Doug Cuthand, columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, comments on the political developments that took place at this year’s Assembly of First Nations (AFN) annual meeting and the history of First Nations relations with the Harper Government.
The Starphoenix July 24, 2015
Recently, ten students graduated from the Aboriginal Heavy Equipment Operator and Class 1A License Pre-Employment Training Program at a ceremony at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The program is the result of a unique partnership initiated by the City of Saskatoon with Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), Saskatoon Tribal Council Inc. (STC), and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT). Since 2010 the City of Saskatoon has hired 52% of past students.
The Onion Lake Cree Nation and the University of Saskatchewan recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding improving post-secondary options at Onion Lake. The MOU will give Onion Lake students the option of entering either education or nursing programs through the support of the established Indian Education Teaching Program (ITEP).
Heather Abbey and Devon Fiddler are heading to Istanbul, Turkey as Saskatchewan’s representatives for the G20 Entrepreneur Alliance International Business Summit. Only 22 people from across Canada were selected to attend the exclusive conference.
CBC News Posted, Jul 23, 2015
The United Nations (UN) human rights committee has released its first report card on Canada in 10 years. The report found that improvements were needed in several key areas: missing and murdered Aboriginal women, Native land titles, the Indian Act, and the condition of Indigenous people generally.
CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015
Recently, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) released a document providing a rebuttal to the media’s focus on First Nations Chiefs highest earners. Among the figures contained in the document, the median salary for First Nation Chiefs in Canada is $64,569 with 88% earning under $100,000. Five Chiefs received no salary at all in their elected positions.
Recently Renee Kohlman visited Wanuskewin Heritage Park to hike the trails and to enjoy the First Nations cuisine with a contemporary twist. Wanuskewin Heritage Park is located northeast of the city 15 minutes from downtown Saskatoon on Penner Road.
By Renee Kohlman, The Starphoenix July 20, 2015
Recently, the Government of Canada announced funding in the amount of $750,000 to Nunavut Arctic College for a program to enable First Nation and Inuit youth to be better equipped to join the labour market.
The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has opened the nomination process for the election of the President of ITK which will take place on September 17, 2015, in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The nomination deadline is August 17, 2015 at 7 pm EDT.
Recently, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) made a submission to Canada’s Premiers at their annual gathering. Closing the Gap: Seeking Reconciliation, Advancing First Nations Well Being and Human Rights identifies tangible action items that strives to close the gap that according to federal statistics, has not changed since 1981.