2011 Conference Sharing Truth – Creating a National Research Centre on Residential Schools

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada “National Research Centre” Conference takes place in Vancouver, B.C., from March 1 – 3, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre.
Archivists, researchers, historians and others interested in issues of social justice and Indigenous rights are encouraged to attend. Residential school survivors, members and representatives of Canada’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their community partners, are also encouraged to attend the conference.

The Ninth Annual Aboriginal Youth Conference

The ninth annual Aboriginal Youth Conference: Gathering Our Voices will have a theme titled, “A Vision of Our Future.” The conference will focus on areas that have been identified as especially relevant to Aboriginal youth, including: health, language, culture, employment, education and lifelong learning, and the environment. Aboriginal Youth aged 14–24 are invited to take part in the conference held in Prince Rupert, BC, March 21-24, 2011.

Interprovincial Association on Native Employment 2011 Conference

This year’s Interprovincial Association on Native Employment Conference will provide a forum on recruitment, retention, and advancement of Aboriginal people in the workplace. The Conference includes a Leadership Panel featuring: Zane Hansen, Sean Willy, Randell Morris, and Bonnie Blakely. It will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 405 20th Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, March 8, 9 & 10, 2011.

University of Saskatchewan Pulls Plug on Indigenous Justice Program

The University of Saskatchewans Indigenous Peoples Justice Program will shut down next year causing Aboriginal education to suffer unless the program’s content can be incorporated into other courses. The university is hoping to incorporate the program’s content of Aboriginal-Indigenous knowledge into other political science, sociology, and law courses.

Aboriginal Singer and Songwriter Kevin Arcand named to Telemiracle National Cast

Kevin Arcand, singer and songwriter from Melfort, Saskatchewan has been named to the national cast for Kinsmen Telemiracle 35, which airs March 5 and 6. Arcand was a community performer last year, and was asked to join the national cast this year after making an impression on producers. Arcand will also be performing Feb. 28 at the Kinsmen Mini Miracle in Prince Albert, with Donny Parenteau and other artists.

Teslin Tlingit First Nation Adopting Own Justice System

The Teslin Tlingit Council in southern Yukon has signed a historic agreement to run its own justice system. The system will allow the self-governing First Nation to enact its own laws in a variety of areas including: wildlife protection, control of the First Nation’s settlement land, controlling overcrowding of homes, local zoning and planning, adoption, the solemnization of marriages, and wills and inheritances. The Teslin Tlingit Council’s new legislation is expected to come into effect in the next six months.

Anti-Racism Conference

The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) presents EraceISM: Anti-racism in Action, in recognition of the United Nation’s international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. Dr. Emma LaRocque, professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, will be the keynote speaker.
The conference will take place Saturday, March 26th at the U of S, in the Education Building Rm. 1004 from 9:30-3:30.