Handyman Holmes Partners With Metis Capital Group

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 Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation Presents Big Idea 3

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.

Columnist Alleges FSIN Distracted by Infighting

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.

Business Going Well for Native Band Beijing Trade Office

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 Inuit Compensated For Sled Dog Deaths

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.