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The Prime Minister and Premier Visit La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Friday, 24 July 2015 14:00

Prime Minister Stephen Harper in La Ronge.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Brad Wall along with Members of Parliament Rob Clarke and Randy Hoback and community leaders met in La Ronge this morning.

La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki, Air Ronge Mayor Gordon Stomp were in attendance, along with Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson.

Cook-Searson says she spoke with the Prime Minister and reiterated her concerns about fire fighting in the north.

"Having more of our local fire fighters trained and on the ground and having more of our people trained and ready to go and then also enhancing out First Nations agreements that we have."

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Kimberly Jonathan was also at the meeting in La Ronge.

Jonathan says a meeting has been requested on the development of a comprehensive First Nations Emergency Measures Management Plan and Funding Agreement.

The FSIN also wants a settlement reached on funding for damage to homes, properties and infrastructure in First Nations communities and traditional territories caused by fires in Saskatchewan.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 14:15
High Speed Internet Service Announced for More Northern Communities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 24 July 2015 13:36

More than 2,700 homes in a number of small northern Saskatchewan communities will be getting high speed internet service over the next couple of years.

The federal government announced today it is providing $7.4 million for the broadband project which should be complete by 2017.

SaskTel is also a partner.

More than two dozen communities will be affected.

They include Bear Creek, Black Lake, Brabant Lake, Canoe Narrows, Clearwater River Dene Nation, Dore Lake, Fond du Lac, Grandmother’s Bay, Jans Bay, Missinipe, Patuanak, Red Earth, Shoal Lake, Southend, Stanley Mission, St. George’s Hill, Stony Rapids, Sucker River, Turnor Lake, Wadin Bay, Wahpeton, Waterhen Lake and Wollaston Lake.

The announcement was made this morning by Rob Clarke, the Conservative MP for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 11:09
Onion Lake Prepares Nurses for Future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:15

The Onion Lake Cree Nation has plans to expand its community health services.

The band and the University of Saskatchewan have agreed to add a nursing program to the other university classes currently offered on the reserve.

University spokesperson Heather Exner-Pirot says the community hopes to open a hospital in the near future.

"And Onion Lake requested that they educate some nurses and they plan in the medium term to open up their own hospital. So, the way that our program is developed, the first year is mostly Arts and Science classes and they can be taken fairly easily anywhere around the province.  So we're able to offer that first year Arts and Sciences with first year education," says Exner-Pirot.  "The students will be done their nursing degree in about four years from now and I'm sure they will hope in the next five to 10 years to have their own hospital.  Of course, they already have a health centre so there's lots of places for nursing students to go to once they become registered nurses on-reserve already."

The agreement gives Onion Lake students the option of entering into the fields of either education or nursing, or completing prerequisites for other health sciences in Onion Lake.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 17:19
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