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
Canadian Roots Exchange is recruiting young people (18 to 29 years of age) of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestry to attend the Beardy’s and Okemasis Intercultural Exchange taking place November 7-11, 2016.
Recently, the University of Manitoba released its master plan for development, which incorporates Indigenous design and planning principles to help guide land use. The University of Saskatchewan is emphasizing education as the key to reconciliation through many documents and initiatives that are taking place.
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
The cast and Ken Williams the playwright of, “In Care” will be presenting an adapted performance of the play on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, University of Saskatchewan. Admission is free with the doors opening at 6:30 and the conversation is at 8:00.
Three parties have concluded an agreement in principle regarding lands in eastern Ontario. The settlement would give the Algonquins of Ontario $300 million funding and at least 47,550 hectares of provincial Crown lands would be transferred to Algonquin ownership.
The Canadian Press Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
There will be two gatherings at St. Thomas Wesley Church, located at 808 20th St. W., Saskatoon, SK., to explore a Medicine Wheel of the Indian Act with artist and educator Marjorie Beaucage. These take place on Sunday, October 23 and Saturday, November 5 with a Potluck Lunch at 12:00 and Ceremony from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
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
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
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is hosting a Saskatoon Mayoral Forum on Wednesday, October 19 at the Saskatoon Travelodge. The event gets underway at 7:00 pm. Candidates Don Atchison, Charlie Clark and Kelley Moore have confirmed their attendance.
Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix October 19, 2016