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Aboriginal Interns Welcomed Into BC Public Service

For Immediate Release
Sept. 13, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
BC Public Service Agency

VICTORIA – The Province welcomed 15 Aboriginal youth to their new roles in the BC Public Service as part of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong and Community Services Minister Ida Chong announced today.

The program was first announced on May 28, 2007 by Ministers de Jong and Chong. The program fulfils a commitment identified in the 2006 speech from the throne in the creation and implementation of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20073396 Views

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Canada’s New Government Supports Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

PENTICTON, British Columbia, September 13, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), today announced $240,000 in funding for the Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society to support the En’owkin Centre.

“The En’owkin Centre has demonstrated outstanding artistic programming and a commitment to maintaining and perpetuating Indigenous knowledge. It is a unique training centre for Aboriginal arts in Canada,” said Minister Verner. “Canada’s New Government is proud to support this great Canadian arts education institution.”

by NationTalk on September 13, 20072480 Views

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New $3 Million Dollar Affordable Housing Project Opens In Winkler

September 13, 2007

Winkler, September 13, 2007 – Manitobans in the Winkler area now have access to a new affordable housing complex, as a result of close to $2 million in federal and provincial funding underthe Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI).

Brian Pallister, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, on behalf of the Honorable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Doug Martindale, MLA for Burrows, on behalf of the Honorable Gord Mackintosh, Manitoba Minister of Family Services and Housing, and Martin Harder, Mayor of the City of Winkler, presided over the grand opening ceremony.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071337 Views

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Historic Declaration Adopted at United Nations Bittersweet to Aboriginal Women in Canada

For Immediate Release Press Release New York City, NY, U.S.A. (September 13, 2007) – Native Women’s Association of Canada President Beverley Jacobs joined with Indigenous Peoples from around the world in celebrating the long-awaited adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Declaration is the culmination of over twenty years […]

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071397 Views

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Historic UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples Adopted Today

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 13 – The United Nations has adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at a meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York by an overwhelming majority of 143 votes in favor, four opposed and 11 abstentions. The Métis Nation, represented by Métis Nation of Ontario President Tony Belcourt joined leaders of Indigenous Peoples from around the world at this momentous occasion to applaud the Nation States which voted to approve the Declaration and to express its profound disappointment in Canada and the small number of other countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA) which voted in opposition to its adoption.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071023 Views

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National Chief Communique on Specific Claims

Assembly of First Nations
September 10, 2007

Creating a Renewed Approach to Resolve Specific Claims

On June 12, I stood with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and then-Minister of Indian Affairs Jim Prentice to announce the beginning of a new, joint process aimed at resolving the backlog of First Nations specific claims. I took part in the announcement because First Nations have had to wait far too long for justice. The current claims process is fundamentally unfair and biased in favour of the federal government. Canada is in a conflict of interest because, at the end of the day, it decides claims against itself and treats claims as a discretionary government program rather than legal debts owed to First Nations.

The extremely slow pace of resolving land claims has resulted in a backlog of more than 1,000 claims and a tremendous cost to First Nations and Canadians in terms of time, money and good will. Resolving these claims is the key to unlocking the full potential of our people and our communities. It is a foundation for us to rebuild our economies, our communities, our cultures and our governments. W hile resolving these legitimate land issues will not resolve every outstanding issue before us, it is one step further in putting to rest historic wrongs.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071713 Views

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NDP Calls Conservatives Cowardly and Un-Canadian

Thu 13 Sep 2007

Crowder expresses outrage after Strahl, Bernier vote against aboriginal rights

BRITISH COLUMBIA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) blamed Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl and Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier for being irresponsible towards aboriginal people in Canada after they instructed officials to vote against the UN Declaration on Aboriginal Rights.

“These Conservative ministers should ashamed of themselves,” said Crowder. “Their actions are cowardly and un-Canadian. Clearly, we can’t trust the Harper Conservatives to make life fairer for aboriginal people in Canada. It’s a sad day.”

Crowder is demanding the ministers apologize and that Canada ratify the convention immediately.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071363 Views

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Harper Government Fails Canada with UN Vote

September 13, 2007

OTTAWA – The Harper government has failed Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and embarrassed Canada internationally by voting against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Liberal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion and Liberal Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Anita Neville said today.

“By opposing this Declaration the Conservative government has signaled to Aboriginal Canadians that their rights aren’t worth defending,” said Mr. Dion. “The government has also dramatically weakened the leadership role Canada has long enjoyed in the global human rights movement.”

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071233 Views

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CANCELLED: Speaker Series Presentation by National Chief Phil Fontaine

Date: September 18, 2007
For more Information Contact:
Heather Scott
[email protected]

Regretfully, National Chief Phil Fontaine has had to cancel his Speaker Series presentation at Lakehead University on Tuesday, September 18. A rain date is being discussed, and the University community will be notified once a date is confirmed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank you for your understanding. Please call Heather Scott in the Office of Communications if you have any questions. Heather can be reached at 343-8177.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071148 Views

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AFN National Chief Applauds Today’s Passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Recognizing 30 Years of Work in the Making

OTTAWA, Sept. 13 – The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations called today an important day for Indigenous people around the world, including First Nations in Canada.

“While the Declaration is not perfect, it is a step toward setting minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous people everywhere. It’s a day to celebrate.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071229 Views

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