Whitecap Dakota First Nation Signs Self-Government Agreement

Chief Darcy Bear, of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, recently signed a Framework Agreement with The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, to negotiate self-government of the First Nation. The process will encourage self-reliant and accountable First Nation government and will include mechanisms to create better inter-government relations.

Kawacatoose First Nation Forms Potash Joint Venture

The Kawacatoose First Nation, after being approached by 14 different companies in the past few years according to their Chief, Darin Poorman, has formed a joint venture with Native American Resource Partners. Native American Resource Partners is a private equity firm with more than $5.7 billion in assets under management. It has offices in Calgary, Saskatoon and Salt Lake City.
Winnipeg Free Press and The Canadian Press, January 20, 2012

Saskatchewan Urban Reserves Gaining Acceptance

The growing number of successful urban reserves throughout Saskatchewan has transformed opposition into quiet acceptance. The recent opening of the Cree Way Gas West on 22nd St. in Saskatoon has highlighted that these businesses make the same payments to municipalities and school boards as other businesses do through service agreements. These agreements require payments to be made that are equal to the taxes that would have been paid on the land, therefore making it a revenue neutral proposition.
Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix, January 19, 2012

Aboriginal Boxer Among 20 Most Influential Women In Sports

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) has named Aboriginal boxer, Mary Spencer, of Wiarton, Ontario to it’s list of Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity for 2011. Also included is federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who is from Nunavut.
James Christie, The Globe and Mail, January 18, 2012