First Indigenous Women Named RCMP Commanding Officer

Recently, Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr was appointed as the new commanding officer of, ‘E’ Division of the RCMP, the largest in the country. Butterworth-Carr is a member of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in Yukon and joined the force as a native special constable in 1987. She also was commander of the Saskatchewan division from 2013 to 2016.

The Canadian Press March 2, 2017

Posted in Law

Prime Minister’s ‘Canoes and Paddles’ Remark Called Borderline Racist

The NDP’s Indigenous affairs critic MP Romeo Saganash responded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments at a town hall held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon with a satirical letter to him. He said that a national canoe and paddle program was left off the TRC’s 94 calls to action and must have been only known to Trudeau.

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2017

Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation Settles With Specific Claims Tribunal

As part of a 2015 Specific Claims Tribunal ruling dating back to 1885, Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation will receive $4.5 million. The First Nation has decided to make a one-time $250 payment to registered members and establish a trust fund with the balance of the settlement and leverage the capital to finance the redevelopment of a community owned service station.

The Canadian Press, Regina Leader~Post 02.15.2017

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