Assembly of First Nations Expresses Concerns Regarding Bill C-45

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) recently make a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources to express some concerns with Bill C-45, the Harper Government’s most recent omnibus budget bill. Among the many changes are amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act which would remove federal oversight from most bodies of water in Canada.

Professors Criticize Federal Aboriginal Funding Cuts

Several University of Saskatchewan faculty members have signed a Canada wide letter of petition to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Minister John Duncan, protesting funding cuts. Recently the Federal Government has announced funding cuts to education, health, housing and advocacy groups.
By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix November 26, 2012

International Aid Agencies Assist Thunder Bay Aboriginal Trade School

Two international aid groups, HopeLink International and Schools for Children of the World (SCW) Canada are getting involved with the creation of an Aboriginal trade school in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With federal funding for First Nations education capped, the two groups whose focus is normally on Third World projects, felt compelled to act in an effort to reduce the rate of non-completion of Grade 12, currently estimated at 70%.

2012 Aboriginal Suicide and Trauma Workshop

W. Zarchikoff & Associates is offering, 2012 Aboriginal Suicide & Trauma Workshop on November 22nd & 23rd, 2012 at the Heritage Inn & Conference Centre, 102 Cardinal Cr., Saskatoon, SK. The suicide rate for Aboriginal people in Canada is roughly twice the general population rate, and this workshop will offer participants the chance to be part of the solution to this pressing social problem.