Former Trustee Convicted in Band Land Trust Fraud

A former trustee of the Mosquito Grizzly Bear’s Head treaty land entitlement (TLE) trust was recently convicted in a Saskatoon, SK court of criminal breach of trust, fraud and theft of money from the TLE. Of the four other individuals involved in the case, three others plead guilty and one died before the charges were resolved.
By Hannah Spray, The Starphoenix September 24, 2013

Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist

The Humanities Research Unit is presenting a conference, Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist on September 26th-27th, 2013 at the Graduate Commons, Emmanuel & St. Chad, 1337 College Drive, University of Saskatchewan and the Mendel Art Gallery, 950 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK. Admission is free and the conference is open to everyone. For further information contact Len Findlay @ 306-966-2573 / len.findlay@usask.ca

AFN Launches Alberta First Nation Food, Nutrition and Environment Study

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced recently that it is commencing a study on nutrition and traditional food and water safety information later this year in 11 Alberta First Nation communities.This study will document some of the challenges that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has highlighted as facing First Nations in Canada such as food security, access to traditional foods and affordability of nutritious market foods.

Whitecap Dakota First Nation Accountant and Funds Missing

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are searching for the accountant from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation who is alleged to be responsible for stealing more than $1 million dollars. Chief Darcy Bear said, “It’s like a blow below the belt, it’s not a good feeling”. Investigators feel the man, a Salvadorian national, may have returned to his native land. Canada has a extradition agreement with El Salvador, but it excludes citizens of El Salvador.
By Jason Warick and Arielle Zerr, The Starphoenix September 19, 2013