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New Venture Aims To Mentor Aboriginal Musicians PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 17 October 2014 12:13

Marty Ballantyne knows it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll but hopes to make the climb a little easier for Indigenous artists starting out in the business.

The well-established Aboriginal musician has gotten together with Juno-award winning musician Derek Miller and multimedia house Thru the RedDoor to form a new venture called 6 Arrows Media.

6 Arrows Media will offer video, recording and photography services to new Indigenous artists from their base on the Six Nations reserve, near Toronto, as a way of helping them to get their careers off the ground.

Ballantyne says one of the primary goals of 6 Arrows Media is to help Aboriginal musicians get the maximum value out of the money they are investing.

“We have the cameras to make a music video and we want to make the kind of music videos with artists where it costs nothing but a million people will watch it,” he says.

He says a big part of 6 Arrows Media will also be mentoring young Indigenous musicians and teaching some of the lessons the partners have learned along the way during their many years in the music business.

“I didn’t recognize my value. What I mean by that is I focused on trying to write good songs and I focused on trying to preserve my integrity but I operated out of fear in the sense that I didn’t really want to become rich doing it or I didn’t have aspirations to be monetarily compensated and I think that’s the wrong way to look at it because I think it goes against realizing your full value.”

Things get underway on Nov.1 with the official launch of 6 Arrows Media with a webcast.

For more information and updates, go to the website http://www.6arrowsmedia.com/.

Saskatoon To Celebrate International Day Of The Girl On Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 17 October 2014 12:12

Saskatoon will host a special event Saturday to celebrate International Day of the Girl.

The event will take place at the Emmanuel Anglican Church on Dufferin Avenue and will feature a number of activities.

Local IDG organizer Paula Bruckard says one of the highlights will be a screening of the award winning documentary Girl Rising.

“It’s focused on nine individual girls and those girls worked with a local author, a famous author from their country each, to write their stories,” she says. “And then an internationally known actress is giving voice to their stories, so they’re the narrator.”

International Day of the Girl is a global movement targeted at educating and empowering females 19-years-of-age and under and Bruckard says this particular demographic often gets overlooked.

“The Canadian government and Plan Canada are instrumental in lobbying the UN to get it established,” she says. “It’s primary focus is on developing nations because they’ve found that if they fund women, then the money obviously goes to women who are over 19 and if they fund children, then the money tends to go to boys.”

The event will also provide an opportunity to make donations to sponsor five girls for a year through World Vision, Egadz Baby Steps and Michael’s House program for young mothers.

It runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Father Says Muskoday Woman Died From Prescription Drug Addiction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:42

A grieving father says he blames a prescription drug addiction for his daughter’s recent death.

The body of 36-year-old Beatrice Adam was found in the North Saskatchewan River near Prince Albert on Sunday.

She had been reported missing on Saturday.

Police do not consider Beatrice Adam’s death to be suspicious at this time.

Allan Adam says his daughter had been battling an addiction to oxycontin for the past five years.

He says her repeated attempts to break the addiction cycle failed and he would like to see a treatment centre in Saskatchewan specifically for prescription drug addiction.

Adam also says he would like to see doctors use more caution when giving out prescriptions.

“We learn we have to wake up to what the real problems are in society and the free willingness of professionals who are supposed to be taking care of us setting us up for addictions,” he says.

Adam says the pathologist assigned to his daughter’s death told him she likely died as a result of exposure and drowning.

A wake for Beatrice Adam is being held Thursday night in Prince Albert with a burial scheduled for Friday on the Muskoday First Nation.

This has been an extremely tragic year for the Adam family.

In July, Adam’s 12-year-old grandson was struck and killed by a car on the Muskoday reserve.

Police say it is believed Beatrice Adam was in the company of 27-year-old Timothy Charlette when she went missing and he has not been seen since.

Charlette is described as of Aboriginal descent, 6’ 4” tall and 190 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a camouflage baseball cap, dark jacket and jeans.

Adam says Charlette and his daughter were friends.

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