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Study Proposes Replacement Of PSSSP With Accounts PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:44

Study Proposes Replacement Of PSSSP With Accounts

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 15:05

 

 

A new research paper is calling for First Nations students to be given control over funding for post-secondary education.

 

The work was authored by Calvin Helin, the Aboriginal man who wrote the controversial book "Dances With Dependency".

 

Helin says $314 million is being spent on First Nations post-secondary education every year, but the program needs to change.

 

He says the groups entitled to receive the money are First Nations communities, but accountability mechanisms are often non-existent.

 

Helin suggests the Post-Secondary Student Support Program be phased out and replaced with specialized savings accounts for all registered Indians.

 

Under his plan, each registered Indian child that is born would receive $4,000, and then an additional $3,500 a year for every year they move on to another grade level, beginning with Grade 6 -- a plan he says would give them incentive to finish high school.

 

Helin says by the time they graduate from high school, they will have accumulated $25,000, plus interest, for tuition and other education costs.

 

The funds would then be paid directly by the government to the accredited educational institution of the students' choice.

 

Helin says putting the money in the hands of the students themselves would ensure real Indian control over Indian education.

 

 
Deadline To Change Indian Act Might Be Pushed Back PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:44

Deadline To Change Indian Act Might Be Pushed Back

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 14:54

 

 

Indian Affairs is hoping to extend the length of time it has to amend the Indian Act.

 

The BC Supreme Court ruled the Act discriminates against the descendants of First Nations women who marry non-Native men.

 

The government's proposed Bill C-3 could grant Indian status to an additional 45,000 people.

 

The original deadline the department has been operating under gave it until April 6th to fix wording in the document.

 

Officials with Indian Affairs won't say how long the government wants to wait before instituting the changes, but spokesperson Margot Geduld confirms they would like to see that date set back.

 

NDP MP Jean Crowder says she thinks Ottawa wants to wait until June.

 

Crowder also says the government hasn't properly consulted bands about the situation.

 
Foul Play Ruled Out In Death Of Prince Albert Man PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:44

Foul Play Ruled Out In Death Of Prince Albert Man

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 14:42

 

 

Police in Prince Albert have concluded that a 45-year-old man found dead in the city in October of 2007 passed away due to hypothermia.

 

Mervin Roy Daniels was found outside a residence in the 1000 block of 17th Street West and was pronounced dead later that morning despite the work of paramedics and hospital staff.

 

The investigation by the Prince Albert Police Service's Criminal Investigation Division found that Daniels died as a result of hypothermia with alcohol intoxication being a contributing factor.

 

Foul play is not suspected.

 
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