According to the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, over 1,000 medical assessments completed so far have focused primarily on ear, nose and throat ailments plus broken bones. These statistics seem to support recollections of treatment suffered by students who allege that being hit on or dragged by their ear was a common form of abuse as well as being pushed or thrown downstairs.
The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 27, 2014
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have arrested over a dozen people, all of them from the Montreal Lake First Nation in connection with a vandalism incident at the hockey rink in Montreal Lake on Monday July 28. The arena had windows broken, boards shattered, walls and ceilings damaged.
By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix July 29, 2014
On July 28, the eve of new financial disclosure transparency rules deadline for First Nations, only about 20 First Nations out of 600 had been posted on the government’s web site. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt reminded First Nations of the new rules in a written statement last Friday.
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Jul 29, 20
The over 500 athletes representing Saskatchewan at the North American Indigenous Games held in Regina, SK collected a total of 159 medals only one behind overall winner British Columbia, but claimed the most gold medals with 72 gold.
By Greg Harder, Leader-Post July 28, 2014
In an interview shot at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference, the co-director of Two Spirited Manitoba discusses First Nations peoples’ unique position in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities and the origin of the term “two-spirit”.
Earlier this week, Terry Audla, Canadian Head of the Delegation to the Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly, delivered the opening address. The Assembly was held this year in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
The opening reception for, Stolen Sisters: Art For A Cause is taking place on Thursday July 24, 2014 at the Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective at 7 pm until closing. The Collective is located at 2105 Albert St., Regina, SK.
This past weekend Robert Doucette, Metis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS) President said that the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling will have an impact on Metis land claims as well. Two University of Saskatchewan experts say Doucette could be right. U of S Professor Dwight Newman, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law and U of S Canada Research Chair Ken Coates say Doucette’s comments have merit.
By Jason Warick, The Starphoenix July 21, 2014
A health researcher has developed a innovative approach to combating tuberculosis in Canada’s North. With rates approaching 20 times that of the rest of Canada Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez employed a approach that employed community engagement as a strategy, not a buzzword.
Kelly Grant, The Globe and Mail, July 20 2014,
Delegates at the 35th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly (AGA) recently decided on the date and location of the next election for the AFN National Chief. The event will take place at a Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg, Manitoba December 9-11, 2014. AFN Quebec/Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard will act as Interim National Chief until that time.