Government of Canada to Support Aboriginal Training and Employment in Ontario

Aboriginal people will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs as a result of projects funded by the Government of Canada, announced Mr. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on October 20, 2010 on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. The Matawa First Nations Management will receive support to continue projects that will help Aboriginal people in the Thunder Bay, Ontario area gain access to labour market programs and employment services.

Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario

Aboriginal Team Ontario (ATO) has announced a new Board of Directors and name for Ontario’s provincial-territorial Aboriginal sport body.
The Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) plans to encourage active and healthy Aboriginal people, families and communities and to enhance the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, cultural, and social well-being of Aboriginal people through physical activity, recreation, and sport.

How To Do Business With First Nations Communities Seminar

Enterprise Saskatchewan presents, How to do Business with First Nations Communities: Creating Respectful Partnerships and Identifying Opportunities. The seminar will be held on Thursday November 4, 2010 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Saskatoon Club, which is located at 417-21st St. E., in Saskatoon.
Speakers include: Mr. Gary Merasty, Vice President, Social Corporate Responsibility, Cameco Corporation, and former Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) as well as the former Member of Parliament for the northern riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River.
To be confirmed – Mr. Peter Vanriel, General Manager of Canada North Environmental Services, wholly owned by Lac La Ronge Indian Band through Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership.

Assembly of First Nations and Mike Holmes Announce Joint Pilot Project

Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and “Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor” Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes”® and The Holmes Group are pleased to announce the release of information for their joint pilot project to assist First Nations called, Building Homes and Building Skills.
Under the criteria developed jointly by the AFN and the Holmes Group, a First Nation in the Ontario region will be selected as the site of a pilot project to design, plan and implement building activities that are based on green and sustainable practices. The choice of the Ontario region for the first project reflects the desire of the Toronto-based Holmes Group to ensure that resources are maximized for use in the community so that everyone
involved can “Make it Right”.

FSIN Calls For More First Nations Foster Families in Saskatchewan

As Canada celebrates “National Foster Families Week” October 17-23, 2010, FSIN Third Vice-Chief E. Dutch Lerat is encouraging more First Nations families to become active foster families in the province. In Saskatchewan, there are approximately 3600 First Nations children in care off reserve.
As of May 2010, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Social Services reported that there are only 63 First Nations foster homes off reserve in comparison to 705 non First Nations foster homes. The province has renewed their efforts to recruit more foster families, but there is still a dire need for more First Nations foster homes.

17th Inuit Studies Conference

The University of Quebec at Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT) and DIALOG, the Research and Knowledge Network Relating to Aboriginal Peoples, are proud to invite you to the 17th Inuit Studies Conference, with the theme being “The Inuit and the Aboriginal World”. The event will take place from October 28-30, 2010, at the UQAT’s First Peoples Pavilion on the Val-d’Or campus, Québec, Canada.

Okanese First Nation Member Named To Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Myrna F. Yuzicapi, Special Advisor to Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences (SIAST) on Aboriginal Initiatives, has been named as one of the 2010 recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is the province’s highest honour. It recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the well-being of the province and its residents.

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Training and Development in Alberta and Ontario

In separate announcements made last week, the Government of Canada is funding projects in Alberta and Ontario that will help Aboriginal people get the skills they need to find and keep jobs. The Rupertsland Institute in Alberta and the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board in Ontario will both receive support for projects to meet the goal.

Time to Take a Stand: FSIN Chief Does Not Rule Out Legal Action

First Nations people deserve the right to share in Saskatchewan’s resource revenues and are prepared “to take a stand” to defend that right, the head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations said last week.
Whatever the process, Guy Lonechild made it clear he believes First Nations people have treaty entitlements to resource revenues that need to be recognized and provided.