Dissatisfied Chiefs To Discuss Forming New First Nations Group

Some First Nations chiefs who feel they are feeling excluded are meeting in mid July at the same time as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is holding its annual meeting in Whitehorse, YK. The National Treaty Gathering is being held at Onion Lake, SK July 14th to 18th and individuals will have to choose which one to attend.
CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2013

Aboriginal Education Levels Lag Canadian Average

Newly released data from Statistics Canada shows that Aboriginal Canadians are well behind non-Aboriginal Canadians in levels of education achieved. The Harper Government is touting First Nations education as a key part of it’s Aboriginal policy, but data shows little progress in trades and college diplomas with the numbers mostly unchanged from 2006 figures.
By Michael Woods, Postmedia News June 26, 2013

Study Finds Half of First Nations Children Live in Poverty

A new study released recently stated that half of Canada’s First Nation children live in poverty. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba the poverty rate rises to 63%. The poverty rate for non-Aboriginal Canadian children is about 12%. The study did not focus solely on income, it also looked at community services and infrastructure as well. The report also identified that the bureaucrats and politicians who set policy are quite disconnected from the reserves that they are managing.

Canadian First Nations and American Tribes Hold Climate Change Meeting

Recently a meeting was held between New Brunswick/PEI First Nations and Maine Tribes regarding climate change at the North American Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Network International meeting in Bangor, Maine, U.S.A. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) supports efforts to solve global environmental problems. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on July 9th, 2013 at the Woodstock First Nation, New Brunswick.

Idle No More Movement Still Active

At last weeks’ Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference, held at the University of Saskatchewan, key members of the ‘Idle No More’ movement participated in a seminar about the movement and their personal experiences. Idle No More is planning more events soon in what is being called Sovereignty Summer.
By Jonathan Charlton, The StarPhoenix June 17, 2013