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2 February 2008
16 January was the 16th day of the seventh month of the 2nd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
16 January 2008
The Globe and Mail - Existing home sales soar to record in 2007 (16 January 2008) The value of existing home sales blew past C$100-billion for the first time in 2007. Sales came in at a total of C$118.3-billion last year, up 20 per cent from the year before, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). A total of 362,934 units were sold in Canada last year, up almost 8 per cent from 2006. The average price of an existing home also hit a record C$326,055 last year across the 25 major markets tracked by CREA.
From a Financial Post report on this: The average price of a home sold in 2007 saw a 10.8% increase from a year earlier. That was the largest annual per centage increase in 18 years. 'Resale housing demand remained high throughout 2007 due to job and income growth, the continuation of attractive financing and upbeat consumer confidence,' said Gregory Klump, chief economist with CREA. Mr Klump expects 2008 is predicting sales will be the second highest on record, trailing only last-year's pace. Annual sales records were set in Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, London and St. Thomas, Hamilton-Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Saint John, Halifax and Newfoundland and Labrador. 'The statistics show just how dynamic the Canadian housing market was in 2007 in virtually all parts of the country,' said Ann Bosley, president of CREA.
From a CBC News report on this: In December, the average resale home in 24 major markets rose 13.1 per cent from the previous December—the largest year-over-year gain in more than three years. And 13 of the 24 markets had double-digit price increases, led by Regina and Saskatoon. Many centres in central Canada held up well in December, with prices in Toronto, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Quebec City all recording double-digit year-over-year growth.
The Globe and Mail - Language crusaders revitalize dying tongues (16 January 2008) Statistics Canada released data from the 2006 census showing that among the country's population of First Nations—all aboriginals who are not Inuit or Metis—the number of young aboriginals living on reserves who said they can converse in an aboriginal language increased 1 per cent. That reversal, however slight, is due in part to language crusaders working to revitalize dying tongues and even revive dead ones. In small pockets across the country, aboriginal groups are striking up immersion programmes, recording fluent elders and uploading phrases to the Web to ensure linguistic posterity. FirstVoices, a BC-based online archive, hosts aural dictionaries, phrase books, songs, stories, and interactive language games for more than 60 languages. Four hundred years ago, roughly 35,000 people living between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay spoke Huron. By the 20th century, however, it had been largely silenced. Now members of the Huron-Wendat nation, with help from a C$1-million grant and Laval University, are working on dictionaries and course materials with the goal of creating an entire school curriculum. 'When you are a native without language, you are without culture,' says Isabelle Picard, who's heading up the programme. 'The way that Huron words are built, we can actually learn what our ancestors were thinking.' Linda Elliott offers her students at Lauwelnew Tribal School, just outside Victoria, much the same explanation. She tells them that the word celanen—the total body of knowledge passed down to young people—has no English equivalent. 'Within language, there is a whole world view,' Ms Elliott says. 'When we don't pass that on to our children, our young people get lost and society breaks down.'
From a CanWest News Service report on this: The 2006 census found Cree was the most popular language among First Nations people and the number of First Nations people who could speak Cree increased seven per cent between 2001 and 2006. Other First Nations languages that gained speakers included Oji-Cree, Blackfoot, and Dene.
From a Canadian Press report on this: Overall among First Nations, about 29 per cent said they could speak an aboriginal language well enough to carry on a conversation, unchanged from 2001. The figure was much higher (51 per cent) on reserve than off reserve (12 per cent).
The Canadian Press on Canada's aboriginal languages (15 January 2008) The lively five-year-olds in Sandra Ipana's language class chant through the calendar in Inuvialuktun, the language of the Inuvialuit. Elder Emma Dick plays word games with two little twin sisters. Ipana's efforts to keep Inuvialuktun alive in the mouths of the people who created it is being played out in classrooms and livingrooms across the country. Inuktitut remains strong overall. Sixty-nine per cent of Inuit speak Inuktitut. A new curriculum was just introduced last year. Kindergarten students are taught in immersion classes and other students get 30 minutes a day all the way through high school. 'We're moving forward,' says Anna Pingo who teaches a Grade 10 Inuvialuktun class. Things have come a long way, says Emma Dick, who's been teaching Inuvialuktun to children for a decade. 'It just about died off and then they got the Inuvialuit texts.' Ipana says teaching kids even a little of their ancestral tongue has deeper benefits than just being able to talk about the weather in Inuvialuktun. Some of her students come in to her class with behaviour problems. 'Once they do that, the behaviour and stuff like that just goes,' she says. 'I've seen many, many children leave this classroom different. They're not so sad any more. I try to give them a little bit of their world. Their true world.'
The Canadian Press - Aboriginal diversity spans language, culture (15 January 2008) The overall cultural diversity of native people was revealed in census data released by Statistics Canada. There are 615 First Nations and 10 distinct language families. Among all aboriginal groups, there are nearly 60 languages spoken. Regional variation adds to the tapestry. Students of Inuvialuktun, spoken by the Inuvialuit of the Mackenzie Delta and western Arctic, learn that words and pronunciations are sometimes quite different in Inuvik than in Tuktoyaktuk, less than 150 kilometres north. Governments have too often ignored the differences between First Nations to treat them all the same, says Peter Kulchyski, professor of native studies at the University of Manitoba. But that is starting to change as different aboriginal groups work out individual versions of self-government. 'People want a self-government arrangement that respects their particular culturally inflected decision-making form,' he said.
The Canadian Press - Aboriginal films from around the world hosted on new Canadian website (16 January 2008) Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk and his co-producer Norman Cohn grabbed worldwide attention for their film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) when it won a medal at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Now the two have started a new service allowing such filmmakers from around the world to show their work on a website. The new website, called Isuma.tv, has already gathered 100 films and videos in the four weeks since it began. The offerings, all free to watch online, range from complete versions of Kunuk's features to accounts of a Swedish Sami girl's efforts to learn her native language. Many of the films are in aboriginal languages, some subtitled. Almost all offer views of parts of the world that few get to see, through the eyes of those who know the place best. Any aboriginal filmmaker is free to post work to the site, said Cohn. The work of first-time submitters is viewed to make sure it meets the intent of the website—that it's by an aboriginal filmmaker and about aboriginal issues. Once approved, the filmmaker gets his own 'channel' to which he or she can post new work at any time without any kind of screening. Cohn hopes that by the end of the year the site will offer about 1,000 films and videos from up to 30 countries, and that a million people will have tuned in. Cohn would also like to see Isuma.tv offer live webcasting of events, including music festivals.
These are a few of the news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from the growing Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.
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