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News comes from many sources – our neighbours, radio, television, the Internet, newspapers, journals/magazines. In order to be well informed, we need to keep abreast of the latest events, issues, and personalities that have, or could have, an impact on us and our community either now or in the future. We need to be able to analyse a variety of news items from various sources in order to detect bias and distinguish between good arguments and bad ones. Most of all, we need to be able to ask ourselves: How does or could this news affect me? How does or could it affect my community?
Summaries of news items that have appeared elsewhere are included in this section of the website, and readers are invited to analyse them critically. The news is divided into four categories, which are briefly explained below.
FSD News: This section includes Social Studies/Native Studies News from within Frontier School Division, particularly in the categories of culture and heritage.
Northern and Remote Manitoba News: Current news, organised by community, that is particularly relevant to people in Northern Manitoba.
Aboriginal News: This is news relevant to the future of aboriginal people in all parts of Canada. Articles may deal with land claims, health and social issues, economic development. Questions are raised for the reader to consider in analysis.
Aboriginal Newsmakers: The focus here is on aboriginal people who are making the news. As you read, consider the following questions: Why is this person in the news? Does he or she have something valuable to contribute? Is this person a good role model for me to emulate? If so, why?
 Because the news source owns copyright on its articles, one must seek permission or pay a fee to be able to quote them in their entirety. However, a summary can be made of the article without violation of copyright. Therefore, we summarise new items from various sources, which raises a question. How can the bias of the one making the summary affect how the summary is made? (Click on the footnote number to return to the text.)
Last updated: July 16, 2010