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Conservative inaction on missing aboriginal women shameful: Turmel

Conservatives abdicate responsibility and embarrass Canada again internationally

December 13, 2011

Ottawa – The inaction of the Conservative government on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in this country is shameful, said Official Opposition Leader, Nycole Turmel.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) will conduct an investigation into the 600 documented murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada in the last 20 years.

by NationTalk on December 14, 2011524 Views

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Conservative Government Must Live Up to Their Own Standards When It Comes to Accountability for First Nations

December 9, 2011

Ottawa— Citing previous audits of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Liberal Leader Bob Rae today demanded that the Harper Conservatives start living up to their own standards of accountability for First Nations by addressing serious concerns raised by the Auditor General.

“The Prime Minister had the unmitigated gall yesterday to refer to mismanagement at Attawapiskat when his own government’s mismanagement has been called to account on three separate occasions in three separate audits by the Auditor General,” said Mr. Rae. “We have a government that has two standards: one for themselves, and another for everyone else.”

by NationTalk on December 12, 2011433 Views

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Presentation of the Governor General’s History Awards

Rideau Hall, Monday, December 12, 2011

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Good morning and welcome to Rideau Hall.

It is a pleasure to be here to celebrate the men and women of all ages who bring Canadian history alive.

At last year’s presentation, I said: “As a law professor, I would always ask my students to consider the historical perspective behind any event. The past can provide clues to the present; it helps us make sense of events.”

So what can we make of the fact that at this year’s ceremony, we are presenting new awards at the Governor General’s History Awards?

by NationTalk on December 12, 2011842 Views

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Minister Clement Tables 2011 Inventory of Government of Canada Organizations and Report on Crown Corporations

For immediate release
December 12, 2011

Ottawa – On December 9, 2011, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, tabled the Inventory of Government of Canada Organizations 2011 and the Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011 in the House of Commons.

The Inventory of Government of Canada Organizations 2011 describes how the government is organized and has been published in multiple electronic formats. It is available on the Treasury Board Secretariat website and as a dataset integrated with the federal government’s Open Data Portal.

by NationTalk on December 12, 2011827 Views

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Update on Attawapiskat: Statement from Minister Duncan

Ref. # 2-3588

Ottawa, Ontario (December 11, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today regarding the delivery of additional supplies to residents in Attawapiskat:

“Our Government is working to ensure the people of Attawapiskat have access to safe and warm shelter for the coming months.

As a result of the direct and ongoing cooperation between our Government, Emergency Management Ontario, the Canadian Red Cross and the community, I can confirm today that high efficiency wood stoves, composting toilets, plastic sheeting and other supplies have been delivered yesterday to the community by air.

by NationTalk on December 12, 2011797 Views

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Innus Challenging the Constitutionality of Quebec Claims

Moisie, Quebec – Dec. 9, 2011 – InnuPower, a group of young Innu citizens from the North Shore, is working towards the self-determination and protection of Nitassinan for future generations.

The Plan Nord and especially the mining boom are forcing us to take concrete action in order to protect Quebec’s territory, as several regions are already in the sights of large international mining companies:

1- We consider that the importance of the Otish Mountains for the INNU (Pessamit and Mashteuiatsh) and CREE nations has been demonstrated through our respective land claims, which leads us to think that Route 167 and mining claims in that region will infringe on land of vital cultural importance for the traditional activities and heritage of both nations.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2011554 Views

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Update on Attawapiskat: Statement from Minister Duncan

Ref. # 2-3587

Ottawa, Ontario (December 9, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“Our Government has prioritized the urgent health and safety needs of Attawapiskat residents. We have been working around the clock with the community and Emergency Management Ontario to ensure the residents, and especially children of Attawapiskat have access to safe and warm shelter for the coming months.

Today, I am announcing that 15 modular homes have been purchased for families in Attawapiskat First Nation. We will make sure they are delivered on the winter roads as soon as they open.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2011481 Views

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Urgent action needed to improve living conditions in Aboriginal communities: Canada must meet its human rights obligations.

8 December 2011

Overview

Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to enjoy the same standard of living and access to government services that are enjoyed by other people in Canada. They have the right to live and bring up their families on their own lands and territories. Our organizations, Canadian human rights and faith-based groups, are deeply concerned that these basic principles are repeatedly cast in doubt. An emergency intervention by the Red Cross has focused political attention on the severe housing crisis in the northern Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat. Canadians were shocked to see images of children overcrowded into moldy shacks with no water or electricity. However, international human rights bodies have been raising concerns for years about the conditions in many Indigenous communities in Canada. The government has ignored both the criticisms and the corresponding recommendations. (Joint Statement: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives,Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) and Amnesty International)

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Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to enjoy the same standard of living and access to government services that are enjoyed by other people in Canada. They have the right to live and bring up their families on their own lands and territories. Our organizations, Canadian human rights and faith-based groups, are deeply concerned that these basic principles are repeatedly cast in doubt.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2011593 Views

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Liberals Demand Emergency Study on First Nations Housing Crisis

December 8, 2011

Ottawa– Liberal critic for Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Dr. Carolyn Bennett has asked the Aboriginal Affairs Committee to hold emergency meetings to investigate the on-reserve housing crisis confronting First Nations in Canada.

“The emergency in Attawapiskat First Nation has made clear what First Nations communities, the Auditor General of Canada, and Aboriginal Affairs officials have been saying for years: that the Conservative government’s approach to on-reserve housing is broken, and a new approach to this crisis is urgently needed,” said Dr. Bennett.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2011474 Views

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Media Advisory: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – Dec. 9, 2011 – Please be advised that the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Parliamentary Secretary Greg Rickford will make an announcement related to Attawapiskat.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2011492 Views

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PM announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

8 December 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service.

David Moloney, currently Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency, becomes Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office, responsible for Border Action Plan Implementation, effective January 3, 2012.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2011581 Views

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Governor General of Canada to Open New Exhibit at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Yellowknife (Dec. 8, 2011) – Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre today to open the Hunters of the Alpine Ice exhibit.

The exhibit opening will occur as part of Their Excellencies’ official visit to the Northwest Territories from December 7-11. This is their first official visit to the NWT since His Excellency’s swearing-in as Canada’s 28th Governor General in October 2010 and will include Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2011451 Views

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Sessional Statement

December 7, 2011

Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome all Members back to the continuation of the first Session of the 17th Assembly. In this sitting, we will review the Capital Estimates for next fiscal year and began to debate some important issues. I believe all Members of this House have a shared interest in creating an environmentally sustainable and prosperous territory for all the people we serve. Despite some significant challenges, our Territory is strong, and we are even stronger when we work together.

We are still a relatively new government, but we have taken our first steps toward a shared vision: a unified, sustainable and prosperous Northwest Territories. In establishing the priorities of the 17th Assembly, all Members have recognized that it is best to take a common-sense approach to developing our plans for the territory. This means we must continue to responsibly manage our existing programs and services to maximize positive benefits at the community level. We must be responsible stewards of our environment, so our land and water can continue to sustain future generations. We must seek ways to find the flexibility to pay for our plans, by pressing the federal government on our borrowing limit and looking for new revenues, such as the royalties that would flow following the signing of a devolution agreement.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2011405 Views

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Update on Government of Canada’s Response to Attawapiskat: Statement from Minister Duncan

Ref. #2-3586

Ottawa, Ontario (December 7, 2011) –The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“Our Government has acted to ensure the residents of Attawapiskat have access to safe and warm shelter for the coming months. We delivered urgent funding to renovate five houses and are working with Emergency Management Ontario and other partners to deliver necessities to the residents like composting toilets, high efficiency wood stoves, and building materials. Our priority is, and has always been, the health and safety of the residents of Attawapiskat. Our Action Plan to assist this community is already underway and modular homes will be delivered as soon as possible.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2011494 Views

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NDP calls on PM to provide support to Attawapiskat

Turmel writes to Harper, asks government to take urgent action on humanitarian crisis

December 7, 2011

Ottawa – New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today, asking his government to provide immediate help to the community in Attawapiskat.

In the letter, Turmel reminded the Prime Minister that “this is a moment when we can come together as Parliamentarians and respond to the tragic situation” and appealed to the government to urgently provide appropriate federal resources, as requested by the community.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2011339 Views

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Ontario’s Speech From The Throne Passes

December 7, 2011

McGuinty Government Moving Forward With Focus On Jobs, Economy

The Speech from the Throne was passed in the Ontario legislature today. Its passage means the government’s plan to create a stronger, more competitive economy that protects and creates jobs for families is moving forward.

The Throne Speech provides a roadmap for the future and includes key government priorities including:

by NationTalk on December 7, 2011438 Views

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Senate: Aboriginal Peoples – Tuesday, December 13 & Wednesday December 14, 2011

Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
9:30 AM

Location: Room 160-S, Centre Block
Clerk : Marcy Zlotnick (613) 990-6080

Webcast

Agenda

1. Examine and report on the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and on other matters generally relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

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Witnesses
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
– Ronnie Campbell, Assistant Auditor General
– Jerome Berthelette, Assistant Auditor General
– Frank Barrett, Principal

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(This agenda item with interpretation only)

Consideration of a draft agenda (future business)

Meeting with Reporting and Interpretation
* Please note meeting changes

by NationTalk on December 7, 2011403 Views

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OFL Letter to Prime Minister

December 6, 2011

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

Dear Prime Minister:

Housing is urgently needed in Attawapiskat. Work with the community and build it now. Basic infrastructure is also lacking and needs to be attended to now. A school is urgently needed. Replace the makeshift portables on the toxic land that is making the children sick and do it now.

The truth about this debacle is also needed, but you have squandered the opportunity by blaming the people of Attawapiskat and exploiting their desperate circumstances for your own political and ideological purposes.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2011432 Views

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Itinerary: Official Visit to the Northwest Territories

December 6, 2011

Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to the Northwest Territories

Ottawa—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will undertake an official visit to the Northwest Territories from December 7 to 10, 2011.

“Since my installation in October 2010, Sharon and I have been committed to visiting all provinces and territories to engage with Canadians,” said His Excellency. “We are pleased to complete these official visits by heading to the Northwest Territories. We have always been fascinated by the rich history and traditions, scenic landscape and beautiful aurora borealis of the Canadian North, but more so by the resilience of its people in maintaining their heritage. During our visits to Yellowknife, Fort Smith and Hay River, we will have the privilege of meeting with and recognizing extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life who are dedicated to building smart and caring communities across various regions of the Territories.”

by NationTalk on December 7, 2011550 Views

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Harper Government Introduces First Nations Elections Act

Gatineau, Quebec – Dec. 6, 2011 – The Harper Government today introduced the First Nations Elections Act in Parliament. This new legislation, announced by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, is taking action on our Government’s commitment and priority to provide all Canadians with strong, accountable and transparent governments.

“Our Government has developed this historic piece of legislation with First Nations to deliver real improvements to their election processes,” said Minister Duncan. “First Nations will have the choice to ‘opt in’ to this new election system that will help First Nations create the political stability necessary for solid business investments and long term planning that will lead to increased economic development, job creation and improved quality of life for the community.”

by NationTalk on December 6, 2011776 Views

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AIAI Congratulates Elected Chief and Council of The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2011

London, ON – The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) welcomes the Chief and Council of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte after their recent election.

“Congratulations to the Chief and Councillors on their success in being elected to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Council”, stated Grand Chief Denise Stonefish. Chief R. Don Maracle was re-elected to another term in office, while Doug Maracle, Carl Ted Maracle, Barry Brant, and Roy Maracle were successful in their bids for Councillors.

by NationTalk on December 6, 2011501 Views

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Cameron Wins By-election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 2, 2011

Whitehorse – Kirk Cameron has been elected to Whitehorse City Council.

“I am humbled that so many fellow residents put their trust in me and I will do my best to ensure that the most important issues that I heard from voters are addressed – managing growth and affordable housing,” said Cameron. “By providing leadership and working with other levels of government I believe Whitehorse City Council can address the critical issue of housing.

“Having been born and raised in Whitehorse and lived here for over 40 years I look forward to bringing my passion for our community to the Council table,” Cameron added.

by NationTalk on December 6, 2011772 Views

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New Report: Politically disengaged Canadians explain their declining participation

Toronto, December 7th, 2011 — Following dismal voter turnout in elections across the country this year, a new report suggests that the politically disengaged are not as apathetic, uninterested, or ignorant of politics as previously thought.

The new report, which was generated by the nonpartisan research organization Samara and is entitled The Real Outsiders: Politically Disengaged Views on Politics and Democracy, highlights important new findings about the underpinnings of political disengagement in Canada.

These findings emerged from a series of focus groups with Canadians across the country who described themselves as non-voters and less interested in politics. For a comparison, there was one group of engaged Canadians.

Traditionally, those less engaged are been portrayed as apathetic, uninterested, or ignorant of the political system, however participants in the focus groups tell a very different story. Instead less engaged Canadians demonstrated an awareness of politics and an intuitive understanding of how the political system works. Through their conversations about politics and democracy in Canada, Samara made three observations:

1. Less engaged Canadians’ overwhelmingly describe themselves as outsiders. They do not feel they have a voice or any ownership stake in the political system. They also feel it serves others’ interests. In contrast, politically engaged Canadians felt, in spite of frustrations, the system does work for them, and they believe they can influence it when it doesn’t.

2. Canadians’ dislike for politics seems closely related to a perceived gap between the ideals of democracy and the reality of how they are represented politically.

3. Disengagement is, in part, a response to people’s personal interaction with politics and government. People describe becoming outsiders as a result of their interactions with elected representatives or public servants. Whether they were trying to find daycare, getting a school bus route extended, or simply getting a speed bump installed on their street, people constantly ran into obstacles that taught them engagement is futile.

“A common theme across the focus groups was that the political system has failed many Canadians in clear and tangible ways,” said Alison Loat, Samara’s Co-founder and Executive Director. “Consequently, political disengagement is a learned response—this is a far cry from the conventional wisdom that assumes the disengaged simply do not care,” she added.

Reflecting on what these findings mean, Heather Bastedo, Samara’s Research and Project Director, notes, “There is a silver lining to our research—disengagement is reversible given the right conditions, and Canadians told us they are not asking for much. They simply want to feel heard, they want their problems to matter and they want promises kept—they want to feel represented.”

The Real Outsiders is the first study in a larger project. In association with over twenty academics from across Canada, Samara is developing an annual index to measure the health of Canadian democracy. The results will be released annually to encourage discussion and focus attention on strengthening Canada’s democracy. You can visit our website to weigh in on The Real Outsiders and offer your experiences with Canada’s political system. www.samaracanada.com

About Samara

Samara is charitable research organization that encourages citizen engagement with Canadian democracy. Founded in 2009, Samara was created out of a belief that public service and public leadership matter to Canada’s future. Our work focuses on three areas: political leadership, public affairs journalism and citizen participation in public life.

Samara’s initial research project was the first-ever exit interviews for former Members of Parliament, which resulted in four research papers. We are currently interviewing MPs who retired from political life before the May 2011 election.

There are many ways to get involved with Samara’s work. Please visit www.samaracanada.com for more information.

You can also follow Samara on Twitter or Google+, or join the Facebook group.

by samara on December 6, 2011465 Views

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Throne Speech Keeps Election Commitments and Keeps Saskatchewan Moving Forward

NEWS RELEASE – DECEMBER 5, 2011

Fulfilling its election commitments, living within its means and keeping the province moving forward – those are the principles outlined today by the Saskatchewan government in the first Throne Speech of its second term of office.

Premier Brad Wall said the Throne Speech outlines the government’s plan to keep the commitments it made in the recent provincial election campaign. These include:

by NationTalk on December 6, 2011408 Views

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Update on Attawapiskat: Statement from Minister Duncan

Ref. # 2-3585

Ottawa, Ontario (December 5, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“Today, the Third Party Manager was in the community with AANDC officials. When he arrived he was asked to leave by community leadership, on behalf of Chief Theresa Spence. The Third Party Manager, Jacques Marion, wished to respect the volatile situation and is currently not in the community. He remains in full control of funding from the Department to the community, and is hoping to work with the community to address urgent needs.

by NationTalk on December 6, 2011455 Views

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Media Advisory: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Gatineau, Quebec – Dec. 6, 2011 – Please be advised that the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, together with the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council, along with Chief Lawrence Paul (Millbrook First Nation), and Chief Candice Paul (St. Mary’s First Nation), will make an important announcement.

by NationTalk on December 6, 2011526 Views

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Harper Conservatives Should Address the Needs of Attawapiskat Rather Than Spying on Child Welfare Advocate Says Canada’s Largest Private-Sector Union

Toronto, Ontario – Dec. 5, 2011 – The reckless actions of the Harper Tories in spying on Dr. Cindy Blackstock, child welfare advocate, the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), and a UFCW Canada national community partner, is disturbingly reminiscent of Senator Joseph McCarthy who terrorized Americans with the Red Scare during the 1950s, and utilized that fear to create a chilling effect on those who advocated for basic decency and human rights.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2011535 Views

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Lake Babine Nation Demands an Apology from the Gitxsan Treaty Office for Infringing on its Territory

Babine Lake, British Columbia – Dec. 5, 2011 – The Lake Babine Nation is demanding an apology from the Gitxsan Treaty Office (GTO) for signing an agreement with Enbridge that could impact the Lake Babine Nation’s lands and resources without first consulting with the Lake Babine Nation.

Chief Wilf Adam, speaking for the Lake Babine Nation states, “The pipeline will not cross Gitxsan territory. They will not bear any of the risks or the costs. It is us, along with the other Nations through whose territories the tar sands oil will be transported, who will suffer the consequences. It is us who stand to lose our resources, our way of life. By supporting Enbridge the GTO has potentially encouraged an infringement upon our Rights and Title. And they have done so without any prior consultation.”

by NationTalk on December 5, 2011489 Views

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Update on Government of Canada’s Response to Attawapiskat: Statement from Minister Duncan

Ref. # 2-3583

Ottawa, Ontario (December 5, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“The urgent health and safety needs of Attawapiskat First Nation continue to be a priority for our Government. Since 2006, we have invested over $90 million in the community of Attawapiskat. However, this funding has not generated the results that the people of Attawapiskat deserve and all Canadians expect. We are working closely with Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and the community to ensure families have access to warm, safe and dry shelter.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2011440 Views

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Federal Government Must Act in Wake of Attawapiskat Crisis

December 5, 2011

Delegates to CAW Council called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take immediate action to work with First Nations communities to solve problems such as inadequate housing, poor educational opportunities, a lack of health care and poverty.

In signed letters to Harper more 400 delegates expressed dismay over the deplorable conditions in the First Nations community of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario and stressed that all Canadians are rightfully shocked.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2011644 Views

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Nunavut government workers say yes to strike

Iqaluit, Dec. 5, 2011 – Frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations, workers with the Government of Nunavut have voted 85 per cent in favour of strike action.

The members of the Nunavut Employees Union (NEU), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), have been without a contract since September, 2010.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2011566 Views

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Official Visit to the Northwest Territories

December 2, 2011

Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to the Northwest Territories

Ottawa—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will undertake an official visit to the Northwest Territories from December 7 to 10, 2011.

“Since my installation in October 2010, Sharon and I have been committed to visiting all provinces and territories to engage with Canadians,” said His Excellency. “We are pleased to complete these official visits by heading to the Northwest Territories. We have always been fascinated by the rich history and traditions, scenic landscape and beautiful aurora borealis of the Canadian North, but more so by the resilience of its people in maintaining their heritage. During our visits to Yellowknife, Fort Smith and Hay River, we will have the privilege of meeting with and recognizing extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life who are dedicated to building smart and caring communities across various regions of the Territories.”

by NationTalk on December 5, 2011439 Views

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Chronic Federal Underfunding to Blame for Crisis in Attawapiskat

News Release
For Immediate Release

Friday December 2, 2011

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy says that it is ‘shameful’ that the Government of Canada is trying to absolve itself from its responsibility by placing the blame for the crisis in Attawapiskat First Nation on the impoverished community’s leaders.

The federal government has placed the community in third-party management and is publicly demanding the community account for the funding it receives despite the fact the First Nations are already forced to comply with rigid reporting and financial audits that are done annually by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

by NationTalk on December 2, 2011545 Views

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AIAI Grand Chief Statement Regarding Canada’s Response to Attawapiskat

For Immediate Release:

December 2, 2011

London, ON – The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is outraged by the Federal Government’s handling of the Attawapiskat Crisis. By suggesting that the current situation is exclusively the fault of the First Nation’s government, Canadian Leadership perpetuates the misconception that millions of dollars are “thrown at” First Nations who are incapable of managing their own budgets. First Nations’ funding arrangements are not handouts; rather, they are based on Treaty obligations.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2011553 Views

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Conservative Government Admits Ignorance on Attawapiskat; At Current Funding Levels it Would Take 54 Years to Build Needed Housing, Says Bennett

December 2, 2011

Ottawa— Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett issued the following statement today on the Conservative government’s flagrant incompetence in handling the issues facing the people of Attawapiskat, Ontario:

“The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan has admitted that the issues facing Attawapiskat have been ongoing for a number of years, but that he was completely unaware of them until late October. Minister Duncan has gone to great lengths to illustrate his flagrant incompetence in fulfilling his duties.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2011448 Views

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2011 Fall Volume of the Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly for 2011-2012

This volume contains the results of value-for-money audits.

The detailed report and the presentation made to parliamentarians are available in French on the website of the Auditor General of Québec at http://www.vgq.qc.ca, under the “Rapport annuel” (annual reports) tab of the “Publications” section

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Historic Land Claims Agreement Between Canada, Nunavut and Grand Council of the Crees

Ref. #2-3582

Ottawa, Ontario (December 1, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, is pleased to announce that the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement Act has received Royal Assent. The legislation will bring into force the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement (EMRLCA) signed on July 7, 2010, by the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and the Grand Council of the Crees.

“This is an important piece of legislation for the Cree of Quebec and it is a concrete example of the importance of working in partnership,” stated Minister Duncan. “This Agreement will support strong economic development, investment opportunities and job creation in the Eeyou Marine Region.”

by NationTalk on December 2, 2011618 Views

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PM announces meeting with First Nations early in new year

1 December 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that a Crown-First Nations Gathering will take place on January 24, 2012 in the National Capital Region. During the Gathering, the Prime Minister, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development John Duncan and other representatives of the Government of Canada will meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and a delegation of First Nation Chiefs to discuss key priority areas. The announcement was made today following a meeting in Ottawa between Prime Minister Harper and National Chief Atleo.

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Senate: Aboriginal Peoples – Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

9:30 AM

Webcast

Location: Room 160-S, Centre Block
Clerk : Marcy Zlotnick (613) 990-6080

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Update on Attawapiskat: Statement from Minister Duncan

Ref. #2-3581

Ottawa, Ontario (November 30, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“Our Government remains deeply concerned with the situation in Attawapiskat First Nation. Departmental officials have been in the community since November 28th to assess the situation and immediate action needed to ensure that residents of Attawapiskat have access to warm, dry and safe shelter.

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Public events for December 1, 2011

30 November 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Public events for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Thursday, December 1st are:

Ottawa, Ontario

3:45 p.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a photo opportunity with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Parliament Hill
Office of the Prime Minister
Room 307-S Centre Block

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Results of by-election for Ordinary Member for Upper Lake Melville

November 30, 2011

Results of Tuesday’s by-election for Ordinary Member of the Nunatsiavut Assembly for Upper Lake Melville:

Craig Andersen – 56
Roy Blake – 230
Janice Edmunds-Connors – 122
Trudy Mesher-Barkman – 52
Gary Mitchell – 238
George Morris – 174

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Media Advisory—Tabling of the 2011 December Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development—Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Ottawa, 29 November 2011—The 2011 December Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan, will be tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 13 December 2011.

Media lock-up:

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (ET)
Office of the Auditor General of Canada, 240 Sparks Street, Ottawa
(for journalists accredited by the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery only).

When you arrive, please go to the OAG’s desk on the main floor and someone from the OAG will greet you. Please bring a photo ID.

Journalists must respect the media embargo until the report is tabled in the House of Commons shortly after 10:00 a.m. However, journalists will be allowed to leave the media lock-up at 9:45 a.m. Internet access will be available for filing stories once the report has been tabled.

by NationTalk on November 30, 2011487 Views

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GN welcomes NTI Resolution on Devolution

Iqaluit (November 30, 2011) – Last week at their Annual General Meeting, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) delegates unanimously passed a resolution urging an agreement on devolution of control over Crown land and resources from the federal government to the GN without further delay. The Government of Nunavut (GN) applauds the support of NTI and joins in urging the federal government to carry through on the commitment it made in the Devolution Protocol of September 2008 to begin devolution negotiations.

by NationTalk on November 30, 2011451 Views

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Ontario Labour Movement warns of Ipperwash in the Making if the Province Does Not Stop Violation of KI Sacred Burial Sites and Exploitation of Land

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

(Toronto) – Canada’s largest labour federation is demanding that Ontario respect Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation’s moratorium to protect their sacred burial sites and lands from desecration by mining companies. Ontario has allowed exploration company God’s Lake Resources to stake claims directly on top of sacred KI burials. The company has dismissed KI’s concerns as rhetoric, indicating that they intend to continue exploration at the site in December.

“Ontario must immediately cease its flagrant disregard for KI land rights and sacred burial sites,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “Has the government learned nothing from the Ipperwash tragedy? These very same circumstances were found to be at the root of that disgraceful conflict under former Conservative Premier Mike Harris when Dudley George was shot dead in a dispute over protection of sacred burial sites.”

by NationTalk on November 30, 2011474 Views

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Attawapiskat: NDP slams Conservative inaction in the face of suffering families

November 29, 2011

Attawapiskat – Official Opposition Leader Nycole Turmel visited the community of Attawapiskat today, where there is a serious housing crisis. She slammed the inaction of the Harper government, which has been slow to intervene and help families living in intolerable conditions.

“The residents of Attawapiskat are extremely concerned. Winter is approaching and the situation deteriorating. They are in urgent need of emergency aid and adequate funding to renovate their homes and build new ones to put an end to this crisis,” said Turmel.

by NationTalk on November 30, 2011438 Views

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Minister Duncan’s Statement on Attawapiskat

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Ottawa, Ontario (November 28, 2011) –The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

“Our Government is deeply concerned with the situation in Attawapiskat First Nation. Earlier today, I spoke with departmental officials who are in the community to meet with Chief Theresa Spence and community members and investigate why conditions are as poor as they are, given the significant funding for housing, infrastructure, education, and administration provided by our government. I will be receiving updates from them daily and anticipate recommendations on the next steps to be taken very soon.

by NationTalk on November 29, 2011507 Views

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Historic Amendment to Nisga’a Treaty

It’s proof that Nisga’a Nation is open for business when we are properly consulted and accommodated in accordance with our Treaty” stated President Stevens.

Victoria, BC, Nov. 28, 2011 – An important milestone in the history of the Nisga’a Final Agreement was reached this week as British Columbia passed a resolution in the Provincial Legislature on November 23, 2011 to give its consent to agreed-upon amendments of the Nisga’a Treaty for the first time.

by NationTalk on November 28, 2011728 Views

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Métis Youth Voice Heard on Parliament Hill

Posted on November 25, 2011

The voice of Métis youth was heard in Parliament last night in a meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. For the first time, the Senators sat amongst youth representatives from the three national Aboriginal organizations – the Métis National Council, Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. The meeting was a chance for the Senators to hear what the priorities and challenges are for youth today and every word spoken was heard.

The Senate Committee meeting was attended by Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council Member Mitch Case and Métis National Council Communications Officer Adrian Mrdeza. An overview of the overall activities and youth involvement was provided to the Committee outlining the key priority of access to post-secondary funding and the need for the current primary funding source for Aboriginal youth to be examined and revised so the funds are more easily available for its intended purposes – to serve the youth and promote cultural engagement.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2011690 Views

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