Community Connections

  • January 14, 2015

    This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures

    Community Connections is pleased to invite you to our 4th annual event "This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures".  This event will be held on March 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Glencairn Neighborhood Centre - 2626 Dewdney Ave. East

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  • September 14, 2012

    Special Olympic Truck Convoy & Truck Pull

    A TRUCK CONVOY of close to 70 trucks with large trailers left Saskatoon in the morning and arrived in Regina at the Turvey Centre at 1pm.

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  • September 8, 2012

    Canadian Paraplegic Association Relay

    I was honoured to attend and bring greetings to this fun event

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  • Chinese Freemasons of Regina

    We were pleased to attend their 4th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration

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  • June 23, 2012

    Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

    I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the National Aboriginal Day Live & Celebrations.

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  • K+S Potash Legacy Mine Ground Breaking Ceremony

    K+S Legacy Project near Bethune, Saskatchewan

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  • Feed the Kids Night

    At North Central Family Centre.

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APRIL 15, 2013


Today at the Legislature, Education Minister Russ Marchuk and Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Fourth Vice Chief Simon Bird received the final report from the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People.

“On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, I want to recognize and thank Task Force Chair Gary Merasty and members Rita Bouvier and Don Hoium for their work over the last 12 months,” Marchuk said.  “I am pleased to see that several of the recommendations align closely with the work government has committed to already in our Plan for Growth, and we look forward to reviewing the final report more fully in the months ahead.”

“On behalf of the seventy-four First Nations and the executive of the FSIN, I thank the Government of Saskatchewan for making Early Childhood through Post-Secondary education, and employment issues a priority,” Bird said.  “Thank you to the grassroots participants, the stakeholders who shared their stories and innovative solutions, and to the members of the task force who thoughtfully brought voices to our people.  This report is a  great start in investing in our future, as our First Nations continue to be the largest untapped resource in this territory we call Saskatchewan.  If this new way of working in collaboration is any indication of what we can do together, then it's only natural that we as First Nations have a very strong role to play in the future.”

The Government of Saskatchewan’s 2013-14 Budget provides $3 million for task force recommendations, as well as an additional $22.2 million for initiatives intended to support improved First Nations and Métis education and employment outcomes.  This includes $3.8 million to support the First Nations and Métis Education Achievement Fund as well as an increase of $1.5 million for Adult Basic Education on-reserve.

The Government of Saskatchewan and the FSIN launched the three-member task force on March 26, 2012, with a mandate to focus on several key goals for First Nations and Métis people including:

  • Improved early childhood outcomes and transition to school;
  • Increased high school and post-secondary completion rates;
  • Improved participation in the labour force and employment; and
  • Greater quality of life and enhanced self-sufficiency. 

Métis perspectives were also represented through a partnership between the Government of Saskatchewan and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S).  The MN–S conducted research and consultations with Métis people, communities and stakeholders across the province and incorporated this information into a report for the task force.

The Government of Saskatchewan will review the report and respond later this year.


For more information, contact:

Leya Moore
Phone: 306-787-1069
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Mervin Brass
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
Phone: 306-956-1026
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Cell: 306-220-7187


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