Saskatchewan Premier Gives Priority To First Nation/Metis Education And Employment

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has outlined his priorities for the next 18 months leading up to the next general election in November 2011. Listed first is a desire to “Improve educational outcomes for First Nations and Métis learners and expand First Nations and Métis participation in the workforce”, which falls under the responsibilities of Education/Advanced Education, Employment and Labour.

Government Of Canada Expands Reserve Land And Environmental Management Program

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced on Thursday May 27, 2010 that the Government of Canada is funding the expansion of the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program.
About $9 million will be funded over the next four years to upgrade the program. “The College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan congratulates INAC on the full implementation of the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program,” said Mary M. Buhr, Dean and Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “We have been very pleased to partner with INAC in building and establishing activities in the preliminary stages of the program. The true collaboration and consultation at all levels has led to the creation of an innovative and effective program, and we look forward to many years of evolving partnership, association and communication.”

CFB Edmonton Celebrates Aboriginal Culture

On Tuesday May 25, 2010, the Hobbema Cadet Corps Program took part in a ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton to mark the beginning of Aboriginal Awareness Week and honour the contributions Aboriginal people have made to Canada’s military history. Through the cadet program and other police initiatives, the number of gangs in Hobbema has been reduced to six from 13 in just three years, along with school attendance and graduation rates up dramatically.

Child On Child Cases Revealed At Indian Residential School Hearings

As many as 20 per cent of the physical and sexual abuse claims flooding in from Indian residential school students seeking additional compensation involve child-on-child assault, says Canada’s chief adjudicator of a special process set up for students who faced the worst abuses.
The 20-per-cent estimate shows that there is still much to be learned about this part of Canadian history as a special Truth and Reconciliation Commission prepares its first national gathering, after years of false starts, since it was first announced in the 2006 settlement.
Former students from across the country will gather June 15 at the Forks, an historical aboriginal gathering place in Winnipeg, for four days of storytelling and ceremonies.

Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Improve Drinking Water Quality in First Nations Communities

Yesterday, The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, together with the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced the introduction of a bill that will help safeguard drinking water in First Nation communities and a funding strategy to safeguard investments in drinking water.
Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act was introduced in Parliament which will develop federal regulations, in collaboration with First Nations, that will provide a comparable level of protection for drinking water in First Nations communities as enjoyed by other Canadians.