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North Battleford RCMP Search for Missing Women PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:38

North Battleford RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating three different people.

30 year-old Sha-Lynn Bird and 26 year-old Lorianne Martell werw last seen yesterday morning in the Area of Battleford Road.

Sha-Lynn is described as slender, about 5’5’’ tall, with brown eyes and brown hair.

She was last seen wearing a leopard print shirt and black yoga pants.

Lorianne also has brown hair and brown eyes and she was last wearing black pants and a neon pink shirt.

14 year-old Kailleigh Buziak of North Battleford was also reported missing on Thursday.

She was last seen on Tuesday evening.

Kailleigh is described a 5’3’’ tall with shoulder length light blonde hair and has a nose hoop ring.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these people is asked to call the North Battleford RCMP.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:48
 
Ben to Seek FSIN Chief Position PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:19

The race is on for the Chief of the FSIN.

Former Meadow Lake Tribal Council Tribal Chief Helen Ben announced her candidacy to run for Chief of the FSIN during last weekend's Loon Lake pow wow.

Ben says she wants to provide a strong voice for First Nations.

“It’s a force of one and a strength of a nation,” says Ben.

“Individually we can make a difference, we can do whatever we can to try to help our nation and to try to help each other but collectively we are strong.”

Ben plans to attend next week’s FSIN Chiefs Assembly on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.

One of the challenges that face the next FSIN Chief is a lack of resources to operate the organization.

For the past several years government cutbacks has forced staff layoffs, fewer legislative assemblies and other services.

Ben says she would work with the governments and maximize the resources they do have.

“One of the things of course that has been discussed before is looking at the casino revenues and those kinds of things. That’s always been an option there,” says Ben. “Definitely trying to secure some of our own resources so we can continue as an organization and that has been on the table.”

Ben says the FSIN has to make sure they are providing the services the Chiefs need for their communities.

The FSIN Chief’s position is vacant after Perry Bellegarde stepped down upon winning the AFN election last December.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:20
 
Minister Says Government Has No Plans To Licence Foster Homes In Sask PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:41

Saskatchewan’s Minister of Social Services says the government has no plans to licence foster homes in spite of repeated calls from the Children’s Advocate that the province do so.

Children’s Advocate Bob Pringle is once again raising the point following his report, No Time For Mark: The Gap Between Policy And Practice, into the death of a 22-month-old toddler who died in foster care five years ago.

The child is not named in the report but the details fit the case of Evander Lee Daniels of Sturgeon Lake First Nation who drowned in the bathtub of a foster home in 2010.

Pringle says licensing foster homes, as is the case in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, would bring more accountability to the system.

“If licensing foster homes brings a higher level of accountability and some liabilities to the province, you know what, if our policies are so good embed them in legislation and let’s see how good they are,” he says.

Evander Lee Daniels’ foster parents had been licenced to foster two children in Alberta but at the time of his death they were caring for five foster children in a small home in Aberdeen.

However, Minister of Social Services Donna Harpauer says the government does not believe licensing foster homes in Saskatchewan would result in significant improvements.

“The evidence isn’t there in these provinces that do licence,” she says. “The evidence is not there for the improved outcomes for the children, there is no evidence.”

Harpauer also says social services has added an additional 93 frontline staff in foster care since Daniels’ death.

Evander Lee Daniels’ biological father Chris Martell was also on hand Wednesday to weigh in on the Children’s Advocate report and the province’s reaction to it.

Martell says he does not believe his family received proper supports from the government both before and after his son died.

He says he is still looking for closure and hopes changes are made so no one else has to experience the pain his family has gone through over the past five years.

“I just don’t want another tragedy like this to ever happen again to anybody,” he says.

The report makes a number of other recommendations including the ministry ensure staff are properly trained to supervise foster home investigations, a review be completed to determine reasons why there has been a rapid decline in foster homes and a plan to address this decline and a letter of apology be issued to Evander Lee Daniels’ parents.

The government says it is currently acting or has already acted upon a number of these recommendations.

Daniels’ foster mother, Eunice Wudrich, was initially charged with criminal negligence causing death in 2010.

However, a judge acquitted her of these charges in 2013.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:41
 
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