Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week will launch on December 1st, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario. There will also be workshops held across the country to further discuss Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues December 2nd-5th, 2011.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) welcomes the interest in accountability and transparency. Saskatoon Rosetown Biggar Member of Parliament Kelly Block sparked the renewed interest in the topic by introducing a private members bill similar to the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. The FSIN has invited Kelly Block and other Saskatchewan MPs to attend the FSIN Winter Legislative Assembly to learn more about the challenges facing First Nation people.
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), has welcomed the opportunity to partner with the National Leadership Council for Habitat for Humanity Canada. The Council advocates for the creation of secure, adequate and reasonably priced housing across all of Canada.
CBC News posted on November 18th, 2011 that Labrador Innu leaders, along with Newfoundland Premier Kathy Dunderdale, recently signed the New Dawn agreement in the northern community of Natuashish. The deal corrects previous wrongs with the Upper Churchill hydroelectric project, built in the 1960’s, and paves the way for a second phase in which the Innu will receive 5% of the Muskrat Falls profits.
The Aboriginal Students’ Centre, at the University of Saskatchewan, is the location chosen by the Aboriginal Affairs Coalition of Saskatchewan (AACS) to host an Exploratory Process Dialogue Session on November 29th, 2011 from 1:00 – 3:00PM. Issues open for discussion include, but are not limited to: Indian registration, Band membership, Aboriginal citizenship, etc.
Monday, November 21st, 2011 Gloria Galloway, from the Globe and Mail, reports that a panel formed by the Federal Government and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) one year ago, to study First Nations learning, has been told that children from reserves aren’t ready to sacrifice reserve life for their education. The panel held its final round table on Tuesday, November 22nd, in Ottawa.
The University of Saskatchewan is offering in 2011-2012, Term 2, Native Studies 430.3 Pictorial Histories of Indian Residential Schools in Saskatchewan. This class will inform students about the residential school experience in Saskatchewan from the perspective of policy makers, who ran and worked in the schools, and the survivors. The class takes place Tuesdays from 9:00AM-11:50AM. Please note that there will be a Truth and Reconciliation Commission Saskatchewan National Event taking place in Saskatoon in June 2012.
The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) of Public Policy is presenting the JSGS/SWRTC Lecture – Rehearsing for Reality: The Need for Innovation in Aboriginal Youth Health. This lecture will take place on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at the JS Window Room, 2nd Floor Gallery Building, College Avenue, at the University of Regina campus and will be video-conferenced at the Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, 101 Diefenbaker Place, at the University of Saskatchewan campus.
For event information and online registration please see: https://jsgs.ohmedia.ca/form/321.
On Campus News (ocn) on November 18th, 2011 (Volume 19, Issue 7) reports that as part of the Academic Innovation Initiatives, recently announced by the University of Saskatchewan’s Provost Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP), the new Office of Aboriginal Engagement was set-up to make it easier for faculty to connect with communities and vice versa. Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, who was named the director of the Office of Aboriginal Engagement at English River, is “excited” and sees the move as an “important bridge between First Nations and Métis communities and the U of S”.
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