The Government of Canada announced recently that they have approved up to $60M in funding to link the remote Ontario First Nation of Pikangikum to the national electricity grid. It’s one of 22 remote Indigenous communities in Northwestern Ontario that will be part of a 1,800 km extension to end reliance on expensive and unreliable diesel generators.
Families of some of the missing and murdered Indigenous women say that the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Inquiry are overlooking data which will hinder their search for the truth. There are also concerns about who compiles the statistics and how they are categorized.
Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix August 14, 2017
The Globe and Mail in attempting to investigate what, “reset” means regarding the troubled Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry, talks to three past presidents of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). People interviewed cited too narrow of a mandate, choices in administrative support and even the location choice of Vancouver which is the home province of the chief commissioner.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Aug. 13, 2017
The Saskatoon Health Region employs two health navigators who work in the First Nations and Métis Health Service. The navigators can provide translation services and generally try to ensure that the mental, physical and cultural needs of patients and families are attended to.
The Mennonite and Lutheran communities have joined forces to advocate for the Young Chippewayans, also known as the Stoney Plain Band to rectify a 100 year plus theft of their treaty land. The land, amounting to 77 square kilometres near Laird, SK was given to Mennonite settlers within 20 years of 1876 signing of Treaty 6.
By Alicia Bridges, CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2017
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) commission of inquiry has lost yet another staffer. Waneek Horn-Miller former Olympian and director of community engagement is leaving the inquiry to focus on her family.
By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Aug 08, 2017
Late last month the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) Cemetery had been designated as Saskatchewan’s 51st Provincial Heritage Property. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Vice-Chief Heather Bear said, “Though their names may be lost to us now, by preserving and protecting the lands on which they’re buried, we ensure they will not be forgotten.”
The 20th Annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest, a celebration of Métis entertainment, education and culture is being held August 10-13, 2017. The event will be held at Windy Acres, 10 km southwest of Saskatoon on Highway 60.
According to figures provided by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) a record number of Saskatchewan First Nations are now led by women. Two of the five FSIN executive members are women and 16 of the provinces 74 chiefs are women. The first post-treaty female chief was in 1954 when 24 year old Gwen O’Soup was chief of the Key Lake First Nation.
By Jason Warick, CBC News Posted: Jul 26, 2017