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Apology Awaited – Compensation Begins for Residential School Survivors

The final step in a long journey of healing for residential school survivors is an official apology from the prime minister, native leaders said yesterday in Edmonton.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said Stephen Harper should issue an apology in a significant public ceremony, just as Brian Mulroney did for Japanese-Canadians who were forced into internment camps during the Second World War.

by NationTalk on October 8, 20071250 Views

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Federal Court Halts Red Chris Mine – MiningWatch Canada Wins Precedent-setting Decision

VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 – Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris Mine – a huge acid-generating mine proposed for northwestern British Columbia – has been put in doubt.

The precedent-setting decision upholds the fundamental right of Canadians to be consulted during the environmental assessment of large mines on the comprehensive study list. The Court found that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act enshrined this right when it was amended in October 2003.

Representing MiningWatch Canada, Ecojustice lawyers (formerly Sierra Legal) filed the lawsuit in June 2006.

by NationTalk on October 6, 20071347 Views

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Federal Court Halts Red Chris Mine: MiningWatch Canada Wins Precedent Setting Decision

Thursday October 4, 2007 11:55 AM

Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris Mine- a huge acid-generating mine proposed for north-western British Columbia – has been put in doubt.

The precedent-setting decision upholds the fundamental right of Canadians to be consulted during the environmental assessment of large mines on the comprehensive study list. The Court found that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act enshrined this right when it was amended in October 2003.

by NationTalk on October 5, 20071366 Views

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AFN National Chief Honours Mary Moonias: First Residential School Survivor to Receive Common Experience Payment

EDMONTON, Oct. 4 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine today presented Ms. Mary Moonias, of Muskwachees Cree Nation (Louis Bull First Nation), with a letter confirming that she is the very first survivor of Indian Residential Schools to receive a Common Experience Payment, as result of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“Today is truly a historic moment for Mary Moonias and every single survivor of Indian Residential Schools. It is a tremendous honour for me, on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, to celebrate this historic moment with Ms. Moonias as the first person to receive a Common Experience Payment. Ms. Moonias is now part of a living legacy. We congratulate her and wish her well in her future endeavors,” said National Chief Fontaine.

by NationTalk on October 4, 20071641 Views

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Media Advisory – Residential School Survivor to Receive First Common Experience Payment

OTTAWA, Oct. 3 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine will confirm the first residential school survivor to receive a common experience payment as a result of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

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The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Joan McEwen, AFN Communications Director, (613) 241-6789 ext. 242, cell: (613) 324-3329 or [email protected]; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext. 243, cell: (613) 298-6382, [email protected]; Josee Bellemare, Bilingual Communications Officer, (613) 241-6789 ext. 336, cell: (613) 327-6331, [email protected]

by NationTalk on October 4, 20072609 Views

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Frontenac Ventures Corp. Granted Interlocutory Injunction Regarding Sharbot Lake Uranium Camp

OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 1 – Since June 28, 2007, members of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (“AAFN”) and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation (“Shabot”) have occupied private property in Frontenac County and prevented Frontenac Ventures Corp. (“FVC”) from accessing its exploration property to conduct exploration activities.

By decision dated September 27, 2007, Associate Chief Justice Cunningham granted FVC an interlocutory injunction ordering, among other things, that representatives of AAFN, Shabot or anyone supporting their position or associated with them, leave the subject property immediately. The Court also ordered that FVC have immediate, unfettered and unobstructed access to the subject property.

by NationTalk on October 2, 20071297 Views

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Federal Court Upholds Rights of Musqueam to Be Consulted

VANCOUVER, Sept. 28 – Today the Federal Court of Canada issued a critical ruling upholding the rights of the Musqueam Indian Band to be consulted regarding the sale of Sinclair Centre and 401 Burrard St., both downtown Vancouver office and retail complexes located in Musqueam’s traditional territory. The Court ordered the Government of Canada not to continue with its planned sale of the buildings to Larco Investments Ltd until it had discharged its duty to consult with Musqueam.

Without having adequately consulted with Musqueam, the federal government decided to proceed with the sale of the buildings as part of a $1.6 billion, 9 building sale/lease back initiative as part of the Government’s plan to sell off its real estate holdings across Canada.

by NationTalk on September 29, 20071671 Views

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Residential School Settlement Update for September 26th, 2007

You may get a Common Experience Payment Claim form by visiting one of the following websites or by calling one of the numbers listed below:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/goc/cep/apply.shtml 1-866-699-1742 (TTY 1-800-926-9105)

www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca 1-866-879-4913

www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

The next status update will be available October 3rd, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 27, 2007933 Views

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Agreement Reached in Inland Treaty Rights Case

The Department of Natural Resources, the United States and five Michigan Indian tribes jointly announced today that they have reached an agreement on tribal inland hunting, fishing, and gathering rights in the 1836 Treaty area of Michigan. The agreement resolves a long-standing dispute with respect to federal and tribal claims that the tribes retained rights under the 1836 Treaty of Washington to hunt, fish, and gather in the treaty area under tribal regulations, rather than under state law.

“This agreement is especially significant in that all of the parties were able to work together to resolve this difficult and complex issue without risking the uncertainties of litigation,” Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries said. “This allowed a more acceptable resolution that protects Michigan’s unique resources and addresses tribal needs. This agreement is a fair compromise and will provide stability and predictability in an area of former legal uncertainty.”

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071191 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Settlement Questions & Answers – September 20, 2007

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has been approved.

Questions & Answers: Common Experience Payment
September 20, 2007

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) has been approved and will be implemented on September 19, 2007. The IRSSA is the largest, most comprehensive settlement in Canadian History and includes:

• A Common Experience Payment (CEP) to former Indian Residential School students who resided at a recognized Indian Residential School and were alive on May 30, 2005 or their estate if they passed away after that date.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071616 Views

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