Recent proposed Canadian Forces recruitment advertisements aimed an aboriginal audience were found to be, “offensive to the point of being comical”, according to a new report. Six focus groups of aboriginals aged 18-34 were surveyed and six non-aboriginal groups were questioned as well. The Canadian Forces have made a priority of have a compliment of personnel to better reflect Canada’s population makeup.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations (FSIN) is asking for input into possible changes to the 100 year old Indian Act after a Saskatchewan Member of Parliament (MP), Rob Clarke launched a website last week containing a survey section regarding the proposed bill which has already passed the first reading in the House of Commons. Clarke recently spoke at an FSIN assembly, but did not allow questions or seek input from the leaders present.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations (FSIN) is holding it’s Election Assembly on October 24 & 25, 2012 at TCU Place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Filing of declarations must be recieved no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 24, 2012.
With half of the eight candidates for the office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) having been women, Heather Scofield of the Globe and Mail reports on how the emergence of women in First Nations politics started at the local level.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is reminding former students that the deadline for the Common Experience Payment was September 19, 2011. However, in cases of disability, undue hardship, and “exceptional circumstances”, applications will be accepted until September 19, 2012.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo is proposing to Canada’s premiers to recognize First Nations as full and equal partners in natural resource development. The AFN National Chief was meeting yesterday with premiers at Lunenburg, N.S. before the annual Council of the Federation summit.
The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) is issuing a call for papers. The meeting is being hosted by the University of Saskatchewan June 13-15, 2013. The deadline for proposal submission is November 15, 2012. For further information go to:
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced funding of $200,000 for the Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS) to support research on improving Métis education and employment outcomes. This funding will support work being done by the Joint Task Force on First Nations and Métis Education and Employment. For more information on the Joint Task Force on First Nations and Métis Education and Employment please visit www.jointtaskforce.ca.
After being called out by the United Nations Special Rapporeur on the Right to Food over Arctic food insecurity earlier this year, the Government of Canada put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to study greenhouses for the North. Heather Exner-Pirot of the University of Saskatchewan’s International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, states that commercially viable northern greenhouses are, “absolutely” feasible.
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY The Globe and Mail Monday, Jul. 16 2012
The 2012 Canadian Native Fastball Championships will be held August 3rd-5th (6th if needed), 2012 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. For further information please contact Dean Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-351-3678).