Day: September 14, 2017

Government of Canada helps Indigenous people develop the essential skills to get good-quality jobs

CALGARY, Sept, 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Ensuring that Indigenous people have the essential skills they need to benefit from job training and to launch their careers is a key priority of the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding for the project Going the Distance: Engaging the Hospitality Sector in Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills Training Development , which will help Indigenous people improve their essential skills. Through this project, the Further Education Society of...

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Protect Your Digital Rights During NAFTA Renegotiations

The North American Free Trade Agreement — a multilateral trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico — is up for review. We know from our experience with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that closed trade processes and pressure from well-funded industry lobbyists can leave us with agreements that put digital rights and innovation at risk. In fact, some have already gone as far as to tell the U.S. trade representative that they don’t even think NAFTA should include “balance” when it comes to draconian copyright laws that would endanger free expression online. 2 As negotiators begin meeting this week...

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Forest industry and Canadian Council of Forest Ministers open applications for sixth annual Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth

Since 2012, the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth has been recognizing exceptional Aboriginal youth who go above and beyond to support their communities and contribute to the forest sector. In 2015, FPAC partnered with CCFM to expand the program and offer two awards. The two awards, each worth $2500, will honour First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals with strong academic standing who are committed to their field of study and to pursuing a career in the forest sector. “Aboriginal governments, communities, businesses and individuals play a huge role in the success of the forest sector” says Derek Nighbor, CEO,...

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‘Ol’ fashioned Ind’en magic’: Ryan McMahon calls Son of a Trickster a must-read

(Ryan McMahon) On Wednesday, Sept. 20, CBC co-hosts Turtle Island Reads — a live public event at McGill University’s Tanna Schulich Hall, highlighting stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians. ​ It’s an opportunity to talk about and celebrate Indigenous Canadian writers and connect readers with their stories. Three advocates will each champion one book of fiction written by an Indigenous Canadian author and try to persuade you to make that book the next one on your reading list. Ryan McMahon, an Anishinaabe comedian, podcaster, new media creator and soon-to-be author based in the Treaty One territory of Winnipeg,...

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Long-awaited N.W.T. mining road through national park gets thumbs up from review board

The Prairie Creek Mine already has extensive infrastructure in place, including underground workings, a mill, a fleet of vehicles, three drill rigs, camp accomodation, and a kilometre-long gravel airstrip. The much-anticipated all-season road to Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek mine passed its environmental assessment this week, more than five years after the Prairie Creek mine was approved in the heart of Nahanni National Park Reserve. The Mackenzie Valley Review Board announced Tuesday it is recommending the project to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs for conditional approval. This week’s green light marks the end of a process that...

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Montreal police looking at new information in death of Siasi Tullaugak

The body of Siasi Tullaugak, 27, was found on the balcony of her downtown Montreal apartment on Aug. 28, 2017. (Siasi Tullaugak/Facebook) Montreal police say they are looking at new information in connection with the death of an Inuk woman, which Urgences-Santé initially told CBC News had been treated as a suicide. The body of Siasi Tullaugak, 27, was found on the balcony of her downtown apartment on Aug. 28. Her sister told CBC News that Tullaugak hadn’t appeared to be suicidal before her death. She said earlier on the day she died, Tullaugak told her she felt someone...

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Non-Aboriginal fishermen protest Indigenous lobster fishery in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — Tension is growing between lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia over the Indigenous ceremonial and food fisheries. As a series of peaceful protests got underway Thursday, the president of the Coldwater Lobster Association said some Indigenous fishermen are taking unfair advantage of their right to continue fishing outside of the regular commercial season, which ended May 31. “There’s large volumes of lobster being landed (and sold), and they’re using the food and ceremonial fishery as a cloaking device to get away with it,” Bernie Berry said in an interview from Yarmouth, N.S. “The bottom line is that...

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Nunavut women find berry picking ‘gold mine’ in northern Quebec

Elaine Metuq, second from left, and six others along with an infant, journeyed to Inukjuak earlier this month. (Courtesy Oleepeka Metuq) A Pangnirtung woman says she has found a “pot of gold” for berry picking — but it’s 1,000 kilometres away. “I have never seen so many berries. There’s berries everywhere, like, some are humongous,” said Elaine Metuq. “I get overwhelmed sometimes because of all the berries.” Seven women and an infant — mostly relatives of Metuq — made the trek earlier this month from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, to Inukjuak, a village on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. The plants...

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What’s in a name? Questions raised about Amherstburg namesake’s history with Indigenous people

The Town of Amherstburg is named for General Jeffrey Amherst, who advocated for the use of small-pox laced blankets as a way to kill Indigenous people. (CBC News) Do you know who General Jeffrey Amherst was? For many he’s just some white-wigged British officer symbolizing the town’s rich history pre-Confederation. For others, he’s a reminder of a dark past, a military leader who called for the use of disease-laced blankets to kill Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The southwestern Ontario town’s namesake has come under scrutiny, along with other historical figures such as founding father John A. Macdonald, for past statements...

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DJ Shub to play free show in Thunder Bay, Ont.

DJ Shub will perform a free show as part of Culture Days in Thunder Bay on October 1. (City of Toronto) A Juno-award winning artist is the latest to join Thunder Bay’s free Culture Days series. The city announced Thursday that DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 pm at the Matawa First Nations Management parking lot (at the corner of John and Court streets). DJ Shub is an award-winning musician and producer from Six Nations of the Grand River. He won a Juno with A Tribe Called Red, two...

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Trade Indian status for Canadian citizenship? Canada can’t afford it

Sen. Lynn Beyak has suggested First Nations people give up their treaty cards and instead be given a ‘fair and negotiated payout’ to ‘settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties’ — a proposal Tim Fontaine calls ‘bizarre.’ Tim Fontaine Lynn Beyak is at it again. You’ll likely remember the Dryden, Ont., senator for igniting a firestorm of criticism earlier this year when she defended the residential school system as “well-intentioned” and criticized the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for not doing enough to focus on the good in the schools. Well, she’s doubling down on that assertion, even though...

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Art exhibit honours elders at Edmonton national gathering

Dawn Marie Marchand curated the exhibit Land and Spirit for the National Gathering of Elders in Edmonton. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC) Gareth Hampshire Outside the conference rooms in Edmonton where Indigenous elders gathered this week was a quiet place for them to rest and recharge. An art exhibit featuring work from Indigenous artists was set up as a special gesture for the more than 4,000 elders who were part of the first-ever National Gathering of Elders. “We wanted to welcome the elders. We wanted to give them a place where they could just be honoured visually,” said Dawn Marie Marchand, curator...

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