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Aboriginal Groups Have Mixed Reactions To Daniels Appeal Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:10

There were mixed reactions to a court ruling in Ottawa Thursday.

Métis activists are pleased the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the initial decision in the Daniels case that says they should be recognized as Indians under the Canadian constitution.

Métis National Council President Clem Chartier says Thursday’s court decision has a significant impact for Métis people across the country.

“The federal government can no longer say they don’t have jurisdiction or the companion responsibility to deal with the Métis people,” he says.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is also calling the court decision a significant move forward.

National Chief Betty Anne Lavallee says in a release, “Today, I am very pleased that the Federal Court of Appeal agreed that Métis are Indians under the section 91(24) of the Constitution – as well, we are equally as pleased the Federal Government conceded at the appeal hearing that non-Status Indians fall under federal jurisdiction.”

However, the appeal court ruling also overturns an earlier judicial decision that recognized non-status Indigenous peoples as Indians under the constitution.

Instead, Federal Court of Appeal says non-status Indians as a group do not lend themselves to the general application of application sought by the respondents.

For this reason, the court says recognition of non-status Indians under the constitution should be done on a case-by-case basis.

Aboriginal Affairs Coalition of Saskatchewan President Kim Beaudin says this is very disappointing.

“In a sense, non-status people with this ruling were thrown under the bus and it’s kind of sad,” he says.

Nevertheless, Chartier warns Métis people should not raise their hopes too high, as the ruling does not mean they now have the same rights as status First Nations people under the constitution.

“I can’t in the near future, and perhaps even in the distant future, see that we would get the same level of services that status Indians are getting.”

He estimates the ruling affects about 400,000 Métis people across the country.

The initial court challenge was started by the late Harry Daniels.

Both Chartier and Beaudin say they anticipate the federal government will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 12:18
 
Federal and Provincial Governments Kick In $330,000 To Restore Stanley Mission Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:09

The oldest building in Saskatchewan will be around for generations to come thanks to some major restoration work financed by the federal and provincial governments.

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission was built in 1860 and still stands proud 154 years later.

It is a beautiful building on the shores of the Churchill River in Lac La Ronge Provincial Park.

The church was designed by the English missionary Robert Hunt and constructed by Cree craftsman using locally cut lumber as well as stained glass brought from England.

It took six years to build and has stood the test of time.

However, the Stanley Mission church now needs some major restoration work which includes a new foundation and roof.

Saskatchewan Parks Minister Kevin Doherty says it is critically important to maintain the historic site.

“It not only has historical significance for the province but cultural significance, obviously for our First Nations and Métis population in this province it is something our government recognizes,” he says.

Doherty says in addition to being a national historic site and tourist destination, the church still also serves as a place of worship.

“The locals still use it as a church up there. It’s historically important, it’s culturally important, it has a tourism aspect to it - so that is important to us as well.”

The total cost of the recent restoration work was $330,000 dollars.

The province provided $230,000 with the federal government providing the rest.

Doherty says if more money is needed to preserve the church, the province will provide it as needs arise.

 
Two face charges after RCMP shoot at vehicle PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:37

An 18 year old man and a 16 year old girl were in La Ronge Provincial Court today facing numerous charges after police shot at a vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

It started around 2:30 p.m. when Montreal Lake RCMP advised La Ronge RCMP that a vehicle traveling north on Highway 2 at excessive speeds was entering their detachment area and was a concern for public safety.

Around 3 p.m. a road block and spike belt was set up 15-kilometers south of La Ronge.

Police fired a shotgun at the approaching vehicle which rammed a police cruiser, drove over a spike belt and hit the ditch.

There were no injuries reported.

The two people got out of the vehicle and took off running into the bush.

With the help of a police dog from Prince Albert and Conservation Officers on snowmobiles, the two suspects were arrested shortly after 7 p.m. on the east side of Potato Lake.

As a precaution, both of them were taken to the La Ronge Hospital and then turned over to police.

The 18 year old, Jordan Malcolm Desjarlais, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant out of Calgary.

The new charges include dangerous driving, assaulting a peace officer and vehicle theft.

The 16 year old female suspect cannot be identified and was charged with resisting arrest and breach of undertaking.

 

The investigation continues.

 
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