FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron gave an interview to reporters recently where he expressed his disappointment with the cuts that were made in 2017 budget passed by the Liberals, mainly the cuts to the post secondary education, which will impact SIIT.
Chief Bobby Cameron is the leader of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said that the cuts to the provincial budget will have a direct and detrimental impact on the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). The new budge that was proposed by the Liberals and was passed recently sees funding for SIIT and other post secondary institutions across the board being slashed by up to 5%, which is a lot according to Chief Cameron, who is concerned about the future of these institutions and the children who are receiving an education there.
Chief Cameron said that regardless of the kind of deficit any country is in, its priority should always be the proper education of the youth, and in making an investment in youth programs and education institutions.
The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies is a post secondary institution that offers educational and training programs to young adults of First Nations in Saskatchewan. There are currently up to three campuses and 8 construction career centres spread throughout the province of Saskatchewan. The institution is governed by the Board of First Nations senators, executive members of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Tribal Council appointees. It still remains to be see exactly how the new budget cuts will impact SIIT’s ability to deliver education to children of First Nations.
The Saskatchewan Transportation Company has also been eliminated much to the dismay of Chief Cameron, who said that its abolition will be greatly felt by both First Nations and non-First Nations who are living in remote areas, mainly because no alternative transportation plan has been proposed by the Liberal budget. Those on fixed incomes and especially the elderly relied on the government funded transportation service to travel within the province.