Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Receives Government of Canada Support For Green Power

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation through its subsidiary, the Canoe Creek Hydro Company, has built and will operate a run-of-the-river hydro electric facility located on Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory. This project will enable the First Nation to generate and sell renewable energy to BC Hydro under long-term electricity purchase agreements. In the short-term the project will provide opportunities for employment and capacity building. The revenues from hydro-power generation will be invested in the community in areas such as economic development, resource stewardship, education and support of cultural initiatives. Federal funding of $2,500,000 is being provided as a repayable contribution through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF).

Great Northern Arts Festival

For over 20 years up to 80 visual artists and 40 performers from across the North gather each summer to celebrate the diversity that is Canada’s North. The participants are Inuit, Unuvialuit, Gwich’in, Dene MĂ©tis, as well as non-Aboriginal artists and artisans. The Great Northern Arts Festival runs from July 9 to July 18, 2010 and is being held in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

The Study of Residential Schools Becomes Part of the Manitoba Curriculum

Students in grade 9 and 11 in Manitoba will be the first in Canada to study residential schools as a significant part of mandatory history courses. The new program will be piloted in schools this fall and implemented province-wide by September 2011. Extensive training, resources, and materials will be offered to support teachers in educating their students about residential schools and colonization.