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Initiative Aims To Help Disabled Metis Find Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:52

Initiative Aims To Help Disabled Metis Find Jobs

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:26



The Metis National Council, the federal government and a private group have joined forces to help Metis with disabilities get jobs.


Representatives for all three partner groups signed a memo of understanding on the deal today in Saskatoon.


The federal government will provide $325,000 to help cover costs for a national advisory group.


The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work will help set up that group, and will be represented on it.


The group will look for the best ways to help Metis people with disabilities get jobs.


A national forum for Metis Nation employment counsellors will also be set up.


Its purpose is to train those counsellors so they can help disabled Metis people get into the workforce.


Metis National Council vice-president David Chartrand says the program is badly needed.


"It is truly something that's worrying many of our communities' citizens, and a lot of individuals, given the very high (rates of) chronic illnesses, diabetes and so forth," Chartrand says.


Complications from diabetes can result in amputations and blindness.


Gary Tinker, a Metis man with cerebral palsy who has been a long-time advocate for northerners with disabilities, will be a member of the advisory group.


Tinker says he's been waiting a long time for something like this.


"I'm very happy about the agendas moving forward," he says.


The money from the federal government lasts from now until March 31, 2011.


At that time, the program will be assessed to see how it's working, and whether the money should keep flowing into it.

Ministers' Roundtable Underway In P.A. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:52

Ministers' Roundtable Underway In P.A.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:09



The chair of northern Saskatchewan's municipal group says he feels good progress is being made at today's roundtable conference in Prince Albert.


For the better part of the day northern mayors and councillors have been dialoguing with government ministers and officials on numerous issues.


Roads, wastewater programs and landfill requirements are just some of the topics being covered.


Woods says the delegates wanted some assurances about when their various concerns would be dealt with, and he says that so far, they've been getting that.


Woods says he's encouraged by the fact that three cabinet ministers are attending today's meeting in person.


The government was blasted last month for failing to turn up at New North's annual meeting, prompting today's gathering.


Northern mayors have said they want to seek commitments made on a number of fronts, to show the government is listening to their communities' concerns.

Off-Reserve Moms Going Hungry To Feed Kids: Prof PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:51

Off-Reserve Moms Going Hungry To Feed Kids: Prof

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:07



An Alberta professor says she believes many Aboriginal mothers who live off-reserve are going hungry at times to feed their children.


Noreen Willows of the University of Alberta recently crunched some survey data collected in 2004.


Willows says the data shows that 14 per cent of Canadian Aboriginal households off-reserve didn't have access to proper food security.


She says that includes families who weren't sure where their next meal would come from, couldn't eat the food they wanted, or saved it in case they went hungry later on.


Most of these households, she says, belong to single women raising three children or more.


"We actually found that in total, one-third of Aboriginal respondents were 'food insecure', and of those, 14 per cent were severely 'food insecure', which suggests me to that at least one member of that household would have been going hungry, or going without food," Willows says.


Willows suggests raising welfare rates and creating more poverty alleviating measures to help fight the problem.

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