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U of R’s R. Nicholas Carleton honoured as Canadian Academy of Health Sciences 2020 Fellow –

September 18, 2020

Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton has made it his life’s work to understand human response to trauma and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as he helps, alongside colleagues at the University of Regina, across Canada, and around the word, improve the mental health and resiliency of Public Safety Personnel (PSP) who work every day to help people in distress.

As a professor of psychology at the University of Regina and Scientific Director for the U of R’s Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT), Carleton has been working tirelessly to connect PSP leaders across Canada, researchers, and policy-makers to develop and mobilize the knowledge needed to better support PSP mental health.

Today, Carleton is being honoured for his work as a leader in Canadian health sciences with one of the highest accolades granted to scholars in Canada. He has been accepted as a 2020 Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), an association of Canada’s top-ranked scientists and scholars in health sciences. CAHS Fellows play a vital role in developing actionable solutions to the urgent health concerns of Canadians by providing independent, objective, strategic, and evidence-based analyses to inform public policy development.

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Indigenous leader feels NHL could do better job of acknowledging racism – CBC

League executive says Indigenous group will be included in counter-racism initiatives

Sep 18, 2020

It’s laudable for the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association to protest acts of violence against Black people, but the league and players should also speak out against racism faced by Indigenous people, says Terry Teegee, Regional Chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations.

Teegee, a member of the Takla Lake First Nation, said Black Lives Matter “is a well worthy cause” supported by many in the Indigenous community because “we’re cut from the same cloth” when it comes to dealing with racism.

The police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake sparked protests across North America and around the world. Last month the NHL and the NHLPA agreed to postpone two days worth of Stanley Cup playoff games as a response to Blake’s shooting and the wider issues surrounding systemic racism, social injustice and police brutality.

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City of Saskatoon: 2021 Boards, Committees and Commissions: City seeks new members from across diverse communities

Consider volunteering and take an active role on one of the City’s Boards, Commissions or Committees for 2021. The City is now seeking new members from across Saskatoon’s diverse community to fill vacant positions.

In addition to general citizen representation, we are looking for applicants interested in serving our community through several advisory committee representative positions for Youth, Seniors, First Nations, Metis, LGBTQ2S+ and for persons with a disability or as a caregiver of someone with a disability.

Get involved in what matters to you and help make a difference in Saskatoon.  You’ll gain valuable experience and expand your network of contacts. Do you appreciate, perhaps have expertise in, and could help advise in any of these areas?

  • Arts & Heritage
  • Events & Gatherings
  • Community & Inclusion
  • Property & Business

Interested?  Applications are being accepted until October 2, 2020.  Visit for a full list of available positions and to submit your Committee Application Form, resume, and two letters of reference.

The City of Saskatoon is committed to public participation in a democratic, open and responsive government.  One of the ways this is achieved is through the appointment of members of the public to committees, commissions and boards.  Membership appointments will be made by City Council later this year, with most positions starting in January 2021.  Vacancies are filled throughout the year whenever necessary.

If you have additional questions about the application process, contact the City Clerk’s Office at [email protected].


Saskatoon residents urged to wear orange shirts Sept. 30th; consider accepting ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge

The City is preparing for Orange Shirt Day (Sept. 30) by urging Saskatoon residents, businesses, and organizations to 1) wear an orange shirt on September 30th and, 2) accept the ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge.

Orange Shirt Day is a day to mark the healing journey of residential school survivors and their families and to renew our commitment to the ongoing process of reconciliation. It’s a day for us to reaffirm that Every Child Matters. The date was chosen because it’s the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

“Wearing an orange shirt on September 30th is an easy but important way to acknowledge the impact residential schools had and continue to have on Indigenous communities,” says Melissa Cote, the City’s Director of Indigenous Initiatives. “The ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge is an opportunity to go one step further and gain insights into the past and present realities of Indigenous people. We’re really excited to see people take up the challenge.”

Wear an Orange Shirt

Any orange shirt will do, however, there is the option to purchase an Every Child Matters t-shirt at Shirts are $15 apiece with discounts for bulk orders. (Note: you need to be registered and logged in to place an order.) Partial proceeds go to the Orange Shirt Society to support awareness activities.

Accept the ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge

The Reconciliation Challenge is a commitment to start or continue a journey of reconciliation by using the website to learn more about Indigenous peoples’ past and present experiences. Each week for 8 weeks, beginning this Sunday (Sept. 13th), participants choose a new challenge. Things like:

  • Read an Indigenous author
  • Learn about the treaty territory you reside on
  • Try an Indigenous recipe
  • Watch residential school survivor videos
  • Watch an Indigenous film

Organizations and individuals can also join the ConnectR Challenge Facebook Group to share experiences and receive updates to help guide and support their journey. The group will be a link to survivor videos and four online events where Indigenous Elders, survivors, educators, artists and youth inspire and educate this community of people learning and taking action. Those not on Facebook can email [email protected] to be added to an email list.

Orange Shirt Day ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge was made possible through investments by Nutrien and a partnership between Reconciliation Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Survivors Circle—a group of Elders that are residential school survivors who ensure that residential schools and their legacy are never forgotten. Reconciliation Saskatoon is a community of over 115 organizations, non-profits, businesses and partners who have come together towards one mission: to initiate a citywide conversation about reconciliation and provide opportunities for everyone to engage in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The City of Saskatoon co-chairs Reconciliation Saskatoon.


Hearings to certify MMIWG class action against Canada starts Monday – APTN News

Sep 16, 2020

Arguments to certify a class action lawsuit that alleges the federal government is responsible for finding ways to end the epidemic of violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (mmiwg) and compensating families who suffered losses are scheduled to start next week.

The action – Bigeagle vs. Her Majesty the Queen, which is seeking $600-million in damages, is scheduled to be heard in Federal Court in Regina starting Monday.

Saskatchewan lawyer Tony Merchant said he can’t believe the federal government is fighting the certification.

“The Government of Canada has not taken any steps to implement the important recommendations of the Murdered and Missing Inquiry,” Merchant said in a news release.

“And, making that worse, take the amazing position before the Federal Court of Canada that the case should not be certified and that Canada is not responsible for these wrongs.”

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Métis Nation – Saskatchewan Takes Legal Action Against the Province of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SK, Sept. 16, 2020  – Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (“MN-S”) has turned to the courts to address the Government of Saskatchewan’s (“Province’s”) continuing use and reliance on the 2010 First Nation and Metis Consultation Policy Framework (“2010 Policy”).

The MN-S is asking the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan for several declarations, including that the 2010 Policy is invalid and that the Province’s reliance on the 2010 Policy to avoid its duty to consult is dishonourable.

The MN-S is also seeking an order that the Province identify and disclose all matters since 2010 that the Province should have given notice and consulted on, but didn’t because of the 2010 Policy, as well as costs, damages, and other appropriate relief.

In its claim, MN-S outlines how the 2010 Policy is inconsistent with the Province’s constitutional duty to consult and fails to uphold the “honour of the Crown” – an important constitutional principle and obligation necessary for reconciliation. The claim specifically mentions the Province’s refusal to consider Métis land rights and commercial harvesting rights when making decisions that could impact Métis communities and their lands and resources. The Province’s refusal to consult when issuing mineral interests within asserted Métis lands is also raised, as is the Province’s notice and consultation policies which are inconsistent with the MN-S Constitution.

MN-S President Glen McCallum stated:

The Crown’s duty to consult and the obligation of the Province to uphold the honour of the Crown are fundamental constitutional principles provided to guide all Canadians towards reconciliation. The Province cannot opt-out of its constitutional obligations. Likewise, the Province cannot create policies and processes which circumvent true and meaningful consultation.

The rights and concerns of Saskatchewan Métis have been marginalized for too long. The 2010 Policy has perpetuated this harm and has denied Saskatchewan Métis the rights and protections they are owed by Section 35 of the Constitution. This must and will change.

We call on the Province to reject the 2010 Policy, and to treat Métis with the respect and dignity they deserve as Canadians and as a rights-holding people.

The claim represents another step by the MN-S to protect and advance the rights and interests of Saskatchewan Métis, and follows the recent MN-S claim brought against NexGen Energy Ltd.

In 2019, MN-S and the Government of Canada signed the “Metis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement”, which, among other things, recognizes that MN-S is mandated to represent the Métis of Saskatchewan. The 2018 Framework for Advancing Reconciliation between MN-S and Canada provides for, among other things, establishing processes to recognize and respect Métis rights and land claims.

The claim is anticipated to have implications for all Saskatchewan First Nations, as they also face obstacles to consultation under the 2010 Policy.

For further information: FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: Julia Burns -MN-S Communications Director, Phone: 306-850-1670 or Email: [email protected]


Southern Empire and MAS Gold Receive Interim Order for Plan of Arrangement

16th September 2020

Southern Empire Resources Corp. (Southern Empire; TSX-V: SMP; Frankfurt: 5RE) and MAS Gold Corp. (MAS Gold; TSXV: MAS) are pleased to announce the receipt of an interim order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “Interim Order”), in connection with Southern Empire’s previously announced acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Mas Gold (the “MAS Shares”) pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the “Arrangement”).  The Interim Order provides for, among other things, a meeting of the MAS Gold shareholders to consider and vote upon the Arrangement.

As a result of the Interim Order, MAS Gold is proceeding to mail out its management information circular and related documents to shareholders immediately.  Details of the Arrangement, including a summary of the terms and conditions of the arrangement agreement, will be disclosed in the management information circular of MAS Gold which will be available on SEDAR at

Highlights of the Transaction

MAS Gold has two advanced stage gold deposits having NI 43-101 mineral resources located in the La Ronge Gold Belt of Saskatchewan, Canada:

  • the North Lake Gold Deposit containing 417,000 ounces gold (oz Au) is comprised of an Inferred Mineral Resource of 14,110,00 tonnes (t) grading 0.92 grams gold per tonne (g Au/t)
  • the Greywacke North Gold Deposit containing 95,600 oz Au is comprised of an Indicated Mineral Resource of 255,500 t at 9.92 g Au/t, plus an Inferred Mineral Resource of 59,130 t at 7.42 g Au/t, at a cut-off grade of 5 g Au/t
  • Significant potential for resource expansion exists at both Greywacke North and North Lake
  • Excellent exploration potential also exists for MAS Gold’s Preview-North Property (which hosts the Point gold deposit), Henry Lake and Elizabeth Lake properties.

The combined entity will have a strong balance sheet, with no debt and a robust cash position, which will be used to target expansion of the current NI 43-101 resources as well as exploration and development on all of Southern Empire’s projects.

About Southern Empire Resources Corp.

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

In the Cargo Muchacho mountains of Imperial County, southeast California, Southern Empire owns the American Girl Mine Property and holds options to acquire a 100% interest in the 2,160 hectares (5,338 acre) Oro Cruz Property located approximately 22.5 kilometres (km; 14 miles) southeast of the operating Mesquite gold mine of Equinox Gold Corp.

With a history that includes extensive drilling and large-scale open pit and underground mining by the American Girl Mining Joint Venture (53 per cent owned by MK Gold Co., a subsidiary of Morrison Knudsen Corporation, and 47 per cent owned by Hecla Mining Company), which was suspended during the gold market downturn in 1996, the Oro Cruz Gold Project hosts many exploration targets in addition to a high-grade oxide gold zone that, based on the historical mine operation records, is amenable to conventional heap leach extractive methods.

Southern Empire is in the process of acquiring MAS Gold Corp. (TSX-V: MAS), a Canadian mineral exploration company having road-accessible projects located in the La Ronge Gold Belt of Saskatchewan approximately 60 km west of the SSR Mining Inc.’s producing Seabee and Santoy gold mines. Please refer to Southern Empire’s news releases dated July 13 and August 19, 2020 available on SEDAR. Southern Empire expects this acquisition to close in the fall of 2020.

MAS Gold’s Greywacke North gold deposit, one of several known stratabound, high-grade gold-bearing zones on the Greywacke Lake Property, has an estimated Indicated Mineral Resource of 255,500 tonnes (t) at a grade of 9.92 grams gold per tonne (g Au/t), plus an Inferred Mineral Resource of 59,130 t at 7.42 g Au/t, at a cut-off grade of 5 g Au/t (see MAS Gold’s NI 43-101 Technical Report of June 1, 2016 available on SEDAR).

The North Lake gold deposit, located on the Preview-North property, 33 kilometres southwest of Greywacke North, has an Inferred Mineral Resource estimated at 417,000 ounces of gold contained in 14,110,000 t grading 0.92 g Au/t (see MAS Gold’s News Release dated March 25, 2020 and their NI 43-101 Technical Report dated April 10, 2020 available on SEDAR).

Qualified Person (QP)

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been prepared, reviewed, verified and approved by David Tupper, P.Geo. (British Columbia), Southern Empire’s VP Exploration and a Qualified Person within the context of Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Instrument 43-101; Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Southern Empire,

Dale Wallster, CEO and Director

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


Cumberland College: Orange Shirt Day Call for Participants

Due to COVID 19 and the changes it has caused, Cumberland College will not be hosting the annual Orange Shirt Day Round Dance in September.  Instead, in an effort to honor residential school survivors and the children that did not make it home, we will be creating a video to share with our students and with the public via our webpage and Facebook page.

We are looking for students and staff of ALL backgrounds that would be willing to participate in the video!

How Does It Work??

When classes start, College staff will videotape you sharing your answers to the following questions:

  1. What program are you in at Cumberland College?
  2. Have you participated in an Orange Shirt Day activity in the past?
  3. Why is it important for all communities to recognize Orange Shirt Day?
  4. What does Orange Shirt Day mean to you/why is it important to you?
  5. What is the message behind a Round Dance?
  6. What does the statement, “Every Child Matters,” mean to you?
  7. What can you do in your community to keep the Orange Shirt Day message alive throughout the year?

The videos of different students and staff will be edited by College staff and then shared on the College social media in late September.

To prepare for this, you may want to view the Youtube video, “Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation.”

Sherilyn Coates, Student Engagement Coordinator will arrange for interested students and staff to be taped during September.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the video, please email Sherilyn at: [email protected].


The American Indian Film Festival recognizes Âsônamâtowin: A Sharing of Indigenous Knowledge.

September 8, 2020

Âsônamâtowin: A Sharing of Indigenous Knowledge, a film directed by Kehte-Ayak (Elders’) Council with the First Nations University of Canada, was selected as part of the programming to stream on Alaska Airlines flights.

The film short will stream starting September 1, 2020 until August 31, 2021.

Thank you to the American Indian Film Festival for recognizing the Elders’.


Searchlight Resources Stakes Reef Lake Nickel Copper Project in Saskatchewan

Related Document

  • 27 historical drill holes totaling 3,103.7 meters
  • Drill intersection of 0.37% Nickel over 37.8 meters from surface
    • including 0.66% Ni and 0.28% Cu over 9.8 meters
  • Drill intersection of 0.41% Nickel and 0.15% Cu over 28.7 meters
    • Including 1.19% Ni and 0.37% Cu over 1.0 meter
    • and including 1.10% Ni and 0.27% Cu over 4.7 meters

Vancouver, British Columbia, September 14, 2020, – Searchlight Resources Inc. (“Searchlight” or the “Company”) (TSXV:SCLT, US:CNYCF) is pleased to announce the staking of the Reef Lake Nickel Copper Project located approximately 150 kilometres north of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

Searchlight has staked a 29.7 square kilometre claim covering the Reef Lake Nickel Copper target in north central Saskatchewan, located less than 20 km from the all weather road at the Komis gold deposit and approximately 5 km from the major power line from Island Falls Hydroelectric facility. The staking is part of the Company’s systematic evaluation of exploration targets in Saskatchewan. In 1956 and 1957 a total of 27 drill holes were completed on the project, totaling 10,193 feet (3,103.7 meters) with selected drill results shown in the table below. Since the 1950’s drilling at Reef Lake, the project has seen limited work including prospecting and an MMI survey in 2008.

“Reef Lake is another result of Searchlight’s exploration philosophy to continue researching past exploration projects and potential geological targets throughout Saskatchewan and acquire by staking” stated Stephen Wallace, PGeo President and CEO of Searchlight.

The Reef Lake nickel copper mineralization occurs as disseminated nickeliferous pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and minor pyrite throughout a Mafic-Ultramafic Intrusion that outcrops on surface over an area of approximately 60 m x 150 m. Two 1956 drill holes were collared in surface mineralization including the first hole (DDH#1) which resulted in  37.8 m averaging 0.37% Ni, including a 9.8m interval assaying 0.66% Ni and 0.28% Cu. Drill DDH#5 also collared in mineralization averaged  0.43% Ni over 10.7m from surface.

Highlights from 1957 drilling includes DDH#12 with assays of 0.41% Ni and 0.15% Cu over 28.7 m which includes 1.19% Ni and 0.37% Cu over 1.0 m and 1.1% Ni and 0.27% Cu over 4.7 m. Additionally, DDH#20 had assays of 0.33% Ni and 0.18% Cu over 17.5 m which includes 0.55% Ni and 0.25% Cu over 5.8 m.

In the northern portion of the claims a 2008 MMI sampling program was carried out along the strike of the Nickel Lake pyroxenite sill and it identified anomalous Cu-Ni-Pd-Ag-Pb values over a strike length of 2 km. This will be followed up by Searchlight.  A review of the Government of Saskatchewan online GeoAtlas shows that no historic airborne surveys have been filed for the Reef Lake area.

Drill Hole From To Length From To Length Cu% Ni%
Feet Feet Feet Meter Meter Meter
Reef DDH#1 0.0 124.0 124.0 0.0 37.8 37.8 NA 0.37
including 47.5 124.0 76.5 14.5 37.8 23.3 0.24 0.47
which includes 82.6 114.7 32.1 25.2 35.0 9.8 0.28 0.66
Reef DDH#2 88.1 173.3 85.2 26.8 52.8 26.0 NA 0.35
including 88.1 130.7 42.6 26.8 39.8 13.0 NA 0.40
including 88.1 93.3 5.2 26.8 28.4 1.6 NA 0.85
Reef DDH#5 0.0 35.0 35.0 0.0 10.7 10.7 NA 0.43
including 0.0 10.0 10.0 0.0 3.0 3.0 NA 0.66
Reef DDH#10 298.5 321.0 22.5 91.0 97.8 6.8 NA 0.25
Reef DDH#12 195.0 289.0 94.0 59.4 88.1 28.7 0.15 0.41
including 195.0 198.1 3.1 59.4 60.4 1.0 0.37 1.19
including 273.5 289.0 15.5 83.4 88.1 4.7 0.27 1.10
Reef DDH#20  637.5  695.0  57.5  194.3  211.8  17.5 0.18  0.33
including 656.0 675.0 19.0 199.9 205.7 5.8 0.25 0.55

The results presented are historical in nature and Searchlight has not undertaken any independent investigation of the drilling 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 and historic data as a guide to plan future exploration programs.

Data Sources

1) Saskatchewan Mineral Assessment Database File 74A08-0001: A Preliminary Geological Report on the Reef Group, Reef Lake, Saskatchewan. By P.S. Friesen, December 4, 1956.

2) Saskatchewan Mineral Assessment Database File 74A08-0001: Diamond Drill Record, Holes 1-22 Reef Lake, by P.S. Friesen.

2) Canadian Platinum Corp., Technical Report for NI 43-101 on the Reef Lake Nickel Property, Reef Lake Area SK., Northern Mining District, Saskatchewan. Prepared by R. Daniel Studer P.Geo, October 1, 2010.

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. (TSX.V:SCLT; US:CYNCF) is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focused on Saskatchewan, Canada, which ranked as the top location for mining investment in Canada by the Fraser Institute. Searchlight holds a significant land position within the mineral rich Flin Flon – Snow Lake Greenstone Belt. The Company is currently advancing its Bootleg Lake Project located in Saskatchewan less than 10 km from Flin Flon, Manitoba, hosting four past producing high-grade gold mines and its English Bay high grade gold project located 10 km from LaRonge, Saskatchewan.

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, VP Corporate Development
(604) 331-9326
[email protected]


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