The Saskatchewan government has recommitted funding in the amount of $4.3 million for the First Nations and Métis Achievement Fund and Individual Achievement accounts. The programs will support school divisions and other groups who provide support to improve educational outcomes for First Nation and Métis students in Saskatchewan.
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) recently announced that nominations are open for this year’s joint <a href="http://www.fpac.ca/index.php/en/press-releases-full/nominations-open-for-aboriginal-business-leadership-award"FPAC-AFN Business Leadership Award. Nominations are open until June 15th, 2012 and the award will be presented on July 18th, 2012 at the AFN General Assembly in Toronto, Ontario. To obtain an application, please visit: www.fpac.ca/BusinessLeadershipAward
Recently Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo gave a speech at the Canadian Club of Toronto titled, “The Economics of Reconciliation“. In the presentation he stated that partnerships can be formed that would be beneficial to both communities.
Due to a court decision, the May 30th <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/04/26/sk-metis-nation-1204.html" Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS) election has been suspended. According to MNS President Robert Doucette, the court’s decision centered on the fact that no other parties were served with the application.
A recent editorial in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, looks at the policy of the Saskatchewan government which promotes an increase in the number immigrants while the province suffers from a stubbornly high Aboriginal unemployment rate.
April 23, 2012
In an eagerly awaited verdict, the Federal Court ruled last week that the Federal Government cannot attempt to prevent First Nations groups from arguing for better funding for child welfare on reserves. The ruling effectively means that both parties will have a complete hearing about whether Ottawa is treating native children unfairly.
Canadian Press Posted: Apr 18, 2012 11:36 AM ET
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced that it will be forced to lay off staff after Health Canada reduced its funding by 40 per cent, making it the latest aboriginal group to feel the impact of budget cuts at the federal agency. This occurred after the National Aboriginal Health Organization said it would be closing its operations entirely after Health Canada cut off all it’s funding.
The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network Inc. presents the 5th Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Gathering & Awards Gala 2012. This year’s theme is “Honour Who You Are: Building on Your Strengths”, on May 24th & 25th, 2012, Queensbury Convention Centre, Evraz Place, Regina. Keynote speakers Charlotte Ross and Perry Bellegarde, promise to inspire with insights, stories, & perspectives, and this year’s Gala features entertainment by Tom Jackson.
The Aboriginal Education Council is presenting, Awasis 2012 Aboriginal Education Conference on April 25th-27th, 2012, at the Saskatoon Inn. The conference’s aim is to improve Aboriginal knowledge and spirituality for all people.
8 of the 9 people charged from the Poundmaker First Nation have pled guilty to theft in connection to allegations of misspent funds at the reserve, dating back to 2004. Victoria McMillan entered a plea of not guilty and had her case adjourned until May 14th, 2012.