LARONGE, Saskatchewan, March 14, 2003 --
On Friday, March 14, 2003, Rick Laliberte, Member of Parliament for Churchill River, on behalf of Industry Minister Allan Rock, announced renewed funding for Industry Canada's First Nations SchoolNet Program. The funds will be used to provide First Nations schools with Internet access, computer equipment, technical support and training.
Six regional management organizations that have been selected to manage and deliver the First Nations SchoolNet Program across Canada will also be announced.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the Pan-Canadian Northern Connectivity Conference and the second semi-annual First Nations SchoolNet Conference. Various municipal, provincial, federal and First Nations community representatives will attend the event on site or through videoconference. Everyone was invited to participate on-line through http://smart.firstnation.ca and joining in the live chat session that runs with the webcast.
The text of the official announcement, along with the background notes (in a PDF format) are available on-line.
Date: Friday, March 14, 2003Time: 9 a.m.Location: LaRonge Motor Hotel LaRonge, Saskatchewan
For more information, please contact:
Industry CanadaMedia Relations(613) 943-2502
Susan GoddardInformation Highway Branch(306) 780-5610
Six Keewaytinook Okimakanak managers were able to get together with Carl Seibel in Thunder Bay on Thursday, March 13 to discuss plans for the final year of the Smart Communities Demonstration Project. Working with the information obtained from the first three First Nation ICT planning workshops held this year, the managers mapped out priorities and strategies to deliver on many of the community needs.
Support for the further development of KiHS in each of the KO First Nations and for the local schools’ ICT requirements was recognized as a priority. Telehealth development and migration to include all the First Nations across the region is another goal that will continue to be supported by the smart project. The Kuh-ke-nah Network will see ongoing upgrades and the introduction of more capacity for both IP video conferencing and IP telephony. Skills transfer, local human resource development and capacity building will be the focus of a series of gatherings being planned for the upcoming fiscal year. The KO Public Works team will be taking on the development of local GIS applications with each KO First Nation.
Lots to look forward to in the upcoming year and lots of work to be done by the KO Smart Team!!
Join Global Vigil on March 16 - CENTENNIAL PARK, Sioux Lookout
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), MoveOn.org, and the Win Without War Coalition urge the people of the world to support Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s call for "A Global Candlelight Vigil for Peace" on Sunday (March 16).
On the verge of a US-led war against Iraq, we ask people around the world to share in a time of witness and prayer for peace—to show that there are two superpowers in the world: the US Government and WORLD PUBLIC OPINION.
In the last months, we have petitioned local leaders and the UN; we have rallied by the millions; we have marched. Now it is time for a solemn witness and display of our profound hope and our prayers for peace.
In the most countries, vigils are being scheduled for 7:00 p.m. local time. In areas where it is not yet dark at 7:00 p.m., organizers are asked to hold their vigils at dusk.
Our goal is to create a moving curtain of light that rolls from the Pacific around the world.
Please share this message as widely as possible.
It is particularly important for there to be vigils in the member countries of the UN Security Council: Angola, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Chile, France, Germany, Guinea, Mexico, Pakistan, The Russian Federation, Spain, The Syrian Arab Republic, The United Kingdom, and The United States.
We recognize that other people around the world are affected by violent conflicts—current, past, and imminent. Signs calling generally for prayers or hopes for peace are fine.
To find a vigil in your area or to register a vigil that you are planning, go to www.globalvigil.org .
For more information about planning a faith-based vigil, visit www.afsc.org, where you will also find extensive resources on the conflict with Iraq and global work for peace.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the worth of every person, and faith in the power of Love to overcome violence and injustice.
BREAK-THROUGH BEFORE NAFTA AND WTO – ARGUMENTS BY ENVIRONMENTAL AND INDIGENOUS GROUPS ACCEPTED
(Vancouver, British Columbia/ Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 13, 2003): In a precedent setting move the NAFTA tribunal accepted arguments by Canadian Aboriginal peoples and environmental groups in the ongoing dispute over Softwood Lumber countervailing duties. In January 2003, the WTO panel on Softwood Lumber also accepted indigenous and environmental submissions.
Grand Chief Leon Jordain, Grand Council of Treaty 3, a member of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET), stated: "Our peoples are very proud of the acceptance of our submissions, which shows that Aboriginal proprietary interests and environmental concerns are taken seriously by international trade tribunals, where national governments often fail to take them into account or implement them." Similarly, Deputy Grand Chief Raymond Ferris of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, expressed his pleasure in the efforts of First Nations coming this far and expressed the intention of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to continue its efforts.
Aboriginal peoples and environmental groups intervened in the present Softwood Lumber Dispute because of the government’s continued failure to recognize Aboriginal Title or enforce environmental protections such as streamside buffers. The Canadian government has consistently opposed public interest organization participation in trade disputes, while making joint submissions with industry associations.
In NAFTA and WTO proceedings Canadian governments and industry misrepresented Canadian law arguing that stumpage paid by large companies holding tenure rights was not the price paid for Crown timber, but " akin to a tax," implying that the companies own the trees as they stand in the forest.
Arthur Manuel, Spokesperson of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade: "Aboriginal peoples are the stewards of the land and we also own the trees in our forests. What would British Columbians say if their government told them that all trees now belong to the companies? Yet this is the very argument Canada is secretly bringing before international trade tribunals both against the interests of Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian public as a whole."
Will Horter of the Dogwood Initiative, working with different public interest groups and Aboriginal peoples stated: "It is important our voices are heard, because Canada is trying to pass their administrative stumpage system that exploits the forest resource off as a competitive market system to the detriment of conservation and the overall economy."
Aboriginal peoples and environmental groups will continue to make substantive submissions to international trade tribunals in the Softwood Lumber Dispute, educating both the panel members and involved parties. They are confident that increasing international awareness of Aboriginal and environmental issues will also ensure that their interests are taken into account in political negotiations regarding Softwood Lumber.
For more information, please contact:
Arthur Manuel (INET): 250-319 0688
Will Horter (Dogwood Initiative): 250-370 9930
Grand Chief Leon Jordain (Treaty 3): 807-548 4214
Deputy Grand Chief Raymond Ferris (NAN): 807-623-8228
Nishnawbe Equay-Wug Broomball Tournament
A - Side Champions $12,000.00 with Trophy & Gold Medals
A - Side Finalists $6,000.00 with Trophy & Silver Medals
B - Side Champions $5,000.00 with Trophy & Bronze Medals
B - Side Finalist $3,000.00 with Trophy
"C - Side will be added if more then 20 teams enter"
New Deadline for late entries: Monday March 24 2003 @ 10:00pm
For more information call: Marcel Mckay Head Coordinator
Work (807) 537 - 2259 Home (807) 537 9955 Fax (807) 537 - 2547
or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFIRM TEAMS AS OF MARCH 13 2003
Webequie Queens, Pikangikum 2Extreme, Pikangikum Angels
Eabametoong Northern Lights, Eabametoong Charlie's Angels, Neskataga
Nibinamik Native Stars, Nibinamik Wolverines, Michikan Lake Stars
Muskrat Dam Saints, Rat Portage, Sachigo Lake, Sioux Lookout
Cat Lake and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Blazers
"We are talking to other teams but haven't confirmed as of yet"