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Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council responds to Marine Harvest Canada and Costal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

Posted on August 6, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

August 6, 2009
For Immediate Release

Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council responds to Marine Harvest Canada and Costal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

The Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council (MTTC) issues this press release in response to the joint announcement of Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) and the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) that the “preliminary results for their Coordinated Area Management Plan (CAMP) look positive”.

The MHC/CARR announcement states that preliminary studies indicate a lower level of sea lice on wild fish in the Broughton Archipelago during 2009, similar to 2008, than lice levels in the period 2003-2007.   The MTTC wishes to clearly communicate that the 2008 and 2009 levels of sea lice remain unacceptable as an additional risk in light of the ongoing decline of wild salmon stocks in the region and the MTTC’s reliance on the wild stocks in the exercise of our Aboriginal Rights to the food fishery.

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Two Feathers Forest Products (LP) draft Environmental Screening Report is now available for review and comment

Posted on July 17, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

Media Release – For Immediate Release

Two Feathers Forest Products (LP) draft Environmental Screening Report is now available for review and comment

(Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Ontario, July 17, 2009) Two Feathers Forest Products, LP (TFFP) has released a draft Environmental Screening Report (ESR) for public comment and review. The draft ESR will be available for review at between Friday, July 17, 2009 and Friday August 14, 2009.

TFFP is a partnership involving Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Pikangikum First Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation and Finland based Wood Tech Group Canada. TFFP is proposing to build a value-added forest products facility in the Municipality of Red Lake and Eagle Lake First Nation. The Red Lake site will house log sorting, milling, and chipping facilities, as well as a 9.9MW biomass cogeneration facility to generate electricity for sale into the Ontario power grid.

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Thunder Bay hosts 2nd annual Darryl “Penasi” Fox Memorial Golf Classic

Posted on July 13, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

Media Advisory
Attention: News, Assignment Reporters and Editors

(Thunder Bay, Ontario) Join family, friends, members of the community, and provincial politicians at the Whitewater Golf Club on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The event provides a day full of outdoor fun, with proceeds going in equal parts towards bursaries for First Nation students and cancer research.

Honourable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

Whitewater Golf Club, RR #6, 224 Hwy. 130

Thursday, July 30, 2009 (11:30 a.m. registration with a shotgun start beginning at 1:00 p.m. – Dinner will be available at 6:00 p.m. after the scores have been tallied)

For more information see the official news release

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Two Feathers Forest Products – Open Houses in North Western Ontario

Posted on May 21, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

North-western Ontario Open Houses related to Two Feathers Forest Products

Two Feathers Forest Products, LP (TFFP) will convene a series of six Public Open Houses starting on May 25, 2009. These sessions are an opportunity to review information on this proposed value-added forest products initiative.

Stantec Consulting Ltd (Stantec), hired by TFFP, is conducting an environmental assessment, and will present information for review and comment.

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Class-Action Law Suit launched by Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish against the British Columbia Government to address the impacts of aquaculture on wild salmon in their territory

Posted on February 4, 2009, by admin, under Uncategorized.

Today, representatives of the Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish (kwik wasoo tea noox & ha kwa meesh) First Nation (KAFN) gathered at the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs’ office to launch a Class-Action law suit involving B.C. Government’s regulation of open net-cage salmon farms, and the very survival of B.C.’s wild salmon…

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We’ve Launched a New Website

Posted on July 11, 2008, by admin, under Uncategorized.

We’ll be adding images and additional copy over the next week or so. 

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Moose Deer Point welcomes Provincial Minister Leona Dombrowsky

Posted on May 6, 2008, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

First Nations injection molding business on track for more expansion and upgrades after receiving provincial support to upgrade reliability of electricity supply

Moose Deer Point welcomes Provincial Minister Leona Dombrowsky

(Moose Deer Point, ON, May 6, 2008) Community leaders and residents of Moose Deer Point First Nation (located south of Parry Sound) welcomed the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMFARA), the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky to their community today. The focus of the Minister’s visit was tied to her responsibilities for Rural Economic Development and her government’s interest in ensuring the continuing evolution of Niigon Technologies.

Established in 2001, Niigon remains Canada’s only QS 9000 registered First Nation owned and operated injection molding facility. As a showcase for manufacturing automation, efficiency, and environmental responsibility, Niigon focuses on the manufacturing of products for the automotive, electronics and food services industries. It sells products throughout North America.

Niigon Technologies Ltd. grew out of the shared vision of Chief J. Edward Williams and Robert Schad, founder of Husky Injection Molding Systems Limited,  to create a centre for developing highly skilled, knowledge-based career opportunities in the Moose Deer Point community.

It is wholly owned by the Moose Deer Point First Nation and all dividends are reinvested into community social, environmental, wellness, and infrastructure projects.

After touring the production facility, Minister Dombrowsky delivered news of the approval of $500,000 to install a new standby generator and an Uninterruptible Power System (UPS).  Minister Dombrowsky observed that, “This new power supply project will lead to the retention of 13 full-time positions and result in a $28 million investment in the community. It will ensure that Niigon and Moose Deer Point First Nation are viable for the long-term.”

Chief Barron King added, “We can not overstate the importance of the Province’s investment in stabilizing our electricity supply. It means we can now move forward with planned plant expansions and automation upgrades.”

The backup power system, which includes a Caterpillar 1200 KVA UPS, will provide a buffer from power surges and voltage flickers. With over 70 power interruptions last year, addressing electricity reliability is critical to reducing feedstock waste and maximizing the performance of the automated systems and specialized equipment. The UPS is expected to substantially reduce production downtime and increase output.

When thanking Minister Dombrowsky for her interest and attention to economic development in this First Nation, Chief Barron King, emphasised that, “higher productivity will mean more money reinvested in social, environmental, wellness and infrastructure projects within our community. With partners like OMAFRA, we intend to make Niigon a positive example of how technology can be used to create wealth in rural communities.”

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