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Rallies Scheduled To Protest FNUC Funding Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 01:54

Rallies Scheduled To Protest FNUC Funding Cuts

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 13:03

 

 

First Nations University of Canada students and supporters are holding rallies tomorrow that will take place simultaneously in Regina and Saskatoon to pressure the provincial government to reinstate the school's funding.

 

Rallies are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Legislative Building in Regina and the Saskatoon office of Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris.

 

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale is weighing in on the federal government's decision to stop funding the FNUC.

 

Goodale says it is premature for Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl to "wash his hands and say 'too bad, so sad, down the drain'."

 

Goodale says Strahl still has time to meet with all parties involved face-to-face.

 

He also says that the financial issues revealed should be fixed properly and once and for all, but adds that he sees that FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild is following through with that.

 

Meanwhile, the former chief of the Waterhen Lake First Nation says he will do his best to help the First Nations University of Canada.

 

Sid Fiddler was one of the people named yesterday to the new board of governors at the FNUC.

 

A former FNUC board member in the past, Fiddler carries a long background in the field of education, as well as social policy.

 

Fiddler says he plans to sit down with the other members this week to discuss the situation at the school.

 

He feels the school differs from mainstream universities because of the way it incorporates healing strategies into its curriculum.

 

He worries the government doesn't value these traits -- believing the only way Aboriginal people will get ahead is if they embrace Canadian values and methods.

 

Fiddler says he likes the fact the new board doesn't have any current sitting chiefs on it.

 

He believes this non-political approach is the way of the future -- and thinks that all First Nations institutions in the province are now contemplating using experienced professionals to sit on boards instead of chiefs.

 

Fiddler says chiefs often have their hands full managing affairs on their own First Nation, without having to worry about other institutions.

 
Innocent Man Unintended Target Of Gang Beating PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 01:51

Innocent Man Unintended Target Of Gang Beating

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 12:40

 

 

A number of alleged Native Syndicate gang members charged in a violent home invasion in North Battleford are said to have beaten up the wrong guy.

 

Crown Prosecutor Suzanne Reid alleges Dwayne Katcheech and at least four other men seeking revenge for another attempted home invasion went to the wrong home January 26th and beat up an innocent man.

 

Reid told provincial court yesterday Katcheech was accompanied by Ryan Osecap, and Charles Joseph Applegarth, Steven Moccasin and Winston Night.

 

Osecap is alleged to have kicked in the door of the home, telling victim Lance Moosomin that this is what happens to those who mess with the Native Syndicate.

 

Moosomin was beaten several times with a pipe and was knocked out as a result of the beating.

 

He suffered several injuries, including two lacerations to his head.

 

Katcheech will be appearing in court via videoconference on February 22nd.

 
Eagle Feather Given To City Education Director PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 01:51

Eagle Feather Given To City Education Director

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 12:32

 

 

The director of education for the Saskatoon Public Schools Division was honoured today with an eagle feather.

 

George Rathwell has advocated Aboriginal education for nearly three decades of work as he rose through the ranks of teacher, vice-principal and principal to director.

 

He says he had many First Nations friends when growing up, so he was able to learn about their culture.

 

Rathwell says he was also fortunate when he began teaching to teach in a school with many Aboriginal students, so he learned from them and their families, as well.

 

Rathwell credits everyone working in the school division, saying the eagle feather honours all of their work.

 

He says education about Aboriginal culture has come a long way, but still has to go much further to ensure everyone is learning about the culture and that Aboriginal students are getting an education meaningful to them and succeeding.

 
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