Recently the Slaight Family Foundation announced it will donate more than $12M to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The money will be distributed over the next five years to 15 non-profit organizations that interact with First Nations, Inuit and Mßtis peoples.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Mar. 07, 2017
Recently the Muskowekwan First Nation, located northeast of Regina, SK signed an agreement with Encanto Potash Corp., taking another step towards the development of potash at the Muskowekwan First Nation. Earlier this year Encanto announced two 20 year sales agreements with India-based firms.
Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix February 28, 2017
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
The Flying Dust First Nation recently donated two tonnes of their Saskatchewan-grown potatoes to the Saskatoon Food Bank. The market garden at the First Nation started in 2009 with two acres seeded intending to create food sovereignty, but has increased every year and is now 172 acres.
Erin Petrow, Saskatoon StarPhoenixn February 22, 2017
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
Recently it was reported that the former residential school building in Ile-a-La-Crosse in northwestern Saskatchewan is being torn down. Originally scheduled for October 2016, it was delayed by debris disposal issues.
Thia James, Saskatoon StarPhoenix February 21, 2017
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
Lorna June McCue recently won a bid for a human rights tribunal hearing after losing her faculty position at the University of British Columbia. She’s alleging that the requirement for peer-required research is contrary to Indigenous oral traditions.
Tristin Hopper | January 24, 2016
Saskatoon Tribal Council’s health officials say it’s time to open a supervised injection site in Saskatoon. After opening a needle exchange program in 2009, Iva Lafond says a supervised site is the next step in harm reduction.
By Riley Laychuk, CBC News Posted: Feb 14, 2017
Recently an Ontario judge ruled that, in a case lasting almost 10 years that the Government of Canada is liable to thousands of Indigenous Ontario residents who were removed from their birth families. The children were adopted into non-Indigenous families in what became known as the, ‘Sixties Scoop’.