Eel Ground , N.B. – October 31, 2007 (NNW) – On Thursday, November 1st, at 12:00 PM ET. Eel Ground First Nation School in partnership with Atlantic First Nation Help Desk will host a National Video Conference on Teenage Stress/Suicide Prevention featuring the World Premiere of “After the Thunder: The Simon Bishop Story”.
Ottawa, October 30, 2007 – The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) will hold its 81st Annual Convention in Ottawa, from November 4-6, 2007. The 2007 CAB Convention theme, Broadcasting, Redefined, targets issues of fundamental importance to the broadcasting and distribution industries: new technologies and platforms, new business models and partnerships, and new policies and regulations that will allow Canada’s private broadcasters to thrive in an increasingly complex global business environment.
With more than 100 guest speakers from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia participating in 18 information sessions over two days, the CAB has pulled out all the stops to make the 2007 Convention program the most informative and entertaining ever.
OTTAWA—The radical tax cut and debt repayment plan announced in today’s Economic Statement does nothing to address the serious problems facing the country, the Alternative Federal Budget coalition says.
“Tax cuts will not do anything to help skyrocketing drug costs, our crumbling municipal infrastructure, nor provide clean drinking water on First Nations’ reserves. They will not create affordable child care spaces, build affordable housing, lower tuition fees, nor reduce greenhouse gases,” says Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
OTTAWA, Oct. 30 – The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, said today’s federal fiscal update leaves no doubt that the federal government could afford to work with First Nations to eradicate poverty. Canada should make the necessary investments in all areas such as infrastructure, housing, education and training in First Nations communities. These investments are urgently required and there is no good reason why the federal government is choosing to ignore First Nations poverty.
TORONTO, Oct. 30 – Sam George, brother of slain Ipperwash protestor Dudley George, will comment on the new Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and its new Minister, at a press conference on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Queen’s Park Media Studio in Toronto. The Ipperwash Inquiry recently recommended the establishment of a separate Ministry and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
For further information: Murray Klippenstein, (416) 937-8634 or (416) 598-0288
TORONTO, Oct. 30 – To celebrate 25 years of grantmaking, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is recognizing 25 great not-for-profit organizations from across Ontario for the impact they have made in their communities thanks to funding from OTF.
OTF’s 25th Anniversary Great Grants Awards celebration is being held on November 1, 2007 at the MaRS Centre in Toronto. Awards highlight the achievements of 25 organizations from more than ten thousand groups that have received Foundation grants over the past 25 years. These organizations have exemplified excellence, innovation and leadership in building healthy communities across the province.
Dr. Emőke J. E. Szathmáry, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, is pleased to announce the creation of a unique centre in the Faculty of Arts dedicated to creative writing and oral culture. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) will be the first institute of its kind in Canada when it opens in early 2008 following renovations. The CCWOC will be home to scholars, students and visiting artists who wish to collaborate, create new works of verbal art, and study the relationships between oral and written culture.
TORONTO, Oct. 30 – The leadership of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) enthusiastically welcomed the announcement of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s new Ontario Cabinet. Tony Belcourt, President of the MNO, was one of the invited guests who attended the swearing-in ceremony that was held in Toronto today.
“This new Ontario Cabinet signals an important turning point in the relationship between the government and Aboriginal peoples in this province. The appointment of the Hon. Michael Bryant, as the first Minister to solely represent the interests of Aboriginal peoples around the Cabinet table, is truly historic. For years, Aboriginal leaders have pointed out the inherent conflict of having the Attorney General or Minister for Natural Resources also acting as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Premier McGuinty has not only acted to address this issue, but he has appointed the ideal person for the job – a person who knows our issues, who is sensitive to them and who has the kind of political currency needed in order to advance our issues at the Cabinet table,” said Belcourt.
NIPISSING FIRST NATION, Oct. 30 – Grand Council Chief John Beaucage says that he is looking forward to working with a new Cabinet and the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs but stressed that the McGuinty government, and Premier Dalton McGuinty in particular, needs to “step up” to advance their relationship with First Nations in Ontario.
“This Government needs to move beyond dealing with First Nations through a single Cabinet portfolio,” said Grand Council Chief Beaucage speaking from the southwest region of the Anishinabek Nation. “Premier McGuinty, as a leader must step-up and show a government-wide commitment to addressing First Nations issues and moving forward on a government-to-government basis.”
Evaluating a program to reduce child maltreatment in Manitoba
With recent child deaths in Manitoba caused by maltreatment, the question being asked is how can we prevent this from happening again? A new study by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Manitoba evaluates the provincial BabyFirst program and its impact on child maltreatment.
The BabyFirst program was introduced by the Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO) in 1999. The program is now known as Families First. The program is a home visiting program for families with newborns living under conditions of risk. One of the goals of the program is to prevent child maltreatment.