Tripartite Framework Agreement Reached With Kashechewan First Nation

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

Saskatoon Tribal Council Hydropower Weir Project Talks Get Approved

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.”

Senate Chair Asks Lynn Beyak To Step Down From Aboriginal Peoples Committee

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

Indigenous People Need Resettlement Help Like Rufugees

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