Pilot Community Application Form
Aboriginal Role Model Program
Applications Due Friday August 25, 2006
In partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC), the Esteem Team Association (ETA) has received funding from Sport Canada to develop an Aboriginal Role Model Program for Aboriginal communities across Canada with the goal of athletes and physically active Aboriginal Role Models inspiring young Aboriginals to take a leadership role in sport, recreation and physical activity within their own communities.
At this time, eight (8) pilot communities require selection for participation in the pilot phase of the project. For the purposes of the pilot (September 2006 - December 2006), the ASC and ETA are requesting interested Aboriginal communities to apply for consideration as a pilot community by completing the Pilot Community Application Form according to the criteria, needs and descriptions as detailed below:
The ASC and ETA have established some objectives they will consider in selecting the eight pilot communities from the nominated communities list, as follows:
Please proceed to complete the application form on the next 2 pages.
Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability.
We will review all applications and may call to gather more information if needed. We will let you know the status of your application by September 25, 2006. In the event that your community is not selected for the pilot phase of the program, your application will be kept for future consideration when the next phase of the program rolls out with an expanded number of communities after December 2006.
Thank you again for expressing your interest in the Aboriginal Athlete & Youth Role Model Program.
Fax or e-mail your completed form by Friday August 25, 2006 to:
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org fax: (613) 789-9204
For more information, click on the following word documents:
----- Original Message -----
From: Rod Jacobs
To: Rod Jacobs
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:29 AM
Subject: FW: Aboriginal Role Model Program
Would young people in your community benefit from having an Aboriginal role model meet with them to discuss sport in your community, what is good about it, what could be better and how they can take action themselves to create a positive sense of self through their interaction with sport and physical activity in their own community?
If you think this is something your community would like to be a part of, we are looking for 8 pilot communities in which to conduct the preliminary program. The attached documents will provide you with more information on the origins of the program and how it is expected to develop.
If your community is interested in applying to be a pilot community then here's what you need to do by Friday August 25, 2006:
Complete the attached Community Application Form and send it to Shelly O'Brien, Executive Director Programs for the Esteem Team Association at:
E-mail: email@example.com FAX : 613-789-9204
Manager - High Performance Programs
Aboriginal Sport Circle
Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
Cornwall Island, ON K6H 5R7
(613) 938-1176, ext 23
(613) 938-9181 - fax
The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association is pleased to offer the 1st Annual North Western Ontario Training Program to be held at the Kenora Recreation Centre from September 11-14, 2006 in response to member training needs. You are encouraged to review the following course descriptions and submit your registration without delay.
Offering Training Courses in:
From the SPONSORSHIP letter being circulated with the poster - DOWNLOAD a PDF copy of the poster at http://knet.ca/documents/Benefit-concert-finalposter.pdf
Dear friends & relatives:
We are calling on all First Nations, Anishinaabeg-Aboriginal organizations, community groups, corporations and businesses for contributions to "purchase" tickets for this benefit concert at $10 each. All proceeds will support the launch of Oshki'Ayaa'aag Bimaadiziiwin (Good Life for Young People) Foundation. (see page 3)
The concert will be held at Assabaska Ojibway Heritage Park on Friday, August 11, 2006 beginning at 7:30 PM. www.assabaskapark.com
The concert will feature Keith Secola, www.secola.com winner of three 2006 Native American Music Awards including, Artist of the Year, along with the award winning band, Eagle & Hawk of Winnipeg, MB. www.eagleandhawk.com. The opening act will be Big Grassy’s own Percy Tuesday and his band, the P.T. Cruisers. All are generously waiving their usual fees for this inaugural benefit concert.
“The thunderous sound of a Pow Wow Drum, power chords and finger pick'in, echoes of Native American Flute, the music of Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indians. AlterNative, progressive innovative edge utilizing traditional Native percussions, world beat and tribal dance.”
"The human race, is the face of all people, different tongues, one heart."--KEITH SECOLA
Your contributions will allow every one to attend the event free of charge, as well as covering musicians travel expenses. All other proceeds go to Oshki'Ayaa'g Bimaadiziiwin Foundation.
Patron Categories (Agencies, Communities, Business, & Corporate):
Sponsor Categories (Individuals, Groups)
We also need volunteers and donations for
For more information, to donate or get involved, please contact one of us.
Al Hunter, Coordinator (807) 482-1687
Mary Alice Smith (807) 548-1470
Laura Calmwind (807) 467-8778 ext. 228
Eleanor Skead (807) 548-4354
Ohshi’Ayaa’aag Bimaadiziiwin Foundation
Good Life for Young People
c/o P.O. Box 515
NAN NEWS RELEASE
NAN GRAND Chief raises alarm on Harper government stance on First Nations and the courts
TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy is raising the alarm on the new public agenda of the Harper government that takes aim at the courts and First Nations.
Beardy's remarks come on the heels of Indian Affairs Minister Prentice's hard line message to Chiefs in Vancouver where the Minister made it clear that the government was opposed to a so-called "racially segregated fishery."
Beardy said that "The Harper government is now trying to close the door on a court process that First Nations have successfully used to expose the failure of governments to deliver on constitutional obligations and treaty promises to First Nations."
Over the last months the Harper government by deeds and words and have made it clear that they believe that groups like First Nations have been too successful in pressing their claims, claims like the treaty right to fish, in the courts.
Beardy said that "the Prime Minister wants a return to a Canada where political parties and the Cabinet enjoy a monopoly on public policy; where First Nations have little or no access to the political process; and where the courts are bit players on the political stage.
"Unfortunately, there is no turning back the clock. First Nations are here to stay, our demands are legitimate and we will continue to use the courts to back up our demands," said Beardy.
"While Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin and her colleagues may not be Gods, we have more faith in the Supreme Court than in the political whims of governments."
On July 24, one of the member nations of Treaty No. 9, the Kitchenuhmaykoosin Innuwug , launched a court action to challenge the constitutionality of the Mining Act.
Minister Prentice's reference to a race based fishery is just the latest in a long list of public statements by the Harper government that includes rejection of the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the Prime Minister's letter opposing the so-called race-based fishery and the resignation of aboriginal affairs Committee chair Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott for intemperate remarks regarding Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin.
/For further information: Kristy Hankila, Communications Assistant, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625 4902, (807) 472-9604 (mobile)/
The judge's decision is in ... David Peerla, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Mining Coordinator kindly provided KI with some of the key phrases / paraphrases from the KI Injunction decision. These include:
As well the judge included powerful statements concerning KI's responsibilities ...
From: David Peerla, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Mining Coordinator, 807.625.4915, 807.627.3097
Check out Ontario's press release about the decision ... sounds like business as usual ... http://ogov.newswire.ca/ontario/GPOE/2006/07/29/c2186.html?lmatch=&lang=_e.html
Some background articles from http://www.miningwatch.ca/
Opposition to the “Free Entry” system of mine claim staking is being challenged across the country by Indigenous people and private property owners. [July 19, 2006 12:21 PM]
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI - Big Trout Lake) First Nation has today filed documents with the Ontario Superior Court to protect their lands and community from an injunction application and lawsuit for $10 billion by Platinex Inc. By way of notice of a third party claim against the Ontario Government, KI is challenging the constitutionality of the Ontario Mining Act "for failure to provide priority to the exercise of aboriginal and treaty rights...for consultation with aboriginal parties and accommodation of their rights and interests." [May 26, 2006 12:49 PM]
From http://www.waasanaabin.com/ ... Waasa Naabin Community Youth Services presents ...
Workshops featured this year include:
See the full conference agenda at http://www.waasanaabin.com/agenda/agenda.html and check out the pictures from last's years youth gathering at http://www.waasanaabin.com/archive/conference2005.html
You Are Invited To Attend The National Conference On Governance - "Best Practices Fostering Community Success"
From August 15 to 17, 2006, Wikwemikong is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to host the National Conference On Governance entitled "Best Practices Fostering Community Success". The conference is unique as it is being coordinated and hosted on a First Nation community.
You are invited to hear the many stories of aboriginal communities succeeding in ventures, thereby bringing growth, prosperity and stability to their economies. Many of these ventures are accomplished through good decision making. Strong governance structures are required for good decisions. What are the elements of good governance practices? What are the linkages between best practices fostering strong, stable, government in our communities?
Participants will explore various practices and associations between governance and economic development through the sharing of stories.
Ancillary activities include:
The registration fee of $795.00 includes your attendance at the conference, written materials, continental breakfast, lunch, 1 supper, entertainment and a final report.
In addition to being chosen to host the National Conference On Governance, Wikwemikong has also been selected as one of five Cultural Capitals of Canada for 2006.
It is our hope that many will be able to join us on August 15 - 17, 2006.
Questions or further information can be obtained by contacting Anna McGregor, Conference Coordinator at 1-800-880-1406.
Two very interesting training courses are coming to the KO Water Plant Operator Training Centre.
The first course starts August 22 and is a two day leak detection course with CEU’s value. For more information about this course visit http://www.watertraining.ca/waterleak.html
A two day Confined Space course is being offered Sept. 13-14 with the M.H.S.A. featuring their specially designed training trailer. Check out the course description at http://www.watertraining.ca/confinedspace.html.
Article about INAC's Safe Water Panel from Saskatchewan hearings ....
Sask. reserves offer example for safe water - Federal panel praises improvements in quality
Zak Markan - The StarPhoenix - Thursday, July 27, 2006
Efforts made by Saskatchewan aboriginal people to make water management and consumption safer on reserves have impressed a federal panel studying First Nations water issues.
"There's been some very good presentations today, very much from the front-line folks," said Harry Swain, chair of the independent panel that will advise the federal government on improving poor-quality water on First Nations reserves.
Swain and fellow panellists Steve Hrudey and Grand Chief Stan Louttit were holding an informal consultation at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon Wednesday and Thursday. The panel has been travelling across the country for more than a month, talking with aboriginal health experts, water technicians and First Nations politicians about ways to deal with the poor treatment facilities and water management on reserves.
The panel was chosen by Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice in consultation with Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
Swain said that efforts made by aboriginal people in Saskatchewan -- particularly the Yellow Quill and Gordon First Nations -- to improve water management on reserves could be beneficial for other First Nations in the Canada.
"The lessons they learned are applicable all over the country," said Swain.
Swain, who is also the director of the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies at the University of Victoria, draws a lot of his experience during these consultations from when he chaired the research advisory panel of the Walkerton Inquiry.
"The policy question (at Walkerton) was, 'What do you do to assure public health?' " Swain said. "In some sense, that's the same question here."
He adds that these general health concerns, coupled with an historically paternalistic, top-down approach that the federal government has had when dealing with aboriginal concerns, have made the water issue on reserves more difficult to deal with.
"Most of the time, the approach that is applied is a sort of top-down approach," said Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu, medical health officer for the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA). The authority is an organization that regulates various health services, including water management, in 33 First Nation communities across northern Saskatchewan. Nsungu said NITHA was a model organization for assuring safe water management because its members are given a strong voice in the decision-making processes.
"I wish there were more NITHAs around the country," said Nsungu. "There has to be in-depth discussions between the different stake-holders, and this must include the First Nations."
Nsungu adds that mid-sized organizations like NITHA are the best way to assure good water management on reserves because larger, inter-provincial regulatory bodies would become too distant and bureaucratic, while individual bands have too few resources to guarantee safety standards.
Another measure that would assure safer water on reserves would be aboriginal federations or associations starting up their own environment departments, said Justin Scott, water technician for the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation.
"As stewards of Mother Earth, we're supposed to be the ones to sustain her for the next generation. But it's not happening," Scott said. "We talk about regulating water, but the thing is, if we're stewards, why don't we have an environment department?" He adds having an environment department on reserves and actively regulating water systems will allow the water issue to be dealt with more completely.
Swain says he hopes the panel's recommendations to Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, expected to be submitted in September, will give some practical alternatives for aboriginal peoples.
The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2006
Call for Proposals
TEAM SPIRIT: ABORIGINAL GIRLS IN SPORT
Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport is a national project designed to increase community sport opportunities for Aboriginal girls and young women (ages 9-18).
Team Spirit is a partnership between the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and the Aboriginal Sport Circle, and has received Sport Participation Development Program funding from Heritage Canada, Sport Canada.
Call for Program Proposals
CAAWS and the Aboriginal Sport Circle are now seeking proposals from organizations across Canada to develop and implement multi-year community sport programs for Aboriginal girls and young women. Three programs will be selected to receive $6,000 in funding over two years (2006/2007 - $3,000; 2007/2008 - $3,000).
Proposals are due August 8, 2006.
For more information about the Call for Program Proposals visit http://caaws.ca/onthemove/e/aboriginal/communication.htm.
Call for Advisory Committee Members
Three Advisory Committee positions are now available for Aboriginal females with an interest in increasing community sport opportunities for Aboriginal girls and young women. CAAWS and the Aboriginal Sport Circle will prioritize candidates from the Northern, Eastern and Western regions of Canada, and seek to fill one or more of these positions with female Aboriginal youth (aged 18-24).
Submissions are due July 14, 2006.
For more information about becoming a Team Spirit Advisory Committee member visit http://caaws.ca/onthemove/e/aboriginal/communication.htm.
Request for Pictures
Do you have pictures of Aboriginal girls and women engaged in sport and physical activity? CAAWS is searching for photographs to promote the importance of active living for this target group and complement our Team Spirit: Aboriginal girls in Sport project. Send high resolution, digital photographs with appropriate permissions, or suggestions of organizations or photobanks with access to appropriate pictures, to Sydney Millar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAAWS is always looking for pictures of active girls and women. Submit high resolution, digital pictures, with the appropriate permissions, to email@example.com.
For more information contact:
Team Spirit Project Manager
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
228-1367 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6H 4A9
From CBC Online News at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2006/07/26/kelowna-support.html
Premiers renew Kelowna commitment
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
National aboriginal leaders are leaving western Newfoundland with a renewed commitment from provincial and territorial premiers to provide support for the Kelowna accord.
The Kelowna accord was a five-year, $5-billion plan intended to improve the education, housing and health of aboriginal peoples. It was reached by the first ministers last fall, but Ottawa has refused to honour it so far.The heads of five national native groups met with the premiers in Corner Brook Tuesday to renew support for the accord.
Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations said that although he received the support he was looking for from premiers, he is still frustrated.
"There has been movement," said Fontaine.
"Has it been fast enough? No. We need to deal with these issues urgently."
Beverly Jacobs, president of the Native Women's Association of Canada, said some of the promised money needs to be targeted at reducing violence.
"In order to have the strength in our communities, our women need to be strong and need to address those issues of violence and healing," said Jacobs.
Jacobs will be able to pursue those concerns more fully in yet another meeting in the province — Premier Danny Williams announced Tuesday that a summit on aboriginal women's issues will be held in Newfoundland and Labrador in the fall of 2007.
Tuesday's meeting was the first of many this week for the Council of the Federation, which stopped in Corner Brook before proceeding to a three-day conference in St. John's. On Wednesday, the premiers will discuss equalization.