Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets Acknowledge Indigenous Land Contributions

Prior to all Winnipeg Jet home games, an announcement acknowledges that the Jets play on Treaty 1 land and that the teams ownership, True North Sports and Entertainment is committed to, “a spirit of reconciliation”. When the Edmonton Oilers opened their new arena Indigenous leaders were consulted and involved in the ceremonies. The building includes a large mosaic in the floor near the main entrance – 14 metres in diameter and made of almost one million small tiles – by Indigenous artist Alex Janvier.

STEVE LAMBERT The Canadian Press Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Indigenous Spaces, Curriculum Increasing at Canadian Universities

A recent article in the Globe and Mail reported on the increased Indigenous efforts taking place at Canadian universities including compulsory courses at Lakehead University and University of Winnipeg. The University of Saskatchewan within the last year has opened the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, an intercultural gathering place.

The Globe and Mail Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Rally Held To Save NORTEP

Recently, a rally was held at the Legislative Building in Regina, SK by a group of concerned faculty and students from La Ronge hoping to save a post secondary program based in Northern Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan government has announced its intention to cease funding of the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) which has been in existence since 1976 training teachers for the North in La Ronge.

CBC News Posted: Oct 19, 2016

4th Girl Takes Her Life In Northern Saskatchewan

Attendees at a recent Prince Albert Grand Council Annual Assembly were stunned and saddened when they were told that a 10 year old girl from Deschambault Lake had killed herself. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice-Chief Kimberly Jonathan said, “This is a crisis and we need to take action collectively,” Jonathan said from Prince Albert. “Many of us met each other’s eyes as we looked across the room with a feeling of wanting to fix this.”

CBC News Posted: Oct 18, 2016