The newest branch of the Saskatoon Public Library, scheduled to open in December 2016 will be named after Métis people that formerly habituated the site. The Round Prairie Branch is located on Hunter Road near Preston Avenue in Stonebridge.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix November 16, 2016
On November 22 National Housing Day, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Jean-Yves Duclos, announced investments in First Nation housing. There has been now $268 million allocated this year for 956 First Nation led projects that will upgrade 3,174 homes across Canada.
Indigenous people are waiting with nervous anticipation on the eve of the Trump Administration taking power in the United States. There is speculation that more resource projects will be approved and that police responses to protests could be more robust.
By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Nov 09, 2016
Georgina Jolibois, NDP MP for the Desnethe — Missinippi — Churchill riding, recently invited students and staff from Saskatchewan’s Northern Teacher Education Program and Northern Professional Access College (NORTEP/NORPAC) to the national capital in an attempt to lobby the federal government for funding. In July of this year the Saskatchewan government announced it will end funding for the program in July 2017.
Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix November 22, 2016
A recent article in, The Atlantic cited the University of Saskatchewan’s efforts to improve Indigenous enrollment and graduation rates at the province’s largest university. Aboriginal people currently comprise about 17% of Saskatchewan’s population with over half being under the age of 25.
At the recent First Nations Language Keepers Conference in Saskatoon a linguistics professor said the scientific research can assist Indigenous language revitalization.
The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies recently received a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter in order to assist their students in their aircraft repair program. The maintenance trainer comes as a part of a deal that saw the Royal Canadian Air Force buy 28 Sikorsky CH-148 maritime helicopters.
CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2016
The upcoming February 4, 2017 Métis Nation of Saskatchewan election according to Fred Payton, Chief Electoral Officer, could be a turning point for the organization. With the last five years consumed by infighting he feels this is an opportunity to move forward.
The Chief of the Lennox Island First Nation, Matilda Ramjattan is hoping the federal government will give more money to the reserve’s elementary school. She feels that parity is not too much to ask for. The school gets $6,000 per student per year from Ottawa while PEI funds it’s programs at $10,950 per student per year.
By Pat Martel, CBC News Posted: Nov 09, 2016
Recently, the Amarok Hunter and Trappers Association announced plans for a new community freezer in Iqaluit to be operational by the summer of 2017. The freezer will be big enough to store, “10 caribou or a bunch of walrus meat” according to Ben Kovic one of the Association’s directors.
By Sima Sahar Zerehi, John Van Dusen, CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2016