Indigenous & Aboriginal News

Missing Out on the Boom by Greg Quinn, posted on Valley News

Gina Bouchie raises her infant son, Lewis, in a home with no running water and a slop-bucket toilet while a wood stove keeps them warm through the Canadian winter. She worries about her food budget halfway through each month, with the welfare check letting her stock a fridge with little more than a few eggs, some slices of processed cheese, frozen dinners and diabetes medicine. [Read More…]  

Harper government was warned of ‘risks’ of not finding residential school files by Mark Kennedy, posted on the Montreal Gazette

The federal government was warned in an internal report two years ago of “daunting” risks if it failed to locate archival documents connected to the aboriginal residential schools saga. Among the dangers: the courts might strip the government of the task of finding all the records; there could be “increased anger” among Canadians about government delays; and many former residential school students might die before learning the full truth behind the scandal.  [Read More…]  

Aboriginal leaders skeptical about plan by Alexandra Paul, posted on the Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba’s aboriginal leadership is predictably mixed on the federal reforms to education. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak leader David Harper was at the prime minister’s side for the announcement in Standoff, Alta., in a show of support with other chiefs, including Shawn Atleo, leader of the Assembly of First Nations.  [Read More…]  

Aboriginal sports centre helps teen reach goals by Wawmeeh Hamilton, posted on CBC Aboriginal

Jessica Lavallee said she would have headed down a bleak road if it hadn’t been for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports Achievement Centre. “A lot of my old friends never graduated, are in trouble with the law and some even have kids. I’d be there too because I was such a follower,” said Lavallee, 18, who is Métis-Cree and lives in Winnipeg.  [Read More…]  

First Nations Education: Harper Announces Billions In Funding by Bill Graveland, posted on Huffington Post Politics

The federal government’s reworked plan for native education sets minimum quality standards for reserve classrooms but leaves aboriginal schooling under First Nations control. The deal, which has been pulled back from the brink of collapse several times, drew cautious optimism from some First Nations and protests from others when it was announced Friday.  [Read More…]  

First Nations to get more control over education, Ottawa says, posted on CBC News

The federal government has unveiled a retooled education plan for First Nations that it says recognizes aboriginal control over schooling. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Alberta today where he announced the proposed changes that will be tabled under the First Nations control of First Nations education act. [Read More…]    

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