The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will be holding its Special Chief’s Assembly December 6-8, 2016 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.
Recently it was announced that the Nunavut Arctic College and the University of Saskatchewan were partnering to offer a degree program in law. The program will start in September 2017 with 25 student spaces available which is accepting applications until the end of 2016.
By Elyse Skura, CBC News Posted: Nov 07, 2016
Recently, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada visited Australia where she met among other dignitaries, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. She also became the first non-Australian to deliver the Annual Reconciliation Lecture at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at Australian National University.
Recently, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) have jointly endorsed a set of guidelines related to entry onto First Nations reserves. The agreement builds upon previous guidelines and creates a process for conservation officers to follow when accessing First Nations reserves to conduct law enforcement duties.
Recent census information reveals that the trend of increased Indigenous participation in census data gathering is continuing. This trend has been taking place since 1986 and is attributed to the growing awareness of the importance of census data for planning, development and increasing social needs.
Tavia Grant The Globe and Mail Sunday, Nov. 06, 2016
A recent article in the Globe and Mail highlighted the fact that the right of a minimum level of policing does not exist in Canada. Indigenous communities with their own police service do not currently have standards for officer training, mandatory equipment or codes of conduct.
Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Nov. 06, 2016
Recently Saskatchewan named Corey O’Soup to the new Children’s Advocate position. O’Soup, a member of the Key First Nation said that he’ll make the safety of youth in First Nations and northern communities a “big priority” in light of the number of recent youth suicides.
Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix November 2, 2016
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has set aside the election of the chief of the Mosquito, Grizzly Bear’s Head and Lean Man First Nation. Unfortunately, this is not the first time in recent times there have been irregularities at the Saskatchewan First Nation. Three years ago Chief Noel Stone Jr. and a band councilor were declared ineligible after vote-buying was uncovered.
By David Shield, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2016