Bill Cleverley, of the Time Colonist, reports October 13th, 2011 that the Scia’new First Nation, located on Vancouver Island, B.C., is proposing a $25 million demonstration project that would transform garbage into gas and then electricity. The plant would be designed to process about 30 tonnes of garbage, would occupy only half an acre of land and the building would be double sealed to contain waste odour.
Jeanette Stewart, of The StarPhoenix, reported October 18th, 2011 that a notable lineup is headlining the relaunch of the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival. Tomson Highway, Maria Campbell and Louise Halfe are among the writers appearing at the Festival which starts Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The events are open to everyone.
For more information visit the Anskohk website.
To access the schedule.
Or call 934-2632.
Dr. Manu Meyer, the John Ranton McIntosh Visiting Scholar, will be presenting a lecture on Thursday, October 20th, from 1:30 – 3:50 PM, in Room 271 Thorvaldson Building (Airplane Room), at the University of Saskatchewan. Everyone is welcome.
Mary Eberts will present the Ariel Sallows Chair Lecture, ” Settler Reflections: Knowing and Refusing to Know About Canada’s Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women“, on Monday October 24th, 2011, at 12:00 Noon, in the MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP Lecture Theatre, Room 150, in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan campus.
MBC Network Radio Online reports that Saskatchewan NDP leader, Dwain Lingenfelter, while campaigning for the November 7th, 2011 provincial election, recently made an election promise to begin talks to share resource revenue with First Nations people. The announcement was made on October 13th at the Red Pheasant First Nation.
Kerry Benjoe, of the Regina Leader-Post, reported October 15th, 2011, that after more than 10 years, the City of Regina is permanently flying the Treaty 4 flag along with the Canadian, Saskatchewan and Regina flags. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Shawn Atleo said no other municipal building in Canada permanently flies a First Nations flag.
The National Forum on First Nation Citizenship will take place at the Enoch Cree River Resort & Casino in Enoch, AB on November 15th & 16th, 2011. Workshops, expert panels and plenary sessions will allow participants to share experiences and develop recommendations for future action.
On October 8th, 2011 Dana Dignard of the Vancouver Sun reports on the challenges facing Canadians regarding Aboriginal education. With over 60% of First Nations youth not possessing a high school diploma and only 7% having a university degree, statistics clearly point to the need for corrective action.
On October 13th, 2011, Jason Warick of the StarPhoenix reported that former Prime Minister Paul Martin was in Saskatoon on Wednesday, October 12th, to announce a $75,000 donation towards a new aboriginal youth entrepreneurship program. The announcement was made at the Oskayak High School on Broadway Avenue. Martin praised the efforts of staff and students and announced the donation that was made by the RBC Foundation through the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative.