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.
First Nation children evacuated from Lake St. Martin, Manitoba in May 2011 due to flooding were dealt another setback in their quest for an education. The former school that had been rented for their use in Winnipeg recently failed fire code standards.
Winnipeg Free Press Alexandra Paul Posted: 11/20/2012
The hundreds of residents that were evacuated from Lake St. Martin flooding in May 2011 thought they would be returning back home in a few days, weeks at most. Eighteen months later, they are still housed in Winnipeg hotels while the Manitoba and Canadian governments wrangle over a new location for the community.
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
Felix Hoehn, assistant professor at the College of Law University of Saskatchewan, will be conducting a reading and signing of his new book, Reconciling Sovereignties: Aboriginal Nations and Canada at McNally Robinson Bookstore, 3130 8th St. E. Saskatoon. SK. The event takes place on Wednesday November 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
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%.
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.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo recently wrote letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. In them, he decries the lack of progress on issues the Prime Minister promised in early 2012 to tackle including, education, economic development and fiscal arrangements.
Catherine Martin, an award-winning documentary filmmaker for over the past 20 years will be giving a lecture at the Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan. The event will take place on Wednesday November 28th, 2012 at 12:00 where she will discuss her film, praxis.