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Cancer fears spark call to halt oilsands growth -Canada.com

Cancer fears spark call to halt oilsands growth
Study finds unsafe levels of carcinogens downstream from oil developments

Jon Harding, Financial Post
Published: Thursday, November 08, 2007

CALGARY — Aboriginal leaders living downstream of oilsands developments in Alberta’s northeast Athabasca region are renewing calls for a moratorium on new oilsands projects due to high levels of carcinogens found in water, sediment and wildlife.

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=ce711bbe-10d2-4c67-9d77-506d619edfbc&k=5393

by NationTalk on November 8, 2007956 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Phil Fontaine

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN
November 6, 2007

The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on the National Chief’s activities and work underway at the national office. More information can be found on the AFN’s website at www.afn.ca.

CHANCE TO ENTER A DRAW TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE:
A SPECIAL SCHOOL MEAL PILOT PROGRAM PACKAGE

One X One is a charitable organization that aims to improve the well-being of children. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and One x One have identified school nutrition strategies as a means to improve the health of First Nation’s Children. However there is no information available about what communities are already doing to promote nutrition in schools. The Chief’s Committee on Health recently approved an environmental scan to gain a greater understanding about the scope of school nutrition programs for First Nations students.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071126 Views

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Municipality Of Sioux Lookout – Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Partnership

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The Municipality of Sioux Lookout, in partnership with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service have partnered to make available the use of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council’s climbing wall over the winter months. The efforts of NAPS in providing a location for the climbing wall over part of the winter will provide an additional recreational activity to Sioux Lookout, and to the First Nations youth who are members of the twenty-four Sioux Lookout District Communities that Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) serves and who are currently attending school in Sioux Lookout.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071302 Views

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Government of Canada Dragging its Feet on Funding 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion in “Canada’s Economic and Political Powerhouse on the Pacific”

Thursday November 8, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Leader for the Inuit of Canada Mary Simon didn’t mince words in reacting to Prime Minister Harper’s comments to the Vancouver Board of Trade yesterday in British Columbia.

“Beefing up infrastructure in B.C. and describing the province as ‘Canada’s Economic and Political Powerhouse on the Pacific’ is a good thing,” stated President Mary Simon, “However the foot dragging that’s going on in Ottawa to fund the Aboriginal Pavilion for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is at odds with the strong language supporting the Arctic, the Inuit, and Aboriginal peoples in the Throne Speech – concluding with the sentiment that the nation as a whole is a ‘North Star’.”

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071044 Views

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Report blasts Nunavut Crown corporation -Chronicle Herald

Report blasts Nunavut Crown corporation

By The Canadian Press
Thu. Nov 8 – 6:16 AM

A harshly worded report by the federal auditor general into the lending practices of a Nunavut Crown corporation has left heads rolling across the tundra and led to records being turned over to the RCMP.

The situation at the Nunavut Business Credit Corp., which oversees about $23 million in loans to 51 businesses in the Eastern Arctic, has been so bad that Sheila Fraser’s office “could not form an opinion” on the agency’s books.

by NationTalk on November 8, 2007914 Views

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Canada’s Environment Minister Sued Over Unreported Mine Waste -ENS

Canada’s Environment Minister Sued Over Unreported Mine Waste

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, November 7, 2007 (ENS) – Two conservation groups launched legal action today against Canada’s Minister of Environment seeking to force the reporting of what they claim are “hundreds of millions of kilos of toxic mining waste being kept secret from the Canadian public.”

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/nov2007/2007-11-07-02.asp

by NationTalk on November 8, 2007931 Views

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Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Media Release

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 8, 2007

(Regina) FSIN Chief Lawrence Joseph is ready to immediately begin a respectful, constructive dialogue to move First Nations issues to the forefront with the new provincial government led by Premier Brad Wall.

“We want to work with the new government based on mutual respect and understanding. First Nations must have a permanent voice at the table so we can find better ways for our people to thrive socially and economically. Our time is now,” Chief Joseph said.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071280 Views

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A Historic Annual General Assembly for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)

(Ottawa, ON – November 8, 2007) On November 1-3, 2007, CAP held its 36th Annual General Assembly in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Delegates from all across Canada gathered to set the general direction of the Congress. Delegates were fortunate to hear the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper deliver his first speech to an Aboriginal audience since becoming Prime Minister.

“Grassroots Aboriginal people from coast-to-coast warmly greeted the Prime Minister and his government’s achievements for Aboriginal people since forming the government in January 2006” said National Chief Brazeau.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071492 Views

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Media Advisory – Sisters in Spirit to visit Yukon

Ottawa, Ontario (November 8, 2007) – Following the success of the historic National Aboriginal Women’s Summit this past summer in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Native Women’s Association of Canada President Beverley Jacobs will be in Yukon next week to present at the very first Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Summit (YAWS). YAWS will be held November […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 20073074 Views

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President Audrey Poitras Sets the Record Straight

As President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, I had hoped that we had turned the page on the old politics of drive-by smears and groundless accusations.

Those who oppose me have now decided to take a shot at my strongest assets – my integrity, my accountability and my character.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20072206 Views

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