Saskatoon Tribal Council Hydropower Weir Project Talks Get Approved

Recently, a Saskatoon City Council Committee recommended the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) regarding a proposed hydropower station at the weir. Darrell Balkwill, Chair of STC investments Inc. says, “First Nations would benefit from training, jobs and educational possibilities. Investment returns would help infrastructure and social programs in our member communities.”

Indigenous People Need Resettlement Help Like Rufugees

Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak recently stated that she feels Indigenous people moving from a reserve, often in a remote region to cities need transition assistance like refugees to Canada. North Wilson stressed that point at the United Nations in New York City recently, when she spoke at a conference during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

CBC News Posted: Mar 14, 2017

Prime Minister’s ‘Canoes and Paddles’ Remark Called Borderline Racist

The NDP’s Indigenous affairs critic MP Romeo Saganash responded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments at a town hall held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon with a satirical letter to him. He said that a national canoe and paddle program was left off the TRC’s 94 calls to action and must have been only known to Trudeau.

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2017

Researchers Find Culturally Sensitive Health Treatment Improves Outcomes

Recent research conducted by Family Medicine practitioners from across Canada has found that Indigenous patients who receive culturally unsafe care can have poorer health outcomes. The study which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that health-care relationships can be repaired when health care providers demonstrate empathy, humility and patience.