Results from Monday’s election have seen 10 Indigenous MPs elected, the most ever to the House of Commons. Among the notable winners of the 8 Liberal and 2 NDP were Jody Wilson-Raybould, a regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations who took Vancouver-Granville and former Winnipeg mayoral candidate Robert Falcon-Quellette who took Winnipeg Centre.
By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015
Robert Doucette, who was apprehended at the age of 4 months by the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services during the Sixties Scoop will be having a fireside chat with his mother Dianne Ludwig (nee-McKay) on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:20 am in the Main Lounge, St. Andrews College, University of Saskatchewan. Robert was in the care of the Department of Social Services for 18 years and met his mother again at the age of 20.
Kent Monkman, a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry, is having an exhibit of his work at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON. The Rise and Fall of Civilization references the near extinction of the American buffalo and the removal of the primary food supply for Native people. The exhibit runs from October 15, 2015 until January 10, 2016.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said recently that the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) Indigenous platform addresses a number of First Nations priorities. He also said that he hopes that all federal parties truly listen to First Nations concerns.
After 16 years the Daniels case claiming Métis and Non-Status Indian are the responsibility of the Federal Government made it to the Supreme Court for a hearing. Last Thursday, October 8, 2015 arguments were made to the Court which has reserved it’s decision.
The latest jobless figures show the unemployment rate for Saskatchewan Aboriginals has risen from 11.0% in September 2014 to 13.7% in September 2015. The overall provincial unemployment rate is 5.1%, the lowest in the country. The First Nation unemployment rate is 21.3%, while Métis unemployment is at 8.8%. The opposition NDP says they will raise the issue when the Saskatchewan Legislature opens on Tuesday, October 13.
Deanna Carpenter, a young resident of the Whitedog reserve in northwestern Ontario, wasn’t discouraged by the, “no address found” message she found after checking to see if she was registered to vote in the Federal Election on October 19. Most First Nations don’t have street addresses that are recognized by Elections Canada. With the help of others she’s held, “Rock the Vote” registration clinics that have also caught on in other First Nations communities.
By Adrienne Arsenault, CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2015
PotashCorp, in association with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, presents the 2nd Annual Vampire Gala, supporting the Home Fires Foundation and the White Buffalo Youth Lodge. This event takes place on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at TCU Place Saskatoon, SK. with cocktails at 5:00 and dinner at 6:15. Dress to Impress!
Three candidates have declared for the Office of Second Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN). The candidates are Rod Atcheynum from the Sweetgrass First Nation, Guy Lonechild from the White Bear First Nation, and Robert (Bob) Merasty from the Flying Dust First Nation. Voting will take place during the FSIN Fall Legislative Assembly on October 28 and 29, 2015.
An inquest into seven First Nations student deaths in Thunder Bay, ON has encountered some difficult questions regarding alcohol use.
CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2015