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Northern Saskatchewan well represented at ABEX Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:29

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson with her honorary degree. Photo courtesy Tammy Cook-Searson, Facebook

The 2017 ABEX Awards are coming up on October 21, and two leaders from northern Saskatchewan will headline the award recipients.

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce hands out the ABEX Awards every year as a way to honour businesses and leaders who have helped add to province both economically and socially.

Lac la Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson will be receiving the first-ever ABEX Community Leader of the Year Award. This award is given to someone who has made a positive contribution to the community through volunteerism and philanthropy.

"It is a pleasure to award Chief Tammy Cook-Searson the ABEX Community Leader of the Year Award," said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce in a media release. "The commitment she has to her communities and her exemplary professional life is an inspiration to the people of this province."

Chief Cook-Searson was the first woman elected to lead the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and is currently in her second term.

This year's ABEX Awards will also see Athabasca Basin Development CEO Geoff Gay receive the award for Business Leader of the Year. Gay has been with the Indigenous-owned northern economic development firm since 1998.

"The work he has done and continues to do in northern Saskatchewan is truly remarkable," said McLellan. "Saskatchewan has – and will – continue to benefit from his efforts."

The chamber also previously announced that AREVA will enter the ABEX Hall of Fame.

The ABEX awards take place in Saskatoon on October 21.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:44
Social media under scrutiny in La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:18

Photo courtesy of Welcome 2 Reality

It is coming up to a grim anniversary in Northern Saskatchewan.

In October of 2016, four girls between the age of 10 and 14 took their own lives. There was also a lot of chatter about the deaths on social media. There were also suicide pacts being made and shared on the internet.

As part of an ongoing strategy to deal with the crisis and the influence of social media, there will be two open meetings in La Ronge tonight, where participants will learn about the good, the bad and the ugly of the internet.

The idea to hold the sessions and bring in the experts came from Kyla McKenzie, who works with the social services department in conjunction with Lac La Ronge Child and Indian Services.

She had the opportunity to participate in a session with the Connecticut company called Welcome 2 Reality. It specializes in social media and how it impacts today’s youth. Everything from providing a portal for learning, to sharing suicide pacts and the dangers of online predators is discussed.

"I think it is something our communities absolutely need in the wake of what happened in October here, it’s important information we need to get out," she said.

Co-founder of Welcome 2 Reality, Marcus Stallworth, says the internet has changed the way teens perceive themselves, and it also puts them at greater risk to psychological bullying.

"Some of those young folks, who were in a position that they decided to move and make the choices they decided to make, were being bullied online," he said. "And again, most of the time the parents were not even aware that this was happening."

Welcome 2 Reality held sessions with professionals, educators, students and RCMP in La Ronge today.

There will be a public meeting at Churchill Community High School tonight, with another public meeting tomorrow at the Kitsaki Hall. More sessions are planned for October and November.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:48
Fond-du-Lac elects new chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:38

Photo courtesy of fonddulac.ca

A new chief has been elected on Fond-du-Lac Denesuline First Nation.

Chief Louie Mercredi defeated incumbent Rudy Adam to be elected as the band's new chief at an election this past weekend. Along with the new chief, the council will also see several new faces.

Willie-John Laurent was the lone councillor who was re-elected. Joining Laurent on council is Edward Andrew Isadore, Sabrina Fern, Jake Mercredi, Frederick Martin and Ronnie Augier.

The new chief and council will serve a three-year term.

The results of this election are pending a two-week appeals process.  According to the Chief Electoral Officer no appeals have been made yet.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:10
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