Minister of Education Russ Marchuk confirmed in an interview that the province has had discussions with the federal government about the disparity in aboriginal education funding. A recent study showed that on-reserve per student funding is 40 to 50 per cent less than off-reserve funding.
Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River Conservative MP Rob Clarke has accused the federal boundaries commission of “gerrymandering” in regards to proposed boundary changes which he says would make his riding more “homogeneous.” Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson took umbrage with Clarke’s comments and wrote the Parliamentary committee reviewing the proposals, saying she was offended by the suggestion of too many First Nations constituents.
By Janet French, The StarPhoenix
A study released by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), shows that federally funded on-reserve schools receive 40 to 50 per cent less funding than provincially funded off-reserve schools. A spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada said, “…we believe that we fund on a comparable level to the provinces…’.
By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix March 27, 2013
Dennis Sanderson of La Ronge, SK is one of the 2013 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recipients. He is a member of the Senator Myles Venne First Nations School Board and a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Housing Committee. He also volunteers on youth wilderness experiences, teaching survival skills and traditional First Nation lifestyles.
The 2013-’14 Saskatchewan Provincial Budget has revealed a 6.2% increase to a total of $184.8 million toward targeted program funding primarily or exclusively for First Nation or Métis organizations or individuals.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations (FSIN) recently released a statement stressing the need for a renewal of a dialogue to reach an agreement on revenue sharing with the province. The FSIN feels that they are entitled to a share of the revenue stream just like all other municipalities in Saskatchewan.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) recently issued a statement regarding the appointment by the Government of Canada of a special federal representative on Canada’s West Coast Energy Infrastructure. The AFN will work with Douglas Eyford as he prepares his report directly to the Prime Minister by November 29th, 2013.
The Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society will be allocating over $120,000 from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), a Government of Canada program, to help decrease the amount of homeless people and family groups in the Prince Rupert, British Columbia area.
The Hamlet of Kugaaruk, Nunavut is receiving $94,000 in funding from the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) to assist people who are homeless after escaping domestic violence. The funding will be used to renovate and provide furnishings for a house that is owned by the Hamlet of Kugaaruk, which will be used as an emergency shelter for up to six people.
Recently, the Governments of Canada and Alberta announced an investment totalling close to $7 million through the Skills and Partnership Fund to provide 350 Aboriginal people with training and work experience in many energy related occupations.