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AACS President Says Harper Government Election Legislation Will Suppress Aboriginal Voters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:49

The head of one of the province’s Aboriginal lobby groups says the Harper government’s new election legislation will only serve to suppress Indigenous voters.

Kim Beaudin, the president of the Aboriginal Affairs Coalition of Saskatchewan, says requiring all voters to present identification will disenfranchise a number of First Nations and Métis people from the election process.

“The number one issue here is with respect to the vouching process and I believe that it will certainly impact Aboriginal people in this country,” he says. “In addition, I also believe that it will impact some ridings in Saskatchewan.”

He says there is no measurable evidence of electoral fraud in past elections and therefore no need for the Conservatives to put the Fair Elections Act forward.

Beaudin adds in particular the new legislation could negatively impact young Aboriginal voters, many of who will not possess the proper identification to vote.

“We have for example youth that have just turned 18, a lot of them don’t have driver’s licences. We have people that are somewhat transient and because of our housing market in this province, people tend to move around, particularly youth.”

The AACS President says if the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act passes, the organization will consider challenging the legislation in the courts and launching a human rights complaint.

 
U Of R Youth Camp Set Up in Honour Of First Aboriginal NHLer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:48

The Aboriginal youth leadership and wellness program will take in 24 youth between the ages of 14 and 17.

They will take part in a three-day leadership camp at the U of R from May 29-31.

Academic Program Coordinator for Health Studies Jennifer Love Green says Sasakamoose instills pride and perseverance in youth.

“He is a giving, loving, welcoming man,” she says. “He makes me want to learn more about what I can do. And to see the things that he has overcome and how he has never let them define who he is. I respect that.”

Amongst the obstacles Sasakamoose has had to overcome is 10 years spent in a residential school.

He says the experience robbed him of his childhood but also gave him the opportunity to play hockey.

Sasakamoose suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954 and played just one season for the team.

His total professional hockey career was six years.

In spite of the short career, Sasakamoose has had a major impact on the sport and paved the way for other Aboriginal athletes.

He says he has never considered himself a role model, just part of the team.

 
U Of S Professor Wins National Award For Indigenous Research PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:42

A University of Saskatchewan professor who specializes in Indigenous research has been given one of the country’s top academic awards.

James R. Miller, who teaches in the College of Arts and Science at the U of S, is one five recipients of the prestigious Killam Prize.

Miller is one of Canada’s top scholars in the area of Indigenous-newcomer relations.

He is only the second U of S faculty member to ever receive the Killam Prize.

A $100,000 reward comes with the prize.

Miller has been the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations since 2001.

 
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