Pinehouse And LLRIB Sign Business Agreement

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 14:38



A northern Saskatchewan Metis community has signed a letter of intent to pursue business opportunities with the province’s second-largest First Nation.


The village of Pinehouse and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band signed the agreement yesterday in Prince Albert.


Kitsaki Management CEO Russell Roberts says, from his band’s perspective, this is a deal they’ve wanted to see happen for awhile.


Roberts notes as many as 200 band members reside in Pinehouse.


Pinehouse Business North general manager Vince Natomagan says Kitsaki will be a real ally in the bidding for future contracts in the mining sector. He says it’s much easier on industry to award contracts to partnerships, than to choose between northern communities that are competing for the same contracts.


Natomagan says the two communities want to capitalize on industry’s plans to revitalize the Key Lake area.


He also says Lac La Ronge Indian Band chief Tammy Cook-Searson deserves much of the credit for making this deal happen.