Lawyer Wants Representative Juries

A lawyer in Regina, SK. is seeking to have charges against his aboriginal client stayed because he is arguing that the Saskatchewan government has failed its constitutional responsibility to provide a jury representative of Saskatchewan’s diversity. Bob Hrycan is citing a 2004 report prepared for the Justice Ministry which alerted them to the problem and Hrycan says the government chose not to act.
By Barb Pacholik, Leader-Post October 29, 2013

Promoting the Health of Aboriginal Peoples Lectures

On November 1, 2013 the Continuing Physical Therapy Education, the School of Physical Therapy – College of Medicine, and The Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists will present two lectures by Alison Gerlach, Occupational Therapist and PhD Candidate from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia (UBC). The first lecture, “Equity from the Start: Critical Perspectives on Promoting the Health of Aboriginal Peoples” will take place at 10:30 AM – 12:00 noon at the Main Lounge at St. Andrew’s College, U of S Campus. The second lecture, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T! (Re) Constructing Relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and Healthcare Providers” takes place from 3:30-5:30 PM at Station 20 West located at 1120-20th St. W., Saskatoon, SK. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.

Proposed First Nations Education Act Gets Cool Reception

Draft education legislation was quietly released earlier this week on the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development website. According to some interested observers there does not seem to be a clear understanding of who is in control of the overall process. Under the draft legislation, band councils would be allowed to operate schools as many already do, but the federal government would still set and enforce standards for schools on reserves.
By Karina Roman, CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2013

Current, Former First Nations Chiefs Criticize Saskatchewan Party Ads

Current and formers leaders spoke today at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) fall assembly about what they called a “racist” television ad placed by the governing Saskatchewan Party. They attack NDP support for resource revenue sharing with First Nations which is already in place with First Nations in several Canadian jurisdictions, notably British Columbia and Quebec.
By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix October 23, 2013

Ten Years After Saskatoon Voters Reject a First Nations Casino: A Look Back

A recent article in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix recalled the emotions and issues that arose during the campaign over a proposed First Nation casino in downtown Saskatoon. A decade later, some say the city has inherited the social ills of a casino without the economic benefits – although numbers are hard to come by. The only current city councillor from the 2003 vote, Tiffany Paulsen said, “There were lots of racial comments made to me during the campaign”. Former mayor Jim Maddin said, “A lot of people didn’t want to see an Indian-run casino. Simple as that”. Nobody from Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) was willing to comment for the article.
By Phil Tank, The Starphoenix October 22, 2013