Former Treaty 3 grand chief Leon Jourdain in as candidate for national

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere will be three candidates aiming to be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations next month, but former Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister isn’t among them.Fobister had announced his candidacy last month with a press release, but according to the AFN he’s not an official candidate for the Dec. 10 election to be held in Winnipeg.Instead, it’s former Treaty 3 grand chief Leon Jourdain joining Perry Bellegarde and Ghislain Picard, who both had already said they were running.According to the AFN, Fobister failed to have the support needed to be nominated.Each nomination needs to be endorsed by 15 chiefs, and eight of those have to come from the province where the candidate is running.Both Fobister and Jourdain come from Ontario.Fobister said there’s still a chance he’ll run and claimed a “mix-up” prevented him from getting his nomination papers in to the AFN.But the window for nominations ended Tuesday so it’s not exactly clear how Fobister can still run.Jourdain’s candidacy wasn’t well known until the AFN released the official candidates Wednesday.Interim AFN National Chief Picard announced his intention to run for the top job at the election in September.Picard would have to step aside as interim AFN chief once the official election begins. The official election begins five weeks before the vote.Picard was chosen by the AFN executive to hold the role in the interim after former national chief Shawn Alteo’s sudden resignation in May.Bellegarde conceded to Atleo in the 2009 race following a marathon round of voting in Calgary. He was widely expected to run again and had been working the phones, calling chiefs for support over the last several months.It appears that those phone calls paid off, as Bellegarde unveiled supporters from British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick.last_img read more

Shaping young minds

first_imgNational Institute of Fine Art hosts the annual art exhibition Antar Darshan by its students that commences on May 22 at its premises. The five-day art extravaganza provides the students an opportunity to exhibit their multi dimensional and original art works.Renu Khera, the curator of the show, presents the best 25 students work in a year’s time. The artists have created three original art work in different mediums like oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, charcoal and dry pastels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’50 per cent of the amount raised by selling the paintings will be donated to the Prime Minister Relief Fund in support of Nepal.  The show also displays works by some special students and underprivileged kids who have toiled their heart and soul to show their potential. Every student has his own thoughts for his art work. The show will enable the visitors to interact with artists and experts. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSome of the participating artistes are – Shalini, Mohita Suri, Pallavi Juyal, Vishal Dharmani and Rajat Mathur.In the words of Shalini, “Through this painting of mine, I want to show myself in the form of yog mudra which describes a state in which even when we lose our near and dear ones we can keep them alive in ourselves. A state in which we feel real happiness and peace of life through meditation.” Innocence of a boy catched Mohit’s attention which he showed in his piece of work. He says, “Innocent face with lots of questions in his eyes attracts me. This shows we all should preserve our innocence in order to turn this world to become a more humane world to live.” The concept of Juyal’s work is ‘dreams’. She comments, “I chose it because it is a wish of every human being to live life like a dream. But it is imperative to see the life as a wholesome game where there is hard work, ups and downs, despair n happiness. Life is the canvas of happening of things. If we are ready to enjoy every moment, life is really a dream.”Dharmani who is a software engineer by profession can’t resist himself with pencils, colours and paintings. He said, “I am discovering an artist within me by transforming my scratchy strokes into perfect lines and dull colours to vibrant ones.”Rajat Mathur, a graphic Designer by profession is always fascinated by art. The name of the painting is Colours of Joy, It is the portrait of his friend clicked by him at the time of Holi. This reflects the colours of joy a person experience in this festival regardless of cast and creed.When: May 22 – 26 Where: All India Fine Art & Craft SocietyTiming: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more