SaskParty MLA Named Honourary Elder Of Reserve

Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 15:07



A Saskatchewan First Nation has decided to make a Saskatchewan Party MLA an honourary elder.


First Nations and Metis Relations critic June Draude was given the title during a ceremony on the reserve yesterday.


It is the highest honour the First Nation can bestow on a non-band member.


Band councillor Donna Poorman says Draude was one of about a half-dozen people to receive the designation.


Poorman says it’s awarded to non-residents who are making a difference on the reserve.


She says Draude has shown band officials where to apply for grants and other funding, and has also helped mediate some internal difficulties.