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Election Day For The Canoe Lake Cree Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 12 December 2014 10:51

The Canoe Lake Cree Nation is holding its chief and council election today.

Incumbent chief Robert Opikokew is facing just the one challenger -- Francis Iron.

Opikokew has been the chief in Canoe Lake for the last four years.

Twenty-six people are running for six council positions.

The winners will serve a two-year term in office.

Hockey Day In Saskatchewan Coming To Province's North In 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 12 December 2014 10:43

Hockey Day in Saskatchewan will be held in northern Saskatchewan in 2017.

The announcement was made yesterday as part of a new partnership between the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and uranium mining company Cameco.

The weekend is used as a big fundraiser for rural Saskatchewan communities to raise funds for various capital projects such as arena upgrades.

The 2015 event will be held in the southeastern community of Carnduff in January.

Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel once played for the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars and he says the company has decided get on board as a major sponsor of Hockey Day because of what the event represents for smaller Saskatchewan communities.

"We liked what this represents for Saskatchewan -- small town community building, kids, people pitching in to help out, healthy lifestyles -- it all fit very well with our Cameco values."

Cameco and the SHA hosted a special preview of Hockey Day in Carnduff yesterday.

A Cameco spokesman says northern communities will be able to start applying to host the 2017 edition of Hockey Day in Saskatchewan next winter, with an announcement of the winning community likely coming in the spring of 2016.

Several Resolutions Passed On Final Day Of AFN Assembly PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 12 December 2014 10:36

Chiefs got down to business on the third day of the Assembly of First Nations gathering in Winnipeg.

Several resolutions were passed including the need to develop a First Nations education bill that wasn't based on the federal government's terms.

One chief voiced opposition to the resolution, however, saying he was worried the bill would give government too much control over the finances surrounding First Nations education.

"The government will take a huge chunk for administration.  By the time it trickles down to First Nations, there will be nothing to show for it," he said.

Another resolution called for families to be recognized first when it comes to an inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

The resolution stated, "Any roundtable must listen to the families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women."

"It (the roundtable) can't just be one day," said one of the female delegates addressing the audience from the floor.

The assembly then tackled the issue of natural resource development, calling for a report to be tabled at the assembly by the summer of next year.

Chief Reg Bellerose of the Muskowekwan First Nation says a market share strategy should also be developed.

"It's a tough nut to crack, how to get a share of that market," he said.

The resolution called for new National Chief Perry Bellegarde to meet with government leaders and communicate the urgency of supporting development of natural resources and First Nations full involvement in the economy.

In the end, the resolution passed easily with no opposition, save for a woman from the audience who loudly protested her opposition to resource development.

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