The Social and Aboriginal Statistic Division of Statistics Canada has recently released First Nations, Metis and Inuit Women, compiled as part of the publication Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report. The document includes statistics on such topics as income levels, fertility rates and other relevant demographic information.
Questions are being raised about the salaries and expenses for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) board, which ousted its new chair late last week. The 13 member board received more than $600,000 in 2009-10 in salaries and expenses which is 5 times the amount paid out for the board of the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation which oversees provincial government casinos in Moose Jaw and Regina.
Myrna LaPlante, one of the Saskatchewan organizers of the annual Walk4Justice is trying to keep the memory of her aunt, Emily Osmond who disappeared four years ago from her home on a acreage north of the Kawacatoose First Nation. The walk started in Vancouver, B.C. with fifteen participants and will end in Ottawa at Parliament Hill on September 19.
The International Pow-Wow of Wendake will take place from July 29 to July 31 at Wendake, Quebec. In addition to Native dancers there will be handicraft workshops, other how-to demonstrations and the opportunity to sample authentic First Nations food.
Two years after the University of British Columbia (UBC) initiated its Aboriginal Strategic Plan (ASP), the number of aboriginal professors has doubled, with 21 aboriginal faculty today, compared to 11 in the 2007-2008 academic year, including education, art history and zoology.
Since July 11, about 30 children at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) Health and Science camp have been learning about culture, living healthier and career planning. The two-week camp has been educating aboriginal youth for 10 years. This year, 30 students were accepted, which is open to students from Grade 5 to 12.
Thirty students graduated from Oskayak High School in Saskatoon, the largest-ever graduating class in the institution’s 30-year history. The school, which has a focus on aboriginal culture, has also equipped almost every classroom with laptops and smartboards. Recently, the Vancouver School Board has been considering an aboriginal mini-school for high school students.
First Nations around the Northwest Territories (NWT) are supporting a declaration aimed at improving academic success for aboriginal students. Chief Roy Fabian, of the Kat’loeeche First Nation in Hay River, challenged the NWT Minister of Education to add a focus on language.
The National Association of Friendship Centres Aboriginal Youth Council will be holding the 22nd Annual National Youth Forum on July 24-26, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Fairmont Winnipeg.
Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will announce funding to build a new memorial in honour of Métis Veterans. The announcement will take place at the Métis Memorial Garden, Batoche, Saskatchewan, at 2:00PM on Saturday, July 23rd, during Back To Batoche Days.