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SIGA gets national recognition as a top workplace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 28 April 2017 12:13

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The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) has made the list of Best Workplaces in Canada.

The list features the top 50 companies chosen from across the country where SIGA placed 49th.

SIGA the only First Nations company to make the list and the only Saskatchewan company to get that honor.

In a prepared statement, CEO Zane Hansen recognized SIGA employees for the national recognition.  He said “we’re really excited to make the 2017 list of Great Places to Work in Canada. At SIGA, we work hard to create meaningful jobs that our employees can take pride in and we invest in our people by providing a robust employee support and development program.”

Hansen also said it’s the employees that make SIGA a great place to work because of their integrity, their passion, and their commitment to delivering exceptional First Nations hospitality.

The list is based on direct feedback from employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience.

Other notable companies from across the country to make the list included BMW Canada, RBC and Microsoft Canada.

SIGA employs 1875 people at sx First Nation owned and operated casinos in the province as well as their head office in Saskatoon.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 12:40
Indigenous Affairs minister delivers message of hope at FNUniv PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 28 April 2017 12:05

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. Photo courtesy of Manfred Joehnck.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett delivered a pep talk at the First Nations University of Canada today aimed at Aboriginal children in the education system.

She highlighted the federal government’s commitment to provide an extra $90 million over two years to the post-secondary support program for First Nations students.

Although the announcement was nothing new, it was welcome news to those gathered to listen to the minister speak. Among them were elementary students, high school students and students from FNUniv.

Bennett says a better education for First Nations students will lead to better opportunities.

"The message is about hope," she said. "We want young Indigenous people to know at the very earliest age that they can be whatever they want to be."

There has been a repeated call for the federal government to end the inequity in funding for on-reserve education. Bennett says that is being done, in conjunction with input from local bands.

"When groups of nations want to come together to develop and education system, we have extra dollars for that so that they can work on changing the curriculum," she said.

The current budget for the post-secondary student support program is $340 million, supporting about 23,000 First Nations and Inuit students. $90 million was added during the last federal budget.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 14:50
Wanuskewin receives $500,000 donation from CN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 28 April 2017 11:37

Wanuskewin Heritage Park.  Image courtesy Wanuskewin website

CN Rail has made a $500,000 donation to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park’s Thundering Ahead Campaign.

The company is the latest contributor to the fundraising drive to help renew the park.

In a prepared release, Wanuskewin Board Chair Candace Wasacase-Lafferty said, "This contribution will help us continue our efforts to preserve the ecology and biodiversity of the site, in addition to our many land-based educational programs.”

One part of the The Thundering Ahead Campaign will be an expansion of the land base to accommodate a small herd of Plains Bison.  The initiative will also introduce exhibit galleries and improve educational offerings, expand the current facility to accommodate larger conferences and meeting groups, renovate the 25-year-old interpretive centre and include an application for UNESCO World Heritage designation.

If successful, Wanuskewin would become just the 18th UNESCO site in Canada and first in Saskatchewan to receive the prestigious recognition.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 12:42
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