Doug Cuthand Comments on Calls For a Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women’s Inquiry

In a recent column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, columnist Doug Cuthand comments on the Harper Government’s reluctance to hold an inquiry into the 1,000 plus missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The latest report, from the Inter-American Commission, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), calls for such an inquiry.

Doug Cuthand, The Starphoenix January 16, 2015

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Ottawa Doesn’t Include First Nations in Employment Data

A recent story by Globe and Mail reports that the Harper Government doesn’t collect unemployment statistics on FIrst Nations reserves because it claims it’s too expensive and it’s difficult to find people to interview. This lack of data in turn can influence regional unemployment numbers which can allow employers to import temporary foreign workers when there are in fact large numbers of unemployed First Nation Canadians.

Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Holds Meeting

The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS) recently held their first meeting in two years. The event occurred after a judge ordered the MNS to hold a provincial council meeting by January 23, 2015. There is a dispute over who actually holds elected positions in the organization. MNS President Robert Doucette, whose term doesn’t end until fall 2016, says he is open to early elections and is not interested in seeking another term as president.

Ontario First Nations Girl Who Refused Chemo Treatment Dies

Makayla Sault, who last year sparked a debate on Indigenous medicine and children’s rights has died. The 11 year old from the New Credit First Nation near Caledonia, ON was given a 75% chance of survival when she was diagnosed in March of 2014. After undergoing 11 weeks of chemotherapy, she elected to stop receiving chemo treatments.

By Connie Walker, CBC News Posted: Jan 19, 2015