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Few Accessing Indian Residential School Survivors Education Credit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:08

The Assembly of First Nations embarked on a major education program earlier this year, in an attempt to explain the program and encourage people to apply.

AFN personal credit liaison officer Shannon Payne says it has been an uphill battle trying to explain the government process.

“I think it was an incredibly flawed process…incredibly flawed,” she says.

Payne is one of four personal credit liaison workers with the AFN.

She has been on the road virtually non-stop for the past 10 months meeting with local bands and chiefs to provide education on the program.

Payne says the forms, put together by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, are a bureaucratic nightmare.

“It is very, very difficult to understand exactly what is being requested on the forms. Thousands of forms have been returned deficient out of a very small number of uptakes.”

Payne also says a lot of people, especially the elderly, have thrown the forms out saying they don’t plan to go back to school.

She says it is unfortunate more people don’t know the credits are transferable to children or grandchildren of eligible candidates and they can also be used for cultural events.

“So, for example, up in the Beaufort Delta in the Northwest Territories, a lot of people are accessing the credit so they can go out on the land and they can run caribou camps and they can run caribou hunts and they can show their kids how to dry meat.”

There is a helpline for those wishing to make inquiries and the number is 1-866-343-1858.

But phone traffic is currently extremely heavy and it is difficult to get through.

Those seeking information on the program can also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Assembly of First Nations also has information on the program on its website at AFN.CA

Nova Scotia Hosts National Aboriginal Women's Summit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:05

Another call is being made for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

The latest call is coming from the Fourth Annual National Aboriginal Women’s Summit in Nova Scotia.

In addition to violence against Aboriginal women and girls, the conference is examining promotion of equity, empowerment and leadership for Indigenous women.

AFN National Women’s Council Co-chair Lorraine Netro says work needs to be done in all of these areas.

“We don’t see ourselves as equals within our respective regions,” she says.

Netro says the conference is an important opportunity to come together, look at the work that has been done to date and commit to action in specific areas for the future.

“And when we are talking about leadership we need to promote our First Nations women to run for elected positions in our many levels of government.”

Netro traveled from the Yukon to attend the national summit.

The three-day conference wraps up tomorrow.

Sask Waste Reduction Week Encourages Residents To Reduce, Reuse And Recycle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:02

Waste Reduction Week is reminding everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The event is organized by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.

Council spokesperson Joanne Fedyk says “reduce” may be the most important part of recycling.

“The more you can reduce the materials you are using or the more you can reduce buying something, the less you have to recycle later,” she says.

Fedyk says there are more plans to begin recycling food and yard materials in the future.

She also says pilot projects are in place to bring more recycling programs to Saskatchewan’s remote communities in the north.

“These programs are definitely on the list. There are currently a few pilot programs going on as well. This week presents a good reminder of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle waste as we aim to make every week a waste reduction week in Saskatchewan.”

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