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Strength of Our Women Award Nomination Call

 

NOMINATION CALL FOR THE STRENGTH OF OUR WOMEN AWARDS GALA

(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) -- On behalf of the Saskatchewan First Nations Women'™s Commission, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Strength of Our Women Awards Gala. The gala will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

"This is a very special night dedicated to acknowledging the contributions and achievements of First Nations women and girls," said FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear. "Last September, twenty outstanding women and girls were honoured.€“ Nine as matriarchs and eleven as leaders and change-makers in various sectors. In total, 43 amazing women were nominated, acknowledged and recognized."

Nominations for this year's gala will be open until noon on Friday, August 12, 2016 in the following categories: Arts and Entertainment, Business, Culture and Spirituality, Education, Environment, Health and Wellness, Law and Justice, Leadership and Advocacy, Lifetime Achievement, Matriarch, Sports, and Youth. Proceeds from the Strength of our Women Awards Gala are dedicated to supporting the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and other related strategies.

"As women in leadership, as Chiefs of our Nations and members of the Saskatchewan First Nations Women'€™s Commission, we are committed to restoring and revitalizing the significant roles First Nations women have in their homes, communities, and nations,"€ said Okanese First Nation Chief Marie Anne Day Walker-Pelletier. "€œWe are very concerned about the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Saskatchewan and the families that have been left to mourn."

"€œWith the proceeds from the gala held last September, we have been able to support families during the federal government's pre-inquiry consultation process,"€ said Vice Chief Heather Bear. "They live with profound grief but their strength and resilience is incredible. We invite all First Nations, the public and private sectors, media, and individual citizens to support this important event. Together we can change how society views First Nations women and girls and work towards ending the violence."

Nomination packages can be found here and there is also a Strength of Our Women page on Facebook where updates will be posted leading up to and following the event.

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 youth elected to AFN national youth council

FSIN Media release andre bear

 

Strength of Our Women Award Nomination Call

FSIN Media Release

www.fsin.com For immediate release: June 9, 2016

NOMINATION CALL FOR THE STRENGTH OF OUR WOMEN AWARDS GALA

(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) -- On behalf of the Saskatchewan First Nations Women'™s Commission, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Strength of Our Women Awards Gala. The gala will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

"This is a very special night dedicated to acknowledging the contributions and achievements of First Nations women and girls," said FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear. "Last September, twenty outstanding women and girls were honoured.€“ Nine as matriarchs and eleven as leaders and change-makers in various sectors. In total, 43 amazing women were nominated, acknowledged and recognized."

Nominations for this year's gala will be open until noon on Friday, August 12, 2016 in the following categories: Arts and Entertainment, Business, Culture and Spirituality, Education, Environment, Health and Wellness, Law and Justice, Leadership and Advocacy, Lifetime Achievement, Matriarch, Sports, and Youth. Proceeds from the Strength of our Women Awards Gala are dedicated to supporting the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and other related strategies.

"As women in leadership, as Chiefs of our Nations and members of the Saskatchewan First Nations Women'€™s Commission, we are committed to restoring and revitalizing the significant roles First Nations women have in their homes, communities, and nations,"€ said Okanese First Nation Chief Marie Anne Day Walker-Pelletier. "€œWe are very concerned about the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Saskatchewan and the families that have been left to mourn."

"€œWith the proceeds from the gala held last September, we have been able to support families during the federal government's pre-inquiry consultation process,"€ said Vice Chief Heather Bear. "They live with profound grief but their strength and resilience is incredible. We invite all First Nations, the public and private sectors, media, and individual citizens to support this important event. Together we can change how society views First Nations women and girls and work towards ending the violence."

Nomination packages can be found here and there is also a Strength of Our Women page on Facebook where updates will be posted leading up to and following the event.

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

 

Duty to Consult

July 5 release

 

Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy Extends Deadline

FSIN Communique

www.fsin.com

June 30, 2016

ABORIGINAL SKILLS EMPLOYMENT TRAINING STRATEGY EXTENDS DEADLINE

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour announced the July 5th deadline for ASETS funding proposals is extended to July 29th, 2016.

Should you have any questions or require clarification, please refer to the contact information on the Employment and Social Development Canada website at: http://www.rhdcc-hrsdc.gc.ca/cgi-bin/contact/edsc-esdc/eng/contact_us.aspx?section=spf

Please call Lisa Shingoose with the Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group (SITAG) at 306.477.9207 or visit http://www.sitag.ca/ for more information.

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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.

FSIN Communications
Mervin Brass
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Phone: 306.665.1215

 

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.

FSIN Communications
Mervin Brass
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Phone: 306.665.1215

 

Disability Golf Tournament POSTPONED

Disability Golf Postponed

 
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