Saturday, September 20, 2014
Text Size

Former prime ministers to help launch new organization for native issues

BILL CURRY

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

A wide-ranging group that includes former prime ministers Paul Martin and Joe Clark is launching what it calls “a major new organization” that will focus on aboriginal issues.

 

A traditional signing ceremony to unveil the initiative is scheduled to take place Thursday morning and a news conference and luncheon in Ottawa will follow.

Organizers and participants declined Wednesday to provide details about the announcement. The notice to the media listed several high-profile participants, including former auditor-general Sheila Fraser, Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Justice Murray Sinclair, former Assembly of First Nations national chief Ovide Mercredi, past president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Mary Simon and former Northwest Territories premier Stephen Kakfwi.

Mr. Martin, who was a Liberal prime minister from December 2003 to February 2006 has maintained a strong interest in aboriginal affairs since leaving politics.

He has launched the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, which offers young aboriginals business apprenticeship programs that qualify for high school credits.

The announcement comes amid renewed attention on aboriginal issues after the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in the Red River in Winnipeg.

Mr. Clark was a Progressive Conservative prime minister from June, 1979, to March, 1980. He was a cabinet minister in the Brian Mulroney government and returned to Parliament in 2000 to lead the PCs until May 2003.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Education & Training

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...

OBIDIAH

obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

JOBS

First Nations Cultural Interpreter PM – 02 Riding Mountain National Park Seasonal Indeterminate

(May to October) From $54,543 to $58,764

Closing Sept. 19, 2014

Read More

Regional Media Officer– Temp (Until Nov 2015) –F/T Position

Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition / NDP Research Office

Location:131 Queen Street, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON

Responsibilities

Communicate regularly with regional media outlets (community newspapers, radio stations, student media, ethnic media, etc.) to propose ideas for interviews and opinion content Read more...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Workforce Report

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report that highlights initiatives to improve the workforce participation of Aboriginal peoples. 

Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’s Workforce (December 2013)  

click image to download report

Tue Sep 23 @ 3:00PM - 04:15PM
FNHMA National Conference 2014
Sun Oct 05 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
INIHKD & Manitoba NEAHR Conference 2014

EVENTS

September 2014
S M T W T F S
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
imageimageimageimage
cartoonscartoonscartoonscartoons

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday

 

Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins