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Residential Schools Settlement Update for November 14th, 2007

If you have questions about your Common Experience Payment (CEP) Application, please contact Service Canada at 1-866-699-1742 or visit your local Service Canada office. A list of offices can be found on the Service Canada website at www.servicecanada.ca.

The Government of Canada is working hard to expedite the processing of your CEP application in a timely manner. Immediate steps include an increase in the number of processing staff and an increase in the number of agents available to answer your call when you contact the toll-free number listed above. The Government understands that applicants have been waiting a long time for payments and they appreciate your patience.

The next status update will be available on November 21st, 2007.

by NationTalk on November 15, 20071064 Views

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National Chief Hopeful the Frank Paul Inquiry Will Reveal the Truth

OTTAWA, Nov. 14 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine welcomed the inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, which is being conducted by Justice William H. Davies in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Nearly 9 years after Frank Paul froze to death shortly after being released by Vancouver Police, we are finally seeing a public inquiry begin. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. There have been many cases of First Nations people who have died while in custody or shortly after being released under questionable circumstances. I am hopeful that this inquiry can uncover the truth and deliver some form of justice and closure to the family and friends of Frank Paul,” said National Chief Fontaine.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071373 Views

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Final Arguments in Goodon Case No End of Government Harassment

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 14, 2007

BRANDON – Today Metis defendant Mr. Will Goodon entered a Brandon courtroom alongside Metis legal counsel and with Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand. Final arguments in the Goodon Case may have begun but all indications are that this may not be the last time Metis Harvesters defend their rights in the courts.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071285 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Hopes Truth Will Come In Frank Paul Inquiry, Bring Closure to All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2007

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The First Nations Leadership Council is hopeful the Frank Paul Inquiry will bring to light the truth surrounding the death of Frank Paul nine years ago. Paul, a Mi’kmaq man, died of hypothermia in December 1998 shortly after being released by the Vancouver Police Department into an east Vancouver alley.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20071117 Views

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Help Sharon McIvor win equality for Aboriginal Women

In an historic court victory for Aboriginal women and their descendants, Sharon McIvor, a First Nations woman from Merritt, British Columbia, has successfully challenged the continuing sex discrimination in the sections of the 1985 Indian Act that determine Indian status (http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/Jdb-txt/SC/07/08/2007BCSC0827.htm).

Sharon McIvor’s case challenges the continuing preferential treatment given to males and those whose Indian status is traced from male ancestors, as a violation of section 15, the equality guarantee of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

by NationTalk on November 14, 20076870 Views

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Status of Investigation Into the Shooting Death of RCMP Cst Douglas Scott

Iqaluit, NU — November 9, 2007 —The first phase of the investigation into the death of Cst Doug Scott is wrapping up today, with the departure of the forensic and investigative teams from Kimmirut.

The next phase involves analysis of the forensic evidence from the various crime scenes, and analysis of the statements of witnesses and community members.

by NationTalk on November 10, 20071299 Views

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Province Addressing Justice Issues in Labrador

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Executive Council
Aboriginal Affairs
November 9, 2007

The Provincial Government is making progress to improve the justice system and ensure appropriate levels of service for every Newfoundlander and Labradorian who must avail of the justice process, particularly in Labrador.

by NationTalk on November 9, 20071213 Views

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The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Youth Crime Prevention Programs in British Columbia

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 8, 2007) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced $350,000 in funding to support two youth crime prevention projects in the cities of Surrey and Vancouver.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071478 Views

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Consultations to Begin on New Corrections Act

FOR RELEASE #07-241
November 8, 2007

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon government will begin community consultations on a new Corrections Act this November.

This consultation stems from an action item arising out of the Correctional Redevelopment Strategic Plan, released last February. This plan was created after the Consultation on Corrections held in 2005.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071198 Views

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First Nations Leadership Council Urges Full Implementation of Savannah Hall Inquest Recommendations

November 7, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The First Nations Leadership Council is encouraged by the findings of the coroner’s inquest into the death of Savannah Hall. The coroner’s inquest found that Savannah Hall died of suffocation while in foster care, which the 5 member jury concluded as a homicide. The coroners’ jury also made 26 recommendations for change, 17 of which directly impact the Ministry of Children and Family Development and how the ministry operates.

by NationTalk on November 8, 20071321 Views

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