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.
The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be taking place July 16-23, 2017 in Toronto, ON. With more than 5000 participants, 2000 volunteers and 14 sport categories, the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) are expected to be the largest sport and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across North America.
The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan has been informed that federal funding has been restored after holding elections. Federal support was suspended in 2014 after internal disputes prevented elections from being held.
The Canadian Press Published on: June 1, 2017
Recently, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde encouraged First Nations and all Canadians to take part in cultural events and other celebrations in honour of National Aboriginal History Month held every June and National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
A recent internal audit by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has found 13 Saskatchewan First Nations lack sufficient firefighting resources. The audit found 53 First Nations out of 634 in Canada, or 8% were in this category.
By David McKie, CBC News Posted: May 24, 2017
An increasing number of low-income and Indigenous families in Saskatchewan are being asked to prove they’re eligible for federal child-care benefits. Status Indians are even being asked to provide proof of Canadian citizenship.
CBC News Posted: May 25, 2017
Unofficial results from the long-delayed election indicate that Glen McCallum of Pinehouse Lake is the new president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MSN). One of his first goals is to reopen the MNS office in Saskatoon.
Kathy Fitzpatrick May 28, 2017