The Team Saskatchewan identification camps will be held on February 9th, 2013 at the Beardy’s Arena, Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation with registration starting at 9:00 am for males and 10:00 am for females. These camps will select the teams that will compete in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship which will be held April 29th – May 4th, 2013 in Kahnawake, Quebec.
The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to the Tsilhqot’in Nation to allow them to appeal the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling to the Supreme Court regarding Aboriginal title. The ruling confirmed hunting rights, but only allowed Aboriginal title on specific, intensively used sites.
A recent article in the Globe and Mail chronicled how, despite a record seven MPs of First Nation, Inuit or Métis origin being elected, Canada’s aboriginal people are under represented in Canada’s House of Commons. The seven MPs occupy 2.3% of the seats while aboriginals make up 3.8% of Canada’s population.
The Government of Canada, is supporting leadership training for young Aboriginal females in Winnipeg through a recent announcement. The Ka Ni Kanichihk is receiving $200,000 for a 24 month leadership project that will help overcome barriers to leadership by forming partnerships.
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and the Stratford Festival have partnered to present Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, at the ICC’s 11th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. Taking place August 9th and 10th, the event is a main feature of the Stratford Festival’s inaugural Forum.
Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation who’s been on a six week hunger strike has decided to end it today after members of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Liberal and NDP MPs agreed to a commitment to support aboriginal issues.
A report commissioned by the FSIN (Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations) states that Saskatchewan needs to ensure programs for education and employment are kept at the level they currently are at or the costs to the gross domestic product could reach $6.7 billion. See Full report.
Shallima Maharaj, Global News : Monday, January 21, 2013
According to a story in the Globe and Mail, the Executive of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is considering whether or not to proceed to oust National Chief Shawn Atleo. This issue emerged because of the objections of some Chiefs over Atleo’s decision to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently.
The Globe and Mail, Friday, Jan. 18 2013
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced an investment of approximately $7.9 million in Northern Career Quest to help train 800 Aboriginal people to prepare them for employment in the mining industry. Initially, this program has created around 1,450 jobs in northern Saskatchewan.
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin, in a CBC News interview , says the Harper government has “no understanding” of Aboriginal issues. Martin’s experience with First Nations people goes back to the 1950s when he worked on the shores of Hudson Bay and witnessed first-hand the oppression faced by First Nations people.