Forty six Saskatchewan residents will be presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at ceremonies in Regina on December 10 and in Saskatoon on December 12. Included in the list of honourees is Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Perry Bellegarde and noted Métis author Maria Campbell.
The Government of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations recently reached an agreement to restart education discussions. AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan both issued statements last week outlining this new agreement.
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.
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
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.
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
After ten years in the making, the Deh Cho Bridge over the Mackenzie River near Fort Providence, NWT opened last week. The $200 million project consists of a 1,045 structure and associated roadways which link Yellowknife to the rest of Canada.
The Government of Canada is investing over $41,000 from the Skills Link program to assist Aboriginal youth in Regina. Through the Prairie Spirit Connections Inc. organization, Aboriginal youth will receive support to enter and succeed in the job market.
This webinar will take place on Wednesday December 1st, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 EST/12:00-1:00 CST and will describe Sagamok’s experience implementing and registering to ISO 9001 (International Standards Organization). Speakers will include, Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (via video).
The Government of Saskatchewan has extended the Community Rink Affordability Grant to Saskatchewan First Nations. The provincial government does not normally extend grants to fund programs to reserve land under federal jurisdiction. There are more than 30 potential arenas on reserve land eligible for the $2,500 grant per eligible ice surface.