Earlier this year, Christina Gilpin was elected as the new chief of Wemindji, becoming the first female to hold the position. Now four out of the ten Quebec Cree communities have female chiefs and for only the second time ever Mandy Gull was elected Deputy Grand Chief.
By Susan Bell, CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2017
SaskPower recently announced that it has decided to ‘defer’ a $630 million hydroelectric project that was to be built entirely on First Nation land. In 2013 SaskPower and Black Lake First Nation signed an agreement in principle to work on the project. It has been estimated that the project would have brought $1.3 billion into Black Lake over the project’s 90 year lifespan.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix September 25, 2017
Dave Nelson, aka Emotionz and Brad Bellegarde, aka InfoRed were recently in Saskatoon to teach young people about the connections between urban Indigenous culture and hip hop. They were at Caswell Hill School and offered a workshop for Grade 7 & 8 students.
By Danny Kerslake, CBC News Posted: Sep 27, 2017
The City of Saskatoon has launched what is being called an, “educational experience” about the Indigenous experience in Canada and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in particular in regards to naming the new North Commuter Parkway bridge. The process has resulted in about 98% positive suggestions with people being invited to submit names until the end of October.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Chief Bobby Cameron commenting on a recent incident at the Sears store in Prince Albert says that racial profiling is a daily occurrence in Saskatchewan.
Jonathan Charlton, Saskatoon StarPhoenix September 26, 2017
St. Frances School, which is only one of two elementary schools in Saskatoon offering a Cree immersion program, has outgrown its current facility located in the Exhibition area. Enrollment has increased by almost 300 students in the last five years and already has 14 portable classrooms on site.
Pathways to Education Canada recently announced that they have partnered with the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) to improve high school graduation rates of Indigenous youth. This program also attempts to remove inequities related to education and employment.
The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. is proud to present the Anskohk Festival Oct. 19-21, 2017 with various speakers and authors.
The Black Lake First Nation and the RCMP and local community members have joined forces to combat the smuggling and illegal resale of alcohol in the remote northern Saskatchewan community of 1,349 residents.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde stated last week on the resumption of the 42nd session of Parliament that there needs to be a focus from all parties on concrete steps towards building progress. As steps are taken on longer-term work, National Chief Bellegarde called for immediate action to end discrimination in areas where Canada’s own courts are demanding action.