Saskatchewan Provincial Budget First Nations, Métis Highlights

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.

Inuit Activist Goes Online to Support Inuit Gay Rights

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

Assembly of First Nations Disappointed With Missing Aboriginal Women’s Report

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.

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Saskatoon School Board Changes “Redmen” Name

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

Danis Goulet Public Lecture and Film Screenings

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.