Marge Hudson, a former 30 year veteran of the RCMP and Manitoba’s first female aboriginal member, says she and other aboriginal members of the RCMP experienced discrimination. Hudson wants to discuss her concerns with the new RCMP Commissioner, Bob Paulson, in an attempt to find solutions and to create a more inclusive RCMP, for all members.
CBC News, Posted December 21st, 2011
Tom Flanagan, professor of political science at the University of Calgary and former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has advocated a strategy that he says will change the cycle of poverty on First Nations. He says that individual property rights should be recognized along with property tax regimes and that those First Nations that adopt such a system score higher on Statistics Canada’s Community Well-Being Index.
Tom Flanagan, The Globe and Mail, Friday, December 16th, 2011
Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament (MP) for Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, announced that aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will soon have a safe drop-in centre to meet people, receive food and shelter, and get housing or employment information. He revealed that the Indian Metis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert (IMFCPA) will receive up to $30,000 to renovate its facility, in order to double the number of people that can be served, increasing the number from 15 to 30.
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced a new partnership with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ), located in Ontario, to construct a modular home. The unit will be constructed and designed by members of the CORCAN employment program which is a Special Operating Agency within the CSC that provides offenders with employment skills to ease the transition back into mainstream society.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is hosting the National Justice Forum, which will be held February 21st-23rd, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies is seeking a qualified individual for the position of, Dean of Adult Basic Education. The closing date for the position competition is December 30th, 2011.
Pope Benedict XVI has approved the canonization of Canada’s soon-to-be first aboriginal saint – Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. She was known as “Lily of the Mohawks” and is entombed inside the St. Francis-Xavier Church in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal, Quebec.
CBC News, Posted December 19th, 2011
Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Douglas White states, on the 157th anniversary of the treaty signed between the First Nation and James Douglas, governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island, that the band is still fighting for basic rights guaranteed in the Treaty. Chief White hopes to arrange meetings with the federal and provincial governments to be able to access the few remaining Crown land parcels.
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, December 20th, 2011
The latest Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) communique provides details on the upcoming First Nations-Crown Gathering in Ottawa on January 24th, 2012, reports on the FSIN 65th Anniversary Gala which was held on December 9th, 2011 and other Aboriginal news.
Ground access to Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan , a community of about 1500 people, located 80 kilometers north east of La Ronge, Saskatchewan or 310 kilometers north of Prince Albert was cut by a washed out section of road connecting the community with the rest of the province. A Saskatchewan Highways spokesperson said they hoped to have the road reopened as early as Wednesday, and it is.