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13-year-old reported missing from Canoe Lake PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:22

Emily Iron. Photo supplied by RCMP.

Mounties are asking for the public's help in finding 13-year-old Emily Iron from Canoe Lake.

Iron was reported missing to Canoe Lake RCMP on Wednedsay, June 27 after last being seen earlier that day.

She is described as an Aboriginal female, 5'6", 110 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Iron has a scar on her forehead.

Anyone with the information on the whereabouts of Emily Iron is asked to contact their nearest police service or Canoe Lake RCMP at 306-288-6400 or call 310-RCMP anywhere in Saskatchewan or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:33
Bear encounters on the rise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:21

photo courtesy Saskatchewan Environment website

Provincial environment officials are warning people that encounters with black bears are happening more often at this time of the year.

Within the last week, Saskatchewan Environment has received a number of calls about black bears near the communities of La Ronge and Otter Lake.

Saskatchewan has a healthy black bear population and they are moving around more as berries become more abundant in the northern forests.

Brock Lockhart is with Saskatchewan Environment in Creighton and says bears are on the move and it’s not uncommon to come across a bear while hiking or camping in the backcountry.  He says that bears will be attracted to other scents such as human food and garbage until most berries become ripe, so he says it is important to store food properly in sealed containers and remove any garbage from a campsite to a landfill.

He says if you do encounter a bear, the best thing to do is remain calm and speak to the bear is lower tones.

"Most bears are cautious around humans and they rarely charge or show aggression to people," says Lockhart. "If you do encounter a bear, it’s important to stay calm and don't run."

He says if people do happen to come upon a bear, the best thing to do is make a wide detour. He says don’t look directly at it as the bear may take that as a challenging stare.

Lockhart says people shouldn’t try to feed bears or get close to try and get a picture.

"That's a dangerous situation," he says.  "Bears that have lost their fear of humans by being fed or common encounters can cause harm to humans or property damage and it’s not a good situation to get those bears habituated to people."

As for other tips that people should take into consideration if they live in bear country or are camping in the back country, Lockhart says that food should be stored in sealed containers, keep barbeques clean and garbage should be handled in a manner that supports living with bears, which he says means it should be kept inside or disposed of at a landfill.

Lockhart says that most black bears will threaten but not attack.  He says if you are attacked, defend yourself.  Stand up tall, hit and kick and punch the bear as best you can. And he says never play dead.

He says if people find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation with a bear or other predatory animal, they should call the local conservation officer or the Turn In Poachers hotline at 1-800-667-7561.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:53
FSIN says safe drinking water is a basic human right PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:24

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The chief of the FSIN says the federal government is taking too long to address the issue of safe drinking water in First Nations communities.

Bobby Cameron says despite the federal government’s promise to put an end to boil water advisories in First Nation communities, 17 Saskatchewan First Nations still do not have access to safe drinking water. The federal government has proposed to invest $1.8 billion over five years to First Nations for water infrastructure, operations and management.

He says that having access to clean water is a fundamental treaty right and a basic human right.

"The federal bureaucrats are pumping the brakes on water security, while federal government is greenlighting pipelines, which we know pose a threat to our water supply," adds Cameron.

A number of communities are still dealing with the aftermath of Husky Energy’s pipeline leak along the North Saskatchewan River last summer.

James Smith Cree Nation was among those affected the most. Cameron says that communities further downstream like Red Earth and Cumberland House are seeing the impacts along the North Saskatchewan River as well.

"There could be more compensation coming to affected bands," he says.

The FSIN chief says that stricter protections for the environment should be put in place to protect the land and First Nations which benefit from the economic and revenue sharing opportunities that result from pipeline projects.

He says that the FSIN is looking at developing a First Nations advisory committee that would monitor the lands and waterways to ensure that protection is happening.

"We know that water is life. It affects our body, our mind, and our well-being," says Cameron.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:39
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