The 7th Annual Aboriginal Health Forum will take place February 27th-28th, 2012 at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The agenda is designed to provide current information on new developments in healthcare programs and available services.
Saskatchewan’s First Nations chiefs voted unanimously to reject the plan coming out of the meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders from across Canada. The latest sign of discord came out of the Winter Assembly of the Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations (FSIN), held this past week.
Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix February 16, 2012
According to Statistics Canada figures, released last week from the 2011 Census, population growth on Saskatchewan’s First Nations was 15.7%, more than double the overall provincial rate of 6.7%. Population on Saskatchewan First Nations is now estimated to be 55,743 up from 48,181 in the 2006 Census.
The Government of Canada has partnered with SaskTel and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) to improve Internet services in 68 Saskatchewan First Nation communities. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will be investing $11.6 million over 5 years and Sasktel will be contributing technical and other expertise. The project is envisioned to be completed in 2014.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, will be delivering the Fourth Gertler Family Lectureship in Law which honours the Robert McKercher Family. This event will take place on Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 7:30 PM at Convocation Hall, College Building located at 107 Administration Place, University of Saskatchewan.
University of Saskatchewan Native Studies students are holding a Chili & Bannock Lunch every 2nd Friday starting February 17th (March 2nd, 16th & 30th). The event takes place at Room 145 Kirk Hall between 11:30 and 1:15.
The 2012 International Indigenous Development Research Conference is being held in Auckland, New Zealand on June 27th-30th, 2012. The conference will focus on indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach employed in indigenous development.
The Mikai’ sto Foundation is hosting a Fundraising Gala, focusing on a celebration of First Nations talent on March 16th, 2012 at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel in Lethbridge, Alberta, starting at 5:00 pm. The proceeds and donations for this event are earmarked for building a new Learners Resource Centre on the Kainai/Blood Reserve. Further information can be found from the news release and the advertising rate sheet.
Several Saskatchewan First Nations residents are being honoured by being one of the first 32 Saskatchewan recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The honourees included:
Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, Lac La Ronge Indian Band – La Ronge
The Honourable Lillian Dyck, Senator – Saskatoon
Elder Betty McKenna, First Nations Leader – Moose Jaw
Assistant Commissioner Russ Mirasty, RCMP “F” Division – Regina