April 6 – JMRFN Chief and Council have made tentative plans to hold Information Sessions for members on the current Dehcho Process / Comprehensive Land Claims during the May long weekend (May 19 – 22). It is vital and in the best interests of members to keep themselves informed on the process so please plan on attending and spread the word to family and friends, near and far. Hope to see you then and visit this site periodically to check for for further developments.
April 10 – the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship will be accepting applications until June 1/17 – the organization is a policy and leadership development that brings together young northerners aged 25 to 35, who want to build a strong North that benefits northerners. The 2-year long Fellowship incorporates self-directed study, collective learning, and mentorship, with the aim of empowering young northerners to build a healthy, self-reliant and sustainable North. Applicants should be interested in professional development, education and lifelong learning, public policy, Indigenous knowledge, northern issues and priorities. If you are interested in applying, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at the Band office.
April 18 – Richard Lafferty from Fort Providence has been hired as a Communications Coordinator to update residents and non-residents on the Dehcho Process / Comprehensive Land Claims from May 20th to the 21st.
April 26 – the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund is now open for individual application – applications will be accepted for education programs aimed at education, healing, and reconciliation. Preference will be given to applicants who are former Indian Residential School students. They recommend that applicants prepare and gather the following electronic documents prior to starting online application process: (a) confirmation of First Nation/Metis citizenship; (b) confirmation of enrollment in post-secondary/certificate/training; (c) previous years transcripts or grades and (d) support letter from an Elder or cultural support. Please note that the Individual call for applications is a highly competitive process and funding is not guaranteed. If you interested in this program, please contact the JMRFN for additional information or assistance in applying.
April 26 – Tait Communications from Yellowknife are working with GNWT’s Department of Education, Culture and Employment to consult on the development of a Small Community Employment Strategy. They have identified Jean Marie River as an important stakeholder in the consultation process and as a result, community members are invited to attend a 2-hour focus group on May 16/17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Boardroom. They will be seeking information on what community members think in terms of employment, training and economic development – they want the community’s needs to be well-presented and to enable people to be active partners in the implementation of programs and initiatives that support employment. All community members are encouraged to attend.
April 26 – JMRFN will be setting up four tents for members who live outside the community and who plan on attending next month’s Dehcho Process / Comprehensive Land Claims information sessions with Richard Lafferty from May 20th to the 21st – the tents will be put up with frames and will have airtight heaters in them – please call the Band office if you wish to utilize the tents.
May 8 – Chief Gladys Norwegian will be attending a Spring Leadership meeting from May 8th to the 12th in West Point.