(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive are pleased to see the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Grade 8 class at St. Augustine School in Humboldt, SK embrace and demonstrate reconciliation. On December 19, 2016, the CBC article, “Sask. Grade 8 class following CBC podcast about murder cold case” highlights the important role that individuals and the media play in raising public consciousness.

“As leaders, we are often the voice of our people praising their successes and speaking out against injustices,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “However, through their podcasts, the CBC has been doing a remarkable job raising awareness about the Highway of Tears, the murder of a young Indigenous woman, and the intergenerational impacts of residential schools. We commend them for that and we are very happy that the grade 8 class at St. Augustine School in Humboldt has been using the podcasts as a teaching tool. That is the kind of understanding that will lead to reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canadians.”

The podcast covering the murder of Alberta Williams is part of an investigation that the CBC has been conducting into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

“We’ve heard many family members raise concerns about how the media portrays their loved ones. It is important to always remember that these women and girls are someone’s daughter, mother, sister, relative or friend,” said FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear. “They are loved and their memories should not be tarnished. They deserve the justice that their families hope and pray for. Through their investigation, the CBC has honoured the memories of the women they have profiled and they have respected their families. We thank them and ask all media to understand the impact they have on families.”

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.