Aboriginal News

Youth cool to proposed education act, by Betty Ann Adam, posted on The Star Phoenix

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt confronted a skeptical reception at an Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Youth Council summit in Saskatoon. He also hinted the Federal government’s unpopular proposed education act could be shelved, depending on further response from First Nations. “No decision has been made as to whether or not we introduce a bill. We will see what the consultation results in,” Valcourt told reporters at the summit on Wednesday. [Read More…]

Wreath laid to honour Aboriginal servicewomen, posted on Wawatay News

A wreath honouring Aboriginal servicewomen from World War II was laid by Mishkeegogamang’s Isabelle Mercier during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Waverly Park in Thunder Bay. “We had the honour to have the Aboriginal servicewoman from World War II here in Thunder Bay,” Mercier said after the Nov. 11 ceremony. “Thirty-five per cent of our people signed up voluntarily in World War I, thirty-three per cent of our people signed up in World War II. Their service is to be honoured as all service when a country is in need.” [Read More…]

Centralizing The Duty To Consult: Alberta’s New Aboriginal Consultation Office, by Roy Millen and Katie Slipp, posted on Mondaq

Alberta has undertaken numerous initiatives to reform and streamline its regulatory processes for natural resource development, including the adoption of REDA, the Responsible Energy Development Act. In conjunction with those efforts, Alberta recently released its new Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 (Policy). While the Policy is not implemented yet, the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) described in the Policy has been set up and is anticipated to be fully operational by November 30, 2013. [Read More…]

First Nations member resigns from N.B. Energy Institute, posted on CBC News

The only First Nations member of the New Brunswick Energy Institute has resigned, saying he was not comfortable with the level of intervention by the provincial government in the supposedly independent body. Fred Metallic, a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec near Campbellton, says he quit because the institute was too preoccupied with how the Alward government wanted it to respond to shale gas development. [Read More…]  

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