The Saskatchewan division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is holding their Annual Aboriginal Conference March 7 & 8, 2011 at the Delta Hotel, Regina, Saskatchewan. This event brings together First Nations and Métis members from all corners of the province to have open discussions and hear guest speakers on issues which affect Aboriginal CUPE members in their workplaces, their communities and their union.
Alberta Métis have filed an appeal on December 20, 2011 in regards to a recent ruling by a Medicine Hat judge who ruled Métis have no right to hunt out of season. A hearing date for the appeal has been set for March 1, 2011.
A recent article from the Winnipeg Free Press argues that a recent Canadian Taxpayers Federation campaign regarding the alleged high pay levels of some First Nation Chiefs is overshadowing the real issues that face Canada’s Aboriginals. The average pay for chiefs in Manitoba is estimated to be $42,000.
The Eye See, I Learn pilot is just one element of a comprehensive program taken on by Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, in partnership with a number of community organizations working together to improve educational outcomes and remove barriers for First Nations and Métis students. It is projected that within five years aboriginal students are expected to make up 20% of students in Saskatoon’s Catholic school system.
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on December 20, 2010, announced a three-year renewal of the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, as well as a new formula for First Nations languages that distributes funding according to the regional realities of languages across Canada.
The Government of Canada has provided a total of $334,569 in funding for these projects through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Program. The goal of ALI is to support the preservation and promotion of Aboriginal languages for future generations of Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians.
Going home for the holidays can be a terrifying, often violent reality for battered or emotionally abused women who choose to stay with or return to their abusive partners at Christmas. The professionals who work with victims of domestic violence say it’s a disturbing trend. Sharon Morgan, executive director of aboriginal women’s shelter Ikwe Widdjiitiwin in Winnipeg, said women return to abusive homes before Christmas because they feel compelled to keep the family together, despite the potential danger of more assaults.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) welcomes the Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Panel because it confirms what First Nations have been recommending for many years. The FSIN urges the Provincial Government to act swiftly to implement the panel’s recommendations. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
A $3 million dollar loan program for First Nation businesses, that will create both investment and job opportunities, will be up and running in early 2011.
The First Nations Business Development Program is a three-year program that was announced in the March budget. Businesses that are 51 per cent owned by First Nations organizations will be able to apply for loans from $100,000 to $750,000, loans that can be repaid with future business profits.
With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training will help 15 Aboriginal youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training will receive over $180,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Mekanayzn project.
Beginning January 1, 2011 Lac La Ronge Indian Band Child and Family Services, Inc., through an agreement with the Ministry of Social Services, will provide after-hour and weekend emergency child protection services to off-reserve residents in the communities of La Ronge, Stanley Mission, Stony Rapids, Wollaston, Black Lake, Southend, Uranium City and Pinehouse Lake.
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Child and Family Services has the same authority as the Ministry of Social Services under The Child and Family Services Act. The agency was incorporated in 1994, and in June 2010 was accredited by CARF Canada for a three-year term after demonstrating a high degree of excellence in their work in five child and family services categories. In addition to a central office, the Agency currently has five sub-offices and 37 full-time permanent staff.