Former Indian Affairs Minister (1968-1974) and retired Canadian Prime Minister Chrétien, made comments indicating moving might be a viable solution to the cycle of poverty and mental health issues at Attawapiskat. Senator Murray Sinclair, former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said that it is a decision for the residents themselves and nobody else.
The Canadian Press 04.11.2016
John Ward, The Canadian Press Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Chief Felix Thomas said recently that there needs to be discussion on whether or not a safe injection site is warranted for Saskatoon. The STC already operates a clinic on 20th St. that hands out more than 1 million needles per year.
Jonathan Charlton, Saskatoon StarPhoenix April 13, 2016
In a ruling handed down today regarding a court case that stretches back 17 years, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the Daniels case that approximately 600,000 Métis and non-status Indians are the responsibility of the federal government.
By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Apr 14, 2016
A ruling is expected today by the Supreme Court of Canada on the question of Indian status for Canada’s Métis people. A favourable ruling would allow the right to collectively negotiate treaties and benefits. University of New Brunswick law professor Jula Hughes said such a ruling could open up access to federal programs affecting schooling, child care, health benefits, culture and language.
By Rachel Cave, CBC News Posted: Apr 12, 2016
Louise Bernice Halfe — Sky Dancer was born in Two Hills, Alberta, and was raised on the Saddle Lake First Nations Reserve. Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for 2005-06, she will be launching her latest book of poetry, “Burning In This Midnight Dream” on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at McNally Robinson Books, 3130-8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
Health Canada has sent two mental health counsellors and the Province of Ontario is also sending an emergency medical assistance team to the troubled First Nation community of Attawapiskat on the shores of James Bay. National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Perry Bellegarde says long-term support for the community is needed in addition to immediate action.
Recently, three members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) were presented with the 2016 Calgary Peace Prize. Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild, and Marie Wilson, the three members of the TRC, will share the award.
By Tricia Lo, CBC News Posted: Apr 07, 2016
Recently, students at Kahnawake Survival School were treated to a surprise visit from musicians Jonas, Corey Diabo, and Kahnawake native and Montreal Canadians goaltender Carey Price. The three were there to oversee the donation of over 60 instruments to the Kahnawake Education Center.
Court of Queen’s Bench recently ruled that the Elizabeth Fry Society should get another chance to argue that it should get standing at the coroner’s inquest into the death of Kinew James at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, SK.
By Dan Zakreski, CBC News Posted: Apr 05, 2016
Michael Readhead Champagne, an Indigenous anti-violence activist from Winnipeg, is one of seven appointees to be picked by the Bank of Canada for an advisory committee to select a woman to appear on a new banknote. He is the founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities)
CBC News Posted: Apr 04, 2016