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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Stop Two Vehicles which leads to the seizure of 1,060,200 Cigarettes by the Central St. Lawrence Valley RCMP Detachment

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Cornwall, Ontario – On March 5th, 2008, at 7:44 a.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a 2002 Chevrolet Express cargo van and a Dodge Durango on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario speed off northbound on International Road towards Cornwall, Ontario. When the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicles, he was slowed down by the driver of the Durango in an attempt to prevent the officer from stopping the Chevrolet van. The van was observed travelling at a high rate of speed on the Seaway Bridge on very slippery road conditions. Once in Cornwall, the officer activated his emergency lights to pull over the van when the driver of the Durango continued to block the patrol vehicle. The officer did not continue the pursuit and located the van parked and locked on Notre Dame Street in Cornwall, Ontario. The officer detected a strong odour of tobacco and contacted officers from the Central St. Lawrence Valley RCMP Detachment- Cornwall Office to attend the scene. The driver of the van could not be located. RCMP officers attended the scene and seized 4,200 re-sealable bags of cigarettes that were manufactured in the United States. This represents 840,000 cigarettes worth $92,400 that were not properly packaged or stamped and were destined to be sold illegally.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081300 Views

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Majority Decision of BC Court of Appeal Dead Wrong

JOINT PRESS RELEASE – March 17, 2008

OKANAGAN INDIAN BAND
ADAMS LAKE INDIAN BAND
NESKONLITH INDIAN BAND
SPLATSIN FIRST NATION

The Chiefs of the Okanagan, Adams Lake, Neskonlith, and Splatsin Bands are bitterly disappointed with Friday’s BC Court of Appeal decision to sever Aboriginal Title issues from the ongoing case of British Columbia v. Okanagan Indian Band. This decision prevents the Okanagan from raising their Aboriginal Title to advance recognition, and leaves undecided the central issue of how the Crown got its title, which was for the first time placed squarely before the Court.

by NationTalk on March 18, 20081409 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Update for March 16th, 2008

The List of Decisions regarding the schools that have been suggested has been updated. The updated list will be available to view on March 17, 2008 by the end of the business day. To view the list, please click here.

The next status update will be available on March 26th, 2008.

by NationTalk on March 17, 2008965 Views

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Escape Lawful Custody Stan Daniels Healing Centre: Offender Wesley Clinton Kootenay

EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(March 13, 2008) – At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, 2008, Offender Wesley Kootenay escaped from the Stan Daniels Healing Centre in Edmonton, AB. Edmonton Police Services were notified.

Offender Wesley Kootenay is a 30-year old federal offender serving a 3-year, 3-day sentence for trafficking and trespassing. Kootenay commenced his sentence on March 31, 2006. He was eligible for Full Parole on April 1, 2007. He is Aboriginal, has a medium complexion, shaved black hair, and brown eyes.

by NationTalk on March 14, 20082649 Views

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NAN Supports KI – Court to Sentence KI Leadership

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy together with Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse and First Nation leadership and members from across NAN territory will gather at Thunder Bay’s Ontario Superior Court Monday in support of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) during the ongoing litigation involving the remote fly-in community, junior mining exploration company Platinex Inc., and the Government of Ontario.

DATE: Monday March 17, 2008

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Ontario Superior Court, 277 Camelot Street,Thunder Bay, ON

by NationTalk on March 14, 20081900 Views

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NAN Member Regains Status In Court Win

THUNDER BAY, ON Tuesday March 11, 2008: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler applauds an Ontario Superior court decision correcting the abandonment of legal Indian status under the Government of Canada’s enfranchisement policy of 1951, encouraging NAN community members who have been denied Indian status due to ancestral enfranchisement to ensure their process was fairly administered.

Fiddler’s comments follow a March 5th Ontario Superior Court ruling where Matachewan First Nation member Laura Flood regained legal status under the Indian Act.

by NationTalk on March 12, 20081190 Views

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Environmentalists Win Landmark Tar Sands Lawsuit

Court finds gaping holes in environmental assessment

Edmonton March 05, 2008

The Federal Court of Canada today released a judgment finding fatal legal errors in the environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands Project, north of Fort McMurray.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon was in court in January on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition.

by NationTalk on March 7, 20081136 Views

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Technical Update Matrimonial Real Property

Assembly of First Nations
TECHNICAL UPDATE
MATRIMONIAL REAL PROPERTY

February 13, 2008

The federal government announced on June 21, 2006 that it would conduct nation-wide consultations with First Nations on issues related to matrimonial real property (MRP).

Matrimonial real property is property that belongs to married couples. Matrimonial real property becomes an issue when a marriage breaks down and that property has to be divided in a fair manner. There are provincial laws that deal with this, but these laws do not apply on First Nations reserves and the Indian Act also does not address MRP issues. This means that while First Nations have traditional law and practices dealing with these matters, many First Nations communities do not have laws that are recognized by the Federal government creating what they see as a “legislative gap.”

by NationTalk on March 6, 20081191 Views

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KI Responds to Ontario’s Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2008

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug – March 4, 2008 Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant , paid a visit to our community (KI). There have been media reports today suggesting that Mr. Bryant made a proposal to settle KI’s dispute with the government on Ontario regarding mineral exploration on our territory by Platinex Inc., and that KI accepted the proposal. We wish to set the record straight.

No new proposals were made by Minister Bryant concerning the Platinex dispute and no agreement was reached. While the Minister did provide KI with a draft “Proclamation”, the Proclamation is a general statement of principles concerning future resource development in our territory. It contains no specific commitments by Ontario and makes no reference to the Platinex dispute. Indeed, in his comments to us during the meeting yesterday Mr, Bryant made it clear that Ontario remains committed to the Platinex project going ahead with Ontario’s blessing. KI remains equally committed to our position that we cannot permit mining or mineral exploration within our watershed ands that the Platinex project must not proceed.

by NationTalk on March 6, 20081127 Views

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Update: Reconsideration of Common Experience Payments Has Begun (March 5, 2008)

Information Update: March 5, 2008

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) is now processing applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) Reconsideration Process.

All CEP applicants eligible for reconsideration, who have not already applied, will soon be receiving a letter informing them about the Reconsideration Process. This letter will be from the National Administration Committee (NAC), the mutli-party Committee overseeing the administration of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

by NationTalk on March 6, 20083482 Views

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