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Council to decide on Indigenous preschool in January – StarPhoenix

Municipal planning commission endorses plan to convert house in Montgomery Place for Saskatoon Tribal Council preschool

December 19, 2018

What at first seemed to be substantial neighbourhood opposition to a Saskatoon Tribal Council preschool appears to have evaporated.

The City of Saskatoon’s municipal planning commission endorsed the proposed preschool along 11th Street West in the Montgomery Place neighbourhood with little discussion on Tuesday.

The application to convert a bungalow into a preschool for Indigenous children now heads to city council for a public hearing and possible approval on Jan. 28.

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Town planning 2019 budget deliberations – battlefordsNOW

Battleford citizens will soon have an opportunity to find out what the town’s proposed budget will look like for 2019.

The town has announced it will hold its budget deliberation session on Jan. 14. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Mayor Ames Leslie said council will also look at whether there will be any tax increase recommended by administration in the new budget.

“Council’s job is to take into consideration what’s best financially for the town, but also what’s best financially for the taxpayers as well,” he said following Monday’s council meeting.

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Register Online now for The 2nd Annual AFN National Water Sympoium and Tradeshow



The Assembly of First Nations will be hosting 2nd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow on February 26-28, 2019, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Online registration is now available! Also, on the updated Symposium webpage at the AFN website, you can find information travel and accommodations in Niagara Falls, a Call for Presenters, Tradeshow registration information and opportunities for sponsorship.

Should you have any questions regarding the Symposium, please contact the Assembly of First Nations at 1.866.869.6789 or email to

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls!



L’Assemblée des Premières tiendra le 2e Symposium national annuel de l’APN et foire commerciale sur l’eau du 26 au 28 février 2019 au Centre des congrès Banque Scotia à Niagara Falls, Ontario.

L’inscription en ligne est maintenant disponible! De plus, sur la page Web actualisée du Symposium sur le site Web de l’APN, vous trouverez de l’information sur les trajets et l’hébergement à Niagara Falls, un appel à des conférenciers, ainsi que des renseignements sur l’inscription à la foire commerciale et sur les possibilités de commandite.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet du Symposium, veuillez communiquer avec l’Assemblée des Premières Nations au 1.866.869.6789 ou par courriel à

Nous vous remercions et vous donnons rendez-vous à Niagara Falls!


Transplants provide better outcomes than dialysis for end-stage kidney disease

December 18, 2018 — New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) highlights the significant difference between dialysis and transplant outcomes for those being treated for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). A focused look at 10-year outcome data shows that 16% of Canadians on dialysis survive past 10 years, whereas up to 74% of Canadians with a kidney transplant still have a functioning kidney after 10 years. Outcomes for both kidney transplants and dialysis have been improving over the last decade.

Age, general health and the cause of ESKD are significant factors in determining outcomes. Younger patients can typically expect better outcomes than older patients, regardless of treatment type. According to the data,

  • 51% of Canadians age 18 to 44 who start dialysis survive past 10 years, compared with 12% for those age 65 to 74.
  • Up to 80% of Canadians age 18 to 44 have a functioning kidney 10 years after transplantation, compared with up to 64% for those older than 65.
  • A kidney transplant from a living donor generally functions longer than one from a deceased donor.

Outcomes for transplant recipients refer to the survival of the transplanted organs, whereas dialysis outcomes refer to the survival rate of patients — an important distinction between the two. If or when transplanted organs start to fail, patients can still receive dialysis. For those on dialysis who depend on the therapy to survive, alternative treatment options are not available, and these individuals may not be eligible for a transplant or receive one on time.

Transplants give life

Donna Fleming, from Toronto, Ontario, was born with 1 functioning kidney and received a transplant in 1973 at age 16. Fleming received dialysis treatment before her transplant and, 45 years later, started nocturnal dialysis in May 2018, which requires her to stay overnight at a clinic 3 times a week to receive treatment.

“After having 45 years of very good health due to receiving a kidney transplant, going back on dialysis was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Fortunately, we have dialysis to help keep us alive until another transplant comes along, however long that wait may be.” — Donna Fleming, kidney transplant recipient

Fleming is currently undergoing testing to determine whether her health is stable enough to receive a second transplant.

ESKD continues to rise in Canada

Over the last 10 years, the number of Canadians living with ESKD increased 35%, with more than 38,800 (excluding Quebec) living with the disease. In 2017, there were 1,771 kidney transplants performed in the country. At the end of the year, 3,253 Canadians were waiting for a kidney transplant.

“For Canadians living with end-stage kidney disease, a kidney transplant has several advantages. It means increased survival and significantly better quality of life than dialysis. From a health system perspective, kidney transplants can be more cost-effective than long-term dialysis. But the increasing number of Canadians in need of a new kidney and the shortage of organ donors in the country means that some patients never receive a transplant.” — Greg Webster, Director, Acute and Ambulatory Care Information Services, CIHI

Between 2008 and 2017, the rate of deceased organ donations increased 51%. The increase in deceased organ donations is a promising trend, especially considering that a deceased donor can donate up to 8 organs. However, CIHI data shows that, on average, kidneys from living donors typically function longer. Between 2008 and 2017, the rate of living donation — meaning donations such as a kidney or partial liver from a living person — decreased 11%.

Organ donations by the numbers

CIHI’s annual Canadian Organ Replacement Register release includes information on all donations for kidney, heart, lung, liver, pancreas and intestinal transplantations. The 2017 highlights include the following:

  • 2,930 transplant procedures were performed — 95 more than the previous year.
  • In 2017, there were 803 deceased organ donors in Canada — 43 more than in 2016. In addition, there were 535 living organ donors — 9 less than in 2016.
  • Canada still has a shortage of organs, with 4,333 patients waiting for transplants.
  • In 2017, 242 Canadians died while waiting for an organ transplant.

Canadian health systems rely on organ donations to help save lives of those in need. The release of CIHI’s organ donation data is an important reminder to all Canadians who wish to become donors to register to be an organ donor and to speak to your family about your wishes. Read up on how to become an organ donor.

About CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health systems and the health of Canadians.

We provide comparable and actionable data and information that are used to accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across Canada. Our stakeholders use our broad range of health system databases, measurements and standards, together with our evidence-based reports and analyses, in their decision-making processes. We protect the privacy of Canadians by ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the health care information we provide.

Media contact
Olivia Olesinski


Prince Albert Police Service: Deputy Chief of Police Announced

Prince Albert, Sask. – The Prince Albert Police Service newest Deputy Chief of Police was announced at City Hall today.

Jason Stonechild was officially appointed as Deputy Chief commencing today by Police Chief Jon Bergen.

Stonechild served as Acting Deputy Chief in 2018 and on the Service’s Executive Team in the role of Inspector since 2014.

The Deputy Chief role described as a “critical position for the professional police service” by Chief Bergen oversees many areas of the Service including its strategic and operational plans, change implementation within the Service, areas of Finance and Human Resources and strengthening community relations and partnerships.

Deputy Chief Stonechild has a 25-year career with the Prince Albert Police Service, working in almost every area of the Police Service and served as the Prince Albert Police Association president for over a decade.

Career accolades include:

  • Senior Police Administration Course (SPAC) 2014
  • 2016 Executive Development Course – led the mental health wellness change project the “Road to Mental Readiness” which has been shared internally and externally.
  • 2017 received the Executive Deans Award for ‘Outstanding Performance’ from Charles Sturt University Master of Leadership Management (policing and security).


SK Government: Natural Hazards Risk Assessment Report Released

December 17, 2018

The Ministry of Government Relations has released a Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment that provincial and local officials can use as an initial planning tool for potential long-term disaster mitigation measures.

“I want to thank the experts and stakeholders involved in preparing this report,” Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding said. “The document is a positive step forward to help better prepare and hopefully alleviate some of the consequences of these difficult events.”

The more than 250-page Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment was prepared by the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) between 2016 and 2018.  It concludes that drought and convective summer storms are the province’s highest risk natural hazards followed by forest fires and winter storms.

As part of SRC’s work, a more than 110-page Stakeholder Insights Report was also prepared to gather local knowledge following regional workshops held in 2017 in Yorkton, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, La Ronge, Swift Current and Regina, along with additional stakeholder conversations.

Stakeholders included: Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association; Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities; First Nations communities; academics; industry; along with government and non-government organizations.

The Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Insights Report complements the Prairie Resilience climate change strategy, in which resilience to the effects of a changing climate – such as extreme weather – is a priority for the province.

Both the Hazard Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Insights are available at  The reports were funded by the provincial and federal governments through the National Disaster Mitigation Program.


For more information, contact:

Dan Palmer
Government Relations
Phone: 306-787-7151


Saskatchewan Polytechnic: avik wiiyawow, belong

The Indigenous student experience at Saskatchewan Polytechnic is at the heart of the Indigenous Student Success Strategy. Indigenous students should feel welcome, inspired and empowered, but most of all they should feel like Sask Polytech is a place where they belong.

Each of the Indigenous Student Success Strategy’s four goals—welcome, inspire, empower, belong—contribute to achieving this overarching objective and to improving the Indigenous student experience.

This month we want to share more information about our fourth and last goal: avik wiiyawow, which is the Michif word for belong, with them, to be part of them.

This starts with the relationships and bridges Sask Polytech builds with Indigenous students and their communities before they begin their studies. It continues with the networks Sask Polytech nurtures, so we learn from each other while Indigenous students are with us and after they have left to embark on their careers or further study. Throughout, Sask Polytech must focus on improving upon those elements of our institutional culture, processes and practices that can inhibit Indigenous student persistence and success.

Actions Sask Polytech is taking over the next five years to help Indigenous students feel they belong include:

  • Develop close and trusted relationships with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, so we can respond to their specific educational concerns and needs.
  • Establish an Indigenous role model program, so Indigenous students see themselves reflected in Sask Polytech’s people and graduates.

Indigenous students make up 19 per cent of Sask Polytech’s student population and this proportion is growing steadily each year. Sask Polytech supports Indigenous students through tutoring and counselling, assistance with scholarships and funding, summer transition programming, and access to Indigenous students’ centres to meet other students and Elders.

Learn more about the Indigenous Student Success Strategy goals:

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The University of Regina’s Statement of Commitment in Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

December 13, 2018

In releasing its Statement of Commitment in Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC’s) Calls to Action, the University of Regina – with campuses situated on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories – renews its vow to make reconciliation a part of all interactions amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty, and neighbours.

The Working Group for the University of Regina’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report was formed in November 2016 and includes faculty members and staff from different units across campus. Providing guidance to the Working Group were elders/knowledge keepers Brenda Dubois, Alma Poitras, and Noel Starblanket. The responses released today are the result of extensive consultations and engagement within the University and with broader communities by the Working Group.

A Statement of Commitment in Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action – supported by University of Regina leadership – proclaims the University’s commitment to reconciliation. The accompanying Guide to Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action at the University of Regina lays out a concrete plan of action that will focus the University’s efforts to work towards reconciliation.

“When the TRC issued its Final Report, including 94 Calls to Action, it took up the work of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples as well as the survivors and inter-generational survivors of the residential school system who laid bare the adverse impact that colonial policies and practices have had – and continue to have – on Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. “Although it may be difficult for many Canadians to accept, this blemish on our colonial past and present is a truth that must be recognized before reconciliation can begin. As a University, we are committed to facing these difficult truths on the road to reconciliation.”

The Statement of Commitment commits the University to five key goals recognizing that every student, staff or faculty member should have the tools necessary for reconciliation and moving towards decolonization by being provided with:

  • Knowledge of treaties, specifically of Treaties 4 and 6;
  • A basic understanding of Canada’s history with and the continuance of colonialism, including of the Indian Residential Schools and the Indian Act;
  • An awareness of Indigenous ways of knowing and how these relate to their program of study;
  • Knowledge of the key elements of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and,
  • An understanding of the role they can play in reconciliation based on the knowledge and skills they will have acquired at the University of Regina.

These five key goals respond to14 Calls to Action the TRC Working Group identified as specific to the University and its faculties.

The accompanying Guide identifies opportunities and makes specific recommendations that will help the University achieve these goals. The Guide encourages all members of the University of Regina community to develop and implement projects and strategies that respond to the TRC’s Calls to Action.

The TRC Working Group identified and adhered to the following principles in developing the five goals:

  • Truth must come before reconciliation;
  • Actions must accompany words and symbols;
  • Reconciliation demands structural change; and,
  • Reconciliation lies in a commitment to accountability.

“I commend the members of the TRC Working Group for the work they have done to develop a response to the TRC’s Calls to Action.  They have enabled the University to move forward with a clear vision of what Reconciliation looks like in light of truth, and have provided guidance on the next steps we need to take to help us all get there,” said Timmons. “I also wish to thank the University’s leadership for acknowledging the truth of our colonial past and present, and for supporting our desire to become an institution and a society where non-Indigenous populations can study, work, and live in a good way with Indigenous peoples.”

The Statement and Guide are available at:


About The University of Regina

The University of Regina – with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the . Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis – is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 15,000 students study within the University’s 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

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Regina police chief says Indigenous relations have ‘come a long way’ in Saskatchewan – CBC

In wake of report on ‘systemic discrimination’ at two Ontario police services, Evan Bray spoke with Checkup

Reports this week that found systemic racism is prevalent at police forces in both Toronto and Thunder Bay, Ont. rings familiar to Evan Bray.

The Regina Police Services chief has spent his entire career with the organization. Twenty years ago, that police force came under intense scrutiny for its relationship with Saskatchewan’s Indigenous communities.

This week, three reports criticizing both Toronto and Thunder Bay police were released. An interim report from the Ontario Human Rights Commission found that black people in Toronto are nearly 20 times more likely than white people to be fatally shot.

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Cuthand: Amendments to trespassing acts threaten treaty rights – Starphoenix

The province has brought forward amendments to various acts regarding trespass on private land. At first glance it seems benign, but a closer look reveals that it is problematic for hunters and contains the stain of racism.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has stated that the amendments are a threat to treaty rights, but again a closer look reveals that is only the tip of the iceberg.

This legislation is just one more attempt by the Saskatchewan Party government to appeal to its rural base and pander to the fear and racism that exist in this province.

In the past farmers would post signs on their land if they didn’t want hunting on it. The system worked for generations, but now the provincial government wants all land to be off limits. This reflects the changing demographics in rural Saskatchewan.

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