Government of Canada Supports Fisher River Cree Nation Band

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.

Battling Aboriginal Tradition

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.

Inuit Leader Backs New Arctic Shipping Rules

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.

Back to Batoche a Huge Success

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.