The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation, located along Kingcome Inlet in British Columbia, is recovering from a ravaging flood that took place in late September, 2010. With the flood season coming early, the Kingcome River has already burst the banks once this year. Local residents are very concerned and are attempting to move anything they can to higher ground.
A fundraiser feast for Kingcome Inlet flood relief will be held September 17th at the Christ Church Cathedral on Quadra Street. For more information call 250-383-2714.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will be the location of an event on November 18th-21st, 2011 where young Indigenous women from across Canada can learn, share and have fun with each other. The event will be sponsored by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation. Young indigenous women between the ages of 16 and 25 are invited to participate in the 4-day event where Elders and traditional leaders will be present to discuss leadership, empowerment, building solidarity and stopping violence.
Registration is free, and the deadline is September 9th, 2011.
Information and registration are available in Inuktitut.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was joined by Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), Floyd K. Roland, Premier of the Northwest Territories, Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut, and Darrel Pasloski, Premier of Yukon, when a two year extension on the Territorial Health System Sustainability Initiative (THSSI) was announced. Northerners face many challenges when it comes to healthcare, including costs to obtain medicine, the availability of medical professionals, costly equipment, and higher prevalences for some diseases.
Tony Merchant, a Regina lawyer, has 57 plaintiffs from across Canada who have joined together to file a lawsuit against the federal government for the AIM (Adopt Indian Metis) Program that took Aboriginal children out of their families and communities in the 1960’s. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for cultural suppression, loss of sense of family, physical and emotional trauma, susceptibility to addictions and other factors. The government has 30 days to file a response.
Lisa Charleyboy, an Urban Native girl originally from the Alexis Creek Indian Band in British Columbia, was vacationing in Italy when she chanced upon a nurse who serviced on her home reserve at the time her father was Chief.
The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards has been set to take place on November 4th, 2011 with the list of awards to include: Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year, Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year, Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program, Best Album Cover Design, Best Country CD, Best Duo or Group, Best Fiddle CD, Best Flute CD, Best Folk/Acoustic CD, Best Hand Drum CD, Best Instrumental CD, Best Music Video, Best New Artist, and many more.
Awards and Nominees
The City of Saskatoon has partnered with the Gabriel Dumont Institute(GDI), Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT), to create a program designed to train Aboriginal people to prepare them for employment opportunities in the labour market. Students in the 2011 Aboriginal Heavy Equipment Operator and 1A License Pre-employment Training Program graduate today, Friday August 26th.
Deborah Young, University of Manitoba’s first executive lead for aboriginal achievement, believes in spreading the message about the University of Manitoba’s success in aboriginal education. A University of Manitoba graduate with a B.A. and M.A. in Social Work, Young touts the university’s aboriginal courses and hopes to encourage aboriginal youth to complete their education.
The 2011 edition of the International Metisfest will take place August 26th-28th, 2011 at the International Peace Gardens, located along the Manitoba/North Dakota border. This event showcases Metis talent with concerts being held Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th. For further information, see the poster.
A Summer Family Gathering will take place at the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Centre, located east of Beausejour, Manitoba on August 25th-28th, 2011. Teachers, healers, medicine people and friends will gather at this drug & alcohol free gathering to learn and share with Elders.