Call For Metis/Inuit Photographers - Metis To Defy Hunting Restrictions - 3rd Year For National Indian Musuem - SUWA Meeting Notice
Photographic Exhibition: Living Conditions In First Nations and Inuit Communities
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2007
The Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate (SRAD) and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada are collaborating to develop a photographic exhibition which will illustrate and "put a face on" living conditions in rural and urban First Nations and Inuit communities.
The objective is to tell a story of the varying conditions in these communities, and of what it is to like to live there. The Exhibition will combine photographs with maps and graphs based on SRAD research about levels of well-being in rural and urban First Nation and Inuit communities.
Photographers are requested to submit work which reflects socio-economic and physical conditions found in rural and urban First Nations and Inuit communities. A selection committee will identify up to fifteen photographers who will be invited on a contractual basis to photograph communities for the exhibition.
This 2nd phase of the project will take place during the months from February to June 2008, with an exhibition planned for March 2009 at the 3rd Aboriginal Policy Research Conference. Work selected for the exhibition will become part of the department's Indian and Inuit Art Collection.
-Applicants must be of First Nations, Métis or Inuit ancestry.
-Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
-Photographs may be in colour or black/white.
-A maximum of 5 to 10 photographs may be submitted and they must be in digital format as an email attachment or on a CD.
-Resolution standards are 100 dpi in JPEG format and size 5x7 inches.
-Application form and photographers biographies can be found at http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/art/index_e.html.
Please mail completed documents and digital images to the address on the application form.
Digital images may also be emailed to Beverlee Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Submissions must be mailed by November 30, 2007.
Metis To Defy New Hunting Restrictions
Cnews (Canoe network) September 28, 2007
EDMONTON -- Alberta Metis will defy provincial hunting laws this fall by holding traditional community hunts outside of government-designated harvesting areas, their leader says.
Audrey Poitras, president of the Metis Nation of Alberta, said if her people are charged they will fight in court to draw attention to the province's "regressive Metis harvesting policy."
"This is about tradition. This is not about somebody deciding where we have the right to hunt," Poitras said yesterday.
"If this has to end up in court, then we are prepared to do that."
Earlier this year the government replaced an agreement that allowed Metis to hunt and fish without a licence throughout the province with new rules that restrict such harvesting to areas near eight Metis settlements and 17 communities in northern Alberta. The change was made after an Alberta judge ruled that the old agreement was not enforceable.
Alberta contends that the new policy that went into effect this summer still complies with a 2003 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that said Metis have the right to hunt and fish for food.
Since the change, the Metis have tried unsuccessfully to persuade Premier Ed Stelmach's government to negotiate a less restrictive harvesting agreement, she said.
One concern is the new policy excludes Metis in central and southern Alberta. The government says it has no records of Metis settlements in those areas.
Museum Is Three Years Old!
National Museum of American Indians at a crossroad?
September 30th, 2007
Native Issues Blog
The editors of Indian Country Today discuss this week that the national Indian museum is at a crossroads:“The National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is celebrating its third year of operation, having completed its initial building phase and entering a time of transition between leaders.
Not only do the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere look to the NMAI to represent their voices, but other museums, governments and the non-Indian general public have interests in the NMAI’s future vision and programming.
The museum will play a significant role in representing Native voices to the general public, while assisting Native communities by way of its so-called ”fourth museum” to reclaim and renew their own cultures, histories and futures.
The national Indian museum will face many of its greatest challenges in the years ahead. What role will the NMAI serve by representing Native voices to the general non-indigenous public, museum world and policy-makers?
At a reception following the Native Voices media conference hosted by Pechanga and sponsored by the NMAI last week, outgoing museum director W. Richard West introduced the trailer for ”Broken Promises: Indian Trust,” a documentary that examines the history of the strained relationship between American Indians and the federal government.
The museum’s support of the film is an example of the commitment to educate both Native and non-Native audiences using various media. Like films and television shows, the NMAI is a window to a large non-indigenous audience, and can educate and influence perceptions and understanding of Native identities, histories and cultures.”
Southern Utah Wilderness Association Meeting Notice
Dear Native Unity,
Would you like to help make a difference in the future of Utah’s wild lands?
The “wilderness debate” has been going on for more than 25 years in our state, but we have reached a crossroad. Critical decisions could be made in the next year that will decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness quality land in Utah. How can we best work together to protect the lands we love?
You are invited to an action-oriented dialogue about what we can do now, working with the people in our networks, to protect our wild lands.
Please join us with your passion, creativity, ideas, and energy for action:
October 13, 2007
Salt Lake City Main Library, 4th Floor
10: 30 am 12:30 pm
Southern Utah Wilderness Association is committed to building a network of people, ideas, and actions that will transform the public discourse about wilderness protection in Utah.
R.S.V.P to Deeda Seeddeeda@suwa.org or 428-3971
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