On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake), announced on July 27, 2010 funding for the Fisher River Cree Nation Band.
This funding will assist in the production of the exhibition “Fisher River Cree Nation Exhibition Project,” which commemorates the 135th anniversary of the signing of the Norway House Treaty in 1875. The exhibition will include wall-mounted panels with photographs, maps, and texts; an exhibition case with artifacts; and a digitized community history. The exhibition text will be translated into Cree by local elders.
A Globe and Mail National Affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson wrote an article on a successful British Columbia Aboriginal entrepreneur, Mark Podlasly. Podlasly, who has returned to B.C., comments on how only half of Aboriginal Canadians still live on reserves. He states that they have migrated to various cities to find better education and jobs, and suggests that Aboriginal leadership should start to take that into account.
Mary Simon, head of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is defending the new, tougher shipping regulations which went into effect on July 1, 2010. The world’s largest association of maritime cargo carriers is calling the new rules, “drastic”. The new system has a mandatory ship-tracking system component for any foreign or domestic vessel greater than 300 tonnes traveling Canada’s Arctic waters.
The 2010 Canadian Native Fastball Championships will be held from Friday, July 30 to Monday, August 2 at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation located approximately 20 minutes south of Saskatoon on Highway 219. The roster will include up to 80 teams, including 8 teams of men and women over 40 years of age.
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies has created a new online peer-reviewed journal that looks at emerging issues and challenges facing Aboriginal people who live outside of reserve boundaries. The new journal, titled Aboriginal Policy Studies may still be accepting calls for papers even though the flexible deadline was May 31st, 2010.
The objective of an arbour project at the Kinistin Saulteaux First Nation is “to strengthen traditions, celebrate culture, and work at increasing ownership of community improvements.” This important addition to the community is the result of a partnership between the First Nations community and the Cities and Environment Unit (CEU) at Dalhousie University.
A new home for the Yellowquill College, a gas station, a depot, and an 80,000 square-foot office building will consist of Winnipeg’s first urban reserve. Winnipeg city council has approved Long Plain First Nation’s bid for the economic zone, and Ottawa is expected to grant approval for the creation of the urban reserve within the next few months.
Beginning in September, art students in New Brunswick will have the opportunity to learn about aboriginal art from the Maritimes. The classes will allow students to explore First Nations art, craft, and design in depth.
A proposed management system for the Athabasca River that would allow oilsands operators to withdraw water during critical times of low flows will greatly affect the ability of the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations to sustain their traditional way of life.
Over 75,000 people attended Back to Batoche from July 18th-25th, taking part in the celebration of Metis history, people, and heritage. With mostly everything going smoothly, the disappearance of a priceless artifact on the second last day of the celebrations was one of the only major problems at the event. Thankfully, the artifact was recovered the last day of the event.