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RM councillor resigns after making social media comment about Colten Boushie killing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:21

A Rural Municipality councillor has resigned from his job after posting an online comment about the shooting death of Colten Boushie.

Boushie, a 22-year-old Pheasant First Nation Man was killed after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm in the Biggar area. The property owner, 54-year-old Gerald Stanley, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is free on bail.

In the aftermath, Lampman farmer Ben Kautz posted a comment on the incident on the Saskatchewan Farmers Group Facebook, saying “in my mind his only mistake was leaving witnesses."

Even though Kautz deleted it, a screenshot of the post was widely circulated. Multiple Facebook groups, including Pan-American Xroads and Settle deCOLONIZATION, posted a link to the RM’s contact page calling for those who want Kautz to resign or be removed from council to contact the office and voice their opinion.

Now, the Rural Municipality of Browning, southeast of Regina, says in a news release that it has accepted Kautz's resignation.

The RM added this:

“The Council of the R.M. of Browning No. 34 thanks Mr. Kautz for his years of dedicated service to the R.M. as well as his volunteering on several boards, committees and associations of the community."

 
What to expect as water levels rise on the North Saskatchewan River PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:14

The view of the North Saskatchewan River in Prince Albert. Photo courtesy Facebook, City of Prince Albert, Rod A Young.

The Water Security Agency expects the North Saskatchewan River to rise by two metres between Wednesday and hit peak levels in the next few days.

For the Battlefords, that should happen on Sunday and in Prince Albert it's expected overnight on Monday next week.

The WSA has issued an advisory related to a significant rainfall in the areas west of Edmonton on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Edmonton’s water level should peak on Wednesday.

The water will flow nearly five times faster than usual, the WSA said in its advisory.

The WSA says the timing of the water increase is abnormal, but not substantial. It isn’t expecting any flood damage.

In other river news, the City of Prince Albert is announcing an end to all water restrictions related to the late July Husky oil spill.

The city says it's confident in the alternative water pipelines currently in place, and say there's ample supply of water for rural and urban users.

This means people no longer need to worry about using alternating days to water their lawns, wash vehicles, or fill their pools.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:20
 
Day 1 recap of the World Indigenous Business Forum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:49

Several First Nation elders began the WIBF with a prayer.

Day one of the World Indigenous Business Forum wrapped up in Saskatoon on Wednesday and according to both organizers and attendees things are going really well.

The forum, with nearly 1000 delegates representing over 10 countries, is the largest WIBF in the event's seven year history.

Chair of the Saskatoon WIBF planning committee Milton Tootoosis has been at every WIBF so far. He says it is quite the difference planning the event, but says he is relieved to see this day come and is excited to see the many partnerships and connections already being formed.

“It's like going to a sales seminar,” said Tootoosis. “You are coming here to get some information and press the restart button and hopefully go home with a a new contact or idea you can actually implement.”

Tootoosis says already there is a strong sense of optimism from everyone in attendance. He says this is vital because too often the public is bombarded with negative news.

“We are hearing success stories that are the opposite of that negative news. I think the main thing is to promote this notion of sharing and connecting and inspiring one another to get over those ups and downs and peaks and valleys,” he said.

Chief Cadmus Delorme of Cowessess First Nation reiterated the feeling of optimism throughout the forum.

“There's something about economic participation because it is many nations together,” he said. “This is where you build partnerships, you get innovative, you have ideas, you think outside the box. You don't just look at the hole in the doughnut you look at the whole doughnut.”

Chief Delorme will be moderating a panel of young Indigenous innovators during the forum on Thursday.

The nearly 1000 delegates have heard presentations from several different groups and organizations on the first day. The presentations have ranged from how to enter the global market to building relationships with Indigenous communities in the mining sector.

The first presentation of the day was from Dylan Jones of Western Economic Diversification Canada. He spoke to the delegates on creating the conditions for success for Indigenous people in the economy. He believes we are on the right track.

“We need to ensure the many successful Indigenous businesses are showcased and the momentum of these deals will draw in more investors and increase confidence in partnering with Indigenous communities,” said Jones during his presentation.

Another presentation was from Chief Robert Louie of the highly successful Westbank First Nation in British Columbia. He spoke on engaging global markets and reminded the forum to be open with their knowledge.

“I think we are all here learning and sharing ideas and we can all learn from each other and that's what makes our Indigenous people strong around the world,” he said.

Federated Co-op, PotashCorp, The Government of Saskatchewan and the Royal Bank of Canada were among some of the other presenters during day 1.

International delegates Peter Hanohano from Hawaii and Selwyn Catene from New Zealand.

Last year's WIBF was hosted in Honolulu, Hawaii and Dr. Peter Hanohano was apart of the planning committee for that event. He says it was life-changing.

“Now we have the opportunity to come here and expand Indigenous business across the world,” he said. While this is his first day in Saskatchewan Hanohano already says he loves it.

His colleague Selwyn Catene from New Zealand says he is at the forum to help create a world-wide Indigenous community.

“We are living in challenging and changing times, so what's important is that we look at not only being academically equipped, technically equipped or culturally equipped, but we have to be connected and that's what conferences like this does,” said Catene.

With the first day of the forum complete the attendees will now turn their attention to the first ever Saskatchewan World Indigenous Festival for the Arts, which gets underway Thursday evening.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:59
 
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