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New Senators Sworn In On Opening Day Of FSIN Fall Assembly PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:57

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations continues to explore ways of making up a $2 million funding deficit.

The funding shortfall is the result of cutbacks by the Harper government.

Saskatchewan Tribal Council Vice-Chief Mark Arcand is part of a committee tasked with looking at options the FSIN could pursue to make up the shortfall.

Speaking at the fall assembly on Wednesday, he says it has been difficult to get agreement on where cuts should be made or new sources of revenue found.

“When we talk about unity, we didn’t have unity inside of that group and that’s just being honest,” he says.

One option that is on the table is cutting the number of vice-chiefs in the organization from four to two.

Chief Perry Bellegarde says reducing the number of vice-chiefs in the FSIN is certainly not optimal but if it comes to that, so be it.

“The FSIN will always be around, it will always operate, no question,” he says. “Whether it’s with one chief and no vice-chiefs, or there’s a chief and four vice-chiefs or a chief and two vice-chiefs, we’ll operate, no question.”

The FSIN will discuss options for making up the shortfall again when the organization meets for its next assembly in February in Lloydminster.

This assembly will be hosted by the Battlefords Tribal Council.

Financial statements show that for the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, the FSIN will be running a deficit of $637,812 and a net debt of $847,118.

Three new senators were also sworn in at the fall assembly on Wednesday – Harry Cook of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Earl Ermine of Sturgeon Lake First Nation and Pat Johnstone of Mistawasis First Nation.

Delegates will also elect two vice-chiefs on Thursday.

Incumbent Bobby Cameron of Witchekan First Nation and Jeremy Fourhorns of Piapot First Nation are running for second vice-chief.

Robin McLeod of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and Heather Bear of Ochapowace First Nation are vying for fourth vice-chief.

The two-day fall assembly is being held at Teachers’ Credit Union Place in Saskatoon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:48
Study Finds Wage Discrimination Against Aboriginals Less Severe In the Public Sector PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:53

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals a shocking disparity between the pay rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers.

According to the report, university-educated Aboriginal workers make 44 per cent less in the private sector than their non-Aboriginal peers -- but 14 per cent less in the public sector.

The study also found university-educated women, in general, earned 27 per cent less than men in the private sector and about 18 per cent less in the public sector.

Senior researcher Kate McInturff says the public sector recognizes the disparity and has made a greater effort to correct it.

Province Changes Protocol Protecting Children From Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:48

Changes have been made to the provincial protocol protecting children from abuse.

Officials say the protocol has been shortened to make it easier to understand and clearly define the roles of each person in a case of suspected abuse.

Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says the new protocol is important because every child has the right to grow up free from violence.

"Ensuring that young people are safe and protected is everyone’s responsibility, which is why this protocol is so important," said Harpauer.

Advocate for Children and Youth, Bob Pringle, also commended the new protocol saying it will be easier to understand and implement.

The changes have come from a collaboration of various government ministries on the provincial Child Abuse and Sexual Exploitation Committee.

The plan looks to forge new ways to work together to achieve meaningful change and better outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our society.

The changes coincide with Violence Protection Week, proclaimed on Monday.

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