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lNAC perspective on Federal Transfers to Provinces for Post Secondary Funding

Jean Crowder, MP
House of Commons
OTTAWA ON KIA OA6

Dear Ms. Crowder:
This is in response to your correspondence of July 11,2007, addressed to my predecessor, concerning funding for the First Nations Technical Institute.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s regional officials have worked closely with the First Nations Technical Institute the past several years. Ongoing discussions have included the need for the institution to seek additional sponsorship outside the federal and provincial governments. As you are aware, the majority of post-secondary institutions have private sector support, as well as alumni support, to offset the rising
costs of post-secondary education. I trust that the First Nations Technical Institute’s endeavours to additional private sector support will meet with success.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081182 Views

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Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Training Session

Métis Nation British Columbia
Thursday, February 28th – March 2nd, 2008
Training Session
Schedule and Draft Agenda
3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC
Viscount Room

Objective of the Training Session;
The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is pleased to continue the third step in training support for the Métis Chartered Community Associations throughout British Columbia. MNBC provided training in September –
November 2007 where four specific recommendations were made to the MNBC Board of Directors as a result of the feedback received during these sessions. The MNBC Board of Directors provided a final report during the Métis Nation Governing Assembly in December 16th, 2007 that outlined the four recommendations:

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081106 Views

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Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad 2008 Takes the Stage

VANCOUVER, Feb. 1 – Cultural Olympiad 2008 today launches a multi-year celebration of arts, culture and creativity staged as part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Running February 1 to March 21, 2008 in more than 40 venues throughout Metro Vancouver and British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky corridor, this seven-week celebration of the imagination offers an exhilarating program of contemporary talent and creative collaborations. More than 300 free and ticketed performances and exhibitions fall under the Cultural Olympiad 2008 umbrella, spanning music, dance, visual arts, literary arts, theatre, film and new media. This is the first time a Winter Games has hosted a Cultural Olympiad two years before Games time.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081142 Views

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Nuu-chah-nulth Nations Seek Reconciliation

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

PORT ALBERNI, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(Feb. 2, 2008) – One of the largest Aboriginal fishing cases in Canada will be back in court on February 4th when Nuu-chah-nulth Nations face Canada and British Columbia to have their rights and title to sea resources recognized, respected, and implemented.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081496 Views

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Forests Are Not the Crown’s to Sell Privatization Proposals Would Create Chaos, Not Certainty

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2008

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – The industrial privatization of BC Forests through outright sales or long-term leases of large tracts of land cannot be one of the outcomes of the latest initiative from Premier Gordon Campbell, the province’s First Nations leaders warned today.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081247 Views

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Week takes a Hard Look at Aboriginal Health

By Ileiren Poon, ExpressNews Staff
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February 4, 2008 – Edmonton – Aboriginal people are Canada’s fastest-growing population, and their health concerns can’t be left out in the cold, says the organizer of the University of Alberta’s first-ever Aboriginal Health Awareness Week.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081195 Views

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Hereditary Chiefs Not Consulted on Coal Bed Methane Development

NEWS RELEASE — Gitxsan Territories — Jan 14, 2008

GITXSAN TERRITORIES – Gitxsan hereditary chiefs announced today that potential adverse effects on their traditional territories from coal bed methane exploration and development at the headwaters of the Skeena River compels the provincial government to consult with them on the initiative.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081279 Views

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Native Education College – Message from NEC President

Huia Martin B.Ed, M.A.
NEC President

As the newly appointed President of the Native Education College I cordially invite prospective students and their families to our wonderful Long House facilities in the heart of Vancouver. The Native Education College (NEC) is British Columbia’s largest private Aboriginal College. We are governed by a Board collectively known as the NEC Native Education College, composed of directors from First Nations Bands and Organizations located throughout the province.

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081249 Views

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Reminder: Aboriginal Groups say B.C.’s AG is Double Dealing

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

VANCOUVER, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY–(Feb. 1, 2008) – The United Native Nations, B.C.’s largest urban aboriginal group, has called a meeting of other urban aboriginal organizations for next week to discuss a formal response to what it calls “double dealing” by B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal in relation to the Frank Paul inquiry.

Press Conference
Friday, February 1, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
Federal Court building, 800-701 West Georgia Street, media room

IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS, SOCIAL

For more information, please contact

David Dennis, Vice-President, United Native Nations Society
Primary Phone: 604-868-4283

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081018 Views

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FNTI – Compare and Contrast

INAC’s Press Release
Jan 30, 2008 19:04 ET
CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Statement by Minister Strahl on the First Nations Technical Institute

This document corrects and replaces the release sent earlier today at 6:04 PM EST.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 30, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today issued the following statement on funding for the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI):

“The Government of Canada has been providing funding to FNTI since 1985. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) remains committed to working with FNTI to help it evolve into a fully self-sufficient, sustainable educational institution.

“Today, I am announcing a supplementary one-time contribution of $528,121 for the current school year. This commitment from our government will help to ensure that students will be able to complete their semester. This is the third consecutive year that additional funding has been made available to FNTI. With this latest supplementary one-time contribution, INAC has provided FNTI with more than $2 million for the 2007-2008 school year.

“Our government is working with FNTI officials to seek alternative funding sources such as the private sector, the Ontario government, the business community and alumni. We are also encouraging FNTI to develop a sustainable business plan which will enable them to provide high quality courses to First Nations students.

“I would like to thank Prince Edward – Hastings MP Daryl Kramp for the leadership he has shown, on behalf of our government, as we move towards FNTI becoming fully self-sufficient and sustainable.”

For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Minister’s Office
Ted Yeomans
819-997-0002

or

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Media Relations
819-953-1160

by NationTalk on February 5, 20081326 Views

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