Canoe welcomes 2010 guests at Aboriginal art showcase in Pan Pacific lobby

Canoe welcomes 2010 guests at Aboriginal art showcase in Pan Pacific lobbyDozens of First Nations drummed the blessing of the Raven's Song into the territory around Canada Place on Tuesday to welcome a 12-metre canoe into the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.
Ten men were needed to help unload the 800-pound canoe from a gillnetter and carry it to Canada Place for the welcoming ceremony.
The canoe, carved out of 600-year-old cedar, is the centrepiece of an Aboriginal village called "Kla-how-ya," meaning "welcome," which will transform the hotel's atrium lobby from Feb. 12-28.>>>

Ontario announces two programs to enhance Aboriginal participation in the new green economy

Ontario announces two programs to enhance Aboriginal participation in the new green economyLast week, Ontario announced the early closure of 4 of OPG's coal-fired generating units. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure described the announcement as the first of its 10 steps to "transition the province to electricity generated from green energy which will open investment and opportunities in Ontario's green economy." The Ministry announced steps 2 and 3 last Friday.

Indigenous Australia will be recognised: Calma

Indigenous Australia will be recognised: CalmaThe outgoing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, believes constitutional reform will formally recognise Indigenous Australia.

The Commissioner delivered his final public address at an Indigenous cultural festival in Sydney this morning.

He said he was humbled to deliver the second annual Kevin Cook lecture to mark Australia Day.>>>

Aboriginal ceremony launches Australia Day

Aboriginal ceremony launches Australia DayA traditional Indigenous ceremony marking the beginning of official Australia Day celebrations has been held in Sydney.

Under cloudy skies hundreds of people gathered to watch the Woggan-ma-gule ceremony at Farm Cove in Sydney's Botanic Gardens.

The New South wales Governor Marie Bashir was among the onlookers.>>>

Australians asked to rethink national holiday

Australians asked to rethink national holidayAustralians were Monday urged to consider changing their national holiday because it commemorates the arrival of British settlers -- a day of "pain and bewilderment" for Aboriginal people.

Celebrated author Thomas Keneally, who penned the book "Schindler's Ark" which was later made into the blockbuster movie "Schindler's List," said marking Australia Day on January 26 was a "double-edged sword.">>>