The Government of Canada announced on January 30th, 2012 a commitment to purchase new teacher’s residences at the Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Executive Communique of January 27th, 2012 reports on the new Band Teacher Salary Funding agreement in reaction to the recently announced provincial teacher salary increases. Also, there’s reports on an upcoming Matrimonial Real Property Gathering and a Post Secondary Education Rally in Regina, Saskatchewan.
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.
The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) is celebrating February 2012 as Aboriginal Storytelling Month. The SICC will be holding storytelling events on February 15th and February 29th at the White Buffalo Lodge, located at 602-20th St. W., Saskatoon, SK.
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
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
Many Aboriginals were underwhelmed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper speech which fell short of making any commitments to improving the social and economic conditions of Aboriginals.
Teresa Smith and Bradley Bouzane, Postmedia News, National Post, January 24th, 2012
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
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders are holding a summit, the result of years of preparatory meetings. While First Nations leaders are hoping to achieve a definite, timetable for specific improvements to their communities, Harper is said to favour a gradual, incremental approach.
After more than 10 years of lobbying, Air Greenland is resuming the Iqaluit to Nuuk, Greenland route. The trial run will start June 18th, 2012 with twice weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays until September 3rd, 2012 which could be extended, depending on demand.
NunatsiaqOnline, January 18, 2012