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Co-op provides $43000 for new Playground at Crooked Lake – 620 CKRM.com

Jul 15, 2020

Co-op is providing a $43,000 donation to support construction of a new Playground at Sunset Beach at Crooked Lake, just north of Broadview.

The president of Sunset Beach Recreation, Randy Durovick, says the funds will be used for a $100,000 project to build a new playground and two Pickelball courts.

He says the project will bring the communities of Broadview, Grenfell, Whitewood, Grayson, Cowessess First Nations and other nearby communities to improve the quality of life.

Durovick says fundraising for new playground equipment has been underway since flooding in 2014 and 2015.

Read More: https://www.620ckrm.com/2020/07/15/co-op-provides-43-thousand-dollars-for-new-playground-at-crooked-lake/

You’re still a part of us’: First Nations House celebrates U of T’s Indigenous graduates – News@UofT

Not even a global pandemic could stop the University of Toronto’s First Nations House from carrying on its tradition of celebrating the university’s Indigenous graduates.

In a first for the St. George campus’s Indigenous hub, students and staff logged onto Zoom this week for an Indigenous graduation celebration to honour students who obtained degrees in law, social work and many other fields. The event followed U of T’s first-ever virtual convocation on June 2, when more than 15,000 students received their degrees in absentia.

While the online format presented First Nations House organizers with challenges, it also provided them with an opportunity to do a few things differently. That includes a musical performance by a Métis duo and a special message from U of T alumna Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a McGill University professor.

“Even though things may feel a little uncertain in your own life, I want you to know there’s places in the world for each of your gifts,” said Blackstock in a recorded message for graduates.

Read More: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/you-re-still-part-us-first-nations-house-celebrates-u-t-s-indigenous-graduates

USask projects awarded $1.35M for social sciences and humanities research

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded a total of more than $1.35 million in federal funding to examine critical societal questions in areas ranging from anthropology to philosophy. More than half the funding will support projects focused on Indigenous peoples.

“Investment in these seven exciting USask research projects, several of which involve national and international partners, will support new approaches to complex and important topics including impacts of oilsands extraction on First Nations and Métis communities and Indigenous language preservation,” said USask Vice-President Research Karen Chad.

Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has committed the new funding for two to five years for the USask-led projects, plus an additional two projects with USask co-applicants or collaborators.

USask anthropologist Clint Westman, working with USask archeologist Glenn Stuart and eight other researchers from five universities across Western Canada, has been awarded nearly $360,000 to examine the impacts of oilsands extraction in northern Alberta on First Nations and Métis.

“We’re going to be shining a light on the processes of engaging Indigenous people in northern Alberta and on the impacts and benefits,” said Westman. “Once agreements with industry and government are in place, there’s not enough monitoring of how these agreements and consultation processes continue to affect people.”

Westman’s research will embark on a broad, interdisciplinary examination over five years of how government and industry processes affect Indigenous peoples with respect to food security and safety, environmental health, worker experience, and changes to cultural sites. These impacts are in addition to environmental and other impacts enumerated by the federal government.

“Companies have acknowledged that they’re affecting ceremonial sites, but that hasn’t changed anything in what gets approved,” said Westman. “We will try to learn from the processes through an anthropological perspective, and also to critique them for where there are gaps.”

When the research is completed in 2025, Westman and his colleagues intend to share the outcomes with a broad range of communities and organizations across the country.

With a $333,124 grant, USask linguistics researcher Olga Lovick will work with a University of Zurich researcher and Dene Suline language speakers in Clearwater River Dene Nation and La Loche in Saskatchewan to document, describe, and preserve the nuances of the language which is currently undergoing a major change to its structure. The team will conduct a study into linguistic variation within the two communities, which are among the last in Canada where the Dene language is still being used as a first language.

“Dene is very vital in these communities as it is used as the daily language by people of all ages,” said Lovick. “What’s concerning is that there has been a decline in Dene-speaking children entering the school system.”

Working with local language and culture committees, Lovick and a team of research assistants from the communities will record more than 100 hours of Dene speakers and transcribe texts to create bilingual stories and read-along books for classroom use.

USask education researcher Pei-Ying Lin has been awarded more than $271,000 for a project to understand how Canadian teachers make decisions on how best to help students who have learning disabilities.

“Accommodations such as providing extra time for tests or reading texts aloud, if used properly, can help ensure that the one in 10 Canadians reported to have learning disabilities can be evaluated on an equal basis with other students,” said Lin.

Lin’s team will work to develop a first-of-its-kind evidence-based, online teacher decision-making program to help provide teachers across the country with training.

Other USask-led projects awarded SSHRC Insight Grants are:

  • Investigating the role of consistent and stable tax environments on economic development and global competitiveness—led by Edwards School of Business accounting researcher Devan Mescall
  • Understanding competing explanations for why many published scientific statistical results fail to replicate—led by USask philosophy researcher Robert Hudson
  • Understanding structural characteristics and impacts of online social networks such as Etsy on the performance of online merchants—led by Edwards School of Business finance researcher Shan Wang
  • Improving online learning by better understanding collective social and interpersonal interactions among students—led by education researcher David Mykota, collaborating with Pei-Ying Lin

Projects with USask co-applicants or collaborators are:

  • Psychology of online disinformation—led by University of Regina researcher Gordon Pennycook, collaborating with USask cognitive psychology researcher Valerie Thompson
  • Indigenous-led collaboration in the Indigenous literary arts– led by Simon Fraser University English professor Sophie McCall, with co-applicant Kristina Bidwell, USask English professor

See the details of the other projects funded by SSHRC Insight Grants: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/latest_news-nouvelles_recentes/2020/insight_grants-subventions_savoir-eng.aspx

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For more information, contact:
Chris Morin
Communications Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-2221
chris.morn@usask.ca

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Missing Thunderchild First Nation woman found dead – CBC

RCMP say at this time the death is not considered suspicious

Jul 14, 2020

RCMP say the body of a woman missing for a month has been found on the Thunderchild First Nation.

DeeDee Steele was last seen on the First Nation on June 12.

Turtleford RCMP said her body was found July 13.

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit and the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service are all investigating.

At this time, Steele’s death is not considered suspicious.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/missing-thunderchild-first-nation-woman-found-1.5648649

Métis Nation – Saskatchewan invites everyone to ‘Virtual Back to Batoche,’ online Gathering

SASKATOON, SK, July 13, 2020  – Back to Batoche is an annual celebration which brings people together from all across North America to recognize and celebrate the Métis Nation’s rich culture, traditions and heritage. Since 1970, the festival has been held annually at the national historic site commemorating the 1885 North-West Resistance and location of The Battle of Batoche.

We are all doing things a little differently this summer, and Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) is no exception. Due to COVID-19, MN–S postponed the 50th-anniversary celebrations until 2021, marking the first postponement since Back to Batoche began. In place of a physical gathering, MN-S turned to their friends at Canadian Geographic to assist them in welcoming everyone to come together online for Back to Batoche in 2020. The digital experience of Canadian Geographic, combined with Back to Batoche means community coming together from across the globe for a Virtual Back to Batoche.

There will still be something for all ages and a celebration of Métis culture and history with music, dance, and education. There are also compeitions in jigging, fiddling, and square dancing, where competitors can upload videos and compete. MN-S will bring the Back to Batoche feel to your home through desktops and smartphones.

Batoche Minister Sherry McLennan said, “We are each woven into our Métis culture like the threads of a sash; different colours, different patterns. But one thing remains the same in a Métis’ heart – when the Métis hear the sound of the fiddle, our feet start tapping, our hands start clapping, our hearts beat together in true Métis spirit.”

Clap your hands and tap your feet along with MN-S, Canadian Geographic, and friends from across the street and around the globe during Virtual Back to Batoche. With live-streamed events at backtobatochedays.ca, Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26, you won’t want to miss the experience.

A full event schedule and competition regulations will be released soon.

For further information: For media inquiries: Julia Burns, MN-S Communications Director, 306-850-1670

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Chris Sicotte seeks more diversity on Saskatoon council but says his Indigeneity isn’t ‘be all and end all’ – CBC

Métis candidate for Ward 3 cites a supportive relationship with businesses as a top goal

Jul 14, 2020

Chris Sicotte says that shortly after he announced he was running for the Ward 3 seat on Saskatoon city council, neighbours in Fairhaven came to talk to him about their current preoccupations.

People are worried they may not be able maintain their lifestyles, especially in the midst of COVID-19, Sicotte said.

“Rob is right,” Sicotte said of Saskatoon mayoral candidate Rob Norris. “Affordability seems to be something front and centre that people are quite concerned about.”

Sicotte, 50, is the first non-incumbent after Norris to confirm his plans for the Nov. 9 municipal election and the first Indigenous person to do so.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/chris-sicotte-saskatoon-city-council-indigenous-1.5647881

Advocate calls for legislation to address Saskatchewan’s high Indigenous suicide rate – Globalnews.ca

July 13, 2020

Tristen Durocher is walking more than 600 km to call for help.

“This is a death march of the departed, grieving spirits who want us, the living, to show them we’re doing everything we can to make sure no more children are joining them,” he said, standing on the side of Highway 11.

He left La Ronge, in northern Saskatchewan, for Regina on July 2. When he arrives he will begin a hunger strike.

He told Global News he will remain on the lawn of the legislature until the MLAs are recalled and pass meaningful legislation to address the suicide crisis in the province.

“I’m walking… to raise awareness that we have criminally negligent, inept politicians that are letting us die,” he said.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/7173209/advocate-legislation-indigenous-suicide-rate-saskatchewan/

Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crime Unit: Ninth person charged in relation to Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation

July 12, 2020

The Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crime Unit (MCU)-North has been investigating the homicide of Tiki Laverdiere for over a year. To date, eight people have been charged and are before the courts or have been sentenced for their roles in her death.

Over the course of the year, MCU-North Investigators have continued to follow up on all information and tips received from the public regarding the case. Newly received information brought investigators to Edmonton, Alberta, and North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where they have been working for the past two weeks.

As a result of this work, police have arrested and charged 33-year-old Charles St. Savard (1986-10-08) of Edmonton, Alberta, with First Degree Murder, contrary to Section 235(1) of the Canadian Criminal Code and Kidnapping, contrary to Section 279(1.1)(b) of the Canadian Criminal Code for his role in Tiki Laverdiere’s murder.

Charles St. Savard was arrested in Edmonton on July 10, 2020, by the Edmonton Police Service and he has been returned to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where he remains in police custody. He is scheduled to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

St. Savard is the ninth person charged in relation to the murder of Tiki Laverdiere.

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Saskatchewan RCMP Update – Upgrade of charges against one individual in relation to the Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation

2019-08-30

Based on further investigation and evidence collected by the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Major Crime Unit North in relation to the homicide of Tiki Laverdiere, investigators have now charged Jesse Sangster (DOB: 1996-02-20) of Edmonton, Alberta, with the following:

  • First degree murder, contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code,
  • Kidnapping, contrary to Section 279(1.1)(b) of the Criminal Code,
  • Improperly interfering with a human body, contrary to Section 182(b) of the Criminal Code.

These charges are in addition to the previous charge of theft of a motor vehicle, contrary to Section 333.1 of the Criminal Code.

The previous charge of accessory after the fact to murder (contrary to Sections 23(1) and 240 of the Criminal Code) is being withdrawn when Sangster appears in court later this morning (Friday, August 30).

The investigation into the homicide of Tiki Laverdiere remains ongoing.

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Saskatchewan RCMP UPDATE: Arrest of wanted person in relation to the Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation

2019-08-16

On August 15, 2019, Nikita Sandra Cook was arrested by Edmonton Police Service without incident, in the city of Edmonton.

She will make her first court appearance in Provincial Court in North Battleford on Monday August 19 at 9:30 am.

The investigation is still ongoing under the direction of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit North.

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Eighth person charged in relation to Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation

2019-08-15

The Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit North has arrested and charged another individual in relation to the ongoing investigation into the homicide of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere.

55-year-old Mavis Quinn Takakenew of North Battleford, SK, has been charged with Accessory after the fact to Murder, contrary to Section 23(1) and 240 of the Criminal Code.

Takakenew will make her first appearance in North Battleford Provincial court on August 16, 2019, at 9:30 am.

The RCMP is still working to locate and arrest Nikita Sandra Cook (DOB: 1988-07-25), of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, in relation to this investigation. Cook has been charged with:

  • First degree murder, contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Kidnapping, contrary to Section 279(1.1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Cook is currently wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for the above-mentioned charges. She should not be approached.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Nikita Sandra Cook is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or police service. They may also contact Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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Seventh person charged in relation to Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation; wanted on Canada-wide warrant

2019-08-08

A seventh person has been charged in relation to the homicide of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere.

Nikita Sandra Cook (DOB: 1988-07-25), of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, has been charged with:

  • First degree murder, contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Kidnapping, contrary to Section 279(1.1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Cook is currently wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for the above-mentioned charges.

Police are actively looking to locate and arrest Cook. Cook should not be approached

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Nikita Sandra Cook is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or police service. They may also contact Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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Sixth person arrested and charged in relation to Tiki Laverdiere homicide investigation

2019-08-07

On August 6, 2019, at the request of the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit North, Lloydminster RCMP arrested Soaring Eagle Whitstone of the Onion Lake Cree Nation at a residence in Lloydminster in relation to the homicide investigation of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere.

33 year-old Whitstone has been charged with the following:

  • 1st Degree Murder, contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code;
  • Kidnapping, contrary to Section 279(1.1)(b) of the Criminal Code;
  • Improperly interfering with a human body, contrary to Section 182(b) of the Criminal Code; and
  • Theft of a motor vehicle, contrary to Section 333.1 of the Criminal Code.

Whitestone will make her next court appearance on August 8, 2019, in North Battleford Provincial Court at 9:30 am.

Investigators are anticipating more arrests.

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Two more persons arrested in relation to the homicide of Tiki Laverdiere

2019-08-01

On July 28, 2019, at the request of Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North, the Edmonton Police Service, arrested Jesse Sangster (DOB 1996-02-20) of Edmonton, Alberta in relation to the death of Tiki Laverdiere. He is facing the following charges:

Accessory after the fact to murder, Sections 23(1) and 240 of the Criminal Code; and

Theft of a motor vehicle, Section 333.1 of the Criminal Code.

On July 31, 2019, officers of the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North arrested Nicole Cook (DOB 1983-02-21) of Edmonton, Alberta, in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. She is facing the following charges:

  • First Degree Murder, Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code;
  • Kidnapping, Section 279(1.1) (b) of the Criminal Code;
  • Improperly interfering with a human body, Section 182(b) of the Criminal Code; and
  • Theft of a motor vehicle, Section 333.1 of the Criminal Code.

Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere travelled to North Battleford at the end of April 2019 to attend the funeral of Tristen Cook-Buckle. Nicole Cook is the mother of Tristen Cook-Buckle.

Both Nicole Cook and Jesse Sangster have been transported back to Saskatchewan and are scheduled to make their first court appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court on August 2, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.

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It was about the colonial history of Canada:’ 30-year anniversary of the Oka Crisis brings home memories – CTV News

July 12, 2020

REGINA — Peter Gilmer remembers the summer of the Oka Crisis as if it were yesterday.

Gilmer, 26 at the time, had just become the president of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism.

“Well I certainly remember the siege on Kanesatake took place and almost instantly, there was organizing going on in the community to respond,” he said.

July 11, 2020 marks the 30-year anniversary of the beginning of the Oka Crisis, between the town of Oka and the Mohawk of Kanesatake.

During the conflict, people of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds would gather at Victoria Park in Regina at what was called the Friends of Mohawk camp.

Read More: https://regina.ctvnews.ca/it-was-about-the-colonial-history-of-canada-30-year-anniversary-of-the-oka-crisis-brings-home-memories-1.5021245

Loon Lake RCMP/La Ronge RCMP/Maidstone RCMP – Strong currents in Saskatchewan waters responsible for the disappearance of 2 children and a young man in the last 2 weeks

July 8, 2020

Strong currents in Saskatchewan lakes and rivers are responsible for the disappearance of two children and a young man in the last two weeks.

Waters can look calm and be dangerous at the same time. Be aware of the currents when swimming this summer in lakes and rivers.

Ask knowledgeable local residents for the location and strength of currents and avoid these areas.

For safety tips on open water swimming, including what to do when caught in a current, consult the Canadian Red Cross at https://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/swimming-and-water-safety-tips-and-resources/swimming-boating-and-water-safety-tips/open-water.

Saskatchewan RCMP would like to thank the many volunteers and professionals who helped with the searches of the three young persons these past two weeks.

Loon Lake RCMP – Suspected drowning in Makwa Lake, near Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, SK

On June 23, at approximately 7 p.m., Loon Lake RCMP responded to the report of the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy playing on a sandbar of the southeast end of Makwa Lake, near Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, SK. The 6-year-old boy was pulled from the sandbar by strong currents and swept away.

A search for the 6-year-old boy was organized with the help of several local residents and organizations on the ground, from the air and on the lake. Loon Lake RCMP was assisted by Meadow Lake RCMP, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Conservation officers, Loon Lake Fire Department, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), Saskatchewan RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, Saskatchewan RCMP Search and Rescue, North Battleford RCMP Police Dog Services, Pierceland RCMP, Prince Albert Grand Council Emergency Services, Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team (HEART), Grandmother’s Bay Recovery Team, Lloydminster Rescue Squad, Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association (CASDDA), Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, Meadow Lake Tribal Council, along with a dozen RCMP members from across the Province and numerous residents, family members and friends.

The body of the 6-year-old boy has not been recovered. The search continues.

La Ronge RCMP – Drowning in Sucker River, near Sucker River, SK

On July 3, 2020, at approximately 3:00 p.m., La Ronge RCMP responded to the report of the disappearance of 6-year-old boy swimming in the Sucker River, near the community of Sucker River, SK. Strong currents where the river enters the mouth of Lac La Ronge pulled the boy away from his group.

La Ronge EMS, La Ronge Fire Department, Sucker River Fire Department, Canadian Rangers, Grandmother’s Bay Recovery Team, Lac La Ronge Indian Band and several community members were on scene to assist La Ronge RCMP with the search for the 6-year-old boy.

At 7:15 p.m., the body of the 6-year-old boy was located by the underwater ROV of the Grandmother’s Bay Recovery Team. Next-of-kin notifications have been completed and Victim Services met with the family.

Maidstone RCMP – Drowning in Battle River, south of Waseca, SK

On July 4, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Maidstone RCMP responded to the report of the disappearance of an 18-year-old man who was tubing with friends down the Battle River, south of the community of Waseca, SK. A thunderstorm rolled into the area and the group of friends lost track of the 18-year-old man near the shore of the river.

Maidstone RCMP, Maidstone Fire Department, Lloydminster Search and Rescue, Saskatchewan RCMP Traffic Services, Cut Knife RCMP and Turtleford RCMP were on scene to search for the 18-year-old man. Civilian volunteers launched boats and a local resident flew over the river with a plane. Rescue efforts continued all night. At dawn, Saskatchewan RCMP Search and Rescue, Saskatchewan RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV), Wilton Police Service along with hundreds of local residents on foot, quads, horses, side by sides, boats, canoes and kayaks joined the search.

At 8:30 p.m., the body of the deceased man was located down stream by the Saskatchewan RCMP Underwater Recovery Team. Next-of-kin notifications have been completed and Victim Services met with the family.

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