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Heads Up on Bamoseda

This week on Bamoseda: Friday, June 4

Bamoseda, hosted by Jennifer Ashawasegai, is an Aboriginal news magazine radio program, which features national Aboriginal news, current affairs, features on community and culture, spotlights on entertainment and a cross section of musical genres from very talented artists in the Aboriginal community.

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The first of a series of national events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is just around the  bend. It’s hoped to bring together survivors and their families, former school staff as well as others affected by the Indian Residential School experience. 

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will be deciding on whether or not to continue hearings into the federal government’s underfunding of First Nations children’s services.    In 2007, The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and Assembly of First Nations asked the Human Rights Tribunal to determine whether the underfunding of First Nations Child Services constitutes discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act. 

First Nations Technical Institute based on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario is celebrating its 25th  anniversary as a an Indigenous post secondary institution. FNTI also hosted an Indigenous Learning Conference with participants from Chile and Africa.

The Edmonton Garrison participated in an Aboriginal Awareness Week. The week included cultural awareness on Metis, Inuit and First Nations, and the week also capped off with the construction of a sweatlodge to be used by soldiers and RCMP officers.

The worst environmental disaster in U.S history is taking its toll and continuing to spread.  BP’s oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is about 2500 square miles and has reached the Louisiana coastline, affecting more than 120 miles of shoreline and has gotten into the marshlands – where the Pointe Aux Chenes Indian Tribe calls home.  With their livelihood of fishing now gone, Chuckie Verdin,  Chairman of the Tribe says most of the community is out of work and don’t have much hope.

MUSIC:
Susan Aglukark – Citizens of the World (CANCON)
Mike Gouchie – Didn’t get a damn thing done (CANCON)
Buffy Sainte-Marie – No No Kashegesh (CANCON)