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Expanded Market Garden Co-op Opens On Flying Dust Reserve PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:48

A new facility to store locally grown organic vegetables opened Friday on the Flying Dust First Nation.

The Riverside Market Garden began in 2009 with two acres and has since expanded to 30 acres and 18 employees.

Manager-in-training Gladys Cardinal says only a handful of people were involved in the project at the beginning but the Cree8 Worker Co-operative is now a profitable business.

“When we initially started it was for the community and, well it still is, but we’ve ventured out to the business aspect of it and we still give out care packages to the elders and to the single people, disabled people and now that we have expanded, we saw the marketing aspect of it,” she says.

Funding for the storage facility comes from the federal government and the Flying Dust First Nation.

Saskatoon To Batoche Run Honours Métis War Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 18 July 2014 16:47

About 100 runners participated in an event Friday in honour of Métis war veterans.

The Road to Peace and Unity run left Saskatoon Friday morning and is due to arrive at the Back to Batoche Days Festival site about 11 p.m. Friday night.

The total distance traveled will be about 100 kilometres.

Run organizer Shannon Loutitt says all proceeds raised from the run will go toward a monument in honour of Métis war veterans to be unveiled at the Back to Batoche festival Saturday morning.

“I think we’re probably close to $25,000, that just started and is good but the goal definitely for this year is $100,000 for that monument,” she says.

Vancouver actor Nathaniel Arcand says he found out about the run through fellow artist and friend Andrea Menard and is happy to take part.

“My late grandfather, he was in one of the wars and he was a veteran, and he passed away a while ago but you know I am here to honour him,” he says.

Eighty-one-year-old Métis war veteran John McDonald served tours of duty with the Canadian army in the Korean War, Egypt and Germany.

He says it is nice to see Aboriginal war veterans get the recognition they deserve through events such as this one.

“In all the wars that we participated in, the First Nations and the Métis have got the raw end of the stick,” he says.

Another group of runners will depart Rosthern for the Back to Batoche festival site at 7 p.m. Friday evening.

The Gabriel Dumont Institute also helped to organize the run.

Regina Prepares For North American Indigenous Games PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:32

Beginning on Friday, athletes, coaches and other officials will begin arriving in Regina for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games.

The games officially run from July 20-27 and are expected to bring in about 5,000 people into the city.

NAIG ambassador of development and training Brad Bellegarde says in terms of volunteers, things appear to be on track with roughly 1,700 signed up.

He says the games offer tremendous opportunities not only for the athletes but also the volunteers.

“I think it’s important for individuals to recognize that they are going to be part of a legacy and ten years from now when they look back at the games, they can say they were part of one of the biggest sporting events that have ever come to the City of Regina,” he says.

Bellegarde also says he hopes those visiting Regina come away way with some sense of the cultural significance of where they are.

“I think it’s important for our visitors that are coming from all four corners of Turtle Island to understand the significance of being here in Regina which is about 45 minutes away from where Treaty Four was actually signed back in 1874.”

NAIG attracts Aboriginal athletes from all over Canada and the United States who will compete in 14 different sports.

Some of the sports include baseball, basketball, kayaking, lacrosse, golf and soccer.

Athletes range in age from 13-19.

This is only the second time NAIG have taken place in Saskatchewan.

The first time was in Prince Albert in 1993.

It was also recently announced that swimming events will go ahead at this year’s games.

These events will be held at the Kinsmen Sportsplex in Moose Jaw from July 23-25.

The theme of this year’s games is “raising the bar.”

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