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Province Increases Funding Of Western Development Museum By $2.8 Million

News Release – September 27, 2007

Visitors to the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits at its four branches in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced an $800,000 increase in the WDM’s annual operating budget, along with a one-time $2 million grant to initiate Phase Three of the interactive exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble.

by NationTalk on September 27, 20071091 Views

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New $6 Million Arts Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

First grant deadline for Alberta Creative Development Initiative is December 1

Calgary, September 27, 2007 – Alberta artists and arts organizations have until December 1 to apply for the first round of funding under the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI), a new $6 million fund that will support further development of the arts in Alberta over the next three years.

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) are jointly responsible for the new granting program in cooperation with the Calgary Arts Development Authority and the Edmonton Arts Council.

by NationTalk on September 27, 20071179 Views

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Métis Nation of Alberta Moves Forward on Harvesting Action Plan

EDMONTON, Sept. 26 – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) reported on its progress in implementing the Métis Harvesting Action Plan that was unanimously adopted at the MNA Annual General Assembly held in August 2007.

“The MNA’s leadership continues to move forward on our Action Plan that focuses on four areas: exercising Métis rights, defending Métis rights, political action on Métis rights and public education on Métis rights,” said MNA President, Audrey Poitras.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071224 Views

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Métis Nation of Ontario – Flying The Métis Flag in London

by Alvin McKay

When I first became a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario I wanted very much to connect with my local community. I found there was none organized locally here in the London area. I found out that the Hamilton Council was the closest one and was probably the one that governed the London jurisdiction. Keen to establish some dialogue I sent numerous e-mails and frequently called the Hamilton office that was eager to point me in the right direction for various questions I had. I found out that Toronto was the headquarters, at that time for our Provincial Executive Council.

I came across Doug Taylor. He suggested that I might be able to ask London City Council to fly our flag on Louis Riel Day. The larger centres, Toronto and Hamilton at that time were flying our flag.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071609 Views

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MMF Supports Louis Riel Holiday

September 25, 2007

WINNIPEG – Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) welcomed the Manitoba Government’s announcement naming the province’s new holiday Louis Riel Day acknowledging and commemorating the great Metis Leader and Father of Manitoba.

“I thank Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan, their cabinet colleagues and caucus, for the announcement of Louis Riel Day,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “I also thank Manitoba students across the province for carefully considering and suggesting his name.”

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071941 Views

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Explore Aboriginal Tourism This Fall

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — British Columbia is ablaze with bright autumn foliage, making this a wonderful time to travel to Aboriginal communities throughout the province. Unique resorts, abundant wildlife, fall foliage colours and unique adventures attempt to out-glitz the scenery for visitors exploring the homelands of local First Nations.

Fall is when the grizzly bears and eagles come down to the shoreline to feast on spawning salmon. Travellers can view this annual ritual on a fascinating bear viewing excursion to the scenic Orford River in Bute Inlet, offered by Aboriginal Journeys. Accessing the viewing location is part of the adventure, passing lush temperate rainforests, through swirling tidal waters and spectacular scenery. Viewing is done from safe bear-viewing platforms above the river. Tours may also include a traditional native-style salmon barbecue at the We-Wai-Kai Village on Quadra Island.

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071363 Views

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13th Annual First Nations Awards

Nov 8, 2007
Cultural Events

13th Annual First Nation Awards (Saskatchewan) Requesting nominations, please contact Gloria Kiaswatum (306) 791-6506 or (306) 791 – 6502 Email [email protected]

Address: Queensbury Convention Centre Regina, Saskatchewan
Telephone: (306) 791-6502
Fax: (306) 522-8116
Contact: Gloria Kaiswatum
Email: [email protected]

by NationTalk on September 25, 20072759 Views

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Media advisory – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 25 – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, will be in Iqaluit to make an announcement regarding International Polar Year projects.


For further information: Maria O’Hearn, Regional Communications Manager, Nunavut Regional Office, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Iqaluit, Nunavut, (867) 975-4725, [email protected]; Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071201 Views

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$1 Million Available To Communities For BC150 Years

For Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA – Under a grant program created for BC150 Years, community organizations across the province will be able to apply for funding to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen today.

“History was made locally and should be celebrated locally,” said Hagen. “Next year is an opportunity to celebrate our history, Aboriginal cultures and diverse communities – and to look toward a bright future. We hope every community will take the opportunity to celebrate its unique history and place in the building of our great province.”

by NationTalk on September 25, 20071134 Views

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Library and Archives Canada/Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties Exhibition Opening at Library and Archives Canada Sept. 24, 2007


Theme: Values, Voices and Visions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 24, 207) – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proud to present the official opening of the exhibition Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties on September 24, 2007. This unique exhibition will showcase a wide selection of treaty documents dating from the 1600s to the 1990s. The documents originate from LAC’s collection, as well as fascinating items from other Canadian cultural institutions.

Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties will feature a wide collection of documents by providing an insight into the voices, values and visions behind Canada’s Aboriginal treaties. These living documents and artifacts are among our most precious of Canadian heritage records as they illustrate decisions that have shaped all Canadians.

Among the many highlights is the original Treaty no.9 from 1906, otherwise known as the James Bay Treaty. This treaty was the first time that a provincial government took an active role in negotiations. There is also a map of New France from the 17th century drawn by Jesuit priest Francesco Giuseppe Bressani. It is recognized as one of the most significant maps of the time. A real treaty jacket will also be on display in the exhibition. Upon treaty agreements, the royal authorities generally offered Aboriginal Chiefs jackets decorated with brass buttons to demonstrate their status.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071715 Views

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