Mike Holmes, the television handyman is bringing his expertise to an Edmonton inner city housing project. Holmes and his housing company, The Holmes Group, are partnering with Metis Capital Housing Corp. to build a 90 unit, senior-friendly and barrier-free housing complex. The project, which will have shared heat and power systems to reduce energy costs, is expected to be completed in early 2013.
The 2011 Big Idea Contest is available to any person or organization developing a product or service aimed at the Aboriginal marketplace. National auditions start on August 17 in Thunder Bay, ON and conclude on September 30 in Iqaluit, NU. This contest is being presented by the The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. For more information refer to the registration form and contest rules.
The Aboriginal Canada Portal is offering back to school resources for teachers and students plus university programs and services offered by provinces and territories.
The Common Experience Payment (CEP) application deadline for Residential School attendees is September 19, 2011. The CEP (Common Experience Payment) recognizes the experience of residing at an Indian Residential School and the impacts.
Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, announced on August 16, 2011 that $98,201 has been granted to the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC) to establish First Nations young entrepreneur clubs. The contribution from the Government of Canada comes from the Community Diversification program.
Saskatchewan First Nations Chiefs have declined to participate in the education panel that is reviewing First Nation education. The National Panel, jointly created by the Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations, is planning to hold consultations on options to improve outcomes for First Nations students in Canada.
The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General made an announcement last Thursday, August 11th, appointing former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci to lead a review into why First Nations members are underrepresented on Ontario juries. Iacobucci is expected to produce a report within a year.
Doug Cuthand, columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, in his August 12, 2011 piece describes some of the issues that he feels have led to the “FSIN leadership struggle” involving Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation Chief Guy Lonechild. He asserts that the drunk driving charge is not a valid reason for expelling a political leader, citing other similar recent situations such as former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell drunk driving conviction in Hawaii.
Lax Kw’alaams, a B.C. north coast native band, opened up a trade office in Beijing in 2009. This year the band’s forestry company expects to do close to 40 million dollars in sales, including nine shiploads of logs.
Trying to emulate this success, the B.C. First Nations Summit and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada are now pursuing a province-wide initiative regarding trade with China.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest visited northern Quebec to offer compensation to the Inuit for the slaughter of more than 1,000 sled dogs during the 1950s and ’60s. The move comes as a response to a 2010 report by Jean-Jacques Croteau, a retired Quebec judge who investigated the allegations regarding the sled dog killings, that found that the federal and Quebec governments owed an apology and compensation to the Inuit of Nunavik.