Assembly of First Nations

Canada and the Assembly of First Nations launch the Specific Claims Reform Co-Development Process

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

The ultimate goal of the Specific Claims Reform Co-Development Process is the establishment of an independent Specific Claims Resolution Centre.

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  • The ultimate goal of the Specific Claims Reform Co-Development Process is the establishment of an independent Specific Claims Resolution Centre.
  • "For generations, First Nations have called for the elimination of the Government of Canada's conflict of interest and the creation of a fully independent specific claims process.The launch of the Specific Claims Implementation Working Group marks a significant advancement in our collective efforts to improve the specific claims process.
  • We look forward to making progress with the Government of Canada to create a fair and equitable specific claims process."
  • The specific claims process is voluntary for First Nations and provides a way to resolve disputes outside of the court system.

Cunard and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Launch Historic New Partnership

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Luxury cruise line Cunard announced a new partnership with the legendary Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), at the nonprofit's annual College of Fellows Dinner last night at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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  • VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --Luxury cruise lineCunardannounced a new partnership with the legendary Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), at the nonprofit's annual College of Fellows Dinner last night at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Matthew Gleaves, VP of Commercial Development for Cunard in North America, made the announcement at the event saying, "both Cunard and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have a deep history and share a dedication to travel and exploration, with a great desire for cultural understanding.
  • The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to understanding and educating people about the diverse human and physical landscapes of Canada and beyond.
  • John Geiger, CEO for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society shares, "Our mandate to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world will be furthered by this exciting partnership with Cunard.

Statement - First Nations and Inuit Policing Program to expand into Nunavut

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The cost will be split between governments, at a rate of 52% federal and 48% territorial.

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  • The cost will be split between governments, at a rate of 52% federal and 48% territorial.
  • "This agreement means that Nunavummiut will have a greater say in how policing is conducted in their communities.
  • "Enhancing and expanding Indigenous-led approaches to public safety including better policing in Inuit communities is a top priority for both governments and a key milestone on the road to reconciliation.
  • Today's announcement is a perfect example of our efforts to support policing by Indigenous communities, for Indigenous communities."

Tim Hortons Orange Sprinkle Donut campaign returns TODAY with 100% of all fundraising donut sales being donated to Indigenous charities

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Friday, September 30, 2022

More than one million Orange Sprinkle Donuts were sold and more than $1.6 million was raised in last year's fundraising campaign in support of residential school survivors.

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  • More than one million Orange Sprinkle Donuts were sold and more than $1.6 million was raised in last year's fundraising campaign in support of residential school survivors.
  • The idea for the Orange Sprinkle Donut campaign originated last year after the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
  • Gottfriedson, Quewezance and a number of other Indigenous Tim Hortons restaurant owners were part of a working group that guided the launch of the Orange Sprinkle Donut fundraising campaign.
  • "Tim Hortons is helping to start important conversations with the Orange Sprinkle Donut," said Webstad.

Tim Hortons Orange Sprinkle Donut campaign returns tomorrow, Sept. 30, with 100% of all fundraising donut sales being donated to Indigenous charities

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

More than one million Orange Sprinkle Donuts were sold and more than $1.6 million was raised in last year's fundraising campaign in support of residential school survivors.

Key Points: 
  • More than one million Orange Sprinkle Donuts were sold and more than $1.6 million was raised in last year's fundraising campaign in support of residential school survivors.
  • The idea for the Orange Sprinkle Donut campaign originated last year after the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
  • Gottfriedson, Quewezance and a number of other Indigenous Tim Hortons restaurant owners were part of a working group that guided the launch of the Orange Sprinkle Donut fundraising campaign.
  • "Tim Hortons is helping to start important conversations with the Orange Sprinkle Donut," said Webstad.

New Framework to Guide Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in Impact Assessments

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Today, the Honourable StevenGuilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, announced the release of the Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework for Project Reviews and Regulatory Decisions (the Framework) which was developed in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.

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  • Today, the Honourable StevenGuilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, announced the release of the Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework for Project Reviews and Regulatory Decisions (the Framework) which was developed in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.
  • The Framework is the first step in the development of guidance specific to Indigenous Knowledge in impact assessment, including on best practices for reviewing Indigenous Knowledge in project submissions and establishing confidentiality procedures.
  • "Indigenous Knowledge" is a set of complex knowledge systems based on the worldviews of Indigenous Peoples.
  • The Framework was built on five guiding principles:
    Respect Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge;
    Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with Indigenous Peoples;
    Respect the confidentiality of Indigenous Knowledge; and
    Support capacity building related to Indigenous Knowledge.

MNC President Accompanies Governor General and Prime Minister to Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Ottawa, ON, Sept. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the invitation of Governor General Mary May Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Caron will join representatives from the Government of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Assembly of First Nations at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

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  • Ottawa, ON, Sept. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the invitation of Governor General Mary May Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Caron will join representatives from the Government of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Assembly of First Nations at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • "It is our Mtis custom to pay respect to those who have passed, said President Caron.
  • Earlier this week, President Caron spoke with Governor General Mary Simon.
  • Forging a positive pathway forward requires building and strengthening relationships, said President Caron, I look forward to renewing the Mtis Nations relationship with the Crown through the Governor General and King Charles III.

MÉTIS NATIONAL COUNCIL, GOVERNING MEMBERS AND LES FEMMES MICHIF OTIPEMISIWAK REFLECT ON PAPAL VISIT, WORK TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING SURVIVORS

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Over the course of the last week, Pope Francis hosted numerous events, attended by thousands of Residential School Survivors, intergenerational Survivors, families, and community members.

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  • Over the course of the last week, Pope Francis hosted numerous events, attended by thousands of Residential School Survivors, intergenerational Survivors, families, and community members.
  • The Mtis National Council (MNC), alongside its Governing Members (GMs) and Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (LFMO), are again repeating the call for the Catholic Church to walk the path of truth, justice, healing, and reconciliation.
  • It was encouraging to work with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Assembly of First Nations on this visit and in supporting Survivors.
  • As the Papal Visit comes to an end, the Mtis Nation of Alberta will continue working with and supporting Survivors, as we always have.

Government of Canada continues partnership with First Nations on climate action

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Canada is prioritizing initiatives that support self-determined climate action and amplify the leadership of First Nations to advance reconciliation and to address the impacts of climate change.

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  • Canada is prioritizing initiatives that support self-determined climate action and amplify the leadership of First Nations to advance reconciliation and to address the impacts of climate change.
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress on First Nations Climate Leadership and the full and effective participation of First Nations in climate change programs.
  • Its work includes identifying barriers to First Nations' participation in decisionmaking and access to climate change programs, and identifying ways to advance First Nations' selfdetermination in climate action.
  • The JCCA is made up of First Nations representatives from all regions in Canada, representatives of the Assembly of First Nations, and Government of Canada officials from numerous federal departments, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Infrastructure Canada.

Four BC First Nations conclude self-government agreements regarding education

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Monday, July 11, 2022

First Nations in British Columbia have been working collectively for over two decades to advance First Nations control over education through the education jurisdiction initiative.

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  • First Nations in British Columbia have been working collectively for over two decades to advance First Nations control over education through the education jurisdiction initiative.
  • The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), a policy and advocacy organization that represents and works on behalf of First Nations in BC, has provided a broad range of supports to First Nations pursuing education jurisdiction.
  • This was updated in 2010 by the Assembly of First Nations in its "First Nations Control of First Nations Education" policy position paper.
  • First Nations in BC continue to consistently work towards full First Nations control of First Nations education.