Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), writes on how Canadians do not know a lot about Canada’s Indian Act which was created in 1876 to control the lives of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. He advocates breaking free of the Act to create a new era in governance where First Nations people are responsible to their own people first and foremost.
The U of S Murray Library will be presenting a National Film Board video titled, Reel Injun. The film will show on November 25th, 2010 at 7:00p.m. in room G3 of the Murray Library.
The Manitoba government formally asked Ottawa, on Wednesday November 17th, for help to expedite construction of an all-weather road into Island Lake reserves. Located about 500 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, these are among the most neglected communities in Manitoba. The communities are accessible only by air for about 11 months of the year. For about a month, a winter road built over frozen muskeg allows trucks to bring in major supplies.
MacRae’s Indian Books, a store located at 1605 Cole Street in Emumclaw, WA, has created their first website that sells books and artwork (including little people/ dolls and masks). Many of the books are out of print and are available for purchase on-line.
The University of Saskatchewan Aboriginal Education Research Centre invites you to a Presentation and Roundtable with Bertus Haverkort, a freelance artist, consultant and lecturer from the Netherlands, and Dr. Freddy Delgado Burgoa, Director of AGRUCO at the Universidad Cochabamba in Bolivia. The Presentation will be held Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 1:30-3:30 in Room 1004, at the College of Education Building, at the University of Saskatchewan campus.
Manitoba New Democrat Member of Parliament Pat Martin, at at news conference on Tuesday November 16th, demanded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper exonerate Louis Riel. November 16th was the 125th anniversary of Riel’s hanging, after he was convicted of treason.
Graduation rates among First Nations students at the University of Victoria improved by 20 per cent under a four-year program, a program that the vast majority of participants credited for their success there. Currently there’s about 700 aboriginal students registered at the University of Victoria, that is up from less than 100 aboriginal students a decade ago.
A national conference on aboriginal careers and employment will take place next March in Saskatoon, organizers said during a news conference on Wednesday November 10th, 2010 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner, Bill McKnight, said increasing meaningful employment for aboriginal people “is for the benefit of everyone in the province.”
Saskatoon Mayor, Don Atchison, said he was “thrilled” to welcome the conference to the city.
Saskatoon Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) is inviting project proposals, until December 13, 2010, which will provide activities supporting urban Aboriginal residents in the community. These activities should promote self-reliance and increase life choices for Aboriginal people living in Saskatoon.
For more information, including priorities, assessment procedures for proposals and an overview of Urban Aboriginal Strategy – Saskatoon see here.