Government of Canada Assists Nova Scotia Aboriginals

Nova Scotia MP, Scott Armstrong, announced on October 28th, 2011, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, support for 100 Aboriginal people to get job training and skills development. There will be $2,625,349 provided by the Skills and Partnership Fund to assist the Native Council of Nova Scotia’s Building Aboriginal Skills to Employment (BASE) and Driving Towards Industry Service Standards projects, projects which are intended to increase Aboriginal participation in the labour market.

Saskatchewan Election First Nation Issues

Rory Maclean, as reported in the October 27th, 2011 issue of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, took to the streets to talk to “real” people to ask what they would like to see discussed during the election campaign with the Saskatchewan Party’s Brad Wall and the NDP’s Dwain Lingenfelter. Erica Lee, a 21 year old First Nations student, asked the two leaders to address economic inequalities among First Nation people in the province.

Assembly of First Nations Chief in China

Gloria Galloway, of The Globe and Mail, reported October 21st, 2011 that Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and a group of aboriginal and business leaders have traveled to China to engage with individuals and organizations regarding economic development partnership opportunities. One of the events the group will be attending, will be the raising of a totem pole, which will be presented by Ed John, the Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia, on behalf of First Nations across Canada.