Economic

Restoring the Sacred Bond Initiative

Empowering Women and Educating Families to Keep Communities Together In June, the Southern First Nations Network of Care, located in Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) officially announced the launch of a historic initiative titled Restoring the Sacred Bond. Why is this a historic undertaking, you may ask? The shocking figures of Indigenous infants and children going into care in North America, and more specifically in Canada, really came to light ... Read More »

Project Journey Enacts Positive Change in Pikangikum First Nation

 “The Creator works in mysterious ways,” McClellan (Mac) Hall said as he reflected on the nine years that have passed since he attended a conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a conference that would change his life. Sponsored by a group called the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, it was at this that he learned more about the issues faced by many First Nations people in Canada. Hall, ... Read More »

International Indigenous Speakers Bureau

 Inspiring. Empowering. Uplifting. Founded in 2016, the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau (IISB) is the first of its kind where Indigenous speakers and Knowledge-Keepers are provided a platform to share their gifts on a global stage, and where audiences have the opportunity to access the wealth of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. The Demand for Indigenous Speakers With the present demand for ... Read More »

IcMD.ca – “Putting Healthcare in the Hands of our People”

A family doctor is often difficult to find for the average person living in a major urban centre, but it is even more difficult for those living in rural or remote communities. For many First Nations people living on-reserve and for many tribes in the United States access to quality healthcare, medical devices or medications is simply not an option. ... Read More »

The 22nd Annual Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show

The 22nd annual Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show was held May 15 to 17 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The event welcomed over 90 exhibitors and 1000 attendees for a sold out show. Delegates travelled to Winnipeg for the event from across Canada, from as far away as Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, as well ... Read More »

Sheila North – From CBC Reporter to Grand Chief of MKO

Given the theme for this issue, SAY Magazine is pleased to highlight the career of Grand Chief Sheila North whose leadership has paved the way for many Indigenous people in Manitoba, Canada. She is one of Manitoba’s (and arguably one of Canada’s) most notable female Indigenous leaders. Sheila North is a proud member of the Bunibonibee Cree Nation,and has served as the ... Read More »

Building a Skilled Nêhiyawak Workforce

I remember the first time I heard an elder speak of the term Nêhiyawak. We were meeting with our youth who were embarking on their journey in secondary education. Like many young people, they were having difficulty realizing their full potential – their gifts – and were challenged with staying in school. The elder explained that we were Nêhiyawak people – a deep ... Read More »

Impact of the Inuit Arts Economy Study

In 2015, it was estimated that there were approximately 13,650 Inuit artists, comprising approximately 26% of the overall population of Inuit across Inuit Nunangat (Inuvialuit settlement region, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut) and elsewhere. In July 2017, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) published the Impact of the Inuit Arts Economy, a survey prepared by Big River Analytics that comprehensively looked at the economic impact of different ... Read More »

Bonnie Butlin – Recipient of the “Women of the Decade” Award

Bonnie Butlin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF). Being the first of its kind, the SPF is an international network of security professionals bridging all domains and disciplines of security. Under the SPF banner, Butlin created the Women in Security and Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), which engages a growing network of women in security and ... Read More »

Kluane Adamek

Kluane Adamek’s traditional name is “Aagé”. She is from Kluane First Nation in Yukon, Canada, and from the Dakl’aweidi- Killerwhale Clan. Adamek comes from a diverse background – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – which she believes gives her the ability to view and analyze our world from different perspectives. On her father’s side she is of Tlingit and Southern Tutchone, and on ... Read More »

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