First Nations Living & Working On Reserve Will Have Access To The Canadian Human Rights Act

On Monday, January 31, 2011 the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will be hosting a First Nations Forum on the Repeal of Section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, at the Saskatoon Inn beginning at 9 a.m.
During this one day session, representatives from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Assembly of First Nations and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations will provide information on the changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

British Columbia First Nations Community Economic Development Practitioners Forum

The BC First Nations Community Economic Development Practitioners Forum is a by-invitation-only event targeting economic development practitioners in First Nations communities. The forum will be held in Vancouver, B.C., Feb 28 – Mar 02, 2011. The conference includes information for practitioners looking for best practices, funding and support for business and land development, and capacity building. One invited economic development practitioner from each community will have travel and accommodations covered in accordance with the event travel guidelines. The event will only accommodate one representative from each First Nation in British Columbia.

Aboriginal Youth Program Goes National

Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots for Aboriginal Youth Program, a pilot project to introduce the global youth action program to Canada’s First Nations youth, goes National in 2011. Communities across the country have embraced the program as a way to empower Aboriginal youth to work for positive change in their communities, for people, animals and the environment, while also reconnecting with their traditions. Aboriginal communities from Yellowknife, NWT to Calgary, AB, Beecher Bay, BC and Sudbury, ON are already active in hands-on projects. The projects includes planting and nurturing of community gardens, assisting elders with daily tasks, community recycling programs and the creation of a “community narrative” video that addresses issues important to them.

Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge

Are you an Aboriginal Canadian between the ages of 14-29 and up for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge?
For the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, create a short story that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history. It can date as far back as a traditional legend or as recently as yesterday!
For the Canadian Aboriginal Arts Challenge, the submissions must be two-dimensional in nature, but can be made up of a variety of medias, including painting, sketching, charcoal and photography.
The deadline for the Challenge is March 31, 2011.

Joan Greyeyes: Speaker at the University of Saskatchewan Library iPORTAL Open House

Joan Greyeyes, the special advisor on Aboriginal initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan , spoke at the IPORTAL Open House on January 25th, 2011. The iPORTAL celebrated 25,000 live electronic records, which according to Ken Ladd, the Associate Dean at the Library, “reflects the pride and strong commitment the university library has in supporting Aboriginal engagement: relationships, scholarship, and programs”.

Assembly of First Nations Virtual Summit for First Nation Students

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, along with First Nation students from across the country, will be participating in an online “Virtual Summit” to discuss their post-secondary experiences and provide recommendations on how to enhance opportunities for student success. The summit will also explore issues and solutions relating to First Nation post-secondary education. The online discussion will be hosted by Vancouver Island University.
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011, time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location: www.viu.ca/afn-psesummit/ .
There also is a list of discussion questions available for First Nations Students.
This virtual event, at the University of Saskatchewan, will take place January 27, 2011, from 11:00 to 1:00, in ARCH Room 132 (located in the Achaeology Building , which is located South of the College of Enginnering). All Aboriginal students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend.

Official Launch of Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month

You’re Invited.. to the Official Launch of Aboriginal Storytelling Month in Estevan, at the Multi-Purpose Room (across from the Estevan Public Library), February 1, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m. Guests will include Jason Chamakese, award winning First Nations flutist and storyteller, and Rhonda Donas, children’s storyteller & Oceanman member. Throughout February, First Nations & Metis storytelling events will be held in schools, libraries and community organizations across Saskatchewan.

Twenty-Five Thousandth Live Record on iPortal

The Indigenous Studies (iPortal) at the University of Saskatchewan Library, is proud to announce that there are 25,000 live records to date. The iPortal is a unique learning and research tool, connecting faculty, students, staff, researchers, and members of the community with specialized Indigenous Studies materials.
The 25,000th record, titled “A Literature Review of Factors that Support Successful Transitions by Aboriginal People from K-12 to Postsecondary Education” was published by Statistics Canada in 2010.