Recently a ceremony marking the opening of the first regional Cree women’s shelter was held in the James Bay community of Waswanipi in Quebec. The 18 bed facility serving the inland Cree communities will soon be joined by a second shelter opening in early 2018 in Waskaganish serving the coastal Cree communities of the area.
By Susan Bell, Celina Wapachee, CBC News Posted: Sep 25, 2017
The Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, located in Windsor, Ontario is struggling after a recent storm flooded their location, causing thousands of dollars of damage. The centre, located in a basement had about 10 centimetres of sewage water seep in and is dealing with around $50,000 in damages.
CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2017
Recent statistics show that out of 170 new cases of HIV in Saskatchewan, 79% of those with the disease self-identified as Indigenous. In the Sunrise Health Region in the eastern part of the province which includes the Cote, Key and Keeseekoose First Nations HIV cases rose 800% in 2016.
By Alex Soloducha, CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2017
Just last month RBC (Royal Bank Canada) announced a $500,000 donation to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation to support First Nation youth mental health. This will allow for the implementation of remote presence technology that will enable young people to access care from their own homes.
At an announcement made at the annual Manitoba Metis Federation General Assembly the artifacts on display at the RCMP‘s Heritage Centre in Regina, SK will be returned within the next two years. The items are to be returned upon completion of the Metis National Heritage Centre which is being built in Winnipeg, MB.
Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix September 23, 2017
Students from Sargeant Tommy Prince School at Brokenhead First Nation in Manitoba got a reply to their video invite from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Employing the same playful tone as the invite video Trudeau replies telling the children he will be out of the country.
CBC News Posted: Oct 10, 2017
In a recent ruling the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in an unanimous decision that thousands of records related to residential school abuses are confidential and should be destroyed. The issue which has divided Indigenous groups left the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, “very disappointed’ by the decision.
By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Oct 06, 2017
Shocked by the high rate of Saskatchewan First Nations girls’ suicides; 26 times higher than the province as a whole, Saskatchewan’s Chiefs have asked the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to develop a prevention strategy.
Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix September 22, 2017
Earlier this year, Christina Gilpin was elected as the new chief of Wemindji, becoming the first female to hold the position. Now four out of the ten Quebec Cree communities have female chiefs and for only the second time ever Mandy Gull was elected Deputy Grand Chief.
By Susan Bell, CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Chief Roy Petit of the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation said that a recently signed friendship agreement between his community and several area municipalities would hopefully break down some barriers. The partnership was originally a regional solid waste management plan, but its significance is more than that.
Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix October 2, 2017