In March, the Canadian Minister of Justice budgeted $10 million over two years to address the issue of murdered and missing women in Canada. The amount is being questioned by many justice organizations such as Amnesty International and Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).
The Field Museum of Natural History located in Chicago has agreed to return the remains of 22 Inuit individuals who were exhumed from marked graves at a Christian cemetery near Hopedale and Nain, NL. in 1927-28. “We are deeply saddened by this incident,” Field Museum president John McCarter said. “While Field Museum employees of today did not commit this wrong, we recognize that these actions did not comply with ethical archeological practices, either past or current.”
June, July and August 2010 marks the 20th Awards Ceremony for the Montreal First Peoples Festival which honours First Peoples’ artistic achievements.
The AFN announced Wednesday that an agreement has been signed with Mike Holmes, star of the home-renovation show Holmes on Homes. The agreement establishes a pilot project to build energy efficient, environmentally friendly homes and other infrastructure in a select First Nation community.
The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Continuing & Distance Education (CCDE), through their Indigenous Peoples Program, is offering a seminar titled, “Working as an Engineer in Saskatchewan.” The course will run from September 8th, 2010 – December 1st, 2010. The deadline for application is August 14th, 2010.
On behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, and his provincial counterpart, the Honourable Michelle Courchesne, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, announced on July 20, 2010 a new agreement designed to promote sport, physical activity, and recreation programs for the province’s Aboriginal youth. With this agreement, the Government of Canada is providing $50,000 to Quebec for the 2009-2010 fiscal year to hire sport and recreation coordinators and organize inter-school games. This amount, which will be matched by the Government of Quebec, is in addition to the two governments’ previously announced contributions of $3,804,960 for participation in sport activities in Quebec from 2008 to 2011.
Shawn Atleo, AFN’s National Chief, is calling for a new relationship with the federal government and an end to the Indian Act within five years. Atleo claims that federal laws governing Aboriginal people have led to high rates of suicide, poverty, and health problems.
The Assembly of First Nations is holding its annual meeting in Winnipeg this week and a plan to set up a national aboriginal gaming commission is one of the items on the agenda. The goal would be for First Nations communities to have more direct management and authority over jurisdiction and revenue sharing, in terms of gaming.
A body of water off Washington state and British Columbia has a new name — the Salish Sea, in recognition of the Coast Salish peoples’ use of this waterway for thousands of years. B.C. Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister George Abbott noted the province committed to adopting the name Salish Sea “as an act of reconciliation honouring the Coast Salish Nations and this rich and diverse marine ecosystem.”