McNally Robinson CD Launch By Becky Thomas

McNally Robinson Bookstore, in Saskatoon, is hosting a launch of two CDs from Saskatoon’s own Singer/Songwriter Becky Thomas.
Miracles of the North is devoted entirely to the stories surrounding the people of Tsay Keh Dene, whose very existence was threatened in 1968 with the construction of the W.A.C. Bennett dam. Sacred Ground includes a Cherokee rendition of “How Great Thou Art”, and her own melody added to make a “Native Lord’s Prayer”.

Circle of Learning Scholarships

The Circle of Learning program is offering a scholarship opportunity available to American Indians and Alaska Natives who want to earn a fully online ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. Students need to be admitted to the School’s MLIS program before being considered for scholarship funding and applications are being accepted now and up to March 31, 2011.
For application information see here.
For details regarding eligibility and applications materials see here.
To contact Heather Devine, the Circle of Learning Project Manager contact
To learn more about the American Indian Library Association and its initiatives to improve library and information services for American Indians see here.

University of Saskatchewan and Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada Sign Agreement

Earlier this month the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, and the Aboriginal Financial Officers (AFOA) of Canada signed an agreement indicating their intent to work together to establish academic programs that will be delivered by the Edwards School to support Aboriginal people. The agreement gives students with an Aboriginal Financial Management (AFM) diploma from the (AFOA) the option of entering the BComm program at the University of Saskatchewan with advanced standing, meaning it will take them less time to finish their BComm degree.

Native Womens Association of Canada Sympathy Letter For Patricia Monture Family and Obituary Notice

The Native Women’s Association of Canada is profoundly saddened by the passing of Patricia (Trish) Monture, who died on November 17, 2010 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Trish will be remembered in our hearts as a dedicated and passionate Haudenosaunee activist, mother, writer, educator and mentor. She was an inspiration to many young people, faculty members, lawyers, and to many First Nations. Patricia led the way with her writings on Indigenous theory, intersectional theory, governance, law, and social and political inequality.

AFN National Chief Congratulates Joan Glode On Receiving Order of Canada

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo congratulates Order of Canada recipient Joan Glode, a member of the Mi’kmaq First Nation of Acadia. Joan Glode is the Executive Director of Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services, which supports 13 First Nations communities, and the Vice-President of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. She also lends her support and expertise to the Halifax Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Center and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.
She was the first Mi’kmaq woman in Nova Scotia to receive a Master of Social Work degree and in 2009, she received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival Third Largest In North American

The Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF) opened Wednesday, November 24th and runs to Sunday, November 28th; it is packed with guests, educational events and more than 40 new indigenous films (about 10 features and more than 30 shorts) from Canada and the world.
Screenings take place at the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall and Cinematheque. The gathering is the third-largest showcase of aboriginal cinema in North America, according to Coleen Rajotte WAFF artistic director, after Toronto’s ImagineNATIVE and the San Francisco fest.

Ontario Metis Nation Receives Federal Support

The Métis Nation of Ontario will receive more than $30M through the federal Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which was announced on Monday November 22, 2010 by Shelly Glover, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) will design and deliver employment programs and services for Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario, helping people secure jobs and aboriginal youth return to school or find work.

Aboriginal Initiatives Top University of Saskatchewan Third Integrated Plan

While there is still work to be done on preparing the third integrated plan (IP3), it appears Aboriginal initiatives and research will be the top priorities for the University of Saskatchewan in 2012-16. Brett Fairbairn, University Provost and Vice-President Academic stated that, “Aboriginal initiatives and research-related initiatives stand out together ahead of all the others.” He also pointed out that all planning is guided by the University’s strategic directions and foundational documents.

Tono to Perform at The Yukon Arts Centre and The Banff Centre

Tono is a visually brilliant dance and live music creation that connects the world Indigenous cultures of Canada, Mongolia and China. The production is the winner of the 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for excellence in the performing arts. They will be performing in Whitehorse at the Yukon Arts Centre on Nov. 24 and 25, 2010 and in Banff, Alberta in the Margaret Greenham Theatre, at The Banff Centre on Nov. 27 and 28, 2010.