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Two Indigenous leaders named to Order of Merit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnk   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:36

A First Nations elder and a former Saskatchewan treaty commissioner are among 10 people that will receive the province’s highest honour tonight.

The order of merit is awarded to people who have made an outstanding social, cultural, and economic contribution to the province.

George Lafond and Isabelle Impey both have decades of outstanding community service behind them. Lafond grew up on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. He was the provinces first aboriginal treaty commissioner.

His work led to an historic treaty land entitlement agreement in 1992. Throughout his career, he has worked tirelessly for better relations between governments and First Nations people.

He says receiving the order has special meaning for him.

“My late mother received the order of merit in 1988, almost 27 years ago,” he said. “You know I just sort of feel that public service was a part of my upbringing through her teachings and I am very honoured to be receiving this award.”

First Nations Elder, Isabelle Impey grew up at Cumberland house. She now lives in Prince Albert where she has won numerous awards for her work over the years as an advocate for indigenous children and families.

She says being named to the order of merit is not an honour that belongs just to her. She says she had a lot of help.

“For one thing, it was a big surprise because the work that I do, the volunteering and certainly helping the community is not done by myself,” she said. “I have a whole lot of other people there to make it happen.”

The award was created in 1985. Since then it has been awarded to 219 Saskatchewan residents.

Ray Ahenakew to be honoured by U of S PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:30

Photo courtesy sicc.sk.ca.

A former president of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies will be honoured by the University of Saskatchewan early next month.

Ray Ahenakew will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the university's Spring Convocation on June 1st.

In addition to being an SIIT president The 73 year-old from Ahtakakoop First Nation led a Meadow Lake Tribal Council team that pioneered self-government negotiations with the federal government.

A university spokesperson says Ahenakew has spent a lifetime breaking down barriers to improve the lives of First Nations people.

Ahenakew says being honoured by the university is meaningful because “education breaks down barriers.”

Ahenakew will be one of six honourary degree recipients, which also include child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock and First Nations Bank CEO Keith Martell.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:33
Saskatoon search for Justin Kishayinew to go ahead this weekend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 20 May 2016 17:05

A search for a man who went missing in Saskatoon will go ahead this weekend.

Last week, 22-year-old Justin Kishayinew's father said they had to cancel a search due to lack of funding.

Since then, a woman whose nephew went missing years ago, along with several others, have taken up the cause.

Myrna LaPlante will be joined by Kishayinew's family in search efforts on Saturday and Sunday. They will focus on the South Saskatchewan River and Meewasin Trail, searching by ground and - if possible - boat.

LaPlante organizes a bi-annual search for her nephew Cody Ridge Wolfe and has been a part of searching for Emily Osmond. She said she offered up her experience in February, and this weekend marks the second official search for Kishayinew.

Kishayinew left his home on the 100 block of Avenue L South on February 10 and has not been seen since. His last known public communication was a Facebook profile picture update at 7:30 am.

For those with time or donations to offer, they can contact Myrna Laplante on Facebook or by cell at 306-221-7475.

Search orientation will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre and will continue on Sunday, starting at Third Avenue United Church, 304-3rd Avenue North at 12:30 p.m.

- with files from Joel Willick

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 17:09
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