The Indigenous Peoples and Justice Programs annual lecture series at the UofS welcomes speaker Penelope C. Sanz, who will lecture on, “Mining a Sacred Mountain. Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A Human Rights Impact Assessment – Philippine Report.”
The lecture takes place Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Arts Building room 208.
Wednesday March 31, 2010 is the 50th anniversary of amendments to the Canada Elections Act by then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to extend voting rights to First Nations Canadians. Studies have determined that voting rates for on-reserve elections for chief and band council are sharply higher than turnout rates for those living off reserve. Studies have also noted that in the last 50 years there have been only eight First Nations people elected to the House of Commons.
The lineup for this year’s Back To Batoche has been unveiled. The event is a week-long event that celebrates Métis history and pays homage to Métis leaders such as Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Singer Michelle Wright will highlight this year’s celebration along with other Canadian Métis performers such as Donny Parenteau, Andrea Menard and The Métis Fiddler Quartet.
Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) attended the completion celebrations for a pilot project, the Aboriginal Housing Demonstration Project, held at the Riverbend Institution in Prince Albert recently. The project is the first phase in developing a sustainable partnership with a purpose of providing federal offenders with meaningful employment experience and training while assisting Aboriginal communities in addressing their priority of providing adequate housing, according to the Corrections Service of Canada.
“Run,” a full length film written and directed by Saskatoon high school teacher Tom Simes, is premiering at the Roxy Theater in Saskatoon on April 14-17 @ 7p.m. The story is about a sixteen year old Metis teenager who spends a month of her summer holidays with her grandparents on the family farm.
To view the trailer, press articles and reviews click here.
The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Regions and the Land Occupancy of the Territory, Laurent Lessard, and the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Pierre Corbeil, have announced the renewal of an agreement between the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the Inuit of Nunavik that will translate into construction of around 340 housing units in Nunavik.
This multipartite agreement will come into effect on April 1, 2010 and will conclude in 2015.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, on Thursday March 25th, published a personal viewpoint by Gary Merasty on the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC). He was Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council for six years and also served as MP for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River riding in northern Saskatchewan.
Some of Alberta’s six women’s emergency shelters on various First Nations are facing federal funding cuts. The Ermineskin shelter and two others, the Bigstone Cree Nation and Sucker Creek shelters, have been notified by federal officials that funding they have relied on for the past three years will be cut.
To mark National Aboriginal Languages Day on March 31, 2010 there will be a gathering at the Aboriginal Education Center from 12:00 to 9:00PM at 90 Croatia St., Toronto, Ontario.
A group of residents of the Mistawasis First Nation, located about 125 kilometres north of Saskatoon, have united in order to address the issues that accompany drugs and alcohol. The group is called the Mistawasis Comprehensive Strategic Planning for (on-reserve) Illegal Drug Elimination.