The imposition of the Indian Act electoral system undermined a tradition of self-governance that had existed effectively for thousands of years. The imposed system displaced traditional political structures and did not reflect, consider or honour First Nation needs or values. It also did not recognize that each Nation had its own style of governance with specialized skills, tools, authority and capacity developed over centuries. It was designed for assimilation – to remake traditional cultures in the image of the colonizers.
Family Day is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the important individuals in our lives whom we consider family. Family Day may be a leisurely day off from work and school, but it’s meant to be an opportunity to reflect on the importance of spending quality time with our families, and feeling gratitude for the deep bonds and connections we share with one another.
Family Day is celebrated on the second or third Monday of every February, depending on the province in which you live. Though not an official national holiday, the event is celebrated far and wide across the country, with dozens of family festivals and things to do organized each year in the provinces where it’s observed: New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
The holiday has become a staple in areas across Canada, but when exactly did it begin — and why do we celebrate it now?
Family Day is a time set aside to focus on getting closer to your loved ones. It was scheduled to fall between New Year’s Day and Good Friday in order to grant another day off between these celebrations. The government established Family Day in order to give hard-working individuals more time with their loved ones. Family Day got its start in Alberta when Helen Hunley — the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta — passed the Family Day Act in 1990
Valentine's celebrates romantic love, making it a popular day for couples to spend together. Valentine's Day is traditionally associated with red hearts, romance, flowers, candy or other sweet things, and the exchange of cards, called valentines, that express love.
The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius the first replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine's Day.
West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations are dedicated to helping caribou survive in our traditional territory. The Nations have worked together to stop the Klinse-Za caribou herd from going extinct by protecting cows and calves from predators during the calving season.
This position is responsible for assisting the Program Coordinator in developing and overseeing programs which provide community members the opportunity to learn basic life skills in a “home” setting. Different programs will be developed for each age group and will aim to be delivered in a social atmosphere. These programs are intended to give the attendees an opportunity to learn skills which will make them more adaptive and better able to effectively deal with the every-day demands and challenges of life.
The purpose of this position is to have a person onsite and readily available to intake clients on short notice and provide a safe and secure residential environment. The Safe House Manager would be expected to live in the facility and maintain the safety and cleanliness of the household. The applicant must have confidence in dealing with sensitive situations, the ability to run a crisis line and help arrange for assistance from first responders. When not in the house, the worker will be on call and expected to arrange for coverage with their supervisor.