AFOA-PotashCorp Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards

The Aboriginal Financial Officers of Canada (AFOA) and PotashCorp are partnering for the 8th Annual AFOA-PotashCorp Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards, and are now accepting applications. Three Aboriginal Youth from across Canada will be invited to travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia for four days to attend the ceremony at the AFOA National Conference on February 25-27, 2014.

Local Indigenous Arts Magazine Celebrates One Year

A local magazine that showcases the work of local and international indigenous artists is celebrating its first year. The e-zine, kimiwan is published by a collective of indigenous artists and activists who are in Saskatoon. The first issue was released in December 2012. The ‘zine is, “committed to featuring strong themes and messages from First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists and writers”.

The Starphoenix December 19, 2013

AFN National Chief Welcomes Canadian Chamber of Commerce Report

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Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today welcomed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce report, Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’s Workforce.  The report sets out recommendations to improve and enhance Aboriginal education, employment and skills development as a means to strengthen the entire Canadian economy.

Saskatchewan First Nation Chief, Councillors Face Allegations of Fund Misuse

The chief and several councillors from the Big Island Lake Cree Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan are facing allegations of misuse of funds from their social assistance accounts. No charges have been laid and none of the allegations have been proven in court. The federal government has sent in a team of auditors to conduct a forensic audit.

By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press December 17, 2013

AFN National Chief Receives, Responds To Aboriginal Affairs Ministers Reply

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement recently regarding the response from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister Bernard Valcourt to the National Chief’s open letter of November 25 on First Nations education. “…The Minister has stated that there is an opportunity for dialogue on terms set by the Chiefs. We will make efforts to ensure First Nations are aware of the Minister’s response.  We will be carefully reviewing the Minister’s letter and setting out next steps through dialogue with all First Nations.”