Government of Saskatchewan Supporting La Loche

Recently Premier Brad Wall visited La Loche, SK and announced additional measures in response to the shooting tragedy this past January. Among the initiatives were the hiring of an additional community mental health nurse and a suicide prevention worker/community wellness worker. The Ministry of the Economy has also invested $465,000 in two new training programs.  Dumont Technical Institute and Northlands College will offer new Adult Basic Education programs, and Northlands will also offer a new Tri-Trades program in heavy equipment, truck and transport and automotive mechanics.

Police Diversity Not Keeping Pace With Canadian Populations

In May the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) surveyed all major police departments across Canada to obtain a snapshot of the racial diversity of their ranks. The findings indicated that only one major city in Canada, Halifax staffs a police force that is as racially diverse as its community.

By Jacques Marcoux, Katie Nicholson, Vera-Lynn Kubinec, Holly Moore, CBC News Posted: Jul 14, 2016

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Indigenous Leaders Ask For Redress Regarding, ‘Sixties Scoop’

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and four other Indigenous leaders recently wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking to, “recognize and right an immense wrong–with both words and deeds.” They are referring to the Sixties Scoop, a government policy under which child welfare officials removed Indigenous children from their homes and placed them with non-Indigenous families.

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2016

Winnipeg Man Calls Out Those Who Didn’t Help Indigenous Man Having Heart Attack

Recently, a man in Winnipeg pulled over in rush hour traffic in the rain to assist an Indigenous man having a heart attack. David Jacks said,  “As a Caucasian man, if I’m having a heart attack on the street, I’m pretty confident that somebody’s going to come out and help me — that many people are going to come out to help me and ask me if I’m OK. It’s because he’s an Aboriginal man, lying on the street downtown … Winnipeggers have become so desensitized to their own racism.”

CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2016