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Trade Show at Whitecap Dakota First Nation Brings Northern Saskatchewan Interest. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 24 April 2015 13:17


Enbridge Pipelines is aiming to bring together general contractors with Aboriginal businesses through a trade show at Whitecap Dakota First Nation.

Today, businesses and contractors gathered for the last of Enbridge's Aboriginal Business Reverse Trade Show.

Jordan Duguay, Lead of Aboriginal Business for Enbridge, says they are looking to understand a little better what Aboriginal businesses are operating in Saskatchewan.

"We are looking for to facilitate an opportunity for those businesses to get together and discuss their needs and if there is other connections that are made beyond an Enbridge project that is great as well," says Duguay.  "We are also looking to engage as much participation in this project as we go forward."

Duguay is referring to Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program.

The Line 3 construction is expected to begin in mid-2016, subject to regulatory approval. Enbridge says the line will see $4.9-billion spent in Canada with a significant portion of that in Saskatchewan.

One stakeholder from northern Saskatchewan was able to take in today's trade show, as well.

Wendel Desjarlais CEO of the Sakitawak Development Corporation from Ile a la Crosse says they came to search for business opportunities for their community.

"I met a few people and it is only discussion at this point, but hopefully there is a few prospects out there to bring business and employment prospects to our people," says Desjarlais.

While this is the last in this series of trade shows, Enbridge says they are planning on hosting more of these kinds of events in the future.



Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 15:25
First Nations Auditions Planned For Saskatoon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Friday, 24 April 2015 13:14

First Nations actors will be lined up in Saskatoon tomorrow auditioning for a role in the HBO mini-series, "Lewis and Clark".

Tyrone Tootoosis is no stranger to auditions. He went to his first back in 1970.

He says at one audition he got called back three times.

"And that's when I asked for advice. I said, 'OK, what's going on here?' and I was told, 'Well, do you know your lines?.

I said, 'No, no I don't'. I was stumbling through them.

They said, 'Well, are you serious about this?'.

I said, 'I could be'.

And they said, 'Well, study your lines -- get with it'. They put it quite bluntly."

On his fourth call back, Tootoosis got the part of Chief Poundmaker in the movie "Big Bear".

The auditions begin at 9 am Saturday at the Saskatoon Inn.


Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 13:16
FNU Professors Give Specialized Language Tools to White Bear First Nation Students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 24 April 2015 13:09


A husband and wife Cree language team are on the White Bear First Nation this afternoon giving students some specialized Cree language tools.

Arok Wolvengrey and his wife Jean Okimasis are language professors at the First Nations University and they are giving the students CDs that contain the White Bear dialect of Cree.

Wolvengrey says these tools are important because the Cree language is endangered in all of its dialects.

"It is very difficult to find people younger than middle aged who know the language and speak it well, so my wife and I have been involved in many efforts to help people's efforts to reclaim their language," says Wolvengrey.

Jean Okimasis grew up in White Bear and is the voice on the CDs.

The CDs will be accompanied with language booklets.

Arok says the CDs and booklets are a part of the Algonquian Linguistics Atlas, which is aiming to collect Cree dialects from across the country.

"There is materials like this on the Atlas website as well and there are Woods Cree dialects there, so we are hoping this resource can be a useful tool for Cree speakers across the country," says Wolvengrey.



Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 15:22
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