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Saskatchewan Celebrates Forest Week with Focus on Renewal and Opportunity

September 20, 2021

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed September 19 to 25 National Forest Week, with the theme, ‘Our Forests’ Continually Giving.’ The week will highlight the important role that provincial forests play, both in terms of the economy and environmental sustainability.

“Our forestry sector is a key economic driver that creates long-term employment and business opportunities,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “The government of Saskatchewan’s recent announcements of timber allocations for new mills and expansions will increase production, create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and help us reach our Growth Plan goals to double the forestry sector by 2030.”

Earlier this month, timber allocations were awarded to four facilities in northern Saskatchewan, including One Sky Forest Products (One Sky), which is set to build a new Oriented Strand Board (OSB) mill in Prince Albert. The project, which also features significant equity investment by Indigenous communities, is expected to create over 700 jobs in northern Saskatchewan.

Another provincial timber allocation will support the reopening of the Paper Excellence pulp mill in Prince Albert, which is expected to create over 1,650 jobs and also enhance Indigenous economic and labour development opportunities.

Other allocations support the expansion of the Dunkley Lumber sawmill in Carrot River and increased production at the Carrier Forest Products sawmill in Big River.

“Saskatchewan’s forests contribute to our quality of life in many important ways,” Environment Minister Warren Kaeding said. “Sustainably managed and healthy forests will continue to provide ecological and economic benefits for generations to come.”

Forested land covers 34 million hectares in Saskatchewan, more than half the province. Every spring, approximately seven million trees are planted in Saskatchewan.

“There is a lot to celebrate for this year’s Forest Week with the recent timber allocation announcements”, Saskatchewan Rivers MLA and Legislative Secretary for Forestry Nadine Wilson said. “The positive trend for opportunity and growth in our province’s forestry sector will benefit many people across the province including in my riding.”

Forestry is northern Saskatchewan’s largest sector, supporting 8,000 jobs and hundreds of businesses.  In 2020, the industry produced more than $1.1 billion in sales, an increase of nearly 30 per cent compared to the previous year.


For more information, contact:

Robin Speer
Energy and Resources
Phone: 306-519-5006
Email: [email protected]


Update: Spiritwood RCMP – suspicious death investigation

September 20, 2021

On September 17, 2021 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Spiritwood RCMP received a report that a male had been shot at a residence on Pelican Lake First Nation.

Officers and EMS responded. A 54-year-old man from Golden, B.C. was declared deceased at the scene. His family has been notified.

Saskatchewan RCMP’s Major Crime Unit North is investigating with the assistance of Spiritwood RCMP and the Prince Albert Forensic Identification Section. As a result of investigation, Walter Jack Abbott of Pelican Lake First Nation was arrested on September 17. He has been charged with one count of second degree murder, Section 235(1), Criminal Code. The victim and the accused are known to one another.

Abbott will make his first court appearance on September 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in North Battleford Provincial Court.



On September 17, 2021 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Spiritwood RCMP received a report of a deceased adult male located at a residence on Pelican Lake First Nation.

Saskatchewan RCMP’s Major Crime Unit North and Prince Albert Forensic Identification Section are now investigating. There is no risk to public safety.

This investigation is in its early stages and updates will be provided as they become available.


PAGC Remembers Senator Simon Robillard

(Treaty 5, 6, 8 & 10 Territories)– The Prince Albert Grand Council’s Executive, Senators, Women’s Commission, management and staff would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of the late Senator Simon Robillard, who passed away at the age of 92-years-old on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.

“Senator Simon Robillard was a highly-respected leader, known for his ties to the land and his knowledge of the Dene history, culture and traditions of our Athabasca sector. He will be dearly missed for his years of service and dedication to PAGC,” said Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte. “We send our prayers to his family, friends, and community of Black Lake Denesuline Nation during this difficult time.”

A viewing will be held at the MacKenzie Funeral Chapel at 3:00 pm, and a service will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Senator Allen Memorial Gym . The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd at the Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church on Black Lake Denesuline Nation.

With deepest sympathy,

Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte
Vice Chief Joseph Tsannie
Vice Chief Christopher Jobb
Executive Director Al Ducharme


Media enquiries may be directed to:

Tina Pelletier
Executive Office – Communications
Prince Albert Grand Council
Cell: 306-941-7120
Email: [email protected]


As an Indigenous Sovereigntist, I will vote in this year’s federal election – CBC

Sep 17, 2021

We must do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for Indigenous children in Canada

As an Indigenous sovereign citizen of the Nêhîyaw nation, I will vote in this federal election because I have witnessed how the decisions made by governments can determine the quality of life of Indigenous children.

In 2021, we cannot raise healthy children while our nations remain underfunded by every sector of government.

Many of our First Nations reserves are nearing a state of emergency because of systemically imposed poverty. The need for infrastructure like adequate housing and clean drinking water is being intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Opinion: Next government must make effort to erase cancer care backlog – Regina Leader Post

Sep 17, 2021

Whatever government forms after election day, it will need a plan to recover from the pandemic including reducing the cancer care backlog.

This election simply cannot be politics as usual. We are still in the midst of a pandemic that will take years if not decades to fully recover from. As voters, we need to hear not about what other parties can’t or didn’t do, and instead what party leaders will do to help the country recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Canadian Cancer Society, we are challenging political parties to put their differences aside and come together to support people impacted by cancer. This election, we are asking them one very important question — what will they do to help address the backlogs in cancer care and the influx of new and late-stage diagnoses resulting from pandemic delays?

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Decibel Closes Previously Announced Offering of Units for Total Gross Proceeds of Approximately $15 Million, including Full Exercise of Over-Allotment Option

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 16, 2021 – Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. (“Decibel” or the “Company“) (TSXV: DB) (OTCQB: DBCCF), a premium cannabis producer, is pleased to announce the closing of its previously announced bought deal prospectus offering (the “Offering“) of units of the Company (“Units“).

Pursuant to the Offering, the Company issued 51,750,000 Units at a price of $0.29 per Unit (the “Issue Price“) for aggregate gross proceeds of $15,007,500, which includes the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the Underwriters (as defined below). The Offering was conducted by Eight Capital, Haywood Securities Inc. and Raymond James Ltd, as co-lead underwriters and joint bookrunners (the “Underwriters“). Each Unit is comprised of one common share in the capital of the Company (a “Share“) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant“). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one Share at an exercise price of $0.40 for a period of 36 months following the closing date of the Offering. It is anticipated that the Warrants will be listed and posted for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV“) under the symbol DB.WT.A at the open of markets on September 17, 2021.

As consideration for their services, the Underwriters received a cash commission equal to $900,450 and, as additional consideration, the Company issued a total of 3,105,000 broker warrants to the Underwriters. Each broker warrant is exercisable into one Share at the Issue Price for a period of 24 months following the closing of the Offering.

For more details on the Offering please see the final short form prospectus in respect of the Offering, which is available on the Company’s profile at

For further information: Stuart Boucher, [email protected], 780-619-0310,


Chief Long Lodge Education Centre gives Indigenous students a second chance – CTV News

September 16, 2021

REGINA — Carry the Kettle First Nation opened a new education centre focused on giving Indigenous people a second chance to finish high school.

Chief Long Lodge Education Centre, located just outside of Indian Head, is inviting young adults on the reserve who may have left school before they graduated to complete their Grade 12 requirements.

“We are trying to ensure that these kids reach those same heights, the same as any other child in their province,” Bob Kowalchuk, director of education for Carry the Kettle, said.

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Searchlight Resources Undertakes Kulyk Lake Rare Earth Exploration Program

Vancouver, British Columbia- Searchlight Resources Inc. (“Searchlight” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SCLT, US: CNYCF, FSE:2CC2) is pleased to announce that field exploration is underway on the Company’s Kulyk Lake Rare Earth Element (“REE”) project, located approximately 165 kilometres north of La Ronge, Saskatchewan, and 65 km south of the Key Lake Mine.

A geological team is presently on the Kulyk Lake REE property, prospecting, mapping and sampling to confirm and expand the 2009 and 2010 reported results. The Kulyk Lake claim block covers 105.4 sq km over a 35-km length, covering 21 REE showings including the Kulyk Lake target. Historically, the Kulyk Lake area had been explored for uranium, followed by preliminary REE exploration in 2010 when REE prices spiked.

In addition to the ongoing field work, a contract has been signed with Special Projects Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, to conduct high resolution aeromagnetic and radiometric surveys covering approximately 39 sq km of the claim area (Map 1). This program is planned for the second half of September 2021.

“We are pleased to have boots on the ground to assess this strategically located claim block, allowing us to verify this historic high grade Rare Earth showing”, stated Stephen Wallace, Searchlight’s CEO.

In 2009, grab and channel samples were collected and analysed with a rare earth analytical package at the Saskatchewan Research Council Laboratory. The results included grab sample AGKJR001 with 56.18% Total Rare Earth Oxides (“TREO”), including 12.49% Critical Rare Earth Oxides (“CREO”), grab sample AGKJR002 with 30.6% TREO including 6.82% CREO, and channel sample AGKJR003 with 19.04% TREO including 4.21% CREO. (Note: CREO is the sum of Pr6O11 + Nd2O3 + Tb4O7 + Dy2O3).

In 2010, samples from a series of follow-up trenches were similarly analysed at the Saskatchewan Research Council Laboratory. Selected results include trench samples DFKJR026 with 45.1% TREO and 10.08% CREO over 0.6 metres, DFKJR025 with 24.44% TREO and 5.49% CREO over 0.7 metres, and DFKJR013 with 19.75% TREO and 4.41% CREO over 0.7 metres.

Geologically, the showings consist of multiple fractures containing brown to red monazite running parallel to, and enclosed by, the surrounding Wollaston Group metasedimentary gneisses. A narrow zone of deep pink to red coarse-grained granite encloses the mineralized fractures. The showings are fracture filling “ore-vein”.

Map 1. Proposed flightlines for aeromagnetic and radiometric surveys over Kulyk Lake Property

Data sources for assays

Brown, J.A., 2010; 2009 Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical Report for the Baska-Eldorado Project, Eagle Plains Resources Ltd, Saskatchewan Industry and Resources for Assessment
Brown, J.A., and McKeough, M., 2011; 2010 Trenching and Prospecting Programs for the Baska-Eldorado Project; 99 Capital Corporation, Saskatchewan Industry and Resources for Assessment

The results presented are historical in nature and Searchlight has not undertaken any independent investigation of the sampling, nor has it independently analyzed the results of the previous exploration work in order to verify the results. Searchlight considers these sample results relevant as the Company uses historical reports to evaluate historic sample results as a guide to plan future exploration programs.

Qualified Person

Stephen Wallace, P.Geo., is Searchlight’s Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.

About Searchlight Resources Inc.

Searchlight Resources Inc. (TSXV:SCLT, US:CNYCF, FSE:2CC2) is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focused on Saskatchewan, Canada, which has been ranked as the top location for mining investment in Canada by the Fraser Institute. Exploration focus is on gold and battery minerals throughout the Province, concentrating on projects with road access.

Searchlight holds a 427.6 square kilometre land position within the gold and base metal rich Flin Flon – Snow Lake Greenstone Belt. The Company is currently advancing its Bootleg Lake Gold Project which hosts four past-producing high-grade gold mines, located in Saskatchewan, less than 10 km from Flin Flon, Manitoba.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

“Stephen Wallace”

Stephen Wallace, President, CEO and Director

For further information, visit the Company’s website at or contact:

Searchlight Resources Inc.
Alf Stewart, Chairman
(604) 331-9326
[email protected]


NDP press for provincial stat for Truth and Reconciliation Day Sept. 30 – Regina Leader Post

Speaking on the 147th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 4 Betty Nippi-Albright said recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation “is crucial in building meaningful reconciliation.”

The provincial Opposition is calling on the government to make Sept. 30 a statutory holiday in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

NDP MLA Betty Nippi-Albright, Opposition critic for First Nations and Métis Relations, Truth and Reconciliation, spoke in front of the Legislative Building on Wednesday to call on the province to recognize the day, following the lead set by the federal government.

Speaking on the 147th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 4, Nippi-Albright said recognizing the day “is crucial in building meaningful reconciliation.”

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Saskatchewan First Nation announces home building project with corrections program – Global News

September 15 2021

A Battleford-area First Nation has cut the ribbon for a project it hopes will bring economic sovereignty to the community.

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