Minister for the Arctic Council for Canada Defends Seal Hunt

Recently, Leona Aglukkaq Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Minister for the Arctic Council, delivered a statement to the World Trade Organization Appellate Body regarding the seal hunt. She stated that sealing has been at the heart of local economic well-being in the Canadian Arctic both before and since European contact.

One Time Indian Residential School Personal Credits

Earlier this year the Government of Canada announced that eligible former Indian Residential Schools (IRS) students who qualified for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) under the IRS Settlement Agreement, may now qualify for a one time IRS Personal Credit (no cash value) for educational programs and services. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is not directly involved in the process, but can provide assistance in completing the paperwork requirements. All forms must be completed and returned postmarked no later than October 31, 2014. Call the AFN at 1-866-869-6789 regarding assistance in this process.