Assembly of First Nations Leaders Meet Minister of Finance

Several leaders from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) had a meeting on January 28, 2016 with Finance Minister Bill Morneau to make their case prior to the first budget expected in March. This meeting follows this week’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that previous governments had discriminated against on-reserve children.

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 28, 2016

Q & A With USSU’s Jack Saddleback

Recently the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) “Corner Brook Morning Show”, interviewed the University of Saskatchewan Student’s Union (USSU) President Jack Saddleback, who was in town to speak at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus. His talk entitled “There Are No Closets In Tipis” describes his challenges as a Cree, two-spirit, transgender, gay man.

CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2016

Human Rights Tribunal Rules Canada Discriminates Against Children On Reserves

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Canadian federal government has discriminated against children living on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere. This case dates back to February 2007 when the Harper government spent $5.3 million in legal fees fighting the case.

CBC News Posted: Jan 26, 2016

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal To Rule Today On Blackstock

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is expected to rule today on the Blackstock case. The complaint revolves around whether or not the Canadian government has discriminated against children on reserves. During this dispute Canada’s privacy commissioner found in 2013 that two government departments had overstepped in monitoring Blackstock and her personal Facebook account.

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 25, 2016

Northern Community Wonders What Caused Tragedy

Residents of La Loche, Saskatchewan, are shocked and saddened after Friday’s shootings of students and teachers at a residence and the community school on January 22. Lack of social services and programs are believed to have played a role in the tragedy. A prayer vigil was held Saturday night bringing the community together to grieve and support one another. Dignitaries and local leaders met to discuss the need for additional social programs to narrow the gap between Aboriginal communities and the rest of Canada.

Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, January 25, 2016

Statistics Canada Aboriginal Suicide Rate Thought To Be Higher

Brock Pitawanakwat, with the University of Sudbury’s Department of Indigenous Studies, questions the methodology in a Statistics Canada report because it does not include youth, elderly and First Nations living on reserves. The Statistics Canada figure of 1 in 5 contemplating suicide was based on off-reserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis aged 26 to 59 years of age.

CBC News Posted: Jan 20, 2016