Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Metis-Self-Government)

Ottawa has signed agreements with the Metis nations of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario affirming their right of self-government.

The historic agreements further recognize the jurisdiction of the Metis in citizenship, leadership selection and government operations.

They also set out processes for negotiating more areas of jurisdiction and toward recognizing Metis governments in Canadian law.

The Metis Nation of Saskatchewan calls the agreements a major step toward guaranteeing rights to Metis land, resources, education and culture. (The Canadian Press)

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(Indigenous-Health)

A 43-million-dollar federal research spending plan on Indigenous health has been launched at the University of Saskatchewan.

The national Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health says the five-year program will focus on supporting Indigenous people and their communities.

One change will see Canadian Institutes of Health Research cash go directly to Indigenous communities, allowing them to control the research and the sharing of new health knowledge with their communities.

Scientific director Carrie Bourassa says Indigenous people need to lead Indigenous health research to truly address the serious health inequities that exist compared with the general Canadian population. (CTV Saskatoon)

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(Crime-Mountie-Manslaughter)

The Crown says a northern Manitoba Mountie made only wrong choices in the lead-up to a fatal on-duty shooting in 2015.

The prosecutor was delivering closing arguments at the trial in Thompson of Constable Abram Letkeman, who is charged with manslaughter in the death of Steven Campbell.

Court was told Letkeman was driven by the desire to make an arrest following a pursuit of a suspected drunk driver -- no matter the cost.

Campbell was shot at least nine times after his Jeep crashed -- the defence says the Mountie thought his life was in danger when he walked in front of the vehicle and it started moving towards him. …

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