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Stanley Mission walkers return home PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 23 January 2017 11:29

A group of walkers in Stanley Mission. Photo courtesy of Valerie Barnes-Connell.

A group of people who braved cold weather and walked all the way to North Dakota arrived back home in Stanley Mission on Sunday.

The group left in late November to join the Water Protectors, already camped out at Standing Rock.

They are there to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.

One of the walkers was Ricky Sanderson, who says he had one main goal in making the journey.

"I did this for the youth, you know the community here was struggling and I wanted to do something for the youth, so I did this walk for them to inspire a lot of you to do stuff good in life," he said.

One of the people who helped organize the walk from Stanley Mission was Robert Ballantyne.

He says at one point, it appeared they may not be allowed to cross over the border into the United States.

"Once they crossed the border, after that their popularity just shot up right across the world, they have supporters from across the world, people from Iceland, Europe, Japan," he said.

About 100 people gathered in Stanley Mission yesterday for a feast to honour the walkers, who thanked everyone for their support.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 11:37
Ile-a-la-Crosse cocaine bust PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 23 January 2017 10:30

Photo courtesy of usask.ca

For the second time in two months, an Edmonton man has been arrested for trafficking in cocaine in the Ile-a-la-Crosse.

The latest bust took place early Friday morning when police checked an unregistered vehicle. A quantity of cocaine and cash was seized from the driver.

34-year-old Lyle Allan Wilson was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.

On December 3rd, 2016, a 19-year-old Edmonton man, Dylan Furaha, was charged with cocaine trafficking in Ile-a-la Crosse. Both men will be in court this week.

Ile-a-la-Crosse is about 650 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 10:34
YouTube video series features youth success stories in northern Saskatchewan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 23 January 2017 07:16

Photo courtesy Northern Healthy Communities Partnership, Facebook.

The past year has been a tough one for young people in northern Saskatchewan, but a new video series is aiming to highlight their triumphs instead of their struggles.

Jan. 17 marked the first of four weekly YouTube video posts on Northern Healthy Communities Partnership's (NHCP) Facebook page and website.

The first video features La Loche Community High School's acting principal Greg Hatch and former student Rayona. She was able to rely on Hatch as a mentor through volleyball, and is now pursuing an education degree.

"The thing that sticks out for me looking back - we did the filming in June - is just how much these adults care about the young people in their community. And it's one of those things that you sort of know, but it's hard to really know until you hear them speak... you see the emotion that comes forward when they're talking about it," said Population Health Promotion Coordinator Amanda Frain.

The videos were created by healthcare workers like Frain who have formed a NHCP subcommittee called the "Building Vibrant Youth Action Team."

The goal for the team is to engage community members in empowering their young people. Theyre taking guidance from studies and research that has established a method called "positive youth development.

"We know that it helps to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for all the things we want young people to be doing and all of the things that we don't want them to be doing. That's everything from school attendance and graduation rates all the way through to substance use and mental health," said Population Health Promotion Coordinator Amanda Frain.

"It's easy to get started. You don't have to have any particularly special skills or background. You just start by getting to know the people you interact with every day, taking a genuine interest in the things that they're interested in and then doing what you can, what you're able to, to support them as they grow."

The videos are meant to inspire northerners.

"It's ensuring that young people have those positive connections to the people around them - to their community, their school, their parents, all of those things - I don't think there's any community that I'm aware of that has got that 100 per cent right so we're just hoping to get better here," Frain said.

The video feature this week will focus on the positive impact of sports on young people.

The website can be accessed here: http://www.nhcp.ca

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 14:04
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