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Province and Innu Working Together to Benefit Innu Children, Youth and Families

February 11, 2014

Meetings in Natuashish and Sheshatshiu Focus on Strengthening Child, Youth and Family Service Delivery

During a visit to Labrador last week, the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services, and the Honourable Nick McGrath, Minister Responsible for Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, met with Innu leaders, Band Council representatives, elders and other community members to discuss the delivery of child, youth and family services in Natuashish and Sheshatshiu.
 
Innu Nation Grand Chief Comments on Innu Development Limited Partnership Review and RCMP Investigation

 
Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador - February 10, 2014 – Today, Innu Nation Grand Chief Prote Poker spoke out about their organizations’ position on the October 2013review ordered by the Board of Directors of the of Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP) into payments made to former executives of that organization and the related ongoing RCMP investigation. “We are obviously disturbed by what we are hearing in the media and like all of our members, we are anxious to get to the bottom of these issues,” stated Mr. Poker. 
 
Alderon and the Innu Nation of Labrador Sign Impacts and Benefits Agreement
 

January 23, 2014  

Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (TSX: ADV) (NYSE MKT: AXX) ("Alderon" or the “Company”) and the Innu Nation of Labrador (“Innu Nation”) are pleased to announce that The Kami Mine Limited Partnership (“Kami LP”), an affiliate of Alderon, has signed an Impacts and Benefits Agreement (“IBA”) with respect to the development of the Kami Iron Ore Project (“Kami Project”) located in western Labrador.  The IBA is a life-of-mine agreement that establishes the sharing of benefits that will ensure a continued positive relationship between the Innu Nation and the Kami LP. The IBA represents full and final settlement to the Innu Nation.
 
Young Innu Journey for Healing and Cultural Awareness
In 2011, Michel "Giant" walked to Natuashish, Labrador, NL, Canada from his home in Sheshatshiu, Labrador, NL, Canada to raise awareness and money to assist with fighting diabetes, a disease that affect many of the Innu people. Following his walk he donated $26, 00 to the Kidney Dialysis Unit in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Canada. This Kidney Dialysis Unit is used by aboriginal people to enable them to stay close to home and the family supports that they have in the area.
 
Young Innu Journey for Healing and Cultural Awareness
In 2011, Michel "Giant" walked to Natuashish, Labrador, NL, Canada from his home in Sheshatshiu, Labrador, NL, Canada to raise awareness and money to assist with fighting diabetes, a disease that affect many of the Innu people. Following his walk he donated $26, 00 to the Kidney Dialysis Unit in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Canada. This Kidney Dialysis Unit is used by aboriginal people to enable them to stay close to home and the family supports that they have in the area.
 
Province and Innu Nation complete Tshash Petapen Deal
St. John's, February 17, 2010

Late last evening, Tuesday February 16, 2010, Innu Nation leaders and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador initialed an agreement that completes outstanding issues in the Tshash Petapen (New Dawn) Agreement signed in principle  in September 2008. All provincial issues have now been resolved by both parties including Lower and Upper Churchill and Land Claims.

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Province and Innu Nation complete Tshash Petapen Deal
St. John's, February 17, 2010

Late last evening, Tuesday February 16, 2010, Innu Nation leaders and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador initialed an agreement that completes outstanding issues in the Tshash Petapen (New Dawn) Agreement signed in principle  in September 2008. All provincial issues have now been resolved by both parties including Lower and Upper Churchill and Land Claims.

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New Players In The Province's Fishery
For Immediate Release                                                               
St. John’s, NL, October 22, 2009
The Atlantic Optimist, a fishing vessel wholly owned and operated by the Innu of Labrador is expected
to arrive in St. John’s this evening to land its first catch of 115 tonnes of Greenland Halibut/Turbot
harvested in Zone 0b in the Davis Strait. The factory freezer trawler is the property of Ueueshuk
Fisheries Limited, a company operated by the Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP).
 
Chiefs Mourn the Passing of a Great Leader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 October 2009

 

Chiefs Mourn the Passing of a Great Leader: Daniel Ashini 1959-2009

(Sheshatshiu) The leadership of the Innu Nation, the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, and the Mushuau Innu First Nation will today join family, friends and community members in expressing their sadness and celebrating the life of the late Daniel Ashini at funeral services in Sheshatshiu.

I am saddened by the passing of our friend, a father, and a leader. Daniel Ashini was a man who left a lasting legacy for all Innu, and indeed, for all Canadians.”, stated Innu Nation Grand Chief Mark Nui. “His contributions to our community in politics and in education have given our people a new sense of ownership, possibility, and hope for their future.”

In every culture, there is always someone who stands out,” noted Deputy Grand Chief Peter Penashue, “For the Innu, Daniel Ashini was that person.”

 
New Innu School opens in Sheshatshiu

New Innu School opens in Sheshatshiu

An important milestone in a process of renewal of education for the Innu was marked today in Sheshatshiu with the official opening of the brand new Sheshatshiu Innu School. The modern school facility replaces the old Peenamin Mckenzie School and gives the Kindergarten to Grade 12 students an ideal learning environment.


In addition to increased classroom space, the new school has a larger gym, industrial arts facilities, a laboratory, a cafeteria and appropriate spaces for special needs students. « Community leaders have been involved from the start on this project, we provided an Innu Advisor to the architect in charge of the design » proudly explains Anastasia Qupee, Chief of Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation that piloted the project.


The Minister of Labrador Affairs, John Hickey, attended the joyous occasion, together with Dougal MacDonald, Associate Director General of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and other federal representatives, Innu leaders, members of the general public as well as students and school staff.


Deputy Grand Chief of the Innu Nation, Peter Penashue, a resident of Sheshatshiu, stated « Our children deserve a good education, one that is respectful of their culture and of their identity. We have gained control of our education system and the opening of the school is a symbol of this new beginning. » To reflect the unique character of the school, its façade features a design from a traditional Innu coat and the interior is decorated with Innu art and crafts.


The building cost approximately 14 million dollars and was financed by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Some 400 hundred students attend the school and there are 35 certified teachers on staff as well as 10 Innu staff.


 
Innu request DND amend supersonic flight training plans
For immediate release

February 19, 2009

Sheshatshiu, NL:

Innu Nation has requested the Department of National Defence amend plans to designate airspace for supersonic flight training over areas recently designated to become Labrador Innu Lands under a final land claims settlement.

 
Innu Kindergarten Resources Mark Milestone in Innu Education

A partnership between the Department of Education and the Innu Nation has resulted in the development of an Innu social studies curriculum and resources for Kindergarten – a first for Innu children in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education, joined Innu leaders today at Peenamin McKenzie School in Sheshatshiu to celebrate the milestone with students, teachers and staff.     

 
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