Nova Scotia MP, Scott Armstrong, announced on October 28th, 2011, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, support for 100 Aboriginal people to get job training and skills development. There will be $2,625,349 provided by the Skills and Partnership Fund to assist the Native Council of Nova Scotia’s Building Aboriginal Skills to Employment (BASE) and Driving Towards Industry Service Standards projects, projects which are intended to increase Aboriginal participation in the labour market.
On October 27th, 2011 the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced that the legacy of Indian Residential Schools will be commemorated through a permanent installation of stained glass artwork in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
Rory Maclean, as reported in the October 27th, 2011 issue of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, took to the streets to talk to “real” people to ask what they would like to see discussed during the election campaign with the Saskatchewan Party’s Brad Wall and the NDP’s Dwain Lingenfelter. Erica Lee, a 21 year old First Nations student, asked the two leaders to address economic inequalities among First Nation people in the province.
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health presents, as part of their Culture as Treatment Series: “Health From An Aboriginal Perspective”. The event will be held from October 31st to November 2nd, 2011 at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, in Ottawa, ON. For more information contact Meaghan Hamilton at 613-850-6349 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elder-in-residence, Randall Tetlichi, will be in attendance at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, until mid November 2011, giving talks about the north, living off of the land and offering people the chance to learn about parts of Canada, other than where they come from.
Gloria Galloway, of The Globe and Mail, reported October 21st, 2011 that Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and a group of aboriginal and business leaders have traveled to China to engage with individuals and organizations regarding economic development partnership opportunities. One of the events the group will be attending, will be the raising of a totem pole, which will be presented by Ed John, the Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia, on behalf of First Nations across Canada.
Gabrielle Giroday reports in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 25th, 2011 how Winnipeg social service groups held a news conference last week to discuss the omnibus crime bill C-10 which they feel unfairly targets aboriginal people and women. Five speakers spoke at the event, all opposing the bill.
The Canadian Institute is offering the course, The Fundamentals of Aboriginal Law on Monday, October 24th and Tuesday, October 25th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, AB. The course is aimed at lawyers and non-lawyers in industry, government and aboriginal communities to minimize legal risks.
The Pacific Business & Law Institute is offering, on October 19th, 2011; “First Nation Taxation: Implications of the Bastien and Dubé Cases“. The one day conference is being held at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel, in Vancouver, BC.