Business Climate Warming For First Nations Entrepreneurs: Merasty

Gary Merasty, President and Chief Operating Officer of the English River First Nation’s development corporation, feels that the business climate for First Nations entrepreneurs is improving, partially being driven by demographics. He spoke recently at the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association’s (SAPA) Breakfast Bites series.

Alex MacPherson, StarPhoenix March 26, 2016

Cuthand: Federal Budget Restores Kelowna Accord Promises of 2006

In a recent column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Doug Cuthand commented that the reaction from mainstream media outlets that First Nation peoples were “winners” in the recent Federal Budget needs more analysis. He states that all this does is start to restore the lost decade of the Harper government’s neglect of First Nations issues.

Published on: March 24, 2016 | Last Updated: March 24, 2016

Opinion: Consider Urban Resettlement As Suicide Solution

Gary Mason, columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper, recently wrote a piece stating that the solution to the suicide crisis plaguing Canada’s First Nations communities is not mental health counselors, but a better life. He presents statistical evidence to back up his claims that a better outcome can be achieved in urban centres.

The Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Mar. 18, 2016

Federal Government Under Pressure To Deliver On First Nations Education

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is reportedly facing increased pressure to deliver some substance in his upcoming budget regarding First Nations issues. FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron says, “we’ve been informed the government may not make the education investment they promised before the election, it is absolutely imperative and crucial that this funding increase and commitment happens.”

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 17, 2016