Additional Aboriginal women in Quebec have come forward after initial allegations were made last year regarding the conduct of some Quebec provincial police (SQ) officers in Val-d’Or. Montreal police have been assigned to the investigation of eight officers in Val-d’Or.
By Sarah Leavitt, CBC News Posted: Mar 31, 2016
Gary Merasty, President and Chief Operating Officer of the English River First Nation’s development corporation, feels that the business climate for First Nations entrepreneurs is improving, partially being driven by demographics. He spoke recently at the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association’s (SAPA) Breakfast Bites series.
Alex MacPherson, StarPhoenix March 26, 2016
Recently, The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, provided an update on the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation enrolment process. As a result of last year’s Federal Court decision the Enrolment Committee will continue assessment of all 6,500 invalid applications.
In a recent column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Doug Cuthand commented that the reaction from mainstream media outlets that First Nation peoples were “winners” in the recent Federal Budget needs more analysis. He states that all this does is start to restore the lost decade of the Harper government’s neglect of First Nations issues.
Published on: March 24, 2016 | Last Updated: March 24, 2016
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said recently that the Federal Budget is a significant step in closing the gap in the quality of life between First Nations people and other Canadians.
Gary Mason, columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper, recently wrote a piece stating that the solution to the suicide crisis plaguing Canada’s First Nations communities is not mental health counselors, but a better life. He presents statistical evidence to back up his claims that a better outcome can be achieved in urban centres.
The Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Mar. 18, 2016
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be hosting a one-day Indigenous Public Safety and Policing Forum on March 30, 2016 at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (GTNT) is featuring the 2015-2016 Circle of Voices performing an adapted version of the play, “Reclaim” by Marcel Petit on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 7-9 pm. This event takes place at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. All welcome, admission is free.
The Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s Circle of Voices (COV) Program which assists young artists in developing professional skills is holding its 2015-16 Graduation Feast & Round Dance. This event will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge at 602-20th St. W. in Saskatoon, SK.
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is reportedly facing increased pressure to deliver some substance in his upcoming budget regarding First Nations issues. FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron says, “we’ve been informed the government may not make the education investment they promised before the election, it is absolutely imperative and crucial that this funding increase and commitment happens.”
By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 17, 2016