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Des Nedhe and BGIS form partnership in Ela Hultsi Facilities Management

Des Nedhe Group is excited to announce its partnership with BGIS, creating Ela Hultsi Facilities Management, a Canada-wide and Indigenous owned services company. This new venture unites the extensive facility management expertise of BGIS, a leader in the global real estate management sector, with the rich heritage and entrepreneurial drive of Des Nedhe Group, proudly founded by the English River First Nation.

Since its establishment in 1991, Des Nedhe Group has transformed from a Community enterprise into a leading example of Indigenous entrepreneurship and economic development in Canada. This alliance with BGIS, a foremost name in Canada’s facilities management landscape, marks a significant step in aligning our shared values and visions. Our goal is to promote sustainable employment and business opportunities within Indigenous Communities throughout the country.

Ela Hultsi Facilities Management, inspired by the Dene phrase meaning “let’s build for the future”, aims to weave Indigenous traditions and modern sustainability practices into significant construction and facilities management projects. As an Indigenous business recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Ela Hultsi leverages BGIS’s global presence and Des Nedhe’s profound connection to Indigenous Communities to set a new industry standard that honours cultural integrity, environmental responsibility, and innovative economic growth.

Gord Hicks, CEO of BGIS, has expressed his support for this collaboration, stating, “Partnering with Des Nedhe Group in forming Ela Hultsi represents a pivotal movement towards transforming the building management and construction landscape. It complements our dedication to sustainability and social responsibility. We look forward to the innovative opportunities this partnership will introduce.”

Sean Willy, President and CEO of Des Nedhe Group, reflects on the partnership with enthusiasm: “This collaboration is a powerful endorsement of the capabilities of Indigenous-led businesses to revolutionize industries. Ela Hultsi stands as more than a business venture; it is a cultural conduit that merges the best aspects of both organizations, ensuring our growth is inclusive and advantageous for all parties involved.”

Tamara Goddard, President of Ela Hultsi, added “Ela Hultsi is perfectly positioned to provide facilities management services and products from coast-to-coast-to-coast. With the bench strength of BGIS and Des Nedhe’s Indigenous roots, we can service all sizes of customers and ensure that our work is carried out with a grass roots commitment to sustainability and Indigenous inclusion.”

The rollout of Ela Hultsi Facilities Management is in full swing, with multiple significant projects already in progress. These initiatives are poised to demonstrate our commitment to pioneering sustainable solutions that respect and further the goals of Indigenous communities.

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Province Provides $100 Million to Support Major Indigenous Wind Project in Southeast Saskatchewan

June 24, 2024

Today, the provincial government announced the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation (SIIFC) will provide up to $100 million in loan guarantees to six Indigenous partners to support their investment in Enbridge’s new renewable wind energy project southeast of Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

“We are proud to support this historic partnership by providing $100 million in loan guarantees through the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation which will benefit nearly 25 per cent of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous population,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “This project will increase Indigenous participation in Saskatchewan’s economy, create new jobs and advance economic reconciliation in our province.”

The Seven Stars Energy Project is a collaboration between Enbridge and Cowessess, George Gordon, Kahkewistahaw, Pasqua and White Bear First Nations as well as Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. The partners will receive up to $100 million in loan guarantees from SIIFC to support acquiring at least 30 per cent equity in the project.

“In collaboration with industries’ evolving energy needs, SaskPower continues to make progress on our commitment of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and deploying up to 3,000 MW of wind and solar generation by 2035,” Minister Responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan said. “Partnerships like this between Enbridge and Six Nations Energy Development will support SaskPower in achieving its emission reduction targets, while also providing extraordinary benefits to Saskatchewan’s First Nations communities.”

“This is Enbridge’s first Indigenous partnership focused on wind energy generation and our first Indigenous partnership in Saskatchewan,” Enbridge’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and President, Power Matthew Akman said. “The clean electricity Enbridge and our Indigenous partners will provide will help meet the demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy for residential, small business, and industrial use well into the future. This is a unique opportunity for the growth of our renewables portfolio, and one that I am excited to advance alongside our new partners.”

This announcement is the first ever loan guarantee to be provided by SIIFC. The corporation was created in 2022, to increase access to capital for Indigenous communities and entities participating in Saskatchewan’s natural resource and value-added agriculture sectors. Loan guarantee through this project are expected to benefit nearly 25 per cent of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous population.

“On behalf of Six Nations Energy, we are thrilled to announce the collaboration between our Nation partners and Enbridge to advance sustainable energy solutions in Saskatchewan,” Six Nations Energy Development LP President Jake Sinclair said. “Through a $100 million dollar loan guarantees from the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation (SIIFC) this project was able to become a reality. As Enbridge’s first Indigenous partnership in Saskatchewan, this project marks a major milestone, benefiting our communities and making a positive impact across the province. As Indigenous people, we are always thinking forward.”

The new wind energy facility will be designed to produce 200 megawatts of emissions–free power – enough to support the annual energy needs of more than 100,000 Saskatchewan homes. It will be developed, constructed and operated by a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Enbridge, subject to finalizing commercial agreements, securing the necessary environmental and regulatory approvals, and meeting investment criteria.

For more information on SIIFC, visit: siifc.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Media Relations
Trade and Export Development
Regina
Phone: 306-526-6302
Email: media.ted@gov.sk.ca

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SCMA Awards handed out Saturday night in Lloydminster – GX94 Radio

June 24, 2024

Lloydminster hosted the 35th annual Saskatchewan Country Music Association awards show on Saturday night.

The evening’s two biggest winners were the Hunter Brothers and Jake Vaadeland, who took home four awards apiece.

Rocanville’s Jess Moskaluke hosted this year’s show, and received the National/International Artist honour.

Former GX94 Star Search winner Teagan Littlechief took home two awards, for Female and Indigenous Artist of the Year.

Read More: https://www.gx94radio.com/2024/06/24/scma-awards-handed-out-saturday-night-in-lloydminster/

Enbridge and Six Nations Energy Development consortium plan wind energy project – Leader Post

Jun 24, 2024

REGINA – Enbridge Inc. and Six Nations Energy Development LP have announced plans to develop a wind energy project southeast of Weyburn, Sask.

Six Nations is a consortium of Cowessess First Nation, George Gordon First Nation, Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Metis Nation-Saskatchewan, Pasqua First Nation and White Bear First Nations.

The Seven Stars Energy Project is expected to produce 200 megawatts of power.

The project will be developed, constructed and operated by a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Enbridge.

The First Nation and Metis partners have an opportunity to acquire at least a 30 per cent stake in the project.

Read More: https://leaderpost.com/business/energy/enbridge-and-six-nations-energy-development-consortium-plan-wind-energy-project

Agricultural Water Management Funding Now Available

June 24, 2024

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is renewing the Agricultural Water Management Fund to support agricultural producers and local governments to develop water management projects. Since 2022, it helped 21 projects across the province to support the continued growth of a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector in Saskatchewan.

“We are pleased to offer a program that will help Saskatchewan producers manage water responsibly and sustainably,” Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency David Marit. “Saskatchewan producers are the best stewards of the land and we believe supporting our agricultural sector with programs like this leads to a growing and vibrant agricultural sector.”

Applicants can receive up to $95,000 per project based on a cost-sharing approach. It can be used for qualified persons support, technical and engineering costs, and mitigation and rehabilitation works for agricultural water management projects.

This program is part of WSA’s ongoing commitment to supporting the agricultural community in developing and maintaining responsible agricultural water management projects in Saskatchewan.

Eligible recipients include:

  • Individuals or corporations registered in Saskatchewan who own, lease, or rent property for agricultural production purposes;
  • First Nations in Saskatchewan;
  • Saskatchewan rural municipalities;
  • Conservation and Development Area Authorities;
  • Watershed Association Boards;
  • Watershed Stewardship Groups;
  • Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds;
  • Irrigation Districts; and
  • Consultants recognized by WSA as Qualified Persons.

For more information about the Agricultural Water Management Fund, please visit: wsask.ca.

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For more information, contact:
Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-631-6997
Email: patrick.boyle@wsask.ca

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myComply and All3Innovation Announce Strategic Indigenous Partnership

SASKATOON, SK, June 24, 2024 – myComply and All3Innovation are pleased to announce they have entered a strategic Indigenous partnership to provide health and safety solutions to those in the construction, mining, energy, and facilities industries.

myComply is an industry-leading, best-in-class workforce management and safety compliance solution. Offering a combination of software and hardware solutions that allow you to unlock jobsite transparency and powerful reporting features while also increasing worker safety. Features include attribution-based access control, worker badging, worker certification tracking, digital form builder, digital tag in/tag out board, zones, orientations, and more.

“myComply acknowledges that, being headquartered in Saskatoon, SK, we are on Treaty 6 Territory. One key goal of our company is to help grow a diverse and prosperous Indigenous business community through new and existing business relationships and opportunities. All3Innovation embodies this goal including the planning and infrastructure to fully realize its’ success. These practical actions and leadership from All3Innovation made this partnership a natural fit that we could not be more excited to have in place.”

— Greg Reimche, Co-Founder & COO, myComply

All3Innovation is Indigenous-owned and works with companies to track and develop their ESG goals. All3Innovation advocates for the inclusion of Indigenous People in business and in society. They are known for developing meaningful, long-term relationships with customers and Indigenous communities throughout Canada.

“At All3Innovation, our company is rooted in the belief that collaboration is paramount to progress. Guided by this principle, we actively seek partnerships with like-minded enterprises, united in our commitment to fostering innovation and expanding opportunities alongside our indigenous partners. In this pursuit, we find myComply to be an amazing ally, embodying shared values and a dedication to driving positive change through collective effort.”

— Jason Thompson, President, ALL3Innovation

This partnership will bring myComply’s health and safety solutions to more companies across North America.

Media Contact Information: Landon DeGirolamo, Marketing Manager, landon@mycomply.net

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NexGen Advances Through Completeness Check for the Final Federal Environmental Assessment Process

VANCOUVER, BC, June 24, 2024 – NexGen Energy Ltd. (“NexGen” or the “Company”) (TSX: NXE) (NYSE: NXE) (ASX: NXG) is pleased to announce that on June 21, 2024 the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (“CNSC”) concluded their 30-day completeness check of NexGen’s May 21, 2024 submission of responses to the remaining 49 technical review comments and revised Federal Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) for NexGen’s 100% owned Rook I Project (“Rook I” or the “Project”).

The technical review by the CNSC has now commenced through the Federal-Indigenous Review Team, and upon confirmation that all technical review comments have been resolved after its prescribed 60-day review, the CNSC will then be able to deem the EIS final. When the EIS is deemed final, the CNSC will establish the Federal Commission Hearing date.

Leigh Curyer, NexGen’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The Company continues to successfully advance through the Federal EA process which formally initiated in April 2019. We look forward to the conclusion of the technical review process, for the Federal EIS to be deemed final, and the establishment of a Federal Commission Hearing date for the Rook I Project in order to deliver the significant generational benefits to the local Indigenous Nations, communities, the Province and Canada.

With the acceptance of the Federal licence application and receipt of Provincial EA approval in September and November 2023, respectively – and broad-based support and advocacy from our valued stakeholders and local Indigenous Nation partners and communities – the team is ready to immediately commence major construction of this generational project upon receipt of remaining approvals. The detailed engineering and procurement activities continue along the critical path as do the significant local training programs underway for the future staffing requirements. Rook I represents a crucial clean fuel source that is fully in line with Government of Canada’s critical minerals strategy and desire to be a leader in the provision of clean energy solutions including nuclear power and NexGen will be instrumental in global efforts to bring diversified, reliable, carbon-free energy to the world.”

About NexGen

NexGen Energy is a Canadian company focused on delivering clean energy fuel for the future. The Company’s flagship Rook I Project is being optimally developed into the largest low cost producing uranium mine globally, incorporating the most elite standards in environmental and social governance. The Rook I Project is supported by a NI 43-101 compliant Feasibility Study which outlines the elite environmental performance and industry leading economics. NexGen is led by a team of experienced uranium and mining industry professionals with expertise across the entire mining life cycle, including exploration, financing, project engineering and construction, operations and closure. NexGen is leveraging its proven experience to deliver a Project that leads the entire mining industry socially, technically and environmentally. The Project and prospective portfolio in northern Saskatchewan will provide generational long-term economic, environmental, and social benefits for Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world.

NexGen is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “NXE” and on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol “NXG” providing access to global investors to participate in NexGen’s mission of solving three major global challenges in decarbonization, energy security and access to power. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with its primary operations office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan Marshals Service Update and Appointment of New Deputy Chief Marshal

The Saskatchewan Marshals Service (SMS) is making significant progress toward becoming operational by the end of 2026. The 2024-25 Provincial Budget has allocated $7 million toward the development of the SMS, with an annual budget of $20 million once it’s operational. The SMS aims to enhance policing in the province with a particular focus on rural communities while supporting and assisting the RCMP, First Nations, and municipal police services across the province. The Service will address gangs, rural crime, illegal weapons and drugs, and will work to apprehend high-risk individuals and offenders with outstanding warrants.

“The Saskatchewan Marshals Service will stand as an innovative, responsive and community-engaged approach to the complex modern challenges facing policing services in the province,” Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Paul Merriman said.

Renovations to the SMS district headquarters in Prince Albert are well underway and expected to be completed by the fall. Plans are also in place to establish four or five satellite offices in the province, with the potential for further expansion as necessary. The SMS is using data-led analysis and crime statistics to determine the most suitable communities for these locations.

“Having the new Marshals Service located in Prince Albert is great news for our city and our residents,” Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne said. “Being in the heart of Saskatchewan, this spot will help push this new policing effort forward.

The SMS has developed the branding for its logo, vehicles, badges and Marshals uniforms. Further updates, including details on new equipment and resources, will be announced as the Marshals Service is further established.

The SMS is also pleased to announce the appointment of its new Deputy Chief Marshal, Richard Lowen.

“Deputy Chief Marshal Lowen comes to us from the Estevan Police Service where he has served as Chief of Police since 2021,” Chief Marshal Rob Cameron said. “He brings with him an incredible breadth of experience from his more than 30-year career in policing. I can think of no more suitable candidate to work alongside with as we carry forward the important work of the Saskatchewan Marshals Service.”

Deputy Chief Marshal Lowen began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1989, progressing from general patrol to roles such as Detective Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Divisional Commander, and eventually Superintendent before moving to the Estevan Police Service to serve as Chief. He was elected President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police in 2023, and he also serves as the Saskatchewan Director for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Among his many accolades, he is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.

Thomas Sierzycki has been hired as Executive Director of Operational Support. Mr. Sierzycki joins the SMS with nearly a decade’s experience in senior government ministry roles, and he served as Mayor of La Ronge from 2009 to 2016. He has extensive board governance experience, having sat on the Boards of SaskPower, SaskWater and Access Communications, and he is also a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal recipient, CBC Top 40 Under 40 award winner, and named one of 11 top young Canadians to watch by Maclean’s magazine in 2011. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Education, a Masters in Northern Governance and Development and a Masters in Public Administration.

Recruitment of civilian staff and experienced officers will intensify in the coming months, with positions expected to be posted this summer and training set to begin by February 2025 at the Saskatchewan Police College.

“I am encouraged by the deep pool of talent and experience we are bringing on board, and I see a bright future for the service’s role in keeping Saskatchewan communities and people safe as a top-tier policing service,” Merriman said.

“We commend Richard Lowen on his well-deserved appointment as Deputy Chief Marshal,” Prince Albert Police Service Chief Patrick Nogier said. “His leadership, integrity and extensive experience will undoubtedly strengthen the Saskatchewan Marshals Service and enhance public safety efforts across our province.”

“Saskatchewan Urban Municipality Association (SUMA) congratulates the Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety on the successful hiring of qualified candidates for these important leadership positions,” SUMA President Randy Goulden said. “We look forward to working with Chief Marshal Cameron and Deputy Chief Marshal Lowen as the Marshals Service continues to roll out over the coming months.”

The Saskatchewan Marshals Service is poised to make a significant impact on public safety in the province. With strong leadership and a clear vision, the SMS is dedicated to protecting and serving Saskatchewan’s communities for years to come.

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For more information, contact:

Dustin Gill
Corrections, Policing and Public Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4260
Email: mediacpps@gov.sk.ca

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Treaty 4 and Métis Nation Flags Raised at Casino Moose Jaw

As an action of truth and reconciliation and in the spirit of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SaskGaming) today permanently raised the Treaty 4 and Métis Nation flags at Casino Moose Jaw.

Following an earlier flag-raising ceremony at Casino Regina, the Treaty 4 and Métis Nation flags now permanently fly above both of SaskGaming’s casinos.

“Permanently raising the Treaty 4 and Métis Nation flags above Casino Moose Jaw is another step in our province’s journey toward reconciliation,” Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan Minister Laura Ross said. “Our government is committed to meaningful reconciliation and this flag raising helps bring awareness to the history and pivotal contributions of Indigenous peoples in our province.”

“As we approach the 150th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 4, we welcome this action of reconciliation by SaskGaming and the Government of Saskatchewan,” Former Treaty 4 spokesperson for the Treaty 4 First Nations Edmund Bellegarde said. “We are all treaty people, and it is fitting that the Treaty 4 flag now flies above both Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw.”

“SaskGaming has been committed to Indigenous employment and communities for a long time, and we appreciate this latest action by SaskGaming to recognize the role, history and contributions of Métis people in Canada and Saskatchewan,” Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Western Region III Citizen Tyler Gervais said.

SaskGaming has the highest rate of Indigenous workforce representation in Saskatchewan’s Crown sector, operating Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw as a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan.

Fifty per cent of SaskGaming’s net income supports the First Nations Trust, which is committed to First Nations economic and community development, the Clarence Campeau Development Fund, which helps Métis entrepreneurs and businesses thrive, and the Community Initiatives Fund, which makes effective investments in community-based initiatives throughout Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Brian Miller
Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2106
Email: bmiller@lgsask.com
Cell: 306-520-8384

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New Indigenous logo and Indigenous relations web page launch by the City – DiscoverMooseJaw

Jun 24 2024

The City of Moose Jaw has launched its first-ever Indigenous relations web page and Indigenous logo.

The Indigenous logo, picture above, incorporates elements of the “Notorious” logo while paying tribute to Moose Jaw’s Indigenous orgins will be for used in City-related Indigenous celebrations, ceremonies and correspondence.

“These initiatives are the latest steps in the City’s path to Reconciliation,” said City Manager, Maryse Carmichael in a prepared statement.

“We hope these actions will further strengthen relationships with Indigenous community members and neighbours and provide all Moose Javians with insight into Moose Jaw’s Indigenous cultures, which continues to grow.”

The City’s Indigenous relations web page includes the official land acknowledgement text, an introduction to Hayley Hart-Rushinko, Moose Jaw’s Indigenous Liaison and other important information.

Read More: https://www.discovermoosejaw.com/articles/new-indigenous-logo-and-indigenous-relations-web-page-launch-by-the-city

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