The University of Saskatchewan is hosting Aboriginal Achievement Week Monday February 2 – Friday February 6, 2015. Events are planned for several locations across campus.
In a recent column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, columnist Doug Cuthand comments on the Harper Government’s reluctance to hold an inquiry into the 1,000 plus missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The latest report, from the Inter-American Commission, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), calls for such an inquiry.
Doug Cuthand, The Starphoenix January 16, 2015
Due to a recent ruling by the British Columbia Supreme Court the deadline for Indian residential school personal education credits has been extended. For Acknowledgement Forms, the new deadline is March 7, 2015, for Redemption Forms, the new deadline is June 7, 2015 and for Finalized Payments, the new deadline is August 7, 2015.
The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness Events is presenting, White Settler Identity, an Indigenous Voices event on Thursday, January 29, 2015, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at Murray Library G3, University of Saskatchewan.
In an opinion piece for the CBC, Don Marks editor of Grassroots News, chronicles the rise of indigenous politicians in mainstream politics in Manitoba. For a group of people that weren’t even eligible to vote until 1961 he considers this a remarkable feat.
By Don Marks, for CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2015
A recent story by Globe and Mail reports that the Harper Government doesn’t collect unemployment statistics on FIrst Nations reserves because it claims it’s too expensive and it’s difficult to find people to interview. This lack of data in turn can influence regional unemployment numbers which can allow employers to import temporary foreign workers when there are in fact large numbers of unemployed First Nation Canadians.
The City of Saskatoon, the Ministry of the Economy and the Office of The Treaty Commissioner are presenting Building New Relationships: First Nations and Newcomers Program. This event takes place February 10 and 11, 2015 at the Cosmo Civic Centre Theatre, 2130 Laurier Drive. There is no cost to attend this program.
The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS) recently held their first meeting in two years. The event occurred after a judge ordered the MNS to hold a provincial council meeting by January 23, 2015. There is a dispute over who actually holds elected positions in the organization. MNS President Robert Doucette, whose term doesn’t end until fall 2016, says he is open to early elections and is not interested in seeking another term as president.
Makayla Sault, who last year sparked a debate on Indigenous medicine and children’s rights has died. The 11 year old from the New Credit First Nation near Caledonia, ON was given a 75% chance of survival when she was diagnosed in March of 2014. After undergoing 11 weeks of chemotherapy, she elected to stop receiving chemo treatments.
By Connie Walker, CBC News Posted: Jan 19, 2015