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Media Advisory: Provincial Government to Host Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Local Government

Municipal Affairs
July 6, 2009

The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Municipal Affairs, will host the annual meeting of Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Local Government at the Delta St. John’s, July 7-9.

by NationTalk on July 6, 2009615 Views

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Jean Maurice Matchewan Re-Selected as Customary Chief of Barriere Lake: New Council Vows to Defend Rights & Seek Implementation of Agreements with Canada & Quebec

KITIGANIK/RAPID LAKE, QC, July 6 – On June 24, 2009, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, a small community in northwestern Quebec that has won a national profile for its defence of its land rights, re-selected Jean Maurice Matchewan as Customary Chief. The Algonquins of Barriere Lake expect this result to settle the issue of who is the legitimate Chief and Council, after suffering through the government of Canada’s meddling in their internal customary governance.

by NationTalk on July 6, 2009631 Views

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Matawa First Nations Congratulates the Honourable Minister of Northern Development and Mines on recent appointment

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Thunder Bay, ON, June 26th, 2009 – Matawa First Nations is applauding a recent cabinet shuffle at Queen’s Park performed by Premier Dalton McGuinty. It was announced earlier this week, that the forestry portfolio is now in the hands of the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle. Chief Arthur Moore of Constance Lake says; “Forestry remains a top priority for Matawa First Nations. Matawa Chiefs and membership along with Matawa management look forward to working with Gravelle, who already has a favourable understanding of forestry issues, especially in the North, where all Matawa First Nations communities are located”.

by NationTalk on July 3, 2009625 Views

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Labrador Affairs Minister Hosts Meetings with Deputy Premier of Nunavut

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
July 2, 2009

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to maintain and strengthen relations with the Nunavut Government.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs, met with the Honourable Peter Taptuna, Deputy Premier and Minister of Economic Development and Transportation for the Government of Nunavut, during this year’s Expo Labrador Conference and Trade Exhibition, which took place this past week, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

by NationTalk on July 2, 2009591 Views

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NTPC Review Panel Appointed

YELLOWKNIFE (June 30) — Premier Floyd Roland has appointed a three-person panel to oversee a review of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC).

by NationTalk on July 2, 2009629 Views

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Speaking Notes for Minister Strahl to announce a new Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development

A New Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development
Speaking Notes for The Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians

A New Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development

Vancouver, British Columbia
June 29, 2009

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Thank you and good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here … MP Cadman, Chief Louie.

Today, I am pleased to announce that our Conservative Government is taking immediate and concrete action to support the participation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy. We’re doing this through the introduction of a new and vastly improved ‘Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development.

by NationTalk on July 2, 2009696 Views

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Minister Profiles Importance of MGP in Washington

YELLOWKNIFE (June 29) – Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment Bob McLeod and Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobson returned today from meetings with senior U.S. government officials in Washington, D.C.

by NationTalk on June 30, 2009626 Views

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Premier to Visit European Union

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Executive Council
June 29, 2009

Promoting the province is an integral part of ensuring Newfoundland and Labrador seizes opportunities, attracts investment and is well understood on the international stage. To that end the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will travel to the European Union (EU) this week to meet with trade, fisheries and other officials.

by NationTalk on June 29, 2009682 Views

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Tsawwassen First Nation – Call for General Election

An election for the new Tsawwassen Government will be held on September 17th, 2009. Find here the official notice of vote, and the official notice of the nomination meeting, which will occur on July 20th, 2009.

by NationTalk on June 29, 2009533 Views

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First Nation of Nacho N’yak Dun and Government of Yukon Sign Accord

FOR RELEASE #09-153
June 26, 2009

WHITEHORSE – Government of Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie and First Nation of Nacho N’yak Dun Chief Simon Mervyn today signed an Intergovernmental Relations Accord at the Nacho N’yak Dun General Assembly in Mayo.

by NationTalk on June 29, 2009877 Views

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Ashton Supports Call for Heightened State of Alert

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JUNE 25, 2009

CHURCHILL, MB – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) is continuing to call on the federal government to heed First Nations’ demands for greater action and recognition of the state of emergency on reserves.

Ashton, who raised the issue of the lack of support and pandemic planning for First Nations three weeks ago in the House of Commons, visited the most affected communities and emphasized the federal government’s response as unacceptable.

by NationTalk on June 25, 2009865 Views

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Media Advisory – Meeting of Premiers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders

REGINA, June 25 – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced today that there will be a meeting of Premiers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

by NationTalk on June 25, 2009687 Views

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Native Communities hit by H1N1 flu feel abandoned by the Harper Conservatives

June 24, 2009

WINNIPEG – Liberal MPs visiting the native reserves hard-hit by the H1N1 flu epidemic condemned the Harper government’s lack of action in helping the community prevent and cope with the outbreak.

by NationTalk on June 25, 2009706 Views

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Statement by the Premier: Death of Roméo LeBlanc

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June 24, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) – The following statement on the death of former governor general Roméo LeBlanc was issued today by Premier Shawn Graham:

We were saddened to hear today of the death of former governor general, federal minister of fisheries and long-time Member of Parliament, Roméo LeBlanc after a long illness.

by NationTalk on June 24, 2009759 Views

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Changes For A Better, More Competitive Ontario

June 24, 2009

Cabinet Shuffle Sharpens Economic Focus

Ontario’s cabinet is changing to help make the province more competitive, create jobs and strengthen our economy.

by NationTalk on June 24, 2009552 Views

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Beaucage outlines plan for the North

SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON, June 24 – Last week, John Beaucage, candidate for National Chief announced his plan to address First Nations poverty. As a part of that announcement, he spoke about the need to address specific issues of the far north. Today, as a part of a week-long visit to the north, John Beaucage outlined his specific plans to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of northern communities.

by NationTalk on June 24, 2009769 Views

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AFN National Chief Candidates Discuss Urban First Nation Issues

On Friday June 19, 2009 the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) hosted the first ever Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief All Candidates Forum on Urban First Nations Issues. All of the declared candidates were invited, and we were honoured that Shawn Atleo, Perry Bellegarde and John Beaucage were able to attend.

by NationTalk on June 24, 20091993 Views

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On the Passing of Mr. Gordon Wray

(Yellowknife) June 19, 2009 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Paul Delorey, today expressed condolences to the family of the Mr. Gordon Wray, former member of the Legislative Assembly, and Member of the Executive Council, who passed away on Wednesday.

by NationTalk on June 24, 2009758 Views

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Discussion on Youth and Regional Vitality

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Saguenay (Chicoutimi), Monday, June 22, 2009

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We are very pleased to again be here among the “bleuets,” as you are affectionately known, in this former pulp mill that has been converted into a museum—an ode, I believe, to your region’s vibrancy.

by NationTalk on June 24, 2009544 Views

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Top 100 Federal Handouts for 2008-09: $5.8 billion

TORONTO: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has compiled a list of the top 100 grants and contributions paid out by the federal government between April 1st, 2008 and March 31st, 2009.

by NationTalk on June 23, 2009665 Views

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CBSA Arming Oppostion Information – Letter to the Editor by Brendan White

Ohiari:ha / June 19, 2009

Andrew Carroll
Managing Editor,
Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

I am responding to an opinion piece that ran in the Wednesday June 17th edition of the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, titled: “Natives Wrong: Hillier.” It was a disturbing piece submitted by Randy Hillier, MPP PC for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox, which required a Mohawk response and, unfortunately, a great deal of clarification.

by NationTalk on June 23, 2009825 Views

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CBSA Arming Oppostion Information – Letter to the Editor by Ernest Benedict

Ohiari:ha / June 19, 2009

Watkwanonweraton – Greetings

I remember being taught by my great teacher Ray Tehanetorens Fadden about my own Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) identity. He relayed to me something that made me very proud to be a member of the Mohawk Nation, who are one of the five founding members of this ancient confederacy.

by NationTalk on June 23, 2009620 Views

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Concern about armed border guards at Akwesasne – Letter to Prime Minister Harper and Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan

House of Commons

Ottawa ON K1A 1A6

Dear Prime Minister Harper and Minister Van Loan:

We the undersigned, jointly urge the Canadian government to reconsider its unilateral decision to arm Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees at the Three Nations Bridge Crossing. The Canada Customs facility is located in a residential district on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory.

by NationTalk on June 23, 2009862 Views

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POLL: Canadian Government Responsible for Resolving Border Closure

Ohiari:ha / June 18, 2009

AKWESASNE, ONTARIO — The Government of Canada is responsible for resolving a border closure that has adversely impacted Cornwall and neighboring communities. The finding is the result of an online poll that was conducted by Cornwall radio station AM1220. Nearly 80 percent of the 3,000 votes placed in the survey, as of yesterday, feel that the decision to reopen the bridge crossing solely rests with the federal government.

by NationTalk on June 23, 2009663 Views

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New Committee formed to Advise Government on Northern Roads Strategy

News Release – June 22, 2009

A new committee that will guide development of the transportation network for northern Saskatchewan held its first meeting in Prince Albert today.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009624 Views

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Premier Dexter Unveils 12-member Cabinet

Premier’s Office
June 19, 2009

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After being sworn in as Nova Scotia’s 27th premier, Darrell Dexter welcomed some veteran MLAs and new faces to his first cabinet at a ceremony in Halifax today, June 19.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009551 Views

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Aboriginal Partnerships Important for Community Growth

2009 Western Premiers’ Conference
Dawson City, Yukon – June 17-19, 2009

COMMUNIQUE
Friday, June 19

DAWSON CITY – Premiers of Canada’s western provinces and northern territories agreed on the importance of modern partnerships ranging from Public Private Partnerships to other kinds of cooperative working relationships including those with Aboriginal governments.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009678 Views

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Non-Natives Rally Against the Formation of “Caledonia Militia”

TORONTO, June 22 – On Tuesday, June 23rd at 6pm hundreds of non-natives who support the people of Six Nations will be holding a peaceful rally outside of the Lion’s Club in Cayuga, Ontario to protest the founding meeting of the “Caledonia Militia” – a vigilante group aimed at carrying out citizen’s arrests of protesting Aboriginals. Buses will be transporting over 100 activists from Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph, and other supporters from around the Brantford area and across Haldimand-Norfolk will be arriving to the rally by car.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009719 Views

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Statement: Canada Reaffirms Commitment to Maa-Nulth Final Agreement

Ottawa, Ontario (June 19, 2009) – The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009692 Views

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Impressive Legislative Accomplishments as House of Commons Sitting Comes to an End

20 Bills Receive Royal Assent; 26 expected by June 23rd

Ottawa, Ontario (June 19, 2009) – The Honourable Jay Hill, M.P. for Prince George-Peace River, and Government House Leader, expressed his pleasure today with the important legislative progress made by the Government as the House of Commons adjourns for the summer.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009644 Views

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Perry Bellegarde in Montreal to support AFNQL’s declaration on a First Nations Sovereignty Affirmation Process

– “Governments cannot constantly scorn the Ancestral and Territorial Rights of the First Nations” – Perry Bellegarde, candidate for National Chief of the AFN

MONTREAL, June 19 – Perry Bellegarde, candidate for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is in Montreal today participating at the First Peoples’ Festival where he announced his intention to support the Declaration on a First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sovereignty Affirmation Process, which was adopted by the AFNQL November 27, 2008.

by NationTalk on June 22, 2009707 Views

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Beaucage reaches out to urban First Nation citizens

OTTAWA, June 19 – First Nations citizens who live away from their communities and in urban centres will be given a significant say in A New AFN, says John Beaucage, candidate for National Chief.

by NationTalk on June 19, 20091010 Views

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The Future of the Mackenzie Gas Project – Honourable Bob McLeod

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
2009 – Inuvik Petroluem Show

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Second Session of this year’s Inuvik Petroleum Show.

Before I begin, I would like to thank Mayor Lindsay for his hospitality and the organizers for coordinating this event.

by NationTalk on June 19, 2009795 Views

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Ballot Box Election Notice Métis Nation of Ontario

Filling of vacancies on the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council and the Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council

ATTENTION ALL CITIZENS OF THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO

Date of Election:
Saturday, August 22, 2009 in conjunction with the MNO
Annual General Assembly

Hours of Polling:
9:00 AM ET to 5:00 PM ET

Polling Station:
Holiday Inn, Regent St. Sudbury ON – Room TBA

Close of Nominations:August 1, 2009, 5:00 PM ET

by NationTalk on June 19, 2009600 Views

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Bill 57 – Keeping a Close Watch on Claude Béchard and Jean Charest

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wendake, June 18, 2009 – The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) won’t be fooled by Bill 57, tabled by Minister Claude Béchard, concerning the
“occupation of forest land”.

by NationTalk on June 19, 2009952 Views

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National Chief Candidate’s Forum on Urban First Nation Issues

For the first time in the history of the election for the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) – candidates will gather to exclusively discuss urban First Nation issues and priorities.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2009591 Views

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Kitselas Election Results – June 2009

June 11, 2009 Election Results
Congratulations to the
Duly Elected Candidates

The Results of the Election are as follows:

To the Office of Chief Councillor
Glenn Bennett

To the Office of Councillors
Judy Gerow
Ken McDames sr
Gerald Seymour
Ron Gerow
Winnie Wells

by NationTalk on June 18, 2009832 Views

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Nominations open for Carrier Sekani election

Written by Gordon Hoekstra
Tuesday, 09 June 2009

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090609196147/local/news/nominations-open-for-carrier-sekani-election.html

Nominations for the position of tribal chief and vice-tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council opened this week.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2009549 Views

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GNWT Support for MGP Still Strong – Minister McLeod

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INUVIK (June 18, 2009) — The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) confirmed its ongoing funding support for the Aboriginal Pipeline Group (APG) in a signing ceremony yesterday in Inuvik.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2009484 Views

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Media advisory – Perry Bellegarde in Montreal to support AFNQL’s Decleration on Sovereignty

MONTREAL, June 18 – The candidate for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, will be in Montreal Friday, June 19, participating at the First Peoples’ Festival. In a press scrum, he will state his position regarding the Declaration on a Sovereignty Affirmation Process, adopted recently by the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL). He will also talk about his priorities as the future National Chief.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2009629 Views

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New Democrat MPs in Cornwall to Discuss Border Situation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 18, 2009

OTTAWA – Tomorrow, New Democrat MPs will travel to Cornwall to discuss the border situation with the community.

Canada-US Border critic Brian Masse (Windsor-West) and First Nations critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) will meet with Grand Chief Thompson and then Dave Poser, the Cornwall Customs and Immigration Union representative.

by NationTalk on June 18, 2009609 Views

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2008 Employment Equity Act Annual Report-Diversity, a Source of Strength and Innovation

Ottawa, Ontario (June 17, 2009) – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today tabled the 21st Annual Report on the Employment Equity Act in the House of Commons.

by NationTalk on June 17, 2009604 Views

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First Nations poverty Canada’s social priority: Beaucage

DARTMOUTH, NS, June 17 – In addressing the Chiefs of the Atlantic Policy Congress today, John Beaucage, candidate for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, spoke of the need to address First Nations poverty as Canada’s biggest social priority.

by NationTalk on June 17, 2009807 Views

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Candidates for the Office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations announced Today

OTTAWA, June 17 – Loretta Pete Lambert, the Chief Electoral Officer responsible for the July 2009 election for the office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has received and approved nomination papers from the following persons (home region included):

by NationTalk on June 17, 2009795 Views

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Election Information

Welcome

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is pleased to present Chapleau Cree First Nation as host community of the 28th Keewaywin Conference and the 2009 NAN Election. Chapleau Cree First Nation is one of the 49 member First Nations in NAN. NAN Chiefs will be electing one (1) Grand Chief and three (3) Deputy Grand Chiefs on Wednesday August 12th 2009.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2009654 Views

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Pandemic Plan All Paper, No Resources, No Action: Ashton

Tue 16 Jun 2009

OTTAWA – As the H1N1 crisis becomes more dire on remote First Nations, New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) held a press conference today to discuss her recent visit to affected First Nations in her riding.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2009658 Views

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Ashton Calls for Action for Flu Affected Communities

Mon 15 Jun 2009

(St Theresa Point, MB) Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton is calling for action on the underlying causes for the impact that H1N1 is having on Aboriginal and northern communities. Ashton made the call as she visited the two Northern Manitoba communities of Garden Hill and St Theresa Point, both hit hard by the H1N1 flu pandemic.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2009648 Views

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Government of Canada, Maa-Nulth First Nations and British Columbia Treaty Commission Applaud the House of Commons’ Passage of Maa-Nulth First Nations Final Agreement Bill

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Ottawa, ON (June 16, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, along with the five Maa-nulth First Nations and the British Columbia Treaty Commission are pleased to announce that Bill C-41, legislation to give effect to the Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement, was passed by the House of Commons and has moved on to the Senate.

by NationTalk on June 16, 2009798 Views

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