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Mobile First Nation-focused job training gets a makeover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:24

Two career-training buses have a new look and a new purpose.


On Wednesday the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) showed off new paint jobs on their two career training buses.


SIIT’s Lisa Shingoose explains what the Job Connections buses have to offer.


“We want to bring targeted employment recruitment events to First Nation communities, whereas communities might not have otherwise been able to access targeted recruitment. For example, we want to work with employers who are interested in working with us,” she said.


“We want to determine how to bring a recruitment event, how to educate people at community levels on what qualifications, credentials, skills and abilities are needed to acquire certain jobs.”


The buses will begin delivering services to First Nation communities across the province next month.


The provincial government provided $325,000 to assist with the recruitment program and to help pay for the new look on the buses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:36
 
UPDATED - Conservation Officers and Police Dogs Involved In Search for Boy Near Meadow Lake PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:00

RCMP say 12-year-old Dillon Rigby has been found alive and well by a boater on the lake and has been returned to his family.

Mounties, police dogs, search and rescue personnel and conservation officers were searching for the boy who went missing in the Meadow Lake area Wednesday night.

The boy was last seen leaving the cabin where he was staying with family on Greig Lake in Meadow Lake Provincial Park.

Meadow Lake RCMP and conservation officers were called in to assist with locating him at around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:28
 
Wadin Bay Man Still Believes in FireSmart Initiative Despite Losing Cabin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:51

The area around Wadin Bay is charred, but the community itself is green.

A resident says that's no mistake.

The resort community of Wadin Bay didn’t get away unscathed from this month’s forest fires, but damage was kept to a minimum, said resident Shaun Bergsveinson.

Of the community’s 81 structures, three were decimated, he said.

A fire that threatened but didn’t hit Wadin Bay in 2006 led a group of people to work towards certification under a program called FireSmart. The community was evacuated for 10 days at that time, said Bergsveinson, the acting president of Wadin Bay’s FireSmart committee.

FireSmart encourages people to take proactive measures to protect communities as much as possible from forest fire damage.

Progress to become the province’s first FireSmart community was slow and steady over the next nine years, Bergsveinson said.

The community built a small fire hall, bought fire hoses, pumps, fire hydrants, and sprinklers. People cleaned up sites and learned what acts as fuel when fire approaches, and what is not. This includes dead trees.

The process can be simple: “just clean up the dead stuff and haul it away,” Bergsveinson said.

“It’s a slow process, not everyone believes in it right in the start. It takes some convincing and understanding.”

He said he firmly believes the fire that hit and burnt Wadin Bay’s driest areas, including his own cabin, would have done way more damage without FireSmart.

He recommends communities in the lakelands hop on board with FireSmart.

Watching the fire get closer and closer to La Ronge earlier this month, Bergsveinson said there’s a chance to learn about cleaning up possible fuel for a fire in the future.

“With the airport just north of town, it came in there, and it’s so dry and it just kept smoldering, just kept popping up. The helicopter was at it for days,” he said.

He said FireSmart gave the community the tools and advice it needed.

“It’s just a real eye-opener,” he said.

“Anybody that didn’t believe in it before, I’m sure they will now.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:12
 
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