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Residential School Settlement Takes Historic Step

TORONTO, Sept. 18 – A historic moment will be reached tomorrow when the settlement for residential school survivors becomes final.

Nine judges from across the country held hearings to hear submissions about the settlement. All nine judges approved the settlement. Under those court orders, the settlement goes into effect on September 19th.

A class action brought by the former students of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (the “School”), a native residential school in Brantford, Ontario, and their families, was settled in November 2005 by way of a national Agreement in Principle between the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations (the “AFN”), legal counsel for Indian Residential School survivors and various religious entities (the “Agreement”).

by NationTalk on September 19, 20072597 Views

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Four New Judges Appointed To Provincial Court

September 18, 2007

Attorney General Dave Chomiak has announced the appointments of Michel Chartier, Lee Ann Martin, Carena Roller and Patti Umpherville to the provincial court of Manitoba. The new judges will fill openings in Winnipeg and their appointments are effective immediately.

“These individuals have demonstrated professional excellence in their careers as lawyers,” said Chomiak. “I know they bring a wealth of expertise, dedication and skill to their new positions, refreshing and adding strength and diversity to Manitoba’s judiciary.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071828 Views

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National Chief Communique on Specific Claims

Assembly of First Nations
September 10, 2007

Creating a Renewed Approach to Resolve Specific Claims

On June 12, I stood with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and then-Minister of Indian Affairs Jim Prentice to announce the beginning of a new, joint process aimed at resolving the backlog of First Nations specific claims. I took part in the announcement because First Nations have had to wait far too long for justice. The current claims process is fundamentally unfair and biased in favour of the federal government. Canada is in a conflict of interest because, at the end of the day, it decides claims against itself and treats claims as a discretionary government program rather than legal debts owed to First Nations.

The extremely slow pace of resolving land claims has resulted in a backlog of more than 1,000 claims and a tremendous cost to First Nations and Canadians in terms of time, money and good will. Resolving these claims is the key to unlocking the full potential of our people and our communities. It is a foundation for us to rebuild our economies, our communities, our cultures and our governments. W hile resolving these legitimate land issues will not resolve every outstanding issue before us, it is one step further in putting to rest historic wrongs.

by NationTalk on September 13, 20071632 Views

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Ontario Superior Court Orders a Stop to MNC Board Actions

September 07, 2007

WINNIPEG – Yesterday, in an Ottawa Courtroom, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and Metis National Council (MNC) President Clément Chartier were successful in obtaining a Court Order bringing to a halt the actions of some members of the Board of Governors.

A court injunction had been sought after there were attempts by members of the Board of Governors to unconstitutionally remove MNC President Chartier, subsequently bringing the accountability, credibility, and reputation of the MNC into question.

The Court Order includes the direction that the MNC will not act on any decision, made or given since July 31st 2007 by the MNC Board of Governors, or the MNC Cabinet, until a further Order is given by the court.

by NationTalk on September 10, 20071451 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Phil Fontaine To: All First Nations Chiefs of Canada

Assembly of First Nations

September 7, 2007

To: All First Nations Chiefs of Canada

Re: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly will consider the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for final adoption.

This Declaration has been in development for many years. The principles that it expresses are of the greatest concern to indigenous peoples worldwide, including First Nations in Canada. These principles acknowledge the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples, rights which have been overlooked, ignored or abridged far too often in many countries around the world, including Canada. This history is a global dishonour which nations must begin to address. The Declaration will be an important step in doing so.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20071989 Views

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URGENT NOTICE RE: International Human Rights Tribunal Into Genocide in Canada

URGENT NOTICE

AUGUST 28, 2007

Assembly of First Nations
Indian Residential Schools Unit

The Assembly of First Nations does not recognize the proposed hearings on Residential Schools by the self-proclaimed, non-sanctioned, ‘International Human Rights Tribunal Into Genocide in Canada’.

This “tribunal” is in now ay related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC), which has been mandated as part of the historic Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The TRC will begin its hearings early next year.

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by NationTalk on September 7, 20071843 Views

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada Update for September 5th, 2007

The Opt Out deadline was August 20th, 2007. CEP claim forms will be sent automatically by mail after September 19th, 2007 to those former students in the Notice Administrator’s database who have chosen to stay in the settlement.

If you have changed your address recently, please contact the Notice Administrator to provide your updated address.

The next status update will be available September 12th, 2007.

by NationTalk on September 6, 20071189 Views

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Montague Expresses Disappointment, Frustration Over Government’s “flip-flop” on Metis Hunting Rights

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007

Labrador Metis Nation President Chris Montague is calling on the provincial minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs to help restore a relationship of mutual respect between the government and the LMN by dismissing hunting charges against 16 Inuit-Metis.

In a letter to Tom Rideout, who is also the attorney general, Mr. Montague notes his disappointment and frustration with the charges.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071522 Views

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Six Nations Matrimonial Real Property Law (MRP) to be Developed

(Ohsweken – August 31, 2007) In March 2007 the federal government indicated its intention to again impose federal legislation on First Nations across Canada. This legislation will deal with the Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) issue. Their stated reason for introducing such legislation is what they call a gap in legislation because neither the federal, provincial or First Nations have laws that apply to real property on reserves when spouses separate or divorce. Real property is immovable or fixed to the land and usually includes the family or matrimonial home.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20072244 Views

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MHA Jones Urges Government to Drop Charges Against Metis Hunters

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007

August 30, 2007 – MHA for the District of Cartwright-L-Anse au Clair, Yvonne Jones, is questioning the provincial government’s decision to reverse its stated position and charge a dozen Metis with hunting without a license, while at the same time urging that the charges be dismissed by provincial authorities.

The case involves Metis hunters who have been charged under provincial wildlife regulations, despite public reassurances in April by the provincial Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Tom Rideout, that the government would not interfere with the Metis right to hunt for subsistence. A 2003 Supreme Court of Canada decision ruled that the Metis have a right to hunt for food.

by NationTalk on September 5, 20071522 Views

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