Update on things happening in Rotary and indigenous communities, including current events – Rotary luncheons with guest speakers, open community and cultural gatherings, etc.

 

 

*1-**Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured at St. John's vigil*

 *CBC News
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364>, Oct 04
-* About 200 people walked down 8th Street in Saskatoon to honour missing and murdered women on Saturday afternoon. The event was one of six Sisters
in Spirit events held throughout the province. Darlene Rose Okemaysim-Sicotte has helped organize the event for the past seven years in the city. She says indigenous women from many different walks of life have gone missing and face danger on a daily basis simply because they are indigenous. "Being an indigenous woman isn't like nine to five Monday to Friday, it is 24 hours a day," Okemaysim-Sicotte said. "So, no matter what kind of lifestyle, or prestige or economic status, you still can be very vulnerable." The march ended at Oskayak High School on Broadway Avenue.  Many people who have family members who have gone missing or have been murdered shared their experiences with the crowd that gathered there. Many of the participants said they want a national inquiry into missing and
murdered indigenous women —a chance to share their stories and work together to find preventative solutions. Okemaysim-Sicotte says society's view of indigenous women needs to change. Her cousin Shelley Napope went missing from the Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation in the early 90s. She says her family reported Napope missing more than 30 times. They later found out that she was one of serial killer John Crawford's victims.  "Indigenous women have the same rights to safety. The same rights to be alive. They have the same rights to get an education, to live in a house, to go wherever they would like to go any time of the day or night,"
​Okemaysim-Sicotte said. About 100 Sisters in Spirit events were held across Canada on Saturday, marking the ninth year of the campaign's efforts to raise the public's awareness of missing and murdered women in the country.

 

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*AFN leadership a two man race: Ontario looks over candidates and future gaming possibilities*

*Lynda Powless and Dennis Hanagan, Turtle Island News, October 2 - *TORONTO
- The search for a new national leader for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is developing into a two man race between two AFN Regional Chiefs, one from the east, the other from the west. Both are veteran politicians.

Current interim AFN leader Ghislain Picard, (AFN regional chief for Quebec and Labrador for 22 years before taking on the helm of the AFN in May) and Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations leaders Perry Bellegarde are the only two declared candidates for the Dec., 11 election.

It is Bellegarde's second run at the top job. He lost in 2009 to former AFN leader Shawn Atleo.

Bellegarde is now Saskatchewan Regional Chief for the AFN and in his third term at the helm of the FSIN. He has also served as a chief and councillor for the Little Black Bear First Nation.

Sources have said Wab Kinew, a broadcaster and university professor has backed out of the race saying he will not be seeking the seat, but other
hopefuls have until November 4th to get on the ballot.

 The unusual timing of the election doesn't appear to be lending itself to the usual political candidate's debates.

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*1-**Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document*

*Zi-Ann Lum, Huffington Post, October 2 -* Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people last week. It was a gesture one prominent First Nation leader called "saddening, surprising." "Canada was viewed always as a country that upheld human rights," said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde. "For Canada to be the only nation state to get up to make a
caveat on the vote – that's very telling." Bellegarde travelled to New York City to attend a special UN General Assembly meeting of more than 1,000 delegates and heads of state for the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on Sept. 22 and 23. Top of On day one, nations voted on the adoption of the document http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/indigenous/pdf/WCIP-CFs-on-Draft-Outcome-Document.pdf>

the first vote of its kind after the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was introduced in 2007. In his opening remarks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon <http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8015>spoke about the document's significance, saying it helps "set minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples" – more than 370 million around the world. "I expect member states to meet their commitments, including by carrying out national action plans to realize our shared vision," he told delegates. The United States, who was among four nations (including Canada) who opposed the adoption of the original declaration seven years ago, notably reversed its position. President Barack Obama threw his administration's support behind the declaration http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2010/12/obama-supports-un-on-indigenous-peoples-rights-we-can-move-forward/>, regarding it as one that will "help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future." The document was adopted by all nations by consensus last week, but Canada was the only country to file its objections, flagging
the wording of "free, prior and informed consent" as problematic. Free, prior, and informed consent is commonly upheld as a key principle in international law. But according to Ottawa, it's tricky wording that could be interpreted as "a veto to aboriginal groups http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/prmny-mponu/canada_un-canada_onu/statements-declarations/other-autres/2014-09-22_WCIPD-PADD.aspx and in that regard, cannot be reconciled with Canadian law, as it exists." "As a result, Canada cannot associate itself with the elements contained in this outcome document related to free, prior and informed consent," the government explained in a statement. Interim Assembly of First Nations Chief Ghislain Picard called the government's objections "deeply concerning," adding "Canada continues to embarrass itself and isolate itself on the world stage by offering to explain their vote." In the feds' explanation, the word "veto" pops up three times, and Bellegarde says that's inaccurate. "Veto does not exist in the declaration anywhere," Bellegarde said. "Why are they misleading and using that word?" In 2007, Ottawa first used the same "veto" explanation <http://www.aadnc-dc.gc.ca/aiarch/mr/nr/s-d2007/2-2936-eng.asp> in its statement rejecting the UN declaration.

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*1-**FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde aims to lead Assembly of First Nations*

*CBC News  ** , Oct  01 -

*The Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is now in the running to lead the Assembly of First Nations. FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde announced this morning that he will be on the ballot when 633 chiefs vote for a new AFN leader in Winnipeg in December. Shawn Atleo resigned as Chief of the assembly in May. Bellegarde says his 25 years of experience and ability to get things done make him the strongest candidate.

"We've talked about treaty implementation since they were first signed and we still don't see that. We've talked about recognition of aboriginal rights and title, we still don't see that," Bellegarde said. "I always say you've got to have a legal strategy, a political strategy and an on-the-ground activist strategy."

Bellegarde identified the following points in a press release as the areas he would focus on if elected National Chief:

- Establishing processes for self-determination, including revenue sharing, ensuring environmental sustainability, adherence to the duty to consult and accommodate and international standards such as free, prior and informed consent
- Establishing a new fiscal relationship with the federal Crown
- An immediate action plan and inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Revitalization and retention of indigenous languages

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The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Celebrating 30 Years of Building Partnerships with Organizations such as the Rotary Club of Toronto

 

By: Andre Morriseau

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is proudly celebrating 30 years of fostering meaningful business relations and partnerships between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Canadian business.

Business headlines across the country continue to signal that the future of the Canadian economy will depend highly on the success of relationships and partnerships built with Aboriginal communities. The continued role of the CCAB and its initiatives as a driver of those relationships and partnerships has become increasinglypronounced and valuable.

For the past 30 years, the CCAB has been introducing Aboriginal communities and their businesses to Canadian industries, allowing businesses and communities to get to know each other in order to springboard new relationships into successful business partnerships.

Through the initiative and forward thinking of organizations with national and international stature such as the Rotary Club of Canada CCAB continues to encourage the sharing of not only our business opportunity and success but our culture and traditions. Mainstream and new Canadians alike need to understand who we are in order to overcome generations of systemic and institutionalized racism that has held back the extraordinary potential of our peoples.

Rotary's commitment to high ethical standards in business and professions combined with a callto service within the community is a natural conduit for promoting change both within the Aboriginal community and in the greater world of business.

The Rotary Club of Toronto's Aboriginal Committee has championed this new understanding in powerful and innovative ways. Recently CCAB President & CEO JP Gladu was honoured to address the Rotary Club of Toronto. The packed room listened attentively as he shared his personal story and the Aboriginal cultural relevance to the greater Canadian business story. Yet another example of the power of partnership and sharing.

CCAB'smilestone 30thanniversary is a true testament to the success and value their programs, initiatives and business tools have added to the Canadian economy. Aboriginal businesses are growing faster than non-aboriginal owned businesses and contributing to the overall health and prosperity of Canada.

Over the past 30 yearsthe CCAB has grown into a powerful force forpositive change and possibility. When businessengages CCAB they engage a robust network of businesses and communities that share the common desire for improving the well-being of Canada's Aboriginal peoples through economic development and programs.

One such innovative CCAB program is the Certified Aboriginal Business program (CAB) which certifies that Aboriginal businesses are 51% or more owned and controlled by an Aboriginal person(s). The CAB program ensures that Aboriginal businesses are easily identified by industry, government and other organizations also allowing certified businesses topromote themselves using the designated CAB logo.

Certified businesses are added to the CAB directory found on CCAB's website and have access to tender opportunities posted by CCAB business members. All Aboriginal businesses wishing to become certified must complete a simple questionnaire and provide supportingdocumentation. After a thorough review of the documentation, CCAB confirms the applicant is an Aboriginal business.

In keeping with CCAB's quest to promote partnerships and business networking they recently announced that the 4th Annual Aboriginal Entrepreneur Conference and Trade Show (AECTS) formerly administered by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) will now be a solely CCAB run conference.

This year the CCAB is taking the baton from its government partners and with this comes their commitment to build on the success of this unique national conference to make it even better. CCAB is making a special effort to better engage the participants in the expanded Trade Show time slots and their growing Business 2 Business Match Making Series.

Certified Aboriginal Business (CAB) members will be matched with over 30 mainstream businesses from across North America. The CCAB is partnering with the US
Embassy and the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation
(CEDEC) to create a robust suite of companies in a variety of sectors looking
for Aboriginal business connections with the potential to build exciting new
partnerships.

The newly
launched Rotary Club of Toronto Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) website www.rotaryhip.com is a prime example of how partnerships, community and goodwill can build important momentum toward deeper understanding and shared cultural values.

In their 30th year, the CCAB continues to be a leader in the discussion of Canada's future economic growth and prosperity. To mark the occasion they've produced a video anthology so all Canadians can share the story of their growth and continued contribution to the prosperity of all Canadians.

To view the video please go on-line towww.ccab.com

While you are there, learn more about how your business could benefit from membership to the CCAB and check out their calendar of upcoming networking events near you.

                                                                     

Andre