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In March 2013, Douglas Eyford accepted an appointment as Canada’s special federal representative on west coast energy infrastructure to identify approaches that could meet Canada’s goals of expanding energy markets and increasing Aboriginal participation in the economy. He visited more than 80 Aboriginal communities in his research forming the basis of the 54 page long Read more [...]
Bob Joseph I recently had a chance to read the report compiled by Douglas R. Eyford titled Forging Partnerships, Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development. Mr. Eyford was appointed and commissioned to compile the report last March by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and visited more than 80 Aboriginal communities in his research forming the basis of the 54 page long report. http://youtu.be/pYuxfRN1ZnU A couple of items in the report really resonated with me. First, Read more [...]
In the last of our Speaker Series' presentations, Stephen Crocker, Director, Aboriginal Relations, PTI Group Inc describes the company's very successful and award winning Aboriginal engagement programs. We know the audio of these presentations has been blurred but are very relieved to let you know that this recording is very clear. Some of the questions put to Stephen are hard to hear but his answers are clear. http://youtu.be/AEvWhPJCiws One of the key points Stephen makes Read more [...]
Andrea McLandress, Team Lead, Aboriginal Relations, Tervita Corporation, spoke at our Speaker Series in Edmonton, AB, October 22, 2013. Andrea begins her presentation with an impromptu, personal and interesting bit of insight on Métis history. In her presentation, which includes lots of humour, she talks about building an engagement strategy using a mix of socio-economic tools. She also talks about industry’s moral and ethical responsibility – providing information Read more [...]
Bob Joseph Definition: “Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) describes aboriginal, indigenous, or other forms of traditional knowledges regarding sustainability of local resources. TEK refers to "a cumulative body of knowledge, belief, and practice, evolving by accumulation of TEK and handed down through generations through traditional songs, stories and beliefs. [It concerns] the relationship of living beings (including human) with their traditional groups and with their environment." Wikipedia The Read more [...]
By Bob Joseph In our series on barriers to Aboriginal employment we looked at 8 basic barriers and then at 7 simple solutions. In this last part of the series we are look at some examples of institutions, First Nations and organizations that are helping Aboriginal workers overcome one of the most basic barriers - lack of a drivers’ license. Recognition of just how significant a barrier it is has spawned at least one fundamental change in provincial funding for driver education. In Saskatchewan, Read more [...]
Sandy Sanderson, CEO Goodfish Business Corp., spoke at the Aboriginal Consultation and Engagement Speaker Series in Edmonton, Alberta on October 22, 2013. His topic was Maximizing Business Opportunities Through Industry Engagement. In this engaging presentation, Sandy identifies and elaborates on three key issues: Observing Canada's ignorance Understanding the roles of the entities Aboriginal business capacity Read more [...]
We are pleased to offer the presentation of Dennis Bell, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Issues & Aboriginal Relations for the Government of Alberta. Dennis was the keynote speaker at our Aboriginal Consultation and Engagement Speaker Series in Edmonton on October 22, 1013. In his presentation "Common Ground: A New Approach to Consultation in Alberta" Dennis talks about the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act, proposed regulations under the Act, the new Aboriginal Consultation Policy, and innovative Read more [...]
By Bob Joseph tyee; skookum; tillicum; muckamuck It’s quite likely that at least one of the above words is familiar, especially to those who live in the Pacific Northwest. What do these words all have in common? They are from the Chinook Jargon, also known as chinuk wawa. At the end of this article, we have a few more, with definitions. What is Chinook Jargon? “Chinook Jargon allowed travellers and traders from very diverse cultures with completely different languages the ability to communicate Read more [...]
by Bob Joseph When we think of Aboriginal war heroes Tommy George Prince immediately and justifiably jumps to mind. But, there are many other Aboriginal heroes who fought on the front lines of every major battle Canada has been involved in. “Why” did they enlist comes to mind when one reflects on the treatment Aboriginal people received at the hands of the Canadian government, and the sacrifices required in order to enlist. In this video, Honouring First Nations Veterans, at about the three Read more [...]