The 7th Annual Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans’ Association (SFNVA) Fundraising Dinner will take place on November 17th, 2010, at 7:00 PM at the Dakota Dunes Casino, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, SK. The General Assembly will take place on November 18th, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Contact people are: Reta Guilbault (306) 385-3250 and Lorna Arcand (306) 667-1874.
A aboriginal elders program in Regina Public Schools is being called a sucess, the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples was told recently. The program has been in effect for the past three years and currently has 10 elders working within 31 schools.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) proudly present the FSIN-SIGA Powwow 2010, “Spirit of our Nations”. It will be held on October 29, 30, and 31 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. There will also be a trade symposium and a princess pageant.
With the November 3rd deadline approaching, Canada needs to decide whether or not to block BHP Billiton’s bid for PotashCorp. A First Nations Group from Saskatchewan is talking to banks, pension funds, and Chinese investors in an attempt to make a rival bid.
In another story, BHP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with George Gordon First Nation to cover employment and business opportunities related to the company’s proposed Jansen potash mine. Chief Glen Pratt hopes this will become a new standard of potash participation for Saskatchewan Aboriginal communities.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued a statement on October 22, 2010 regarding the appointment of Chief Superintendent Russell Mirasty as Commanding Officer, “F” Division (Saskatchewan), for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Chief Superintendent Mirasty, a respected member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, will now have the rank of Assistant Commissioner.
A researcher at a two day anti-smoking symposium in Saskatoon says that the most effective strategy is for First Nations Governments to work with the provincial government to persuade people not to smoke. He says research shows the priority targets in an anti-smoking campaign should include Aboriginal people because 58.8% of that population smokes.
Fond du Lac First Nation Chief Napoleon Mercredi is attempting to ban Pronto Airways from landing at the Fond du Lac airport, which is operated by the provincial government on reserve land leased from the Fond du Lac First Nation. Transwest Air, which currently operates the only service to Fond du Lac, is a partner with Fond du Lac First Nation. Pronto Airways is 25% owned by the Black Lake First Nation, located less than 100 kilometers from Fond du Lac.
Mr. Brian Jean, Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, made an announcement on October 25th, 2010 about assisting Aboriginal people getting the skills they need to find and keep jobs, as the result of a Government of Canada funded project. The Bigstone Cree Nation , located in Alberta, will receive support to continue projects that design and deliver job-related programs and services for Aboriginal people who live in Alberta. Many Aboriginal people are expected to be placed in jobs over the duration of the projects and Aboriginal youth will get help to return to school or to find full-time employment. The projects will also create strong partnerships between government, industry, educational and training institutions, and community service providers.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is holding a, Fall 2010 Planning and Dialogue Forum, November 8 & 9, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec at the Westin Hotel. This year’s theme is: Nation Building and Re-Building: Supporting Capacity for First Nation Governments.
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Cecil King (BEd, 1973; MEduc, 1975) was honoured by the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association with the Aboriginal Initiatives Award at their November 4th Alumni Awards Gala. At the University of Saskatchewan King founded the Indian Teacher Education Program and served as head of the Indian and Northern Education Program.