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Regina to host 2017 First Nations Summer Games PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 05 December 2016 11:36

Dignitaries gathered in Regina today. Photo by Manfred Joehnck.

Thousands of First Nations youth from all over the province will descend on Regina next summer to take part in the First Nations Summer games.

"Empowering excellence in First Nations youth through sports and culture" is the theme of the games. File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council is hosting the event, which will run from August 6th until August 11th next summer.

Tribal Council Vice Chief and Games Chair, Elaine Chicoose, says while the young athletes will compete in eight different sports, the games are just as important for bringing youth together and giving them a sense of pride and identity.

She says the recent suicides of young teens in the north demonstrate the need to belong and be proud.

"Something like this is about culture, bringing back the culture and the recreation," she said. "Having something for our youth to be proud of themselves and excel in sports, I think that is very important to help them in every way possible."

Regina Mayor, Michael Fougere, says the games are good news for Regina, from both a community and financial perspective.

"It’s millions of dollars that will be injected into the economy for hotels and food, but beyond that, it is really about talking about who we are as a people, as a city, and to showcase who we are, that’s quite important." he said.

About five thousand athletes, coaches, chaperones and officials will be coming from all across the province to attend the games.

Indigenous youth between the ages of 13 and 18 will compete in several sports, including archery, athletics, beach volleyball, canoeing, golf, lacrosse, soccer and football.

More volunteers and sponsors are still needed.

The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council represents 11 First Nations in Treaty 4 territory.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 11:45
 
Walkers continue journey to Standing Rock PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 05 December 2016 11:13

Ricky Sanderson. Photo courtesy Facebook

A group of walkers from Stanley Mission, heading to Standing Rock, say the recent developments in North Dakota will not affect their plans.

On the weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not allow the $3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Oil Pipeline to be built under a Missouri River reservoir.

Hundreds of people opposed to the project have been camped out at the sight for several months.

Ricky Sanderson helped organize the Stanley Mission walks, and says the real work for the Standing Rock Sioux is just getting started.

Sanderson says the group of six walkers is making progress on its journey.

"We are hoping to be in Saskatoon sometime this weekend. Right now, we will be staying in Prince Albert for two to three nights, and we are hoping to speak to people there, tell them what's going on and tell them why we are doing it."

Sanderson says supporters can follow along their progress on Facebook and even contribute online.

"We have a page on Facebook, it's called Youth Unity Journey for Sacred Waters," he said.

Their Facebook wall also has a link to the GoFundMe page set up for donations.

Sanderson says so far he has talked to kids in two schools to bring the message of what is going on in Standing Rock.

He says a number of organizations, including the FSIN have spoken out in support of the walk.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 14:07
 
Organizer: Prince Albert Medicine gathering has potential to 'end suicides' in First Nations communities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 05 December 2016 09:11

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. Photo courtesy of the FSIN.

Hundreds of First Nations people from across the province are gathered in Prince Albert this week to talk about ending suicides in their communities.

The Medicine Gathering runs today and Tuesday, and is hosted by Prince Albert Grand Council. It came about after the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations resolved to take action in the wake of a series of suicides of young females in northern Saskatchewan, but the gathering will be anything but political.

The majority of attendees will be frontline education, health and wellness workers as well as young adults from the province's 74 First Nations, said organizer Linda Cairns. She is a suicide prevention coordinator with PAGC Holistic Wellness Centre's Embrace Life program.

Cairns said keynote speaker Dr. Darien Thira has proven that change is possible through his work as a registered psychologist who specializes in mental health consulting with Indigenous communities across Canada.

"Dr. Thiera has worked with other communities and within five years they've been free of suicide. So it's not that it isn't possible - it is possible - but it's going to need a lot of people who are willing to work together to make it happen," Cairns said.

She is optimistic that there is a way through pain, and part of that path is for First Nations people to network with each other.

"Our goal here is to focus on life and living, ways that we can protect and promote life in our communities, amongst our youth in particular, but the community in general," Cairns said.

PAGC has invited two community representatives from each First Nation in the province, and asked them to come armed with at least one idea that has worked in their communities.

"What I know through my work with suicide is if we're going to find something that's going to work in the community, it needs to have community members working together to find that solution. And if we can be of any help or support, that's our role," she said.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend, and a third of them will be between the ages of 18 and 30.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 09:14
 
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