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AFN To Elect New Leader In December PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:19

The Assembly of First Nations has voted in favour of electing a new chief in December at a special chiefs assembly in Winnipeg.

The group agreed to back a motion that will see the new chief serve a mandate of 3 1/2 years.

Dozens of chiefs spoke and there was overwhelming support for the December election.

Most chiefs agreed that a new national chief was needed before the federal election set for October 2015.

The position became vacant after Shawn Atleo unexpectedly stepped down in May following five years at the helm.

Atleo resigned under criticism for his support of proposed changes to federal legislation related to aboriginal education.

The federal government has since put the policy changes on hold.

The Assembly of First Nations is holding its annual, three-day meeting in Halifax where they are also expected to discuss resource development and education, among other issues.

(The Canadian Press)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:22
La Ronge RCMP Search For Suspect PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:58

La Ronge RCMP are on the look-out for a suspect wanted on a Canada Wide warrant.

Police says officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the town this morning in but the driver took off.

The driver was identified as 23-year-old Dylan Lewis and the vehicle was later located near an apartment block.

Officers entered the building but Lewis was already gone.

Lewis is six-foot-one, 200-pounds with short hair and tattoos on his neck.

Police say he has a history of violence and weapons offences, is wanted on a parole violation and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on the where-abouts of 23-year-old Dylan Lewis is asked to contact La Ronge RCMP or CrimeStoppers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:01
Man Charged With Manslaughter Remains in Custody PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:54

A B-C man charged in connection to a fatal fire near Uranium City over four years ago remains in custody following his first court appearance.

31-year-old Christopher Champagne made his first appearance on two counts of manslaughter in La Ronge yesterday.

Champagne was apprehended on Vancouver Island earlier this month and transferred to Saskatchewan on Friday.

He is one of two suspects in the January 2010 fire that claimed the lives of two men near Uranium City.

Champagne will be back in court on Thursday for a bail hearing.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:57
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