At an informal media briefing held recently at RCMP headquarters in Regina, officials said missing and murdered Aboriginal women are a priority with the vast majority of cases being solved. In spite of this, the top RCMP officer in Saskatchewan Brenda Butterworth-Carr, herself an aboriginal person, admits the numbers are too high.
Aboriginal Business Match 2014 will be taking place in Saskatoon, SK., June 16-19 at TCU Place. This event connects Aboriginal communities with the private sector to create opportunities for business.
Recently the Saskatchewan Book Awards recipients were announced. One of the winners was James Daschuk for his book; Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life as well as Lisa Bird-Wilson’s story collection Just Pretending.
The health concerns of the citizens of Grassy Narrows First Nation were on the agenda last week at an international meeting of health ministers. Discussions centred around a resolution on a new international treaty on mercury. So far the United States is the only country to approve the treaty with Canada appearing to be dragging it’s heels.
By Jody Porter, CBC News Posted: May 22, 2014
Indigenous health providers have an additional resource with the recent opening of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Excellence in Indigenous (CEIH). It is intended to serve as a primary point of contact at UBC for support, training and resources for Indigenous health.
The University of Saskatchewan Graduation Powwow 2014 is taking place on Wednesday May 28 in The Bowl, University of Saskatchewan. The Graduation Powwow celebrates graduating Aboriginal students from the U of S and from high schools across the province.
Tchissakid Player, a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba was selected by the British Columbia Lions in last week’s Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft. Player is graduating from Northwestern State University with a pre-law honours degree and in 2013 won a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award in the sports category.
CBC News Posted: May 15, 2014
A 10 year old girl from the New Credit First Nation in Ontario along with her parents, has asked to stop chemotherapy treatments and instead employ traditional medicine to fight leukemia. Officials at the McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton have referred the case to the Children’s Aid Society, raising fears she may be apprehended and coerced back into chemo treatments. Yesterday (May 21) it was reported that the Children’s Aid Society has decided to close the investigation and Makayla will remain at home with her family.
By Connie Walker, CBC News Posted: May 16, 2014
By Connie Walker, CBC News Posted: May 20, 2014
Recently, the City of Saskatoon congratulated the first graduating class of participants from the pre-employment program, Trails to Success. The partnership participants include: the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Tribal Council, the Gabriel Dumont Institute and Radius Community Centre.