Task Force Releases Interim Report

The initial findings of the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People cited the ‘funding gap’ that exists between federally-funded First Nations schools and provincial schools as the key issue raised to date. At this point there are no final recommendations, they will be contained in the final report due to be released in May of 2013.

Paul Martin Says First Nation Funding Short Changed

In a series that interviewed Canada’s former prime ministers, Paul Martin stated that Canada’s First Nations are being denied proper funding for health care and education. He said Aboriginals have the lowest life expectancy, the highest child mortality, and highest proportion of children not graduating from grade eight or high school.
By Mark Kennedy, Postmedia News November 30, 2012

Government of Canada Assists Beardy and Okemasis First Nations Infrastructure

The Government of Canada, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIP), is investing $90,150 for upgrades at the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation’s community centre which is the hosting facility for a large number events. The upgrades will be for a new electrical system, energy efficient furnace along with kitchen and washroom renovations.

Oskayak High School Students Get Bus Passes

A recent agreement between the City of Saskatoon and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board has resulted in a pilot project that gives Oskayak High School students unlimited city-wide bus access. Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas said, “The extension of the U-Pass system to the Oskayak students is another instrument of success.”
By David Hutton, The StarPhoenix December 6, 2012