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Veteran driving instructor says difficult for northern Indigenous people to get licences – CBC

Remote locations, lack of identification major hurdle

Feb 20, 2019

Alfred Crain says Indigenous people in Saskatchewan’s north need more supports when it comes to driving instruction.

Owner of A.C. First Nations Driving Academy, Crain regularly crosses the province’s north to teach people the rules of the road. Speaking to CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning, he said getting a driver’s licence is a big deal.

“There’s that barrier of no licence, no job,” he said. “Usually, that application goes to the bottom of the pile if they don’t have a licence.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/alfred-crain-first-nations-driving-instructor-1.5026443

FSIN votes on measures to help indigenous children – CTV News

February 20, 2019

The winter session of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) voted Tuesday on three measures to improve conditions for indigenous children.

The meeting drew together 38 chiefs and proxies from across Saskatchewan. It included speeches by elders, senators and numerous other dignitaries who spoke on different topics, including the opioid crisis and protecting the environment. But the focus, and the resolutions passed, was about indigenous children in foster care.

The first resolution stated that the FSIN prepare for a potential upcoming court case with the Saskatchewan government about the treatment of indigenous children in foster care.

The potential court case would come if the federal government does not table a proposed bill regarding indigenous child welfare before the House of Commons rises for the summer, FSIN Second Vice Chief Dave Pratt said.

Read More: https://regina.ctvnews.ca/fsin-votes-on-measures-to-help-indigenous-children-1.4305235

New funding policy adopted to better support First Nations students on-reserve – Sask Bulletin Article

February 20, 2019

Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan and National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations, recently announced a new co-developed policy and improved funding to better support the needs of First Nations students on-reserve.

According to a media release issued by Indigenous Services Canada, the new approach will take effect April 1 and is designed to provide more predictable and sufficient funding.

This funding model is meant to replace outdated proposal-based programs with improved access to predictable core funding and to ensure base funding is comparable to provincial systems across the country, while working towards additional funding agreements based on need to better account for factors such as remoteness, school size, language and socio-economic conditions.

Read More: https://www.stf.sk.ca/about-stf/news/new-funding-policy-adopted-better-support-first-nations-students-reserve

Community members and artists help bring life to museum’s new Indigenous exhibit – Prince Albert Daily Herald

Feb 20, 2019

History, art and community are coming together at the Prince Albert Historical Museum this week as members of the public and two Indigenous artists team up to help bring some more colour to the museum’s upcoming Indigenous section.

The project, funded through a handful of grants, is seeing members of the public paint designs drawn out by local Metis artist Leah Dorian and by Saskatoon First Nations artist Kevin Pee Ace. The completed panels will go up in the Connaught Room — the room with the big canoe in it — as part of a new Indigenous exhibit set to open this April.

Monday, Dorion guided a few dozen residents through the painting of a pair of Metis­inspired scenes, while Tuesday, Pee Ace was at the museum as a smaller group painted a panel inspired by the area’s pre-history.

“We’re looking into the archaeological record, and a lot of the material is found in the ground,” Pee Ace said.

Read More: https://paherald.sk.ca/2019/02/19/community-members-and-artists-help-bring-life-to-museums-new-indigenous-exhibit/

Indigenous languages highlighted at Regina Elders Gathering – CTV News

February 19, 2019

Elders have gathered at the First Nations University this week to discuss the importance of preserving Indigenous languages.

There will be three gatherings in Saskatchewan this year — one in Saskatoon, one in Regina and one in Prince Albert. Elders met in Saskatoon in January and will head to Prince Albert in March.

Armand McArthur from the Pheasant Rump First Nation speaks Nakoda. He says it is his responsibility to teach others to preserve his traditional language.

The conference is open to the public.

The United Nations has named 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Read More: https://regina.ctvnews.ca/indigenous-languages-highlighted-at-regina-elders-gathering-1.4303426

‘We are still here and standing strong together’: Regina model heading to Paris – Globalnews.ca

February 18, 2019

If you told Olivia Saulteaux she would one day be modelling in Paris, she wouldn’t have believed it.

But in March, the 21-year-old from Regina will spend four days as a model at Paris Indigenous Fashion Week representing Whitebear First Nation.

“I just started in the fall and now I’m going to Paris and will be doing a fashion show at the Eiffel Tower,” Saulteaux said.

“It surreal.”

Saulteaux will join former Mrs. Universe and Alberta model Ashley Callingbull-Burnham along with a handful of top Indigenous designers from across the world.

“It doesn’t feel real, but it’s going to be a great experience,” Saulteaux said.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/4972464/regina-model-paris-indigenous-fashion-week/

USask awarded $4.9 million for Indigenous health research, HIV and cancer

SASKATOON – Five University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams have been awarded a total of $4.85 million by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—the main funding body for university health research in Canada—for cutting-edge health research on cancer, HIV and Indigenous health.

Feb 15, 2019

The grants include $2.26 million for research into re-awakening and applying Indigenous knowledge of wellness, a project led by College of Medicine researchers Malcolm King and Dr. Alexandra King, Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health at USask.

The four-year study will promote wellness across every stage of a person’s life. A network of Indigenous health knowledge development centres will be established in different communities. These First Nations and Métis communities will be the primary research leaders.

“We will explore what makes and keeps Indigenous people and communities well, and how Indigenous wellness can be achieved or re-gained through practices and interventions based on a blending of traditional and Western knowledge,” said Malcolm King, who is also scientific director of the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research and a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

King said that re-awakening knowledge of wellness will not only benefit the physical health of Indigenous people, but also their mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.

“A lot of communities have connections to the land and there is a sense that is widely held that traditional activities—for example the harvesting of medicinal plants or wild rice—have many benefits and are connected with wellness. Many communities realize they are now doing fewer traditional activities that connected them to the land and which promoted the holistic health of their community,” he said.

USask’s success in the national funding awards will also further boost cancer and HIV research in Saskatchewan.

“This cutting-edge health research—some of which uses our world-class cyclotron facility for nuclear imaging—will not only benefit people in the province, but throughout Canada,” said USask Vice-President Research Karen Chad. “In particular, USask is becoming a centre of excellence in Indigenous health research and this Indigenous wellness grant will enable further achievements in this important field of study.”

Two research teams dedicated to finding therapies for colorectal cancer—the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada—have been awarded CIHR funding.

  • Humphrey Fonge, a radio-pharmacist and expert in precision diagnostics, was awarded $872,000 to develop a set of new therapies for advanced colorectal cancer. Fonge and his team have created an antibody with attached radioactive molecules which cling to colorectal cancer cells and kill them. His team is also developing an antibody which attaches to colorectal cancer cells, allowing doctors to track the spread of the cancer and the growth of tumours. This development by Fonge’s team will enable earlier diagnosis and more personalized treatment.
  • A team led by Shahid Ahmed, clinical associate professor of medicine, has been awarded $100,000 for research into treatment for advanced colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver. The researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of a four-drug combination chemotherapy regimen in shrinking liver tumours—which were considered too large to remove—to a size where they could be removed surgically. This will help establish a standard chemotherapy regime for colorectal cancer patients in Canada for whom surgery could lead to a complete removal of the cancer that has spread. Dr. Ahmed’s team will also analyse the characteristics of patients who benefited from this chemotherapy regimen to better predict responses to the treatment in future.

Research to help better understand how to support the body’s natural defence against the HIV virus will be investigated by a team led by College of Medicine microbiologist and biochemist Linda Chelico. There are currently around 37 million people world-wide living with HIV/AIDS.

Chelico’s team, awarded $864,450, is examining a battalion of natural proteins in the body which work together to attack the HIV virus and destroy it by mutating its genetic information. Chelico is looking at how these proteins, when they are themselves assaulted by the powerful HIV virus, support each other and fight back. The aim of the five-year project is to develop new therapies that will bolster the immune system’s natural weapons against HIV.

USask research into a novel therapy for a type of bone cancer that affects teenagers and young adults, as well as pet dogs, is backed in $765,000 of CIHR funding.

The team led by radio-pharmacist Ekaterina Dadachova (College of Pharmacy and Nutrition) and pathologist Maruti Uppalapati is targeting a protein expressed by the cancer osteosarcoma. In previous research, the team successfully used radioactive antibodies to destroy tumor cells. The team now plans to create human radioactive antibodies that would target cancer cells in people and pet dogs, killing the tumors without harming healthy tissue.

This type of bone cancer is one of the most common cancers in pet dogs, particularly in large breeds such as Newfoundlands. Treatments for dogs with cancer are currently limited.

Both Fonge and Dadachova use the state-of-the-art facilities at the university’s Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, which is managed by USask’s Fedoruk Centre.

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For more information contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-1851
jennifer.thoma@usask.ca

NT5

Minister of Indigenous Services responds to backlash over tweet – CBC

Minister’s office says tweet became a distraction from ministers work in Sask.

Feb 18, 2019

Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan’s office says a tweet sent out while the minister was flying over northern Saskatchewan was “distraction” and it was deleted after it generated anger from many people online.

O’Regan was recently in Saskatchewan  where he made a number of announcements on behalf of the federal government including the unveiling of First Nations University of Canada as an urban reserve, new funding for Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s proposed health centre and upgrades to the airport in Fond-du-Lac.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/minister-of-indigenous-services-now-deleted-tweet-draws-ire-1.5023821

Canoe Narrows Residents Fined More Than $15,500 For Illegal Sale of Fish

February 15, 2019

In a Canoe Narrows courtroom, two local men were recently fined more than $15,500 for numerous violations under The Fisheries Regulations.

Richard Desjardin, 63, pleaded guilty to three counts of marketing fish without a licence, commercial fishing without a licence, fishing in a closed area and obstruction.  Desjardin was fined a total of $14,500 and had his truck forfeited to the Crown.

Following an earlier trial, Donald Iron, 60, was found guilty on three counts of illegally selling fish and three counts of selling fish without a licence.  He was fined a total of $1,080.  Four individuals were originally charged with various fish trafficking charges, but the charges against two of the accomplices were stayed when Desjardin accepted responsibility.

In 2016, Ministry of Environment conservation officers from Beauval received information that two individuals were illegally selling fish.

Undercover officers were able to purchase fish from both individuals, with one selling a significant amount more than the other.  Officers purchased more than 200 walleye from the two men, who were not licensed commercial fishermen or licensed to sell the fish.

In the 1970s and 80s, walleye populations in Canoe Lake crashed and took years to recover.  As a result, extra efforts were taken to curb the unlawful trafficking of fish from Canoe Lake.

An area of Canoe Lake is closed year-round to all fishing to protect the walleye spawning ground.  This closure has been in effect for more than 20 years and is fully supported by Canoe Lake First Nation.  The majority of the fish in this investigation were unlawfully taken from this closed area.

If you suspect wildlife, fishery, forestry or environmental violations, please call Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561, or call #5555 (SaskTel cellular subscribers), or report a violation online at www.saskatchewan.ca/tip. You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.

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For more information, contact:

Corey Rhiendel
Environment
Regina
Phone: 306-787-6595
Email: corey.rhiendel@gov.sk.ca

NT5

Northern Sask. airport funding a “long time coming”: FSIN Chief – larongeNOW

Feb 14, 2019

A funding announcement for Fond Du Lac aiport is appreciated but long overdue, according to the Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

Bobby Cameron was responding to Thursday’s press conference in Saskatoon, during which $12 million in federal funding was announced to assist with upgrades at the northern Saskatchewan airport. The upgrades will include rehabilitating Runway 10-28, Taxiway A, Apron 1, and the airfield lighting system.

“We send congratulations to Fond Du Lac Chief Louis Mercredi and his council and community today as the fight to upgrade this airport has been a long time coming,” Cameron said in a statement. “The community has overcome great tragedy and this funding today will go a long way in ensuring the safety of everyone who utilizes this airport.”

Read More: https://larongenow.com/2019/02/14/northern-sask-airport-funding-a-long-time-coming-fsin-chief/

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