According to median income data from Statistics Canada, New Brunswick communities that rank among the 10 poorest in Canada are all Aboriginal. The New Brunswick communities include: Kingsclear, Eel Ground, Tobique, Elsipogtog, Red Bank and Esgenoopetitj, also known as Burnt Church. The median income in those areas was below $14,000 in 2006, with Esgenoopetitj ranking as the poorest neighbourhood in Canada, with a median income of $9,200.
Statistics Canada has recently posted the Aboriginal Population Profiles of metropolitan areas for the Prairie Provinces. The profiles are based on the 2006 Census and the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Survey.
The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) says it’s unacceptable for Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Lawrence Cannon to exclude them and other indigenous groups from an upcoming Arctic summit. Cannon invited his counterparts from Norway, Russia, Denmark, and the United States while excluding Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The meeting is being held next month in Quebec to discuss coastal issues.
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians met yesterday with provincial and Aboriginal leaders to continue land claim negotiations. The parties renewed their commitment to reach a final agreement based on the 2004 Agreement-in-Principal. The next meeting is scheduled for Fall 2010.
Federal funding for the Sisters in Spirit initiative of the Native Women’s Association of Canada runs out March 31, 2010 and the federal government will not give the group any indication whether it will extend its mandate. Previously approved funding has enabled them to compile a database of more than 520 women who’ve disappeared or been killed in the last 40 years and develop tool kits to assist police and families of missing women.
The 9th Annual New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts: “Something Else Again!” will be held at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday February 27, 2010. The theme for this year tries to position itself as being less formal than a conventional scholarly conference but more academic than a traditional cultural festival.
Director Neil Diamond has created a film to address and dispel the stereotypes created by Hollywood westerns in his documentary Reel Injun. The film charts the history of First Nations people in film from some of the earliest examples of moving images through to the emergence of First Nations filmmakers in the 1990s, using dozens of film clips to address the evolution of the public’s perception of First Nations people over the last century.
The Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Rob Norris met with the Federal Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, Chuck Strahl on Monday to discuss ways of reviving the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC). Under discussion is a proposal to possibly have the University of Regina to assume certain administration and management roles at the institution. In addition, both the Federal and Saskatchewan governments could have voting power on the school’s board of directors.
Jameson Brant, coordinator of the Aborginal Training Program in Museum Practices is presenting an informational session offering First Nations, Metis, and Inuit participants professional and technical training in various museum practices.
A short presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 9:00am-12:00pm in Regina, SK.
RSVP Jessica Leavens, Professional Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
by February 22nd to attend the session.