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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