Recently, Leona Aglukkaq Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Minister for the Arctic Council, delivered a statement to the World Trade Organization Appellate Body regarding the seal hunt. She stated that sealing has been at the heart of local economic well-being in the Canadian Arctic both before and since European contact.
The Province of Alberta is eliminating funding for a probation officer position that extended assistance to keep young aboriginal offenders out of the correctional system. Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said the decision will save taxpayers $80,000.”I’m confident we’re acting in the best interest of the taxpayer,” he said.
CBC News Posted: Mar 19, 2014
Buoyed by tourists seeking a cultural, spiritual and meaningful tourism experience, British Columbia’s Aboriginal tourism sector is experiencing good times. Aboriginal tourism in B.C. earned $45 million last year, up from $20 million in 2012.
The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 18, 2014
The Meadow Lake Tribal Council is partnering with SaskTel and Prairie Mobile Communications on a project to open a dealer, Red Eagle Cellular at the Grasswoods PetroCanada in Saskatoon. The outlet is expected to open in early April.
The University of Saskatchewan, Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, University of Saskatchewan Language Centre is offering Cree Conversational Classes for Beginners. The first class offering, Cree 1 begins April 8, 2014 and ends May 2, 2014. The second, Cree Immersion begins August 11, 2014 and ends August 14, 2014.
Earlier this year the Government of Canada announced that eligible former Indian Residential Schools (IRS) students who qualified for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) under the IRS Settlement Agreement, may now qualify for a one time IRS Personal Credit (no cash value) for educational programs and services. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is not directly involved in the process, but can provide assistance in completing the paperwork requirements. All forms must be completed and returned postmarked no later than October 31, 2014. Call the AFN at 1-866-869-6789 regarding assistance in this process.
The Saskatchewan Arts Board offers, Indigenous Pathways Initiative – Grants to Artists with the goal of increasing access to public funding to Indigenous artists in Saskatchewan. The next deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.
At this year’s Discovery Festival the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company is presenting, “To Cree or not to Cree“, a production that’s translating “high English” to “high Cree” using works by William Shakespeare. The festival takes place March 22-24, 2014 at Studio 914, located at 914-20th St. W., Saskatoon, SK.
First Nations University students held a protest over an enrollment freeze of the Indigenous social work program at the Saskatoon campus.
CTV News Saskatoon
University of Regina President Vianne Timmons wants the controversial photo of the school’s cheer team dressed as “cowboys and Indians” to become a learning opportunity. She is planning to meet the cheer team which has been condemned for it’s insensitivity regarding cultural stereotypes.
By Austin M. Davis, Leader-Post March 18, 2014