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Beardy’s and Okemasis closer to self-governance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:47

Beardy’s and Okemasis Chief and Council. Photo courtesy of Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation.

The Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation has received overwhelming band member support on its path toward self-determination.

The band has adopted a new constitution, executive act, and financial management act. They were put to referendums and were passed by margins of 89 to 94 per cent.

The band also recently amended its election act.

"Through enacting the legislation, we have asserted our inherent right to self-determination as sovereign Indigenous people and proven to those who doubted our ability to govern ourselves, that we can, and will, according to our own principles," said Councillor Leighanne Gardipy-Bill, who is responsible for the governance portfolio on the First Nation.

The new regulations set out everything from salaries, to mandatory drug testing for those seeking elected office.

The constitution details how new laws can be established and establishes a process for involvement of youth and elders in decision making. There is also a code of conduct for all elected members, as well as random drug testing.

The emphasis is on leading by example, inclusion of all band members and self-determination, rather than operating under the rules of the Indian Act.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:24
Police on the hunt for Yellow Quill First Nation man PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:02

Austin Severeight. Photo courtesy of RCMP.

A young man from the Yellow Quill First Nation is the subject of a warrant for attempted murder.

Austin Severeight, 20, is considered dangerous. He is accused of stabbing a 22-year-old man on the main service road to the First Nation at about 6:30 pm on Monday.

The victim suffered serious injuries and had to be transported to Saskatoon for treatment. His condition is not being released.

Severeight is about five-foot-eight inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Greenwater RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:07
La Ronge golfer Jerry Christiansen still chasing his dream PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:52

Jerry Christiansen. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

La Ronge golfer Jerry Christiansen is still chasing his dream of being a full-time pro golfer.

Despite some recent struggles at PGA Tour Canada qualifying school, Christiansen is sticking with it.

"I’m focused on the process. I’m focused on improving every day in all aspects, whether it’s physically, mentally, my course management," said Christiansen. "There’s so many different facets of the game."

Christiansen says he plans to earn a ticket to some upcoming PGA Tour Canada events in Vancouver and Victoria through Monday qualifiers.

"Out there, there’s about 140 guys that qualify, and about ten guys will actually play in the tournament," said Christiansen. "I’m pretty confident that I should be able to Monday qualify into both events."

Christiansen says he is planning on holding a junior golf camp in La Ronge this summer, but no dates have been set just yet.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:10
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