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Federal government unveils $292000 for Sask. Indigenous research projects – StarPhoenix

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2019132 Views

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan called the money, which is intended to further Indigenous research projects, “transformational.”

Canada’s science minister acknowledged Indigenous rights protests across the country last week while announcing millions of dollars in “transformational” funding for individuals and organizations conducting Indigenous research.

Speaking with reporters at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Kirsty Duncan said the $5.6-million program — around $300,000 of which will flow into Saskatchewan — will help the country move toward understanding and reconciliation.

“There are going to be challenges along the way. This is hundreds of years of colonialism, so we’ll have challenges along the way. But today is a really good step,” Duncan said when asked about anti-pipeline protests.

Sparked by a confrontation between RCMP and members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation over a liquefied natural gas pipeline project in northern B.C., the protests spread quickly.

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