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Ontario Budget Set for March 25

McGuinty Government Building on Plan to Strengthen the Economy

TORONTO, March 6 –

NEWS

The 2008 Budget will be delivered in the Ontario legislature at approximately 4:00 p.m. on March 25, 2008. Details and registration information for the media lockup will be available shortly.

The first Budget of the second mandate will continue to build on strategic investments made over the last four years.

by NationTalk on March 6, 2008933 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia 2008 General Election

Tuesday, March 04th, 2008

Métis Citizens
Métis Nation British Columbia Central Registry

Re: Métis Nation British Columbia 2008 General Election

Attention Métis Citizens,

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Board of Directors is officially notifying all Métis Citizens that the General Election has been scheduled for September 13th, 2008.

by NationTalk on March 5, 20082154 Views

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Nahendeh MLA Disappointed with Proposed Job Cuts in Constituency

March 4, 2008

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4, 2008) – The MLA for Nahendeh Kevin Menicoche today expressed disappointment with the Government of the Northwest Territories’ decision to consider eliminating regional community development and front-line sport and recreation workers in his constituency.

Mr. Menicoche has received telephone calls and a petition from constituents who have received letters from the Department of Human Resources indicating their positions as front line workers in the areas of community development and sport and recreation are being eliminated.

by NationTalk on March 5, 2008743 Views

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Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Leave of Absence

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Clément Chartier
President
Métis National Council
Suite 201, 350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ont.
K1R 7S8

Re: Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Leave of Absence

Dear MNC President Chartier,

Please be advised that the MNBC Board of Directors met this past weekend with the majority of the Métis Chartered Community leaders in British Columbia to discuss the current Métis National Council (MNC) developments. MNBC discussed a number of items including the current MNC default of the Health Canada Agreement in January 2008.

by NationTalk on March 5, 20082012 Views

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Another First! Minister of Aboriginal Affairs meets at MNO Head Office

Monday, March 3, 2008 — MNO Press Release

OTTAWA—The Hon. Michael Bryant, Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs met today with MNO Executive and senior management at MNO’s head office in Ottawa. It was the first time since its formation nearly 15 years ago that a Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs has visited the Head Office of the Métis Nation of Ontario. After touring the MNO Registry, the Minister said he was “amazed” that we have so much documentation and evidence of Métis ancestry in our records. Following a lengthy meeting that included a briefing of MNO operations, there was a discussion on MNO’s top priority of entering into a Framework Agreement with the Province of Ontario. An agreement that would, through the Ontario Legislature, give official recognition to the Métis Nation of Ontario and which would pave the way for a “government to government” relationship in the future. Such an agreement would significantly alter the ability of the MNO to obtain adequate funding in all areas including Métis governance at the provincial and community council levels but would also enable it to move into other areas of critical importance such as Métis child and family services. Although it will take some time to negotiate the full terms of a Framework Agreement, the Minister did agree to consider some immediate funding issues and to meet with the MNO again later this month. The Minister made commitments that although it may have taken this long for a Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to meet at MNO Headquarters, his visit signals the change that has come about and the desire of his government to establish proper recognition and a proper relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario.

CONTACT:
Katelin Peltier
Acting Manager of Communications
Work: 613-798-1488 Ext. 108
Cell: 613-859-7130

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by NationTalk on March 4, 20081001 Views

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Statement from the Ontario Regional Chief on the Federal Budget

TORONTO, March 3 – The federal budget released on February 26, 2008 is extremely disappointing and fails to respond to the crisis situations that are the reality in far too many First Nation communities across Ontario.

This Harper government shows blatant disregard for the most basic health and safety needs of our communities. The Harper government has focused on issues that relate to their own ideologies and conservative voter base in an effort to score political points.

by NationTalk on March 3, 20081203 Views

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Transcript of Michael Bryant Speaking in Caledonia

Six Nations (Caledonia) Negotiations

MICHAEL BRYANT ON YOUTUBE (AUDIO 1)

Hi, Michael Bryant, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. I’m here in Caledonia at the Tim’s. We are [Inaudible] there – spending some time talking to some folks. It’s about two years ago that the confrontation between Haudenosaunee/Six Nations began. And what I’m hearing in there is a couple things. Firstly, not much has been happening. So it’s cooled down. But secondly, it used to be that there was a lot more integration. You would have seen a lot of Six Nations people here at the Tim’s, and at the grocery store, and that isn’t happening. So the community is divided and it’s one of the many reasons why we’ve got to negotiate a resolution. I’ve been here a couple of times before. It’s a great place to get the pulse of the community.

by NationTalk on March 2, 20081089 Views

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All Words, Little Action, No Money for Women

February 29, 2008

The Canadian government is taking “a more focused approach” to achieving equality between women and men with the goal of “achieving real and measurable results”. At least that’s what the Government of Canada’s said to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) during its February 28 2008 statement.

But the Canadian government’s actions speak otherwise.

by NationTalk on March 2, 20081068 Views

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Health Action Lobby (HEAL) dissatisfied with Federal budget

OTTAWA, Feb. 28 – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) responded to Tuesday’s Federal budget with disappointment. While HEAL acknowledges the merit of new funding for a number of vulnerable populations, the coalition of 36 national health and consumer associations is concerned this second consecutive budget that is silent on ways and means to protect and strengthen Canada’s health care system. HEAL warns that funding for coordinated health human resource planning is needed urgently in order to secure the future well-being and health of Canadians.

by NationTalk on March 2, 20081318 Views

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Liberals Call on Federal Government to Get Serious about Caledonia

February 28, 2008

OTTAWA –The Conservative government must finally take a leadership role and act to bring resolution to the two-year Caledonia land claim dispute as quickly as possible, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville and Lloyd St. Amand, Member of Parliament for Brant, said today.

“Having recently visited Caledonia, I can report first-hand the frustration from all sides regarding the lack of leadership of the federal government,” said Ms. Neville.

by NationTalk on March 2, 2008997 Views

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