The recently announced Task Force is required to "submit to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on September 15, 2004 , a report in fulfillment of its mandate."
In support of Canada's commitment to preserve, revitalize and promote Aboriginal languages and cultures, the Government of Canada announced in December 2002 that it will contribute $172.5 M over 11 years. The three-phased action plan includes a two-year extension of the current Aboriginal Languages Initiative, establishment of a Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures, and creation and on-going operations of a new Aboriginal Languages and Cultures Centre (ALCC). The Centre will be a shared-governance entity operating as a not-for-profit corporation, composed predominantly of Aboriginal individuals. The Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures has recently been named. It will examine and make recommendations on the operations, programming and objectives of the ALCC to the Minister of Canadian Heritage in 2004. The ALCC is expected to be operational by 2005.
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Ga Wiianiniiganiitamagogak Children's Centre has a new web site providing community members with regular updates and information about our program and services.
Check it out at http://gwchildrencentre.ca
Watch for future developments!!
The Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Telehealth initiative and the KO Research Institute are working a number of different unversities to conduct research and produce an evaluation of the KO Telehealth project. Working with faculty and graduate students from Laurentian, Lakehead and Guelph universities, Kevin Houghton (KO Telehealth Project Manager) and Brian Walmark (KO Research Institute Coordinator) will be involved in a number of initiatives to support the development and sustainability of telehealth services in partner First Nations across the region. The research team will be involved in participatory research (also called action research) in which the communities and primary stakeholders will have an active role in defining the evaluation objectives, setting priorities and in designing the tools.
The evaluation component of the KO Telehealth project is designed to fulfill three primary requirements:
The partners in this important project component include:
The Education Director of Samson Beardy Memorial School is pleased to announce the Samson Beardy Memorial School Graduation Ceremonies happening today in Muskrat Dam, Ontario, June 17, 2004 @ 1:30 PM.
The Community members, members of the Chief and Council, Muskrat Dam Education Board members, School Staff and Students are pleased and very happy to annouce that 6 young people will be graduating from Samson Beardy Elementry School this afternoon. June 17, 2004.
Also graduating from the Kindergarten Program will be 7 students.
Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled to commence at 1:30 PM.
Following this will be the Annual Student Achievement Awards. The Teaching staff will be recognizing the students for their acheivements by presenting them with plaques.
Immediately following the awards presentations will be the Community Feast, which will be at 4:00 PM.
Later on the evening, the staff, students and community members will be joining the graduates with the Graduation Dance at the School Gym.
Grade 7 & 8 School Trip
On Friday morning, June 18, 2004 at 6:00 AM, the Grade 8 Graduating Class along with the Grade 7 Class will be leaving on the School Class trip to Toronto, Ontario. The students will be travelling back to the community on June 26, 2004