Northern Community Wonders What Caused Tragedy

Residents of La Loche, Saskatchewan, are shocked and saddened after Friday’s shootings of students and teachers at a residence and the community school on January 22. Lack of social services and programs are believed to have┬áplayed a role in the tragedy. A prayer vigil was held Saturday night bringing the community together to grieve and support one another. Dignitaries and local leaders met to discuss the need for additional social programs to narrow the gap between Aboriginal communities and the rest of Canada.

Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, January 25, 2016

Federal Consent Needed For United Nations Inquiry

The Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action have lobbied with the United Nations to conduct an inquiry into the cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The UN is prepared to go ahead but requires the federal government of Canada’s consent. Aboriginal women are reported to be 3.5 times more likely to be victims of violence than the rest of the population.
Bradley Bouzane, PostMedia News, Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix December 14th, 2011.

Supreme Court of Canada Hears Metis Land Case

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, Supreme Court judges listened to hours of arguments discussing whether the governments of Canada and Manitoba had kept their end of the deal with regards to land promised to the Metis in 1870. The land in question is deemed to be possibly worth billions of dollars. The Supreme Court will proceed with the case but there is no timeline.
Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press, Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix December 14th, 2011.

Anskohk Aboriginal Writers Festival To Be Held In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Anskohk Aboriginal Writers Festival will be held between October 19th and 22nd, 2011 in a number of venues around Saskatoon. A performance by Tomson Highway and Krystle Pederson will be one noteworthy highlight of the festival to be held at the Roxy Theatre on Friday, October 21st. Readings and “open mikes” will also be held in Regina, Prince Albert and North Battleford during the weekend festival.
Complete list of events and registration form.

Canadian Government and First Nation Leaders Commit to an Overhaul

The Canada-First Nation Joint Action Plan has been launched with the cooperation of the Conservative government and First Nation leaders. Several mandates have been identified including improving living conditions, educational programs and creating jobs on reserves across Canada. The success of this effort will also require governmental co-operation at the provincial level.

Canada-First Nation Joint Action Plan Announced

The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable John Duncan, and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo, announced a Joint Action Plan with the common goal of improving the lives of First Nation people across Canada. The plan pinpoints four joint commitments between the AANDC and the AFN and aims to strengthen the Crown-First Nation relationship at the national level.

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