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Sask. President of Aboriginal Peoples Coalition stepping down PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 24 March 2017 11:41

A new president for the Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples in Saskatchewan will be elected this weekend in Saskatoon.

Current President, Kim Beaudin, is stepping down after ten years so he can focus more attention on his new role as vice president of the national organization.

He says even though the Supreme Court has ruled that Metis and non-status Indians have the same constitutional rights as Status Indians, the federal government is dragging its feet on implementation and funding. As a result, he says about 800 thousand people, or 70 per cent of Canada’s Metis are being left out.

"That’s a huge number," he said. "My theory is -- it is a lot easier to look at 29 per cent of Metis people in this country as opposed to 100 per cent."

That issue will also come up for discussion at the weekend meeting of the congress in Saskatoon. Beaudin says funding for Metis and non-status Indians dropped from 21 million to just over five million in the last federal budget.

He says while groups like the Assembly of First Nations, which represents, Status Indians, are getting the attention of Ottawa, Metis and non-status Indian groups are not getting the same treatment, even though they represent a far greater number of Indigenous people.

The annual general assembly of the Aboriginal Peoples Coalition will be held at the Saskatoon Inn. It will include government officials from INAC.

The meeting will also include grassroots speakers from La Loche and a follow up on the Daniels Supreme Court decision.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 11:55
 
Five days set aside to examine death of Regina Aboriginal woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 24 March 2017 09:47

Delores Stevenson holds a photo of family member Nadine Machiskinic

The details of the last minutes of Nadine Machiskinic’s life will be closely examined at an inquest that will begin in Regina on Monday.

The 29-year-old Aboriginal woman fell 10 floors down a laundry chute of a downtown Regina hotel in January 2015. She died a few hours later in hospital of massive internal injuries.

Her aunt, Delores Stevenson, has been tirelessly looking for answers to questions that still bother her more than two years after the death.

Stevenson has always felt that something wasn’t right about the investigation into the death. She also questions the coroner’s findings, which listed the death as accidental with drugs and alcohol contributing factors.

"I’m uncertain about the outcome of all of the findings of the inquest," she said. "So, I am a little nervous about that."

There were two conflicting pathology reports into the death, one listed the death as accidental, the other questioned whether Nadine Machiskinic could have been capable of climbing into the laundry chute on her own because of her high level of intoxication.

Stevenson is hoping for answers.

"My biggest question is the circumstances around Nadine’s death, that is my biggest question and concern," she said.

It took nearly 18 months for the coroner to complete his report into the death. Blood samples were misplaced by Regina police, toxicology reports were delayed and police are still looking for two men who may have witnessed something the night of January 10th, 2015 at the Regina hotel.

The death is also the subject of a lawsuit against the hotel. Machiskinic’s family is being represented by the Merchant Law Group.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 10:09
 
First Nations Spelling Bee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 24 March 2017 08:16

Photo courtesy of First Nations Spelling Bee committee pamphlet

Students from 34 schools across the province will be in Saskatoon this morning to take part in the second annual First Nations Spelling Bee.

It takes place at the St. Mary’s Wellness and Education Centre starting at 9:00 am.

Pauline Favel is the President of the Saskatchewan Region for the Spelling Bee of Canada and says that literacy training can be compared to training for athletes.

She says with the spelling bee, First Nations students can prove that they are very bright and they can shine if given the opportunity.

The top three category winners will represent Saskatchewan at the National Spelling Bee in Toronto in May.

The FNPSB Committee’s vision is to host a National First Nations Spelling Bee to inspire others from across Canada to make the same investment in their First Nations youth by creating opportunities to participate in these unique and innovative literacy initiatives.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 08:19
 
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