The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is responding to a proposal by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to up-list the polar bear to an Appendix I species from Appendix II. This would place the polar bear in a category of species considered to be threatened with extinction.
A recent research project has discovered that stillbirth rates for Quebec First Nations and Inuit people are higher than the general population. Although no hard conclusions were reached on causes, smoking and diabetes were considered the most significant contributing factors.
CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2013
The Kawacatoose First Nation is launching Volume I and II of its own recordings of Elder authored recollections on Thursday March 7th, 2013 at 5:00 PM at McNally Robinson Booksellers located at 3130 8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
The Saskatoon launch of Shelly Gavigan’s book, Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905 will take place on Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at McNally Robinson Booksellers located at 3130-8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) will be holding a showcase to communicate to First Nations people the services, programs and opportunities that are available. The event takes place on Wednesday March 13th, 2013 at the STC Urban on 7th Street, located at 2010 – 7th Street East, Saskatoon, SK.
New Brunswick Member of Parliament (MP), Bernard Valcourt was sworn in today as the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. Valcourt first served in the federal government under former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Friday, Feb. 22 2013
The Martin Education Initiative and Free The Children are again supporting the third annual, We Stand Together campaign in support of aboriginal education, which will strive to show parents, teachers and students the challenges, achievements and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. The 10-day campaign starts on Feb 25th, 2013 and runs until March 8th, 2013 and features Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller speaking across the country.
The Education Partnership Symposium will take place on March 13th & 14th, 2013 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK. This event will be of interest to parents, educators and service agencies.
Researchers, who have only partially searched residential school records, have confirmed that at least 3,000 children died while attending Canada’s Indian residential schools. Most deaths were from disease, with drownings, fire, suicide as other factors. The Department of Indian Affairs documented deaths in their annual reports consistently until 1917 when the practice was suspended.
By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix With Canadian Press Files February 19, 2013
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan has resigned from cabinet over the fact that he wrote a reference letter on behalf of a constituent to the Tax Court of Canada. Heritage Minister James Moore will take over the portfolio until a new minister is named.
CBC News Posted: Feb 15, 2013