National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2017 will be commemorated at the University of Saskatchewan by a celebration being held at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. This event takes place from 8:30-9:15 with coffee and bannock being served and everyone is welcome.
Director Carol Greyeyes along with Darwin Gardypie (performer) and Wantia Bird (playwright) will present a mini-play, “As The Teepee Turns and the Bannock Burns”. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm at McNally Robinson Books, 3130-8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
The University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability is inviting experts from Sweden, Norway and Alaska to discuss renewable energy for Northern and Indigenous communities. This event takes place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in 144 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place, U of S Campus.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is asking for input on the proposed federal Indigenous Languages Act. Sessions will be held on June 22-23, 2017 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.
Internationally acclaimed Cree author and playwright Tomson Highway has received an honorary doctor of letters from the University of Manitoba . His body of work includes Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing and The Rez Sisters, as well as the novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. Highway, a member of Barren Lands First Nation, was born on the Manitoba-Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters.
Hearings have started for a commission looking for solutions on how to better represent Ontario’s far north in the provincial legislature. Currently there are only two ridings in northern Ontario, Timmins-James Bay and Kenora Rainy River. These two ridings cover 588,382 square kilometres. Toronto Centre in comparison covers just 13 square kilometres.
By Erik White, CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2017
The latest report from Saskatchewan’s Provincial Auditor found that only 42% of Indigenous students graduated from high school in Saskatchewan last year. That’s exactly half that of the non-Indigenous student graduation rate of 84%. In 2011 the Indigenous graduation rate was 33% and the government says its goal is to raise that to at least 65% by 2020.
CBC News Posted: Jun 06, 2017
CBC News is reporting that the former United States embassy building, closed for almost 20 years is to be repurposed as a space devoted to Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien had originally planned a portrait gallery for the building, but Stephen Harper cancelled that proposal and the building has sat vacant ever since.
By Catherine Cullen, CBC News Posted: Jun 06, 2017
Fourteen first year Inuit college students travelled to Finland last month for a cultural exchange with Finland’s Indigenous Sami people as part of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s program. Students say that the similarities between the two Indigenous groups left a lasting impression.