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IFAW: The Netherlands Becomes the Second EU Nation to Ban the Trade in Seal Products

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS–(July 19, 2007) – The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – is thrilled by The Netherlands’ announcement yesterday to ban all trade of seal products. IFAW has actively campaigned to achieve a national ban in The Netherlands for several years. The decree was made official in July 17th 2007’s edition of the States’ Journal, the country’s official communication of Dutch laws, decrees & statutes. This decision makes The Netherlands the second EU nation to ban seal products this year.

The ban officially removes the Dutch market from the international commercial seal trade, sending another strong warning to the Canadian government that European markets for seal products are continuing to shrink.

by NationTalk on July 24, 20071305 Views

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Colour-changing Lake becomes a Park Reserve


Little Limestone Lake and surrounding lands receives protection from industrial developments

After years of promoting conservation within the Interlake region, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes Park Reserve status for Little Limestone Lake and surrounding lands. During the Park Reserve process, the designated area is protected from industrial activities while the province consults local First Nations and considers input from all citizens about the future of what CPAWS deems as “Manitoba’s most amazing lake.”

“We’re pleased the Manitoba government recognizes the significance of this irreplaceable wonder,” said Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of CPAWS Manitoba. “We’d also like to highly commend Mosakahikan First Nation for their efforts to protect their traditional lands and waters.”

by NationTalk on July 24, 20071434 Views

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$221,000 Grant To SFU Supports Study Of Broadband Use

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2007

Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services

VANCOUVER – Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services Olga Ilich today announced a $221,000 grant to support a Simon Fraser University study of how broadband Internet connectivity is benefiting B.C. communities.

“This investment underscores our commitment to bridging the digital divide in British Columbia’s communities,” said Ilich. “Solid, independent research will enable government to see the real impact of its policies and programs on communities and supports good decision-making for the future.”

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071425 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute

TSIIGEHTCHIC, Northwest Territories, July 23, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Secretary of State for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament (Battlefords-Lloydminster), today announced funding of up to $19,584 for the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI) […]

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071988 Views

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Opening Speech Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine

28th Annual General Assembly
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 10:45 am

Opening Speech
Assembly of First Nations
National Chief Phil Fontaine


Ahneen, Good morning. Bonjour.

Welcome to the 28th Annual General Assembly here on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nation.

My thanks first of all to the Elders Dr. Raymond Trembley and Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy for their opening prayers.

And thanks also to the organizers of this event, especially Regional Chief Rick Simon and his staff.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071704 Views

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Government of Canada and Dene Tha’ First Nation Reach Settlement Agreement

OTTAWA, July 23 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Mtis and Non-Status Indians, and Chief James Ahnassay of the Dene Tha’ First Nation (DTFN), today announced the signing of an agreement that resolves the DTFN’s concerns related to the Mackenzie Gas Project.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071790 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Lytton First Nation Issues Invitation to All Parties to Meet on July 23, 2007


Who: Chief Byron Spinks, Lytton First Nation
INVITED George Heyman, President – BC Government Employees Union
INVITED Gary Zecchel, Chief Executive Officer – VSA
INVITED Dave Duncan, Assistant Deputy Minister – Ministry of Transportation & Highways

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071213 Views

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Petition: Urge the Province to Stop Licensing the Plunder of First Nations Land

Add your name to the petition.

We, the undersigned, are writing to urge the Province of Ontario to end its complicity in the theft and plunder of First Nations land. Specifically, we ask that the Province stop providing licenses for resource extraction from lands currently in the Federal land claims negotiation process.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071107 Views

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Shell Helps Aboriginal Leaders Make the Grade

July 20, 2007

Rod Burnstick is one of the first recipients of a Shell scholarship to attend Aboriginal Leadership Development courses at the Banff Centre in 2007 and 2008, thanks to a $50,000 donation Shell made to the program earlier this year. Burnstick says completing the course means being able to help his community with economy building efforts.

by NationTalk on July 23, 20071308 Views

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The Metis Nation British Columbia is Proud to Announce the 10th Annual General Meeting Guiding Our Proud Metis Nation

Released: July 21, 2008

NationTalk interviews Balgovind Pande.
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by NationTalk on July 23, 2007997 Views

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