Buffy Sainte-Marie to Receive Honorary Doctor of Music

During the 100th Convocation at Brandon University, singer/songwriter, entertainer, activist and humanitarian Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive an honorary doctorate. By age 24, Buffy Sainte-Marie had appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, receiving honours, medals and awards, which continue to this day. Marie’s concern for protecting Indigenous intellectual property and her distaste for the exploitation of Native American artists and performers have kept her in the forefront of activism in the arts for 40 years. There will be four convocation ceremonies at Brandon University this spring. These will take place June 3 and 4 at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.

Solo Exhibit at Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton for Daphne Odjig

Artist Daphne Odjig, has a solo exhibit at Edmonton’s Bearclaw Gallery beginning Saturday April 30 to May 21, 2011. Odjig, a four-decade retrospective, includes works from the artist’s private collection as well as pieces never before exhibited. This event marks the last commercial gallery exhibition in which she will be providing art from her collection.

Strong Aboriginal Candidates Needed to Break Cycle of Non-Involvement

Strong Aboriginal candidates are needed countrywide to break the cycle of non-involvement. Relatively few Aboriginal people, especially aboriginal youth, vote in federal elections. Lewis Cardinal, says “there’s a legacy of anger and distrust that keeps many Native people from becoming engaged with federal politics.” Kyle Meredith, who just cast his first ballot, in a special advanced poll says: “Aboriginal people need to be aware of how important their votes could be. Aboriginal voters could change the result of the poll itself.”

Nunavut-Made High School Program Gets Full Marks

The new Grade 10, Nunavusiutit social studies program, is being introduced in Nunavut schools.
Its most recent hands-on learning activity module, “Staking the Claim: Dreams, Democracy and Canadian Inuit,” is on the history and development of the Nunavut land claims agreement. The program is receiving rave reviews from teachers who say their students are more engaged than ever before in learning. The goal is to produce a complete new Nunavut social studies curriculum by 2014.

2011 Diabetes Educator Course

This four-day Diabetes Educator Course is specifically designed to prepare health professionals with a solid foundation in diabetes education and management. The course includes content on: clinical management of diabetes, principles of health education, diabetes in First Nations communities, lifestyle, & psychosocial issues of living with diabetes. The course is May 9-12 , 2011, at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites ,1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, B.C.

First Nations Students Travel to New Zealand

Graduating students from Oskayak High School in Saskatoon will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand to participate in a cultural exchange with Maori students. The students will be creating a documentary as part of their media studies course work, and will also be followed by Doug Cuthand who will prepare a documentary series to air nationally on the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN) in January.

3rd Annual Aboriginal Peoples Resource Opportunities Conference

The Nanwakolas Council’s 3rd Annual Aboriginal Peoples Resource Opportunities Conference, will be held May 9 to 11th, 2011 in Nanaimo, B.C. This annual conference and trade show is an opportunity to gain first hand, practical knowledge from successful Aboriginal Peoples partnerships in minerals & mining, forestry, tourism, fisheries, power production & transmission.

SIGA is Looking to Commission Painting by First Nations Artist

SIGA is seeking a First Nations artist to provide a painting that would instil the values of First Nations “family”, “dedication” and “success”. The size of the painting should be approximately 15 inches long and 18 inches wide before framing. The medium used for the painting will be confined to acrylic, oil base or water colour. Letters of Interest to this EOI must be received at Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority no later than 2:00 PM on May 2nd, 2011.
Please see full Expression of Interest (EOI) document here.

Launch of Indigenous Learning Program Promoting Understanding and Partnerships with First Nations

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse were in Alderville First Nation Wednesday April 20, 2011 for the launch of an Indigenous learning program designed jointly by Alderville First Nation and Lakefield College School. The Indigenous learning program includes learning from elders, from songs and artists and will help strengthen relationships between First Nation and non-First Nation students.