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Environmental and Indigenous learning centre celebrates 25 years. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:42

An educational centre near Saskatoon is celebrating 25 years of environmental and Indigenous education.

The Saskatoon Public School's Brightwater Science, Environmental and Indigenous learning Centre initially opened in 1990 to allow students the opportunity to spend time in nature.

Students would come out to the area south of Saskatoon and spend three days at the centre.

Throughout the 25 year history of Brightwater Indigenous education has weaved into the process.

Brightwater formed a ceremonial site in 2009 followed by the opening of the Indigenous Learning Centre building in 2013.

Project Manager Theresa Clark says they have been striving to broaden the Brightwater experience for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

“We want to do that so that when students come out here they have more of a worldview of how we can relate to the land and connect to it from different perspectives,” says Clark.

On Thursday staff at Brightwater are holding an open house for any interested members of the public.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:44
 
Ombudsman says complaints against provincial ministries and agencies up 22% in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:33

 

Complaints against government ministries and agencies were up 22 per cent last year, with Saskatchewan’s Ombudsman investigating a total of nearly 3,000 complaints.

The numbers are contained in the Saskatchewan Ombudsman’s annual report which was submitted to the legislature Thursday morning.

Ombudsman Mary McFadyen says there are a number of reasons for the increase.

"We would like to think it's partly because there's more awareness of what our office does and our role," she says. "Because we did have a high-profile, public investigation last year into Santa Maria, so I think that brought more awareness to our office. In general, the increases we saw were with respect to correctional centres."

In other areas, complaints against the Ministry of Social Services were up 11 per cent b,ut the biggest jump with in the Ministry of Corrections which saw an increase of 31 per cent from 2014.

Of the 950 complaints directed at Corrections, 59 were complaints about the quality of food,    but they were counted as only one complaint because they all dealt with the same issue.

McFadyen says there was a wide variety of other concerns.

“The issues from correctional centres varied. It could have been segregation, excessive use of force,” she said. We also get people concerned about medical issues like access to medications and doctors.”

Nursing home care also received special attention in the report as a follow-up to recommendations that were made last May following the death of a 74 year old Regina nursing home patient.

Margaret Warholm died of complications after suffering fractures in her back, was malnourished and covered in bed sores.

McFadyen’s annual report says 13 of the 19 recommendations in her May 2015 recommendations have been implemented and progress is being made on the others.

She says health districts have a major role to play.

“The Ministry of Health and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Authority, the recommendations we made to them are the big ones,” she said. “They have to make sure the guidelines are a standard for how health care is provided in long term and they have to ensure that each long term care home in the province is meeting them.”

McFadyen has requested another update in August which will also be released publicly.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:39
 
Cadmus Delorme elected chief of Cowessess First Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:41

There has been a shake-up on the Cowessess First Nation.

Cadmus Delorme easily ousted Terrence Lavallee as chief in Wednesday's band elections on the First Nation, which is about 165 kilometres east of Regina.

Five new band councilors were also elected, while two others were returned to office.

The 33-year-old Delorme was all smiles on Thursday as he held his first band meeting as Chief. He says these are exciting times to be a First Nations leader.

"It's 2016," he says. "There's technology around today. There's stakeholders willing to invest in First Nations. We have governments willing to participate more with First Nations. It's just so many moving parts."

Delorme is an award-winning golfer and was the student recruitment officer for the First Nations University of Canada.

He says he is giving up both careers and will focus all of his energy on being chief.

“I will put everything aside that I have done in the past and today, I am Cadmus, Chief of the Cowessess First Nation,' Delorme said.

This was his first run at public office. He has been campaigning for the last several months, and during that run he was named one of CBC's Future 40 winners.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:01
 
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