Government of Canada Funding Electricity Transmission Line To Remote First Nations

The Government of Canada announced recently that they have approved up to $60M in funding to link the remote Ontario First Nation of Pikangikum to the national electricity grid. Its one of 22 remote Indigenous communities in Northwestern Ontario that will be part of a 1,800 km extension to end reliance on expensive and unreliable diesel generators.

Shawn McCarthy August 17, 2017

Female Indigenous Leaders Point To Where MMIWG Went Wrong

The Globe and Mail in attempting to investigate what, “reset” means regarding the troubled Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry, talks to three past presidents of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). People interviewed cited too narrow of a mandate, choices in administrative support and even the location choice of Vancouver which is the home province of the chief commissioner.

Gloria Galloway The Globe and Mail Aug. 13, 2017

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Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery Receives Provincial Heritage Status

Late last month the Government of Saskatchewan announced that the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) Cemetery had been designated as Saskatchewan’s 51st Provincial Heritage Property. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Vice-Chief Heather Bear said, “Though their names may be lost to us now, by preserving and protecting the lands on which they’re buried, we ensure they will not be forgotten.”

Saskatchewan Now Has A Record Number Of Female Chiefs

According to figures provided by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) a record number of Saskatchewan First Nations are now led by women. Two of the five FSIN executive members are women and 16 of the provinces 74 chiefs are women. The first post-treaty female chief was in 1954 when 24 year old Gwen O’Soup was chief of the Key Lake First Nation.

By Jason Warick, CBC News Posted: Jul 26, 2017

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