Saskatoon Speaks Aboriginal Gathering

An Aboriginal Gathering”, The Saskatoon Speaks Aboriginal Gathering, is a chance to share what you have heard and value about the community and what you would like to see improved.
You can pre-register here. The event is Thursday, April 7, 2011, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Saskatoon Inn, Saskatchewan B, 2002 Airport Drive. If you have any questions, contact us at saskatoonspeaks@saskatoon.ca or 657-8717.

New Power Partnership with First Nations

The Government of Saskatchewan, SaskPower and the newly established First Nations Power Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will open the door to significant opportunities for Saskatchewan First Nations to partner in the development of power generation projects. “This partnership is clearly an important milestone for Saskatchewan’s First Nations,” Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Guy Lonechild said.

Aboriginal Youth Conference in Prince Rupert

Over 1,000 Aboriginal youth attended a four-day conference in Prince Rupert, March 21-24, 2011. The youth spent the majority of their time at the conference in workshops that centered around the issues and culture unique to their lives as young Aboriginal people. Many of the workshops were about introducing the youth to different aspects of their cultural heritage, others were considerably more serious, including frank discussions with the youth about the issues in their home communities, issues that are affecting Aboriginal youth all over Canada.

Indigenous Health Conference on Aboriginal Health Issues

The First Annual Indigenous Health Conference was held Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2011 in Saskatoon. The focus was on sharing knowledge with communities on health issues that included topics on safe drinking water in Aboriginal communities, nutrition and activity levels in children, an examination of the portrayal of Aboriginal gang members in the media, and even the transmission of parasites among dogs in northern communities.

Aboriginals on Vancouver Island Celebrate Treaty After 18 Years of Talks

The five Maa-nulth First Nations begin a new chapter in their collective histories on April 1, when a land-claims treaty that took almost 20 years to negotiate becomes a reality. The Maa-nulth First Nations include: Ucluelet, Toquaht, Uchucklesaht, Ka:’yu:’k’th’/Che:k’tles7et’h, and Huu-ay-aht. They will gather together in Port Alberni on April 2 to celebrate the treaty, along with representatives from the B.C. government, Ottawa, and the B.C. Treaty Commission. This becomes only the second successful B.C. land-claims agreement negotiated with the federal and provincial governments under a process that began 20 years ago.

First Nations Historical Site Will Soon be on British Columbia List of Tourist Attractions

A dramatic First Nations historical site will soon be on British Columbia’s list of tourist attractions. Kiixin, the ancient capital of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, sits beside pristine beaches about two kilometres south of Bamfield, B.C., and can be reached only by shallow bottomed boat, followed by a hike through the forest. Huu-ay-aht are drafting economic development plans to start kicking in April 1, when the Maa-nulth Treaty will be implemented.

Conference on Negotiating with First Nations and Aboriginal Communities

Negotiating with First Nations and Aboriginal Communities: Practical Strategies for Moving Projects Forward Conference will be held at Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 20, 2011. The aim will be for participants to gain the skills and strategies needed to build strong and collaborative partnerships and joint ventures.

Masters In Development Practice in Indigenous Development

The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Indigenous Studies is offering a new graduate degree program. The Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) focuses on Indigenous Development. The program starts in August 2011. This two-year program of study consists of course work, applied research and field placements.
There are various internal and external financial funding opportunities available to students. For further information on how to apply for student support, please contact Deanna England, at Graduate Studies, d.england@uwinnipeg.ca.

The University of Winnipeg is holding a
information session on the Master’s in Development Practice Program, March 30, 2011, 4:30 pm – 6:30 p.m., Convocation Hall, Universty of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg. The University of Winnipeg welcomes graduate students, international students, as well as career professionals that may be looking for training in this unique field to enhance a current position or deciding on a new career path.