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Treaty 10 Gathering – OTC

Office of the Treaty Commissioner exeutive director, Harry Lafond, sent a dispatch from the second annual Treaty 10 Gathering from English River First Nation’s La Plonge reserve near Beauval.

For the second year in a row, I trekked north to the beautiful landscape of La Plonge in late July and early August. Treaty 10 Gathering brought out the friends I made last years and years past. Elder AJ Felix and Elder Isadore Campbell kept the sessions moving.

The Lt. Governor attended the first day and listened to every presenter until it was time for him to catch his flight home to Regina. Throughout the day, the Lt. Governor moved around the grounds engaging different people in conversation.

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Number of visible minorities on Saskatoon Police Service grows – StarPhoenix

The Saskatoon Police Service has seen steady growth in the number of visible minorities it employed in the last decade.

August 20, 2018

When Staff Sgt. A.J. Chevli first joined the Saskatoon Police Service in the 1990s, the ranks were already diversifying.

Chevli, who now heads up the economic crimes unit, saw visible minorities and Indigenous members senior to him and looked up to them as role models.

“What I learned from early on was, it wasn’t the colour of your skin that mattered, but it was your ethics, your own morality, your work ethic and, above all, your professionalism to wearing the uniform,” he said.

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First Nations compensation forms now available for those taken away during Sixties Scoop – MBC Network Radio

Aug 20, 2018

Claims are now being accepted from people who qualify for the Sixties Scoop settlement recently approved by the federal government.

The settlement covers status Indians and Inuit people taken from their families during a 40-year period from 1951 to 1991. The settlement will see about $750 million directed to survivors, $50 million earmarked for an Indigenous healing foundation and $75 million for legal fees.

University of Regina social work professor, Dr Raven Sinclair, was part of the Sixties Scoop and says the forms can be downloaded from the website of Collectiva Class Action Services.

“The interesting thing is that the settlement doesn’t require anyone to have a lawyer or sign any papers with any law firm at all,” she said. “The claim form is available and people can just simply fill it out and you don’t have to have the child welfare records.”

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Feds fund initiatives for Indigenous women – Journal Of Commerce

August 20, 2018

SASKATOON, SASK. — The Government of Canada has announced it will put $4.3 million towards projects that advance the economic prosperity and security of Indigenous women.

The Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan has been awarded $304,950 for a project to develop an Indigenous women’s economic framework by connecting local businesses and economic partners with Indigenous women and stakeholders.

The Prince Albert Metis Women Association Inc. is receiving $255,844 for a project to pinpoint and respond to economic barriers for vulnerable women in central and northern Saskatchewan.

“Through this funding, our organization will be able to continue building support, trust and strong leadership at the community level. We are excited to launch this project to address barriers and find ways to best support women’s economic security and prosperity,” said Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan president Nathan Favel in a statement.

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Indigenous slo-pitch team reports racist comments at tournament – StarPhoenix

An Indigenous slo-pitch team is preparing to make a human rights complaint after being the brunt of racist comments at a Perdue tournament.

August 20, 2018

A Saskatchewan slo-pitch team made up of Indigenous players says some of its members are “traumatized” after they were barraged by racist comments at a tournament in the Village of Perdue.

Sarah Phing, manager of the Vicious Hitters team, said 11 of her players went to Perdue on Aug. 11 to compete in a one-day tournament.

Phing said people in the bleachers and members of opposing teams made racist remarks throughout the day, particularly during the final, which the Vicious Hitters won.

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Reconciliation requires more than symbolic gestures – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 20, 2018

By James R. Miller, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Saskatchewan


This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site.


Author: James R. Miller, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Saskatchewan

In explaining the decision by the city of Victoria to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from a prominent location outside its city hall, Mayor Lisa Helps tied the action to the cause of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

“It’s been a year of discussion and deliberation, and we realized it’s going to be many years of reconciliation,” said Helps.

Others in Canada in favour of removing statues of historical figures or renaming buildings and streets have drawn the same linkage in recent years. Movements against the commemoration of Edward Cornwallis in Halifax, Jeffrey Amherst in Montreal, and Nicholas Flood Davin in Regina have all been related to advancing reconciliation.

Symbolic gestures not enough

Not everyone is convinced these symbolic gestures are appropriate or sufficient.

A year ago, when removing Macdonald’s name from Ontario school buildings was being debated publicly, Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, opposed the symbolic approach.

While acknowledging Macdonald “clearly attempted to eliminate Indigenous culture,” Sinclair added: “The problem I have with the overall approach to tearing down statues and buildings is that it is counterproductive to … reconciliation because it almost smacks of revenge or smacks of acts of anger, but in reality, what we are trying to do, is we are trying to create more balance in the relationship.”

As Sinclair suggested, emphasizing the symbolic removal of statues can distract from more substantial and important actions like finding ways to honour Indigenous heroes.

The differing approaches of Sinclair and the mayor of Victoria raise the question: What is the best way of promoting reconciliation? Are symbolic gestures sufficient, or is more required?

It is important to acknowledge that symbols such as statue removal or other gestures can be important.

Follow-ups are needed

No one who observed then prime minister Stephen Harper’s apology for residential schools in 2008 will doubt the power and impact of that official gesture. The problem with that effort, though, was that Harper failed to follow it up with positive action.

Harper’s government disappointed Indigenous leaders by not endorsing the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples, by cancelling funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and by folding the government department that had overseen federal actions to respond to residential school abuse litigation back into the (then) Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Words without actions were not enough a decade ago. And they do not suffice now.

The distinction between symbol and substance was captured well in an anecdote from South Africa told in my book Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts Its History.

University of Calgary law professor Kathleen Mahoney recounted a story of two South Africans _ Tabo from the Black majority and Smith from the white minority _ brought together in an attempt at reconciliation.

‘What about the cow?’

Smith had stolen Tabo’s cow, destroying Tabo and his family’s livelihood. In the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission process, Smith apologized and Tabo accepted the statement. They hugged, kissed, had a cup of tea together and even shared a few jokes. When Smith was leaving, Tabo asked: “Mr. Smith, what about the cow?” Replied Smith: “Tabo, you are messing up this thing about reconciliation. It has nothing to do with the cow.”

But, of course, true and effective reconciliation must also be about “the cow.” It must involve going beyond apologizing and renaming buildings to remedying some of the gross injustices from which Indigenous people suffer in Canada.

It means bringing the funding of on-reserve schooling up to the same level other Canadian children receive. It entails energetic action to resolve the approximately 1,000 Indigenous land claims that are outstanding. And it must include completing the treaty process in those parts of Canada where territorial treaties have not yet been made.

The next time some public figure claims the gesture they are advocating will advance reconciliation, such as declaring A National Day of Reconciliation, ask yourself _ and that leader _ “But what about the cow?”


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National Lacrosse League’s Saskatchewan Rush to fly Iroquois flag at home games – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 17, 2018

SASKATOON _ The Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League will honour the history of the sport by flying an Iroquois flag at all home games from now on.

SaskTel Centre, the Rush’s home arena, hosted the world junior indoor lacrosse championship from Aug. 8 to 12.

The Iroquois, who invented the sport of lacrosse, compete internationally as a separate team and brought their distinctive purple-and-white flag to the event.

After Canada beat the Iroquois 15-10 in the gold-medal game the First Nations team gifted the flag to the arena.

The Rush announced on Wednesday that they would keep the flag in the rafters for all of their games in the professional league.



Encanto Potash and Muskowekwan First Nation Engage Golder for Environmental Studies – Potash Works

Encanto Potash Corp. (TSXV: EPO) and the Muskowekwan First Nation are very pleased to announce that they have engaged Golder Associates Ltd., a consulting, design and construction services company, as a vital part of the next step in developing a significant potash mine in Saskatchewan.

As part of Encanto’s previously stated plan to strive to significantly reduce both the OPEX and CAPEX for an advanced potash solution mine, Golder will prepare two studies for Encanto over the remaining summer months.

  1. A water study to finalize the most appropriate and viable water supply for the Muskowekwan Potash Project with regards to cost savings and environmental stewardship.
  2. An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) gap analysis to determine all steps necessary to complete the full EIS and proceed with the Environmental safeguarding for the entire Muskowekwan Potash Project.

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Editorial: New stat holiday a chance for the country to heal – StarPhoenix

Editorial: The concept of creating a new federal statutory holiday to commemorate the legacy of Canada’s residential schools on Indigenous people is worth supporting

August 17, 2018

The concept of creating a new federal statutory holiday to commemorate the legacy of Canada’s residential schools on Indigenous people is well worth supporting.

According to reporting by the National Post, the government intends to back a private member’s bill introduced by Saskatchewan NDP MP Georgina Jolibois. The bill proposes establishing a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day. That date falls within the school year, so students can engage in education around the reasons the day has been set aside.

It is appropriate that this movement would originate with the representative of the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River Riding, where so many children and families were part of the residential school system.

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Gold Eagle Casino earns two international marketing awards for third straight year

August 16, 2018 – North Battleford, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)’s

Gold Eagle Casino (GEC) has been honoured with winning two Silver Romero Awards for excellence in casino marketing.

At an awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Eagle Casino received awards for Casino Floor and VIP promotions.

“This is the third year in a row that Gold Eagle Casino has captured two Romero Awards for SIGA,” says SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen. “These awards are a testament to our teams who work hard to create memorable customer experiences through innovative and diverse entertainment offerings. Congratulations to Gold Eagle Casino and its entire marketing team!”

Kelly Atcheynum, Gold Eagle Casino General Manager, is thrilled for his team to be recognized.

“To be recognized at the Romero Awards again this year is quite an honour. It speaks to the excellence we strive for at our casino, the enthusiasm of our staff, and the loyalty of our guests,” he says. “Winning these prestigious awards means a lot to the team.”

Last year, GEC received the Diamond Award in Online Marketing (website and social) and the Silver Award in Casino Floor Promotion. In 2016, GEC took home the Gold Award in Casino Floor Promotion and the Gold Award for VIP Promotion.

Gold Eagle Casino is a premier entertainment and tourist destination located in West-Central Saskatchewan. Founded in 1996, GEC is owned and operated by SIGA, which operates six, soon to be seven, First Nation casinos in Saskatchewan. GEC regularly draws more than 28,000 visitors each month from the local area and surrounding provinces.


For more information, please contact:

Melody Lynch

Director of Communications

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority




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