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Mackenzie Gas Project: Project Cost Estimate and Schedule Update

March 12, 2007 Via Courier and E-mail

National Energy Board
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0X8
Attention: Mr. Michel Mantha Secretary

Joint Review Panel for the Mackenzie Gas Project
P.O. Box 2412
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Attention: Ms. Paula Pacholek Panel Manager

This letter fulfills a commitment to provide the National Energy Board (NEB) and Joint Review Panel (JRP) with an updated project cost estimate and schedule for the Mackenzie Gas Project, and identifies adjustments and refinements to improve the project and respond to community concerns.

Project Cost Estimate

Table 1 summarizes the updated cost estimates for the Mackenzie Gas Project components.

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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Calls Upon Canada to Immediately Endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Press Release, March 8, 2007

In a ground breaking finding, the CERD Committee today called upon Canada to reverse its position at the General Assembly and support the United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. The United Nations Treaty Monitoring Body also voiced concerns that trans-national mining companies, registered in Canada negatively impact on the rights of Indigenous Peoples outside of Canada and urged Canada to “take measures” to ensure accountability of Canadian transnational mining companies with regard to Indigenous Peoples human rights in other countries.

The CERD Committee examined Canada’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) at its 70th session, in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 20th and 21st. Their findings were released today. Canada, like all countries that have ratified this legally-binding International Convention, is required to report on its compliance with the Conventions’ provisions.

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Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games Official Logo Launch * Postponed *

DUNCAN, BC – Due to unforeseeable circumstances, the official launch of the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games scheduled for this Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Si’em Lelum Gymnasium has been postponed.

The launch will be rescheduled and event details will be circulated as soon as possible.

Brennan Gohn
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games Society
tel: (250) 746-2008 x 231
Fax: (250) 748-3183

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Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund

March 12, 2007

The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund provides opportunity for the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations to support innovative programs aimed at assisting Aboriginal youth in the province to prosper in the future of winter sport.

Twenty Eight grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to deserving communities based on need. The goal of these grants is to increase the capacity of individual Aboriginal communities to offer sport or physical activity opportunities to Aboriginal youth. The Community Grant must be used for development and/or delivery including:

-Program Equipment
-Facility use
-Sustainability plan (ie. League registration subsidy)
-Subsidized registration fees
-Instructor(s) wage
-Guest Speaker fees
-Advertisement and/or promotional materials for the program

Deadline for Submission of Applications:
Applications and all documents must arrive in our offices by 4:30 p.m.Friday April 13, 2007

~ Download the application

The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund (AYSLF) was created as an agreement between the Province of British Columbia, Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation, and the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. Squamish and Lil’wat Nation and Province of British Columbia appointed the 2010 Legacies Now Society trustee for the Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund.

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Robinson Congratulates Athletes And Coaches For Successful Canada Winter Games

March 12, 2007

Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for sport, today congratulated athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff from Manitoba who participated in the 2007 Whitehorse Canada Winter Games for their successful performances.

“A great effort by Manitoba athletes, coaches and volunteers brought 35 medals home during these exciting games in Canada’s majestic North,” said Robinson. “It was a truly unique Canadian experience with Team Manitoba sharing our spirited energy with athletes from across the nation.”

Women earned all four of Manitoba’s gold medals: Gillian Turnbull for fencing, Doris Jones for archery, Doris Jones and Candice McIntosh as a team in archery and Alyssa Caughy for judo. Manitoba also earned 12 silver and 19 bronze medals. In women’s hockey, Manitoba made it to the final game, earning a first-ever silver medal in that sport.

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Dissident Faction Now Blocking Highway 117 – Direct Result of Interference by the Department of Indian Affairs Alleges Barriere Lake Elder

RAPID LAKE, Algonquin Territory, March 12 – Speaking about the blockade of Highway 117 by community dissidents, Harry Wawatie, Spokesperson for the Elders Council of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, today stated that the community does not support the blockade of Highway 117, and he denounced the federal Department of Indian Affairs (DIA) for meddling in the internal affairs of the community by refusing to recognize the Customary Council led by Chief Jean Maurice Matchewan.

Matchewan’s Council was selected in July/August 2006, in accordance with the First Nation’s ancient customs on governance, known as the “Onakinakewin”. The First Nation’s customs give the Elders a prominent role in the leadership selection process. Since August, the Elders Council has been calling on DIA to recognize the First Nation’s selection, but federal officials from the Quebec Regional Office of DIA have refused – basing their refusal on what they claim is the existence of a rival chief and council put forward by a dissident faction in the First Nation.

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Quebec Election Campaign: The Debate Must Not Bypass The First Nations

WENDAKE, QC, March 12 – On the eve of the debate, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, warns the leaders of the three main parties that certain issues should not be proposed in any way without taking into account First Nations. “When Leaders venture on issues such as forestry, regional development or independence, they must take into consideration the specific interests of First Nations. Any silence in this regard will be considered as a confrontation”, warns Chief Ghislain Picard.

The AFNQL wishes incidentally that a specific question concerning First Nations be raised during the debate. Here are two questions which merit clear answers from the candidates:

1. In 1985, the National Assembly recognized the existence of Aboriginal Nations and their right to autonomy. In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples concluded Aboriginal people had, in Canada, the inherent right to Self-Government. In 1995, the federal government acknowledged the existence of such a right. Will Quebec, under your administration, acknowledge the inherent right of Self-Government of Aboriginal peoples? If so, which means will allow doing so?

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Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Announces election results for the 2007 Board of Directors


March 9, 2007 – Ottawa – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has just elected a new Board of Directors at their Annual General Meeting in Ottawa this week.

“We had Inuit women from all across the Arctic and three urban centres” said President Martha Greig, “There were 28 women from across Canada that were nominated for 10 Board of Director’s seats ”. “It is great to see so many Inuit women wanting to sit on the Board of Pauktuutit.”

Elections for the Board are staggered with this year due to by-law changes decided at last year’s Annual General Meeting. The resolution passed last year to strengthen the board representation added one more youth seat, one more urban seat, and also added Yellowknife and Iqaluit as their own seats. “These places were added because the population is growing and we felt the need to increase our representation in these areas.” said Jennifer Dickson, Executive Director, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

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Finalists Announced For National Non-Fiction Award

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2007

Office of the Premier
British Columbia Achievement Foundation

VANCOUVER – The finalists for the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest literary awards, were announced today by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.

Four exceptional Canadian authors are in the running for the $25,000 prize: Marian Botsford Fraser for Requiem for My Brother, Gerta Moray for Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr, Noah Richler for This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, and Dragan Todorovic for The Book of Revenge: A Blues for Yugoslavia.

“British Columbia is a centre for excellence for writing and publishing in Canada, so it’s fitting to have a major national award originate here,” said Campbell. “Canadian authors are producing seminal works of non-fiction, and we’re thrilled to honour them through the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.”

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Francophone Culture Celebrated In Saskatchewan

March 12, 2007

Saskatchewan people will celebrate the richness of the province’s Francophone culture and French language during the 9th annual Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, which officially opened today and continues through March 25.

“Saskatchewan’s 20,000 Francophones make tremendous contributions to the cultural and social fabric of our great province,” Government Relations Minister Harry Van Mulligen said. “By recognizing the importance of Saskatchewan Francophones to our culture, economy, society and communities, we encourage all Saskatchewan people to embrace cultural diversity and take pride in their own and one another’s heritage. I’m especially proud of the leadership role our Francophone community organizations have taken provincially and nationally with respect to cultural diversity.”

Rendez-vous celebrations are held annually in March throughout Canada to promote French language and Francophone culture from coast to coast. The focal point of the two-week celebration takes place on March 20 with the International Day of La Francophonie.

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