Recently school divisions have found it more challenging to find and hire qualified Indigenous language teachers. The “Indigenization” of school programs has resulted in increased demand for teachers fluent in Indigenous languages, but certified teachers with these language skills are in great demand.
By Lenard Monkman, CBC News Posted: Sep 15, 2017
The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and the Community Advisory Board on Saskatoon Homelessness (CAB-SH) announced hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds through Canada’s Homeless Partnering Strategy program. The Urban First Nation Services of the Saskatoon Tribal Council also received funding in the amount of $143,000 for the purchase of a transitional home for Indigenous children.
By Bridget Yard, CBC News Posted: Sep 13, 2017
Last week, the Fort McMurray Métis signed an agreement with Teck Resources which promises jobs, contracts and environmentally sensitive development associated with the proposed Frontier project. The Fort McKay Métis, the Fort McKay First Nation and the Fort Chipewayan Métis have also signed similar agreements. The proposed $20.6 billion mine, if approved would create 7,000 construction jobs and 2,500 operating jobs.
By David Thurton, CBC News Posted: Sep 06, 2017
Recently, the Saskatoon Tribal Council and Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which commits the organizations to, “enhance training and applied research for Indigenous food sovereignty”. The five year agreement sets out a framework for research including how to make best use of available land.
By Creeden Martell, CBC News Posted: Sep 06, 2017
CBC Radio’s “Reclaimed” Episode 9 explores songs and sounds of Indigenous resistance and reclamation plus introduces listeners to some of the artists taking up the fight.
The CBC has produced an investigative report about a double murder that took place in July 2016 at the Whitefish Lake First Nation, located 400 kilometres north of Edmonton, AB. Cory Grey and Dylan Laboucan were only two of eight students at the reserve school to graduate from Grade 12 in the past three years. A classmate has been charged in their murders.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently commented on Facebook regarding an Ontario teacher’s union resolution calling for changing school names that are named after Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald. Wall is opposed to such a move.
CBC News Posted: Aug 25, 2017
A recent study of 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents and teachers conducted in Ontario between 2012 and 2014 revealed that teachers are not confident but nervous about teaching Indigenous issues. This creates a situation where the topics are not being addressed due to a low comfort level among teachers.
Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Heritage Minister, was in Saskatoon recently to consult with Indigenous language teachers regarding the upcoming federal legislation. The bill, to be introduced in 2018, is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
Betty Ann Adam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix August 18, 2017