Yesterday the 2014-15 Saskatchewan Provincial Budget provided details on the Government’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year. Overall targeted program spending for First Nations or Métis is going up by 2.4% or $4.4M. Some exceptions include funding for First Nations and Métis Initiatives and Institutions reduced by $600,000 and Treaty Land Entitlement funding down from $2.2M to $0.4M.
First Nations protesters have blocked the Montreal-Toronto Via Rail line in an attempt to draw attention to missing and murdered aboriginal women. The blockade is at Marysville, Ontario between Belleville and Kingston.
CBC News Posted: Mar 19, 2014
The University of Saskatchewan, Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity is presenting, “Buffalo Calling”. This screening takes place at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon on Wednesday March 19 at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm and admission is free.
In the wake of a Iqaluit City Councillor Simon Nattaq questioning the raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall to support gay rights during the Sochi Winter Olympics, a man from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, (Quebec) has launched a Facebook page in response. Simon Watt’s Facebook page for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the Arctic was done because he said he doesn’t want fellow Inuit to go through what he’s gone through the last 46 years.
CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2014
Two young badminton players/a> are the first athletes from Sanikiluaq, a small Inuit hamlet on Flaherty Island, Nunavut in Hudson Bay to be competing in the 2014 Arctic Winter Games. This year the Games are being held in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 15-22, 2014. This year Nunavut will send 285 athletes, coaches and mission staff to the Games.
CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2014
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo stated recently that the report of the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women disappoints victims and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and does not go far enough to address the issue. Leaders of national Indigenous organizations will be meeting to discuss immediate action to address this issue. The Harper Government has rejected calls for a inquiry.
James Daschuk and Cathy Littlejohn will read and sign their shortlisted titles, “Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life” and “Métis Soldiers of Saskatchewan: 1914-1953”. This event takes place at McNally Robinson Books 3130 8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK on Sunday March 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm.
After a long process the Saskatoon Public School Board’s Trustees recently voted to drop the “Redmen” name and logo from Bedford Road Collegiate’s sports teams at the end of the school year. Shortly after the Saskatoon decision was reached the Calgary Board of Education announced last Thursday that it would change the name of the Western Canada High School Redmen.
By Janet French, The Starphoenix March 7, 2014
Recently, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced that the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation Governance Act received Royal Assent. The legislation will allow the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, the 34th in Canada to achieve this status, greater control over its own affairs.
Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Danis Goulet, originally from La Ronge, SK will be screening three films; “Wapawekka” (2010), “Barefoot” (2012) and “Wakening” (2013) on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm at the Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241), University of Saskatchewan. Two of the films feature youth from La Ronge in the lead roles. This event is presented in conjunction with Aboriginal Achievement Week. Admission if free and everyone is welcome.