Twelve people employed by the Saskatoon Catholic School Division as aboriginal student retention workers received layoff notices earlier this week. The cuts are a reaction to the $9.7 million shortfall in provincial funding. In Saskatchewan schools the aboriginal graduation rate is 40.1% versus 84.3% for the overall student population.
Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix May 23, 2017
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations recently passed a resolution supporting a new Crown prosecutor and a out of province lead investigator in the Colton Boushie case. Boushie was a 22 year old resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation who was shot and killed at Gerald Stanley’s farm resulting in a second-degree murder charge.
The Canadian Press Published on: May 19, 2017
Recently a First Nations girl’s body was found in a river in Thunder Bay, ON. She was the sixth Indigenous teen to drown in a Thunder Bay body of water since 2000. A recent corner’s inquest could not determine how three of the teens came to be in the water. Local First Nations are considering hiring a private investigator.
By Jody Porter, CBC News Posted: May 18, 2017
Canadian harmonica player Mike Stevens discusses his commitment to Indigenous youth through ArtsCan Circle an organization he founded in 2000 with CBC Radio’s Brent Bambury.
Kimberly Jonathan, First Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN) was recently selected from a shortlist of candidates and approved at a recent meeting of the organization’s general assembly to serve on the Habitat for Humanity’s national board of directors.
Star-Phoenix, Kathy Fitzpatrick, May 15, 2017
A trio of Indigenous nurses are using Indigenous Nurses Day on May 11 as a platform to speak out on the need for increased numbers on Indigenous nurses. These individuals say that Indigenous nurses can help Aboriginal people feel safe and bridge the gap in health care.
By Angela Sterritt, CBC News Posted: May 11, 2017
In the second of a five-part Globe and Mail series on modernizing medicare, Indigenous health issues are addressed by Josée Lavoie, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, and director of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Manitoba.
Published Tuesday, May 09, 2017
In a recent opinion piece posted on the CBC website, Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., and member of the Gwawaenuk Nation posed the question, Indigenous or Aboriginal: Which Is Correct?. After providing a history of the uses and misuses of various labels he advises people to use the terms that a community uses to refer to themselves.
CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2016
The Tasha Hubbard’s film, “Birth of a Family” chronicles the experiences of National Film Board chronicle reporter Betty Ann Adam’s experiences with the ‘Sixties Scoop’ by filmmaker and documents her gathering with her siblings for the first time after being separated and raised as a foster child in a non-native home.
Corey O’Soup, in releasing his first annual report as Saskatchewan’s children’s advocate says he is concerned with the disparity between on- and off-reserve funding for child welfare and education.