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Correction: Green Party’s Kelowna Accord Commitment

OTTAWA, Sept. 30 – In the 2008 Political Party Report Card, the Canadian Federation of Students graded the Green Party of Canada’s platform for Aboriginal students an “F”. The platform makes no specific mention of Aboriginal students and their struggles

by NationTalk on October 1, 2008791 Views

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Students Grade Party Platforms

OTTAWA, Sept. 30 – Only one party received an “A” grade, while eight “F”s were handed out in the Canadian Federation of Students’ 2008 Political Party Report Card.

by NationTalk on October 1, 2008961 Views

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Legislative Assembly Meets With Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya

September 30, 2008

(Yellowknife) September 30, 2008 – The Caucus of the 16th Legislative Assembly met today with Norman Yakeleya, the MLA for Sahtu, to discuss the procedural implications of the criminal charges he faces.

by NationTalk on September 30, 2008746 Views

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Supporting Our First Nation, Métis And Inuit Partners

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2008
News Release

McGuinty Government Supports Aboriginal Organizations’ Call For Participation In Federal Vote

NEWS

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid is calling for increased First Nation, Métis and Inuit participation, as well as greater awareness of Aboriginal issues in support of the National Day of Political Action.

by NationTalk on September 30, 2008706 Views

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Bigstone Cree Nation Election Results 2008

The Bigstone Cree Nation has a newly elected Chief with Gordon T. Auger (487 votes). There are also two newly elected councillors with Mike Beaver (555 votes) and Ida Alook (481 votes) and re-elected incumbent Silas Yellowknee (468 votes).

by NationTalk on September 30, 20082193 Views

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Native Youth, Elders Need to Use Votes to Voice Their Issues

NIPISSING FIRST NATION, Sept. 29 – In supporting the National Chief’s “National Day of Political Action,” First Peoples Vote is encouraging youth and elders to vote and continue to raise their issues with political candidates during the course of the election.

by NationTalk on September 30, 2008698 Views

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“The poor can wait no longer,” says primate at Walk of Witness

Ottawa

With a federal election to be held October 14, the leaders of Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans say ending poverty at home and abroad must be a priority for the newly formed government.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008597 Views

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Letter from the CACP President to the Prime Minister of Canada The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

September 18, 2008

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Prime Minister:

As Canadians prepare to elect a new Government, I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) to signal the four community safety issues that are the main priorities for our members. I am also including some background documents that outline in more detail the rationale for government action on these priorities.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008779 Views

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Aboriginal Issues Should Be A Priority in this Election

September 29, 2008

OTTAWA – A new Liberal government will focus on quality of life issues and renewing relations between the government and First Nations, Métis and Inuit, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008607 Views

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Plan Nord: An Opportunity for Jean Charest to Establish a New and Respectful Relationship with First Nations

WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 29 – For First Nations, the respect of their rights, the settlement of their land claims and their active participation in the development of their territory, these are all conditions that are essential to the success of the Plan Nord, being put forward by Jean Charest.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008822 Views

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AFN National Chief and Youth Council launch National Day of Political Action

OTTAWA, Sept. 29 – Today, AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and the AFN National Youth Council launched the National Day of Political Action as one of the initiatives of “Vote ’08, Change Can’t Wait!”. This campaign aims to increase First Nations political participation, to encourage voting among First Nations voters and to increase the profile of Aboriginal issues in this election.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008878 Views

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The National Association of Friendship Centres Urges Federal Party Leaders to Include Urban Aboriginal Issues as A Top Priority

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON, September 26, 2008: The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) urges federal party leaders to make urban Aboriginal issues a top priority.

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

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008761 Views

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FSIN Fourth Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish Acclaimed: Three Candidates Seek Office Of Second Vice Chief

(September 19, 2008)

(Saskatoon, SK) Nominations closed at 12 noon today with only FSIN Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish seeking the office of Fourth Vice Chief. Vice Chief Whitefish is therefore acclaimed and will remain Fourth Vice-Chief of the Federation.

by NationTalk on September 29, 20081174 Views

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Liberal Leader – Aboriginal Issues Should be a Priority in this Election

OTTAWA – A new Liberal government will focus on quality of life issues and renewing relations between the government and First Nations, Métis and Inuit, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today.

“The future of Canada is tied to the fortunes of Aboriginal Peoples. In the post-apology era, it is crucial to move beyond symbolic support of Aboriginal Peoples. To move forward we need to take real action to reduce poverty. So far we haven’t heard anything from Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on this issue,” said Mr. Dion.

by NationTalk on September 29, 20081140 Views

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New Democrats Outline 7-point Aboriginal Platform

Mon 29 Sep 2008

It’s time to end the discrimination, racism and neglect: Layton

WINNIPEG – The New Democrat’s Aboriginal Affairs Critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) presented the party’s seven-point Aboriginal platform, addressing issues ranging from investing in basic infrastructure for clean water and safe housing to fairly compensating residential school survivors.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008849 Views

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NDP Plan Will Make A Real Difference for Those Who Need Housing, Co-ops say

OTTAWA, Sept. 28 – The NDP announcement of a comprehensive plan to create new affordable housing is welcome news for the four million Canadians in core housing need, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada said today.

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008618 Views

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Inuit Leader Sends 12 Questions to Party Leaders in an Open Letter

To date, responses have been received from the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada and the Bloc Québécois

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

by NationTalk on September 29, 2008547 Views

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First Peoples’ Election Forum Set for Parry Sound-Muskoka

PARRY SOUND (September 24, 2008) – A federal political riding that could be greatly influenced by First Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) voters will provide an opportunity for seven area Chiefs to discuss their issues with the four candidates in the Oct. 14 general election.

by NationTalk on September 27, 20081331 Views

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New Democrat Campaign Releases Aboriginal Platform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 26, 2008

WINNIPEG – On Monday, New Democrat Aboriginal Affairs Critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo–Cowichan) will release the party’s Aboriginal platform in Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on September 26, 2008932 Views

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Dean Del Mastro matches Cheryl Gallant for craziest falsehood on Liberal Green Shift

September 25, 2008

OTTAWA — Conservative Candidate Dean Del Mastro has managed to match his colleague Cheryl Gallant for the biggest Conservative fabrication of the 2008 election about the Liberal platform; this time, falsely claiming the Liberal Green Shift plan violates First Nations’ Treaty rights.

by NationTalk on September 26, 2008732 Views

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Putting Northern Ontario Back on The Map: Angus Releases Northern Ontario Platform

2008-09-25

New Democrats across Northern Ontario announced a comprehensive plan to put Northerners and their families first and tackle ongoing challenges like soaring gas prices ignored by Harper and Dion.

“Instead of supporting working families in Northern Ontario, Stephen Harper and Stéphane Dion teamed up to give oil companies, banks and insurance companies a $50 billion tax giveaway ignoring the economy, health care, and the environment,” said MP Charlie Angus. “New Democrats will reverse that.”

by NationTalk on September 26, 2008703 Views

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Liberals Will Restore Literacy Funding

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2008

OTTAWA – A new Liberal government will restore funding for literacy programs axed by the Conservatives, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said today on Raise-A-Reader day.

by NationTalk on September 26, 2008706 Views

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Key Note Address to the Alaska Oil and Gas Symposium

The Promise of the North
Hon. Robert R. McLeod
Thursday, September 25, 2008

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Thank you for the opportunity to address you today.
It is a particular pleasure to speak in such a familiar northern environment – so similar to my own northern home in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

by NationTalk on September 25, 2008659 Views

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Premier Announces Deputy Minister Appointment, Assignments, Retirements

Executive Council / Office of the Premier
NB 1339
Sept. 18, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) – One new appointment, five changes of assignment, and three retirements of provincial deputy ministers were announced today by Premier Shawn Graham.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20082036 Views

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Coalition Calls for Withdrawal of Bill 31

September 23, 2008

WINNIPEG: a coalition made up of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and concerned First Nations band members are calling for the removal of Bill 31, The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act.

by NationTalk on September 24, 2008852 Views

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The Conservative Government’s Record Comes Under Fire in New e-book

Press Release
September 23, 2008

OTTAWA—Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released The Harper Record, the most comprehensive analysis of the Conservative minority government’s record to date.

by NationTalk on September 24, 2008573 Views

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Anishinabek List Election Priorities, Urge First Peoples Vote

NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 23 – Anishinabek Nation leadership has identified a set of priorities to be addressed by candidates in the Oct. 14 federal election to complement a campaign that urges active participation by the estimated 100,000 eligible First Nations, Metis and Inuit voters in Ontario.

by NationTalk on September 23, 2008823 Views

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McGill Expert Alert: Federal election

Sep. 22, 2008

With the federal election called for October 14, we suggest the following sources for your reports on the upcoming campaign:

General/Health care

Antonia Maioni
Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Expertise: Health-care reform, Quebec/national identity debate, the political process and elections, political parties and candidates. 514-398-4815
antonia.maioni@mcgill.ca
English and French media

by NationTalk on September 23, 2008800 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation President’s Message – September 22, 2008

This past week we celebrated a number of Metis Nation anniversaries. These celebrations commemorated important dates in the recognition of our Metis rights and the growth of our Metis Government.

by NationTalk on September 23, 2008805 Views

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Speech on the Occasion of the Opening of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Annual Science Conference

Halifax, Monday, September 22, 2008

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY

The sea is part of my personal landscape.

I was born on an island in the Caribbean Sea and spent my early childhood there.

by NationTalk on September 23, 2008873 Views

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Liberals Release Plan for a Richer, Fairer, Greener Canada

September 22, 2008

OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada today released a fully-costed, fiscally-responsible platform, “A Richer, Fairer, Greener Canada,” which lays out a progressive, inclusive vision to make Canada a stronger country for the next generation.

by NationTalk on September 23, 2008659 Views

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FSIN Fourth Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish Acclaimed: Three Candidates Seek Office Of Second Vice Chief

Media Release
FSIN Communications Unit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 19, 2008

(Saskatoon, SK) Nominations closed at 12 noon today with only FSIN Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish seeking the office of Fourth Vice Chief. Vice Chief Whitefish is therefore acclaimed and will remain Fourth Vice-Chief of the Federation.

by NationTalk on September 22, 20081127 Views

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AFNQL Elected Women: “We felt the need to exchange and to confer” – Marjolaine Etienne, representative of the AFNQL with the AFN Women’s Council

WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 22 – The elected women of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) are gathering for the first time ever to exchange and confer on their political commitment towards their community and more generally, towards the First Nations.

by NationTalk on September 22, 2008643 Views

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Carole James, NDP Leader : Supports Closed Containment Fish Farms

Attention: Environment Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

GILFORD ISLAND, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Sept. 21, 2008) – Last Friday, September 19, NDP Leader Carole James spoke of support for the development and implimentation of Closed Containment for the Fish Farm industry in BC.

by NationTalk on September 22, 2008725 Views

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2008 Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) General Election Official Results – September 19, 2008

As of September 19/08, the official results for the 2008 MNBC General Election1 are as follows:

FOR THE OFFICE OF MNBC PRESIDENT

BELCOURT, Earl 220
DUMONT, Bruce 671

**OFFICIAL WINNER: BRUCE DUMONT**

by NationTalk on September 22, 2008697 Views

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Children and the 2008 Federal Election

Canadians under 18 cannot vote, but federal policies affect their lives. They are one quarter of Canada’s population. The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children hopes you will use your voice and vote to support the rights of children in Canada. A Canada that works for its youngest citizens will work for all of us. Consider the following issues and ask questions about policies for children in election debates.

by NationTalk on September 20, 2008743 Views

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Party Responses to NAHA’s Housing Questions

ELECTION 2008: KEY QUESTIONS TO LEADERS OF ALL PARTIES

NOTE TO ALL LEADERS:
Urban and other non-reserve Aboriginal housing is a black mark against Canada’s reputation as “one of the best countries in the world to live in “, and the issue needs to be addressed immediately. There are a number of reasons that this situation has developed, not the least of which was the infamous residential school system. There has been an official apology, but a simple apology is not enough. There must be a sincere and concerted effort to work with Aboriginal peoples and their organizations to overcome the serious social and economic disparities that exist.

by NationTalk on September 19, 2008798 Views

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UBCIC Rejects Tory Apology for ‘Sober’ Remark to Barriere Lake Youth

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VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Sept. 18, 2008) – “We are absolutely outraged and deeply angered by the blatantly racist remarks uttered by Conservative MP Lawrence Canon’s personal assistant,” declared Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008661 Views

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AFN National Chief Launches “Vote ’08, Change Can’t Wait!” Campaign

September 18, 2008

AFN National Chief Launches “Vote ’08, Change Can’t Wait!” Campaign

The October 14 election allows the voices of over 800,000 First Nation citizens across Canada to be heard given the slim margin of victory in over 50 ridings in the last general election. To that end, the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine has launched “Vote ’08, Change Can’t Wait!”, a First Nations political participation and public awareness campaign to encourage voting among First Nations voters and to increase the profile of Aboriginal issues in this election. This initiative is also aimed at soliciting a clear and robust Aboriginal platform from each political party.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20081150 Views

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

Executive Council
September 18, 2008

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

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008704 Views

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

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

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

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008619 Views

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NAN Shocked by McGuinty Cabinet Shuffle

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

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008928 Views

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First Nations Surprised by Cabinet Shuffle

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

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008687 Views

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Making Ontario More Competitive At Home And Abroad

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2008

Cabinet Shuffle Focuses On Strengthening Economy

NEWS

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

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008604 Views

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Students launch VoteEducation.ca

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

by NationTalk on September 18, 2008669 Views

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

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

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008757 Views

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Fringe parties excluded: FPNP Challange the Democratic Process

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

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

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

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

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008796 Views

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MNA Congratulates MNBC President Bruce Dumont on his Re-election

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

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008799 Views

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

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

by NationTalk on September 16, 2008798 Views

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Prime Minister’s comments demean Aboriginal Canadians

September 13, 2008

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

by NationTalk on September 15, 2008952 Views

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