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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, 20071261 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.”

by NationTalk on August 8, 2007821 Views

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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, 2007766 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, 20071056 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation Recognizes Metis National Council President Clément Chartier

August 3, 2007

WINNIPEG – Today the Manitoba Metis Federation, in a specially-called Board of Directors Meeting and with a unanimously-passed resolution, affirmed its continued recognition of President Clément Chartier as the legitimate and sitting President of the Metis National Council.

Protecting the Manitoba Metis Federation’s rights and interests as a Founding Member of the Metis National Council, the unanimous resolution instructed and authorized Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand to retain legal counsel and to take all actions necessary. President Chartrand will defend the integrity of the Metis National Council’s Constitution, reputation, and financial resources, as well as the democratic process of the Metis Nation.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071114 Views

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First Nations Activists Take Over Part Of Kitsilano Beach On BC Day

Indigenous Action Movement

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Aug. 6, 2007) – Indigenous and community activists and will be taking over part of Kitsilano Beach today at 2:00 to identify B.C Day as Before Colonization Day. There will be an opening prayer, drumming and singing and speakers. The meeting place: Cornwall and Arbutus Streets. There will be a raising of a flag to simulate the claiming of the land as Indigenous soil.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071090 Views

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Premier Fentie To Meet With Council Of Federation

FOR RELEASE #07-164
August 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie is looking forward to discussions on common priorities when he meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts later this week.

Fentie will travel to Moncton, New Brunswick for a meeting with Canadian premiers and leaders of national Aboriginal organizations on August 8, and with Canadian premiers for a Council of the Federation (CoF) meeting August 9-10.

by NationTalk on August 7, 2007837 Views

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Council of the Federation Meeting to Focus On Energy and Climate Change

FREDERICTON, Aug. 3 – Canada’s premiers will hold discussions on energy and climate change at the Council of the Federation (COF) annual meeting in Moncton, Premier Shawn Graham announced today. Premiers from all 13 provinces and territories will be in Moncton for the council’s annual summer meeting on Aug. 8 – 10.

“Canada is facing significant challenges in addressing energy and climate change, so the premiers’ focus on these topics is timely for our country and our province,” said Graham, who assumes the chair of the council at the COF summer meeting. “To ensure our continued prosperity as a nation, we need a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Maintaining this balance is both a challenge and an opportunity that all premiers face and that we will discuss at our meeting in Moncton.”

by NationTalk on August 5, 2007794 Views

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Media advisory – CUPE National President to Address Labour Rally in Moncton During Premiers’ Meeting

OTTAWA, Aug. 3 – CUPE national president Paul Moist will speak at a labour rally and attend other events during the Council of the Federation (Premiers’) meeting in Moncton, N.B., Aug. 8-10, 2007.

While in Moncton, Moist will closely monitor and comment on both the Premiers’ main meeting and their meeting with aboriginal leaders.

He will speak at a New Brunswick Federation of Labour rally on Aug. 8 and attend a Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions conference.

Moist will be available for media interviews from Aug. 8-10.

For further information: Ron Verzuh, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590, (778) 686-1240 (cell); Paul Moist, National President, (613) 558-2873; Claude Généreux, National Secretary-Treasurer (porte-parole francophone), (514) 884-5074

by NationTalk on August 3, 2007745 Views

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Metis Democracy Attacked

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Today’s Metis National Council News Release suggesting a vacancy in the President’s Office of the Metis National Council and announcing the appointment of an interim President is misleading. It seeks to justify the illicit actions taken by some Metis National Council Governors in which they purported to pass a motion removing and replacing President Clement Chartier.

Metis National Council Board of Governor David Chartrand today denounced yesterday’s actions by the Governors. “I do not recognize the motion,” he explained. “President Chartier remains the President of the Metis National Council despite this ill-advised and illegal attempt to circumvent the Metis Nation Constitution.”

by NationTalk on August 2, 20071079 Views

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Media Notice – Final Details for Council of the Federation Meeting in Moncton, NB

Council of the Federation summer meeting, Moncton NB, August 8 – 10 2007

OTTAWA, Aug. 1 – Details for the 2007 summer meeting of the Council of the Federation in Moncton, August 8-10 have been finalized.

Media Registration
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All media attending the Council of the Federation meeting in Moncton must be accredited. Media representatives must pick up their identification badge and information package at the Registration and Information Desk. Locations and hours of operation are as follows:

Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm: Lobby, Crowne Plaza (1005 Main St.)
Thursday, August 9, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm: Ballroom B, Delta Beauséjour (730 Main St.)
Friday, August 10, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm: Ballroom B, Delta Beauséjour

by NationTalk on August 1, 2007838 Views

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Treaty Votes Bring Hope And Build Momentum

OPINION EDITORIAL

By Premier Gordon Campbell
July 31, 2007
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Last week, the Tsawwassen First Nation voted decisively to ratify their treaty, saying yes to a new future of opportunity, economic prosperity and independence. This is the first urban, modern-day treaty to be signed under the BC Treaty Commission process.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, also voted a resounding “yes” to their final agreement – another positive endorsement for the treaty process. The Huu-ay-aht are one of five Maa-nulth First Nations voting on their agreement this fall.

by NationTalk on August 1, 2007904 Views

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Conservatives Letting Down Kashechewan Residents: Neville

July 30, 2007

Ottawa-The Conservative government’s decision to save money by refusing to relocate the residents of the flood-prone Kashechewan First Nation is irresponsible, Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

“The people of Kashechewan have been languishing for long enough. Unfortunately this plan was selected because it was cheaper than the option to rebuild the community on higher ground and not necessarily because it was the best option, or even what the majority of residents had called for,” said Ms. Neville.

by NationTalk on July 31, 2007912 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Jim Prentice announcing A Memorandum of Understanding with Kashechewan First Nation

Notes for an address by The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians announcing A Memorandum of Understanding with Kashechewan First Nation

Ottawa, Ontario
July 30, 2007

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It gives me great pleasure today to announce an historic agreement that will lead to a brighter future for Kashechewan First Nation and for Canada.

This agreement, signed by myself; the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health; and Chief Jonathan Solomon, launches a process to plan and redevelop the community of Kashechewan.

It is an agreement that respects the desire expressed by Kashechewan residents to keep the community in its present location.

by NationTalk on July 30, 20071031 Views

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Alderville First Nation New Chief & Council Elected

Monday, 16 July 2007

Alderville’s elections resulted in bringing in two new members to Council. The incumbent Chief, JimBob Marsden was re-elected, as was councillors Wayne Beaver and Jody Holmes. New to council this term are Pam Crowe and Dave Mowat. Congratulations to all.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2007892 Views

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Crowder Says Treaty Vote Only First Step

Thu 26 Jul 2007

OTTAWA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder said the vote by the Tsawwassen First Nation approving their treaty deal makes her cautiously optimistic.

“The federal NDP applauds the people of the Tsawwassen First Nation for their difficult decision today. A history of mistrust and broken promises is hard to ignore while trying to make a decision that will affect the future of your community,” said Crowder.

by NationTalk on July 29, 2007830 Views

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Judicial Recount Set For September 5th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (July 27, 2007). The judicial recount for the office of Secretary of the Provincial Métis Council will be held on Wednesday September 5, 2007 in Saskatoon.

Under the Saskatchewan Métis Elections Act, 2007 when the difference is nil or less than 2% of the total votes cast between the top two candidates for any position the Chief Electoral Officer must apply to the Courts for a judicial recount. The top two candidates for the position of Secretary are Max J. Morin with 1286 votes and Tammy May (Fiddler) with 1240 votes.

More information on the 2007 election is available at www.metiselectionsk.ca

Contact:
David Hamilton
Chief Electoral Officer
306-934-4750 or 1-888-638-4775

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007892 Views

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Human Rights for First Nations, Not Political Stunts

Thu 26 Jul 2007

NDP MP Jean Crowder refuses to support bill without amendments

OTTAWA – Members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development were called back to Ottawa today in what NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) described as a Conservative political stunt.

The Conservative government is seeking rushed passage of its legislation in spite of the testimony of 20 aboriginal groups who told the Committee that they disapprove of the bill in its current form. Furthermore, the process of consultation, as mandated by the Committee, has not even begun.

by NationTalk on July 27, 2007844 Views

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Conservatives must Consult Aboriginal Peoples on Rights Bill

July 25, 2007

OTTAWA – The minority Conservative government is playing politics with legislation that will dramatically impact the future of human rights for Canada’s First Nations peoples, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.

“The Opposition has called on the Committee to suspend debate on Bill C-44 for 10 months to allow time for proper consultation with First Nations,” Ms. Neville said. “Instead of addressing the valid concerns of First Nations, Stephen Harper’s government is ignoring them and has fixated on rushing the legislation through.”

by NationTalk on July 26, 20071176 Views

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AFN National Chief Expresses Concern about Government Efforts to Rush Human Rights Legislation without Proper Consultation

OTTAWA, July 24 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine is concerned about a sudden meeting this week that appears to rush the approval of Bill-C44. In an unusual political move, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development has been called back to Parliament and will be meeting on Thursday, July 26, to go through the bill, clause by clause.

The bill involves repealing section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. It would allow people in First Nation communities to launch human rights complaints relating to federal government policy and the exercise of powers under the Indian Act.

by NationTalk on July 24, 20071019 Views

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‘GRAVE’ Risk To Health On James Bay: Action Needed For Fort Albany Crisis

A northern medical team are warning of an urgent threat to human health in the isolated community of Fort Albany on the James Bay coast. The warning was issued by Dr. Robert Gabor of the James Bay Weeneebayko Hospital following a tour of mould-contaminated homes. He is calling for the immediate evacuation of a number of families from the worst of the homes and says the overall health risk to the community from mold and toxins is a grave risk to life.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071062 Views

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Summary of the Agreement Concerning a New Relationship Between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee

CANADA’S NEW GOVERNMENT AND THE GRAND COUNCIL OF THE CREES REACH AGREEMENT ON RENEWED RELATIONSHIP

1SUMMARY OF AGREEMENT

Preamble

The Preamble sets out the context under which the Agreement concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Crees of Eeyou Istchee (the Agreement) was negotiated including the intentions of the parties ie. the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) (GCC(EI)) and the Cree Regional Authority (CRA) and the federal government (Canada), to resolve their differences as to the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), as well as non-JBNQA claims, grievances and other matters.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071248 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Lawrence Cannon to the Agreement Concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee

Notes for an address by The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians to the
Agreement Concerning a New Relationship between the Government of Canada and the Cree of Eeyou Istchee
Montreal July 16, 2007

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Dear Friends,

Open federalism is about better relations with First Nations. This is what we are celebrating today.

I am pleased to be joined today by Grand Chief Matthew Mukash and all nine chiefs of the Cree communities of James Bay.

by NationTalk on July 17, 2007981 Views

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Notes for an address by The Honourable Rod Bruinooge, M.P. to Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly Halifax, Nova Scotia

Notes for an address by The Honourable Rod Bruinooge, M.P. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
to Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 12, 2007

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Before beginning, I would like to thank you for welcoming me to the Mi’kmaq Nation and thank you for that kind introduction.

by NationTalk on July 16, 2007984 Views

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John Tory’s no-good too-bad really-awful Week

QUEEN’S PARK, July 13 – Poor John. Running himself ragged in a desperate attempt to get back into power, he had high hopes for this past week. Instead, he was his usual self: vague in vision, fluffy on the facts and scared of his record and his own candidates.

by NationTalk on July 15, 20072064 Views

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Gary Merasty Steps Down as Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill

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July 11, 2007

OTTAWA – Gary Merasty, Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, announced today that he will resign his position as MP on August 31, 2007, to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation from the Parliament of Canada today,” said Mr. Merasty. “I regret to be stepping down at this exciting time of renewal and revitalization for the Liberal Party.”

by NationTalk on July 13, 20071031 Views

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Iqaluit Declaration Of The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Status Of Women Ministers On Aboriginal Women

Preamble

We are concerned that Aboriginal women continue to experience systemic discrimination, economic and social deprivation, alcohol and substance abuse, the intergenerational cycle of violence, the impact of residential school upbringing, loss of language and culture due to historic events, and overcrowded and substandard housing.

We note that there are over half a million Aboriginal women and girls in Canada, making up half of the Aboriginal population, which is statistically the youngest population in Canada.

by NationTalk on July 11, 20071390 Views

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Attention Pic River First Nation Members

Pic River First Nation Nomination Meeting For Chief and Council
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pic River Community Centre

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

Updates of Election Nominees will be added here as soon as they become available.

by NationTalk on July 11, 2007837 Views

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Statement by Jack Layton on Nunavut Day

Mon 9 Jul 2007

“Today I join the people of Nunavut in celebrating the Nunavut Day. We celebrate what was a restoration of rightful stewardship more than a creation of something new. The official recognition of a people’s claim to the land marked the beginning of a new era in the Canadian North.

“Ordinary Canadians from coast to coast to coast can be proud of the initiative shown by the people of Nunavut. In just a few years, they have instituted a democratic government and have set to work strengthening a society that faces many challenges. The Inuit have shown remarkable leadership on issues from climate change to the preservation of traditional ways of life and languages.

“What we have seen in Nunavut is a clear example of the capacity of indigenous peoples to be masters of their own destiny. The NDP is a strong supporter of respecting aboriginal peoples’ right to self-governance and is committed to protecting this right in Canada and around the world.”

by NationTalk on July 10, 2007873 Views

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NDP Sets Example for Conservatives: Signs U.N. Declaration on Indigenous Human Rights

Tue 10 Jul 2007

HALIFAX – NDP MPs Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan), Alexa McDonough (Halifax) and Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic) signed a copy of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, just before a planned vote at the UN that would gut the resolution of key points.

by NationTalk on July 10, 2007936 Views

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Dion Calls on Harper Government to Sign UN Rights Declaration

July 8, 2007

OTTAWA – Liberal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion today sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on his government to uphold Canada’s reputation as a promoter and protector of human rights by ceasing its efforts to block passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

by NationTalk on July 10, 2007883 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Lytton Ferry Dispute – Information Picket on Transcanada Highway

Information Picket: July 10, 12:00 Noon – Lytton, BC – South Junction, Highways 1 and 12

(Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory) Lytton First Nation community members and residents will be conducting an information picket on July 10 at 12:00 noon stating their concerns with the Lytton Ferry dispute.

Chief Byron Spinks, Lytton First Nation and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs will be participating in the information picket.

by NationTalk on July 10, 2007791 Views

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Open Letter to Stephen Harper on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

July 8, 2007

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been under development for more than two decades. Canada was an active participant at every stage. In recent years, Canada played a critical role in building State support for the principles contained in the draft. While the finalized text would not be officially completed until early 2006, by late 2005, with the bulk of the drafting completed, Canada was fully supportive and actively encouraging other countries to sign on and support the Declaration.

by NationTalk on July 10, 2007862 Views

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SPEAKING NOTES for The Honourable Jim Prentice at the Indian Village, Calgary Stampede

SPEAKING NOTES for The Honourable Jim Prentice Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians at the Indian Village, Calgary Stampede
Calgary, Alberta
July 6, 2007

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Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure to represent Canada’s New Government here at the Calgary Stampede’s Indian Village.

I want to begin by emphasizing the importance of strengthening and maintaining Aboriginal culture— the contribution that this has made to Canada as a nation.

I’d also like to welcome everyone who has traveled here — from throughout Canada and around the world.

by NationTalk on July 8, 2007917 Views

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Sandy Lake First Nation Board & Committee Elections 2007

Posted On: Thu, 2007-07-05

A general election for the 2007-2009 term will be held for the following Board and Committees:

Sandy Lake Board of Education
Sandy Lake Health Authority
Sandy Lake Housing Authority
Sandy Lake Community Development Corporation Services Inc.
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NOMINATION MEETINGS
Thursday, September 6, 2007
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

One nomination meeting for each of the five geographical areas of the community as designated:
1) Old Sawmill/Ghost Point – Corporation Board Room
2) River – High School Gymnasium
3) Centre – Elementary School Gymnasium
4) Airport/Big Rock – Band Office Council Room
5) R.C. – TNN Hall

by NationTalk on July 6, 2007946 Views

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SPEAKING NOTES for the Honourable Loyola Hearn, PC, MP Minister of Fisheries and Oceans at the Expansion of St. Anne’s School of the Miawpukek First Nation

SPEAKING NOTES for the Honourable Loyola Hearn, PC, MP Minister of Fisheries and Oceans at the Expansion of St. Anne’s School of the Miawpukek First Nation
Conne River, Newfoundland
July 5, 2007

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It’s a pleasure to be here on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, to celebrate the expansion of St. Anne’s school.

Minister Prentice has asked me to extend his very best wishes and to congratulate the community on the progress you’re making today.

by NationTalk on July 6, 20071091 Views

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Métis Nation – Saskatchewan Election Results

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (June 28, 2007) – 4933 Métis voted in the 2007 election of the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan.

Unofficial results have the following as members elect to the Provincial Métis Council.

Executive Members:

President: Robert Doucette

Vice President: Allan Morin

Secretary: Max. J. Morin (JUDICIAL RECOUNT)

Treasurer: Gabe Lafond (Acclaimed)

by NationTalk on July 4, 20071730 Views

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Climate Action Collaboration Tops Campbell’s Agenda

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007OTP0092-000879
July 3, 2007

Office of the Premier

VANCOUVER – Action on climate change will top Premier Gordon Campbell’s agenda as he attends the Western Premiers’ Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut, July 4 to 6.

by NationTalk on July 4, 20071075 Views

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New Special Advisor to Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Announced

YELLOWKNIFE (July 3, 2007) – Ms. Gail Cyr has accepted the position of Special Advisor to the Minister effective today in the Department of the Executive, it was announced by the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Charles Dent.

Ms. Cyr brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role through her multiple collaborative efforts with organizations, associations and committees in the Northwest Territories over the past 30 years.

by NationTalk on July 3, 2007956 Views

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Western Premiers Gather In Nunavut

FOR RELEASE #07-139
July 3, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie will meet with northern and western premiers at the 2007 Western Premiers’ Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut on July 4-6.

“We have a full slate of agenda items, including components of the Northern Vision which will form the basis for discussion on such issues as climate change adaptation, Arctic sovereignty, and building sustainable communities,” Fentie said.

by NationTalk on July 3, 2007891 Views

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Northern Issues in Focus for Stelmach and other Premiers

News Release
July 3, 2007

Edmonton… Meeting for the first time in Nunavut, western Premiers and territorial leaders will focus on issues facing the north when they gather July 4 to 6 for the annual Western Premiers’ Conference.

“Meeting in the arctic provides a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the challenges and opportunities facing northern Canada,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “The far north faces unique challenges in providing services to its remote communities. Alberta and the other western provinces and territories can learn a lot from each other as we all work to ensure our remote and rural communities are sustainable and the people who live there can access the services they need.”

by NationTalk on July 3, 20071004 Views

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MMF Congratulates the Elected Candidates in Saskatchewan Metis Elections

Saskatchewan Metis Elections conclude with finalized counts

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2007

WINNIPEG – On behalf of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Board of Directors and the Manitoba Metis community, President David Chartrand extends his congratulations to the newly-elected representatives of Metis Nation – Saskatchewan.

“We would like to congratulate all candidates that put their names forward to help advance the rights of the Metis Nation,” said MMF President Chartrand. “We look forward to working closely with the elected members at the Metis National Council; as provincial neighbours and as prairie Metis Leaders.”

by NationTalk on July 3, 2007953 Views

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Minister Prentice Announces New Chair Of The Yukon Environmental And Socio-Economic Assessment Board

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OTTAWA (June 29, 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 Mr. John Kenneth McKinnon to the position of Chair of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB).

“Mr. McKinnon’s career is distinguished by long-time dedication to his profession and service to his community,” said Minister Prentice. “For over forty years, Mr. McKinnon has made substantial and significant contributions to the development of the Yukon Territory. We look forward to Mr. McKinnon’s leadership in continuing the good work of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board.”

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071054 Views

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Improving Quality of Life for Aboriginal People – Canada’s New Government Takes Action on Aboriginal Issues

On June 29th, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and other groups and individuals will participate in a national day of action to raise awareness and support for action on issues affecting Aboriginal people

Canada’s New Government has made real progress in addressing the issues facing Aboriginal people in Canada. Along with the provinces and territories, we will continue to work with responsible Aboriginal leaders to bring real improvements to the quality of life of Aboriginal people and to remedy historical grievances.

Since taking office we have focused our efforts on practical, results-oriented action.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071099 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Statement Regarding the 1st Anniversary of the UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

First Nations Leadership Council
Media Statement
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2007

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – One year ago today the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To Canada’s shame, it, together with Russia, voted against the adoption of the Declaration. Since then, Canada has been actively engaged through the UN process to continue to undermine the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council. While Canada is taking some measures to address human rights issues domestically, it is still working hard to undermine the Declaration at the United Nations. If Canada is truly serious about its dealings with Indigenous Peoples, it would support the Declaration as it was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on June 29, 2006.

by NationTalk on July 1, 2007963 Views

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Transportation and Works Minister Meets with Counterpart from Nunavut

Transportation and Works
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
June 29, 2007

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to explore partnership opportunities with the Nunavut government.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, met with the Honourable Dave Simailak, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation and Minister of Finance for the Government of Nunavut, during Expo Labrador’s Conference and Trade Exhibition in Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier this week.

by NationTalk on July 1, 20072069 Views

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Archaeology Work on the Douglas Creek Estates Lands

Last Updated: June 28, 2007

Beginning Wednesday, June 20th archaeology fieldwork will re-commence on the Douglas Creek site, including the “No-Go Zone” (buffer zone) on the north end of the Douglas Creek lands.

Part of the work in the “No-Go Zone” (buffer zone) will involve plowing a strip approximately 5 meters wide, immediately adjacent to the northern boundary of the property.

For clarity, this will include the land adjacent to properties on Thistlemore Drive and the one home on the south end of Braemar Avenue. The ploughed strip of land will extend along the Douglas Creek side of the Notre Dame School fence.

It is expected that the fieldwork will last approximately three weeks. During this period, the ploughed land and other areas of the property will undergo archaeology work by the firm Timmins Martelle.

Archaeology staff will be wearing identifying safety vests.

The archaeological study is being carried out to fulfill a commitment made to the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations by Ontario in the spring of 2006.

http://www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca/english/caledonia/whatsnew_archive.htm

by NationTalk on July 1, 20071204 Views

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Liberals Stand in Solidarity on National Day of Action

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June 29, 2007

On the National Aboriginal Day of Action, Friday June 29, the Liberal Party will stand shoulder to shoulder with Aboriginal Canadians to urge the Conservative minority government to take action to improve the lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada.

“The Liberal Party of Canada is proud to stand in solidarity during the day of action with all peaceful and lawful demonstrators with the goal of attaining leadership with the federal government –something which is currently non-existent,” said Mr. Dion, who will be marching with National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine in Ottawa today.

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Statement by the honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians Regarding the National Day of Action

OTTAWA, June 29 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians issued the following statement today regarding the events that took place around today’s National Day of Action:

Today a number of Aboriginal organizations and communities across the country took part in activities relating to the National Day of Action. The express purpose of this day was to raise awareness of the serious issues facing Aboriginal people in this country. The vast majority of Aboriginal people taking part in these activities did so without causing disruptions for Canadians.

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NDP Calls for Fairness for First Nations

Fri 29 Jun 2007

Strong leadership needed to close prosperity gap

OTTAWA – In solidarity with First Nations across the country, NDP Leader Jack Layton and NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) are participating in the AFN’s National Day of Action, in solidarity with National Chief Phil Fontaine at the Ottawa March to Victoria Island in Ottawa today.

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