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Northern Saskatchewan chief chosen to help select the new RCMP commissioner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Travis Radke   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:36

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson during her swearing-in ceremony at the most recent LLRIB election.  File Photo.

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band will be part of a committee tasked with selecting a new leader of the RCMP.

Cook-Searson was chosen to sit on the committee by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale. The committee will be tasked with overviewing and conducting interviews with candidates.

"Our job will be to look at all the applications and then shortlist and from there interview," said Cook-Searson. "And from the interview process, provide three to five names to the minister."

Goodale will make his final recommendations from the shortlist to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who will make the final decision on who will fill the position.

"We need to improve on the relations," said Cook-Searson when asked about RCMP and Indigenous relationships. "There has been much work that has been done, but there is a lot of work to be done in terms of communications and setting up relationships within Indigenous communities."

The other nine members of the committee include the deputy ministers of Public Safety and the Status of Women, and a former interim commissioner with the RCMP.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:48
UPDATE: Meadow Lake RCMP searching for missing girl PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:40

Destinee Meechance. Photo courtesy of RCMP.

UPDATE - The RCMP says Destinee Meechance has been located.

Meadow Lake RCMP are looking to the public for information on a missing 13-year-old girl.

Police say Destinee Meechance was last seen at a home in Meadow Lake on the afternoon of November 21.

Meechance is described as 5’9” tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a blue sweater, blue jeans and brown shoes.

Meechance is not considered to be at any immediate risk, but it is important she be located.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Destinee Meechance is asked to call the Meadow Lake RCMP at 306-236-2570. You can also call your local detachment or police service.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:53
Majority of Saskatoon's population experiencing homelessness are Indigenous says conference organizer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:51

SHIP Executive Director Shuan Dyck speaks to reporters in Saskatoon. Photo by Joel Willick.

In 2015, the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership held a one-day gathering of information, where they determined 60 per cent of the city's homelessness population was Indigenous.

A conference hosted by the organization on Wednesday was looking to address that trend.

The conference brought together like-minded individuals from several different organizations across the province to discuss best practices to move forward to help curb the number of Indigenous people without homes.

SHIP's Executive Director, Shaun Dyck, says Indigenous homelessness has unfortunately become a growing issue in the province.

"We see a majority of the people facing and experiencing homelessness are Indigenous," he said. "However, the bright light in Saskatoon is we have several Indigenous-led organizations devoted to addressing the homelessness issue."

Dyck says the Housing First Initiative has been key to helping get people off the streets in Saskatoon. Housing First is an initiative that says people need a house to live in first before they can overcome other issues they face like unemployment or addiction. The conference looked at this, along with several other ideas.

One of the keynote speakers was Sydney Gill of the Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Calgary. Gill spoke about the importance of returning to traditional Indigenous practices, as a way to address homelessness.

"The men and women we work with were directly from the residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, the child and welfare system," he said. "These people have had that piece taken from them, and when you give that piece back, it is amazing what they can do with the opportunity."

Gill says in his experience, the Indigenous homelessness population keeps returning to the Friendship Centre for the traditional practices like smudging and sweat lodges. He says that also brings them one step closer to housing.

Gill also pleaded with conference attendees to embrace reconciliation and the TRC Calls to Action.

"We have a chance to reset and change the whole country," he told them.

Wednesday is National Housing Day, and the federal government is expected to put forward a national housing strategy.

Shaun Dyck says he heard the strategy may contain legislation on housing rights. This is something he is very hopeful for.

"We could see housing as a basic human right for people, which is a wonderful thing moving forward, and we can focus the government's attention on where the need is," he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:03
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