The Government of Canada is investing over $87,000 with the Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society to deliver outreach and breakfast programs in Duncan, British Columbia. A community outreach worker will conduct regular walking tours of the area and will refer homeless people to appropriate health, social and employment services.
The Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute have undertaken a project to record traditional stories. The video instructs young aboriginal people life lessons that in most cases, used to be learned from listening to elders. The two-disc DVD set will be distributed to schools and community organizations across Saskatchewan.
Drew Fossum, The StarPhoenix September 25, 2012
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) has released the names of the candidates running for office in the FSIN election. There will be contests for the office of Chief which has three candidates and First Vice-Chief which has two candidates. The fall Legislative Assembly will take place in Saskatoon, SK on October 24 & 25, 2012.
The audience in attendance at the Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations (FSIN) Trading Place conference held in Saskatoon, SK were told to look beyond provincial and international borders for opportunities. Gary “Litefoot” Davis, a Oklahoma Cherokee and CEO of the National Centre for American Indian Enterprise Development said he felt that business opportunities can be measured in the billions.
Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix; With Canadian Press Files September 25, 2012
The Mino-Bimaadiziwin 2nd Annual Youth Business Plan Competition is looking for Saskatchewan First Nations people between the age of 16-25, with a overview of a business plan to be submitted by October 15th, 2012. Full plans need to be submitted by November 15th, 2012. First prize is $5,000, 2nd $3,500 and 3rd $2,500. This competition is proudly sponsored by PotashCorp.
Census 2011 figures released recently showed over 30,000 children in Canada live in, “skip-generation” households which contain grandparents looking after grandchildren for a variety of reasons. One of the factors behind the growth of skip-generation families in aboriginal communities has been a thrust of child welfare agencies to connect aboriginal children with their grandparents.
By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen September 19, 2012
The University of Alberta will be the first post-secondary institution to host a Two Spirit conference and provide an opportunity to remove some of the barriers surrounding sex, sexual and gender difference. Born This Way: Two Spirit Voices conference will take place on November 2nd & 3rd, 2012 at Campus St. Jean, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo has come out in support of a ban on trophy bear hunting in British Columbia. In particular, the Kermode bear is believed to be threatened, which is the official mammal of the province of British Columbia.
Several northern Manitoba chiefs are voicing concern over reports of Aboriginals being detained in chains in hockey arena dressings rooms rather than Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) holding cells. The chiefs say that this is occurring because the RCMP have refused to let band members use the local RCMP detention facility because of liability concerns. The chiefs say safety should trump liability.