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FSIN calls for federal support during Spring Assembly – battlefordsNOW

May 20, 2022

Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti was presented with one white moccasin during the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Spring Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

This was the FSIN’s call for collaboration and support from the federal government to get justice for residential school survivors, the children who didn’t make it home and their families.

The white moccasin symbolized the purity and innocence of First Nations children.

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said the effects of residential schools are still being felt.

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Freddie Sasakamoose Statue Unveiling – SKTC

Yesterday on May 18, 2022, Saskatoon Tribal Council had the pleasure of witnessing the unveiling of the legendary Fred Sasakamoose statue at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. This event is an important cultural milestone for First Nations people. STC took part in the celebration with friends and family of Sasakamoose and all groups of people, from First Nations, Metis, and Non-Indigenous people to honor the life of Fred “Freddie” Sasakamoose, 1933 – 2020.

Fred Sasakamoose a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation became the first-ever treaty Indian to play in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1953 to 1954.

In attendance Loretta and Neil Sasakamoose, Neil spoke on behalf of his family and especially his mother Loretta saying how his Father, Fred Sasakamoose told him

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Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations elects two new Youth Representatives – Global News

May 19, 2022

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) elected two new FSIN Youth Representatives at the Rezilient 8th Generation Conference held in April.

Hailey Rose from Mosquito, Grizzly Bear’s Head, Lean Man First Nations and Brock McLeod-Waditaka from Wahpeton Dakota Nation were elected as the Youth Representatives.

They were elected by their peers and will gain an enhanced leadership experience during their term of three years.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.

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Spring Sitting of Legislature Highlights Saskatchewan’s Plans to Get Back on Track

May 19, 2022

As the Spring sitting of the Legislature concludes today, Premier Scott Moe highlighted how Saskatchewan is getting Back on Track with key investments and economic growth fueled by fostering strong trade relationships and an expanding energy and resource sector.

“Saskatchewan’s economy and finances are back on track to help grow our province and provide jobs right here at home,” Moe said. “With that growth comes significant opportunity to invest in services that residents expect and need like surgeries and schools.”

During the spring sitting, the 2022-23 budget highlighted Saskatchewan’s improving finances and provided a clear path to balance while making key investments in health care, education and mental health and addictions.

Significant investments in health care will provide for thousands of surgeries to reduce wait times, add new ICU beds to reduce pressure on the system, break ground on new Urgent Care Centers in Regina and Saskatoon, and work to train, hire and recruit more health care workers. As well, a targeted increase of $8 million into mental health and addictions will fund initiatives that provide effective counselling and treatments and introduce further proactive prevention measures.

Work this session focused on addressing affordability issues, which in addition to $2 billion of annualized measures includes new initiatives like:

  • providing a $100 SGI rebate to all Saskatchewan drivers to help offset higher fuel prices;
  • charting a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by October, 2024;
  • reducing the cost of child care and adding over 1,200 new child care spaces; and
  • announcing two Indigenous-led temporary housing initiatives in Regina and Saskatoon.

Significant focus was also placed on growing Saskatchewan’s economy by charting a path to a balanced budget, expanding trade opportunities around the world and securing new investment in our energy and resource sector. The strength of Saskatchewan’s economy could be seen with our nation leading increase in manufacturing sales and wholesale trade for April and May, and retaining the title of Canada’s #1 jurisdiction for mining investment.

Key economic actions included:

  • trade missions to the United Arab Emirates, India and the United Kingdom to ensure Saskatchewan can continue supplying what the world needs – food, fuel and fertilizer;
  • partnering with Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick on the strategic plan for Small Modular Reactor deployment;
  • creating the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation to support Indigenous participation in the economy;
  • partnering with industry on development work for a potential hydrogen hub;
  • providing $3 million to support the 2022 Grey Cup festival in Regina;
  • an increased investment in the Creative Saskatchewan Production Grant; and
  • investing in helium liquification.

This Spring Session also highlighted the province’s commitment to the people of Ukraine. On March 7, a motion was passed, with the support of the opposition, to support Ukraine and condemn Russia in the legislative assembly. As well, Premier Moe and MLA Terry Dennis both travelled to Germany to meet with Ukrainian refugees and offer support and assistance for anyone who may be looking to immigrate to Canada. It is estimated over 100 families have been supported with settlement services to date in Saskatchewan.


For more information, contact:

Julie Leggott
Executive Council and Office of the Premier
Phone: 306-787-9619
Email: [email protected]


Star Diamond Corporation Announces the Results of 2022 Annual Meeting

May 18, 2022

Star Diamond Corporation (“Star Diamond” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that all of the nominees listed in the management proxy circular dated March 29, 2022 were elected as directors of the Corporation at its annual meeting of shareholders held on May 18, 2022 (the “Meeting”).

Details of the voting results for the election of directors are set out below:

Nominee Votes For Votes Withheld
Number % Number %
Ken MacNeill 120,805,543 89.22% 14,600,307 10.78%
Ewan Mason 134,370,739 99.24% 1,035,111 0.76%
Larry Phillips 133,561,864 98.64% 1,843,986 1.36%
Lisa Riley 134,075,672 99.02% 1,330,178 0.98%

In addition, shareholders also approved at the Meeting a resolution to re-appoint KPMG LLP as the Corporation’s independent auditors.

Voting results for all matters will be posted on SEDAR at

About Star Diamond Corporation

Star Diamond is a Canadian based corporation engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Shares of the Corporation trade on the TSX Exchange under the trading symbol “DIAM”. Star Diamond holds, through a joint venture arrangement with Rio Tinto Exploration Canada Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc), a 25% interest in certain Fort à la Corne kimberlites (including the Star – Orion South Diamond Project). These properties are located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, in close proximity to established infrastructure, including paved highways and the electrical power grid, which provide significant advantages for future mine development.

For further information: [email protected] or (306) 664-2202


Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Digital Supercluster creates pathways to digital jobs for Canadians

May 19, 2022 –The demand for tech talent is increasing exponentially. Technology adoption is being fast-tracked across every major industry in Canada. In B.C., more than one million job openings are forecasted over the next ten years. The Digital Supercluster is addressing this and building opportunities for a growing number of Canadians to be ready for the digital jobs of today and tomorrow.

Working with industry partners and community leaders, the Digital Supercluster is announcing two programs that will build pathways to fast, affordable training and job placement for Canadians.

Digital Lift

Digital Lift is an industry-led program that offers rapid skilling for high-demand tech positions and internship learning opportunities across Canada’s major industries, including the technology, marine, construction, mining, forestry, aerospace and healthcare industries. By increasing workforce availability and accelerating the growth and innovation of Canadian companies, Digital Lift is helping to build an equitable, inclusive, and greener post-pandemic economy. Digital Lift is led by the BC Tech Association, in partnership with BCIT, Riipen Networks, SkyHive Technologies, Virtro Technologies, AbCellera, Absolute Software, Amazon, Copperleaf, Change Healthcare, East Side Games, Finning, Jelly Digital Marketing, Providence Health Care, SAP, Seaspan Shipyards and Stemcell Technologies. The program is training 120 individuals impacted by COVID-19 and offering 200 individuals paid internships with a corporate technology partner. Artificial intelligence and virtual reality technology are being used to simulate job interviews and determine real-time movements in Canada’s labour market to assess technology roles that are in highest demand and the existing skills gaps.

“BC Tech was inspired to launch the Digital Lift program because today every part of B.C.’s economy is tech-enabled and we need many more tech savvy workers to realize B.C.’s tech potential. We were thrilled to be joined by 16 BC Tech members who are investing in the future of B.C.’s tech economy as partners in Digital Lift, and we continue to attract new partners every month,” shared Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech. “Together we are determined to build a more diverse and inclusive tech sector by bringing more talent from under-represented groups into our industry. We know that our ambitions for B.C.’s tech economy can be reached, with the right level of investment into critical talent and accelerator programs.”

Since starting in March of 2021, the Digital Lift program has delivered over 200 software development courses in Java, Python, Scratch, web and app development to more than 70 neurodiverse students across the province including Kitimat, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Courtenay. To date, over 50 interns have been successfully placed in technology companies. A 15-week intensive AWS cloud developer bootcamp was also launched to 22 students in January 2022. And in addition, 35 Indigenous individuals have been provided scholarships to complete a Digital Marketing certification in Spring 2022.

Upskilling Imperative

The Upskilling Imperative project is supporting 250 mid-career professionals with the digital skills, mentorship, and lifelong learning they need to meet evolving job requirements. Led by tech education leader Lighthouse Labs in collaboration with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the program is piloting a digital upskilling and post-program support platform called Rudder with small businesses across B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario.

“The Upskilling Imperative will provide employers and working professionals with every tool and understanding they need to successfully navigate changing technologies in the workforce,” said Jeremy Shaki, CEO of Lighthouse Labs. “Digital acceleration seen across all industries has changed the future of work, and the need for digital skills has never been greater. This opens up massive opportunities for workers with digital skills and we’re looking forward to seeing the success of these participants.”

With the Rudder platform, small business employers can conduct customized training programs while overcoming challenges such as limited access to mentorship after a training program, a lack of resources to train employees and budget constraints.

“We are committed to building a better Canada – and that includes providing opportunities for Canadians to be ‘job-ready’ for work opportunities today and into the future.  These programs create pathways for Canadians to get the skilling they need to participate in the rapidly evolving digital world”, said Sue Paish, CEO of the Digital Cluster.

With a talent and capacity investment portfolio topping $40 Million, the Digital Supercluster is driving over 6500 learning and development placements across Canada. Programs such as Digital Lift and Upskilling Initiative are creating equitable new pathways to digital jobs for over 4500 Canadians. By driving industry-led training that is both fast and affordable, we are building a scalable system that rapidly skills Canadians and fills the high-demand technology positions needed to grow the economy and drive innovation.

“Our government is committed to building a stronger, more resilient and more inclusive Canada for everyone. That’s why it is important to ensure that under-represented groups have equal access to opportunities. These two projects will get us closer to ensuring all Canadians have the skills needed for the jobs of the future,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

More information on talent and capacity programs supported by the Digital Technology Supercluster can be found here.


Saskatchewan Announces Funding for Educational Events in the Information Technology and Green Energy Sectors

May 18, 2022

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a one-time investment of $158,000 from Innovation Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training to the Saskatoon Industry Education Council, in partnership with Siemens Canada, to create awareness about careers in the Information Technology (IT) and green energy sectors.

The funding will support the Saskatoon Industry Education Council (SIEC) to host educational events for high school students to help them find a career that connects their passion and natural talents with current and future opportunities in the IT and green energy sectors. The educational component and resources expose students to renewable energy technology and resources, human influence on ecosystems, electricity generation, and IT connectivity.

“Innovation and technology are important drivers of growth and diversification of Saskatchewan’s economy,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan and Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “This project will provide our high school students with access to clean-tech skills needed to participate in the future of our province’s technology sector.”

The educational project will work with the Kindergarten to Grade 12 system and use a Microgrid Solar Flower installation to provide students with knowledge that leads to post-secondary and employment opportunities. High school students from the Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Prairie Spirit School Division, and the Saskatoon Tribal Council will be involved in SIEC-hosted events.

“A hands-on opportunity to learn about STEM related career opportunities is a benefit to all students as they realize their future in our province,” Education Minister Dustin Duncan said. “The resources provided to teachers will ensure our students are aware of the variety of science-based career opportunities and have the science-based education to realize their full potential.”

“The SIEC is pleased to be able to provide opportunities to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 to learn about career pathways in the green energy sector,” SIEC Executive Director Janet Uchacz-Hart said. Access to the Smartflower technology and connecting it to STEM education is a great way to showcase what careers are available now and in the future in Saskatchewan.”

Siemens Canada co-developed the Microgrid solution.

“We’re proud to co-create such a powerful learning opportunity for students with this solar and battery-powered microgrid,” Siemens Canada President and CEO Faisal Kazi said. “Our electricity infrastructure is changing to be more resilient to interruptions and support decarbonization through local generation. We hope this project is the first of many that will stimulate interest and engagement on these changes with students across the province.”

The educational events are funded through the Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Transfer Agreements.  Other contributors to the project include Graham Construction, Humboldt Electric and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.


For more information, contact:

Rebecca Gibbons
Innovation Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-527-8836
Email: [email protected]

Uduak Bassey
Immigration and Career Training
Phone: 306-530-6917
Email: [email protected]


Statue honouring life of Indigenous NHLer Fred Sasakamoose unveiled in Saskatoon –

May 18, 2022

A statue honouring one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL, Fred Sasakamoose was unveiled in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

May 18 has been officially proclaimed a day to honour his legacy.

Sasakamoose was an elder from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation and played for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1953-54 NHL season.

Read more: Family celebrates his legacy on anniversary of Fred Sasakamoose’s death

Sasakamoose died at age 86 in November 2020 in Prince Albert, Sask., due to complications from COVID-19.

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I’m walking 7K in Indigenous peoples’ shoes.’ Former Estevan resident crossing Canada by canoe and on foot –

Throughout seven months, former Estevan resident, internationally acclaimed solo sailor and circumnavigation Bert terHart will be following voyageur routes through seven of Canada’s 10 provinces, paddling many of the same rivers that Canada’s best-known explorers and cartographers paddled, as well as generation upon generation of Indigenous peoples for millennia.

From coast to coast by canoe and feet – Bert terHart’s big new adventure is underway.

Once again, all he has for navigation tools are current maps he created from Canadian topographic data and using Cassens and Plath Ultra sextant, an artificial horizon and a compass. No electronic navigation aids whatsoever.

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The First Nations University of Canada Expands Outreach Program to Build Project Delivery Capacity in Indigenous Communities

Regina, Saskatchewan – As First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples move towards sovereignty in governing and managing their initiatives, funding constraints demand communities to manage their projects with exceptional efficiency and effectiveness to ensure important change initiatives are successfully completed, on time and within budget. Project management expertise within Indigenous communities is a critical skill currently in high demand across Canada.

The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has recently partnered with Procept Associates Ltd., Canada’s leading project management training company to help develop the required project governance and management skills and launch a new Project Management Certificate Program through its Indigenous Continuing Education Centre (ICEC). The ICEC, launched in January 2022, has expanded from primarily providing Indigenous awareness and reconciliation training to Corporate Canada to working directly with members of Indigenous communities to build capacity within their project delivery capabilities. Reila Bird, Director of the ICEC, notes that the new professional certificate goes well beyond project management fundamental skills. “In addition to planning, risk management and other basic PM skills, the certificate program addresses topics of specific interest to Indigenous communities; namely, establishing sound project governance structures and policies, and best practices for project procurement that align within legal requirements and community interests. We have developed a comprehensive program that will take participants from having little to no project management skills at the start to being able to positively contribute to the delivery of important projects for their communities.”

“Many First Nations groups face a significant challenge initiating, managing, and bringing to completion change initiatives,” says Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, President of the First Nations University of Canada “For Indigenous communities, change can be realized through meaningful and relevant projects. Many communities rely on help from external consultants and advisors to plan, implement, and evaluate change initiatives and all too often external consultants don’t understand their histories, lived experiences, and unique needs. Most First Nations need greater internal capacity to govern and implement projects with people from the community. This approach keeps revenue within the community and empowers First Nations to make project planning and delivery decisions that are aligned with community priorities and goals.”

Through the Project Management Certificate Program, the first cohort will align with National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2022. Dr. Bob Kayseas, Vice President Academic at FNUniv, notes the significance of this timing: “We chose to get the first group started at this time as a way of celebrating efforts to reclaim sovereignty over our projects. With all the changes underway in Indigenous communities across the country, we strongly feel that the time for this type of training is here. The First Nations University of Canada is leading the way in developing the capacity of our peoples.”

Individuals or organizations interested in receiving more information on the ICEC and its Project Management Certificate may contact the Director at [email protected] or visit

About First Nations University of Canada

The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) was founded in 1976 and is a First Nations-owned post-secondary institution that bridges our ceremonies, knowledge keepers, languages, and traditions to deliver high-quality post-secondary education. This transformative impact will lead to the pride and success of all students, First Nations communities and Canada. For more information about FNUniv, please visit


For media inquiries only, please contact:
Bonnie Rockthunder
Senior Communications Officer
First Nations University of Canada
Cell:     204.292.3253
Email: [email protected]


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