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U of S Students Display Artwork At Final TRC Gathering In Edmonton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Monday, 14 April 2014 16:55

Six University of Saskatchewan art students were part of the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission gathering in Edmonton last month.

The students presented replicas of artwork they have created which shed light on the experiences of Indian residential school survivors.

Art and Art History professor Susan Shantz says the TRC Edmonton gathering was both an emotional and enlightening experience for the students.

“It was very stirring, again, to hear these really powerful stories of some of the experiences in the residential schools,” she says. “The students said that to me after and every time we’ve gone they’ve come away and said, ‘I was just in tears hearing that again,’ and that it is so hard to hear these stories.”

She adds the goal of the project is to present the often dark legacy of residential schools to a wider audience.

“I think that kind of emotional response to art can be really meaningful for an audience. And I know the audience that the tribal chief (Felix Thomas) is looking for, for the mural, is not an audience that knows about this history, so it’s sort of educational, how can a wider public learn about this history.”

The students worked directly with elders from the Saskatoon Tribal Council on the project.

A total of nine pieces of artwork were taken to Edmonton.

The project is officially called “The Child Taken” and a full size mural is currently on display at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

 
RCMP INVESTIGATE DAY STAR WOMAN'S DEATH PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 12:50

An autopsy has been scheduled for this week after the body of a 23-year-old woman was found on the weekend.

On Saturday RCMP were called to a rural location about 13-kilometers east of Foam Lake.

The body of a woman had been found in a ditch.

She was later identified as a member of the Day Star First Nation, which is located near Punnichy.

The coroner and the Major Crime Unit were called into assist with the investigation.

The woman's name has not been released and it is not known if any charges will be laid.

 
Pratt Fired As NAIG CEO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 11 April 2014 13:59

The CEO of the 2014 North American Indigenous Games has been fired.

The decision to terminate Glen Pratt was made by the games’ board of directors after reviewing the results of an independent sexual harassment investigation by a Regina human resources company.

The chair of the board, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Vice-Chief Dutch Lerat, says because it is a personnel matter he is not at liberty to discuss the report but does confirm action has been taken.

“What I can tell you is that the CEO has been replaced and Mr. Pratt is no longer in the employ of NAIG 2014,” he says. “Mr. Ron Crowe has replaced Mr. Pratt as CEO of NAIG and we look forward to hosting the 3,500 athletes plus the coaches and staff who are coming and our board is focused on that.”

The investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against Pratt began in early February and lasted about six weeks.

It was based on complaints by three women who were employed by the games; two of them full time and one on contract.

Pratt was put on paid leave in early February when the investigation was launched.

Ron Crowe was appointed interim CEO of the games shortly after the investigation was launched.

Crowe has a long history with the games and was chair of the volunteer committee before taking on the CEO job.

Lerat says he is confident in Crowe’s abilities and with the personnel matter now a thing of the past, they can focus on the games which are just a few months away.

“We have less than a hundred days to the start of the games, so we are concentrated and we are focused. The staff are all focused and willing to work and we are looking forward to the day when we can host this momentous event.”

The North American Indigenous Games are a huge event bringing in about 3,500 young Aboriginal athletes from all over North America for a one-week competition in more than a dozen different sports.

It is also a major cultural event showcasing volunteerism and teamwork between First Nations, Métis and non-Indigenous communities.

The games will be held July 20-27 in Regina.

The event is expected to inject about $30 million into the local economy.

The theme for this year’s games is “Raising the Bar.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:16
 
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