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03/27/17

Indigenous leaders encouraged by budget promises, but concerned about funding flow

While Indigenous leaders are optimistic about the promises in Wednesday’s federal budget, there is also concern that the funds will flow too slowly to their communities. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he hopes the $3.4 billion in funding… +Read More
03/21/17

Sask. students share their spending ideas in advance of Budget Day

Saskatchewan high school students believe debt reduction and social programs should be government priorities. That’s according to a student budget consultation conducted by CIVIX, a national charitable organization that works to engage Canadian youths in citizenship. Surveyed in the fall, 353… +Read More
11/07/16

On indigenous child welfare, the Liberals’ symbols are souring: Editorial

The House of Commons’ unanimous support of a New Democrat motion aimed at addressing the crisis of on-reserve child welfare services is a development both welcome and strange. Welcome because the need is clear and urgent, and the government’s slow response a persistent source of shame. And strange because, in supporting the motion last week, the Liberal government essentially – and rightly – agreed that it has failed to meet its moral and legal obligations to First Nations communities. If... +Read More
11/02/16

Some progress, but helping kids has stalled: former Saskatchewan child advocate

Saskatchewan’s former child advocate says the government initially made some progress on helping kids, but Bob Pringle says efforts have stalled on many fronts. “The last year-and a-half to two years, there has not been the same sustained effort to support the child and family agenda as there was the first 3 1/2 (years),” Pringle said as his six-year stint as advocate for children and youth ended this week. “I understand there’s budgetary pressures, but I take the position that... +Read More
07/08/16

Is the federal government really funding Jordan’s Principle? Cindy Blackstock doesn’t think so

OTTAWA – Long after most people had gone home for the day Tuesday the federal government issued a press release saying it was going to provide $382 million in new funding to support a federal policy that’s supposed to ensure First Nations children get specialized medical care when they need it, otherwise known as Jordan’s Principle. On the surface it appeared to be good news. But not to the woman who has been fighting Ottawa for nearly a decade. Cindy Blackstock won... +Read More
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