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Man Seriously Injured After Vehicle Rollover In Muscowpetung PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:55

RCMP believe alcohol was a factor in a single vehicle rollover on the Muscowpetung First Nation near Fort Qu’Appelle on the weekend.

The driver was thrown from the vehicle and suffered undetermined injuries.

He was found unconscious and was airlifted to a Regina hospital.

A male passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The accident happened at around 5 p.m. Saturday.

RCMP are continuing their investigation.

BRDN Continues To Press For Recognition Of Traditional Hunting Rights On Air Weapons Range Through Court System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:53

A northwestern Saskatchewan First Nation is not giving up its fight to assert what it says are traditional hunting rights on a piece of land currently occupied by the Canadian military.

The Buffalo River Dene Nation has been locked in a battle with the Department of National Defence since 1994 when two of its band members were charged for trespassing and unlawful hunting on the Primrose Air Weapons Range.

The Buffalo River band was in federal court in Vancouver last month requesting a judge officially recognize its traditional rights in the area.

Chief Lance Byhette says band members continue to access the area unhindered but it is important that the justice system clarify the historic wrong the federal government committed when it expropriated the territory in the 1950’s.

“That’s where all the medicine and our food and livelihood has been utilized prior to the air weapons range,” he says. “Myself, I was raised by my 95-year-old grandfather that just passed on this summer, who utilized that area to provide for our family and community members.”

Byhette says they have tried to resolve the issue with the Canadian military a number of times over the years but been forced to go to the judicial system as a last resort.

“I wrote a letter to the wing commander, I’ve mentioned it to the minister, I’ve sat down with the minister regarding this issue but it’s already in court, let the court process take its toll and see where it goes from there is what their response is at the end of the day.”

James Sylvestre and Harry Catarat were initially acquitted of charges related to hunting on the air weapons range but this ruling was later overturned and the Supreme Court later denied an appeal.

Along with the Buffalo River band, the Birch Narrows First Nation is also pursuing the issue in federal court.

The judge is expected to deliver a decision on the case in the coming weeks.

Man Facing 17 Charges After La Ronge Vehicle Rollover PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith and Kelly Provost   
Friday, 10 October 2014 14:10

A 22-year-old man is facing 17 charges after an accident that sent several people to hospital in the La Ronge area Thursday.

The single vehicle rollover on the Bell's Point reserve near La Ronge happened around 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon.

RCMP say six people in a minivan were taken to the La Ronge Health Centre with various injuries.

Jonathan Moses Lee Lavallee was arrested and, among other charges, faces three counts each of impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and failure to remain at the scene of an accident where people were injuried.

He will be making his first court appearance in La Ronge Provincial Court on Tuesday.

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