Transparency strengthened at Thunderchild First Nation – Canada Free Press

Thunderchild’s leaders are getting more money than most First Nations leaders and that’s something bandmembers need to talk about in the next election

SASKATOON, SK: Activists from Thunderchild First Nation achieved a significant step to restore accountability and transparency after band leaders agreed to release the community’s basic financial documents. Bandmember Harrison Thunderchild partnered with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) to launch a court application seeking release of the documents—that application is now being withdrawn.

“My father’s Cree name was Sapwasohpihness, which means: ‘truthful spirit so clean it hides nothing and you can see right through it,’ and now Thunderchild First Nation on the road to restoring the heritage he passed down to us,” said Harrison Thunderchild, whose father served as chief and whose grandfather, Chief Thunderchild, brought the band into Treaty Six. “Grassroots bandmembers deserve leaders who are open and honest and that means publishing documents that show what’s happening with the community’s money.”

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Sacred Heart Community School Officially Complete – Government of SK

March 15, 2018

Today Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant joined Elders, students, teachers and representatives from the Regina Catholic School Division to celebrate the grand opening of Sacred Heart Community School.  The Government of Saskatchewan committed more than $27 million toward the project.

“It is a pleasure to see students enjoying the benefits of this beautiful new school,” Wyant said.  “Our government recognized the significance of rebuilding Sacred Heart School and giving students and teachers a safe and welcoming education environment that supports the learning needs of today’s diverse classrooms.”

The new Sacred Heart School replaces the former school, which opened in 1928.

The overall design can accommodate more than 700 students ranging from Prekindergarten to Grade 8 and offers a wide variety of educational and community benefits, including more natural light, flexible learning environments, new gymnasium, common area, library and resource centre, dedicated community space, and a 51 space childcare centre.  As well, many of the architectural components of the former school have been incorporated into the new school, including brick work, tyndall stone, columns, and the Sacred Heart statue.

“This rebuild has been an important project for Regina Catholic Schools,” Regina Catholic School Division Deputy Board Chair Bob Kowalchuk said.  “We’re proud of the historical pieces we’ve maintained and the attention to detail.  Sacred Heart Community School is as modern a school as you can find, with a rich history of faith based education.”

The gymnasium was the final phase of the project, which was completed this winter.

“We’ve been in the building for about a year now, which is thrilling, but it hasn’t felt complete,” Sacred Heart Community School Principal Dave Magnusson said.  “With the new gym finally completed, we feel like we’re finally home.”

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $80 million for three new schools in north central Regina since 2014, including Seven Stone Community School and Scott Collegiate High School located inside the mâmawêyatitân centre.

Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has committed approximately $1.5 billion toward 67 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms and preventative maintenance and renewal.


For more information, contact:

Chris Hodges
Phone: 306-787-1069
Cell: 306-533-7506

Twylla West
Regina Catholic School Division
Phone: 306-791-1734
Cell: 306-737-8271


Government of Canada continues to invest in research to address global health threat of antimicrobial resistance

$300,000 investment will enable closer collaboration between key players studying AMR and infectious diseases

March 16, 2018 – Fredericton, New Brunswick – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change so that drugs that were previously effective against them stop working. Left unchecked, the rise of AMR has the potential to undermine health care providers’ ability to control infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis and to provide medical procedures such as C-sections and chemotherapy.

Researchers can have the biggest impact if they are well connected and work together to tackle a health threat like AMR. To help make this a reality, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced an investment of $300,000 to support three projects focused on improving our understanding of how key players in Canada and internationally can be better connected and work together collaboratively to tackle AMR.

This funding will support three research teams located at the University of New Brunswick, the Université de Sherbrooke, and the University of Ottawa.

For example, Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch, Dr. Malcolm King and their majority-Indigenous research team  will consult with Indigenous organizations in Canada to learn about their perspectives on AMR. Dr. King and Dr. Hindmarch’s team will examine the extent to which Indigenous organizations see AMR as a health challenge in their communities and how Indigenous organizations have, and would like to be, involved in the Canadian and international groups and networks that are working to address AMR.


“Our government is proud to support the work done by our researchers. The contribution announced today will help us tackle antimicrobial resistance and will support Canadian researchers who will collaborate with international colleagues as part of the global response to AMR.”

Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“The investment announced today is critically important because it is putting some of Canada’s brightest minds to work, in order to stimulate new scientific knowledge about AMR for the benefit of all Canadians. AMR is one of the biggest threats to global public health, food safety, and development today, and it is important to remember that anyone, of any age, in any country can be affected.”

Dr. Steven Hoffman
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health

“Mitigating the impacts of antimicrobial resistance is one of my top priorities for protecting the health of Canadians. We must not underestimate the public health impact of AMR. This investment in global collaboration will advance research and innovation to help us avoid a future in which now treatable infections could once again be deadly.”

Dr. Theresa Tam
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

“UNB is proud to play a role in addressing this important health concern. This investment will help Dr. Hindmarch, Dr.King and their talented team of researchers expand the networks of understanding around antimicrobial research to include Indigenous perspectives and knowledge and help find solutions that will benefit all Canadians.”

Dr. Eddy Campbell
President of the University of New Brunswick

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Business graduate student invited to speak at United Nations Conference – U Regina

March 15, 2018

Patricia Thomson has found an influential audience with which to share her story.

That audience just happens to be in New York where thousands of people from around the world are attending the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Thomson, who is Executive Director of the Cowesses First Nation and a Vice-Chair of Sask Gaming, is earning her MBA at the U of R’s Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business.

She’s a member of the Carry the Kettle Nakota Band in Saskatchewan.

The conference, themed “achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls,” started March 12, 2018.

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Government of Canada investing $5.2 million in science and innovation at the University of Saskatchewan

Government supporting researchers studying safe driving, sleep disorders, cancer, and swine welfare

March 15, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Scientific discovery holds the key to finding solutions to many of the economic, social, and health challenges we face as a nation and around the world. That is why the Government of Canada proudly supports science.

Today, while visiting the University of Saskatchewan, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, highlighted recent federal investments of $5.2 million for scientific research at the university.

Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Government is investing $4.45 million in six health research projects. These projects include developing a tool to assess fitness to drive among at-risk drivers such as seniors, investigating the causes of sleep disorders among First Nations people, developing a vaccine to prevent the transmission of the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome in camels (which can pass the disease on to humans), and investigating new personalized therapies to improve survival among patients living with breast and other cancers. This support is part of a larger investment of $372 million from CIHR to enable researchers to study a full spectrum of health issues affecting the lives of Canadians.

Minister Goodale also announced a Government investment of $837,750 in the work of a University of Saskatchewan researcher studying the welfare of farmed pigs. Dr. Yolande Seddon received an Industrial Research Chair from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Dr. Seddon is among the youngest persons ever to receive this award, and has among the largest number of industrial partners engaged in the project of any Industrial Research Chair. The University of Saskatchewan contributed a further $305,000 to the research chair, with an additional $837,750 cash contribution and in-kind support of $128,000 from the Canadian swine industry.


“Congratulations to the researchers who have received these CIHR and NSERC grants. Your important work holds the key to improved health and prosperity. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in leading-edge research at the University of Saskatchewan. And to enhance our support, Budget 2018 made the largest increase in funding for fundamental research through the granting councils in Canadian history.”

The Honourale Ralph Goodale
Minister Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“The funding for these projects at the University of Saskatchewan will help researchers tackle pressing health issues that really matter to Canadians. Through investments such as these, our government is ensuring Canadian scientists and researchers have the support they need to carry out work that will help improve the health and well-being of Canadians for generations to come.”

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan
Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“This $372 million represents an enormous investment in health research for the science community and benefits all of Canada. Through these grants, CIHR is supporting researchers at all career stages, across the entire country, and in all areas of health research. Our investigators have made Canada a global leader in health research.”

Dr. Roderick R. McInnes, CM, O.Ont, MD, PhD, FRSC
Acting President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“NSERC’s Industrial Research Chairs support valuable collaborations between Canada’s top researchers and partners to deliver tangible benefits to Canadians. This Chair will provide insight on strategies to improve swine welfare outcomes to support sustainable, ethical, and efficient food production – a priority for many consumers in Canada.”

Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

“These major federal investments in University of Saskatchewan medical and veterinary research will help address Indigenous health, cancer treatment and zoonotic disease challenges—all areas to which we can contribute for the benefit of Saskatchewan, Canada and the world. With one of the largest number of industry partners ever assembled for an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program, our new IRC in swine welfare will help place Canada at the forefront of progressive swine management that accommodates animal welfare, while supporting efficient and ethical food production.”

Dr. Peter Stoicheff, President of the University of Saskatchewan

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No Crown appeal in farm shooting not surprising: Smith – Advocate Daily

While the acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of an aboriginal man is part of an emotionally charged case that has raised issues that society should face, the Crown’s decision not to appeal the verdict isn’t entirely surprising, Toronto criminal lawyer David Smith tells

“The threshold for a Crown appeal is high,” he says. “The test is that there must have been an error of law, and that error of law had a material bearing on the acquittal.”

Smith, an associate with Hicks Adams LLP, comments on the case generally and wasn’t involved directly. He says an appeal is available to correct legal errors and is not meant as a “do-over” at a court of appeal.

“There has to be reversible error,” he says.

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BR Sask Legal Marijuana – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Mar 15, 2018

REGINA – Saskatchewan says it plans to set the legal age to consume or purchase recreational cannabis at 19.

Justice Minister Don Morgan says matching the age for legally drinking alcohol makes sense and is similar to what other provinces are doing.

Morgan says if the province set a higher age for pot it could encourage people to buy it on the black market.

He says if someone under 19 is caught with less than five grams of marijuana it would not result in a criminal record.

Saskatchewan is also proposing a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired drivers.

There will also be a ban on consuming cannabis in public spaces, including schools and daycares.

The province plans to follow federal standards and limit a household to four homegrown plants.

The federal government is expected to legalize the use of recreational cannabis by adults sometime this summer.

(The Canadian Press)


Government of Canada Invests in Indigenous Economic Development in Saskatchewan

Indigenous businesses and programs to benefit from more than $7.5 million in federal investments

March 15, 2018 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Indigenous businesses and programs in Saskatchewan will have support to grow their operations and create jobs in Indigenous communities thanks to new funding from the Government of Canada.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), highlighted investments of more than $7.5 million for 14 projects in Saskatchewan, through the Western Diversification Program (WDP).

These projects will improve commercial access and business services for Northern and rural Indigenous communities, increase Indigenous training and employment in growing economic sectors, expand tourism resources, and support Indigenous organizations that are championing clean technology. This includes Pro Metal Industries Ltd., a company wholly owned by the Pasqua First Nation in Regina which is promoting Indigenous participation in advanced manufacturing, including metal manufacturing, and the commercialization of industrial carbon dioxide equivalent reducing incineration technology.

These investments in Saskatchewan WDP projects are part of an announcement of over $27 million made by Minister Bains on March 13, 2018 at the Songhees Nation in British Columbia, supporting a total of 45 Indigenous projects across Western Canada.


“Investing in Indigenous businesses and organizations will help build a more innovative and inclusive economy in Saskatchewan, while fostering the skills and resources required for Indigenous Peoples to fully participate in the economy and strengthen their communities.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“For Pasqua First Nation, the acquisition of Pro Metal Industries – and our expansion into the agricultural, defence, and oil and gas supply chains – was an important step toward securing long-term social and economic prosperity. Now, going forward with the support of Western Economic Diversification Canada and other partners, our band will be able to leverage this vehicle to bolster the skills of our members, accelerate private sector-Indigenous engagement, and contribute meaningfully to the protection of our traditional lands and waterways. This is about showing the world what our People can do.”

Chief Todd Peigan, Pasqua First Nation

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Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5944

Bob Dumur
General Manager
Pro Metal Industries Ltd.
Telephone: 306-552-5239


Rural property owner who fired gun during break and enter won’t be charged: RCMP – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 14, 2018 

WINNIPEG _ The Manitoba government says it will not call a public inquiry into the death of an Indigenous girl whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says the death of Tina Fontaine, and how her case was handled by the child welfare system, is already being examined by the provincial children’s advocate.

Under a new law passed by the Tory government, the advocate’s reports can now be made public and the probe into Tina’s case is expected to wrap up in the coming months.

Tina was an exploited 15-year-old who frequently ran away from a youth shelter and hotels where social workers had placed her.

The man charged with killing her, Raymond Cormier, was found not guilty last month and the Crown has said it will not appeal the decision.

Stefanson says it’s clear the system needs to be improved, and the children’s advocate will answer key questions.

“The Manitoba government acknowledges that Manitoba’s child welfare system has failed Indigenous families for far too long,” Stefanson said in a written statement Wednesday.

“Manitoba’s Advocate for Children and Youth Act, which will be proclaimed tomorrow, allows the children’s advocate to publicly release the results of this important investigation and the province awaits this report.”

Tina’s death shocked the country and led to calls for justice and for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

She was last seen leaving a downtown hotel, where she told a private contract worker employed by child welfare that she was going to a shopping centre to meet friends.

Her body was found several days later, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks in the river.


First permanent female RCMP leader vows to leave no stone unturned – Blue Line

REGINA — The first woman to ever be permanently appointed to lead the RCMP promised last Friday to leave no stone unturned in her efforts to modernize a law-enforcement organization that remains plagued by complaints of sexism, workplace bullying and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday the appointment of 31-year veteran Brenda Lucki as the Mounties’ new commissioner, a move he said will promote gender equality and address harassment in the workplace at the national police force.

“I will not have all the answers, but I definitely plan on asking all the right questions. And maybe some difficult ones,” Lucki told a gathering at the RCMP training academy in Regina shortly after her appointment was announced.

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