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Police Seek Public's Help After Vehicles Vandalized On Red Earth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:13

Police are asking for the public’s help after two vehicles were severely vandalized on the Red Earth First Nation.

In the early morning hours of March 9th, the windows of a 2013 black Mazda 3 were smashed out and its body punctured with what RCMP believe was an axe.

The vehicle was then set on fire.

On the same morning, the windows of a 1998 red Plymouth Voyageur were smashed and all four tires punctured.

Police believe the culprits also intended on setting this vehicle on fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carrot River RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:15
 
Nineteenth Century Documents Uncovered During Stanley Mission Church Renovations PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:11

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the provincial government and residents of Stanley Mission are working to preserve items from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Pieces of paper and some hand tools were found under the floor of the building last summer when renovation work was being done on the historic structure.

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sports spokesperson Janette Hamilton says one item was a piece of the British newspaper The Times of London.

“Dated Monday, September 25, 1854 and then another piece of paper, a much smaller piece that is titled ‘Key to the Cree Syllabic System’ and that has a chart with English letters and Cree syllabics,” she says.

Hamilton says the papers and tools were apparently left behind accidentally by a worker during the construction period.

They will eventually be part of a museum display which will be located in the church once the renovation work is completed.

The renovation will include painting the inside and outside of the church and preserving the stained glass windows which were transported from England.

The documents must also be cleaned and mounted to meet provincial museum standards.

The work on the church can only be done during the summer and is expected to take another two years.

 
Aboriginal Groups Have Mixed Reactions To Daniels Appeal Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:10

There were mixed reactions to a court ruling in Ottawa Thursday.

Métis activists are pleased the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the initial decision in the Daniels case that says they should be recognized as Indians under the Canadian constitution.

Métis National Council President Clem Chartier says Thursday’s court decision has a significant impact for Métis people across the country.

“The federal government can no longer say they don’t have jurisdiction or the companion responsibility to deal with the Métis people,” he says.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is also calling the court decision a significant move forward.

National Chief Betty Anne Lavallee says in a release, “Today, I am very pleased that the Federal Court of Appeal agreed that Métis are Indians under the section 91(24) of the Constitution – as well, we are equally as pleased the Federal Government conceded at the appeal hearing that non-Status Indians fall under federal jurisdiction.”

However, the appeal court ruling also overturns an earlier judicial decision that recognized non-status Indigenous peoples as Indians under the constitution.

Instead, Federal Court of Appeal says non-status Indians as a group do not lend themselves to the general application of application sought by the respondents.

For this reason, the court says recognition of non-status Indians under the constitution should be done on a case-by-case basis.

Aboriginal Affairs Coalition of Saskatchewan President Kim Beaudin says this is very disappointing.

“In a sense, non-status people with this ruling were thrown under the bus and it’s kind of sad,” he says.

Nevertheless, Chartier warns Métis people should not raise their hopes too high, as the ruling does not mean they now have the same rights as status First Nations people under the constitution.

“I can’t in the near future, and perhaps even in the distant future, see that we would get the same level of services that status Indians are getting.”

He estimates the ruling affects about 400,000 Métis people across the country.

The initial court challenge was started by the late Harry Daniels.

Both Chartier and Beaudin say they anticipate the federal government will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 12:18
 
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