches Financial Agreement With the Innu of Labrador

Ottawa, Ontario – March 21, 2011 – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Joseph Riche and George Rich, Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief of the Innu Nation of Labrador, announced today the signing of a financial agreement. The Government of Canada is currently in land claim negotiations with the Innu of Labrador and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2011646 Views

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Nunatsiavut Government hands down 2011-12 budget

March 17, 2011
For Immediate Release

Investing in our people and our land

The Nunatsiavut Government’s 2011-12 budget is a blueprint for future social and economic growth for Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, says Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology Minister Daniel Pottle.

by NationTalk on March 21, 20112006 Views

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All Canadians should recognize Racial Discrimination underpinning the Indian Act

Serpent River First Nation, ON, March 21 – The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. Canada exercises authority over a people with the only raced-based legislation in this country. First Nations have a connection to this day that is a shameful reminder to Canada that change is needed.

First Nation Chief and Councils across this country deal with the sad reality that segregation of a race of people is the governance that they perpetuate on behalf of the Canadian government; unless of course they have self-government agreements in place. There are very few of these types of agreements across the country today.

by NationTalk on March 21, 2011899 Views

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2011-2012 Budget – Press release no. 4 of 10 – A Plan to Develop Our Territory and Our Natural Resources

Quebec, March 17, 2011 – “This budget contains measures conducive to optimizing the benefits we can derive from our abundant natural resources,” the Minister of Finance, Raymond Bachand, said in tabling the 2011-2012 Budget.

A financial framework for deploying the Northern Plan
“The Northern Plan is a valuable project for present and future generations. Seizing the substantial development opportunities afforded by the Plan will benefit the inhabitants of the territory concerned as well as Quebecers as a whole. The local communities, in particular the Aboriginal communities, will be closely involved in its deployment,” the Minister affirmed.

by NationTalk on March 18, 2011561 Views

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Provincial Government to Participate in Canada-European Union Trade Negotiations

Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
March 17, 2011

The Provincial Government will be expanding Newfoundland and Labrador’s role in the ongoing trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union.

The Provincial Government’s decision to take a more active role in negotiations involving the Federal Government, Canadian provinces and territories, and the European Union was made after approximately 18 months of monitoring the proceedings.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2011598 Views

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First provincial cabinet meeting held at Eel River Bar First Nation

Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
Executive Council Office
Office of the Premier

17 March 2011

Eel River Bar First Nation (CNB) – The provincial government held the first-ever cabinet meeting on a First Nation today in the council offices of Eel River Bar First Nation near Dalhousie.

Premier David Alward and his cabinet were joined by Chief Everett Martin and the Eel River Bar council for an informal luncheon prior to the meeting. The goal was to improve dialogue and co-operation between the provincial government and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2011825 Views

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Premier’s itinerary

Itinerary : Eel River Bar : 17 Mar 2011, 1:30 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the public itinerary for Premier David Alward for Thursday, March 17:

– 1:30 p.m.: Premier Alward, who is also the minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, and Chief Everett Martin of the Eel River Bar First Nation will meet the media in the lobby of the band office, 11 Main St., Unit 201, Eel River Bar, regarding the first-ever cabinet meeting to be held at a First Nation in New Brunswick.

by NationTalk on March 16, 2011738 Views

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Cabinet meeting at First Nation

Event : Eel River Bar : 17 Mar 2011, 1:30 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Premier David Alward, minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, and Chief Everett Martin of the Eel River Bar First Nation, will speak to the media regarding the first-ever cabinet meeting to be held at a First Nation in New Brunswick at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the lobby of the Eel River Bar Band Office, 11 Main St., Unit 201, Eel River Bar. The cabinet meeting begins at 2 p.m.

by NationTalk on March 16, 2011678 Views

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British Columbia Treaty Commission: Minister Polak Can Achieve Treaties

Vancouver, British Columbia – March 15, 2011 – The Treaty Commission will ask newly appointed Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mary Polak to work with the other parties to conclude more interim agreements and complete treaties.

“Our message to the new premier, the new minister and the Cabinet is to maintain the commitment to treaties you have shown over several years,” said Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre. “We are asking the government to continue developing interim solutions, and to work on revenue sharing and shared decision making with First Nations, while continuing on the path to treaties.”

by NationTalk on March 16, 2011557 Views

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Statement by Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – Minister Shea Welcomes Norway’s Challenge of the European Union’s Seal Ban at the World Trade Organization

March 15, 2011

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement welcoming Norway’s request to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the establishment of a dispute settlement panel in connection to the European Union’s ban on seal products:

“We are encouraged by Norway’s decision to join Canada in requesting the establishment of a dispute settlement panel by the WTO. Canada welcomes Norway’s support for our position that the European Union’s ban on seal products is groundless.

by NationTalk on March 16, 2011565 Views

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Race to make federal housing strategy a reality

“With three million Canadians living in housing insecurity, the federal government can no longer afford to hide its head in the sand and wish this problem away.”- James Clancy, national president, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

Ottawa (15 Mar. 2011) – Bill C-304, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, is on its way to a final vote in the House of Commons. The Bill, introduced by Libby Davies, New Democrat Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, was passed on Wednesday, March 9 by the Human Resource and Skills Development Canada committee after approving a final jurisdictional amendment.

by NationTalk on March 15, 2011571 Views

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Ground fighter jets, make jobs not war: think tank

National Office | News Release
Projects & Initiatives: Alternative Federal Budget
March 15, 2011

Ottawa—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) urges Ottawa to address Canadians’ real financial worries rather than sideline them in the political bluster brewing over a federal budget and possible election.

With the release of its annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), the CCPA proposes a federal budget that connects with what matters to Canadians: post-recession job and household debt worries, pension concerns, worsening income inequality and climate change.

by NationTalk on March 15, 2011549 Views

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Premier Christy Clark announces cabinet

For Immediate Release
2011PREM0018-000255
March 14, 2011

Office of the Premier

Victoria – Premier Christy Clark today announced a new, smaller cabinet focused on putting families first, creating jobs and changing the way British Columbians engage with their government.

“Our new cabinet will reflect the priorities of British Columbians and put families at the centre of all our decision-making,” said Premier Clark. “Together, we will focus on creating jobs and building a strong economy because that is the single most important thing we can do to support families and ensure we can invest in critical services like health and education. This is a team that will work hard to ensure that prosperity and opportunity extend to every region of our province.”

by NationTalk on March 15, 2011572 Views

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Government ignores HUMA Committee call for a federal poverty plan

Mar 11th, 2011

Last November a stellar report on poverty in Canada was released by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Committee (HUMA). Titled, “Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada“, the 300-page report highlighted 57 recommendations that would have helped to tackle obstacles to eliminating poverty such as adequate housing, Aboriginal education, childcare and early learning, and literacy. These critical needs have all been ignored by a government who has consistently pushed poverty under the rug.

by NationTalk on March 14, 2011542 Views

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[Speech] Active Measures Memorandum of Understanding in Saskatchewan

Active Measures Memorandum of Understanding in Saskatchewan
Speaking Notes for

The Honourable John Duncan, PC, MP
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

at the
Announcement of Active Measures MOU in Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
March 11, 2011

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Elders, Chiefs, Minister Norris: thank you all for being here today.

by NationTalk on March 11, 2011750 Views

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Premier-Designate Clark should Restore Stand-alone Forest Ministry

March 11, 2011

Victoria – New premier Christy Clark should take the advice of industry stakeholders and ensure forestry is restored to a stand-alone ministry, say the New Democrats.

One of the last decisions of out-going Premier Gordon Campbell was to remove some aspects of the forest ministry as part of the creation of the natural resource operations ministry and then add mining to the forestry portfolio. New Democrat forest critic Norm Macdonald said he hopes the new premier will correct this mistake when she unveils her new cabinet Monday.

by NationTalk on March 11, 2011560 Views

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Minister Duncan Announces Appointments to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

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Ottawa, Ontario (March 10, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non‑Status Indians, is pleased to announce the appointment of James Malcolm Ross to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and the appointment of Dawn Madahbee as the Board’s Vice‑Chair. Mr. Ross has been appointed for a two-year term, effective immediately. Ms. Madahbee will serve as Vice-Chair for the remainder of her term.

by NationTalk on March 11, 2011533 Views

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Mackenzie Gas Project: Nation-Building Project

R(16)601 – Thursday, March 10, 2011

Premier Floyd K. Roland says he hopes today’s endorsement of the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) by the Government of Canada is a sign of even greater support to come.

“The federal government’s decision is another significant milestone for this nation-building project and ensures that this project is advanced in the interest of all Canadians,” said the Premier. “The MGP will benefit the entire country by strengthening Canada’s reputation as an energy superpower, and creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity across Canada.”

by NationTalk on March 11, 2011497 Views

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Minister Duncan congratulates Haisla Nation on completion of lease for liquid natural gas facility

Ref. #2-3469

Ottawa, Ontario (March 10, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, congratulates the Haisla First Nation and its partners for finalizing a commercial lease which allows for the development and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Bish Cove near Kitimat, BC.

by NationTalk on March 10, 2011505 Views

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Ktunaxa Nation Council – Letter: Errors in Jumbo Reporting

Ktunaxa Nation Council
7468 Mission Road
Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5
tel: 250-489-2464
fax: 250-489-2438

March 9, 2011

After reading the Daphne Bramham opinion piece – “After 21 years, it’s time for Jumbo decision” – printed in the Vancouver un on Saturday March 4, 2011, I felt it important to inform you of the glaring errors in Ms. Bramham’s reporting:

by NationTalk on March 10, 2011662 Views

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Federal Budget: The First Nations Denounce the Cutbacks expected in Policing Services

Ottawa, March 10 – Within the scope of an unprecedented mobilization, an important delegation of First Nation Chiefs and First Nation Chiefs of Police of Quebec, took the Canadian Parliament by storm today to denounce the treatment reserved by the federal government to the First Nation policing services. They denounce more particularly a 19% cutback announced in the funding agreements of the First Nation police forces, even though this service is already under-funded.

by NationTalk on March 10, 2011701 Views

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Minister Duncan Re-Appoints Treaty Commissioners for Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Ottawa, Ontario – March 10, 2011 – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the re-appointments of James Brook Wilson as Commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and the Honourable Bill McKnight as Commissioner of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan.

by NationTalk on March 10, 2011706 Views

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[Speech] Nutrition North Canada

Nutrition North Canada
Speaking Notes for

The Honourable John Duncan, PC, MP
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

at an
Announcement on Nutrition North Canada
Iqaluit, Nunavut
March 9, 2011

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Thank you for that kind introduction. Good morning. Thank you all for being here today.

Last Spring, our Government announced the implementation of Nutrition North Canada on April 1, 2011. Nutrition North Canada is aimed at bringing healthy, affordable food to Northern homes. It is a food retail subsidy program that provides the highest subsidy to the most nutritious perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, bread, fresh meats, milk and eggs.

by NationTalk on March 10, 2011616 Views

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Sayisi Dene receive “more promises” from Federal Government, but remain hopeful

Ottawa, March 9 – Members of the Sayisi Dene First Nation, who have been seeking progress on their outstanding claim over their forced relocation, received a commitment for a meeting with Indian and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan today.

The commitment was delivered through Minister Duncan’s chief of staff, David McArthur, who met with the Sayisi Dene Chief, community members and elders after they visited, unannounced, Minister Duncan’s Ottawa office in Ottawa.

by NationTalk on March 10, 2011591 Views

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Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut—Children, Youth, and Family Programs and Services in Nunavut

Department is not meeting key child protection requirements

Iqaluit, 8 March 2011—The Department of Health and Social Services is not fully meeting key requirements of the Child and Family Services Act and the Adoption Act to protect the safety and well-being of children, says Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada, in her report presented today to the Speaker of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.

by NationTalk on March 9, 2011454 Views

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Confusion over Elected Officials Salary and Benefits

Wednesday, 09 March 2011

As required by Inuit law, the Member Services Committee of the Nunatsiavut Assembly is required to consult and seek feedback from Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement before the Nunatsiavut Assembly can agree to salaries and benefits for elected members. Members of the committee met in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on February 22 and reviewed a number of written submissions.

by NationTalk on March 9, 2011486 Views

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Ashton Joins Sayisi Dene to Call on Government of Canada for Justice

Tue 8 Mar 2011
For Immediate Release

Members of the Sayisi Dene First Nation travelled from Northern Manitoba to Ottawa and joined Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) in order to request that the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs formally apologize for their relocation and announce a plan for healing and compensation.

by NationTalk on March 9, 2011560 Views

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Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres urges provincial MPPs to recognize the success of Friendship Centres and commit to government support

Toronto, March 9 – A government commitment is urgently needed to support programming and services for the 80 percent of Canada’s Aboriginal population living in and near urban centres in Ontario. That’s the message the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres is delivering to provincial politicians today in Toronto as they meet to discuss the benefits Aboriginal people and society as a whole receive from proactive investment in social programs.

by NationTalk on March 9, 2011729 Views

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Sayisi Dene First Nations Seek Redress from Indian and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan over Forced Relocation

Ottawa, March 8 – The Sayisi Dene First Nation called on John Duncan, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, to apologize on behalf of the federal government and settle a fourteen-year-old claim by the First Nation concerning their forced relocation in the 1950s, and the ensuing deaths and poverty they suffered.

They were forced from their traditional territory in Northern Manitoba in 1956 due to unfounded concerns about caribou herds, and “resettled” on the beach at Churchill without food or livelihood. Eighty-six Sayisi Dene died in Churchill and more than a hundred have died waiting for the claim to be settled.

by NationTalk on March 9, 2011555 Views

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Statement of Condolence – Chief Ralph Akiwenzie, Chief of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation

Ref. #2-3467

Ottawa, Ontario (March 8, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, issued the following statement today on the passing of Chief Ralph Akiwenzie, Chief of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

by NationTalk on March 8, 2011617 Views

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Wowchuk Announces Budget Date

News Release – Manitoba
March 7, 2011

House to Resume April 12 with Budget Speech

Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk today announced the 2011 provincial budget will be introduced April 12, when the fifth session of the 39th Manitoba legislature resumes.

by NationTalk on March 7, 2011559 Views

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GNWT Optimistic about Territorial Economic Outlook in 2011

R(16)598 – Friday, March 04, 2011

The Northwest Territories Economic Review and Outlook for 2010/2011 shows the territorial economy is in a position to strengthen and grow.

The report provides a general overview of the economy, including a focused review of 12 major industries in the Northwest Territories such as construction, arts and crafts, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, and tourism. A snapshot of potential investment opportunities in the mining sector and in the Mackenzie Gas Project is also included in the report.

by NationTalk on March 7, 2011549 Views

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