U.S. Museum to Return Remains of Labrador Inuit

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.”

Canadian and Quebec Governments Invest in Aboriginal Sport

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.

Waterways of B.C. and Washington State Given Name, Salish Sea

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.”