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Canada’s New Government Supports Exhibition of 56 First Nations Baskets

FORT LANGLEY, British Columbia, September 19, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Mark Warawa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament (Langley), today announced $18,750 in funding for the Langley Centennial Museum and National Exhibition Centre.

“Canada’s New Government is pleased to support this museum, which provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the Fraser Valley’s rich cultural heritage,” said Minister Verner. “Our Government’s assistance will allow the Museum to complete the second phase of its First Nations Baskets project, giving Canadians increased access to this collection, as well as strengthening its collection management competencies.”

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071274 Views

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Métis Harvester’s Gathering

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
11am to 7pm

Potluck Dinner – Everyone Welcome
(Free for MNO Citizens, $6/plate for non-Citizens)

Live Fiddle Music
Sports for Kids
Free potluck lunch
Free family entertainment and activities
Cultural Displays and Demonstartions
Door prizes
LOCATION:
Dutrisac Cottages
270 Pierre Road
Sturgeon Falls

CONTACT:
North Bay Health Services
(705) 474-2593
OR (705) 474-2767

Cabins & Campsites Available
Mike Stevens
(705)753-2419

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071068 Views

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Aboriginal Language Initiative (ALI) – Ontario Region Call for Proposals for 2007-2008

September 18, 2007

The Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc. Has Been Designated to Administer the 2007-2008 Aboriginal Language Initiative for the Ontario Region In partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage

Project Proposals must be received by: Thursday, September 27, 2007!

On behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc. is making this call for community based Aboriginal Language Initiative project proposals from Ontario First Nations communities and organizations, both on-reserve and off-reserve, working to reverse the erosion of First Nations languages in this province.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071625 Views

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Artwork Wanted for Provincial Collection

September 17, 2007

Submission deadline is October 1

Edmonton… The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is looking for new art to add to its provincial collection. All visual artists who reside in Alberta are invited to submit images of their work to the AFA no later than October 1.

The AFA collection represents a broad spectrum of art produced by artists from across Alberta and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fibre art, ceramic and art glass. The collection was established in 1972, and currently consists of approximately 7,500 works of art.

Art from the collection has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions. Some art is provided to government offices and non-profit organizations for public display.

by NationTalk on September 17, 20071237 Views

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The Box of Light Sculpture Officially Unveiled

FOR RELEASE #07-189
September 13, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon in partnership with the City of Whitehorse, Canada Council for the Arts, and Friends of the Gallery unveiled The Box of Light sculpture at the Department of Education building today.

Education Minister Patrick Rouble, Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor, City of Whitehorse Deputy Mayor Florence Roberts, and Co-chair of the Yukon First Nation Education Advisory Committee, Peter Johnston, welcomed guests and artist Ken Anderson to the unveiling.

by NationTalk on September 14, 20071339 Views

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Federal Funding for Festivals to Support Arts And Heritage, Build Stronger Communities

HALIFAX, September 12, 2007 – The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced how the Government will implement the $30 million in new funding per year provided for in the 2007 Budget to support local arts and heritage activities that involve Canadians in their communities through activities that express, celebrate, and preserve local culture.

In addition to initially funding the creation of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, $30 million annually will enhance funding for Arts Presentation Canada and help fund historical community anniversaries infrastructure.

by NationTalk on September 14, 20071336 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, 20072371 Views

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New Arts Mentorship Program And Website Announced By Bjornson

September 12, 2007

Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson today launched a new arts mentorship program and a website designed to encourage youth to grow creatively as they work toward careers in the arts and cultural sector.

“The Manitoba government is committed to helping youth make informed career choices and these new tools will increase the resources available to them,” Bjornson said. “Whether students want to be art restorers, musicians, web designers or videographers, they will be able to explore job options and work with mentors who can show them how to develop their interests and talents.”

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071272 Views

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Shell’s Methane Plan in Sacred Headwaters Triggers Financial Times Ad

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 11, 2007) – Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and six other international conservation groups are running an advertisement in today’s Financial Times in London, UK, targeting Royal Dutch Shell’s plan for a coalbed methane gas field in northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

The ad features protesters at a First Nations road blockade and the headline, “This time it’s Canada”.

“Shell’s European executives and the British Columbian government need to know the world is watching their actions in the Sacred Headwaters,” said Lisa Matthaus with Sierra Club of Canada, one of the ad signatories. “If Shell pushes ahead with its plan to drill for gas in the Sacred Headwaters, they will face an escalating international campaign.”

by NationTalk on September 11, 20071975 Views

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Study: Culture Occupations Across the Canadian Rural-urban Divide

Monday, September 10, 2007

Canada’s largest cities are the country’s arts and culture hubs, with the size of an area’s cultural workforce depending largely on the area’s total workforce. Despite this reality, a number of rural areas and small cities, particularly in British Columbia, Nunavut and Quebec, show unusually high proportions of cultural workers, according to a new study.

The study, “Towards a Geography of Culture: Culture Occupations Across the Canadian Urban-Rural Divide,” used 2001 Census data. The Canadian Framework for Culture Statistics was used to define the culture sector in the workforce and to examine the proportion of cultural workers in the overall workforce in Canadian cities and rural areas, as well as the diversity of cultural occupations in those areas. While certain rural areas boasted a high proportion of cultural employment, those occupations tended to be specialized, the study found, with the largest cities showing the biggest variety of cultural occupations.

by NationTalk on September 10, 20071116 Views

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