Recently Premier Brad Wall visited La Loche, SK and announced additional measures in response to the shooting tragedy this past January. Among the initiatives were the hiring of an additional community mental health nurse and a suicide prevention worker/community wellness worker. The Ministry of the Economy has also invested $465,000 in two new training programs. Dumont Technical Institute and Northlands College will offer new Adult Basic Education programs, and Northlands will also offer a new Tri-Trades program in heavy equipment, truck and transport and automotive mechanics.
In May the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) surveyed all major police departments across Canada to obtain a snapshot of the racial diversity of their ranks. The findings indicated that only one major city in Canada, Halifax staffs a police force that is as racially diverse as its community.
By Jacques Marcoux, Katie Nicholson, Vera-Lynn Kubinec, Holly Moore, CBC News Posted: Jul 14, 2016
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and four other Indigenous leaders recently wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking to, “recognize and right an immense wrong–with both words and deeds.” They are referring to the Sixties Scoop, a government policy under which child welfare officials removed Indigenous children from their homes and placed them with non-Indigenous families.
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2016
Recently, a man in Winnipeg pulled over in rush hour traffic in the rain to assist an Indigenous man having a heart attack. David Jacks said, “As a Caucasian man, if I’m having a heart attack on the street, I’m pretty confident that somebody’s going to come out and help me — that many people are going to come out to help me and ask me if I’m OK. It’s because he’s an Aboriginal man, lying on the street downtown … Winnipeggers have become so desensitized to their own racism.”
CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2016
Recently, the president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada said that racism in health care can have, ‘very real and sometimes negative’ consequences. Dr. Alika Lafontaine said that part of the solution is more Indigenous physicians who have different perspectives than their colleagues.
CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2016
Recently it was announced by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) that Senator Murray Sinclair is the 2016 recipient of the Award in Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. The CCAB cited his distinguished record of public service capped by his work leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Due to a tugboat running aground in July, re-supply barges have been delayed for several isolated Northwest Territory communities. At the Northern store in Paulatuk, N.W.T., cans of pop are selling for $5, while large cans of fruit salad have jumped to $25.
By Jimmy Thomson, CBC News Posted: Aug 11, 2016
Recently, the National Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association released its Annual Report. The report states that the change in government seems to have set the tone for more open and transparent discussions moving forward.
Chief Teddy Clark said recently that he’s gotten confirmation that $1.5 million of federal funds will go towards a youth and education centre for the La Loche community still recovering from the January 22 shootings that took 4 lives.