Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Harper shuffles senior ranks of public service

Harper shuffles senior ranks of public service

Richard Fadden becomes PM's national security adviser, among other moves in bureaucratic shuffle



Harper’s assimilation agenda just had a head-on collision with indigenous resistance

Harper’s assimilation agenda just had a head-on collision with indigenous resistance
This is our refusal to watch our children’s futures assimilate into oblivion. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the AFN both need to seriously consider their next steps.

Federal response to AG report on First Nations emergency preparedness ‘a start,’ but not enough, says AFN regional chief

Federal response to AG report on First Nations emergency preparedness ‘a start,’ but not enough, says AFN regional chief
Opposition says auditor general’s latest findings call into question the government’s fiscal management.

Aboriginal business leaders see paradigm shift in new economic opportunities

Aboriginal business leaders see paradigm shift in new economic opportunities
But access to equity and the Indian Act remain barriers to economic development.

Federal Conservatives taking ‘big government’ approach to First Nations

Critics say the Tories are continuing to impose policies top-down on First Nations.

‘I’m not the First Nations Prime Minister’


‘I’m not the First Nations Prime Minister’

AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo talks Idle No More, Northern Gateway, Neil Young, and the year ahead.

Reconciling my two Canadas

Reconciling my two Canadas
Leaving the reconciling to indigenous peoples alone will not do. Indigenous people recognize the need to heal from the past, but too often some are being pushed to forgive before they are ready—or before the harm is acknowledged. Canada also needs to recognize its own wounds and the scars that have not completely healed.

Time for feds to bring in effective modern treaty implementation policy: land claims agreement coalition

Time for feds to bring in effective modern treaty implementation policy: land claims agreement coalition
The willful neglect of the principles expressed in this proclamation underlies the conflict that has characterized this relationship since 1763. While many non-aboriginal Canadians would like to ‘turn the page’ on this legacy, this document remains fundamental to the relationship between Canada and aboriginal peoples.

Algonquin land claim, a journey of reconciliation

Algonquin land claim, a journey of reconciliation
A final treaty will provide economic development, social and cultural opportunities that will not only benefit the Algonquins of Ontario, but provide tremendous advantage to our neighbours living within Eastern Ontario.

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Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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