The theme of the three-day Policy Forum, which began Tuesday, was “Healthy Water, Healthy Homes: Improving the Quality of Life”.
The objective of the forum was to captivate a more positive working relationship with government, industry and First Nations in dealing with the issues of adequate housing and safe drinking water for our communities.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.
For further information: Contacts: Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789, ext 229 or (613) 293-6106 or [email protected]; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor – Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789, ext 243 or (613) 298-6382 or [email protected]
FORT SIMPSON – Feb. 6 – There will be no prospecting permits issued for Dehcho territory in 2007. This announcement was made today by Grand Chief Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nation, following a letter, Feb. 1, from the supervising mining recorder of Indian and Northern Affairs.
“In light of the ongoing negotiations leading to an Agreement in Principle, our decision this year is to not issue prospecting permits in the Dehcho territory,” wrote Karen Polakoff, the mining recorder.
Norwegian said that while he appreciated this announcement and saw it as a “small victory” he wondered why similar permits had been issued during the previous two years and why Canada could now recognize section 39 of the Interim Measures Agreement in 2007 but not previously. Section 39 of the IMA (2001) states that there should be no new prospecting permits issued in Dehcho territory without DFN approval.
“While we appreciate that Canada has honoured this agreement this year and see that as a positive development, we trust it will not be broken again as it was for the last two years,” Norwegian said.
For further information: Grand Chief Herb Norwegian 867-695-2355/2610
Charlie Angus says a spate of suicide attempts in Kashechewan is a shocking indictment of the failure of Canada’s commitments to the community. Over the past month, 21 young people have attempted suicide, the youngest being nine-years-old. Angus says he is shaken by this wave of hopelessness in the crisis-ridden community.
Today in the House, he challenged Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice to make a clear commitment to the community. “What future is there for the young people in Kashechewan? The grade school is shut down. There is no community centre for young people. This is not a regional shame. It is not a national shame. Kashechewan has become an international symbol of utter hopelessness.”
LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY, LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
February 7, 2007
For Immediate Release – Wednesday, February 7, 2007 – Earlier today, the Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Dr. John Cowan was recognized for his donation of $79,850 to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) Bursary Fund and the establishment of the Dr. John Cowan Bursary. Dr. Cowan accepted from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine a limited edition print by famed Northern Ontario artist Goyce Kakegamic, presented on behalf of the School by NOSM Founding Dean Dr. Roger Strasser at RMC in Kingston, Ontario.
Purpose: The Métis Nation of Ontario is conducting a preliminary survey to assess the housing needs of Métis citizens in communities across Ontario. Your participation is most important to this process. This is the first stage in a detailed feasibility study to be presented to the Ontario government in order to request Métis specific funding under the Affordable Housing Initiative. Currently there is money allocated for Aboriginal needs, and the Métis Nation of Ontario would like to determine through this survey process, the specific needs of our citizens. The potential benefits of such a program would extend not only to the MNO citizens, but to their various family members and relatives.
The submission deadline for the Native American Music Awards is next week. In order to submit, you first have to become one of their members. The details:
DEADLINE: February 15, 2007
2007 Membership Application ~ Click here
2007 Nomination Submission Form (Click on Link -PDF file) ~ Click here
The Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards is tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2007
Each year the annual Awards show program features over one dozen mesmerizing and dynamic performances by some of today’s leading Native American artists along with awards presentations in over 30 categories including; Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame.
The National Chief is very proactive in protecting the interests of former Indian Residential School students, and in seeing the residential schools settlement implemented as quickly as possible. The current legal disputes between the Government and the Merchant Law Group could delay this process. Therefore, the AFN is requesting that these parties consent to resolve the legal fees issue separate from the Settlement Agreement to avoid delaying implementation of the agreement for survivors.
The National Chief recognizes that we are losing survivors at a rate of four per day, and that any delay is a delay for justice for the survivors.