The Akwesasne International Pow-wow will be held September 11th and 12th at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island, Ontario. It is a two day event that attracts the best Native artisans, drummers and dancers from the region, including Smoke Dancers. Gates open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on both days and festivities begin with a grand entry at noon.
In Manitoba the RCMP have charged reputed Indian Posse member, Jeffrey Bruyere, with the brutal assault of a woman that took place on the Peguis First Nation reserve in July, 2009. Because the RCMP also allege that the attack was committed to further the interests of the Indian Posse gang, Jeffrey Bruyere was further charged with participation in a criminal organization.
In order to promote traffic safety, the Minister responsible for SGI Tim McMillan, announced a partnership with File Hills First Nation that would see a intoximeter (formerly referred to as a breathalyzer) and a radar gun added to their current traffic safety resources. File Hills First Nations Police Service, which polices the Little Black Bear, Okanese, Peepeekisis, Star Blanket and Carry the Kettle First Nations, is the only self-administered First Nations police service in Saskatchewan.
Some Aboriginal communities, located in northern Saskatchewan, are interested in storing nuclear waste, something even the provincial government has not yet made a decision on. Representatives from the Metis village of Pinehouse have gone to Toronto to visit the Nuclear Waste Management Organization which is looking into setting up national storage facilities. The Saskatchewan government has a policy to reserve decisions on supporting communities interested in nuclear waste management facilities until such proposals are well into the regulatory process.
CBC Saskatchewan is airing a 6-part summer series with a Prairie point of view. On August 28th, at 7:00 p.m. CBC will air “Denendeh” which looks at the cultural clash that has been going on in La Loche since the Hudson Bay opened a store there over two-hundred years ago. The CBC series so far has included “Harmony”, which looks at the Truth and Reconciliation event that took place in Winnipeg; “Red Road Forward”, which discusses the last Residential School at the George Gordan Reserve; and on September 4th at 7:00 p.m., the CBC series will present “Last Bannock Standing”, a story about the Bionic Bannock Boys, a Regina-based Aboriginal comedy troupe, and their search for a new member.
The Caldwell First Nation has ratified a land claim settlement that will provide $105-million to buy land and set up a reserve. More than 200 years ago, at Point Pelee, members lost their traditional lands and this settlement compensates them for that loss.
On Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, the British Columbia government and the Stk’emlupsemc of the Secwepemec Nation, located near Kamloops, signed a mining agreement that will share royalties. The agreement, the first in B. C. history and perhaps the first in Canada, involves the New Afton mine, producing gold-silver-copper and set to open in 2012.
Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethe – Missinippi, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, along with Donna Harpauer, Minister of Education for Saskatchewan, and Robert Sylvester, Chief of the Birch Narrows First Nation, unveiled a new $25-million comprehensive school on the Birch Narrows First Nation on August 17, 2010.
Completed nearly 11 weeks ahead of schedule, the project resulted in over 105,000 work hours, with local workers logging 60,000 of those hours. Birch Narrows First Nation is located approximately 580 km northwest of Saskatoon and has an estimated population of 650.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, is scheduled to visit the women, men and youth behind the success of the La Ronge community. Her Excellency will be attending a round table discussion with representatives of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Later a community celebration is planned where traditional fish fry will be featured as well as cultural performances.
Seven mothers and grandmothers of the Labrador Innu community of Natuashish are protesting against drug dealers in an effort to drive them out of their community. They have posted large banners on their homes that read: “Take your dirty business somewhere else.”