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Another First Nations Man Heads Students Union PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:31

Another First Nations man has been elected as the president of the University of Saskatchewan Students Union.

Jack Saddleback, who had recently served the USSU as vice president was voted in last night with 47 percent of the vote. He says he is humbled to be the second consecutive First Nations man to win the election.

“It’s really awesome to know the University of Saskatchewan student body is very progressive and we see that there are opportunities for all students regardless of their ethnic background to go forward an lead some change.”

Saddleback says he will continue to be an advocate for mental health, along with gender and sexual diversity issues.

“I’ve always been an advocate for people to celebrate all aspects of themselves…I myself am not just First Nations, I am not just a gay man and I am not just a transgender man, I can’t celebrate one without celebrating them all,” said the newly elected president. “What I advocate for is that regardless of your sexual identity or your gender identity you should be able to celebrate your whole being.”

Saddleback is from Samson Cree Nation in Alberta.

He succeeds current USSU president Max Fineday who will be graduating at the end of the semester.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 13:33
Candidates Set For PBCN Election PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:27

There are four unofficial candidates in the upcoming Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation chief election.

Incumbent Peter Beatty will be facing former chief Darrell McCallum and fellow challengers Karen Bird of Southend and Bill Parenteau of Prince Albert.

The four were nominated earlier this week.

Beatty has been the chief for two years. McCallum served as Peter Ballantyne's chief for six years before opting not to run in the 2013 vote.

The election will be held in seven communities on April 14th.

PBCN previously held elections every two years, but the winners in next month's vote will serve three-year terms in office following changes to the band's election act.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 13:30
Charges Laid After Keeseekoose Attack PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015 13:26

Two people from the Keeseekoose First Nation are facing several charges -- including aggravated assault -- after a stabbing on the reserve earlier this week.

Two people were injured Wednesday evening in a disturbance at a home on the reserve.

Around 11 o'clock that night, Kamsack RCMP were called to the residence after getting reports of a stabbing and an assault.

Police say a male victim was taken to hospital with several stab wounds.

A female was also taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Mounties later arrested the suspects at another home on the reserve.

Aside from aggravated assault, 30-year-old Tyson Keshane and 28-year-old Melissa Cote are facing charges that include resisting arrest, armed robbery, break and enter and disguise with intent to commit an offence.

Both suspects are making court appearances in Yorkton today.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 13:27
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