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Sask. First Nation calls for removal of Catholic priest’s statue from cemetery in Lebret – CBC

Jun 14, 2021

Father Hugonard helped open the Lebret Indian Industrial Residential School

The Star Blanket Cree Nation is calling on Regina’s Archbishop Donald Bolen to remove the statue of a residential school priest.

According to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), Father Hugonard was a Roman Catholic priest who founded the Lebret Indian Industrial Residential School, which opened in 1884. The statue of Hugonard was located at the entrance of the school until late 1990.

The statue now sits at Sacred Heart Catholic cemetery in Lebret, Sask.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/first-nation-removal-residential-school-statue-1.6064281

Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce: 2021 New Directors Elected to Chamber Board

The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the election of four new directors and two incumbents to its’ Board.

Brenda Byers, Cody Demerais, Collette Harnett and Donna Pfeil were elected as new directors.  Two directors, Clayton Clark and Tanya Tootoosis, were re-elected. There were nine contenders running to fill six vacancies, with the Chamber membership casting votes electronically during the month of May. The positions will become effective at the Chamber AGM on September 21, 2021.

Of the election, incoming Chair Bill Powalinsky said he found it, “gratifying and exciting to see the interest in the business of the Chamber. As a volunteer organization, the Chamber depends on the contribution of its members in many ways, one of them being the commitment required of board of directors.  The new directors bring an impressive range and diversity of skills, experience and personal attributes that will increase the depth of the Chamber Board.  We also appreciate the contribution of the out-going directors.  I am looking forward to the exciting year ahead with the blend of current and new Chamber Board Directors.”

Current Board Chair Tracy Feher provided the following statement as she moves to the Past Chair position on the Board.

“It has been my pleasure to act as Board Chair this year and what a year it has been.   I am grateful to the current Board of Directors for their guidance and expertise while we navigated Zoom meetings, livestreaming events, masks and physical distancing while trying to stay connected to each other and to you.   I am excited by the number of people interested in serving on the Chamber Board as well as the variety of experience and expertise they bring. The Chamber is strengthened by diversity and inclusion as it seeks to reflect our business community. Connected, reflected and supported.  I am pleased to become Past chair and welcome Bill Powalinsky into the role of Chair.  I am grateful to those board directors whose terms are now complete. Thank you so much for your time, energy and experience.  We are all better for it.  We encourage you to become involved with the Chamber, to attend events as they become available and be involved. But most of all we look forward to seeing you in person very soon.”

New Board Directors introduced.

Brenda Byers was born in Prince Albert and grew up in the MacDowall area. She started an IT consulting business, BIT Consulting Ltd to give back to the IT industry and to the Province.

Brenda believes serving on the Prince Albert Chamber will help her to give back to businesses. “I love, Saskatchewan! I am helping to launch a business network, so I will be spending a lot of time building relationships with business owners in the Prince Albert area.”

Cody Demerais owner of Limitless Gear Clothing is a Metis Entrepreneur born and raised in Prince Albert.

“I use to sneak out of my bedroom when I was a kid to play an old arcade game “Lemonade Stand” trying to find the best combinations and price points to make your virtual stand not only survive but thrive as well. Today, as a 27-year-old young man I get to run my own little shop, Limitless Gear Clothing and get to do the very thing I enjoy doing!”

Cody says his love of small business and the community have been enhanced by incredible mentors and fantastic connections. “In saying this it is my honor and privilege to be on the board to help our home progress forward!”

Colette Harnett has 12 years of experience as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at River Park Funeral Home. She also helps her husband run their small business Ampire Electric. As a third generation businesswoman she sees first hand how important it is to have a thriving community.

“I believe small businesses are the heart of every community,” says Colette. “By joining as a Director I can help make the decisions that allow those business the best chance to prosper, while sharing with them opportunities, resources, information, and events that the Chamber have to offer.”

Donna Pfeil was raised on a farm in central Saskatchewan. moving to the city in junior high and making her home here since. Three years ago, she made the decision to be a part of the employee buyout of the Prince Albert Daily Herald, where she serves as president and publisher.

Donna has a strong vision for this community. “Supporting local is about more than just shopping local,” she explains. “We need strong community clubs, organizations, non-profits and businesses. We cannot idly watch our community struggle and accept businesses closing and organizations folding. We need to support each other and recognize that our community does not end at the city limits. New ideas and ways of thinking are needed to move forward.”

Incumbents.

Clayton Clark is Co-Owner of Asiil Enterprises Ltd and has lived the Prince Albert Area his whole life.

Clayton is passionate about continuing his work on the Chamber board. “I believe the Chamber has the responsibility to ensure growth and positivity among the businesses in the community and I want to be a part of the positive change.”

Tanya Tootoosis is a 22 year employee at Northern Lights Casino, serving in Integrity Management for the past 13 years.

Tanya is looking forward to another two-year term with the Board. “I am committed to serving the Chamber of Commerce in support of our local businesses. I support the Chambers mandate in its goal to enhance the economic and social environments, through advocacy, support and education for the City of Prince Albert.”

This is one of the most diverse board the Chamber has had since Hildebrandt started her CEO role in 2018. “It is a privilege to work for this Board and the members of the Chamber of Commerce and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.”

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Candlelight vigil planned in Wilkie to honour residential school children – battlefordsNOW

The Wilkie and area community will be coming together for a candlelight vigil tonight to honour the 215 children recently found buried at the Kamloops, B.C., residential school site.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. at the south entrance of Wilkie Memorial Park, located at Main Street and Fourth Avenue.

The vigil is being organized by town residents Helen Urlacher and her friend Valentina Fox.

“We thought this would be the best thing to do, given the circumstances,” Urlacher said.

Read More: https://battlefordsnow.com/2021/06/10/candlelight-vigil-planned-in-wilkie-to-honour-residential-school-children/

Chief Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise becomes 59th Commanding Officer, Depot Division

June 11, 2021

Today, the RCMP officially welcomed Chief Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise as the Commanding Officer, RCMP Depot Division, which includes the RCMP Academy.

A change of command is a symbolic event and given the pandemic, this year it was held virtually. The handover of command of Depot Division included the signing of command parchments and the transfer of the Depot Division ensign from outgoing Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Jasmin Breton. Both Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Assistant Commissioner Breton joined in from National Headquarters in Ottawa.

Throughout her career spanning 34 years, C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise has served in various capacities and in multiple locations, including Nova Scotia, Ottawa and Regina. She has extensive experience in investigation, protective policing, incident command and even employment law and internal security. She enjoys the diversity of national and international opportunities and prides herself of having remained operational throughout all her service and has fulfilled duties in many countries.

C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise is action oriented and identified several priorities. These include continuing work around mental health, advancing reconciliation and embracing diversity. She is committed that Depot Division continues to modernize and thrive.

Understanding there are many voices that need to be heard, C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise regularly meets with the Commanding Officer’s Committees. These include the Indigenous Advisory Committee, Employee Advisory Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. “Sustainable, meaningful change takes action. I want to ensure the RCMP Academy is inclusive of our diversity, our people and our communities and want to make sure that anyone who enters Depot can see a part of themselves represented.” C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise, Commanding Officer, Depot Division.

As part of the RCMP’s modernizing efforts, C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise is a proponent of the RCMP core values, with a focus on character-based leadership. This grassroots movement embraces humanity and humility, allows for good decision making and fosters the disposition to lead. “Cadets today become our colleagues tomorrow. At Depot, we are not only training cadets to be good police officers to serve our communities, but giving them tools and knowledge that support continual development of character, resiliency and humility throughout their careers.” C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise, Commanding Officer, Depot Division.

As the 150th Anniversary of the RCMP approaches, C/Supt. Bourassa-Muise looks forward to building strong relationships with partners, stakeholders, cadets and employees of the division, as well as the community. An important aspect of this will be reintroducing the public to Depot after the pandemic, something the division has missed greatly over the last year.

Depot Division invites you to witness history in the making by viewing the first virtual Change of Command Ceremony. The online ceremony can be viewed on the Depot Division YouTube Channel.

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Contact information

RCMP Depot Division Media Relations
[email protected]
639-625-3933

Backgrounder

Since 1885, the RCMP Academy, Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan has been training members of our national police force. All cadets of the RCMP undergo their initial Basic Training at Depot, which also provides training to various national and international law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

The Change of Command Ceremony provides an opportunity for the divisional membership of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as the community at large, to bid farewell to their Commanding Officer. It also allows for the welcoming of a new Commanding Officer for the Division.

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Southern Empire Appoints Ted Kavanagh to the Board of Directors

10th June 2021

Southern Empire Resources Corp. (“Southern Empire”; TSX-V: SMP) announces the appointment of P.E. (Ted) Kavanagh to the board of directors and the resignation of Latika Prasad as a director.

“We would like to thank Latika for her help and guidance in the formative stages of Southern Empire and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours” stated Southern Empire’s Chairman Ron Netolitzky.

Southern Empire’s CEO, Dale Wallster stated: “As Southern Empire continues to explore, develop and expand its exposure in southern North America, the addition of global mine financing and mergers and acquisitions experience has moved to the forefront of our governance needs. With the appointment of Ted Kavanagh, Southern Empire adds over forty years of significant exploration and mine finance experience. This is a meaningful step forward in our drive to be a leading exploration and development company.”

Mr. Kavanagh is an accomplished executive who most recently was Director of Metals & Mining Finance, Americas for Société Générale where he originated and executed corporate and project finance facilities, marketed metals and foreign exchange hedging and trading lines, and provided related advisory services. From 1991 until joining Société Générale in 2013, he acted in a similar capacity for a series of banks including Standard Americas, Inc. (Standard Bank), HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Republic National Bank of New York and Mase Westpac Inc.

Prior to 1991, Ted held senior geological and business development positions with companies including FMC Gold Company, Meridian Minerals Corporation and Denison Mines (US) Inc.

Ted holds a Master’s degree in Geology from Dartmouth College where his thesis explored the origin of copper mineralization at the Carr Fork deposit, last mined by Kennecott Copper Corporation, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc, as part of their Bingham Canyon operations in Utah. He is also a graduate of Western University where he completed his Honours Bachelor of Science thesis on porphyry copper-type mineralization in the Chibougamau Complex, Quebec.

Southern Empire also announces that it has granted an aggregate of 400,000 incentive stock options (the “Options”), having an exercise price of $0.30 per share.  The Options can be exercised for a period of five years from the date of grant and are subject to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.

About Southern Empire Resources Corp.

Southern Empire is focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of metals and minerals deposits in North America.

In the Cargo Muchacho mountains of Imperial County, California, Southern Empire owns 100 per cent of the historical gold-producing American Girl mine property and holds options to acquire a 100-per-cent interest in the adjacent 2,160-hectare (5,338-acre) Oro Cruz property located approximately 22.5 kilometres (14 miles) southeast of the operating Mesquite gold mine of Equinox Gold Corp.

At Oro Cruz, extensive historical drilling and large-scale open-pit and underground mining of the American Girl, Padre y Madre, Queen and Cross oxide gold deposits by the American Girl Mining Joint Venture (AGMJV; ultimately owned 53 per cent by MK Gold Company and 47 per cent by Hecla Mining Company) occurred between 1987 and 1996. During that time, gold was recovered by either heap leaching of lower-grade, or milling of higher-grade ores until AGMJV operations ceased in late 1996 because of declining gold prices leaving the Oro Cruz property with many gold exploration targets in addition to the historical inferred resource estimate, reported In 2011 by Lincoln Mining Corp., totalling 341,800 ounces gold based on 4,386,000 tonnes averaging 2.2 grams gold per tonne at a cut-off grade of 0.68 g/t Au (4,835,000 tons at 0.07 ounce gold per ton; please refer to the Cautionary Notice Regarding Historical Resource Estimate below).

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Southern Empire Resources Corp.,

Dale Wallster, CEO and Director

For further information on Southern Empire please visit both www.smp.gold and SEDAR or contact: Lubica Keighery, (778) 889-5476, [email protected] .

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Do the right thing’: Tribal chief, Saskatoon mayor move to rename John A. Macdonald Road – CBC

Jun 10, 2021

‘It is time to honour the truths that residential school survivors have shared,’ Mayor Charlie Clark says

Saskatoon’s mayor says the city will take steps toward renaming John A. Macdonald Road following a call for change from the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC).

“It is time to honour the truths that residential school survivors have shared about the impacts of these schools through generations,” Mayor Charlie Clark said in a statement released Thursday.

On Wednesday, STC Tribal Chief Mark Arcand announced he was calling on the city to make the name change and even suggested a potential replacement: Reconciliation Road.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-tribal-council-mark-arcand-john-a-macdonald-reconciliation-residential-schools-1.6060097

Cumberland House Cree Nation, SK – Treaty 5 Territory – Press Statement by Chief Rene Chaboyer

CUMBERLAND HOUSE CREE NATION, SK, June 10, 2021 – Treaty 5 Territory: Today, on behalf of my Nation, I have released a Declaration regarding economic sovereignty on Cumberland House Cree Nation  territory. The impoverished state of our nation is perpetuated by legislative agenda of the settler society directed at our people. This can no longer be tolerated. We are also announcing the development of our own laws and mechanisms under our terms, to protect our sacred gathering place -Kitaskīnaw.

We made treaty with the Crown as sovereign nations. Our treaty did not take away our authority and ownership to the land. Today, our declaration reaffirms our sovereignty and asserts greater economic and environmental control over our territory. As of today, we are open for business with our allies and partners – some of whom are here today. We are also willing to work with other jurisdictions on permitting and licensing and to conserve our homelands especially in the area known as Kitaskīnaw. If we need to sign a treaty with other jurisdictions to conserve our lands, then I am open to doing that.

Today, we have proclaimed the Cumberland House Cree Nation Declaration on Jurisdiction and Protection of Kitaskīnaw that sets out a manifesto (policy) on economic development and the protection of the delta. The declaration is built upon a larger Treaty 5 declaration in accordance with our law on the sharing of lands and natural resources with the settler society.

Cumberland House Cree Nation plans to break down the economic barriers that exist in Indian country. In the past, the Indian Act prohibited trade and commerce to deliberately oppress Indian business and has had a negative intergenerational social and economic impact. The Natural Resources Transfer Act also took away our commercial rights and ensures we don’t make a living off our natural resources. This is our land, and we should all stand against legislative subjugation, and we will break down those economic barriers with the help of our partners.

I am honoured to declare economic prosperity and to strengthen our economy for Cumberland House Cree Nation which I believe will be achieved as a concerted effort through partnership agreements. I am also pleased that these partners recognize our authority and are willing to enter into these business arrangements, which is a requirement in doing business in Treaty 5 territory as stated in the Natural Resource Declaration in Treaty 5 Territory. The sharing of the benefits from our resources with our consent through business arrangement will be a business model in Treaty 5 territory. It is also Cumberland House’s position to protect the wetlands which is a gift from the Creator that accords a sacred responsibility.

As Chief of Cumberland House Cree Nation, I have the responsibility of putting into practice transparency and accountability in accordance with our customs.

Kinanaskomatin.

Cumberland House Cree Nation Declaration on the Jurisdiction and Protection of the Kitaskīnaw

Cumberland House Cree Nation is a Sovereign Nation, and let it be known to everyone, we have title to our homelands that is everlasting. We made Treaty No. 5 with the Crown based on mutual promises and a promise to live in peace and friendship. We have always upheld those promises and our Treaties are as much alive today as they were in 1875.

Our lands, our laws and our way of life are sacred gifts from Kise-Manito. Our rights and who we are as a people flow directly from the relationship that we have with Kise-Manito, our lands, and with all living beings who share it. We have sacred responsibilities to maintain these relationships, and to protect the gifts Kise-Manito has bestowed us for future generations.

The Kitaskīnaw also known as the Saskatchewan River Delta is one of our greatest gifts. The Kitaskīnaw has sustained and supported our people since time immemorial. It is central to our survival, our way of life and connection to all things. It is also central to the exercise of our Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. It is the heart of the Boreal Forest; its western source and many tributaries sustain life in the Kitaskīnaw. It is a sanctuary for all beings that share its waters; it is vital to migratory birds and animals; its wetlands filter the waters and store carbon from the air.

We are all connected to the Kitaskīnaw. We also have a sacred duty to protect it. In this uncertain world, we know that we must put the land, water, and wildlife first. We must act to protect the Kitaskīnaw against present and future threats. We will uphold our responsibilities and the protocols we establish, to ensure that future generations can continue to share the many gifts that the Kitaskīnaw brings.

We will work to create new opportunities for our people to foster economic and social well-being. We will strive for natural resource equity and shared wealth as models for business development. Environmental protection and maintaining the Kitaskīnaw is our priority and is a solution to many of the challenges that we face. It is an opportunity to use the empirical knowledge of our Elders for the good of mankind, and to do things that matter for the planet.

Today, we declare that the Kitaskīnaw is formally protected under our laws, a sacred place that we will continue to look after forever. The Kitaskīnaw will continue to be a place for all creation to live and thrive as Kise-Manito intended. We will uphold our jurisdiction and responsibilities to protect the Kitaskīnaw against outside threats. We will establish our protocols and standards and our consent will be required for the use of the Kitaskīnaw. We will apply our traditional knowledge to heal the damage that has already been done and work together to share the Kitaskīnaw’s many gifts with our Treaty partners. We will welcome allies and supporters of our work, and we will build partnerships with others under mutual understandings to help achieve our goals.

As Kise-Manito is our witness, this is our Declaration made at a Special Gathering held on this 10th day of June 2021 on the Ancestral Territory of the Ininew. This Declaration is made in accordance with the customary and natural laws of our people.

For further information: For information contact TAFO Inc., Monica Manuel, Media Contact at 431-277-3596 or at [email protected]

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Historic step made to transfer housing, capital and infrastructure services on Saskatchewan reserves to First Nations control

From: Indigenous Services Canada

June 10, 2021— Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes Indigenous peoples’ inherent right to self-determination and supports the inherent right of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to independently deliver their own services to address the unique needs of their communities.

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Matthew T. Peigan of the First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan (FNCIAS) announced the signing of an historic Framework Agreement. This Framework Agreement sets a path for the Agency to independently deliver housing, capital and infrastructure services to any participating First Nation on reserve in Saskatchewan.

The Framework Agreement outlines the negotiation process, guiding principles and the roles and responsibilities for all parties involved in the transfer of the control, delivery and management of First Nations housing, capital and infrastructure services in Saskatchewan.

First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan is a First Nations-led organization modeled on the results of its engagements with First Nations communities, leadership and Tribal Councils in Saskatchewan. On June 10, 2020, it incorporated to become a stand-alone service delivery organization.

First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan is working closely with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to address legislative requirements as per the FSIN Convention Act. In addition, FNCIAS is working closely with First Nations and Tribal Councils throughout the interim operations stage to help shape the Agency’s business model and service delivery approach.

First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan will present their full business plan, strategic plan, and organizational and governance model to First Nations and Tribal Councils in Saskatchewan prior to the proposed transition from the Government of Canada.

Once the transfer is complete, FNCIAS will assume responsibility and management for the design, provision and delivery of the infrastructure programs and services currently under the responsibility of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) for First Nations member communities and Tribal Councils in Saskatchewan. For First Nations that choose not to join the Agency, ISC will continue to deliver housing and infrastructure services.

This Framework Agreement advances a new First Nations-led service delivery model and represents an important step towards self-determination and greater control for First Nations over services in their communities.

Quotes

“Decisions around infrastructure service delivery are a crucial element of self-determination. My department is dedicated to the future transfer of authority to First Nations to address their own unique community infrastructure needs. With this Framework Agreement, Canada and the First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan are moving forward together to help build a future where control of First Nations’ essential services is rightly placed into their own hands.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services

“The creation of the FNCIAS provides First Nations with an alternative and a unique new way in assisting First Nations with the delivery of Band Based Capital and Major Capital Projects.  It’s about thinking outside the box on a way to provide added funds for First Nations to fulfill their Capital Projects.”

Chief Matthew T. Peigan, Pasqua First Nation
Chair, First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan

“This FNCIAS initiative provides a wider scope of control and certainty around Capital and Infrastructure requirements that First Nations need in order to address the critical issues surrounding housing and infrastructure programs that have direct impact on the wellbeing and health of First Nations members. It provides the opportunity to revitalize the Capital and Infrastructure programs, which have long been stagnant and not meeting the needs of an ever-growing population and community, and addresses not only the backlog in housing but other much needed infrastructure projects.”

Chief Clarence Bellegarde, Little Black Bear First Nation
Vice-Chair, First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan

“This is helping to fulfill our Inherent and Treaty Right to Shelter and Self-Determination.  Our First Nations must have greater care and control of housing and infrastructure.  It is our destiny to no longer have policies that hinder the growth of our nations and people.  The time has come where we have the opportunity to develop policies by our people, for our people. We want to ensure all stakeholders have opportunities to grow and prosper.”

Vice Chief Heather Bear
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

Quick facts

First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan (FNCIAS) continues to engage with First Nations communities and organizations in Saskatchewan to ensure their experience, expertise and best practices are integrated into FNCIAS’s service model.

Indigenous Services Canada is committing $4 million this year to stand up FNCIAS. Following a Final Transfer Agreement, ISC will work with the Agency to develop a funding agreement that provides sufficient and predictable funding over a minimum of 10 years. This will provide sufficient, long-term sustainable funding to ensure FNCIAS is able to work with communities and Tribal Councils in the delivery of infrastructure programs and services.

Little Black Bear First Nation was the first community to apply to be a member of FNCIAS in November 2020

First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan will work with all Saskatchewan First Nations and Tribal Councils during its interim operations phase.

Associated links

Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Adrienne Vaupshas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
[email protected]

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160
[email protected]

Larissa Burnouf
First Nations Capital and Infrastructure Agency of Saskatchewan
306-291-6864
[email protected]

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PAPS In Your Community – Indigenous Resource Officer

As Indigenous Resource Officer (IRO) with the Prince Albert Police Service, Erin Parenteau fulfills a unique role, helping to connect Indigenous victims of crime and trauma with culturally-sensitive supports and resources, including information about the court process, while also working to educate police members and staff on the history and significance of our community’s Indigenous culture.

Trained as an addictions and mental health counsellor since 2009, Erin Parenteau works with the police service’s Victim Services Unit, providing support and referrals to victims of crime. Her role includes recruiting and educating new volunteers, regular participation at Family Information Liaison Unit meetings, and attending HUB meetings twice each week, which bring police together with other community and social agencies, along with health, education, and other groups.

Parenteau enjoys being a voice for women and girls in the community and continues to work to change perceptions of police amongst Indigenous people. Her Indigenous name is Dancing Butterfly Woman and with the support of the Prince Albert Police Service, she is working to relearn the Cree language she lost as a child after starting school.

The position of Indigenous Resource Officer is a provincially-funded position and is one of six operated through police agencies in Saskatchewan. The position includes providing support and referrals to intervention and prevention services within the community, and carries a unique responsibility to be ready, knowledgeable, compassionate and empathetic when working with those who have experienced crime and trauma in our community.

As a leader within the police service, Parenteau is helping to educate police members and staff on Indigenous protocol and history, and supports the police service as it continues to work toward reconciliation and understanding, including assisting PAPS in building on Calls to Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Parenteau was instrumental in helping to select two new Indigenous police elders in May 2021, and in providing teachings and information about the police service’s new Eagle Staff, a sacred symbol of the organization’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, respect and fairness. The Eagle Staff is proudly displayed in the main boardroom at the Prince Albert Police Service main station. Parenteau provides regular smudging of the Eagle Staff, inviting all members and staff to participate, ask questions and learn.

Her knowledge and experience in traditional medicines and teachings is an integral part of the police service’s work toward understanding, equity and diversity. The role of Indigenous Resource Officer encompasses many different dynamics and takes into consideration the history of Indigenous people in our community and in Canada in supporting victims of crime and those experiencing trauma.

To contact the Indigenous Resource Office or the Prince Albert Police Service’s Victim Services Unit, please call 306-953-4357 or visit www.papolice.ca for more information.

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Baselode Starts Groundwork Exploration on the Catharsis Uranium Project

Toronto, Ontario – June 10, 2021 – Baselode Energy Corp. (TSXV: FIND, OTCQB: BSENF) (“Baselode” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that a field crew has started groundwork exploration on the Catharsis high-grade uranium exploration project (“Catharsis” or the “Project”). The Company received its exploration permits from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment (see News Release dated May 25, 2021) and remains engaged in good faith discussions with local Indigenous communities and northern stakeholders

“This is an exciting time for the Company kicking-off our first ground-based exploration program.  The groundwork exploration is critical to advance the Project in preparation for our planned diamond drill campaign. We’re also very happy to report that the majority of our logistical support and economic benefits have been sourced to Indigenous and northern Saskatchewan businesses.  We’ve been proactively engaged towards mutually-beneficial working relationships with the local Indigenous communities and stakeholders for the past few months, communicating our manner of planning and operations with respect to the possible impacts on their traditional Rights, lands, and resources, while also identifying areas for economic benefits,” said James Sykes, CEO and President of Baselode.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to explore Catharsis for the first time on the ground.  Our review of the historical work in the Project area has highlighted numerous favourable characteristics analogous with Athabasca uranium deposits, such as a high-grade uranium occurrence at surface hosted within sheared metasediments.  Our recently completed airborne gravity and magnetic survey have also provided us with additional exploration target areas requiring ground reconnaissance.  We expect to learn a lot from the  planned groundwork with the intent of vectoring us towards new uranium discoveries,” said Cameron MacKay, the Company’s Projects Manager.

Planned Groundwork

The planned groundwork on Catharsis includes prospecting, mapping and outcrop/boulder sampling.  The field crew will spend three to four weeks onsite and will be prioritizing two main trends:

  1. A favourable northeast-oriented trend in the north part of the Project, which hosts a high-grade uranium occurrence at surface within sheared metasediments, coincident with overlapping gravity lows, magnetic breaks, jogs and offsets; and
  2. A highly prospective northeast-oriented, uranium-fertile, conductive corridor in the southeast part of the Project that is on trend with numerous high-grade uranium showings discovered at surface and intersected within drillholes outside of the Project boundary.

Initial surface geology results will be released at the end of the groundwork exploration program, and geochemical assay results will be released when results become available and reviewed.

Follow-Up Exploration

Immediate follow-up exploration plans for Catharsis include; i) an airborne VTEM survey required to further refine structural targets for diamond drilling, anticipated to start in the next 1 to 2 weeks, and ii) 2,500 metres of reconnaissance diamond drilling within defined priority target areas, anticipated to begin in late Q3.

The Company also announces that in accordance with its stock option plan, it has granted a total of 3,000,050 incentive options to officers, directors and consultants of the Company, at an option exercise price of 0.56 cents per share, exercisable for a period of five years from the date of issue.

About Baselode Energy Corp.

Baselode currently controls 100% of approximately 171,000 hectares for exploration in the Athabasca Basin area, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The land package is free of any option agreements or underlying royalties.

Baselode’s Athabasca 2.0 exploration thesis is focused on discovering near-surface, basement-hosted, high-grade uranium orebodies outside of the Athabasca Basin. The exploration thesis is further complemented by the Company’s preferred use of innovative and well-understood geophysical methods to map deep structural controls to identify shallow targets for diamond-drilling.

QP Statement

The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Cameron MacKay, P.Geo., Projects Manager for Baselode Energy Corp., who is considered to be a  Qualified Person as defined in “National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.”

For further information, please contact:

Baselode Energy Corp.
FIND on the TSXV
James Sykes, President and CEO
[email protected]
306-221-8717
www.baselode.com

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