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MNS Meeting with Social Services Minister

posted Feb 22, 2011, 10:49 AM by mfcjs website

Thursday, February 10, 2011 (Missinipi Broadcasting)

The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan is talking child-care with the provincial government.
MNS secretary Max Morin says members of the executive met recently with the social services minister.
Morin says he likes many of the recommendations made to the government in the children's advocate's report.
Some of them call for more supports to be created for aboriginal families to keep children from being seized from them.
Morin says if a Métis child does need to be seized however, he or she - should stay within their community.
He adds they plan to talk more with the minister later this month.

Sask Government Receives Child Welfare Review Report & Names Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth

posted Dec 17, 2010, 7:42 AM by mfcjs website   [ updated Dec 17, 2010, 7:50 AM ]

Thurs Dec 16th, Social Services Minister June Draude received the Saskatchewan Child Welfare Panels' final report, entitled "For the Good of Our Children and Youth".

Minister Draude announced the creation of a Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth that will be responsible for developing and coordination a Saskatchewan Children and Youth Agenda, as recommended by the Panel, focusing on public policy and strategies across government to support children and families.

The Cabinet Committee will be supported by the Ministers' Committee on Children and Youth.  The province will issue a detailed plan for responding to the Child Welfare Review Panel's report in the Spring of 2011.

The Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Panel's Final report is available at

Members on the Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth
Social Services Minister June Draude, Chair
First Nations and Métis Relations Minister Ken Cheveldayoff, Vice-Chair
Education Minister Donna Harpauer
Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Minister D.F (Yogi) Huyghebaert
Health Minister Don McMorris
Justice Minister Don Morgan
Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris

Maternal Mental Health Strategy: Building Capacity in Saskatchewan

posted Dec 7, 2010, 8:19 AM by mfcjs website

Saskatchewan does not currently have a provincial policy regarding maternal mental health, which means many women, their children, and their  families suffer without consistent support  MotherFirst Working Group has written a Maternal Mental Health Strategy for Saskatchewan that has been endorsed by the Honourable Don McMorris, Minister of Health.  

This strategy has four policy recommendations which include:  Education, Screening, Treatment and Sustainability & Accountability.

The full strategy report can be read/downloaded here from the www.skmaternalmentlahelath.ca website.

The website also offers contact details of where to get help presently in your community, in addition to Healthline 1-877-800-0002 and Healthline-Online http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/healthline-online which are available to everyone in Saskatchewan at any time.

White Ribbon Campaign

posted Nov 25, 2010, 6:46 AM by mfcjs website   [ updated Nov 25, 2010, 6:54 AM ]

Thursday Nov. 25th marks the UN Day for the Eradication of Violence Against women, and the global launch of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. In Canada, it is the annual “campaign” period of the White Ribbon Campaign which culminates on December 6th, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and our National Day of Remembrance and Action on Ending Violence Against Women.

White Ribbon Campaign has started a series of micro-actions through the website ifwerantheworld.com

Micro-actions are very simple, quick ways of turning your good intentions into action. Most take less than a minute, some are bit more involved. The best part is that you get to choose how to act and how often and even start your very own micro-actions to get your friends and communities involved.

Simple actions like getting your campaign started by ordering ribbons & educational materials from the white ribbon campaign online store or reading an article about how to run your own campaign are all it takes to get involved and spread the word.

Please visit ifwerantheworld to get involved!

Sisters In Spirit Vigil on October 4th 2010

posted Oct 12, 2010, 8:39 AM by mfcjs website

October 4th was a day to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and their families. Sisters In Spirit Vigils began in 2006 with the courage, strength and love of families who suffered the loss of a sister, daughter, mother, grandmother or friend. As of March 31st 2010 NWAC has found 582 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As Canadians we should ask ourselves why so many of our Aboriginal sisters continue to go missing and fall victim to homicide seven times more often than non-Aboriginal women.
NWAC and its national partners KAIROS, Amnesty International, the Canadian Federation of Students, National Association of Friendship Centers, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Assembly of First Nations and the Ottawa SIS Vigil committee hosted the fifth annual Sisters In Spirit vigil in Ottawa, on October 4th on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. SIS vigils were also organized in at least 78 communities across Canada to help honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
As the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s president Jeannette Corbiere Lavell says, “While NWAC is pleased that an increase in public awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women is starting to resonate with all Canadians, there is still more that needs to be done. By hosting or attending a vigil in your community, you will show support to families and honour the lives of Aboriginal women and girls we have lost to violence. This is an important opportunity to help us continue to raise awareness, and mobilize for change.”

Juristat - Police Reported Crime Statistics, 2009

posted Sep 7, 2010, 7:32 AM by mfcjs website

On July 20, 2010 the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics released a Juristat report, “Police reported
crime statistics, 2009”.
This report presents information on the short and long-term trends in police-reported crime at the national, provincial/territorial and census metropolitan area (CMA) levels. It includes information on both the volume and the severity of overall, violent and non-violent crime as well as data on crimes committed by youths aged
12-17. The information includes First Nation police services, as well as any RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police or Quebec Police Force detachments that police Aboriginal communities for 2009. To see the full article,
please visit: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dailyquotidien/100720/dq100720a-eng.htm

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