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  • » Garry Raven: Open Response » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Wilson Lessons from the Land of the Sleeping Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Garry Raven Open Response To A Friend Email a copy of Garry Raven Open Response to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your Remark Friend s Name Separate

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  • » In the News | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    the Public Utilities Board to grant intervener status at upcoming hearings on Hydro Grand Chief Morris Swan Shannacappo said his organization has been asking Hydro for an environmental assessment for more than a year without a response I think not only the First Nations but Manitobans have to get onside and able to ask those questions What is the environmental damage you are causing by keeping these waters in the reservoirs really high Swan Shannacappo said communities such as Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation and Peguis First Nation have experienced serious flooding because of Hydro s practices The utility should be looking at generating more electricity through wind Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Aboriginal elders journalists can stay at flood hearing Judge WINNIPEG Journalists and First Nations elders won t be barred from a hearing into whether Canada must hand over hundreds of secret documents that could prove Ottawa at fault for hydro dam flooding that devastated three northern Manitoba reserves A Federal Court judge rejected Monday a Crown request to ban journalists aboriginal elders and the public from court while lawyers haggle over whether 259 briefing notes legal opinions and letters are covered by lawyer client privilege and must be kept secret forever But the victory could prove somewhat hollow Federal Court Prothonotary Roger Lafreniere a special judge who handles many pre trial and administrative matters said the court must always err on the side of openness But if the lawyers find they need to discuss the content of any disputed document the courtroom will need to be cleared to protect Ottawa s possible claim of confidentiality That means the 50 or so elders and First Nations leaders who Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments First Nations people pack courtroom More than 50 First Nations people many of them elders are packing a downtown federal courtroom this morning hoping to persuade a judge to make public more than 250 documents that could prove Ottawa culpable for the hydro dam flooding that devastated three northern reserves The elders from Grand Rapids Chemawawin and Opaskwayak will argue that Ottawa doesn t have the right to keep the documents confidential under provisions of lawyer client priviledge We have a problem said Grand Rapids Chief Ovide Mercredi as court staff scrambled to accomodate the standing room only crowd Too many Indians The case which started in the early 1990s and has dragged on for years began when the bands sued Ottawa for failing to protect their interests when Manitoba Hydro and the province built the Grand Rapids dam in the mid 1960s The case could be worth tens of millions in compensation to the bands if the First Nations can prove Ottawa knew Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Tiny bats give hope to proposal for park Bruce Owen BACKERS of a proposed provincial park at Fisher Bay think little brown

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/category/news/page/8 (2016-02-09)
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  • » U of W to be hub for indigenous development research | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    master s degree in development practice U of W will specialize in indigenous issues and perspectives We ve been selected as the hub for indigenous development for the whole network Axworthy said This leads us forward into a broad network of global universities This is as important as having a public health agency come to the city Axworthy said The master s development program in the 22 universities on six continents brings together students from a wide variety of disciplines to tackle issues such as extreme poverty climate change and human rights Students do two 12 week practicums one domestic one international Axworthy said U of W will attract about 25 students from around the world annually beginning in 2011 and serve as an international research centre for indigenous research We think we can attract a lot of resources through research grants and other financial support Axworthy said The program will move into space on the main campus to be vacated when the new science building opens two blocks west he said Axworthy a member of the board of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation said that when the first 15 universities received grants in 2008 to launch the master s development program he asked which school would specialize in indigenous development He was told U of W should apply said Axworthy who then recused himself from the grants process U of W received a US 800 000 grant from the foundation Phil Fontaine former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations will head an advisory circle to bring indigenous traditions to the program For too long this unique perspective of indigenous people has been absent on major development issues Fontaine said We will have an opportunity to influence those decisions The master s degree will be

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/471/u-of-w-to-be-hub-for-indigenous-development-research (2016-02-09)
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  • » Aboriginal Lands and The Crowns – Impacts and Consultations | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    to flooding or other impacts Instances of the federal crown simply leasing or removing reserve lands have been identified across Canada The several treaties which Manitoba First Nations made with Canada include different land quantum for reserve and traditional lands Those land quantums dwindled with subsequent treaties and as the treaties moved north Ottawa Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba are all parties to the Northern Flood Agreement NFA from the 1970s As Manitobans should know the NFA is based in the dramatic damage from the Churchill River Diversion and dams in northern Manitoba The geographic scope of the traditional territories or resource areas under the NFA is a huge portion of our province The master agreement and individual community agreements are modern day treaty with each new agreement requiring a further Act or law of our Canadian parliament Compensation especially lands compensation under the NFA is not yet complete Hydro impacts continue While this article is not meant as legal information or advice it is evident that decision making about crown land use must involve affected communities Real impacts and other problems can arise if notification information and consultation are late or missing from the process Canada s courts have been clear in providing standards and definitions for meaningful consultation with First Nations since our Constitution finally included Aboriginal rights in 1982 One irony is that these steps and standards are obvious in any city or municipality in Manitoba If a level of government wishes to zone land build a new road or bridge change where or which businesses can operate or allow industrial resource extraction then Council takes the required steps of notification information and consultations or hearings prior to a decision Manitoba Policy The Manitoba government has a 2007 draft paper regarding consultations standards with regard to Aboriginal people Posted on the Aboriginal and Northern Affairs web pages it appears to still be out for comment There are according to the Manitoba government website at least eight departments involved in consultations policy or application of consultation standards A new consultations fund was announced in January 2010 with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to host upcoming roundtable discussions The Manitoba government press release and backgrounder from the January announcement says In the Haida 2004 Taku 2004 and Mikisew 2005 cases the SCC ruled the Crown has a legal duty to consult with Aboriginal peoples about any action or decision including enacting a law or regulation that might affect the exercise of an Aboriginal or treaty right before taking that action or making that decision SCC is the Supreme Court of Canada This duty of consultation and accommodation arises out of the principle of the honour of the Crown the Crown is to act honourably and in good faith in its relationships with Aboriginal peoples The failure on the part of the Crown to engage in meaningful consultation in such circumstances may result in any laws passed actions taken or decisions made in the absence of consultation being declared invalid Subsection

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/469/aboriginal-lands-and-the-crowns-impacts-and-consultations (2016-02-09)
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  • » Enviro law changes cut out native input, create conflict, say aboriginals | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Plain s letter to Harper says the proposed Environmental Assessment Act amendments give the federal minister complete discretion on setting the focus for assessments The letter reminds Harper that governments must engage in a meaningful consultation process with aboriginals that includes discussing potential impacts on their rights and interests It is baffling why you would now seek to avoid conducting a fulsome planning process for projects enabled by your government said the letter Such a regulatory arrangement can only lead to additional conflict between project proponents and aboriginal peoples across Canada Annie Roy a spokeswoman for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in Ottawa said the amendments focus on three areas Strengthening the role of the federal assessment agency to conduct studies on major projects Giving the environment minister more authority to focus assessments on key areas of projects Making permanent 2009 temporary regulations that exempt routine public infrastructure projects from environmental assessment Plain said the courts have consistently sided with aboriginals when it comes to backing their rights to be consulted on projects that may impact their lives He said natives are prepared to fight Ottawa to maintain their rights when it comes to environmental projects The government holds private industry s hand to the fire he said Well their hand needs to be held to that same fire He said the Sarnia area and especially the Aamjiwnaag First Nation is known for its extensive chemical pollution due to the area s many petrol chemical refineries My community was called the most polluted spot in North America by the National Geographic Society he said Earlier this week British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced his province will proceed with the steps necessary to build a third massive hydroelectric dam in northeastern B C Aboriginal groups in the region have said they

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/467/enviro-law-changes-cut-out-native-input-create-conflict-say-aboriginals (2016-02-09)
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  • » LEGISLATION WOULD RECOGNIZE ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES OF MANITOBA IN LAW | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    which would recognize Cree Dakota Dene Inuktitut Michif Ojibway and Oji Cree as the Aboriginal languages of Manitoba was introduced today in the legislature by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson Indigenous languages have vanished or are in danger of disappearing in many parts of the world and the same fate is possible for Manitoba s Aboriginal languages if we don t act now to protect them said Robinson This legislation is the first step toward preserving and promoting Manitoba s proud Indigenous language heritage for the benefit of future generations According to the most recent Statistics Canada data it is estimated that 25 2 per cent of Aboriginal Manitobans have knowledge of an Aboriginal language down from 27 8 per cent from 2001 It is remarkable any of Canada s indigenous languages are still spoken following a century and a half of forced assimilation through the residential school system said Robinson noting the importance of the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission now underway in Winnipeg in addressing past wrongs including language deprivation I ve learned that when a language is taken away from a people it s a major step toward the loss of a culture said Robinson

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/465/legislation-would-recognize-aboriginal-languages-of-manitoba-in-law (2016-02-09)
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  • » Pine Falls Newsprint Mill Uncertainty Leads to Exploration of Alternative Uses of the Forest | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    PM With the future of the Pine Falls newsprint mill in limbo the communities in eastern Manitoba are setting their collective eyes on other economic opportunities that exist in the vast boreal forests located in their back yard The Manitoba Model Forest a non profit organization in Pine Falls is leading the way by offering an intensive 2 week training course on non timber forest products or NTFPs The course explores the sustainable harvest production and marketing of a wide variety of natural products from the forest This includes wild edibles berries fiddleheads mushrooms teas fruit leathers flavored birch sap crafts evergreen dogwood and wild rose wreaths diamond willow furniture driftwood art tamarack coat racks and personal care products salves soaps essential oils NTFPs represent an ideal business opportunity for communities located in the boreal forest It is particularly well suited to First Nation peoples who have a strong cultural connection to the land and whom have traditionally not benefited from the economics of the traditional forest product sector The NTFP industry is already putting millions of dollars into the pockets of individuals and small entrepreneurial businesses across Canada For example the Lac St Jean region of Quebec is one of the largest producers of wild blueberries in North America with direct sales of 40 50 million per year NTFP production dwarfs the traditional forest product sector in this region The NTFP training course being held from April 12 to 23 is in its second week at the Winnipeg River Learning Centre in Powerview Pine Falls Students range in age from 30 to almost 70 years of age and from communities in eastern Manitoba including four First Nation communities and even from the Northwest Territories The students are hosting an open house on Thursday April 22 2010 from 6 30

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  • » Native leaders lobby for speedy end to flood lawsuit | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    and 20 years of delays As the case dragged on in federal court in Winnipeg this week three northern chiefs met with Tory and opposition MPs senators and senior Indian Affairs officials hoping to convince them it makes more sense to negotiate instead of litigate Our approach is not to embarrass the government said Mercredi the chief of Grand Rapids First Nation Our approach is to get them to co operate Reasonable people should come to the table Nearly 20 years ago the three bands sued Ottawa for failing in its duty to protect them in the early 1960s when Manitoba Hydro and the province built the Grand Rapids dam The dam flooded thousands of acres of prime hunting and trapping land shattering the First Nations livelihood The case could be worth tens of millions in compensation to the bands Mercredi was joined by Chemawawin Chief Clarence Easter and Opaskwayak Chief Michael Constant The trio planned to meet with about a dozen people including Conservative Sen Gerry St Germain NDP Leader Jack Layton and several MPs of all stripes They won t likely be meeting with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl who has declined their request for a face to face because the matter is before the courts Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge who normally pinch hits for the government on aboriginal issues in Manitoba met with the chiefs in Ottawa but said he couldn t comment on the issue because of the court case Earlier this month yet another round of preliminary hearings into the case began in federal court in Winnipeg Before a formal trial can begin a judge must decide whether to make public hundreds of secret documents that could prove Canada knew for years it was liable The First Nations want to use those documents to

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/452/native-leaders-lobby-for-speedy-end-to-flood-lawsuit (2016-02-09)
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