SIAST, Band Sign Deal To Offer Resource Training

Friday, June 09, 2006 at 14:58



Members of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation could soon be studying to become forest specialists near their traditional land.


Yesterday, leaders with the First Nation signed an agreement that will see SIAST teach classes on forest ecosystems, resource management and environmental law at Candle Lake.


Montreal Lake Chief Lionel Bird says the move will allow his people to become trained, and at the same time, fill gaping holes in the province’s workforce.


Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Alphonse Bird, who’s from Montreal Lake, says he thinks the course could give band members a shot at jobs other than tree-planting.


Officials present at yesterday’s signing ceremony say the new deal should allow for classes to begin in September.