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La Ronge woman named Indigenous businesswoman of the year by national organization PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnk   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 12:20

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It was quite a birthday surprise for a La Ronge businesswoman. Anne Calladine, the owner of Northwinds Bus Lines learned she had been named Indigenous businesswoman of the year by a national organization on the same day she celebrated her 40th birthday last week.

She was whisked off to Halifax for the awards presentation which were held last night. She was humble in her acceptance and grateful for family who helped her believe in herself.

“So I always want remember where I came from and where my family came from because I think that is what makes us so remarkable today, “ She said.

Calladine grew up in La Ronge and as a child worked trap lines with her grandmother. She says despite a good upbringing  she lost her way as a teen and made many bad choices, but is now back on track.

“Now I love my love, I am actually grateful I went through those struggles because it makes me appreciate so much more what I have,” she said. “It makes me want to work harder because if someone just gives you something you don’t appreciate it as much.”

In addition to running bus services for a number of northern school divisions,  her company is also a major commercial recycle  with several large customers including the La La Ronge Indian Band.

She says people will always needs school buses to drive their kids to school and people will always need their garbage picked up so she says it’s a good fit.

The award was presented to her by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations association.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 12:29
Outfitter and 2 American hunters fined nearly $10,000 PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:01

Fines totaling nearly $10,000 were recently handed out to an outfitter and two American hunters.

The outfitter, 31 year old George Keewatin of Kamsack was fined $7,000 and the hunters were fined $1,400 each.

The guide was only authorized to provide guiding services on the Mosquito First Nation, while the hunter’s deer licenses were valid only on First Nations land.

The trio was more than 70 kilometres outside reserve land when they were charged last fall.

The fines were handed out in North Battleford Provincial Court on June 8.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment says outfitting and guiding in unauthorized areas is a serious issue and this type of activity hinders other outfitters following the rules.

If anyone suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations they are asked to call the local Ministry of Environment office or the Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:07
Three-day First Nations University conference focuses on urban aboriginals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:00

The First Nations University of Canada is hosting a three-day national conference involving top researchers and community members who are sharing knowledge about urban aboriginals.

The goal is to find better programs and better ways to serve a growing segment of the First Nations population and at the same time work towards reconciliation.

Sixty per cent of First Nations people live off reserve and that number is growing. The Canadian Indigenous Native Studies association has been doing research on the trend and is sharing its findings during the conference in Regina.

More than 180 academics, First Nations speakers and community members will participate in 47 panel discussions ranging from oral histories about the arrival of the settlers to crime and justice.

FNU president Mark Dockstator says there is a wealth of information.

“Well these are the top researchers from all the different universities across Canada that have an interest or a particular area of expertise in this field of study,” he said.  “It does focus on urban but it runs right across the spectrum involving all different types of research.”

One of the chief researchers at the conference is David Newhouse from Trent University. He has also been involved in a network of Aboriginal scholars called the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, which helped organize the conference. He says knowledge sharing is important to finding solutions.

“So part of what we are doing is to build a network of people who are working together and focusing on solving local problems,” he said. “We want to identify local issues around housing, economics, around health, around working together, so that’s what we are trying to do.”

The National Association of Friendship Centres is also involved in the conference. Vice-president Chris Shepard from Labrador says not all research has to be university-driven.

“There is community knowledge and expertise that lies outside of institutions,” he said. “It is just as important as institutional research.”

The theme of the conference is ‘Reconciliation through research.’ This is the second gathering of its type and it is the first time the event has been hosted by the First Nations University.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:03
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