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Treaty Four Medal Recovered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 29 September 2014 15:16

Fate, generosity and just plain luck have resulted in a rare find for Treaty Four First Nations.

A long lost Treaty Four medal was officially reclaimed Monday afternoon at the Regina airport.

It is one of only 21 original medals presented to each chief who signed Treaty Four on Sept. 15, 1874.

There is also quite a story behind the medal and how it found its way back home.

The medal was in a private collection but recently ended up on the auction block in London, Ontario.

Members of Treaty Four found out about the medal purely by accident and Paula Acoose and her husband artist Ray McCallum bought it for $48,000.

Paula’s sister Sakimay First Nation Chief Lynn Acoose says everything just fell into place.

“We were fortunate, of course we don’t have $40,000 lying around to purchase the medal and we were fortunate that Paula and Ray agreed to purchase it on our behalf,” she says.

Chief Acoose says the medal is the only one recovered by Treaty Four nations.

She says it holds historical and spiritual significance.

“It is a signal of the strength of our treaty that our treaty medal is coming back and it is also an affirmation of our relationship with the Crown.”

Treaty Four elders, leadership and members were at the airport when the medal arrived.

The medal was personally delivered by a representative from the auction house where it was sold.

Treaty Four nations also plan to hold a number of fundraising events to repay the cost of buying the medal.

MBC News Director Brings Home Métis Award For Excellence In Journalism PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 29 September 2014 15:14

Ten Saskatchewan Métis citizens were honoured for their achievements at an awards banquet in Regina Saturday night.

Winners of 2014 Métis Awards include Regina elementary school teacher Alison Kimbley, who was presented the Gabriel Dumont award for education; North Central Regina community advocate Kari Herbert, who won the health and wellness award; and artisan Margaret Harrison who took home the award for community and social development.

Other winners were Aboriginal court worker Janette Reinson, who won the Louis Riel award for social justice; tattoo artist Jayde Goodon, who was given the arts award; multi-sport athlete Hanna Dunnigan, who was the youth award winner; and MBC news director Kelly Provost who took home the journalism award.

Late Métis elder Dorothy Fayant, who passed away in 2010, was posthumously awarded the portrait of honour award.

Longtime Buffalo Narrows Correctional Centre employee and union rep Herb Norton won the lifetime achievement award.

And Buffalo Narrows resident Liz Paradzik - who has been a conservation officer, fire behaviour specialist and dispatcher with Saskatchewan Environment - was presented the most honourable Métis woman award by international entertainer Andrea Menard.

Menard also gave the keynote address and used the opportunity to challenge Métis people to reverse negative ideas they may have about themselves.

“Métis people were shaped and strengthened by a larger culture, instead of ‘oppressed’ - we were shaped and strengthened,” she says. “And instead of saying, ‘We have to fight to be heard,’ Métis are the voice of unity and balance. And to me, turning those around just completely empowers us.”

Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation board member Ashley Norton says this weekend’s event really addresses what she and the other co-founders feel has been missing in the Métis community.

“When we first started, we felt it was important to honour Métis people,” she says “There wasn’t enough positive stories in the Métis community, especially in the south. We feel that, in the south, Métis people are misrepresented and there’s not a lot of pride here. There’s not a lot of cultural heritage - everything is so split apart.”

The Métis Awards are in their third year.

BATC Announces Partnership With Three Other Businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Monday, 29 September 2014 12:31

The Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs announced a major new partnership with three other businesses Sunday afternoon.

BATC’s First Alliance Employment Services has partnered with Site Energy, Hugh Munro Construction and Helios Construction with the goal of creating more jobs for its membership.

Sweetgrass First Nation Chief Lori Whitecalf says First Alliance Employment Services has far exceeded expectations since its startup about four years ago.

“Our initial goal, mandated by the chiefs, was a five per cent decrease in the first year to social assistance,” she says. “We surpassed that through Ed’s group within the first year a reduction of social dependence by 17 per cent.”

Whitecalf adds First Alliance is all about removing obstacles to gainful employment.

“Sometimes it is transportation, so we’ve provided transportation. Sometimes it’s lack of tools, ‘I don’t have the proper boots, I don’t have the proper safety wear,’ but we’ll buy that for you.”

The announcement took place at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

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