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Beardy’s & Okemasis names former councillor Roy Petit as new chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:38

Back l-r: Councillors Jeremy Seeseequasis, Kevin Seesequasis, Edwin Ananas, Tyrone Smallchild. Front l-r: Councillor Jackie Gamble, Chief Roy Petit, Councillor Leighanne Gardipy-Bill. Photo courtesy Chief & Council - Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation, Facebook.

There’s a changing of the guard on Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, after former councillor Roy Petit was announced as the Duck Lake area’s new chief on the weekend.

Former chief Rick Gamble was not in the running, and Petit was up against Candace Scott, Brian Seeseequasis, Brian Littlepine, and Remonda Gardipy.

This was the first election where council was reduced from eight to six members.

In order of most votes received to least, band council is made up of Edwin Ananas, Leighanne Gardipy-Bill, Jeremy Seeseequasis, Kevin Seeseequasis, Jackie Gamble and Tyrone Smallchild.

Of those, Jeremy, Kevin, and Gardipy-Bill were re-elected.

The new group of Beardy’s & Okemasis leaders met for the first time on Monday, where they laid out their first priorities in advance of taking on their new roles on April 1.

For Petit – who said he's not a politician by nature - being chief is not about having power, it's about communication and teamwork.

"A lot of nations have gotten away from the teamwork. It's usually, even with business and community, they look at - and to - the chief for all the answers," he said.

"So I want to create a team and support that team in doing their job in whatever portfolio they take and move forward together, and also including the community in a lot of that. There was a lot of good ideas that came from all the campaigners that were in this election and I want to try to utilize them and some of their ideas."

Petit said he ran for council a few years ago at the urging of community members, and he ran for chief because "my late mother who passed away in August told me that I needed to run in this election."

He said the past few days have been very emotional "just thinking of her and knowing that she’d be proud of how far I’ve gotten."

Meanwhile, it looks like Beardy's and Okemasis has to do a bit more work to get three proposed band acts approved.

The band held an unsuccessful referendum on the acts during their elections on Friday. Petit said there was support, but they didn’t meet the vote threshold to approve the draft Beardy’s constitution, Executive Act, and Financial Management Act.

Petit said they're looking to try the referendum again at their next Treaty Day.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:41
Inquest hears Machiskinic died of blunt force trauma PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:03

Dr. Shaun Ladham. Photo courtesy of Manfred Joehnck.

The chief forensic pathologist who examined the body of Nadine Machiskinic says the 29-year-old died of blunt force trauma.

Dr. Shaun Ladham was testifying at the second day of the inquest into Nadine Machiskinic. She fell 10 floors to her death down a laundry chute of a downtown Regina hotel in January 2015.

The doctor testified there was no sign of inflicted injuries or injuries suffered in a struggle.

Dr. Ladham says the primary cause of death was brain and spinal injury consistent with a high-velocity impact that would have been caused by the fall.

There was a separation of the skull from the upper spine, several spine fractures, tears in her heart, broken ribs and numerous abrasions.

Dr. Ladham also asked a toxicology expert to go over the results of the drugs in her system to determine if Machiskinic was physically capable of climbing into the small laundry chute based on her level of drug and alcohol intoxication.

Dr. Ladham said with the information he had at the time, he did not think she would have been mobile enough.

A second opinion from a toxicology expert refuted that, saying her tolerance levels would have been very high because of long-term drug use.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:07
Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples of Saskatchewan votes in new president PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Monday, 27 March 2017 16:59

The group representing all non-status Indians and Metis living off reserve in Saskatchewan has a new president.

John Hanikenne was elected to the post at a Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples of Saskatchewan (CAPS) weekend meeting in Saskatoon.

Hanikenne takes over from Kim Beaudin, who served in that role for 10 years but stepped down so he could focus more of his time as vice president of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

Hanikenne says one of the first things he hopes to do as president is to have a grassroots-level meeting with Aboriginal people living off reserve and in urban centres that need support.

He says the issues of all Aboriginal peoples need to be heard, whether they live on a reserve or in the urban centres.

Ferland McKay of Cumberland House was elected as the vice president of CAPS at the same time that Hanikenne was elected as president.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 March 2017 17:05
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