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Whitecap Dakota First Nation And SPS Sign Historic Education Agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 24 October 2014 15:17

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation signed a four-year agreement with Saskatoon Public Schools this morning that will see its students receive a level of services and funding similar to students attending provincial schools.

As part of the agreement, students and teachers at the Whitecap Dakota Elementary School now fall under Saskatoon Public Schools.

Chief Darcy Bear says the education agreement makes the Whitecap school a more attractive place to work and enables its students to receive a higher level of services.

“It makes it very attractive now to work in Whitecap and attract the best teachers to come to our school,” he says. “As well, the focus here is going to be on the primary literacy because a lot of studies correlate as far as a strong literacy program leads to retention in school and at the end of the day what we want to see is our students graduate.”

Saskatoon Board of Education Chair Ray Morrison says the agreement allows the school division to provide Whitecap students with a higher level of educational support services.

“It’s things like access to special needs teachers, some specialists like speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists – some of those kinds of specialists in education that aren’t found in many parts of the province.”

About 61 students currently attend the kindergarten to Grade 4 Whitecap school.

After graduation, these students attend schools in the Saskatoon Public School Division.

The Whitecap band will not lose any jurisdiction over education as a result of the agreement.

The education agreement is funded by the federal government.

It is the first of its kind in the province and was 20 years in the making.

Grandmother's Bay And Stanley Mission Volunteers Join Search For Charlette PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 24 October 2014 15:15

Volunteers from Grandmother’s Bay and Stanley Mission continue their search of the North Saskatchewan River near Prince Albert for the body of Tim Charlette.

Police believe Charlette may be near where the body of Beatrice Adam was found on Oct. 12.

The volunteers are using sonar equipment recently purchased by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band to search the river.

Leon Charles, one of the volunteers using the equipment, says they have been searching since Wednesday.

“Today, we are going to do a physical check on the river, all the way down to Wapiti Bridge, the Grondin Bridge – that’s where we’re going to get dropped off this morning and then we’re going to come up and the people from Stanley they’re going to be going down the river,” he says. “So, we’re trying to cover as much water as we can today.”

The family of Tim Charlette said they are grateful for the support they have received and the effort of the search teams.

Robert Charlette, Tim’s Father, says it has been a difficult time.

“My son is somewhere, I don’t know whereabouts, but he’s in the water and hopefully we’ll find him soon before freeze up,” he says.

The volunteers are working in conjunction with the Prince Albert police and fire departments in the search.

Montreal Lake Cree Nation Joins Initiative For Higher Standards In Forestry Management Standards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 24 October 2014 15:14

A huge tract of forest in central Saskatchewan is now certified to standards set by an independent organization called the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

SFI works with forestry companies and First Nations to put standards and policies in place that protect the land and ensure sustainable forest management for generations to come.

It is a non-profit organization that is internationally recognized for its forestry initiative programs and has a long history of partnerships with First Nations.

Kaskew Forestry Products of Prince Albert is licensed by the Montreal Lake Cree Business Ventures to manage and operate the wood allocation.

General manager Bart Smith says preserving and protecting ancestral territory is very important to the company and is worth the effort.

“Definitely there is more to do to being certified but our thought is we are very concerned about the future and we want to make sure we protect Montreal Lake ancestral territory, so it is well worth the extra effort to meet this standard,” he says.

Smith also says meeting SFI objectives and other performance criteria improves the company’s ability to cooperate with local partners in harvesting and at the same time participate more fully in the local economy.

The area of forest involved is about half the size of Prince Edward Island.

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