A Vancouver-based company, W Dusk is assisting several First Nations communities install renewable energy systems across Canada. David Isaac, the Mik’maq founder of the firm says renewable energy is becoming more popular with First Nations because it aligns with their cultural ideals.
By Stephanie Cram, CBC News Posted: Apr 12, 2017
The Edmonton Public Library recently named its first Elder In Residence. Wilson Bearhead, a respected community elder, educator and member of the Wabamun Lake Indian Band who has served as grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Alberta regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, will help others find answers and reconnect with aboriginal culture as the first elder in residence at the Edmonton Public Library.
Edmonton Journal Claire Theobald April 7, 2017
Wab Kinew, MLA for Winnipeg’s Fort Rouge riding recently announced his intention to seek the leadership of the Manitoba NDP. He made the announcement while standing near the Louis Riel statue on the grounds of the Manitoba legislative building.
CBC News Posted: Apr 10, 2017
The Yale First Nation near Hope, B.C. has constructed 6 housing units that use, “passive technology” to reduce heating bills by as much as 80%. This has prompted the First Nation to order 4 more housing units.
By Tim Fontaine, CBC News Posted: Apr 11, 2017
A recent ruling by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has said that there must be a new election for the position of Chief. A George Gordon First Nation band member alleges there was fraud which a judge disagreed with, but the Court found 31 ballots unaccounted for and therefore ordered a new vote.
One of the elements of the recent Federal Budget is increased funding for Indigenous post secondary students. The Post-Secondary Student Support Program will receive $90M in increased funding plus an additional $5M per year for 5 years for Indspire, an Indigenous organization funding scholarships.
The Fort William First Nation, adjacent to Thunder Bay, ON has decided to admit Damien Lee as a full-fledged member. Lee, who currently teaches Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan has a Caucasian mother who married Lee’s stepfather, a member of the Fort William band when Damien was an infant.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is hosting, First Nations Health Summit: Nation Building Through Health and Wellness. This event takes place April 11-13, 2017 at TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.
Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red opened Sunday’s televised 2017 Juno Awards with an electrifying celebration of Indigenous culture and music. The online reaction was overwhelmingly positive to the Juno-winning electronic trio.
The Government of Canada and Yukon announced funding of $215,000 for the acquisition of a new 28-seat passenger bus for the Teslin Tlingit Council.