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CAP welcomes British Columbia UNDRIP legislation, calls on government to reintroduce federal bill

October 25, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – British Columbia has introduced legislation that puts it on track to becoming the first Canadian government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). “It’s just brilliant that they are taking steps to implement UNDRIP,” says Scott Clark, President of North-West Indigenous Council, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) British Columbia affiliate, “ of course, as they go forward, it’s vital to ensure that the 80 per cent of Indigenous people in BC who live off-reserve will be engaged.” UNDRIP was passed by the United Nations in 2007 and adopted in 2016 by Canada, one of the last countries in the world to do so. “This is a positive step towards putting Canada&rs...

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs wishes to congratulate the Chiefs of British Columbia and the BC provincial government on tabling legislation to legally implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba_The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs wishes to congratulate the Chiefs of British Columbia and the BC provincial government on tabling legislation to legally implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Grand Chief Dumas stated “The legislation is meant to provide a framework for the province to align its laws with the standards of the UN declaration — something First Nation people have long been advocating for in B.C. and across the country. We are happy for those that are being recognized in their traditional territories and raising the standards of living for their people”. The province introduced a bill that will ensure all provincial laws are aligned with the declaration (referred to in shorthand as ...

Métis Internship Program

Looking to kick start your career with an exceptional internship experience!? The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is seeking graduates and soon-to-be-grads for placement through the Métis Internship Program. Placement areas include Communications, Public Administration, Policy Analysis, Environmental Science and more! The MNO offers opportunities to grow your skills and advance your career! We are currently offering one year (12-month) placements in the following areas: Natural Resources Management/Biology/Environmental Science Public Administration/Political Science Communications/Social Media/Journalism Policy Analyst Successful candidates benefit from exposure to multiple exciting career options within the MNO, access to mentors and community leaders, and opportunities ...

Oct. 26 Indigenous youth speaks out and other letters to the editor – TheSpec.com

Third world conditions in Canada Indigenous injustice As an Indigenous youth, I am disgusted by our current state as a country. People think Canada is a caring nation yet there are Indigenous people living in third world conditions right in front of us. I’m grateful to not be living there, but this situation is affecting my family. On reserves they have no clean drinking water but you just can’t live without that delicious Kit Kat. Nobody does anything, or even talks about it. We elect people like Trudeau and Scheer who don’t do anything to help the minorities in our society. You are brainwashed if you think Trudeau makes a difference for the better. I shouldn’t have to fight for my culture back. No children should have to grow up in such terror as this. Read More: ...

Advancing the Dialogue: President Lorraine Whitman Congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his Election

October 24, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) — Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) President Lorraine Whitman congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his election in this 2019 federal election. “I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Trudeau on his election,” said President Lorraine Whitman. “We are pleased to be working alongside this new government to ensure the voices of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people are heard.” Over the past four years, NWAC met with Prime Minister Trudeau regarding the implementation of the NWAC Accord, as well as the overall importance of developing culturally relevant gender-based policies, programs, and legislation. “We look forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau to advance the dialogue on ...

Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project – Public Comments Invited

From: Impact Assessment Agency of Canada October 25, 2019 — Ottawa — Impact Assessment Agency of Canada The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is holding a public comment period as part of the environmental assessment process for the proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project, located in northern Alberta. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. These potential conditions would become legally binding on the proponent if the Minister of Environment and Climate Change ultimately issues a decision statement indicating the project may proceed. Written comments in either official language will be accepted until November 24, 2019. Comments can be submitted online by visiting the pro...

Indigo Announces its Picks for the Best Books of 2019

Empire of Wild by Canada’s own Cherie Dimaline named Indigo’s Book of the Year for 2019 TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2019 – Indigo (TSX: IDG), the world’s first cultural department store for booklovers, is thrilled to announce its list of the Best Books of 2019, led by Cherie Dimaline’s stunning novel, Empire of Wild. Every year, Indigo’s team of expert booksellers read thousands of the year’s books and, after much debate and deliberation, hand pick which titles ultimately earn a place on the highly anticipated list. From the trials and tribulations of a 1970’s rock band to a poignant memoir about hope and resilience, Indigo’s experts are confident that readers will be captivated by the stories on this year’s list. “Indigo’s Best...

“Extinct” Indigenous group fights for recognition – Radio Canada International

October 25, 2019 Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an American indigenous man who claims to be a descendant of the Sinixt First Nation, formerly of British Columbia. The problem is that the Canadian government declared the group “extinct” in 1956. The situation goes back to 1902 when the Canadian government set aside reserve land for the Sinixt in the Arrow Lakes Valley of British Columbia not far from the U.S. border. At that time there were 30 registered members although others lived in the area but were not registered. With the arrival of settlers, miners and lumberjacks in the late 1800’s, it’s claimed that many members moved south into Washington state for safety and joined in with the Lakes Tribe there. The last registered member in C...

M’Chigeeng First Nation expands Ngwaaganak immersion program – Manitoulin Expositor

October 25, 2019 M’CHIGEENG – Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng is expanding its Anishinaabemowin immersion program. Ngwaaganak has expanded to another grade this year at Lakeview School. M’Chigeeng leadership is committed to the language as a key component to the success of students. “The Ngwaaganak program is a holistic approach to learning that benefits the learner and all their gifts,” said M’Chigeeng Ogimaa-kwe Linda Debassige, in a release. “We currently have 46 students in the program. The Ngwaaganak program strives to include community in the development and execution of the program.” Community outreach and participation will establish on-going learning in the areas of language, culture, traditions and history. The program recognize...

First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum Provisional Agenda now Available

FIRST NATIONS FOOD, NUTRITION AND ENVIRONMENT FORUM PROVISIONAL AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE Greetings, The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be hosting the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum on November 5-6, 2019, at the Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. To register for the Forum, please click https://www.afn.ca/first-nations-food-nutrition-and-environment-forum/ and complete the registration form online, or download and fax your completed form to 613-241-5808, attention Tash Cote. The provisional agenda for the Forum is now available on the AFN website, and can be found by clicking https://www.afn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FNFNES-Provisional-Agenda_EN.pdf An app/mobile site will also be available for the Forum, which can be found by clicking here events.afn...

AFN: Hotel Booking Deadline for the 3rd Annual National Water Symposium and Tradeshow on November 20-22, 2019

HOTEL BOOKING DEADLINE FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL WATER SYMPOSIUM AND TRADESHOW ON NOVEMBER 20-22, 2019 Greetings, The Assembly of First Nations is hosting the 3rd Annual National Water Symposium and Tradeshow: First Nations Water Future Post-2021 on November 20 – 22, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Please be advised the room rate as quoted in our registration package is only available at the Fairmont Royal York until October 28, 2019. Visit the AFN website (www.afn.ca) for updates on the Symposium. Should you have any questions regarding the National Water Symposium and Tradeshow, please contact the Assembly of First Nations at 1.866.869.6789 or email to Nov2019Watersymposium@afn.ca Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Toronto! ——&...

New evidence post-secondary access programs improve the lives of disadvantaged youth

Ottawa, October 25, 2019 – Two reports by researchers at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) released today present evidence on how well high-school graduates from lower-income families in Canada have fared in their ability to access post-secondary education over the past twenty years. The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released Postsecondary Participation and Household Income which documents policy efforts to improve post-secondary affordability in Canada: at the federal, provincial, and territorial levels. It then goes on to examine how the relationship between family income and post-secondary access has changed over the past two decades for nine provinces using Census and National Household Survey data. In only two provinces have ...

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