The CEO of the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) has been fired. Glen Pratt was terminated after the Games board of directors received the results of an independent harassment report performed by a Regina human resources firm. The investigation stemmed from allegations of harassment against Pratt by three women employed by the Games. The NAIG are being held July 20-27 in Regina, SK.
The Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is looking for money to do an independent cancer study in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Chief Archie Cyprien feels the Alberta government’s latest report on cancer in Fort Chipewyan doesn’t adequately explain the cancer rates his community has.
CBC News Posted: Apr 14, 2014
Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard recently wrote a piece asserting that there is an entrenched status quo of dependency culture that benefits an industry of lawyers, consultants and other professionals. They state that if governments were to accept their responsibilities for providing adequate health, education and housing, it would start the corrective process.
The Globe and Mail, Apr. 09 2014,
Through the Government of Canada’s Movable Cultural Property Program, a rare Chilkat ceremonial blanket from the late 1860s has been acquired from its current location in Paris, France and will be accessible to the public. The grant, totalling $27,368 will allow the U’mista Cultural Society in Alert Bay, British Columbia to showcase Tlingit and Kwakwaka’wakw history and culture.
Dr. Priscilla Settee, PhD who is an Associate Professor at the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan is launching a new book at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The launch for Pimatisiwin: The Good Life, Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems will take place on Monday April 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 3130-8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
The Awâsis 2014 Aboriginal Education Conference is taking place this year on May 1-2, 2014 at the Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon, SK. Pre-registration deadline for early discount registration and accommodations is April 15. The Awâsis Aboriginal Education Conference aims to improve Aboriginal knowledge and spirituality for all people.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is sponsoring, “What’s Cool About Your School” 2014 Student Video Contest. The winning school will be chosen at random and will receive a visit by National Chief Shawn Atleo. The contest runs until April 30, 2014.
The Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan (CIC) has renewed funding for its Aboriginal Bursary Program for five years, starting in fall 2014. The program is available to aboriginal students at the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), and Lakeland College. The program grants up to 85 renewable $5,000 bursaries a year, depending on the number of applicants.
A study, being published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health studied 28 households in the hamlet of Coral Harbour, Nunavut. The most common issue is that there’s more people living in the houses than they were designed for causing frequent water shortages for the inhabitants.
CBC News Posted: Apr 07, 2014
The most recent figures from Statistics Canada show that off-reserve Aboriginal employment in Saskatchewan has increased for the past 14 consecutive months with 800 more people employed in March 2014.