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FSIN encouraged by steady increase in First Nation graduation rates

FSIN Media Release

www.fsin.com For immediate release: June 2, 2016

FSIN ENCOURAGED BY STEADY INCREASE IN FIRST NATION GRADUATION RATES

(Treaty 4 Territory, Pasqua First Nation, SK) -€“ Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive are honoured to have received many graduation and convocation invitations for the upcoming graduation season.

Graduation rates of First Nations students are steadily increasing. In 2013, graduation rates were 74.8 per cent overall, but just 37.4 per cent for First Nations and Metis students. The numbers have since risen, with graduation rates reaching 40.1 per cent among First Nations students last year.

The FSIN executive and youth representatives will take part in graduation ceremonies, presenting Treaty Education medals to the hundreds of graduates and bringing best wishes on their tremendous accomplishments and for their future endeavours.

The FSIN executive wishes to thank parents, grandparents, caregivers, Chiefs and councillors, education directors and coordinators for their continued efforts in supporting our students as they strive for educational excellence.

"€œIt is vital for our youth to complete their education from early childhood learning, graduating high school to earning a post-secondary degree to developing skills in a specialized trade. Education is the key to building healthier people and communities," said Chief Cameron. "Our Grandmothers and Grandfathers had the spiritual guidance and foresight to include our Treaty right to an education when they entered into Treaty more than a century ago. We will continue to honour their vision by staying in school and helping our people protect, promote and implement our inherent and Treaty rights."

The FSIN wishes everyone to have a safe, responsible and memorable graduation season!

The FSIN 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.

FSIN Communications
Mervin Brass
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FSIN Chiefs pass guidelines for conservation officers entering reserves

FSIN Media Release

www.fsin.com For immediate release: May 30, 2016

FSIN CHIEFS PASS GUIDELINES TO REGULATE CONSERVATION OFFICERS ENTRY ON RESERVE LANDS

Treaty 6 Territory, North Battleford, SK. -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Chiefs-in-Assembly endorsed a set of guidelines to regulate provincial conservation officers entry onto Indian reserve lands during last week's FSIN Spring Legislative Assembly.

These new guidelines were jointly developed between the FSIN and Ministry of Environment to ensure that permission is obtained before entry and that the jurisdiction of First Nations is respected. The direction came from Chiefs-in-Assembly for the FSIN to work with the provincial Ministry of Environment to develop a draft Principles Document entitled, "Guidelines for Entry of Conservation Officers on First Nation Reserves" to be used as a template - for the First Nation governments to adopt as their own.

"This new set of guidelines recognizes, incorporates and are based upon the First Nations inherent and Treaty rights to hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering," said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. "This is an example of how an issue can be resolved as long as the governments are willing to work together."

First Nations leadership have repeatedly said that Provincial Ministry of Environment conservation officers must have permission before entering onto reserve lands to enforce the provincial government's Wildlife Act. Previously conservation officers had performed their duties under guidelines unilaterally drafted and implemented by the provincial Ministry of Environment without First Nations input.

"It is important for the Ministry of Environment and all Provincial Ministries to respect and honour the jurisdiction and authority of the First Nations leadership over Indian reserve lands which is an inherent right, confirmed by Treaty and by the Constitution of Canada," said FSIN Vice-Chief E. Dutch Lerat.

The FSIN 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.

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FSIN changes name to include Sovereign Indigenous Nations

Media Release

www.fsin.com For immediate release: May 25, 2016

FSIN CHANGES NAME TO INCLUDE SOVEREIGN INDIGENOUS NATIONS

(TREATY 6 TERRITORY, NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK) - The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chiefs-in-Assembly voted today to change the name to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. The revision of the name reflects the Treaty Nations and Territories that were in existence prior to the Canadian constitution and the imposition of provincial boundaries.

"€œUsing the word Saskatchewan is not a reflection of our Treaty territories that prevail over provincial boundaries," said Chief Bobby Cameron. "œThe new name is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, which supports our inherent, Treaty and Indigenous peoples'€™ rights at an international level."

The seeds of the organization were planted when Chiefs and leaders gathered in Fort Qu'€™Appelle in 1946, emerging with an organization to advocate for the rights of First Nations people -- the Union of Saskatchewan Indians.

In 1958, the First Nations leaders gathered in Fort Qu'€™Appelle and reviewed the constitution of the Union, replacing it with a new organization that more fairly represented the First Nations reality. It was decided that the organization be looked upon as a federation of bands and that the power reside in the hands of the Chiefs. The Union evolved into the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians.

In April 1982, the First Nations signed the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Convention and agreed to unite in a common front to protect and preserve First Nations'€™ Treaty rights and their political, economic, social and cultural characteristics. The political convention outlined a governing structure that consisted of the Chiefs-in-Assembly, a Senate, an Elders'€™ Council, an Executive Council and an Indian Government Commission.

The FSIN 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.

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Mervin Brass

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Phone: 306.665.1215

 

Minister Mihychuk announces ASETS funding at FSIN Assembly

Supporting Employment Opportunities for Indigenous Canadians

May 25, 2016 - North Battleford, Saskatchewan  Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is providing more support to Indigenous employment and training organizations serving Indigenous people across Canada. The goal is to increase opportunities for Indigenous people to develop their skills and access support services they need to get jobs and succeed in the labour market.

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, made the announcement today at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Assembly.

Some measures supported by this targeted funding to at-risk Indigenous communities could include: flexible supports for costs associated with obtaining child care; transportation needs and services; and driver education and licensing.

Budget 2016 also includes support for Indigenous community needs, such as housing construction, water treatmentand local administration. Indigenous people will also benefit from funding for literacy, learning, individual supports and essential skills training.

Minister Mihychuk also informed the audience of a new call for proposals for the Skills and Partnership Fund, with a total value of $50 million. The Fund encourages Indigenous organizations to create partnerships with governments, businesses and community organizations to improve skills training.  The call for proposals closes on July 5, 2016.

The Government remains focused on renewing its nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people, based on recognition, rights and respect.  To further this co-operation, the Government will engage in discussions with Indigenous partners to work towards a renewed, improved and lasting Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The first engagement has taken place with FSIN and further engagement with Indigenous partners will take place this year. A renewed ASETS will help provide stability to the program in 2017 and beyond.

Quotes

"Today's investments will help more Indigenous people overcome barriers to finding and keeping jobs. We're providing more support today, and launching a nation-to-nation discussion that will help build a sustainable job opportunities program for the years ahead."€

- The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"We welcome the federal government investment into the development of our people'€™s skills and training needs. Our First Nation people require education and training opportunities to build healthier families and communities. This is a positive step forward to the importance of life-long learning. We look forward to our continued nation-to-nation Inherent and Treaty based relationship."

-€“ Bobby Cameron, Chief, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

Quick Facts

  • The 2016 Budget invested $8.4 Billion over five years to improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous people and their communities and bring about transformational change.
  • The unemployment rate among Indigenous people, who are consistently under-represented in the Canadian workforce, remains higher than the Canadian average.
  • To date, ASETS has helped over 100,000 Indigenous people find jobs and over 49,000 return to school.
  • ASETS supports 84 Indigenous organizations with over 600 points of service throughout Canada to develop and deliver labour market programs and services to increase Indigenous participation in the job market.

Associated Links

Aboriginal Labour Market Programs

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

Skills and Partnership Fund

 

Contacts

John O'Leary
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Maryann Mihychuk, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
819-654-5611

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
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Search for Kishayinew ongoing

Media Release

For immediate release: May 3, 2016

FSIN CALLS FOR HELP IN LOCATING MISSING SASKATOON MAN

(SASKATOON, SK) - With the launch of Missing Persons Week in Saskatchewan on May 2, 2016, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Executive urges the public to support the family of Justin Kishayinew who went missing earlier this year. The family plans to conduct searches for him in Saskatoon on May 14th and 15th, and May 21st and 22nd. Justin left his home on the 100 block of Avenue L South on February 10, 2016 and has not been seen since.

"Our prayers are with Justin Kishayinew'™s family. Justin is a young man who is loved by his family and friends. Those close to him say he is a thoughtful and quiet person."€ said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. "œWe are calling on the good citizens of Saskatoon for help and support in locating Justin. Please help in any way you can."

"€œWe know the trauma and despair the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls experience when they lose a loved one. We'€™ve heard from them and supported them at their vigils and marches and during the National Inquiry and National Roundtable processes. Their pain is indescribable yet, despite their pain, they have not forgotten our missing and murdered fathers, brothers, and sons. Neither have we. We are all praying for Justin's return and ask the public to support his family,"€ said FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear. "€œThere are currently 123 missing persons in Saskatchewan;€“ 56 are Indigenous people, including 17 women and 39 men."€

Justin'™s family will conduct searches along the South Saskatchewan River and hope volunteers will join them on foot, with kayaks and canoes. Anyone able to support the search is asked to call Justin'€™s father, Harvey Abbott, at 306-240-4912.

"Justin didn'™t drink, he didn'€™t smoke, he didn'€™t do drugs. He lived a clean life. He wasn't involved in gangs. It's been really hard, every time we get sightings or people have said they saw him. It gives us hope, but then, it'€™s hard coming back to the reality that it wasn'™t him," said Abbott. "€œWe are looking for closure. We'€™ve heard and read many stories of people who have gone missing and they found their loved ones. It gives us hope that we will find Justin also."€

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to support the family with search and travel expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/2su5pssk. A Facebook page has been created with information about Justin's disappearance and updates on searches: www.facebook.com/FindJustinKishayinew/.

The FSIN 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.

FSIN Communications

Mervin Brass

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Phone: 306.665.1215

 

Water Regulations Development Forum (March 9-10, 2016)

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Prosperity Thru Partnerships Conference (Mar 16-17, 2016)

March TLE Forum Poster

 

Prosperity Thru Partnerships Conference (Jan 13-14, 2016)

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First Nations Witness History as Prime Minister Trudeau Addresses Assembly of First Nations

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First Nations leaders and people from across the country gathered in Gatineau, Quebec today for the first address from a Prime Minister at an Assembly of First Nations Confederacy (AFN) gathering in approximately 40 years.

 

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