The Native American Students Association of Northern Michigan University is proud to present our 15th Annual Learning to Walk Together Pow Wow.
This event will be taking place March 17 & 18th of 2007 in the Vandament Arena on the NMU campus in Marquette, MI.
Grand Entries are at 1pm and 7pm on Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday. Feast is on Saturday at 5pm with a hand drum contest!
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An Open Letter to the Anishinabek Nation
As we near the season when we traditionally pause to enjoy family gatherings and count our blessings for another year, matters of urgent importance require our leadership efforts on behalf of all our relations.
Brothers and Sisters, I am calling for significant participation from all Anishinabek First Nations in a December 5 rally in Ottawa to demonstrate our concerns about the current federal government’s inaction on issues that threaten our children’s future.
The Chiefs of Ontario have organized a “National Protest to Save Our Legacy” beginning at 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006. The demonstration will start at the Westin Hotel, 11 Colonol By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, then will proceed to Parliament Hill.
I am asking all our member First Nations and our affiliated organizations, tribal councils and Friendship Centres to put forward your best effort to send a delegation of your citizens to Ottawa to participate in this Day of Action. I urge you to find the resources and volunteers and send a van or a bus from your First Nation or organization.
Attached is a form to confirm that you are able to send a delegation from your community. Please send this back to us by Friday, December 1. My office will follow-up with your respective offices on this urgent matter.
In launching a national “Make Poverty History” campaign last week at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Toronto, National Chief Phil Fontaine said that no-one has been able to explain to him why, in the midst of Canada’s incredible wealth, “our people remain impoverished.”
This month marked the tenth anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The Assembly of First Nations “report card” on federal government response to the RCAP report’s 440 recommendations gives Canada a failing grade.
Instead of heeding the RCAP report’s suggestions for immediate improvements, our socio-economic indicators worsen:
Stephen Harper’s government has not only been indifferent to working with First Nation leaders on these critical issues – their actions are exacerbating them.
Instead of helping us revitalize our cultures, they have chopped $160 million in funding for preservation of First Nations languages.
Instead of respecting aboriginal and treaty rights, they have been actively lobbying to kill the passage of the landmark United Nations Universal Declaration on Indigenous Rights. Today, through a surprise motion by Namibia, which was supported by Canada, the Declaration is now effectively dead.
Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse told last week’s Toronto gathering that “the health of our children is in dire straits”.
For this, and for many more reasons, I encourage all Anishinabek leaders to bring their citizens to Ottawa by the busload on that day, to bring their community Drums, hand drums and Eagle Staffs, to send a message in a collective voice that Canada cannot ignore – the message that our children have just as much right to share in this country’s prosperity and future as anyone else’s.
We will see you there.
Grand Council Chief
Plea made for methadone clinic here
November 29, 2006 - Melanie Béchard
Local social service professionals are calling for a methadone clinic in Fort Frances to help combat a growing problem in the district: addiction to prescription drugs.
“There’s an increasing opiate problem in the communities in the area, and definitely in Fort Frances,” said Jeff Tilbury, an addictions counsellor with Riverside Community Counselling Services.
“Prescription drugs are getting so big in this area, it’s unreal,” echoed Connie Peterson of Oh-Shki-Be-Ma-Te-Ze-Win Inc., a First Nations out-patient treatment agency.
“I can say honestly that within Couchiching First Nation alone, [among] kids between 13 and 25, 75-80 percent are on these pills,” she added.
The pair were addressing those on hand for a special event Saturday at the Couchiching Multi-Use Facility to mark the end of Addictions Awareness Week.
Peterson said she has been working for several months towards opening a methadone clinic in town to help combat the widespread addiction.
Representatives of the Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres are expected in town next month to meet with the local committee and determine the feasibility of a methadone clinic here.
“They’re going to look over the place that I work out of here, which could be a 10-bed facility, if I can attain proper funding,” she noted.
The OATC runs about 24 clinics in Ontario offering Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs (MMTP), including one in Thunder Bay and one in Longlac.
“If we’re going to save our people, we need to have one here,” Peterson stressed.
Some people she’s spoken to are taking as much as 80 mg a day of opioids such as Oxycontin, Percocet, or Percodan.
“They should be dead,” she noted. “I think we’re lucky someone hasn’t OD’d yet.”
MMTP is a long-term treatment for opiate addicts.
“Methadone is an opiate itself, but it doesn’t create a high,” Tilbury explained. “It’s a maintenance drug. It allows them not to have any withdrawal.”
Methadone usually is taken in liquid form, mixed with orange juice, and is effective for 24-36 hours. So clients on the program must take it daily.
As with any addiction, people who are dependent on opiates have to want to quit in order to be successful, Peterson said.
“They have to be ready,” she remarked. “And a lot of them I know want to quit. They’re just afraid of the withdrawal.
“And it is a pretty extreme withdrawal.”
“The success rate is not very [good] in treating opioid addiction without methadone,” Tilbury noted.
“Most of the addicts, they know what it’s doing to them. They can see it themselves. They’re just afraid to get off it,” stressed Peterson. “That’s why we need a safe place for them.”
Currently, local residents seeking help with an opiate addiction are referred to Kenora or Winnipeg.
“The waiting lists are astronomical,” Peterson said, citing at least a month for Kenora and six-seven months for Winnipeg.
People on methadone treatment can stay on it for years, or can choose to wean themselves off, under a doctor’s supervision, if they feel they are ready.
Because methadone is itself an opiate, some see the treatment as simply replacing one addiction with another.
“Some people may see it as a crutch. I see it as a life-saver,” said Peterson.
The Addictions Awareness Week event also included a free sobriety feast and the presentation of pins to acknowledge people who have worked to maintain their sobriety.
The presentation was followed by a performance by First Nations comedian Don Burnstick. More than 200 people attended the stand-up act.
The event was co-presented by Oh-Shki-Be-Ma-Te-Ze-Win, Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., Riverside Community Counselling Services, Couchiching First Nation, and the Northwestern Health Unit’s Substance Abuse Prevention team.
On December 1, 2006 the Aboriginal Business Canada and First Nations SchoolNet programs of Industry Canada, along with the responsibilities associated with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, will be transferred to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. The employees involved in the existing programming will report to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs starting on that date.
This move is intended to ensure that Aboriginal peoples can seize economic opportunities to improve well being in their communities and contribute to the national economy.
The government is bringing together the Aboriginal economic development and educational functions carried out at Industry Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. As a result, a new Aboriginal Economic Development Sector will be created at INAC. As an interim measure the new sector will be lead by James Lahey, Associate Deputy Minister assisted by Brent DiBartolo who will lead the transition.
First Nations SchoolNet will become part of the Education Branch at INAC directed by Juliet Balfour. SchoolNet is an important tool for strengthening First Nations education.
The Government believes that this consolidation will create opportunities to build on, and strengthen existing programs, and to use federal resources more strategically. The measure also reinforces the Government's commitment to Aboriginal economic development and job creation.
The Chiefs Steering Committee Communications Bulletins are being distributed to the First Nations involved in discussions about the hydro grid routes being considered to transport power from Northern Manitoba. The following six bulletins are available for download as Word documents by clicking on each of them.
All are welcome to joing the next Online Economic Development Workshop with Darcy + Susan's Gas
November 30, 2006 9:30-11:00AM (CST)
Darcy and Susan Kejick are the owners and operators of Darcy and Susan’s Gas in North Spirit Lake First Nation. They have received awards from NADF for Youth Entrepreneur and Partnership (2005). Recently they received a business plan award regarding the expansion of their business to include a grocery store. The Kejicks will share the story of how the business was started, some tips for community entrepreneurs and the vision they have for the future of the business. Come and ask Darcy and Susan about starting or expanding your small business.
Please book your video conference site.
Contact: Terry Moreau Phone: 877.737.5638 X 1266
The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (www.nodin.on.ca) is working with K-Net to webcast their district chiefs meeting. The meeting is taking place this week in Sioux Lookout at the Sunset Suites.
One important item on the agenda is to discuss the First Nation distribution formula for Health Canada's Reinvestment Fund. The Reinvestment Fund are the millions of dollars saved by Health Canada after they transferred the administration of the former Zone Hospital over to the Sioux Lookout Menoyawin Health Centre. Under the four party agreement, these funds were suppose to begin to be available for First Nation health services.
Everyone is invited to watch the live video webcast of the chiefs' meeting and presentations by visiting http://www.nodin.on.ca/webcast.htm during the following time slots:
If the video does not display on your window you will need to download a codex onto your computer that supports the display of the live video stream. The codex can be downloaded to your computer by clicking on http://webcast.knet.ca/VCGSUSetup.exe
Press release ...
Isuma to Extend Indigenous Film Distribution in Canada and Worldwide INDIGENOUS FILM NETWORK LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 22
Isuma Distribution International (IDI) announces the launch this month of Indigenous Film Network (IFN), a $900,000 initiative to expand feature film distribution to 200 remote Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities across northern Canada.
Using portable high-definition projectors for screenings in community halls and school gymnasiums, IFN hopes to achieve 50,000 admissions by May 2007, with a gross theatrical box office value of $500,000.
In its second phase starting 2007-08, IFN will install projectors in selected communities and deliver films regularly by internet video downloads. IFN will harness emerging technology to establish a permanent indigenous film sector in some of the world's most under-served regions.
Telefilm Canada has committed $250,000 to the initiative as a recoupable marketing advance from its Alternative Distribution Fund. Other sponsors include Makivik Corporation, Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Canada Council, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, First Air, Air Inuit, Wasaya Airways and Air Creebec.
Indigenous Film Network kicks off November 22 in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, with a screening of Igloolik Isuma Productions' The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, followed in the next two weeks by screenings in Pikangikum, Deer Lake and North Spirit Lake, Ontario, and in Kuujuaq, Nunavik, in northern Quebec.
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen is the second Inuit-language feature film by Zacharias Kunuk and the same team that made Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, winner of the 2001 Camera d'or at Cannes and Best Picture Genie in 2002.
The Journals was Opening Night Film at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, the Atlantic, Calgary, Edmonton and Scottsdale (Arizona) film festivals, and invited to New York, London, Flanders, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Vienna film festivals, among others. Released in Canada by Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution and Film Circuit, and in Denmark by SF Films, The Journals recently was named Best Feature Film at the 2006 imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, and Best Director at the 2006 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.
However, 80% of Inuit, Métis and First Nations Canadians, the principal target audience for The Journals, live in remote northern communities without 35mm theatres and have been unable to see the film.
Rankin Inlet, on the west coast of Hudson Bay, is Nunavut's second-largest community and the home of Kivalliq Inuit Association, the first Nunavut political agency to contribute to this project.
KIA's Social Development Coordinator, Bernadette Dean, will co-host the premiere screening in Rankin Inlet with The Journals' director, Zacharias Kunuk, and lead actor, Pakak Inuksuk,
Kuujuaq is capital of Nunavik, northern Quebec, and headquarters of Makivik Corporation, owner of First Air and Air Inuit, one of IFN's leading sponsors. First Air and Air Inuit also support Before Tomorrow, Igloolik Isuma Productions' first feature produced in Inuit Quebec, currently shooting in Povungnituk.
Pikangikum is an Ojibway community in northwestern Ontario whose unhealthy water, housing and sanitation conditions were exposed in a series of articles November 7-8 by The Globe and Mail. As one of Canada's 'forgotten' aboriginal communities, Pikangikum needs more than a movie to improve its quality of life. However, by screening a film expressing solidarity and understanding, IFN makes a statement of hope for people feeling otherwise abandoned.
Isuma Distribution International is the first distributor to address regional and racial inequalities in the film system's failure to serve remote northern and other indigenous audiences. Enlarging the Canadian box office also makes the film system more equitable for indigenous filmmakers competing for national production financing awarded by audience approval and box office success. Along with film screenings, Indigenous Film Network will deliver workshops for youth and emerging filmmakers in each community.
IDI President Norman Cohn commented: "Third World conditions in health, unemployment and living conditions in Aboriginal communities are the largest HUMAN RIGHTS problem facing progressive First World countries like Canada and Denmark. Full participation by indigenous people in film and media systems can provide clearer insights into these problems and lead to practical contemporary solutions to many of them."
Bernadette Dean, Social Development Coordinator for Kivalliq Inuit Association, added: "When the U.N. approved the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples this year, only two states voted against it: Canada and Russia. Now our new government has cancelled its $172 million commitment to the Aboriginal Culture and Language Initiative, promised as part of the residential schools legal settlement. Assimilation and destruction of Aboriginal culture and language remain policies of the Canadian government into the 21st century."
Adds Zacharias Kunuk, co-director of The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, "Our film is not about the past, it's about what's happening today. How did we get into this mess in the first place and how can we ever get out of it? All indigenous people have a right to see this film to help figure out what to do about it."
Platinex press release ...
Platinex Announces Big Trout Lake Chromium-PGE Deposits Results
TORONTO, Nov. 28 - Platinex Inc. - (TSX-V PTX) has filed a qualifying report, setting out a preliminary size estimate and related market parameters of a chromium-PGE deposit underlying its Big Trout Lake property. The property comprises 221 claims and 81 mining leases acquired earlier this year from an INCO joint venture.
Commenting on the report, Mr. James R. Trusler, President and CEO of Platinex stated, "Platinex has now compiled results of previous drilling on its expanded property. I believe that the Big Trout Lake deposit will ultimately be proven to be among the largest chromium deposits in the world. Despite its isolation, the size of this deposit combined with the expanding demand for stainless steel may enable the establishment a market foothold. Further, the market studies indicate that the chromium appears compatible or in need of minor upgrading to meet market specifications. The PGE content is an added sweetener which may impact deposit economics significantly. Zones One and Two which have both been correlated for some 13 kilometres contain some significant PGE intersections."
The Big Trout Lake Igneous Complex is a classic layered intrusion turned on end so that the layers are nearly vertically dipping. Persistent layering has been documented in some 86 drill holes and outlined in magnetometer surveys and is generally believed to be correlative for the entire 19 km strike length of the property. Volume calculations have been made on four PGE-bearing chromium deposits defined in 29 separate intersections in 15 drill holes. The four layers or zones have a combined composite true width of 40.8 metres. Two of the zones have been correlated for a strike length of 13 km and the other two have been correlated for a strike length of 6 km but are open ended. The deepest intersection is 300 m below surface. All of the data has been obtained from previous drilling by several different companies and joint ventures (the Canadian Nickel Company (Canico), Canadian Occidental Petroleum, Platinum Exploration Canada Inc., International Platinum Corporation and Degussa). Platinex has relied on qualified persons currently and in the past who have had involvement in all of the previous programs carried out in the 1970's and 1980's. Most of the details of the chromium data and the scope of the deposits have never before been subject to public release.
Due to the fact that the Canico assay data cannot be absolutely confirmed at this time and the large 3 km spacing between drill fences it is deemed non-NI-43-101 compliant. Resources and reserves cannot be stated using old data unless it can be adequately verified and demonstrated to be representative. However, based on the interpolation between drill hole intersects and extensions 50 m up and down dip from intersections, a conceptual model has been built containing 140 million tonnes grading 8.4% Cr2O3 and a yet to be determined amount of PGE as a minimum tonnage. Further, based on a composite true width of 40.8 m, a strike length of 12 km and a projected depth of 1,000 m, a conceptual model has been derived containing 1.68 billion tonnes of chromium-PGE mineralization as a maximum tonnage. The anticipated upper and lower limits on grades are 3.47% to 21.78% Cr2O3 for both the lower and the greater conceptual tonnage. There is no assurance that further drilling will confirm these grades and tonnages or the conceptual models or define a reserve or resource.
The Cr/Fe ratio of the chromite mineralization ranges from 0.8 to 1.4 and averages 1.0. A recent preliminary market study conducted for Platinex through Burnside Engineering has determined that current and projected demand for chromium for use in stainless steel is strong and deposits with Cr/Fe ratios approaching 1.2 are being utilized. Further, it is Burnside's opinion that the Big Trout Lake chromium mineralization could be upgraded to meet specifications and that this is probably the first time ever that the Big Trout Lake deposits could potentially meet technical specifications.
Canico performed very few platinum and palladium assays but recorded values of up to 5.0 grams per tonne of Pt and Pd combined over 0.4 m within an interval running 1.3 g/t over 4.3 m in the Zone 2 Chromitite. In the correlative zone underlying the claims south of the former Canico property the combined Pt plus Pt values are 8.4 g/t over 2.3 m within a 3.3 m section grading 28.54% Cr(2)O(3). A total of 310 core samples, most of which were collected within and marginal to the chromitites, returned combined Pt and Pd assays greater than 1 g/t. The report also proposes a $2.3 million first phase 24 hole, 7,225 m drilling program, metallurgical studies on chromium-PGE beneficiation and logging with systematic PGE assaying of some 5,000 m of core previously drilled and obtained earlier this year from the INCO joint venture.
Trusler added, "Nonetheless, beyond the drilling stage several hurdles remain for this potential multibillion dollar mega-project, including establishing transportation, an inexpensive energy source and a trained labour force.
"One of the key elements required to succeed is obtaining the cooperation of the local First Nations communities who stand to benefit substantially in many ways if this property is able to take advantage of a window of economic opportunity to proceed to the development stage" stressed Trusler.
In that respect Platinex, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug "KI", the closest First Nations community, and the Ontario government are to appear before Ontario Superior Court Justice Smith on January 5, 2007, to provide a progress report of the court mandated consultation. Since Justice Smith's decision was published in July, several drafts of a consultation protocol have been prepared among the three parties. As of September Platinex has been willing to execute each version but (as indicated in a release last week by KI) the consultation has been sidelined by apparently faltering talks between KI and Ontario (just at the point of closure) from which Platinex has been excluded. Platinex still remains hopeful that the Ontario government will succeed in reconciling the rights of industry with those of First Nations, and thereby discharge the Crown's duty of meaningful consultation, as repeatedly called for by the Supreme Court of Canada in recent decisions.
For the purposes of this release Mr. J. R. Walls of Burnside Engineering is the qualified person.
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Assembly of First Nations press release ...
Assembly of First Nations Expresses Disappointment and Concern Regarding the Vote to Delay Consideration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
OTTAWA, Nov. 28 - Earlier today a motion was passed in Third Committee to delay consideration of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, at the UN today.
"First Nations are deeply disappointed and seriously concerned about the potential impact of today's vote at the United Nations affecting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples", said National Chief Phil Fontaine. "First Nations, and Indigenous peoples, expect that regardless of the outcome of the vote today, we will continue to assert indigenous rights to have full participation in any future discussions affecting the UN Declaration.
"We are outraged by today's developments in the 3rd committee of the United Nations - the human rights of Indigenous Peoples have been sidelined," said Grand Chief Ed John, who is in New York representing the AFN. "This no-action motion was engineered through the political maneuvering of the African Union, aided by Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Canada should be called upon to account for its role in this action, particularly as a member of the Human Rights Council." "This vote is a huge insult to the Human Rights Council, and it undermines the credibility of the new body," added AFN Regional Chief Rick Simon, who is also in New York. "This important human rights instrument has become victim to geo-political pressures wherein powerful first world actors including Canada have used undeveloped Nations to thwart the advancement of human rights for indigenous peoples worldwide."
Canada, in campaigning to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council, pledged to support human rights for all. Canada failed to live up to its promises and responsibilities by actively lobbying other countries to stop the Declaration from becoming a UN instrument to address indigenous poverty, ill-health, despair and hopelessness.
The conduct of all the members of the Human Rights Council are subject to review to ensure they live up to their pledges and responsibilities. Canada's conduct as a member of the Human Rights Council should be reviewed as a result of its blatant discrimination against indigenous peoples.
"It is a double standard for Prime Minister Harper and his government to champion the rights of a segment of the Canadian population through the motion the recognition of the Quebecois as a nation within Canada and then actively oppose and manipulate other countries to oppose indigenous peoples rights including those of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada," said National Chief Fontaine.
AFN delegates are meeting with other Indigenous representatives in New York to discuss the implications of the vote, the position of Indigenous Peoples worldwide, and the potential next steps.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.
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