Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada) July 24 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services on behalf of Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, informing that Canada is investing more than $4.1 million over two years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Atlantic Canada.
Budget 2019 includes an investment of $333.7 million over five years, followed by $115.7 million per year thereafter, to support the implementation of the act. This funding, which is provided through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, will support 36 community-based projects, in Indigenous communities in the Atlantic provinces, including language camps, classes, immersion programs and mentor-apprentice programs, distribution of language resources, including translator tools, educational materials and children’s books and preservation, revitalization and promotion of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Wolastoqey and Innu-Aimun languages.
“Together with Indigenous partners, we are ensuring that Indigenous languages can flourish across the country,” said Rodríguez.
“We understand the importance of these projects, as they make a genuine difference and have a major impact in the revitalization of Indigenous languages," said Seamus O’Regan
UNESCO declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. According to UNESCO, three-quarters of the 90 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered. On June 21, the Governor General of Canada granted Royal Assent to the Indigenous Languages Act.
Fredericton (New Brunswick), July 23 (Canadian-Media): Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is lobbying to influence political platforms ahead of the federal election in October, media reports said.
Perry Bellegarde. Image credit: Facebook page
"With the federal election coming, I want to say now the importance of voting and the importance of influencing all party platforms,” Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday as he addressed the AFN’s annual general assembly in Fredericton.
He said 61.5 percent of eligible First Nations voters cast their ballots in 2015, and he wants that number to increase during the upcoming election.
“If you want to become prime minister or member of Parliament, you better listen to our people and our concerns, because we vote now and have impact,” he said. “That’s what’s going to happen in October. We’re not going to be pushed to the side anymore.”
The group’s top priority is climate change, said Bellegarde. The second priority is restorative justice.
“Why are there so many First Nations people in jail?” he asked. “There’s not only common law and civil law recognized in Canada. There’s got to be room for First Nation’s law and natural law — Creator’s law,” he said.
He called on First Nations people to make an informed choice after looking at the parties’ priorities.
Obashkaandagaang First Nations partners with Canada to bring clean and safe drinking water to community residents
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Ottawa, July 12 (Canadian): Canada is partnering with First Nations to improve water infrastructure and support access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water in First Nations communities, media reports said.
"Water is sacred to our people...every living part of creation...that we are building a new water treatment plant...development of our community and addressing our priorities as a Nation," said Marilyn Sinclair, chief of Obashkaandagaang -- located 15 kilometres southwest of Kenora, Ontario.
An announcement was made yesterday regarding upcoming design phase for a new water treatment system in the community by Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora along with Sinclair, on behalf of Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services.
Over $8 million for the design and construction of the project would be provided by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). After the completion of the project, two long-term drinking water advisories would be eliminated by the new water treatment system to restore clean and safe drinking water to current and future residents in the community.
Seamus O'Regan. Image credit: Wikipedia
Besides a new water treatment plant, a new water main distribution system, and 11 decentralized systems and a plan to hire a consultant for the design phase of the project.
"The Government of Canada...look forward to partnering with Obashkaandagaang...will also bring us one step closer to eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities," said O'Regan.
"Clean and safe drinking water is vital to quality of life, especially for residents of First Nations communities in northern Ontario," said Bob Nault.
Ottawa, Jul 7 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford issued this statement today about the Ontario government's response to the wildfire in Northwestern Ontario:
"Emergency response personnel are working closely with the Ontario Provincial Police, community leaders, and other agencies to fight the fires in Northwestern Ontario and ensure people can evacuate safely. Multiple First Nation communities across the region are threatened with risks to public health and wellness.
On behalf of the Province, I want to thank neighbouring communities who have volunteered to support those affected. While local authorities will lead and coordinate evacuations of people, we are on the front-line fighting the fire.
I appreciate the tireless efforts of first responders and leadership in the affected Indigenous communities, and want to thank them for working to protect these communities.
We will continue to monitor the situation, engage our municipal partners and provide updates as they become available. We will do everything we can to protect residents, visitors and property. The safety and well-being of those in the affected areas is the priority as we respond to this emergency."