Aboriginal Scholars - Listserve - Careers for Aboriginal Scholars
Connecting Aboriginal Faculty and Graduate Students in North America
Careers for Aboriginal Scholars is a new North American list serv focusing on Aboriginal scholars within North America. Its purpose is two-fold:
Careers for Aboriginal Scholars supports these objectives through the dissemination of employment opportunities directly to Aboriginal faculty candidates who are currently teaching or studying within an academic setting; esp. those who have acquired their PhD or are in the process of completing it. In addition, Careers for Aboriginal Scholars encourages the development of future Aboriginal academics through the dissemination of information on graduate programs at various universities across both Canada and the US.
The list was created and is maintained by Cathy Wheaton, Manager of Employment Equity at the University of Regina. There is no cost to join the list. Any university faculty member, Aboriginal scholar, graduate student or prospective graduate students may add their names to the list. It is not a discussion group but an information sharing network where universities may list faculty position postings or graduate student recruitment announcements.
The list was originally compiled with a base set of e-mail contacts consisting of a cross-section of Aboriginal faculty and also departments where Aboriginal graduate students are studying. Department heads and graduate program coordinators from a number of institutions including the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College have also been added. There are now 170 names on the list. Outside of Saskatchewan list members have also been added from a wide range of faculties in institutions such as:
Faculties are encouraged to use the list when recruiting both Aboriginal faculty and Aboriginal graduate students. As the list is cost-free and timely we are not restricted in its usage.
Careers for Aboriginal Scholars E-mail list
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*You are encouraged to forward messages to others who may be interested in receiving messages, esp potential graduate students and/or to forward their e-mail addresses to be included on the list.
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*Note: The list is blind so no one else on the list can see your e-mail address. This ensures that unauthorized mailings do not take place.
Manager of Employment Equity
University of Regina
Phone: (306) 585-5627
The April 12, 2005, Vol.172, Issue 8 of the Canadian Medical Association Journal contains a research article entitled "Epidemiology of severe trauma among status Aboriginal Canadians: a population-based study". The Calgary based study found that the treaty status aboriginal Canadians in that region were nearly four times more likely to suffer a serious traumatic injury.
The study included the Calgary Health Region encompassing the city of Calgary and its surrounding areas which includes the three large First Nations (Stoney, Siksika and Sarcee [Tsuu Tina]). All adults (16 years of age or older) experiencing severe trauma (1779 patients) living in the health region between Apr. 1, 1999, and Mar. 31, 2002, were included in the study.
Aboriginal Canadians were found to be at significantly increased risk of njuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, assault and traumatic suicide. They are twice as likely to die as a result of their injuries.
The numbers don't come as a shock to Jason Goodstriker, the Alberta regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He has heard countless stories of injury and death among his people.
"Obviously there's a huge sense of disappointment," he said of the study.
"We've heard these numbers before and Canada – whether it's the population or the government – has had a tough time in dealing with that."
Goodstriker said First Nations communities need between $3 billion and $4 billion to address health and social concerns like the one addressed in the study.
The United Nations report entitled "INDIGENOUS ISSUES - Human rights and indigenous issues - Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, Rodolfo Stavenhagen" was released in December 2004.
Canada would be placed 48th out of 174 countries if judged solely on the United Nations' human development scale for the economic and social well-being of its First Nations people, states an April 11 CBC report.
Excerpt from attached study
33. Among the 174 countries included in the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report 2003, Canada ranked eighth, with a score of 0.937 (it had ranked first in 1999). When the Human Development Index (HDI) is calculated for Registered Indians, however, it reveals a substantially lower score for this population, which would be ranked about forty-eighth among the countries in the report, according to the information received by the Special Rapporteur from the Aboriginal organizations in Canada. Canada recognizes that key indicators of socio-economic conditions for Aboriginal people are unacceptably lower than for non-Aboriginal Canadians.
"Poverty, infant mortality, unemployment, morbidity, suicide, criminal detention, children on welfare, women victims of abuse, child prostitution, are all much higher among aboriginal people than in any other sector of Canadian society," said the report issued by the UN Human Rights Commission.
"Economic, social and human indicators of well-being, quality of life and development are completely lower among aboriginal people than other Canadians," said Stavenhagen, who also warns the housing, health and suicide situation is reaching crisis proportions.
He said the condition of aboriginal people in the country was "the most pressing human rights issue facing Canada."
Among the problems highlighted in the report:
- Poverty affects 60 per cent of aboriginal children.
- The annual income of aboriginal people is "significantly lower" than other Canadians.
- Unemployment is very high among aboriginals.
- 20 per cent of aboriginal people have inadequate water and sewer systems.
- Aboriginals make up 4.4 per cent of the Canadian population but account for 17 per cent of the people in prison.
- Cases of tuberculosis are six times higher than the rest of Canada.
- Life expectancy among the Inuit is 10 years lower than the rest of Canada.
Feed My Sheep Ministries Support Group conducts this Gospel Music event in the Core area of Winnipeg, Manitoba for families and individuals who are in dire need. It is a place where individuals share their problems and receive counseling and support. It's a refuge place which gives a sense of belonging ... A place where you will feel God's presence.
If you would like to receive information of our up-coming Gospel events send me an email. On April 28, 29 30, and May 1, everyone is most welcome to attend our Indoor Gospel Campmeeting in Winnipeg at 410 Pritchard Avenue (corner of Salter Street), starting @ 7:00pm Nightly.
Next time you are in Winnipeg come and enjoy gospel music or get involved. Testimonies and singers are always welcome. We also pray for people in spiritual crisis, and we accept pray requests for all needs.
These gospel sessions take place every Friday Night @ 7:30 pm - 12:00am. At: 410 Pritchard Avenue (corner of Salter Street) in Winnipeg.
More information: MERV @ 1-204-694-4698 or