Jeanne Sounds Off - River City Fair - NAPT Requests - Voting Rights In Jeopardy - Nunavik Briefs
It is Native American Day because I live in South Dakota, where in Colorado they celebrate "Columbus Day" like he was the founder of the new world; "founder? new world?" One might ask, if they were educated enough. Still others may question: "What about the thousands of inhabitants that were already living here in the Americas?"
Well, for others like Natives protesting the celebration for Columbus landing or Italian sovereignty, the tokalas (warriors) mean business when they emphasize the parade should stop honoring people who started a 500 year annihilation campaign of all Native tribes.
As I researched this particular parade, and yearly protests, I found this has been going on for the past 10 or so years in Denver. Just having a day to recognize Native Americans has in the recent past been proclaimed. Here near the Pine Ridge reservation, and border towns, this is recognized as a State holiday, thanks to the efforts of a few others.
A day can hardly account for all the land taking, illegal acts against Native Americans through history and the present. In as much, we still want to make some noise to the rest of America, we still are here, still practice our culture, name our children Indian names and speak our languages.
River City Book, Art & Music Fair
ATTENTION: Authors, recording artists, gospel and R&B artists.
Jump on board this dynamic advertising vehicle for your work. Promote, sell and share your work and your expertise and experience with other authors, creative artists, art enthusiasts and readers in a family friendly atmosphere. Book your table at the River City Book, Art and Music Fair today.
This event is being advertised nationally and we expect artists, authors and craftspeople from around the country to participate.
Location: CREC Building
484 S. Governor St.
Evansville, IN 47713
Date and Time: Saturday, November 10, 10AM-4PM (set up begins at 8:30 AM)
One table space $35.00 Two spaces $70.00
DEADLINE FOR RESERVING YOUR SPACE IS OCTOBER 27, 2007
Sponsored by: Imani Advocates, a 501 c 3 not for profit ministry of Daystar Evangelical Church
PO Box 15344
Evansville, IN 47716
NOTE: THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT, THEREFORE, THE MUSIC MUST BE APPROPRIATE TO THE VENUE.
Contact: Monica Davis
Native American Public Telecommunications Requests -
Share Your Stories For Veteran's Day
We want to share your stories with other AIROS listeners. We are looking for a wide range of stories to run in November for Veteran's Day. They can be stories from soldiers currently in Iraq or Afghanistan; the story of returning from Vietnam; a story about your grandparent who served in WWII or even a story they might have told you.
The main point is that we want to share stories from or about Native service men and women on Veteran's Day as well as throughout the month of November.
There are a lot of ways you can share your story:
1) Post your story in our comments area at our myspace page - myspace.com/airosnative - add the tag Veteran's Story.
2) Post your clip on youtube, myspace video or other video sharing website and mailto:email@example.com. Make sure to use the subject line Veteran's story.
3) mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to use the subject line Veteran's story.
4) Call 402.472.3287 and we'll record your story on our request line.Please post, e-mail or call by November 2nd.
Scary Stories For Halloween
We're looking for some scary stories to run for Halloween, so if you have a scary story that you would like to share with our AIROS audience, please submit it the following ways:
1) Post your story in our comments area at our myspace page - myspace.com/airosnative - add the tag Scary Story.
2) Post your clip on youtube, myspace video or other video sharing website and mailto:email@example.com. Make sure to use the subject line Scary Story.
3) mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to use the subject line Scary Story.
4) Call 402.472.3287 and we'll record your story on our request line.
Please post, e-mail or call by October 20th.
Voting Rights In Jeopardy
One of the best email groups on voting rights may shut down due to failing participation. This would be a tragedy because owner/writer/ public speaker and activist, Cathy Harris, has done a great job keeping us aware of what is happening in voting rights as well as other key civil rights issues.
Please click on the link below, join the list and keep this vital civil rights communication venue going.
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Submitted by Ann VanWert
Elders Update Their Vocabulary At Conference
"As Nunavimmiut we feel very strongly that we don't want to lose our language."
By JANE GEORGE
Inuttitut language preservation was the theme of Avataq Cultural Institute's 17th Nunavik Inuit Elders' Conference, which took place last week in Kangiqsujuaq.
In an effort to keep Inuttitut up-to-date, Charlie Arngak, president of Avataq, said elders, two from each Nunavik community, as well as Chisasibi, were asked to come to the conference armed with 10 modern words, such as computer, television or microwave, to discuss with the group "Youth were also there, and asked a lot of questions - it was a very good exchange," he said.
Arngak said conference participants felt that Inuttitut is thriving in Nunavik and they reaffirmed their support for the new cultural committees formed in every community to support language and culture.
"As Nunavimmiut we feel very strongly that we don't want to lose our language, so the cultural institute is there to promote and support the language and culture," he said.
They elected a new board: Isaacie Padlayat from Salluit, Minnie Etidloie from Kangiqsujuaq, Ida Saviadjuk from Salluit and Jeannie Nungak from Kangirsuk. The conference also provided a chance for Marguerite Blais, Quebec's minister responsible for seniors, to include Nunavik in her consultation of Quebec communities on Sept. 27 and 28.
Quebec's province-wide consultation is called "The living conditions of our senior citizens: a challenge for society and a common responsibility" (Les conditions de vie des personnes aînées : un enjeu de société, une responsabilité qui nous interpelle tous).
At August's Katimajiit conference on social and economic development Kuujjuaq, Quebec promised $595,000 over five years to the Kativik Regional Government to adapt regional services and buildings to the needs of elders.
Avataq Cultural Institute holds the Elders' Conference every two years, bringing together elders with youth from Nunavik's Saputiit youth association. The next conference will be held in 2009 in Salluit.
Nunavil Resident Sought For Health Forum
"We want to put the citizen front and centre in the evaluation of the system."
By JANE GEORGE
If you want to make a difference in Nunavik's health care and social services system, then Quebec's new health and welfare commissioner wants you. Dr. Robert Salois wants a resident of Nunavik to join his 27-member forum, which is intended to give ordinary citizens direct influence on health and social services policy.
"Citizens are never involved in decision-making, although they're the ones who receive the services, but we never hear about what they think," Salois said. "We want to put the citizen front and centre in the evaluation of the system and our recommendations."
Salois said it's the "first time in the world" a government has set up such a citizens' forum on health and social services. Salois said, as health and welfare commissioner, he won't look at how money is spent, like an auditor general does.
Instead, taking his direction from the forum, he will make recommendations to the government and table an annual report, which will be also be made public. The forum will discuss ethical questions, Salois said, and he may also decide to consult the greater public on specific issues.
One member from each administrative regions of Quebec and nine expert members will sit on the forum, which is to meet four times a year.
Interested? It's not too late to apply, but only people with no direct links to Quebec's health and social services system are eligible to sit on the forum.
For more information, call 1-418-643-3040 or consult the web site at http://www.csbe.gouv.gc.ca/.
Canadian Royalties, Norilsk Join Forces
Canadian Royalties Inc. and Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy will work together to develop the proposed Nunavik Nickel Mine. By investing at least $25 million, Norilsk acquires a seven per cent share in Canadian Royalties' future mine, located about 90 kilometres west of Kangiqsujuaq, and just south of Xstrata's Raglan Mine operations.
As part of the deal, Canadian Royalties also agrees to sell Norilsk some nickel concentrates from its future mine. "Forming this strategic partnership with Norilsk Nickel reduces several project risks, including risks related to the financing of the project," said Richard Faucher, Canadian Royalties' president and CEO.
The total cost of developing the Canadian Royalties Nunvavik nickel mine is $225 million. Norilsk Nickel is Russia's largest mining and metal company, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the world's largest producers of platinum and copper.
The company's polar operations include nickel mines and smelters on the Taimyr and Kola peninsulas in Russia. Pollution at both mines have been at issue.
Norway has lobbied for the introduction of cleaner production technology in the aging Kola mine complex, which lies close to its border, and in 1991 gave $60 million to improve environmental controls.
Okalik To Help Hunters
Premier Paul Okalik says he wants to help Nunavut's hunters make extra money by exporting seal skins to Greenland. Each year Nunavut hunters catch about 30,000 seals, but only sell about 9,000 seal skins.
"Greenland is looking for seal skins. We're a ready market to export," Okalik said last month, following a cabinet retreat held Sept. 6 to 8. Okalik also says he wants his government to help outfitters who take tourists on the land or sea. The rising cost of insurance for small outfitting businesses has been a concern for years.
Okalik says the government is investigating whether outfitters could be supported by a form of self-insurance, such as what's used by Nunavut's municipalities.
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