Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the Government of Canada will provide $3 million to the University of Regina for expenses related to programming for students attending the First Nations University of Canada.
This funding is conditional upon provincial funding as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding of March 23, 2010 between the First Nations University of Canada, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the University of Regina, and the Province of Saskatchewan.
A Charlottetown-based group, Aboriginal Survivors for Healing is able to resume its work this week one month after it was forced to suspend its operations due to a government funding cut. The program has now secured new funding through Health Canada. The group holds programs such as talking circles as well as individual counselling to assist people impacted by decades of residential schooling.
Canada’s largest Aboriginal HR and employment event is taking place from April 27-29 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario. Keynote speakers include, The Right Honourable Paul Martin, National Chielf Shawn Atleo, Sir Ken Robinson, Lisa Meeches and many other national Canadian thought leaders.
In a petition being circulated in the Mohawk community on Montreal’s South Shore, the Mohawk women are demanding that the local band council “refrain from any further action” regarding the controversial evictions.The women are a collection of strong-willed community members, including elders, who have stood up for equality issues in the past.
Some of the women are among those who in the 1980s were the first to fight against the Indian Act for stripping Aboriginal women – but not Aboriginal men – of their Aboriginal status when they married a non-Aboriginal.
The defunct Aboriginal Graduates Students’ Association is being reconstructed as the Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council (IGSC) thanks to the hard work of Omeasoo Butt, a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan. The name has been changed from Aboriginal to Indigenous to be more inclusive. Butt hopes the council will be a lobbying voice, represent the Indigenous voice on campus and offer peer support to Indigenous graduate students.
The Sisters in Spirit initiative helps investigate the relatively high number of missing Aboriginal women in Canada. The project was started in 2005 with $5 million in funding from the government agency, Status of Women Canada. Another $10 million was promised towards the project in last year’s federal budget, but the money has yet to be allocated.
Legislation was introduced last week in the Manitoba Legislature by the Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs that will recognize Cree, Dakota, Inuktitut, Michif Ojibway and Oji-Cree as the aboriginal languages of Manitoba.
The Awâsis 2010 Aboriginal Education Conference will be held on April 28, 29 & 30 at the Saskatoon Inn, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Don Burnstick and Dr. Rita Bouvier will be the presenters. The aim of the conference is to improve Aboriginal knowledge and spirituality for all people.
The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network Inc. presents, “Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Gathering Literacy: An Aboriginal Cultural Tradition” on May 25-27 at the Manitou Beach Resort & Mineral Spa, located near Watrous, Saskatchewan.
The 7th Annual Aboriginal Gathering on Diabetes will take place on Thursday May 6, 2010 at Prince Albert, SK. Guest Speaker will be Senator Lillian Dyck, who will speak on health issues that affect the Aboriginal people of Saskatchewan.