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Regina Home To Aboriginal Storytelling Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:24

Regina Home To Aboriginal Storytelling Festival

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:34

 

 

Aboriginal artists are getting the chance to tell their own stories this week in Regina.

 

The Sakewewak Storytellers Festival starts today.

 

The event includes storytellers, musicians, and even multi-media and hip-hop artists.

 

One of the organizers, Elwood Jimmy, says the festival fills a void -- as it attempts to raise cross-cultural awareness between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

 

The festival runs until Saturday.

 
Ahenakew Reportedly Near Death PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:24

Ahenakew Reportedly Near Death

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 15:09

 

 

There are reports a former Aboriginal leader is gravely ill.

 

Today at the FSIN's special legislative assembly in Saskatoon, it was reported David Ahenakew is not doing well.

 

Fishing Lake First Nation Chief Shirley Wolfe-Keller said he was on his deathbed.

 

Ahenakew is a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a member of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation.

 

He is perhaps best known for the anti-Semitic remarks he made to a newspaper reporter that cost him his membership in the Order of Canada.

 

Friends say the former leader is battling cancer in a Shellbrook hospital.

 

Former FSIN Chief Sol Sanderson says Ahenakew has "helped everybody -- Indian and non-Indian".

 

Sanderson also notes that Ahenakew was one of the people who helped set the building blocks for the First Nations University of Canada.

 

Some chiefs at yesterday's assembly also took time to voice their support for Ahenakew during addresses from the floor.

 
Chiefs Approve New Governance Model For FNUC PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:24

Chiefs Approve New Governance Model For FNUC

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 13:32

 

 

The FSIN chiefs have passed resolutions that will change the governance structure of the First Nations University of Canada.

 

Earlier this afternoon, resolutions were passed that will first extend the interim board of governor's term to a year -- and will implement a four-year transitional management model.

 

Under this model, financial administration will be given to the University of Regina, and senior management will be reporting to the U of R until the interim board decides upon a senior executive officer and senior management.

 

FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild hopes governments can now move past the governance issues and focus on the good work FNUC does and its importance to First Nations people.

 

Lonechild is travelling to Ottawa Thursday to meet with Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl to discuss the financial future of the FNUC.

 

Lonechild and the interim FNUC board are of the view that now that the chiefs have ratified the changes, Indian Affairs will release $1.2 million in funding for the FNUC that has been withheld.

 

Meanwhile, a review by Meyers Norris Penny of practices at FNUC is about 60 per cent complete.

 

Auditor Brian Drayton provided an update during today' assembly.

 

Drayton says there are inconsistencies and failures.

 

He pointed to a policy of the FSIN that says holidays must not be paid out, while FNUC has a policy that says they can be paid out in exceptional or unusual circumstances -- even though FNUC is supposed to be governed by the same policies.

 

Drayton stressed his interim report is not a forensic audit.

 

The review should be completed in a few months.

 
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