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  • Cree students pursue pre-nursing studies at home

    Updated May 14, 2024

    MISTISSINI, Quebec-The Cree School Board, in collaboration with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, has announced the launch of the Cree Springboard to Nursing program. This initiative will help Cree students get many of the prerequisites they need while studying from their home and community. The goal of the two-semester program is to recruit more Cree nurses to reach the needs of those who speak the Cree langauge and to offset nursing shortages across...

  • Statue honors Indigenous and other D-Day troops

    Updated May 14, 2024

    REGINA, Sask.—In April, The Royal Regina Rifles (RRR) unveiled a statue honoring troops who landed on the beaches at Normandy, France on D-Day-including the quarter of the regiment who were First Nations. Of the Indigenous soldiers in the RRR, most were from the Peepeekisis First Nation. "The contributions of Indigenous veterans have really been overlooked for a long time,"historian Kelsey Loney told APTN News. "We are so proud to include the Indigenous perspective on this s...

  • Assembly of First Nations says $349B needed

    Updated May 14, 2024

    OTTAWA, Ont.-The cost of closing the on-reserve infrastructure gap will top half a trillion dollars by 2040 unless the federal government acts now, the Assembly of First Nations says. In a recent report, the national advocacy organizaiton said that Canada must invest $349.2 billion now to make sure that First Nations will have access to similar infrastructure by 2030, in keeping with the government's ability to fulfill their public and federally mandated commitments to First...

  • Construction begins on first Indigenous youth center in Calgary

    Updated May 14, 2024

    CALGARY, Alb.—In March, the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), a Calgary-based, Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization, celebrated the groundbreaking of the start of construction for the first Aboriginal youth centre in Calgary, which is a significant step towards supporting a vision of success for Indigenous youth now and for future generations. Until now, USAY, which was established in 1999, has been operating its programs for indigenous youth in Calgary out o...

  • Children's village celebrates 20-year milestone

    Updated May 13, 2024

    KINGSTON, Okla.—The Chickasaw Children's Village in Kingston, Oklahoma, recently celebrated 20 years of providing a safe and nurturing home-like environment for First American youth from kindergarten age through high school. The Chickasaw Children's Village is a place chosen by many Chickasaw families for students from first-graders to high school students to live while getting their education. The village offers a safe, nurturing environment, as well as developing i...

  • Cherokee Nation Wings Program keeps racers fit

    Updated May 13, 2024

    TAHKEQUAH, Okla.—In late March, the Cherokee Nation Wings Program announced their line-up for 2024. The program schedules 17 races, which are 5K each, across Cherokee Nation Reservation. The The Wings program offers both in-person and virtual options for Cherokee Nation citizens and non-citizens to get active and stay healthy. All 5K race events are free for Wings members. “The Wings races provide a fun way for our citizens and employees to embrace an active lifestyle foc...

  • What's Up with ILM?

    Updated May 13, 2024

    With Council Fire Volume 2 just being received from the printer, we are busy beavers, as we work hard to fulfill customer requests. It is proving to be more sought after than we anticipated. We ordered 6000 copies of volume 1 and have less than 500 left! Now that volume 2 is moving along, and with summer coming our way, we are working hard at getting all contributions received for Council Fire Volume 3 before people start taking vacation and aren't thinking about writing devot...

  • Coming Events

    Updated May 13, 2024

    If you're attending these events, come by and meet us! If you would like ILM to participate in your event, contact Krystal at admin@IndianLife.org May 16-19: Native Youth Conference (NYC), Camp Nakamun, Alb. For details: www.nativeyouthco.org July 11-14: Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (NEFC) Annual General Conference, Regina Sk. For details: www.nefc.ca...

  • States with high Native populations have lower health quality, study finds

    Updated May 13, 2024

    NEW YORK-States with the largest Indigenous populations have the worst health system outcomes for Native people, according to a new study. The report, Advancing Racial Equity in U.S. Health Care: The Commonwealth Fund 2024 State Health Disparities Report, comes from the Common Wealth Fund, a private foundation that examines health care in the U.S. to advance equitable outcomes. The data it collected included information about access to quality care for Black, white, Hispanic,...

  • New health clinic opens for Indigenous in Montreal

    Updated May 13, 2024

    MONTREAL, Que.-Montreal's regional health authority has partnered with Native Montreal, a friendship center, to create a new health clinic that will provide culturally safe care for Indigenous families living in the city. The clinic is starting small with a doctor available twice a week and two nurses on site, offering a range of front-line services from two exam rooms and three multi-pupose rooms. While the clinic has served around 100 people since the clinic started seeing...

  • Native Americans at high risk for skin cancer

    Updated May 13, 2024

    CHICAGO-A study published earlier this year by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology shows that Indigenous Americans have the second-highest rates of skin cancer. The study draws on data from an Indian Health Service (IHS) population-based cancer registry from 1999-2019. Skin cancer, or melanoma, causes more than 9,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, twice as many...

  • First Nation to build largest solar farm in Canada

    Updated May 13, 2024

    ANAHIM LAKE, British Columbia—The Ulkatcho First Nation has signed the papers and is set to build the largest off-grid solar farm in Canada. Located in British Columbia, the Ulkatcho First Nation and surrounding communities rely solely on diesel to heat, cook, and provide other power needed for their daily tasks. However, once built, the solar farm will span about 12 hectares (30 acres) and will supply up to 70 per cent of the electricity the communities need, according to C...

  • NCAI advocates Indigenous participation in the U.N.

    Updated May 13, 2024

    NEW YORK-In April, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City last week, National Congress of American Indians President Mark Macarro gave a statement advocating for advanced participation of Indigenous Peoples. Enhanced Participation refers to a process Native Americans and other Indigenous leaders have been advocating for for over a century, beginning in 1923 with the League of Nations, that would put Indigenous leaders closer to...

  • U.S., Canada put ban on salmon fishing in Yukon, Alaska

    Updated May 13, 2024

    Whitehorse, YT-Indigenous people in Yukon and Alaska are celebrating a new chinook salmon management agreement between Canada and the U.S. On April 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) along with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) signed an agreement to rebuild chinook salmon stocks. The agreement places a moratorium on commercial, sport, domestic and personal fishing. The moratorium will be in place for seven years, which is the full life cycle of a chinook salmon....

  • Native nations with scarce internet are building their own broadband networks

    Madyson Fitzgerald, Stateline|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    On the Hopi Reservation's more than 1.5 million acres of desert landscape in northeast Arizona, many residents live in villages atop arid mesas. Below ground, there's a network of copper wires that provides telephone and internet service. Hopi Telecommunications in 2004 bought the company that had installed them, but has been struggling ever since to upgrade the network to broadband speeds. Hopi Telecommunications serves both the Hopi reservation and parts of the surrounding...

  • ILM co-hosts Indigenous Couples' Retreat

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    On March 1–3, 2024, Indian Life Ministries partnered with Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and FamilyLife Canada to co-host an Indigenous Couples' Retreat at the Courthouse Hotel in Thunder Bay, Canada. Kene and Milly Jackson from from the Whitefish Lake Band #128 Plains Cree Nation and Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada blessed conferees through their music ministry and led worship. During the weekend, Gord and Bev Mills, from the Moose Cree First Nation in Sudbur...

  • Arizona festival showcases authentic Indigenous art

    Marnie Jordan, Cronkite News|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    SCOTTSDALE—The bustling Arizona Indian Festival showcases Native singing, dancing and art to promote tourism and awareness of Arizona's tribal communities. Visitors can learn about Indigenous culture and history through vendors, art and demonstrations. To ensure that visitors to the festival, which was Saturday and Sunday, interact with real Native art, an Arizona Indian Festival committee vets all festival vendors for authenticity. Vendors are also required to show a certific...

  • CHIEF, Inc.

    Jody Dickson|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Seeking to help restore hope, healing, and honor among the Indigenous people of North America takes many ministries working together . . . the task is vast, but we at Indian Life are committed to partnering with other ministries. One of these is CHIEF, Inc. CHIEF, Inc. was founded in 1975 by Tom Claus. As he went to individual Native reservations and met with pastors, lay leaders, and missionaries, he observed, firsthand, the need for culturally relevant evangelism that would...

  • What a busy couple of months it's been at Indian Life Ministries!

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    As we mentioned in the directors’ column, ILM moved to a new physical office this month! We are very excited about this as for the last three years, our director team, Krystal and Todd Wawrzyniak have been running the office out of their home office. They say, “The Lord’s timing is perfect, as having the office at home allowed us to focus on some of the needs of our children while still remaining focused on the running of ILM. With our move into the new office, we are anticipating growth! Growth in workers and growth in minis...

  • Coming Events

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    If you're attending these events, come by and meet us! If you would like ILM to participate in your event, contact Krystal at admin@IndianLife.org April 25-28: BC Native Christian Conference-Kamloops, B.C. May 16-19: Native Youth Conference (NYC), Camp Nakamun, Alb....

  • Faux Indigenous asking for special privileges in court

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Prince Rupert, B.C.-Tne Prince Rupert, B.C. court system recently encountered a new defense tactic. A man was being prosecuted for creating child pornography and sending graphic pictures and videos of himself to young girls. The defendant's plea? That he should get leniency because he said he was of Indigenous heritage. The defendant was not raised Indigenous, nor had he pursued DNA testing or researched family genealogy, but he said he self-identified as Métis. He had simply,...

  • Nisga'a Nation prepares to purchase natural gas pipeline project

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    CALGARY, Alb.—The Nisga'a Nation in northwestern British Columbia is partnering with a Texas-based firm, Western LNG, to buy the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project from Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. "Today is a historic day for the Nisga'a Nation and represents a sea change in major industrial development in this country," said Eva Clayton, president of the Nisga'a Lisims government, in a news release. "In taking an equal ownership role in this pipeline, we are s...

  • Tribes to receive $105M in SSBCI funding

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-At the recent Reservation Economic Summit, Janet Yellen, of The United States Treasury, announced a new, third round of approvals for tribal support under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), a 2010 program aimed at helping open new avenues to credit by supporting funding institutions. This third funding round during the past nine months brings the number of SSBCI-support tribes to 80 and the total amount awarded to $265 million. Tribal...

  • Federal regulators deny permits for hydropower projects on Navajo Nation

    Alex Hager, KUNC|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Navajo Nation-Federal energy officials took the unusual step of denying permits Thursday to several pumped hydropower projects proposed on the Navajo Nation, citing a new policy that gives tribes a greater voice in projects on their lands. The tribe and environmental groups had urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny applications for several of the pumped storage projects, saying they worried about the impact of the projects but had not been consulted by...

  • Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture teaches next generation farmers sustainable practices

    Lauren Kobley, Cronkite News|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    AJO, Ariz-Jesse Garcia was first introduced to farming in his grandmother's garden. As a child, he recalls not quite understanding the true purpose of growing and how important it is. It was in high school that he first started taking an interest in farming and agriculture. After graduating, he had a number of jobs, but he did not feel passionate about any of them. It was then that he found the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Arizona farmers are aging. With a hope to s...

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