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Healing in Corrections Conference

FOR RELEASE #07-200
September 21, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Department of Justice and Kwanlin Dün First Nation are hosting a two-day conference to explore and learn more about healing in corrections as a way of providing correctional services.

Justice Minister Marian C. Horne says this conference is part of ongoing efforts to continue to work with others while implementing the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan, released earlier this year.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071413 Views

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MMF Position Vindicated by Ontario Superior Court Order

WINNIPEG – Yesterday, on Monday September 17, 2007, an Ontario Superior Court of Justice Order confirmed the position taken by the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) that Mr. Bruce Dumont is not the interim President of the Metis National Council. The MMF continues to recognize President Clément Chartier as the democratically-elected and sitting MNC President.

“We are pleased the Court Order has prevented a group of MNC Governors from unlawfully usurping the democratic rights of the Metis Nation,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “We have always said that only the MNC General Assembly can decide who is MNC President.”

by NationTalk on September 23, 20071558 Views

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Powleys Throw Support Behind Labrador Metis Hunters

Friday, 21 Sep 2007

More than 80 people took part in a community meeting Thursday evening to show their support for Labrador Metis hunters who have been charged for exercising their Aboriginal and Constitutional rights.

The meeting was also attended by national Metis figures Rod Powley and his mother Brenda. Roddy and his father Steve killed a moose near Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on October 22, 1993. They tagged the animal with a Métis card and note which read, ‘Harvesting my meat for winter’. A week later they were charged with hunting without a licence and unlawful possession of moose contrary to Ontario’s Game and Fish Act. The case would eventually find its way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which unanimously ruled on Sept. 19, 2003, that the Powleys can exercise a Métis right to hunt that is protected under Section 35 of Constitution of Canada.

by NationTalk on September 23, 20071398 Views

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National Chief’s Final Speaking Notes – Indian Residential Schools Announcement

September 20, 2007

This is an important day. It is a day for celebration. It is perhaps even a turning point in the history of this nation.

As of today, a long, 150 year journey has come to an end. A journey of tears, of hardship and pain….. but also one of tremendous struggle and accomplishment . The Settlement Agreement marks the success of that journey.

The Settlement is symbolic. It is a symbolic offering from Canada which acknowledges the harm done to survivors of Indian residential schools and how very wrong it was to inflict that harm. It is not a government handout – far from it – …it is an admission of wrong doing and an attempt to make amends.

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071235 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada Update for September 19th, 2007

Common Experience Payment (“CEP”) claim forms are currently being sent to any former student who is in the Notice Administrator’s database.

If you received a notice package in the mail previously, a CEP claim form package will be sent to you by mail shortly.
If you do not receive a CEP claim form package within the next two weeks by mail or you would like to request additional CEP claim forms, please contact Service Canada at 1-866-699-1742 (TTY 1-800-926-9105).

You may also obtain a copy of the CEP claim form on-line by visiting the Service Canada website at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/goc/cep/apply.shtml or the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) website at www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca or at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

Questions pertaining to the CEP should be directed to Services Canada at 1-866-699-1742.
If you require an Independent Assessment Process (“IAP”) Claim Package, please contact the IAP Information Line at 1-866-879-4913 to register to have an IAP claim form mailed to you. You may also download an IAP claim form at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

IRSRC has also issued a news release dated September 19th, 2007. To view this announcement, please click here: http://www.irsr-rqpi.gc.ca/english/documents/Implementation%20Date%20%20News%20Release%20-%20ENG%20FINAL.pdf

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071481 Views

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Implementation under way for Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

WINNIPEG, Sept. 19 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister Responsible for Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, and Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, today announced the Implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“Significant care has gone into achieving a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of the Indian Residential School system – a resolution that will ensure former students and Canadians can move together towards healing and reconciliation,” said Minister Strahl. “I am pleased to mark today as truly special and memorable, as our historic Settlement Agreement comes into effect and can now be implemented.”

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071439 Views

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AFN National Chief Applauds the Finalization of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

OTTAWA, Sept. 19 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine is pleased to announce that residential school survivors are officially eligible to apply and receive a Common Experience Payment, now that the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has been finalized. Survivors are also entitled to apply for the Independent Assessment Program (IAP) for compensation for serious abuses experienced during their time spent at residential schools.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071344 Views

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Powleys to Lend Support to Labrador Metis hunters; Community Meeting Set for Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Monday, 17 Sep 2007

A national Aboriginal figure will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week to lend support to Labrador Metis hunters who have been charged for exercising their Aboriginal and Constitutional rights.

Roddy Powley and his mother Brenda will take part in a community meeting Thursday at the Masonic Lodge, 377 Hamilton River Road, beginning at 7 p.m. Labrador Metis Nation interim President Kirk Lethbridge says he’s humbled that the Powleys have accepted his invitation to come to Labrador.

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071323 Views

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Media advisory – Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 18 – Please be advised that the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister Responsible for Residential Schools Resolution Canada will be available to the media with National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations regarding the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement on Wednesday, September 19, 2007.

Where:
Tower Atrium at “The Forks”,
200-350 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

When:
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
9:30 a.m.

For further information: Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002; Valérie Haché, Media Relations, Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, (613) 947-5024

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071239 Views

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