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Lac La Ronge Indian Band election rule changes protested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Monday, 20 March 2017 17:14

Photo courtesy Danny Mirasty, Facebook.

About 60 members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band were at the Band Office in La Ronge on Monday to protest some potential candidates not being allowed to run in the upcoming election.

Last month, the band's executive director sent a memo to all band departments, businesses and agencies.

It informed them of a change to regulations under the Election Act made by a Band Council Resolution (BCR) which prohibits people who owe money to the band to run for office. The memo also asked all departments to let the chief electoral officer know of anyone who was in arrears.

Henry McKenzie is one of the people who was not allowed to run due to this regulation. He says there were 11 people who were told that they were in a conflict of interest under the band’s Election Act since they had an outstanding debt to the band.

McKenzie says he is unaware of anywhere in Canada where a candidate in any election would be disqualified if they had an unpaid debt.

“A total of six of the elders who were going to running for a seat on council received their notice just before the nominations,” he said.

According to McKenzie, one member received a bill that was over 15 years old for over $48,000.

He says the band membership was not consulted about the changes before they were passed by band council and feels that this discriminates against people who want to run in the election.

The band’s custom Election Act does not include any terms in regard to a ‘conflict of interest’, but the regulations under the act do address it. The regulations say a conflict of interest “means that the candidate has no debt outstanding and remaining unpaid to the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, including Band entities, businesses and corporations to which the Band is the majority shareholder.”

The LLRIB Election Act does allow for changes to be made to either the Act itself or to the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Regulations under the following conditions: those changes must be approved three months prior their adoption and if challenged, the proposed change would have to be voted on by the membership by way of plebiscite at the next Treaty Day of the Band.  If no challenge is received, then the changes may be approved by band council by BCR.

Under a clause in the Act titled "Revisions and Amendments,” the chief and council may also approve, by BCR, regulations establishing the "procedures, forms and other administrative rules of administration of this Act.”

A BCR passed last month refers to the "conflict of interest" policy as part of election regulations dated Feb. 13, 2017 that the chief and council have established under the Election Act.

The executive director for La La Ronge Indian Band was out of the province and unavailable for comment.

Calls to the chief electoral officer were not returned.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 17:26
Cumberland House student research on muskrats help drive provincial policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Monday, 20 March 2017 17:07

Renee Carriere (left) and 2 students from Cumberland House Charlebois School. Photo courtesy Saskatchewan Teachers Federation publication.

A research project undertaken by students at Cumberland House has turned into a basis for policy by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment to allow more burning along traplines in the area.

Students at Charlebois Community started an outdoor education science project to see why there was increased sediment in the river water, and ended up looking into how spring burning around the lakes regenerates vegetation.

Teacher Renee Carriere says they discovered post-burn plant growth directly contributed to a robust muskrat population, but changes to provincial environment policies over the years limited burning around lakes and traplines.

For example, Carriere says there were over 750,000 muskrats in the area 60 years ago, whereas last year she and her husband trapped 323 muskrats.

In December of 2016, the government changed policy to allow more burning in traplines in the area. According to Carriere, the acceptance of the findings by the Ministry of Environment legitimizes and validates the students’ use of Aboriginal knowledge in the sciences.

Carriere says the students were able to interview trappers and understand what different plant varieties are and how beneficial they were to the muskrat.

“They get to understand the biology of it and can use that information as they become hydrologists and geologists. Not everyone will be a trapper in 20 years,” she said.

Carriere added that the project made science “relevant and real” to students.

Carriere says permits are now being given out for a six-year period for burning along the lakes and traplines.

Not only did the project end up changing policy, Carriere said it also inspired her students to spend as much time outside as possible.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 17:14
UPDATE: RCMP seeks missing teens from Prince Albert and Sturgeon Lake PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 20 March 2017 15:07

Prince Albert RCMP detachment.

FINAL UPDATE: RCMP issued a update at 3 p.m. on Tuesday saying the two teens believed to be in the City of Prince Albert have been located. None of the previously mentioned teens are missing at this time.

UPDATE: RCMP issued an update at 3:45 p.m. on Monday that the missing 15-year-old from Sturgeon Lake First Nation has been located.

Prince Albert RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating three youths that have been reported as missing from Prince Albert and Sturgeon Lake First Nation.

Two of the youths were last seen on Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and both are believed to be in the City of Prince Albert.

Brandon Lachance is 16 years old and is 5’3” tall and 119 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black hoodie, a grey hat and jeans.

Breanne Moose is 14 years old and is 5’3” tall and 123 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans, and a black and blue toque.

The RCMP has not provided photos of the youths.

If you have information about these or any other crime, please contact the Prince Albert Detachment of the RCMP at (306)765-5500 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through SaskTel at *8477, or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:13
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