University of Saskatchewan – U of S researchers Ken Coates and Jeffrey McDonnell have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada—one of this country’s highest honours.

Coates, professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and director, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, is one of Canada’s leading researchers on Indigenous affairs and a leading expert on northern innovation. Coates has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, which won the Donner Prize winner for the best book on public policy in Canada. Read more.

December 12, 2014 – National Post – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, elected on Wednesday, has made his priority clear: “To the people across the great land, I say to you, that the values of fairness and tolerance which Canada exports to the world, is a lie when it comes to our people.” The national chief then declared that First Nations expected a far greater share of the country’s prosperity: “To Canada, we say, for far too long we have been dispossessed of our homelands and the wealth of our rightful inheritance.”
To most Canadians, Chief Bellegarde’s statement seems provocative, if not radical. Conditioned to believing that First Nations simply stand before the government of Canada, cap in hand, demanding additional funding, the general public likely looks on the latest call to action as yet another money grab. It is nothing of the sort. Read on.

CBC NEWS MANITOBA …Canadians have alternatives. This country has one of the highest quality and most comprehensive post-secondary systems in the world. Just as our universities rank well internationally, other institutions perform at a high level…

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MACDONALD LAURIER INSTITUTE – Critics of the Government of Canada have pushed hard for a federal inquiry into the shocking levels of violence against Aboriginal women, sparked by the recent murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. Superficially, the idea of an inquiry seems logical, particularly if such an investigation produced viable and sustainable solutions to an epidemic of violence directed at vulnerable women.

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THE HILL TIMES – A Fraser Institute report calling for provincial governments to transfer control of non-energy mineral rights to aboriginal communities has experts talking about the proposal, with not everyone agreeing it’s a realistic policy move.

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CBC RADIO SASKATOON – When Shawn Atleo announced he would be resigning as the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations last week, the decision surprised many. CBC Saskatoon speaks with one local expert who wonders what effect Atleo’s departure will have.

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