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Wild Rice Harvesters Gather in Prince Albert for Thirtieth Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:40

Northern Saskatchewan wild rice harvesters met in Prince Albert this past weekend for their 30th annual conference.

The harvesters were represented from all the different regions in the north and while not every harvester was there for the conference there were more than 30 in attendance.

Former chairman of the Wild Rice Council, Lynn Riese, says the harvesters like to meet once a year to talk with all the growers in the province and discuss ideas about their operations.

He says the hurdles that have burdened the harvesters over the years are actually beginning to shrink.

“The market used to be down price-wise in the past and we had a weak marketer for a few years, but now the price is going way up and there is nobody with inventory that they are dumping,” said Riese.

Riese does say one challenge facing harvesters is an aging air boat fleet that will be hard to repair.  He says there is no plan in place at the moment to address the issue, but he hopes one will be developed in the future.

Riese has served as Chair for the Wild Rice Council for ten years and this past weekend he resigned the spot.  The former Chair says wild rice harvesters in Saskatchewan have come a long way in the past ten years.

“It’s really improved, it went bad for quite a while there, but now everybody harvesting wild rice is making money,” said Riese.

Other discussion from the weekend included insurance coverage for wild rice, land use and getting more youth interested in wild rice harvesting.

Two Men Face Attempted Murder Charges After Quill Lake Robbery PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 24 April 2015 15:15

One man from Fishing Lake First Nation and another from Wadena face numerous charges after a robbery and shooting incident at Quill Lake earlier this week.

25 year-old Delbert Nanaquetung and 28 year-old face three counts of attempted murder, attempted robbery among other charges.

RCMP say the two men held up a bar in Quill Lake with a rifle and a crow bar.

After a confrontation several shots were fired at three men with one of the men struck in the back and another hit in the leg.  Police say the two men did fire another shot at another man, but he was not harmed.

The two suspects then fled the scene, but were arrested on Thursday after their vehicle had crashed in Watson.

Both men were remanded into custody and will make their first court appearance on Monday.

Provincial Funding For the Urban Navigator Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Friday, 24 April 2015 13:29

The province has announced a 330-thousand dollar investment for an urban First Nations project.

Over the years, First Nations people have moved to the city to seek a better life. What many of them found was a foreign place with all kinds of challenges.

The Saskatoon Tribal Council's Urban Navigator Project was set up to help with the transition.

Tribal Chief Felix Thomas says First Nations people are more comfortable coming to their own for help.

Thomas says finding affordable housing is the biggest challenge facing First Nations people when they move from the reserve to the city.

Minister responsible Jeremy Harrsion says the 330-thousand-dollars will be spent over the next three years.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 13:30
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