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NDP nominates MLTC vice-chief to be candidate in Meadow Lake PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:42

The vice chief of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council has entered provincial politics.

Dwayne Lasas has secured the NDP nomination for the riding of Meadow Lake.

Lasas will face the Saskatchewan Party incumbent, Jeremy Harrison, in next spring's provincial election.

Lasas has worked as an addictions counselor and in the detox unit for the Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc., and at the Waterhen First Nation, where he also served on the council from 2005 to 2010.

He serves as the Meadow Lake Tribal Council's expert on sustainable forestry, and sits as the Saskatchewan representative at the National Aboriginal Forestry Association.

Lasas frequently appeared in small roles on CBC's drama series North of 60, and is currently a board member for the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2015 14:08
Reconciliation forum: indigenizing education starts at the top PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:13

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Photo by Mervin Brass.

The Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario has spent more than a decade indigenizing the school.

The Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives says executive leadership is key to indigenizing post-secondary institutions. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux made her comments on Thursday during the University of Saskatchewan’s national forum on reconciliation.

She says the university’s presidents and executives need to be the driving force behind the change.

“There has to be some authority given. You have to take out this sort of block of authority – either take it out or let us be a part of it  - because that’s where the decisions are made.”

Wesley-Esquimaux says Lakehead University has had a Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives for the past 13 years.

“So they’ve made that effort already, they’re now doing the indigenous content requirement across the entire university.”

Wesley-Esquimaux added that Lakehead works closely with First Nations communities.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2015 13:10
Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation hands out hardware PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:04

Points Athabasca FHQ Contracting received SIEF's Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.  Photo by Mervin Brass

The Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation announced the winner of this year’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Points Athabasca FHQ Contracting, based out of Regina, was named the winner for its work in economic development.

Board chair Edmund Bellegarde says the company is getting more and more involved in the potash industry.

“Potash Corporation’s Rocanville operation, we did some early work there, we’ve done some work for the Vale Kronau project which is currently on hold right now,” says Bellegarde.

“Our biggest contractor to date and client that we have is K+S Potash Canada in their Legacy Mine Project near Bethune.”

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award is presented to a First Nation entity or individual that best exemplifies sustainable economic development.

File Hills Qu’Appelle Developments owns 50 per cent of the company, Points Athabasca Contracting owns 17 percent and Graham Construction owns 33 per cent.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:09
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