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Province Sued By Band For Denying TLE Application PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:57

Province Sued By Band For Denying TLE Application

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:55

 

 

The Muskoday First Nation has filed a lawsuit against the provincial government.

 

The band is seeking punitive damages for Saskatchewan's refusal to accept a Treaty Land Entitlement request at Fort a'la Corne.

 

The region is home to a large diamond exploration project.

 

However, the band says the land is well within its traditional territory.

 

According to the lawsuit, the TLE application was filed on or around February 20th, 2007.

 

The province denied the request on March 28th of the following year.

 

One of the reasons given for the refusal was that the lands requested by the band included all or part of the province's known kimberlite deposits.

 

A lawyer with the province, James Fyfe, says that although the lawsuit was filed in court on December 31st, the government was only served with it recently.

 

Muskoday Chief Austin Bear has said he doesn't want to comment on the lawsuit while it's still before the courts.

 
SaskPower Contractor Damages Sacred Site PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:57

SaskPower Contractor Damages Sacred Site

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:49

 

 

A sacred site of teepee rings in southern Saskatchewan has been damaged slightly.

 

The area in question is located near the Wood Mountain First Nation.

 

Apparently, a contractor was heading to a transmission power line when he took a route he shouldn't have been driving on.

 

SaskPower spokesman James Parker stresses the worker wasn't one of the Crown utility's employees, but an outside contractor brought in to do some work.

 

Parker says SaskPower is talking with the local Aboriginal community to see what can be done.

 

He says, at this stage, it appears only one of the teepee rings was impacted by the heavy equipment.

 

 
Mistawasis Addressing Scourge Of Substance Abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:56

Mistawasis Addressing Scourge Of Substance Abuse

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:45

 

 

A Mistawasis First Nation educator has a vision of his community members being able to walk through the reserve and feel safe.

 

Russel "Sam" Badger says the community isn't there yet -- but it's taking steps to get there, such as dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.

 

Badger told a roomful of health and wellness conference delegates in Saskatoon yesterday that those two substances have affected everyone on his reserve, and so it will take everyone to turn it around.

 

A committee has been established to come up with a plan to eliminate illegal drugs, and Badger says it is seeking input from elders to schoolchildren.

 

Badger says the students showed real initiative as they told him they'd like to make a presentation about drugs and alcohol to the parents.

 

He says the committee is coming up with ideas such as possible bylaws that would evict people who are using their homes to sell drugs.

 

Talking circles have also been used so people can talk about their issues.

 

According to Badger, about 180 people from his reserve have died due to drugs and alcohol since 1960.

 
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