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Policy Scholar Makes Push For Native School Boards PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 19:16

Policy Scholar Makes Push For Native School Boards

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:00

 

 

An official at a Canadian think tank says First Nations should have their own school boards to look after education on reserves.

 

Michael Mendelson made that pitch to the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples last night.

 

Mendelson is a senior scholar with the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.

 

He said something needs to be done, because 70 per cent of First Nations people on reserves don't complete high school.

 

Some senators expressed concern that Mendelson's idea would create another level of bureaucracy.

 

But he said these First Nations school boards would work with provincial education ministries, not replace them.

 

Mendelson said First Nations would be given the opportunity to opt into the program.

 

He predicted they would, over time, because they know the need to improve Aboriginal education is so great.

 

 
Elders Asked For Input Over Northern Mines Cleanup PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 19:03

Elders Asked For Input Over Northern Mines Cleanup

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 14:55

 

 

A meeting is taking place today in the Far North to help plan the cleanup of two abandoned uranium mine sites.

 

Residents of Uranium City are meeting at the settlement office to voice their thoughts on the way forward.

 

Mining stopped at the Laredo and Gunnar mine sites several years ago.

 

A cleanup of the area is planned, but an environmental assessment has to be completed first.

 

Prince Albert Grand Council spokesperson Diane McDonald says feedback from the meeting will be included in the assessment.

 

McDonald adds they want to hear from elders who knew what the area was like before the mines started up.

 
Roving Diabetes Program Gets Financial Boost PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 17:10

Roving Diabetes Program Gets Financial Boost

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 14:48

 

 

Cameco has presented the Canadian Diabetes Association with a $50,000 cheque.

 

The money will go towards the group's travelling diabetes program in the province's north.

 

Since 2007, workers with the association have travelled across the province spreading tips on how to live with the disease.

 

That includes many reserves in northern Saskatchewan.

 

Liberal Senator Lillian Dyck was on hand for this morning's announcement.

 

She says she likes the travelling program's concept because it helps diabetics who would otherwise have a hard time arranging to see medical specialists.

 

Dyck says by 2015, 31 per cent of Saskatchewan residents will be Aboriginal -- so it's important to tackle the diabetes issue right now.

 
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