Month: December 2017

Happy New Year from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seen in this handout photo. Village Media Inc. has received the following message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on New Year’s Eve to share with our readers. ************************ Happy New Year, Canada! This past year, we marked the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and looked back on the remarkable achievements Canadians have made throughout our history. We recommitted ourselves to our shared values, and we celebrated the diversity that makes us strong. Millions of people – of every background, origin, culture, and faith – have come together to make Canada the diverse, open, and prosperous country...

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2017’s Top Stories: Rethink Canada 150

Carli Berry/Capital News Volunteers set up a billboard created by the Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth Collective which aims to create a dialogue about Canada’s history, Saturday, June 17 at the north end of Duck Lake. First Nations groups continued to push for equality in 2017 and targetted Canada Day 150 celebrations to remind Canadians that the past 150 years were not a celebration for everyone. Calling themselves the Rethink 150 Collective, the group first erected billboards near Duck Lake outside of Kelowna and near Keremeos, putting the spotlight on the last 150 years for Indigenous people. Related: Fire dominates...

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First Nations seek economic highs with legal pot

Phil Fontaine, an Indigenous politician turned marijuana executive, has spent the past year travelling the country and talking to First Nations about jobs, wealth and training opportunities the burgeoning marijuana business could bring. Canada’s marijuana industry is expanding rapidly and some First Nations are looking to cash in on the emerging economic opportunities. Phil Fontaine, an Indigenous politician turned marijuana executive, has spent the past year travelling the country and talking to First Nations about jobs, wealth and training opportunities the burgeoning marijuana business could bring. “Everywhere we’ve been, it’s been the same reaction, interest, excitement. First Nations are...

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B.C. teen developing app and summer camp to revitalize Dakelh language

High school student Tessa Erickson is developing an app and summer camp to help teach kids the Dakelh language. (Jordan Tucker/CBC) A 15-year-old in Prince George, B.C., will be spending 2018 trying to revitalize the language her family spoke for generations through an app and a summer camp. Tessa Erickson is a high school student and a member of the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation . Growing up, she said, her father would occasionally speak to her in the Nak’azdli dialect of the Dakelh language historically spoken in central B.C., even though he wasn’t fluent. "He would just teach me...

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Perry Bellegarde reflects on progress, controversies for First Nations in 2017

WATCH: Relationship with federal government is moving in right direction: Bellegarde The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says he’s pleased with the progress being made by the federal government on reconciliation and improving quality of life for Indigenous Canadians, but the road ahead remains long and difficult. Taking stock of what has proven to be a busy year in 2017, Perry Bellegarde told The West Block ‘s Vassy Kapelos that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are “moving in the right direction” with billions of dollars in government support for First Nations and a surprise...

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Assembly of First Nations national chief to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Old Crow, Yukon

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde speaks at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau in December 2015. Bellegarde will visit Old Crow, Yukon for the 1st time for the 2018 New Years celebrations. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations will celebrate New Year’s Eve in one of Yukon’s most northern communities — Old Crow. Perry Bellegarde and his wife will arrive in Whitehorse Saturday, and leave for Old Crow — population of about 300 — on New Year’s Eve. Bellegarde said that when he became chief of the assembly in...

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2017’s Top Stories: Rethink Canada 150

Carli Berry/Capital News Volunteers set up a billboard created by the Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth Collective which aims to create a dialogue about Canada’s history, Saturday, June 17 at the north end of Duck Lake. First Nations groups continued to push for equality in 2017 and targetted Canada Day 150 celebrations to remind Canadians that the past 150 years were not a celebration for everyone. Calling themselves the Rethink 150 Collective, the group first erected billboards near Duck Lake outside of Kelowna and near Keremeos, putting the spotlight on the last 150 years for Indigenous people. Related: Fire dominates...

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So, what did Montreal’s 375th celebrations really do for the social fabric of the city?

Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations lasted most of 2017. (Graham Hughes/The Associated Press) Nantali Indongo Montreal’s year-long birthday extravaganza is almost over. One more blow-out event on New Year’s Eve and the memory of the whole thing might possibly fizzle away with bubbly. Many seem bent on remembering the festivities simply as "The Denis Coderre Variety Show that cost $1 billion of taxpayers money." Alain Gignac, the general manager of the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, sat down with Homerun to do some ‘xplaining. "We believe it’s been quite a success actually because we measured the intention...

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Alberta Métis man wins high-voltage national business award

Jordan Jolicoeur has been chosen as the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur of the year by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. (Jordan Jolicoeur) When Jordan Jolicoeur took over his dad’s small, part-time electrical business, striking deals with big energy companies was a distant dream. That was in 2013, when he and his brother, Joel, became the owners of Carvel Electric, based in Stony Plain, Alta. At the time, the brothers were happy to take any job they could land. "We were pretty much handed a small work van and a bag of tools," Jolicoeur said. "When we first started out,...

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Canada 150 by the numbers: 87% of Canadians participated in at least one event

Tourists take their picture at the Canada 150 sign on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly is the first to acknowledge Canada 150 had its share of ups and downs. She doesn’t shy away from mentioning the torrential rains that flooded Parliament Hill’s Canada Day show and tries to laugh off the frosty temperatures that forced the cancellation of many New Year’s Eve events, including musical shows planned for Parliament Hill. Canada 150 Skating Day celebrates culture and heritage Controversial Canada 150 Rink officially opens Canada 150: Best of ParticipACTION with...

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Five Manitobans earn Order of Canada nod

Josie Hill of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre packs hampers for needy Aboriginal families at RB Russell High School in a 2007 file shot. Hill was one of five Manitobans named to the Order of Canada on Friday. Five Manitobans are on the list to receive Canada’s highest honour. Former executive director of Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Josie Hill, artistic director of the prominent Winnipeg Francophone theatre company Cercle Molière Roland Mahe, Indigenous rights activist Harry Bone, political cartoonist and artist Real Berard and Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate were all named...

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Legion members presented with Canada 150 pins for volunteer efforts

MP Colin Fraser awards honours to locals ANNAPOLIS COUNTY – West Nova MP Colin Fraser was in Annapolis County handing out Canada 150 pins to a few worthy recipients recently – and they took home part of the roof of the Canadian Parliament building. It was up to individual MPs to determine the criteria for awarding the pins, but generally the medals are to recognize the work of community leaders and volunteers. In Fraser’s case, he was particularly interested in awarding the medals to Legion members who were not normally recognized for their roles within their organizations and the communities; the unsung heroes who make an impact in the lives of many without expecting any fanfare. It was an opportunity to celebrate Canadian values and achievements of Canadians at home and around the world. A limited number of commemorative pins were made and contain copper from the roof of the West Block of Parliament Hill that was in place from 1918-1996. Recipients would be seen to carry out the Canada 150 themes of diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth, and the environment in their communities. Those receiving the pins locally were: — Gerald LeFort from the Port Royal Legion in Annapolis Royal. — Paul Law from the Clementsport Legion. — Mary Francis, Bridgetown Legion. — Donald Sherman, Middleton Legion. — Erle Dolsen, Berwick Legion. — Lynette Gilks,...

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