Dr. Ian Mosby will be presenting a talk on “Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residential Schools” on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Station 20 West located at 1120-20th St. W., Saskatoon, SK. He will specifically discuss nutrition experiments conducted on close to 1000 residential school students between 1948 and 1952.
University of Saskatchewan economist, Eric Howe who spoke recently at the Aboriginal Business Match said that removing the education gap would assist Aboriginal people’s employment prospects. If Aboriginal employment levels were consistent with non-Aboriginal, it could provide a $90 billion economic boost over the lifespan of the current provincial population.
Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, June 15, 2016
Reconciliation Saskatoon will host, “Steps Towards Reconciliation MMIWG” (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls), an evening of stories, songs and solidarity on Thursday, June 16. This event will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm at Mayfair United Church, 902-33rd St. W., Saskatoon, SK.
Recently, the first meeting of the Ministers and Leaders of the new Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Indigenous Forum (FPTIF) took place in Ottawa, ON. Some topics found agreement including: cooperation in the process of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and action to prevent and address violence against Indigenous women and girls.
The only Cree language school program offered in Saskatoon is going to be bulldozing its front lawn to make space for more portable classrooms. Before St. Francis School offered the program the school had an enrollment of under 100. Currently there’s over 450 students attending and is expected to exceed 520 this September.
CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2016
Recently, the Government of Canada moved to respond to concerns expressed by Yukon First Nations people regarding environmental oversight. Amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) would repeal elements of the existing legislation to ensure clarity, fairness, and reflect the needs of everyone involved.
An auction planned to open on June 11, 2016 featuring more than 100 items collected from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations, has sparked controversy. Some of the items include guns from the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre and a ceremonial pipe from a respected tribal chief.
By Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted: Jun 09, 2016
A recent national survey found three-quarters of non-Aboriginal Canadians believe the residential school system harmed Aboriginal people, yet just 5% believe the federal government should pay compensation to try to heal those wounds.
By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Jun 08, 2016
Recently over a dozen Indigenous men on horseback rode through downtown Ottawa to deliver a set of recommendations to the governor general’s office about the rights of off-reserve Aboriginal people. The message is intended to be delivered to the Queen and a response is expected according to National Grand Chief Guillaume Carle of the Confederation of Aboriginal Peoples.
CBC News Posted: Jun 06, 2016
According to the most recent figures the Saskatchewan graduation rate has remained steady for the past 3 years at just under 75%. The graduation rate for First Nation and Métis students has improved slightly from 37.4% to 40.1%, still well below the overall rate.
Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix June 6, 2016