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Preliminary hearing set for Prince Albert Amber Alert suspect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 18 August 2017 11:26

Jared Charles. Photo courtesy Prince Albert Police.

Prince Albert's first-ever Amber Alert suspect is scheduled to undergo a preliminary hearing late this fall.

Jared John Charles, 19, appeared by video court on Friday as the hearing was set. He has been in custody since July 4, the same day an eight-year-old girl was abducted at a playground in the city. Her identity is now protected by a publication ban.

She was found abandoned that night, wandering towards an acreage outside the city and Charles was arrested from a business in the city soon after.

Now, he faces charges of aggravated sex assault, abduction, kidnapping, abandoning a child, criminal negligence, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and forcible confinement.

If his case goes to trial, he has chosen to be tried by judge and jury at the Court of Queen's Bench.

His two-day preliminary hearing will take place at the end of November. Hearings of this nature are meant to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial, and are subject to publication bans.

Charles had previously been charged with abduction after two boys were taken from their La Ronge home, but the matter did not go to trial as prosecution found that Charles had been known to the boys and they had come willingly to play video games with Charles at his grandmother’s home in St. Louis.

Charles also faces a charge of failure to report to his probation officer in La Ronge back in May, which will be addressed at the November court dates.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 August 2017 11:59
Gladu wins big at Indigenous Games in Alberta PDF Print E-mail
Written by Braden Malsbury   
Friday, 18 August 2017 07:50

Zac Gladu. Photo courtesy of Misty Gladu.

It was a big summer for La Ronge Ice Wolves forward Zac Gladu, as he captured multiple medals at the Alberta Indigenous Games in Edmonton.

"I came home with five medals," said Gladu. "I got gold in four events – shot put, discus, long jump and high jump, and I came home with a silver in javelin."

Gladu mentioned that he didn’t expect to win that many medals, but notes it was a nice feather in his cap. With Zac’s strong showing in Alberta, he has qualified for the World Indigenous Games in Hawaii next year.

Gladu also found out this summer that he is a recipient of a $1000 scholarship from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association.

"Yeah, it’s exciting," said Gladu. "Any kind of scholarship you can get is huge right?"

Meantime, Ice Wolves forwards Justin and Austin Bill recently captured track and field medals at the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 August 2017 07:59
University of Saskatchewan to start Indigenous Studies PhD program in the fall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 18 August 2017 07:27

Robert Innes, graduate chair of Indigenous studies. Photo used with permission, courtesy news.usask.ca

This fall, the University of Saskatchewan is getting three PhD students dedicated to researching Indigenous peoples.

Students had only been accepted to take their Indigenous Studies PhD on a case-by-case basis in the past, but now an official program has been formed and its students get started in the fall.

Drawing from his own studies years ago, assistant professor Robert Innes says there is so much to learn about Indigenous history and also about Indigenous people and culture in contemporary terms.

“There are so many areas that there has either been very little research or no research on. So when I was doing my research on Aboriginal veterans, at that point there was relatively little written on Aboriginal veterans from a scholarly perspective,” he told MBC.

The three new students will be researching the meaning behind petroglyphs (rock carvings), the relationship between Metis people and place, and how Indigenous knowledge can inform government and business.

Innes said the new program isn't just about what the students learn, it's about how they help Indigenize the university campus.

“We’re at this time where Indigenous issues are forefront and there’s lots of talk about Indigenous people in the media and in the academy. We think having the growing graduate program, and our PhD program in particular, will really help to invigorate the kinds of discussions that take place on campus in terms of Indigenous people and Indigenizing the academy in particular,” he said.

Innes recalls his undergraduate studies in Toronto where students had to go out of their way to find Indigenous-focused classes and professors, and sees universities now growing their Indigenous studies graduate and PhD programming. For example, he said the U of S had about four or five faculty a few years ago and that number has now grown to 11 or 12.

Still, the U of S is joining only a handful of North American universities that have an PhD-level Indigenous Studies program.

The University Council approved the new PhD program in January, and its inaugural students will have the next five years to complete their doctorates.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 August 2017 07:30
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