OTTAWA, Feb. 22 – Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt will be leaving for Guatemala this weekend to visit Mayan communities to discuss fundraising for schools in isolated villages. He will attend a meeting with Indigenous people from throughout the Americas to discuss use and access to technology for health, education, governance and commerce. And he will work on plans for purchasing textiles from Mayan women to feed their children. These are activities that are bringing the MNO and its people to the forefront in Guatemala in the coming weeks and months. Next week he will be joined by Métis National Council President, Clément Chartier and National Congress of American Indians President, Joe Garcia.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 22, 2007) – CUMBERLAND RESOURCES LTD. (TSX:CLG)(AMEX:CLG) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary Meadowbank Mining Corporation (“MMC”) and the Government of Nunavut (“GN”) have signed a Development Partnership Agreement (“DPA”) with respect to Cumberland’s 100% owned Meadowbank gold project located 70 kilometres north of the hamlet of Baker Lake, Nunavut. In addition, the Company has received a Water Licence Type B from the Nunavut Water Board, the final licence required for road construction to Meadowbank. The Meadowbank gold project, host to Canada’s largest pure gold open pit gold reserves of 2.9 million ounces(1), will become one of Canada’s highest output gold producers.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Feb. 22, 2007) – REDCORP VENTURES LTD. (TSX:RDV) (“Redcorp”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Redfern Resources Ltd. (“Redfern”, together the “Company”), has executed a letter agreement with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (“TRTFN”) governing the framework for workplans and funding for the evaluation of the proposed barging access amendment plan for the Tulsequah Project. The agreement also encompasses plans for defining an additional workplan and funding to evaluate the scope and content of a potential future Impact and Benefits Agreement between the parties and contributions to discussions between the TRTFN and government of British Columbia concerning a potential Accommodation Agreement.
In arriving at this letter agreement the TRTFN have not agreed on an affirmative position or acceptance of the barging amendment or the Tulsequah Project pending their determination of the acceptability of the environmental mitigation for the project and any associated defined benefits and accommodation for the TRTFN.
A cross-city Project to help at-risk Toronto youth resolve conflicts and steer them away from gang violence, the courts and potential jail time will be launched Wednesday February 28, 2007.
‘Youth Circles’ is supported by community leaders, educators, mental health officials, police, and the legal community.
‘Youth Circles’ is led and designed by Peacebuilders International to break the crime-and-punishment cycle by allowing disruptive youths to voluntarily address their conflicting issues as an alternative to the punitive court process through participation with victims in peacemaking circles.
For Immediate Release
Feb. 21, 2007
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
PRINCE GEORGE – The Lheidli T’enneh Band will receive a B.C. government grant of nearly $40,000 for an in-depth assessment of burbot habitat, populations and angling pressure in the Omineca region, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.
“This project will gather key information about the burbot fishery in the Lheidli T’enneh fish area,” said Penner. “It will help the band build on its existing knowledge of burbot, resulting in a better, more efficient management of the fish population, both as a traditional/sustenance and sports fishery.”
According to the Lheidli T’enneh, the study of burbot (also known as lingcod or eelpout) has become a priority in recent years, as there is currently very little biological information available on the species. In addition, contemporary studies in other regions show that developing fisheries can often deplete fish populations quickly, as they tend to target fish in the spawning stages.
WHITEHORSE – The Department of Justice and Yukon First Nations are working together to create the best correctional system in Canada.
Justice Minister Marian C. Horne and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Andy Carvill have released the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan responds to the recommendations of the Corrections Action Plan.
The Strategic Plan provides a framework for working collaboratively with First Nations to achieve two goals. The first goal is to substantially improve the quality of correctional programming offered to victims, offenders and communities. The second goal is to fundamentally change the operation of the correctional system so that the Department of Justice, First Nations and other service providers are better able to deliver effective correctional services.
The Wabnode Institute and Cambrian Native Students’ Association are hosting the Traditional Gathering on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the College’s Barrydowne campus. The theme of this year’s Pow Wow is Honouring Our Future Leaders.
The Traditional Gathering or Pow Wow, will take place in the College’s gymnasium on Saturday, March 10 from 12 noon until 10 p.m. and on Sunday, March 11 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. There will be a Grand Entry on Saturday at 12 noon and at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 12 noon. The Pow Wow will feature singing and drumming, dancers in traditional regalia, vendor booths with Native arts and crafts, and a closing ceremony. An honour song for Cambrian College Aboriginal alumni will take place during each session.
There is no admission fee for the weekend-long Pow Wow. For further information about the youth conference and Pow Wow, please contact Rachel Lewis at (705) 566-8101, extension 7881, or Ann Frampton at (705) 566-8101, extension 7275.
By David Helwig
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Tribes and First Nations form alliance for a Clean St. Marys River
Bawating, North America – Following the historic signing of the St. Marys River Treaty in November, 2006, two Canadian First Nations and two Native American Tribes have formed a new alliance that will work to protect the ecosystem of the St. Marys River.
The Anishinabeg Joint Commission had its first meeting on February 12, 2007 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and promises to rekindle ties of family and culture that were inhibited by the imposition of an international border through Ojibwa territory.
It is with great sadness that the staff and executives of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council say good-bye to their former Tribal Chief, Harry Pierre. Harry passed on in the early morning of February 20th in Prince George. Harry was elected Tribal Chief in 2003 and served a three year term in office. Among his many accomplishments in political, community, and family life, Harry led the tribal council through negotiations with industry such as Canfor and Enbridge and maintained a strong footing at the treaty negotiation table. As the Chair for the Council of Chiefs, Harry instilled dignity and fairness and strived for unity among the eight member nations.
“Harry left the legacy of a strong organization and staff that were dedicated to working under his leadership. The Chiefs had a great respect for him, as an Elder, a former Chief for Tl’azt’en Nation, and as their Tribal Chief,” said Tribal Chief David Luggi.
Harry Pierre enjoyed a long political career starting in the 1960s, often serving as Chief of the Tl’azt’en (klaz-den) Nation. He also served a term as Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, elected in 2003. He was one of the founding Chiefs of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in the late 1960s and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in the 1970s. He also supported the creation of the First Nations Summit in the early 1990s.
Too caught up in implementing their ideologically-driven social agenda, the Conservative minority government has no plans to make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers to Canada, the Liberal Opposition said today.
“Yesterday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley appeared before a House committee and dithered on an important issue, the recognition of foreign credentials for new Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. “Why does this government continue doing nothing so that new Canadians’ skills can be recognized, so that they can reach their full potential?”
Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic Omar Alghabra pointed to the government’s year of inaction in bringing the skills and experience of internationally-trained professionals into the Canadian labour market.