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Minister Prentice Announces Creation Of The Water Management Advisory Council For The Trent-Severn Waterway

Peterborough, Ontario, March 9, 2010–The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the creation and membership of the Trent-Severn Water Management Advisory Council. The establishment of the Council is part of the Government’s Action Plan for the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway announced on September 25, 2009.

by NationTalk on March 9, 20101014 Views

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Nunavut Tunngavik Reacts To Federal Budget

March 5, 2010 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Vice-President of Finance Raymond Ningeocheak commented on the release of yesterday’s federal budget. Ningeocheak said he was disappointed by the absence of new investments to address major social problems in Nunavut.

“NTI recognizes and welcomes the renewal of a number of health programs that were set to expire, including programs for maternal health and diabetes, but it is surprising and disappointing that we do not see any new money to address the housing crisis in Nunavut, or to provide further help with respect to health and education issues,” said Ningeocheak. “NTI is also disappointed at the absence of new money for Inuit language programs and services, and the improvement of small craft harbours in more communities in Nunavut.”

by NationTalk on March 9, 2010739 Views

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NAN Response To 2010 Federal Budget

Thunder Bay, ON March 5, 2010: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy is concerned following the release of the Government of Canada’s 2010 budget on Thursday. Beardy says there is not enough support for First Nations infrastructure.

by NationTalk on March 9, 2010692 Views

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Federal Budget Renews Inuit Determination to Tackle Fundamental Social Problems in Inuit Communities

March 4, 2010 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Inuit leader Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) responded to today’s federal budget by focusing on its impacts on Inuit communities and households.

“Inuit communities are experiencing an ongoing crisis in relation to secure access to a quality of life most Canadians take for granted – adequate housing, comparable educational opportunities, quality health care and affordable food. While this budget sustains a number of programs in these areas that were scheduled to expire, simply continuing the status quo will not overcome the growing social and economic problems in our communities,” she said.

by NationTalk on March 9, 20101006 Views

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No Funds Committed To Aboriginal Healing Foundation In Canada’s 2010 Federal Budget

Media Advisory

March 05, 2010 OTTAWA – Today, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) Board of Directors acknowledged Canada’s decision not to provide funds to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in the 2010 Federal Budget.

by NationTalk on March 8, 2010919 Views

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Statement By The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister Of State (Status Of Women)

Ottawa, March 7

As Canadians celebrate International Women’s Day, it gives us an opportunity to look back at where we’ve been, to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and to refocus on where we’re going.

by NationTalk on March 8, 2010694 Views

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Maximizing Government Efficiency: Minister Day Announces Elimination Of Federal Appointment Positions

Backgrounder – Reduction of Governor in Council Positions

For immediate release
March 8, 2010

Ottawa – The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced the reduction of 245 Governor in Council appointments across the Government of Canada.

by NationTalk on March 8, 2010799 Views

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Budget 2010 Highlights – Aboriginal And Northern Investments

Strengthening Partnerships With Aboriginal Canadians

With the investments in Budget 2010 the Government of Canada continues to work toward a future in which First Nations, Inuit, Métis and people living in northern communities are healthy, safe, self-sufficient and prosperous.

Budget 2010 provides $908 million over t he next two years to assist Aboriginal Canadians and their communities. This includes:

by NationTalk on March 8, 20101000 Views

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Labrador Metis Nation Election Results

03 Mar 2010

Zone 1
Allan Dyson
1 Vacancy

Zone 2
Boyce Turnbull
Cyril Campbell

by NationTalk on March 8, 2010785 Views

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Canada’s Doctors Pleased Budget Held The Line On Health

Ottawa, March 5 – The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcomed the announcement yesterday that the federal government will release the $500 million promised for electronic medical records. It is also relieved that transfers to the provinces remain untouched.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2010940 Views

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MAC Encouraged By Budget Measures Aimed At Supporting Recovery

Ottawa, March 5 – The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) supports the Federal Budget 2010, tabled yesterday and views it as a measured plan aimed at recovery and bringing the deficit into balance by 2015.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2010620 Views

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Inuit Welcome Federal Promise To Endorse UN Declaration On Indigenous Rights

March 3, 2010 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Inuit Leader Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, congratulated the federal government for committing to take steps to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in today’s Speech from the Throne.

“The Declaration is the product of over 20 years of negotiations and I am pleased that Canada has finally offered its support of this important international instrument,” said Mary Simon.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2010655 Views

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Speech From The Throne Set For March 8

March 4, 2010

No Sitting Days Lost To Prorogation

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, has prorogued the legislature and will deliver the government’s Speech from the Throne on March 8, 2010.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2010904 Views

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PwC Federal Budget Instant Reaction: New ‘Green’ Initiatives Help Promote Clean Energy Investments And Technologies

Toronto, March 4 – PwC tax specialists commented today:

Budget 2010 introduced certain measures today to drive Canada’s position as an energy leader through encouragement of investment in energy projects and clean energy generation. The budget also includes measures to preserve Canada’s natural heritage through environmental protection in the North and further protection of the Great Lakes.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2010884 Views

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Federal Throne Speech Says First Nations Crucial To Economy

Vancouver, March 4 – The British Columbia Treaty Commission is encouraged that the federal Throne Speech recognizes that First Nations had an essential role in building the economic backbone of the country. Treaties will reinvigorate this economic contribution.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2010664 Views

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Anishinabek apprehensive with Canada’s good intentions

UOI Offices, March 4 – Instead of a day of celebration, First Nations should be nearly relieved that 500 years after first seeing us, other people have decided we have the same Human Rights they do.

“We can only hope it doesn’t take another 500 years for governments in Canada to agree that we have the rights to choose our own citizens, to share in the wealth of our territories as we were promised by treaty, and to govern our own affairs,” says Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.

by NationTalk on March 4, 2010771 Views

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Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth

Ottawa, March 4, 2010
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Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled a budget plan that builds on Canada’s economic recovery with action to create jobs and growth, sustains our nation’s economic advantages and includes a disciplined plan to return to balanced budgets.

by NationTalk on March 4, 2010857 Views

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Provincial Budget To Be Introduced March 23: Wowchuk

March 4, 2010

Province Releases Third Quarter Financial Report

Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk today announced the 2010 provincial budget will be introduced March 23, when the fourth session of the 39th Manitoba legislature resumes.

by NationTalk on March 4, 2010819 Views

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Media Advisory – Students Available For Budget Response

Ottawa, March 4 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) will be available for comment on Parliament Hill following the presentation of the federal budget.

Who:- Arati Sharma, National Director,
Mobile: 613-266-2272

Tina Robichaud, Chair

Jillian Flake, PR and Communications Officer,
Mobile: 613-868-6605

by NationTalk on March 4, 2010737 Views

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Government being dishonest with First Nations

UOI Offices, March 3 – Anishinabek Nation leaders say the federal government is being dishonest when it says there will be no negative impact on residents of Ontario from the proposed Harmonized Sales Tax.

“A major independent study clearly established that First Nations would suffer the full impact of paying 13 cents more on every dollar they spend after July 1st,” says Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “So not only is the Harper government breaching our human and treaty rights by trying to impose a tax on another Nation, they are being dishonest in what they are telling the public about their plan.”

by NationTalk on March 4, 2010853 Views

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Speech from the Throne

3 March 2010
Ottawa, Ontario

Honourable Senators,
Members of the House of Commons,
Ladies and gentlemen,

We are a country whose citizens do not turn back when confronted by obstacles, whatever they are, and never shrink from lending a helping hand to the most disadvantaged, wherever they may be.

Though the effects of the global recession have not fully faded, Canadians are demonstrating a spirit of generosity that is a harbinger of hope to the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, which has been shaken by a disaster of unprecedented scope.

by NationTalk on March 4, 2010793 Views

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Statement By The Honourable Helena Guergis, P.C., M.P. Canada’s Minister Of State (Status Of Women) At The 54th Session Of The United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (Beijing+15)

New York

March 2, 2010

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Mr. Chair, distinguished delegates,

As Canada’s Minister of State (Status of Women), I thank you very much for providing me this opportunity to speak to the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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Budget 2010 – Building A Prosperous British Columbia

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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March 2, 2010

Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA – Setting the foundation for decades of renewed economic growth, protecting vital services, adding to British Columbia’s competitiveness and building on the tremendous momentum of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are core elements of the 2010 provincial budget tabled in the B.C. Legislature today by Finance Minister Colin Hansen.

by NationTalk on March 3, 20101126 Views

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Minister Releases Background Paper On Canada’s Progress On Implementing 1995 Beijing Platform For Action

New York, March 2 – Following her address to the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), the Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today released a background paper outlining Canada’s progress on implementing the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.

by NationTalk on March 3, 2010774 Views

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National Inuit Leader Sets Out Federal Budget Expectations

Media Release

March 2, 2010 – Ottawa, Ontario – In anticipation of this week’s federal budget announcement, National Inuit Leader Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, today called for targeted investments in four key areas to drive improved social and economic conditions in Canada’s Arctic.

by NationTalk on March 2, 20101058 Views

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Media Availability: The Federal Budget And Funding For Post-Secondary Education And Research

Ottawa, March 2 – James Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), will be on Parliament Hill and available to speak with the media following the federal budget release on Thursday, March 4.

by NationTalk on March 2, 2010742 Views

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B.C. Budget

The 2010 B.C. Budget will be released Tuesday, March 2, 2010 as soon as Finance Minister Colin Hansen rises in the House to deliver the Budget Speech, at approximately 2:45 p.m. Pacific time. Visit the Budget 2010 website or watch the Budget Speech online at www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/webcasts/.

by NationTalk on March 2, 2010625 Views

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Canadian Delegation to Attend 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing+15

March 1, 2010

OTTAWA – The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), will head the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), March 1 to 12 in New York. Member states are engaged in Beijing+15, a 15–year review of progress on implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

by NationTalk on March 2, 2010662 Views

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NAN Reacts to McGuinty’s Five-Year Plan which Promises Development in the Ring of Fire

THUNDER BAY, ON February 26, 2010: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy is reacting to the Ontario Liberal government’s proposed five-year plan called ‘Open Ontario’ to be unveiled in the March 8, 2010 throne speech.

by NationTalk on March 1, 2010797 Views

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Why The Offshore Agreement is a Good Agreement for the Cree Nation

Posted: 2010-03-01

Protection of rights, Cree Ownership of Land and Resources

Among other benefts, the Cree Offshore Agreement includes:

– Constitutional protection for our collective and ancestral rights
– Cree ownership of 80% of islands in Eastern James Bay and Southern Hudson Bay
– Cree ownership of subsurface resources on Cree islands
– Cree right to decide on future development of the offshore area

by NationTalk on March 1, 2010657 Views

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Premier Congratulates Nunavut Deputy Commissioner

Iqaluit, Nunavut February 26, 2010 – Premier Eva Aariak congratulates Nellie Kusugak of Rankin Inlet, who was sworn-in yesterday evening as Nunavut’s new Deputy Commissioner.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2010951 Views

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Canada’s Labour Minister Continues Economic Action Plan Consultations, And Recognizes Excellence In Employment Equity

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Feb. 26, 2010 – The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Labour, consulted with regional stakeholders, including the Halifax Employers Association, to seek their views on important labour issues and take suggestions in preparation for Phase II of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2010909 Views

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Speaking Notes For Member Of Parliament Greg Rickford (Kenora) On Behalf Of Minister Strahl On The Contract Award Announcement For The Construction Of A Diesel Generating Station Facility For Webequie First Nation

Speaking Notes for Member of Parliament Greg Rickford (Kenora) on behalf of
the Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

for the

Contract Award Announcement for the Construction of a Diesel Generating Station Facility for Webequie First Nation

Webequie First Nation, Ontario
February 25, 2010

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(Thank you for the kind introduction.)

I am delighted to be back in northern Ontario this morning, on the Webequie First Nation, on behalf of my colleague, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2010795 Views

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Delegation Brings Community Issues To Ministers

February 25, 2010 – Mayor Lynn Peterson and Councillors Joe Virdiramo, Brian McKinnon and Aldo Ruberto attended the Annual Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) / Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto on Feb. 21 – 24. The conference theme this year was ‘On the Road to Recovery’.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2010651 Views

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Letter To Premier Campbell: Regaining Investor Confidence In BC’s Mineral Exploration & Mine Development Sector

February 24, 2010

Honourable Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1

Via email

Dear Premier Campbell:

On behalf of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC), I am writing to you about the urgent and serious issue of regaining investor confidence in British Columbia’s mineral exploration and mine development sector given the recent decision taken to ban mineral exploration and mining in B.C.’s Flathead Valley and to create, in our view, a de‐facto park. We are very concerned that this decision will set a new precedent with how other land use decisions will be made in B.C. in the future.

by NationTalk on February 26, 2010787 Views

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KAIROS And Amnesty International Urge The Governments Of Canada And Alberta To Recognize The Lubicon Cree First Nation’s Land And Resource Rights

23.02.10

View PDF of KAIROS/Amnesty International Joint Statement

Intense and large scale oil and gas exploitation on the traditional lands of the Lubicon Cree First Nation in northern Alberta began in the late seventies. The impact on the community has been devastating. Within one generation the Lubicon’s hunting and trapping economy was destroyed. Efforts by the Lubicon people to adjust and develop an alternate way of life have been impeded by the federal government’s refusal to recognize the Lubicon’s land and resource rights, notwithstanding repeated calls by international human rights bodies including the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

by NationTalk on February 24, 2010549 Views

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“No Boundary To Exercise Our Rights” – Chief Ghislain Picard, AFNQL

Quebec, Feb. 24 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, wishes to remind governments that the border separating the different provinces have no meaning for Aboriginal peoples whose ancestral territories ignore these so called borders. “There are no boundaries to exercise our Ancestral rights,” he said on his return from three days spent with the 150 Innu hunters currently exercising their Aboriginal right to hunt caribou in Labrador, Newfoundland.

by NationTalk on February 24, 2010794 Views

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Announcement Of The Names Of The Laureates Of The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

Montreal, Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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What a pleasure it is to be here at this showcase of contemporary drama, which is so in tune with our society and the rhythm of our times.

Thank you to Espace Go. Thank you to all its team for such a warm welcome.

by NationTalk on February 24, 2010679 Views

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Minister’s Statement – Olympic Visual Artists

Hon. Bob McLeod
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
16th Legislative Assembly

Mr. Speaker, many Northwest Territories residents are watching with great interest as our Canadian athletes ─ including Hay River’s own Brendan Green ─ strive to “Own the Podium” at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

by NationTalk on February 24, 2010618 Views

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Minister’s Statement – Education Week

Hon. Jackson Lafferty
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
16th Legislative Assembly

Mr. Speaker, Education Week, February 22nd to the 26th, is a time to thank educators across the Northwest Territories for the difference they make in the lives of Northern students and families. It’s because of their hard work that students are able to graduate and pursue a post secondary education and fulfilling employment opportunities.

by NationTalk on February 24, 2010590 Views

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First Nations Of Mamuitun Mak Nutashkuan Tribal Council Comprehensive Land Claim: The Parties Renew Their Commitment To Negotiations

Ottawa, Ontario – Feb. 23, 2010 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians; Mr. Pierre Corbeil, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs for the Government of Quebec; Innu First Nation Chief Denis Ross of Essipit; Chief Gilbert Dominique of Mashteuiatsh; and Chief François Bellefleur of Nutashkuan, met today to discuss comprehensive land claim negotiations with the two levels of government.

by NationTalk on February 24, 2010680 Views

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Norris Discusses Jobs, Economic Future

News Release – February 22, 2010

Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris met today in Ottawa with federal, provincial and territorial Labour Ministers to discuss Canada’s economic recovery and steps to support businesses and workers.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2010590 Views

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Premiers And Governors Work Together To Address Common Goals And Challenges

Executive Council
February 22, 2010

As part of the Council of the Federation’s mission to Washington, D.C., Canadian Premiers and United States Governors met on the weekend to discuss common goals and challenges and to compare innovative policy solutions related to trade, border security, energy and the environment. It was the first-ever joint meeting between the Council of the Federation and the National Governors Association. The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Acting Premier and Minister of Natural Resources, attended on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2010703 Views

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2010-11 OACAS Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
February 2010

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) have the exclusive mandate to protect children from abuse and neglect in Ontario. The legislation, regulations, directives and standards prescribe specific and detailed requirements regarding what CASs must do, how they must do it, and the timelines in which critical and mandatory protection and prevention services must be provided.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2010971 Views

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Ashton Calls On Government To Fund Aboriginal Healing Foundation

19 Feb 2010

Thompson – “The Federal Government must commit to funding the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) past March 2010,” said New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill).

by NationTalk on February 23, 2010752 Views

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Liberals Demand Apology For Conservative Attack On The Métis

February 19, 2010

The Conservative party should apologize to Canada’s Métis Nation for attacking their heritage through a smear campaign against the legacy of Métis leader and Manitoba founder Louis Riel, Liberal MPs said today.

by NationTalk on February 23, 2010683 Views

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One Hundred and Fifty Innu Excercise Their Rights to Ancestral Caribou Hunting

Goose Bay, NL, Feb. 20 – Approximately 150 hunters of the five communities of the Innu Strategic Alliance leave today to exercise their Aboriginal rights on the Nitassinan, the Innu ancestral lands spread over parts of Québec and Labrador. “Our ancestral land, which ignores all boundaries imposed by non-Aboriginal governments, is largely located in Labrador, where we have always hunted caribou and we wil continue to do so, despite the threat of seizure by the Newfoundland authorities, challenged the Chief of the community of Matimekush-Lac John, Réal McKenzie.

by NationTalk on February 20, 2010822 Views

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Rompkey Supports Inclusion Of Inuit And First Nations In Discussions On Future Arctic Policy

February 18, 2010 – Senator Bill Rompkey says that excluding Inuit and First Nations from future discussions on cooperation in the Arctic shows the same old colonialist mentality.

by NationTalk on February 19, 2010804 Views

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Grand Chief Says Fight For Inquiry Must Continue

February 17, 2010

The answer that Manitoba Justice Andrew Swan gave to our call for an inquiry into health services for registered Indians was both disappointing and totally predictable.

It was typical of the Manitoba government’s attitude toward First Nations.

by NationTalk on February 19, 2010736 Views

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