The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) most recent communique reports on developments regarding post-secondary education, the Canada/First Nations gathering coming up on January 24th, 2012 and other current issues.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, recently stated the pressing need for the construction of all-weather roads to link remote First Nations communities. With recent warm winter weather becoming more common across Canada the ‘window’ of availability for various ice roads has become much smaller.
Hearings were held earlier this week at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) in Regina, Saskatchewan where residential school survivors related their experiences to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Additional hearings will be held in 11 other communities in Saskatchewan leading up to the third national event which will be held in Saskatoon on June 21st-24th, 2012.
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Please join the rally in Honour of the Treaties and Day of Action from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill, Ottawa, on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012. The rally is to provide an avenue for First Nation citizens to send a clear message to all Canadians that Treaty rights are alive and well.
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Shawn Atleo, remains confident that a January 24th, 2012 meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper can achieve progress in resolving some of the problems plaguing Canada’s aboriginal communities.
Topics to be covered include land claims, education, health, economic development, revenue sharing, housing, and strengthening relationships.
The Government of Canada is investing approximately $700,000 in the Miawpukek First Nation of Newfoundland for water infrastructure improvements and emergency management measures. The Miawpukek First Nation was established as a reserve in 1987 and has 2,780 members with an on-reserve population of about 830 residents.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is presenting the 2012 IFLA Presidential Programme Spring Meeting: Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts. It will be taking place April 12th-14th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC.
Poster presentation proposals must be submitted by February 1st, 2012.
FIBEA 2012 is being held in Manus, Brazil on April 26th & 27th, 2012. This year’s theme is Rio + 20: Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. Check the English link for registration, accomodation and travel information, as well as guidelines for abstracts, papers and presenatations.
The Call for Papers and Presentations has a submissions deadline of March 7th, 2012.
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is hosting, Culture as Treatment Symposium: “Walking in Beauty” – An Aboriginal Perspective on Mental Health & Addictions. The event takes place Thursday, February 9th & Friday, February 10th, 2012 at the Overbrook Community Centre and the Hampton Inn, both located in Ottawa, Ontario.
Registration can be submitted online or by fax at 613-748-9364.
The screening of the film “Finding Dawn“, directed by Christine Welsh, will take place at the Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts 241, University of Saskatchewan on Thursday, January 19th at 7:15PM. The documentary, which focuses on the lives of missing Aboriginal women in Canada, is part of the National Film Board’s series NATIVE: Through the Eyes of Indigenous Women. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
The screening is part of a “Lights-Camera-Action” initiative by the Community Service-Learning Office, University Learning Centre (ULC).