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Episode date 7 August 2012
Interviews and reports
Changing aboriginal land rights
. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
The Canadian government wants to pass a new law that would allow First Nations to sell land that is reserved for them. The goal would be to spur housing and economic development.

Critics say it contradicts traditional views about communal ownership and responsibility for the land. They also worry that land would be taken over by non-aboriginals. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation. She also hold the Nexen Chair on Aboriginal Leadership at the Banff Centre in Alberta.
Unique pipeline training centre for booming oil industry
The oil industry is booming in the western province of Alberta. To respond to the need for skilled workers in the industry, Portage College, a publicly funded community college is in the process of creating something rather uniuqe. It's a training centre encompassing a number of facets and jobs connected with the oil industry, from heavy equipment operation to managing a pipeline control room. They’ve also begun creating a northern work camp setting as part of the programme in order to give important added context to the learning process and a better feel for eventual jobsite conditions.

Stuart Leitch is the director of Community and Industry Training Iniatives at Portage College and when I reached him in Boyle, Alberta, I asked him to describe the training programme.

Government will match Canadians' donations for Sahel aid
Oxfam/GB/Andy Hall
The Canadian Government today (August 7) called on Canadians to help in humanitarian aid to Sahel, and promised to match new donations made from now until September 30th.

The crisis situation in the Sahel has continued to get worse over the past few months because of drought, poor harvests and population movement, so Canadian aid organizations welcomed today's announcement.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke with Lois Brown the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, and to representatives of Canadian international aid organizations, Nick Moyer of the Humanitarian Coalition and Robert Fox of Oxfam Canada.
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