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Harper Government Fails Canada with UN Vote

September 13, 2007

OTTAWA – The Harper government has failed Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and embarrassed Canada internationally by voting against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Liberal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion and Liberal Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Anita Neville said today.

“By opposing this Declaration the Conservative government has signaled to Aboriginal Canadians that their rights aren’t worth defending,” said Mr. Dion. “The government has also dramatically weakened the leadership role Canada has long enjoyed in the global human rights movement.”

by NationTalk on September 13, 2007775 Views

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Statement by Canada’s New Government Regarding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, Sept. 12 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

The General Assembly will vote tomorrow on whether or not to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

by NationTalk on September 13, 2007816 Views

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Adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Exposes the Conservative Government’s Stand on this Issue

WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 12 – On the eve of the United Nations General Assembly’s historical vote on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Mr. Ghislain Picard, would like to acknowledge the importance of the event and send a last-ditch appeal to the Conservative Government. “Adoption of this Declaration will mark a new era in the fight led by Indigenous people throughout the world for the recognition of their rights. If it votes against this Declaration, the Conservative Government will bring dishonour and worldwide humiliation upon the Canadian population as a whole”, declared Mr. Picard.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071073 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Urges Canada to Vote in Support of UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The First Nations Leadership Council is urging Canada to vote in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (attached). The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to consider the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for final adoption during tomorrow’s session in New York.

“The indigenous peoples of Canada are outraged and offended that Canada has consistently been one of a small group of countries who have opposed the adoption of the Declaration”, said Grand Chief Edward John, a member of the First Nations Summit executive and First Nations Leadership Council, Representative of the Assembly of First Nations on International Issues, and Co-Coordinator of the North American Regional Indigenous Peoples Caucus. Grand Chief John is at the United Nations this week on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations.

by NationTalk on September 12, 20071037 Views

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Nunavik Elders to participate in Seniors Parliament 2007

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Kuujjuaq, Québec – September 5th 2007 – On September 10 and 11 2007, four of Nunavik’s elders will participate in the Seniors Parliament, which will be held in Quebec City’s National Assembly. Mr. Bobby Snowball, president of the Nunavik Elders association, Mr. Johnny Watt, Mrs. Elashuk Pauyungie and Mr. Daniellie Qinauuak, all member of the Elders Committee, will have a chance to address their concerns in Inuktitut.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2007908 Views

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Canada’s New Government Releases Independent Report on Public Consultations on Democratic Reform

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 10, 2007) – Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, released a report titled, “Public Consultations on Canada’s Democratic Institutions and Practices.”

The report is the outcome of independent public consultations on democratic reform and it fulfills a commitment made in the Speech from the Throne.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2007998 Views

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Fisher River Cree Nation General Election 2007 Statement of the Votes

Elected Candidates:

To the office of Chief:
David Crate

To the office of Councillor:
Vincent Crate
Carl Cochrane
Conrad Garson
Keith Sinclair

>>Click here to download an official copy

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007783 Views

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Liberals Call Again on Conservatives to Support Indigenous Rights at UN

September 11, 2007

WINNIPEG – The Harper government must support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples when it comes to a vote before the end of the UN’s current session this month, said Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville.

“There should be nothing stopping this government from signing the Declaration,” said Ms. Neville. “No less than three government departments – Indian and Northern Affairs, Defence, as well as Foreign Affairs and International Trade – have all recommended Canada support the Declaration’s immediate adoption.

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007791 Views

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Ottawa Regional Métis Council – Results of Ottawa Council Elections August 2007

Please join us in congratulating the new acclaimed memberrs of the Ottawa Regional Métis Council.

President – Raymond Girard

Vice-President – Robert Pellerin

Treasurer – Joanne Wass

Senator – Lois McCallum

Councilor – Peter Wellington

Councilor – Louise Vien

Councilor – Roy B. McCanna

Hank Rowlinson
Deputy Chief Electoral Officer
Metis Nation of Ontario
Ph: 613-764-1077
Cell: 613-858-4809

by NationTalk on September 10, 2007811 Views

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Notes for an Address by Rod Bruinooge, M.P. on the Opening of an Aboriginal Student Housing Complex

Notes for an address by Rod Bruinooge, M.P. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians on the opening of an Aboriginal Student Housing Complex

September 6, 2007
Thompson, Manitoba

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Thank you for that kind introduction; it’s great to be back home in Thompson.

On behalf of The Hon. Chuck Strahl – the new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, it gives me great pleasure to participate in the official opening of this new housing complex.

The site has certainly been transformed since my last visit in March. Today, we see an impressive complex of high-quality homes designed and built to meet the particular needs of Aboriginal students. The complex is a great example of what can be achieved through consultation, collaboration and a lot of hard work-which also happen to be the essential characteristics of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

by NationTalk on September 8, 2007830 Views

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Speaking notes for Rob Merrifield, MP at the signing of an Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative Partnership Agreement

Speaking notes for Rob Merrifield, MP
at the signing of an Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative partnership agreement between Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Government of Alberta and Peace Country Health Region

Grande Prairie Museum
Grande Prairie, Alberta
10 am, September 7, 2007

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Thank you Mr. Moore for that kind introduction.

I am honoured to be here today on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians to sign this agreement with Peace Country Health Region and the Government of Alberta. I would also like to acknowledge our guests – Gordon Graydon, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti; and Shawn Terlson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Peace Country Health.

This is the latest of several Aboriginal Workforce Participation Agreements that we have concluded recently in the recruitment, retention and promotion of Aboriginal employees.

by NationTalk on September 8, 2007894 Views

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Metis Election SK – Judicial Recount Confirms Secretary Position

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (September 6, 2007) The Judicial Recount held September 5, 2007, before Mr. Justice C. R. Wimmer of the Court of Queens Bench confirmed Max J. Morin as the successful candidate for the position of Secretary for the Provincial Métis Council from the June 27, 2007 election.

David Hamilton, Chief Electoral Officer, said “a judicial recount was automatic in this case, as two candidates were very close, and it was an historic moment to see Métis legislation being used by the courts to ensure a fair and transparent election for the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan”.

The recount confirmed the official results as follows:

May Henderson 1180

Tammy Mah 1243

Angus McKay 719

Lee A. Morin 411

Max J. Morin 1287

by NationTalk on September 7, 2007853 Views

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Premier Fentie Announces Beginning Of Community Tour

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September 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie and his Cabinet colleagues will soon be visiting Yukon communities on the fall Premier’s Community Tour.

“I encourage Yukoners to come and participate,” Fentie said. “We want to hear your ideas to help us deliver programs and services that best meet the needs of Yukoners and their families.”

The Premier’s Community Tour is an opportunity to talk about issues that are important to Yukoners and communities. The premier and his colleagues will also deliver news about the Yukon government’s activities and programs.

by NationTalk on September 6, 2007741 Views

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Need For National Diamond Strategy: Layton visits DeBeers Diamond Project

2007-09-05

Following a visit of the new Victor Diamond Mine on the James Bay coast, NDP leader Jack Layton said it is time for a national diamond strategy. Layton toured the site with MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), MPP Gilles Bisson (Timmins-James Bay) and Chief Theresa Hall, leader of the Attawapiskat Cree. They met with the heads of both DeBeers and the Mining Association of Canada.

Diamond development in the far north is putting Canada on the international stage as a diamond leader. Layton says its time federal politicians woke up to this fact.

by NationTalk on September 6, 2007881 Views

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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, 2007745 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, 2007875 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, 2007768 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, 2007795 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, 2007941 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, 2007761 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, 2007842 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, 2007791 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, 2007939 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, 2007857 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, 2007823 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.

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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, 2007861 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.

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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.

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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, 2007775 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, 2007842 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, 2007857 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, 20071096 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)

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by NationTalk on August 15, 2007986 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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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, 2007719 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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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, 2007852 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.

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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, 2007926 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, 20071172 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.”

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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, 2007712 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.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071005 Views

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