It was recently revealed that the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) has lost its fourth staff person. Speaking to reporters last week, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett thanked one of the departed for her work.
By Angela Sterritt, CBC News Posted: Jun 15, 2017
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.
Artist Alex Janvier recalls how in the mid-1950s in Canada, his fate still rested with the Indian agent at his home reserve in Alberta who denied his request to attend the now Ontario College of Art and Design after he was offered a spot in the program.
The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 13, 2017
Eugene Brave Rock says he’s soaking it all in after the release of the movie, “Wonder Women”. He plays the character “Chief” in the movie and speaks Blackfoot to Wonder Women played by Gal Gadot.
By Brandi Morin, for CBC News Posted: Jun 06, 2017
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
Fourteen first year Inuit college students travelled to Finland last month for a cultural exchange with Finland’s Indigenous Sami people as part of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s program. Students say that the similarities between the two Indigenous groups left a lasting impression.
The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan has been informed that federal funding has been restored after holding elections. Federal support was suspended in 2014 after internal disputes prevented elections from being held.
The Canadian Press Published on: June 1, 2017
Recently, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde encouraged First Nations and all Canadians to take part in cultural events and other celebrations in honour of National Aboriginal History Month held every June and National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
A recent internal audit by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has found 13 Saskatchewan First Nations lack sufficient firefighting resources. The audit found 53 First Nations out of 634 in Canada, or 8% were in this category.
By David McKie, CBC News Posted: May 24, 2017
An increasing number of low-income and Indigenous families in Saskatchewan are being asked to prove they’re eligible for federal child-care benefits. Status Indians are even being asked to provide proof of Canadian citizenship.
CBC News Posted: May 25, 2017