Recently, the Government of Canada announced the investment of $695,000 for 28 research projects regarding the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The projects focus on many topics related to the experiences and knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples.
Cumberland College, a regional college in Saskatchewan based in Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale and Hudson Bay is introducing a program designed to improve student outcomes. The ‘Elders-in-Residence’ program will enable students to meet with Métis and First Nation Elders to discuss financial, family or other problems.
Recently, a Saskatoon City Council Committee recommended the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) regarding a proposed hydropower station at the weir. Darrell Balkwill, Chair of STC investments Inc. says, “First Nations would benefit from training, jobs and educational possibilities. Investment returns would help infrastructure and social programs in our member communities.”
Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak recently stated that she feels Indigenous people moving from a reserve, often in a remote region to cities need transition assistance like refugees to Canada. North Wilson stressed that point at the United Nations in New York City recently, when she spoke at a conference during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
CBC News Posted: Mar 14, 2017
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
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
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