Today the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced the signing of a Framework Agreement with the Kashechewan First Nation community. A steering committee composed of representatives of Kashechewan First Nation, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Health Canada, and Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation will provide general oversight and guidance on the action plan when developed. The committee will provide an annual report to parties on the progress made under this Framework Agreement
Recently, the Government of Canada announced the investment of $695,000 for 28 research projects regarding the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The projects focus on many topics related to the experiences and knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples.
Cumberland College, a regional college in Saskatchewan based in Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale and Hudson Bay is introducing a program designed to improve student outcomes. The ‘Elders-in-Residence’ program will enable students to meet with Métis and First Nation Elders to discuss financial, family or other problems.
Recently, the Indigenous Studies Student Union at the University of Toronto organized the first powwow there in at least 20 years. The powwow involving 500 people, attracted hundreds of spectators.
CBC News Posted: Mar 12, 2017
First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) is partnering with Prince’s Charities Canada to reinvigorate Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan. The project involved translating five children’s books into the Cree dialects of Swampy, Woods and Plain with a target audience of four to eight years of age.
CBC News Posted: Mar 11, 2017
The finalists for “Where Our Paths Cross” – Reconciliation Commemorative Artwork will be presenting their concepts on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive, Saskatoon, SK.
Recently, a Saskatoon City Council Committee recommended the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) regarding a proposed hydropower station at the weir. Darrell Balkwill, Chair of STC investments Inc. says, “First Nations would benefit from training, jobs and educational possibilities. Investment returns would help infrastructure and social programs in our member communities.”
Liberal Senator Lillian Dyck, Chair of the Senate’s Aboriginal Peoples Committee is asking Senator Lynn Beyak to consider resigning from the committee. Recently, the Conservative Senator from Ontario made remarks in the Senate chamber praising the, “good deeds” of the residential school system.
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2017
Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak recently stated that she feels Indigenous people moving from a reserve, often in a remote region to cities need transition assistance like refugees to Canada. North Wilson stressed that point at the United Nations in New York City recently, when she spoke at a conference during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
CBC News Posted: Mar 14, 2017