John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, awarded 15 exceptional Canadians at the19th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) gala in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The last of the 22 new homes arrived last week at the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario. The homes, which are manfactured in New Brunswick to northern standards with extra insulation and enhanced ventilation systems, are expected to be occupied by families shortly.
Teresa Smith, Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2012
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) interim report was released last Friday containing 20 recommendations according the CBC News. Some of the recommendations focus on health, education and commemoration as well as the establishment of residential school history classes.
The Tobique First Nation, located in northwestern New Brunswick, recently celebrated the opening of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 (K-8) Mah-Sos School. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) contributed $10.3 million, which was funded by the Building Canada Gas Tax Fund (GTF).
The Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund is assisting the First Nations Agricultural Association with $856,000 to help up to 120 Aboriginal people in Kamloops, B.C. develop better job skills. The fund is part of a strategy to help First Nations, Metis and Inuit receive training to obtain and secure meaningful employment.
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced federal government support to improve fire protection on Manitoba reserves. The $4 million in funding will be used to acquire six fire trucks, three garages plus new gear and training.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chief Stand Beardy, states that with the end of production of OxyContin, he is concerned about the thousands of First Nations people in Northern Ontario addicted to the drug. The new version, called OxyNEO, is formulated to be less addictive making abuse more difficult.
CBC News, Feb 17, 2012
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Michael Ahrihron Delisle, Jr., Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, announced today the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Kahnawake–Canada Relationship. The MOU establishes better frameworks for land management issues and membership questions in the First Nation.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is hosting the National Justice Forum, which is being held February 21st-23rd, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of the goals of the Forum are to discuss trends in corrections with the Correctional Service of Canada and to honour the families of murdered and missing First Nations women.
The First Nations Studies Department at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Graduate Students, and the Lheidli T’enneh are hosting the 1st Annual Women Warriors: Indigenous Voices Conference. The conference will take place March 11th, 12th & 13th, 2012. Early bird registration deadline is February 24th, 2012 and the final deadline is March 6th, 2012.