The Mining Association of Canada has posted a response to our critique of the Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities. Unfortunately, while it claims that the Kit was designed to identify both opportunities and risks, the response fails to address the substance of the issues we identified.
More troubling is the Mining Association’s characterization of MiningWatch as an “anti-mining advocacy organization” despite our clear mandate to advocate for responsible mining and to hold the industry accountable for its failure to live up to its own rhetoric. We do not oppose projects that are acceptable to the affected communities and are developed according to the highest environmental and safety standards.
Interestingly, none of the other sponsors of the Kit (Natural Resources Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association, and the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association) have endorsed the rebuttal.
YELLOWKNIFE (19 February 2007) – De Beers Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) are pleased to confirm the arrangements by which De Beers Canada intends to fulfill its political and contractual obligations to comply with the GNWT policy regarding support for the secondary diamond industry in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
Commencing in 2008, De Beers will make available for sale ten percent (10%) of diamonds from their Snap Lake Mine in the NWT, by value, in economically cuttable categories, to GNWT approved manufacturers who have successfully fulfilled the Diamond Trading Company’s (DTC’s) client selection criteria. The DTC is the sales and marketing arm of De Beers.
THE PAS—A total of $750,000 will be made available for a Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program for areas of northern Manitoba affected by flooding in 2005 and 2006, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton, minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization, announced here today.
“The impact of high water levels over the past two years has taken its toll on northern Manitoba,” said Ashton. “The provincial government worked closely with local officials to build emergency dikes to protect communities such as The Pas, the RM of Kelsey and Pukatawagan.”
Summer Jobs Program Part Of McGuinty Government’s Overall Initiative For Youth
WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 19 – Approximately 190 youth from underserved communities in Windsor will have jobs this summer as part of the province’s Youth Opportunities Strategy, Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers announced today. The Minister was joined at the announcement by Sandra Pupatello, MPP for Windsor West and Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor-St. Clair.
“Our Summer Jobs for Youth and Youth in Policing programs enable young people to gain real work experience, obtain a job reference for future employment, build self-confidence and make a positive contribution to their communities,” said Chambers. “Youth outreach workers will also be hired to help underserved youth access a wide range of programs and services so they
have a better opportunity to be successful.”
Windsor is one of five communities across Ontario the strategy is expanding to this year. Other communities include Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. In 2006, the strategy was implemented primarily in underserved communities in Toronto.
February 19, 2007
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Quilt a Symbol of Healthy Land, Healthy People: Irvin-Ross
Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross today took part in a welcoming ceremony for an Aboriginal healing quilt that will be displayed in the Manitoba Legislative Building.
“The quilt is meant to remind Aboriginal Peoples of the special relationship they have to the land and the importance of caring for and nurturing it and all of creation,” said Irvin-Ross. “I am honoured to take part in this ceremony and hope the message this quilt sends is heard by all people in this province.”
The healing quilt is 14 feet by almost six feet and has 44 blocks. Each block was created by Aboriginal artists from across Canada. At the corner of each block is a star, symbolizing the spirits of ancestors and relations who are always present. The Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council sponsored the quilt which has hung at the United Nations and will be showcased in different forums across Canada and the United States to share its unifying and healing messages.
COLUMBIA BASIN – A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed today by 16 federal, provincial, regional and First Nations agencies represents a strong commitment to increase collaboration on a number of water-management initiatives in the trans-boundary reach of Canadian Columbia River Basin. This initiative is known as the Canadian Columbia River Forum (CCRF).
The Columbia River Basin in Canada has economic, environmental, cultural and social importance to all Canadians. There are existing issues in the Basin that need collective attention now, and a growing list of new and emerging issues. This initiative brings together the necessary governments and decision-making agencies to collaborate on water management initiatives.
SUDBURY, ONTARIO (February 16, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced a contribution of $5,000 to support the Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) tournament, scheduled for March 12 to 16, 2007, in Sudbury.
Minister Prentice congratulated the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation of Manitoulin Island for organizing the event, saying: “Canada’s new government applauds the hard work of all the volunteers who are bringing together the players, coaches, and families from across Ontario. This tournament is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate support for First Nations youth and culture by promoting activities that result in active and healthy lifestyles.”
Speaking notes for The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians for presentation at a Signing Ceremony Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement-in-Principle
Nipissing First Nation
North Bay, Ontario
February 16, 2007
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I would like to particularly acknowledge the participation of the students and staff of N’Bissing Secondary School. I understand you have played a big role in planning for this event. Your singing and drumming, and your warm hospitality in greeting visitors has helped to make this a very special day.
It gives me great pleasure to be here on the territory of the Nipissing First Nation this morning. The Great Lakes Anishinaabe people have deep roots in this area. For hundreds of years, Anishinaabe people have met by these Lakes in gatherings such as this for purposes of trade, politics, celebration and ceremonies.
For over 300 years, the Anishinaabe people have met with representatives of Great Britain and later with representatives of the Government of Canada, to renew their friendship and discuss matters of mutual importance. So it is appropriate that we should celebrate the signing of this Agreement in Principle on the shore of Lake N’Bissing. It is an honour for me to be here.
Thomas Haliburton, a Nova Scotia politician and writer, said back in 1838 that “Government, both in theory and practice, resides with the people.” I believe very strongly that the Agreement-in-Principle that we are signing today is an important step in returning government to where it should reside – with you, the Anishinabek Nation.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 16, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range
VICTORIA – The Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nation will receive $3.4 million and access to 367,000 cubic metres of timber through a five-year forestry agreement reached with the Province, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced today.
“This agreement will help create new jobs and new economic opportunities for the Tl’etinqox-t’in people,” said Coleman. “First Nations are important partners in our ongoing effort to recover as much economic value as possible from mountain pine beetle-attacked trees.”
Timber for the agreement will come from the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area and will help support the band’s harvesting company, Klatassine Resources Ltd. The Tl’etinqox-t’in will also supply logs to the Sigurdson Bros. Sawmill located in Hanceville. The company has been working with the First Nation for nearly 20 years, and currently employs 15 to 20 band members.
OTTAWA, February 16, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, met with the Honourable Dennis Fentie, Premier of the Yukon Territory last week to announce the signing of the 2006–2007 Canada–Yukon Cooperation Agreement for Aboriginal Languages.
This agreement includes federal funding of $1.1 million that will be transferred to the Government of Yukon for the administration of the Territorial Accord, the management of the Aboriginal Languages Community Initiative Program, and the distribution of community-based funding for Aboriginal languages.