OTTAWA, Feb. 8 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine recently announced that the AFN is considering filing a Canadian Human Rights Complaint against the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) based on discriminatory funding of First Nation Child Welfare Agencies.
“It is unfortunate that the Minister will not acknowledge the true extent of the problem, and instead chooses to focus on the exact number of on-reserve First Nation children in state care. As the Minister responsible for status Indians in Canada it is disappointing that the Minister is not concerned with the total number of First Nations children in care. Whether it is 27,000 or 37,000, it is tens of thousands too many. But to set the record straight, the following is based on indisputable evidence generated by third party AND joint INAC-AFN collaborative studies:
– INAC funded a national research published report called Wen: de in 2005, based on three sample provinces where First Nation children are tracked in off-reserve agencies confirm the total number to be 27,000.
– Total conservative estimate is 27,000 First Nation children in provincial and First Nation agencies overall.
– INAC year end data confirms the on reserve total at 9,000, but the AFN's position is that all First Nations children matter, both on and off-reserve.
"The Minister went on to state that funding for First Nations Child and Family Services is not capped at 2% but increases annually by 11%. There are two budget components for any given child welfare agency, operational and maintenance," pointed out the National Chief. "The operational budget is the component that would enable the agencies to raise the quality of protection and engage in prevention services, this budget has been capped at 2% for the past decade."
MONTREAL, Feb. 8 – Canada’s New Government understands that a strong forest sector is vital to a strong Canadian economy. Today, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced funding of $127.5 million to address long-term competitiveness in the forest industry. These new measures will help begin to create the environment necessary for Canada’s industry to compete on a global scale.
The industry is currently facing a series of challenges, which includes increases in costs, appreciation of the Canadian dollar, growth in offshore competition and constraints to fibre supply.
“Our goal is a strong, competitive and sustainable forest products industry,” said Minister Lunn. “We will work with the provinces and industry to position Canada as a leader in new technologies, products and markets.”
Thursday, February 8, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and Duane Smith President of Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada), today urged the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development to recommend changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) which will result in tangible improvement for Inuit across Canada and throughout the circumpolar world.
”CEPA should be amended to require that environmental impacts on vulnerable populations, including Inuit, be considered in all stages of the risk assessment process. The legislation should be amended to require a consistent, regulated approach to pollution prevention planning in consultation with Inuit for all facilities that release or may release toxic substances of concern to Inuit,” said Mary Simon, President of ITK. “The Government of Canada should collaborate with Inuit to develop practices that are conducive to acquiring, understanding and integrating Inuit traditional knowledge into decision making on the environment and human health.”
Winnipeg, MB / February 7 2007: Star Catcher —Manitoba Aboriginal Talent Search 2007 presented by The Manito Ahbee Festival and the Red River Ex, held its first round of competitions at the Brandon Winterfest this past weekend.
The Amphitheatre in the keystone Centre opened its doors to hundreds of onlookers eager to experience the sounds of the C-weed band and be the first to congratulate the top three (3) finalists.
The talent search attracted 14 contestants from various communities: Gator Beaulieu, Shaun Roulette, Nikketa Campbell, James Shuttleworth,Crystal Hansen, Josh Witford, Wambdi Chante Hanska, Ken Boulette, Mary Mahler, Richard Mckay, Roxy Flett, Joe Mckay Jr., Edward Genaille and Lisa Stevenson.
OTTAWA, Feb. 8 – The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, announced funding of $49,140 to Prince George New Hope Society, the first grant to be provided through the renewed Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada. This funding will help sex-trade workers start new lives by providing refuge and training opportunities.
“Canada’s New Government is proud to support this initiative, which is taking concrete actions to help directly sex workers and sexually exploited young women, particularly young Aboriginal women, with the safety, hope and tools to come off the streets,” Minister Oda said. “This is an example of the meaningful contributions the government is making to improve the situation of women in key areas, such as women’s economic status and violence against women and girls.”
CALGARY, Feb. 8 – NORTHERN SUN EXPLORATION COMPANY INC. (the “Company”) is pleased to provide the following operations update:
The Company is focusing on its existing projects and diligently working on bringing industry partners in to drill its prospects in order to properly manage its finding and development costs and its cash position for new opportunities.
The Company has a healthy balance sheet as it has retired all outstanding debt and is current on its accounts payable, while continuing to build an inventory of exploration prospects.
The Company has identified seven new prospective multi-zone drilling locations from its previously shot proprietary 2D seismic program at its property near Grouard. Regulatory approvals for the locations have been acquired and the Company is pursuing a regional joint venture or farm-out opportunity in order to drill the program wells as soon as possible. The Company has approximately 4000 hectares of full rights consisting mainly of crown land and other Kapawe’no First Nation leased rights. Current production is 400 mcf/d (60 boed) with an additional 250 mcf/d (42 boed) behind pipe due to high pipeline pressures in the gathering system and facility.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 8, 2007
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
CACHE CREEK – The provincial government is providing a $40,000 operating grant to help the Friends of Historic Hat Creek House welcome more visitors to Hat Creek Ranch, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.
“Hat Creek Ranch played a major role in the development of B.C.’s Interior, and I want to thank the Friends of Historic Hat Creek Ranch for their commitment to maintaining the site and offering innovative programming,” said Hagen. “I’m pleased to provide $40,000 and have my ministry work with the Friends to forge a sustainable operating plan, and I look forward to their participation in BC2008 celebrations.”
The grant will help fund staff beyond the regular operating season, which will allow them to plan more effectively for growth by developing new programming and marketing initiatives.
WHITEHORSE, YUKON (February 7, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, is pleased to announce an investment of $1.75 million over two years for the Great River Journey – an adventure tourism project that will take clients on a trip along on the historic Yukon River.
The project is a partnership between Great Northern Journeys Inc. and the FNIC Development Corporation, a consortium of First Nations. The investment will be used for project development, including the creation of a business plan, market research, site research and development and staff training. It is expected that over the next five years more than 30 jobs could be created in the region, and revenue to First Nations communities could be more than $5 million.
Speaking Notes for Patrick Borbey Assistant Deputy Minister, Northern Affairs Program Indian and Northern Affairs Canada at the Great River Journey Launch
Yukon Transportation Museum
February 7, 2007
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Good afternoon, everyone.
On behalf of Minister Prentice, I am delighted to be taking part in the launch of the Great River Journey, an exciting geotourism undertaking that will offer visitors from Canada and around the world an authentic guided journey through nature and history in the North.
The Great River Journey is a prime example of how the North’s resource potential can be channeled into innovative and positive projects that tap into new markets, strengthen the tourism sector, support the environment, and help to diversify the northern economy.
This world-class adventure offering will raise the profile of the North as a premier tourist destination internationally and generate economic benefits for all Northerners and Canadians, including more than 30 jobs expected to be created over five years in the region and more than $5 million in economic benefits to First Nations communities.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 8, 2007
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
YALE – The provincial government is providing a $15,000 heritage grant to the Yale and District Historical Society to support capital maintenance projects at the Provincial Historic Site at Yale, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen announced today.
“Yale played a significant role in the Fraser River and Cariboo gold rushes, which helped shape our province. The Provincial Historic Site at Yale remains a tangible reminder of that period in our history,” said Hagen. “In preparation for BC2008 celebrations, it will be great to have the site in good repair and I’m pleased to put $15,000 towards it.”
Since last year, the Yale and District Historical Society have been undertaking window, porch and exterior repairs to the historic Ward House, one of the oldest houses in the Province, which is located on the site. The capital grant will be used to assist with that work.