AFN Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Conference for Frontline Workers
REGISTRATION REQUESTED BY SEPTEMBER 6!
WHEN: Sept. 11-13, 2006
WHERE: Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Click on the links below for more information.
Message from the AFN Residential School program coordinator:
The Assembly of First Nations – Indian Residential Schools Unit is requesting the assistance of your Tribal Council to distribute the enclosed information to your respective contacts. We also request confirmation of those community representatives in your area who will attend and participate in this conference.
We realize this is short notice and want to insure that your tribal area has the opportunity to participate. Please ensure participants who plan to attend are registered as soon as possible. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
Manager, AFN - Indian Residential Schools Unit
For more information, please visit our website at: www.afn.ca/residentialschools
The Treaty #3 education team is hosting a letter writing campaign to voice concerns about INAC cuts to Special Education funding for students attending provincial schools.
Go to their web site at http://www.treaty3.ca/education-crisis/ to sign the postcard that will be sent online to Roger Valley's office.
From the web site ...
INAC has made severe cuts to the moderate to high cost special education funding for students attending provincial schools in order to cover a $3.2 million deficit in their budget. These cuts are effective immediately and will impact students in the 2006-07 school year.
First Nations submitted applications to INAC in June for the profound and moderate special needs students. These applications were reviewed by INAC in a process which did not involve the First Nations.
Most First Nations have suffered 30-75% cuts. In the Treaty #3 territory, these cuts amount to $1.3 million dollars. This results in the loss of support services for many students attending provincial schools. First Nations have not received enough funding to provide the one-on-one support to students which INAC has determined do not meet the criteria for high cost support, even though these students do meet the criteria of the Ministry of Education.
INAC will not disclose which students are to receive support and which are not. First Nations were simply given an allocation and told to work with it.
Students with moderate to severe issues will be impacted the most. This means that there will be a higher ratio of students to Education Assistants, no Education Assistants for students who are not considered a priority, and possibly no Education Assistants for students who may pose a threat to themselves or others.
If these supports are not in place for students who may pose a threat, the principals of the schools can prevent those students from entering the school, based on the Ontario Safe Schools Act.
What you can do ...
Voice your concern for our children by emailing the postcard to Roger Valley by filling out the form on the Treaty #3 web site, or click the postcard graphic (on the web site) to download a printable version you can sign and mail or fax.
If you choose to download the postcard, Roger Valley's Mailing address and fax number is listed below.
Roger Valley, MP
101 Duke Street
Dryden, Ontario P8N1G4
Anishnabe and Metis women are working cooperatively to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women by hosting an empowerment workshop and a march in September...
Co-organiser Agnes Esquega says the purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness about missing and murdered Aboriginal women and to provide young women especially those moving to Thunder Bay from the northern reserves with the information that they need to protect themselves... The workshop takes place on September 6th at Action for Neighbourhood Changes at 500 Simpson Street in Thunder Bay... The workshop is open to ages 14 and older... A march will follow... For more information call Agnes Esquega at (807) 475-0847 or Sharon Johnson at (807) 622-8429
Equay-wuk (Women's Group) has developed their latest resource, "A Guide for Professional Caregivers: Self-Advocation for First Nations Clients" and is hosting a workshop on Cultural Awareness and Self-Advocation Training in September 2006.
The Menonakachihewaywin Natamakewin (Better Caregiving Project) is a cultural awareness and sensitivity project, intended for non-aboriginal front-line caregivers employed to provide care for Anishnaabe clients from remote First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario.
Workshop: "Cultural Awareness and Self-Advocation Training Workshop"
Sunset Inn, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Facilitator: Bill Constant
Major components of the workshop include:
For more information, contact:
Darlene A. or Felicia Waboose
Equay-wuk (Women's Group)
Tel: (807) 737-2214 or toll free: (800) 261-8294
Fax: (807) 737-2699
Workshop Information available on website: www.equaywuk.ca
Considering the historical, social and economic impacts of having young people leave their homes and communities to attend high school, it is unfortunate that local community-based high school programs are funded at such a lower rate.
Modern residential school uses native culture as a lure - Aug. 27 2006 - Canadian Press
WINNIPEG -- High school principal Don Revel is busy these days gearing up for the start of another academic year, and for the roller-coaster of challenges, struggles and excitement his students will ride in the first few weeks.
All of the 170 students who will attend Southeast Collegiate next month are preparing to leave their First Nations reserves across Manitoba for the boarding school and a chance at a high school education most can't get at home because there are no schools near their reserves.
While aboriginal students from across Canada often must travel to go to an off-reserve public school that offers classes beyond Grade 8 or 9, Southeast Collegiate offers a uniquely aboriginal experience because it is owned and operated by the Southeast Tribal Council.
Revel says the school's attention to native culture, history, language, and counselling -- as well as academics -- is keeping students from dropping out while preparing many for college or university.
At a time when native residential schools are in the headlines for past physical and sexual abuse and a proposed federal compensation agreement, Revel says Southeast Collegiate symbolizes a new, positive era in aboriginal education.
"We are a modern-day residential school, and our philosophy has always been 'doing it right,"' Revel says from behind his desk hidden under mountains of papers and files.
"I don't think there's any doubt the old residential school system was an attempt to assimilate First Nations people to white culture.
"Here, it's very much more of an honouring of culture and understanding how our students can develop the skill sets to either function within First Nations culture at home, or in society as multicultural as it is in Winnipeg."
Enrolment at the school has been expanding rapidly since its doors opened 11 years ago.
When Revel joined the staff seven years ago, the school had about 80 students and a retention rate that hovered around 50 per cent.
Now, the school turns away between 50 and 75 students a year.
Revel believes Southeast has succeeded where public schools have failed because staff directly address some of the main reasons why students return to their reserves without graduating.
"We provide a home," says Revel.
"We tell staff when they are hired they're going to be parents to kids who are 200 to 700 miles away from home and who are going to suffer loneliness and need somebody to identify with."
Pauingassi First Nation, a fly-in community about 300 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, will send its entire Grade 10 class of nine students to Southeast Collegiate.
The community has long struggled with solvent and alcohol abuse, with one in five of the 450 residents considered a chronic solvent addict.
Social worker Eric Kennedy says the students are counting the days until they leave home, while their parents are relieved they'll know where they are and who is caring for them.
Last year in Manitoba, 1,249 students left their reserves for high school -- with 740 of those coming Winnipeg, says a spokesman for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.
Those who don't go to a boarding school are part of the department's private home-placement program. The students choose the public school they want to attend and find their own accommodation, which is covered by the department.
But after seeing many children drop out within weeks when left on their own to find a school in Winnipeg, Kennedy says he hopes the Grade 10 class heading to Southeast will become an example for the younger kids still at home, proving there is a way to continue their education away from solvents.
Kennedy says the emphasis on native culture is the key to keeping the kids in class.
"When I walk through the doors it brings back that I'm proud of who I am, being native, and I think that's what's so unique," says Kennedy.
"They're going to be interested in finding out about their heritage."
The school is considered a provincially funded private school, although Revel says he doesn't have any students that meet the criteria for provincial funding.
Instead, the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs pays $11,000 per student annually for tuition, as well as $13,000 in room, board and trips to and from the students' home reserves.
Revel says that while Southeast Collegiate couldn't be more different than the once-mandatory residential schools some of the students' parents and grandparents attended, their sometimes painful memories are hard to erase.
"Some families are very apprehensive and some don't want to be supportive of the system, because even though it's run by a First Nations organization, there's still a belief they're trying to change their youth to a white culture," he says.
For others, it's the chance for their kids to live and learn in an environment far better than what they have at home that allows them to embrace the school.
"Housing becomes a serious issue for a lot of people," says Chief Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation, about 75 kilometres south of Winnipeg.
"So if somebody wants to concentrate on their education and really get through it, they could choose a residential system where they don't have to live with five or six siblings in a crowded house."
Guitarists have been exchanging tips on how to play songs on a number of online guitar tablature sites. These are sites where amateur musicians trade “tabs” — music notation especially for guitar — for songs they have figured out or have copied from music books. The sites include Olga.net, GuitarTabs.com and MyGuitarTabs.com as well as discussion boards on the Google Groups service like alt.guitar.tab and rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature. Music publishers like Sony/ATV and EMI lose money if people obtain the music from such sites rather than purchasing commercially produced sheet music or books of guitar tablature, as do the artists who hold copyrights to their music. "Music Publishers’ Association and the National Music Publishers’ Association have shut down several Web sites, or have pressured them to remove all of their tabs, but users have quickly migrated to other sites. According to comScore Media Metrix, an Internet statistics service, Ultimate-Guitar.com had 1.4 million visitors in July, twice the number from a year earlier." BOB TEDESCHI, The New York Times, August 21, 2006, (free registration required). The article illustrates the potential of the World Wide Web and Internet to promote cultural exchages, and the power of the medium and some implications for its impact on commerce in cultural materials.
Now the Music Industry Wants Guitarists to Stop Sharing
By BOB TEDESCHI, August 21, 2006
The Internet put the music industry and many of its listeners at odds thanks to the popularity of services like Napster and Grokster. Now the industry is squaring off against a surprising new opponent: musicians.
Lauren Keiser, president of the Music Publishers' Association, says guitar tablature Web sites reduce the earnings of songwriters.
In the last few months, trade groups representing music publishers have used the threat of copyright lawsuits to shut down guitar tablature sites, where users exchange tips on how to play songs like "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Highway to Hell" and thousands of others.
The battle shares many similarities with the war between Napster and the music recording industry, but this time it involves free sites like Olga.net, GuitarTabs.com and MyGuitarTabs.com and even discussion boards on the Google Groups service like alt.guitar.tab and rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature, where amateur musicians trade "tabs" music notation especially for guitar for songs they have figured out or have copied from music books.
On the other side are music publishers like Sony/ATV, which holds the rights to the songs of John Mayer, and EMI, which publishes Christina Aguilera's music.
"People can get it for free on the Internet, and it's hurting the songwriters," said Lauren Keiser, who is president of the Music Publishers' Association and chief executive of Carl Fischer, a music publisher in New York.
So far, the Music Publishers' Association and the National Music Publishers' Association have shut down several Web sites, or have pressured them to remove all of their tabs, but users have quickly migrated to other sites. According to comScore Media Metrix, an Internet statistics service, Ultimate-Guitar.com had 1.4 million visitors in July, twice the number from a year earlier.
The publishers, who share royalties with composers each time customers buy sheet music or books of guitar tablature, maintain that tablature postings, even inaccurate ones, are protected by copyright laws because the postings represent "derivative works" related to the original compositions, to use the industry jargon.
The publishers told the sites that if they did not remove the tablatures, they could face legal action or their Internet service providers would be pressured to shut down their sites. All of the sites have taken down their tabs voluntarily, but grudgingly.
The tablature sites argue that they are merely conduits for an online discussion about guitar techniques, and that their services help the industry.
"The publishers can't dispute the fact that the popularity of playing guitar has exploded because of sites like mine," said Robert Balch, the publisher of Guitar Tab Universe (guitartabs.cc), in Los Angeles. "And any person that buys a guitar book during their lifetime, that money goes to the publishers."
Mr. Balch, who took down guitar tabs from his site in late July at the behest of the music publishers, added that, "I'd think the music publishers would be happy to have sites that get people interested in becoming one of their customers."
Cathal Woods, who manages Olga.net, one of the pioneer free tablature sites, said he had run the site for 14 years with the help of a systems administrator, "and we've never taken a penny." Mr. Woods, who teaches philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, said Olga.net had earned an undisclosed amount of money by posting ads on Google's behalf, but he said that money had paid for bandwidth and a legal defense fund.
Anthony DeGidio, a lawyer for Olga.net, said he was still formulating a legal strategy, while also helping decide whether the site could pay licensing fees "in the event that that's required." For now, though, the site remains unavailable to users.
Because the music tablature sites are privately held, they do not disclose sales figures, and because industry analysts generally do not closely follow tablature sites, it is unclear how much revenue they generate. But with the Internet advertising market surging, almost any Web site with significant traffic can generate revenue.
Google also dabbles in tablature through its Google Groups discussion board service, in which guitar players trade tabs they have figured out by listening to the songs, or by copying tabs found elsewhere. A Google spokesman, Steve Langdon, said Google would take down music tablature from its Groups service if publishers claimed the materials violated copyright agreements and if Google determined that infringement was likely. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Web hosts may review, case by case, a publisher's claims regarding instances of copyright infringement.
To hear music publishers tell it, though, the tablature sites are getting away with mass theft. Mr. Keiser, of the Music Publishers' Association, said that before these sites started operating in the early '90s, the most popular printed tablatures typically sold 25,000 copies in a year. Now the most popular sell 5,000 copies at most.
But Mike Happoldt, who was a member of the '90's band Sublime and whose music is sold in sheet music books, said he sympathized with the tablature sites.
"I think this is greed on the publishers' parts," said Mr. Happoldt, who played guitar on Sublime's hit "What I Got."
"I guess in a way I might be losing money from these sites, but as a musician I look at it more as a service," said Mr. Happoldt, who now owns an independent record company, Skunk Records.
"And really, those books just don't sell that much for most people."
Assuming a tablature site musters the legal resources to challenge the publishers in court, some legal scholars say they believe publishers may have difficulty arguing their complaints successfully. Jonathan Zittrain, the professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, said "it isn't at all clear" that the publishers' claim would succeed because no court doctrine has been written on guitar tablature.
Mr. Zittrain said the tablature sites could well have a free speech defense. But because the Supreme Court, in a 2003 case involving the extension of copyright terms, declined to determine when overenforcement or interpretation of copyright might raise a free speech problem, the success of that argument was questionable. "It's possible, though, that this is one reason why guitar tabs generated by people would be found to fit fair use," Mr. Zittrain said, "or would be found not to be a derivative work to begin with."
Doug Osborn, an executive vice president with Ultimate-Guitar.com said his site violated no laws because its headquarters were in Russia, and the site's practices complied with Russian laws.
Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Music Publishers' Association, would not comment on the legality of specific sites, including Ultimate- Guitar, but she said she had seen no international licensing agreements that might make free United States distribution of guitar tablature legal.
Online discussion boards have been thick with comments from guitar tablature fans, looking for sites that are still operating and lamenting the fate of sites they frequented. One user of the guitarnoise.com forums, who calls himself "the dali lima," said he had no doubt that the music publishers would win the battle.
"Hopefully we will get to a place where the sheet music/tab will be available online just like music $0.99 a song. The ironic thing might be that a service like that with fully licensed music/tab offered at a low per song rate might actually benefit guitar players by providing the correct music/tab and not the garbage that we currently sift through."
A small handful of sheet music sites now sell guitar tablature. Mr. Keiser, of the Music Publishers' Association, estimated that, including overhead costs, tablature could cost about $800 per song to produce, license and format for downloading.
Musicnotes, an online sheet music business based in Madison, Wis., is considering a deeper push into guitar tablature, said Tim Reiland, the company's chairman and chief financial officer. The site has a limited array of tablature available now for about $5 a song, and it also offers tablature as part of $10 downloadable guitar lessons.
But Mr. Reiland said that with the music publishers "dealing with the free sites," and a stronger ad market, his business might be able to lower the cost of its guitar tabs.
"Maybe we could sell some of the riffs to Jimmy Page's solo in 'Stairway to Heaven' for a buck, since that's really what the kids want to learn anyway," Mr. Reiland said.
Low prices are only part of the battle, though, Mr. Reiland said. The free tablature sites often host vibrant communities of musicians, who rate each other's tablature and trade ideas and commentary, and Musicnotes would have to find a way to replicate that environment on its site. Furthermore, these communities often create tablature for songs that have little or no commercial value, he said.
"Less than 25 percent of the music out there ends up in sheet music because sometimes it just doesn't pay to do it," Mr. Reiland said. "So the fact that someone comes up with a transcription themselves just because they love that song and want to share it with people, there's some value to that."
"I don't have an answer for that," Mr. Reiland added. "But I think the industry needs to play around with it, because it could be a nice source of revenue for songwriters, and for the community it could be a really good thing.
Deer Lake Sports & Recreation Presents Mixed Baseball Tournament
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Military, Ontario have plan to clean up radar bases near Hudson Bay - CP - Saturday, August 26, 2006
A plan to clean up 17 toxic radar bases in Northern Ontario could soon be up for federal approval, the Defence Department says.
Department spokesman Doug Drever said Friday military officials have spoken with senior Ontario government officials on a joint effort to clean up abandoned radar posts along the southern shore of Hudson Bay and the western shore of James Bay.
The sites have been contaminating nearby First Nation communities for decades.
"As a result of these discussions, senior government officials have developed an approach that will be presented to the federal government for approval," Drever said.
"The time frame for this is not known at this time."
The sites were once part of the Mid-Canada Radar Line, built in the 1960s.
When the sites were abandoned they were turned over to the province. At many sites, barrels of oil, fuel and PCBs have been left to rust for decades.
As a result, contaminants have leached into the hunting grounds and waterways of dozens of First Nations communities.
MP Charlie Angus (NDP - Timmins-James Bay) says a federal government advisory telling the communities not to eat wild animals or fish is useless, since these animals are such a vital food source for the First Nations.
"These people have to survive off wild game," he said. "They have no other choice."
Angus said was pleased that the military has changed its tone on the issue, but said First Nations communities need a firm timeline for the work to be done.
"The commitment to talk is better than the position that (then Defence Minister) Bill Graham took, which was to stonewall us," Angus said.
"But, a commitment to talk is not a commitment to clean up."
Angus described the First Nations community along the northern stretch of the Winisk River as Ground Zero for contamination.
At an old radar base near that community, aerial photos show thousands of rusty barrels stacked 10 high left to deteriorate.
Thousands of barrels have already washed into the river, elevating the amount of PCBs to dangerous levels, Angus said.
At another site north of Kapuskasing, the level of PCBs in the ground is 16,000 times above acceptable amounts, Ontario government documents indicate.
Angus said he wants the federal government commit to a long-term health study on the effects of these toxic radar bases on nearby First Nations communities.
He said higher cancer rates in these communities illustrate how serious the problem has become over the last several decades.
The Journal of Aboriginal Health
Published by the
National Aboriginal Health Organization
*NEW* Journal of Aboriginal Health Call for Abstracts
View poster: Call for Abstracts - Aboriginal women's health (pdf)
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is October 15, 2006. Direct inquiries to email@example.com
The Journal of Aboriginal Health will share traditional knowledge, success stories, issues, new information, and the latest research results. It will publish in-depth analysis of health research and issues with full citation of sources; facilitate informed discussions of new research, recent publications and projects; and explore health determinants with Aboriginal approaches.
The Journal is published by the National Aboriginal Health Organization. The goal of the Journal is to cultivate a dynamic community of those concerned with Aboriginal health matters through information exchange, networks and partnerships while contributing to the critical thinking and learning process. Ultimately, the Journal will lead to improved health and increased capacity and participation of Aboriginal People in health care fields.
The primary audience will be Aboriginal community members including traditional healers; Aboriginal health care practitioners and practitioners in health care for Aboriginal People; and Aboriginal health organizations. Other readers will include Aboriginal community, tribal, treaty, and national political organizations; Aboriginal health scholars and researchers; people who influence and determine Aboriginal health research and policy including politicians, public servants, consultants, think tanks, and foundations; and those outside of Canada who are interested in Aboriginal health issues.
Each issue of the Journal of Aboriginal Health will feature a theme. A Guest Editor will solicit appropriate papers from a variety of perspectives. Each Guest Editor is an expert in the subject area and has an established network of contacts in the field. They are responsible for acquiring and evaluating submissions before papers are sent to peer review.
A message from Jean Crowder, MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs encouraging everyone to share their thoughts about HRSDC's online consultations concerning Post-secondary Education in Canada.
I wanted to make sure you were aware of consultations the federal government is conducting right now on post-secondary education. They want to gather Canadians' opinions on the objectives, roles and accountability for post-secondary education and training. The deadline for submissions is September 8, 2006.
You can view the website at http://www3.hrsdc.gc.ca/ . The main themes of the consultation are:
1. Objectives for post-secondary education (PSE) and training
2. Clarifying roles and responsibilities in PSE and training
3. Developing a framework for ensuring measurable results and accountability
People can also submit their views by mail or fax.
This is part of the federal government's review of the fiscal imbalance. I believe it is important for the federal government to hear the perspective of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people on both the fiscal imbalance and post-secondary education and training. I ask that you forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested in making a submission. Details about the fiscal imbalance consultations can be found at http://www.fin.gc.ca/activty/consult/fiscbal_e.html .
Please note, this is a separate consultation from the Study on Education that the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs will be conducting when the House returns on September 18th.
Jean Crowder, MP
NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs