Archive for April, 2010
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
It’s the year of the Metis! The province of Ontario has recently added it’s declaration to the federal government and one other province to recognize the Metis community. Metis Nation of Ontario President Gary Lapinski says the province’s declaration means a step forward for the Metis.
An Aboriginal Languages Recognition Act has been introduced into the Manitoba Legislature this week. It was introduced by the province’s Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson who discusses why it was an important move for him and Aboriginal communities in the province. The new act is fine, according to Aboriginal Languages of Manitoba board member Melvin Swan, but more needs to be done especially for urban Aboriginal people.
In the Yukon, languages are also in the spotlight. Over the next three years, the Self-government Secretariat of the Council of Yukon First Nations will be working towards finding innovative ways to rejuvenate the eight Aboriginal languages in the north with the help of recent federal funding.
Earth Week has wrapped up, but not for the Indigenous Environmental Network. The global grassroots organization continues it’s work. And this week, Clayton Thomas Mueller, Indigenous Oil Campaign Organizer, was in the United Kingdom appealing to companies to STAY OUT of Alberta’s tar sands.
Digging Roots brought home some hardware. The group won a Juno for best Aboriginal Album of the year for their cd “We Are”. Shoshona Kish with Digging Roots tells Bamoseda what the win felt like and discusses the music scene in Canada.
Wayne Lavallee – Big Country
Don Amero – Protection (
Digging Roots – Spring to Come
Plant the Seeds
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
In this weekend’s program, Bamoseda has news from every direction. Starting in Ontario , M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island is the latest to get the nod from the province for a small wind farm.
Climate change is a real issue for coastal communities because of erosion and recently, a new network has been formed on the east coast to address climate change and help communities prepare for the inevitable.
On the west coast , the city of Vancouver is hoping it’s new project will help bridge the gap between Aboriginal and immigrant communities. According to the city’s Social Planner, the two groups have not heard each other’s stories since around the time of the Great Depression. Through the project, the communities are hoping that will change.
In the Northwest Territories, meet the latest Aboriginal recipient of the Order of Canada, Fred Carmichael.
South of the border, a Native American Civil rights march is being organized. Organizer of the Native Blood Civil Rights March hopes the three day event this August will draw more than a million people.
Sunday, April 11th, 2010
The Aboriginal People’s Survey is the first study of it’s kind. Findings include that most Aboriginal people consider the city their home, and not their affiliated First Nation or community. More than 2,500 urban Aboriginal people were interviewed for the study and almost the same amount of non-Aboriginal people were also interviewed. Find out what else was important to both audiences in the survey.
A First Nation in Ontario is taking advantage of the province’s relatively new Green Energy Act. Serpent River First Nation is jumping on board in the green energy industry and it’s not quite what comes to mind. Chief Isadore Day discusses the new project in his community.
It’s been in the news and has come under fire. It’s the pardon process in the country. It was only last week that media found out that former coach Graham James was pardoned three years ago. The ex-hockey coach was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in 1997 after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting Sheldon Kennedy and another unnamed player. Former NHLer Theo Fleury is welcoming government demands to review the pardon process. But, Johnathon Rudin, lawyer and Program Director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto has a word of caution about a possible review.
Bamoseda Coop Student Deidre Contin has a report on the International Polar Year Youth Time Capsule Project.
And an Enoch Cree Nation woman is a contestant in this year’s Miss Universe Canada. Not only is Ashley Callingbull wanting to become the first CREE Miss Universe Canada, she wants your vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Dead Indians – The Good Life
Dwayne Pamajewon – Red Machine
Shakti Hayes – The Best of Me
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Bamoseda has the details on some good and not so news in the resource development industry.
The Lake Huron Anishinabek Transmission Company will be building a transmission line in Ontario, The Coastal First Nations is promising to continue fighting Enbridge from building it’s pipeline on sensitive environments, and the fight between a small group of Ecuadorian Villagers and a Canadian Mining Company and the Toronto Stock Exchange is beginning to heat up in the courts.
Dr. Micheal Posluns has been following a set of hearings on the First University in the House of Commons and Senate. He gives his report about those hearing. And continuing with education, ‘Walk in Our Moccasins’ is a new report that has recently been launched by the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA). ONECA President Cindy Fisher discusses the reports findings.
JC Campbell – Keep on tryin’
Peacemaker – Sacred Ground