Russell Gardipy, a sixth-generation horseman from Beardy’s First Nation, has won more horse races in the past two years than any other trainer. He was not resting on his laurels as the 2010 Saskatoon thoroughbred season got underway at Marquis Downs this past weekend.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has outlined his priorities for the next 18 months leading up to the next general election in November 2011. Listed first is a desire to “Improve educational outcomes for First Nations and Métis learners and expand First Nations and Métis participation in the workforce”, which falls under the responsibilities of Education/Advanced Education, Employment and Labour.
The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced on Thursday May 27, 2010 that the Government of Canada is funding the expansion of the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program.
About $9 million will be funded over the next four years to upgrade the program. “The College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan congratulates INAC on the full implementation of the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program,” said Mary M. Buhr, Dean and Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “We have been very pleased to partner with INAC in building and establishing activities in the preliminary stages of the program. The true collaboration and consultation at all levels has led to the creation of an innovative and effective program, and we look forward to many years of evolving partnership, association and communication.”
On Tuesday May 25, 2010, the Hobbema Cadet Corps Program took part in a ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton to mark the beginning of Aboriginal Awareness Week and honour the contributions Aboriginal people have made to Canada’s military history. Through the cadet program and other police initiatives, the number of gangs in Hobbema has been reduced to six from 13 in just three years, along with school attendance and graduation rates up dramatically.
The 125th anniversary of the 1885 Northwest Resistance is projected to make this year’s Back to Batoche event the biggest ever. The eight day event, which runs from July 18th to 25th this year is the largest Métis celebration in North America.
A part-time term position as Community Development Coordinator is available for one year. The candidate will be responsible for building relationships with neighbourhoods served by the Library on 20th Street and Mayfair branches, and determine what library programs, resources and services are needed.
The International Indigenous Education Conference will be held in Cairns, Australia from December 18th-21st, 2010. The conference will take place at the Pacific International Hotel, and will bring together delegates to present papers, posters, or cultural displays on issues regarding Indigenous education.
Abstracts need to be submitted by April 30th, 2010.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 31st Annual General Assembly (AGA) will take place on July 20-22, 2010 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As many as 20 per cent of the physical and sexual abuse claims flooding in from Indian residential school students seeking additional compensation involve child-on-child assault, says Canada’s chief adjudicator of a special process set up for students who faced the worst abuses.
The 20-per-cent estimate shows that there is still much to be learned about this part of Canadian history as a special Truth and Reconciliation Commission prepares its first national gathering, after years of false starts, since it was first announced in the 2006 settlement.
Former students from across the country will gather June 15 at the Forks, an historical aboriginal gathering place in Winnipeg, for four days of storytelling and ceremonies.
Yesterday, The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, together with the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced the introduction of a bill that will help safeguard drinking water in First Nation communities and a funding strategy to safeguard investments in drinking water.
Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act was introduced in Parliament which will develop federal regulations, in collaboration with First Nations, that will provide a comparable level of protection for drinking water in First Nations communities as enjoyed by other Canadians.