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Sober walk stresses health and sobriety PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Friday, 19 May 2017 08:15

Photo courtesy of Braden Malsbury

Promoting healthy lifestyles is the focus of a sober walk in the town of La Ronge today.

The walk will begin at the Lac La Ronge Indian Band office at 11:30 am and make its way to Patterson Park.

Cathy Wheaton works with the health services department with the band, and says people who are often impacted by alcohol abuse are children and youth, and they will be the ones leading the walk.

"It won’t be all adults and dignitaries leading the walk because it’s a march for them," she said.

She says students at Senator Myles Venne School took the initiative in being leaders in the walk by working on posters, signs and a banner as early as Tuesday in preparation for the walk.

Wheaton says the idea of a sober walk is to raise awareness in the community and recognize healthy lifestyles, which can mean a sober life or low-risk drinking versus binge drinking.

She says it’s also an opportunity for the community to get together for a BBQ at Patterson Park and get information on healthy lifestyles and discover what binge drinking is. She says that since the students have been taking the initiative with leading the walk, they will also have a chance at the BBQ to speak on sobriety and healthy choices.

Wheaton says they are hoping for a good turnout, and says the forecast will be cooperating, so it will be a good day for people to join in with the walk and the BBQ.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 May 2017 12:26
 
New book on Gabriel Dumont restores “indigeneity” by weaving in traditional storytelling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 19 May 2017 07:33

Red Sun. Book cover photo courtesy gdins.org

Plenty of books have been written on Gabriel Dumont, but the institute named after him says none have been written like "Red Sun: Gabriel Dumont, The Folk Hero."

The new book on Dumont has been released this week, many decades after writer Charles Thompson first wrote it. Dumont was a Metis leader who died in the early 1900s, best known for his role in the Riel Resistance and in bringing Louis Riel back to Canada.

Editor Darren Prefontaine, who works at the Gabriel Dumont Institute, has never met the now-aged Thompson in person but said Thompson – a non-Indigenous journalist – led an interesting life before taking on the work of researching Dumont.

"He (Thompson) knew John Diefenbaker, the former prime minister, and it was Mr. Diefenbaker who put him on the trail of doing a biography of Gabriel Dumont. Now, Mr. Diefenbaker was quite enamored with Gabriel Dumont," Prefontaine said.

It was through Diefenbaker that Thompson met a number of Dumont’s family members, built longstanding relationships with them, and dug deep into the oral history on Dumont before putting pen to paper. He actually wrote the book decades ago, but Prefontaine said it’s possible publishers at that time were more into biographies written by academics, and not as interested in Indigenous stories as they are now.

Thompson’s storytelling style is what appealed most to Prefontaine, who says it "restored Gabriel Dumont’s indigeneity."

"I think a lot of times we forget that Indigenous culture is very different than mainstream culture and the ways of telling it and the ways of looking at are different."

He said this means the book weaves together Dumont’s story in a less linear, "western" way and incorporates traditional storytelling techniques. By doing this, in Prefontaine’s view, the book shows the historical figure as a multi-dimensional man who looked after orphans, led his people, and forged ties between the deeply divided Cree, Metis and Dakota people.

The book was released this week by the Gabriel Dumont Institute Press, and is available on shopmetis.ca

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 May 2017 07:48
 
Charges laid in Makwa Sahgaiehcan standoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 16:45

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Loon Lake RCMP have formally charged a man after a standoff with police last Friday on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.

27-⁠year-⁠old Corey Meesto of Loon Lake faces numerous charges including assault of a police officer with a weapon, unlawfully possessing a firearm, resisting arrest, carrying a weapon dangerous to the public and being unlawful in a dwelling.

The charges stem from an incident on the First Nation last week when an armed man unlawfully entered a home in the community with people in the house and was holed up for a number of hours.

Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation School and Ernie Studer School had to enact their hold and secure procedures due to their proximity to the incident.

An adult male was taken into custody later in the evening.

Meesto has been remanded in custody and will appear by closed circuit video in Loon Lake Court on Thursday, May 25th.

 
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