Doug Cuthand, columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix recalls, in the September 23rd, 2011 edition, the contributions of Lloyd Barber, who died recently. Lloyd Barber was a past president of the University of Regina and also was Indian Claims Commissioner. Cuthand cites Barber’s contributions in assisting in the policy of “Indian control of eduction” which was adopted by the National Indian Brotherhood in 1972.
In the Brazilian Amazon there is a tribe that, once almost destroyed by Western Culture, is using Western Technology to save the rainforest around them. When the Surui tribe was first contacted by outsiders in 1969, population numbers quickly fell, due mostly to the introduction of chicken pox. Today the tribe uses the INTERNET and Google Earth to help battle deforestation of the forest they live in. The chief, Almir Narayamogo, talks about satellite images, planting tress, and the carbon dioxide he sells to the global emissions market. The Surui will be one of the first Indigenous peoples that will be paid to preserve the forest around them.
The Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians is a $4,000 scholarship that began in 1990 to encourage Aboriginal Canadians to pursue journalism as a career option. The scholarship includes an offer of summer employment at the Canadian Press. Application deadline for applicants is November 15th of each year.
The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) is implementing the Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan (ASAP). In 2008 a committee was struck to review Aboriginal student success at SIAST, including the identification of barriers to recruitment and student retention issues. The committee released a report of the findings and recommendations which became the basis for a 5 year action plan to increase Aboriginal student success at SIAST.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is promoting, First Nations Provincial Day of Action which will take place on Monday, September 26th in Regina, Saskatchewan. The day begins with a 10:00AM Pancake Breakfast at Cree Land Mini-Mart, located at 1101 Angus Street, followed by an 11:00AM Day of Action March to the Provincial Legislature.
In the nomination period leading up to the November 7 Saskatchewan provincial election there is an unofficial record number of self-declared First Nation and Metis candidates that have been nominated for the two major political parties.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is hosting the Ninth Annual Vancouver Gala Dinner on September 29th, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Council is awarding the inaugural Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations to the Right Honourable Paul Martin.
The Indigenous Bar Association’s 23rd Annual Fall Conference is taking place September 29th to October 1st, 2011 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. This year’s theme is, “Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms”.
The Word On The Street Festival will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 23rd Street East between 3rd and 4th Avenue, in the Frances Morrison Library, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th, 2011.
There will be 32 author readings and performances including Yann Martel and Sandra Birdsell, Judith Benninger, Rita Bouvier, Bev Brenna, David Carpenter, Don Kerr, Don Freed, Don’t Mind Us improv comedy duo, and a poetry slam where the judges are members of the audience.
Romeo Saganash, NDP MP for Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eyou says, “I may be a rookie MP, but I’m not a rookie politician”. To alleviate questions regarding his experience, he cites his 25 years spent in Cree politics, often working with Quebec’s National Assembly. Pundits note that he’s facing an uphill battle for the NDP leadership as only 2,000 of the 85,000 to 90,000 NDP members are from Quebec. Saganash feels that being a relative unknown outside of Quebec may actually be an advantage because people may listen more attentively to what he says.