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Sol Sanderson, a member of the Chakastaypasin Cree First Nation, founding leader of the Assembly of First Nations and long-time advocate for Indigenous peoples, spoke at the convention. Joe Mulhall is at left.

ASWA convention builds for the future

Sol Sanderson offers history of Indigenous people's relations with Canada as well as concrete solutions

The Annual Convention of the Aboriginal Skilled Workers Association (ASWA) was held on April 21st, 2018 in Regina. 

Sol Sanderson, a member of the Chakastaypasin Cree First Nationand long-time advocate; gave a far ranging and captivating talk that started with history of the European colonizer relationships with Indigenous peoples in North America. He related it to the many issues and conflicts that continue today. He also talked about destruction of families through residential schools and also outlawing language, ceremonies, and culture. "You have to understand the past to make plans for the future," he said.

Sanderson was a founding leader of the Assembly of First Nations and active in the Treaty Land Entitlement process in Saskatchewan. More recently Sanderson has been an advocate for the need for First Nations media companies, involvement in the information technology sector, and is working to create a First Nations Energy Councilto begin developing renewable sources of energy.

With regard to convention business - Errol Eashappie was re-elected as President for a two year term. Joe Mulhall remains on as Vice President;  and Colleen Turneras Secretary Treasurerfor another year.

The Board welcomes newly elected Directors Dale Swampy, Tom MacLean, Chris Gareau and Lorelei Caisse. They join re-elected Directors: Elsie Jack, Dennis Desjarlais, Don Danielson, Bill Rope, Chris Godda, Rob Tebb, and Vincent Genereaux.

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