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First Nations Education Gap

FSIN Media Release

SREDA REPORT REINFORCES NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION

Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK -€“ The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations supports the findings of a recent report that says the province is missing out on over $1 billion a year in economic activity due to the gap in educational attainment.

The report, released this week by the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority provides information that supports the federal lobbying efforts of First Nations who for years have called for an increase in educational funding. The report is valuable but the underfunding issue is not new to First Nations.

"€œThis is something our First Nations have been saying for over 20 years,"€ said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. "€œYet we'€™ve been faced with persistent under funding for our on-reserve schools and for post-secondary education. The Liberals campaigned on a promise to remove the two per cent cap in annual increases to post-secondary education funding but that two per cent lift has yet to be implemented."

A First Nation student attending an on-reserve school requires $20,000 per year for a quality education that preserves language and culture. On average, the Federal Government funds an on-reserve student $6,500. Meanwhile, a student attending a provincial-run school receives around $12,000 per year.

"We urge the government to honour our Treaty relationship with the Crown by providing the necessary resources to implement our Inherent and Treaty Right to education that will lead to a better quality of life for First Nation people. We can't be discussing the same issue in 3 years or 5 years or even next year. Our future and this country'€™s economy and our health are dependent on action today and not in 5 years," added Chief Cameron.

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.

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FSIN Supports First Nation Jurisdiction on Child and Family Services

FSIN Media Release

www.fsin.com For immediate release: June 17, 2016

FSIN SUPPORTS FIRST NATION JURISDICTION ON CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES

(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) - The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Executive stands united with the Saskatoon Tribal Council as they remain focused on the children they serve while defending First Nation jurisdiction on child and family service matters against the Provincial Social Services Ministry.

"The Social Services Ministry has no jurisdiction regarding on-reserve matters, especially when it comes to First Nation children,"€ said FSIN Vice Chief Bob Merasty. "The Saskatoon Tribal Council has been very open about their efforts to resolve the matter but the Ministry has not been responsive."

The FSIN supports the Saskatoon Tribal Council'€™s efforts to develop protocols to address data sharing processes with the Social Services Ministry. The FSIN also recognizes the Saskatoon Tribal Council Indian and Child Family Service Agency has not had any deaths of children in their care in the past two decades.

"We believe it is in the best interests of the child that they remain in the community where they will receive the best supports,"€ said Vice Chief Merasty. "It was reported by the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth office in its 2015 Annual Report that 26 children died in provincial care last year€“ -- 13 of them were of Indigenous descent. It is very insulting to have the Ministry step in with their track record and tell our Agencies that they are not able to provide services to their own citizens."

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 outraged parole granted to serial sex offender

FSIN Media Release

www.fsin.com For immediate release: June 13, 2016

FSIN OUTRAGED PAROLE GRANTED TO SERIAL SEX OFFENDER

(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) -€“ The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is outraged upon learning of the April 26, 2016 decision by the National Parole Board to once again grant parole to convicted sex-offender Paul Mary Leroux.

In December of 2013, Leroux was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency for assaults committed against young boys while working at the Beauval Indian Residential School between 1959 and 1967.

Initially Leroux was sentenced to three years and was out on parole when his sentence was overturned resulting in an eight year sentence. He also had one of his indecent assault convictions dismissed by the court.

"€œThe entire legal and judicial process surrounding the Leroux case is a slap in the face to the Residential School Survivors who were victimized by Paul Leroux,"€ said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. "The most recent decision to grant parole to Leroux makes a mockery of all the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This sexual predator is basically allowed to destroy the lives of innocent children with minimal consequences."

"Our Survivors have been victimized again by the decision to grant Paul Leroux parole," said Meadow Lake Tribal Council Tribal Chief, Eric Sylvestre. "€œThe detrimental effects of Leroux'€™s criminal actions have impacted our people for their entire lives and caused irreparable damage to them and their families and the decision by the National Parole Board to release Leroux shows that the suffering he has caused means nothing to the National Parole Board."

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

 

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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
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Phone: 306.665.1215

 

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.

FSIN Communications
Mervin Brass
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Phone: 306.665.1215

 
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