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Cultural Centre Opens At Pine Grove Correctional Facility PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:03

A new cultural space has been designed at the Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging strong cultural and spiritual identities amongst the institution’s female inmates.

A blessing ceremony for the cultural centre took place Thursday morning with Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell in attendance.

Tell says she hopes the new facility can provide a strong sense of culture and spirituality to women currently in the rehabilitation process.

“It provides people with a better chance of successfully reintegrating back into their communities and helps reduce the risk of re-offending,” she says.

The new centre will also allow for more additional programming at Pine Grove with the additional space.

Aboriginal Students Graduate From Canadian Forces Training Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:00

Elders, military officials, dignitaries and guests gathered at a Canadian Forces base in Wainwright, Alberta Thursday for the 25th Annual Bold Eagle Graduation program.

The summer training program gives participants a taste of military life through a basic qualification course with the option to pursue a part-time or full-time career with the Canadian Armed Forces afterwards.

The program has been in operation within the 3rd Canadian Division since 1990.

Bold Eagle is a partnership between the Department of National Defence and Aboriginal organizations from across Western Canada, including the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

FSIN Vice Chief Dutch Lerat says over 1,300 youth have graduated from the program over the years.

“This year we had 103 start-ups, 93 graduates, including 23 from Saskatchewan, 60 per cent were between the ages of 16 and 18 and 35 percent were female,” he says.

Lerat says a new memorandum of understanding has been signed to continue the Bold Eagle summer program for another five years.

Premier Muses About Liquor Store Privatization At Caucus Retreat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:54

Privatizing liquor stores was front and center at this week’s Sask Party caucus retreat, north of Prince Albert.

Premier Brad Wall and his caucus are meeting at Elk Ridge Resort to formulate the government’s strategy heading into the fall legislative session.

However, it appears privatization of Saskatchewan liquor stores is at the forefront of the government’s agenda these days.

In an interview with media on Wednesday, Wall says there is support for privatization.

“A government that needs to continue to build schools, bridges, highways and hospitals ought not to be spending any more money to lay brick and mortar for liquor stores, it just doesn’t make any sense,” he says.

Wall says the next step is to do more formal consultations with Saskatchewan people to get a better idea what should be done in regards to liquor laws in the province.

Funding of a second bridge in Prince Albert was also a topic of discussion at the caucus meetings.

Earlier this week, the province gave its support for funding a new bridge under the P3 model.

Wall says an earlier study of projected traffic volume on a second bridge determined the numbers would not be high enough to warrant the province funding the project on its own.

“But if the City of Prince Albert is accessing a federal program and it is a priority for them, we will go with their lead and provide our share.”

The premier also reiterated the future of liquor retailing is likely to be a big topic in the fall session.

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