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Aboriginal candidates shut out in Regina PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:35

Downtown Regina. Photo courtesy of tourismregina.com

Aboriginal candidates were shut out in yesterday’s civic election in Regina, but Indigenous issues did play a role in the outcomes. This is according to a group that represents off-reserve and non-status Indians in Saskatchewan.

Six of the nine candidates running in Regina’s Ward 6, which includes North Central, were Indigenous, but the winner was not.

Joel Murray is the son of incumbent Wade Murray, who decided not to seek re-election. Second place finisher, Bill Stevenson, works with youth at the Paul Dojack Centre in Regina. He is Aboriginal, but downplays the role race may have played in the outcome.

"You know, there were some very good candidates running there," he said. "I am encouraged that there were so many Indigenous people that are seeing politics as an option to have their voice heard and try to make change."

Meanwhile, the president of the Aboriginal Affairs Coalition of Saskatchewan, Kim Beaudin, says there were not many issues that got the attention of urban Aboriginals in Regina.

He says it was a bigger issue in Saskatoon where new mayor Charlie Clark did garner support because of his stand on a number of issues.

"He was more progressive when it came to issues around carding, racial profiling that kind of stuff,"  he said. "He had a more positive message of inclusiveness, with respect to Indigenous people in Saskatoon."

Voter turnout in Saskatoon was about 40 per cent, largely because of the tight mayoralty race.

In Regina it was only about 20 per cent, with Mayor Fougere easily coasting to a win, taking 70 per cent of the votes cast.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:43
STC conference looks at mental health and addictions in justice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:31

Organizing team for the STC Justice Symposium. Crystal Laplante standing in the back. Photo by Joel Willick.

A conference in Saskatoon this week is taking a look at how mental health and addictions play out in restorative justice.

The Saskatoon Tribal Council Justice Symposium has been looking at Indigenous justice ideologies in the approach to restorative justice.

The conference began on Tuesday and will finish on Friday.

Crystal Laplante is the Director of Justice for the Saskatoon Tribal Council, and for her, the conference is especially important. In her experience, pretty much every client she has in the legal system is struggling with some sort of mental health or addiction issue.

“We have do something with that because we can't keep our people in the system,” says Laplante.

She says any changes that will occur need to come from the community.

“Restorative justice is a very community driven process, the community needs to step up and help our youth and their families,” says Laplante. “Whether it be way of healing circles, sentencing circles, it is a very community driven process.”

As the STC Director of Justice, Laplante says She hopes people will leave the conference with an appreciation of the importance of justice in other areas.

“Justice is not a silo department,” she says. “Justice needs to work hand in hand with mental health, addictions, employment and training and housing. It's all there and we all need to come full circle.”

The conference saw presentations from a wide range of national experts.

Dr. Gabor Mate, a physician and best-selling author, spoke on his work in childhood trauma and the treatment of mental health and addictions.

Another presentation was from J.R. LaRose, a Grey Cup winning football player. LaRose spoke about being raised in the home of a mother who was a Residential School survivor.

He spoke about being able to rise above his home life in which he watched his mother struggle with substance abuse as a result of her experience.

The conference drew participants from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:32
FSIN demands funding for youth suicide prevention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:16

FSIN Fall Legislation Assembly in Yorkton. Photo by Joel Willick

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is demanding immediate funding from the federal government to support initiatives to prevent youth suicides.

The FSIN passed a resolution at its fall assembly Wednesday afternoon that included several initiatives on youth suicide.

The resolution entitled the "Chief Beatty Youth Procedural Resolution," includes a Youth Suicide Prevention Conference and the development of a youth mental health facility. Both of which they are demanding to be endorsed and funded by the federal government.

The resolution was passed with a vote of 53 in favour and no one opposed or abstaining.

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron spoke about the positives of these initiatives, but says any changes that will happen go beyond funding.

"Chief and council -- we need to show our young people they are loved," Chief Cameron told the assembly. "Go to your schools and encourage them. I love you, have a good day, anything that it takes to brighten our children's day."

Several other chiefs echoed Cameron's comments, saying the changes will come from community-driven initiatives.

Prince Albert Grand Council Chief Ron Michel says the resolution is about everyone working together.

"We at the grand council are ready to bring in our educators, our social workers, our elders to one place to sit down because it is not just suicide," says Chief Michel.  "It is a lot of social problems, drugs and other things and it will take the community to deal with this."

The resolution comes in response to multiple First Nations youth who have taken their own lives in the past month.

The FSIN Fall Legislative Assembly is currently taking place in Yorkton and will wrap up on Thursday.

Several other resolutions are also on the agenda, including a review of the Gaming Framework Agreement, a proposed five-year crime reduction strategy and a First Nations HIV/AIDS strategy.

On Wednesday morning, the assembly also passed a resolution establishing a joint task force to develop a regional funding mechanism for First Nations education.

Witchekan Lake First Nation was named as the host of the 2018 First Nation Winter Games to be played in Saskatoon.

Also, Incoming Children's Advocate, Corey O'Soup from Key First Nation, was honoured by the chiefs in assembly.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:25
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