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‘Aboriginal Edge’ for resource development PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:01

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says engaging local First Nations communities in the resource sector is key to Canada’s competitive edge.

The chamber is pushing for policies and initiatives that will encourage more partnerships and more aboriginal-owned resource companies. The conclusions are contained in an extensive report conducted by the chamber and released this week.

The report is called “Aboriginal Edge: How Aboriginal Peoples and Natural Resource Businesses are Forging a New Competitive Advantage.”

In Saskatchewan, Cameco and PotashCorp are two examples of companies that are working with the aboriginal community to the advantage of both groups, said chamber vice president Warren Everson.

Everson sees it as a growing trend.

“The message in my membership is, ‘this can be done,’” he said. “You can make it work, you can get the benefits from it. There are people succeeding from it, reaching out to aboriginal communities, building a workforce and developing loyal relationships back and forth.”

Success stories are often hidden, while attention is often focused on confrontation over resource development, Everson said.

“There are going to be times when the local population does not support a project,” he said. “They will have their reasons for that and we have a regulatory process that will try to remedy that, but what is tragic is when they kind of don’t mind that a project is happening but they are not getting the benefits they might get.”

The report looked at five areas of resource development: investment, employment, supply chains, community investment and environmental protection.

The chamber will be using the report to develop specific recommendations to ensure governments have the programs and processes in place to include aboriginal communities in resource development as well as programs to help aboriginals set up their own resource-based companies.

To read the full report, click here: www.chamber.ca

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:03
Two Biggar men dead after rollover PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:10

Two men are dead and one woman is in critical condition after the truck they were driving in rolled over on Wednesday night.

Five people, all from Biggar, were taking a curve on Highway 14 just east of Biggar when they went off the road, hit a highway approach, lost control, and rolled multiple times.

The 20-year-old man driving, and another man, 19, were pronounced dead on the scene.

Three women, between the ages of 20 and 21, who were in the truck are all in Saskatoon hospital. One of the women is in critical condition, and the other two are considered stable at this time.

A highway closure was in place while police and fire crews responded to and investigated the rollover.

The RCMP has not released names in this incident.

The accident is the second to see the death of young men in Biggar in the past week.

Over the weekend, a 20-year-old man died after rolling over while driving a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle.

He had been with two other males, between the ages of 17 and 20.

The RCMP reported that alcohol containers were found on the scene of that rollover. One of the passengers was discharged the following day while another was still in hospital for observation earlier this week.

Sask. crew now fighting fires in USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Canadian Press   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 09:34

After crews and equipment from the United States helped douse northern Saskatchewan forest fires earlier this summer, the province is doing the same south of the border.

Saskatchewan has sent a team to the United States to help deal with wildfires there.

A bird-dog plane, two air tankers, and a nine-person team are now in Montana.

An Environment spokeswoman says the planes are dropping fire retardant to protect structures and to help suppress the fires.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 09:37
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