AFN National Chief Welcomes June 21 Name Change

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde stated support for the new name for June 21; National Indigenous Peoples Day which is consistent with international usage. Previously, June 21 was known as, National Aboriginal Day since 1996. Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River NDP MP Georgina Jolibois tabled a private member’s bill on June 15 that would make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday across the country.

Saskatchewan Auditor Critical of Low Indigenous Graduation Rate

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